Another benefit to our valued chamber
on the chamber
Advertise Your Specials on the Chamber Website!
Post E-Coupons and
Job Openings on
1) Enter your login name and password.
2) Click Hot Deals or Job Postings
3) Click Add a Job or Add a Hot Deal
4) Complete the fields
5) Click Continue and complete checkout
6) Click Submit for approval
Upon approval by Chamber, your posting will appear on the Chamber website under Hot Deals (coupon/specials)
or under Job Postings
Great way to draw
business to you!
Questions? Call the Chamber office at 943-1134.
Lake County Safety Council Meeting
Date: Friday, July 27th
Time: 11:30 am-1 pm
Place: Holiday Inn LaMalfa
Cost: $20 for Members
$25 for Non-Members
Speaker: Dr. Paul Hanahan, HealthCare for Business & Jennifer Lingafelter, BWC
Topic: The Importance of Return to Work
or call 440-255-0877
Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce
Are You A New Business that could use the advice of a seasoned successful business owner?
Take advantage of the new Western Lake County Chamber Mentoring Program! We will introduce you to a seasoned, successful Chamber business owner who can help you get over some of the hurdles of
running a profitable business!
Call the Chamber Office at 943-1134
for more information.
Don't Have a Website?........
Over 30% of our Chamber members do not have a
website to promote their business!
Much business is lost by not having this valuable tool!
Lakenetwork, a valued Chamber website company,
creates starter websites
for Chamber members.
10,000 Small Businesses-
Practical Growth Program for Small Business Owners
Providing entrepreneurs with business education, access to capital and business support services
Who Should Apply:
*Owner of a business
*In operation for at least 2 years
*Revenues between $150,000 & $4.0 million
*Minimum of 4 employees
How to apply:
or call 216-987-3220
Wed. August 1st 8:15am-9:30am
Jacqueline A. Hoynes School
5028 Forest Road
Host:: Mentor Public Schools
Topic- "Stuck in a Rut? What Works...What Doesn't"
$5 Lake County Chamber Members/$10 Non-Members
or call 951-7500 Ext. 104
Thank you to our Chamber Board members who volunteer their time for YOU, our Chamber members!
Bryant & Stratton College
The Calo Group
A-1 Mr. Limo
Vicki Sue Cooper
ABC Learning &
Jessica Forsythe, Civic
The Lake County Captains
Kurt & Vermilya Law, Inc.
Eaton Credit Union
Maher Brothers Care, LTD
Cohen & Company
Gretchen Skok DiSanto
Lakeland Community College
Villa Beach Communications
The Lubrizol Corporation
Two Men & A Truck
Comp Management is
the Chamber of Commerce chosen Worker's Comp provider--see how you can experience great service and save money!
Future Emerging Leaders of Lake County
Speaker: Bob Cahen
Topic: Getting Involved with Lake County Non-Profits
Where: Fuji Japan Steakhouse
Great Lakes Mall
$5 Lake County Chamber Members/$10 Non-Members
RSVP by July 18th
Did you know that as a member of the Chamber you qualify for a discount on training classes and more through Lakeland Community College?
The Lakeland Entrepreneurship Academy
Cost Effective Professional
The Lake County Chambers Business Academy provides reduced-cost noncredit
training at Lakeland Community College for
to register for a class or for more information contact Gretchen Skok DiSanto, Director,
Entrepreneurship Center, 440-525-7444.
The Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes the Following New Members:
We Thank These Chamber Members For
Renewing Their Membership:
Click on links to our chamber members
& SHOP LOCAL!
Nominations for Western Lake County Chamber Board of Directors
The Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for board members to serve a three year term of office. Anyone wishing to submit a nomination should notify the Chamber office at 943-1134 and complete a nomination form. The second part of the nomination process is a personal interview with the nominating committee. Board positions are open to all Chamber members.
September 13th Coffee Networking
Eastlake Public Library
36706 Lakeshore Blvd.
7:30 AM-8:30 AM
Sponsored by Fed X Partnership and
the Eastlake Public Library
The Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce and
The Euclid Chamber of Commerce present
September 20th Chamber Luncheon
Speaker: Ivan Schwarz,Executive Director
Cleveland Film Festival
Topic: The film industry's impact on Cleveland
The Patrician Party Center
33150 Lakeland Blvd.
Register online for these Chamber events
Many Thanks to Our Golf Outing Sponsors!
A Brookdale Senior Living Community
Thank you to our Raffle & Golf Bag Donors!
A-1 Mr. Limo
ACME Credit Union
Alesci's of Shoregate
Bryant & Stratton College
Center for Dental Health
Congressman Steve LaTourette
Eat n' Park Restaurant
Eaton Credit Union
Gold Leaf Capital Management
I Love Pies
Lake County Captains
Monreal Funeral Home
New Avenues to Independence
Pat O'Brien Chevrolet
Powderhorn Country Club
Sheldon Cohen, D.D.S.
