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May 1, 2015           A Newsletter with events, resources & information for the benefit of our members.  

Wright Patterson AFB Thursday, May 21  

7:30 am - 2:00 pm


Join us for this very special tour of this important installation. 

We will visit several sites and enjoy lunch on base with deployed airmen. Please join us for this great event.  



Click here for the full itinerary and to register.


Chamber Board
Anita Brown, President
Susan Miller, Vice President
Sheila Pallotta, Treasurer
Craig Mesure, Secretary
Jeannamarie Cox Peifer
Randy Gifford
Bruce Grimes
Sherryl Kostic
Krystal Luketic
Molly Lunde
Ann Simonson
Ex-Officio Members
Mario Basora, YS Schools
Dave Boyer, WPAFB
Nick Gaskins, YSAC
Lisa Goldberg, Past President
Chamber Staff
Karen Wintrow, Exec Dir
Alex Scott, Admin Asst.  
Susan Gartner, Calendar 
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 Village Infrastructure Projects   

The construction season has started and you will begin to see work happening on the Village infrastructure.

The first project is the Waterline Loop Completion that began on April 28 with sawcutting on the 100 block of Corry St. This project involves upgrading the water line from Corry to Livermore to Herman St. and then to the water tower. Downtown construction will be done before Street Fair and the entire project should be complete by late July. There will be some street closures, such as when the line crosses Rt. 68 but crews will be working to minimize disruption to the businesses. Parking will also be restricted on Corry St during the duration of that part of the project.

Next on the agenda is the streetscape on the west side of Xenia Avenue from Corry St. to Short St. that is scheduled to start near the end of June. Again, work will be coordinated with merchants and everything possible will be done to minimize disruption.

Not directly impacting downtown merchants but adding to our already great amenities is an expansion and upgrade to the skate park. Grindline will be installing several new poured in place concrete features in the park including the following: Quarter Pipe, A-Frame Pyramid with Hand Rail, Wedge Gap, Manual Pad & Ledge Combo, Skate able bench, Quarter Pipe with Hip.

If you have any questions about any of these projects, please contact the Village offices. Ruthe Ann Lillich can be reached at 767-3402 or via email.

 Prepare for Prospective Billing


As you may be aware, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is switching to prospective billing July 1 for private employers. That means the workers' compensation premium policy period is moving from a six-month period to a full fiscal year; it will run from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.


Public employers, who will transition to prospective billing Jan. 1, 2016, will remain on a calendar year policy period.


As part of the prospective billing implementation, enrollment is currently underway for private employers to sign up for several of the Destination: Excellence programs. Destination: Excellence is a bundle of programs BWC offers that help businesses improve workplace safety, enhance injured worker care and save money on workers' compensation costs.


Private employers may sign up with BWC between now and May 29 for these programs: Industry-Specific Safety Program, a 3 percent premium rebate for completing loss-prevention activities; Drug-Free Safety Program, a 4 or 7 percent premium rebate for incorporating an alcohol and drug testing and education program; Transitional Work Bonus Program, up to a 10 percent premium rebate for successfully returning an injured worker released with restrictions back to work.


BWC's new Destination: Excellence brochure includes more details about the programs and enrollment deadlines.


Coming soon ... in late May, BWC will mail all private employers a notice of estimated annual premium, like this sample. This notice will be based on your reported payroll for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. It is not a bill, but please review it for accuracy and contact BWC if you feel something is incorrect.


Additional information on prospective billing, including timelines, frequently asked questions and key dates to remember, are available at bwc.ohio.gov.


Member News 

Welcome New Members

MediGold - Not for profit Medicare advantage plan 

Edward Jones Investments - Advisor Mike Candida   


Thanks for Renewing

Alma Clinic, Central Chapel A.M.E, Chris K Group/Remax Victory, Dayton City Paper, Dianne Collinson Ceramics, Electric Service Company, Lions Club of Y.S., Lucky Dragon, Miami Valley Pottery, Morris Bean & Company, Nina Carina LLC, Dan Phibbs, Rumpke Waste Removal & Recycling, Speedway YS, Yellow Springs OB/GYN 


Learn more about the benefits of Chamber Membership.

Click here to join or renew electronically.

Business Education & Events


Greene County Career Center Workforce Education

Various classes and times; 2960 W. Enon Rd., Xenia, OH

Meeting the needs of business and individuals in workforce training and certification. Adult classes.


Clark State Community College Workforce Training

Various classes, times and locations; (937) 431.7164

Professional development classes and individualized programs to help your employees and company rise to the top

Personal Development Day

May 28, 8-11:30 & 1-4:30

Communicating with Colleagues & Coworkers in the morning and Critical Thinking & Problem Solving in the afternoon. Email Gary Kuhn for more information.

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

A variety of free and fee-based business courses to meet your needs and challenges. 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. 


Dayton SCORE Non-Profit Initiative

Various Times; Various Locations

An assessment tool, workshops and mentoring to improve the operations of non-profit organizations.