September 27, 2016

 Ribbon Cutting at Ameriprise

Join other Chamber members in congratulating Ameriprise Financial on moving office locations. They are now located at 432 W. Spring St., St. Marys, OH. 

The Chamber and Ameriprise Financial will be hosting a ribbon cutting on Thursday, September 29 at 1:00 pm at the new office. We hope to see you there.

  Workshop: Relationship Management
 Great for Sales Teams!

Date: October 5, 2016
Time:1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Office
Cost: $10 for Chamber Members and $15 for non-members

The Relationship Management Workshop builds an understanding of the value of a disciplined approach to targeting, interacting with, and managing customer relationships over time. The focus of this workshop is on how to use the three-phase Relationship Management Process: Plan, Interview and Serve. This interactive session will include developing skills in the following:
  • Your unique capability statement
  • High gain questions to explore need 
  • Recommendations that link features/benefits to need

 The Greene Room joins the Chamber!

St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its twentieth new member for 2017, The Greene Room. The salon is located at 231 E. Spring Street in St. Marys. The Greene Room owner, Pam Slife, has over 20 years of experience in various beauty salons and spas. It is her priority to offer top notch services and stylists through a friendly environment and continued education. 

The salon offers ''big city'' services without the ''big city'' prices. Some of their specialty services the offer include; OPI gel nails, Brazilian Blowouts, Davines Color, Youngblood Makeup, DevaCurl and more. Many of the products they use are not only good for you, but they are good for the environment. For instance, the Davines Color line is ammonia free. Be sure to contact The Greene Room at 419-300-8286 your next style; it's the place ''where beauty meets passion."

 Visioning Auglaize Leadership and Unity - VALU

The Visioning Auglaize Leadership and Unity Adult Leadership Program is now accepting applications. The purpose of this program is to educate Auglaize County's up and coming leaders about their community and promote the importance of leadership in all aspects of life. 

The class will meet on the third Thursday of each month from September through June. The cost is $400 per participant for Chamber members. The class is limited to the first 12 participants. You can fill out the application below or pick one up at St. Marys Area, Wapakoneta, or Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce offices. 

New this year:
  • Each day we will tour businesses and attractions in a specific town rather than by industry,
  • 1 Scholarship will be given away to a 501(c)3 charitable organization participant,
  • Community involvement component has been added,
  • and more!

 Ohio Chamber of Commerce

There has been a lot of talk about not liking either of the presidential candidates this year. Whatever your feelings on the presidential race - that should NOT negate your duty to VOTE. So many races in Ohio mean something.
There are many other extremely important races. For example, for Ohio Supreme Court the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (OCCPAC) is endorsing Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Judge Pat DeWine and Judge Pat Fischer. Chief Justice O'Connor has been endorsed by OCCPAC in 2002, 2008 and 2010. Judge Pat DeWine currently serves on Ohio's First District Court of Appeals. He is running for the open seat created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Paul Pfeifer. DeWine's judicial philosophy is guided by the principle of judicial restraint, which is aligned with OCCPAC's line of reasoning. Judge Pat Fischer also currently serves on Ohio's First District Court of Appeals. He is running for the open seat that is being created due to the retirement of Justice Judith Lanzinger. Fischer's judicial philosophy is consistent with the Ohio Chamber's longstanding preference for candidates who refrain from judicial activism and do not attempt to legislate from the bench. While "down the ticket", these races are critical to the business community. Click Here to Read More.

 U.S. Chamber Files Lawsuit Challenging Obama Administration's Overtime Rule

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, leading a broad coalition including the Texas Association of Business, National Automobile Dealers Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Wholesaler Distributors, National Federation of Independent Business, National Retail Federation, and more than 50 other national and Texas business groups, filed a legal challenge to the Obama administration's overtime rule, arguing that Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its statutory authority in issuing the regulation and violated the Administrative Procedure Act. Click Here to Read More.

 Fall Safety Seminars

Attached is the information for Fall safety seminars through Hunter Consulting Company, which are FREE for Chamber members to attend.  They do help to fulfill a few requirements:
1.   For Chamber members it will qualify as an external safety council credit, for those participating in safety council

2.  I t also fulfills the mandatory 2-hour requirement for those employers participating in the Group Programs that experienced a claim during the green year.

St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce
Abby Balster, Executive Director
Phone #: 419.300.4611