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Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund Announces New Application Round
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 8:42am
The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund (WOLF) (www.jumpstartnetwork.org), a hyper-local source of funding that supports young technology companies located in (or willing to move to) Wayne County, is now accepting applications for its next funding round. Interested...
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Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund Announces New Application Round

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 8:42am

The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund (WOLF) (www.jumpstartnetwork.org), a hyper-local source of funding that supports young technology companies located in (or willing to move to) Wayne County, is now accepting applications for its next funding round. Interested entrepreneurs can apply for loans of up to $35,000 by December 12, 2014.

Applications are available through jumpstartnetwork.org/apply.

"The WOLF allows our community to provide an attractive source of capital to early stage technology companies who need resources in order to grow here," said Rod Crider, President, Wayne Economic Development Council (www.waynecountyedc.com). "Long term, we believe the county will benefit from the new jobs that are created, the additional capital that is attracted and the revenue that is generated by these companies."

Interested applicants are invited to attend an information session on November 18 at 6:00pm. The event will take place on the third floor of the Pounden Technology Development Center, located on the OARDC Campus at 1363 Gerlaugh Drive, near the Secrest Drive/Gerlaugh Drive intersection in Wooster. Register for this event by contacting Jonathan Millea (jmillea@woosteroh.com; 330.263.5250).

At this session, representatives from the City of Wooster, the Wayne Economic Development Corporation, the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce and JumpStart Inc. will be on hand to answer questions from students, entrepreneurs, professionals and interested community members about WOLF and its eligibility requirements. The group will also provide information about additional resources and assistance available to Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs, and hear from a current program participant.

The WOLF was launched in late 2010 by the City of Wooster and the Wooster Growth Corporation in collaboration with JumpStart and with support from the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, Wooster Community Hospital, the Wayne Economic Development Council and Cascade Capital. The fund has awarded capital to a diverse array of promising young companies since launching.

"These investments reflect our commitment to supporting future entrepreneurial successes and encouraging innovation across Wayne County," said Crider.

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The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund (WOLF) is a hyper-local fund designed to support early-stage, high growth technology companies. The Fund is part of the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network, a connected group of advisors, incubators, accelerators and seed funds delivering resources to tech entrepreneurs across Northeast Ohio. Wayne County-based startups with the potential to grow and raise additional capital, generate revenues and eventually create new jobs in the county can now apply for loans of up to $35,000. Applications for the next round of funding are due December 12, 2014.

Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville from November 28 - December 18
Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:07pm
Did you know that you can win BIG when you Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville from November 28 - December 18, 2014?  How it works: Purchase $25 or more from participating Orrville Area merchants between November 28 and Dec 18. Bring receipts to Heartland...
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Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville

Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville from November 28 - December 18

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:07pm

Did you know that you can win BIG when you Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville from November 28 - December 18, 2014? 

How it works:

  • Purchase $25 or more from participating Orrville Area merchants between November 28 and Dec 18.
  • Bring receipts to Heartland Point or Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce to be validated and receive one entry in the Shop Small, Gift BIG, Buy Orrville drawing for each $25 spent
  • The Orrville Weekly drawings for gifts cards and prizes will be held at Heartland Point on Dec 5, Dec 12 and Dec 19, 4pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend the weekly drawings, but attendance is not required to win

Who's ready to Shop? (a list of participating merchants will be posted after November 1)

Aultman Orrville Hospital Achieves Meaningful Use
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:24am
Aultman Orrville Hospital has successfully upgraded from paper documentation to complete electronic documentation. This achievement allowed the facility to attest for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use on Aug. 27. Meaningful Use was established by The Centers for...
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Aultman Orrville Hospital Achieves Meaningful Use

Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:24am

Aultman Orrville Hospital has successfully upgraded from paper documentation to complete electronic documentation. This achievement allowed the facility to attest for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use on Aug. 27. Meaningful Use was established by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The three stages of Meaningful Use were designed to support eligible hospitals with implementing and using electronic health records (EHRs) in a meaningful way to help improve the quality and safety of the nation’s health care system. 

