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Getting Connected Through Chamber Membership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Committee

Kathleen Hughes CPA Taylor, Applegate, Hughes & Associates

Michael McDorman President Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Chairwoman of the Board

Charles Ingle President Ingle-Bachmann, LLC

James Peifer Attorney

William Fralick President/CEO Security National Bank

Daren Cotter Vice President Fifth Third Bank

Past Chairman of the Board

Vice Chairman



Board Members

Dean Blair President Foreman-Blair PontiacBuick-GMC-Cadillac

Andrew Brougher Executive Vice-President Eagle Tool & Machine Company

Dana Engle CEO Rocking Horse Center

Mark Erickson President Wittenberg University

Tony Kenney President Speedway SuperAmerica

John Landess Executive Director The Turner Foundation

Barry Laughlin Director of Manufacturing Navistar

Karen Rafinski President Clark State Community College

Mike Roberts Commander 178th Fighter Wing Air National Guard

Steve Sidlo Editor/Publisher Springfield News-Sun


Jeanne Lampe President/CEO 3G Graphic Solutions

Ken Stone Realtor

Paying Chamber Dues Is A Win-Win For You And Your Community These are tough times for most everyone. Many businesses have had to lay off workers. Everyone is tightening their belts. In fact, most of us have never seen an economic period with so many serious problems and so much uncertainty. But one of the endearing factors about we Americans is our resiliency. Because we live in this country, we know we will get through this and become the better for it. As an organization that serves this community in countless ways, your Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce will strive to continue what we’ve been doing and that is work to bring jobs or retain and grow those we have, support the business community and Clark County through our Strategic Vision initiative. One way to help your business and community, is a membership in the Chamber. If you’re wondering how it will benefit you, here are a few examples: • Many businesses save significant amounts of money by being included in the group rating program with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. • Our Member2Member program allows you and your employees to obtain discounts from local merchants that are exclusive to members. Plus, your business can post a coupon. • Our quarterly newsletter, launched last year, provides news and information about the community that you won’t find anywhere else. • We have lobbied local, state and federal government officials on such issues as mandatory sick leave, prevailing wage changes, workers’ compensation changes, health care and more. • Last year, we attended a meet and greet in San Antonio, Texas, encouraging potential transfers from Brooks Air Force Base to consider living in Clark County if they accept a transfer to Wright-Patterson. • We were at a meeting in Chicago with site selection consultants, learning more about how we can better promote ourselves to businesses looking for a place to locate.

they are, provide assistance. This is more calls than have ever been made and could one day serve as a national model for economic development. • Our many networking programs allow an individual sponsor to introduce what they do to the community, while those in attendance can make business contacts. • Our partnership with the Dayton Development Coalition gives us inroads when businesses contact that organization about locating in the region. We participate in the DDC’s annual one-day journey to Washington, D.C. to advocate for the region with our state senators and members of Congress. Our affiliation also gives us opportunities to connect with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. • An independent survey showed that tourism sales in Clark County totaled $327 million in 2007. We rank above the state average with eight percent of jobs tied to tourism. The driving force behind tourism is the Chamber’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. • We promote events throughout the county and maintain kiosks in several locations along with the visitor racks in hotels/motels and other visitor stops. • No matter what type of business you own, you benefit by investing in The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. • When David Garrett announced he had made a recreational gold find in local waterways, the Chamber brought together interested parties to discuss how we might use this to bring visitors here. You get the picture. Your Chamber is in the business of helping you succeed as we strive to increase value to you. We hope you agree that the Chamber is an integral part of Springfield and Clark County, but we can’t do what we do without your support. Your membership demonstrates that you care about this community and care about its future, while providing your company and employees the many benefits the Chamber offers. Phone the Chamber at 937-325-7621 for information or visit our website at

• We contacted more than 1,000 local businesses in our first full year of the HITS (hiring, investing, training, space) initiative, asking if the business is doing any of the four activities, and if


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With more than fifteen Chamber sponsored events a year, you can meet hundreds of potential customers and partners. From structured to casual networking to rubbing elbows with Greater Springfield’s top leaders and elected officials, our Chamber creates an atmosphere in which you can build and nurture relations essential to your business success.

