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SHRM-Medina County is an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management. SHRM-Medina County is committed to serving the needs of HR professionals in the area, whether they perform HR functions or provide HR-related services. By joining our local SHRM affiliated chapter, you will have access to: 

  • HR professionals and companies in your community
  • Local professional development opportunities to improve your HR competencies and advance yourself professionally
  • Up-to-date information on pending federal and state legislation that may impact your company's operations
  • HR generalists and specialists who provide information that might otherwise be difficult and/or expensive to obtain
  • Detailed, updated information on state and local labor market conditions and issues
  • The opportunity to obtain PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification credits for attending chapter programming that qualifies for HR Certification Institute credits
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If you are a Global SHRM member, please consider making SHRM-Medina County your primary chapter.  Global members who designate SHRM-Medina County as their primary chapter receive a 10% discount on chapter membership! 


On behalf of the SHRM--Medina County chapter, we hope you consider joining our chapter.  Membership and active participation from the membership will continue to make our organization strong and viable to you as a resource. 


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From The Desk of Dave Mueller, Chairman of the BoardDave Mueller Picture


Lessons from Private Industry


     Earlier this month I had the opportunity to join a few of my fellow Chamber Board Members and attend the Ohio Chambers Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.  This meeting brought together members of the Ohio General Assembly and many of Ohio's most active business leaders.  One of the highlights was the keynote speaker, the President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally.  

     Mr. Mulally, and Ford Motor Company, have a very compelling story to tell of late.  Mulally detailed a phone call he received from Bill Ford, Jr, the great grandson of Henry Ford while he was working as the CEO of Boeing.   Bill Ford said, "We're in really tough shape and we need your help.  Would you consider coming to Ford?"  When Mulally accepted the job, Ford was projected to lose $17B in 2006.    

     The financial position of Ford back in 2006 is not too much different than the fiscal positions of our state ($8.5B deficit) and the federal government today.  Both have chalked up huge deficits that are not sustainable.  Like our government, Ford was living beyond their means.  The good news is that...FULL ARTICLE INSIDE

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Member Services is the third division of the Chamber. You are already familiar with many of the events and programs but there is a lot more to member services. Tina Gienger is our Member Services Manager. She manages all of our member meetings, Business after Business, Mini-Golf, Networking WOW, Technology Series and Golf Outing. She also helps with special programs and services in addition to our newsletter and e-links. She would be happy to discuss sponsorships and any ideas you may have.

The Chamber sponsors Legislative Updates and, occasionally, meetings for special segments of the membership such as the Smith Lake Improvement Project meeting for our manufacturing members. We sponsor focus groups and new member orientations and offer special training and educational programs. We manage the administrative activities for the Young Professionals Association. 

     It is challenging to determine what will have a broad appeal and where we need to offer specialized programs for segments of the membership such as owners, managers or employees. We utilize our members' expertise and seek outside experts when necessary. Just as I discussed in the Economic Development and Business Advocacy divisions the past two months we do many things in cooperation or collaboration with other....FULL ARTICLE INSIDE


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Monday, August 8, 2011

10:00am Shotgun Start

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"Medina Chamber Tailgates Local Business"

Business Expo to showcase your business 

October date TBA

Check back with us soon for more details. 

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The Big Four of Social Media: How to Communicate for Maximum Impact

Facebook: Content Is the Key

   Understand how it works: The Facebook news feed is algorithm-driven. The default news feed contains content sent out based on what Facebook thinks each individual will like. This is based on their interactions with your business Facebook page in the past and interactions by your fans or friends with your content. If you're not engaged with your fans, then your fans won't see your wall posts or status updates.   


   Identify key indicators of your target audience: Facebook ads rely on both keywords and a variety of demographic information. Use this information to further micro-target your advertising buy, narrow the net you are throwing in the online marketplace and increase the return on your investment....FULL ARTICLE INSIDE

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Volume 37, Issue 6


June 2011 Edition

Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce

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Member Spotlight
Chairman's Message
President's Message
Feature Article
New Members
Feature Article
Member News
Medina Co. Safety Council
Calendar of Events

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 5/27/11)


Battered Women's Shelter

120 W. Washington St.

Suite 3E1

Medina, OH 44256


Dana Zedak, Terri Heckman

Non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence.



3622 Ridge Road

Medina, OH 44256


Kenny Bevins

Information technology company focused on Managed Services & Technology Solutions.  Help desk support, Network engineering, Workstation and Server support.


Consumers Gas Cooperative
298 Tracy Bridge Road
Orrville, OH 44667
John Frank
Natural gas cooperative providing gas service to residential & commercial customers.


ETHODE Web Design

526 N. Harmony St.

Medina, OH 44256


Joshua Holmes

Web hosting & Development


Heritage Home Healthcare of Medina

124 N. Court St.

Medina, OH 44256


Bryan Zurawski

Non-medical home healthcare services including personal care, errand running, meal preparation, light housekeeping, etc.


Salvation Army Medina Corp

425 W. Liberty St.

P. O. Box 1499

Medina, OH 44258


Susan Rooy Harr

The Salvation Army is a religious & social service organization. We provide Women's & Men's clubs, bread distribution, Project Munch, social services assistance, Kids Clubs, after school learning center, day camp & worship services.

