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June 3, 2015           A Newsletter with events, resources & information for the benefit of our members.  

Yellow Springs Street Fair Oct. 13 2012

We Need Your Help!
We are in need of volunteers for Street Fair for every shift from 6 am until 7 pm. There are many jobs available including directing vendors or working at one of the information booths. Contact Alex Scott at 767-2686 or via email if you're available. All volunteers get a super cool Street Fair t-shirt, either a cup of coffee from Dino's Cappuccino's or a beer from the Beer Garden and the undying appreciation of the entire staff and board of the YS Chamber. 
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, Event Coordinator   
Susan Gartner, Calendar 
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 Tourism is a Critical Economic Driver    

A report was recently released from the State of Ohio with tourism industry highlights showing statistics for 2014 and percentage of increase from 2013:
  • Ohio saw an estimated 200 million visits (+2.8%)
  • 38 million overnight visits in Ohio (+2.6%)
  • Overnight visitors outspend day trip visitors 3:1 - $112 for day trips vs. $341 for overnight trips. 
  • Direct visitor spending totaled $31 billion (+4.6%)
  • The multiplier effect of visitor spending generated approximately $40 billion in sales (+4.7%)
  • Tourism supported about 412,000 Ohio jobs (+1.8%)

How does tourism impact our members? Those that are involved in retail, hospitality, art, culture and recreation would say that it is absolutely necessary for the health of their businesses and organizations. One local merchant recently commented that over half of her business comes from outside Yellow Springs primarily in the region around Columbus and Cincinnati.   


But all of our businesses and the entire community benefit from tourism either directly or indirectly. It starts with the multiplier effect of local businesses involved in tourism purchasing goods and services from other businesses such as when a tourism business uses a local accountant to do their taxes or hires a local contractor to paint their building.


Think of the non-profit organizations that thrive because of the support of tourism dollars from outside the community including Glen Helen, Little Art Theatre, YS Arts Council and John Bryan Community Pottery to name just a few. Or the Boy Scouts and PTO who use visitor parking at Street Fair as a primary fundraiser.  


Tax revenues generated by the tourism industry benefit the community including income tax paid by employees, property tax paid by the building owner and sales tax paid by retail and some service businesses. It is that sales tax that provides money to the Local Government Fund that is the main source of State and County revenue to the Village. And income and property taxes make up nearly 95% of Village revenues.  


But even more important are the intangibles. Visitors are attracted to a destination with an authentic sense of place that offers a new and exciting experience and brings a feeling of joy and satisfaction. Those same attributes attract people to live and work in our community.  


Visitors, residents and employees alike are enhanced by the same richness of experience when they hike in Glen Helen, ride the bike trail, see a movie at the Little Art, explore downtown, enjoy the public art or simply sit on a bench and relax.   


So the next time you're frustrated because you can't find a parking place downtown on a beautiful Saturday afternoon or there are cars parked in front of your house on Street Fair, remember that those visitors are critical to the success of our local businesses. And when you see a stranger downtown, smile. say hello and make them feel welcome. Chances are they'll return and spend even more money to the benefit of the entire community. 

 Infrastructure Updates     

Happily, the Waterline Loop Completion project has gone extremely well is ahead of schedule and will be complete in 2 more weeks. The Herman Street section,  100 block of Corry and Livermore are all complete and at some phase of restoration. Completion of the North College section is expected next week followed by the Corry Street section from campus to Glen Street.

The Xenia Avenue Streetscape bid has been issued and we will open bids on June 8th with hopes for legislation to move forward on June 15th. The project is expected to start around July 20th. A meeting has been held with the downtown businesses and Village staff will continue to keep the lines of communication open.

The Sk8 Park improvements have been completed thanks to the great work and collaboration of Village staff, the Public Arts Commission, CT Consulting and Grindline Skateparks. The official launch of the new park will happen on Street Fair day from noon until 5.

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.

Member News 

Welcome New Members

dōTERRA Wellness Advocate Angela Reagan  

Yellow Springs Family Dental


Thanks for Renewing

Changeling Enterprises Ltd, Dayton City Paper, Elizabeth's Overnight, James A. McKee Association, Moon Rose Massage & Spa, Speedway, Spirited Goat Coffee House  


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


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.