Sid Savitt, O.D.
WLCCC Board of Directors
SBA 504 June 2012 Debenture Rates
Low Interest Rates Continue to Make Program Attractive
The June effective rates for a 20-year SBA 504 debenture came in at 4.5 percent. For clients looking to refinance, the 20-year SBA 504 refinancing debenture came in at 4.703 percent.
call Martin Gareau at 440-357-2290 x229
Congratulations to IMAX Industries who was able to take advantage of this month's low rate! Talk to your bank lender or
Lake County Port Authority to Provide New Service to Area Business Community
The Lake County Port Authority is now a new host to the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a special program offering specialized assistance and high end business consulting to manufacturers, technology-based companies as well as individual inventors.
Want Lower Utility Bills?
New Chamber Benefit!
Right now is the best time to lock in electric and natural gas rates for your business and at home. In fact, prices are at a 10-year low.
And since you're a Chamber member, you can secure these low utility rates for yourself and your employees through our new partner, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE). COSE offers mulitple rate plans for electric and natural gas, which helps you heighten budget certainty while significantly reducing operating costs.
Plus, your employees can take advantage of these low rates in their homes.
To get started, calculate your savings
Questions? Call 216-592-2205 or
Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce welcomes
A partner in providing benefits
to our Chamber members!
Members of WLCCC (who are not a member of COSE) can receive discounted
COSE membership for $75!
Already a member of WLCCC & COSE?
You can receive up to 50% off of
your COSE membership.
Click Here for membership application to
COSE at a discounted rate!
Western Lake County Area Chamber of Commerce
Choose Anthem -
Your Chamber Membership Qualifies You For Discounted Health Insurance Premiums
ASK US HOW!
Call the Chamber Office at 440.943.1134
Use This Great Chamber Benefit!
Start saving money with Office Depot
*Next Day Delivery
or contact the Chamber office at 440-943-1134
Your claims. Our expertise. Please join us for a FREE webinar from your office!
Workers' Compensation 101
Friday, July 20th
Learn the foundation of Ohio workers' compensation including identification of resources (Third Party Administrator (TPA), Managed Care Organization (MCO), Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC)), best practices with regard to accident reporting, investigation, etc., cost containment methods such as transitional duty and salary continuation, and programs offered by the BWC to reduce premium.
Time:10:00 am (EDT) to 12:00 pm
Registration: Simply respond by email to: email@example.com
Be sure to indicate the name(s) of those wishing to attend, your company name, BWC policy number and the date/location that you would like to attend. Registration will close 48 hours prior to the webinar date. For questions, please utilize the above email or call (800) 825-6755, extension 65726. Once you have registered, you can expect a confirmation email several days prior to the date of the webinar. The confirmation email will include a copy of the presentation for printing, and the information needed to access the webinar.
Our webinars are open to 1,000 participants!
Please Note: Our Client Education Programs are available to current clients of CompManagement, Inc. only and are solely intended for educational purposes; therefore Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation safety training requirements are not covered under these sessions. In addition, CEU credits are not applicable.
Grow Your Business by Working with a FREE Business Coach
The SBDC is currently looking for businesses that would like to be part of our Small Business Planning Program. As a program participant, you will receive free assistance from a business coach.
Our business coach has successfully helped clients with:
- strategic plans and unique selling propositions
- key performance indicators
- profit equations that increase leads and sales
- cash flow plans
- effective sales and marketing strategies
- plans to motivate, attract and retain employees
- time management strategies and more
Doing Business with the State of Ohio
Learn about navigating the state procurement website, identifying contract opportunities and more at two free workshops presetned by the Northeast Ohio PTAC. They will be held on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM and at 11:00 AM.
for more information and to register online.
FAST TRACK 50 NOMINATION
Now in its 20th year anniversary, the Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 has been recognizing companies in Lake and Geauga Counties for outstanding contributions and achievements since 1993. Over 300 companies have been honored and they are looking forward to adding to that list this year.
For qualification, the following criteria must apply
- Companies must be located in Lake or Geauga counties and must be organized for profit
- Sales figures for 2007 to 2011 must be at least $100,000
Prior winners are eligible and are encouraged to reapply. Sales figures will be verified with the company's accountant. Sales and employment figures will remain confidential and companies will be identified by growth within a sales range (i.e., $1.5 million; ABC, Inc.; 25% growth; 150 employees).
To nominate your company or one of your clients or customers, visit www.fasttrack50.org to obtain a nomination form. Nomination deadline is 8/24/12.
This year's award recipients will be honored at a recognition dinner on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa in Mentor.
