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REAL AMERICAN STRENGTH

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LIMA/ALLEN COUNTY BUSINESS PLAN


Members by number of employees Other 19%

101-2500 4%

The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce functions to serve our business community and in doing so we help other organizations tackle projects to aide in enhancing our region. It is our mission to enhance, represent and serve the business community and in doing so we provide outreach efforts in the areas of workforce, economic and community development, as well as advocacy and legislative reform.

51-100 3%

1-10 54%

11-50 20%

2011 Budget Other 4%

2011 marked a successful year of serving our community

Income Membership 47%

Programs 30% Member Services 19%

Expenses General & Administration 26%

Program Expenses 30%

Facilities 8%

Member Services 51%

Outlined in our 2012 Business Plan, you will find detailed information about the Chamber committees enhancing local businesses, advocacy efforts, educational outreach programs, and community development. Listed below are a few key points within our Business Plan which were areas of focus in 2011 and continue to be in 2012. ••Workforce Development: »» College Access/GEAR-Up »» Allen Lima Leadership »» Lima Young Professionals »» Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center ••Community Development: »» Community Branding »» Allen 2020 Community Visioning Project »» Facilitate local community efforts »» Sustainable Communities ••Advocacy Efforts: »» Legislative Forums featuring local, state and national representatives »» Support of Task Force LIMA, Postal Processing Center, High Speed Rail Study »» Lobby against decreasing Bureau of Workers’ Compensation rating discount »» Focus on positive Health Care Reform

Jed E. Metzger President/CEO Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce

Mission Statement:

Serve, Represent and Enhance Business Growth and Success.  Leading Businesses. Leading Communities.™

It is our hope you will take a moment and review our 2012 Business Plan, as there are several other accomplishments reflecting the benefits of investing in the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and how we work to serve our community. We are looking forward to 2012 and the continued support of our membership, committee members and Board of Trustees as we strive to make Lima/Allen County a “Real American Strength” community to grow and expand businesses.

Sincerely,

Jed E. Metzger President/CEO Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce


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ABOUT THE CHAMBER

Chamber – Leading Businesses. Leading Communities™ Chamber – Leading Businesses. Leading Communities™ Founded in 1887, the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce is the community’s leading advocate and champion for business. Its primary objective is to create a climate of growth and success in our community. The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce provides leadership and business-building initiatives focusing on the critical priorities of the community. Leveraging the support, talent, and resources of our members, we are one of the leading organizations helping to improve the economic vitality and quality of life for the region. As an advocate for businesses and our communities, we are living and breathing “Real American Strength” in our everyday programs, efforts, and initiatives. We encourage our local businesses and community members to evaluate how they demonstrate “Real American Strength” in their everyday activities. Community and economic development are essential for a growing community. The Chamber has taken under its umbrella, the Common Threads “Allen 2020” project. Through this effort, 10 task force teams organized and developed a community vision focusing on the planned growth of the Lima/Allen County community. The Chamber has continually focused our efforts on identifying and advancing opportunities to support economic development of small business. In collaboration with Diversified Management and the Small Business Development Center the Chamber formed the Walter C. Potts Entrepreneurial Center. The purpose of the Center is to provide economic

stability and to enhance the community’s quality of life by encouraging small and minority business to stay, invest and participate in the Lima/Allen County community. Working together through the Lima Area Chamber Foundation, the Chamber, Allen Economic Development Group, Lima/Allen County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Lima, Inc., Allen Lima Leadership, Walter C. Potts Entrepreneurial Center and the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center were able to rehabilitate a historic building in downtown Lima, to form the Center for Business Services. The selection and renovation of the historic SchnorfWagner Building was a $2.4 million investment in the redevelopment of the downtown business district. The Center for Business Services created a unique ballroom to accent the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center as well as become a catalyst for economic development. Enhancing education is a priority of the Lima/Allen County community. Several organizations have joined efforts with the Chamber to work with city and county schools to increase the number of students and adults striving to achieve a post secondary education. The Chamber and United Way of Greater Lima have partnered to identify social and educational gap areas – addressing those outside influences preventing students from obtaining a post secondary education. It is our goal to overcome those hindrances and improve the quality of the workforce in Allen County and surrounding region.

organization is making a difference and getting involved in several events, service and civic organizations, as well as providing outlets in which to impact the sustainability of the Allen County community. The Lima YP has taken an environmental stand, generating awareness for “green” initiatives throughout the Lima/Allen County region. Among the many programs the YP hosts, the organization has developed an annual Green Tie Affair which highlights those businesses active in reducing their carbon footprint within the community. This event is unique to the area and is held in conjunction with Earth Day-week. The Lima YP has also stepped up and is taking a stand on behalf of the community by forming the “I Love Lima” movement. The I Love Lima movement was formed to help combat negativity and help promote our community… not only to visitors but also to our own residents. The Lima YP has been nominated for The Good Neighbor Award for their work with the I Love Lima movement. We are proud that the Chamber, through our many partnerships, has become one of the leading organizations helping to improve the economic vitality and quality of life for everyone in the Lima/Allen County Area.

Building relationships and retaining talent among the young professionals within the greater Lima area continues to be an optimist goal of the Chamber. Today, the Lima Young Professionals

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Board of Directors

Dr. Manu Aggarwal

Vein Care Center and Allen County Health Department

Judith Cowan

Ohio Energy & Advanced

Manufacturing Center

John Leahy

Balyeat, Leahy, Daley & Miller, LLC

Cliff Barber

General Dynamics Land Systems Division

Tim DeHaven

Keith Eiden

Karen Grothouse

Superior Federal Credit Union

Jeffrey J. Oravitz

Randy Payne

MetoKote Corporation

Dr. John Snyder

Marc Bowker

Alter Ego Comics

DeHaven Home & Garden Centers

The Ohio State University at Lima 4

Jay Begg

Allen County Agricultural Society DBA Allen County Fairgrounds

Tim Stanford Yocum Realty

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AEP Ohio

Spherion of Lima

John Renner

St. Rita's Medical Center

Michelle R. Sterling Sign Pro Imaging, Inc.

Lynn Carpenter Lima Memorial Health System

Gene Heitmeyer

Colonial Surface Solutions

George Ricks

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Brandi Trueblood

Smith-Boughan Mechanical Services


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Chamber Staff

Jed E. Metzger

Cindy Tenwalde

President/CEO

Vice President

Linda Bienert

Director of Finance

Jacquelyn Beckner

Director of Communications

Tannie Dervisevic Director of Programs

Chamber Foundation

Debbie Tierney

Membership Coordinator

Teri Silone

Executive Assistant

Angela Meyer

College Access/ GEAR UP Director

Micki Vollmer

Allen Lima Leadership Executive Director

College Access / Gear Up

Krista Jones

College Access/GEAR UP Advisor

Denny Tenwalde GEAR UP Advisor

Wendy Schall

College Access/ GEAR UP Advisor

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ABOUT THE CHAMBER Benefits of Membership

Membership in the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce provides businesses with a wide variety of benefits that may enhance the potential for business success. Networking

Resources

Networking is essential to achieve business success by making those important business contacts. The Chamber provides a number of networking opportunities including:

Use the following resources to find the information you need:

• After Hours Events • Connections • Executive Roundtable • Leads Groups • Lima Young Professionals • Legislative Forums/Debates • Wake, Rattle & Roll • Women in Business Luncheons

Special Events Members are invited to attend a variety of events throughout the year:

• Annual Awards Gala • Annual Forecast Breakfast • Business-to-Business Expo • ChamberFest Las Vegas Night • Chamber Golf Outing • Grow... & Reinvent/Business Expo • New Member Orientations • Putt Around Town • Ribbon Cuttings/Groundbreakings

Education The Chamber partners with area organizations to provide education opportunities for business owners, staff and safety professionals, which include:

• Chamber Seminars • Member Orientation • West Central Safety Council

Group Discounts Take advantage of these Members Only exclusive programs: 6

• Health Insurance • Media Discount • Office Supplies • Send Out Cards • Try It Local • Workers’ Compensation Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce

• Business Bytes E-Newsletter • Lima/Allen County Map • Membership Directory & Buyers’ Guide • Weekly Chamber Updates E-Newsletters • www.limachamber.com • www.limayp.com • www.thebusinessexpress.com

Advertising & Marketing The Chamber provides a number of unique marketing and advertising opportunities to member businesses:

• E-mail Newsletters • Lima/Allen County Map • Membership Directory & Buyers’ Guide • Membership Lists • Program Sponsorships • Online Advertising – www.limachamber.com

Committees & Advisory Groups The more you get involved in the Chamber, the more your business is going to benefit from your membership. Chamber committees and advisory groups are the perfect way to network and help shape the direction of the Chamber and the business community.

