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Help Community Harvest feed the hungry
this holiday season by
donating to the JBYP
15, from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. at Buehler’s Fresh
Foods in Nobles Pond.
Get a jump start with one
-stop holiday shopping at
TOP EVENT on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 5 to 7
p.m. at Saint George
Serbian Center in North
Joining Businesses, Creating Community
November 2014
Refunds, prizes offered for early dues payments
Want to start 2015 off right? How about an End of Year
Discount on your chamber dues?
Invoices for 2015 membership dues
with the Jackson-Belden Chamber of
Commerce have been mailed. The first
100 members to pay their 2015 dues
will receive a 15 percent discount! Refunds will be mailed.
In addition, all members who pay their
dues by Dec. 31, 2014 will be entered into a drawing for
the following prizes:
16 members will get 16 percent off of their 2016 dues;
12 members will get one month of free advertising in
our newsletter, on our Facebook page, and on our brand
new website.
We appreciate all of our JBCC members and encourage you
to take advantage of this special offer by paying your 2015
membership dues early. If you have any questions, give us
a call at (330) 833-4400.
Chamber website redesigned
Calendar of Events
Westfield Bank Small Business Success Symposium
Business After Hours/Ribbon Cutting • Katy’s Kreations, LLC
Jackson-Belden Young Professionals Food Drive
First Annual Shady Hollow Country Club Homecoming Dance
Christmas Table Top Event
12:30 to 5 p.m. • Admission is free
Blair Conference Center • 9079 S. Leroy Rd. • Westfield Center, OH
For information call Jennifer Nixon at 330.887.8983
5 to 7 p.m. • 1912 Woodlawn Ave. NW
20% discount on items being offered the day of the event
Chamber members: $5 • Non-members: $10
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Buehler’s Fresh Foods - Nobles Pond • 7138 Fulton Dr. NW
Donations will benefit Community Harvest, Inc.
Music at 6 p.m. • Dinner at 6:30 p.m. • Dress: Semi-Formal
Shady Hollow Country Club • 4865 Wales Ave. NW • Massillon
Admission: $35 per person • Information: (330) 832-1581
5 to 7 p.m. • Saint George Serbian Center
4667 Applegrove St. NW • North Canton
Admission: Free to Guests • Vendor Table Fee: $25
AultCare QuickConnect Networking Luncheon
11:30 a.m. • Glenmoor Country Club • 4191 Glenmoor Rd. NW
Robin Sacks, 1minutemindset: “You’re over thinking everything!”
JBCC members: $18 • Non-members: $23 • Registration begins 11 a.m.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Looking Back
Chairman’s Message
Photos from recent events on the
Jackson-Belden Chamber calendar
This year is coming to a close fast. Before you know it, the holidays will be
upon us and the snow will soon be flying! (Hey, don’t shoot the messenger!)
October was a jam-packed month for our Chamber. We proudly kicked off
our JBYP organization with 50 folks out to support the launch and the
unveiling of their new logo. Both our young professionals and our
‘seasoned’ professionals were very supportive of this exciting new group.
We had several unique outings in our community last month, including
the KSU Stark Adventure Race and the Jackson Township Haunted
Hayride. In addition, we enjoyed two wonderful Business After Hours at
Harbor Massotherapy and The Twisted Olive. The Twisted Olive, owned
and operated by the Swaldos of Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro fame, is
a wonderful addition to our fine selection of dining options in the area.
You’ll want to be sure to check it out soon.
Business During Hours
Mathnasium, Sept. 24
Lastly, we partnered with the Massillon Area and North Canton Chambers
to put on a very informative Legislative Breakfast featuring an update on
the Affordable Care Act by Mike Novelli of AultCare.
Please visit our website and view the pictures of our Chamber events in
the photo gallery.
I want to thank our Ambassadors and our TIP Club Leaders for all their
hard work in making our Chamber members and guests feel welcomed at
all our events and TIP club meetings.
I also want to thank all of our military veterans who have served our nation with such distinction. Veterans Day is this month, and we appreciate
their service.
Business After Hours
Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh
@ Fox & Hound Sports Tavern, Sept. 25
Thanksgiving Day will usher in the holiday season, and we hope you have
a wonderful Thanksgiving. We all have much to be thankful for, in our
personal lives and as a community.
With the holidays approaching, be sure to get a jump-start by attending
our Christmas Table Top event, Nov. 18 at Saint George Serbian Center.
