Newsletter - Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce
January 2015 Newsletter
Non-Profit Organizations–
Never Doubt
I am just sure that this is not a national observance but, for the Wadsworth
Area Chamber of Commerce, January is National Non-Profit Month.
Wadsworth has a long and proud history of committed, non-profit
organizations touching and enriching the lives of the community through
education, healthcare, arts and culture, and social services. These
non-profits agencies, dedicated to making strong, positive impacts on
our community, serve as partners with business and government, solve
community problems and care for those in need. At the same time they
are providing much-need services, they are strengthening the community,
as well. In fact, our government relies heavily on non-profit agencies to
pick up the slack and respond quickly to community needs.
Non-Profit Organizations – Never Doubt - Continued on page 2
The Nonprofit Agencies of Wadsworth and Medina County
Learn about the agencies that make up the difference between what
government offers and what our community needs
New Members
Take a moment to become familiar with new Chamber members
Mark Your Calendars
Special events to keep in mind and in your schedule
Member News
Events and opportunities to interact with Chamber members
Powerful Visibility on the Chamber Website!
Utilizing the web and the Chamber name to promote your business
Chamber Office
Janie Parish, Executive Director
[email protected]
Sharon Wright, Membership Benefit Coordinator
[email protected]
2015 Executive Board
Tom Crookes, President
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP
Tommy Hayes, Vice-President
Darrell Carey, Treasurer
Carey & Associates
Jeff Novak, Secretary
Advanced Insurance Designs, Inc.
Karen Wilson, Past-President
Wadsworth Real Estate
2015 Directors
Erik Allwood
FirstMerit Bank
Brooke Bonelli
M3 Energy
Joe Magnacca
Wadsworth City Schools
Jack Ollom
Downtown Wadsworth, Inc.
Michelle Reese
Day Ketterer, Attorneys at Law
Ann Reusch
Westfield Bank
Thomas Sigel
Ohio Regional Music Arts & Cultural Outreach
Non-Profit Organizations – Never Doubt - Continued from page 1
There are a few fundamental differences between for-profit businesses and non-profit agencies. Foremost
is that non-profits are driven by its service mission and searching for ways to respond to the community’s
needs rather than by profit; non-profits serve everyone, regardless of ability to pay; and non-profits are
governed by a volunteer Board of community leaders who are motivated by public services.
The Wadsworth Chamber has 40 non-profit organizations as members. Some of these organizations
are service organizations, such as the Wadsworth Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club of Wadsworth and
the Wadsworth Lion’s Club, that maintain a mission of community service. Other organizations provide
education, such as Wadsworth City Schools, the Wayne College, University of Akron, Medina County
University Center and the Wadsworth Public Library. Some provide health care, such as Medina Hospital,
the Medina County Health Department and Hospice of Medina County. Others offer different types of
growth, such as Medina County Economic Development Corporation and Leadership Medina County.
Still, others offer help in any way they can, such as the Wadsworth Salvation Army and Community Action
Each one of us has a story how a non-profit organization touched our life. You might have known a senior
citizen who wanted to attend a grandson’s wedding but couldn’t afford the trip and called The HANDS
Foundation. Maybe you needed to get in touch with someone in the military on an emergency basis and
contacted the American Red Cross. You might have planned a family reunion at a park and called the
Medina County Parks District to reserve a pavilion. You might be the parent of a child with developmental
disabilities and contacted the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Society for
Handicapped Citizens or Medina Creative Housing, or maybe even called all three agencies.
At the core of all of these non-profit organizations are volunteers. Each one of these organizations must
count on community volunteers to provide services and assistance. That’s why we designate our January
28 Chamber luncheon meeting to highlight the nonprofit agencies that serve Wadsworth and Medina
County. Please join us to learn about these organizations and consider stepping into the role of a muchneeded volunteer.
We are thankful to live in a community where so many non-profits provide services to anyone and
everyone. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the
world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
January Meeting
Event Information
Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Location:The Galaxy Restaurant
Cost: $15.00
Time: 11:00a.m. - Social Networking
11:30a.m. - Lunch
12:00p.m. - Browse and learn about
our nonprofit agencies
1:00p.m. - Meeting Completed
Luncheon Menu
• Pasta Bar
• Tossed Salad
• Garlic Bread
• Dessert
Reservations are requested by January 24th to the Chamber
office. You may pre-pay on line
or pay at the door with cash, check or credit card.
