Thank you to our Gold Premier Sponsors
Letter From the President/CEO

Saying Good-Bye After 15 Years



WWLCC Board Member Spotlight
Katy Baden, CEO
 API-Trucast, Apollo Products, and Trucast

Katy Baden is the CEO of a family of businesses in Willoughby, OH and has been a member of the Chamber Board of Directors for the last year. Katy is a graduate of Lake Catholic, Lakeland Community College, and Ohio University. As a manufacturer in Lake County, the Chamber has been a great way for API-Trucast, Apollo Products, and Trucast to be involved in the community, network with local businesses, and learn from other manufacturers in the area.

WELCOME TO OUR
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Thank you To Those Who Attended and Sponsored the WWLCC Turkey Bowl
Free Cleveland Magazine advertising to our Chamber of Commerce members that goes out to the greater Cleveland area each year! 
WWLCC Western Lake County Magazine
Upcoming Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce Events For You! 
WWLCC 2023 Annual Meeting Luncheon & Awards Ceremony
Friday, January 27, 2023
11:30am-1:30pm
Registration is now open for our Annual Awards Luncheon
Distinguished Award Winners To Be Announced Soon
Everyone gets to vote for the Customer Service Award. 
Vote now!

You have the opportunity to select the winner of our new Customer Service Award for the Annual Awards Luncheon. Please vote for the nominated Chamber member organization that draws customers back again and again with its exceptional customer service.
You can vote once a day! Voting closes on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 2:00pm. Winner will be announced at the WWLCC Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday, January 27, 2023.

Congratulations to members celebrating milestones, notables and ribbon cuttings
Congratulations to Sol of Willoughby for Celebrating 7 years in business on November 4th.
Congratulations to Alesci's Celebrating 50 Years in Business
Are you celebrating a business milestone? Let us know so we can help you celebrate! info@wwlcchamber.com
Resources & Support for our Members
Upcoming OEPA Webinars for Recognition & Grant Programs
December 8th-10am
Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence
January 5th-10am
Recycling & Litter Prevention grant cycle informational webinars
Tri-State Event Connects Businesses with Buyers
Tri-State PTAC Mega Matchmaker 2023 is scheduled for Dec. 6-7. This is the third year for the virtual matchmaker, which is a collaboration between Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development PTAC.
 
This virtual event brings government buyers from the three states together with PTAC clients and other interested government contractors/suppliers. Registration for both suppliers and buyers is now open. For more information, click here.
Loans Available to Help Women-, Minority-Owned Businesses
A total of $12 million in loan funds remain available to women-owned and minority-owned businesses in Ohio.
 
In the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Loan Program, 21 women-owned businesses have secured loans totaling more than $5.1 million. Nearly $4.9 million remains available in the program. WBE loans range from $45,000 to $500,000 at interest rates up to 3%.
 
So far, 69 businesses have been approved for Ohio Micro-Loans for more than $2.8 million. More than $7.1 million remains available. Micro-Loans are available to businesses certified as Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) or Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE). Loan amounts range from $10,000 to $45,000 at zero percent interest.
 
The WBE Loan Program and Ohio Micro-Loan Program are priority initiatives of the DeWine-Husted Administration.
 
Information about the loans and other capital programs can be found online at
Business Certifications Available at Development Website
Business certifications available from the state of Ohio can help companies land government contracts and build their customer base.
 
Businesses can apply for these certifications from the Ohio Department of Development’s Minority Business Development Division:
  • Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)
  • Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE)
  • Veteran-Friendly Business Enterprises (VBE)
  • Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE)
Information about certifications is available at Development.Ohio.gov/Certifications. In addition, companies seeking to diversify their supplier or subcontractor lists can visit the site to search for certified companies.
Save up to 45% with FedEx as Part of the WWLCC Chamber
It’s free to sign up using your FedEx account number, and there are no quotas or commitments. Typically, your FedEx discounts will be available 7 to 10 business days after you join the FedEx Advantage® program. 
 
With the FedEx Advantage program, you’ll get:
 
·        45% on FedEx Express® shipping
·        25% on FedEx Ground® shipping
·        25% on FedEx Home Delivery® 
·        Tier 6/506 pricing on FedEx Ground Multiweight® shipping
Save Money Using the Chamber's
Bulk Mailing Permit
There are many advantages to using bulk mail. The most important advantage is that bulk mailing prices are significantly lower than single-piece prices. Than can save you a lot of money.

Regardless of how many mailings you send per year, you can take advantage of the bulk mailing permit and stamper from the Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce. You need not pay for the yearly permit fee with this benefit, only the postage fees.

How do I start? Contact the Chamber to reserve a time to borrow
the bulk mailing stamper.
Electric rates are predicted to increase in your utility region in June of 2023
 WWLCC LinkedIN Members Only Group Page
Do you want to share information, connect and network with other WWLCC members via LinkedIn?
 
To join our newly created Members Only page. You can connect, network, seek advice, request services, etc. We will add content, information, and other pertinent information to share in our LinkedIN group page. Congratulations to Kim Curlin, Starlight2Travel, winner of a free social media post!
 
Let’s continue to grow this network. Join before Friday, December 16 at 5pm for your chance to receive a complimentary social media post! Sign up today at:
$100 Winner!
The WWLCC Referral Program continues to thrive because of your support. We had 15 new businesses join the WWLCC, thanks to all of the members who sent in a referral over the past few months.
 
Congratulations to
Kedesh Robinson, Heights Soulfood & Grille won the $100 November referral gift card.
 
Do you have a business referral for the Chamber? Submit your referral. 
 Get up to $500 from the Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce for professional training for you or your employees
Education and Development Program of
the
Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Application

United Way Winter Fest Wonderland Raffle
Our Wildly Popular Annual Winterfest Raffle is Now Live!
Enjoy Two Back-to-Back Raffles Starting Right Now.
Join a Chamber committee,
 meet new members and have fun!
Annual Awards Luncheon Committee

Help us plan for our kick off
event in 2023!
To make this event a success we need your help in the planning to help honor fellow chamber members with our distinguished awards ceremony luncheon will be held in January 2023.
Golf Committee
You don’t have to play golf to help plan one of the most popular golf outings in Lake County!
Come network and plan a great event with other Chamber members.
To sign up for this committee call 440-942-1634 or