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UPPER ARLINGTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

BUSINESS MONTHLY

January 2011

The Power to Make a Difference

Issue 30

Building for the future … In addition to providing members a chance to affect the direction of the Chamber, committees are an ideal way to network and develop leadership skills. Chamber committees also develop programs to increase member benefits, provide education, attract new members, enhance the local business climate and improve the organization’s financial strength. “These are difficult times in our economy and we need to be certain we have the very best people in DIVISION COMMITTEE CHAIR’S place to carry us forward. Through collaboration 2011 RESOLUTIONS: and purposeful decision making along with a long Public Relations Committee – David Peters, term perspective and understanding of the past, we NetPoint Marketing will continue to excel as a community.” “In 2011 we will work towards continuous im— Becky Hajost, president of Upper Arlington provement in the areas of Awareness and EngageArea Chamber of Commerce ment. We resolve to help the UA Chamber evolve!

Save the Date!

2010 Annual Meeting and Business Expo is scheduled for 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Through improved communication, both online and off, a revamped technology platform and more social media interaction our goal is to simply make sure that the numerous benefits of belonging to the Chamber are effectively communicated to our ChamSee BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE, page 2

Top Upper Arlington business stories for 2010

By Chris Parker/ThisWeek

The Market District features restaurant-style services in addition to groceries.

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This year has been an exciting year for our community, making big strides in economic development while bridging the gap between the city and the chamber in efforts to improve the quality of life in Upper Arlington. Economic development has been a priority within the city. Since 1999, the city has created an aggressive economic development program; the Upper Arlington Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) has enhanced efforts to attract and retain businesses. Upper Arlington provides many incentives and programs to help spur business development. This also includes an advisory organization such as UACIC — the Upper Arlington Community Improvement Corporation — which provides expertise and resources to add in redevelopment within and for the community. “I can’t place a value on the opportunity to share in the

economic development decisions made possible by serving on the UACIC,” said Becky Hajost, chamber president. These are exciting times and together with collaboration and solid leadership, we will continue to move forward in 2011.” HIGHLIGHTS OF 2010 Giant Eagle, Market District — The new 132,000-square-foot

Market District grocery store at Kingsdale officially opened Thursday, Oct. 14. Gov. Ted Strickland, Travel Channel host Adam Richman and Giant Eagle executives gathered at the new store to welcome patrons and thank all who made the first Market District store in Ohio possible. See TOP, page 2

Inside this issue ‘Ask the Expert’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 New imcoming board biographies. . . . . 3 Member’s perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Member’s focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Business briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 New Chamber members . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Upcoming events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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Top Upper Arlington business stories for 2010 Continued from page 1 Market District features more than 10,000 natural and organic items, 7,000 international items and 4,000 unique specialty groceries, according to store officials. The store also features a restaurant with free wireless Internet, a beer and wine store with more than 2,500 wines and 600 beers and an in-store chef demonstration kitchen, among other things. The new store is a milestone for Giant Eagle, Market District’s parent company. Strickland said the new store is a “big deal” for the Columbus and Upper Arlington areas. Whole Foods Market – Following months of meetings and negotiations, members of the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning unanimously approved a final development plan for the Whole Foods Market September 20. Whole Foods will increase the number of parking spaces from 663 to 836. Store representatives say they need enough parking to allow future growth for their business. We have a national retailer willing to shut down its store for nine months,” said architect Mark Ford. “That’s unheard of and a risk for the company. We as a community have to take a risk and let them have the parking.

Tree of Life Christian Ministries – Tree of Life is now the owner of the 16acre property on Arlington Centre Boulevard. Despite being in the middle of a twopronged zoning appeal process, the school closed on the $6.5-million purchase from Time Warner/AOL. The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) will continue to monitor and keep members informed as the zoning process continues. “We hope we have helped you understand the implications of Tree of Life’s proposed use of the AOL site. Our City, our business owners and our other public institutions have much to lose if the “site use changes,” said Jason Nordstrom, chair of the BAC. Expedient Communications — Pittsburgh-based digital data management company Expedient Communications plans to locate its first Columbus-area data center in a portion of the Arlington Centre Blvd. building now owned by Tree of Life Christian Ministries. Expedient plans to use the 20,000square-foot building that sits on the corner of Henderson Rd. and Arlington Centre Blvd. The building was the first built by CompuServe and is called Building 1. The UA location is slated to have 15 to 20 employees by the first quarter of 2011. “They are all pretty