The Nonprofit Agencies of Wadsworth
and Medina County
Join us as we highlight the nonprofit agencies that serve Wadsworth and Medina County. Visit nonprofit organization
display tables to learn about these agencies that make up the difference between what government offers and what
our community needs. You will receive a resource booklet with an overview of each agency that includes services and
programs, volunteer opportunities and contact information.
We hope that you will attend this luncheon to learn about the amazing nonprofit organizations that serve and help
our community.
Lunch is a pasta bar and reservations are requested by January 24 to the Chamber office. You may pre-pay on line or pay at the door with cash, check or credit card.
Next Luncheon Meeting
ednesday, February 25 - Wadsworth State of the City
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2014 New Members
• Meadowview Care Center
Kimberly Bergstrom; Christian Ferguson
83 High Street, Seville, OH 44273
Skilled nursing facility
• McClintock Electric
Michael McClintock; Connie Valot
402 E. Henry Street, Wooster, OH 44691
Electrical installation
• Upkeep Barbershop
Del Keefer
1316 High Street, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Seven-days-a-week barber shop
• Whitaker Myers Benefit Plans
Chris Vanderzyden
3524 Commerce Parkway, Wooster, OH 44691
Health, Medicare, Health Care Reform, Life Insurance Agency
Renewing Wadsworth Area Chamber of
Commerce Members
(as of 12/12/2014)
Member Name
Allen & Hartzell Insurance Agency
Member Since
Member Name
Michael Day Enterprises
Member Since
American Legion Post 170
Northeast Ohio Dance
American Stone Encounters
Ohio Regional Music Arts & Cultural
Outreach (ORMACO)
Automotive Supply & Equipment Co.
Ohmat Enterprises
Promotion Solutions
Caesar & Lynda Carrino
Rawiga Golf and Swim Club
Carey & Associates
Rittman Inc., Mull Iron
Cox Funeral Home
Rufener Electric
Crossroads Community Church
Structure Personnel, Inc.
F.O.E Wadsworth Eagles #2117
The O’Neill Group
Feeding Medina County
Thompson Excavating
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP 2012
Marti Novak/Mary Kay Cosmetics
Wadsworth Eye Clinic
Master Distribution
Wadsworth Pediatrics
McDonald’s (Lenic, Inc.)
Walter A. Gairing
Medina Christian Academy
Wreaths for Western Reserve
Medina Creative Housing
Mark Your Calendars
• Wednesday, January 17 ~ 8:00 a.m.
Downtown Wadsworth Incorporated (DWI)
Monthly Meeting
Wadsworth Public Library
This is an open meeting for all interested. DWI develops
and maintains a downtown identity that continually
advances the quality of the community’s social, cultural
and commercial environment. Contact information:
• Tuesday, January 13 ~ 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
The Chamber Office - 132-A Main Street
• Wednesday, January 28 ~ 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Wadsworth Independent Business Association
Founders Hall, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital
Everyone is welcome at this open meeting. WIBA
believes in the economic value independent businesses
bring to the Wadsworth community. It is WIBA’s mission
to support and encourage growth of free enterprise of
independent businesses throughout the Wadsworth
• Wednesday, January 28 ~ 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Luncheon
The Galaxy Restaurant
Don’t miss our nonprofit informational fair so that you
know how these great organizations serve
our community.
• Friday, February 6 ~ 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
The Wadsworth Independent Business
Association (WIBA) hosts the Speaker Series
Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Health Center,
Founders Hall
Kathy Breitenbucher of the Pedestal Group talks about
four generations working side-by-side in the workplace.
Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. RSVPs are a
must by February 4: [email protected] or call
Allen & Hartzell at 330.335.2521.
