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Message from the Chairman: William C. Shivers I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Board for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2015. As we embark upon the Chamber’s 101st year of servicing our 1,600 plus members and the community, we must focus our efforts on the numerous opportunities before us: the Utica Shale play, the Hall of Fame Village initiative, the potential Route 30 project and many more exciting endeavors within our reach that will assist in enhancing our community’s economic landscape. With the launch of the new 5-year strategic plan, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is poised to improve our community by fostering economic growth enabling us to attract new businesses to our region while retaining and supporting the prosperity of our existing businesses. I am confident our President & CEO, Dennis Saunier, his dedicated and talented team, along with my fellow CRCC Board of Directors, will effectively execute the strategies we have outlined for growth. (continued on page four)

Message from the CEO & President: Strategic Plan Update for 2015

INSIDE: Oil & Gas Column................................................. 3 Business Excellence Award Nominations.............. 4 Golf Outing......................................................... 4 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 ystark! Profile..................................................... 6 Stir/Table Top Expo.............................................. 6 CVB Complimentary Services............................... 7 Enshrinement Festival Queen Applications........... 8 Leadership Building Better Boards....................... 8 Leadership Signature Applications Due................ 9 Funding Partners.............................................. 11 Stark County Safety Council Luncheon............... 12 Safety Council Prospective Billing Breakfast....... 12 CEO/Senior Management Breakfast................... 12 AC-3 Form......................................................... 15 New Members................................................... 17 BizBitz.............................................................. 18 February & March Calendar............................... 19

The mission of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, as redefined during our strategic planning process, is to lead the region in business and community development through collaboration and innovation. We are now in our 101st year of Chamber leadership; it’s a not only a new century, but a new organizational approach to “the way we’ve always done it.” In 2013 and early 2014, the Chamber held a series of conversations with you - our members - as well as our Chamber board and business and community leaders to discuss how our organization could better serve you and better serve the region. This collaborative planning process resulted in a forward-looking five-year plan for the Chamber, comprised of six broad goals that would lead our Chamber toward a strong future.

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WWW.C ANTONCHAMBER.ORG OUR MISSION: To lead the region in business and community development through collaboration and innovation.

UPCOMING EVENTS February 2015 - Volume XLVII - No. 2

William C. Shivers president, Greater Akron/Canton Region, Huntington Bank Chairman Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Collyn Floyd Editor and Director of Marketing Denise Burton Director of Membership & Sales Advertising Sales / Action 330.458.2067

Sarah Lutz Graphics Manager

Message from the CEO & President ... With those goals now serving as our guide, we have entered 2015 with a clear focus of our objectives. The strategic plan has affected our organization on every level, including a re-alignment of job responsibilities to best meet our goals. It has required stepping out of what is comfortable and predictable to look at what has been, and what can be, from a new perspective. It has required tough conversations and reflection. I compliment the staff and our board of directors on wholeheartedly embracing the change and trusting that an even stronger organization lay ahead. The strategic plan is our map for making informed decisions about the future. It is my role as president and chief executive officer to navigate the process internally, making it as seamless and smooth as possible externally. Our plan is not just a tool for the Chamber’s success; it aids in the community’s economic future. Stronger economic development, improved infrastructure, better workforce readiness, greater collaboration, a vibrant center city, a unified public policy voice – these are things that benefit the entire region. We are a regional chamber, and so are the objectives in our plan.

is published monthly for the members of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The subscription cost is $25 per year and is included in the price of membership. Reader questions and comments are welcome and encouraged. Contents may be reprinted with credit. Address all inquiries to: Editor, Action Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave. N Canton, Ohio 44702 or call (330) 456.7253, or e-mail Advertising rates are available for Chamber members. Advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In 2015, we as an organization and a region have much to look forward to: big news coming out of the oil and gas industry as it relates to Utica energy, including the possibility of an ethane cracker plant in the region; exciting plans for a Hall of Fame Village, which could affect regional tourism on a major level; and a unified public policy and economic development “voice” that will advocate for Canton/Stark County on regional issues. And all of that in addition to our continued year-round networking opportunities and 70+ events. I could not be more proud of our work at the Chamber and the collaborative work happening throughout our community. Thank you for your membership and participation; I am excited about the future we are mapping together.

