Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation

Coronavirus concerns cancel Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2020

Online-only component goes on as scheduled

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has cancelled its annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo scheduled for Wednesday through Friday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

An online component of the workplace health and safety event will go on as scheduled, however, providing the opportunity to secure continuing education credits for professionals in the health care, human resources, safety, and legal communities. The 8,600 who registered for the in-person event will be enrolled automatically for the online event.

“The health and safety of Ohioans remain our top concern, and we must take every precaution to protect our citizens,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud, following the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and local and state health leaders and experts.

Safety congress’s kickoff session at 9:30 Wednesday morning is still scheduled, but for an online audience only. The in-person component will not be rescheduled this year due to the size and scope of the event. Attendees looking to attain continuing education credits are encouraged to review the sessions offered through the online option. For those who have yet to register, as well as details as they become available, visit Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.

More than 300 vendors had registered for the Expo Marketplace to showcase their latest workplace safety and health products. BWC will reimburse the vendors the fees for their booth space.

Now in its 90th year, the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo is the largest free work-safety event in the United States. It offers workplace safety and health education, training and resources for Ohio workers, employers and safety professionals.

BWC encourages the public to stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information by visiting the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) website coronavirus.ohio.gov and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ODH also has a call center open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to answer questions regarding COVID-19. The call center can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Chairperson Message

On February 20 we held our 105th Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting! Our Keynote speaker, Ben Hobbs did an amazing job informing us of opportunity zones in downtown Alliance. He has been a great resource in bringing the chamber and local government together to discuss ways to revitalize the downtown area.

Congratulations to Barb Armitage for receiving the Athena Woman of the Year Award and to Alliance High School senior, Katie Goodwin, for receiving the Athena Scholarship!

Thanks to Jeff First, Gloria Magrath, and Dan Skivolocke for the many years they dedicated to the Chamber Board of Directors.  All three have retired from the board. Congratulations to Brian Amos on becoming 1st Vice Chairman, congratulations to Adam Christian on becoming 2nd Vice Chairman, and thanks to our Treasurer, Greg Blasiman for all you do for the Chamber. Also, thanks to Dustin Burgess, Rick Baxter, and Mark Locke for their commitment to the Executive Committee. And, of course, thank you to the entire Board of Directors for volunteering your time for the betterment of the community.

It was an honor to accept the gavel from outgoing chairman, Rick Baxter. Rick is an inspiration to all of us and the entire community. Thanks, Rick, for your commitment to the Alliance area and for your continued leadership as President of the Alliance Area Development.

I hope you continue taking advantage of the many opportunities the Chamber has to offer. Please, feel free to email me at lisa@oaksfoundation.com if there is ever anything I can do for you.

We will be witnessing some amazing things happening in our city this year! Please be engaged and involved.  Your businesses are important to the value of our community. I hope to see you at the March Business After Hours event.

Warm regards

Lisa Gentile

Chairperson – Board of Directors

Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce

Teacher of the Month

Rachelle Ring (L) receiving January 2020 Teacher of the Month from the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Business Sponsor, Karen Campbell (M) from Barnett Insurance Agency, and Administrative Assistant of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, Taralyn Pete (R).


“By sharing numerous books and authors that I love, I hope to motivate students to read and write about what they love. Giving students the opportunity to share their own opinions and connections is also very important to me. I hope that through the literature, writing, and discussions we share that my students choose to not only be lifelong learners but also choose to be kind and give back whenever they can.”

Rachelle Ring 

West Branch Middle School

Business Sponsor:

Barnett Insurance Agency

Business Representative:

Karen Campbell



If you have renewed your membership for 2020, thank you! If you have not renewed your membership let me remind you of the many benefits of membership in the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce:

  • Opportunity to participate in a group Worker’s Compensation plan.
  • Free listing in our local Community Guide.
  • Save money on your Worker’s Comp by participating in the Eastern Stark County Safety Council.
  • Your website linked with the Chamber website.
  • Numerous networking opportunities such as Business After Hours, Breakfast Before Business, Tip Clubs.
  • You have a stake in the Alliance area business community and the Chamber works to protect and advance all business in the community.
  • The Chamber is a good way to let your voice to be heard within the community.
  • The Chamber supplies business referrals to Chamber members when inquiries are received requesting information on products or services.
  • The Chamber keeps abreast of legislative affairs, which affect your business, city, county, state and nation.
  • The Chamber is a great source of new business leads. Meeting people through Chamber functions is a great opportunity to promote business in the Alliance area.
  • The Chamber promotes members’ support of each other by buying from each other.

The simple truth is that you will only get something out of your Chamber membership if you are willing to put into it. We have a great division and committee structure designed to facilitate networking, education, lobbying and business promotion. Sorry to say there is no free lunch. To get the most from your membership you must get involved.

We need and appreciate your membership. The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce cannot carry out its broad program of work to protect and advance business without volunteers and adequate financial support.