Aultman Orrville started the attestation period for Stage 1, year 2 on Oct. 1 and will attest for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use in October of 2015. Aultman Orrville also launched a new patient portal in September. The confidential, secure, Web-based system allows patients 24/7 access to their health information. All inpatient and observation patients are now invited to access their lab results, radiology and pathology reports, medication lists, visit summaries and patient education through the portal. 

In addition, a new ‘transition of care’ document is being provided at the time of discharge for all Aultman Orrville patients. This document can be taken to the primary care physician to improve the transition of care from hospital to community care. “The Aultman Health Foundation has made a significant investment in Aultman Orrville Hospital to implement a state-of-the-art electronic medical record and patient portal,” said Dr. Marchelle L. Suppan, Aultman Orrville Hospital president and CEO. “We are confident that these improvements will support our ongoing mission to lead our community to improved health.”

About Aultman Orrville 

Aultman Orrville Hospital is a not-for-profit, critical access hospital serving Orrville and surrounding communities. As a subsidiary of Aultman Health Foundation, Aultman Orrville Hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services; employs 230 health care professionals and has a medical staff of 130 active and courtesy physicians. For more information, visit www.aultmanorrville.org. 

Christmas For A Cause
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 8:10am
A new initiative for Orrville's annual Home for the Holidays event will be “Christmas for a Cause,” an opportunity for the non-profit members of the Chamber to showcase the causes that are most important to their organizations. Christmas for a Cause is an...
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Christmas For A Cause

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 8:10am

A new initiative for Orrville's annual Home for the Holidays event will be “Christmas for a Cause,” an opportunity for the non-profit members of the Chamber to showcase the causes that are most important to their organizations.

Christmas for a Cause is an opportunity for non-profit members of the Orrville Area Chamber:

  •  to educate a wide audience about your organization
  •  to raise funds for your organization through the sale of goods or services tied to your organization.
  •  to “plant the seed” that leads to future support for your organization in terms of financial giving and volunteerism.

The variety of goods and projects represented at this first Christmas for a Cause will depend on the agencies that participate.  For example CAMO has decided to sell fair trade coffee and offer the opportunity to support families in our Women’s Shelter.  As an added attraction, beautiful handmade crafts from Honduras will be available for purchase.   There are no “rules” for how an  agency participates.  The goal of this initiative is to provide shoppers with an opportunity to purchase truly meaningful alternatives to the usual holiday gifts and to help shift the focus of the Home for the Holidays event to reflect the spirit of giving.

Please call June White at 330-683-5956 or email junew@camo.org to confirm your participation or if you have questions. 

Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24/7 Ebola call center
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 1:11pm
The Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24/7 Ebola call center to answer Ohioans' questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure Ohioans get accurate, timely information. The hotline number for that call center is 1-866-800-...
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Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24/7 Ebola call center

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 1:11pm

The Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24/7 Ebola call center to answer Ohioans' questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure Ohioans get accurate, timely information. The hotline number for that call center is 1-866-800-1404.  For more information visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/dis/orbitdis/ebola/Ebola.aspx

Ebola virus disease (EVD), previously known as "Ebola hemorrhagic fever," is one of several viral hemorrhagic fevers. 

Ebola is spread through direct contact with:

  1. The blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola
  2. Objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola
  3. Touching the body of someone who has died from Ebola

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The Orrville Young Professionals luncheon on Dec 10 will focus on service leadership and feature Deb Mosier, president, Orrville Lion's Club.
We Serve & Why You Should Too
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 2:03pm
The Orrville Young Professionals luncheon on Dec 10 will focus on service leadership and feature Deb Mosier, president, Orrville Lion's Club.  Please RSVP to attend About Orrville Lion's Club The International Association of Lions Clubs was organized in 1917...
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We Serve & Why You Should Too

The Orrville Young Professionals luncheon on Dec 10 will focus on service leadership and feature Deb Mosier, president, Orrville Lion's Club.

