The weather for the 2018 Jim Fish Memorial Golf Scramble was challenging at best! The original date was rained out, that’s an understatement, we had 4’’’ of rain. The make-up date started out ok but ended with rain, but everyone still had a great time. The winning team was BJ Robb, Mike Sherban, Joe Bugara and Mike Bugara from Stifel with a score of 57. The team of Tom diDonato, Tony DiDonato, Scott Robb and Steve Paidas from J&B Fleet came in second place with a score of 62. Golfers raised $230 from the 50/50 raffle and the proximity hole for the American Cancer Society to be donated in Jim Fish’s name.


Contest winners included Mark Johnson- closest to the pin on #8; Doug Schwarz- closest to the pin on #15; Mike Bugara-longest putt on #18 and Frank Sacha- longest drive on #17.

Sue Snode and her staff at Tannenhauf Golf Club did another outstanding job of hosting us again this year. Thank you Sue, all your assistance is greatly appreciated.

The Chamber would also like to thank all the following people for making this year’s scramble another huge success:

  • Nationwide Insurance/ Dustin Burgess Group- Platinum sponsor
  • Alliance Ventures- Platinum Sponsor
  • Consumers National Bank- Platinum Sponsor
  • Lavery Auto Family for sponsoring the hole-in-one contest.
  • Mary Keister-Whitmyer and Patti Wallick from ServPro for supervising the accuracy contest.
  • All the hole sponsors. See the list in this newsletter.
  • All the companies that donated door prizes. See the list in this newsletter.
  • Christina, Betty and Haven from the Chamber office for all there work to make the day a huge success.

Thanks to all the golfers for helping make this year’s tournament truly special. We look forward to seeing you next year.



This fall, the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce and University of Mount Union will join two individually successful events – the Carnation City Food Truck Rally and the 54th Annual ArtFest – on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

The Carnation City Food Truck Rally will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. along Simpson Street west of Union Avenue. To date, a number of vendors have verbally committed to attend, including Twisted Krave, The Raging Avacado, Premiere Crepes, Ye Olde Sweet and Treats, Twist of Leona, Cheezylicious, Fat Freddie’s BBQ, The Beach Bum Truck and The Funky Trukeria.

The 54th Annual ArtFest, located at the Mount Union Campus Lakes, will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will feature original works by area artists in various media including watercolor, oil, collage, graphics, drawings, photography, jewelry, pen and ink, sculpture, glass mosaics, printmaking and mixed media works. In addition, functional craft vendors will be on hand featuring jewelry, fiber, woodworking, glass, enameling, lights, mirrors, purses/bags, candles and soaps.

Live demos, musical entertainment and a children’s activity will take place during the day.


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

Thousands of Ohio employers find value and workers’ compensation premium savings by actively participating in their local safety councils. And you can join them.

To earn a safety council rebate, employers must meet rebate eligibility requirements in one of 83 BWC-sponsored safety councils.

Below is a breakdown of potential rebates when an employer is an active member of a safety council.

o Employers meeting all safety council rebate eligibility requirements that are not enrolled in a group-rating program will earn a 2-percent participation rebate on their premium and the potential of an additional 2-percent performance bonus.

o Employers meeting all safety council rebate eligibility requirements that are also enrolled in a group-experience-rating program have the potential to earn a 2-percent performance bonus.

o Employers meeting all safety council rebate eligibility requirements that are also enrolled in a group-retrospective-rating program will earn a 2-percent participation rebate.

To earn a performance bonus, employers must reduce either the severity or frequency of injuries in their workplace by 10 percent or remain at zero.

BWC Safety Councils can help you:

o Learn techniques for increasing safety in your workplace;

o Learn how to better manage your workers’ compensation program;

o Network with other employers in your community;

o Access useful, money-saving workers’ comp and risk management information.


Rebate eligibility


To qualify for the BWC Safety Council rebate, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Join your local safety council by July 31, 2018;
  2. Attend 10 safety council meetings**;
  3. Send a qualified senior-level manager to a safety council sponsored meeting;
  4. Submit semiannual workplace accident reports for the 2018 calendar year.


For information about joining the Eastern Stark County Safety Council please call the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-823-6260

* The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers and state agencies. Limitations apply to a professional employer organization and its clients. BWC encourages all employers to become active safety council members.

** At least eight through the local safety council. You can get credit for up to two meetings through attendance at BWC’s safety training courses or industry-specific training.

Robin Swoboda is Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Community Breakfast

The Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Board is pleased to announce Robin Swoboda as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Carnation Festival Community Breakfast.

Robin Swoboda, television news anchor, talk show host, and actress is best known for her career on various television and radio stations primarily in Cleveland, as well as hosting national television programs.

Swoboda attended and graduated from Missouri Western State College. In 1981, she received her first job as a television news anchor at WQAD-TV in Moline, Illinois. Following that Swoboda (under the name Robin Cole) worked as an anchor and reporter for then-CBS affiliate WJTV Channel 4 (now NBC O&O and Channel 6) in Miami, Florida. She then moved to Cleveland in 1986, and using her real name, became a co-anchor for the CBS affiliate WJW-TV 8 alongside longtime station mainstays, Tim Taylor, Dick Goddard and Casey Coleman. From 1986 to 1991, Swoboda was an important part of the energy at WJW NEWSCENTER 8’s popular 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Her voice and face became one of the most familiar in northeastern Ohio.

