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Taste of Champaign Supports Caring Kitchen - Showcases Local Restaurants & Artists

Nov/Dec 2009

B2B - Business After Hours @ Hearth & Home Assisted Living 1579 W. Rt. 29, Urbana

Nov 19th - 5:30-7:30 pm Food, Door Prizes, Facility Tours RSVP to Chamber Office 653-5764

6th Annual Culinary Creation at Robert’s on Miami A portion of the proceeds from Taste of Champaign will help the Caring Kitchen of Urbana meet an increasing call to feed and shelter homeless families. At the same time, the November 7 event offered guests an opportunity to sample and appreciate the specialties of 15 local restaurants and caterers as well as appreciate the creations of local artists. December is the time for sharing and Robert’s on Miami would like to share an artistic and nostalgic business window display with fellow chamber members. Chef Bob is creating a total of four edible art displays for the enjoyment of young and old in Champaign County and beyond. From the main window display featuring a gingerbread barn adorned with barn quilts to the small town shops displayed inside the restaurant featuring some of the local businesses with a fountain frozen in time and a special display in the right window of gazebos, an old Dutch Photos (clockwise from upper windmill, a recreation of a Victorian-style brick house and left) the Carrs from High Street Manor Bed and Breakfast, Joe & whimsical snowmen singing around a Christmas tree, there will be something for everyone. Tonya Braden from Braden’s Café & Sweets, and employees from NoneSuch Fare, a new restaurant at the corner of Miami and Oakland Streets

Welcome! Pine View Reception & Banquet Hall

Chamber Holiday Celebration Tuesday, Dec 8 - 5:30 pm Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres at Carey Auditorium, 160 W. Market Street, Urbana

Annual Membership Drive Kick-Off!

H1N1 Flu Clinics


October officially marked my 1 Anniversary with the Chamber. It’s been both an exciting year and a year of opportunity. There’s no doubt the challenges facing today’s business owners are greater than ever before. Yet despite the gloomy economy there seems to be a renewed spirit here in Champaign County. People are pooling resources and forming partnerships and going back to the old way of thinking-which is helping your neighbor. It’s true business is shifting and changing every day. It’s refreshing to see some of you thinking outside of the box and eager to find ways to attract new customers. The Chamber will continue to provide programs, seminars and networking opportunities that will encourage business growth and strengthen your organization. Our membership has grown 25% this past year. That’s pretty impressive considering the current business climate. Thank you for your membership and most of all for being an advocate for Champaign County! “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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BNI Kick-Off!!! (Business Networking International Chapter)

Come Grow Your Business With Us! Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 - 7:30-9:00 AM @ The Carey Auditorium 160 W. Market Street, Urbana or Contact: 937-362-3210 or 937-484-4517

First Friday Coffee Break Friday, Dec 4 - 7:30-8:30 AM @ Depot Coffee House in Urbana Talk about what's going on in Champaign & celebrations, announcements, updates. A great networking opportunity!

Mark your calendar now for the First Friday of every month! Sponsored by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

The Champaign Health District will hold H1N1 Flu Clinics on Tues, Nov 17, 3-5 PM at the Champaign County Fairgrounds and Sun, Nov 22, 2-4 PM at a location to be determined. Both clinic dates and times are subject to change depending on vaccine supply. The vaccine will be available in both the nasal mist and shot form; healthy people from 2 years through 24 years will receive the mist so that the shots can be reserved for those people not eligible for the mist. Surveillance of Champaign County flu activity continues to be monitored closely. This past week there were nine hospitalizations related to influenza; two persons under age twenty four. Absence percentages in each of the school districts averaged less than 10% overall. It is important that we remain vigilant; good hand washing, respiratory etiquette, and staying home, away from others if ill, continue to be the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu. Clinics will change to serve those not in the priority groups (everyone else) as soon as higher risk individuals have had the opportunity to be vaccinated as per recommendations through the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health. Additional information: Printed materials can be retrieved at the Champaign Health District office. Call 484-1546 for questions.

