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.
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.
To qualify for the BWC Safety Council rebate, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Join your local safety council by July 31, 2018;
- Attend 10 safety council meetings**;
- Send a qualified senior-level manager to a safety council sponsored meeting;
- 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.
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!!
HR Gear – access to business tools, forms, information and resources
The mission of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce is to support businesses and the community at large by promoting economic development. To that end, we are pleased to partner with HR Gear, to bring you this business resource, to help you stay in compliance with State and Federal Labor and Employment laws.
About HR Gear
HR Gear.com is a comprehensive, authoritative explanation of the Human Resources laws, forms, checklists, policies, model documents, trends and developments, that you will refer to every day.
HR Gear is designed to provide business owners and managers –and their advisers–with the practical and legal information they need to effectively and efficiently deal with the many HR and other business compliance issues they encounter on a daily basis.
HR Gear explains and analyzes complicated laws and confusing acronyms, including ACA, ATRA, DOMA, COBRA, ERISA, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, HIPAA, and more.
HR Gear includes hundreds of downloadable forms, checklists, policies, posters and model documents. Plus, a popular section featuring References and Links to State and Federal Government sites, forms and information–selected by our editors and aggregated all in one place to save you time and money.
For additional information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce office.