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Mission Statement: To enhance the success of our members and the business growth of our community.
Happy Holidays
Annual Breakfast Celebration
n2015-16 Membership
Directory & Business
Resource Guide Ad
nMembers Making
Ribbon Cutting &
Grand Opening
Home Again
Board Elects
Executive Committee
GED Testing now
available in Gahanna
Meet & Greet
Networking with
Linkedin Workshop
Social Security
Announces 1.7 %
Benefit Increase
for 2015
Board Elects
Executive Committee
Save 1.4% off your
Anthem Health
Insurance Premiums
Thursday, December 11, 2014 • 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Jefferson Country Club • 7271 Jefferson Meadows Dr. • Blacklick, 43004
“Gratitude Relieves Stress: Breathe, Think and Thank!”
Presented by: Lillian Zarzar, MA, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)
Do you find yourself becoming stressed during the holidays? Are you dreading the dinners
with the meddling in-laws, the criticizing sibling, the challenging child? The most difficult
are your greatest teachers! Come and find out how you can learn from them as you are
grateful for the lessons they bring you.
Lillian Zarzar is an adjunct faculty at Ohio University regional campuses in Pickerington and Lancaster
teaching courses in Public Speaking, Interpersonal Relations, Interviewing Skills and Techniques of Small
Group Discussion. She is also an instructor for The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and the
John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
Zarzar is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) the highest earned designation conferred by the National
Speakers Association (NSA) and the International Federation of Professional Speakers (fewer than 300
women in the world hold this designation). She is past president of the NSA-Ohio chapter and current
member of the association.
She is also a Trained Demartini Method® Facilitator with the Demartini Institute in Texas, a private
research, education and service institution dedicated to the development of human awareness and
potential. Her undergraduate degree (BSJ) in Radio-TV News Journalism is from Ohio University and
Masters (MA) is in Speech Communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Zarzar’s insights and understanding of human behavior contribute to the success teams have
achieved through participation in her highly interactive and thought-provoking team-building
approach. Participants are inspired to achieve their highest potential with a plan, a renewed focus
and an appreciation for their lives.
Lillian Zarzar has been quoted in Self Magazine, highlighted in Columbus Business First and appeared
on Fox 8 Good Day Columbus. She is the author of several books, her latest being Conversations on
Also on the program:
81 Mill St. Suite 300
Gahanna, Ohio 43230
614.471.0451 phone
614.471.5122 fax
[email protected]
• Innovation Generation Overview: A collaboration of Central Ohio’s public/provate
colleges, school district superintendents, workforce and economic development,
business & government leaders. Goal: To have 60% of the region’s working-age adults to
possess a college degree and/or certificate by 2025. Presented by Beth Spieth, Executive
Director of Secondary Education for Gahanna City Schools
• New Member Introductions * Volunteer Opportunities * Door Prizes
Reservations, sponsor & exhibitor information go to GahannaAreaChamber.com/Events.
2014 Officers
Board of Directors
Chairwoman: Betty Collins
Brady Ware & Company
Vice Chairman
of Operations: Rick Conover
Chamber Announces Start of 2015-2016
Membership Directory
& Business Resource Guide Ad Sales
he Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce ad sales for the 2015-2016
Membership Directory & Business Resource Guide have begun. And, we’ve kept advertising
rates the same as the 2013-2014 publication making it affordable for every member!
Many people turn to the Chamber Directory to locate the best and most accessible companies
in the area. With a 2 year shelf life, the Directory will provide a colorful showcase for the
business community that is rich with community resource and business information consumers
use throughout the year.
Professionally designed, the publication will feature extensive four-color, coated stock with highend graphics and magazine style layouts. There will be a classified section that includes 2 listings
for every member. And, 3,000 copies will be strategically distributed to high traffic areas in the
Gahanna area and beyond.
Vice Chairwoman
of Business
Development: Betty Clark
CPMedia & Marketing Services
The combination of high advertising value at affordable rates creates a marketing piece that will
give your business years of exposure and returns. From a study commissioned by the American
Chamber of Commerce Executives, when consumers know a business is a member of their local
Chamber, they are 68% more likely to think positively of its reputation and 80% more likely to buy
goods and services from the business.
