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The Alliance Chamber of Commerce, located in Alliance, Ohio, has been a staple in the community for over 90 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.

Chamber's 100th Anniversary in 2015

The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce was formed on August 20, 1915. We're beginning to plan for the 100th anniversary.

A sub-committee of the Marketing Committee has been formed to develop plans for next year. Committee members Amanda Dias, Debbie Reho, Melissa Gardner, Kyle Yarian and Jeff Kaplan are looking for your ideas.

If you have any ideas for ways to celebrate this prestigious milestone, please call one of the committee members or the Chamber office.

Chamber News & Upcoming Events

"Another Billion Back"

COLUMBUS - Governor John R. Kasich joined Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer to announce a $1 billion rebate to Ohio's private and public sector workers' compensation customers, as well as a major new investment in worker safety research and training. Dubbed "Another Billion Back," the rebate comes on the heels of last year's $1 billion rebate for workers' comp customers. Both rebates were made possible by strong investment returns in the workers' compensation fund.

"Sound fiscal management and a well-executed investment strategy continue to put BWC in a position where it can return money to its customers-Ohio's employers-but also to workers in the form of initiatives that help them stay safe on the job," said Kasich. "Ohio continues its effort to transform the workers' comp system to be a better partner with employers and workers to help them succeed and stay safe, and the ability to make these types of significant rebates is part of that effort."

BWC's preliminary annualized return of investments was 8.9 percent over the last three fiscal years, including 13.3 percent in 2014. The State Insurance Fund net assets stand at $7.7 billion and its funding ratio far exceeds target guidelines set by the BWC Board of Directors. If approved by the BWC Board of Directors, eligible private and public employers would receive a rebate equal to 60 percent of premiums paid during the July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 policy year (calendar year 2012 for public employers). The proposal will be presented to the board at its August meeting, and if approved in its September meeting, BWC could begin issuing checks as early as October*.

Another Billion Back seeks to build on last year's $15 million investment in safety intervention grants with several initiatives that will ultimately enhance the safety, health and wellness of Ohio's workforce. Additionally, special safety training is proposed to reduce injuries among firefighters, whom frequently have very high workers' comp rates due to the dangerous and risky nature of their work.

"BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene is a national leader in promoting safe and healthy workplaces," said Buehrer. "Our safety services provide a superior return-on-investment. We want to encourage more and more employers to put safety education resources to work to keep their workers safe and reduce their workers' comp costs. Our new safety initiatives will make these efforts more effective and accessible for employers."

Buehrer added that BWC is also embarking on a safety campaign themed Better Business Starts with Safety, Safety Starts at BWC to reach Ohio employers and encourage them to take advantage of BWC's safety services before experiencing a workplace injury or illness. The campaign is a result of the safety commitment made as part of last year's Billion Back initiative, which also tripled safety grant funding to $15 million for each of fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

Another Billion Back is an example of BWC's work over the last four years to be a better partner in improving Ohio's business environment and helping encourage the state's economic revival. Sound financial and operational management has also allowed BWC to:...read more

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Join the Eastern Stark County Safety Council Save Money on Your Worker's Comp

Each month, thousands of Ohio employers meet minutes from work to share safety and accident prevention information. Are you one of them? The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Eastern Stark County Safety Council. The Eastern Stark County Safety Council is one of 81 safety councils across Ohio to provide forums for education, networking and resource sharing.

The only cost in participating in safety council is the cost of the monthly lunch and the benefits are numerous. In addition to premium savings, the Eastern Stark County Safety Council can help you:

Submit semiannual reports for the 2014 calendar year

2-percent premium rebate

2-percent performance bonus

For information about joining the Eastern Stark County Safety Council please call the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-823-6260

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