Greater Medina Chamber

From The Desk of Dave Mueller, Chairman of the Board

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Tax Form 1099 Repeal - Great for Small Business  

I am sure that every Greater Medina Chamber business owner reading this article probably breathed a collective sigh of relief after the President recently signed a bill repealing the overly burdensome 1099 reporting requirement.

  This additional reporting burden would have been placed on the backs of small business and non-profits as part of last year's health care reform law.  The new law was slated to go into effect January 1st.   

     Without repeal, the law would have created a tremendous paperwork compliance burden for all small business owners.  This now defunct reporting requirement would have meant that every small business owner would have had to file two forms - one with the vendor and the other to the IRS - for almost every business to business transaction involving more than $600 in a calendar year.   

     I find it troubling that the revised Form 1099 requirements were added to the healthcare bill without Congressional hearings, agency advice or public input.  Congress did not hold any public hearings and agencies did not have an opportunity to conduct any analysis to evaluate the impact of enacting this kind of requirements on small business.  According to Representative Jim Renacci, "The IRS has even said it is wary of these regulations because the burden on small business may be disproportionate as compared with .....

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From the Desk of Debra Lynn-Schmitz, President Debra Photo


Last month I discussed Business Advocacy, this month I'll talk about Economic Development. Economic Development is the process that influences growth of an economy and enhances the economic well-being of a community. This is very similar to the Chamber's overall mission. This involves everything from quality of life to infrastructure, workforce, utilities, government, education and the business climate.

Brain Harr, Western Reserve Bank, is the Vice Chair on the Board for this division. Many of you are well acquainted with the Medina County Economic Development Corporation and know that the City of Medina has an Economic Development Director. So, what exactly is it the Chamber does? For the most part, the Chamber is a partner in programs and efforts to retain and attract business. We focus on transportation, zoning concerns, local government regulations, quality of life, and the business climate.

The Board set several goals for our ED Division at retreat this year. Educate, communicate and advocate school funding issues to members and the community; take a leading role in community planning efforts  promote existing and future development efforts; and, retain current local businesses.  

     In many cases, representatives sit on committees, attend workshops and planning sessions. We have collaborated on workforce programs, small business development, entrepreneurship programs and helped individual businesses find the resources and networks they need. This is about our businesses and what tools they need to sustain grow and expand their business. This is about jobs and business success.

     Most of our work in Economic Development is in cooperation or collaboration with other .....(click here for full article)

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Simple techniques to discover fresh concepts and solutions


As an executive, do you walk down the hall of your office, store or factory with your head down, lips sealed and eyes riveted to the floor? If you do, you're creating a barrier that is sending signals that say, "Don't speak to me, I am not approachable, and I don't care about your opinion or ideas. I'm the head honcho; I already know it all." Conversely, if you traverse the halls and byways of your facility with your head up, a smile on your face and making eye contact with those you encounter, you're telling employees, "Talk to me, tell me what you think, suggest how can we do it better."


Nonverbal communications speak volumes about your style of management and how receptive you are to new ideas without worrying about who comes up with them. The best CEOs are the ones who know their people's first names, a little bit about their personal life and their jobs. They also regularly communicate with their associates by asking questions and seeking suggestions. If you don't want to speak to anyone, just don't look at them, and they'll get the message, but you'll run the risk of ignoring that low-hanging fruit that is always there if you just look for it.


Many good ideas come from people who spend their time in the trenches, building the product, dealing with your customers, or listening to their concerns and complaints. The best ways of turning negatives into positives are first understanding the problems and then discovering ...LINK TO FULL ARTICLE

*Article from April 2011 issue of SmartBusiness Magazine


Annual Mini Golf Event

Rinky Dink Family Fun Center

Wednesday, June 1, 2011  <--- new date

5:00pm to 8:00pm

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Annual Golf Outing

Weymouth Country Club

Monday, August 8, 2011

10:00am Shotgun Start

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City of Medina Update 

Economic Development

Handel's Ice Cream was approved on April 14 and will be built this summer.

Cold Stone Creamery was approved on April 14. 


ODOT Update

US Route 224 upcoming closure
Two culverts will be replaced

Homerville (Thursday, April 28, 2011)- US 224 will be closed from just east of SR 301 to just west of the US 224/US 42/SR 241 interchange for 21 days beginning Tuesday, May 3rd. The detours for the closure will be:
        Automobiles:  SR 301 to US 42 (reverse for westbound motorists); 
        Trucks: US 250 to US 42 (reverse for westbound trucks).

This work is part of a $300,000 project to replace culverts on US 224 in Medina County and on SR 301 in Wayne County.  The project is scheduled to be complete in late August, 2011.


