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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...
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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 in the events section at www.orrvillechamber.com, 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

 

Announcing 2015 Orrville Area Map Project
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 12:20pm
The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Community Link to publish a new edition of the Orrville Area Street Map featuring the City of Orrville and the Villages of Dalton, Marshallville and Smithville.  A full Wayne County, Ohio map with an...
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Announcing 2015 Orrville Area Map Project

Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 12:20pm

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Community Link to publish a new edition of the Orrville Area Street Map featuring the City of Orrville and the Villages of Dalton, Marshallville and Smithville.  A full Wayne County, Ohio map with an inset of Kidron will also be included.

“This will be the fourth map project that the Orrville Chamber has partnered with Community Link,” stated Lori Reinbolt, president, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce. “[We] have been pleased with the professionalism of their team and the quality of the final product.”

The community map is an effective marketing tool for businesses looking to increase exposure to new and existing residents, employees and visitors to the Orrville Area.  The map is expected to be available early spring 2015.

This map has been well received in past years with an estimated 5,000 maps distributed each year.  Questions regarding map distribution may be directed to Lori Reinbolt, president, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, 330-682-8881.  Businesses and organizations interested in purchasing advertising space on the map may contact Rader Walker, project coordinator for Community Link, at 800-455-5600 ext 2010.

Distribution Plan for the 2015 Orrville Area Map

  • Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce information rack, Chamber new member packets and new employee packets.

  • Discover Orrville marketing promotions including: OFFA Fire In the Sky Softball Tournament (July), Orrville Lion’s Club Rib & Music Fest (Aug), Orrville Community Yard Sale (Oct), and Home for the Holidays (Nov).

  • Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels and tourist attractions throughout Wayne County, Ohio.

  • Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors at The University of Akron Wayne College and The Ohio State University/ATI

  • Orrville City Hall, Village offices in Dalton, Marshallville and Smithville, Orrville Public Library, Heartland Point Community Connecting Place, Aultman Orrville Hospital and local churches. Real estate agencies throughout Wayne County.

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce is 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

Professional Office Space Available
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 3:37pm
The southeast corner of Chiofalo Chiropractic Clinic has approximately 500 square feet available for lease to professionals.  It is located at 502 W High Street, Orrville located west of Dravenstott's Restaurant. Features include: new construction, excellent...
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Professional Office Space Available

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 3:37pm

The southeast corner of Chiofalo Chiropractic Clinic has approximately 500 square feet available for lease to professionals.  It is located at 502 W High Street, Orrville located west of Dravenstott's Restaurant.

Features include: new construction, excellent location, illuminated signage features two 24 square foot signs in close proximity to a stop light at a busy intersection.  A 35 square foot building sign is also included.  Sound insulation in walls, mail slot, half bath, water cooler, storage room, separate utilities.

Rent: $575 plus utilities. Contact John D. Chiofalo, 330-683-1533, to inquire

FNB Family Walks
Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 3:27pm
First National Bank is interested in the health of its employees and the communities it serves.  We are excited to sponsor (4) Family Walks during the month of September.  The walks will be held from 4:30 – 7:00 PM each Thursday evening in Orrville from...
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FNB Family Walks

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 3:27pm

First National Bank is interested in the health of its employees and the communities it serves.  We are excited to sponsor (4) Family Walks during the month of September.  The walks will be held from 4:30 – 7:00 PM each Thursday evening in Orrville from September 4th – 25th for families and walkers of all ages. 

A drawing will be held after each week for a $25 Visa gift card.  Participants will need to register for the drawing at either the Market Street or West High Street First National locations and have both locations punch the card to show the completion of the loop between the two branches. 

In case of inclement weather, the walk will be cancelled. 

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.
MANUFACTURING DAY LUNCH TO FOCUS ON WORKFORCE TRENDS
Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:50am
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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MANUFACTURING DAY LUNCH TO FOCUS ON WORKFORCE TRENDS

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.

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:50am

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.  Purchase Tickets Here

More than 2,000 workers and 230 human resources managers were surveyed this year on their opinions and attitudes around critical workplace topics in the context of ongoing social and economic events. The survey topics included recruitment, employee engagement, job satisfaction, retention, employee advocacy, social media use, generational differences and work/life balance.

The findings from this in-depth research revealed new and exciting trends and insights from both employees and employers. These results will help inform employers' strategies on the entire employment life cycle from attracting, recruiting and engaging workers to retention, driving employee advocacy and finally, retirement.

"The results from the 2014 Emerging Workforce Study are compelling and provide important insights in changes taking place in the workplace," said Sandy Mazur. "With the myriad of economic changes directly affecting the workplace, employers and HR managers are encouraged to attend this event to understand the shifting dynamics of the workforce. Companies that are familiar with these insights will be ahead of the pack when it comes to employee recruitment, retention and engagement."

