Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce To create a positive environment for the development and success of business
Chamber welcomes new president, Allen Houk The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Allen Houk as president for the 2013 year. Houk has been on the board of directors for three years and has had his own CPA business located in Grove City. Houk is eager to begin his term as president and has three specific goals that he would like to achieve this year: 1. Increased Chamber partnership with other organizations in Grove City. 2. Evaluation of the board and staff to see how the Chamber can be most efficient in the future. 3. Utilization of Chamber resources in the most efficient way possible to benefit members. Houk hopes to work with board members in defining their goals for 2013. He is quick to credit current board members as instrumental in motivating his decision to take this position. “I’ve had the benefit of working with great board members who have helped me shape my thoughts and ideas for the past three years,” says Houk.
He wants to encourage current members to get involved with the Chamber and its educational programs. “As a chamber, we need Allen Houk to provide our members with educational training,” says Houk. “Within our membership as a whole, we have a lot of knowledge and talent in all aspects of business. We have members who are willing to share their insights and experiences, and we need to do more to promote these types of connections.” Houk and wife Christine have been living in Grove City for twenty years. He opened his practice in 2001 and has been at his current location at 4084 Broadway for two years. He cites Grove City’s potential for small business growth as the reason that he decided to open his business in Grove City. His favorite
“We have members who are willing to share their insights and experiences, and we need to do more to promote these types of connections.” Chamber events include the annual Farmer’s Market and board meetings. Some business owners may not be very optimistic about the year 2013, but Houk encourages these owners and their employees to get more involved with the Chamber. “There is nothing wrong with reaching out and asking the Chamber for help,” says Houk. “Even nonmembers are encouraged to reach out to us during difficult times. For example, we have a small business consultant who is available by appointment to meet with members in the Chamber office at no charge. What a valuable resource!” With Allen Houk at the lead, the Chamber board of directors and staff look forward to a promising and exciting 2013.
SAVE THE DATE Networking Event Jan. 22: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Citizens Bank of Ashville, 2250 Stringtown Rd. Scruffy to Fluffy Ribbon Cutting Jan. 24: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 3391 Park St.
Business Expo & Taste of Grove City March 13: 5 to 8 p.m., SW Career Academy, 4750 Big Run S Rd. Go to gcchamber.org to download the application for food and business participants.
In this issue • Spotlight on business: - Body By Vi • Annual meeting information • New Board of Directors • Ribbon cuttings and grand openings • And much more!
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Annual Meeting February 13, 2013 Featured Keynote Speaker: State Representative Cheryl Grossman Grand Oaks Event and Business Center, 1801 Gateway Circle, Grove City, OH 43123 Cost is $15. There is still time to register for our 2013 Annual Meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. with networking and breakfast. Our featured speaker, State Representative Cheryl Grossman, is currently serving her second term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 23rd House State Representive District, which includes Grove City, Hilliard, parts of Cheryl Grossman Dublin, and other western portions of Franklin County. To reserve your spot, call the Chamber at (614) 875-9762.
Grove City Area of Chamber Business Monthly NEW MEMBERS Brocon Construction Inc
The Wave Design Center
Lori Goodrich, HR Accounting Manager 2120 Hardy Parkway St., Grove City, OH 43123 (614) 871-7300 firstname.lastname@example.org Brocon Construction Inc. is a commercial general trades contractor that self performs most of the work contracted with its own staff.
Becky Norman-Brown, Manager 2072 Stringtown Rd., Grove City, OH 43123 (614) 875-0871 email@example.com www.wavedesigncenter.com The Wave Design Center offers Salon and Spa services in Grove City. Classified as a beauty salon, hair salon, nail salon, barbershop and day spa.
Highland Baptist Church
Dave Ferguson, President (614) 949-9349 firstname.lastname@example.org Buckeye Restore specializes in property preservation and maintenance, covering central Ohio. They would like realtors, banks and any preservation brokers to reach out to them.
Stoner Periodontic Specialists
Chuck Lombardo, Business Manager 3425 Grant Ave., Suite B, Grove City, OH 43123 (614) 594-0319 email@example.com www.stonerperiospecialists.com Stoner Periodontic Specialists is your exceptional choice for dental implants, gum recession and more in Columbus. Visit the Chamber at
www.gcchamber.org for more information about the benefits of membership.
Cheryl Paynter, Office Manger 3460 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123 (614) 875-0687 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hbcgc.org Highland Baptist Church began as mission work on September 16, 1962. They continue to care for people in Grove City and the surrounding area and to be a light of God’s love toward all.