Volume 37, Issue 5


May 2011 Edition

Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce

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Chairman's Message
Fresh Concepts & Solutions
New Members
Feature Article
Member News
Article Headline
Safety Council

2011 Board of Directors  

Dave Mueller, BPR/Rico Equipment, Inc., Chairman of the Board

Valerie Rapp, Homestead Insurance, Chair-Elect

Keith Hughes, Dyer, Hughes, Roche & Wilson, Secretary/Treasurer

Mike Baach, Philpott Rubber Company, Past Chair

Chad Wilson, Chad Allan Technology, Vice Chair, Business Advocacy

Brian Harr, Western Reserve Bank, Vice Chair, Economic Development

Michael B. Miller, FirstMerit Bank, Vice Chair, Member Services 


 Jani Davis, Westfield Insurance

Amy Demlow, Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston

Dr. Tim Earley, Medina Vision & Laser Centre

George Hudnutt, The Medina Gazette

Delmar Jones, Jonesy's Classic Cleaners

Coleen Morlock, VCS Salon & Spa

Bob Thompson, Town & Country Co-Op

Mark Williams, Williams On The Lake


Ex-officio Members  

Jim Bigam, Medina Hospital

Jim Conrad, Conrad & Dowdell Productions

Jim Gerspacher, Gerspacher Real Estate Group 

Bert Humpal, Dyer, Hughes, Roche & Wilson 

Ray Seaman, Seaman Financial Services 

Don Simmons, Simmons Brothers Construction


New Members

(as of 4/29/11)


Cleveland Clinic Medina Medical Office Bldg.

970 E. Washington St.

Medina, OH 44256


Jeanne Morris, Kim Edmond

Cleveland Clinic Medina Medical Office Bldg. is part of the Cleveland Clinic providing health are for the Medina community & beyond.



7889 Ryan Road

Seville, OH 44273


Debra Beckstett, Denise Taras

Global Wellness Company


Pilot Signs & Designs, LLC

3045 Nationwide Parkway

Brunswick, OH 44212


Ed Gonzales

Full service custom design & graphics company that produces signs, banners, vehicle wraps, decal, lettering, magnetic & large format digital printing. We guarantee our workmanship.

Sponsor - Bethany Dentler


Stopol Equipment Sales, LLC

1321 Industrial Parkway Ste. 600

Brunswick, OH 44212


John Muzyczka, Alison Majewski, George Posta & Ted Chester

Capital equipment sales, Plastic Injection Molding equipment, new and used sales.


The Growth Coach

1150 Chapman Lane #4

Medina, OH 44256


Michael Rao

Business coaching, Sales mastery - Management & Development  Helping professionals overcome obstacles that impede them from achieving optimal success in business & life.  Joined for networking & business development


Unlimited Fulfillment Services, LLC

620 E. Smith Road Ste. W23

Medina, OH 44256

888-391-4111 X1000

Matthew Dilday, Holly Becht & Brian Jenkins,

Marketing Company

Direct Mail Marketing/Workforce Development/Telemarketing


Western & Southern Life

2585 Old Mill Road

Spencer, OH 44275


Annette Burgess

Life insurance, personal & business, annuities & IRAs.  I work my customers through a review of what they currently have, to insure they are meeting their goals. 

Chamber Staff


Debra Lynn-Schmitz, President

Tina Gienger, Member Services Manager

Karen Whitaker, Administrative Professional

Susan Murawski, Safety Council Administrator

Becky Parkhurst, Accounting Manager

Your Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce is looking for committee members to serve on the Business Development Committee and the Program Committee.  These two committees are responsible for providing speakers for our membership meetings, organizing events and providing training for the membership.  If you would like to get involved with one of these committees, or any committee within the chamber, please contact the chamber office at (330)723-8773.   

Becky ParkhurtsMeet the chamber's newest employee, Becky Parkhurst. 


Hello!  My name is Becky Parkhurst and I am very excited to be a member of The Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce team.  I hail from the "snowbelt", Orwell, a small town in Ashtabula County, but have lived in several places, including Canton and Westlake.  I currently reside in Medina with my husband, Jon, and our two sons, Jake and Nick.  We can truly call Medina our home.


Prior to the accounting position here at the Chamber, I worked at Ernst & Young LLP and at The College of Wooster.  We moved to Medina 8 years ago and were very happy to discover that it is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.  We love being a part of the community and actively participating in all that the city has to offer. 


I look forward to meeting and working with all of the Chamber members.


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     Campaign for Jobs - and something businesses in Ohio have been increasingly vocal about - is regulatory reform. Fortunately, Gov. John Kasich, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and the Ohio Legislature are looking at ways to review and improve Ohio's rule making process.  In order to collect ideas from you for removing barriers to job creation, Lt. Gov. Taylor recently launched a new website and email address for CSI Ohio, the "Common Sense Initiative." CSI Ohio is available online at or via e-mail at  The user-friendly Internet site and e-mail address allow visitors to share common sense solutions and sign-up for periodic updates on the progress of CSI Ohio.  If you have any concerns about specific rules or regulations, please visit CSI Ohio on the web at or submit ideas to CSI Ohio via e-mail at  

     Congratulations to Tina Gienger on her $500 Scholarship to Institute For Organization Management.  We are very proud of Tina and wish her all the best as she continues to grow her chamber career.     

