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LOCAL BUSINESSES SCRAMBLE AT ORRVILLE CHAMBER GOLF OUTING
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 3:18pm
ORRVILLE, OH, September 24, 2014– The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce annual golf scramble was held at The Pines Golf Club on Sept 17.  Twenty local businesses participated in the outing sponsored by Serpentini Chevrolet of Orrville. "The Chamber and all of...
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LOCAL BUSINESSES SCRAMBLE AT ORRVILLE CHAMBER GOLF OUTING

Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 3:18pm

ORRVILLE, OH, September 24, 2014– The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce annual golf scramble was held at The Pines Golf Club on Sept 17.  Twenty local businesses participated in the outing sponsored by Serpentini Chevrolet of Orrville.

"The Chamber and all of the volunteers and sponsors did a great job planning and organizing a very nice outing" shared Jason Anderson, general manager.  "Serpentini Orrville welcomes the opportunity to sponsor such a great event,”

Orrville Utilities team included, Mike Hedberg, Walt Samson, Rick Troyer and Jim Leggett, took first place honors with a score of 18 under par.  Scrambling for second and third in a score card playoff was First National Bank and D+S Distribution.  Both teams came in 19 under par.

Colby Chamberlin, The Commerical and Savings Bank, won proximity prize for longest putt sponsored by MT Business Technologies and prize for longest drive went to Mike Sollenberger, Proforma.

First National Bank scored the prize money for the Orrville YP Power Ball sponsored by Justin Haislip State Farm Insurance.  Skins game was won by The University of Akron Wayne College, who generously donated their winnings back to the Chamber.

The Scott’s Company generously sponsored the beverage cart and Aultman Orrville Hospital provided sponsorship for the Super Circle Challenge.  Hole sponsors for the event included: Brenn-Field Nursing Center, First National Bank, Hummel Group Insurance, Mennonite Mutual Insurance, JLG Industries, PNC Bank and Venture Products.

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble is held annually in September. The event benefits the Orrville Area Young Professionals Network, a professional development organization that provides opportunities for YP's to network, grow and become involved in the local community.  The Chamber appreciated assistance from the Orrville YP volunteers who assisted with various tasks to help make the event an enjoyable experience for everyone. 

The Holiday House Designers' Showcase tour will be held for the General Public : November 14th, 4-8pm, November 15th & 16th, 12-4pm. The tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Buehler's participating stores in Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth and at Audrey's Attic, Orrville.  Tickets will also be available at the door.
Historic Thorne House is 2014 Holiday House
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:19am
The Friends & Neighbors of Every Woman's House will hold their 2014 Holiday House Designers' Showcase house tour in the historic 1894 Arts & Crafts style house located in Wooster, Ohio named the Charles Thorne House. Local area Designers and ...
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Historic Thorne House is 2014 Holiday House

The Holiday House Designers' Showcase tour will be held for the General Public : November 14th, 4-8pm, November 15th & 16th, 12-4pm. The tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Buehler's participating stores in Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth and at Audrey's Attic, Orrville.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:19am

The Friends & Neighbors of Every Woman's House will hold their 2014 Holiday House Designers' Showcase house tour in the historic 1894 Arts & Crafts style house located in Wooster, Ohio named the Charles Thorne House. Local area Designers and  Merchants will decorate this lovely home for you to enjoy for the Holidays!
 
Mr. Thorne was the first Director of the Ohio Agricultural Research Experiment Station and shared his knowledge as a farmer, journalist, scientist and administrator for over three decades. He was fondly named "the old man of agriculture".
 
The Holiday House Designers' Showcase tour will be held for the General Public : November 14th, 4-8pm, November 15th & 16th, 12-4pm. The tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Buehler's participating stores in Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth and at Audrey's Attic, Orrville.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  The Thorne House is located at the OARDC, at the corner of Secrest Road and Madison Avenue, Wooster, Ohio. A shuttle service will also be provided for the public.
 
All proceed from the Holiday House 2014 will be used by the Wayne County, Ohio, Every Woman's House to provide services to victims of domestic violence. Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the history of this wonderful home!

