By: Tim Schneider, Manager Local Government Advocacy
One of the largest Outdoor Refreshment Areas in Ohio went live Thursday, June 15 in downtown Toledo. The Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) allows patrons to carry an open beverage of alcohol outside in a designated cup provided at one of 24 participating restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues within a perimeter bounded by Lafayette, Adams, Erie and Summit Streets.
By: Matt Hoverman, Director of IT Consulting, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD
The clock is ticking. The deadline is just around the corner. Do you know if your company will be required to comply with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)?
By: Brian Dicken, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Of the more than 1,800 businesses that have invested in the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, more than 80 percent of them are small businesses. The Toledo Chamber understands that small businesses are the backbone of our local economy.
The Toledo Chamber supports small businesses in a variety of ways including hosting the Small Business Development Center, telling the story of the Toledo Region to attract and retain a talented workforce, providing opportunities to grow personal networks, and advocate on their behalf through the Advocacy & Public Policy (APP) department.
At its regular meeting at 4:00 p.m. today, Toledo City Council is expected to vote on Ordinance 167-17, which would make a number of amendments to Toledo’s lead paint law that passed last year establishing a registration program for lead-safe residential rental units. Amendments include the following:
By: Ken Finley, V&A Risk Services
Last week, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) announced they will return $1.1 Billion back to Ohio employers in the form of a rebate, likely to arrive this summer.
At our recent Focus on Business lunch, elected officials from the Toledo Region came together to discuss the potential of a regional water system. The debate of regional water system has been at the forefront of discussion among elected officials and impacts all of the businesses and residents of our community. Attendees heard from TMACOG President Tim Brown, Lucas County Sanitary Engineer Jim Shaw, City of Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, and City of Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough on the issue.
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. To celebrate, we highlighted area schools that are providing excellent educational opportunities in CTE. CTE covers a variety of fields, including health care, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, business, cosmotolgy and many more.
By: Tim Schneider, Manager, Local Government Affairs
Local zoning and planning practices can be tools to guide development and good land use, and they can help preserve our valued resources and overall economic wellbeing. The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce is advocating for zoning and planning policies that encourage economic development and a strong community in our region.
Here are ten ways the Chamber can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions!
By: Jim Yates & Sarah Pawlicki, Eastman & Smith Ltd.
On May 12, 2016 OSHA issued a final rule revising its recordkeeping and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses requirements. In addition to requiring electronic submission of workplace injury and illness information, the regulations include new employer requirements regarding creating and communicating procedures for reporting workplace injury and illnesses and new prohibitions regarding discrimination against an employee for reporting a workplace injury or illness. These revisions will require employers to review and revise several policies and procedures.