Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce

Hospital, chamber team up to offer blood analysis screenings

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Wood County Hospital and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will host their 14th Annual Blood Analysis Program on Saturday, April 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Wood County Hospital. This comprehensive blood analysis screening is for multiple health risk indicators including but not limited to kidney function, electrolytes, liver function and lipid profile and requires a 10 hour fast. Additional available tests are PSA for men and TSH (thyroid) for men and women. Cost of the program is $50 for BG Chamber Investors and $60 for Non-Investors, with $25 each for the additional tests. Blood pressure checks are also offered. The results of this fasting blood test should be used as a guide to determine your current health status and to make positive changes in diet, exercise or lifestyle to enhance your well-being. The screening should not take the place of routine physicals. Although normal ranges are listed, only you and your physician can establish what is normal for you. A report providing all test results will be sent to the participant or his/her physician. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and Wood County Hospital Foundation Scholarship Funds. The Wood County Hospital Foundation Scholarship is designated for full-time undergraduate students at BGSU. The scholarship is awarded annually to one student. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is a $2,000 award that is given annually to one Chamber-affiliated student for their study at BGSU. Appointments are required. Starting now, you can call the Chamber office at (419) 353-7945 to schedule an appointment. Registration will be taken until April 13th, or until all spots are filled. Prepayment is required at time of registration by cash, check or credit card, and must be paid prior to event.


Chamber sponsoring webinar on sexual harasssment, Feb. 28

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce announces a Webinar presented in partnership with The Employers’ Association. This Webinar will be held February 28th at 8 a.m. Registrants can participate from anywhere via personal devices. “Let’s Talk About Sexual Harassment, Baby! Moving Beyond Compliance to Creating a Culture of Respect and Civility in the Workplace” During this webinar, participants will learn: • How to promote respect and civility in the workplace • The importance of Leadership and Accountability in preventing harassment • How to avoid the perils of “Complicit silence” • Tips for updating your company’s sexual harassment training The wave of recent sexual harassment scandals has prompted many companies to evaluate their sexual-harassment training programs. The allegations have shown how ignoring this problem can have devastating effects on victims as well as bystanders, can destroy organizational culture, and damage your company reputation. But, workplace harassment training that simply focuses on eliminating unwelcome or offensive behavior based on characteristics such as race or gender is not enough. To stop harassment, companies must go beyond compliance training and make a commitment to promote respect and civility in the workplace. This is a free event, but reservations are required by Monday February 26. On February 26 registrants will be given a call in code for the Webinar. RSVP by contacting Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or by calling (419) 353-7945. This event is presented by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Business Council in partnership with The Employers’ Association.


BG chamber honors citizens for leaving lasting legacies

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green gave its most cherished awards Saturday to a woman whose students became part of her extended family, and to a man who extended his family to many in need. Dolores Black and Tim Harris were named Citizens of the Year at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner in BGSU’s grand ballroom Saturday evening. Black was recognized as a true advocate for equity in education for all – at all levels of public schools and higher education. Black approaches life with zest – from teaching, to competitive dancing, to sending postcards from around the world to former students. She was one of the founders of the library set up for inmates at the Wood County jail, and was fundamental in the operation of Wood Lane Special Olympics. She was volunteered with the Wood County Historical Society, the Wood County Humane Society, the Wood County Task Force on Battered Women, the Bowling Green Community Foundation and the Save the Woods organization. “Her legacy is lasting,” Shirley Woessner, last year’s recipient of the citizens award, said as she introduced Black. “What a surprise,” Black said as she accepted her award, surrounded by her family on the stage. She thanked Wood Lane and the community for giving her opportunities to give back. “I’d like to thank the teachers I had,” Black said. And she extended that appreciation to her students as well. “They taught me everything.” Black urged those in the audience to open their eyes to the needs of others. She invited them to stop by the jail library. “Visit your community. Go see the other half,” she said. Much like Black, Harris was awarded for reaching out to those in need, especially people with disabilities. Harris helped establish the Leadership BG Program for the chamber, and is a past president of the library foundation. He has served as a volunteer with the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Wood County Department of Human Services, BG Optimists, Jaycees, youth hockey…


