Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter • November/December 2007
Plugged November General Meeting / Luncheon
in... Monday, November 12, 2007
Hilton Akron / Fairlawn - 3180 West MarketStreet
11:00 a.m. Networking Summit County Chapter
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Speaker: Mark Fairhurst
committee rosters Reservation Deadline: November 8, 2007
Reservations: 330-777-0032 or email@example.com
Director of Public Support
A native of the Akron area, Mark grew up and attended Mogadore High School and earned a Bachelor
dates to remember of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Graphic Design, from the University of Akron.
He began work with the American Red Cross in August of 1999 as the Director of Financial Develop-
ment and has combined the departments of Communications and Financial Development into the
department of Public Support. During this time he has been involved with… to mention a few…
• helping maintain $500,000+ in local campaign and special event revenues
• serving as assistant fund raising and communications coordinator for the 2000 Capital Campaign
executive directors to help build a new $7 million Red Cross Service Center for Summit County.
• helping identify and secure funding for over 1,100 specially designed ﬁrst aid kits into the class-
rooms (k-5) of the Akron Public Schools
proﬁle circuits • serving as assistant fund-raising director for special events and communications activities
• playing a lead role in leading up to our Chapter receiving the national 2003 American Red Cross
member beneﬁts &
to your health The FACC Annual Holiday Auction
Monday, December 10, 2007
Hilton Akron / Fairlawn - 3180 West Market Street
investment ideas 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Reservation Deadline: December 6, 2007
Reservations: 330-777-0032 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It is people like you that help make the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce and our local business area
successful. That is why we are asking your help to make this year’s Annual Holiday Auction a success!
This is our only fundraiser of the year. Some of the proceeds will be given to local charities and the re-
maining monies will remain in the Chamber. These monies help to provide our programs FREE of charge.
Please see the Holiday Auction insert in this newsletter. Please give generously!
Again this year we are selling rafﬂe tickets for $10. You will have a chance to win one of three major prizes.
We are also happy to announce that the Carolers from Copley/Fairlawn School will return for the festivi-
ties. All are welcome at this event, so bring family,
friends, and co-workers. Be sure to make reserva-
tions for yourself and those who you invite please!
The event is free for members and $20 for guests.
We already have some great gifts!
“We raised over $9000 last year!”
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Rostercircuit dates to Remember
Interested in expanding your networking
opportunities by participating on a FACC
November General Meeting / Luncheon
Monday, November 12, 2007
committee? Please call the chair of the
committee you are interested in joining.
3180 W. Market Street
2007-2008 11:00 am Networking
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Luncheon
Speaker: Mark Fairhurst
Board of Directors & American Red Cross-Summit County
Reservation Deadline: November 8, 2007
Committee Chairs Reservations: 300-777-0032 or email@example.com
Kristina Schotzinger After 5
President November to be announced
Kristina Schotzinger, CPA
December Holiday Auction Luncheon
Mike Ameling Monday, December 6, 2007
Past President Hilton: Akron/Fairlawn
Ohio Pension Services 3180 W. Market Street
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Luncheon
Michele Gensel Reservation Deadline: December 6, 2007
President Elect Reservations: 300-777-0032 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A.G. Edwards, & Sons
Tim Walters No other activities for the month of December
Walters & Hanna Insurance
Secretary ALL RESERVATIONS TO:
Stewart’s Caring Place 330-777-0032
OMNOVA Solutions, Inc. Don’t forget...Power Networking starts at 11:00 am before every luncheon meeting.
Bring your business cards and join us!
Circle of Excellence Chair
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
Now Your reservations are important to us! Please
call the chamber at 330-777-0032 or email to
email@example.com for all events!
