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New Manager Nagy's Orrville
Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:08am
Nagy’s Collision Specialists is proud to announce they have promoted Josh Leiner to Manager of their Orrville location. Josh is responsible for overseeing the day to day office management and also managing the estimating, load leveling to our 10 locations,...
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New Manager Nagy's Orrville

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:08am

Nagy’s Collision Specialists is proud to announce they have promoted Josh Leiner to Manager of their Orrville location. Josh is responsible for overseeing the day to day office management and also managing the estimating, load leveling to our 10 locations, transporters & rental cars.  Josh came to us almost a year ago from Green Energy where he Managed Oil & Gas Production and was an Estimator at our Spurgeon Chevrolet location. Josh is a 2006 graduate of  Waynedale & resides in Wooster with his wife Ashley.

Nagy’s Collision Specialists has locations in Ashland, Doylestown, Green, Hartville, Orrville, Millersburg, Wadsworth, & Wooster. Nagy’s offers services unlike others in the area such as Autowatch, an online viewing of your repairs being completed and e-Estimates so you can get an Estimate without leaving your home or office. Nagy’s Collision Specialists’ mission is to repair vehicles back to pre-loss condition efficiently, effectively and with the highest quality, while maintaining a strong moral integrity.

For more information about Nagy’s Collision Specialists visit www.nagys.com or call (330) 642-1012.

Gift of Downtown Decorations
Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 - 9:21am
New Christmas decorations were hung at the four major intersections in downtown Orrville on December 4.  The new decorations were a gift to the City of Orrville from the Orrville Area Development Foundation.   In September, the OADF received a donation of $7K...
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Gift of Downtown Decorations

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 - 9:21am

New Christmas decorations were hung at the four major intersections in downtown Orrville on December 4.  The new decorations were a gift to the City of Orrville from the Orrville Area Development Foundation.
 
In September, the OADF received a donation of $7K from the former Main Street Orrville organization that ceased operations in October, 2013.  It was the desire of the former MSO Board of Directors that the funds be used for a downtown improvement. 
 
“The Main Street donation was an unexpected gift,” stated Lori Reinbolt, executive vice president, Orrville Area Development Foundation. “{We} felt that it was only appropriate present a gift in return.”
 
The City’s downtown street decorations were in dire need of replacement and the OADF Board was glad that they were able to provide this gift to the City for everyone to enjoy.

Watch Your Mail for the 2015 Orrville Area Chamber Membership Renewal
Watch Your Mail for Chamber Membership Renewal Packet
Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:22am
Annual Chamber Membership Renewal invoices will be mailed the week of December 1.  While the Membership Investment Rates for 2015 remain the same as 2014, the renewal packet will contain more than an invoice this year.  The Chamber Marketing Committee has...
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Watch Your Mail for Chamber Membership Renewal Packet

Watch Your Mail for the 2015 Orrville Area Chamber Membership Renewal

Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:22am

Annual Chamber Membership Renewal invoices will be mailed the week of December 1. 

While the Membership Investment Rates for 2015 remain the same as 2014, the renewal packet will contain more than an invoice this year.  The Chamber Marketing Committee has designed a new membership folder that provides information on all the benefits and opportunities available to members of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce.   

 

We hope that you take time to review the packet and contact the office to learn more about services that you may not be participating in. Call us at 330-682-8881 or email chamberoffice@orrvillechamber.

Dec the Door Trophy, custom designed locally by PS Trophy, will be presented to the winner of the Dec The Doors contest on Dec 12, 2014
VOTE NOW Dec the Doors Contest
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 1:17pm
VOTE NOW FOR YOUR FAVORITE DOOR! Voting has begun in the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce DEC THE DOORS contest.  This new holiday contest to kicks off The Chamber's Centennial Celebration "Opening Doors Since 1915"   A custom designed trophy, created by PS...
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VOTE NOW Dec the Doors Contest

Dec the Door Trophy, custom designed locally by PS Trophy, will be presented to the winner of the Dec The Doors contest on Dec 12, 2014

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 1:17pm

VOTE NOW FOR YOUR FAVORITE DOOR!