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OIL & GAS FEBRUARY Oil and Gas News Along with speakers from leading oil and gas exploration companies, our Utica Upstream seminar on April 8 will feature Rick Simmers, chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. As oil and gas chief at ODNR, Simmers directs the uniform application of permitting and inspection of oil and gas wells throughout Ohio. ODNR also enforces regulations when the violations occur. A resident of Lake Township in Stark County, Simmers is a graduate of the University of Akron with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Akron. He has spent his entire career at ODNR, beginning in 1985. Ohio enjoys the advantage of one set of regulations for oil and gas exploration that are applied everywhere across the state. Oil and gas companies know that the regulations they operate under in Carroll County are the same as the regulation as they will find in Washington County. This makes it easy for oil and gas companies to operate in the Buckeye State, even though the regulations here are stringent.


• ODNR’s expectations for 2015 Utica exploration. • ODNR’s efforts to meet inspection and regulation demands. • Successful enforcement efforts. Other speakers at Utica Upstream will help you determine: • What effect will low energy prices have on the pace of oil and gas exploration in the Utica this year? • Will the pace of exploration affect your opportunity to serve the oil and gas industry through your business?

Chairman of the Board - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Sr. Vice Chairman - Mark Fleiner LG Fuel Cell Systems Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company Vice Chairman - Bruce Blaise Kenan Advantage Group

Vice Chairman - Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law

Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Interim Corporate Secretary - Brian Belden Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Recording Secretary - Connie R. Cerny Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Registration for the April 8 Utica Upstream seminar and the June 10 Utica Midstream seminar are now open at our website. Go to: Each event will be limited to 175 participants. If your business or organization is interested in being a sponsor at one of these events, please call or write me at the chamber. David Kaminski Vice President for Public Policy and Energy (330) 458-2059

Among the topics we have asked Simmers to address are:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Emil Alecusan Brewster Cheese

Frank Monaco Four Fifteen Group

Katrina Barton Belden Village Mall

Jim Porter The Repository

David Cemate Mercy Medical Center

Stacy Radabaugh Charter One Bank

R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A.

Rodney Reasonover Stark County Community Action Agency

Dr. Jay Gershen Northeast Ohio Medical University Michael Graeff Koch Knight, LLC James M. Gresh TimkenSteel Matthew Hammond Chesapeake Energy

Robert E. Roland Day Ketterer, LTD. Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation

Dr. Para Jones Stark State College

Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group

Tracy Stevens Dominion East Ohio

Dr. David A. King Malone University

John M. Tucker Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

Bradley R. McKain Marathon Petroleum Company, LP


Alan Rodriguez Jülz by Alan Rodriguez and Rodriguez’s House of Stones


Mark Wright Aultman Health Foundation

UPCOMING EVENTS Message from the Chairman ... Last year the CRCC was fortunate to have the leadership of Philip D. Fracassa as Chairman of the Board. Phil enthusiastically led the CRCC during its historical 100th anniversary. His leadership was extraordinary and his passion for our community helped shape the future of the CRCC. Throughout the year, I look forward to building upon the foundation Phil helped

shape by working in-step with Denny, the CRCC team and my fellow board members, in serving the needs of our members and the entire community. Thank you to our members for your commitment to our community and for the confidence you place in our Chamber. I look forward to seeing you at many of the Chamber’s events throughout 2015.


William C. Shivers 2015 Chairman of the Board Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce President, Greater Akron/Canton Region, Huntington Bank

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD nominee information due this month; Award Ceremony set for May 5 Nominations are in for the Business Excellence Awards, Stark County’s most prestigious business awards! The outstanding Stark County companies that have been nominated are urged to return their information forms to Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce by Feb. 13. NOMINEES: If you have questions regarding the submission of nominee information, please contact Melissa Elsfelder, events manager, via e-mail at or by phone at (330) 458-2073.

reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentations at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Register online at SPONSORS: Thanks to our event sponsors to date, including Day Ketterer, Stark State College, Westfield Bank and The Repository. If interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chris Gumpp, Director of Community Events and Sponsorships, via e-mail at chrisg@ or by phone at (330) 458.2055.