• Agri-Business • Education • Executive Roundtable • Finance • Legislative • Lima Young Professionals • Manufacturer’s Council • Marketing • Safety Council • Small Business • Wake, Rattle & Roll


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2012 Chamber of Commerce Calendar JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

10 Safety Council Howard Johnson 7:30 p.m.

2 Women in Business 11:30-1 p.m.

13 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

10 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

9 Member Orientation 8:00 a.m.

20 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

24 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

14 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

21 GROW…& Reinvent – Civic Center

27 Annual Chamber Breakfast 7:30 a.m.

21 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

30 Wake, Rattle & Roll 7:30 a.m.

23 Connections 11:30-1 p.m. 24 Wake, Rattle & Roll 7:30 a.m.

APRIL 5 10 12 17 19 19 24 27

Women in Business 11:30-1 p.m. Safety Council – Knights of Columbus Hall 4:30 p.m. Putt Around Town 3-10 p. m. Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1p.m. Member Orientation 8:00 a.m. Lima YP Green Tie Affair 5-8 p.m. Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m. Wake, Rattle & Roll 7:30 a.m.

MAY

JUNE

2 Annual Awards Gala 5-8 p.m.

12 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

8 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

14 Member Orientation 8:00 a.m.

15 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

19 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

24 Connections 11:30-1 p.m.

29 Wake, Rattle & Roll 7:30 a.m.

25 Wake, Rattle & Roll 7:30 a.m.

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

10 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

8 Chamber Golf Outing 8:00 a.m.

6 Women in Business – 11:30 – 1 p.m.

17 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

14 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

11 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

27 Wake, Rattle & Roll 7:30 a.m.

16 Member Orientation 8:00 a.m.

18 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

21 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

27 Connections 11:30-1 p.m.

24 Wake, Rattle & Roll at the Fair 7:30 a.m.

28 Wake, Rattle & Roll 7:30 a.m.

JULY

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

9 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

8 Chamber Fest – Civic Center 5:30-10 p.m.

6 Women in Business – 11:30 - 1 p.m.

18 Member Orientation 8:00 a.m.

13 Safety Council – Howard Johnson 7:30 a.m.

7 Wake, Rattle & Roll 7:30 a.m.

16 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

20 Lima YP Prof. Development 11:30-1 p.m.

11 Safety Council – Knights of Columbus Hall

26 Wake, Rattle & Roll 7:30 a.m.

4:30 p.m.

13 Connections 11:30-1 p.m.

For up-to-date information and locations, visit our calendar of events at www.LimaChamber.com.

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RESOURCES

Lima/Allen County Resources Directory of City/County Officials City of Lima

50 Town Square • Lima, OH 45801 (419) 228-5462 • www.cityhall.lima.oh.us

Mayor

Fire Chief

David J. Berger......................................................... (419) 228-5462 ..............................................................mayor@cityhall.lima.oh.us

Mark Heffner.............................................................. (419) 221-5151 ..................................................mark.heffner@cityhall.lima.oh.us

Amy Odum................................................................. (419) 221-5146 .......................................................amy.odum@cityhall.lima.oh.us

Kevin Martin............................................................. (419) 227-4444 ....................................................kevin.martin@cityhall.lima.oh.us

Ric Stolly.................................................................... (419) 221-5195 .......................................................... ric.stolly@cityhall.lima.oh.us

Howard Elstro..........................................................(419) 998-5525 .................................................howard.elstro@cityhall.lima.oh.us

County Commissioners

Gary Sheely................................................................(419) 221-5294 ..................................................... gary.sheely@cityhall.lima.oh.us

Auditor

Director of Community Development Director of Parks & Recreation Director of Public Works

Police Chief

Allen County Court House

301 North Main Street • Lima, OH 45801 (419) 228-3700

Dan Reiff, Greg Sneary & Sam Bassitt................... commissioners@allencountyohio.com

Rhonda Eddy-Stienecker.................reddy@allencountyohio.com

Anthony Geiger......................................................... (419) 221-5183 ..................................................... tony.geiger@cityhall.lima.oh.us

Margie Murphy-Miller...................mmiller@allencountyohio.com

Jim Link............................................... jlink@allencountyohio.com

Vince Ozier.................................................................... 419-221-5222. ...................................................... vince.ozier@cityhall.lima.oh.us

Recorder

Mona Losh....................................... mlosh@allencountyohio.com

Steve Cleaves............................................................(419) 221-5272 ................................................. steve.cleaves@cityhall.lima.oh.us

Samuel Crish.........................................................asco@wcoil.com

Director of Utilities Director of Law

Director of Human Resources Finance Director

Clerk of Courts Treasurer

Sheriff

Utilities Cable TV

Water & Sewer

Time Warner Cable..................................................... (419) 331-1111 WATCH TV................................................................(419) 999-2824

Telephone Service Communication Options.......................................... (419) 221-0066 CenturyLink............................................................. (800) 366-8201

City of Lima.............................................................. (419) 228-5462

Natural Gas Dominion..................................................................(800) 877-4715

Electricity

American Electric Power..........................................(800) 277-2177 Midwest Electric, Inc.................................................(419) 394-4110

Other Important Numbers Allen Economic Group..................................................(419) 222-7706 Allen Lima Leadership.................................................... (419) 222-2711 Better Business Bureau................................................ (419) 223-7010 Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Lima/Allen County Convention & Visitors Bureau..............................................................(419) 222-6075 Lima/Allen County College Access Program................(419) 222-9378 Lima/Allen County Regional Planning Commission....................................................(419) 228-1836

Lima............................................................................ (419) 221-3533

West Central Development Corp................................. (419) 222-0130

Wapakoneta............................................................. (419) 738-6818

Small Business Development Center.......................... (419) 995-8184

Downtown Lima, Inc.................................................... (419) 222-2686

Walter C. Potts Entrepreneurial Center...................... (419) 222.6045

Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce................ (419) 222-6045 8

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Facts & Stats Located in West Central Ohio - along Interstate 75 – halfway between Toledo and Dayton, Lima/Allen County (pronounced LIE-muh) is home to more than 100,000 residents. This strategic location establishes Lima/Allen County as the dominant center of retail, cultural and business influence in this region of the state. The eight county region encompasses nearly 500,000 people where small town living intertwines with big city amenities. Locations Lima is located in West Central Ohio and is within driving distance of the following major cities: Ft. Wayne......................................................................... 72 Miles Dayton............................................................................. 73 Miles Toledo..............................................................................80 Miles Columbus.........................................................................96 Miles Cincinnati........................................................................ 121 Miles Detroit.............................................................................137 Miles Cleveland....................................................................... 174 Miles Chicago.......................................................................... 232 Miles Population (2000 Census/LACNIP) Lima..................................................................................... 38,771. Allen County..........................................................................106,331 Hospitals Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center www.bvha.org..................................................... (419) 358-9010 Lima Memorial Health System www.limamemorial.org........................................(419) 228-3335 St. Rita’s Medical Center www.stritas.org.................................................... (419) 227-3361

Utilities Cable TV Time Warner Cable�������������������������������������������������(419) 331-1111 WATCH TV............................................................(419) 999-2824 Electric American Electric Power������������������������������������� (800) 277-2177 Midwest Electric�������������������������������������������������� (419) 394-4110 Natural Gas Dominion������������������������������������������������������������ (800) 877-4715 Telephone CenturyLink����������������������������������������������������������(419) 366-8201 Lima Telephone Company����������������������������������(419) 221-0066 Water/Sewer Allen Water District���������������������������������������������(419) 224-0724 City of Lima����������������������������������������������������������(419) 228-5462 City of Delphos��������������������������������������������������� (419) 695-4010 Village of Bluffton���������������������������������������������� (419) 258-2066 Communications Television Stations�������������������������������������������������������������������������9 Radio Stations������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 10 Newspapers�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������4

