February 2017

 Groundhog Breakfast a Success

From left: Nick Epifano, McDonald’s of Fayette County; Drew Hastings, comedian & Mayor of Hillsboro; Chad Gibson, enVISION Fayette; Whitney Gentry, Chamber of Commerce and Dan Roberts, Mystery Groundhog. 

The groundhog saw his shadow, but the predicted 6 more weeks of winter were made a little easier with the food, fellowship and information at the Fifth Annual Groundhog’s Day Breakfast. Nearly 200 people attended the event at the Mahan building, sponsored by McDonald’s of Fayette County. Speakers for the day were Chad Gibson, with enVISION Fayette and The Ohio State Universaity, as well as Drew Hastings, Mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio.
In keeping with tradition, the Mystery Groundhog made an appearance. This year’s groundhog was retired Miami Trace Superintendent, Mr. Dan Roberts. Dan did a great job and we thank him for sweating it out in that costume all morning!
Thanks to all who attended and we hope you are off to a great 2017!
Chad Gibson, Associated Faculty at The Ohio State University and his team of graduate students completed an update of the Fayette County Comprehensive Land Use Strategy. Learn about their insight on new strategies for the county to remain economically resilient, attract and retain residents, and maintain its strong agricultural heritage.

Lt. Governor Releases 2016 CSI Annual Report 

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor announced the release of the 2016 Annual Report of the Common Sense Initiative (CSI). Since 2011, Taylor has led CSI’s efforts to create a regulatory climate that makes it easier for job creators to do business in Ohio, while still protecting health and safety.

The Annual Report highlights the CSI Office’s review of state agency regulations, its work to resolve individual business concerns, and its proactive work with stakeholders to improve Ohio’s business climate. CSI’s primary role is to make sure agency regulations are as effective and business-friendly as possible.

In 2016, CSI reviewed 2,309 rules, with more than 68 percent either amended or rescinded. This year also marks the second consecutive year that the number of rescinded business rules exceeded the number of new rules. The report demonstrates that the CSI rule review is having a significant and substantive influence on making Ohio’s rules more business-friendly. CSI is also operating at a high level of efficiency, ensuring that rules receive further work or scrutiny when needed, while rules that already meet CSI standards are able to move through the review quickly.

The Annual Report describes ongoing partnerships between CSI, state agencies, and business stakeholders to keep making Ohio more business-friendly, including modernization of the Ohio Business Gateway and the introduction of a new Small Business Toolkit. Finally, the report highlights specific efforts of the CSI Office to assist businesses dealing with state-level regulatory challenges.
The 2016 CSI Annual Report can be found at www.csi.ohio.gov For more information, “like” Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative on Facebook, or follow @CSI_Ohio on Twitter.
Reserve your table at the Mini Trade Show
Business After Hours Hosted by:
Wednesday, March 15th
Mahan Building, Fayette Co. Fairgrounds
These two businesses traditionally host BAH in March. Included in the evening is a mini trade show for Chamber members. Any chamber member can have a free table at this event. Simply contact Whitney via email at whitney@fayettecountyohio.com or call 740-335.0761.
Space is limited, first come-first served. 

An Employer’s Guide to Protecting Its Interests 
Free Webinar Wednesday, February 15
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
An Employer’s Guide to Protecting Its Interests:

Covenants not to Compete, Trade Secrets and the Employee Duty of Loyalty

Presented by Christopher Lalak of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Approved for CLE & HRCI Credits

An Employer’s Guide to Protecting Its Interests: Covenants not to Compete, Trade Secrets and the Employee Duty of Loyalty will cover: 
  • What employers need to know to establish an enforceable agreement and common employer pitfalls.
  • What qualifies as a trade secret and the protections available under state and federal law.
  • Discussion of the employee duty of loyalty and duties owed by an employer regardless of non-competition agreements and trade secrets.
  • Discussion of enforceability of non-competition agreements.
  • How do you protect your interests as an employer?
  • When can you hire an employee who has non-competition agreements with their previous employer?

Join the webinar on Wednesday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to learn more while earning CLE and HRCI credits.

Fayette County Job Fair
Friday, March 24th
11am – 3pm
Southern State Community College, Washington Court House
OhioMeansJobs Fayette County, a proud partner of the AmericanJob Center Network is pleased to announce its upcoming Spring Job & Training Fair.
Booth space is provided at no charge to your business. Register by March 15th.

Nominations being accepted for Chamber Annual Meeting

2016 Award Winners Weade Realty, Hospice of Fayette County, Miami Trace Local Schools, Practical Wellness, and Jim Gusweiler

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the various award categories it will recognize at the annual luncheon in June. Categories are as follows:
Small Business of the Year
Quality of Life Award (non-profit)
Large Business of the Year
Innovation in Business Award
Business Person of the Year

 Download Nomination Form