Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce

BG Chamber seeks nominations for mid-year awards

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Nominations are currently being sought for the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce’s Mid-Year 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 June 18th, 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 Mid-Year Meeting to be held on Friday, July 20th, 2018 at Olscamp Ballroom 101, at Bowling Green State University. I LOVE BG AWARD – The I Love BG Award was established in 1988 to recognize an individual or organization for their efforts in increasing the visibility and promotion of the City, and improving the quality of life for Bowling Green residents. OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD – The Outstanding Customer Service Award is to honor businesses that demonstrate exceptional customer service. To publicly promote, showcase and congratulate those businesses who are excelling in customer service. To maintain and strengthen Bowling Green businesses including for-profits and non-profits as outstanding providers of exceptional and quality customer service. The Business must be an Investor of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce at the time the award is presented. The Business must be in operation at least one year. Nominations are encouraged from satisfied customers who feel they have received exceptional service from a Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Investor. Businesses can self-nominate. SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD – The Small Business of the Year Award is to honor businesses located within the Bowling Green city limits that demonstrate achievement in management and workplace excellence, product innovation, and community and social responsibility. To acknowledge publicly the vital contributions made by area companies to business growth in Bowling Green. To illustrate the depth of talent that exists in the Bowling Green business Community by highlighting nominees’ success stories. The nominated business may be any for-profit business headquartered in the city limits of Bowling Green. Businesses must meet the definition of a Small Business as defined by the Small Business Administration. Businesses must be financially stable and operational for a minimum of five years. Businesses must be an Investor of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce at the time the award is presented. 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…


BG Chamber: Issue 1 is “sensible, fair and positive state-wide change to the redistricting process”

The Board of Directors of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce is joining the bipartisan coalition that is supporting State Issue 1.  It is our belief, the same as the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters, that State Issue 1 would establish a new process for how Ohio handles congressional redistricting.  Under the current system, a simple majority of the General Assembly determines the new congressional districts by passing a bill that the governor then signs into law. State Issue 1 would replace the existing process by providing bi-partisan approval of a map; requiring compact districts; restricting the current division of counties into several districts; ensure a transparent process by allowing the public to submit a map; and requires lawmakers to host public hearings. Although state lawmakers will continue to control the map-making process under the new proposal, it will require a bipartisan supermajority and includes other checks and balances that guard against partisan gerrymandering. Vote Yes on State Issue 1.  It is a sensible, fair and positive state-wide change to the redistricting process allowing voters to choose their legislators, not legislators choosing their voters.   Earlene Kilpatrick, Executive Director Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce


Chamber of Commerce: “All of us will benefit from an enhanced, state-of-the-art  school district”

The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to endorse the School Bond issue.  From the business and economic development perspective, there is a strong link between quality schools and local commerce.  We know from first-hand experience that new business, whether it has one employee to 500+, often the quality of the schools factor into the decision to locate or not in our district. We know recruiting and retaining a skilled and diverse workforce is a major factor that determines our economic growth.  A quality district with state-of-the-art facilities is often a priority for new hires who are looking to move into our area. If these new hires stay, they add to growth of our housing, retail, churches, parks and more. All of us who live in the BG School District benefits from that commerce as well.   We also recognize that time is of the essence.  Based on the 4/26/2018 Bowling Green City Schools Tax Analysis, compiled and presented by Rockmill Consulting Firm, the costs of the proposed project will only continue to rise. Mr. Conley noted that since the November 2017 election, the cost of our project has already risen by 4M.  The cost is predicted to continue to increase due to interest rates, inflation, and the rising construction costs. To curb costs, waiting is not an option. And to the current and future Bobcats, our community owes you state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities to become the best you can be in a very competitive world.  And for the future, we want you to continue the cycle of investment and commerce in BG, where you too will be assessing the quality of the school district for your own children. The bottom line is this, all of us will benefit from an enhanced, state-of-the-art  school district that is competitive to area school districts. Such a school district is a powerful attraction to new business and the domino effect of strengthening local commerce, the workforce, and the  over-all quality of life…the long term reward far exceeds the cost.   Respectfully, Earlene Kilpatrick, Executive Director Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce


The Stacked Deck offers gaming fans a new place to gather in downtown BG

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When Joe Busch was in high school, playing Dungeons and Dragons had a “Cheetos in the basement” stigma attached to it, so he and his friends used the school chess as a cover. Now role playing games and the card game Magic are more popular and accepted. Busch is out in the open with his love for the games as the new owner of The Stacked Deck, a gaming shop in downtown Bowling Green. Busch said he first got into gaming in junior high. Like many others in his generation Pokémon served as the gateway game. He and his friends heard about Magic the Gathering, which was more complex with deeper back story, so they started playing that. Busch said he loved writing and telling stories, so in high school, he started his own Dungeon and Dragons campaign, conducted under the cover of the chess club, and continued through his college years. The New Jersey native, Busch attended Rowan University where he studied journalism. Summers he’d come home and muster his friends and resume the campaign. That’s the appeal of role playing games in the world of fast paced video play. Video games may have good stories, he said, but those tales are created by someone else. “Dungeons and Dragons moves with you,” he said. “It’s writing a story but with a group of five people all contributing. You can do whatever you want. You’re just having fun telling the story together.” Whether engaged in role playing, another board game, or a Magic, the social aspect of people gathering for fun and camaraderie is part of the attraction. From the beginning Busch knew he wanted to do more than sell games and cards, but wanted to have a place where people could play uninhibited without the questioning looks of people wondering what they were doing rolling those strange dice and talking about fireballs. “It’s not like you’re an outsider doing something like that here,” he said. The appeal is broad. “You can have anybody play with anybody.” Fathers bring in their kids to get their first starter deck of Magic cards. He had a man in his 70s stop by. He’d seen YouTube videos about Magic, and was thinking about taking the game up. When Busch went to the bank to set up his business account, the banker was excited because he played Magic. He introduced him to one of his co-workers who was also a fan of the game. This is the kind of place Busch missed when he first moved to town about four years ago to take an editing job. When the owner of that company cashed out, he took a job in the frame shop at Ben Franklin. He liked the job, but felt he was in a rut. Busch,…