Holiday Auction Co-Chair
Primerica Financial Services Diane Ash
Holiday Auction Co-Chair additional committee Chair In Working Order
Laura Palmer After Fives
Membership Committee Chair
My Ofﬁce Products
Business Showcase Chair
Member to Member Beneﬁts Chair
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investment Ideas from the President
Common Questions about Social
Security and Medicare Let FACC help YOU
To build a secure retirement, you will likely take advantage of
multiple building blocks to establish your overall plan. Two of The end of another year is quickly
the important pieces people most often take advantage of are approaching! Soon many of us
Social Security and Medicare. Unfortunately, while many will eventually rely on will be planning our business
these programs to assist in their retirement funding, relatively few have a good goals for 2008. What are we ex-
understanding of how these programs work. Following are the answers to a few pecting in the new year?
commonly asked questions, to help educate you a little more on the subject. We’ll
Will the economy remain strong? How will its
also provide you with sources you can turn to for more information about these
strength or weakness in 2008 affect our business-
es? How will the Presidential campaign play out?
Q: What is the minimum age for Social Security retirement beneﬁts?
Oftentimes we cannot predict or control the affect of
A: You can begin receiving “early” Social Security retirement beneﬁts at age 62. national and world events on our businesses. But we
However, if you retire at 62, your monthly beneﬁts will be permanently reduced. could have a “game plan” for our business. Perhaps
Under the current system, which includes varying rates based on your birth as the new year approaches, we may want to take
year, that reduction starts at 20 percent for those born in 1937 or before, and a hard look at business continuance in light of up-
climbs to as high as 30 percent for those born in 1960 or later. In addition, the heaval – bad weather forcing employees to remain
full-retirement age – the age when you can claim your full beneﬁts – is actually home for several days; electrical outages covering
increasing. Previously, retirees who waited until age 65 to apply would receive a large area; an epidemic of ﬂu or other illness; wa-
full beneﬁts. Now, however, the full-retirement age is gradually increasing to ter line breaks in cold weather; key suppliers going
age 67. Your full-retirement age is a combination of years and months, and out of business or raising pricing; customers leaving
again depends on the year of your birth. your company and going with another vendor, etc.
Q: How much can I work and still receive my Social Security beneﬁts? Do key employees have the ability to access your
A: No matter how much you earn from your job, you can receive all of your ben- server from a remote site? Do you maintain copies
eﬁts, provided you are full-retirement age or older. However, if you’re younger of recent backups offsite? Can your backups be
than full-retirement age, you must limit your on-the-job earnings to avoid losing restored efﬁciently on a backup server? Where are
beneﬁts. The earnings limit for most workers is $12,480 in 2006. If you exceed your key papers? Do you have copies of important
the limit, $1 will be withheld from your beneﬁts for every $2 earned in excess papers offsite? Are employees cross-trained in key
of the limit. Keep in mind, only employment earnings count against the limit. areas? If you are a larger organization, you may have
Pensions, interest, dividends, capital gains and other investment income do a backup generator. Smaller organizations may con-
not count, nor does money distributed from IRAs or from 401(k), 403(b) or sider having an agreement with another business
other deferred-compensation plans. several miles away in the event that a site becomes
unusable for a period of time.
Q: When can I qualify for Medicare?
If you are not a business owner, how will your pay-
A: Medicare coverage does not begin until age 65 for most individuals, even if check or commission be affected if a “hiccup”
they start receiving Social Security beneﬁts at age 62. Three groups that can occurs? Can you make sales calls from your home
receive Medicare coverage before age 65 include: people who receive Social ofﬁce? Can you access the internet effectively from
Security disability beneﬁts because they have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis home? Can you reroute your telephone calls to an-
(Lou Gehrig’s disease); other disabled people who have received Social Secu- other voice system?
rity disability beneﬁts for at least two years; and patients of all ages who need
kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant because of end-stage renal failure. Do you know what is going on with key customers
and suppliers? Do you have “backup” suppliers?
