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December 23, 2015                    Events, resources & information for the benefit of our members.  

February 18, 6-8p

Antioch Midwest  
Join us for our biggest event of the year to learn about what happened with the Chamber in 2015 and what we have planned for 2016. It is always a great deal of fun with delicious food from Soin Medical Center featuring appetizers and desserts from award-winning Chef Jenn. Libations include wine, beer from Yellow Springs Brewery and tastes from The Spirits of Yellow Springs. 
Thanks to these folks for an amazing Holiday Party.
Erie Insurance 
YS Brewery 
Current Cuisine 
The Winds Cafe 
Bentino's Pizza 
3 Leee Cupcakery 
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2015 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 
Print/Copy Services 
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B&W  .10 members
         .15 nonmembers
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2015 Business Review
It is not an overstatement to say that 2015 ended with a BANG! So much so that we'll begin at the end.

The much hoped for new business growth became a reality when Dayton Mailing Services announced plans to move their operations to 888 Dayton St, bringing over 80 jobs to Yellow Springs. The business is a printing and marketing solutions company whose operations fit perfectly into the former Antioch Publishing building. Upon purchasing the building, they plan to begin construction on an addition for expanded production that will bring 40 new employees. Tax abatement on a portion of the new construction, a loan from the Greene County Community Improvement Corporation, and great support from County and local officials are contributing factors to locating in Yellow Springs.

Also at 888 Dayton St., Community Physicians of Yellow Springs opened a state of the art 6000 square foot facility in November to serve as a Community Health Clinic in collaboration with Greene Memorial Hospital. They also welcomed new physicians Dr. Bobbi Barth and Dr. Courtney Stroble to the practice. To note in relation to all of the tenants in the building, DMS is pleased to work with the current tenants and sees them integrated into their long-term vision for the facility.

On the same day that Village Council voted unanimously to support the Enterprise Zone for DMS, there was an interview in the Dayton Business Journal with Ron Geis, General Manager of YSI/Xylem talking about their success and growth in Yellow Springs and anticipating the need for an expansion very soon to accommodate new product development and more employees.

In other big news, the Midwest Office of the Rails to Trails Conservancy opened at 716 Xenia Ave this fall with two local residents, Eric Oberg as Manager of Trail Development and Brian Housh as the Midwest Policy Manager. Having the leading organization for trail development and support in Yellow Springs highlights and strengthens our position as a premier trail town.

Furthering Yellow Springs' position as a leader in recreation and environmental education, after years of work, protective easements were purchased to provide permanent protection to Glen Helen Nature Preserve.

Antioch College graduated their first class in June and continued their road toward accreditation, both thanks to the hard work of President Mark Roosevelt who said good-bye in early December after five monumental years for the college. Dr. Thomas Manley was named the new president and will begin in March.

Yellow Springs Brewery grew to 6,700 square feet with nine 30-barrel fermenters and three 15-barrel tanks enabling it to increase production to 2,000 barrels. They also began canning their two top sellers, Captain Stardust and Zoetic for sale locally and regionally.

EnviroFlight continued their growth curve taking over more space at MillWorks Business Center and adding several employees. Also at Millworks, S&G Artisan Distillery is completing their expansion into a larger tasting room expected to open early in 2016.  

Downtown retail saw some changes with IONA Boutique moving from Xenia Ave to Dayton St. into the space occupied by Brenda Kennedy's Dirty Fabulous Boutique who then opened Urban Gypsy in the former Sweet Sanaa space. Wildflower Boutique & Salon opened in the former IONA space. Also in Kings Yard, House of AUM, a yoga studio and boutique, opened in the rear space. Back to Now featuring vintage clothing and gifts moved in to the space next to Sam & Eddie's Open Books. Tom Gray celebrated 50 years in the grocery business. House of Ravenwood expanded their shop at 100 Corry St. Finally, with Sherryl Kostic retiring, "would you, could you" IN A FRAME will be closing at the end of the year although she is hoping to find an interested buyer.

Dona Margarota's Mexican Grill opened in early September, offering a festive spot on the south end of town with its brightly colored roof, original artwork inside and out and authentic Mexican fare.

Construction continued on Mills Park Hotel with completion expected in early 2016. Hiring of hotel and restaurant staff is on-going. In other lodging news, Stacey Wirrig purchased and beautifully remodeled Arthur Morgan House Bed & Breakfast.

The Village of Yellow Springs Public Works Department was very busy this year with two major water line projects to dramatically improve water flow. The loop completion project was in the Antioch College area and the bottleneck project in the area south of Herman  St. which also allowed for construction of a much needed new sidewalk from Herman to Allen St.

The Village continued to work on the new water plant, beginning negotiations with a design-build contractor in January 2016 with construction anticipated in July. Other projects completed by the Village include an upgrade and expansion of the Skate Park and thanks to the unseasonably warm December, a new sidewalk on Dayton St in the area of the Bryan Center.    
Chamber Board Member News 
Please join us in welcoming new board members Stacey Wirrig from Arthur Morgan House B&B, Danyel Mershon from Wildflower Boutique & Salon and Nick Gaskins from Bing Design. They are joined by Ann Simonson, re-elected to her second three year term. 

We wish to express the deepest appreciation to several outgoing members including the following: Susan Miller who is leaving us after more than six years (this time) on the board; Anita Brown who is leaving after three years, the final year as president and Sherryl Kostic who is retiring. We also say goodbye to Lisa Goldberg who served last year as Past President. And while not a board member, I would like to thank Susan Gartner who did an excellent job on the Chamber event calendar. 
Member News 
Welcome New Members
Rails to Trails - Midwest office for the leading trail development & support organization in the nation.
Immersion Media LLC - Creative & cost-effective audiovisual solutions for businesses & individuals.
Thanks for Renewing
Adoption Link Inc, Antioch University Midwest, Aug Dog Dyes, Brandeberry Winery, C.I.R.E.S., Cemex Inc, Ted Donnell Architect, E-Health Data Solutions, Gilford General Contractors, Greene Medical Foundation, Greene Memorial Hospital, Gregor Construction, Grimes Pottery, Grinnell Mill Bed & Breakfast, Infintech LLC, Jason Morgan Portraits, John Bryan Community Pottery, Lisa Goldberg Ceramics, Listen to the Wind Media, Live & Let Dye LLC, Craig T. Matthews & Assoc. LPA, Medcost Inc, Craig Mesure Coldwell Banker Heritage, Nadia Malarkey Garden Design, Owl's Roost, Petrie Excavating, School of Advertising Art, Servlet, Inc, Simon Kenton Inn, Soin Medical Center, Tia Acheson, Painter, Urban Handmade, Village Artisans, Williams Eatery, Yellow Springs Chiropractic, Yellow Springs Design, YS Federal Credit Union, YS Kids Playhouse   
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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.
October 28, 1-3p; WSU, Rike Hall Room 248                
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. 
Various Times; Various Locations
An assessment tool, workshops and mentoring to improve the operations of non-profit organizations.