BG Chamber awards dinner set for Jan. 27

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Meeting Dinner and Awards on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 6 p.m. in the BGSU Bowen-Thompson Student Union Lenhart Grand Ballroom. The 2018 theme is “There’s No Place Like Our Best Hometown.” This event is the community’s opportunity to celebrate business, honor two Outstanding Citizens, an Athena award recipient, a Zeus award recipient, with the chance to take a retrospective look of the year in action. Social hour will start at 6 p.m. with cocktails, dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 8 p.m.. The cost for the evening is $50 for Investors and $60 for Non-Investors. Any community member is invited to participate. Reservations can be made by submitting RSVP cards to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. RSVP cards can be found on our website, www.bgchamber.net or by calling the office at 419-353-7945. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce supports an environment for the development and success of business within the Bowling Green area. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Celebrates, Educates, and Strengthens its Investors through Business Improvement Events, Grants, Services, Leadership, Legislative Updates and Group Savings Programs. We are your Community Connection via ‘The Morning Show’ radio program WBGU 88.1FM, Wood County Safety Council, Annual Awards, Holiday Parade and Fireworks. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce is Celebrating 81 years; Established 1936.


Deadline for Chamber’s Citizen of the Year nominations, Jan. 8

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Nominations are currently being sought for the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards. The public is invited to submit nominations for these awards. Nomination forms, including criteria and submission information, are available from the Chamber of Commerce, Four Corners Center at 130 S. Main St., and can also be obtained from the Chamber’s website at www.bgchamber.net. Completed Athena & Zeus nomination forms should be returned by December 18th, 2017; Completed Outstanding Citizen of the Year nomination forms should be returned by January 8th, 2018; no late submissions will be accepted. For questions contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 419-353-7945 or chamber@bgchamber.net. These awards will be presented at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Dinner & Awards to be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom on the campus of BGSU. ATHENA AWARD, SPONSORED BY HERITAGE CORNER – The Athena Award Program celebrates the achievement of women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. “Athena Goddesses” are women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, have devoted their own time and energy to give back to their community, and also initiate paths so that others may follow. An Athena recipient is someone who assists women in reaching their full leadership potential; they exhibit excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, and provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community. ZEUS AWARD, SPONSORED BY HERITAGE CORNER – The Zeus Award Program is the counterpart to the Athena. “Zeus Award” recipients are male individuals who support a culture that encourages women to achieve their full leadership potential through active mentoring, support systems, and development actions. A Zeus Award nominee is someone who continually gives back to the larger community of women by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives. A Zeus demonstrates excellence, creativity, and shows initiative in their business or profession while…


State legislators listen to some local concerns

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   State Sen. Randy Gardner and State Rep. Theresa Gavarone on Thursday talked about legislation aimed at school funding, violent criminals, drug trafficking, communication disabilities, and abandoned wells. All are efforts to make life better for Ohioans. But some local citizens wanted to know when the next cut in state funding was going to hit. Why was the state taking a share of municipal business income taxes? When can local governments expect state funding to be decreased again? And why are legislators focusing on issues that affect a small number of individuals when they ought to be tackling the big issues of education, health care, jobs and the economy? Gardner and Gavarone met with members of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to present a legislative update. “Some of our best suggestions come from meetings like this,” Gardner said. First, the state legislators talked about some of their successes this past year: School funding on a smaller scale Senate Bill 8 allows school districts to get up to $1 million in state funding for items such as technology expenses, roof repairs, school safety or adding a classroom. The legislature is designed to help districts – like Bowling Green – which are too wealthy to get much state help for major building projects, Gardner said. Districts are not likely to participate in the school facilities funding program if the state share is 20 percent or less. “For those kind of districts, they’re not likely to accept the strings attached,” Gardner said. So this bill allows districts to access state funds for smaller expenses. “It is now law and available to school districts,” Gardner said. “A district like Bowling Green may be a strong candidate some day.” Sierah’s Law Senate Bill 231 was made into law after Sierah Joughin, a college student from Metamora, was murdered in 2016 by a man who had committed similar crimes in the past. The bill puts into place a law enforcement data base of people convicted of…