• Saturday, February 7 ~ 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
18th Annual “For the Love of Chocolate” Festival
Medina Performing Arts Center at Medina High
School, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina
The American Red Cross of Summit, Portage and Medina
Counties invites community members to the Love of
Chocolate Festival. The 2015 event features decadent
chocolate items from approximately 40 chocolatiers,
Ticket price is $10. All attendees age 12 and older
must have a ticket to enter the event. For additional
information, log on to
2015 Chamber
Member Coffees
Chamber Member
Coffees help new
members and not-sonew members get to
know the Wadsworth
Area Chamber of
Commerce. The coffees are hosted at the Chamber
office - 132-A Main Street, on the second floor of the
SaberLogic building. The purposes of these coffees
are for members to learn and understand all of the
benefits provided by the Chamber and meet other
The Ambassador Committee has representatives
in attendance so you may start meeting Chamber
members before the luncheons. Even if you have
been a member of the Wadsworth Area Chamber of
Commerce for years, it’s good to hear your benefits
again for a refresher.
All of the coffees are scheduled onTuesdays, from
8:00-9:00 a.m.
• January 20
• February 17
• March 17
• April 21
• May 19
• June 16
• July 21
• August 18
• September 15
• October 20
• November 17
• December 15
Member News
• Michael Reynolds has recently
been promoted to General
Sales Manager for all of The
Post Newspapers. Michael
grew up in Norton and married
his high school sweetheart.
He and Lisa then settled in
Wadsworth because they were
attracted by the “fine schools,
great amenities and small town
atmosphere.” Graduating from The University of Akron
with a marketing degree, Michael has since acquired a
great deal of small and large business experience.
ichael started with The Post as the Wadsworth
Local Sales Manager. In this role, he grew to know
the Wadsworth business owners and helped with
their advertising needs, while learning the day-to-day
workings of producing a weekly paper. In his new
overall Sales Manager role, he retains his Wadsworth
responsibilities but will also help organize the activities
of all of The Post sales professionals to help both small
and large businesses with innovative marketing plans.
Committed to Northeast Ohio, Michael believes in the
positive quality of life that this area provides. His family,
including adult children, either live or work in Wadsworth.
Some do both! Congratulations, Michael!
• The Sleep Center at Medina Hospital now offers Home
Sleep Testing to help determine whether an individual
has obstructive sleep apnea. The testing is done in
the comfort of the patient’s home using a portable
sleep monitor. For more information or to make an
appointment, call 216.444.2165.
• Each month, Advanced
Insurance Designs draws
two winners of a $25 gas
card each. To qualify,
get a quote on any line of business AIDI writes, refer
someone or anyone may sign up on their web site
(one time per day.) One entry given for every referral
to Advanced Insurance Designs. Winning entries are
pulled on the first Monday of each month and posted on For information, call
• The University of Akron, Wayne College Alumni
Association seeks nominations for its 2015
Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominees must have
earned at least 30 credit hours at Wayne College
in Orrville or at the Holmes Campus in Millersburg.
This year’s recipient was Karl Stroh, the College’s
first graduate, who was awarded the recognition
posthumously, following his passing earlier in the year.
Nominations may be made by anyone in the community.
Forms and guidelines are available at The deadline for
nominations is February 6, 2015.
A Wayne College is a regional branch of The
University of Akron and offers associate and certificate
programs as well as the first two years of general
bachelor’s degree courses for students who intend to
complete their studies at the Akron campus or another
college or university. Additional bachelor’s degrees
offered in their entirety on the Orrville campus include
social work and organizational supervision, as well
as a Saturday MBA through the UA College of
Business Administration.
WIBA - Wadsworth
Independent Business
Association Speaker Series
Four Generations in the Workplace Understanding Means Business
The landscape of the business world has changed in that
today we have four different generations coming together
trying to understand each other and adapt works styles.
In this discussion, we will find out why the generations
approach things the way they do and how to both work
with and sell to each generation. If you have ever thought
“these kids today” or wondered why you couldn’t reach a
person with your message, this session is for you!
Kathy Breitenbucher, Managing
Partner of The Pedestal Group,
has pursued research on the four
generations for over 20 years.
Providing clients with support in
marketing, hiring, and technology,
she brings these concepts into play
to help businesses reach their goals
and plan for the future.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Health Center
Founders Hall
11:15 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person for lunch (cash), payable at door
Reservations are a must by February 4 and no-shows will
be billed $10.
Email: [email protected] or phone
This program is sponsored by The Wadsworth
Independent Business Association (WIBA), in partnership
with the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.
Powerful Visibility on the Chamber Website!
People on our website have already made an important decision; they are looking for a business right here in our area.