Treasurer: Scott Robinson
A limited number of ad spaces are available so be sure to act NOW! Return the enclosed reservation
form or contact the Chamber at 471-0451 or [email protected] for additional
information. Thank you in advance for your support!
Secretary: Kandace Watkins
Bercley Woods
Director: Jennifer Chiappisi
Fourth Floor Interactive
Director: Mary S. Held
Mary Held & Associates
Director: Terri Loughry
Loughry Insurance Services
Director: John Persons
Sign-A-Rama of Gahanna
Director: Susan Peters
Gahanna Convention
& Visitors Bureau
Ron Smith
SOH Productions
Emanuel Torres
Gahanna Planning
& Development
President: Leslee Blake
Administrator: Becky Whittington
Leslee Blake, President
Members Making News
Growing up in a family with a strong
work ethic, Doug Secrest has always
been driven to serve the public.
Through many years of experience,
Secrest has found the perfect formula
for success, having a great team and
providing top-notch customer service.
These are just a few of the things that
have allowed Secrest and his business,
Ohio Basement Authority, to be the
best basement waterproofing, crawl
space repair, and foundation repair business in Ohio.
The evolving business continues to celebrate success, and recently relocated to a larger
facility that will help accommodate its growth and customers’ needs. Ohio Basement
Authority is now located at 911 Stelzer Road, near Port Columbus International Airport.
“We outgrew our former building,” Secrest said. “This new building is a perfect fit. It is
more centrally located, and it allows us to grow and fine-tune the systems we have in
place. We have more space, and a conference room that will allow us to hold additional
hands-on training for our staff.”
Expressions Floral Design Studio, 1319 Stoneridge Dr. located in Stoneridge Plaza is
introducing Floral Design Classes for every Season! Spend some fun time being creative
with friends and join us for a hands-on floral design class. We will start off each class
with time to mingle, taste some wine and light appetizers, then off to the design tables.
During class we will cover how to select and care for your flowers, basic design principles
and the techniques needed to create your very own floral masterpiece.
Each class will include all flowers, foliage, foam, container and other materials and use
of clippers, scissors or other tools during the lesson. Feel free to bring your own tools if
you prefer. Class size is limited so call 614.858.0444 or visit www.expressionsfloraldesign.
com for dates and times to secure the class of your choice.
Newsletter Printing & Design:
Capitol Citicom Print & Graphics
2225 Citygate Dr., Ste. A • Columbus, OH 43219 • 614.472.2679
[email protected] • www.citicomprint.com
We look forward to providing you with the Local Professional Service that you deserve.
Jody Brown-Spivey,
Owner of Expressions Floral Design Studio
Deadline for Advertising in Jan. Issue: Dec. 21
Membership Renewals
104.9 the River
Emerald 2009
Animal Care Center at Cherry Way
Beecher Crossing Dental Group
Bernie Cohen Venture
Central Ohio Transit Authority
Computer Helper Publishing
Dwight Lenox Music
Eclipse Corp
Education First Credit Union
Emerald Green Biologics, Inc.
John D. Mahilo, DDS
Mary Held & Associates, LLC
National Cinemedia
Ohio Basement Authority
StoneRidge Dental Care
Stonybrook United Methodist Church
Summit’s Trace Healthcare Center
Sunrise Masonic Lodge #783
Current Membership: 408
Ribbon Cutting
& Grand Opening
Welcome New Members
Kylee Miller
121 Mill St., Ste. 120, Gahanna 43230
(937) 681-7672, [email protected]
Type of Business: Retail – designer dress boutique. Open Soon!
Circulatory Centers of Ohio, LLC
Joey Stoof
85 McNaughten Rd., Ste. 130, Columbus 43213
(800) 526-3082, [email protected]
Type of Business: Medical practice
specializing in varicose & spider veins
Easton Commons Apartments
Bridget Everett
4011 Easton Way, Columbus 43219
(614) 476-5559, [email protected]
Type of Business: Luxury 500 unit apartment
complex at Easton Town Center
Home Again Furnishings
Josh Bernthold
961 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna 43230
(614) 980-1134, [email protected]
Type of Business: Retails – furniture and accessories
J Pappas Accounting Group LLC
Julie Pappas
20 Northwoods Blvd., Ste. E, Columbus 43235
(614) 396-7802, [email protected]
Type of Business: Accounting & Taxes
Lind Automotive
Allsia Lind
311 W. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna 43230
(614) 478-8666, [email protected]
Referred by: Ron Smith, SOH Productions
Type of Business: Auto repair, oil changes,
motor replacements, AC, brakes, etc.