Education (approximate numbers for 2011) Type of School     ..........................Number  Enrollment Public Schools................................................12 ................19,000 Vocational Schools/ Career Centers................................................2 Non-public Schools.......................................16 Public Libraries...............................................3 Branches....................................................5 Colleges/Universities Apollo Career Center Bluffton University Mount Vernon Nazarene University Ohio Northern University Ohio State Beauty Academy The Ohio State University at Lima James A. Rhodes State College The University of Northwestern Ohio Major Employers Employer..................................... Product/Svc.............. Employment St. Rita's Medical Center.......... Healthcare.............................2155. Lima Memorial Health System..Healthcare.............................1076 Ford Motor Co./ Lima Engine Plant.......................Manufacturing ....................650 Procter & Gamble...................... Manufacturing ......................600 General Dynamics/JSMC........... .Manufacturing ......................500 Nash Finch Food....................... Food Distribution ..................425 Dana Corporation..................... Manufacturing ......................404 Husky Lima Refinery................. Petroleum .............................400 DTR Industries, Inc................... Manufacturing ......................595 INEOS USA, LLC........................ Chemical Manufacturing ......148 Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce

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ECONOMIC DEVELOMENT

REAL

Community Visioning Community Development with Economic Impact Leaders of the Lima/Allen County Community work collaboratively with individuals, businesses and government entities to expand economic and community development of the Lima/Allen County region. The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce has actively taken a lead in community development concerns which will have an overall economic impact on the community. Center for Business Services One of the Chamber’s primary goals was to secure a facility, in collaboration with the Allen Economic Development Group, Veterans Memorial Civic & Center, Lima/Allen County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Downtown Lima, Inc and Allen Lima Leadership which would fully meet the current and future needs of each organization. After seeking input of all partners, the Chamber Foundation purchased the historic Schnorf and Wagner buildings. The collective agencies believed it benefited the various organizations to remain under one roof. This arrangement allows for a “one stop shop” Center for Business Services for the community. Community Branding Branding our community is essential to bring commerce and culture together. Working with several businesses, city, county, township government organizations and community representatives, the Chamber assisted in securing support and funding to move the Allen County Community Branding initiative forward. This initiative was developed to market Allen County toward businesses, residents, and visitors; ultimately bringing commerce and culture together as a potent force for creating prosperity – thusly enhancing perception and reputation of our community. 10

Multiple Building Departments The Lima Chamber facilitated the continuation of having one building department in the county. The Chamber worked with the townships and the City of Lima along with area contractors to address issues and concerns and to develop a more functional building department within the City of Lima. The Allen County Building Advisory Committee was formed with representatives of the townships, commissioners, businessmen, designers/engineers and area contractors with the mission to provide oversight and input on how the community views the Building Department’s customer service and share dialogue on continued improvements on codes and standards. Sustainable Communities Initiative The Chamber is an active participant in the Allen County Sustainable Communities Initiative whose mission is to utilize available resources in an efficient way to improve the quality of life for residents of Allen County through comprehensive community collaboration. The vision for this initiative is to create a sustainable environment that promotes and supports the health and well-being of the community through continuing awareness, collaborative alignment, and comprehensive action. The initiative has utilized the Allen County 2020 community vision goals to establish a sustainability website that will have website indicators reflecting the progress of our community toward achieving the goals for each of the sustainability areas. College Access/GEAR-UP Workforce Development is one avenue in which we focus our attention. Several years ago, the Chamber decided it was necessary to establish a College Access program to assist our community in achieving and increasing post-secondary education and to address our businesses’ workforce development

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needs. Since the program’s inception, the College Access/GEAR-UP program has offered assistance to 20,924 individuals through individual and group sessions, workshops, classroom presentations, and programs related to education beyond high school. To date, there have been 124 Last Dollar Scholarship recipients totaling $62,000. Additionally, each small school participating in the College Access/GEAR-UP program has seen a marked increase in the number of students taking the ACT and post-secondary enrollment. Legislative Forums, Debates and Actions The Chamber’s mission is to develop awareness and understanding of emerging local, state and federal issues that could cause a change in the business/quality of life climate; develop a position to inform members and the community; and, when advisable, develop a strategy to resolve the issue. The Chamber has lobbied against decreasing the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Group rating discount, against Minimum Wage increases, Card Check, and Cap & Trade, lobbied for the High Speed Rail Study and continued to support the Downtown Lima Corridor Project; we have discussed Allen County Sales Tax, Issue 2, and other legislation impacting business. We hold legislative topical forums, receptions, debates and breakfasts and annually attend legislative meetings with state representatives to discuss significant Lima/Allen County issues. Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center The Chamber focuses on identifying and advancing opportunities to support economic development of small and minority business. As a part of this focus there became a need for collaboration with Rhodes State College Small Business Development Center, Diversified Management, the City of Lima, Allen County Commissioners, AEDG,


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educational institutions and business leaders, to develop the Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center. The Center’s mission is to provide the education necessary to support and sustain a small and/or minority business; enabling the community to create jobs, provide economic stability and enhance quality of life by encouraging small and minority business to stay, invest, and participate in the Lima/Allen County community.

Joint Systems Manufacturing Center Task Force L.I.M.A. (Linked in Mutual Alliance) was reconstituted by Mayor David Berger in March of 2011 in response to a potential three year gap in production of the Abrams main battle tank, as well as the threatened cancellation of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program at the JSMC. The Task Force is a coalition of local elected officials, economic development and business associations including the

Chamber, labor organizations, media, and other community leadership, which have assembled in order to communicate with state and federal officials about the strategic importance of the JSMC, its unique and essential manufacturing capabilities, and its portfolio of world class armored vehicles and products.

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VALUED PARTNERS

PARTNERS

Members of these select leadership groups share a common interest in influencing the direction and quality of Lima’s growth. These memberships expand our leadership base and provide valuable input to the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.

IN KEEPING

LIMA

GROWING

Circle of Influence Members 2012 AEP Ohio Bluffton University Century Link Chase Citizens National Bank Dominion Fifth Third Bank

First Federal Bank Ford Motor Company, Lima Engine Plant HCF Management, Inc. Husky Lima Refinery Lima Memorial Health System MetoKote Perry Corporation

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Gold Key Members 2012 Ford Motor Co., Lima Engine Plant Procter & Gamble Mfg. Co. St. Rita’s Medical Center

PotashCorp Procter & Gamble Rudolph Foods Sheakley St. Rita’s Medical Center Superior Federal Credit Union The Ohio State University at Lima Time Warner Cable

Husky Lima Refinery Ineos USA LLC MetoKote Company

Nash Finch Company Rudolph Foods Company University of Northwestern Ohio

Tiered Membership

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Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

First Federal Bank | Holiday Inn & Suites/Kems Restaurant The State Bank & Trust Company

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2012 Circle of Influence Profiles AEP Ohio is focused on providing reliable affordable energy to our customers in a safe, effective manner. We also are committed to environmental protection and improvement consistent with providing electricity at a competitive price. AEP Ohio’s mission is to bring comfort to our customers, support business and commerce, and build strong communities. In Ohio, we provide power to more than 920 communities located in 61 of the state’s 88 counties. For more information about AEP Ohio, visit our website at aepohio.com. Bluffton University is a residential, liberal arts campus in northwest Ohio with more than 40 undergraduate programs; adult degree-completion programs in organizational management and human resource management; and master’s degree programs in education, organizational management and business administration, including a MBA with a concentration in health care administration. Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, Bluffton has an enrollment of more than 1,100 students, plus 16 NCAA Division III athletics teams. Its 113-year legacy is expressed today in its enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service, which are woven into the academic program and campus life. Bluffton students go into the world prepared for life as well as for their chosen vocation. CenturyLink: We know one of the keys to your business success is the strength and reliability of your communications network. CenturyLink provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses and offers advanced entertainment services under the DIRECTV brand. We also provide data, voice and managed services to enterprise, government and wholesale customers through our high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. Our customers range from Fortune 500 companies to families living in rural America. CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. CenturyLink values our partnership with the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce. JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA is one of the top financial institutions in the United States. Our local Business Banking team alone consists of 20 people in the Lima/ Allen County Market who are committed to our business customers and are driven to deliver the best financial solutions. Chase has six banking centers in the Lima/ Allen County area, and is the area’s leading deposit shareholder with over $490,000,000. We continue to have a strong commitment to the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and the businesses we serve. We look forward to partnering again with the Chamber in 2012. Citizens National Bank is a community bank focused on small business. With eight locations, we service a 10 county area and are an approved administrator of SBA loan programs. We’re committed to providing technologically advanced banking with a local touch. “The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce provides great programming. Through sponsorships we’ve been able to provide hundreds of people with information about our products and prove our commitment to supporting Lima area businesses.”

