August 31, 2016

 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!

 New Student Goody Bags!

The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with St. Marys City Schools to provide goody bags for new students this year. The bag will include information about area businesses, a gift certificate for Roughrider Gear from the DECCA Store (sponsored by the St. Marys Kiwanis Club), and more.

We are offering to our members the opportunity to put an information brochure/flyer, a coupon, and/or a goody of some sort (water bottle, pen, highlighter, etc.) from your business. If you are interested all items must be turned into the Chamber office by Friday, September 9. You will need to provide 75 items, brochures, etc.

 St. Marys SummerFest Community Input Meeting

Please join the St. Marys SummerFest Committee on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00 pm at the St. Marys Community Public Library for their SummerFest Community Input Meeting. The committee puts in countless hours to provide a quality community festival, and they are constantly brainstorming ideas to make the festival more efficient, entertaining, and engaging.

This meeting is the place for St. Marys Community members to give ideas, suggestions, and changes that they would like to see for the 2017 St. Marys SummerFest.  The community can give their input on anything from entertainment and events to setup and food vendors. If you are interested in becoming a SummerFest Committee Member, this would be a great time to bring your contact information forward as well. If you are unable to make the meeting, we ask that you please send your suggestions to

  Workshop: Smart Work 

Date: September 22, 2016
Time:11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Wayne Street United 
Methodist Church - St. Marys
Cost: $10 for Chamber Members and $15 for non-members

With so much demand on our time, find a way to get it all done requires us to work smarter. In this dynamic workshop, Randy covers the principles to getting more from our day. In this session you will learn to:
  • Design Your Plan
  • Connect Your Plan to Your Goals
  • Make the Best Use of Tools Available
  • Manage Your Bucket
  • Manage Your Energy
Randy draws upon his experience as a successful business development professional, community leader, nonprofit executive, volunteer, husband, and father to share the principles he uses to organize and work smarter to accomplish more, every day.

Value to Participants:
Team Members will leave with effective strategies to effectively plan their work, utilize the best tools available, manage work flow and paper to focus on the important elements of smart work.

Randy Fisher is the founder of Randy Fisher Training, a consulting firm that specializes in developing polished professional presentation skills for teams and individuals. He in an award-winning public speaker who been coaching business and nonprofit leaders since 2007.

 HR Roundtable - Pre-Placement Screenings

Topic:  Pre-Placement Evaluations

Description: Dr. Torres of Grand Lake Health System will be presenting on pre-placement evaluations. The purpose of pre-placement screenings is to determine if the applicant has the capacities to accomplish the specific duties of the job in keeping with the physical, environmental, and psychological demands of the position. He will inform the group of various options of occupational health services that Joint Township District Memorial Hospital has available. Some of the most popular services are physicals, drug screens, vaccines and immunizations, and more.

Dr. Torres has over 25 years of occupational medicine experience and extensive professional accrediting. He completed his residency in general preventive  medicine and public health at Walter Reed Institute of Research, and has a master's degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He is very excited to present to the HR Rountable.

When: September 27, 2016 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: Joint Township District Memorial Hospital - Meet in the main lobby.

 BWC Updates and Safety Information

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Steve Jobs
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is accepting applications from Ohio employers for the 2017 Safety Innovation Awards.
Innovations must demonstrate reduction in safety or ergonomic risk factors, or occupational health exposures. 
Cash awards up to $6,000. Apply by September 30, 2016.
Eligibility requirements and application instructions are available at . Click on Safety Services, then Safety Innovation Awards.

 Welcome New Members!

Advance Auto Parts

St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest member Advance Auto Parts of St. Marys at 1407 Commerce Drive. Advance Auto Parts is a chain store stocking a wide variety of automotive parts and accessories such as batteries, oil filters, and more for you to do your own vehicle repairs. There is much more than just auto parts you need for maintenance and repairs at the St. Marys store. They have a friendly, knowledgeable staff to answer your questions and recommend the parts needed to do your own repairs.

For your added convenience, you can order parts online and pick them up the same day in store. Fortunately, Advance Auto Parts is open 7 days a week. You can pick up what you need Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Make the St. Marys Advance Auto Parts store part of your next vehicle repair or maintenance. Call 419-394-0533 with any questions. 

Ohio Army National Guard

The Ohio Army National Guard is an organized militia of 11,400 Citizen-Soldiers. Citizen-Soldiers work civilian jobs or go to college full time while putting on a military uniform one weekend a month and two weeks a year to train for responding to state and national emergencies. Our membership in the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is to help us recruit qualified men and women to join the Ohio Army National Guard and serve nation, state, and community. 

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