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• More opportunities to connect with new investment and new jobs brought to Greater Springfield by the Chamber’s Economic Development programming.

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• More opportunities to connect with a diverse group of business partners and customers. • A powerful voice to advocate on behalf of your business.

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• Targeted programming to push more spending with your business and the region as a whole. • Forums to push community improvement programs that assure Greater Springfield’s place in the region.

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Connect during these networking opportunities Networking at Night – Not a morning person . . .not a problem. Networking at night is a “right after work” networking opportunity, connecting you and your company to businesses throughout the REGION. Connect to host companies and their business associates and suppliers on site during an informal cocktail party. Chamber Live: Business and region leaders share late-breaking information and future plans. Networking time is built into this lively information sharing meeting. Ribbon-Cutting Service: Our Ambassadors Club will help connect you to the community from opening day! Our Ambassadors will help you through the details and support you on event day. Yep, we bring the ribbon and scissors.


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Strategic Vision Being Implemented by Chamber Board The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is working on an ambitious five-point Strategic Vision that encompasses everything from developing the workforce to changing perceptions. “To move this community forward, we must tackle these many issues head-on,” said Chamber President Mike McDorman. Community leaders will be asked to join groups related to each goal. The strategic vision is an updated version of Vision 20-20 that was reviewed at the last Chamber retreat. “We found that many of those goals were accomplished and other changes,” McDorman said of the initiative created a number of years ago. “We had to realign and reprioritize what needs to be done.” Many of the goals set in the updated vision are being worked on, he said, but the purpose is to be more specific about how they can be achieved and to hold the group accountable. The five goals include: Goal 1 Grow Greater Springfield by broadening and strengthening existing economic development efforts to sustain quality job growth and increase local wealth in the short- and long-term. Goal 2 Develop the Workforce’s ability to meet the needs of business by enhancing the education, training and workforce development program of the public school resources. Build a competitive workforce prepared for the jobs of the future. Goal 3 Change Perceptions by enhancing Greater Springfield’s internal and external image through branding and marketing efforts, retaining and attracting more businesses, residents and visitors. Goal 4 Revitalize Strategic Community Areas, complete the Buck Creek Adventure Sports Program, Hollandia Gardens and other efforts to create a more vibrant community and improve housing options. Develop and implement strategic planning in these target areas to make them better, stronger environments to live in, do business in and visit.

How To Achieve The Goals To achieve goal one, the report suggests continuing to promote the Hiring Investing Training Space (HITS) program that is directed by the Chamber’s Community Improvement Corporation and includes a number of partners. Other ways to achieve the goal are developing and filling PrimeOhio II Corporate Park across I-70 from the Clark County Fairgrounds and pursuing opportunities in targeted job sectors. Those sectors include advanced manufacturing, aerospace and technology, health care, logistics and trade, professional services and tourism and community development. The objectives in goal two include improving student performance and instilling confidence in the public schools. Others are to launch a marketing campaign to promote careers in target business sectors, support Aspire P16 and advocate for the expansion of engineering and technical programs in regional colleges and universities. Goal three can be attained by enhancing community pride. That can be accomplished by increasing awareness of the many opportunities here, promoting the Greater Springfield brand and inviting Wittenberg University to be a key partner in Chamber initiatives. It also calls for creating opportunities for Wittenberg students to become more invested in the community. Key components of achieving goal four are creating housing opportunities downtown, enhancing neighborhoods by supporting such efforts as the South Limestone Gateway project, continuing downtown development and expanding Wittenberg’s role in revitalization efforts. Much of goal five can be achieved through communication with the City of Springfield, local leaders and the public. Ways to fund implementation of the goals will be pursued. “Progress will be gauged through benchmarks to be established,” McDorman said.

Goal 5 Build a Culture of Implementation by strengthening stakeholder relationships and obtain the resources necessary for success; building the resources and leadership necessary to succeed in all endeavors.