Business Excellence Award winners will be notified in March and will subsequently be recognized during the awards dinner on May 5 at The Conference Center at Kent State University at Stark, beginning with a cocktail

Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews attorneys at law

Telephone: (330) 499-6000 Telecopier: (330) 499-6423 400 SOUTH MAIN STREET NORTH CANTON, OHIO 44720



UPCOMING EVENTS February AultCare Fast Break Breakfast: The Leadership “Color” Profile with Fran Wells, director of Leadership Stark County Are you most like Amelia Earhart, Kathryn Hepburn, Martin Luther King, Jr. or John Wayne? Find out by taking the “Colors” profile, a concise and effective method for understanding personality types. We each have a group of strengths within ourselves. Learning to recognize those strengths enhances your personal achievement and professional success. With Leadership Stark County staff leading this interactive session, you will learn about your own “color” traits along with those of your co-workers and friends.

Every month, Fast Break attendees can obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities, hear a compelling speaker, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Plus, when you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business. Friday, Feb. 13 7 a.m. registration
 7:30 a.m. program
 Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Circle in North Canton Cost: $18 members $25 non-members RSVP by Feb. 11 Call 330-458-2070 or visit www. to register.

Stark County’S Premier GOLF OUTING! SAVE THE DATE: MONDAY, MAY 11 BROOKSIDE COUNTRY CLUB The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and its ystark! and Leadership Stark County departments are joining forces to bring you a great golf and networking event. Details will be coming soon!


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YSTARK! / UPCOMING EVENTS ystark! Young Professional Profile Editor’s note: In keeping with the ystark!’s mission – to attract and retain talented young people in Stark County – ACTION will feature a monthly profile of an individual who represents the group (ages 20-40) that ystark! is targeting. Name: Melissa Dale Age: 28

Occupation/Title/Place of work: Event Manager at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Why are you interested Canton’s Young Professionals initiative? Any prosperous city or county needs a healthy group of enthusiastic and engaged young professionals, and ystark! is a catalyst in making this a reality in our area.

What is your impression of ystark!, what do you think of their events, etc.? ystark! hosts a wide variety of events, so there’s something for everybody. The organization has many networking opportunities and ways to unwind after a busy day. Where did you grow up? In what cities have you lived and worked? I grew up in Canton and have lived here my entire life. I attended Canton South High School and Walsh University. Why have you chosen to live in Canton? I chose Canton because I like being close to family and friends. I found a job I love so it was an easy decision to live here. The low home prices and cost of living is also an advantage of living in Canton. What type of dwelling do you live in? What do you think of the housing choices for YPs in the Canton area? My husband and I own a home in Plain Township. There are many housing options downtown and in the surrounding areas, whether you are looking for an apartment or a singlefamily home.

What do you like MOST about Canton? I am proud that Canton is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its annual Enshrinement Festival celebration. What do you like LEAST about Canton? The cold weather! What’s missing from Canton that would attract more YPs? More diverse job opportunities would attract more YPs. What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Canton? I enjoy trying new restaurants and attending First Friday events. What would you change about Canton if you could? I would like to see more job opportunities in different fields. Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Canton? Absolutely. There is no place like home! What would cause you to want to leave Canton? What other cities in the United States would be appealing to you as a home base? Why? I’ve always loved Chicago because of its walkability and many attractions. I might consider leaving Canton if my family moved away or if I won the lottery!

CONVENTION & VISITORS’ BUREAU Canton/Stark CVB offers complimentary services for local businesses and organizations The Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau’s mission is to engage regional tourism partners to attract and service visitors in order to grow tourism and its economic value to the community. What you may not know, is that there are many complimentary services that the CVB offers our local business community, associations and affinity groups that help generate more economic impact for our communities, and also help make your job easier.  Do you bring in clients or employees for meetings or conventions?  Does your child participate in a sporting event that looks for places to host tournament play or events? The CVB has ways to assist you in attracting, facilitating and even servicing events like these in Stark County. The CVB can offer the following assistance for meetings, conventions & events: •

Coordinate the bid process for hotel rates, banquet or meeting facilities, and shuttle transportation.

