The 17th edition of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s public service leadership program is set to begin in January 2018. Every year, the program graduates individuals representing a cross-section of the area who go on to improve the region and advance their own professional goals. The program is the longest running of its kind in the state. To date, more than 300 leaders from around the Toledo Region have graduated from the program.
Last Tuesday, passengers boarded the inaugural flight from Toledo Express Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina. American Airlines will be offering the flight twice daily, departing Toledo at 7:00 a.m. and 1:26 p.m. A recent study shows that the flight will provide a $15.4 million economic impact annually.
Amanda Held, H.O.O.V.E.S
Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Born and raised in Toledo, Amanda Held chose to come home after she served 4 years on active duty in 2003. A lifelong equestrian, Amanda is a veteran who now has 16 years combined service in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. She has personally overcome PTSD and founded H.O.O.V.E.S (Healing Of Our Veterans Equine Service) with a vision to reach out to other veterans and share her healing experience.
More than 100 young professionals gathered downtown at Black Cloister Brewing Company for our first Social of the year! The Social was an opportunity for our members to kick off 2017 and connect with one another. View photos below. Our next Social will be February 9, 2017 at the Toledo Botanical Gardens. RSVP Today.
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By: Mike Smith, Key-Ads
It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I think it is normal for most business, big or small, to return to what they have done for years. It just seems to be easier that way. We are already familiar with it. We know the process. We can predict the results. The list goes on and on. Many times we have a difficult time admitting that the results are not what we had hoped for or even what they once were.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Chamber Golf Outing. We enjoyed a beautiful day on the course with our members and sponsors.
Gold Sponsor – V & A Risk Services
Lunch Sponsor – Health Management Solutions
Hole Sponsors: Hollywood Casino Toledo, Palmer Energy Company, Battery Wholesale, Lott Industries, RCO Law
A special thanks to the staff of Stone Oak Country Club.
By: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
In a world where the “Fight for Fifteen,” misclassification lawsuits, and collective action litigation are all landing on HR Professionals’ desks daily, it is imperative that the business community keep up with the current wage and hour issues. The final exemption rules were recently issued and beginning December 1, 2016, employees and employers will see some major changes in classifications and wage & hour rules. To help alleviate confusion and offer clear guidelines for our members, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a learning opportunity with local firm Eastman & Smith.
Jim Yates, attorney at Eastman and Smith, spent the morning with Chamber members, educating them on the changes to come. His presentation, titled “Final Exemption Rules Issued: Now What?” briefly covered information on legislation that voters will likely see on upcoming ballots (IE: minimum wage increases), but mainly focused on the exemption rules that will be enforced come December.
Toledo SBDC Export Assistance Network Hosts 50
“Colleen put together a great group of knowledgeable speakers with topics and discussions on real-world exporting and compliance issues I could relate to.” – Lori Schmitt, Bard Manufacturing Company, Inc.
By: Colleen Kardasz, Director, Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network
For businesses who export there are two topics among the many considerations that generally get the most attention: money and logistics. What will this cost me? How am I going to get paid? How am I getting my product there? Intrinsically tied to those two topics though is the area of compliance. It’s not a given that having a product that a foreign buyer wants means you can get the product to that person or country. There are rules and regulations for exporting that must be followed, but there are also best practices that can make sure your company not only makes the international sale, but that you actually make money from the exchange.
The Toledo SBDC Export Assistance Network recently hosted 50 professionals at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce for a 2-day Logistics and Compliance Conference.