high-end job – engineers and operations managers,” said Smith, Bryan Smith, the new regional vice president and general manager for the UA site. “I would say the average position there is anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000 a year.” E MC2 — Specializes in the experimental and analytical evaluation of the structural integrity of systems and components made of metals, plastics, composites, and other engineered materials and manufactured using various joining processes. A proposal for a Venture Loan/Grant was proposed and supported by staff for 3518 Riverside Caspian II, LLC. The expansion for this project is anticipated to be a fixed-asset investment of at least $800,000 including $650,000 in construction and $150,000 in machinery and equipment. Additionally, this is an extraordinary tenancy commitment being agreed to by Emc2 which becomes an asset to the property going forward. The project generates a rate of return of $3.55: $1.00 and makes 10,000+ sq ft of office space more viable in the marketplace.

Kenexis — The UACIC also voted to recommend a forgivable loan to Kenexis to build a lift or elevator at 3366 Riverside Drive. Kenexis, already located in UA, plans to move to Riverside because it has outgrown its current location. The company will purchase the Riverside Drive building and use 90 percent of the 2nd floor. Marszal of Kenexis said he is glad his company can stay in Upper Arlington. 16 employees are employed by Kenexis and is expected to increase that number to 26 by December 2013. The forgivable loan, which would cover 80 percent of the cost to install either an elevator or lift but would not exceed $50,000. TechColumbus – Upper Arlington voted to renew its $50,000 per year commitment as TechColumbus seeks an additional Third Frontier leverage match. TechColumbus is applying for $3.5million grant from the Ohio Department of Development’s Third Frontier Program, which would be matched dollar-for-dollar by $3.5-million raised from donors and local municipalities and counties. Our investment is imperative for our economic future.

CardiOx — Medical technology firm moves to UA and brings a total of 26 New Restaurants – Restaurants such employees with a payroll of $2.3 mil- as: Louie’s Grill, a Spanish-fusion restaulion by Dec. 13, 2013. A tax credit was rant, near Northwest Boulevard and recommended by the UACIC. Zollinger Road, Royal Ginger Asian

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in a matrix of self- congratulatory hom- businesses in the UA area ilies. 2. Build business relation 2. To use less jargon ber members, prospective members and the 3. To eat everything that Emilie brings Business Advocacy – Jason NordUpper Arlington community at large. Here to our meetings strom – Chase Bank we go! 4. To not talk with my mouth full Investment Services “To continue to influence and monitor Economic Development Committee – Business Development local issues and act as a truly unified voice Jim Hyre, Hyre & Associates – Heidi Nail for the area business community and com“Undertake an enhanced role in mar“To gain new committee members to munity at large.” keting the community and to strengthen & identify existing businesses in collab- contribute to our growth and new initiaFinance – Bill Ubbing oration to ensure an attractive climate for tives, to roll out the Business Advisory Program to our members, and to start all – W.J. Ubbing & Associates, CPA all businesses.” of our committee meetings on time!” “Successfully execute the annual budget and pursue other avenues for receiving Retail Committee – Member Benefits & Internal Affairs additional revenue to achieve a shared Jon Pugh – Ship Print E-Sell – Edie Blough, Title First mission among the Chamber, the City and 1. To conceptualize synergistic strate1. Share the vision of networking all the UACIC.” gies encompassing win-win goals withTo advertise in the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce Business Monthly, contact ThisWeek Community Newspapers sales representative Leanne Marks at (740) 881-4900.

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Fusion Bistro & Carsonie’s Stromboli & Pizza Kitchen both located at the Shops on Lane Avenue, Piada, an Italian fast-food shop owned by Chris Doody of Lindy’s in German Village, located on Lane Avenue, Burgers, Dogs & Fries, Orange Leaf Yogurt both located at Giant Eagle’s Market District, Cibo Restaurant and Bar, the next venture for the Ciotola family located at corner of Reed and Henderson, Gallo’s Kitchen and Bar, a fusion Creole restaurant located at Riverside & Nottingham & Park Creek Kitchen located at 2124 Arlington Ave. all opened in 2010. TREX – The number of the new restaurants can be attributed to the city’s new policy of allowing liquor licenses to be transferred from other areas — a process called TREX (transfer and exchange for economic development). Capitalizing on redevelopment opportunities helps keep the city both vibrant and financially sound. A thriving business climate improves our city’s ability to serve all of us — residents and businesses alike. “Many of successes for economic development have been highlighted in 2010, but certainly not all. We have the leadership and the tools, and through collaboration and purposeful decision making along with a long term perspective, we will continue to excel as a community in 2011,” Hajost said.

Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce 2152 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 Phone: 614-481-5710, Fax: 614-481-5711 www.uachamber.org BOARD OF TRUSTEES Officers Don Leach Chair David Peters Vice Chair, Public Relations Jason Nordstrom Vice Chair, Business Advocacy Jim Hyre Vice Chair, Economic Development William Ubbing Vice Chair, Finance Edie Blough Vice Chair, Membership Trustees Alberta Burke Daniel Casey Becky Converse Charles Griffith Charles Groezinger Peter Hahn Tony Macaluso Heidi Nail Wes Newhouse Doug Ryan Jamie Sisto Deborah Taylor Jonathan Varner Donna Vorce Chris Widing Dr. Jeff Weaver UAACC STAFF Becky A. Hajost President Karen L. Hamilton Membership Development Director Reg Warner Chief Financial Officer

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Board member spotlight — chair Don Leach 1. Name, title and employer: Don Leach, attorney and managing partner of the Columbus office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where my practice focus is commercial construction and real estate. I also serve as chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group. 2. Educational background: B.A. in political science and economics from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.; law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 3. What do you love most about your job: The variety of opportunities to problem solve. 4. Where are you from: I grew up here in central Ohio, in Bexley. My wife and I are one of the rare couples in central Ohio who both grew up here – she is a Whetstone grad. 5. What was your first job: Mowing lawns and trimming shrubbery; camp counselor. 6. What are your stress relievers: Spending time with family and friends, exercising and reading.

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7. What do you love most about Upper Arlington: The quality services and sense of community that is fostered by the common boundaries shared by our schools, library and city. 8. What would you like to see changed to make our community even better: Trash the Turquoise! It is great to have Macy’s in UA, but the building’s exterior is outdated and detracts from the new Kingsdale.

9. If you had three wishes: 1. Continued good health and happiness for our family. 2. Leaders who are pragmatic and collaborative, and who lead with both historical and societal perspective. 3. Since it would be politically incorrect to use my third wish to ask for more wishes or by wishing that no one played any music other than that originating in the 1960s or 1970s, I wish simply that everyone would treat others as they would like to be treated. 10. What did you want to be when growing up: After growing out of my early infatuation with being a cowboy or fire truck, I became interested in being a lawyer.

New incoming chamber board biographies David P. Peters Net Point Marketing LLC David Peters is the President and CMO of Net Point Marketing LLC, a national Search Engine Marketing (SEO/SEM), Website Design and Web Strategy Consulting Firm. David’s expertise spans over David Peters 20 years of experience in B2B and B2C marketing as a business owner, senior manager and business consultant. His areas of specialization include: - Search Engine Optimization - Internet Marketing Consultation - Conversion Rate Optimization - Website Usability Testing - Online Business and E-Commerce Strategy - Website Design for ROI - Google AdWords and PPC marketing - Website Conversion and Analytics - Blogging for Business - Local and Geo-Targeted Search marketing - Professional Speaking/ Training/ Workshops

David is a member of SEMPO, the American Marketing Association and eMarketing Association. David’s education includes degrees from Ohio State University in finance and marketing. David and his family live in Westerville. Daniel Casey Entrepreneur-in-Residence, TechColumbus Daniel Casey has over 30 years of far-reaching experience leading highperformance technology organizations in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. He has held senior level operations, sales and financial positions at Sterling Commerce, Goal Systems, Lomas Daniel Casey Information Systems and UCCEL Corporation. Recently, as COO for Sypherlink, Daniel played an instrumental role in securing $3.5-million in venture capital. As President and COO of AGT International, Inc., See NEW INCOMING, page 6

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Member’s focus — Orange Leaf Yogurt By Alberta Burke Orange Leaf Yogurt, located at 3130 Kingsdale Center, opened on Oct. 8 in the Kingsdale Shopping Center. George Scott is the owner/operator and is thrilled to be a part of the community and a new Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce member. George is a husband and father of a new 3-month-old daughter. He attended the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona and is a classically trained chef. Orange Leaf typically offers 16 flavors; however, the Kingsdale location offers 34 flavors that are rotated by request and demand of his customers. Because of

George Scott, owner and operator of Orange Leaf Yogurt at Kingsdale, invites you to visit his store and experience the “best tasting yogurt on earth.”