Coordinate customized site inspections of hotels, meeting venues, and any additional facilities needed for your event.

Coordinate registration assistance if needed.

Distribute press releases to local and regional media lists.

Provide welcome information packets and name badges for all attendees that utilize overnight accommodations in Stark County.

Our CVB will be your resource for any local services required for your event including spouse tours, golf outings or local vendors.

In addition to these great services, we also encourage you to utilize our materials like the 2015 Official Visitors’ Guide in your re-location packets for new hires at your business, to display in the waiting areas of your businesses, or if you do recruitment packets to potential employees. If you would like more information about this, or to order bulk quantities of our collateral, please email our outreach department at: cindip@

Support the Palace Theatre with a Corporate Membership for your company!

Individual Memberships make great employee gifts too!




ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Queen Pageant signals start of 2015 celebration! The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the annual Enshrinement Festival will be celebrating 52 years of excellence in 2015, with the first event being the Queen Pageant on May 7. Applications and tickets will be available at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Enshrinement Festival department, 222 Market Ave. N., in downtown Canton, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 9; applications are also available online at www. The deadline to submit the application and a $70 fee is Monday, March 9, by 5 p.m. Candidates cannot be younger than a high school senior and 18 years old by May 1 or more than 23 years of age before Sept. 1. Candidates must reside and, if employed, work within a 30-mile radius of Stark County. While not mandatory, all potential candidates are invited and encouraged to attend the fifth annual “Screen the Queen Pageant” session which will take place Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce from 9 to 11 a.m. This session will help young ladies decide if they would like to enter

the Pageant, and to give them a better idea of what to expect if they do. Participants will have the opportunity to review the 2014 Queen Pageant DVD, learn about the judging experience from past years’ judges, hear from a past queen who will share her memories, and ask questions about the process. This informative, casual session is FREE, but reservations must be made in advance by calling Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 4582056 or e-mailing her at: The Queen Pageant on Thursday, May 7 will begin at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $20 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Canton Regional Chamber, and online at Pageant. At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and five court members will have been selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. The Queen and her court will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community.   For more information regarding applications, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056 or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at

Leadership Stark County presents Building Better Boards Seminar Thursday, March 5 1:30-5:00 p.m. Aultman North Canton Medical Group, Education Building 6046 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton Cost: $35 per person, $105 for 4 from same agency Energize your non-profit organization with the latest trends, best practices, and techniques. Want to get more done, run more efficient meetings, and think strategically? Attend the Building Better Boards seminar and start 2015 moving smoothly toward your organizational goals. Members of local non-profit boards, agency staff, and interested community members are encouraged to attend. The seminar is being offered to ensure that non-profit agencies and their board members have access to best practices and current trends.


The seminar includes three sessions: - The Role of the Board, Sara Strattan, executive director, Community Legal Aid - Legal Responsibilities of Board Service, Randy Snow, Black McCuskey Law Firm - Communicating Effectively in Difficult Situations, Paula Mastroianni, marketing services leader, Westfield Group Register on-line at or call 330-458-2095 for more information. Sponsored by:


LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Leadership Stark County Accepting Applications Now

Learn about Leadership Breakfast For Prospective Applicants Thursday, March 19, 8:00-9:00 a.m. At the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Cost: Free!

How does participation in Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program benefit your business? Participation in the LSC Signature Program provides short and long term benefits to the participant and to the community. What you may not realize is that by sponsoring employees for the program, your business can realize BIG BENEFITS. The Leadership Stark County Signature Program: •

Increases workforce leadership capacities, resulting in greater organizational effectiveness.

Facilitates networking opportunities that provide business solutions.

Garners community recognition of your company’s commitment Stark County.

Provides knowledge, exposure and contacts that will enable participants to work more effectively in the community and in their careers.

Prepares, positions, and challenges participants to become involved in Stark County.

