Posts from category "From the President"

Community Creations, Inc. Introduction

Dear Chamber Members,

Please accept this letter of introduction for Community Creations, Inc. of Columbus, Ohio.

Community Creations offers “Pen and Ink” prints that capture the essence of a community. Bruce Loeschen, the artist, has been creating his prints for over 35 years. He combines local landmarks and figures with the commercial landscape to create a unique representation of a community.

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Message from the President: Merry Christmas!

Billions of words have been written about the true meaning of Christmas, yet none of rung more clearly than "On Earth, peace and good will towards men."

With December comes a heightened sense of community. We wish you peace, hope, and the love of your family and friends. For the community, we wish for a strong future based on our proud past.

During this holiday season, we urge you to share your good cheer with the people living in our communities, large and small. Attend the holiday events in the downtown, enjoy the crafts and shopping our small retails provide, and help spread holiday cheer, one person at a time.

Let us remember and renew our commitment to each other as good neighbors, good family members, and good Americans. We wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. Merry Christmas and bless you all. 

Message from the President: Shop Local!

 This month, we celebrate small businesses with Small Business Saturday on November 26.

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.  

The Chamber is celebrating another year as a member of the Small Business Saturday Coalition and a neighborhood champion. Join us in supporting local businesses by signing up. We encourage all small businesses to sign up for the Small Business marketing and promotional materials. Sign up on the event website

In addition to this nationwide push, we’ll be starting our annual campaign “Shop Local, Shop Small, Shop Chamber”. This holiday season, remember to shop local and support your friends and neighbors!

Message from the President: Fair Labor Standards Act Final Rule Changes

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that requires employers pay a minimum wage and time and a half for overtime—anything over 40 hours—to all non-exempt employees.

Regulations have generally required each of three tests to be met for the FLSA’s exemption to apply: the employee must be paid a predetermined and fixed salary that is not subject to reduction, or the salary basis test; the amount of salary paid must meet a minimum specified amount, or the salary level test; and the employee’s job duties must primarily involve executive, administrative, or professional duties as defined by the regulations, or the duties test.

The change on December 1 specifically affects those who are typically exempt due to the salary level test. This “final rule” has been increased from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, meaning people falling into that category will face a significant increase in their required salary to remain exempt.

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Message from the President: Visit Our Websites!

Are you looking for ways to stay up-to-date on Chamber information and Seneca County events? Be sure to check out our website and Destination Seneca County's website for complete lists of community resources, local businesses, and area events.

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Message from the President: June

With the arrival of good weather, we often see the start of construction around the county. This summer, the Kennedy Street Bridge is to be closed for infrastructure improvements. 

We at the Chamber would like to encourage everyone to patronize the businesses affected by this project.

     Rosie’s Soup N Such, Sabaidee Coffee House, and McCartan’s Grocery are to be affected during this closing. Rosie’s Soup N Such offers home cooked breakfast and lunch items, Sabaidee Coffee House offers coffee, smoothies, crepes and other breakfast items, and McCartan’s Grocery offers groceries and fresh cut meats since 1875.

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