Q: What does Medicare cover? Have you diversiﬁed your customer base to minimize
A: Medicare consists of Hospital Insurance (Part A), Medical Insurance (Part B) impact if a customer leaves?
and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). More speciﬁcally, Part A Do you have a line of credit with your bank to see
helps pay for inpatient hospital care, hospice care and skilled home health you through if a large order comes in, or if customers
services for homebound patients. It also helps with short-term inpatient care begin to pay slower? The best time to obtain a line of
in Medicare-certiﬁed skilled nursing facilities if the patient is there for rehabilita- credit is when you don’t need it.
tion. Part B helps pay for doctors’ services, outpatient hospital care, and some
medical equipment and supplies. There is a lot to think about – and one thing with
which to remain conﬁdent. The FACC’s commitment
While these are just a few of the many questions you may have about Social Se- to provide you with the contacts necessary to assist
curity and Medicare, the idea is to get you thinking about how these programs you in every aspect of your business!
will ﬁt into your retirement plan. Remember, these certainly won’t be able to cover
all your retirement expenses, but they can be an important part of your overall Wishing much peace, health, happiness and suc-
strategy. To ﬁnd out more about Social Security, you can visit socialsecurity.gov cess to you, your family and loved ones, and your
or call 1-800-772-1213. To learn more about Medicare, go to medicare.gov or call associates as we approach the Holiday season and
1-800-MEDICARE New Year!
Kristina M Schotzinger, CPA, LLC
A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., Member SIPC
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Laura Palmer, Membership Chair, Herbalife
Lily Home Care
2295 W. Market, Suite L L-R: Kristina Schotzinger, CPA, FACC President; Geoff Moore, CyGem, Ltd.; Lilya Feinstein, Lily Home
Akron, OH 44313 Care; John Parr, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Dave Kalavsky, Farmers Ins. Group; Keri-Ann Kalavity,
330-869-0806 Gillmore Security Systems; Matthew Reid, Digital Reliability; Laura Palmer, Membership Chair, Herbalife.
Keri-Ann Kalavity Geoff Moore John Parr Matthew Reid
Gillmore Security Systems CyGem, Ltd. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Digital Reliability
26165 Broadway Avenue 1245 S. Cleve-Mass Rd., Suite 9 1611 Menlough Ave. 11 Lincoln Way W. Ste. 6B
Cleveland, OH 44146 Copley, OH 44321 Canton, OH 44708 Massillon, OH 44647
440-232-1000 330-668-1660 330-313-4416 330-259-7462 ext. 101
330-376-7373 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
• Non-Deductible Expenses - Think about restructuring non-deductible
Are You Fiscally Fit? interest expense, such as auto loans or credit card debt, to deductible
interest, such as a home equity loan. However, be aware of the AMT
With the busy holiday season and the end of the year limitations on these types of deductions (see below).
fast approaching, there is no better way to mark the
occasion than by setting aside time to review your ﬁ- • Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) - Review your position with respect
nancial plan with your ﬁnancial and tax advisors. The to the AMT to determine if exercising stock options or accelerating or
following checklist can serve as a guide for your year- deferring deductible expenses is appropriate. The AMT is an alterna-
end ﬁnancial check-up. tive tax system that may limit the beneﬁt of certain deductions or cause
otherwise tax-free income to become taxable.
• Investment Asset Allocation - When it comes to investment planning,
review your investment asset allocation to determine if it is still appro- • Retirement Account Contributions - Make sure you have made the
priate given your goals and time horizon. Your ﬁnancial advisor can maximum retirement plan contribution for which you are eligible. Also
help you prioritize what is most important for you and your investment consider making a contribution to your traditional or Roth IRA prior to
portfolio. year-end. Consider converting your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA prior
• Rebalance your portfolio - Even if your target asset allocation is still
appropriate, you may need to review how the portfolio is actually struc- • Take any required distributions - If you are over age 70½, determine
tured. Over time, some asset classes outperform others, causing your if you are required to take any distributions from your retirement ac-
portfolio to become out of balance and perhaps incur more - or even counts before the end of the year.
less - risk than you anticipated. Other suggestions to help you achieve end-of-the-year ﬁscal ﬁtness in-
• Gain/Loss Assessment - Review your net short- and long-term gains clude:
or losses. There may be an opportunity to sell a losing stock and offset • Gift Tax Exclusion - Take advantage of the annual $12,000 gift tax ex-
gains from other sales. If you sell a security for a loss, beware of rules clusion by making gifts to family members.
