Welcome to The Carnation City!

The Alliance Chamber of Commerce, located in Alliance, Ohio, has been a staple in the community for over 90 years, providing leadership to its members, protecting their interests while promoting their businesses.

With a membership totaling over 400, the Chamber's tradition of community leadership continues strong into the 21st century.

CHAMBER CENTENNIAL

Calendar of Events

February 1 - Collection of time capsule items begins

March 27 - Support a Chamber Service Provider Day

April 14 - Annual Chamber Dinner

April 15 - Sale of stock certificates begins

May 21 - Marketing Committee Luncheon Seminar

June 25 - Support a Chamber Restaurant Day

July 4 - 100th Anniversary giveaway at the July 4th celebration at Silver Park

August 21 - 100th Anniversary celebration featuring the John Hampu Band, mural unveiling and time capsule display and closure

September 14 - Chamber Golf Outing

Date TBA - ArtFest Coloring Contest

October 20 - Business Alliance Awards

November 28 - Support a Chamber Retail Business Day

December 4 - Light Up Downtown

Chamber News & Upcoming Events

GREG PRUITT IS KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE 2015 GREATER ALLIANCE CARNATION FESTIVAL COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

The 2015 Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Community Breakfast, sponsored by Alliance Castings, the University of Mount Union and IM Physicians, will welcome Greg Pruitt, former football running back in the NFL as its guest speaker.

He was born Gregory Donald Pruitt in the tough confines of Houston, Texas. Always small as a kid he fell in love with football while watching games on TV. One of his favorite Christmas gifts ever was a football uniform but his mom eventually had to throw it away because he never wanted to take it off. His first break in football was in his own backyard. No one wanted to play center and although the other guys were bigger, he ended up playing for both teams. Every now and then he would keep the ball and that's when everyone began to realize he could play football. He went on to play quarterback in high school football but his coaches were smart to move him from that position to wide receiver his senior year. That's when his high school coach managed to broker a deal with the University of Oklahoma where he accepted a scholarship.

As an Oklahoma Sooner, Pruitt was named All Big 8 and All-American two years in a row. He ranks third among Sooners in career all-purpose yards. Pruitt gained 3,122 rushing yards, 491 receiving yards, 139 yards on punt returns and 679 yards retuning kickoffs. He scored 41 career touchdowns as a Sooner. He came in second in Heisman Trophy voting in 1972, and third in 1971. During the 1970's Pruitt was one of several NFL players who purposely wore flimsy jerseys that ripped apart in the hands of would-be tacklers. The Greg Pruitt Rule now makes those jerseys illegal.

In 1973, Greg Pruitt's NFL dream came true when the Cleveland Browns selected him in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. He played the first nine seasons of his NFL career in Cleveland and became one of the top 100 players in the history of their franchise, earning four of his five Pro-Bowl appearances and leading the Browns in rushing as a dynamic force on the offensive side of the ball. In 1982 he made his way to Oakland and helped the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory before retiring in 1984. Pruitt was honored in 1999 with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Today he lives in Shaker Heights with Mary, his wife of 24 years and runs his residential construction company,Pruitt & Associates. He still has one of those tearaway jerseys and continues to attend the Browns games.

The Community Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:30 a.m. at the University of Mount Union Hoover Price Campus Center. Also during the breakfast the "2015 Citizen of the Year", "Grand Parade Marshal", and "Favazzo-Jeswald Founders Award" winners will be announced. Tickets for this event and other Festival activities are available at the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce.

CENTENNIAL TIME CAPSULE / BUSINESS PROFILE

Have you submitted your Business Profile and/or Time Capsule items?

As part of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary Celebration, we are assembling a time capsule to be opened 50 years from now in the chamber's 150th anniversary. All Chamber members are encouraged to submit an item to be included in the capsule that represents their business and / or provides a snapshot of their company as it is today!

The time capsule will be a feature of the 100th Anniversary Celebration to be held in downtown Alliance on August 21, 2015. That evening, all items will be displayed and the time capsule will officially be sealed.

Submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2015. Items can be dropped off at the Chamber office at 210 E. Main St.

For more information, contact the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-823-6260.