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Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 28,200 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates the nation’s largest natural gas storage system with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. Dominion practices environmental stewardship and contributes more than $20 million annually to the environment, education, arts and culture, and health and human services. Dominion’s strategy is to be a leading provider of electricity, natural gas and related services to customers in the energy-intensive Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S., a potential market of 50 million homes and businesses where 40 percent of the nation’s energy is consumed. Fifth Third Bank and its 4 Allen County locations have a history of helping Lima area businesses since 1936 as we began as First Federal Bank of Lima. That commitment continues today and is demonstrated by our strong partnership with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. At Fifth Third, we believe in strengthening communities by creating opportunities for our neighbors and business partners. The Chamber provides those opportunities through education and networking events, member benefits, and economic development advocacy. Fifth Third Bank looks forward to partnering with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce again in 2012. First Federal Bank offers community banking, trust and wealth management services to over 68,000 households in three States, employs 572 trusted advisors and has 33 offices, including four offices in Allen County. Focused on local decisionmaking and a Customer First service culture, First Federal offers all the convenience of a large bank, with the personalized service of a small bank. First Federal Bank is excited to partner with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Ford Motor Company, Lima Engine Plant: At the Lima Engine Plant we are proud of our association with the community in Allen County and with the Chamber of Commerce. We have been part of the community for over 50 years and in that time have produced more than 38 million engines. We look forward to continuing a long and healthy relationship with the Chamber and to an improving business climate for all of the members of the Chamber in 2012. For more information about our journey, go to www.fordstory.com. HCF Management, Inc.: Just as Lima Manor, Roselawn Manor, Shawnee Manor, Wapakoneta Manor, Burton’s Ridge Assisted Living and Heritage Health Care take care of the health and transitional care needs of our community, the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce enriches the Lima area’s business community. The Lima Chamber’s dedication, teamwork and commitment to excellence continues to be a strength of this community. Lima Manor, Roselawn Manor, Shawnee Manor, Wapakoneta Manor, Burton’s Ridge Assisted Living and Heritage Health Care are honored to be affiliated with this superb group. Husky Lima Refinery: For 125 years, the Husky Lima Refinery has served as a cornerstone of the economy of Allen County, based on the strength and dedication of its employees. We are proud of our association with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and consider it to be a valued partner in that long history of success. Since assuming ownership in mid-2007, Husky Energy has completed major upgrades to the refinery, resulting in more efficient operation, increased crude oil capacity and improved safety and environmental performance. This work will ensure that the Lima Refinery continues to be a significant employer and proud supporter of local businesses for many years to come. 14

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Lima Memorial Health System: “We at Lima Memorial Health System are always looking to partner with others in the community to better serve our patients and their families. Being a member of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce helps us to achieve these beneficial partnerships and it helps us fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life in our communities. We are proud to be a member of the Chamber and look forward to continuing to work together in 2012.” ~Michael D. Swick, President & CEO of Lima Memorial Health System MetoKote is proud to be a part of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Their commitment to the growth and success of the Lima community is evident in many of the leadership programs and business-building initiatives that they provide to the area. Lima is home to MetoKote’s corporate headquarters and also to one of their largest and most diverse coatings service centers. MetoKote Corporation is the world’s leader in advanced coating applications. Specializing in electrocoat (e-coat), powder coat and liquid paint, MetoKote has served various industries for four decades. We currently operate over 90 systems in over 29 facilities located in North America, South America and Europe. Perry Corporation is one of the largest privately held office technology dealers in the country. We utilize advanced technologies to help our clients manage the flow of information through networks, documents and office solutions so each client can focus on what they do best, running their business. Perry Corporation is more than just a business partner, we are an employee owned, community driven organization dedicated to the success of those we serve. PotashCorp: We take pride in the positive relationship that PotashCorp Lima has developed with the people of this region - a relationship that has grown and strengthened over the years. The support of our neighbors is critical to the success of our business. We strive to be a valued member of the community by building a workplace committed to the health and safety of our employees, to the protection of our shared environment and to the ongoing economic and social well-being of the local community. We are proud to call Lima our home. We strive every day to maintain a strong relationship with the community and hope to continue to do so for many years. Procter & Gamble: Companies like P&G are a force in the world. Our market capitalization is greater than the GDP of many countries and we serve consumers in more than 180 countries. With this stature comes both responsibility and opportunity. Our responsibility is to be an ethical corporate citizen – but our opportunity is something far greater, and it is embodied in our Purpose. Our Purpose works to unify us in a common cause and growth strategy. It is powerful because it promotes a simple idea to improve more consumers’ lives in more parts of the world… more completely. While this statement defines our commercial opportunity, our culture reflects the broader opportunity of improving lives through and beyond our branded products and services. Rudolph Foods sells pork rinds to over 20 countries around the world. In addition to being a proud member of the Lima/Allen County Community for over 55 years, the company has five other facilities in the United States and three international ventures.  With nearly 450 employees globally, Rudolph Foods maintains its position as the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, while expanding into new areas of the snack food industry.

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Sheakley: Since 1963, Sheakley has helped employers control their bottom line through aggressive cost saving strategies by providing an integrated suite of human resource outsourcing solutions including Ohio workers’ compensation, payroll administration, full service 401(k)/retirement plan services, flexible benefits, unemployment cost control, centralized billing and accounts receivable management services and merchandising. Over the last twenty years, Sheakley has had the pleasure of partnering with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce for their Ohio workers’ compensation group rating program. The Chamber has been instrumental in the success of this program exemplifying the qualities of professionalism and a strong commitment to their members. We look forward to our continued partnership for years to come. St. Rita’s Medical Center knows that being the leading provider of health care means being concerned about more than what happens inside the walls of the Medical Center. Being a member of the Chamber provides us with the opportunity to work in partnership with many other businesses in our community. We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate in projects that make our community a great place to work and live. Superior Federal Credit Union is proud to support the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Our community and 44,000 members are fortunate to have such a strong voice representing the Lima area. As we deliver financial services, we always consider the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce a valued partner in our success. The Ohio State University at Lima: One of The Ohio State University at Lima’s primary missions as part of the state’s top public university is to provide access to the community to all resources of the institution. For more than 50 years, students have come to the campus east of Lima for an Ohio State education that can help them achieve their professional and life goals and build strong and vital communities in west central Ohio. Today, Ohio State Lima offers 10 Bachelor or Bachelor completion programs and several graduate programs. Students can also choose to finish any of Ohio State’s 175 degrees at the Columbus campus. While at Ohio State Lima, our students work directly with their professors in small class settings and have the option of engaging in undergraduate research. The Chamber is an integral partner in that endeavor.  The Chamber’s work to strengthen education on all levels and to provide a two-way conduit for communication between the community and its member businesses adds to the vitality of the region.  The networking opportunities for our staff and faculty at Chamber events, through the Young Professionals program and through committee work are outstanding. Time Warner Cable: The mission of Time Warner Cable is to connect people and businesses with information, entertainment and each other and to give customers control in ways that are simple and easy. Time Warner Cable does just that through its digital cable, high-speed online, mobile Internet, Digital Phone and Business Class services. The company also believes in the power of community which is why Time Warner Cable is proud to support the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Through its various programs and initiatives, the Chamber always has the best interest of its members as its number one priority. Either through the promotion of its members’ businesses or through proactive legislative efforts, the Chamber is always working for you. That is why Time Warner Cable believes in supporting the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.

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WHO’S WHO

These individuals are the “go-to” people, the movers and shakers, the “let’s get the job done right” members of our business community. Due to their work ethic and dynamic commitment to the community, they are the “Who’s Who” of the Lima/Allen County business community.

