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The September 2017 e-Newsletter from...

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Check out the Destination Seneca County newsletter for more details on upcoming events!


Tiffin maps, event rack cards, and visitor guides are available! If you'd like to display some at your business, visit the Chamber!

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Upcoming Events





September 15: Ambassador Meeting








For more information, please visit our new Community Calendar, which has complete and up-to-date information on all these events. We hope to see you there!


      More News

Welcome Back Students 
     It is time to get your Welcome Back Students signs out of the garage, dust them off and post them outside for everyone to see!  The students are trickling back into town now to prepare for fall sports and soon will be joined by the rest for the start of classes. These signs show support to everyone connected to both universities.  Please display the signs from August 10th to September 15th.
      If you did not purchase a sign last year, you are in luck as they will be sold again by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Services. The cost is $20 per sign. 


9/11 Ceremony
     Join Jill Gosche and Tiffin Middle School students at the All Patriots Memorial for a ceremony 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.
       Local business owners and representatives of the area are invited to join the students for lunch and the ceremony. Rain location will be Tiffin Middle School.


Ritz Theatre brings Discovery Series to Tiffin
     Dianne Pytel, Education Director for The Ritz Theatre shared an idea with the Chamber office and we helped her bring it to life.  This year The Unknown Soldier written by Sandra Eldridge will be presented by the Monkey BAA Theatre Company to grades 6 – 12 as part of their Discovery Series.  Dianne thought it would be nice to somehow tie this into Tiffin’s monuments.  Brittany Cook, DSC’s Marketing Director is offering a Frost Parkway Monument Tour to the schools attending the production.

Friday, October 27
12:00 p.m.
    Enhance your students’ experience by taking the Frost Parkway Monument Tour.  Within walking distance of the The Ritz are monuments to honor those who served in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and to remember those who were lost on 9/ll.
To make arrangements for your school, contact:
 Brittany Cook at 567-220-6387 or by email.


Branding & Communications 

     This partnership between SIEDC, the City, the Chamber, and the County continues to progress, with Phase I (Discovery + Insights) finishing off this month. The community—and you members—have an opportunity (if you haven’t already) to participate in providing input. Please go to tiffinbranding.com to fill out this quick 7-question survey.


Enrollment Underway for Workers’ Comp Premium Discount Programs
     Did your organization complete a Temporary Authorization to Review Information (AC-3) form earlier this spring as part of our workers’ compensation member benefit?
     If so, your organization should now be in receipt of your savings analysis from our program administrator, CompManagement, as long as your company was found to be eligible to participate in a premium discount program for the upcoming 2018 policy year.
     Please make sure to return your enrollment documents timely to ensure your participation. The deadline to enroll in a Group Rating program per the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for the upcoming 2018 policy year is Monday, November 20, 2017. Read more!


Digital Billboards Wanted!
     If you're looking to advertise your business or upcoming event, contact us to place it on our digital billboard at the corner of SR 18 and US 224!
     Cost is $125 a month. Time frame can be negotiated. 
     Contact Deb at 419-447-4141. 


SOCA BP Update and Marketing Info
     A marketing campaign for the SOCA Benefit Plan “844 Med Ohio” has now launched.   The SOCA Benefit Plan and “844 Med Ohio” are one and the same.  The campaign consists of a mix of billboard, radio, and digital advertising, is limited to targeted areas in central and northern Ohio, and is scheduled to last approximately 60 days.





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Save The Date
Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
October 26

     Do you know anyone who has achieved success in their professional career? Who has dedicated their time and effort to improve the quality of life for others within the community?  Who has demonstrated high ethical and moral standards, and who works to help others achieve? If you know anyone who meets these criteria, we encourage you to nominate them for the Outstanding Citizenship Award or the Women’s Career Excellence Award! 
     The 2017 winners will be honored at the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting in October. September 14th is the nomination deadline for both the Outstanding Citizenship Award and the Women’s Career Excellence Award. Please visit tiffinchamber.com for the nomination forms, or call Deb at 419-447-4141. 
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Save the Date
Be In the Know
Thursday, September 14, 2017
7:30 am  - 9 am
Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services
 
Learn about chamber programs and benefits!  Speakers:  Sarah Betts, Seneca County Parks District; Kelly Lowry, CompManagement; Brittany Cook, Destination Seneca County.  Time will be allotted to share ideas.

Please register to attend:  dmartorana@tiffinchamber.com or 419-447-4141.


Christmas & 2018 Event Information Wanted
     Yes! There is that word again! Christmas: a great word that evokes many emotions.  We were already thinking about it in June:
     “It is way too soon to think about Christmas! However, it is not too soon for us as a community to look at the calendar and schedule our holiday events.  We will be creating a brochure to promote Christmas and Holiday events taking place in Seneca County.  Please send us all the pertinent information by October 1, 2017.  We actually have some Holiday events already on the calendar, look for the burgundy color.”
     So, why are we repeating this?  We want to promote Seneca County!  We need your help!  Please look at the events, you have held this year and what you have planned for the rest of the year. Did you plan a spring or fall open house?  Are you going to repeat the event in 2018?
     Please think of what you did last year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Did you do something special for Thanksgiving?  Did Santa make a visit to your store?  Dust it off, revise, update with 2017/2018  dates and send this information to us as soon as possible.  The deadline is October 1st for the special holiday brochure and for the 2018 Visitor Guide.
     Please send your information to Deb or Brittany!