Lots of great gifts and gift ideas will be on display. We hope to see you
Thank you so much for your support of our Chamber. I am looking forward to seeing you at our many upcoming networking and community
Thomas W. Schmidt
Chairman of the Board
Ribbon Cutting
Conrad’s Tire Express & Total Car Care
Sept. 26
View photos
from past
events in our
online photo
Kelly Overcasher
6647 Frank Ave. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 494-8348
Ascent Audiology & Hearing is a premier audiology practice, providing a
suite of audiological services including prevention, diagnostic care, hearing
aids, counseling and personalized aftercare. Our services are customized
to each patient’s individual needs.
Heather Richkowski
2113 Old Elm St. NE
Canton, OH 44721
(330) 323-7782
We offer more than 15 years of human resources experience. Specialties
include organizational development, employee relations, recruiting, labor
relations, EEOC compliance, affirmative action plans, environmental health
and safety management, OHSA compliance, workers compensation cost
reduction and claims handling, and benefits selection and administration.
Eric Layne
8722 Wonderland Ave.
Clinton, OH 44216
(330) 324-8648
The staff at Buckeye Technology Services has worked on computers and
networks for some of the largest companies in the world. We pride ourselves in maintaining a small-firm feel by treating each client with care and
consideration. We’ve hand-picked a high-quality team of creative technicians with the diverse skills needed to solve any problem. No issue is too
big or too small. Contact us today for a free phone consultation.
Lori Ann Crowe
4620 Crystal Parkway
Kent, OH 44240
(330) 673-3600 ext. 110
Our highly trained, prompt, and courteous technicians are equipped with
the latest technology and tools to manage any fire protection service both
cost effectively & efficiently. Including, state of the art GPS Work Order
software that ensures immediate service and quick-turnaround. In addition
to rigorous training, our continuing education goals are met through our inhouse training facility located in our corporate office for all technician training needs.
Bobby Greco
2811 River Run Cir. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 354-9016
At First Data, we look for every opportunity to help customers leverage
more value from each transaction—developing new solutions to make
them simpler, faster, safer and more rewarding. We’ve entered the age of
Universal Commerce, where the lines between in-store, eCommerce and
mobile commerce are blurring. First Data is focused on delivering the integrated buying experience that today’s consumers demand—anywhere, any
time and on any device.
Stacie Scheurer
1300 S. Main St., Ste. #1000
North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 966-7010
Providing the finest in preschool education and daycare services for your
Dean Bacopoulos
3421 Ridgewood Rd. Suite 150
Akron, OH 44333
(330) 670-4405
James Forquer
4565 Shriver Rd.
North Canton, OH 44720
CBRE is the global leader in real estate services. Each year, we complete
thousands of successful assignments with clients from a gamut of industries. This volume creates market knowledge that allows us to seize opportunities, speed the business process and create the most thorough, precisely accurate picture of global commercial real estate conditions and
Proudly serving our customers Heating and Cooling needs in the Akron/
Canton area since 1996. Now installing the new Nest ''Thinking'' Thermostat—proud recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award two years in a
row. We are now offering Financing on new equipment. Please give us a
call today and ask about our current specials or find them under the
“Specials” tab on our website.
For Jackson-Belden Chamber Membership Info:
(330) 833-4400
Rick Taylor
37 First St. SW
Massillon, OH 44647
(330) 832-8807
Jack Butler
5421 Whipple Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 244-1700
The New Hyatt Place Canton is located in the Belden Village Shopping
area. Our hotel includes a complimentary breakfast, indoor pool & fitness
Brian St. Jean
1628 Blempton Rd. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
(330) 412-6636
Infinity Homes & Remodeling serves Northeast Ohio. We are a custom
home builder and experienced remodeling contractor. Infinity Homes &
Remodeling specializes in new home design, quality construction, custom
additions, and various remodeling services. Whether your looking to build
your 1st home, move up to a larger family friendly home, down size to an
''empty nest'' retreat, or fix-up your old tired home, we have the tools and
experience to design and build it for you.
Kozmo's Grille. It's Different! Well not too different. Not like over-the top,
make-you-feel-uncomfortable different. No, it's more like historic building different. Or, like comfortable-ambiancewith-nostalgic-quality different. It can be just-two-of-you-or-a-whole-bunchmore different. It's definitely wood-hearth-oven-pizza different (yum!),
And, appetizers-and-entrees-you never-had-before different (yum, yum!).
Martini-cosmopolitan-tequila-get-together kinda different (real different!).
The way-we-prepare-it-and-serve-it-different. Upscale-atmosphere-withoutupscale-prices-different. Easy-to-get-to-fun-to-be-at-different.
