Welcome to The Carnation City!

The Alliance Chamber of Commerce, located in Alliance, Ohio, has been a staple in the community for over 100 years, providing leadership to its members, protecting their interests while promoting their businesses.

With a membership totaling over 400, the Chamber's tradition of community leadership continues strong into the 21st century.

**GREATER ALLIANCE CARNATION FESTIVAL 2017 BUSINESS DISPLAY CONTEST**

The Greater Alliance Carnation Festival will once again hold its Business Display Contest. This is the fourth year for the contest with many local businesses taking part in decorating their business to honor and celebrate the upcoming Carnation Festival. Last year's winner was Robertson Heating Supply, for their wonderful display of our Carnation City.

Wouldn't it be great if this year the contest participation was twice as big? It's easy to participate! Businesses register at The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce office at 210 E. Main Street. At the time of registration, you will be given a contest kit and information on what is needed to be considered for judging. The displays will be judged on ingenuity, originality and overall use of carnations.

Winners will be announced at Days in the Park, on the festival website and on Facebook approximately 3 days before the Grand Parade. The winner of the display contest will be the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Grand Parade ceremonial starter, will ride in the parade and receive a plaque & city bragging rights. There will also be a Fan Favorite announced who will receive a plaque.

Chamber News & Upcoming Events

University of Mount Union - Preparing for the Future

The keynote speaker for the evening was Richard Merriman, president of the University of Mount Union. He discussed the five-year strategic plan for Mount Union, and how they plan to meet the challenges of providing an affordable, quality education to future employees who will be working with diverse populations.

Also during the evening, the Women's Division presented their annual Athena Award. This year's recipient was Nancy Castellucci. The Athena Award is a national award presented to an outstanding business or professional woman who has attained and embodies the highest level of professional excellence in her business or profession, has devoted time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assists women in realizing their leadership potential. Nancy's contributions to the community are numerous. She is a member of the YMCA, YWCA, Women's Division of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and the Alliance Woman's Club. She is not only a member of these organizations but is very active with each of them. She was certainly a great selection by Dottie Callender and her committee. Congratulations Nancy on a well-deserved recognition!!

The past Athena Award and Woman of the Year recipients presented their third annual scholarship. The Athena/Woman of the Year Scholarship is presented to a deserving female high school senior who has demonstrated community involvement, academic achievement and leadership. This year's recipient of the $1000 scholarship was Kaylen Sanor, a senior at West Branch High School. Congratulations Kaylen!!

The past Athena Award and Woman of the Year recipients presented their third annual scholarship. The Athena/Woman of the Year Scholarship is presented to a deserving female high school senior who has demonstrated community involvement, academic achievement and leadership. This year's recipient of the $1000 scholarship was Kaylen Sanor, a senior at West Branch High School. Congratulations Kaylen!!

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Safety Council Presents Awards

The Eastern Stark County Safety Council, in conjunction with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, held its annual awards program on April 27, 2017. Awards include:

Group Award to the company with the lowest incident rate in each group: 100% Award to each company that works the entire year without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work; Achievement Award to each company that decreases its incident rate by at least 25% from previous year; Special Award to each company that accumulates at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work.

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