Greater Medina Chamber

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


The Meaning of Fourth of July


     The Fourth of July is a great holiday honoring our great nation. This is perhaps, the most celebrated family holiday other than Thanksgiving and Christmas and that's appropriate because the Fourth of July is all about our families. It's a day of national celebration, a day for remembrance, a day of picnics with family and friends, and usually ends with an evening of fireworks.   The fireworks, however, are but a symbol of the meaning behind the Fourth of July celebration.  A symbol of the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British Royal Navy ships in the Chesapeake Bay.     

     Despite the symbolism, the meaning behind the Fourth of July came about as the result of the valiant efforts and strong commitment of our American forefathers 235 years ago. Our nation declared its independence in order for our families to live free - not just for one generation but for all future generations. 

     The American colonies became the United States of America because of determination, self-discipline and most of all, the dreams of our forefathers.  Our desire for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not a coined phrase, but a day-to-day philosophy celebrating free-expression, freedom of religion,....FULL ARTICLE INSIDE

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


     The Chamber is, as usual, busy. One of our biggest new projects is a partnership with Medina City Schools. Westfield Insurance has stepped up as the primary sponsor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy or YEA, has you will hear us refer to the program. This new program will bring up to 24 high school students together so that each of them can create a real business during the 2011- 2012 school year. Without going into too much detail now, this program will bring business to an afterschool program in a way we have never experienced before. We are still looking for sponsors, instructors, mentors and speakers for this program. You may even have a student that has a great idea or a strong interest in starting a business. Watch for more details over the next month.

Another new program in which the Chamber is participating is an entrepreneur program administered through Kimberly Rice the Economic Development Director with the City of Medina. Last year the City received a grant to administer a training program for entrepreneurs. This program will bring a nine-week class to the Medina County University Center (MCUC) to teach entrepreneurs how to write and execute a business...FULL ARTICLE INSIDE

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Annual Golf Outing

Weymouth Country Club

Monday, August 8, 2011

10:00am Shotgun Start

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"Medina Chamber Tailgates Local Business"

Business Expo to showcase your business 

Fall date TBA

Check back with us soon for more details. 

Volume 37, Issue 7


July 2011 Edition

Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce

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Chairman's Message
President's Message
New Members
Calendar of Events
City of Medina Update
Medina Co. Safety Council
Member News

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 6/24/11)


PSE Credit Union, Inc.

5255 Regency Dr.

Parma, OH  44129

Ron Webster, Maguerite Nagy, Tabitha Baszynski


PSE Credit Union is a full financial institution serving all those who work, live, worship or attend school in Cuyahoga and Medina Counties. 


Chamber Staff


Debra Lynn-Schmitz, President

Tina Gienger, Member Services Manager

Karen Whitaker, Administrative Professional

Susan Murawski, Safety Council Administrator

Becky Parkhurst, Accounting Manager


Image Builders Marketing is beginning advertising sales for the 2011-12 Annual Medina Area Magazine and Community Guide. This full color comprehensive community guide has become a much anticipated reference guide that captures all of Medina's charm and friendly hometown atmosphere.

For more information see attached letter and flyer.

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Young Professionals Social

  Marie's Italian Restaurant, Wadsworth

5:30pm to 7:30pm



Medina County Safety Council Meeting

OSHA Onsite Resources & Services

Weymouth Country Club

11:30am to 1:00pm



Networking WOW!

Fox Meadows Country Club 

7:30am to 9:00am



Business After Business

Pat O'Brien Chevrolet

3880 Pearl Rd, Medina

5:00pm to 7:00pm



Annual Golf Event

Weymouth Country Club

10:00am Tee Off

4:30pm Dinner

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 

Please be advised of the following Road Closure in the City of Medina:


Closure Period:              

 Start:     8:00 AM on Monday, June 27, 2011

 End:      5:00 PM on Friday, July 15, 2011


Street:  Roshon Drive in the City of Medina, Ohio


Closure Limits:  The closure will be between Andrews Rd. and E. Washington St. (SR 18)



o   This closure is necessary to allow the emergency replacement of a collapsed culvert that crosses Roshon Drive approximately 270 feet north of E. Washington (SR 18).

o   The closure will apply to all both vehicular and pedestrian traffic; no traffic will be permitted to cross the construction zone at any time.

o   Access to homes within the closure limits will be available at all times as follows:

o   Access to the two homes on Roshon located at the intersection of E. Washington (specifically 835 E. Washington Street and 110 Roshon Drive) will be permitted from E. Washington only.

o    Access to all other homes within the closure limits will be available from Andrews Road . 

o   Barricades and traffic detours will be set up and maintained throughout the closure period.


We apologize for this inconvenience. Thank you for your cooperation, please feel free to contact the City of Medina (330) 722-9081 with any questions or comments.



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Now is the time to join the 175+ members of the Medina Safety Council for education, networking and a rebate on your workers compensation premiums. 