Tier 4 Who’s Who Chase

•• Tim Turnwald Area Manager 121 W. High Street 419.221.5000 •• Tim Connell Vice President 121 W. High Street 419.221.5814 •• Dan Moening Sr. Vice President 121 W. High Street 419.221.5003 •• Chis Schimmoeller Vice President 121 W. High Street 419.221.5093 •• Isabel Ortiz Assistant Vice President 121 W. High Street 419.221.5892 •• Barry von der Embse Vice President 121 W. High Street 419.221.4719 •• Mark Honigford Vice President 121 W. High Street 419.221.5823

Fifth Third Bank

•• Andy Farley Vice President/City Executive 225 N. West Street 419.229.0404 andrew.farley@53.com •• Angie Clark Vice President Private Banking 225 N. West Street 419.222.1387 angie.clark@53.com •• Scott Neth Vice President/Community Executive 225 N. West Street 419.229.3060 scott.neth@53.com •• Mark Schluneker Assistant Vice President/Financial Center Manager 983 N. Cable Road 419.225.6400 mark schluneker@53.com •• Ryan Morrisey Assistant Vice President/Financial Center Manager 2450 Shawnee Road 419.999.1842 ryan.morrisey@53.com •• Dar Hollar Assistant Vice President/Financial Center Manager 2120 Harding Highway 419.221.5861 darlene.hollar@53.com

Lima Memorial •• Mike Swick President and Chief Executive Officer (419) 226-5122 mswick@limamemorial.org •• Bob Armstrong Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (419) 226-5076 rarmstrong@limamemorial.org •• Eric Pohjala Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (419) 226-5163 epohjala@limamemorial.org •• Lynn Thompson, M.D. Vice President of Medical Affairs (419) 998-4455 lthompson@limamemorial.org •• Ann Pohl Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (419) 226-5177 apohl@limamemorial.org •• Ken Kurz Executive Director, Lima Memorial Foundation (419) 226-5087 kkurz@limamemorial.org

The Ohio State University – Lima •• Beth Keehn Associate Director of Enrollment Services 4240 Campus Drive 419.995.8434 keehn.5@osu.edu •• Amanda Miller Director of Development 4240 Campus Drive 419.995.8260 miller.1491@osu.edu •• Pamela Joseph Director of Communications 4240 Campus Drive 419.995.8284 joseph.122@osu.edu

Perry Corporation •• Barry Clark, President 545 W. Market Street 419.228.1360 •• Dave Zimerle Executive VP of Sales 545 W. Market Street 419.228.1360 •• Becky Taylor VP of Accounting 545 W. Market Street 419.228.1360 •• Molly Lehman Office Manager 545 W. Market Street 419.228.1360 •• Don Katalenas VP of Service 545 W. Market Street 419.228.1360 •• Jeff Boate General Manager of SMS proTECH a division of Perry Corporation 937-438-9442

PotashCorp

•• Todd Sutton General Manager P.O. Box 1901 419.879.8989 •• Jennifer Niese Human Resource Manager P.O. Box 1901 419.879.8989 •• Mike Resar Safety, Health and Environmental Manager P.O. Box 1901 419.879.8989

Time Warner Cable

•• Brian Young Director of Government Relations 3100 Elida Road 419.429.7450 brian.young@twcable.com •• Terri Moore Marketing Coordinator 3100 Elida Road, 419.784.1992 terri.moore2@twcable.com •• Dino Gerdeman Sales Manager 3100 Elida Road 419.581.9948 dino.gerdeman@twcable.com •• Tricia Profit-Kuhn Media Sales, 3100 Elida Road 419-996-2243 tricia.profit@twcable.com •• Jason Teman Media Sales, 3100 Elida Road 419-996-2215 Jason.teman@twcable.com •• Lisa Morris Media Sales Admin. Assistant 3100 Elida Road, 419-996-2215 lisa.morris@twcable.com

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WHO’S WHO Tier 3 Who’s Who American Trim

•• Bob Stead President and CEO 937.494.6262 bstead@amtrim.com •• Tim Hawk Executive Vice President 937.494.6030 thawk@amtrim.com •• Dan Morgan Chief Financial Officer 419.996.4875 dmorgan@amtrim.com •• Rick Pfeifer Chief Technical Officer 419.996.4964 rpfeifer@amtrim.com

CenturyLink

•• Dave Jordan Area Operations Manager 419.226.6725 •• Maria Stockwell Business Sales Account Manager 419.226.6236 •• Joanette Romero Ohio Market Development Manager 440.244.8281 •• Kathy Daniels Government Relations Manager 419.755.8921

Citizens National Bank •• Ken Dysert Sr. VP Lima City President 201 N. Main Street 419.224.0400 x1338 •• Marty McCluer VP Business Banking 201 N. Main Street 419.224.0400 x1318 •• Cheryl Verhoff VP Business Banking 201 N. Main Street 419.224.0400 x1348 •• Chad King VP Business Banking 201 N. Main Street 419.224.0400 x1339

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Huntington •• Derek Richardson Branch Manager 2052 Cable Road 419-227-6504 derek.richardson@huntington.com •• Fred Vernon Commercial Relationship Manager 631 West Market Street, 419-222-7134 fred.vernon@huntington.com •• Staci Corsaro Branch Manager Branch Manager 850 Shawnee Rd 419-225-5143 staci.corsaro@huntington.com •• Rob Armentrout Branch Manager 631 West Market Street 419-225-5176 rob.armentrout@huntington.com

Superior Federal Credit Union •• Phil Buell President & CEO 4230 Elida Road 419.223.9746 pbuell@superiorfcu.com •• Keith Eiden Executive Vice President Sales & Lending 4230 Elida Road 419.223.9746 keiden@superiorfcu.com •• Carol Buettner Director of Private Banking 4230 Elida Road 419.879.4843 cbuettner@superiorfcu.com •• Kurt Neeper Marketing Director 4230 Elida Road 419.879.3502 kneeper@superiorfcu.com

Trinity Highway Products •• Keith Hamburg Plant Manager 425 East O’Connor Avenue 419.303.2912 keith.hamburg@trin.net •• Ken Maenle Maintenance Operations 425 East O’Connor Avenue 419.303.5080 ken.maenle@trin.net •• John Hickman CWI, Quality Control Manager 425 East O’Connor Avenue 419.227.1296 john.hickman@trin.net •• Rick Van Horn Galvanizing Operations 425 East O’Connor Avenue 419.227.1296 rick.vanhorn@trin.net

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Tier 2 Who’s Who First Federal Bank •• Gary Minnick Assistant Vice President 2565 Shawnee Road 419.222.6158 (office) 419.516.7313 (cell) •• Ginny German Assistant Vice President 2600 Allentown Road 419.338.2022 (office) 419.235.4587 (cell)

Holiday Inn & Suites •• Brad Will General Manager 803 South Leonard 419.879.400 brad.will@mwlodging.net •• Michele Knoch-Hicks Sales, 803 South Leonard 419.879.4000 hotelsaleslima@gmail.com

Tier 1 Who’s Who The State Bank and Trust Company •• David Anderson Regional President ima Region 930 W. Market Street 419.228.3361 x4406


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COMMITTEES

LIMA/ALLEN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VISION STATEMENT: To be the leader of collaborative efforts to advocate a community vision, to promote business retention, growth and development, and to be a catalyst for higher education to meet the workforce development needs of the Lima and Allen County employers. MISSION STATEMENT: Serve, represent, and enhance business growth and success. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Expanded fund raising opportunities for the Lima Area Chamber Foundation’s capital campaign for the Center for Business Services and was able to pay the facility’s debt down substantially. •• Developed a strategy to maximize Chamber event participation and communicated the positive benefits regarding the Chamber and chamber events. •• Worked to create partnerships with all entities within the Center for Business Services shared how each organization could work together in accomplishing goals for our community. •• Developed a marketing plan to include social media components, the community brand and testimonials communicating why businesses and individuals have located to or stayed in Lima. •• Facilitated communication between businesses and legislators to create a unified vision focusing on legislative issues impacting businesses. •• Developed a plan to incorporate strategies to improve Chamber operations. 2012 GOALS: •• Focus on opportunities to promote Center for Business Services as an anchor for the downtown and be supportive of other development efforts in Downtown Lima. •• Facilitate, in collaboration with Downtown Lima, the use of the Lima Area Chamber Foundation to organize a task force to secure grants assisting in the revitalization of the downtown by focusing on activities for families, schools, and possibility of developing a discovery children center. •• Facilitate, in collaboration Downtown Lima, to secure businesses to “adopt” a storefront, enhancing the exterior of buildings and/or possibly developing a display in the windows promoting their business or non-profit organizations. •• Develop a plan to educate our youth on the value and changing specialties of working in and learning trades. •• Promote a positive image of the community and businesses by focusing on the quality of life, community branding, and marketing our community and businesses. •• Continue to develop targeted or industry specific B2B First Impressions events. •• Develop manufacturer tours, in collaboration with Lima Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau, to educate the community and businesses on the quality and diversity of manufacturing in our community and throughout the region •• Continue the effort to raise funds for the Lima Area Chamber Foundation’s capital campaign for the Center for Business Services. •• Continue to maximize Chamber event participation and communicated the positive benefits regarding the Chamber and chamber events. •• Continue to include social media components, the community brand and testimonials to communicate why businesses and individuals have chosen to locate or stay in Lima. •• Continue partnerships with all entities within the Center for Business Services working together to accomplish goals for the betterment of our community. •• Continue to facilitate communication between businesses and legislators focusing on legislative issues impacting businesses. •• Continue to developed ways to improve chamber operations.

