DelCo Profit Builders Invites Community to Visitor’s Day

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DelCo Profit Builders, a chapter of the international networking organization BNI, will hold a visitors’ day on Tuesday, April 28, at 8 a.m. the Council for Older Adults in Delaware, Ohio. [Read more…]

Local Bicycle Business Receives National Award for Promoting Bicycling

Breakaway Cycling named a “Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business” by the League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Breakaway Cycling with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, joining more than 800 visionary businesses from across the country.

With the announcement of 150 new and renewing BFBs today in 39 states and Washington, D.C., Breakaway Cycling joins a cutting-edge group of more than 800 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

“Visionary business leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of businesses for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their employees.

Breakaway Cycling encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as employee bike parking and public bike parking.  Parking in downtown Delaware can be a challenge during special events.  Breakaway Cycling provides public space for bike parking and free air fill ups for tires.

Moving forward, Breakaway Cycling will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: decreased carbon foot print, reduced heath care costs, connected to community, a fun and healthy work culture.

To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/content/businesses

Source Breakaway Cycling.

Ohio Machine President and General Manager Steps Down.

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Bear Davis and Gregg Klein  to split Ohio Machine management responsibilities

 COLUMBUS, OHIO (September 26, 2014) – The Ohio Machine announced today that team President & General Manager John Algie will step down from his position effective October 3, 2014. Machine Vice President & Head Coach Bear Davis will assume the responsibility for lacrosse operations. Current Director of Corporate Partnerships Gregg Klein will assume responsibilities for the Machine’s business operations.

“It’s been an absolute privilege for me to be a part of the founding of the Ohio Machine,” Algie said. “I’m grateful to all of our wonderful fans, partners and supporters for believing in this team and helping us to grow from just an idea to an exciting playoff team in only three seasons. We have such an amazing group of players, coaches and front office staff in place which makes this the right time for me to transition out while they work to take the team to the next level. The future is bright for the Ohio Machine and Ohio lacrosse and I’m proud to say I’ve played a role in that.”

Algie joined the Machine in April 2011 as the team’s first employee after Major League Lacrosse announced the expansion club in January 2011. In his three and a half years at the helm of the team, Algie guided the Machine to success on and off the field. Off the field, Algie secured partnerships with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Skyline Chili, Donatos Pizza and many more.

On the field, Algie built the Machine roster through the collegiate and supplemental drafts and through key player acquisitions via trades and waiver additions. In 2014, the Machine led MLL in offense and made the MLL Playoffs for the first time in club history. Under Algie, Machine players have made 12 All-Star game appearances, won three Offensive Player of the Week awards, four Defensive Player of the Week awards and four Rookie of the Week awards. Two Machine players were also named to the All-MLL team, Kyle Hartzell in 2012 and Peter Baum in 2014.

Prior to joining the Machine, Algie worked as an attorney for the international law firm of Jones Day. No stranger to Major League Lacrosse, Algie spent three seasons as the MLL’s Director of League Operations where his responsibilities included implementation and enforcement of the league’s on-field and player personnel rules, college and pro player scouting, and game operations management. He was also one of the primary catalysts for MLL’s change from a 45-second to the 60-second shot clock that has been in effect since the 2005 season and also served two terms as the Chair of the MLL’s Rules Committee. Overall, Algie has held a full-time, managerial position in MLL for eight of the league’s 14 seasons.

Algie is a Trustee for the Delaware County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, where he serves as President, the Recording Secretary for the Ohio Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, and a member of the Pitt Business Alumni Association Board. Algie will rejoin Jones Day following his time with the Machine.

Main Street Invites Delaware To “Get To Know Them”

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Main Street Delaware Encourages Public to ‘Meet’ the Organization in Casual Setting

DELAWARE, Ohio – Many local residents know Main Street Delaware as the group behind the monthly downtown First Friday events, but now the community is invited to learn all that happens behind the scenes of the nonprofit organization.

“Main Street, Beer, Pizza! Get to Know Us” provides an opportunity to see the many ways people can get involved and directly support their downtown.

“If you’ve always wanted to be more involved in supporting Delaware’s vital and vibrant downtown, this is your chance to learn more and find a fit that’s right for you,” said Frances Jo Hamilton, executive director of Main Street Delaware.

Main Street Delaware is a volunteer organization powered by working committees, including Organization, Promotions, Design, and Business Enhancement. Representatives from each committee will be present to explain their function and how their volunteers are utilized, as well as their major projects over the course of the year.

“Main Street, Beer, Pizza!” meetings take place quarterly. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Main Street Delaware office, 20 E. Winter St. Refreshments will be provided, and the introduction will last an hour. The last session of 2014 will occur Tuesday, Dec. 9, also at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Street Delaware office.

Source Press Release.

Delaware Ohio’s PREMIER Meetup/Networking Event – Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We meet again Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at Blend of Seven Winery in Delaware (481 London Rd. ) from 6 to 8 pm. If you arrive and the lot appears full, there is an overflow parking lot to the west.

