May 2017

Nominations being accepted for Chamber Annual Meeting

  • Large Business
  • Small Business
  • Innovation Award
  • Quality of Life
  • Business Person of the Year
  • Record Herald Citizen of the Year

Wednesday, June 14th
11:30am-1:00pm, Mahan Building, Fayette Co. Fairgrounds

Tickets $20 each

Free Technical Assistance Course
Finding healthy, drug-free workers is difficult for many companies in our community – in part, due to the fact that job seekers and employees are failing drug tests at a record-setting number. In response, 17 communities throughout Ohio have joined forces to address this problem through the Working Partners® Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative (DFWCI).
THE OPPORTUNITY: A Free Technical Assistance Course
DFWCI is offering, free of charge, a technical assistance course to five companies per community. The outcome of the two-day technical assistance course is that each participating company will be educated and guided through a process to develop (or refine) a state-of-the art and legally sound drug-free workplace (DFWP) policy/program that will:
  1. Save you time and money
  2. Give you systems to attract and keep quality employees
  3. Increase insulation against corporate liability
  4. Provide a roadmap to administer an effective and efficient DFWP policy/program
  5. Position you as a leader in the community — taking action to improve our community’s employable workforce
Topics covered in this graduate-level course include drug trends impacting the workforce and workplace, legal issues impacting a DFWP program (e.g., Ohio’s marijuana law, ADA, DOT, OSHA), and best practices of operationalizing a policy/program.
THE DATES:                        
May 30th & June 13th
9am – 4pm
Center for Economic Opportunity, 101 E. East Street

New Chamber Members

South Central Ohio Big Brothers Big Sisters
173 W. Second Street
Chillicothe OH 45601
BWC Board of Directors Approves 3rd Billion 
Back to Ohio Employers 
Last Friday, April 28, 2017, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors approved the return of more than $1 billion dollars to Ohio’s private and public employers, the third rebate in four years. The one-time rebate of approximately $967 million to private employers and $133 million to public employer taxing districts is expected to be dispersed by July to more than 200,000 employers in the state. Most rebates will equal 66% of premium for the policy year ending June 30, 2016 for private employers and December 31, 2015 for public employers.
BWC also introduced three safety and health initiatives for improving the safety, health and wellbeing of Ohio’s workforce:
1. Health and Wellness Program (HWP)
2. Extension of funding for the Safety Intervention Grants Program
3. Safety Campaigns related to injuries caused by slips, trips and falls, overexertions and motor vehicle accidents.
For more information about the safety and health initiatives, click here. To review the specifics of the Third Billion Back proposal and the eligibility requirements, click here. To read the BWC’s press release, click here.
Since the additional billion back is tied to premium already paid, we would like to remind you that alternative rating programs still present a tremendous savings benefit for your organization. Do not forget to enroll for the upcoming 2018 policy year by the deadlines.
Public Employers
* Group Rating – May 31, 2017
* Group Retrospective Rating, Deductible, Individual Retrospective Rating, One
  Claim Program – July 31, 2017

* Destination Excellence Programs – November 30, 2017

Private Employers
* Group Rating
* Group Retrospective Rating, Deductible, Individual Retrospective Rating, One
* Destination Excellence Programs – May 31, 2018
If you should have any questions related to the BWC rebate or enrollment into the alternative rating programs for policy year 2018, please feel free to contact the Customer Support Unit at (800) 825-6755, option 3.

New business owner?

Thinking of starting a business?

Just want a refresher?

Don’t miss Business 101.

Melissa Carter of The OSU Business Development Network will lead the course that covers the following topics:

– Record keeping         – Cash flow management

– Online marketing      – Hiring and firing

Pick the date that works best for you:

1. Wednesday, May 24th      

11:30am -1:00pm

Center for Economic Opportunity

2.  Tuesday, July 11th 

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Center for Economic Opportunity

Click to Enroll


Free Workout Saturdays @ Anytime Fitness
13th- Reservoir Obstacle Course @ Fayette Co. Family YMCA
17th- Business After Hours by WVNU & Jason Langley Realty & Auctioneers
          LaFayette Room – 133 S. Main Street (Jason Langley Realty)
20th- Family Color/Run Walk @ Fayette Co. Family YMCA