Tim Johnson
4460 Belden Village St. NW
Canton, OH 44718
(234) 521-7265
Long before the sandwiches were toasted and cookies were on the straws,
there was a young couple who owned an antique shop. They decided to
start serving lunch to their customers. As time passed the ''little antique
shop that could'' was slowly turning into quite the lunchtime getaway, complete with toasty warm sandwiches, homemade desserts and even live
music. In 1996, Bryant Keil bought the original store on Lincoln Avenue in
Chicago. Together with his team, Bryant set out to spread the Potbelly love
across the country, creating shops with the same neighborhood feel as the
original. Today, the magic continues with more than 280 Potbelly Sandwich Shops in neighborhoods around the country.
Keith Watts
6745 Southpointe Parkway
Brecksville, OH 44141
(330) 746-7500
The House of LaRose distribution facility has over 300,000 square feet of
office and warehouse space under one roof, with the capacity to store 1.5
million cases of beverage products. The beverage distribution business
currently employs approximately 305 people servicing over 5,200 customers in eight Northeastern Ohio counties. The Company sells and distributes
the following products: Anheuser-Busch InBev, Yuengling, Goose Island,
Corona, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Monster energy drinks, Taste of Florida
drink mixes, Dad’s Root Beer, and Icelandic Glacial water.
Roger Nichols
8155 Walter St. NE
Massillon, OH 44646
(330) 949-7801
Viridian is an energy company with residential and commercial customers,
served by a network of independent associates who offer customers a full
portfolio of responsible energy options: electricity from renewable sources,
natural gas that mitigates emissions through carbon offsets and affordable
solar power for homes. We value our associates and take great pride in the
financial success enjoyed by many. Most of all, we value each and every
one of our customers, who are our driving force as we continue on our path
Keep up with the Chamber at the all new
The schedule of speakers for the
2015 AultCare QuickConnect
Networking Luncheon series has
been set, and it features a
lineup of motivational speakers
that will enlighten and inspire
members and guests.
The monthly luncheons take
place at Glenmoor Country Club
in Jackson Township. Individual reservations can be
made for each luncheon, or season passes can be purchased for the entire year. Sponsorships are available
for Sweet Treats, Centerpieces, Season Pass Drawing
and Spotlight Company. Here is the lineup for 2015:
January 21
Speaker: Craig D. Chamberlain, CAIR Leadership
Topic: “Beach Ball Perspective”
February 18
Speaker: Renee Powell, Clearview Golf Course
Topic: “History of Clearview Golf Course”
March 18
Speaker: Christopher Milo
Topic: “Use Your Talents”
April 15
Speaker: Tim Dimoff, SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc.
Topic: “Harnessing the Positive Law of Attraction to Build Your Successful Future”
May 20
Speaker: David Baker, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Topic: “How to Lead a Hall of Fame Life”
June 17
Speaker: Sue Grabowski, Grabowski & Company
Topic: “Talking the Talk — How to Communicate with Diverse Generations”
Speakers like Bill Truax of Trufield Enterprises, Inc., who spoke
in October, never fail to entertain, inform and inspire attendees
at the monthly AultCare QuickConnect Networking Luncheons.
July 8
Speaker: Kevin Nisly, Pole Position Marketing
Topic: “Understanding Your Online Presence and How It Can Impact Your Business”
August 19
Speaker: Fred Reikowsky, Legacy Business Leaders
Topic: “Managing Business Growth for Profitability (and Sanity)”
September 16
Speaker: Marvin Montgomery, Marvin Montgomery, Inc.
Topic: “Are You Practicing on Your Customers?”
October 21
Speaker: Dawn Waldrop, Best Impressions
Topic: “The POWER of Color”
November 18
Speaker: Bob Gessner, MCTV
Topic: “MCTV Q&A”
December 16
Speaker: Ivana Taylor, DIY Marketers
Topic: “How to do LESS Marketing and make MORE Money”
Contact the Chamber at 330-833-4400 for information about reservations, season passes or sponsorship opportunities.
A common problem among most
businesses is not getting paid for
services or products rendered. Hundreds of billions are lost each year
due to bills unpaid, bounced checks
and credit card charge backs.
Like everyone who has ever been in
business, John Covender understands the problems it can cause
when someone doesn’t pay you.
Coming from a background in restoration cleaning and construction
work, he was determined to find a
better way.
He created to pre-qualify and warn business owners of potential customers
who may have previous unpaid
transactions. Traditional tracking
methods are expensive, and most
are dated and inaccurate; in addition, many bad business debts are
far too small to recover via costly
current collection methods.
KYC uses a central database that
tracks prior customer payment patterns so businesses across multiple
industries and demographics can
communicate with one another. The
result is an affordable, real-time solution that saves companies money
that would normally be lost to bad
business transactions.