Ohio Christian University
Netta Jacobs
1476 Lancaster Pike, Circleville 43113
(740) 412-6148, [email protected]
Type of Business: Education
Rider & Reinke Financial Group
Jordan Doherty
4094 Main St., Hilliard 43026
(614) 876-7044, [email protected]
Type of Business: Financial Planning, investments,
employee benefits, insurance
Style Encore®
Nirav Patel
961 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna 43230
(614) 980-1134, Facebook.com/HomeAgainFurnishings
Furniture and home décor: retailer overstocks and consignment.
4904 Morse Rd., Gahanna 43230
(614) 933-9999, [email protected]
Type of Business: Retail: buy & sell gently
used women’s clothing & accessories
Business Growth Workshop
Presented by:
Debra Mathias, Best Courier, presented “Networking with
LinkedIn,” with detailed explanations on how and why you
should use LinkedIn to help you grow your business.
Social Security Announces
1.7 Percent Benefit
Increase for 2015
State Representative Anne Gonzales discussed what
the state is doing for women now, and pending legislation
that will make women’s lives easier.
Meet & Greet
onthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income
(SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase
1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced
The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with
benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries
receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8
million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. The Social
Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer
Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of
Labor Statistics.
Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are
based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase,
the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security
tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $118,500 from $117,000.
Of the estimated 168 million workers who will pay Social Security
taxes in 2015, about 10 million will pay higher taxes because of the
increase in the taxable maximum.
Emanuel Torres, City of Gahanna Planning & Development,
gave helpful hints on some of the innovative and time
efficient mobile/social medial techniques one can utilize
when attending networking events. His presentation was
followed by Speed Networking.
Information about Medicare changes for 2015 is available at
The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.
To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.
Deadline for Advertising in Jan. Issue: Dec. 21
Board Elects
Executive Committee
he Executive Committee is responsible for developing annual
goals, long range plans as well as oversight of personnel
issues for the organization. At the November meeting the
following Officers were elected by the Board as a whole to serve
for one year commencing January 2015.
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Ron Smith
SOH Productions, LLC
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The Board of Directors represents the interest of all chamber
members and is responsible for formulating policy and
establishing and enforcing procedures.
Congratulations to our volunteer leaders who have made
the commitment to dedicate their time and talent in order to
continue moving the growth and prosperity of the organization
Ambassador Club Contest Winner:
Business Development
December 2014
Small Business Owners,
Did you know you can
save 1.4% off your Anthem
Health Insurance Premiums
as a Chamber Member?
3 – Planning Team Committee Meeting
8:00 AM * Chamber Office
Committee Chairman, Charlie Collins, Collins Financial
4 – Ambassador Club Committee Meeting
8:30 AM * Chamber Office
Committee Chair, Emanuel Torres, City Planning &
11 - Holiday Breakfast
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Location: Jefferson Country Club
7271 Jefferson Meadows Dr. * Blacklick, 43004
Topic: Gratitude Relieves Stress: Breathe, Think and
Presented by: Lillian Zarzar, MA,CSP (Certified Speaking
New Member Introductions, Door Prizes, Volunteer
Opportunities & MORE!
25-26 – Closed * Christmas
Business Promotion Packages:
Meeting Sponsor(s) $100:
Exhibitor Table, Advertising, Admittance for Two,
Speaking Time, Meal
Exhibitor(s) $40:
Includes Table, Admittance for One, Meal
Details and Registration:
Board Meetings:
2nd Tuesday of each month 7:30 AM
Chamber Office, 81 Creekside Plaza,
Suite 300 - C/Suites Building
re you rethinking your company’s benefit offerings
for the upcoming year? If so, we encourage you to ask
your broker for a quote on health, dental, vision, disability,
EAP and/or life insurance from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue
It just makes good sense to provide coverage that helps
protect both your company and your employees from the
rising costs of health care.