BG Chamber offers computer training sessions

Submitted BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will present two computer and device training session in partnership with Huffine Software Consulting Services, October 11 at 9 a.m. and October 17 at 1:30 p.m., both s at The Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402. October 11 – Quickbooks 102: The Deep Mystery of COA (Chart of Accounts) Dive deep in understanding the significance of your company’s Chart of Accounts (e.g., account types, recording transactions, and running accurate reports). Learn how to properly record your fixed assets, interest and principal payments, expenses and income, depreciation and much more! The Chart of Accounts can make or break your recordkeeping processes. Learn the ins and outs of this list. Join us for this session to learn how to properly setup: Banking & Online Connections, Fixed Assets & Depreciation, Mortgage, Loans & Credit Cards, Income & Expenses & Inventory. October 17 – Microsoft Office: Caution-Mail Merge Ahead! Join us in learning how to create mail merge documents and sources (e.g., labels, envelopes, letters). Learn how to merge utilizing outside data sources from your system, Excel, and Access, just to name a few. Find out how to insert logos and pictures to create eye catching labels for your company. You must have basic knowledge of Microsoft Word to attend this session. The cost for these classes: $99 per session or October Package Rate $175. Reservations are required. RSVP by contacting Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or by calling (419) 353-7945. This event is presented by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Huffine Software Consulting Services.


“Our Best Hometown Holiday” theme for 2017 Holiday Parade

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Annual Bowling Green Parade Project Team announces the 2017 Community Holiday Parade to take place Saturday, November 18th 2017, starting at 10:00 a.m., in Downtown Bowling Green. The theme this year is “Our Best Hometown Holiday” complimenting the award given to Bowling Green by Ohio Magazine. Come and join community groups, businesses, bands, and Santa for some fun in the sun this year. With many local participants, this can be your year to join in on all the excitement! Unit Registration and Sponsorship forms are now available for the parade in the Chamber office or at www.bgchamber.net. The deadline to register units for the 2017 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is 5 p.m. Monday, November 6th 2017. Registration is $50 for Non-Investors, $25 for Investors and $15 for Non-Profits, with the fees supporting band stipends, parade publicity, general administrative costs, as well as the cost of filming and rebroadcasting the parade (dates and times TBD). Sponsorships and/or donations to help offset expenses of the parade are also appreciated. Sponsorship and unit registration forms can be downloaded from www.bgchamber.net and mailed to the BG Chamber at P.O Box 31, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Sponsorship forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, November 6th to be recognized in the media outlets. The 2017 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is brought to you by the Premiere Sponsor, Julie’s Dance Studio, with support from BGSU-WBGU-PBS and the City of Bowling Green.  


Deadline Extended: BG Chamber seeks nominations for annual awards

Submitted by BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Nominations are currently being sought for the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards. The public is invited to submit nominations for these awards. Nomination forms, including criteria and submission information, are available from the Chamber of Commerce, Four Corners Center at 130 S. Main St., and can also be obtained from the Chamber’s website at www.bgchamber.net. Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office by Tuesday, Jan. 3 ; no late submissions will be accepted. For questions contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 419-353-7945 or chamber@bgchamber.net. These awards will be presented at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Dinner & Awards to be held on Saturday, Jan. 28,  at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom on the campus of BGSU. ATHENA AWARD, SPONSORED BY HERITAGE CORNER – The Athena Award Program celebrates the achievement of women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. “Athena Goddesses” are women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, have devoted their own time and energy to give back to their community, and also initiate paths so that others may follow. An Athena recipient is someone who assists women in reaching their full leadership potential; they exhibit excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, and provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community. ZEUS AWARD, SPONSORED BY HERITAGE CORNER – The Zeus Award Program is the counterpart to the Athena. “Zeus Award” recipients are male individuals who support a culture that encourages women to achieve their full leadership potential through active mentoring, support systems, and development actions. A Zeus Award nominee is someone who continually gives back to the larger community of women by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives. A Zeus demonstrates excellence, creativity, and shows initiative in their business or profession while providing valuable services and contributing their time and energy to improve…


Dancing with the Stars to benefit Safe Communities

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE On Saturday, Oct. 22, ACT*BG will host Dancing with the BG Stars, with some of the proceeds benefiting Safe Communities of Wood County. Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, Four Corners Center 130 S. Main Street, by stopping in or calling at (419) 353-7945. There will be concession food and non-alcoholic drinks and a cash bar at the event. The event will feature local BG Community members as our BG Stars. Participants are: Brian Roush and Krista Evans; Eric and Sarah Klotz; Kevin McGill and Carol Lenox; Evan Slates and Stephanie Bell; Matt and Alyssa Karaffa; Mark and Michelle Remeis; and Anthony Stacey. Julie’s Dance Studio is providing professional guidance, practice space and expertise. This night of entertainment will be hosted by BG Chamber investor Nazareth Hall, who is generously donating the use of their facility for this benefit. For more information on this event, contact Marissa Muniz (marissamuniz@bgchamber.net) or checkout the flyer on the Chamber Facebook page. All proceeds from this event will benefit ACT BG & Safe Communities of Wood County. ACT*BG (which stands for Active – Community – Teamwork) is a highly active project team of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. ACT*BG has a mission to attract and retain professionals in the Bowling Green. Their efforts focus on connecting active professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, educational, and professional development events.