Become a Facebook Friend of the Chamber The Chamber has a Facebook page to keep you up-to- date on all the news and events happening in Champaign County. The newsletter and web site are updated only periodically and email updates may not reach every chamber member but Facebook will allow you to keep up with all the latest happenings. The Visitors Bureau will also post information about things to see and do all over the county. Facebook was designed as a social network. The Chamber page will be a great place for everyone to share information. It will be a place where businesses and individuals who are looking to relocate to our community will get a feel for what we have to offer, showcasing local businesses and attractions. You do not have to be a Chamber member to be a Facebook friend. It is easy and free to join! Just go to and sign-up. Then search for “Champaign County Chamber”, go to our page and request to become a friend. Come join us!

Hitch your wagon to a star... Ralph Waldo Emerson

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE by Mike Morris, Economic Development Director

Zig Ziglar, world renown author, speaker, sales trainer and motivator once said, “Money isn't the most important thing in our lives, but it is reasonably close to oxygen.” URBANA UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES THE Although trends have been changing INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY within the younger demographics, most people today still choose a Urbana University will take visitors on a journey to the place to live based on their ability to center of our Galaxy when it unveils unprecedented muralearn a living. sized images of the Milky Way's core as seen by NASA's Did you know that Champaign Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Mike Morris Chandra X-ray Observatory on November 23, in the Urbana County has twenty (20) companies University Student Center. The photographs will be unveiled employing 100 people or more? Within that group, fourteen companies employ 200 or more; three of those by President Stephen Jones and Ms. Chantelle Rose, UU companies employ 500 or more and two of those three alumnae and nationally honored science teacher from St. companies employ 700 people! Would you expect those Paris. type numbers from a county with a population around A giant 6-foot-by-3-foot image presents a unique view that 40,000? I certainly didn't expect them when I started my showcases the Galaxy in near-infrared light observed by position some 8 months ago. In addition to the Hubble. A matched trio of Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra aforementioned companies, there are another dozen images of the Milky Way's center on a second large panel entities employing anywhere from 20 to 99 Champaign measuring 3’x 4’ will also be unveiled. County citizens. The new images will be permanently displayed following Another pleasant surprise for me: the entrepreneurial the November 23rd unveiling in the Urbana University spirit within the county. From the legacy of great minds Student Center. like A.B. Graham, Warren Grimes and Robert Rothschild, to modern day trailblazers like Dave Smith at Freshwater Farms and David Conrad and Mike Junk at Champaign Leadership Skills & Foundation First Session of Leadership, held at Urbana Univ Springs, our county has a history of producing people, products, ideas and businesses to meet current market demands. We are also part of the Dayton region with one of the highest per capita rates for advanced degrees in the U.S. - and the birthplace of the Wright Brothers, Charles Kettering, John Patterson (NCR Corp.) and Clay Mathile (Iams pet food). In the coming years, projections show Champaign County's population to stagnate or slightly decline. More importantly, the age groups between 20 and 54 (prime earning years) show an overall decline of more than 11%. Left Photo, L-R Lori Wintersteller of Working to stem the “brain drain” and encourage our Universal Home Health & Hospice, children, grandchildren and others to consider Champaign Judy Rodgers of Urbana University, Jennifer Brock of Vancrest of Urbana, and Christina Boettcher of County as THE place to live, work and play will become The City of Urbana. Middle photo, Melissa Glock of International increasingly important. Harvester Employee Credit Union and Ed Bristoll of the Tri While I can't divulge much at the moment, there are County Regional Jail. Right photo, Robin Henry of It Figures! discussions occurring locally about creating a center Fitness Center where entrepreneurial teaching and development can spawn the next generation of business leaders, as well as Help us help you promote your business! providing a place where we new companies can incubate We distribute hundreds of relocation and visitor packets to and share ideas and resources. There is a lot of work yet to be done, but I hope to report to you in the coming new residents, realtors, and visitors. Information is also months about the development of this exciting concept. distributed at special events throughout the year. Many My vision is that Champaign County will one day be the people walk into our office looking for an event, a retail entrepreneurial equivalent of the Silicon Valley attracting business or service. Drop off some of your brochures the best and brightest in a variety of fields - and in the and/or business cards at the Chamber Office and we’ll be process, provide many reasons for our children and glad to include them in our packets.. grandchildren to call Champaign County home.