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 2:03pm

The Orrville Young Professionals luncheon on Dec 10 will focus on service leadership and feature Deb Mosier, president, Orrville Lion's Club.  Please RSVP to attend

About Orrville Lion's Club

The International Association of Lions Clubs was organized in 1917 with 22 clubs in nine states and has grown to 45,923 clubs with 1.4 million members in 193 countries. The International Association of Lions Clubs, through its fundraiser called "Campaign SightFirst," is trying to prevent or even cure 40 million cases of blindness worldwide. Lions from all around the world have raised over $148,600,00 for this program.

Orrville Lions Club membership offers extensive opportunities for the kind of volunteer experience you desire. You have the option to work on projects that interest you and/or undertake leadership roles of your choice. Membership in Orrville Lions can be a rich and rewarding experience. As with anything else, you will get out of it as much as you’d like to put into it. The friendships developed are priceless. The satisfaction derived by supporting our motto "We Serve" will bring a rich fulfillment to your life.

 Orrville YP is a program of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Participation is open to young professionals that work, or live, in the Orrville Area.  A variety of professional development, community service and networking opportunities are offered. 

 

Navigating the Ohio BWC
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:59pm
Navigating the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation is easier when you know who to call for what. A panel of experts will explain the specific role each manage and how you can best work with best work with each of them to provide services and care to your...
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Navigating the Ohio BWC

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:59pm

Navigating the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation is easier when you know who to call for what. A panel of experts will explain the specific role each manage and how you can best work with best work with each of them to provide services and care to your employees.  Come prepared to ask questions and get the answers you need.

Panel of experts include:

  • Managed Care Organization (MCO) – Deb Schlabach

  • Employment Services Specialist (ESS) – Drew Cate

  • Claims Services Specialist (CSS) – Denise Morris

  • Third Party Administrator (TPA) – Bob Nichol

Orrville Area Safety Council is a partnership between the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene and the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Safety Luncheons are held the second Wednesday of each month  at White's Maibach Ford Community Room, 1780 N Main St, Orrville.   Cost for lunch is $5 per person.  Reservations required.

Who Would YP's Most Like to Meet?
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:46am
Orrville YP provides an opportunity to build key relationships and collaborate with the best and brightest young professionals in the Orrville and Eastern Wayne County area. The potential for growing your network and connecting with the people you want to...
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Who Would YP's Most Like to Meet?

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:46am

Orrville YP provides an opportunity to build key relationships and collaborate with the best and brightest young professionals in the Orrville and Eastern Wayne County area. The potential for growing your network and connecting with the people you want to meet to achieve your goals is great.

Meet up for a small group discussion about Who Would YP's Most Like to Meet?   Your contributions will help to create the vision for Orrville YP 2015.

Can't come at 7:30am there is a second meeting time at 4pm on Dec 17.  Please RSVP via Orrville YP FB group or email lori@orrvillechamber.com

What YP's Wish They Knew
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:43am
Orrville YP provides an opportunity to build key relationships and collaborate with the best and brightest young professionals in the Orrville and Eastern Wayne County area. The potential for growing your network and connecting with the people you want to...
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What YP's Wish They Knew

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:43am

Orrville YP provides an opportunity to build key relationships and collaborate with the best and brightest young professionals in the Orrville and Eastern Wayne County area. The potential for growing your network and connecting with the people you want to meet to achieve your goals is great.

Meet up for a small group discussion about What YP's Wish They Knew.   Your contributions will help to create the vision for Orrville YP 2015.

Can't come at 7:30am there is a second meeting time at 4pm on Dec 3.  Please RSVP via Orrville YP FB group or email lori@orrvillechamber.com

Domino's Pizza Theater will celebrate the Grand Opening of their new store in Orrville, Ohio on Friday, November 14 & Saturday, November 15
Ribbon Cutting, Domino's Pizza Theater in Orrville
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:01am
Domino's Pizza Theater will celebrate the Grand Opening of their new store in Orrville, Ohio on Friday, November 14 & Saturday, November 15.  The new pizza theater store design allows flexibility for a number of features otherwise unheard of when it comes...
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Ribbon Cutting, Domino's Pizza Theater in Orrville

Domino's Pizza Theater will celebrate the Grand Opening of their new store in Orrville, Ohio on Friday, November 14 & Saturday, November 15

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:01am

Domino's Pizza Theater will celebrate the Grand Opening of their new store in Orrville, Ohio on Friday, November 14 & Saturday, November 15. 