She left WJW in 1991 to co-host a women’s sports program for NBC. After that show was cancelled, she took a brief sabbatical and then became active in the Kansas City, Missouri market. Swoboda returned to WJW in January of 1995. In March of 2002, she joined Northeast Ohio’s family radio station, 95.5 FM The Fish. She left that job in 2005, and two years after that, returned for a third stint at WJW, this time hosting her own morning talk show originally title That’s Life, and later changed to The Robin Swoboda Show. Swoboda would win a local Emmy Award for her stint as host of her self-titled show in 2010.

In January 2011, Swoboda left WJW again after a disagreement with station management over the direction of her show. Two months later, she was named co-anchor of the 7 p.m. newscast on Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC channel 3, where she worked until February 28, 2014.

In July 2014, Swoboda began doing one-minute commentaries for WFHM (where she was previously morning host), and sister talk station WHK AM 1420. She currently works as a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal.

Swoboda was an inductee to the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1995. Readers of Cleveland Magazine and Northern Ohio Live have named her Best Female Anchor. In 2009, she received the Lower Great Lakes Emmy Award and she is a recipient of the 2012 Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Excellence in Television Award.

In addition to her journalism career, Robin has also had roles in a pair of motion pictures, partly due to the films being shot in Cleveland, Ohio. She had a bit part in the blockbuster The Avengers in 2012 and a bigger role in the independent film Made in Cleveland in 2013.

Robin Swoboda became a born-again Christian in 1989, and married her husband, former NFL punter and placekicker Bryan Wagner in 1991; they divorced in 2015. She currently lives with her family (sons Matthew and William, daughter Hallie) in Medina, Ohio.


Safety Council Presents Awards

The Eastern Stark County Safety Council, in conjunction with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, held its annual awards program on April 26, 2018. Awards include:

Group Award to the company with the lowest incident rate in each group: 100% Award to each company that works the entire year without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work; Achievement Award to each company that decreases its incident rate by at least 25% from previous year; Special Award to each company that accumulates at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work.

Group Awards

Consumers National Bank

Crandall Medical Center

Don Pancho’s Restaurant

Trilogy Plastics

Whitacre Greer Company

Achievement Award

ACME Industrial Group

Alliance Castings Company

Apex Control Systems, Inc

BPI Recycling

Buckeye Packaging Company

Caring Hands, Inc

Central Coated Products, Inc

Copeland Oaks

Custom Poly Bag, Inc

Steel Equipment Specialists

Sun America Converting LLC

Uniontown Fire Department

ViIllage of East Canton

 100% Award

ACME Industrial Group

AR. Schopp’s Sons, Inc

AJ. Osterfoils, LLC

Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce

Alliance Castings Company, LLC

Alliance Community Medical Foundation

Alliance Medical Associates, Inc.

Alliance Recycling Center

Allied Commercial Roofing Services, Inc

Anstine Machining Corp.

Apex Control Systems, Inc

Buckeye Packaging Co., Inc

Caring Hands, Inc

Central Coated Products, Inc

Consumers National Bank

Crandall Medical Center

Damon Industries Inc

Don Pancho’s Restaurant

First Choice Electric

First Christian Church of Malvern

JC Masonry Construction Inc

Mike B. Fagan Roofing & S.M.

Minerva Dairy

National Industrial Lumber Co.

Pauli Electric, Inc

Point-2-Point Logistics

Premier Bandage #8 Inc.

Quad Ambulance District

Robertson Realty

Ryan Alternative Staffing

Sare Plastics

Stark Metal Sales

Stark Metal Sales Trucking

Steel Equipment Specialists

Trilogy Plastics

Uniontown  Fire Department

Village of East Canton

Whitacre Greer Company

Whiteleather Farms


Special Award

Alliance Castings Company

Alliance Citizens Health Association

Consumers National Bank

Crandall Medical Center

Summitville Tiles

Trilogy Plastics, Inc

Whitacre Greer Company

Congratulations to all of these companies. A good safety record does not happen by accident. (Excuse the pun). These companies make safety a priority and we like to recognize them for their efforts.



Strengthening Stark – A New Way of Doing Business

The keynote speaker for the evening was Ray Hexamer, president of the Stark Economic Development Board. He discussed a report commissioned by the Stark Community Foundation in 2017 on the economic wellbeing of Stark County. The bottom line is Stark County is becoming smaller, older and poorer. He discussed how the economic development organizations in Stark County are working together to turn this trend around. Also, during the evening, the Women’s Division presented their annual Athena Award. This year’s recipient was Kim Stanley, Executive Director of the Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter. The Athena Award is a national award presented to an outstanding business or professional woman who has attained and embodies the highest level of professional excellence in her business or profession, has devoted time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assists women in realizing their leadership potential. Kim is dedicated her life to helping others. She has been the director of the shelter for 13 years but is also involved in many other organizations in the area including MS Dreams, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Stark County Domestic Violence Collaboration, Stark County Victims’ Rights Coalition, Alliance Area Child Injury Task Force, and a founding partner in the NEET Mentoring Program started by the Women’s Division of the Chamber. Congratulations Kim on a well-deserved recognition!! The past Athena Award and Woman of the Year recipients presented their fourth annual scholarship. The Athena/Woman of the Year Scholarship is presented to a deserving female high school senior who has demonstrated community involvement, academic achievement and leadership. This year’s recipient of the $1000 scholarship was Olivia Woods, a senior at Sebring McKinley High School. Congratulations Olivia!! The evening could not have happened without the financial support of our sponsors: Platinum Sponsors: Alliance Ventures, Consumers National Bank, and Nationwide Insurance- The Burgess Group; Gold Sponsors: Alliance Community Hospital, Stark Economic Development Board, Ermlich/Goris- Meadows/McConnell Insurance Agency and The Eastern Stark County Safety Council; Silver Sponsor Arthur Gallagher & Company. Your generous support is greatly appreciated, THANK YOU!!