Additions to Champaign Aviation Museum The Champaign Aviation Museum has added three new displays: replicas of the Demoiselle, the 1911 Wright B Flyer and the 1932 Pitcairn PA-18 autogiro.

Henderson Land Investment Sold on Champaign County “People want to live in Champaign County. They always have, and we trust they always will. It's a great area, and it's certainly been great to us,” says Lee Henderson.

The Demoiselle (Damselfly) was a light weight aircraft built by Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, which could be constructed in 15 days. Santos-Dumont performed flights with it in Paris, flying at speeds of more than 100/km. The Demoiselle will eventually be included in an eight county tour as part of the National Aviation Heritage area, which includes Champaign County.

Lee and her husband, Stephen, founded Henderson Land The 1911 Wright B Flyer was constructed to honor the Investment Company (HLIC), in 1978. Early on they focused on agricultural real estate and weathered the farm accomplishments of the Wright Brothers. It is a fully operational aircraft that closely resembles the Model B debt crisis of the early '80s. Military Flyer, that flew over Huffman Prairie in 1911. Then the economy turned Huffman Prairie is now part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage around. International National Historical Park. Harvest decided to stay in The 1932 Pitcairn PA-18 autogiro was an early hybrid Springfield. KTH began aircraft that predated the helicopter. Fewer than 20 were building its plant west of built and many models were destroyed in a German U-Boat St. Paris. The Hendersons attach while being shipped to Europe. expanded to residential real estate. Sales picked Museum organizers would like to see all three planes fly in up. formation over the county at some point in time and hope that the displays will draw more attention to the area and Initially based in the will spawn the restoration of other historic aircraft. Hendersons' home, HLIC opened its St. Paris office in 1981 and an office in November is Urbana in 1988. The Stephen and Lee Henderson with their daughter Dagny Dunham, Urbana office most National Aviation recently moved in 2007 to son-in-law Ben Dunham and its current location, at the grandchildren Ryan, Riley, Daisy, History Month Rosey and Rylin. intersection of Scioto Street and East Lawn. HLIC has grown to include three brokers and eight agents and recently the Hendersons' son-in-law, Ben Dunham, an HLIC agent, earned his auctioneer's license. Lee, a board member of the Midwestern Ohio Association of Realtors, sees signs of promise in the current recession. Six of the region's seven counties (including Champaign) experienced an increase in real estate sales in September over the previous month, the first time that's happened in 12 months. “If you believe in what you're doing, and you believe in the area you live in, it's not a hard sell,” Lee says. Henderson Land Investment Company is located at: 104 South Springfield St., St. Paris, 663-4184; 606 Scioto St., Urbana, 652-1974; and

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Ohio Workers’ Comp News

Over the past several years the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has continued to lower the Maximum Discount Rate (MDR) attainable for group rating participants. In the past the MDR has been the key indicator when figuring out your premium payments. With the addition of the Break Even Factor (BEF) there is now a new factor added in calculating your true discount rate. The BWC has just announced that this years’ maximum discount rate will be set at 65% but when you factor in the BEF the final computation puts your discount percentage at 51%. Simply put, if a company has very little or no claims costs the best group discount will be 51%, not 65%. Don’t be fooled, you will not see a 65% discount offered this year. For small to mid-sized companies group rating still is the best way to save on your workers’ comp bill. For a free no obligation evaluation call 513-231-4023, extension 114.

Effective Immediately two-hour parking restrictions have been waived throughout the holiday season to encourage shoppers to shop, dine and enjoy downtown Urbana!

Clothesline of Quilts Contest Winners The Clothesline of Quilts Contest was held again this year. Individuals and businesses created displays of quilts in conjunction with the Barn Quilt Tour, took pictures of their creations and entered the contest.