     Medina Creative Housing would like to invite you to a Magical Evening.  Help them "Raise the Roof" for individuals with disabilities.  Plan to travel to the Caribbean Islands with them at Weymouth Country Club right here in Tropical Medina.  Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 6:30 - 10:30pm.  Sponsorship opportunities are available and auction item donations would be greatly appreciated.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Diana Riley at 330-273-8877 or Sharon Biggins at 330-591-4434.  

     Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Ohio, with an average of three deaths each day.  A reported 1,200 Ohioans dies by suicide each year.  The Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention has been formed to educate county residents on local resources to contact for help and increase awareness of suicide risk factors.  Local resources are available 24 hours by contacting:  Alternative Paths, Inc., 246 Northland Drive, Suite 200A, Medina, (330) 725-9195.  For more information about the coalition and its work, you can contact Alternative Paths, Inc. or visit the website at: 

     United Way of Medina County announced that it has awarded more than $20,000 in community impact grants to support health, education and income initiatives in Medina County.  Six local agencies are receiving funds for unfunded programs or expansion projects that will provide impact within the community.  Agencies receiving these additional funds include:  Battered Women's Shelter, Mobile Meals, Medina Creative Housing, Project:LEARN, Summer Reinforcement, and Wadsworth Salvation Army.

     Michael E. Kovack, Medina County Auditor, announced that Medina County has started work on the state-mandated 2013 Sexennial Reappraisal process.  It is important for the general public to know that all the data collectors in the Auditor's Office must wear identification badges and clothing clearly marked "Medina County Auditor's Office".  Vehicles are also marked.  Before collecting information about a property, the data collector will knock on the front door of a property.  No data collector will enter anyone's home unless an appointment has been made.  Two data collectors will always be present on an interior inspection.  Should anyone ever have a question about a data collector, please call the Medina County Auditor's Office for verification at 330-725-9780, 330-225-7100, ext. 9780 or 330-336-6657, ext. 9780.  

     Robert W. Baird, has just celebrated its 10th year anniversary of its Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund with a 5-Star Morningstar rating and the #1 Ranking for its category by Lipper.  Robert W. Baird's Medina Chamber contact is Gary Wright.

     M.C. Real Estate would like to announce the advancement of Matt Marquard to Chief Executive Officer, Brandon Marquard to President and Rick Stallard to Director of Property Management.      

     Did you know that Chamber member businesses and their employees can receive a 20% discount on a membership at the Medina Community Recreation Center (MCRC)?  If you would like more information about the MCRC, visit you will need to get a letter from the Chamber office to be eligible for the discount.  Call the office or send an email to to get your proof of membership letter.

     Lake Road Auto Service has moved to a new location at 1020 Industrial Parkway Unit B, Medina.  They offer complete Auto and truck serivce.  Call them at (330)721-4471. 

     If you missed the April  Business After Business, OfficeMax still has a supply of Retail Connect Cards.  These cards entitle Medina chamber members discount on various services through OfficeMax

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Tuesday, May 17th



11:30am at Weymouth Country Club

Cost:  $12


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Speaker:   Paula Burleson, OSHA Onsite Consulting

Topic:  Compliance Issues on Construction Job Sites


         Top Citations in construction

         OSHA Changes: penalty structure, emphasis programs, new crane standard

         Rescinding of Interim Guidelines for fall protection

         Four focus areas: things to look for on any job site

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May Membership Meeting

Thomas Strauss, President/CEO, Summa Health System and

Dr. John Surso, Summa Health System

Williams on the Lake

11:30am to 1:00pm



Business & Technology Training

Internet Security:  Online Safety

Medina Co. University Center

11:30am to 1:00pm



Medina County Safety Council Meeting

Weymouth Country Club

11:30am to 1:00pm



Networking Wow!

Fox Meadow County Club

7:30am to 9:00am



Medina County Young Professionals May Social

Beef O'Brady's, Wadsworth

5:30pm to 7:30pm



Business & Technology Training

YouTube-Beyond Bloopers and Kittens!

Medina Co. University Center

11:30am to 1:00pm



Business After Business

The Oaks Lakeside Restaurant

5878 Longacre Lane, Chippewa Lake

5:00pm to 7:00pm



Office Closed for Memorial Day

Tina Gienger, Newsletter Editor

Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce 

145 North Court St, Medina, OH  44256

Hours of operation:  Monday-Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Phone:  330-723-8773

Fax:  330-722-6844

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