With Anthem, you can rest assured that you and your employees
will get:
Protection from unexpected health care costs
Plan options that fit your budget
Access to a large national network of high quality
doctors and hospitals
Reliable customer service from a local company that has
served Ohio for 75 years
Prescription drug benefits at both local and national
Access to a 24/7 NurseLine and online support
The option to add voluntary (i.e., employee-paid) ancillary
insurance coverage
And so much more!
Your broker or Anthem representative would be happy to help
guide you to a plan that helps protect both your employees
and your company. Be sure to tell your broker that you’re
a Gahanna Chamber member to save 1.4% on your health
insurance premiums. And ask about special Chamber member
discounts on Anthem ancillary (dental, vision, disability, EAP
and life) insurance. Go to GahannaAreaChamber.com and
click on Benefits/MemberSaving for contact information.
Board meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month | 7:30 AM
Chamber Office | 81 Creekside Plaza, Suite 300 - C|Suites Building
Deadline for Advertising in Jan. Issue: Dec. 21
GED testing and other licensure and
certification now available in Gahanna
ollege Testing Services will now provide the community the added convenience for professional licensure and certification
and GED testing at Columbus State’s Gahanna Regional Learning Center on Wednesday evenings.
College Testing Services will be offering Pearson VUE exams at this Gahanna location for professionals needing licensure and
certification in Information Technology (IT), Education and other industry fields including:
IT Certification in over 1,500 exams for Novell, Cisco, CompTIA, Citrix, HP, Adobe, SAP, Infosys, Symantec,
and many other clients
Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams for candidates seeking Ohio educator license or adding a new licensure area
American College of Sports Medicine
American Medical Technologists
CDA Exam Council
AHIMA – Registered Health Information Technician
The American College – Financial and Insurance Industries
Candidates for any of these exams must begin the registration, payment and scheduling process at https://www.pearsonvue.
com and can select the Gahanna Regional Learning Testing Center location to take these exams now offered on Wednesday
evenings from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
Testing at the Gahanna Center will offer a regional location closer to individuals’ workplaces and residences. The center is
located in Clark Hall room 105, 380 Granville St., Gahanna. Call 614-287-5425 for more information.
Grant Hamlin
email: [email protected]ffice.com
cell: 419-957-6694
phone: 800-427-1704 ext. 1017
Sustaining Members
Corporate Member
Toyota Direct
Diamond Members
Benchmark Bank
Buckeye Interactive
C|Suites Executive Offices
Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Creekside Conference & Event Center
Fourth Floor Interactive
Good Energy
Heartland Bank
KEMBA Financial Credit Union
Limited Brands
Mid Ohio Strategic Technologies
SOH Productions
Strathmore Development Co.
VIP Casino Events/Fiesta Sounds
81 Mill St., Ste. 300 | Gahanna, OH 43230
Emerald Members
104.9 The River
AAA Ohio Auto Club
CPMedia & Marketing Services, Inc.
Custom Air Conditioning & Heating
Education First Credit Union
Family Physicians of Gahanna
Friends Business Source
Hanawalt Exteriors
Huntington National Bank
Jess Howard Electric Company
Lew Griffin Insurance
Longhorn Steakhouse
Methodist Elder Care Services
Mount Carmel
New Albany Gardens & Care Center
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
OhioHealth Neighborhood Care
Orthopedic One
Otterbein Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood
Rehabilitation & Health Center of Gahanna
Sam’s Club
ThisWeek Community News
Vapor Station Columbus, LLC
Even with all the Health Care Reform Changes you
can still get a discount through your local chamber
As a chamber member with 2-50 employees, you can get a
discount on any health plan from Anthem Blue Cross and
Blue Shield — including industry-leading HSAs, HRAs and HIAs.*
Despite the ongoing changes and confusion surrounding health
care reform, your local chamber continues to offer employer
insurance options for the 23rd straight year with a 1.4%
discount exclusively for chamber members!
Please go to the Chamber website http://www.cocchealth.com/
for more information or call 1-888-506-1574.
*Discount only applies to Chamber members who do not already have Anthem insurance.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Community Insurance Company. An independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Association. ® Anthem is a registered trademark. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are the registered marks of the Blue Cross and
Blue Shield Association.

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