The FoodSmiths Serve Up Dining Experiences

“It's a gratifying job to make people happy,” says Gretchen Smith Bonasera, owner of Business winners were Ethel’s Flowers, 1st place; Champaign The FoodSmiths Catering, Residential Services Inc, 2nd; American Family Insurance, 3rd; ; LLC. And there's nothing that th makes her happier than and McLaughlin’s Jewelers, 4 place. Plaques from All Star Awards and Trophies were presented to preparing memorable dining experiences for others each of the winners. Congratulations to all! whether for a wedding, holiday party, private dinner party, or business event. st;

Individual winners were Polly Hiltibran, 1 Katha and Doug Dill, 2nd and Betty Faulkner, 3rd.

Gretchen Smith

Gretchen founded The FoodSmiths in 2002 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in human nutrition. The FoodSmiths operates in a commercial kitchen located at another Chambermember business, Freshwater Farms of Ohio, her family's fish hatchery and market. The FoodSmiths caters events of all sizes from small cocktail parties to wedding dinners for up to 300 guests. (L-R) Betty Faulkner, 3rd place winner; Katha and Doug Dill, 2nd place Customers choose any level of service they wish, from winner; Polly Hiltibran, 1st place individual winner! simple carry out to a fully catered event with wait staff. All participants and staff members in the CRSI Adult Day Services Program And The FoodSmiths can transform about any site into participated in the design of the window quilt for CRSI. Pictured in front the perfect venue including backyards or parks. “Or any photo are those representing the entire group. Rear L-R: Lynn Jenkins, Donnie Ogg, Direct Support Professional, Mindy Adkins (holding award), place with four walls,” adds Gretchen, who every year Roy Coolbaugh, Direct Support Professional, Robbin Ferriman and front: since 2004 has been invited as a guest chef at the Ohio Marian Bowers and Bobby Rhodes. State Fair's Heartland Cuisine showcase.

Congratulations! The International Harvester Employee Credit Union for receiving a five-star rating from Bauer Financial Reports! A fivestar rating indicates that the IHECU’s deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration up to $250,000 per account, plus an additional $250,000 per account by a private insurer. The rating also means that the IHECU is operative profitably, there are no excessive delinquent loans or repossessed assets and is soundly invested. Clark State Community College was presented with the Business of the Year th Award at the 44 annual Community Beautification Awards program in Springfield. This award was in recognition of the “beautiful and colorful setting for further educational opportunities” at the Leffel Lane campus.

Gretchen's first event was an upscale picnic for 50 at the end of a canoe trip featuring grilled trout, served on picnic tables adorned with wildflower arrangements. “It was magical,” she remembers. A specialty is dinner parties in clients' homes. “Typically when you host a party, you don't have time to sit and enjoy visiting with people. A catered party is a gift to the host.” Gretchen adds, “We leave the kitchen cleaner than when we arrived.” The FoodSmiths Catering: 2624 N. Route 68, Urbana, 937-631-3331;


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3 Increased Visibility thru Multi-Media 3 Networking Opportunities 3 Discount Rates on Dental, Eye & Medical Insurance 3 Safety Council 3 Group Rates on Workers Comp 3 Speedway Gas Card - 6 cents off per Gallon 3 Business Referrals

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Nov 18 - Champaign County Safety Council Nov 19 - B2B at Hearth & Home Nov 27 - Santa Arrives in Downtown Urbana at 5pm & Holiday Open Houses Dec 2 - Monument Square District Christmas Tree Auction & Gala Dec 4 - First Friday Coffee Break Dec 8 - Chamber Holiday Celebration Dec 10 - Leadership Champaign County Dec 16 - Champaign County Safety Council

2009-2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dave Bacher, President Noreast Transport & Warehousing David Snyder, Treasurer Security National Bank Don Bauer - Bauer Stoves & Fireplaces Jeanne Bowman Mercy Memorial Hospital Lisa Case - Tech II Robin Coffey - Robert Rothschild Farm Andrew Donahoe - KTH Parts Industries Bruce Evilsizor - City of Urbana Than Johnson Champaign Residential Services Inc. Wayne Smith Walter & Smith Funeral Home Pat Thackery - Café Paradiso

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Jim Wilson - Urbana University Tina Knotts, Executive Director Jane Sandy, Administrative Assistant

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