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COMMITTEES AGRI-BUSINESS COMMITTEE

MISSION STATEMENT: To promote a mutual understanding of, and appreciation for, Allen County’s largest industry – agriculture and its impact on the lives of all residents of Allen County. Chairperson: Curtis Young, Ohio State University Extension Committee meets on an as needed’ basis. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Supported the agricultural Wake, Rattle and Roll program at the Allen County Fairgrounds. •• Worked with city, county and township officials, along with the Regional Planning Commission thru the Allen 2020 land use taskforce. •• Promoted agricultural career information/education 2012 GOALS: •• Continue to support the agricultural Wake, Rattle and Roll program at the Allen County Fairgrounds •• Promote agricultural career information/education whenever possible.

ALLEN 2020 MISSION STATEMENT: Is a citizens based “grass roots” initiative to focus on building a vision for the future of Allen County Chairperson: To be appointed Committee meets quarterly. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Worked with the State of Ohio’s initiatives “Growing Ohio’s Prosperity” to identify public policy changes that will make the State of Ohio more competitive •• Participated with United Way and Lima Public Schools and the Chamber’s Education Committee in purchasing Leapster Educational computers for students •• Work with the Sustainable Communities and Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission in the development of a new website to measure outcomes for Allen 2020. •• Interviewed community leaders and Allen 2020 taskforce team members to put together a report on the progress made accomplishing the Allen 2020 vision. 2012 GOALS: •• Continue to work with various groups to facilitate action steps to accomplish the visions of the ten task force teams •• Continue the work with the Sustainable Communities and Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission in the development of a new website to measure outcomes for Allen 2020 and health care initiatives. •• Continue to foster collaboration and partnerships to advance the Allen 2020 visions. •• Re-structure the Allen 2020 working committee. •• Publish a document outlining what has been accomplished as related to Allen 2020 community visions.

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EDUCATION COMMITTEE MISSION STATEMENT: The Lima Allen County Chamber (LACC) Education Committee seeks to support preparation of traditional and adult students for their future through the development of partnerships between business, industry and education so students can successfully enter the workforce upon the completion of their education. Chairperson(s): Brittany Collier-Gibson, The Ohio State University at Lima Committee will meet the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Early Education o Assisted with the Leapster Program – served 45 classrooms and 700 students •• Partners include: LACCA, United Way, and Allen County ESC •• Elementary Education o Promoted local camps for students in Chamber Education Bytes •• Middle/High School Education o Assisted with Ford PAS internships for Lima Senior students o Allen Lima Community Youth Leadership Program – presentation from Lima Teen Advisory Council •• Postsecondary Education o Updates from the College Access/GEAR UP Program •• Adult Education o Promotion of the Ohio Skills Bank Website •• Workforce Engagement o Presentation on the Healthy Communities Initiative o Presentations and on-site visits for Distribution and Logistics  Visited Wannemacher Trucking and P&G Distribution Center  Presentation on the railroad sector with a focus on North Baltimore 2012 GOALS: •• Submit articles for Education Bytes in Chamber monthly newsletter •• Early Education o Assist with Head Start programs •• Elementary Education o Promote local camps and after school programs for students o Support the development and growth of STEM projects •• Middle/High School Education o Promote local college access events such as College Fair, College Goal Sunday, etc. •• Postsecondary Education o Promote Young Professionals to college students •• Adult Education o Promote Ohio Skills Bank website o Assist the local GED/ABLE Programs •• Workforce Engagement o Tour local companies to build relationships between education and business o Create subcommittee for Educational section of Healthy Communities Initiative

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COMMITTEES FINANCE COMMITTEE

MISSION STATEMENT: To accept fiduciary responsibility of maintaining a stable financial environment for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and its affiliates. To provide sound financial guidelines and oversight, thereby enabling the L/ACCC to maintain business operations within the budgeted business plan. Chairperson: Cliff Barber, General Dynamics Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 p.m. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Reviewed all financial operations of the Chamber and Chamber Foundation, ensuring that policies, budget and financial goals are met. •• Reviewed new and canceled members monthly, gauging performance to budget and validating financial reports. •• Upheld the policy that each program will support itself financially. •• Evaluated non-budgeted programs with expenses over $2,500. •• Diversified the committee with persons having the expertise to deal with financial issues facing the Chamber, especially in the areas of insurance and investments •• Reviewed and approved policies and procedures for accounting guidelines as needed. •• Evaluated revenue opportunities in Value Added Programs. •• Developed and implemented means to increase revenue sources for the building fund. •• Reduced Building Debt by $106,200. •• Re-negotiated loan for a reduced rate. •• Recommended reduction in expenses in order to minimize the projected net loss for 2011. 2012 GOALS: •• Continue to review and approve all financial operations of the Chamber and Chamber Foundation. These include policies, budget, new and canceled members, annual audit, and financial goals. •• Continue to uphold the policy that each program will support itself financially, and continue to approve non-budgeted programs with expenses over $2,500. •• Continue to approve capital expenditures over $2,000. •• Continue to maintain diversity on the Finance Committee with persons with special expertise, and continue to maintain a committee of at least 8 members. •• Continue to review and approve policies and procedures for accounting guidelines as needed. •• Continue to annually review committee mission and goals. •• Remain financially sound with the increased cost of the new building. •• Continue the capital campaign to raise money for the new building for the purpose of debt reduction and enhancements. •• Develop management strategies for maintaining new building and future expenses. •• Re-negotiate loan on building. •• Take advantage of additional revenue sources.

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LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MISSION STATEMENT: To develop an awareness and understanding of emerging local, state and federal issues that could cause a change in the business/quality of life climate; develop a position to inform members and the community; and, when advisable, develop a strategy to resolve the issue. Chairperson: Phil Buell, Superior Federal Credit Union Committee meets the Third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 PM 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Participated in the annual meeting and legislative conference of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. •• Monitored local, state, and national business related issues affecting our region. •• Lobbied against decreasing the Bureau of Workers Compensation Group rating discount, Cap & Trade, discussed Issue 2, Jobs Ohio, focused on positive Health Care Reform for businesses, and other legislation impacting business. •• Lobbied to support Task Force LIMA, Postal Processing Center, the High Speed Rail Study and Jobs Ohio. •• Held legislative meetings with state legislative representatives at the Ohio Capital to discuss significant Lima/Allen County issues and toured the Capital. •• Provided legislative updates twice a month through the Chamber’s Advocacy Report and periodically for the Wake, Rattle and Roll event and the Chamber’s monthly news conference. •• Held one interactive media Legislative debate with City Council president and two City Council ward debates and two topical forums on the Health Care Reform bill and the storm and sewer water overflow legislation. •• Held six Legislative Receptions with Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, U.S. Congressman, Jim Jordan, BWC Administrator Stephen Buehrer, Governor John Kasich, State Representatives Matt Huffman and State Senator, Keith Faber and built relationships with Congressional and State legislative aids. •• Played an active facilitation role for the continuation of having one Building Department for Allen County. •• Evaluated the possibilities of forming a Chamber legislative pack and worked with the Ohio Manufacturer and Ohio Retail Association on legislation impacting businesses. 2012 GOALS: •• Be a pro-business advocate for business members and seek out opportunities to support legislative efforts in assisting local businesses. •• Monitor local, state, and national business related issues affecting the community and provide feedback to state and national organizations. •• Hold at least six interactive Legislative receptions, debates, or topical forums to facilitate communication between businesses and local, state and national elected officials. •• Further expand and develop the regional business legislative Chamber Coalition. •• Plan legislative meetings with local and state legislative representatives at the Ohio Capital to discuss significant Lima/ Allen County issues at least once per year. •• If budget permits Plan in conjunction with AEDG, a Washington D.C. fly-in visit to meet and discuss business related issues with U.S. legislators at least once per year. •• Partner with other local, state and national legislative organizations to represent the interest of business. •• Seek opportunities for dissemination of more legislative information to our members in a timely manner and encourage member involvement in legislative concerns. •• Provide legislative updates periodically for the Wake, Rattle and Roll event and the Chamber’s monthly news conference. •• Develop a plan to inform and involve more chamber members in the legislative process and create a unified vision that will focus on legislative issues impacting business. •• Develop stronger relationships with elected officials through one on one meetings and attendance at events. •• Expand the readership and content of the Legislative Advocacy Report •• Organize a welcome breakfast annually after the November election for newly elected officials to meet with the Chamber’s Legislative Committee •• Participate in the Ohio Chamber’s Action Alliance competition annually Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce

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LIMA AREA CHAMBER FOUNDATION MISSION STATEMENT: To establish and operate non-profit educational programs in the Lima-Allen County area including without limitation the recruiting, development and training of community and civic leaders, the development and support of a small business enterprise center to train and assist persons interested in the operation of small businesses, and to support educational programs, workshops, seminars, information and research programs to assist community and business leaders of all economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Chairperson: Dr. John Snyder, The Ohio State University at Lima Campus Committee meets as needed throughout the year. Annual Meeting held in October 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Supported the College Access/GEAR UP programs. •• Supported the Allen Lima Leadership program. •• Assisted with the Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center. •• Managed funding and leases for the Center for Business Services. •• Supported the Allen County Community Branding Project. •• Successfully raised funds for the Center for Business Services Capital Campaign. 2012 GOALS: •• Raise awareness of the Lima Area Chamber Foundation. •• Facilitate business partnerships with local school districts. •• Support programs for youth and adult leaders. •• Continue to work with the Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center. •• Provide a venue for raising money for community and business development. •• Assist with sustainability for College Access/GEAR UP. •• Monitor the agency leases, expenses and the financial sustainability of the Center for Business Services facility. •• Continue to raise funding for the Center for Business Services Capital Campaign.

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ALLEN/LIMA LEADERSHIP MISSION STATEMENT: To be a catalyst to promote positive change in the Allen/Lima communities by: Annually selecting a group of individuals with diverse backgrounds and developing their leadership skills and activities, providing a strong commitment to Allen/Lima communities; Providing these individuals with an education which will improve understanding of community issues, institutions, self and others and training in advanced leadership principals; Establishing an invaluable resource to nonprofit, governmental and community organizations upon graduation of these individuals who have shared their educational and training experiences actively seeking positions of change on issues that affect and impede advancement of our communities, and promoting the A.L.L. graduates involvement in such issues. The Allen Lima Leadership Group meets on a monthly basis September through June. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Updated Website/YouTube – ALL leadership TV Channel. •• Successfully guided 2011 ALL Adult and Youth Leadership Classes through to graduation. •• Updated ALL Alumni Profile Directory. •• Continued to educate community on purpose/objective of the program. •• Maintenance of current corporate memberships. •• Graduation Celebration for 23nd Anniversary year. •• Recruited for ALL Adult and Youth Leadership Class of 2012. •• 2011 Class Project “Danger Gate, A High Voltage Rock & Roll Event,” Danger Brothers Concert and tailgate for an OSU football game. All proceeds to benefit Allen Lima Leadership Programs. 2012 GOALS: •• Continue to update Website/You Tube – ALL Leadership TV Channel •• Continue to increase minority participation •• Increase and retain number of corporate memberships •• New Member Reception •• Designate project for ALL Class of 2012 •• Diversity Awareness Workshop •• Recruit ALL Adult and Youth Leadership Class of 2013 •• ALL 24rd Year Graduation Celebration •• Prepare for ALL 25th Year Class Celebration •• Continuation of Danger Gate Fund Raiser for ALL •• Increase awareness through social media outlets

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LIMA/ALLEN COUNTY COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT: To provide free assistance to individuals of all ages from Lima, Allen County and surrounding counties in pursuing an education beyond high school with emphasis for those who are first-generation and/or low-income. Chairpersons: Lela Harlow, retired-Junior Achievement & Nanette Weaver, Health Partners of Western Ohio Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Grants/Donations: Received $285,000 for final year of GEAR UP Grant and $60,000 in other grants and local donations •• Advisors assist with college process at Apollo and Lima City Schools: 378 students participated in 946 individual sessions, 1,029 students participated in group sessions, 578 parents participated in events at Lima Senior •• Resource Center at YMCA Annex & Office Participants: Assisted 80 individuals •• Last Dollar Scholarships: Awarded 40 scholarships in the amount of $500 each to high school seniors from Allen County. To date - awarded 194 scholarships to total $97,000 •• Early Awareness: Assisted 159 students in grades K-8 with summer programs with City Parks Program and hosted Career Fair, 300 for middle school career explorations •• College Access Events: Partnered with OSU Lima and Rhodes for College Fair to assist over 100 attendees and hosted College Goal Sunday to assist 68 participants 2012 GOALS: •• Submit grant proposals for local, state, private, and federal grants as appropriate – at least three grants written per year •• Raise funds for the Last Dollar Scholarships and continue to award scholarships – award at least 20 scholarships per year •• Raise awareness of the services provided by the College Access Program through presentations to the local schools, media, and service organizations – at least 5 presentations per year •• Collaborate with local guidance counselors to increase participation for the College Access/GEAR UP advisors in assisting parents and students with the college process - at least 5 communications per year with counselors •• Enhance Resource Centers which provides assistance with college preparation (ACT preparation, career searches, college applications, and financial aid) – increase by 5% per year •• Expand the early awareness activities for elementary and middle school students – increase by 5% per year

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WALTER C. POTTS ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTER MISSION STATEMENT: To provide the education and skills necessary to support and sustain a small business; enabling the community to create significant jobs, provide economic stability and to enhance the community’s quality of life by encouraging small and minority businesses to stay, invest, and participate in the Lima/Allen County community. Chairperson: Jed Metzger, Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce Coordinator: Jessie Pope, Walter C. Potts Entrepreneurial Center 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Established relationships with community and state leaders. •• Worked on establishing a one on one Mentoring Program for individuals needing assistance with start ups, diversification, and expansions. •• Developed marketing material for the Center. •• Participated with the Culturally Diverse Business Development Committee. •• Applied for the 501C (3) not-for-profit exempt status. •• Participated in a very successful Annual Community Enrichment Dinner. •• Formed a Board of Directors for the Center. •• Identified and secured various businesses that would work with the Center to create an Incubator for small and minority businesses. •• Secured a grant with the Small Business Development Center at Rhodes State College and the Minority Business Assistance Center through forming a partnership with the Akron Urban League. •• Provided exceptional service to clients. •• Hired a Part-time Center Coordinator. 2012 GOALS: •• Strengthen the partnership between The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center, Diversified Management Services, Inc., Minority Business Assistance Center and local businesses. •• Continue to enhance the business and marketing plan. •• Growth in minority owned businesses. •• Continue one on one Mentoring Program for individuals needing assistance for start ups, diversification, and expansion. •• Develop partnerships with local financial institutions, federal, state, and local government, and others to provide venture start up capital resources. •• Participate in Small Business Committee. •• Become a driving force in the area of entrepreneurship. •• Increase the number of minority, women-owned and small business clients assisted.

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LIMA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LEADERSHIP BOARD MISSION STATEMENT: To build relationships while attracting and retaining young professional talent to the greater Lima/Allen County area. Board President Matt Brown, Hays Insurance Leadership Board meets the quarterly. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Maintained and developed the organization through four key action teams. •• Continued forward momentum of the I Love Lima campaign with booths at events, regular TV and radio spots, as well as Facebook posts, entry in the Allen County Museum’s Christmas Tree Festival, and community involvement in such issues as securing sidewalks for the Harding Highway renovation project. •• Continued to offer monthly Professional Development Luncheons and Social Development Pub Clubs. •• Highlighted organization through partnerships with Maverick Media, Clear Channel and Your Hometown Lima Stations. •• Hosted Annual Green Tie Affair. •• Continued partnership with the Mayor’s office through the YP Mayor’s Cabinet. •• Developed speaking opportunities for membership through career day and campus visit programs. •• Supported and assisted local non-profits and service club programs. •• Enhanced usage of social media for events, program and community promotions. 2012 GOALS: •• Continue to maintain and develop the organization through four key action teams. •• Continue monthly Professional Development luncheons. •• Continue monthly Social Development after hours. •• Highlight organizations efforts through marketing efforts. •• Continue to encourage member participation with civic organizations. •• I Love Lima and Green Tie will expand on our work with the Sustainable Allen County Committee, helping create indicators for the environmental aspect of our community, measuring the quality of our air, water, food, built environment and infrastructure. •• Hold Annual Green Tie Affair. •• Continue partnership with the Mayor’s office and expand partnership to include county commissioners. •• Re-develop organization’s website – www.limayp.com. •• Develop job shadowing and internship opportunities with middle and high school students within Lima City Schools and the community’s local colleges. •• Recruit local college students to the organization. •• Research possibility of developing specific program directed toward college-aged individuals. •• Continue to develop speaking opportunities for the YP membership. •• Research and partner with additional community organizations to provide volunteers, assistance or awareness of programs.

