October 18, 2016

 Ameriprise Financial Services - New Location

Keith Fledderjohann, CFP® with Comprehensive Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., has recently moved to a new location at 201 W. Spring St. in Saint Marys, OH.
He has been in business for 31 years, and he is the Treasurer for the St. Marys Rotary Club and volunteers at his church, Zion Lutheran Church. 
Keith welcomes new business and enjoys meeting with his current clients on a regular basis. Meeting with an Ameriprise financial advisor is an important first step. It's an opportunity to get to know an advisor and share your goals and dreams. You're under no obligation, and your initial meeting with Keith, an Ameriprise Financial advisor, will be relaxed and informal.
Your meeting will include a review of your existing financial situation and potential opportunities, gaps or general strategies.
You can reach Keith at 419-394-8171.

  Workshop: Every Door Direct Mail

Date: October 20, 2016
Time:1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Office
Cost: FREE!

Are you looking for an easier way to get your coupon, flyer, or new business information to more then just your current customer base. Then you need to try Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) is a new way to think about marketing your product, service, or idea. The Every Door Direct Mail makes it easier and cost-effective to find the customers that matter the most: the ones near your business. You pick your neighborhoods and individual's that fit your specific target and it will be delivered individually.  

 Holiday Promotions and Marketing

St. Marys Area Chamber has several opportunities for our member businesses to promote themselves this Holiday Season. Be sure to check them all out!
  • Holiday Promotions - Santa Bucks Gift Certificate Program and Small Business Saturday Coupon
  • Shop St. Marys for the Holidays TV Commercial

The New I-9 Form

Th e newest version of the Form I-9 will be made available by Nov. 22, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced.

Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 until Jan. 21, 2017. After Jan. 21, all previous versions of the Form I-9 will be invalid.
The White House Office of Management and Budget approved the latest revisions to the Form I-9 on Aug. 25, 2016, clearing the way for the form to be released.
"Ever since the current version of the I-9 expired on March 31, 2016, employers have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new form, which will now include some 'smart' error-checking features," said John Fay, vice president and general counsel at LawLogix, a Phoenix-based software company specializing in cloud-based immigration and compliance services. "The newly revised I-9 also features several new structural changes and instructions which will be important for all employers to know and learn."
The new Form I-9 will have an expiration date of Aug. 31, 2019.
Fay said that the Jan. 21 extension to transfer to the new form is "great news for employers, many of whom struggle to stay up-to-date with the latest I-9 changes and requirements."
In 2013, USCIS provided employers with only two months to start using the current version of the form, "hardly enough time for HR to update all of the policy documents, training materials, and procedures which go along with the I-9," Fay said. Read more, click here.

Business Book Review October 2016

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World.
Newport, Cal. 2016.
Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author of So Good They Can't Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. He has also written several popular books of unconventional advice for students. His ideas and writing are frequently featured in major publications and on TV and radio.
Newport's newest book offers the steps to take in order to go into "deep work," accomplishing more and wasting less time both at work and at home. According to Publisher's Weekly, "Newport declares that the habits of modern professionals-checking email at all hours, rushing from meeting to meeting, and valuing multitasking above all else-only stand in the way of truly valuable work." Actionable steps to take and examples from real life presented in this self-help gem offer an inspirational new way to work and live.
Deep Work is available at the St. Marys Community Public Library. For more information about the library call (419) 394-7471 or see us at 140 S. Chestnut Street. We are online at www.stmarys.lib.oh.us.

St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce
Abby Balster, Executive Director
Phone #: 419.300.4611
Email: abby@stmarysohio.org