Voting has begun in the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce DEC THE DOORS contest.  This new holiday contest to kicks off The Chamber's Centennial Celebration "Opening Doors Since 1915"  

A custom designed trophy, created by PS Trophy of Orrville, will be presented to the winner of the Dec The Doors contest on Dec 12, 2014

Selection of Finalists

  • Finalists will be determined by public vote via the contest website through December 8.
  • The public will be permitted to submit one vote per day throughout the voting period.
  • Organizations may promote the contest to their customers/clients and encourage voting.
  • Three finalists will be selected.

Announcement of Winner

  • Winner will be selected from the three finalists by the Orrville Area Chamber Marketing Committee.
  • Winner will be announced at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Before Business event on Friday, Dec 12, 2014

An Evening to Come Home Nov 28
Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:43pm
A seasonal mix of entertainment and holiday open house events at downtown merchants will provide a full evening of family fun at Orrville’s Home For The Holidays on Friday, November 28, 5-8pm.  Take note of times for scheduled entertainment and plan your...
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An Evening to Come Home Nov 28

Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:43pm

A seasonal mix of entertainment and holiday open house events at downtown merchants will provide a full evening of family fun at Orrville’s Home For The Holidays on Friday, November 28, 5-8pm. 

Take note of times for scheduled entertainment and plan your evening accordingly.

5pm – Jingle Bell Christmas Magic Show with Ellie Elf at the Orrville Public Library.  Seating for this 30 minute show is on a first come, first serve basis.  The University of Akron Wayne Warriors basketball teams will assist with the show.  A second show will begin at 7pm with strolling elfin magic performed between shows.

5:45pm - Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at the Smith Orr Homestead on W Market Street.  Please line the driveway closest to the street to wait for Santa’s arrival.  Santa’s elves will have coupons for a free dessert at Dravenstott’s and The University of Akron Roo Crew will distribute Orrville Sesquicentennial posters.  Fun character cut-outs will be provided for photo opportunities by the Orrville Historical Society and The Will-Burt Company will offer treats in the carriage house in addition to providing light for the Homestead grounds.

6pm – The Commercial & Savings Bank will crown the Holiday Prince and Snowflake Princess on the balcony followed by short, yet impressive, explosion of holiday lights from the Orrville Firefighter’s Association.  Best viewing location for fireworks will be the lawn of the Smith Orr Homestead.

6:30pm -  Wayne County Choral Union will share a preview of Christmas tunes at Heartland Point.  Everyone is invited to come to Christ United Church of Christ for a 45 minute choral concert and sing-a-long starting at 7:15pm.

7pm – Musical selections will be performed at the Augsburg Lutheran church on Water Street. 

Stroll between entertainment spots throughout the evening.  Live Reindeer will find a resting spot outside Serpentini’s Body Shop at the corner of W High and N Main.  Aultman Orrville Hospital will be located inside.

Visit more animals at the Living Nativity exhibit located outside Christ United Church of Christ.  Inside the church will be Christmas for a Cause a new event feature to spotlight eight local non-profit agencies and the causes they represent.

White’s Maibach Ford will have cookies and hot beverages available at Orrville City Hall.  Brenn-Field Nursing Center will also offer seasonal hospitality.

Stop in at Heartland Point to color a snowflake for the OrrViews coloring contest, get your face painted by Heartland Education Community and sample Java Coast coffee at the café.

A limited number of Orrville Sesquicentennial clocks and ornaments will be available for purchase at Pickett & Pickett Tax & Investments.  Stop in to welcome Pickett’s staff who recently relocated from their Dalton office.

Shop for holiday décor at Audrey’s Attic and visit Main Street’s newest merchant, Christian Homestead Bookstore for gold star specials and receive a Christmas treat bag with purchase.

The Faithful Little Cupcake will host Trent Nationwide Insurance.  Wayne County Community Federal Credit Union will offer cheesecake bites this year.

Decorate a Christmas card for a veteran at First National Bank.

Visit PNC Bank for a cool balloon hat.

Brown’s Furniture Sleep Shop will host Old Carolina Barbeque and offer slider sandwiches while supplies last.

