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.
Join us on Facebook
The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce recently joined the popular social media network Facebook, with the assistance of local resident and independent social media/marketing consultant Amanda Dias.
To find the Chamber on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/AllianceOhioChamber
To interact on the page you will need to be logged in to your own Facebook account and "like" the page. Once you"like" the page, you can receive status updates, pictures, event reminders and more.
The goal of this page is to share with chamber members and the community at-large everything that the Chamber of Commerce offers local businesses and those looking to start a small business. On the page you will find pictures from Chamber events, information about Business After Hours and other events, and status updates keeping fans up to date with the goings-on of the chamber, as well as the business community of the Alliance area.
To contact the Chamber, you can visit and "like" the new Facebook page, visit www.allianceohiochamber.org or call 330-823-6260. Amanda Dias is available for hire to local businesses interested in social media or marketing consultation and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-356-0000.
Chamber News & Upcoming Events
A Billion Back - A three part plan for making workers' comp work for Ohio
Reiterating his administration's singular focus on creating jobs and improving Ohio's economy, Governor Kasich endorsed three specific actions proposed by BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer with respect to managing the portion of net assets that exceeds the board-approved ratios.
Requests that the BWC Board of Directors authorize a one-time dividend of $1 billion for private employers and public-taxing districts.
Expands the agency's successful Safety Grant Program from $5 million to $15 million to support expanded statewide efforts to promote workplace safety and encourage further investment in protecting Ohio's workers.
Asks the Legislature to modernize the premium collection model by authorizing BWC to move toward a prospective-payment system and subsequently requesting the board issue an additional $900 million to mitigate transition costs. This switch would also result in rate reductions of 2 percent for private employers and 4 percent for public employers.
$1 billion dividend
Citing the need to continue improving Ohio's business climate, BWC is proposing a $1 billion dividend for private employers and public-taxing districts paying into Ohio's workers' compensation system. Under the proposed dividend, more than 210,000 Ohio private employers and public-taxing districts would receive approximately 56% of their annual premium in the July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 policy period. BWC may present the dividend proposal to its Board of Directors as soon as May. If approved by the Board of Directors in May, dividend checks could be mailed as early as June.
Strong financial picture: The ability to provide employers with a dividend is a reflection of BWC's current overall financial picture. BWC's combined funds, including the State Insurance Fund that pays for the care of Ohio's injured workers, are in a strong position ...read more
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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 council. The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Eastern Stark County Safety Council. We passed out over $50,000 in rebate checks to our members in 2012.
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:
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 the Alliance 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:
Enroll in local safety council by July 31, 2013
O Find a list of Ohio safety councils at ohiobwc.com.
Attend 10 meetings or events between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014
O 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.
O 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.
O 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.
O 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.
O No matter the duration of the training or special event, attendance applies toward only one external training credit.
O Safety training conducted at the employers' workplace or online does not qualify for the safety council rebate program eligibility.
O It is the employer's responsibility to submit documentation to his or her safety council by June 30, 2014, for attendance at non-safety council training or events to qualify.
O Documentation must be an official certificate of attendance or transcript.
CEO must attend any one safety council sponsored function or meeting
O CEO attendance counts as credit toward one of the 10 required meetings.
O 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
O The CEO credit must be fulfilled at a meeting of the safety council in which the employer is enrolled.
Submit semiannual reports for the 2013 calendar year
2-percent premium rebate
O 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.
O Pending BWC Board of Directors approval in May, group-experience-rating program employers who meet the program eligibility requirements will be eligible for a 2-percent performance rebate.
O 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.
O BWC cannot calculate a performance bonus for employers entering into a third-party transaction in the benchmark period.
O 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.
O Employers who meet the participation eligibility requirements will be eligible for a 2-percent performance bonus rebate.2-percent performance bonus
O 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