July 21, 2017 - In This Issue:
It's Christmas in July....Already!

I can't believe how this summer is flying by. When my daughter was younger, I always kept a decorated Christmas tree and on the night before July 25th, I would set it in the family room to surprise her the next morning. (I know, some think that's sweet, others think I'm nuts, I'll take either). It was fun to think about Christmas - and cooler weather - in July.

Well your Chamber staff is doing just that. Even though I'm not setting up the tree next week, (I actually might, but Bobbi would probably kill me) we are planning events for our community. This year, we're calling our holiday events "Hometown Holiday".

There's a lot of planning going on and I know our retailers are doing the same thing. So, look for those Christmas-in-July sales this weekend and next, and let's get ready to get into the Hometown Holiday spirit!

Enjoy your weekend.

~Randy Davies
President & CEO 


"Change is inevitable. Progress is optional."
~ Tony Robbins
As our businesses and enterprises age, it is important that they change in a progressive way. The processes we have in place can always benefit from a relevant and thoughtful review, even though ultimately the goals may stay the same. Let us talk with you about what your goals and processes are for your risk management program; as 2018 CareWorksComp alternative rating program invitations and renewals are being sent now through the end of summer, this is an ideal time to do so!
Upcoming dates and deadlines:
*   July 1, 2017 - new policy year begins.
*   July 3, 2017  - first 2017 BWC premium installment was due!
If you haven't paid it, it's important to do so ASAP.
*         July 31, 2017
  • o    Deadline to opt out of the .99 construction cap
(no action is required to remain in the program).
  • o    The last date to enroll in a Safety Council for the 2017 policy year.
  • o    The DFSP accident analysis training deadline
  • o    Deadline to complete the SH-26 (online safety management self-assessment) for the following programs:
  • DFSP (7/1 start date)
  • ISSP (7/1/ start date)    
  • .99 EM construction cap
August 15, 2017 - is the due date for the policy year 2016 payroll true-up report!
This report must be on file with BWC by that date, or your participation in discount and rating programs may be in jeopardy. (Please see attached article for detailed instructions).
Mergers and Acquisitions: A reminder as we are embarking on a new workers' comp policy year...If you are planning on buying or selling your business, please let us know so that we can project what this action might mean for you, and any groups that you may be a part of, for alternative rating purposes. The BWC recently changed their method for determining successorship, see attachment for details.
Ohio Legislative Update on Motor Vehicle Claims: There is new legislation which changes how motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) affect employers if a third party is at fault. Beginning with dates of injury on July 1, 2017 and after, certain MVA claims may qualify to be charged off to the BWC Surplus Fund and not to the employer's risk experience. If you believe you have a claim where this is the case, an AC-28 (Request to Charge the Surplus Fund for Non-At-Fault Motor Vehicle Accident) must be filed with the BWC, and the BWC Administrator will subsequently make a determination within 180 days of receiving the request. Your CareWorksComp Claims Examiner will help manage this new process. A summary of this legislation is attached to this email for your reference.
OSHA Electronic Filing Update:  RiskControl360°, our safety division, has confirmed that the electronic filing requirement of completed 2016 300A forms to OSHA has now been extended from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. This will provide the new administration an opportunity to review these new reporting requirements before they are implemented and allow those affected additional time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system. This new system will not be available until August 1. This 5-month delay would be effective on the date of publication of a final rule in the Federal Register. Please contact Jim Wirth at jim.wirth@careworkscomp.com or 614.827.0370 with any questions.
"Third Billion Back" Rebate : The BWC will begin distribution of these checks to eligible employers on July 10, 2017! Eligible employers must have had billed premium for the 2015 policy year (7/1/15 - 6/30/16) and be current on policy requirements. If there is an outstanding BWC balance, including a current premium installment, the rebate will be applied to that first and any remainder will be sent to you. The BWC has these tips for receiving the rebate:
*         Your check will arrive in a white envelope labeled "IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS ENCLOSED".
*         Your current mailing address and federal tax identification number on file with BWC must be correct in order to mail the rebate. You may verify this information through employer demographics on BWC website, www.bwc.ohio.gov .
*         Most rebate recipients will receive Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 1099 tax documents. BWC will send 1099 forms no later than Jan. 31, 2018.
*         If you participated in a group retro program in the 2015 policy year, your rebate will be distributed after the group retro refund is returned, which will be this fall.

BWC Future Dating:  BWC is pleased to announce that the process for Future Dating payments is now available for customers through our website. Effective June 30 employers now have the option to schedule payments for their premium installments to ensure they maintain active coverage and the True-up reconciliation. The first day the offering was available 650 payments for almost $2.0 million were scheduled for payment to BWC on July 3, 2017. The attachment contains general information about the service offering.
Important Notes about future dating:
  • o    ACH transactions ONLY
  • o    NO credit card payments
  • o    Employer selects payment date
  • o    Lessens the potential to miss a payment
  • o    Payment may be blocked by employers bank
  • o    Bank may require an authorization code from BWC, it is the Employer's responsibility to provide to their bank with the BWC Debit blocker code:  #3311334187
If an employer wants to schedule more than one installment payment they will do that through the Accounts Receivable screen by making multiple payments and choosing different dates for each one.  They must make ACH payments for all of them.  Credit card payments cannot be future dated.
BWC employees cannot future date any payments in the Accounts Receivable screen.


