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Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce

Business Monthly The Power to Make a Difference

December 2012

UA Chamber Board Retreat a success The Chamber understands and cares about the core strengths and values of our community and works to connect people to business while facilitating job growth and economic investment that promotes a strong sense of community. A day is not long enough to discuss and catalog the successful innovations happening within the organization of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce. We would like to thank the Chamber’s board of trustees, our facilitator Brad Mitchell, PH.D. Senior Director at Battelle for Kids, our host and sponsor, The Forum at Knightsbridge for their contribution at the Chamber board retreat held on Nov. 29. “The Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce is a remarkable community resource dedicated to sustain and improve the economic vitality of our city. The Chamber’s seasoned leadership is an energetic advocate for development that provides essential support to the balance of our residential quality of life and community sustainability,” said Phil Mark Markwood, President (UCIC) Upper Arlington Community Improvement Corp.

Why Chambers?

Corporate and small employers realize that a rising tide will not lift all boats. The business community’s desire for business expansion and better educational outcomes has never been more intense. Collective action is necessary, and the chamber of commerce can be the mechanism for collective business action.

Seizing Our Destiny

Walsh University Institute, a unique nonprofit think tank that focuses on job creation and economic development in the local economy, for both large and small, re-

The 2012 Board Retreat was held Nov. 20 tat The Forum at Knightsbridge. cently hosted this special event. While attending this seminar Oct. 25 with other UA community leaders, we experienced the exploration of new models for the preparation of educators for the knowledge economy. It was an open and interactive style that enabled us to better understand critical roles and collaborative strategies of government, business and education that are paramount to re-energizing communities. As we harvest what we gleaned from the 2012 Board Retreat, we will plant those ideas firmly in the strategies that will be identified in the 2013 Action Plan. Some of those strategies include: • Create a shared message • Include stakeholders in our communication strategies • Create understanding for workforce and economic development • Nurture and scale innovative ideas • Build awareness, but focus on results While the Chamber board is gaining eight new board members in 2013, we are also saying goodbye to some board members who have served the Chamber with great dedication. We would like to say thank you and good-bye to Charlie Groezinger, Tony Macaluso, and Donna Vorce. We are grateful for their enormous contribution to the Chamber after service for six years on the Chamber board of trustees. We would like to thank Daniel Casey, David Peters, Jamie Sisto, Jonathan Varner, and Jamie Sisto who have

also served on the board. Doug Ryan, Chairman of the Board will pass the torch to Edie Blough. Edie will serve as the 2013 Board Chair and Doug will remain ever present as the out-going chair. I would be remiss if I did not thank all of our volunteers throughout the year. Together we can accomplish so much. Thank you! “We look forward to celebrating Chamber leaders from the past who have gone on to have a huge impact on Upper Arlington, and honor those who have serviced our community for many years. Today’s Chamber members and board members are not only leaders in UA, but leading the way to continued, renewed and future successes of our community,” said Edie Blough of Title First and 2013 Chamber

Board Chair. Soon we will announce the theme for the Annual Chamber Community Celebration to be held March 1, 2013. We invite all members, the City and the public to share in one of our biggest events. This is an opportunity to share our success and recognize our Champions, network with local businesses, enjoy great food, and have a wonderful time. Nominees for awards this year will be open to the public to nominate. Go to www.uachamber. org to learn more. The winners and our Champions will be recognized at our annual celebration. For more information, please contact the Chamber at (614) 4815710 or by email admin@ uachamber.org. — Becky A. Hajost President, UA Area Chamber of Commerce

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A look back at another successful year As December comes to a close, we at the UA Area Chamber of Commerce pause to reflect on our accomplishments during 2012. We began the first quarter of the year with the Chamber’s Annual Celebration which included a business expo, silent auction, live band, cocktails, dinner, a dessert bar, dancing, theatrical entertainment and an awards program. The Annual Celebration was made possible by generous donations from the following sponsors: Anthem, the Upper Arlington Community Improvement Corporation, Indus Hotels, HHH CPA Group, PNC Bank, the Guernsey Bank, the law firm of Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher and Moots, and Home Instead Senior Care. Every year, the Upper Arlington Area Chamber recognizes member businesses for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community at an awards ceremony at our Annual Celebration. Our 2012 award winners were: Business Person of the year W. Arthur Cullman Award: Don Leach, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP Contributing Member of the Year Jeanne E. Schaal Award: Jerry Schwan, Tom & Jerry’s Auto Repair 2011 Best Place to Work : The Publishing Group, LTD. 2011 New Business of the Year: Royal Ginger Asian Fusion Bistro Entrepreneur Award – Small Business 1 – 4 employees: Dave’s Dogs and More Entrepreneur Award – Medium Business 5 – 30 employees: Suzy’s Helping Hands Entrepreneur Award – Large Business 31 Plus Employees: The Arlington Bank Young Professional Business Leader of the Year Award: Jeff Danziger, Edward Jones Continued on next page