Exposes the best and brightest of Stark County’s emerging and existing leaders to current issues covering every range of the spectrum of community life, as well as facilitating valuable contacts with people who get things done.

Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program is ideal for business and community leaders who are ready to take their careers to the next level. Each year, selected participants enhance their leadership skills and gain an understanding of local issues, assets, and resources. The free, no-obligation Learn about Leadership breakfast provides applicants, prospective candidates, and employers, answers to: • What is the Signature Program and how does it work? • How will the Signature Program benefit me or my company? • How much time will it take to participate? • How do I apply? Join us and discover the answers to these and any other questions you may have. There is no cost to attend, however, reservations are requested by Monday, March 16. All are welcome. Make your reservation by calling 330-458-2095 or on line at

Benefits for the Individual •

Enhanced awareness and knowledge of the Stark County region and local leaders.

An informed network of colleagues with diverse backgrounds.

Greater understanding of personal leadership qualities and capabilities.

Benefits for the Community •

A talented pool of committed community leaders.

Community members with leadership skills that can be tapped for creative partnerships and initiatives between the public and private sectors.

An ever-growing population of community members with an increased awareness of Stark County’s strengths, challenges and resources.


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Charter One Bank Chesapeake Energy Corporation City of Canton Consumers National Bank Dominion East Ohio FedEx Custom Critical Fifth Third Bank FirstMerit Bank NA Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company Huntington Bank Kenan Advantage Group Kent State University at Stark KeyBank Malone University Mercy Medical Center Northeast Ohio Medical University PNC Bank Premier Bank and Trust The Belden Brick Company The M. Conley Company The Repository The Timken Company


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SAFET Y COUNCIL Stark County Safety Council Monthly Luncheon Series: Marijuana - Why So Much Debate? Marijuana use can have an effect on your workplace and the safety of your employees. At our February luncheon, Kristin Petrilla from Quest Recovery Services will share what you need to know from a safety perspective regarding this drug, especially now that it is legal for recreational use in several states.

Director of Corporate Compliance, Quest Recovery Services

What exactly is marijuana and why should I care?

Update on the legalization of marijuana in the United States

How does this affect Ohioans?


Thursday, Feb. 12 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. NW, Canton $16 per person RSVP at www.starkcounty All attendees have a chance to win a door prize provided by our spotlight company. Spotlight Company:

Stark County Safety Council will present two events in March that are open to the public Registration is open online for both events!

Prospective Billing Breakfast

CEO / Senior Management Breakfast

Lorrie Goodnight, BWC business consultant “What You Need to Know: BWC Prospective Billing for Private Employers”

Ed Roth III- CEO/President- Aultman Health Foundation “Leading Our Community to Improved Health”

Thursday, March 19 7:30 am – 9:30 am Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Open to the public Register online at Cost: $10 for Safety Council members or Canton Chamber members; $15 for non-members

Wednesday, March 25 7:30 am - 9:30 am Skyland Pines Banquet Center Open to the public Register online at Cost is $20 Sponsored by Stark County Safety Council, Stark County Human Resource Association & Eastern Stark County Safety Council



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Temporary Authorization to Review Information TO:

EMPLOYER SERVICES DEPARTMENT Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation c/o CAREWORKS CONSULTANTS INC. 5500 Glendon Court Dublin, OH 43016 800.837.3200 FAX 888-837-3288

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Entity DBA

Note: For this to be a valid letter, the self-insured department for self-insured employers, or the employer services department for all other employers, must stamp it. Being temporary in nature, BWC will not record via computer or retain this authorization. Representative must possess a copy when requesting service relative to the authority granted therein. This is to certify that CAREWORKS CONSULTANTS INC. (ID NO. 150-80) and the Buckeye WC Alliance (56011/3999, 2015/2016, Code 31/00) including its agents or representatives identified to you by them has been retained to review and perform studies on certain workers’ compensation matters on our behalf. This limited letter of authority provides access to the following types of information relating to our account: 1. Risk files; 2. Claim files; 3. Merit-rated or non-merit rated experiences; 4. Other associated data.