that limit your ability to deduct the loss should you repurchase it either
just before or after the sale. • Education Savings Programs- Establish a Coverdell Education Savings
Account or a Section 529 Plan as a way to provide tax-free savings for
• Margin Interest - Make sure you will have enough interest, and short- education.
term gains to deduct any margin interest you may have paid during the
year. Since the end of the year is when many people begin to gather their ﬁnan-
cial documents, this also may be a good time to take care of other items
Income Taxes that don’t necessarily relate to year-end:
• Tax Liability Projection - For income tax purposes, review your with- • Make sure your estate documents are still current. These documents
holding and estimated payments to make sure you will not be subject should be reviewed every 5 years or more frequently if there have been
to underpayment penalties. On the other hand, make sure you aren’t signiﬁcant family changes or tax or estate law changes.
paying more than you need to now. The goal is to pay what you need to
by year-end to avoid penalties, and pay the rest when you ﬁle your tax • Review any beneﬁciary designations on insurance policies, retirement
return. plans, annuities, etc.
• Deductible Expenses - Determine if it is better to pay deductible ex- • Make a list of where all your pertinent ﬁnancial documents can be found
penses, such as property taxes, charitable contributions or state in the event you become incapacitated.
estimated tax payments, before the end of the year or after. Consider Paula Chesser is a Senior Investment Consultant with The Whitﬁeld
bunching certain itemized deductions such as medical expenses and Chesser Group at the Akron ofﬁce of Robert W. Baird & Co., member
miscellaneous deductions in order to exceed the minimum adjusted SIPC She has more than 25 years of ﬁnancial services industry
gross income limitations. experience and can be reached at 330 670-0350 or 877 792-7868.
Page 5 • Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter • November/December 2007
I Am Glad
I Don’t It is hard to believe that 2007 is coming to a close. It has been a very busy
and productive year for the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce. Our
Have a speakers for our monthly luncheons were exceptional this year. Thank you
Blackberry to board member Michele Gensel, President Elect, from A.G. Edwards for
arranging such interesting and informative business meeting programs.
I am writing this from Oklahoma City,
We also enjoyed networking at our After 5 Events. Thank you to Diane Ash from In Working
Ok. As I was preparing for this trip I
Order, for organizing such a great variety of After 5 locations. Businesses who participated in
kept hearing about a great restaurant
hosting our After 5 events deﬁnitely rolled out the red carpet with fantastic food, drinks and
in OKC called Cattlemen’s. “You must
even spa treatments and massages! Thank you! In addition, I would like to take the oppor-
go”! I kept hearing over and over.
tunity to thank Mark DiFeo from Catering by Mark DiFeo for partnering with a number of our
I just left there and am back in my hotel After 5 host locations to provide incredible food and service to our members and guests.
room. I was not disappointed. I could
The Coffee, Tea and Contacts program chaired by Tim Walters, Walters & Hanna Insurance
write about the restaurant as a food
and led by Ned Parks from New Directions Learning & Development were great networking
critic for sure, but let’s just leave it at
events as well as educational business building tools that we could apply to our daily activi-
this – “You must go”!
ties. Thank you Ned for helping us beneﬁt from your knowledge of business building and
I could write about their fast on the ball networking tips.
authentic customer service, I will leave
Our annual golf outing with the Copley – Fairlawn Foundation was very successful this year.
it at this – “You must go”!
We were able to raise over $4500 allowing us to provide $1000 scholarships to 4 students
What I am going to share is that I am entering college from the Copley-Fairlawn Schools. We had additional money to donate to
really glad I DON’T have a Blackberry the teacher’s fund as well.
or any hand held device that allows me
We have welcomed new Circle of Excellence Members to the Fairlawn Area Chamber of
to go on the internet.
Commerce this year. Thank you to board member Theresa Carter, OMNOVA Foundation
As I pulled in my parking spot there was President, our Circle of Excellence Chairman for her contribution in building our Circle of
a lady that was parking right next to me. Excellence Membership to the highest number in the Chamber’s history.