Runions' Furniture is inviting pet owners everywhere to submit photos for their 2015 Couch Potato Pets Calendar.
Calling All Pets!
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:52pm
Runions' Furniture is inviting pet owners everywhere to submit photos for their 2015 Couch Potato Pets Calendar. The popular calendar, first published in 2014, features photos of area pets interacting with furniture in some way- curled up on the bed, guarding...
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Calling All Pets!

Runions' Furniture is inviting pet owners everywhere to submit photos for their 2015 Couch Potato Pets Calendar.

Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:52pm

Runions' Furniture is inviting pet owners everywhere to submit photos for their 2015 Couch Potato Pets Calendar. The popular calendar, first published in 2014, features photos of area pets interacting with furniture in some way- curled up on the bed, guarding the recliner, hogging the sofa, etc. All entries will be entered in a drawing for a $200 Roomscapes/ Runions' Furniture gift card. In addition, each photo selected for the calendar will earn 10 free calendars and additional gifts from Runions' Furniture. To enter, send your favorite couch potato pet photo to pets@runionsfurniture.com by September 30 - or bring in your hard copy photo to either Runions' Furniture in Orrville or Roomscapes in downtown Wooster. Entries should be as high resolution as possible in either jpeg, tif, ping or gif format.

OrrViews needs to raise $8,100 by the end of the year to reach our goal. Your donation, no matter the size, will help us accomplish that.
Don't Forget OrrViews
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 3:21pm
This has been another busy year of capturing life in Orrville.   We ask that you take a moment to think of what our lives would be like, and how we would communicate our happenings and capture our historical moments, without our community news source.  ...
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Don't Forget OrrViews

OrrViews needs to raise $8,100 by the end of the year to reach our goal. Your donation, no matter the size, will help us accomplish that.

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 3:21pm

This has been another busy year of capturing life in Orrville.   We ask that you take a moment to think of what our lives would be like, and how we would communicate our happenings and capture our historical moments, without our community news source.   Although we are close, as of mid-September, we have not reached our budget goal for 2014.  OrrViews needs to raise $8,100 by the end of the year to reach our goal. Your donation, no matter the size, will help us accomplish that.

Please send your 2014 tax-deductible sponsorship  to OrrViews at P.O. Box 405, Orrville, OH  44667 or to sponsor by using a credit card, visit  http://www.heartlandorrville.com/orrviews/become-sponsor

Win A Car, Support A Mission, Bag Bargains All Around Orrville Oct 4
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 2:37pm
Local yard sale enthusiasts will have plenty to keep them busy at the annual Uptown, Downtown, All Around Town community yard sale in Orrville on Saturday, October 4. “It’s fun to see the yard sale listings come in to the Chamber office.” stated Lori Reinbolt...
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Win A Car, Support A Mission, Bag Bargains All Around Orrville Oct 4

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 2:37pm

Local yard sale enthusiasts will have plenty to keep them busy at the annual Uptown, Downtown, All Around Town community yard sale in Orrville on Saturday, October 4.

“It’s fun to see the yard sale listings come in to the Chamber office.” stated Lori Reinbolt, president, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Residents, merchants and non-profit organizations come together to offer traditional and unexpected items to bargain hunters from all over. The number of visitors the sale day attracts grows every year.”

Residential sales are planned throughout the city, 9am – 4pm.  Rain or shine.  A list of registered sales can be found http://www.orrvillechamber.com/sites/default/files/20140925155048651.pdf, or follow Orrville Community Yard Sale 2014 on Facebook.

A sale day flyer including a listing of residential sales and special discounts offered by local merchants will be available at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce office starting the week of September 29 and on sale day at the bright red Discover Orrville tent located in City Lot A (W Market St) near the Everything Rubbermaid truck load sale. 

Come early for the best selection of quality Rubbermaid merchandise.  The truck load sale is an annual attraction and always draws a large crowd.

The Discover Orrville tent will also have Orrville Sesquicentennial clocks, ornaments and posters at discounted prices.  The first 10 shoppers to purchase a clock will receive a $25 American Express gift card as an early incentive to Shop Small, Buy Orrville for the holidays.

Enter to WIN a 2014 Ford Escape S compliments of Bennet's Appliance Center, 1300 W High Street, during their Annual Sidewalk Sale featuring appliances, furniture, electronics, mattresses, vacuums, and other miscellaneous items. Scratch & dents, used appliances and truck load buys will also be part of the sale.