McGuire Driving Academy Ltd.
Herma McGuire, Owner / Manager 4093 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123 (614) 991-5205 email@example.com www.mcguiredrivingacademy.com After retiring from the Office of the Ohio Attorney General and Columbus State Community College and teaching drivers education for several years, Herma and Roger McGuire decided they were not ready to retire. With much support and encouragement from the community they decided to open their own academy at a perfect location in Grove City.
Bill Drury Seminar: Keeping Customers The Chamber is thrilled to welcome back customer service expert Bill Drury for a seminar titled “Keeping Customers”(How to Turn Tough Customers into Your Best Customers). Bill is back with us this year after a successful seminar in April 2012. This year’s event will be held on February 20 in the lower level of City Hall located at 4035 Broadway. From 1985 until 1990, Drury was the National Training Consultant for the Zig Ziglar Corporation. He speaks, trains and travels extensively and has proven to be one of the most effective and entertaining speakers in the industry. Bill’s lively presentations and DVD program instruct over 20,000 people each year! This action-packed workshop is filled with proven strategies and tech-
niques to help everyone in the company resolve conflict and turn irate customers into your best customers. The cost is $45 for Chamber members and $89 for non-members. Subject matter covered includes • Preventing 95% of all problems with customers • Building trust: The glue of good customer relationships • Turning irate customers into raving fans of your business • And much more! We have two sessions available to fit your schedule! Session 1 is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Session 2 is from 1 to 4 p.m. To reserve your spot call the Chamber at (614) 875-9762. Space is limited so call early to guarantee your seat!
Group enrollment packets mailed: Send in your forms soon! Savings quotes and enrollment packets for the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Group Rating Program have been sent to qualifying applicants. Qualifying companies should return the forms immediately to CareWorks Consultants to ensure enrollment in our 2013-2014 group rating program. The deadline for receipt of enrollment forms is Feb. 22, 2013. Companies currently enrolled in a CareWorks Consultants Group Rating Program do not have to reapply and
will not receive an enrollment packet. Renewal for the 2013-2014 group rating year is automatic as long as your company continues to meet the re-enrollment criteria. If your company has not yet requested a no-cost, no-obligation quote for the 2013-2014 policy year, please contact CareWorks Consultants today at (800) 837-3200 or apply online at www.careworksconsultants.com/ groupratingapplication. Choose a partner with a record of not only savings, but reliable service!
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Grove City Area of Chamber Business Monthly GROVE CITY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Allen Houk – President Allen R. Houk CPA CMA Term: 2012 – 2014
Ron Seymour – Co-Chair Golf Key Bank Term: 2012 – 2014
Bob Bright – President Elect Morley Parren and Bright Term: 2013 – 2015
Caroline Shroyer – Southwest Leadership Grove City Tree Service Term: 2011 – 2013
Greg Dawkins Campolo & Associates LLC Term: 2013 – 2015 Tim Harris – VP Finance – Chairman of Bylaws and Policy Review Term: 2011 – 2013 Christopher Love, DC Southwest Chiropractic Term: 2012 – 2014 Charlene McFarland – Co- Chair Auction Committee WesBanco Term: 2011 – 2013 Grant Miller – VP Education, Chair of Chamber Foundation Grant J. Miller, CLTC Term: 2013 Brian Montgomery Edward Jones Term: 2013 – 2015 Darlene Murphy Past President – Chair – EXPO Committee, Co-Chair Ambassador Committee Your Neighborhood Realty Term: 2012 – 2014
Jerry Sowers – VP, Golf Key Bank Term: 2013 Shirley Spellman Heartland Bank/Grove City Term: 2013 – 2015 Scott Vandegrift – VP Crosslink Community Church Term: 2011 – 2013 Tricia Zelenak – VP Business Development The MacIntosh Company Term: 2012 – 2014 Lisa Zeigler Amity Care Home Health Services/Amity Hospice Term: 2013 – 2015
STAFF William H. Diehl Executive Director Melissa Sims - Office Manager Marilyn Reiner - Event Manager Jenna Craig Marketing Coordinator
Paid Internship Experience
South-Western students benefit from partnerships with local businesses There are Career-Technical programs located within each of the four high schools and the South-Western Career Academy (SWCA) of the South-Western City School District (SWCS). Each Career-Technical program incorporates a unique work-based experience within its course of study. One such work-based experience is the Paid Internship Experience (PIE) program. Through the internship experience, students have the opportunity to work for a minimum of 15 hours per week in a business or industry related to their Career-Technical program. This experience takes place during the second semester of the student’s senior year. Tigerpoly Mfg., Inc. is a partner in the Paid Internship program. Mark Bobulski, Plant Manager, noted, “Paid internships are important to us in that the subject matter taught in the classroom can be applied to the real life manufacturing environment. Internships provide a company the ability to judge, firsthand, the quality of a future employee in the actual situation in which they will work. This interaction affords