The new pizza theater store design allows flexibility for a number of features otherwise unheard of when it comes to the “traditional” Domino’s store. Highlights include a comfortable lobby, open-area viewing of the food preparation process and the ability to track carryout orders electronically on a flat screen TV. The store also features chalkboards to allow customers to express their creativity or to leave feedback for the store team members.

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce invites Chamber Members, and friends, to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, November 14 at 10:15 am. 

 

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Laila Dutton, Pride of the Hills Manufacturing of Wooster, accepts a $100 gift card to Old Carolina Barbeque from Lorrie Goodnight, Ohio BWC Business Consultant at the Aug 13 meeting of the Orrville Area Safety Council
New Incentive for Orrville Area Safety Council members
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 2:48pm
The Orrville Area Safety Council introduced a new incentive to their monthly lunch and learn program.  A door prize valued at $100 will be awarded to one company each month.  The prizes are donated by business sponsors who receive recognition for their...
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New Incentive for Orrville Area Safety Council members

Laila Dutton, Pride of the Hills Manufacturing of Wooster, accepts a $100 gift card to Old Carolina Barbeque from Lorrie Goodnight, Ohio BWC Business Consultant at the Aug 13 meeting of the Orrville Area Safety Council

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 2:48pm

The Orrville Area Safety Council introduced a new incentive to their monthly lunch and learn program.  A door prize valued at $100 will be awarded to one company each month.  The prizes are donated by business sponsors who receive recognition for their support.  The lunch is also sponsored by businesses which help to keep the cost per person low.

“Door prizes are a fun way to encourage more employees from each of the businesses to attend Safety Council and learn how to best maintain a safe work environment,” stated Jennifer Frank, office manager, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The August door prize was a $100 gift card to Old Carolina Barbeque.  The winner, Pride of the Hills Manufacturing of Wooster, was selected by random drawing.  Laila Dutton, human resources manager for Pride of the Hills, accepted the prize and stated that she would like to use it towards a company picnic.

Lori Reinbolt, president, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, reminded the group that the door prize would be awarded to a company, not an individual, for the purpose of recognizing employees for safe work practices.

The monthly educational program, Get Ready for Prospective Billing, was presented by Lorrie Goodnight, Northeast Regional Business Consultant for the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.  As part of the ongoing efforts to modernize the Ohio BWC operations and provide better service to Ohio's employers, the Bureau will be transitioning to a new prospective billing system beginning in July 2015. Currently, Ohio employers pay for coverage they have already received. The switch to the industry standard of prospective billing provides many benefits, including: an overall base-rate reduction of 2 percent for private employers; opportunities for more flexible payment options (up to 12 monthly installments); better opportunities for BWC to provide quotes online or via the phone; increased ability for BWC to detect employer non-compliance and fraud.

Preventing Work Place Injuries, presented by Gene Lehman, Better Life Flex n Stretch, will be the topic for the September 10 meeting.  Lunch sponsor is Brenn-Field Nursing Center and $100 gift card to Gionino’s Pizza will be the door prize, donated by J Horst Manufacturing.

Orrville Area Safety Council is a partnership between the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene and the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Luncheons are held the second Wednesday of each month in the Community Room at White’s Maibach Ford, 1780 N Main St, Orrville.   Cost for lunch is $5 per person.  Contact 330-682-8881 to make reservations for September 10.

Local Companies Recognized for Safety
Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 4:52pm
The Orrville Area Safety Council celebrated Orrville’s 150th Anniversary as part of the Annual Safety Council Awards Luncheon held May 14 in the community room at White’s Maibach Ford.  The awards luncheon was sponsored by AultComp MCO.  Ice cream was donated...
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Local Companies Recognized for Safety

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 4:52pm

The Orrville Area Safety Council celebrated Orrville’s 150th Anniversary as part of the Annual Safety Council Awards Luncheon held May 14 in the community room at White’s Maibach Ford.  The awards luncheon was sponsored by AultComp MCO.  Ice cream was donated by Smith Dairy Products for the occasion.