She appeared to be about my age, was
The Membership Committee, chaired by Laura Palmer, Herbalife International, worked very
in a rental car and clearly did not dress
hard this year and instituted new ideas to continue to make our Chamber progressive and in-
or act like a local. We were seated in
strumental in helping with the growth of individual businesses. Our Speed Networking Event
adjoining booths and I over heard her
in October was very successful. Thank you to Brad Lubinger, Don Luscher, Lenny Morella
tell the waiter she was traveling on busi-
and Mark DiFeo for making this a great networking experience. The Membership Commit-
ness and was all excited about getting
tee members also assist in making the monthly luncheons run smoothly. They have done
a chance to eat at Cattlemen’s for the
an outstanding job at registration, greeting, and helping our new members and guests feel
experience. She ordered her meal and
welcome. Thanks to Laura for her outstanding leadership with the membership committee.
promptly dropped her head and was
buried in her blackberry for the rest The Business Showcase in September was a huge success as well. Forty tables were show-
of the “experience” even through her cased. This is a great opportunity for businesses to display what their companies do, and
food. how they can beneﬁt other Chamber members. There were many terriﬁc door prizes too.
Thank you to board member, Lenny Morella from My Ofﬁce Products for organizing this
I multi-task as much as anyone but I
event. Thank you to all of the businesses who participated. Congratulations for a job well
sure don’t sit in a unique famous res-
taurant for the experience and then
experience my email. I would like to I would be remiss if I did not thank Stewart’s Caring Place and Don Luscher for hosting the
meet her about two weeks from now; membership committee meetings, speed networking event, and submitting our press re-
I can imagine that conversation going leases for our meetings.
something like this: “Hi, I understand Last but not least… It has been rewarding to work with each of the Board of Directors this
you went to Cattlemen’s in OKC how year.
you did like it?” “Oh ﬁne”, she would
say, “It was great!” “What was great The year is not over yet though! We still have some exciting events to come. Our Annual Holi-
about it?” “Um, well, it was, um, good day Auction is approaching. Board members Paula Chesser from Robert W. Baird & Co. and
food yea that’s it!” Terry Meinen from Primerica are Co-Chairing this event. The committee members are hard
at work getting unbelievable donations to make this event the best ever. This is our one and
Wow, now there is an experience! only fund-raising event of the year. Some of the proceeds will be donated to local charities,
Ned Parks while a portion will stay in the Chamber to continue to provide our events for FREE to our
New Directions Learning membership. The Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce is the only Chamber that does not
and Development charge extra for lunches, After 5 events or other networking opportunities. We are proud to
be able to say that, but it will only be possible with your participation in our Holiday Auction.
Please donate generously, plan to attend the Holiday Auction on December 10th. It is fun,
festive, and a great way to get your holiday shopping done early!!!
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Holiday Exercise Tips
to your Health The holidays are fast approaching. First
Digestive Health Tips there is Halloween with Thanksgiv-
ing soon to follow. Christmas and New
Your digestive system is extremely adaptive and can un-
Years are close behind. These several
dergo a lot of stress and abuse through hurried meals,
months at the end of the year can play
poor diet, a stressful lifestyle, and lack of physical activ-
havoc with your exercise program. With your busy schedule
ity. Having said that, your digestive tract can only take so much over a long
you don’t have to go to the gym everyday, but try to continue
period of time. If you see yourself in the ﬁrst sentence in any way, your time
to exercise at least three days per week. During these ses-
without digestive problems may be limited. Here are some steps that you
sions you should do lifting and cardioactivitity. To make these
can take to improve your digestive health.
workouts quicker use circuit training or supersetting. Here are
1. Eat plenty of ﬁber. An average American typically consumes 10 to 15 some additional tips to keep your program going strong in
grams of ﬁber daily. According to the American Medical Association, between the parties and the actual holidays.
adults who eat at least 23 grams of ﬁber a day are less likely to gain
An easy way to continue exercising is to simply take a walk or
weight over the long term than those who don’t regularly consume this
a run. You can take a walk in the park, around the neighbor-
amount. The study also revealed that ﬁber-eaters have lower insulin
hood, or around the parking lot of your job. When you shop
levels, which could help lower the risk of obesity.
