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July 29, 2014           A Newsletter with events, resources & information for the benefit of our members.  


Email Marketing for Success: Newsletters

& Announcements


August 21, 12-1 pm

Bryan Center A&B


Please join us for a very informative presentation on email marketing programs with Carlos Scarpero, an expert representing the Constant Contact email marketing program that is also part of the Chamber benefits program.


SOCAHere are a few of the benefits YS Chamber membership.  There are many more here
Discounts on car rentals and fleet maintenance.
Discounts on rental & employment screening
Print/Copy Services 
Color .35 members
         .40 nonmembers
B&W  .10 members
         .15 nonmembers
Marketing Plan members get an additional discount.
Discounts for large orders.
Email your documents and tell us the quantity, paper
& type of copies you need.   It's convenient and environmentally-friendly to shop local!  Get high quality, inexpensive copies plus printing, scanning and fax services in the heart of Yellow Springs.
Safety Corner
Step 6 Safety and Health Process Coordination and Employer Education

Each company will be required by the new rules to appoint an individual, as the company Safety Coordinator.



Chamber Board
Lisa Goldberg, President
Susan Miller, Vice President
Roger Reynolds, Treasurer
Sheila Pallotta, Secretary
Anita Brown
Jeannamarie Cox Peifer
Randy Gifford
Sherryl Kostic
Molly Lunde
Craig Mesure
Ann Simonson
Ex-Officio Members
Mario Basora, YS Schools
Dave Boyer, WPAFB/CR
Nick Gaskins, YSAC
Rick Pridemore, GCCC
Elise Click, Past President
Chamber Staff
Karen Wintrow, Exec Dir  
Holly Simpson, Events
Susan Gartner, Calendar 
Nancy Mellon, Weekend Staff
Alex Scott, Weekend Staff
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Beware of Award Scams


We received an inquiry this morning from a member asking about the validity of an email he received stating the following "Hudson Sculpture has been selected for the 2014 Best of Yellow Springs Awards for Sculptor's Studio." This email connected to an official looking website for "Yellow Springs Award Program, Recognizing and honoring the best in business."  Further exploration shows that you must pay for your own award. 

This effort is an absolute scam! There is no connection to the Chamber, Village or any other local organization. I've received other inquiries about similar "awards". Please note that  any award that you are required to purchase is clearly not an award at all but is a ploy to prey on unsuspecting business owners.  Click here to see just how sophisticated this scam is.


If you receive anything similar or have questions about any inquiries you receive, please give us a call or forward the email so that we can give you an opinion of the validity. This is the last thing any of our businesses need to be wasting time and money on.


Website Statistics Support Value of Chamber Membership


We told you last time about our new websites and we've gotten some great feedback. If you haven't seen them, the Member/Business site is www.yschamber.org and the Visitor site is www.yellowspringsohio.org.

We can also report on our first month of statistics from Google Analytics. A thumbnail summary, we had 18,000 visits and 64,000 page views between June 20 & July 20. Impressive when you consider that this didn't include the very busy  Street Fair period. For a view of the entire report, click here.


We understand someone is visiting our local businesses suggesting that they can create a community website that will be of greater benefit  to your business than the Chamber site.  YellowSpringsOhio.org is the number one site in the community and is the first site that pops up in a web search for Yellow Springs. Being part of a website that is  as dynamic as ours ensures that you have the opportunity to get the attention of those visitors.


More importantly, folks visiting the website are typically looking for the overall Yellow Springs Experience, as opposed to looking for specific location information. As a Chamber member you are supporting our efforts to market Yellow Springs as a destination which ultimately is one of your most beneficial and cost-effective investments. 


So before signing up for a new website with someone from out of town, call us to find out how we can help you for a much smaller investment. To learn more about the Marketing Plan, please contact Holly or Karen via email or at 767.2686.


 2% BWC Premium Rebate 


As a member of the YS Chamber, you are eligible to join the Greene County Safety Council, a partnership of local businesses co-sponsored by the Xenia Chamber and the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Comp. As a member, you will create a safer work environment for your employees and save money on your BWC premiums. Membership rates are low, free for businesses with less than 25 employees. You can join anytime, but to receive your 2% Premium Rebate for the current year, your enrollment must be processed no later than July 31. One of our members took advantage of this program earlier today. Click here to learn more.

Member News 

Welcome New Members

Simon Kenton Inn - 15 room B&B in Springfield


Thanks for Renewing

Yellow Springs Country B&B, Elizabeth's Overnight, Spirited Goat Coffee House, Thinker Academy, Village of Clifton, E-Health Data Solutions, Chamber Music Yellow Springs, Craig T. Matthews & Assoc. LPA, Jennifer's Touch, Kismet, Clark State Community College, Sunflower Cottage, House of Ravenwood


Join the Chamber                      

Learn more about the benefits of Chamber Membership.  Join or renew electronically.

 Business Education & Events   

Click on underlined words to learn more about these events. 


Greene County Career Center Adult Workforce Education
Various classes and times; 2960 W. Enon Rd., Xenia, OH
Meeting the needs of business and individuals in workforce training and certification.

Clark State Community College

Workforce Training

Professional Supervisor Training 

Emergency Management & Planning Services

Various classes, times and locations; (937) 328.6062

Professional development classes to help you rise to the top


Wright State University SBDC Workshops 

Various Times; Various Locations.  Register online.

A series of classes for anyone starting a new business including start-up basics and writing a business plan. Other specialized classes are also available.


Dayton SCORE Small Business Success Workshops

Various Times; Various Locations

Three tracks of proven curriculum designed to empower businesses to succeed in today's dynamic business environment.  Information and services valuable to start up business or one looking for new ideas to improve. Mentoring services and workshops are free or minimal cost. 


Secondhand Home Project

Various times; Visit website for location

A series of workshops during the construction of an Earthship home in Cedarville. Learn about the use of recycled materials in new home construction. Or simply stop by to visit.


 October Applications Now Open. Click Here.