This authorization does NOT include the authority to: 1. Review protest letters; 2. File protest letters; 3. File form Application for Handicap Reimbursement (CHP-4); 4. Notice of Appeal (I-12) or Application for Permanent Partial Reconsideration (IC-88); 5. File self-insurance applications; 6. Represent the employer at hearings; 7. Pursue other similar actions on behalf of the employer.

I understand that this authorization is limited and temporary in nature and will expire on January 31, 2015 or automatically nine months from the date received by the employer services or self-insured departments, whichever is appropriate. In either case, length of authorization will not exceed nine months. Telephone number

Fax number

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Completion of the temporary authorization provides a third-party administrator (TPA) limited authority to view an employer's payroll and loss experience. By signing the AC-3, the employer grants permission to the BWC to release information to the employer's authorized representative(s). The form allows a TPA to view an employer's information regarding payroll, claims and experience modification. Attention group rating prospects • Employers may complete the AC-3 for as many TPAs or group-rating sponsors they feel are necessary to obtain quotes for a group-rating program. • Group sponsors must notify all current group members if they will not accept them for the next group-rating year. The deadline for this notification is prior to the first Monday in February for private employers and prior to the second Friday in August for public employers. • All potential group-rating prospects must have: Active BWC coverage status as of the application deadline; Active coverage from the application deadline through the group rating year; No outstanding balances; Operations similar in nature to the other members of their group. • Any changes to a group member's policy will affect the group policy. Changes can result in either debits or credits to each of the members.

Note: For complete information on rules for group rating, see Rules 4123-17-61 through 4123-17-68 of the Ohio Administrative Code or your TPA. All group-rating applicants are subject to review by the BWC employer programs unit.

BWC-0503 (Rev. 10/22/2012) AC-3

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in December. We encourage you to patronize their businesses. If you know of other businesses that would benefit from Chamber membership, please contact the Membership Department at (330) 458-2067. 21st Century Financial (FINANCIAL SERVICES) Michael J. Kost 130 Springside Dr., Suite 100 Akron, OH 44313 (330) 356-0082 ARAMARK Refreshment Services (COFFEE BREAK SERVICE & SUPPLIES) Megan Doonan 7700 Hub Parkway Valley View, OH 44125 (330) 581-2738 Armstrong Relocation of Ohio Agent fro United Van Lines (MOVING & STORAGE) Sam Shaheen 3359 Bruening Ave. SW Canton, OH 44706 (330) 497-0077 The Barrel Room Wine & Beer Bar (WINE LOUNGE) Keri Sullivan 7901 Cleveland Ave. North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 244-1535 Center for Marketing & Opinion Research (PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH) Michelle Henry 470 Portage Lakes Dr., Ste 102 Akron, OH 44319 (330) 564-4211

Compass Relocation Agent for Mayflower Transit (MOVING & STORAGE) Sam Shaheen 3359 Bruening Ave. SW Canton, OH 44706 (330) 453-3070

J. Albert Studios (PHOTOGRAPHERS - COMMERCIAL AND/OR PORTRAIT) Joe Albert 336 4th St. NW Canton, OH 44704 (330) 417-6600

Conrad’s Tire Express and Total Car Care (AUTO & TRUCK REPAIR & MAINTENANCE - TIRE DEALERS COMMERCIAL - WHOLESALE - RETAIL) Chris Mertz 7244 Fulton Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 481-2200

Jacco & Associates (HEATING & COOLING INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL) Greg Drensky 61 Milford Dr. Hudson, OH 44236 (330) 463-0100

Digital Operations Group, LLC (NETWORK CABLING) Tim Smith 5111 Fleetwood Ave. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 495-2485 Hyatt Place Canton (HOTELS & MOTELS) Jack Butler 5421 Whipple Ave. NW Canton, OH 44720 (330) 244-1700

Mathnasium (TUTORING SERVICES) Dawn Catalano 4644 Belden VIllage St. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 492-6284 Shy Cellars (RESTAURANTS) Sherry Schie 9185 State Route 250 NW Strasburg, OH 44680 (330) 878-4163