Economic times have changed dramatically and it is time to provide an easyto-use system with real-time access to
information about a consumer before
you engage into a contract with them.
The goal of KYC is to help interrupt the
cycle of loss experienced by businesses. This is not only important to KYC,
but will help and sustain a successful
long-term business environment for
our clients.
KYC provides real-time links to various
industries and business record types
creating a first-to-market service that
can access customer financial data
trends simultaneously.
Many types of industry verticals have
tracking organizations that act as a
clearing house for payment history
information. However, they are limited
to information available only within
their own specific industry. NONE of
these boutique clearing houses are
capable of communicating with other
industries outside of that vertical. For
years “business” has been about the
consumer and now with, businesses have a
knowledge base tool for their own use
in real-time.
Currently there are very few easily
available and cost effective resources
to help protect businesses before they
extend credit to or do business with a
potential slow or non-paying customer.
KYC is not only recession proof, but
during unfortunate market downswings
would actually bring in more clients as
businesses seek to minimize potential
KYC’s main service is payment pattern
information collection which is distributed through a central searchable database. The database allows KYC users access to vital information before a
transaction is complete. Providing this
information helps reduce the risk to
the seller and helps to limit losses
caused by potential non-payers, slow
payers, non-sufficient funds, and
charge backs that cost business owners billions of dollars.
The benefit of KYC is to allow businesses access to current information
for non-paying customers in order to
decide whether to enter into a relationship with them. KYC gives businesses the opportunity to reduce
costs associated with trying to collect bad debts as well as proactively
engaging with quality customers
from the start.
Each month we showcase a Chamber member’s business or organization. To be considered, send a 500-word article that highlights your company, services, staff, products, or similar topics, to Ashley Winter at [email protected] High resolution logos and photographs should be included. The Chamber reserves the right to include articles at its own discretion and may edit your submission for grammar and style. Articles are considered for publication in the order in which they are received.
Nov. 18
5-7 pm
Saint George Serbian Center • 4667 Applegrove St . NW • North Canton
FREE ADMISSION for attendees • Catering by George
Vendor Tables only $25 • Sell at your table • Space is limited, call the Chamber to reserve yours: 330-833-4400
Review Floor Plans on-line
from our members
Gill Joins Wealth Division at
Premier Bank & Trust
Premier Bank & Trust announced that
Julie Gill has joined their Wealth Division
team. With more than 18 years of banking experience, Julie will be the Assistant
Vice President, Private Banking Officer,
serving Canton and surrounding areas. In
this role, she will be responsible for increasing the bank’s focus on the affluent
market, in addition to growing private
banking for the Wealth Division in Stark County.
Premier Bank & Trust’s approach to private banking is
unique, in that Julie will work hand-in-hand with bankers
from all lines of business enabling clients to receive one-onone personalized solutions and client service. The Wealth
Division is well positioned to deliver exceptional service
while focusing on client relationships.
“Julie is an experienced banker who is deeply entrenched in
the community, which makes her well-qualified to work oneon-one with clients to understand and develop customized
solutions for their financial banking needs,” said Rick Hull,
President and Chief Executive Officer.
Raised in Stark County, Julie is active in the community.
She is chairperson and committee member for Vintage Canton, committee member for Mercy Service League at Mercy
Medical Center, cash controller for the Balloon Classic and
cash controller for the Taste of Canton.
CareSource Offers Reminder of Approaching
Deadlines, OSHA Changes
CareSource provided the following information that may be
helpful to employers:
Nov. 24, 2014 is the deadline for group rating programs,
and if you are new to a group rating program we request
that we receive your enrollment documents by 11/17/14 (If
you are already in group rating, you will be automatically
renewed into the 2015 program).
Jan. 23, 2015 is the enrollment deadline for group retrospective rating programs. If you have dual invitations to
both a traditional group rating program and a group retrospective rating program, please let CareSource know by
Nov. 17 which program you are choosing, to ensure that you
are filed into your desired program in a timely fashion.
Another Billion Back: This rebate was formally approved by
the board of directors of the Bureau of Workers Compensation. If you have an active and up-to-date policy or policies,
you are eligible to receive a rebate which will be calculated
at 60 percent of what was paid for the 2012 policy year
(July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 for private employers,
and Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2012 for public employers). Checks will be disbursed through November.
Webinars: Group Rating and Group Retro
savings/refund structures can change with
each policy year, as
can the program levels for which you may be eligible. If you need help discerning
the pros and cons of each program, we are continuing to
offer webinars on this topic.