George’s culinary background, he also develops many of his own custom flavors with a selection of holiday and seasonal flavors. To top off the tasty yogurt flavors, 48 different toppings are available. It is a self-serve concept that features a Monday Madness special that offers customers an “all you can fit into a 24-oz cup” yogurt and toppings deal. The business was the brainchild of George and his father-inlaw and is a friend and family business. George looks forward to his new chamber membership

and plans on participating in the many events offered by the chamber along with networking with other local businesses and being involved in the UA community. The business is starting construction for a second Orange Leaf location slated to open in Grandview in March of 2011. Upon my departure, George offered me a sample and I can testify that it is one tasty treat. The Upper Arlington Area Chamber welcomes George and the Orange Leaf organization to the community and to the chamber.

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Members can save 20 to 30 percent on electricity We are excited about a new member benefit program that can save your business money. The Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Good Energy to offer you savings on your electricity costs through the Good Energy Electricity Savings Program. This program brings the power of our members together to help you save up to 20 to 30 percent or more on your electricity costs. “After learning that one of our members, a nonprofit organization, was going to save approximately $6,000 a year on their electric bill, we knew instantly we needed to make certain all members were aware of this shared opportunity to save money,” said Becky Hajost, president UA Area Chamber. Deregulation and increased competition in the electricity market makes it possible for businesses like yours to take advantage of these savings. Details about electricity in the Columbus market can be found on our Web site at www.uachamber.org. All you need to do is sign up to take advantage of the program.

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And, it is simple to sign up. 614-737-5244. receive a customized quote. If you use less than 400,000 Questions? Call 614-285-5244. Additional program details are kWh annually and are on one of If you use more than 400,000 posted on www. uachamber.org. the following Tariff Rate Codes kWh annually, or if you are on If you would like to speak with a shown on your bill — 202, 203, Tariff Rate Code 240, please call Good Energy program represen204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 214, 217, Good Energy at 614-285-5244 to tative, please call 614-285-5244. 218, 219, 224 — you can calculate your estimated savings right now online. Then, to receive these new money-saving rates, sign up with our p a r t n e r, Good Energy, today by faxing a complete copy of UA Area Chamber board chair Don Leach of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP welcomes both your most new and tenured members of the UA Area Chamber of Commerce as they gathered recent elecfor coffee and danishes at the new Hyatt Place in Grandview. Chamber president tric bill Becky Hajost, membership development director Karen Hamilton and several key with this board members and ambassadors were present to introduce new members and enrollment inform all about benefits and opportunities available to members of the chamber. form to

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Candy Ward is the general manager and has been with MCL at Kingsdale for 38 years.

Member’s Perspective - MCL Restaurant & Bakery It’s not just for Grandma and Grandpa anymore In Upper Arlington, the MCL Restaurant & Bakery has always has been pigeonholed as the place where only area seniors choose to dine. You’ve heard the saying “this is not your father’s Buick.” Well the same applies to the updated Kingsdale eatery. Families, both young and old, are coming to MCL because they enjoy the family atmosphere and mostly because they enjoy good food, says Candy Ward, general manager of MCL Kingsdale. “When I say good food, I am saying real food,” says Ward, who has worked at MCL for 38 of the 41 years since it opened its doors in UA. With the recent renovations of MCL and the Kingsdale area, Ward has noticed a change in the clientele demographics and reports that the renovations have been good for business. MCL has its “regulars,” but many young new faces are appearing to enjoy the wide variety of food. MCL has been owned and operated by the McGahghey and Laughner families for over 50 years and is based out of Indianapolis. According to Ward, the

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company prides itself on its handmade, fresh baked goods as well as kettle-made stocks and soups. MCL’s bakers arrive at 6 a.m. each day to begin making their signature pies and breads. Families and area businesses are discovering the large and enclosed banquet area at MCL. According to Ward, families are scheduling their holiday gatherings and dinners at MCL for the convenience of not having to cook or clean up. “People then go home after their meal and celebrate the day together,” Ward said. “We take out the hassle of cooking and cleaning so that everyone can enjoy the day.” MCL benefits a great deal from being a member of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce. According to Ward, the chamber has helped by getting the word out about their new changes, by attending chamber networking events and by hosting chamber lunch meetings. MCL’s catering business has expanded and is now serving larger groups, such as Ohio State University. “We just want the area people and their families to come in and enjoy our great tasting food. Young or old, there’s something here for everyone,” Ward said.