Thousands of Ohio employers find value and workers' compensation premium savings by actively participating in their local safety councils. And you can join them.* 
To earn a safety council rebate, employers must meet rebate eligibility requirements in one of 82 BWC-sponsored safety councils. 
The following is a breakdown of potential rebates when an employer is an active member of a safety council. 
  • Employers meeting all safety council rebate eligibility requirements that are not enrolled in a group-rating program will earn a 2-percent participation rebate on their premium and the potential of an additional 2-percent performance bonus. 
  • Employers meeting all safety council rebate eligibility requirements that are also enrolled in a group-experience-rating program have the potential to earn a 2-percent performance bonus. 
  • Employers meeting all safety council rebate eligibility requirements that are also enrolled in a group-retrospective-rating program will earn a 2-percent participation rebate. 
To earn a performance bonus, employers must reduce either the severity or frequency of injuries in their workplace by 10 percent or remain at zero. 
BWC Safety Councils can help you: 
  • Learn techniques for increasing safety in your workplace; 
  • Learn how to better manage your workers' compensation program; 
  • Network with other employers in your community; 
  • Access useful, money-saving workers' comp and risk management information. 
Rebate elibigility requirements: 
To quality for the BWC Safety Council rebate, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 
  1. Join your local safety council by July 31, 2017; 
  2. Attend 10 safety council meetings**; 
  3. Send a qualified senior-level manager to a safety council sponsored meeting; 
  4. Submit semiannual workplace accident reports for the 2017 calendar year. 
For more information about Ross County Safety Council, managed by the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, please call 740-702-2722 or email  bhood@chillicotheohio.com  
*The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers and state agencies. Limitations apply to a professional employer organization and its clients. BWC encourages all employers to become active safety council members. 
**At least eight through the local safety council. You can get credit for up to two meetings through attendance at BWC's safety training courses or industry-specific training. 
Click Here to Download Safety Council Rebate Program Fact Sheet

  • Bonnie A. Cruse, 1558 England Hollow Rd. Chillicothe, OH 45601 
  • Sara and Chris Video Games LLC, 668 Central Center, Chillicothe, OH 45601 
  • Rodney A. Bell, 1411 State Route 28 E. Greenfield, OH 45123 
  • McDonald Frankfort Hardware, 15-17 Main St. Frankfort, OH 45628 
  • Michael Hall, 715 Cox Ave. Chillicothe, OH 45601 
  • Backyard Primitive and Design, 110 E. Main St. Bainbridge, OH 45612 
  • Buckeye Botanicals LLC, 430 Hopetown Rd. Chillicothe, OH 45601 
  • Dunkle LLC, 2564 Austin Rd. Frankfort, OH 45628


Construction and redevelopment in our community continues to thrive. As a service, the Chamber is pleased to share as much information as we can provide. Click the link below to see commercial building permits for Chillicothe and Ross County. 

  • Your Local Concierge Service will be hosting a "Glo Dance Party" on August 19th from 7-10PM at the Elks on Second Street. For more information on this event and all of their other services call 740-600-2880 
  • Detillion Landscaping is currently seeking a part-time landscape technician. For more information about this position and others available in the area please visit www.southcentraljobs.com. 
  • The Chillicothe Jaycees will be hosting a "Christmas In July 5K" this Saturday, July 22nd in Yoctangee Park beginning at 8AM. To learn more visit chillicothejaycees.org 
  • Julie's Shop On Paint will be having an Annex Sale this Saturday, July 22nd from 9AM-1PM at their 170 S. Hickory Street location. For more information call 740-649-8365 
  • Mark your calendar for August 5th, United Way of Ross County will be holding their 11th Annual Stuff The Bus event at Walmart. Be sure to stop by and donate school supplies and back packs 
  • David Bower wants to remind you that burglaries in the US reached $3.6 billion in 2015. Be sure to protect your small jewels and other household valuables, for more information call 740-774-3276
  • Ross County Safety Council enrollment deadline is July 31st. If your business is interested in earning a rebate on Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation costs please call 740-702-2722
  • Ohio State Extension Office in Ross County is offering master gardener training. For more information email harlow.79@osu.edu 
  • Glatfelter just wants to remind everyone at the annual Leader In Me golf scramble is August 4th at the Chillicothe Jaycee Golf course. Register now at www.ccsd.us or by calling 740-649-6017

August 16th- Business After Business hosted by Chivaho Credit Union from 5-7PM 

September 7th- Women's Conference- More details TBA 

October 25th- Putt'In On The Ritz in Downtown Chillicothe 

November 15th- Chamber Business Expo 

For more information or to register for any of these events please call 740-702-2722 or 
visit the Chamber Calendar at www.chillicotheohio.com


Platinum Level
Adena Health System
Advanced Services Heating and Cooling
C. Walters Management
Central Ohio Financial Services
Chillicothe City Schools
Chillicothe Paints
Classic Brands
Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC 
Ohio University- Chillicothe
Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Chillicothe
Printex Same Day Printing
Ross County Banking Center
Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe

Gold Level
National Church Residences   
Staff Source 


Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce
45 E Main Street *  Chillicothe, OH 45601
P: (740) 702-2722   F: (740) 702-2727
bkellough @chillicotheohio.com

The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce promotes economic and community development by providing services and addressing issues important to business.