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Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce

Business Monthly

December 2013

Issue 42

Why being a member of the Chamber makes good business sense Recently, The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, released a national survey of 2,000 adults that indicated significant benefits for businesses active in their local Chamber of Commerce. When a small business is active in a Chamber of Commerce: • Consumers are 49% more likely to think favorably of it • 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future • 73% more aware of the business. • The business enjoys a bump in its reputation of 68%.

Major impact on small businesses

Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small business members—if consumers are aware that the small business is involved with its local chamber. Visit and patronize the members of the Hilliard Chamber! If your business is not a member, join us in 2014! We look forward to connecting you with other business leaders in the community and working with our elected

We want you to “Save the Date” for this speed networking luncheon to kick off the 2014 series of our Hilliard Women in Business luncheons. We are working on great speakers and topics for this next year. If you have any suggestions, please contact the Chamber office. Our luncheons are open to members of the chamber and the public.

Welcome Trisha Kincaid! leaders to keep a positive business climate in our area.

“Our business has succeeded due to our membership in the Hilliard Chamber by promoting our business to others in our community. There are lots of opportunities they provide to connect to residents and other businesses. Any business of any size would find value by being a member of the Hilliard Chamber!”

Email the chamber: info@

L to R: Andy Gephart, JC & Co., Libby Gierach, Hilliard Chamber; John Burg, AussieFit; Jill Gerschutz, Credit Union of Ohio; Katie St. John, An Occasional Florist.

Chamber Prize Patrol strikes again! Where will the Prize Patrol strike next month? Want to learn more about this fun Ambassador Committee? Contact the Chamber!

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Trisha Kincaid from The MacIntosh Company has joined the Board of Directors. Trisha will bring her expertise to the vision of the board to provide direction to assist our Hilliard businesses grow. Please congratulate her on being selected as a board member when you see her!

Chamber and City of Hilliard working together

— Heidi and Kevin Sawchuk Owners, Sawchuk Jewelers

A surprise visit from some members of the Ambassador Committee with kazoos, a trophy, medals and a certificate was presented to AussieFit !

Save the Date — Wednesday, Jan. 29

Hilliard City Council recently passed an ordinance regarding the fire lanes near businesses not being obstructed by vehicles. These changes have been made to ensure that emergency equipment and personnel can gain access to property in an emergency situation. The Hilliard Chamber reached out to the City to see how the Chamber could assist in getting this information out to our businesses as the ordinance takes effect on January 1, 2014. We are hand distributing a flyer that outlines the details of the ordinance to businesses that have fire lanes. Please view the flyer on our website, We look forward to continue working on other business related efforts with the City of Hilliard.

Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce Business Monthly BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

NEW MEMBERS Cracker Barrel Tim Toomey 1313 Hilliard Rome Rd. E. Columbus, OH 43228 (614) 878-2027 At Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, it’s always been about Pleasing People®. We’re known for providing a friendly home away from home atmosphere in our old country store and restaurant. Dose Tracker System Linda Kamel 792 Graylock Court Galloway, OH 43119 (614) 774-6205 Self-adhesive labels to go directly on prescription bottles, supplements, vitamins, over the counter meds and pet medicine.

MEMBER BITS First Service Federal Credit Union has recently announced plans to offer a new VISA® Platinum Credit Card to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. First Service will donate 1% of all purchases on this card to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for the benefit of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. On December 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunset Cemetery will again host Wreaths Across America, an Annual/National Program honoring fallen veterans. Veterans interred in Section 9, Spanish America War will receive a wreath in remembrance of their service. State Representative Cheryl Grossman will be the guest speaker. Music and refreshments will be provided. Pizza Today magazine now has Flyers Pizza ranked as No. 11 in the Hot 100 Independent Pizza restaurants. Your local Hilliard Sam’s Club now has the ability to visit your business to offer flu shots to employees and/or customers! Contact Laura Kimble at (614) 921-0057 for further details.