Troy Manion, Safety Director for Hilscher-Clarke Electric, presented an informative look at the evolution of safety practices in industry and everyday life.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation awarded 55 local companies for excellence in safety practices.  Lorrie Goodnight, Business Consultant for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation was on hand to present the awards.

Awards were presented in four categories.  Many companies were honored with awards in multiple categories.

Achievement Awards acknowledged those companies that decreased their incident rate by at least 25% from the previous year.  Recipients included: Armstrong Cable Services, Kidron Electric, Orr Construction, Orrville Plumbing & Heating, Smith Dairy Products, Starrett Services, Inc, Village of Smithville and VT Hackney.

100% Awards were earned by 50 companies for working an entire year without a lost time injury or illness. 

Group Awards were earned by 14 companies with the lowest incident rate in their industry group. 

Special Awards were presented to 12 companies that accumulated at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without a lost-time injury.

View a list of all award winners here

Ron Ballentine, chair of the Safety Council Steering Committee, recognized members of the committee for their service.  Committee members included: Ron Browning, Chippewa Township, Josh Hanzie, Gerber Farm Division, Diana Morris, Baker Hughes, Rick Shefelton, Gerber’s Poultry.  Eric White and Jeff Ghindea from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation also serve on the Orrville Area Safety Council committee.

The June 11 meeting of the Council will include show and tell, a chance for companies to share best practices and then a safety sound off exercise that provides members the opportunity to discuss safety related concerns and challenges. Feedback is used to determine the topics that should be addressed by the 2015 Safety Council program.

 

The Orrville Area Safety Council is a program of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Deadline to enroll to participate in the 2015 Safety Council program is July 31.  Contact Jennifer Frank, 330-682-8881 for more information.

History of Safety and BWC Awards
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:30pm
Safe 4 the Right Reasons Presented by Troy Manion, Safety Director for Hilscher-Clarke Electric This program takes a look at why people take chances in our everyday lives at home and at work and tries to break down the barrier between multiple contractors and...
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History of Safety and BWC Awards

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:30pm

Safe 4 the Right Reasons

Presented by Troy Manion, Safety Director for Hilscher-Clarke Electric

This program takes a look at why people take chances in our everyday lives at home and at work and tries to break down the barrier between multiple contractors and the communication of job site hazards.  It will show real life examples of things we do everyday that are hazardous but we have become so complacent doing them that we have stopped seeing the hazards associated with these behaviors.

About the Presenter Troy Manion is an Authorized OSHA 502 Outreach Instructor. He has been instructing OSHA 10-hour, OSHA 30-hour, as well as OSHA's Process Safety Management Compliance Standards since 2007.  Troy started his career in safety in 2007 after 11 years in Operating Engineers working on and operating Asphalt Plants for Thomas Asphalt and the Shelly Company.  In 2007 he started working for Safety Resources of Ohio as a Safety Consultant where he was assigned to oversee contractors at the Marathon Oil Refinery in Canton, Ohio, working specifically with Hilscher-Clarke Electric as an onsite Safety Manager.  In 2010 he went to work full-time with Hilscher-Clarke Electric as Assistant Safety Director and in 2013 became the Safety Director. 

BWC AWARDS PRESENTATIONS

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation will present awards to members of the Orrville Area Safety Council to recognize exceptional safety practices throughout the past year. 

RSVP HERE

Buehler's Presents Be Food Safe
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 3:31pm
Four easy lessons of clean, separate, cook and chill can help prevent harmful bacteria from making you sick.   Director of Food Production, Mike Merritt and Food Technologist, James Austin from Buehler's Fresh Food Market will present "Be Food Safe" to the...
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Buehler's Presents Be Food Safe

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 3:31pm

Four easy lessons of clean, separate, cook and chill can help prevent harmful bacteria from making you sick.  

Director of Food Production, Mike Merritt and Food Technologist, James Austin from Buehler's Fresh Food Market will present "Be Food Safe" to the Orrville Area Safety Council on April 9.  At Buehler's food safety is priority number one.  Their employees are educated and certified through the State of Ohio's approved ServSafe program and have certified over 500 employees, making them true food safety experts.