Employers not enrolled in a group experience rating program can get a 2% participation rebate on their premium with active participation in the Medina Safety Council plus they can earn an additional 2% performance bonus rebate.


Group experience rating employers who meet program eligibility requirements in the Medina Safety Council can earn a 2% performance bonus rebate. 

Click here for complete details


You MUST join the Medina Safety Council by July 31, 2011 to participate in the rebate program.  For more information, please contact Susan Murawski at the Medina County Safety Council 330-591-9281


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     In preparation for your July 4th weekend travels, be sure to check for road closures and delays on the ODOT Construction Update.      

     Medina County Economic Developmental Corporation is looking for nominations for their 8th Annual Medina County Business Awards.  All nominations must be received by 5:00pm, August 5, 2011.  Categories will be:  Entrepreneur of the Year, Capital Investment, Small Business Enterprise, Business Growth, Green Leader, Corporate Citizen of the Year-Company, and Corporate Citizen of the Year-Individual.  A nomination form can be downloaded from their website at   

     Look for Sinful Sweets at the next Medina Farmer's Market.  The Farmers' Market is running every Saturday through the summer.  Sinful Sweets was also featured in the June 9 edition of Mimi Vanderhaven Medina/Akron newspaper.  Congratulations!  

     Applications for the 36th Annual Twin Sizzler, presented by Medina Hospital, are available at the American Red Cross of Medina County office, 780 E. Smith Rd, Medina.  This event will be held on July 4, 2011.  This annual event will include a 5K Run, a 10K Run, a 27-mile Bike Race, a 1-mile Fun Run and a 5K Walk.  There's something for everyone!    

     The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities is conducting an online community feedback survey.  Can you please take 5 minutes out of your day and give them your two cents.

     Anticipating the Medina Bicentennial in 2018, the City of Medina, the Medina City Cemetery Commission, the Friends of the Cemetery and Main Street Medina have begin a project to restore the Old Town Graveyard on E. Liberty Street at Jefferson St. Old Town Graveyard was established in 1825 and is the burying ground for Medina's village fathers and earliest settlers. 

     The finance Fund, a state nonprofit financial organization, recently presented the 2010 Community Champion Award to Medina Creative Housing at its annual reception.  The award is presented annually to individuals and organizations who have exhibited extraordinary service to their community, specifically to the not served or underserved low-income population in Ohio.        

     Westfield Insurance has partnered with ReEmployAbility, Inc. on an innovative program that benefits community service organizations, while helping Westfield customers assist their injured employees in recovering from their work injuries and returning to work.  WesWorkssm, a program customized and managed by ReEmployAbility for Westfield, offers injured workers who are unable to return to their normal job duties the option to earn pay while volunteering time and service to American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, United Way, YMCA, community food banks and many more nonprofit agencies.     

     Main Street Medina is still seeking artists and crafters, and vendors of fair trade or cultural/ethnic/international items for the 3rd Medina International Fest, set for Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 9am to 7pm. The event is presented by Main Street Medina and sponsored by Medina Hospital. Organizers anticipate over 20,000 attendees for this one day affair.
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       

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The Greater Medina Chamber would like to thank all our sponsors for their generous sponsorships and donation to the Annual

Miniature Golf Classic


Corporate Sponsor

Akron Children's Hospital


Course Sponsors

ABC Senior Services

Frontier Communications

Kinas Cleaning Concepts, LLC

The Hoffman Group


Scorecard Sponsors

Conrad & Dowdell Productions, Inc.

FirstMerit Bank

Marie's Cafe

RCO Sales

Seaman Financial Services

Warner Communications, Ltd.

Wichert Insurance


Dinner Sponsors

Eat'n Park Restaurant

Geppetto's Pizza & Ribs

Gordon Food Service Marketplace

 Sandridge Food Corp.

Yours Truly Restaurant


Beverage Sponsors

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar



Ice Donations

Best Western Medina Inn

Blue Heron Banquet & Conference Center

Williams on the Lake


Door Prize Sponsors

Akron Aeros

AMF Medina Lanes

VCS Salon & Spa


Hole & Tee Sponsors 

620 Corporation

C. Martin Trucking 

Clear Channel Outdoor

Doors & More Co.

First American Title

Homestead Insurance Agency

Integrity Staffing Services

Kramer & Goyette, DDS


Medina Glass Company

Minuteman Press

Reinhardt Supply Co.

South Of The Square Collision Center

The Growth Coach

Trinity Rose Foundation

V.I.P. Travel

VCS Salon & Spa

Stubbendieck Chiropractic & Rehab Center

Western Reserve Bank 



Fran Seaman, Co-Chair

Megan Gadke, Co-Chair

Nancy Hassler

Roger Hassler

Ray Seaman

Jennifer Smith


Tina Gienger, Newsletter Editor

Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce 

145 North Court St, Medina, OH  44256

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Phone:  330-723-8773

Fax:  330-722-6844

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