Did You Know???
The Best Companies To Work For.....
The best places in which to work tend to belong to their local chamber of commerce, according to a recent study by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Of Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" in the United States and Canada this year, 94 are members of their local chamber, including all of the top 24.
Separately, ACCE found that in a random sample of 100 companies in the Fortune 1000, at least 75 were members of their local chamber.
"This 'Best Companies to Work For' information is one more indication that the best companies tend to be chamber members," according to ACCE President Mick Fleming. "If a company cares about its employees, there's a good chance it also cares about its community and the chamber is the way that great employers invest in both."
Local chambers of commerce are associations of businesses that come together to improve the local economic climate and help members network and find new business. Strong employers link with and learn from like-minded peer companies through business-led chambers of commerce.
Consumers Favor Chamber Members
Consumers seem to expect chamber members to be better-than-average companies. A study by the Atlanta-based Schapiro Group last August found that consumers are 63 percent more likely to buy products from companies that they believe are chamber members.
John Bachmann, senior partner at Edward Jones (St. Louis, MO), which placed No. 4 on the "Best Places to Work For" list, said, "I find in my experience, both locally and nationally, that the single most effective voice on issues is the chamber. Because of that, we want to be involved. Whether it is healthcare, performing arts, public schools or universities, people most interested in the community are members of the local chamber." Bachmann is a former chair of both the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Paul Speranza Jr. is vice chairman of Wegman's Food Markets (Rochester, NY), which placed No. 3 on the Fortune list. His company is active in the local, state, and U.S. Chamber, of which he is the current chair. He's travelled to many local chambers and appreciates what they do. "It is easy for me to see the great value that many of these chambers provide their members in so many areas, including education and workforce development - showing member companies how to be excellent and appreciated employers by partnering in developing great programs and sharing best practices."
ACCE plans to probe further into which kinds of companies join their local chamber and which ones don't. "We are not surprised that many of the best companies join chambers of commerce," said Mick Fleming. "And, I believe when more people are aware of this, we're going to see still more firms joining their local chamber."
A New Western Lake County
Chamber of Commerce Benefit!
COSE Energy Choice™
NATURAL GAS PROGRAM FAQs
Q: Why should I look at switching my natural gas provider?
A: Market conditions have resulted in lower natural gas prices, so now members can access and lock into lower rates than what is being offered by local natural gas distribution companies.
Q: How long does my enrollment in the program last?
A: There are multiple rate plans to choose from, including a monthly variable rate, a one-year fixed rate, or a two-year fixed rate, and more.
Q: Is there an additional fee?
A: If your business is a member, or you're an employee of a business that is, you won't be charged any monthly or annual fees to enroll.
Q: Will my natural gas bill look different?
A: The only difference you'll see is the change in supplier name.
Q: How do I know if I'm eligible to participate in the program?
A: As long as you're not part of a municipally-owned utility, i.e. Orwell Gas, you're eligible.
Q: How do I know how much I'll save?
A: Use our online calculator to find out how much you could be saving.
Q: Who do I contact if I have questions?
A: Call 1.888.878.5420 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What are my pricing options?
A: Pricing is the same for commercial and residential, so those change with the market. The most common options include a monthly variable rate that is the NYMEX trading price plus $1; a one-year fixed rate option and a two-year fixed rate option.
Q: What if I am a large natural gas user using more than 2,000 MCF annually)?
A: You can receive a no-obligation custom quote from Integrys Energy. To find out how much you can save download and complete the Natural Gas Application.
Q: What if I am already under contract or with a government aggregation like NOPEC?
A: NOPEC has no cancellation fee for opting out early of a natural gas agreement. However, before enrolling, you'll want to call the customer service number on your natural gas bill. They can tell you if and when your contract term expires, and if there are applicable cancellation fees.
Q: What will I need to enroll?
A: You will need a copy of your most recent natural gas bill and your member ID number. Get your ID number by calling either 216.592.2205 or 216.592.2222. Or enroll by phone at 1.888.878.5420 or online at www.integrysenergy.com/cose
Q: When will my new rate show up on my bill?
A: You will begin paying the new rate following your next meter read.
Thank you to the Lake County Captains for hosting Chamber Night and thank you to our Chamber Members who participated in the Chamber night at the Lake County Captain's Game:
A special thanks to Showstoppers for your great
Chamber Mixer for 120
Chambers of Commerce in Northern Ohio
Thursday, July 26th
Porgressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Reserved Budweiser Party Deck
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: $45 for Chamber Members
Includes: Game Ticket, BBQ Chicken, Pulled Pork, Hot Dogs, Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Salad, Chips, Popcorn & Cookies. Parking not included.
ReEnergize Ohio through the State of Ohio
Reducing the Cost of Small Business and Improving Energy Performance