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New incoming chamber board biographies Continued from page 3 a privately held software company, Daniel positioned its professional services component for a successful exit. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for TechColumbus, Daniel analyzes complex business and legal information to assess the merits and risks of potential investment opportunities for the PreSeed Fund. He works closely with portfolio companies to ensure that they effectively execute their business plans, reach established milestones and secure follow-on venture funding. Daniel is also actively involved in clarifying the capital access process for local entrepreneurs by conducting seminars and providing online education. Daniel holds a BBA in Management from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Finance from Ohio State University. Wesley Newhouse Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher & Moots, LLC D. Wesley Newhouse is an experienced litigator and transactional attorney. He assists many of the firm’s Wesley clients in the Newhouse establishment of new business and charitable enterprises. He has often organized limited liability companies, Subchapter S corporations, partnerships, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. The breadth of his jury trial experience extends to cases involving age discrimination, disability discrimination, discrimination on the basis of national origin, violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, violation of noncompete and confidentiality covenants, construction disputes, personal injury claims, property damage claims and breach of contract. Newhouse has particular expertise in cases involving injunctive relief, such as employment

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discrimination, housing discrimination and disputes concerning non-compete and confidentiality agreements. He has also appeared in the state and federal courts of appeal throughout Ohio, and before numerous administrative agencies. A frequent author and lecturer, and an adjunct professor of business law at DeVry University, Newhouse has many published articles. Newhouse completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio Northern University, where he was awarded degrees in both business administration and political science with high honors in 1980. He is a 1983 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law. He serves on the board of trustees of the Childhood Early Learning Centers, is a past president of the board of trustees of Columbus After-School All-Stars, and a past president of the board of trustees of the Chamber Music Connection. Newhouse is an active member of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Association of Central Ohio. Peter Hahn Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Peter Hahn is a member of the chamber's Business Advocacy Committee, which is responsible for developing Peter Hahn and recommending to the chamber positions on business-related issues. He also serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Kids Voting of Central Ohio, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization designed to teach K12 students greater awareness of political, governmental, and civic issues. Peter is an attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where he practices construction law and business litigation.

Jonathan Varner Jonathan Varner & Associates, LLC After years of tireless work in pursuit of helping clients in both the private sector and in Democratic p o l i t i c s , Jonathan Jonathan Varn- Varner er sought to create a company that would reflect his values and principles in life and business: hard work, attention to detail, strategy and tactics based on experience and best practices, and doing right by people. He founded Jonathan Varner & Associates, LLC, based in Columbus in 2007. Varner has over a decade of experience as a political consultant, organizer, fundraiser, and public relations professional. A past finance director of the Ohio Democratic Party, he’s spearheaded a wide range of campaigns — corporate campaign management, political, grassroots, government affairs, as well as community involvement outreach programs. He has served as the general con-

sultant for numerous state and local elected officials, including the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, which regained the majority in 2008. A creative marketer and strategist, Varner has won national “Pollie” Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants for his work in direct mail, radio and public affairs. He is often recognized for his contributions to the Democratic Party, receiving the Chairman’s Award from the Ohio Democratic Party in 2003 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Young Democrats in 2006.