Participating for the first time, Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO), 322 Westwood Ave, will have antique medical equipment for sale along with household and clothing items.  All proceeds benefit CAMO programs in Honduras.  Tours of the facility will also be provided.

Bake Sale at the Orrville Mennonite Church, 1305 W Market Street, will support the Community Birth Circle, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting mothers and families through pregnancy and childbirth.  Miscellaneous yard sale items will also be for sale.

Christ United Church of Christ, 301 N Main, invites shoppers to stop for a lunch of sauerkraut, bratwurst, hot dogs and sides.  Proceeds support the church’s disaster response and recovery ministries.

Warren Craig, new owner of East of Chicago Pizza on W High Street, will offer a Yard Sale Day special of 10% off dine in orders, excluding buffet.

The J.M. Smucker Company Store & Café, 333 Wadsworth Road, will have Hot apple (or peach) dumpling al a mode with hot beverage of choice for $2.99.  Flavor of the month includes all coffee 15% off.

Additional sales and specials are being added daily.  Check www.orrvillechamber.com or the Orrville Community Yard Sale 2014 Facebook page for updates.

Uptown, Downtown, All Around Town Community Yard Sale Day is held annually the first Saturday in October.  The event is coordinated by Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, the foremost voice for the business community. As the area’s leading business association, we actively engage our members and community to be the dynamic force for community progress.  We are an essential resource and serve as the communities business advocate.  We collaborate regionally to promote growth in Orrville and eastern Wayne County, while adhering to the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity.  Visit www.orrvillechamber.com

 

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Breakfast Before Business on October 16 at ReStore - Habitat for Humanity Wayne County, 6096 E Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH
BBB ReStore - New Location
Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:47pm
Breakfast Before Business on October 16 at ReStore - Habitat for Humanity Wayne County, 6096 E Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH ReStore is a place where you can donate or shop for home improvement materials, appliances and home construction or remodeling items. Come...
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BBB ReStore - New Location

Breakfast Before Business on October 16 at ReStore - Habitat for Humanity Wayne County, 6096 E Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:47pm

Breakfast Before Business on October 16 at ReStore - Habitat for Humanity Wayne County, 6096 E Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH

ReStore is a place where you can donate or shop for home improvement materials, appliances and home construction or remodeling items. Come see their fabulous new retail space while networking with your Chamber colleagues. Please RSVP. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-before-business-at-restore-wayne-county-tickets-13442574101

More about ReStore:  Habitat’s ReStore accepts donations from a wide variety of resources including individuals, companies, corporations, government entities and more. The donations can be building materials and related usable "stuff" that includes tools, appliances and lawn and garden items. Examples include new, excess inventory, over-runs and used material and appliances. We sell these items creating income to be u...sed in the construction of new homes in Wayne County, Ohio for families in need of affordable housing.

Relocating, remodeling, downsizing, or under construction? We encourage builders, businesses and individuals to help us prevent reusable building supplies from going to landfills by donating them to Habitat for Humanity.
We will gladly provide a receipt for your use in tax preparation. All donated items are incorporated into new Habitat homes or sold to raise funds for building new homes. Please help support Habitat’s efforts to eliminate sub-standard housing in Wayne County.

Call 330-465-7569 or 330-264-4999 to schedule a drop-off or pick-up of your donated materials.

2014 Orrville Community Yard Sale Day, Oct 4
2014 Orrville Community Yard Sale
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:59am
Get ready for Orrville's Community Yard Sale Day on Saturday, Oct 4, 2014.  Check out the sale listings here and follow OrrvilleChamber on Twitter or the Yard Sale event page on Facebook for updates on deals and discounts all around town.  A few listings were...
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2014 Orrville Community Yard Sale

2014 Orrville Community Yard Sale Day, Oct 4

Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:59am

Get ready for Orrville's Community Yard Sale Day on Saturday, Oct 4, 2014.  Check out the sale listings here and follow OrrvilleChamber on Twitter or the Yard Sale event page on Facebook for updates on deals and discounts all around town. 

