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Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce

Business Monthly The Power to Make a Difference

October 2012

Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce

The Power of Your Voice 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. We have your back is a comment heard around the table often during regular Chamber Business Advocacy Committee meetings. Having a strong Chamber of Commerce is vital to the community. The Chamber will assist any member needing support and guidance, giving each a unified voice. Some of the issues the Chamber has helped members with include: signage issues, façade improvements, rezoning and ballot issues such as Issue #24. The Chamber in partnership with the City has worked hand in hand to support the continued vitality and success of the Community Entertainment District and the Lane Avenue corridor. “I truly value the opportunity I had to talk directly with the business owners about issue #24, and the continued redevelopment on Lane Ave,” said Becky Hajost, President. To let the merchants on the Lane Avenue corridor know that the Chamber supports a yes vote, the Chamber staff went doorto-door visiting merchants to listen to their concerns and to share information

Inside this issue: Board of Trustees nominees. . . . . A12 WOMPLY partners with Chamber. A13 Calendar of events. . . . . . . . A13 New members. A14

Thank you to our Chamber PAC Members: 2012 PAC Contributor’s to date. Arlington Optical Comfort Keepers Continental Realty Family Practice West Jarvis Law Office Larson’s Toys & Games Lighthouse Mortgage Services Macaluso Landscaping Co. Ltd. Peridontology, Inc. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Re/Max Premier Choice Realtors - Toothman Resource Development Group Scioto Country Club Toastmasters Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital Vaughan Music Studios Westminster-Thurber Community Dr. George P. Wick, DDS and hand out signage promoting issue #24. The Board of Directors of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution of support for Issue #24. “The passage of Issue 24 ensures the vitality and future success of Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern and that of our fellow restaurant and entertainment businesses along the growing Lane Avenue Corridor. We have been a proud partner of the Upper Arlington community since

2003, supporting area schools, arts, festivals and other business and community organizations. We look forward to continuing this partnership and providing the neighborhood with a familyfriendly place to gather and dine with friends and neighbors.” -Gary Callicoat, Founder and President Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern “Entertainment districts are intended to revitalize communities by See POWER on pg A14

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Great shopping ideas for the holiday help support chamber members The weather may still feel warm, but the holiday season is upon us and that means shopping for holiday gifts. The UA Chamber’s Best Gift Ideas program is just another way that the Chamber is trying to promote member businesses within the community. The program offers 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. “We designed the Gift Ideas program to help member

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companies brand their names in a cost-effective way. The program supports our members’ retail efforts to thrive with local sales,” said Becky Hajost, Chamber president. “We have learned that the gift ideas should be enticing enough to See BEST on pg A14

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Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce Business Monthly Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce 2013 Board of Trustees nominees Robert Brzezinski BizWit LLC Robert Brzezinski, MBA, CPHIMS, CHPS builds his BizWit LLC Information Security Risk Management consulting practice to make information security and regulatory compliance understandable and affordable for small business, especially in the healthcare industry. Conducting independent risk assessments of IT systems and business processes or implementing encryption helps find ways to minimize security and business risks and often reduces costs. Before starting his company, Robert spent a decade leading teams through organizational changes, solving problems and implementing best practices, improving processes and creating savings in large public health organizations. He has had the opportunity to work in leadership roles like Chief Financial Officer, Director of Performance Improvement and Chief Budget Officer. Robert maintains the AHIMA professional certification of Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) and HIMSS certification of Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). Robert is also a public notary. He is a member of the following professional organizations: AHIMA, OHIMA and CSOHIMSS. He also serves as a President of the non-profit Polish American Club in Columbus, Ohio, and is member of the Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Tech Columbus. Robert is also a proud father of Bogna Brzezinska, first year medical school student at the Wright State University. Kevin Fix, CPA Newhaven Capital Advisors Kevin Fix, CPA, is the owner and Managing Principal of Newhaven Capital Advisors, LLC, an independent financial consulting firm serving the needs of small businesses, business owners and professionals. Prior to launching his firm in 2011, Kevin worked for more than 20 years in accounting and finance, first as a practicing CPA and then in all facets of company financial management. He spent 15 of those years with AT&T, Inc. and several of its affiliates, including Ameritech Corporation and Sterling Commerce. Kevin has served as a public company Controller and Treasurer and has extensive capital market experience. Kevin earned Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Financial Planning Association. Kevin currently serves on the boards of the Central Ohio chapter of Financial Executives International, Forty Plus of Central Ohio, and Leadership UA, and is a past Board Member and Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark.  Kevin lives in Upper Arlington with his wife, Amy, and their three children.