at the mall, park away from the door. Also to combine your
2. Reduce fats and oils. Excess fat consumption slows digestion and can exercise with your errands you can walk to the store or take an
lead to heartburn, bloating, and constipation. A high fat diet can in- extra lap around the mall while shopping. If you are going to
crease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and gallbladder disease. It the airport, you can take a walk around the airport while wait-
may worsen the symptoms of conditions such as irritable bowel syn- ing for your ﬂight or to pick up relatives and friends.
drome, pancreatic and Crohn’s disease. Research shows a diet high in
You can exercise before you leave the house. This way if you
saturated fats-animal fats may increase your risk of cancer, especially
are running late in the evening you will have already completed
your exercise for the day. Coming home late and having to
3. Drink plenty of water. Your body is one half to four ﬁfths water depend- start your exercise for the day will only make you dread exer-
ing on how much fat you have. Water helps prevent constipation and cise and stress you out. Also doing chores around the house
helps to dissolve minerals, fat soluble vitamins, and other nutrients so is a good form of exercise. Make exercise an appointment,
that your body easily absorbs them. Generally you need about 8-10 put it down in your appointment book, and stick to your time
glasses of water per day. Milk and juices are more than 90% water so allotted. If you run short on time, shop online so you can save
they can help but caffeinated beverages and alcohol don’t count. They time for your exercise program.
are diuretics and cause ﬂuid loss.
To make exercise a family affair, play with the kids. Go out-
4. Practice good eating habits and maintain a healthy weight. Eat moder- side and rake leaves or build a snowman together. Stroll thru
ate proportions and on a regular schedule. Skipping meals can lead to the park or around the neighborhood to admire the colored
excessive hunger and lead to overeating which results in obesity. In ad- leaves. Take a walk with the entire family after dinner. You can
dition, try to take your time when you are eating and enjoy your food. also take family members to the gym as your guests. This
5. Get regular exercise. Aerobic exercise stimulates activity of your intes- will enable you to get in your exercise and also visit with your
tinal muscles and will also help you maintain a healthy weight. family.
6. Control stress. When you’re stressed, there is less blood ﬂow to your When you go to a party, eat before you go to the party. Don’t
digestive system. Digestive enzymes are secreted in less amounts, go to the party hungry or you will overeat. While at the party
thus can result in heartburn and constipation. Or stress could do the dance as a form of exercise. Walk around and visit, don’t just
opposite and speed everything up and lead to abdominal pain and sit in a chair.
diarrhea. When you travel to a motel, or family or friends house, invest
7. Limit alcohol to one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men. in some portable exercise equipment. Take advantage of the
A drink is deﬁned as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces pool and exercise room at your motel.
of 80-proof distilled spirits. Too much alcohol can inﬂame your stomach Several of the motels have maps of the area to enable you to
lining and may cause heartburn, liver and pancreatic disease. take a walk or run.
8. Avoid tobacco. It contributes to heartburn and peptic ulcers and in- In order to get the most out of your workouts do circuit train-
creases the risk of Crohn’s Disease and possible gallstones. Nicotine ing. Chose six to eight exercises and don’t rest in between
may increase stomach acid production and decreases sodium bicar- sets. Write down the exercises, determine how long you want
bonate that neutralizes stomach acid. Smoking may also increase the to exercise, and how many circuits you will do. Always warm
risk of many cancers. up and cool down.
9. Use medications cautiously. Nearly all medications affect digestion in By exercising thru the holidays, you won’t have that guilty
one way or another. They may produce constipation, diarrhea or nau- feeling of not keeping up with your exercise program. You
sea. They also slow down the body’s ability to absorb. Some of the won’t have to start over in January. You will keep up your en-
most potentially damaging medications are nonsteroidal anti-inﬂam- ergy level. This will enable you to complete your busy holiday
matory drugs and include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen schedule. And maybe just once you can splurge on that ir-
(Aleve). resistible, once in a lifetime, holiday treat.