Statistics indicate that people searching the internet are
experienced, educated consumers who use the web to
help make purchase decisions! In fact, 85% of American
adults use the internet and 78% of users are looking for
information about a product/service online.*
Are you reaching this targeted market?
Many members realize the benefit of their membership
and the value of targeting the market already driven to the
Chamber’s Online Business Directory. It is about utilizing
the web and the Chamber name to promote your business.
We have asked Jason
Moengen, our Internet
Marketing Consultant from our software and marketing partner,
ChamberMaster, to help you promote your business to these
targeted, potential consumers using the Chamber’s website.
Your FREE Listing on the Chamber’s Online Business
Directory includes:
• 200 character business description
• Hours of operation
• Driving directions
• Personalized keywords
• Free online job postings
• Free online promotions
• Ability to register for Events
• Update the Chamber’s database without having to call
or email
The basic listings require your attention to update your
business description, 8 key word/search terms, hours
of operation and driving directions to enhance your
Be watching your email for more details on how to
schedule your one-on-one consultation or if you’d like to
get on the list to be contacted first, you can email
[email protected] or call
800-825-1785 x351.
Upgrade opportunities will be presented, including the
ability to display your logo in our Online Business Directory,
increase visibility to your own web link, and provide
enhancements that give a professional first impression.
How to gain additional, exclusive exposure to the Chamber
website traffic is something that will also be discussed.
Stand Out from the Crowd!!
• Enhance your Listing
• Logo, Photos, Priority Placement in the
Online Business Directory, a 1600 Character Business
Description, with an additional 200 Character
Description right in the Search Results
• Receive an Enhanced Map Listing
• Pin which includes more information when clicked
• Be Highlighted in your Business Category
• Display a custom banner ad as one of our Limited
Business Category Sponsors
• Select Premiere Visibility on High Traffic Pages
• Choose to become a Complete Website Sponsor –
with free banner ad design and re-design
The Rosie Awards Categories
It’s time to start thinking about honoring outstanding
individuals, businesses and organizations that make
Wadsworth a great place to live and work at Wadsworth’s
own, Rosie Awards.
At the January 28 and February 25 luncheon meetings of
the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, you have the
opportunity to vote to recognize the great accomplishments
of the past year. Simply write the individual’s name,
business or organization on the provided ballot and the
Chamber will take it from there. If you cannot attend either
luncheon meeting to submit an entry, you may contact the
Chamber with your nomination. The general membership
will vote in March for the top finalists in each category via an
email survey. The past five Chamber presidents select the
award recipients.
This year’s categories are:
Wadsworth Young Professional of the Year
This award recognizes a young professional who
has made significant contributions to enhance the
Wadsworth Young Professionals.
Business Employee of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding employee, is a
non-owner of the business and is not in a supervisory
or management position.
Business Manager of the Year
This award recognizes an exceptional manager who is
a non-owner of the business.
Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year
This award recognizes a business leader for his/
her involvement in the development of the greater
Wadsworth area.
Wednesday, April 28, 2015 ● 6:00 p.m.
Business Advocate of the Year
This award recognizes a member of the Wadsworth
area business community as a paid professional or
as a volunteer who actively supports a cause, policy
or idea.
Sustainable Business of the Year
This award recognizes a business that has introduced
a new eco-friendly sustainability practice in their
company within the prior calendar year.
Community Improvement of the Year
This award recognizes a business that has completed
a restoration, improvement or building project in the
prior calendar year.
Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year
This award recognizes a non-profit Wadsworth
business for playing a committed role in the
Wadsworth community.
Outstanding Business of the Year
This award recognizes a Wadsworth business for
playing an active role in the Wadsworth community..
Nominations are due by February 28, 2015.
Brazilian Group Comes to
Wadsworth and Area
Catch the swing and
rhythm of urban Brazil
as Ohio Regional
Music Arts and
Cultural Outreach
(ORMACO) wraps
up the 2014-15
World Tour of Music
Series with Paulo
Padilha and Group, with a sizzling concert at Highland High
School on February 21, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. With generous
underwriting from Arts Midwest, this highly- acclaimed group
combines clever lyrics with a mischievous sense of humor.
Paulo Padilha’s songs take interest in everything from
mother-in-law as muse to philosophic ramblings on art. A
little samba, a little pop - you’ll dance all the way home!
