December 06, 2016

 2016-2017 Santa Bucks

Stop in at the Chamber to get your 2017 Santa Bucks, Click here to see a full listing of the participating businesses!

 Find Out Your Benefits of the Membership Login

The Member Information Center (MIC) of ChamberMaster is your direct connection to the  St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.  As a member of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce you have the opportunity to market your business to consumers visiting by enhancing your information home page with pictures and text. You can also post your upcoming hot deals, job openings and future events. There's an area to add keywords to help consumers find your business when they run searches, a specific product or service. The following attachments include, "Steps to Post Hot Deals," "How to Post Job Openings," and How to Add Events to the Chamber calendar. Most importantly there is instructions on how to update your company's membership profile when there are staff changes, the business moves, etc.  In order to make changes and updates in the MIC you must have a username and password. If you forgot or do not have one or if you need additional help please send a request email to or call 419-300-4611.

 Welcoming New Administrative Assistant

Stephanie McKirby came into the Administrative Assistant position at the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce in September of 2016. She is a Memorial High Graduate and has office and clerical experience. She currently resides in Celina with her two young sons. Together they enjoy doing outdoor activities and cooking all different recipes!

 Abby's Maternity Leave

Abby will be going on maternity leave within the next couple of days until January 29, 2017. She will have limited access to emails, for immediate assistance please contact Stephanie McKirby at (419)300-4611 or

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

The Labor Department's contentious overtime rule was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Texas, putting one of President Obama's top regulatory initiatives in jeopardy.
In a 20-page order, Texas U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a temporary injunction halting the rule nationwide.  "Due to the approaching effective date of the Final Rule, the Court's ability to render a meaningful decision on the merits is in jeopardy," he wrote. "A preliminary injunction preserves the status quo while the Court determines the department's authority to make the Final Rule as well as the Final Rule's validity." The rule would have extended overtime pay to more than 4 million workers starting Dec. 1. It would have required employers to pay overtime to most salaried workers who earn less than $47,476 annually, a much higher threshold than the current annual salary limit of $23,660.  Click here to read more.

 Fall Safety Seminars

Attached is the information for OSHA 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.

 FIRST St. Mary's Ohio School Robotics

 The St. Marys Legos Robotics team is looking for a local engineer to volunteer his or her time for approximately 2 hours a week. FIRST LEGO League introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. The video below shows the amazing skills these youngsters have! You can also visit their Facebook page at
Ohio First Lego Robotics
Ohio First Lego Robotics

 We Are Here To Help You!

 As a business if you have a Holiday Promotion or an event and need help spreading the word, we are here to help you! Just give us a call at (419)300-4611 or email us at We can help promote your Inquiries via our Facebook page, the Chamber's Website and our Events Calendar.

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