June 2, 2017 - In This Issue:
The unofficial start of summer has passed with so many activities surrounding Memorial Day. This week was equally eventful with First Capital Rotary's First Thursday and the opening of the 25th season for the Chillicothe Paints.

Next week, EPIC will be hosting the second Party on Paint of the summer with Strung Up featured on the stage. Hope you can join us Friday, June 9th from 5-8 PM.

On the business front, R Kitchen on Paint opened their patio to welcoming guests, we've cut ribbons for official business openings around Chillicothe and Petland was busy last week with training of new store franchisees from Saudi Arabia.

On Thursday, it was my pleasure to host Chamber of Commerce CEOs from New Albany, Pickaway and Fayette counties. We networked, bounced ideas off one another and it was great to be able to highlight many of the successes we're seeing around our community.

Business in Chillicothe and Ross County continues to grow and improve.

Enjoy this weekend!

~Randy Davies
President & CEO 


Join us for Business After Business
Wednesday, June 21st from 5-7PM
Hosted by:

790 Western Ave. 

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May is always such a busy month and it leads right into Summer, which means vacations, picnics, and fun in the sun.  It also means potential for heat related work injuries and illness.  Attached is an OSHA Fact Sheet that we encourage you to review and hopefully get a jump start on preventing those illnesses and injuries this year.
Upcoming Deadlines:
*         May 31, 2017
  • o    Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) application deadline for a 7/1 start date.
  • o    Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP) application deadline for a 7/1 start date.
  • o    Application deadline for the Transitional Work Bonus (TWB) for a 7/1 start date.
*         June 30, 2017
  • o    Deadline to complete safety council participation requirements (attend 10 out of 12 meetings in the preceding year, or the equivalent).
  • o    Deadline to complete Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP) loss prevention activities.
Program Compatibility: With the above discount program deadlines coming up, it seems like a good time to include a chart showing the compatibility of the BWC discount programs (please see attachment), such as ISSP and TWB, with the various BWC alternative rating programs, such as Group Rating and Group Retrospective Rating. Please keep in mind that certain Destination Excellence discounts are automatic, namely the "Go Green" discount (every premium payment made online) and the "Lapse-Free" discount (no lapses for the 60 months prior to the start of the policy year). The CareWorksComp team is always happy to help you understand which programs can provide your company with the best savings opportunities for your company.
Manual Classification Changes Coming to the Transportation Industry:   Manual Classification changes are coming which will impact workers' compensation premiums for Transportation related businesses.   Following a review, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is combining the current Short Haul (7228) and Long Haul (7229) manual classifications into one class: Trucking (7219), as well as, establishing a new national code for Automobile Towing & Drivers (7225). Please see the attached article for more information.
Unemployment Cost Control Tip:  
If an employee gives notice of their intention to quit, be sure to allow the employee to work out their notice or pay them for the duration of the notice.  Failure to do so may result in unemployment benefits being granted to the claimant by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  If the claim is allowed, the claimant can collect up to 26 weeks of unemployment.  Avoid paying unemployment anytime possible to help control your unemployment tax rate.  For additional information on controlling your unemployment expenses contact Kammy Staton at 614.526.7165 or Kammy.Staton@careworkscomp.com
BWC News:
Due to the BWC adding security measures, be prepared to enter your federal tax identification number when calling them to discuss any policy or claim issues.
Cost Containment Strategies : In March, we explained a cost containment strategy called handicap reimbursement. This month we would like to offer information about another cost inhibitor we have in our arsenal, which is a lump sum settlement (LSS). A lump sum settlement is an agreement between the employer, injured worker, and the BWC for a lump sum payment to settle one or more workers' comp claims. Settling a claim prevents future costs being added the claim, fixes the current costs (note that the settlement amount is added to the current costs), and removes the reserve. 
Generally, in a settlement, the following should be considered:
  • Is the injured worker still employed, working, able to work, or disabled?
  • What future medical costs will be accrued?
  • Will settlement of the claim create a positive financial outcome for your company's risk experience?
  • Should it be a full (settling all medical and compensation) or partial settlement (settling only certain conditions in the claim)?
It is our job as your TPA to look for claims where settlement may be a good path to take. When we find a claim that may be ripe for settlement we will discuss the potential with you, and what range of settlement to offer the injured worker. It depends on the circumstances and we look at each case individually. If you have any questions about our philosophy towards different cost containment measures, feel free to ask your CareWorksComp Account Executive.


Interested in sponsoring Party On Paint? Email bhood@chillicotheohio.com for more information
  • Tuesday, June 6th Ross County YMCA will be hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle to raise money for the new foam pit. To download the fundraiser flyer please visit facebook.com/ross.ymca 
  • Friday, June 9th Junior Achievement will be hosting their annual golf scramble. For more information please call 740-703-1855.  Click Here to Download Registration Form
  • R Kitchen on Paint's patio is now open, just in time for their summer menu. For a reservation please call 740-775-4555 
  • Looking for summertime activities for the kids? Stop by Totem Supply Co. located at 11 W. 2nd St. to view their selection of toys and games 
  • Looking to decorate your patio? Let Wild Roots Botanicals help you find just the right plants, visit their 59 E. Water St. location to learn more 
  • Storybook Photography is running a fundraising special for Seeds of Hope on June 17th from 10AM-4PM, for more information call 740-779-6900
Want to feature your specials in the quick clips section of this newsletter? Email your information to bhood@chillicotheohio.com. 
  • Chillicothe Water Filtration 
  • The Frankfort Market

June 8th- Ross County Safety Council, Workers Comp 101, 11:30-1PM at 446 Hospital. Rd. 

June 21st- Connection Lunch- Understanding Analytics and Insights, 12-1PM 45 E. Main St. 

June 21st- Business After Business- Kingston National Bank, 790 Western Ave. 

July 7th- 3rd Annual Valero Cup golf outing at the Chillicothe Jaycee Golf Course 

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
Centrus Energy Corp. 
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 

Atomic Credit Union 1326 N Bridge St.
Slip Slops & Spot A Dots 331 North High St.

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.