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December 2016

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off the desk Rick Pearce President/CEO Where did the year go? I can’t believe we are in December and this is the final e-newsletter for 2016. This is an excellent opportunity to thank all the members who renewed their membership and all those who joined as new members for 2016. Without you, there is no chamber of commerce. Thank you for putting your faith in us to carry out the mission of the organization to your high standards. I also want to thank all of the volunteers who have helped on one of our four Focus Areas, especially the chairpersons. We have accomplished a great deal in a short time, considering that not long ago (18 months), the Strategic Planning Committee was meeting to determine what the Chamber’s focus should be. Without you, none of this progress would be possible. We all look forward to a very productive 2017 as we begin to develop and create solutions to many of the issues our businesses are facing.

Per The Chamber of Commerce By Laws – We must notify all members of the following: ARTICLE II Board of Directors (b) The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of nominees at the November meeting of the Board, which shall be equal to the number of Directors to be elected which will generally be four (4) Directors per year barring any vacancy. No person shall be nominated without that person’s consent. The President will notify in writing the membership of the names of persons nominated as candidates for Directors and the right of petition for additional nominations as follows: c) Any twenty-eight (28) members of the Chamber in good standing, may by petition bearing their signatures, nominate any other member for election to the Board of Directors, providing the nominee in writing on such petition, accepts such nomination and the same is delivered to the President within (10) days after the date of such written notice of right to petition. (d) If no petition is filed within such ten (10) day period, the nominations shall be closed and the nominated candidates named by the Nominating Committee shall be declared by the Board of Directors to be elected. Those nominated are Cathy Bishop-Clark, Tammy Laine, Tal Moon, Jackie Ponder, Dale Rupp & Mimi Summers.


Focus Areas Investigate conducting a Candidate College for those interested in running for public office. This would give candidates a great foundation of what they need to know prior to running for office.

Celebrate Manufacturing Day on all the Fridays in October.

Investigate offering a leadership class for the youth of our service area. Revisit our Leadership Bank idea – a resource for small business.

Create a Career Path document from our post-secondary institutions and how they relate to each other and Ohio’s 16 different career clusters.


Positive Points

Middletown 

PAX Clinics, LLC and Haven Yoga Studio both celebrated ribbon cuttings last month and are now open for business.  Dempster Tire Pros celebrated its 75th Anniversary.

Monroe 

The City of Monroe Planning Commission has approved a 45,000-square-foot expansion of Presto Foods’ headquarters in Monroe.

Trenton 

Trenton participated in a successful three-day planning charrette for the Edgewood City School District.





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75th Anniversary

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Spotlight The Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” may have gone off the air a few years ago, but for some people in our community, the work never stops. These careers require individuals with a certain calling, or dedication, to the work. The team at AAA Wastewater is made up of just such people. Family-owned since 1954, they work hard to maintain the same values the company was established on; honesty, reliability and community. “We love helping our customers and we stand by our work. We have a great group of caring people who work for us,” says owner Tim DeHart. The company prides itself on its environmental 9 stewardship, as around 99 percent of all the waste it collects is repurposed and turned into fertilizer for the 243 acre family farm. The company has experienced a lot of growth in the six years DeHart has been at the helm. When his mother was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2009, he returned home after living abroad for 10 years to help with the family business. With a work history including the Peace Corps and volunteer work in Paraguay and Peru, Tim understands the importance of working closely with communities and brought that priority home with him. “We believe in the Southwestern Ohio region and Middletown. Many of our customers and employees live in Middletown, and the Chamber is very helpful. It is a natural fit for us.” In addition to being EPA certified, the company was the recipient of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Soin Award for Innovation. Read more...



Bureau of Workers’ Compensation News: Workplace Injury & Illness Right To Report Free 6 CareWorksComp Webinars

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updates Legislative Updates Legislation that affects YOUR business

Legislation In Columbus

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS! The Chamber of Commerce would like to send out a very special THANK YOU to all the companies and organizations who joined or renewed their Chamber membership for 2016-17 as well as our newest members:     

Homeland Security Systems NTE Energy PAX Clinics, LLC The Performing Arts Academy West Central Wine

The Chamber is here to find solutions to obstacles that your business may be facing. Feel free to contact us at 513-422-4551.


updates THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WHO JOINED OUR TEAM IN 2016 Bickford of Middletown Bond Machine Company Bryant Hartke Construction Buffalo Wild Wings Butler County Visitors Bureau Camera Security Now Crown Electric Engineering & Manufacturing, LLC

Marti McClure, Realtor® & Real Estate Consultant Memories Bridal and Prom Formalwear Metal Coaters Miami Conservancy District Paradise Graphix PAX Clinics, LLC

FigLeaf Brewing Company

Skyline Chili

Franklin Township

The Performing Arts Academy

Frank's Heavy Truck Collision Repair The Windamere Tommy Hilfiger Garden Manor Care Center H & R Block

Treasure Aisles Flea Market

Homeland Security Systems

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Inst-I-Glass Jim Dandy's Family BBQ JMC Logistics, LLC Jobs Plus of City Gospel Mission

Valley Central Bank West Central Wine West Chester Autobody, Inc.


Special achievement or milestone coming up? Your Chamber helps to market: Milestones/ Achievements Grand Openings Grand Re-Openings

Groundbreakings Industry Awards News Releases Anniversaries

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2016 sustaining A special thank you to our

Platinum Butler Tech

Sustaining Members who are investing in our cause, purpose and vision.


We are always happy to accept additions to our Sustaining Membership! Contact our office to learn more.

Atrium Medical Center Deceuninck North America First Financial Bank

GOLD Cohen McGraw/Kokosing Midd Cities Partners MidUSA Credit Union MillerCoors

Precision Strip Robinson Heating & Air Conditioning Tech Force Onsite, LLC Trenton Computers

Silver AAA Wastewater American Savings Bank Cox Media Group Ohio Joe Morgan Honda

Miami University Middletown Miller Insurance, Inc. Nenni & Company, CPA’s Slam Dunk Sports Marketing

Sustaining Member list as of publication date.

December 2016 Newsletter  
December 2016 Newsletter  

December 2016 Newsletter for The Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Monroe & Trenton