A few listings were submitted after the sale day flyer was published.  Don't miss these great additions!

Sale location: 3404 York Road, Orrville
Sale Highlights: Friday and Saturday 8-4: Lighthouse Collection, New Items, Clothing for the Family, Breast Cancer Awareness Items, Toys, Pictures, Windows for Crafts.


Sale location: 307 E Chestnut
Sale Highlights: Furniture. Miscellaneous kids stuff.


Sale location: 121 Wabash ave, Orrville, oh 44667
Sale Highlights: Lots of great items at this sale. Little girls clothes size 3t, girls toddler bed with mattress, men's work boots, women's shoes, scrubs I'm various sizes and much more. Stop out and check it out


Sale location: 793 Apple Blossom Lane, Orrville
Sale Highlights: High chair, booster seat, toddler and baby toys and clothes in very good condition, lots of quality household items - please stop by!

 

Safety Resource Library
Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 6:36pm
Did you know that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has a library?  A plethora of free informational services on the topics of occupational safety and health, workers' compensation, and rehabilitation are available to employers in the State of Ohio. The...
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Safety Resource Library

Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 6:36pm

Did you know that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has a library?  A plethora of free informational services on the topics of occupational safety and health, workers' compensation, and rehabilitation are available to employers in the State of Ohio.

The Ohio BWC provides the only such library in the state of Ohio, and one of the few in the nation. While most special libraries are not open to the public, our library serves employers, local and state government, legal and health care professionals, Ohio's work force and the general public.  

Presentation will explain what is available and how to access resources including:  6,000 books, 200 magazines and newsletters, 600 safety and health videos, online tools and resources.  Research services are also available through the library.

Sharon Roney, Ohio BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene Librarian, will present to the Orrville Area Safety Council on November 12.  RVSP Required

Recruitment & Retention Trends Affecting Local Workforce
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
The Emerging Workforce Study (EWS), conducted by Spherion Staffing Services, has examined the issues and trends impacting the workplace and the employment life cycle for more than 15 years. Spherion Division President Sandy Mazur will deliver the keynote...
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Recruitment & Retention Trends Affecting Local Workforce

Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Emerging Workforce Study (EWS), conducted by Spherion Staffing Services, has examined the issues and trends impacting the workplace and the employment life cycle for more than 15 years. Spherion Division President Sandy Mazur will deliver the keynote address on this year's EWS findings and its implications for companies at Wayne County’s National Manufacturing Day luncheon October 3 at The University of Akron Wayne College.  Cost to attend the luncheon is $15.  RSVP here

An optional break out session focused on the Recruitment and Retention of employees will be offered by Spherion starting at 1:15pm  The session will look at current manufacturing sector economic indicators, overall national health of the industry

·       Understanding projected and anticipated hiring trends by manufacturers, including supply and demographic challenges facing the industry
·       What are Ohio’s specific manufacturing hiring trends, and obstacles
·       Data findings from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce Study, uncovering manufacturing workers’ mindset, values and expectations when it comes to their workplace and employer, including:
o   How manufacturing workers find their jobs, and what influences their decision to join a company
o   How engaged are manufacturing workers today? And, what would improve their level of engagement?
o   Training and re-training is a key issue for today’s manufacturing companies, how satisfied are manufacturing workers with training and development programs at their current employer?
o   What aspects of their job/company makes manufacturing workers more loyal?
o   When it comes to skills and safety training, Millennials require a new, innovative approach.
o   How can manufacturers protect their Millennial workforce, and better satisfy them to overcome Boomer retirement gaps?

A Good Layout for Entrepreneurship
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 3:24pm
"We make free decorating "house calls" to help you plan your room, we still offer free delivery on our own trucks by our own trained staff, and we still provide product service under our roof for all the things we sell."  Jack Runion, owner, Runions Furniture...
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A Good Layout for Entrepreneurship

Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 3:24pm

"We make free decorating "house calls" to help you plan your room, we still offer free delivery on our own trucks by our own trained staff, and we still provide product service under our roof for all the things we sell."  Jack Runion, owner, Runions Furniture in Orrville, will share his "Layout" for success at the Orrville YP Professional Development Luncheon on Oct 8.  RSVP Required.  Cost $10

Register here

 

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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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