Laura Palmer Randi Armstrong,
Herbalife International Armstrong Health and Fitness Training,
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Scenes from October 5th
Speed Networking at Stewart’s Caring Place Holiday
as of 10/11/07
Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Blimp Ride for Two
Hudson Reserve Travel
2 Round Trip Airline Tickets
on Apple Vacations to Punta
Cana or Cancun/Riviera
14K White Gold Princess
Diamond Hoop Earrings
Portage Country Club
Golf & Lunch for Four
$100 Gift Certiﬁcate
$100 Gift Certiﬁcate
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Residence Inn by
One Night Weekend Stay &
Springside Racquet Club
Three Month Individual
Raintree Country Club
Round of Golf for Four/
Radisson Hotel Akron
Overnight Stay/King Jacuzzi
Timothy B. Cox, D.D.S.
member Proﬁle First Merit Bank
Gift Certiﬁcates to Rockne’s
CyGem, ltd. is an information technology services
Steakhouse & Wine Bar
provider. CyGem, ltd. specializes in working with Wine Gift Basket including a
small to medium businesses. By working with Cy- $75 Gift Certiﬁcate
Gem, ltd. itís like having an in-house technology
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Sunrise Assisted Living of Bath
Sunrise Assisted Living of Bath was the setting for the Fair-
lawn Chamber after 5 on Tuesday, September 11th. Step into
Sunrise of Bath and you can’t help but feel at home. Guests
enjoyed a bounty of hors-d’oeuvres’ specially prepared and
served by Sunrise chefs.
Eﬁm Scherbakov and his staff from Theratouch Ltd. offered
relaxing foot and body massages while guests sipped on
wine. Gary Williams from Juice Plus+ displayed nutritional in-
formation and samples of his smoothie drinks and explained
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3. Review your speciﬁc plan design and assess potential new plan designs and their impact on value and pricing.
4. Get to know more about new consumer choice health plans and health savings accounts to see if this works for your organization.
5. Evaluate your options on pharmacy and ancillary coverage such as vision and dental features to see if modiﬁcations here are worth
considering to hold down overall premiums or to enhance your plan as a competitive recruiting advantage.
6. Find out about special features that may be embedded in a health insurance plan like discounts on health related items, wellness
programs, health information resources and special offers that add value to the overall package.
7. Service is an important feature of any health care plan. Look for the service and quality track record of any health insurance carrier you
8. Consider the stability and reliability of the health insurance carrier of your choice.
9. Ask your broker for assistance on planning and new products and services.
10. Look for chamber and association discounts like those offered through NOACC chambers for smaller groups and ERC for large group
These 10 tips will get you started to a smart choice. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, committed to improving health, hopes these tips have been helpful and
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Page 11 • Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter • November/December 2007
facc member-to- Member beneﬁts & discounts roster!
Andy’s Awards & Trophies 330-864-6500 Herbalife - Laura Palmer 330-777-0072 Senior Independence
Contact Andy for 25% off retail, all corporate 10% discount on all products. of Rockynol 330-873-3468
plaques & trophies. Contact Lori Didomenico for $10 off home cleaning
Company 330-867-9770 service or 1 free day in adult day care service.
Armstrong & Art, Ltd. 330-836-1296
Contact Vicki Armstrong for free logo scan and set (Fairlawn only) Contact Mark Jenkins for $15 off Sherwin Williams 330-666-0362
up to $35 for logo imprinted ad specialties and catering orders over $50 or $25 off catering orders Contact Angela Bechtel for 20% off of list price, and
business gifts. over $100. FREE DELIVERY available for any box an additional 5% off of sale priced items in the store.
lunch, sandwich, party tray or catering orders over Springside Racquet
Armstrong Health $50 to all members within a 5 mile radius of our
& Fitness Training 330-873-9639 & Fitness Club 330-666-3778
location. Contact Alan Boettger to receive the corporate rate
Contact Randi Armstrong for a free Consultation,
Assessment, and 10% off any Personal Training In Working Order 330-665-1722 for club membership, a savings of $9 per month.