“My partner , A dr ianne, and I own a small b usi ness, ARC Sta ffi ng Solution s. B e si des t he gr e at o p po rtunitie s for net wo r ki n g, bein g a Chamber member

Add up your company’s savings Your investment in the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce brings both immediate and long-term dividends in addition to tangible benefits. As a business leader you understand the impact of direct savings and discounts coupled with peer to peer networking. Take a moment to project the RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT.

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Project the return on your investment from the options below, use average suggested percentage to project your savings! Springfield News-Sun Advertising Coupon

$ 400.00

Worker’s Comp Pool (companies may save up to 65% of their Workers’ Comp Premiums) Use 50% as an average

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Participation in the Safety Council can save your company an additional 4% of your Workers Comp Premiums

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Our insurance broker members offer discounts to fellow Chamber members from 2% to 20% - use 10% as the average savings

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Save 6 cents on each gallon of gas – estimate your usage x 6 cents for total personal or company savings (available to employees) (Estimated miles x 6¢)

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Free RX card – discounts on diabetic supplies/OTC medications average savings up to 30% (available for employees)

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Member2Member free discount coupons (can save up to $6,000) employees are eligible at no additional charge!

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Your company reference listings in the Business & Professional directory & website

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Member referrals & networking

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Compare your total savings to your investment!


“ The chamber is an i nt egr al part of t hi s co m mun ity in t he ar eas of economic dev elopment, promotion, br anding and h elping e xisting b usi nesses be s u ccessful. Bein g a m em b er shows you car e.” – Jim Lagos, Atto r n e y

Connect on line is a portal that supports business in Greater Springfield. Chamber members have numerous options to connect to customers. The site receives 16,000 hits a month. Online member listing: List your business by category and link it to your of charge. Add a business card ad at minimal cost. Our members are encouraged to use the products and services of fellow Chamber members. Banner Ads: Choose your location. Is it best for your company’s information to be seen on the web page featuring retail locations? Or maybe one that lists general services? Where ever you fit best, a Banner Ad is also available. Discount Coupons: Post and use online discount coupons at no cost! New Resident information pages: Do you want to reach new residents to Greater Springfield as they are making decisions. What realtor will I use? Who will move my furniture? What bank will I choose? We’re featuring a special web section on “50 reasons to make Greater Springfield your home.” Advertising is available in this section targeted to new residents. JAVABreak: Get local business news with your Tuesday morning coffee! Our weekly on-line news update is blasted to 1,800 business people in the Greater Springfield Area. Let us connect you to them with a B2B profile ad – featured in and linked from the newsletter. Or you feature your own discount coupon.

Connect in Print & Television RegionView: Our quarterly magazine reaches 5,500 and has a readership of over 10,000. Widely distributed throughout Clark, Greene and Champaign Counties. Region View features range from business news to things to do. Limited sponsorships are available. Greater Springfield Community Guide: Advertising is available in this 52 page full–color glossy magazine. It is published every 24 months – 10,000 copies are distributed. Reserve a space in the 2010 edition now…. Ad space is limited. Put your business on the map . . . literally: High quality fold out maps of Greater Springfield are another opportunity to get your message heard througout the community. Purchase a 15 second TV spot on CW: And support the Buy Springfield program, Celebrate Springfield at a low member package price. You choose the airtime and date. CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP |5

“ It ’s a gr e at o p po rtunity to be one o f t he fir st to k now t he changes ta ki ng place in S p r ingfiel d and to b e able to shar e t hem w i t h t he gr eat er community.” - J enni fer Pr ic e , Wallace & Tur ner Insur an c e

