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Annual Report 2017

From the Chairman’s Desk Dear Investors, Each year at our spring ITR Economics Forecast Breakfast, we begin the year with recommended business management objectives to drive our business competitiveness and success. In 2017 using the theme “Shock & Recovery”, Brian Beaulieau encouraged us to budget for the economic rise, invest in market research to reduce price sensitivity, invest more in technology, and take advantage of still low interest rates. Across Clermont County there was evidence that our community was on the move. Highways are under construction in all parts of the county, redevelopment of retail is changing the face of our community, and for the first time in decades, housing developments of all types are breaking ground. The Board of Directors took a pause early in the year and established the “Big Three”, strategic priorities for the next few years. Beginning with leadership development, we increased our presence in our high schools, meeting with upper classman to teach the principles of the leadership challenge. The promise to give back to the community was reinforced with the formation of the “Promise” team that link leaders with volunteer positions, and the stewardship group that seek out service projects for our leadership graduates. Leadercast, the largest one day leadership event in the world was cast to Clermont County for the first time attracting nearly 150 participants and it will be repeated in 2018. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce routinely reminds us that if we do nothing else as a Chamber, we must be involved in workforce development. So in early 2017 we brought Bruce Tulgan, an internationally recognized expert on leadership and performance management in the workplace to Clermont County. He presented “Leading the Generational Shift: How to motivate, engage and retain your rising stars” – we came away with many ideas including the simple idea that all generations in the workforce are responsible for the task. The work readiness initiating impact continues to grow, having reached almost 5,000 students to date, which could not have been possible without our volunteer resources. Nearly 500 volunteers from over 200 companies are now on the WRI roster; if you are not involved, we encourage you to sign up! The Small Business Development Center, our mentoring and coaching service, reached new milestones in our training classes. From start-up training to marketing to social media, we doubled our goal reaching over 400 attendees. Capital infusion, an aggregation of all financial resources brought together to fund business growth exceeded goal by sixty percent reaching $4,900,000. The Chamber of Commerce Foundation had revenue growth for the third year in a row, reaching nearly $300,000. This was fueled by the launch of ClicWow, our computer tablet donation program led by John Melvin. We have donated 400 Kindle Fire tablets to needy 3 and 4 year olds across the county for the purpose of connecting our pre-school population to the internet, but just as importantly, connecting their parents to the important role of getting our youngest students ready for kindergarten. Each day at the Chamber our members, directors and staff work with our strategic partners to capitalize on the assets of Clermont County to make it the preferred place to locate, operate and grow a successful company – thank you all for your support!

David Gooch Matthew Van Sant Chairman of the Board President/CEO

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2017 Funds - Sources & Use Grants Misc. Boad of Advisors Dues



Economic Development Membership Development

Uses Member Programs/Services


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2017 in Review Board of Directors & Staff

Key Community Partnerships

• Ken James and Kurtis Taylor welcomed to the Board of Directors.

• The Chamber partners with The Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative (DFWCI) to educate businesses how to respond to workplace substance abuse.

• Bob Manning, Greg Sojka and Warren Walker end their term on the Board of Directors. Jeff Bauer and Mary Eisnaugle are elected to join the Board of Directors for 2018. • David Gooch is welcomed as Chairman of the Board for 2017. Kim Patton elected to Chair for 2018. • Melia Jones joins the Chamber as Director of Communications and Marketing. • Cyn Macke retired, Joy Lytle joined the Chamber as Director of Member Services.

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• Former Chamber Board Chairman Dave McNutt, American Modern Insurance Group leads Eastern Area United Way. AMIG in Top 25, AIM MRO Holdings & Park National Bank in Tremendous 25. • Mercy Hospital Clermont named a Top 100 hospital in the country by Truven Analytics; West Clermont HealthPlex opens. • Workforce Development Partner, UC Clermont reports Fall 2017 Enrollment Applications were up, numerous building improvements made on campus.

Clermont County TID

Clermont County TID

• Aicholtz Connector - Road reconstruction, realignment, lane additions and intersection improvements from Mt. CarmelTobasco Road to Eastgate Boulevard

• SR 32 at Bell’s Lane Additional turn lanes on Bell’s Lane, Mt. CarmelTobasco Road, Old SR 74, and SR 32

• Old SR 74 Widening - Road widening to add third lane, sidewalk, and new bridge from Olive Branch-Stonelick/Old SR 74 intersection to just east of Armstrong Boulevard.

• Branch Hill-Guinea at JerLes - The addition of a third lane from north of the Cook/Weber intersection to just south of Jer-Les, including improvements to the Cook/Weber intersection

(2017 Completed Projects)

• Wolfpen-Pleaseant Hill Improvements - Horizontal and vertical alignment improvements that required 7 retaining structures to improve the safety and drainage along a portion of Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road.