The group will offer school workshops during the week
at Wadsworth, Wadsworth and Northwest High Schools.
There will be free library and community workshops for
the general public during the week at Lodi (February 16 at
10:30 a.m.); Seville Town Hall (February 16 at 7:00 p.m.);
Medina (February 17 at 10:30 a.m.), Buckeye (February
17 at 3:00 p.m.); Wadsworth (February17 at 7:00 p.m.)
There will also be a public concert on Thursday, February
20 at 7:00 p.m. at Puffenberger Hall at Northwest
High School in Canal Fulton. On Saturday, February
21, The Galaxy Restaurant is offering a special preconcert Brazilian dinner. To reserve your dinner, phone
330.334.3663 in advance.
Tickets are $10 in advance for both concerts are now on
sale by calling 330.722.2541 or online at
Tickets are available, starting on January 12, at all Medina
County Buehler’s stores or at the Jackson Buehler’s for
the Canal Fulton concert only. Tickets are $12 at the door
the night of the concerts.
2014 “Come Home for the Holidays”
The “Come Home for the Holidays” shop local program
was a huge success! There were over 11,000 receipts
redeemed for raffle tickets; 50 raffles prizes; 12 gift cards;
$500 in cash and 250 in attendance at the prize drawings.
The Post Newspapers was the Title Sponsor for this
program and we so appreciate all of their support and
Thank you to the Wadsworth Public Library for
providing a place for the receipts to be redeemed;
Wadsworth City Hall for providing a place for the prize
drawings and Mayor Robin Laubaugh for pulling the
winning tickets.
A tip of the Santa hat to Sonnets Espresso Bar &
Restaurant for the donation of coffee for the morning
of the prize drawings and Sam’s Club for the delicious
cookies. Sonnets also donated a $10 gift card to each of
the prize winners!
Thank you to these generous businesses that
donated the prizes and money:
• Advanced Insurance Designs
• Allen & Hartzell
• Anytime Fitness
• Applebees
• Apropos
• Arabica Cafe
• Bicksler Electric
• Birds, Bats and More
• Buehlers, Wadsworth
• Cardinal’s Jewelry & Things
• Clampco Products
• Comfort Inn & Suites, Wadsworth
• Deer Pass Golf Course
• Dominos Pizza, Wadsworth
• FirstMerit Bank
• Galaxy Restaurant
• Giant Eagle, Wadsworth
• Glen Rutherford Photography
• Holistic Solutions
• Home Depot, Wadsworth
• K-9 Spa
• Karen Wilson, Wadsworth Real Estate
• Legacy Hair Studio
• Luke Engineering
• Mane Attraction Hair Studio
• Mark Horner
• Marti Novak, Mary Kay
• Northeast Ohio Dance
• Palitto Consulting Services
• Peggy Pogan
• Remington Products
• Ritzman Pharmacy
• Sam’s Club
• Sunway Cleaners
• Sonnets Espresso Bar & Restaurant
• Stop ‘n Go
• T.J. Shannon Construction
• The Post Newspapers
• Thurber’s Jewelers
• Tom Stugmyer
• Tranor Enterprises
• Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
• Wadsworth Veterinary Hospital
• Wadsworth Bicentennial Committee
Gratefulness to the dedicated committee that put
this program together:
Jeff Novak, Advanced Insurance Designs
Karen Wilson, Wadsworth Real Estate
Mark Horner, Frontier Communications
Marti Novak, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Michael Reynolds, The Post Newspapers,
Robin Wenger, American Hospitality Group
Brianna Palitto, Eyedeal Graphics
Janie Parish, Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
Much gratitude to Palitto Consulting Services for
storing the prizes; Dave Williams, Wadsworth City
Council, for braving the very windy cold weather
to place the signs around town and helping to
deliver prizes to lucky winners at the event and Ann
Reusch, Westfield Bank, who also volunteered.
“Come Home for the Holidays” is a terrific way to
remind our community to SHOP LOCAL!
Mayor Robin Laubaugh pulls a winning ticket, Janie Parish
and Karen Wilson get a bike ready for a lucky winner and
councilman Dave Williams waits to deliver the bike.
