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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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"Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe" by Tom Batiuk

Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe by Tom Batiuk (rhymes with "attic"), has been selected as the featured read of the One Book One Community program for 2014-15, according to the organization's executive committee.

The book's unique format is a collection of the author's comic strips featuring Lisa Moore, a main character and best friend of Funky Winkerbean, who battles an initial diagnosis of breast cancer and a subsequent recurrence. The book also contains resource material on breast cancer, including early detection, information sources, support systems and health care.

Batiuk, who is a cancer survivor, is the creator of the comic strips Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft. He decided to approach the topic of cancer by mixing humor with serious and true-to-life themes involving a main character.

Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe was selected among dozens of books that were nominated by members of the Alliance community, according to Pat Stone, director of Rodman Public Library, who chairs the committee.

"This is the twelfth year of One Book One Community in the Alliance area, and we are always looking for a book with broad appeal and combining the selection with the availability of the author," Stone said. "With Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe we have a book that is quite different from our past selections but provides readers with a combination of elements that will no doubt prompt community discussions."

Stone said the programming leading to the author's appearance will begin Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Rodman Public Library. On that day, two Alliance High School teachers, Jim Christine and Ron Hill will be sharing how a graphic novel is developed and constructed. Further programming is still being determined, according to Stone.

Batiuk has committed to appearing in Alliance on March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Giese Performing Arts Center at the University of Mount Union. He will also be visiting area high schools the following day.

The selected books for the past 10 years for the Alliance area have been The Color of Water by James McBride, Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon, Real Time by Pnina Moed-Kass, Beyond the River by Ann Hagedorn, Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, Make the Impossible Possible by Bill Strickland, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni, Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson, and The Essay by Robin Yocum.

Batiuk spent several years as a high school teacher before creating "Funky Winkerbean," which is distributed by King Features Syndicate to more than 400 newspapers nationwide. He worked on each "Lisa's Story" story line for about four years, which he says allowed him time to do the research, writing and rewriting that such a complex subject required.


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 - email or telephone 330-244-3290 for more information.

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The next Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Montrose Ford-Lincoln located at 2480 W. State St., Alliance, Ohio. No cost to attend. Hors D'oevres, Wine and Door Prizes and Montrose VIP cards for all business in attendance. RSVP to the Chamber office at 330-823-6260 or


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