Rob Maccabee Payex Rob Maccabee is a Columbus native and has been an entrepreneur since he was old enough to shovel snow and rake leaves. After graduation from Capital University with a degree in Music Education, he started his first business with a college partner- Macwood Audio Group - a commercial music and audio advertising production company.  In handling all of the direct selling and marketing of Macwood for 5 years, Rob began his career in working with small businesses and learning about their sales and marketing challenges. He began consulting merchants for Card Payment Systems (later to be renamed Payex™) in 2000 and quickly transitioned into the roles of sales manager and marketing director where he was instrumental in focusing the company’s product offerings and target markets.  In early 2011 Rob was promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development at Payex. Rob just set out on his latest venture as a partner with Cliing™ Marketing, where he is using his experience and passion for local business to develop marketing systems in the mobile space that help small brands thrive. Chris Miller The Arlington Bank Chris Miller is with the Arlington Bank Lending Team and was one of the first members to go through the Arlington Bank “Management Training Program.” Prior to joining Arlington Bank, Chris had a background in public accounting. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Kent State University, where he was a 4-year letterman with the Men’s Varsity Golf Team and received the honor of Academic All-American. As an undergraduate, Chris double majored in accounting and finance and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration. He earned his Master of Business Administration in 2009. Chris Potts; Executive Director of Business Services Upper Arlington City Schools Chris is a 1994 graduate of Avon Lake High School. He received his BA in psychology from Denison University in 1998, where he also earned 4 varsity letters as a member of the basketball team and served as team captain his senior year. In 2001, Chris earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University and has been employed in the Upper Arlington City School District since. Chris spent two years as campus supervisor at the high school, six years as the District’s Athletic Director and is in his fourth year as Executive Director of Business Services for Upper Arlington City Schools. Chris and his wife, Megan, a 1994 Upper Arlington graduate, reside in Upper Arlington and have three children, Natalie (7), Charlotte (5) and Ryan (4).

Chamber members receive special pricing on their electric generation The Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce (UAACC) is working with FirstEnergy Solutions, in partnership with Good Energy, to offer our members exclusive pricing once again on electric generation. Through this special offer, members can enroll with FirstEnergy Solutions to receive special pricing. Two-year and seven-year pricing options are now available to Chamber members. Now through the end of the year, eligible residential customers of AEP Ohio can visit and lock in a great low price on electric generation from FirstEnergy Solutions.

Be sure to have your electric bill on hand – it takes only a few minutes to enroll. Plus, you can spread the word to your friends and family members so they can take advantage of this special offer too; don’t let anyone miss out on this exclusive opportunity! “The Chamber is proud to partner with FirstEnergy Solutions and Good Energy to bring members this special offer, and I hope that you take advantage of this exclusive savings opportunity,” says Becky Hajost, Chamber president. As with any great offer, the offer ends December 31.

Jack Salvato President, Member Salvato & Associates, LLC Mr. Salvato has over 20 years of experience and training as a scientist (BA Chemistry and MS Biology) and businessman (MBA). He is particularly adept as an innovative thinker who has taken concept to commercialization, both his own and others. His real life skills in quality assurance, manufacturing, R&D, packaging and product introduction won him many accolades and profits for his companies. His skills in new product development led to promotions into product and project management with highlights as a guest speaker of the international Product Development and Management Association. Expanding his core competencies he achieved a successful B2B sales record. He negotiated sales and marketing contracts in Asia, Mexico, England and Germany. Included were diagnostics, biologicals, pharmaceuticals, pen/touch computer, HVAC, financial. He negotiated sales contract for direct, wholesale and manufactures representative relationships. Jack is experienced in the planning, execution and analysis of quantitative and qualitative marketing research. These skills were utilized in the development, management and implementation of strategic and tactical business plans from startup to multi-billion dollar companies. He mastered all functional areas of print and broadcast advertising production and media planning. His company does strategic consulting taking your concept to commercialization by assisting you in new product development, the writing of a strategic business plan and the tactical marketing and sales guidelines and goals. Teressa Snedegar Owner, SportsClips Hair Cuts My husband and I opened Sport Clips last December on Lane Avenue. We were excited about the location because we knew from being lifelong residents of Central Ohio that Upper Arlington was a great community. As a new business owner, it was my desire to join the Chamber to meet other business owners and get involved with the community. I currently am a member of the Retail Committee and have taken part in many of the Chamber Events including the Community Marketplace, the Celebration, and the Taste of UA. The opportunity to be a board member will allow me to increase my involvement in Chamber Events and continue to build a strong relationship with the community. Before opening Sport Clips, I served as a manager with CenturyLink located in Dublin for 12 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Since leaving CenturyLink, I have had the opportunity to volunteer in my son’s school both in the classroom and with the PTA.