100th Anniversary Chamber "Stock Certificates" available for purchase

During the Annual Meeting the Chamber launched the sale of "stock certificates," an effort that was originally undertaken in 1915 as a way for area business owners to invest in the initial establishment of the Chamber. A century later, the celebration provides an opportunity to recreate this initial support campaign and raise critical funds to support the events of the year.

We hope that you - as individuals and as businesses - will choose to support this initiative by purchasing a "stock certificate" for $100. By doing so, you will be directly supporting the events and efforts associated with the 100th Anniversary celebration.

You can order your stock certificate by calling or emailing the Chamber office with the name as you want it on the certificate and your payment information.

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Join the Eastern Stark County Safety Council Save Money on Your Worker's Comp

Each month, thousands of Ohio employers meet minutes from work to share safety and accident prevention information. Are you one of them? The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Eastern Stark County Safety Council. The Eastern Stark County Safety Council is one of 81 safety councils across Ohio to provide forums for education, networking and resource sharing.

The only cost in participating in safety council is the cost of the monthly lunch and the benefits are numerous. In addition to premium savings, the Eastern Stark County Safety Council can help you:

  • Learn techniques for increasing safety in your workplace;

  • Learn how to better manage your workers' compensation program;
  • Network with other employers in the Alliance community;
  • Access useful, money-saving workers' comp and risk management information.
  • To qualify for the BWC Safety Council rebate you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    Enroll in local safety council by July 31, 2015

    Find a list of Ohio safety councils at ohiobwc.com.

    Attend 10 meetings or events between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016

  • At least eight of the 10 meetings must be safety council meetings. Up to two of the 10 can be external educational options outlined below, but all 10 can be safety council meetings.
  • A person can represent only one policy number with his or her attendance at a safety council meeting or external training event. The attendance of any employer representative qualifies to meet the attendance requirement.
  • Employer has the option to gain credit for up to two meetings through attendance at BWC's Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH) safety training courses or industry-specific training, or another safety council special event, seminar or workshop. Safety council monthly meetings do not qualify for meeting credit for any employer not enrolled in that safety council.
  • DSH safety training credit is available for training conducted at the Ohio Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OCOSH) in Pickerington or one of its branches.
  • No matter the duration of the training or special event, attendance applies toward only one external training credit.
  • Safety training conducted at the employers' workplace or online does not qualify for the safety council rebate program eligibility.
  • It is the employer's responsibility to submit documentation to his or her safety council by June 30, 2015, for attendance at non-safety council training or events to qualify.
  • Documentation must be an official certificate of attendance or transcript.
  • CEO must attend any one safety council sponsored function or meeting

  • CEO attendance counts as credit toward one of the 10 required meetings.
  • If a CEO represents multiple policy numbers, his/her attendance fulfills the CEO attendance requirement for all policies, but counts as meeting credit for only one policy number.
  • The CEO credit must be fulfilled at a meeting of the safety council in which the employer is enrolled.
  • Submit semi-annual reports for the 2015 calendar year

    2-percent premium rebate

  • Employers not enrolled in a group-experience rating program, meeting these program eligibility requirements, will receive a rebate of 2 percent of their annual premium and will be eligible for a 2-percent performance bonus rebate.
  • Group-experience-rating program employers who meet the program eligibility requirements will be eligible for a 2-percent performance rebate.
  • The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers, state agencies and employers participating in BWC's group-retrospective program. However, BWC encourages everyone to become active safety council members.
  • BWC cannot calculate a performance bonus for employers entering into a third-party transaction in the benchmark period.
  • Employers must have active coverage status and no outstanding BWC balance to qualify. Also, employers with active coverage status but an outstanding balance will have the rebate applied to any money due to BWC. In addition, employers may not have cumulative lapses in workers' compensation in excess of 40 days within the last 12 months.
  • Employers who meet the participation eligibility requirements will be eligible for a 2-percent performance bonus rebate.
  • 2-percent performance bonus

  • Employers who reduce their frequency or severity by 10 percent or more below the previous year's frequency or severity, or employers who maintain both frequency and severity at zero will receive an additional 2-percent refund of their annual premium.
  • For information about joining the Eastern Stark County Safety Council please call the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-823-6260.
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