Group’s (“VRG”) president, Chief Operating Officer, and general counsel. As president, Sisto oversees 35+ employees in the field of financial services, brownfield remediation and asset management and recovery. Before joining Value Recovery Group, Sisto was Of Counsel with Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey, L.L.P. At Squire Sanders, his practice focused on economic development and international corporate and commercial transactions. He was a member of the firm’s corporate, public finance and international practice groups. His practice also included representation of clients James E.P. Sisto before local, state and federal President & COO – Value agencies regarding regulatory Recovery Group, Inc. matters as well as applications James E. P. for and acquisition of economic Sisto is an atdevelopment incentives. torney with Sisto has served as deputy dimany years of rector of the Ohio Department of experience in Development, where he funca variety of tioned as administrative leader of legal fields Ohio’s International Trade Diviranging from sion (ITD). James E.P. debt collection He managed and supervised Sisto to internationten international offices located al trade practices. He currently in Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, functions as Value Recovery Belgium, Israel, Mexico, South

Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Becky Converse The Forum at Knightsbridge Becky Converse has worked in the field of aging services for 28 years, but she herself has been aging for 50 years. She started her career working her way through college as a nursing assistant. With a degree in art therapy and psychology, she has held positions as an activity director and art therapist. She is a licensed social worker as well as a licensed nursing home administrator. She has been an administrator at Lutheran Village of Columbus and the Forum at Knightsbridge. Prior to her current position, she briefly worked for Erickson Retirement Community. She is currently the director of sales and marketing at the Forum at Knightsbridge. In her free time, she enjoys sailing, painting, crafts, reading and gourmet cooking (a “Marthawanna-be”). She loves time with family with her husband, Tom, and daughter, Hannah, and her 120 lb. golden retriever, Beau.

Riverside Eye Center On Dec. 3, representatives from the UA Area Chamber of Commerce, City of UA and Riverside Eye Center gathered to celebrate the opening of their new practice in Upper Arlington at 3434 Riverside Drive. Pictured left to right: Jeff Danziger (UAACC ambassador), Duff Dyer (UAACC ambassador), Dr. Duke Dye (optometrist/owner), Glenda Smith (optician), Frank Ciotola (mayor) and Becky Hajost (UAACC president).

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Upcoming Chamber events and networking opportunities First Thursday at Cibo Restaurant and Bar

“Ask the Experts”

A wonderful opportunity to connect with other chamber members during a delightful evening with complimentary food and drinks! When: 5:30– 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 Where: Cibo Restaurant & Bar, 4740 Reed Rd., Upper Arlington, OH 43220 Contact: RSVP requested, but not required. Go to uachamber.org and register online or contact the chamber at 614-481-5710 or admin@ uachamber.org Free to members & their guests. Business professionals interested in joining the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce are also welcome to join us.

“The Future of Business in Upper Arlington” Join us this month as guest speaker Matthew Shad, City of UA, provides a special presentation to learn about economic development opportunities and “share your input” about programs and development that affect the area Matthew Shad business community. When: noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 Where: TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Oh 43212 Contact: Pre-registration required. Go to uachamber.org and register online, or contact the chamber at 614-481-5710 or admin@uacham-

uachamber.org ber.org Free to members and their guests (purchasing Registration fee - $15/members $20/non-memfood or beverage is optional) bers (includes lunch)

EarlyBird Worm Hunt - Thursday Make connections. Get involved. Come network in the morning with members of the Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce! Meet new people. Maintain relationships. Generate new business. Alternates between Thursday and Friday mornings each month. When:7:45– 8:45a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 Where: Guernsey Bank, 3005 Northwest Blvd., Upper Arlington, 43221 Contact: RSVP requested, but not required. Go to uachamber.org and register online or contact the chamber at 614-481-5710 or admin@