Time to sign up for “Lights, Camera… Angels!” Holiday Parade

From BG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Annual Bowling Green Comunity Holiday Parade Project Team announces the 2016 parade theme “Lights, Camera…Angels!”. This year’s parade will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 10a.m., in Downtown Bowling Green. Come and join community groups, businesses, bands, and Santa for some fun in the sun this year. With many local participants, this can be your year to join in on all the excitement! Unit Registration & Sponsorship forms are now available for the parade in the Chamber office or at www.bgchamber.net. The deadline to register units for the 2016 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. Registration is $50 for Non-Investors, $25 for Investors and $15 for Non-Profits, with the fees supporting band stipends, parade publicity, general administrative costs, as well as the cost of filming and rebroadcasting the parade (dates and times TBD). Sponsorships or donations to help offset expenses of the parade are also appreciated. Sponsorship and unit registration forms can be downloaded from www.bgchamber.net and mailed to the BG Chamber at P.O Box 31, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Sponsorship forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 to be recognized in the media outlets. The 2016 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is brought to you by the Premiere Sponsor, Julie’s Dance Studio, with support from BGSU-WBGU-PBS and the City of Bowling Green. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce helps improve Investor’s bottom line by offering group discounts on health insurance, informational seminars, creating networking opportunities, and keeping members up-to-date on changing legislation. For more information contact the BG Chamber at (419) 353-7945 or visit www.bgchamber.net.


Pastors Mary Jane and Gary Saunders honored for working to make BG better for everyone

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News On receiving the I Love BG Award with his wife, Pastor Mary Jane Saunders, Pastor Gary Saunders sounded what could have been the keynote for the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce’s Mid-Year Meeting and Awards Program. “We’re better together,” he said. And that in one way or another was a message that came through in all the award presentations. Fitting for the award that she and her husband were receiving, Pastor Mary Jane Saunders said that when they first moved to Bowling Green to  assume the pulpit at First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, they “immediately fell in love with the community and wanted to become involved.” “We were called by a church dedicated to justice and inclusion,” she said.  “This church has been supportive, not just supportive but encouraging. It’s because of First Presbyterian that we’ve been able to be active.” Sheilah Crowley, last year’s I Love BG award winner, detailed that involvement in her introduction. They have been leaders in the BG Ministerial Association, the campaign to stop the repeal of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, Not In Our Town, the city’s Human Relations Commission, the interfaith breakfast and the Presbytery of Maumee Valley. Gary Saunders said that guiding “our life journey together” has been a belief that “diversity is an opportunity not a problem.” “To the extent we can grasp that and live it out, we can all step forward together,” he said. After the luncheon, held at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Mary Jane Saunders said it was the people who made the couple fall in love with Bowling Green. “There are people who share a vision of wanting the community to be better for everybody, and they’re willing to work for it, not just talk about it.” Not In Our Town embodies that. “It’s a grassroots thing,” Gary Saunders said.  It bubbled up both on campus and in the community.  “It’s a vehicle to gather together and express what our best self is. That’s what Not In Our Town is…


ACT*BG’s role in staging Amazing Race appreciated

From BRUCE CORRIGAN On behalf of the Bowling Green High School Bobcat Bands, I would like to thank Drew Headley, Nick Peiffer, and the entire ACT*BG committee and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the Amazing Race held on May 13. Their efforts planning, organizing, and advertising for this event were phenomenal. On a yearly basis, our band parents and students raise thousands of dollars to support the needs of our Bowling Green students. We have had at least 17 fundraisers this past year alone to raise money for a band trip to Florida in December. ACT*BG took care of nearly every detail of this event and raised $1,800 for the Bobcat Bands. This is greatly appreciated by the many parents and students that have been working to raise funds throughout the year! ACT*BG is an impressive group that continues to find ways to make Bowling Green a better community. They have raised funds for various causes in recent years. Additionally, they have found fun and creative ways to bring together people in the community while raising funds. The participants in the Amazing Race clearly had a blast taking part in the activities throughout the evening. In recent years our schools have had a theme of Bobcat Proud. Personally, I am feeling BG Grateful for the members of the ACT*BG committee and the Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the Bowling Green community.