Annual Meeting Awards nominations needed We hope that you will consider nominating a fellow chamber member for one of our three annual awards that will be presented at our Annual Meeting on Friday, March 21. Now is the time to think of those members who fit the criteria for Emerging Business, Established Business, and most Involved Volunteer. The Emerging Business Award is for a business that has moved or been established in the Hilliard area within the past five years and shows a consistent pattern of growth. The Established Business Award rewards a business who has been doing business in the Hilliard area for at least five years and is both innovative and civic minded. The Most Involved Volunteer is an individual who believes in the role of the chamber both personally and professionally, working behind the scenes to forward the activities of the chamber. The nomination forms will be on our website.

Who Is Edward Jones? Tim Payne is an Edward Jones financial advisor in Hilliard. His branch office is located at 5407 Roberts Road. “I entered the financial services industry because I like helping people achieve their long-term financial goals,” Payne says. “Building relationships with my clients and in my community is key.” Edward Jones financial advisors meet face-to-face with clients to build strong relationships. “And we do so by offering excellent client service through our convenient branch locations in the communities where our clients live and work,” says Payne. Deb Newman is the branch office administrator in Tim’s branch office. She has been serving in this role for one year. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect

of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of Tim Payne branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly seven million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance

MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES The Chamber would like to recognize our members who have continually supported the purpose of the chamber and its activities. The following members have invested in the chamber for ten or more years as of December, 2013: 26 years: The Laurels of Hilliard – Katie Edgington 25 years: Century Equipment

– John Mowat, Craig A. Coleman, O.D. – Craig Coleman, O.D. 24 years: Crunelle Insurance Agency, Inc. – Michael Crunelle, Rider + Reinke Financial Group – Scott P. Rider, CLU CFBS AEP 21 years: Security Plus Insurance Agency – Frank Hornik 20 years: Heritage Golf Club – Jody Unger, Ruscilli Construction


Chair: Shawn McCabe, McCabe PrintWorks Vice Chair: Don Nixon, Creative Spot Treasurer: Keith Lewis, Jones, Cochenour & Co.

Board of Directors:

Doug Davidson, Jacadis, LLC Jill Gerschutz, Credit Union of Ohio Troy Hammett, OhioHealth Trisha Kincaid, Mill Run Gardens & Care Center Christine Liberto, Carlile Patchen & Murphy, LLP Bonnie Nyikes, Prudential Calhoon Company Realtors Jean Sickles, Premier Chiropractic Center of Mill Run Brian Wilson, Hilliard City Schools

7157 Hayden Run Rd., Hilliard 614-777-6600 •

Be a Chamber Luncheon sponsor!

Many of our chamber members have sponsored a luncheon and have found it to be worthwhile! We have spots available in 2014 for you to sponsor a luncheon. The cost is $200 which enables you to have two complimentary lunches, be able to speak for three minutes before the membership, have items at each person’s place setting; an 8 foot table for your display; your logo on our webpage linked to yours; and be promoted in the newsletter.


On Facebook? Like the Hilliard Chamber page! We are posting pictures of our events as well as providing more up to date information on what is going on in the Chamber.



Co., Inc. – Bob Darrow 17 years: Provincial House Fireplace & Patio – Donnie Hill 16 years: John L. Haney, Jr., Attorney at Law – John Haney, SportsOhio, Inc. – Rebecca Miller 13 years: Huntington Mortgage Group – Steve Hughes 10 years: FASTSIGNS – Mike Thatcher

Libby Gierach, President/CEO Jess Woolley, Administrative Assistant


of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. In January 2013, for the 14th year, Edward Jones was named one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE Magazine in its annual listing. The firm ranked No. 8 overall. These 14 FORTUNE rankings include 10 top-10 finishes, consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003, and consecutive No. 2 rankings in 2009 and 2010. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at, and its recruiting website is com. Member SIPC.

Introducing our new post-hospital rehabilitation addition to the Hilliard Community. Please call to tour our new addition and Experience Mill Run. 3399 Mill Run Dr., Hilliard





Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce Business Monthly