Package. Contact Diane Ash for 10% discount on boxes, Theratouch, Ltd. 330-808-0661
bubble wrap, and packing materials. Free delivery Contact Eﬁm Scherbakov to receive 20% off a mas-
Boxes Plus 330-836-3377
available. sage session.
Contact Alex Clarke to receive 10% off copies, fax,
packaging, shipping, boxes, crating, padded mail- Medgroup 1-800-642-1007 3 Day Blinds 330-668-3000
ers, etc. Contact Michael McGhee at extension 1214 for 15% For a free I Design consultation. Our I Design con-
off work related physical exams, medical surveil- sultant will bring our showroom to you. Ask to be
Chima Travel 330-867-4770
lance and drug/alcohol testing. shown our exclusive I Design system. It will take the
Contact Craig P. Chima to receive 2 free custom
laminated luggage tags and a suede leather docu- My Ofﬁce Products 330-535-3163 x139 guesswork out of purchasing window coverings.
ment wallet on your next travel purchase. Contact Lenny Morella to receive 40%-70% off most Tire Source 330-670-8000
ofﬁce supplies and furniture. Deliveries are free Contact Burke James to receive 5% off on all tires
Cutler Realty 330-835-5640
with no minimum order required. Rebates given and service. Also, $15.88 for lube, oil, ﬁlter change.
Contact Diana Pawloski for a free home appraisal
semi-annually based on all purchases.
and real estate counseling.
James R. Recupero 330-564-0566
Express Personnel Services
Simple Will, Living Will, Durable Power
of Attorney- $100.00 per person. Contact James for
Contact Kip Tobin to receive 4 free hours of stafﬁng
savings on hourly & contingency fees.
during evaluation to hire period.
Contact Todd Evans to receive 15% off all in house
orders. get Send Us Your FACC
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Contact Elise Hazen Bennett to receive ﬁrst month
Beneﬁts and Discount Offers!
free with one year lease (second ﬂoor), new tenants
Does your ﬁrm have a beneﬁt or discount offer you wish to offer other FACC members?
Why not send us your ﬁrm’s beneﬁt or discount offer, and we’ll include it on our FACC
First Merit Bank 330-849-8956 Member-To-Member Beneﬁts and Discounts Roster!
Call for information on the First Merit Group Bank- Please complete this Lenny Morella
ing Program featuring a no fee personal checking form and mail it back to: FACC Member-To-Member Beneﬁts Chair
account and many other services. 807 S. Broadway
First Security Title Corp. 330-645-2879 Akron, Ohio 44311
Contact April M. Hack to receive $100.00 off escrow Phone at 330-535-3163, ext. 139 or email at lenny.morella@myofﬁceproducts.com
fee when you buy, sell or reﬁnance your home.
Gallery of Framing 330-835-3046 Company Contact/Business Name/Telephone:_____________________________
Contact Lori Tittle for a 15% discount on any cus-
tom framing project, artwork purchased, and any
other merchandise available in the store. Larger FACC Member-To-Member Beneﬁt/Discount Offer: _________________________
discounts apply for those corporate projects of ten
pieces or more. ____________________________________________________________________
Greystone InAdvance 866-877-4873
Contact us to ﬁnd out if your business qualiﬁes for
a business cash advance. There are no upfront fees ____________________________________________________________________
or closing costs, no interest rate or ﬁxed repayment
term, no personal collateral required, and minimal ____________________________________________________________________
paperwork. Plus, if you qualify, you’ll receive the
working capital you need in 7 to 10 business days. ____________________________________________________________________
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To find out how a partnership
You have big plans with FirstMerit Bank can Rick Burris
for your business. help your business call Managing Partner
A smart lender should Eustacia Netzel today at
be part of them. (330) 849-8989.
110 Montrose West Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44321
FACC Single Number 330-777-0032
FACC Annual Holiday Auction U.S. Postage
December 10, 2007
Permit No. 1314
P.O. Box 13388
Fairlawn, Ohio 44334