Good food, good music and good company

2012 Holiday Lunch Tuesday, Dec. 4 •11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scioto Country Club, 2196 Riverside Dr.

RSVP required Contact the Chamber at (614) 481-5710 or email $25 - Members/ $35 - Non-Members The UAHS Choral Ensemble will perform!

A special thank you to our sponsor:

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Chamber embraces emerging platforms and introduces new business tools The Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our partnership with Womply, a data analytics and loyalty solutions provider. Beginning on November 5, members will have access to one-year free trials on both Womply’s data analytics and loyalty systems. “We continue to explore and embrace emerging platforms and business resource tools so that we are more inclusive and progressive by taking advantage of technology. Partnering with WOMPLY will

allow Chamber members to track their revenue, social media activity, and online rating information over time. Our members will now have access to valuable information that will help them compare their performance against their competitors to create an effective marketing strategy,” said chamber president Becky Hajost. The data analytics solution called Insights, will allow you to track your revenue, social media activity, and online rating information over time from an easy-to-use website. In addition, you will

be able to benchmark your business’s performance to competitors. Womply’s patented system works with existing credit card payment hardware and software, analyzing the information already processed through your POS. Best of all, members won’t have to buy anything or install any software. Tran Chau, the Director of Operations at Womply says, “We are making it easy to answer questions that have had business owners scratching their heads for years. With Womply installed, business owners can eas-

MEDICARE 2013: OVERVIEW AND UPDATE Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 Two sessions Session #1: 2 to 4 p.m. OR Session #2: 6 to 8 p.m. Location: Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Rd., 43220 SPEAKER Chris Reeg, OSHIIP Trainer, from the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE • An overview of Medicare for 2013 • An update of the “original” Medicare • The role of Medicare supplements • Alternative Medicare programs such as Medicare HMOs • Changes in Medicare Part D (prescription coverage) for 2013


Please register in advance by calling (614) 457-7876 ext. 432 SEATING IS LIMITED!

ily analyze their monthly revenue and benchmark the performance of their businesses against that of competitors. Knowing if your business is working well [or poorly] in the local community is extremely valuable information.” Sitting alongside Insights is Womply’s loyalty solution called Loyalty Cloud, which is an electronic loyalty program

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who the participating customers were. Loyalty Cloud gives business owners a simple-to-read report card to show how well their loyalty program is performing, and the visibility into who their most loyal customers are. Features allowing business owners to create highly-personalized conversations with their customers will be coming in the future.” Womply’s products will be available to members on November 5. To learn more about Insights and Loyalty Cloud, please email

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Business After Hours

Join the Upper Arlington Area Chamber members for networking, food, and drinks. All are welcome. Where: Nicola Restaurant, 4740 Reed Rd., Columbus When: Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

UA Young Professionals vs. NextGen Dublin Kickball

Sign up to participate in a kickball game between the UA Young Professionals vs. NextGen Dublin. Where: Dublin Jerome High School Auxiliary Gym, 8300 Hyland-Croy Rd., Dublin When: Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Registration required. Contact the Chamber at (614) 481-5710 to register.