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MANUFACTURER’S COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT: To promote the civic, economic and industrial position of those industries whose operations contribute significantly to the economic base, growth and welfare of the area served by the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and the Allen Economic Development Group Chairman: Gene Heitmeyer, Colonial Surface Solutions, Inc. Committee meets quarterly. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Re-focused the goals and objectives of the Manufacturer’s Council. •• Monitored and was responsive to legislative issues and concerns affecting manufacturers, including partnering with the Ohio Manufacturing Association. •• Hosted meetings to discuss proposals to improve freight routing options in and around Lima, Storm Water Sewage overflow legislation, I-75 and 309 corridor plans, the Regional Planning’s proposed transportation plan for Allen County, state bridge weight legislation, regulatory and government reform. •• Hosted quarterly Manufacturers Council meetings and tour of facilities. •• Discussed the standardization of the trades and how to promote careers in manufacturing. •• Developed and provided networking opportunities among manufacturers. 2012 GOALS: •• Continue development efforts and dialogue regarding transportation infrastructure and freight routing improvements with local and regional governmental agencies and planning commissions. •• Identify opportunities for manufacturing member companies to increase access to workforce training and development. •• In conjunction with the Legislative Committee, Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Manufacturing Association engage local, regional, and state governmental bodies in discussion and communication of pertinent regulatory reform to improve the competitive environment Ohio manufacturing businesses face in the rapidly evolving economy. •• Provide multiple opportunities for our local manufacturing companies to network with each other and experience the rich diversity in businesses in our region. •• Promote educational opportunities in manufacturing. •• Promote quality of small and large manufacturers within our region and the rich history and tradition the manufacturing has provided to our community. •• Develop a list of area suppliers and organize an networking and product sharing event to enhance the current manufacturer throughout the region.

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COMMITTEES MARKETING COMMITTEE

MISSION STATEMENT: To communicate effectively with our members and the community, and to serve our membership through focus groups and working with the Membership Committee. Chairperson: Cindy Scott, Citizens National Bank Committee meets every other month. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Continued to promote the Chamber’s 4 key messages and tagline. •• Continued the Chamber Spotlight on WLIO and WIMA and added additional Spotlight program on WCIT’s Ron Williams Show. These appear weekly. •• Highlighted Chamber program activity and impact on the community & local businesses – include progress of new facility. •• Maintained and enhanced Chamber website through video, news feeds and social media integration. •• Capitalized on trade partnerships with local media for event advertising. •• Maintained and enhanced social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. •• Maintained and promoted value-added media discount program for Chamber Members. •• Utilized video, social media and website to communicate positive benefits of the Chamber and events through testimonials and event/program highlights. •• Developed advocacy update informing members of legislative issues impacting businesses. •• Streamlined member email communications. •• Utilized text-based marketing. 2012 GOALS: •• Continue to promote the Chamber’s 4 key messages by focusing on one message quarterly and tie all events, marketing, messages to that specific key point. Messages are: Advocacy, Networking, Opportunity and Building. •• Market the Chamber’s website to increase ad revenue. •• Continue to gather member and community testimonials to promote the Chamber and programs. •• Continue the Chamber Spotlight on WLIO Morning Show and WIMA News Radio every week. •• Develop tracking method for utilization of Media Discount Program. •• Spotlight Chamber committees to generate awareness of community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities through the Chamber. •• Develop additional media opportunities with radio and print mediums. •• Market business advocacy efforts and community impact programs in addition to our standard networking events, seminars and annual programs. •• Integrate social media marketing and develop technology-based solutions to enhance our member outreach; i.e.: video newsletters, program overviews online. •• Provide video testimonials to communicate why businesses located or have stayed in the Lima area. •• Develop full year marketing campaign to include year-round advertising. •• Grow and enhance text-based marketing efforts.

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE MISSION: To develop a strategy to communicate with members that will encourage retention of membership. Make recommendations of policy regarding membership issues to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Committee meets the second Monday of each month at 4:00 PM Committee Chair – Mike Powell, Sign Solutions of Ohio 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Held four retention campaigns, including two days for personal visits, to survey Chamber members and get valuable feedback •• Made contact with 300 Chamber members throughout the year •• Assisted in the recruitment of new members •• Discussed and reviewed new programs offered by Chamber to provide input for implementationCommittee members provided video testimonies for use in Chamber social media 2012 GOALS: •• Make contact with at least 400 member companies throughout the year •• Continue to provide discussion during meetings regarding specific questions affecting Membership, including feedback and new program ideas •• Schedule time for retention calls one half hour prior to monthly meeting and an annual personal visit program with current Chamber members. •• Recruit actively involved members for testimonies in marketing Chamber programs and benefits •• Market tiered dues structure to small business members to encourage more participation •• Each Ambassador will recruit at least one new member •• Recruit individuals to serve on the committee with a commitment to be involved in Chamber events and make contact with current members

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COMMITTEES SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

MISSION STATEMENT: To assist small businesses in the region to develop and prosper through educational programs and networking opportunities Chairperson: Mike Powell, Sign Solutions of Ohio Committee meets the third Friday of each month at 8:00am. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Addition of committee members •• Provided educational opportunities to benefit our small business members. •• Partnered with SBDC and LACCA to offer semi-annual “How-to” training seminars to build and strengthen small businesses; seminars included: Overcoming Challenges to your Business Plan and Social Media 101. •• Held focus groups quarterly with business leaders to determine ways the Chamber can assist small business members. •• Partnered with the Culturally Diverse Business Development committee to develop the B2B First Impressions program to partner majority business representatives with diverse, women-owned and small business owners. 2012 GOALS: •• Continue to provide educational opportunities – traditional and non-traditional – to benefit our small business members and create opportunities to share local resources. •• Assist in the development of a business – to – business mentor program through the Walter C. Potts Entrepreneurial Center, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Bluffton Entrepreneurial Center. •• Identify opportunities to offer meetings, seminars, and events to members by utilizing streaming video, teleconferencing or virtual seminars. •• Highlight small businesses through testimonials on the Chamber website, newsletters, etc. •• Partner with the Chamber Membership Committee to develop a survey for new members to capture what these members are looking to gain from their membership – details on how we can assist in their growth, enhance their opportunities or make connections. •• Provide committee representation on the Chamber’s Award Committee for the Culturally Diverse Business of the Year Award. •• Hold at least 1 focus group, panel discussion or networking event to identify areas of opportunity where business relationships may be created between culturally diverse and majority businesses.

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WAKE, RATTLE & ROLL COMMITTEE Mission Statement: To serve as a community forum providing information on business issues and an opportunity for members to be recognized. Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 8:00 a.m. Chair: Tim Stanford, Yocum Realty 2011 Accomplishments: 1. Focused on local issues and spotlighting area business success stories. 2. Increased number of people networking before and after the program by promoting networking opportunities. 3. Included segments on individual achievements, job creation, community projects, and community resources for business growth and success. 2012 Goals: 1. Select speakers who can give a presentation with an upbeat, informative message on topics of importance to the business community. 2. Promote strategies to develop and expand networking opportunities. 3. Identify opportunities to recognize local business success stories which will include business and organization achievements individual achievement, job creation, community involvement, changes in leadership, and anniversaries. 4. Increase exposure through social media, YouTube videos and other uses of multi-media communications.

WEST CENTRAL OHIO SAFTEY COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT: To increase awareness and importance of safety to area businesses and the community. President: Joe Martz (INEOS) Membership meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Steering Committee meetings are held the 3rd Monday of the month at 4 pm. 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: •• Increased membership by 10 new members. •• Coordinated membership meetings above the program requirements through the BWC Safety & Hygiene. •• Provided opportunities for the BWC to report to the membership on issues of interest. •• Promoted the BWC at all membership meetings. •• Continued the Ruth Kreher Scholarship Fund for two scholarships. 2012 GOALS: •• Continue to increase membership at programs. •• Coordinate membership meetings above the program requirements through the BWC Safety & Hygiene. •• Continue to provide opportunities for the BWC to report to the membership on issues of interest. •• Promote the BWC at all membership meetings. •• Promote OCOSH opportunities in Allen County •• Continue the Ruth Kreher Scholarship fund.

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Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce 144 South Main Street, Suite 100 Lima, Ohio 45801 phone: 419.222.6045 • fax: 419.229.0266 www.limachamber.com

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