2017 Educator’s Breakfast
     The 33rd Educators Appreciation Breakfast kicked off the new school year on Thursday, August 10th.  The Keynote Speaker was Shayne Thomas.
     The 15th Outstanding Educator Award was presented to an educator who has exemplified vision, leadership qualities, and commitment to the improvement of education.   This year’s recipient was Patricia E. Smith, Tiffin City Schools. 
 
We want to thank the following businesses and individuals for sponsoring the Educators Appreciation Breakfast:
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Fundraiser for Local Museums and Tiffin Art Guild
     The American Civil War Museum, 217 S. Washington St.; The Enchanted Moment Doll Museum, 174 Jefferson St.; Seneca County Museum, 28 Clay St.; Tiffin Art Guild, 130 S. Washington St. and Tiffin Glass Museum, 25 – 27 S. Washington St. have Tiffin Prints for sale.  The Tiffin Montage Prints were created by Community Creations and donated by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce to the museums and art guild.    The Tiffin Prints can be purchased for $20 at the above mentioned entities.  
     Frames for the prints are available to purchase at Frameworks, 643 Miami St., Ste. 4 and Tiffin Glass & Mirror, 204 W. Market St.  These will make great gifts!


Small Business Saturday     
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     American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 to encourage individuals nationwide to support small local businesses. Last year, 95 million people went out to shop at small businesses. 
     Small Business Saturday is most successful in helping local retail businesses grow their revenues over this key weekend, when public/private coalitions of small business leaders have come together to provide coordination and leadership.  
     This year’s event is celebrated on Saturday, November 25. For more information and to sign up for promotional materials, visit here!


Ohio.org Listings & Events Database
     The Ohio.org website provides enhanced opportunities for promoting your business to Ohio travelers. The site features business and event profile listing pages with a refreshed design that brings the most important information front and center for viewers of your profile. The new website uses listings you submit to the Ohio.org Listings & Events Database.
     The deadline for any events to be included in the Spring/ Summer Calendar of Events is September 29. 
     To view the listings, visit this website. Learn how to use the database here


Connecting the dots for the bigger picture in health care

     Great things often start with a simple idea, like connecting the dots. That’s what our Whole Health ConnectionSM approach to health care is all about.

     We connect the dots in health care — medical, drug, dental, vision, life and disability. Each time a member sees a doctor or dentist or fills a prescription, it’s like a dot on a page. Connecting all those dots gives us the bigger picture — a more complete health profile of the whole person. Read more.

This information is brought to you through collaboration between your chamber, NOACC and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.


The Ritz Theatre College Rush Discount

     Full-time matriculated college students can purchase Rush seats for $5 each with a valid college ID 30 minutes prior to curtain time.

     To purchase a College Rush Ticket, a student must present a current college ID (to any college, university or technical school) when purchasing tickets.

     A student with a valid ID may purchase up to 2 tickets at the Rush price.

     The price of each Rush Ticket is $5.00.

     College Rush Tickets are only available ½ hour before the performance.  (Exceptions may occur by special notice.)

     Tickets are available at the Will Call window. Rush Tickets are only available if the event is not close to a sellout. Rush Tickets are not available if such a discount is prohibited by the artist’s contract. Individuals cannot choose their seats.


Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation
     Has your company or organization developed an innovative solution to help reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses? If so, you could earn a cash award up to $6,000 for it!
     The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is now accepting entries for the 2018 Safety Innovation Awards.
The innovation must demonstrate a reduction in safety or ergonomic risk factors, or occupational health exposures.
     The deadline to apply is Sept. 30, 2017. Learn more and apply here today!


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tsplCongratulations to the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library on their Ribbon Cutting last month!

     If you stopped by the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library at all during the summer, you may have noticed a few changes.  Maybe you stopped in during the remodel itself; and heard the loud buzzing of a concrete saw in an otherwise quiet library, or perhaps you made it in afterwards and walked into the smell of fresh paint and new carpet that signals a big change.  Either way, the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is so proud of the renovation and hopes everyone has had a chance to see it.
     On Thursday, August 3rd, the newly remodeled Library was celebrated with an Open House and ribbon cutting ceremony, graciously put on by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center.  City Administrator Dale Thornton read a proclamation from Mayor Aaron Montz.  The library selected a special guest ribbon cutter from the many children who completed the Summer Reading Program.  The lucky lady was Aubrey Schumm and she is a second grader at Hopewell Loudon.  Aubrey did a fantastic job cutting the ribbon and the Library couldn’t be prouder to have her represent the library on such an important day.  Library Director Matt Ross said a few words and invited everyone to the evening’s activities, which included a Story Walk put on by staff members Becky Oswalt and Lori Hodkinson, the official launch of our new electronic newsletter, grand prize giveaways of two Kindle Fire HDs and Lego sets for the kids, and delicious Library cutout cookies.  The evening’s entertainment was provided by dulcimer player Marie Smith.
     This remodel would not have been possible without the generosity of numerous donors, the coordination of Tiffin-Seneca Library staff and Board of Trustees, and lastly without the patience of the Library’s patrons.  The Library sincerely thanks everyone and hopes to see you inside soon!

Donors:
Anonymous
The Hossler Family
The Eugene A. Good family
Dr. Richard and Linda Ellinger
Gene and Pat Sherer
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library Foundation
Webster Foundation

Kayleigh Tschanen, Community Relations Manager
Tiffin-Seneca Pubic Library

Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services
19 W. Market Street
Tiffin, OH 44883
419-447-4141
info@tiffinchamber.com



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