Please join us if you are a local business person or active in local social media. Can you think of a better way to spend an early Fall Wednesday night?  Plus you can enjoy a selection of wines made at the location. There is no fee to attend the meetup…your only cost is your own food and beverage.

Corporate sponsors this month include  Delaware, Ohio’s hometown professional lacrosse team The Ohio Machine, CES Credit Union and Tint Works (Window tinting and auto detailing).  We will again have announcements and the usually unpredictable business card drawing. If you wish to donate a gift for the drawing, let me know.  (August give aways were provided by DFC Screen Printing, Service Before Self Leadership, Sequential Pathways and Kona Ice.)

We start at 6 PM and network for about 50 minutes. We have announcements, do some prize give aways and then network some more and enjoy food and beverage!

Thanks to those who made the August event another fine one. The food was catered in by the Final Score.

Register online: Click here

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online: with this link

Questions or to RSVP: Stephen Evanko –   sevanko@columbus.rr.com or 740-816-7123.

Thank you!

Please keep sharing our event with others…it continues to be a success due to all of you.

ICYMI – Delaware Ohio’s PREMIER Meetup/Networking event August, 2014 meeting wrap up

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 we held our monthly third Wednesday meetup. These meetings are held so local business people and those active in local social media can come together in a relaxed and friendly setting.

Many thanks to our gracious hosts, Steve and Sandi Weddington of the Blend of Seven Winery. We encourage everyone to go out and visit their shop located at 481 London Rd in Delaware, OH.

We do thank the 26+ people who attended!

The event was two solid hours of meeting and networking with local business people. In addition to the fine selection of wines made on-site, we had the Kona Ice truck there for dessert treats. The meal was catered in by Kim from the Final Score. She brought in an excellent selection of pizzas, subs, chicken salad wraps, cole slaw, potato salad, salad and ribs. (Definitely recommended!)

We are at the same time and location on September 17th. We plan to have food catered in again.

There are no fees to attend and meetings are open to all. Your only cost is your own food and beverage. Come out, join us and meet some locals active in your community. Please contact Stephen Evanko –  sevanko@delinsadv.com with any questions.

If you cannot attend this one, we will be moving our location next quarter. We’ll keep you posted!

 

Delaware Librarian Receives Ohio Library Council “Librarian Of The Year.”

Librarian of the Year: Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library

Mary Jane Santos, Director, Delaware County District Library (DCDL), was appointed Director at a time when the county population had exploded, becoming one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Unfortunately, the library’s budget was not increasing to meet the needs of these new community members. Santos developed a strategy focused on two goals: pass a levy and build a branch in an area of rapidly expanding population. Under her leadership, both of these goals were accomplished. In recent years, DCDL has expanded services and facilities to keep up with the community. Santos’ strong and steady guidance has allowed staff to carry forward with innovations and changes while keeping the “small library” team feeling. During her tenure, the library has nearly doubled in size and continued to increase in circulation, visitors, programs, cardholders, and computer use. Santos has developed partnerships with schools, other libraries, higher education institutions, law enforcement, and businesses that strengthen the library’s importance in the community.

The Ohio Library Council (OLC) is continuing its tradition of honoring some of the best and brightest individuals and organizations in the Ohio public library community through its Awards and Honors program. The 2014 honorees have demonstrated outstanding
leadership and remarkable dedication to providing the best possible library service. Santos will receive her award at the Awards and Honors Luncheon on Oct. 8 at the OLC Convention and Expo in Columbus. Santos was selected based on nominations and recommendations received from her peers in the Ohio public library community.

Source Ohio Library Council

Delaware Ohio’s PREMIER Meetup/Networking Event – Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We meet again Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at Blend of Seven Winery in Delaware (481 London Rd. ) from 6 to 8 pm. If you arrive and the lot appears full, there is an overflow parking lot to the west.

Please join us if you are a local business person or active in local social media. Can you think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night in mid-August? Plus you can enjoy a selection of wines made at the location.

Corporate sponsors this month include  Delaware, Ohio’s hometown professional lacrosse team The Ohio Machine, The Preserve at Quail Pass, DFC Screen Printing and Delaware Insurance Advisors,  We will again have announcements and the usually unpredictable business card drawing. If you wish to donate a gift for the drawing, let me know.

We start at 6 PM and network for about 50 minutes. We have announcements, do some prize give aways and then network some more. 

We will have food catered in by the Final Score. In order to get a proper count, please RSVP by 08/18/2014 if you are planning to eat with us. The cost will be $7.75 and here is sampling of what they may bring: Buffet Style: Salad, Ribs, Loaded Potato Salad, Super Subs, Pizza, and Chicken Salad Wraps

Register online: Click here

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online: with this link

We had over 30 people attend in July. Please share the event with others…our growth is due to everyone helping to spread the word.

Questions or to RSVP: sevanko@delawareo.com.

Thank you!

Please keep sharing our event with others…it continues to be a success due to all of you.