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that highlights your best customers based on a range of clever criteria. Not only can you profile a customer’s transactional activity at your business, but you can now also see what other businesses in the area your customers are visiting - an industry first. Chau adds, “Traditional loyalty programs are great in theory, but business owners have not had a realistic way to measure the program’s effectiveness, or to know

Join us as speaker, Rick Dumas, HHH CPA Group, Inc., discusses: Planning for 2013: How the Recent Election Is Likely to Affect Your Business and Personal Taxes. Where: UA Chamber Office, 2152 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington,

When: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. $12 for members, $15 for non-members

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 When: Friday, Nov. 16 from 8 to 9 a.m.

Afternoon Business Network Exchange

Make connections, Get involved. Afternoon networking lunch for business professionals. Fun, food and connections! Where: Old Bag of Nails, Tremont Center When: Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. $12 for members, $15 for non-members Contact or (614) 481-5710 to register for events.

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attract a shopper which is why we recommend that the promotion should be some type of discount on services or goods or just a really great, unique affordable gift. For the past three years of the program’s life, our members have offered great gifts, but it has been the discounts and affordable gift ideas that have worked the best,” said Debbie Segor, Chamber membership director. The Chamber is promoting the Gift program through its partnerships with ThisWeek News, TriVillage Magazine, and on the Chamber’s website. Participating companies will benefit from the promotional exposure in these publications, on the website and through social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter. For additional publicity, participants will be given storefront posters to place in their store. As a benefit of membership, the Chamber is offering the program to its members for only $25, significantly less than

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POWER Continued from pg A11 promoting sporting, cultural and arts and entertainment establishments. In addition to Easton Town Center, which earned the designation in 1999, Grandview Yard, the Continent, the Arena and Brewery districts and Upper Arlington’s Kingsdale Shopping Center carry the designation.” Issue 24 puts Lane Avenue in the same high-class category as those entertainment centers. (Columbus Dispatch, 6/14/11) A “yes” vote on Issue

#24 is good for Upper Arlington! It will create an exciting new Community Entertainment District along Lane Avenue as well as prevent a glitch in Ohio law from removing existing liquor licenses from establishments where we love to gather. • “Yes” means that all of the existing liquor licenses owned by businesses on Lane Avenue will be protected. (Most of those businesses are family establishments, enjoyed by all generations of Upper Arlington residents.) •“Yes” means that new

family and fine dining options will be attracted to Lane Avenue. • “Yes” means that we are protecting our city’s valued tax base simply by keeping people in business. • “Yes” means that the additional licenses created by Issue #24 become an ongoing asset for the area. If a restaurant leaves Lane Avenue, the license stays put, thus ensuring a healthy longevity for this corridor. It is the goal of the Chamber’s Business Advocacy committee to be proactive in its recogni-

tion of issues that affect the Upper Arlington community; therefore, the Chamber created a political action committee (PAC), overseen by the Business Advocacy Committee, that would focus on community education, marketing and strategic planning for issues, such as Issue #24, that could affect the quality of the Upper Arlington business environment. Please contact the Chamber for additional information at (614) 0481-5710.

business insight who are available to meet face to face with them when assistance with business needs or challenges arise.” said Amy E. Kuhlm, of Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher & Moots, LLC The Business Advisor will hold regular office hours at the Chamber. For a full list of advisors and their office hours, please visit, chamber-events. Please call the Chamber to learn more about the program and to schedule your appointment: (614) 481-5710.

Planning for 2013: How The Recent Election Is Likely To Affect Your Business & Personal Taxes Featured Expert: Rick Dumas, CPA November 14th from12:00pm - 1:30pm at the UA Chamber - 2152 Tremont Center

the cost for non-member retailers. Non-members are invited to participate for $100. If you would like to participate in the Gift Ideas program, you can register on the Chamber’s website at or call the Chamber at (614) 481-5710. A current list of Gift Ideas includes: 1. Vision One Optical: 2118 Arlington Ave., Upper Arlington 43221, (614) 487-1022, For November and December, mention “UA Chamber Best Gift Ideas” and get 20% off all accessories. 2. Royal Ginger Asian Fusion Bistro : 1625 West Lane Ave., Upper Arlington 43221, (614) 488-7888, Purchase a $25 gift card for only $20. 3. Foot Solutions: 1731 West Lane Ave., Upper Arlington 43221, (614) 488-3585, Comfy supporting house shoes by Orthaheel. Regularly priced at $59, Christmas Special $47.

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