the company the ability to ‘grow their own’ skill sets in internal candidates for future positions.” Geraldo Vazquez, a 2012 graduate of the SWCA Dental Assisting program, participated in the program last school year. He is currently a dental assistant at Ohio Urgent Dental Care in Grove City. Vazquez reflected, “The Paid Internship Experience opened many opportunities for me to better my career and continue learning about my chosen field.” In order to qualify to participate in PIE, senior students must meet certain criteria includ-
ing excellent attendance and grades. There are traditionally about 75 students participating in the program with more than 50 business partners. Levy & Associates, LLC, a creditor rights’ law firm, “is proud that its association with the South-Western City Schools provides students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom within a diversified law firm.” SWCS Career-Technical programs include: Accounting and Finance, Automotive, Business and Administrative Services, Construction Technologies, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dental Assisting, Early Childhood Education, Health Technologies, Interactive Media Design, Marketing Technology, Materials Joining, PR and Event Management, and Pre-Engineering. There are currently nearly 1,000 students enrolled in Career-Technical programs within the South-Western City School District. To become a partner or get more information on CareerTechnical programs, please contact Sherry Minton at 801-3005 or sherry.minton@ swcs.us.
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SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS
Body by Vi: Home-based for health When Tara Borghese was looking for a homebased business that would give her the ability to help people as well as earn a profit, she turned to Body by Vi. “I was looking for something to help people, not just to make money. I wanted to make a difference,” said Borghese. Promoting a 90-day health challenge, Body by Vi, a branch of Visalus Sciences, is a collection of nutritional meal shakes and supplements that inspire users to get fit, get healthy and build lean muscle, along with other health goals. Customers can pick specific kits to tailor the 90 days to their specific goals. Body by Vi also promotes regular exercise and healthy eating overall.
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Each shake has only 90 calories and is diabeticfriendly, in addition to being lactose- and gluten-free. The program is also cost effective, as 60 shakes costs $99. For those using the program, there are incentives to share with friends. Borghese recently earned the title of Regional Director and is part of their BMW
incentive program. Body by Vi calls what they do “relationship marketing” and Borghese gets most of her business through referrals and home-based presentations. Referring three friends allows you to acquire your meals for free and the system can be used by all ages. This system has been used by marathon runners to
train, as well as working mothers looking to shed a few pounds. Body by Vi also has donated over 4 million meals to homeless shelters and other charities. “If you haven’t looked into home-based business lately, check this out. It is flexible and goes along with a lot of industries,” said Borghese. “Timing is everything and this company is growing like crazy.” The Body by Vi message is simple: You join the challenge and then share your story. Borghese’s business is growing by the day, thanks to the hottest health plan on the market. Check out Body by Vi at http://taraborghese. myvi.net/ or contact Tara at email@example.com or (614) 519-9167.
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Meet the people behind the scenes and learn more about the great businesses in our community. Visit ThisWeekNews.com/GroveCity or www.gcchamber.com for past editions of the Business Monthly.
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Citizen Bank of Ashville announces the addition of Jeff Guminey to it’s banking staff.
The Citizens Bank of Ashville is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Guminey to the Grove City Banking team as Regional Business Banking Officer. Jeff will be working with small business customers in the Grove City and Franklin county area and providing solutions for their loan, deposit and cash management needs. Jeff is actively involved in the Grove City business community and he brings over 15 years of banking experience to Citizens. Jeff is a past president of the Grove City Chamber of Commerce (2010), a past member of the Grove City Community Improvement Corp; he is also the current president of Fishing Has No Boundaries, Central Ohio, (a non-profit group dedicated to providing individuals with disabilities with the opportunity to experience fishing) and a member of Grove City Lodge #689 F & AM. Jeff and his wife Lisha reside with their daughter Lauren in Grove City. Stop by our Grove City Branch today to meet our newest addition!
Helping your business succeed.
“Jeff is a great addition to our Grove City team. Jeff brings over 15 years of working with small businesses and an extensive knowledge of small business lending and treasury management solutions to Citizens Bank” said Senor vice President Richard L. “Ike” Stage
2250 Stringtown Road