(2018 Construction Projects)

• SR 32 EB Third Lane The addition of a third eastbound through lane on SR 32 from Glen EsteWithamsville Road to the Olive Branch-Stonelick interchange funded by ODOT safety funds

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Programs & Events Programs and events are an integral component of Chamber engagement. Members benefited from 65 face-to-face educational, advocacy and celebratory events throught the year.




Educational & Advocacy Programs with 870 Attendees


Award Honorees

12 Signature Events with 2,816 Attendees

5,225 Attendees in 2017

1,125 Attendees at Community outreach & engagement programs

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Women’s Program Attendees

Membership Our Chamber Today - 2017 We welcomed 85 new members in 2017. Our membership of over

730 organizations represents more than 33,000 employees, from sole

proprietorships to large companies. The Chamber celebrated with over 20 local businesses on Grand Openings and Ribbon Cuttings.

Top 5 by Employment Size 33% 1-4 Employees 22% 5-9 Employees 20% 10-19 Employees 8% 20-29 Employees 3% 30-39 Employees

Top 5 by Zip Code 20% 45150 (Milford) 18% 45103 (Batavia) 13% 45245 (Eastgate/Mt. Carmel) 7% 45102 (Amelia) 7% 45140 (Loveland)

Top 5 by Business Category 15% Construction 13% Finance/Insurance 12% Professional/Technical Services 7% Information Services 6% Manufacturing 2017 Annual Report


Marketing & Communications In late 2017, the Chamber launched a new digital initiative, creating new advertisement and community/ business awarness options for our members to take advantage of.

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LEAD Clermont Academy LEAD Classic • Commenced 27 LEAD Classic particpants as the class of 2017 “Influential-17” • Welcomed 25 to LEAD Classic for class of 2018 “Motiv-18 to Lead” • 1st Leadercast Clermont held at American Modern Conference Center

LEAD Ready

• Commenced over 60 LEAD Ready 2017 students with West Clermont, Goshen, Milford High School • Welcomed over 50 LEAD Ready 2018 students from Grant Career Center and Goshen High School

Work Readiness Initiative Key Initiatives for 2017 and beyond • Experience-ships: Job Shadowing, Internships, Business Tours by Students • Partnered with Mercy Hospital Clermont to form the Medical Explorers Program, continuing into 2018. • Increase number of students and volunteers involved in One-To-One Mentoring • Increase number of students and volunteers involved in Speed Mentoring


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2017 Board of Directors Matt Cook, VP, East Region Manager Fifth Third Bank

Patricia Anderson Pryor, Partner Jackson Lewis LLP

Randy K. Cooper II, President Myers Y Cooper Company

Tom Rocklin, Community Liasion Siemens PLM Software

Sarah Ghee, Eastern Area Director United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Greg Sojka, Professor University of Cincinnati Clermont College

David J. Gooch, President (CHAIRMAN) Park National Bank

Harry Snyder, President/CEO Great Oaks Career Campuses

Ken James, Market Leader/President Mercy Health- Clermont Hospital 

Kurtis Taylor, Project Lead Tata Consultancy Service

Stewart Greenlee, CEO CenterBank

Lisa Tuttle-Huff, Superintendent Grant Career Center

Stephen L. Hood, Director (TREASURER) Brixey & Meyer

Matt Van Sant, President/CEO (PRESIDENT) Clermont Chamber of Commerce

Eric Hunziker, Asst Vice President, Licensing & Contracts American Modern

Berta Velilla, Dir of Early Childhood Education Child Focus

Bill Lyon, Owner (SECRETARY) The Lyon Group LLC  

Jeff Weir, Superintendent Clermont County Educational Service Center

Kevin Malof, Managing Member Frost Brown Todd LLC

Warren Walker, District Mgr, Community & Local Government Relations Duke Energy

Bob Manning, Executive VP/CFO Lykins Energy Solutions

Mary Jane West, VP/Treasury Mgmt Sales Peoples Bank

Kim Patton, President/CEO (VICE CHAIR) HealthSource of Ohio

Special thanks to our outgoing Board Members for their leadership. Bob Manning, Executive VP/CFO Lykins Energy Solutions Greg Sojka, Professor University of Cincinnati Clermont College Warren Walker, District Mgr, Community & Local Government Relations Duke Energy

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Meet the Chamber Matt Van Sant President (513) 576-5003

Heather Frye Director of Development (513) 576-5015

Joy Lytle Director of Member Services (513) 576-5006

Melia Jones Director of Communications and Marketing (513) 576-5013

Tracy Hawkins Director of Small Business Development (513) 576-5007

Rebecca Gries

Member Services Assistant (513) 576-5012

Christa Davidson Receptionist/Administrative Assistant (513) 576-5002

Aimee Limbacher Receptionist/Administrative Assistant (513) 576-5014

Bob Pautke Executive Director, LEAD Academy

Sue McHugh Program Director, Work Readiness 2017 Annual Report


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2017 Clermont Chamber Annual Report  
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