Research findings for a national study conducted by the Partnership for Food Safety Education in 2007 reveal that a majority of adults (64 percent) indicated that it is 'very important' to follow safe food handling procedures and more than half of adults surveyed consider the threat of foodborne illness to be very serious.

However, less than 60 percent are correctly following important safe food handling practices. The Partnership's research shows that despite the fact that a majority of adults feel confident they understand and follow food handling procedures, a sizeable number do not consistently follow certain safe food handling practices.

The Partnership for Food Safety Education and its government liaisons from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, have joined to create a campaign to bring renewed focus and a fresh new look to the four core food safety practices of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

The lunch and learn program will be held in the community room at White's Maibach Ford, 1780 N Main Street, Orrville.  Lunch buffet at 11:30am followed by program at noon.  Cost to attend is $5.  Reservations are required.  Make your reservation on line http://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-food-safe-tickets-9956079903 or contact the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-682-8881.

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Cupcakes with a Mission
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:59am
Within just under three years of opening The Faithful Little Cupcake in downtown Wooster, owner Rayonna Leiner has expanded her one shop into six locations that sell her desserts. The Faithful Little Cupcake now sells delectables in three counties -- Wayne,...
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Cupcakes with a Mission

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:59am

Within just under three years of opening The Faithful Little Cupcake in downtown Wooster, owner Rayonna Leiner has expanded her one shop into six locations that sell her desserts.

The Faithful Little Cupcake now sells delectables in three counties -- Wayne, Holmes and Ashland. The business celebrated its three-year anniversary June 1 and Leiner said she cannot believe how the business has grown.

"This has been a journey for us," Leiner said. "We placed this business in God's hands in the very beginning. If you would have told me I would be doing this now, I would have never believed you."

In addition to the downtown Wooster location, Faithful Little Cupcake also has a store in the north end of Wooster, in downtown Orrville, at Jitters Coffee House in Millersburg, Ginger House Coffee in Berlin and Enjoy Gourmet Gifts and Spec in Ashland.

Since opening in 2011, Leiner said her mission of donating cakes to children who would otherwise not receive one has remained constant. For every wedding cake booked through Faithful Little Cupcake, the store donates a cake to a child in need.

"We don't want to bake to pay the lease. We want to bake to provide cakes for kids," Leiner said. "We have tried very hard to not lose sight of that mission."

Stories of children throughout Ohio who cannot afford a birthday cake have come pouring into the shop, and Leiner said she has never had to turn down a request. On average, she said the store gives away between two and five cakes per week to deserving children.

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LetterGraphics Sign Company
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:52am
Since starting in business in 1976, Lettergraphics has created signage for companies throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- and seen its work in Puerto Rico. "I was teaching in the Orrville (school) system, and my wife was also teaching in the Orrville...
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LetterGraphics Sign Company

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:52am

Since starting in business in 1976, Lettergraphics has created signage for companies throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- and seen its work in Puerto Rico.

"I was teaching in the Orrville (school) system, and my wife was also teaching in the Orrville system, and this was a business I knew I wanted to get into," founder Jim Webster said. "There was not a sign company in Orrville, so it was sort of a logical, natural choice."

Lettergraphics provides lighting and maintenance, vinyl graphics, logo design and custom routing for companies big and small. Owner Chris Butdorf said the signage requested is typically 50 percent interior work and 50 percent exterior.

"It's a good, healthy mix. ... We will do as much or as little as a client needs," Butdorf said.

The success of Lettergraphics' work can be seen throughout most businesses in Wayne County, as proved by the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce small business awards nominees, according to Butdorf.

"On this list of nominees, we have provided signage in various forms or fashions to almost everyone on the list," he said. "Word of mouth and referrals have been very good to us over the years. We've built some very solid relationships."

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State Issue 1 - Keep Our Community Strong
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 3:01pm
On May 6, voters will decide whether to approve Issue 1, renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program which has helped local communities all over Ohio complete 11,500 road, bridge, sewer and other infrastructure projects over the last 27 years. Here are...
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State Issue 1 - Keep Our Community Strong

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 3:01pm

On May 6, voters will decide whether to approve Issue 1, renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program which has helped local communities all over Ohio complete 11,500 road, bridge, sewer and other infrastructure projects over the last 27 years. Here are key facts about the program.