OSHA Changes: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently announced changes to both
reporting and recordkeeping guidelines effective Jan. 1,
2015. As of Jan. 1 all employers must report:
All work-related fatalities within 8 hours (currently required).
All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, any amputation or
loss of an eye within 24 hours.
Additionally, OSHA has greatly expanded the list of employers
that must keep records, such as bakeries, auto dealers, and
museums (see attached information).
Employers can report to OSHA by calling 1.800.321.OSHA
(6742) or by using the soon-to-be-released online form.
Unemployment Compensation: You may have recently received a communication from the Ohio Department of Job
and Family Services (ODJFS) regarding an electronic data
exchange system available to employers. The State Information Data Exchange system (SIDES) and SIDES EResponse described in the ODJFS communication is an option for employers but not mandatory. Employers can still
receive and respond to unemployment claims using their
current method. All responses to ODJFS should be submitted timely and with adequate information relevant to the
employment separation.
News Briefs
Morse Joins Westfield Bank Medina Market
Commercial Lending Team
Westfield Bank’s Small Business Success
Symposium Set for Nov. 12
Lenora Morse recently joined Westfield Bank as Vice President
and Commercial Lender, responsible for creating and sustaining banking relationships with businesses across Northeast
If you are a business owner committed to sustained growth
or are planning a transitional event within the next 10 years,
join Westfield Bank for a symposium uniquely designed to
help you plan for the future of your business, your family and
your legacy.
Prior to joining Westfield Bank, Lenora
developed her skills working in financial
services for local businesses, private
and super regional financial institutions.
She brings an extensive background in
commercial banking and treasury management that has been accumulated
through 12 years of experience of
providing business owners with holistic
financial solutions. Lenora graduated
from Baldwin‐Wallace College with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with minors in Finance and English.
A Medina resident, Morse is a dedicated community servant
leader and volunteer. She is a graduate of Leadership Medina
County Class of 2013, Past Chair of a Healthcare Banking
Team, a volunteer for Junior Leadership Medina County and
Feeding Medina County.
She is an active member of the Northeast Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Koman, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), Ladies Who Launch and various other organizations.
“We are excited to have Lenora join our team. She shares values that are important to Westfield Bank, including honesty,
dependability and trust,” commented Senior Vice President
Kurt Kappa. “She has a strong reputation within the community and works closely with clients to learn their business needs
and develop solutions. Lenora’s skills and experience demonstrate sharing knowledge and building trust, which is what we
are known for.”
Westfield Bank is one of Northeast Ohio’s leading financial
institutions and rated five‐star “Superior” by BauerFinancial,
an independent rating company. Through knowledgeable
banking professionals and the conveniences of online technology, Westfield Bank provides comprehensive commercial and
personal banking services to Northeast Ohio customers and
independent agencies that represent Westfield Insurance.
Westfield Bank is an affiliate of Westfield Insurance, one of
the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance
groups, represented by a network of over 1,000 independent
insurance agencies. In business for more than 160 years,
Westfield provides commercial and personal insurance in 21
active states and surety services to customers in 31 states.
Westfield’s “Small Business Success Symposium” will take
place Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Blair
Conference Center, 9079 S. Leroy Rd. in Westfield Center,
Ohio. There is no fee for the program, but attendees are
asked to register by calling 330-887-8983.
Many privately held businesses face various issues, including:
Understanding the value and worth of a business;
Determining how and when to exit your business on
your terms;
How to successfully manage growth and navigate “no
man’s land.”
Registration will begin at 12:30, with the speakers and panel discussion taking place between 1 and 4 p.m., followed
by a networking session from 4 to 5 p.m.
Scheduled to speak are:
Richard Martin, JD, LLM, CFBS, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, MBA.
Richard Martin brings a wealth of information on business
valuation to our discussion. As the manager of the newly
formed MassMutual Closely-held Business Evaluation Program, Richard leads a team of financial professionals in
evaluating the estate and business planning needs of closely-held business owners.
Mark Dorman, CLU®, ChFC®, CFBS, Certified Family Business Specialist. Mark Dorman specializes in small business
issues related to transitioning leadership or exit planning.
He is President of Dorman Legacy Advisors, LLC, and Founder of the Midwest Family Business Center. He is a recognized industry leader with more than 28 years of experience
working with business owners, corporate executives, and
Doug Tatum, Chairman at Newport Board Group. Doug Tatum, author of award winning, best seller No Man’s Land,
used data from the Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies IEGC to describe how companies that are too big to be
small and too small to be big can transition and become the
real Economy Heroes. Mr. Tatum, a recognized expert on
capital markets and the entrepreneurial growth economy,
has testified before the U.S. Congress about the financing
challenges growing companies face.