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Chamber Chat News from The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce

February 2017

In this issue ‌.. Message from the Board President ................................................ page 2 Chamber and member news .......................................................... page 3 Benefits recap ..................................................................... pages 4 and 5 Sustaining members ....................................................................... page 5 Calendar of events ........................................................................ page 6 New members, board and staff ...................................................... page 7

Drew Mantel Chamber Board President WHAT DOES THE CHAMBER MEAN TO YOU? Hello Fellow Chamber Members, You so graciously installed me as The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce Board President as of July 2015. This is my second go around in this position and it’s nice to have the opportunity to improve. Thank you! One of those improvements is to provide a regular newsletter directed at topics surrounding our Chamber and how it affects you and your enterprises. This is meant to be aside from Peggy’s weekly updates and contains my opinions and views that may (or may not) be helpful to your organization. This first installment is very personal to me, so please forgive the “I’s” versus the “You’s.” Many of you know that I have the Edward Jones Office in Franklin and I do investment services for many local citizens and businesses. Some of you know that I started with Edward Jones in October of 2003. Few of you know that I worked out of my home from October 2003 until I truly secured my current space in September of 2004. Imagine running around Franklin trying to secure enough business to justify opening an office. Yep, that was me! So as I was out knocking on doors and trying to meet people in late 2003, many of the business owners I met told me to join the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. So I did! Here is where you can throw the self-indulgent crap out the door, because all of you have worked hard to make your organizations successful! I know as I’ve heard many of your stories and have been amazed and humbled by your resilience. However, let me say this, I never would have succeeded in Franklin without our Chamber of Commerce! Let me repeat, “I never would have succeeded in Franklin without our Chamber of Commerce!” That’s a fact! We had 78 members at the time and averaged about 17 people for the lunch meetings. You know what? That was enough! It was enough to develop relationships that then lead to new relationships and so on and so on and so on and so on……. That’s the power of the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce! Today we have 211 members and counting. Do you truly leverage the access to all of the benefits the Chamber has to offer? My story is simply one of networking. Please use it as an example to get out there and meet all of our amazing business leaders just like yourself. You will succeed! Attend the lunch meetings and be sure to sit at a table with people you don’t know yet. It’s a fun group, I promise. Furthermore, we get upwards of 70 people at lunches sometimes. Learn about the organizations surrounding you at those meetings. Those new relationships may not be a potential customer, but I bet they know someone who is! It’s a dynamic group. Lastly, and as always, do business with your fellow Chamber Members. If you have a need for a good or service please look to Chamber Members first. Go to the website at and look at the list. The website has the functionality to search by type of business. That’s awesome!. Success Always, Drew R. Mantel 2

Chamber and Member News Chamber establishes scholarship

Thank you to Abilities First

The Franklin Area Chamber Board of Directors voted in October to establish a scholarship for a graduating senior in our area (Franklin High School or Carlisle High School). The $1,000 Young Entrepreneur Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior of Franklin High School or Carlisle High School (or a WCCC or MVTPC student whose home building is Franklin High School or Carlisle High School).

We love meeting “On the Road” at our member locations. Long-time member Abilities First Hosted our January meeting and updated us about their programs, facility, and plans. Many thanks to the staff for hosting us.

Awards Every June, the chamber honors local individuals and organizations at our annual meeting. It’s never to early to nominate! Awards are given for in these categories: Business of the Year, Industry of the Year, Eldridge Award for Historic Preservation, Thirkield award for Property Renovation, Perry Mawell Award (fostering community goodwill), and Citizen of the Year. A seventh award, the President’s Award, is given at his/her discretion.

Awards are open to Franklin and Carlisle high school seniors who show entrepreneurial aptitude by owning and operating his/her own small business while still in high school. After graduation, students must enroll in an accredited twoor four-year university, college, or vocational/technical institute. The high school guidance counselors (or their designees) will screen initial applicants, and the final determination will be made by a panel of Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce members.

As you think of nominees, email the chamber office.

The scholarship will be funded ongoing by fundraisers and monthly Split the Pot drawings.

Christmas Fundraiser funds scholarship, benefits Food Pantry Since at least 2006, the Chamber has dedicated its December meeting to raising funds for one of our non-profit members. In 2016, we used the event to raise seed money for our new scholarship (see above) with a big Split the Pot. We also gave back to the community by donating hygiene and paper products to Franklin Area Community Services (Food Pantry) and donating to Toys for Tots.

Behind the Scenes at Fifth Third Field A huge thank you to the Dayton Dragons for hosting our October Networking/Learning lunch. It was a treat to get a look behind the scenes of this great organization and to hear the story of how they started and have grown. Many thanks to Trafton Eutsler and Matt Dombrowsi for making it a great day.


Chamber benefits recap TANGIBLE BENEFITS: Save money! 

Member-to-member discounts. Members offer deals and discounts to other members.

First year free: To new businesses in our zip code, 45005

Membership includes:

Prescription discount: Substantial savings; accepted at all major pharmacies.