27 years of success helping local governments

More than 11,500 local road, bridge, sewer, water and solid waste projects have been completed under the program.

 Projects completed in all 88 counties.

See http://www.pwc.state.oh.us/AssistanceHistory.html for complete list.

Issue 1 extends the program 10 more years, authorizing $1.875 billion in infrastructure aid for local governments.

 Issue 1 approves $175 million a year for five years, then $200 million a year for five more years.

 Grants are up to 90 per cent for repair/replacement projects, 50 per cent for new projects.

 Objective allocation process makes sure all Ohioans benefit.

No increase in taxes

Funds to repay Issue 1 are already built into planning for future state budgets.

 Ohio’s high financial rating makes renewal and a modest expansion of one of Ohio’s most successful programs possible.

Issue 1 provides jobs

The program has created tens of thousands of jobs in 27 years, and Issue 1 will provide an estimated 35,000 more construction and allied jobs over the next decade.

 By improving roads, bridges, sewers and other facilities, Issue 1 improves job climate, quality of life for all Ohioans.

Strong tradition of bipartisan support

The Issue one capital improvements program is an enduring success for our state. First passed in 1987 and renewed again in 1995 and 2005, it has stood the test of time.

 Democrat and Republican mayors, county engineers, township trustees and leaders of both business and labor all back Issue 1.

 The vote to put Issue 1 on ballot was 31-0 in Ohio Senate, and 90-2 in Ohio House.

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Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:11am
Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced BIRDEYE as a finalist for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. The presentation of the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce will take place on April 8 at the Capitol Theatre...
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Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:11am

Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced BIRDEYE as a finalist for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.

The presentation of the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce will take place on April 8 at the Capitol Theatre in Columbus.  The award will be presented during the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception.  The award winner will receive a check for $25,000 and the local chamber that nominated the winner will receive $1,000.

This award is designed to identify, honor and financially assist a company in Ohio that is demonstrating the historical innovative spirit of our state.  The award recipient best demonstrates this entrepreneurial spirit through a recently introduced or pending introduction of a unique product or service that will have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the company, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic prosperity within the state.

Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce nominated BIRDEYE for the award earlier this year.  BIRDEYE is one of 10 companies selected as finalists. 

Venture Products receives Wayne Economic Development Council Quality Growth Award
Venture Products Receives WEDC Quality Growth Award
Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:46pm
Wayne Economic Development Council announces Venture Products Inc as the 2013 recipient of The Quality Growth Award .  This award is presented annually to a business that has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing Wayne County's economic future and quality...
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Venture Products Receives WEDC Quality Growth Award

Venture Products receives Wayne Economic Development Council Quality Growth Award

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:46pm

Wayne Economic Development Council announces Venture Products Inc as the 2013 recipient of The Quality Growth Award .  This award is presented annually to a business that has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing Wayne County's economic future and quality of life.  WEDC will present this award at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on March 25. 

This award is presented annually to a business that has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing our county’s economic future and quality of life.  Venture Products was chosen for a variety of reasons including an investment of more than $3.5 million to construct a new manufacturing facility on Venture Dr.  The new building encompasses more than 115,000 square feet and will create 20 high demand jobs.

Also in 2013, Venture Products was presented with the President’s “E” Award in recognition for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.  Company growth in global markets has increased by 80 percent over the past three years and Venture Products are now exported to over 20 countries, including Sweden, Japan, South Korea and Australia.  This growth has been a catalyst to the need for an increased workforce and the new manufacturing facility.

Venture Products, Inc has also demonstrated outstanding leadership as a corporate citizen.  Through leadership in the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Venture Products has helped to create sustainable business solutions to poverty and spurred community economic growth for millions across the globe.  This is in addition to all the company does locally.

Cascade Capital Corporation recognized the company as the 2013 Business Growth Award winner in recognition of having increased sales over the previous five years.

Learn more about Venture Products, Inc http://youtu.be/GUUuIuARqm0

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