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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's 100th Anniversary in 2015

The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce was formed on August 20, 1915. We're beginning to plan for the 100th anniversary.

A sub-committee of the Marketing Committee has been formed to develop plans for next year. Committee members Amanda Dias, Debbie Reho, Melissa Gardner, Kyle Yarian and Jeff Kaplan are looking for your ideas.

If you have any ideas for ways to celebrate this prestigious milestone, please call one of the committee members or the Chamber office.

Chamber News & Upcoming Events

Pro Football Hall of Fame - President/Executive Director

David Baker to Speak at 99th Annual Dinner

The 99th Annual Meeting of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce will be held on Tuesday, April 29th at Courtney's Banquet Center. This year's speaker will be David Baker, President/Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Baker brings a wealth of experience gained from more than 35 years of leadership in business management, professional sports and public service. For the last four years Baker has worked as a Partner in Union Village, LLC, the largest healthcare project in the United States creating thousands of jobs in Henderson, Nevada as the first Integrated Health Village in the world.

His professional sports career includes a 12-year tenure (1996-2008) as Commissioner of the Arena Football League (AFL). Under his leadership, the AFL experienced unprecedented growth in attendance, TV ratings, corporate sponsorships, merchandise sales, revenue and profitability. Baker first joined the AFL in 1995 when he purchased the Anaheim Piranhas. That same year he was elected the AFL's Chairman of the Board.

The 6'9" Baker was a power forward and captain of the basketball team at the University of California at Irvine from 1971-75. He also played two seasons of professional basketball in Europe before returning to obtain a Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

As an attorney in California, Baker specialized in corporate mergers, acquisitions and real estate law. From 1984-88 he served as a City Councilman and Mayor of Irvine, California.

Baker is the sixth President and Executive Director in the Hall of Fame's 50-year history, succeeding Stephen A. Perry who has served since April, 2006. Perry announced last September that he planned to retire as soon as a successor was selected by the Board of Trustees following a national search.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several NFL team owners have worked closely with Baker in the past. "The bond between the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame is stronger than ever," Commissioner Goodell said. "David is a dynamic executive with a strong football background. We look forward to supporting him in growing the Hall of Fame's record of success."

"I am humbled," stated Baker "to be afforded the esteemed privilege of continuing Stephen Perry's leadership and the great work of the Pro Football Hall of Fame team in honoring the greatest heroes and legends of the game, preserving its rich history as well as promoting the positive values and noble virtues of a game that is central to our American culture and our country's strength of character."

Baker and his wife Colleen are relocating to Canton from Orange County California. They are the proud parents of four children. Their daughter, Leyla, 35 and, son, Michael Ray, 33, are located in California. Their two youngest sons have also been involved in football and professional sports. Ben, 31, is a former offensive lineman who received a scholarship to Duke and is now a Senior Manager of Broadcasting at NASCAR in Charlotte. Sam, 28, is a former three-time All-American left tackle at USC and has just completed his sixth year with the Atlanta Falcons where he was a first round draft pick in 2008.

The Annual Meeting begins with a social hour and cash bar at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. Goris-Meadows/Ermlich Insurance Agency, Consumers National Bank and the Eastern Stark Co. Safety Council is this year's sponsors. You will be receiving your invitation in the mail soon. You won't want to miss this annual event!

For more information call the Chamber office at 330-823-6260.

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Destination: Excellence

Destination: Excellence is a bundle of programs that can help your organization improve workplace safety, enhance injured worker care and save money on workers' compensation costs. Destination: Excellence's options encourage you to use our valuable complimentary safety services and implement strategies that can prevent accidents and help injured workers recover faster.

Since its introduction last year, nearly 5,000 employers have signed up for at least one of the safety or care programs of Destination: Excellence, potentially saving an estimated $20 million dollars through incentives, and possibly much more in the future when their premiums decline because of fewer accidents, and lower claims costs.

Industry-Specific Safety Program

Helps employers improve workplace safety by focusing on risks associated with specific industry types and developing strategies to prevent injuries. Requirements include completion of an online safety and claims management self-assessment and completion of one, two or three loss-prevention activities depending on the employer's payroll. Loss-prevention activities include industry-specific training classes, attendance at BWC's Ohio Safety Congress & Expo and/or on-site field consulting with one of our safety and health experts. Visit our Industry-Specific Safety Program page for more details.

Transitional Work

Employers with an approved transitional work plan may receive a back-end discount for using the plan to return injured workers back to work. Visit our transitional work page for more details.

Transitional Work Grants

Additionally, employers that have not received a transitional work grant from BWC in the past, may apply for funds to help them contract with certified transitional work developers to establish a transitional work program in their workplace.

Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP)

DFSP provides a discount for promoting a work environment free of drugs and alcohol. Requirements include implementing elements of either the basic or advanced level. Visit our DFSP information page for more details.

Safety Councils

Employers can increase safety awareness and receive a premium rebate by participating in a local safety council. They can earn an additional rebate for reductions in claims frequency and severity. Rebate requirements are available on our safety councils page.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Rewards employers that work with medical partners and BWC to provide vocational rehabilitation plans to return seriously injured workers back to the workplace. Click here for more information.

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