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July 28, 2106                         Events, resources & information for the benefit of our members.  
Discounts on goods and services for your business and your employees. Click to learn more.

August 18, 9-10a

Senior Center  
We will be joined by the Mills Lawn PTO to discuss our partnership for the holidays to bring more people to YS and into your shops.
Let's get a jump on things by starting our holiday planning now.

2016 Board
Sheila Pallotta, President
Craig Mesure, Vice President
Stacey Wirrig, Treasurer
Molly Lunde, Secretary
Jeannamarie Cox
Nick Gaskins
Randy Gifford
Bruce Grimes
Krystal Luketic
Danyel Mershon
Ann Simonson
Ex-Officio Members
Mario Basora, YS Schools
Dave Boyer, WPAFB
Anita Brown, Past President
Chamber Staff
Karen Wintrow, Exec Dir
Alex Scott, Event Coordinator 
Lauren Mikesell, Weekend Staff
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 and scanning services in the heart of Yellow Springs.
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 The Value of Place

It is the most popular concept right now in urban and community design: Placemaking or a Sense of Place. While it seems intuitive that having a community that is vibrant, active and walkable is beneficial, there hadn't been hard data on the financial reality of the assumption.

Thanks to the Michigan Municipal League who commissioned a study called "Creating 21st Century Communities," we now have hard data that place does matter not only to livability but to the bottom line.

The eight aspects found to have positive economic impacts on communities are:
  • Physical design and walkability
  • Community messaging and technology
  • Multimodal transportation networks
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Arts and culture development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • A welcoming culture
  • Education
While incentives, low taxes and business-friendly regulations have always been identified as key economic drivers, these eight characteristics have been critical components to the economic growth of cities that embrace them. Clearly they need to be included in the decision-making process for investment in community and economic development. 

Environmental sustainability is a strong value in Yellow Springs and trees are an aspect of that sustainability that we have embraced. In Grand Rapids, they have realized an annual net benefit of over $76 for every tree in its municipal program.

Yellow Springs is an arts community and the economic outcomes of investing in the arts were verified in the study finding that people with lifelong exposure to the arts are more likely to start a business and for every job created by the arts, nearly two more jobs are created. A correlation was also found between venture capital investment and clusters of artists.

All of the assets cited in the study are valued and present in Yellow Springs. We know that they make us a desirable and livable community. Now we know that they contribute greatly to maintaining a sustainable and successful economy.  
Member News 
Welcome New Members
Ashton Meadows - town homes and apartments near Buck Creek in Springfield
Holiday Inn Fairborn -
full service hotel and banquet center near Wright State and Wright Patt
Ohio Antique Trading Supply - Repurposed goods for the modern home, plants, apparel and jewelry 

Thanks for Renewing
African American Cross-Cultural Works, Antioch Writers' Workshop, Bookplate Ink, C.I.R.E.S., Clark State Community College, Village of Clifton, Coldwell-Banker Heritage Realtors, DeLong Air Inc, dōTERRA Wellness - Angela Reagan, Downing's Do it Best Hardware, Ehmans Garage LLC, Green Environmental Coalition, Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gulch on Dayton St, Historic Clifton Mill, House of AUM, Import House, Kismet, Library Loft, Lucky Dragon, Moon Rose Massage & Spa, Moore Than Massage, QuickPro Bookkeeping Service, Sam & Eddie's Open Books, School of Advertising Art, The Smoking Octopus, Spirited Goat Coffee House, Sunflower Cottage, Tom's Market, Victoria Greenplains Farm B&B, Wildflower Boutique & Salon 

Import House - 30th Anniversary on August 13 
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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) 431-7168
Professional development classes and individualized programs to help your employees and company rise to the top

Clark State Center for Non-Profit Excellence
Various classes and  times; Brinkman Educational Center, Springfield, OH; (937) 431-7168
Providing workshops, certifications, consulting, networking and meeting space to help lead, grow and strengthen non-profit organizations. Call or email Leslie Beavers.
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.             
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.