BIZ BITZ The Belden Brick Company’s fourth generation leading figures, William H. Belden (Bill) and Robert F. Belden (Bob) will receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Brick Industry Association. The award honors “outstanding individuals who have – for a minimum of 25 years - given substantially of themselves throughout their career to the advancement and betterment of the clay brick industry.” The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the Brick Industry Association Board, Councils, and Committees Spring Meeting on April 2123, 2015, at Sheraton Suites Old Town, located in Alexandria, Virginia. Both men have also previously served as Chairman of BIA’s Board of Directors. When Bill served as Chair from 1992-1994, he was lauded as “an ambassador for the industry through dedicated personal involvement.”  When Bob served from 2002-2004, he was acknowledged for “advancing the industry with a strategic plan for unification.”

ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed to award $1,242,712 in grant dollars to a total of 69 operating, special projects, SmArts, and 2020 Vision initiatives, all benefiting those who live, work, learn and play in Stark County. “Thanks to the success of the 2014 Annual Arts Campaign which made goal for the ninth year in a row,” said Max Deuble, board chairman, “this is the largest amount in grants we’ve allocated in our 44-year history.” Ninety percent of the sum, or $1.1 million, will be awarded as Operating Grants to the seven largest arts organizations in Stark County. Twenty-eight smaller arts organizations, non-profits and individual artists comprise the Special Project grant category and will be awarded $50,250.  On the education front, SmArts Mini Grants went to 11 schools totaling $8,250. 20/20 Vision Grants totaling $44,212 were given to 22 other individuals and groups that are moving ArtsinStark’s 20/20 plan forward across the county. 

The Karcher Group (TKG), a Northeast Ohio-based Online Marketing and Web Development firm, is thrilled to announce the newest addition to their content team. Stephanie Gallagher joins TKG as a Content Specialist. In this role, Stephanie will supplement the existing content team to help strategize, plan and develop content for TKG clients. She joins the TKG team as a former Management Assistant to Canton Mayor William J. Healy II.

Walsh University has appointed Teresa Griffin to the newly created position of Vice President for Marketing and Communications. Griffin has served as the Assistant Vice President of University Relations at Walsh since 2010 and brings more than 17 years of marketing experience to this position including various roles in the corporate sector prior to joining Walsh as Director of Marketing in 2005. In her new role, Griffin will continue to provide leadership for integrated University marketing strategies and promotional activities of the newly created Office of Integrated Marketing and Communications. Her responsibilities will include the management of the marketing budget, research, strategic planning, brand management, internal/external communication strategies, University marketing publications, web and social media sites, community partnerships and University photography.

A plan is in development for the future of Tam O’Shanter Golf Course which, if approved by the Jackson Township Zoning Commission and Trustees when presented in the spring of 2015, will ensure approximately 75 percent of the 295-acre golf course property will remain green space forever. Due to the decline in golf participation nationally and locally, Tam O’Shanter will not continue to operate 36 holes long-term, yet will remain in full 36-hole operation throughout 2015. If the Trustees approve the overall plan, it is the intention of Tam O’Shanter that the Dales Course would close at the end of 2015 while the clubhouse, practice center/driving range, and Hills Course would remain open in 2016 and for the foreseeable future. “At this point in time Tam O’Shanter has not been sold, but a decision needs to be made,” says Tam O’Shanter Company President Chuck Bennell. “The company is doing its best to keep the best interests of Jackson Township and Stark County in mind when weighing all possible outcomes for the future of our 295 acres.”


Dr. W. Richard Merriman Jr., president of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, has been named the 12th president of the University of Mount Union, announced Randall Hunt, chair of the Mount Union Board of Trustees and Allen Green, chair of the Presidential Search Committee. The appointment, which concludes a six-month nationwide search, comes upon unanimous decision of trustees during a special meeting of the Board. Merriman, who has served in his current capacity at Southwestern College since 1998, will succeed Dr. Richard F. Giese,