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232 Madison Ave., Ste 405 (212) 792-0222 Good Energy New York, NY 10016 www.goodenergy.com Charles de Casteja Good Energy is an “objective” energy management consultant focused on saving customers money and increasing the value of their assets. Through our relationship with competitive utility companies we provide electricity supply and demand management services to customers across the country. Good Energy develops and implements aggressive and innovative savings programs tailored to the end user’s patterns of electricity consumption. Our comprehensive electricity analysis services provide customers with the information needed to make intelligent and informed energy decisions. 2669 Berwyn Rd, Ste 101 (614) 259-7702 Upper Arlington, OH 43221 www.haladontechnologies.com Haladon Technologies, Inc Don Ribar Haladon Technologies Inc provides an affordable, effective, proactive alternative to traditional IT support for small to medium sized businesses. By partnering with the premier providers of IT network support, we have leveraged Fortune 500-class IT support and made it affordable for the SMB client. Our tailored programs provide remote monitoring, support, and remediation, as well as, help desk and on-site technical support when required. Our ActiveIT Pro offering will change the way you view IT support. (614) 280-1234 www.hyattplacecolumbusosu. 795 Yard St. Melodie Reed Hyatt Place Columbus/ OSU com Columbus, OH 43212 Ideally situated just minutes from OSU, the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Arena District, Downtown Columbus, the Short North Shops, Palace Theatre, Jerome Schottenstein Center, Columbus Crew Stadium and the Ohio Stadium. For the business traveler, we are within close proximity to the Nationwide Insurance World Headquarters, AEP Ohio, Abbott Nutrition, Columbia Gas/NiSource and the Westbelt Corporate Park. This six-story hotel, with a two-story atrium, café, and lobby area, welcomes you and your guest for an evening of comfort and relaxation. (614) 670-8582 3051 Northwest Blvd www.louiesgrillfusion Upper Arlington, OH 43221 restaurant.com Efrain Mijangos Louie’s Grill Fusion Restaurant Louie’s Fusion Grill began in Hilliard in February of 2008 with a fantastic mix, or “fusion,” of tastes and cultures represented. Among those cultures are Mexican, Cuban, Creole and American. Our friendly family atmosphere has now moved across the Scioto to Upper Arlington, where we bring the same attention to quality food, service and dining experience. Make Louie’s Fusion Grill your next destination for a great meal. Wilson Group P.O. Box 21877 (614) 461-1333 Communications, Inc Columbus, OH 43221 www.wilson-group.com Steve Wilson Wilson Group Communications, Inc., founded in 1987, specializes entirely in corporate crisis management communications and news media response training. We provide consulting and training services for organizations throughout North America. We also stage mock disasters for clients to test their crisis management capabilities.

UAACC ambassadors UAACC Ambassador Committee members include: Duff Dyer (Chair). . . . Willms Financial Network Corlene Adams Marie Anthony . . . . . . . . . . . . Realtor/Jeweler

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Jeff Danziger . . . . . Edward Jones Investments Donna Vorce . . . . . . . . . . . . First Impressions Gary Bast . . . . . . Gary Bast Insurance Agency Deborah Taylor . . . . . The MacIntosh Company Ross Bagby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Toastmasters

Jerry Schwan . . . . . . Tom & Jerry Auto Service Molly Pensyl . . . . . . Upper Arlington Magazine Stephen Graham . . . . . . . Yard Solutions, Inc. Erica Sycks . . . . . . . . Nightingale Home Care Karen Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UAACC

Afternoon Business Network Exchange Afternoon lunch networking with 30+ local business professionals. Fun, food and connections! When:noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.26 Where: Park Creek Kitchen, 2124 Arlington Ave, Upper Arlington, Oh 43221 Contact: Pre-registration required. Go to uachamber.org and register online or contact the chamber at 614-481-5710 or admin@uachamber. Registration fee - $12/members $15/non-members (includes lunch), Pre-registration required

Business brief PSB Realty Advisors secures new tenant at Arlington Falls PSB Realty Advisors is pleased to announce that a new tenant has signed a lease and moved into the Arlington Falls Business Park as of Dec. 1. West Town Savings Bank, Mortgage Lending Division has opened an office at 5003 Horizons Drive, Suite 101, Upper Arlington. PSB Realty Advisors is the broker for Cam Development II, the landlord. “We are pleased that West Town Savings Bank selected Arlington Falls Business Park for their office location. Vacancy rates in office buildings in Central Ohio continue to be at record highs but the Arlington Falls Business Park only has a few suites that are available for sale or lease at present,” said Matthew Byrne, broker for PSB Realty Advisors. PSB Realty Advisors is a complete real estate services company that offers buyer and seller representation, tenant representation, landlord representation, project management, real estate syndication, development and project management. The organization’s mission is to exceed clients’ and investors’ expectations by delivering superior results through hard work, creativity, dedication and local market knowledge. Arlington Falls Business Park is located on the corner of Henderson Road and Riverside Drive and consists of five two-story buildings. For more information, visit the website at www.psbrealty.com or call 614.451-1770.

Save money on health benefits As a chamber member with 2-50 employees, you can get a discount on any health plan from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield — including industry-leading HSAs, HRAs and HIAs.* Call (888) 506-1574, or get a free quote online at www.chambersaver.com/cocc. *Discount only applies to Chamber members who do not already have Anthem insurance. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Community Insurance Company. An independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ® Anthem is a registered trademark. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are the registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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