Santa and his elves will stroll the sidewalks.  You may hear his sleigh bells at Michael’s Bakery or Justin Haislip State Farm Insurance.

Orrville YMCA challenges you to a tricycle race at Cornerstone Park.  Runion’s Furniture will have copies of their 2015 Coach Potato Pets calendar available for gifting.

Santa Train tickets will be on sale at the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society Museum.  Train rides will take place on Saturday, November 29.

Make plans now to bring your family downtown, invite a few friends too, and experience Home for the Holidays with a renewed sense of community spirit.

Home for the Holidays 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. 

Visit www.orrvillechamber.com or follow Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce page on Facebook. 

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Breakfast Before Business at Pickett and Pickett Tax and Investments Jan 22, 2015
January Breakfast Before Business at Pickett & Pickett
Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:18am
David and Kerry Pickett invite Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce members to Breakfast Before Business on January 22, 2015.  Visit their downtown Orrville office location, 144 N Main Street, meet the staff and learn about all of the services available.  Please...
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January Breakfast Before Business at Pickett & Pickett

Breakfast Before Business at Pickett and Pickett Tax and Investments Jan 22, 2015

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:18am

David and Kerry Pickett invite Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce members to Breakfast Before Business on January 22, 2015.  Visit their downtown Orrville office location, 144 N Main Street, meet the staff and learn about all of the services available.  Please RSVP 330-682-8881.

Infection Control in the Workplace presented by Beth Chenevey, Aultman Orrville Hospital, Jan 14, 2015
Infection Control in the Workplace
Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 9:44am
Infection control in the workplace begins by assuming that everyone is potentially infectious. Basic techniques include regular hand washing and keeping the workplace clean.  Beth Chenevey, Director of Quality and Infection Control, Aultman Orrville Hospital...
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Infection Control in the Workplace

Infection Control in the Workplace presented by Beth Chenevey, Aultman Orrville Hospital, Jan 14, 2015

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 9:44am

Infection control in the workplace begins by assuming that everyone is potentially infectious. Basic techniques include regular hand washing and keeping the workplace clean.  Beth Chenevey, Director of Quality and Infection Control, Aultman Orrville Hospital, will present strategies and procedures for keeping your workplace clean and healthy.

Cost to attend is $5 per person.  Includes catered lunch.  Please RSVP to 330-682-8881

Santa Train
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:48am
Come have a visit with Santa aboard The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society’s vintage passenger cars decorated for the Christmas season.  During this short round trip from McGill Street to Orrville Junction, Santa will move through the train to visit with each...
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Santa Train

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:48am

Come have a visit with Santa aboard The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society’s vintage passenger cars decorated for the Christmas season.  During this short round trip from McGill Street to Orrville Junction, Santa will move through the train to visit with each child and collect their Christmas list. A Christmas Story will be read and holiday music by Harry Arble will be provided.

Departure times are:

  • 11: AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM

COACH: $5 per passenger

All trips leave from the McGill Street boarding area.

Tickets will be available trackside the day of the event and at the Depot during Holidays at the Depot (see below). Tickets may also be purchase by mail by using the form below. Tickets will not be offered online.

Seating is limited on each trip. Tickets sold on a first come, first served basis.

Orrville Pet Spa 10 Year Anniversary
Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 - 9:26am
Orrville Pet Spa and Resort invites everyone to their 10 Year Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, November 19, 4:30pm - 6:30pm.  Door prizes, refreshments and anniversary specials.  Meet the Pet Spa Staff and the veterinarians from the Orrville Vet Clinic...
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Orrville Pet Spa 10 Year Anniversary

Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 - 9:26am

Orrville Pet Spa and Resort invites everyone to their 10 Year Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, November 19, 4:30pm - 6:30pm.  Door prizes, refreshments and anniversary specials.  Meet the Pet Spa Staff and the veterinarians from the Orrville Vet Clinic.  Get a first look at the plans for expansion in 2015!

Pancakes with Santa, 9-11am.  Horse drawn wagon rides 11-2pm
Pancakes with Santa
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 3:03pm
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Pancakes with Santa

Pancakes with Santa, 9-11am.  Horse drawn wagon rides 11-2pm

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 3:03pm

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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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