The event includes a luncheon buffet catered by Old Carolina Barbeque starting at 11:30am.  Participants will have an opportunity to view manufacturing and workforce development exhibits prior to the keynote presentation at noon.

Immediately following Mazur’s remarks, Spherion will offer an optional breakout session for participants interested in gaining a deeper understanding of employee needs and aspirations can learn how to more effectively recruit, motivate and retain employees.

A second breakout session highlighting 3D printing technology and services available to local manufacturers will be presented by The University of Akron Wayne College.

Tickets to the luncheon are $15.  Tables of 8 are available for $100.  PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.  Contact the Orrville Area Chamber for more information about this event, 330-682-8881.

The Celebration of National Manufacturing Day in Wayne County is sponsored by Spherion Staffing and The University of Akron Wayne College.  The event is a partnership between the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce and the new Wayne Innovation Network (WIN) initiative of the Wayne Economic Development Council.

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When Disaster Strikes
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:34pm
 The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency is the authority that is reponsible for responding to disasters including floods, tornadoes, chemical spills or incidents of terrorism. How quickly your company can get back to business after a disaster often...
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When Disaster Strikes

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:34pm

 The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency is the authority that is reponsible for responding to disasters including floods, tornadoes, chemical spills or incidents of terrorism.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a disaster often depends on emergency planning done today.  Whilie recognizing that each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if it plans carefully, puts emergency procedures in place and practices for all kinds of emergencies.

This presentation will outline common sense measures business owners and manager can take to prepare.  A commitment to planning today will help protect your business investment and give your company a better chance for survival. RSVP Required

CEO's and personnel responsible for your organization's emergency response plans are encouraged to attend.

Showing Good Character Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:37am
Showing Good Character Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is the theme for Character Education Week, September 26 - Oct 7.  Character Education is a committee of the Heartland Education Community, a community coalition that began in 1991 to explore ways to...
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Showing Good Character Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:37am

Showing Good Character Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is the theme for Character Education Week, September 26 - Oct 7.  Character Education is a committee of the Heartland Education Community, a community coalition that began in 1991 to explore ways to leverage the talent and resources of the community to improve education.

MORE ABOUT CHARACTER EDUCATION IN ORRVILLE

 

Historic Homes Tour
Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 - 3:24pm
Orrville Historical Society invites you to tour the Stansbury House, 425 S Main Street, Orrville on Saturday, September 20 between 1pm - 3pm.  This gorgeous brick Italianate dates from 1872. Built initially for John Saurer, the home was purchased at auction...
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Historic Homes Tour

Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 - 3:24pm

Orrville Historical Society invites you to tour the Stansbury House, 425 S Main Street, Orrville on Saturday, September 20 between 1pm - 3pm.  This gorgeous brick Italianate dates from 1872. Built initially for John Saurer, the home was purchased at auction in 1894 by the J. W. Stansbury family for $3,600. The Stansbury famil...y converted the home into a duplex in 1921. It remained in the Stansbury family until 1960 until it was purchased by Albert and Shirley Struck. The Strucks had been renting it since 1947.

The12 room house has many unique architectural details including 10 foot high doors and hand-carved ornate frames. The gingerbread on the exterior is complemented by cast iron window caps and sills.

First Aid/CPR/AED Certification
Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:48am
The American Red Cross of Wayne County will offer an Adult and Pediatric first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certification to area residents. The price for the class is $110, but residents who fall within...
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First Aid/CPR/AED Certification

Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:48am

The American Red Cross of Wayne County will offer an Adult and Pediatric first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certification to area residents. The price for the class is $110, but residents who fall within the 250 Federal Poverty Guidelines or qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch program may attend at no charge. It will be held at the Orrville YMCA (1801 Smucker Rd, Orrville) on Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

To register for the class, please call the Wayne County Chapter at 330- 264-9383. There is a 16 person maximum.

Learning basic first aid, how to administer CPR, or how to use an AED can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest or other medical emergency. The Red Cross has set a goal of having one certified family member in every household. Certifications are valid for a two-year period.

The American Red Cross offers a wide variety of classes that meet the needs of the general public, workplaces, schools and organizations. Select from a range of courses, including First Aid, CPR and AED training and others such as water safety and babysitting.  Visit redcross.org/takeaclass for details.

Digital Campaigns That Drive Action
Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:07am
Join us for the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce 4th Friday Business Matters Luncheon on September 26 and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters...
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Digital Campaigns That Drive Action

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:07am

Join us for the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce 4th Friday Business Matters Luncheon on September 26 and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters and announcements.  Lunch Cost is $10.  RSVP Here

Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective.


 Attendees of this presentation will learn:

  • The different types of newsletters
  • What to write about in your newsletter or announcement and how to consider using images
  • Subject line best practices, and when to send your newsletter
  • The importance of understanding how connected email and social media are…they have to be done together.
  • What types of additional tools might be useful

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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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