Sponsor - Brian Harr


Taylor's Diner

700 W. Liberty St.

Medina, OH 44256


Paula Ross, T.C. Biggs

Famiy Restaurant, Diner Style


Telcom Construction Services, Inc.

5067 Paramount Blvd.

Medina, OH 44256


Joseph Anello, Jr., Stephanie Coon

General Contractor Commercial work


Chamber Staff


Debra Lynn-Schmitz, President

Tina Gienger, Member Services Manager

Karen Whitaker, Administrative Professional

Susan Murawski, Safety Council Administrator

Becky Parkhurst, Accounting Manager

Candidate Academy

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The Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce will be presenting a Candidate Academy on three separate dates in June.  June 1, June 15 and June 29.  Each session will have unique speakers and will cover specific topics.   

  • Wednesday, June 1 will cover "The Legislative Process" and "The Campaign Process".
  • Wednesday, June 15 will cover "Ethics & Integrity" and "Governance Roles & Responsibilities".
  • Wednesday, June 29 will cover "Finance" and "Communication & Public Relations". 

The cost to participate will be $20 per date or you can attend all three dates for $50.  All three sessions will be held at the Medina County University Center, 6300 Technology Lane, Medina, OH  44256 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:15 P.M.  To register for these sessions please call the Medina Chamber office at (330)723-8773 or you can register online at using the event calendar. 


This series is sponsored by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland State University Center for Leadership Development, Leadership Medina County and Medina County Chambers of Commerce. 

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.   

City of Medina Update 

Economic Development


Main Street Cupcakes will be opening their newest location in early June off the square. 

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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   

     Medina Hospital is pleased to announce that Catherine Sheridan, M.D., Family Medicine has joined the medical staff. 

     Medina County Auditor Michael E. Kovack would like to remind residents that the deadline to apply for a Homestead Exemption on property taxes is June 6.  The Homestead Exemption Act provides a reduction in property taxes to any resident 65 or older or disabled citizen, regardless of income. The exemption can only be used on the individual's primary residence.

     Dorman Farrell has announced the area nonprofit organizations which will benefit from their annual golf outing.  The organizations will be Medina Creative Housing, The Children's Center of Medina County, Project: LEARN of Medina County and Michelle's Leading Star Foundation.  

     Gerspacher Real Estate Group has moved its offices from 113 West Liberty Street to 5164 Normandy Park Drive, Suite 285, Medina OH 44256. Their phone, fax and email addresses will not change.  Please plan to visit them at their new offices

     Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse Co. , L.P.A. is pleased to announce that MEGAN A. ROSENBERG has joined the law firm as an associate attorney in the practice areas of domestic relations and litigation. Rosenberg is a graduate of Stephens College and the University of Akron Law School and enjoys theater and the performing arts.

     Emeritus celebrates dads with a "Father Knows Best" facebook contest.  Visit their website for contest detals.   Two winners will receive a $200 gift certificate and 8 runner-ups will receive a $100 gift card.  


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The Medina County Safety Council invites you to join the 

BREAKFAST SEMINAR  "Trucks and Truck safety"


Wednesday, June 8 from 8:30am - 11:30am at Weymouth Country Club


Speakers will be:  Sgt. Eli Rivera, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Massillon Post and Mark Spencer, YRC Roadway


Sgt. Rivera's presentation includes Ohio Revised Code and Trucks under 26,000 pounds CDL laws, inspections, pre & post trip, hauling, brakes etc.

Roadway will be providing the commercial motor vehicle for the "hands on" portion of this seminar

Sgt. Rivera has over 20 years of experience and is the Commercial Enforcement Coordinator for the eight county area. 


Cost: $12  (includes breakfast & seminar) vouchers accepted  RSVP's are required 

Attendance at this seminar qualifies for one meeting credit if you are a Medina Safety Council member or one external training credit for other employers in the rebate program.  This seminar is open to all companies not just Medina Safety Council members.




Employers not enrolled in a group-experience-rating program can get a 2-percent participation rebate on their premium. To earn this rebate, employers must meet program eligibility requirements in the Medina Safety Council, one of 81 BWC-sponsored safety councils.* In addition, they can earn an additional 2-percent performance bonus rebate. To earn this performance bonus, employers must reduce either the severity or frequency of injuries in their workplace by 10 percent or maintain both at zero.


For full details review the attached flyer. 

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Annual Mini Golf Event

Rinky Dink Family Fun Center

5:00pm to 8:00pm



Candidate Academy

Medina County University Center

6:00pm to 9:15pm



June Membership Meeting

Andy Doehrel, President/CEO, Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Williams on the Lake

11:30am to 1:00pm



Safety Seminar

"Trucks and Truck Safety"

Weymouth Country Club

8:30am to 11:30am



Networking WOW!

Fox Meadows Country Club

7:30am to 9:00am



Candidate Academy

Medina County University Center

6:00pm to 9:15pm



Young Professionals Annual Golf Outing

Shale Creek Golf Course

10:00am Shot-gun start



Medina County Safety Council Meeting

"Coping with Heat Stress"

Weymouth Country Club

11:30am to 1:00pm



Business After Business

Geppetto's/ Johnny Malloy's

1038 N.Court St, Medina

5:00pm to 7:00pm



Candidate Academy

Medina County University Center

6:00pm to 9:15pm

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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