Heritage Ohio: Revitalization Series Workshop, "Economics of Aesthetics"

On November 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tiffin's Knights of Columbus, learn the "Economics of Aesthetics" from Heritage Ohio!

Create public spaces that are inviting and conducive to social activities. Learn what things ‘make a place great’ and ways in which architectural design can have a direct impact on improving sociability, comfort & Image, access & linkages, and uses & activities. 

Schedule to come. Register here!

Be In The Know Breakfast

 Learn about chamber programs and benefits during the Be in The Know Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 26 in the Chamber Community Room! Susie Wilkinson from Simply Susan’s will give a presentation on Window Displays. The details for the Christmas Window contest will be revealed.

It is time to gear up for the Holiday Seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Once Halloween is over, it is time to decorate for Thanksgiving.  Yes, it does say Thanksgiving.  Take time to enjoy our fall season with this holiday that reminds us that we have a lot to be thankful for.  Your customers will appreciate the fact that you are not rushing to push the commercial part of Christmas down their throats. 

Of course, for some decorating for Christmas on November 25th is not practical, then go ahead and decorate on November 23rd.  Be closed on November 24th, enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and allow your employees to do the same. 

There will be time to exchange ideas and tips on all the topics discussed. 

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Electronic billboard coming soon!

Coming soon, Lind Media will be upgrading one of their Tiffin billboards to an electronic board! What does that mean for us and our Chamber members? That means we have a permanent spot on that billboard that can cycle through up to 6 different advertisements!

Because of the quick turnaround—billboards, once submitted, can be up in a matter of minutes—the elimination of a production fee, and ability to put up more than one board at a time, we will have much more flexibility in promoting events in the community. 

Stay tuned for more information!

October New Members

Welcome to our newest members!

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IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bill

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015. Generally, the scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment. The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.

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Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance

Identity theft places a burden on its victims and presents a challenge to businesses, organizations and government agencies, including the IRS. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.

The IRS combats tax-related identity theft with an aggressive strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. We’re making progress against this crime, but it remains one of our highest priorities. If you become a victim, we’re committed to helping you resolve your case as quickly as possible.

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Small Business Saturday: Sign up to be a neighborhood champion!

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 26. 

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Back to School Workshop: Market Your Destination to Students and Youth

In September, the Ohio Travel Association hosted the Back to School Workshop: Getting Your Share of the Student and Youth Travel Market. Read below for an overview of the workshop, along with what you can do to make yourself more marketable to students and youth.

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Seneca County Showcase - Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are still needed for the Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase that will take place on Friday, October 14 at Heidelberg University. 

Over 800 9th grade students from Seneca County schools will be at the showcase!  The purpose of the event to is promote manufacturing as a career.  Please visit the website to volunteer.  You do not need to be working at a manufacturing facility to volunteer.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to mingle with area businesses as well as our area youth. 

We also have a few openings left for manufacturers to participate in the showcase.  Please contact Carol Owen  to participate as a manufacturer. 

Check out this powerpoint for more information on the event. 

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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