One final note…The Ohio Machine is offering $9 general admission tickets to the final home game on August 9, 2014. Go to The Ohio Machine’s website and enter the code DELAWAREO to claim your special pricing.

 

ICYMI – Delaware Ohio’s PREMIER Meetup/Networking event July meeting wrap up

On Wednesday July 16, 2014 we held our monthly third Wednesday meetup. These meetings are held so local business people and those active in local social media can come together in a relaxed and friendly setting.

Many thanks to our gracious hosts, Steve and Sandi Weddington of the Blend of Seven Winery. We encourage everyone to go out and visit their shop located at 481 London Rd in Delaware, OH.

We do thank the 30+ people who attended!

The event was two solid hours of meeting and networking with local business people. In addition to the fine selection of wines made on-site, we had the Kona Ice truck there for dessert treats. Jimmie G’s BBQ had his food trailer outside. Both the pulled pork and brisket were tasted and highly recommended!

We are at the same location on August 20th. This time we will have a catered selection of food from the Final Score. Since food will be brought in, we need an RSVP from everyone who will be dining. The cost is $7.75 per person. You may reply to sevanko@delawareo.com.

We meet from 6 to 8 pm and will be at the Blend of Seven Winery again on September 17th.

There are no fees to attend and meetings are open to all. Your only cost is your own food and beverage. Come out, join us and meet some locals active in your community.

If you cannot attend this one, our next meetup is September 17th.

PS One of our sponsors, The Ohio Machine is offering a ticket special for the final home game on August 9th. It is fan appreciation night. Go to the Ohio Machine website and enter DELAWAREO to get your $9 general admission tickets.

A Lasting Tradition: Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce Promotes Opportunity in Local Manufacturing

Holly Quaine, President of the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce.

Holly Quaine, President of the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce.

While the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) is located on Sandusky Street, one of their leading quality of life programs occurs near the edge of city limits.

They work with local middle schools to organize field trips to the industrial park on Pittsburgh Drive, says DACC President Holly Quaine.

“We’ll take them down to Pittsburgh Drive and show them really cool, sexy, high paying, high tech manufacturing,” Quaine said.

“These kids didn’t even know Pittsburgh Drive exists. They’ll go through Federal Heath and they’ll see a sign that says Texas (Roadhouse) being made right there here in Delaware that they’re going to see driving down the road; they’re going to go eat at Texas Roadhouse.”

The children they focus on have been identified by the school as less likely to attend a traditional four-year college or join the military, so showing them the presence of manufacturing work is beneficial all around, as there’s a growing labor gap due to retirement.

“If you’re a machinist, you can write your ticket anywhere,” Quaine said.

Delaware will have increased openings due to the newly approved expansion to the Sawmill Industrial Park, which will open up 1600 acres over the next 25 to 30 years.

“We are so good at light manufacturing that there’s a real hungry market to come here but what we lack is infrastructure ready property,” Quaine said.

Delaware’s manufacturing base grew out of small shops – “boutique manufacturers” as Quaine calls them – and so they’ve been able to recover from the recession in ways many places have not, including Quaine’s former home north of Detroit.

The economic development there was based on automotive manufacturing, and when the recession struck unemployment levels reached 25 percent.

She doesn’t see that happening here, though.

“Delaware’s base is so diverse that it is unlikely that the closing of any one business is going to paralyze the community, and there’s some really cool stuff going on in the industrial park,” she said.

Some examples she gave include AHP, which manufactures one billion diapers a year in Delaware; Engineered Material Systems, which makes magnetic glue for solar panels and Sky Climber Scaffolding, operating factories in 64 countries.

This quality of life program is one of several approaches the Chamber uses to promote business growth, particularly for small businesses.

“We can collectively do what no business can do alone,” Quaine said.

They do have large businesses among their 412 members, though, including OhioHealth; their reach goes beyond Delaware city – their second highest member demographic is in the Columbus area.

“They’re based in Columbus but they do business in Delaware so our thinking is very big and very broad,” Quaine said.

“It’s not at all just Delaware city, although obviously we work very well with the city but we really think county first.”

One example of a DACC area of interest – which goes beyond the county level – is sewer policy, which has a regional impact on business development.

The DACC’s operations in these areas are handled by specific task forces; there are three – infrastructure, business development and quality of life. They are overseen by Quaine and a Board of Directors selected each year.

As a 501(c)(6) organization independent from local government, they are not tax-exempt and don’t directly receive tax funding or charitable donations – Quaine lists all of these as common misconceptions regarding the Chamber.

The Delaware Area Chamber is not a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but is accredited by them and received a four-star rating from them last November, placing them in the top three percent nationally.

Additional services they offer include a safety council program, in partnership with the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, and a nine month business leadership program.

Their leadership program, the only one in the county, is very prestigious – “think Eagle Scout for Chamber members,” Quaine said.

They also hold four networking events each month, including luncheons featuring elected officials and economic development professionals.

To learn more about the DACC, see: http://www.delawareareachamber.com/.