who announced his intention to step down as president this past January at the conclusion of his contract in June, 2015. After a successful 10-year tenure, he and his wife, Sandra, look forward to relocating to Virginia to enjoy quality time with their son, daughter-in-law and grandsons. “I am certain Dr. Merriman is the right leader for Mount Union at this time in our history,” said Green. “He brings with him the necessary experience to build upon the incredible foundation that has been built under Dr. Giese’s direction and further guide the University into the future. He has a keen understanding of the institution’s strengths and challenges and a proven track record of innovation and success. We are pleased to welcome someone of his caliber to the Mount Union community.” Merriman will begin his official duties as president of Mount Union on July 1, 2015. Congratulations to Matt Hennis on being named one of the winners of The Independent’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. He was the winner of Best Realtor. More than 20,000 votes were received in the contest, in both print and online. A series of free public presentations accompany the Canton Museum of Art’s (CMA) new exhibition, “The Legacy of Ferdinand A. Brader: 19th Century Drawings of the Ohio and Pennsylvania Landscape” (on view through March 15, 2015). Two remaining lectures will be held in the CMA Library on February 10 and March 3, 2015, illuminating Brader’s work as a folk artist, his methods of capturing life on paper in the late 1800s, and what the drawings tell us about our American family heritage. All lectures begin at 6:00 pm and are FREE to the public. Regular admission is required to the exhibition galleries. It may be wintertime, but that’s not stopping the Wilderness Center from hosting over 25 events –indoors and outdoors - in the month of February. Enjoy a variety of activities including Self Bow Making courses, Homemade Spa Products, and Wildnerness Walks.

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First Friday: Art of the Author First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events. Rain or shine, year ‘round.

First Friday, Feb. 6 6 to 10 pm Downtown Canton Arts District Cost: Free!

February Stark County Safety Council Luncheon Marijuana: Why So Much Debate? With Kristen Petrilla, LCDC, Director of Corporate Compliance, Quest Recovery Services.

Thursday, Feb. 12 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom $16 per person

February AultCare Fast Break Breakfast The Leadership “Color” Profile: What Your Color Says About You With Fran Wells, director of Leadership Stark County Leadership Stark County presents Building Better Boards Seminar Energize your non-profit organization with the latest trends, best practices, and techniques. Stir After Hours Tabletop Expo Over 50 local businesses will be on hand to promote products and services, generate leads and network. Guests will enjoy door prizes and complimentary food. Prospective Billing Breakfast BWC business consultant, Lorrie Goodnight, will share, “What You Need to Know: BWC Prospective Billing for Private Employers.” Open to the public. CEO / Senior Management Breakfast Ed Roth III, CEO and president of Aultman Health Foundation will present on “Leading our Community to Improved Health.” Open to the public.


Friday, Feb. 13 7 a.m. registration 7:30 a.m. program Courtyard by Marriott in North Canton Cost: $18 members, $25 non-members Thursday, March 5 1:30-5:00 p.m. Aultman North Canton Medical Group, Education Building Cost: $35 per person, $105 for 4 from same agency Wednesday, March 11 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Circle NW Cost: FREE for attendees

Thursday, March 19 7:30 am - 9:30 am Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Cost: $10 for Safety Council members, $15 for non-members Wednesday, March 25 7:30 am - 9:30 am Skyland Pines Banquet Center Cost is $20


Mercy Medical Center - Work Health & Safety Services


Work-related accidents happen 24-hours a day. Injured employees need specialized, experienced attention to minimize injuries, speed recovery and return to work. Work Health & Safety Services (WHSS) is open 24/7 through its affiliation with Mercy Medical Center.

• Mercy Health Center of Carroll County 125 Canton Road, Carrollton, OH | 330-627-7641 • Mercy Health Center of Jackson/Massillon 7337 Caritas Circle NW, Massillon, OH | 330-966-8689 • Mercy Health Center of North Canton 6200 Whipple Avenue NW, North Canton, OH | 330-966-8689 • Mercy Health Center of Tuscarawas County 1031 West High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH | 330-365-5100 If care is necessary after 9 p.m. - Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department 1320 Mercy Drive N.W., Canton, OH | 330-489-1055 | Daily 24-hour service

Profile for Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

February 2015 Action Newsletter  

February 2015 Action Newsletter