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The Alliance Chamber of Commerce, located in Alliance, Ohio, has been a staple in the community for over 85 years, providing leadership to its members, protecting their interests while promoting its businesses. With a membership totaling almost 400, the Chambers tradition of community leadership continues strong into the 21st century.

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BWC Update

Flexible pay options coming soon for private employers

Starting July 1, private employers will be able to pay their annual workers' compensation premiums in two, four, six or 12 installments. This change was recently approved by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors as part of the agency's switch to prospective billing.

Currently, the agency bills after coverage is extended, but as of July, private employers will pay in advance for workers' compensation coverage. This change in billing will offer a number of benefits, including a 2.4 percent overall base rate reduction for private employers and an increased ability to detect employer non-compliance and fraud.

The new payment process will involve paying premium based on estimated payroll for the upcoming coverage year and undergoing a payroll true-up process after the policy year ends to ensure the proper premium was paid. BWC will provide a premium credit to eliminate transition costs for employers.

Private employers will receive a notice of estimated annual premium in early June. The notice of estimated annual premium is not a bill. It will include information about how to request changes to estimated payroll as well as how to choose a different premium installment schedule and how to file a payroll true-up report at the end of the policy year. The notice will also explain how BWC calculates your premium, including the total estimated payroll and premium for each manual class.

If your estimated payroll is different than what appears on your notice of estimated annual premium, please call BWC at 1-800-644-6292 to ensure that your business is paying the most accurate premium.

BWC is switching to the insurance industry standard of prospective billing for employer premiums and is offering seminars to provide answers and details about prospective billing. This includes:

  • The reason for the transition and its benefits to employers;
  • How BWC will cover the costs of this change with a transition credit;
  • Transition timelines and important dates to remember;
  • Essential information and new requirements for payroll reporting;
  • Changes to deadlines for rating plans and BWC programs.
  • Limited availability for seating! Please RSVP directly to BWC by calling or emailing using the information provided below with the seminar you wish to attend. Please include your name, job title, policy number, email and phone number.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) have charged the SBDC with the goal of helping entrepreneurs start, sustain and grow their business, while promoting the development of an innovative, entrepreneurial culture. We are devoted to assisting aspiring entrepreneurs develop winning companies that create jobs, strengthen the economy, produce a profit and reinvest in the community.

    Start-up business candidates seeking assistance from the SBDC are required to attend our Small Business Orientation (SBO). This is a no-cost, two-hour seminar outlining basic knowledge that every entrepreneur should know. This includes resources available to the encountered in business start-up, the business planning process and some of the financing options. Once the SBO is completed, a counseling session can be scheduled with a counselor. Sessions are on an individual basis and are held confidential. All Ohio counselors sign annual confidentiality agreements with the State SBDC office.

    In summary, the SBDC is staffed with well-educated, experienced and certified business advisors who are here to assist you. The center provides general management advice and counseling to start-ups and existing businesses throughout Stark and Wayne counties and our services are provided without charge, on a confidential basis. Business owners and potential entrepreneurs are encouraged to take advantage of the services and, when appropriate, recommend the center to business associates and friends.

    Please visit www.cantonsbdc.org - email info@cantonsbdc.org or telephone 330-244-3290 for more information.

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    BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

    The next Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Beechcreek Botannical Gardens located at 11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance, Ohio. No cost to attend. RSVP to the Chamber office at 330-823-6260 or info@allianceohiochamber.org

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