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Membership gives access to: 

SOCA Healthcare plans  Superior Dental Care savings

Infintech Merchant Services Affinity Program Workers’ Comp group rating program via Hunter Consulting. Shred-it: document shredding/management discount Trak-1 Background Screening Bannockburn Global FOREX Office Depot: Group Purchasing Rate Discount. Workers’ Comp Group Rating: access to a group-rating plan through PIA Comp Management. Discounts on Ohio Means Jobs seminars

NETWORK: Do business with people you know! 

Monthly networking/learning luncheons: Connect and share with fellow members  Annual MixPo! It’s an expo, mixer, and “Taste of” event.

After hours events.  Golf Outing: Casual networking, prizes, and the chamber’s most important fundraiser.

PROMOTE: Your organization and events! 

Member mailing list: Free to members.  Promotional Materials at the FACC Office: display your organization to members, visitors, and residents.  Events posted on Chamber website: If requested, member events are posted on the chamber website and noted in the weekly events email blast.

Weekly events e-mail: Chamber and member events.  Official Facebook Page: News and info are posted daily.  Chamber Web site: A full member listing with links to members’ sites.

SPONSOR: To expand your brand! 

Sponsorship opportunities: lunches, after-hours events, e-newsletter, web pages, our golf outing, and other events.


Event host: Meetings and/or After Hours events—a perfect opportunity to show fellow members your facilities!

Chamber benefits recap A RESOURCE: Be up-to-date on news, events, info. 

Looking for community info? Call the Chamber. If we don’t know, we’ll work to find out!  Submit your news and events to our weekly enews.

Member and community events are posted on our website.

Collaborate: Work with/support our community! 

Annual Awards: FACC recognizes community leaders via awards for organizations and individuals: Citizen of the Year is one of Franklin’s most coveted awards.

Giving back to the community: FACC works to enhance and give back to our community.  New: The Chamber gives a scholarship to a graduating senior.

Our Sustaining Members Many thanks to our sustaining members!

Joy Patrick 5

Networking Opportunities Mark your calendars Mon., Feb. 27 (4th Monday), 11:45 a.m. Networking/ Learning lunch. Speaker: Aaron Reid, United Way of Warren County. Location: Deardoff Senior Center. RSVP to the chamber by Feb. 23.

NETWORK Do business with people you know!

Mon., Mar. 20, 11:45 a.m. Networking/Learning Lunch. Speaker: Dan Stemsel, Regional Veteran Workforce Consultant, Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Location: Deardoff Center. RSVP to the chamber by March 16. Thurs., Mar. 23, 5 to 6:30 p.m. After Hours Networking hosted by Cincinnati State Middletown and All About You Catering. RSVP to the chamber by March 20. Thurs., April 27. Warren County Chamber Alliance Economic Outlook Breakfast. Location Miami Valley Gaming. Details TBA.

Thurs., May 11, 7 p.m. Group outing at the Dayton Dragons (suite seating). Join us as we enjoy a game from suites reserved just for our chamber! More details TBA. Tues., June 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Open House: The Food, Drink, and Knowledge Tour (along with a whole lot of fun!) Hosted by Miami University Regionals' Middletown Campus. The event will be open to public between 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. More details TBA.

June date TBA: 70th Anniversary Celebration. July date TBA: Golf outing. Brown’s Run County Club. Details TBA.


New Members and Board Thank you to all of our renewing members and welcome to these members who have joined in the past 12 months.

Our Board & Staff Drew Mantel, Edward Jones, President Tom Wiggershaus, Wesbanco, Vice Pres./Pres. Elect.

SCORE 107 Dayton

Warren County Board of DD

GAC Fitness

Donna C. Banks, Premier Health | Atrium Medical Center

Jenny Stewart REALTOR

Martha Bush, Franklin Public Library

Jones Warner Consultants

Kevin Canfield, Carlisle Pharmacy

Harrison's Pro Tree Service

Holly Dean, Franklin Self Storage

Warren County Farm Bureau

Kris Fenton, IT2 Resource

C Landis Display Co., LLC

Melody Jackson, All About You

Animus Academy

Sonny Lewis, Franklin City Manager

Nation Coating System

Mark Newkirk, Patriot Manufacturing Group


Production Services Unlimited

Mike Sander, Ed.D., Superintendent of Franklin City Schools

Malhotra Real Estate

Karisa Steed, Atrium Family YMCA

Museum of Spiritual Art

Traci Stivers, Franklin Township Administrator

Cincinnati State Middletown Campus

Peggy Darragh-Jeromos, Exec. Dir.

Expert Hearing Clinic LLC

The Hair Connection

Contact us:

Linda Oda

Physical address: 1200 E. Second St., Ste. B Franklin, OH 45005

The Hair Connection

Precision Door

Phone: (937) 746-8247

Alpha Media Dayton


KW Landscaping


Rise Home Healthcare LLP (Senior Helpers)


Mailing address: P.O. Box 721, Franklin, OH 45005

Twitter: @chamber45005 7

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