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.
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
"Another Billion Back"
COLUMBUS - Governor John R. Kasich joined Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer to announce a $1 billion rebate to Ohio's private and public sector workers' compensation customers, as well as a major new investment in worker safety research and training. Dubbed "Another Billion Back," the rebate comes on the heels of last year's $1 billion rebate for workers' comp customers. Both rebates were made possible by strong investment returns in the workers' compensation fund.
"Sound fiscal management and a well-executed investment strategy continue to put BWC in a position where it can return money to its customers-Ohio's employers-but also to workers in the form of initiatives that help them stay safe on the job," said Kasich. "Ohio continues its effort to transform the workers' comp system to be a better partner with employers and workers to help them succeed and stay safe, and the ability to make these types of significant rebates is part of that effort."
BWC's preliminary annualized return of investments was 8.9 percent over the last three fiscal years, including 13.3 percent in 2014. The State Insurance Fund net assets stand at $7.7 billion and its funding ratio far exceeds target guidelines set by the BWC Board of Directors. If approved by the BWC Board of Directors, eligible private and public employers would receive a rebate equal to 60 percent of premiums paid during the July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 policy year (calendar year 2012 for public employers). The proposal will be presented to the board at its August meeting, and if approved in its September meeting, BWC could begin issuing checks as early as October*.
Another Billion Back seeks to build on last year's $15 million investment in safety intervention grants with several initiatives that will ultimately enhance the safety, health and wellness of Ohio's workforce. Additionally, special safety training is proposed to reduce injuries among firefighters, whom frequently have very high workers' comp rates due to the dangerous and risky nature of their work.
"BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene is a national leader in promoting safe and healthy workplaces," said Buehrer. "Our safety services provide a superior return-on-investment. We want to encourage more and more employers to put safety education resources to work to keep their workers safe and reduce their workers' comp costs. Our new safety initiatives will make these efforts more effective and accessible for employers."
Buehrer added that BWC is also embarking on a safety campaign themed Better Business Starts with Safety, Safety Starts at BWC to reach Ohio employers and encourage them to take advantage of BWC's safety services before experiencing a workplace injury or illness. The campaign is a result of the safety commitment made as part of last year's Billion Back initiative, which also tripled safety grant funding to $15 million for each of fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
Another Billion Back is an example of BWC's work over the last four years to be a better partner in improving Ohio's business environment and helping encourage the state's economic revival. Sound financial and operational management has also allowed BWC to:...read more
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Join the Eastern Stark County Safety Council Save Money on Your Worker's Comp
Each month, thousands of Ohio employers meet minutes from work to share safety and accident prevention information. Are you one of them? The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Eastern Stark County Safety Council. The Eastern Stark County Safety Council is one of 81 safety councils across Ohio to provide forums for education, networking and resource sharing.
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:
- Learn techniques for increasing safety in your workplace;
- Learn how to better manage your workers' compensation program;
- Network with other employers in the Alliance community;
- Access useful, money-saving workers' comp and risk management information.
- Find a list of Ohio safety councils at ohiobwc.com.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- No matter the duration of the training or special event, attendance applies toward only one external training credit.
- Safety training conducted at the employers' workplace or online does not qualify for the safety council rebate program eligibility.
- It is the employer's responsibility to submit documentation to his or her safety council by June 30, 2015, for attendance at non-safety council training or events to qualify.
- Documentation must be an official certificate of attendance or transcript.
- CEO attendance counts as credit toward one of the 10 required meetings.
- 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.
- The CEO credit must be fulfilled at a meeting of the safety council in which the employer is enrolled.
To qualify for the BWC Safety Council rebate you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Enroll in local safety council by July 31, 2014
Attend 10 meetings or events between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015
CEO must attend any one safety council sponsored function or meeting
Submit semiannual reports for the 2014 calendar year
2-percent premium rebate
- 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.
- Group-experience-rating program employers who meet the program eligibility requirements will be eligible for a 2-percent performance rebate.
- 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.
- BWC cannot calculate a performance bonus for employers entering into a third-party transaction in the benchmark period.
- 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.
- Employers who meet the participation eligibility requirements will be eligible for a 2-percent performance bonus rebate.
2-percent performance bonus
- 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