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A look back at another successful year Continued from previous page We quickly followed that with the Community Market Place which is a fun and innovative event connecting the residents of Upper Arlington with local businesses. Sponsors of this program included Anthem, Coldwell Banker King Thompson and the Arlington Bank. The event encourages the promotion and support of the Upper Arlington business community, entrepreneurial spirit and community awareness. And then it was time for the 19th Annual Taste of Upper Arlington. This hugely successful event would not happen but for the generous donation from the following sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Arlington Urgent Care, Key Bank, Tri-Village Magazine, Yard Solutions, PNC Bank, Wow! Internet, Cable and Phone, National Church Residences at First Community Village, Lane Avenue Chiropractic, Citizens for Stephanie Kunze, Columbus School for Girls, Indus Hotels, Keller Williams Classic Properties, Nicola Restaurant and Bar, Nightingale Home Care, Schmidt’s of German Village, and Two Men and a Truck This year, the Chamber expanded the Taste of UA event to include a music component featuring a variety of local bands. 121 restaurants and food-related vendors served a variety of food to attendees, while area businesses and organizations showcased their goods and services. Food vendors submitted food

samples in three categories in the annual Taste of UA food judging contest, and festival attendees also were given the chance to vote for their favorite food vendor. The following are the 2012 Taste of UA award winners: Appetizer: 1. The Wine Bistro: Braised Veal Meatball 2. Mojo TaGo: The Mojodilla 3. The Rusty Bucket: Sliders Entrée: 1. Nicola Restaurant: Pasticcio Di Melanzane 2.  City Barbeque: Signature beef brisket on buttery Texas toast topped with sweet vinegar slaw 3. Dave’s Dogs & More: Chicken Gyro Dessert: 1. Caffe’ DaVinci: Gelato 2. Schakolad Chocolate Factory: Gelato 3. Leslie’s Creperie: Lemon Cream w/ Blueberry Crepe People’s Choice Award: 1. The Original Goodie Shop 2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams 3. Leslie’s Creperie The fall saw the Chamber reemphasizing its Business Advisors program. This free program is available to Classic and Premier-level members, and provides a service for our members through which members can seek advisement from designated business advisors in areas such as law, accounting, finance, business development and planning, marketing and social media, sales, commercial insurance, and more.

We also jumped into the holiday shopping rush by promoting the UA Chamber’s Best Gift Ideas program. The program offered members an opportunity to market their business through a Chamber promotion while positively impacting their retail holiday sales. By promoting a discount on services and goods or a unique or distinctive gift, retailers have the opportunity to attract new customers, while strengthening their relationships with current patrons. In addition to these larger events, the Chamber continued to offer additional networking and educational programs such as the Ask the Expert series, Business Networking Exchange lunches, Early Morning Networking breakfasts, and First Thursday’s gatherings. While members certainly benefit the more they get involved in the Chamber’s many offerings, the Chamber’s staff and committees are continuously working behind the scenes to provide a return on investment to members. This year, we partnered with Aboutourwork.com, Womply and Offersbyme.com. These three partners provide online services that enable UA Chamber Members to gain a competitive edge in today’s challenging marketplace. As we look toward 2013, we are excited about planning and promoting Chamber programs and services that will best fit our membership’s needs. For more information about any of these events or programs, please contact the Chamber at (614) 481-5710.

PREMIERE MEMBERS Amitai Sela Photography The Arlington Bank, Tremont Arlingworth Home Care AT&T Ohio Blue Sky Exercise Capaldo Construction Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Legal Counsel Doug Ryan, Douglas Real Estate Fifth Third Bank, Fishinger Rd The Forum at Knightsbridge Good Energy HHH CPA Group, LLC Home Helpers, Direct Link Home Health Care Huntington National Bank, Lane Ave.

Info Depot KeyBank, Henderson Mary L Dauberman Professional In Home Care National Church Residences National Church Residences First Community Village National Church Residences Mill Run Nationwide Insurance, Chip Ashby Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher & Moots, LLC PNC Bank, Fishinger Rd. PNC Bank, Henderson Rd. Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club Raymond James & Associates,

NEW MEMBERS Northwood Energy Tina Anderson 941 Chatham Lane, Ste. 100 Columbus, OH 43221 (614) 457-1024 www.northwoodenergy.com

Stonehenge Partners Cathy Rhoades 191 W. Nationwide Blvd. Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 246-2500 www.stonhengepartners.com

Precision Door Service of Columbus, Inc. Beth Huff 8157 Green Meadows Dr. N, Ste. B Lewis Center, OH 43035 (614) 294-5190 www.precisiondoorcolumbus.com

Traditional Mortgage Banc Jason Swart 6075 Glick Road Powell, OH 43065 (614) 357-5716 www.traditionalbanc.com

For more information visit www.uachamber.org.

Ask The Experts

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Join us as speaker, Wes Newhouse, attorney at Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher & Moots, LLC, discusses: Social Media in the Workplace. Employer Rights and Employee Privacy Where: Tech Columbus 1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43212 When: Thursday, Jan. 17 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Members: $12, non-members: $15

Early Morning Networking

Make Connections. Get involved. Come network in the morning with members of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce! Maintain relationships. Generate new business. Where: La Chatelaine – 1550 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington 43221 When: Friday, Jan. 18 from 8 to 9 a.m. Contact admin@uachamber.org or (614) 4815710 to register for events.

Afternoon Business Network Exchange

Make connections, Get involved. Join us for an afternoon networking lunch for business professionals. Fun, food and connections! Where: Nicola’s Restaurant 4740 Reed Rd., Upper Arlington, OH 43220 When: Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Members: $12, non-members: $15

Kingsdale RE/MAX Premier Choice Realtors, Toothman Resource Development Group Schindler & Adams, CPAs Scioto Country Club SGO Designer Glass

Sport Clips Tom & Jerry Auto Service Upper Arlington City Schools Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital (Northstar Animal Care) Whetstone Gardens and Care Center


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