ACT*BG’s Amazing Race to benefit Montessori School

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE On Friday May 18, 2018, The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce ACT*BG Project Team will host their annual event, Amazing Race Bowling Green with proceeds benefiting the Montessori School of Bowling Green. Participants can sign up a team or sign up alone and be placed on a team and make some new friends! Tickets are $25 per person & May 17th is the deadline for registration. Participants can RSVP to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce by calling 419-353-7945 or email Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net. The event will begin at 6:30pm on May 18th at Bowling Green Performing Arts Center located at 530 W. Poe Road in Bowling Green, Ohio. Complete Challenges and solve puzzles around BG to win the race! Join us at Howard’s for the after party catered by Brookdale BG, featuring Pizza Pub 516 & Chipotle favorites! The party will include heavy Hors d ’Oeuvres, a cash bar and entertainment. For more information, contact Marissa Muniz or checkout the flyer on the BG Chamber website. 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, Ohio area. The focus is connecting active professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, educational, and professional development events.


Leadership BG to raise funds for Habitat, CASA

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Leadership BG Class of 2018, a program of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, invites you to join us for an evening of fundraising and community building benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Wood County and Wood County CASA. This event will take place on Friday, May 11th, 2018 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Campus Quarters on 107 State Street. We will have Dennis Hopson as a special guest to talk and mingle with guests. Dennis is a former NBA player and past Assistant Coach for the BGSU men’s basketball team. Also attending will be Commissioner Craig LaHote as a VIP Bartender donating his skills and tips! Come enjoy the nacho bar, raffle items, music and fun! Habitat for Humanity will be building homes in our county over the next 3 years. They need our support to give the new homeowners the best start they can get. We will be collecting both donations and a list of home owner items that can be found on the event’s Facebook listing. These items include rakes, snow shovels, and more. Wood County CASA supports the best interests of some of the youngest in our community. As Court Appointed Advocates for minors, they need help compiling ice breaker bags. These bags, which include games, puzzles and other activities for kids of a variety of ages, help the Child Advocate build trust with the ones they need to support and advocate for. They are in need of a number of items (see list in event post on Facebook) and or monetary donations to go toward purchasing these items. Come on out to support this worthy cause and help raise money for Habitat for Humanity Wood County and Wood County CASA! For more information contact the BG Chamber at (419) 353-7945 or visit www.bgchamber.net. 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 82 years; Established 1936


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 and the chamber. He and some buddies from the former Jaycees have created their own group called the “Wild Hogs.” Harris and his wife, Margie, have been foster parents to eight children. “He is a person we are proud to know,” said last year’s award winner, Chet Marcin, as he introduced Harris. Harris was joined on stage by many family members. “These guys behind me – my family – they make it all possible,” Harris said. And they didn’t give away the surprise, he said after he left the stage. “They were home dressed in sloppy clothes when I left.” And as for those “Wild Hogs,” well they are much tamer than the movie version, Harris admitted. The chamber of commerce also bestowed awards for local residents who have helped…


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 providing valuable services and contributing their time and energy to improve the quality of life for community members. OUTSTANDING CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD – The Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award recognizes two citizens that focus their work to the Bowling Green area, and have demonstrated an active leadership role for the community through involvement in business, civic, social and/or service organizations. Candidates for this award must live and/or work in the Bowling Green area, and must demonstrate active leadership which serves and improves their community. 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 (419) 353-7945 or visit www.bgchamber.net.


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 kidnapping and other violent crimes. Ohioans have long been able to find out if sex offenders live near them, but there has been no such data base for violent felons. “If law enforcement doesn’t know, the public doesn’t know,” Gardner said. “Sometimes minutes or hours matter.” Communicating for those unable to themselves House Bill 115 came about after a Walbridge woman shared with Gavarone concerns about her son who has autism and is able to drive. She worried that if her son was pulled over by law enforcement he might not respond appropriately to the officer. So the legislation sets up a voluntary registry for people who have communication disabilities. The confidential data base would alert law enforcement if they pull someone over with problems communicating, Gavarone explained. Giving addicts…


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 the quality of life for community members. OUTSTANDING CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD – The Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award recognizes two citizens that focus their work to the Bowling Green area, and have demonstrated an active leadership role for the community through involvement in business, civic, social and/or service organizations. Candidates for this award must live and/or work in the Bowling Green area, and must demonstrate active leadership which serves and improves their community.