2015 Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Executive Board
• Tom Crookes, President
Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease, LLP
106 South Main Street, #1100
Akron, OH 44308
[email protected]
• Erik Allwood
FirstMerit Bank
7800 Reynolds Road
Mentor, OH 44060
[email protected]
• Ann Reusch
Westfield Bank
4015 Medina Road
Medina, OH 44256
[email protected]
• Brooke Bonelli
M3 Energy
577 Red Rock Drive
Wadsworth, OH 44281
[email protected]
• Thomas Sigel
Ohio Regional Music Arts
& Cultural Outreach
4403 Belmont Court
Medina, OH 44256
[email protected]
• Tommy Hayes, Vice-President
132 Main Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281
[email protected]
• Darrell Carey, Treasurer
Carey & Associates
116 N. Pardee Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281
[email protected]
• Jeff Novak, Secretary
Advanced Insurance Designs, Inc.
2181 Wadsworth Road
Norton, OH 44203
[email protected]
• Karen Wilson, Past-President
Wadsworth Real Estate
208 Great Oaks Trail
Wadsworth, OH 44281
[email protected]
• Joe Magnacca
Wadsworth City Schools
524 Broad Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281
[email protected]
• Jack Ollom
Downtown Wadsworth, Inc.
102 Main Street, Suite 301
Wadsworth, OH 44281
[email protected]
• Michelle Reese
Day Ketterer, Attorneys at Law
200 Market Avenue, North, Suite 300
Canton, OH 44702
[email protected]
Tom Crookes - 2015
President of the Board
of Directors of the
Wadsworth Area
Chamber of Commerce
Tom Crookes is a partner in
the Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease, LLP, Akron
office, and a member of
the labor and employment
group. He represents
employers with a variety of
labor and employment law
matters, including federal
and state employment
discrimination litigation,
defense of administrative charges, union election
campaigns, collective bargaining, non-competition
litigation, civil rights actions, wage and hour disputes
and workplace safety matters.
Tom received his J.D. from the University of Detroit
School of Law and his A.B. from the University of
Michigan and is a member of the American Bar
Association, the Federal Bar Association, the
Ohio State Bar Association, and the Akron Bar
Association. He is certified by the Ohio State Bar
Association as a specialist in labor and
employment law.
Tom and his wife, Barb, live in Wadsworth and have
two sons and are active in the First Christian Church
of Wadsworth.
Employers Must File Taxes,
Make Payments Electronically
Lisa Beamer, CPA, Rea & Associates, New Philadelphia office
Starting this January, employers filing in the state of
Ohio will be required to use the Ohio Business Gateway
(OBG) to file and remit payment for state and school
district income tax withholding returns, according to the
Ohio Department of Taxation. The new rule was finalized
earlier this month and will go into effect on January 1,
2015. The OBG Electronic Filing system was established
to save Ohio time and money by simplifying business’
relationships with government agencies while providing
them with an easier means to comply with regulatory
requirements. However, it is understood that some
employers may not be able to use the electronic filing
system at this time, which prompted the department to
allow some preparers to opt out of the requirement if
they can establish a valid reason for why they are unable
to comply. To opt out of the department’s new rule,
employers must provide the department with the following
information on form WT OOR, including their:
• Business name
• Address
• Phone number
• Employer withholding number and Federal Employer
Identification Number (FEIN)
• Withholding type
• Detailed reason for the request to be excluded from
electronic filing and payment provisions.
“Preparers seeking to opt out of electronic filing must
present strongly compelling reasons to justify the
waiver of the requirement,” the department states in
the Frequently Asked Questions page of its website.
“Preparers filing tax returns with the state of Ohio should
plan to comply with the electronic filing mandate and
not assume that their request to opt out will be granted.”
Anyone may apply to be excused from the electronic filing
requirement and permitted to file their return by nonelectronic means. However, if approval is given, it is only
valid for one year. Preparers are required to resubmit their
requests annually. The opt out request form can be found
on the “Forms” portal of the department’s website or by
calling 888.405.4039 - option 1. Otherwise, you may
register or log in to use the Ohio Business Gateway.
Additional assistance with navigation, filing a return and/
or remitting payment, may be found by visiting the Self
Help eLibrary. Contact Rea & Associates, 330.722.8222,
to learn how you can stay in compliance with these new
filing requirements and lessen the stress of filing and
paying your state and school district withholding returns.