Succeed – get on top of the bottomline In today’s changing economy it’s important to have a network to build new relationships, to reach new markets with information about you, your products and services and to find what you and your employees need at discount pricing. Member2Member Marketplace: It’s simple concept – members offer other members and their employees discounts on programs, products and services. When you post an offer, you are introducing your company to 15,000 potential new customers. You and your employees can take advantage of offers from Chamber members that save you money, time and travel. Post and manage your own discount coupons. Use the coupons of fellow chamber members— available to you and your employees. Group Health Insurance Savings: Let our member insurance broker team help you find ways to save on one of businesses’ biggest expenses. From a flat 2% overall savings to creative options with risk sharing that can save up to 20%, get expert advice on how to structure your group health insurance. Risk Management and Workers Comp Discounts: Save up to 65% on your Workers’ Comp Premiums by joining the Chamber sponsored pool. Add to that a 4% savings program offered to members of the Safety Council. Free Newspaper Ad: When you join the Chamber, the Springfield News & Sun will give you a certificate for a $400 ad, and a $200 ad discount at each annual renewal. Save 6¢ per gallon on gasoline: Use your Member Speedway Card and save! Available free to Chamber members. Take a Tax Deduction: Your Chamber membership is tax deductible! Other Programs: Save on other programs...10% on Enterprise Rental Cars, AT&T Products, business mailing labels and web banner ads!


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Grow Your Brand Pillar Events February

Annual Membership Meeting and Member Expo Over 400 Chamber members attend


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The P. Dennis Sheehan – Chamber Open Golf Tournament More than 150 golfers enjoy a day of fun and networking! Shoot for a Million Dollars Enjoy our Golf After Hours Party The Golden Leaf Gala Features great food, prizes and networking Play Deal or No Deal . . . be a $10,000 winner

Get your name out to 1,500 business people annually by sponsoring a Pillar Event. Sponsorships range from $125 to $5,000, all with different opportunities to showcase your business and product. CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP |7

Membership Application Date: _ ______ /_______ /________ Name of Company/Organization:_ ____________________________________________________________________________ Street Address/PO Box: _ ________________________________ City/State/Zip: ______________________________________ Phone Number: ________________________________________ Fax Number: ________________________________________ Primary Contact Person/Title: ________________________________________________________________________________ Website: _ ____________________________________________ Email Address: _ _____________________________________ What is your company’s primary product/service? _ ________________________________________________________________ Who is your typical customer? _______________________________________________________________________________ In the next year, will you be: Hiring any new employees?

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Investing any money in the business (equipment, construction, working capital)?

___ Yes

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Thinking about moving or expanding your space this year?

___ Yes

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Spending any money on training for this year?

___ Yes

___ No

Membership Investment Choose from Dues Structure (pg. 9)

Investment Rate:


Please submit completed application and payment to the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Payment Method:



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Discover, Visa or MasterCard # _________________________ Exp. Date _____/_____ 3-digit code _______ This membership is continuous unless cancelled in writing. Signature of Applicant: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Staff Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Mail To 20 S. Limestone St. Suite 100 Springfield, Ohio 45502 Fax: 937-325-8765 Complete on website Membership applications are subject to approval by the Chamber’s Board of Directors and/or the finance committee. Membership Dues to the Chamber of Commerce may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Dues paid to the Chamber are not a charitable tax deduction for tax purposes.


Be Apart of Bigger Dreams Legislative/Small Business Committee Manufacturing Council Minority Business Program Buy Springfield Committee Ambassadors Club HITS Team Safety Council Regional Tourism Marketing Events Committee Hospitality Ambassadors Sign-up for any committees online chamber-committees.html

Dues Structure Chamber membership investments are determined by the number of full-time employees. Please note that 2 part-time employees equals 1 full-time employee. Number of Employees 1 to 5 6 to 10 11 to 19 20 to 29 30 to 39 40 to 49 50 to 59 60 to 69 70 to 79 80 to 89 90 to 99 100 to 109 110 to 119 120 to 129 130 to 139 140 to 149 150 to 159 160 to 169 170 to 179 180 to 189 190 to 199 200 and above

Cost $300 $350 $400 $450 $500 $550 $600 $650 $700 $750 $800 $850 $900 $950 $1,000 $1,050 $1,100 $1,150 $1,200 $1,250 $1,300 Contact Staff Member

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Exceptions: Associate Memberships: $150 per associate of a member company* Financial Institutions: by special contract Multiple Locations: $150 per listed location Non Profit/Faith Based: $275 501-C-3 organizations: $300 * Your name listed in directories, receive mailings and networking opportunities A | CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 20 South Limestone Street, Suite 100, Springfield, OH 45502 Toll Free: 800.803.1553 | Tel: 937.325.7621