2015 Chamber Events
Membership Luncheons:
• January 29 - Non-Profit Organizations Fair
• February 25 - State of the City Address
• March 25 - Easter Basket Scholarship Auction
• April 29 - The Rosie Awards (evening event)
• May 27 - Wadsworth City Schools: State of the
Schools Address
• No meeting in June due to the Chamber’s Golf
• July 29 - Success Series #1
• August 26 - Success Series #2
• September 30 - Success Series #3
• October 28 - State of the Chamber Address
• November’s meeting is combined with the
December meeting
• December 9 - Holiday Program
Luncheons are hosted on the last Wednesday of the
month, except for the December Holiday Program, at
The Galaxy Restaurant:
11:00-11:30 a.m. - Social networking
11:30 a.m. - Lunch is served
12:00 noon - Program
1:00 p.m. - Meeting concluded
The 2015 Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
Golf Outing:
• June 15 - Rawiga Golf and Swim Club
New Business Partner - Valpak
The Top 10 Reasons Why Valpak Works!
1. Valpak is the most recognized direct mail program there is. 90% of adults aware of receiving Valpak usually open
and look through coupon offers.
2. Valpak customers are upscale, educated, professionals-a quality audience with discretionary dollars to spend. The
average Valpak household income is 28% higher than average.
Please welcome Valpak as the Wadsworth Chamber’s
newest Business partner! Valpak is the world’s largest
Direct Mail company, mailing to over 40 million homes
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The 19th Annual Easter Basket Auction It’s All for Our Students
What a fun Chamber luncheon event to support the
Wadsworth Chamber Scholarship Foundation! Here’s
how it works - Chamber members donate baskets of
goodies and services for live auction bidding during
the March 25th Chamber luncheon. Since its inception
in 1996, this foundation has provided over $82,000 in
book scholarships to graduating Wadsworth High School
Seniors. Did you know that the Chamber’s monthly 50/50
raffle proceeds are also included in these scholarships?
Our fast-talking and fabulous auctioneer, Joe McNeill,
FirstMerit Bank, is returning again this year. Last year, he
set the record for speedy auctioneering - 60 live auction
baskets in 55 minutes!
Scholarships are awarded at the May Senior Night and
recipients are judged on business major, character of
student, community involvement and grades. The
scholarship selection committee consists of the
Wadsworth Chamber’s Board of Directors and the Mayor
of Wadsworth. Last year, we were able to award eleven
$500 book scholarships.
For the second year, we are presenting the $1,000,
“The David B. Hopkins Memorial Scholarship,” in
loving memory of Dave Hopkins, who passed away
unexpectedly on September 6, 2013. Dave was a
C.P.A., the Chamber’s treasurer and a good friend.
This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior
interested in studying in the field of accounting.
This year’s Easter Basket Auction Co-Chairs, Denise
Douglas, H&S Tools, and Karen Wilson, Wadsworth
Real Estate, provided some donation ideas for
the auction:
• Cavs/Indians/Aeros tickets (parking passes always
raise the bids)
• Ready-made Easter basket for convenient gift-giving
• Bulb garden, gardening basket, Spring flower basket
• Trip to Jamaica (we’re just throwing that out there)
• Auto detail basket, car wash gift cards
• Spring cleaning, carpet cleaning
• Grilling basket
• Bling (always a favorite), handbags
• Wine and cheese basket
• Movie basket, bowling basket, golf basket
• Grizzly basket
• Pet supplies basket
• Toys and family game night basket
• Fitness basket, massage basket
• Gift cards to local restaurants and retail
• Cash (we’ll put a basket together)
(Remember to include information about your business in
your donation.)
To make a donation to the Easter Basket Auction,
contact the Chamber office by March 18th so we
can credit your donation in the catalog. If you need help
creating a basket, just let us know.
2014 Holiday Luncheon
The Wadsworth High School Show Choir
Festive Winter Characters
From the 19 years of students who have received these
book scholarships and know their community is behind
them cheering them on, thank you.
Thanks to Winston, Elizabeth, and Sebastian
Byrd of Dominos Pizza for buying lunch for
the show choir.
Karen Wilson,
Wadsworth Real
Estate, retired
Board President
Tara Bebout, Akers Insurance
and Sharon Wright, Wadsworth
Chamber, greet the guests
Photos courtesy of Tom Stugmyer
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