Chamber Updates January 13, 2021
Community Members-
For those that recall the Y2K phenomenon, as we approached the year 2000, the anticipation of the turn of the calendar meant a great deal of anxiety. Hospitals stockpiled water and redundant systems were put in place to safeguard against disaster. That particular holiday season found people scrambling for potential solutions to the challenge. As it turned out, most major systems were not adversely affected, or miraculously the solution for the challenge was found in time…crisis averted!

As we move into 2021, my message is short and to the point. We have plenty of opportunity to look at our cup full and not empty. Many businesses are thriving. Spring, while not necessarily just around the corner, will be here before any of us can blink an eye. None of us knows what the future restrictions/guidelines will be, nor do we necessarily know how quickly the vaccine will be distributed and available. We can, however, each decide at what level of optimism we are going to live our lives and with which approach is best for our respective businesses.

I believe that you have come to expect a level of professionalism and encouragement from me as the leader of our local chamber of commerce. I hope that I have earned my place as a community leader over the last 9 months, and that you are beginning to see some positive results of the approach we have taken.

I believe in the KIS approach: Keep It Simple. First of all, my hope for 2021 is that we can continue to Support one another both personally and professionally. Secondly, my belief is that we can be more Connected than we have been and do so in a way that furthers all of our business initiatives. I also would like to find a way for all chamber members to Celebrate business achievements and personal milestones in ways that are both meaningful and engaging.

In the coming days you will be hearing more about our TEAMS initiative (Together Everyone Achieves More Support) and a unique approach to forming common bonds across Colerain. All I ask is that you bring an open mind and heart to this experience. If you couple that with a true desire to make a difference in the life of your business and that of others, I can guarantee success.

Wishing all of you all the best in 2021!

All the best!

Dave Moravec
President & CEO
Colerain Chamber of Commerce
513.923.5036 Office
309.838.1947 Cell
Welcome New Members
Membership in the Colerain Chamber of Commerce added another four new members in December bringing the total to 50 new members in 2020! We are excited to share new member announcements though our Facebook Page and in this newsletter. Please welcome and support our December new members!   

A special welcome goes out to our new sustaining sponsor LongSchaefer. Mike Long, Brandon Robertson and the LongSchaefer team of accounting professionals have been active in our community for years and we are thankful for Mike's involvement in board leadership. We truly appreciate them stepping up in a meaningful way as we enter 2021.
If you know of a business that would benefit from our programing and marketing opportunities, please have them contact the chamber directly or make introductions as you are able. THANK YOU!
Chamber Programming
Wednesday January 20, 7:30 – 8:30 am – Board of Directors Meeting via ZOOM.

Third Thursday January 21, 5 –6:30 pm – Virtual Happy Hour – Back by popular demand is the Third Thursday Virtual Happy Hour. Our holiday event was so popular, in lieu of meeting in person because of COVID-19 restrictions, we are excited to bring this opportunity to meet other chamber members in a social setting. We hope that this event gains momentum and that you will support it by having your favorite beverage in hand while we have some fun conversation and share a laugh. Business professionals and part-time amateur standup comics Jason Goodall (Cincinnati) and Ms. Kathy Brennan (Springfield, IL) will be our guests; they will bring humor and context to this event. I am hopeful that we will also have special guest comedian and sales professional Jon Selig (from Montreal) with us as well As we begin to plan out our 2021 events this year, we anticipate bringing back our face-to-face networking Third Thursday event in the next couple of months. In the meantime, please come out and support our Virtual Third Thursday! Those in attendance will have an opportunity for a prize drawing. For more details, you can find them at the following LINK

Save the Dates
Tuesday, February 9, noon-1:30 pm - Women's Luncheon - This will take place indoor with a location yet to be determined. Thanks goes out to Mary Cropenbaker (Hamilton County Solid Waste & Recycling) for her wonderful presentation yesterday to about a dozen attendees and thank you goes out to Doris Gibbons for sitting in for Sylvia Dwertman as our guest host. LaRosa's at Stone Creek was a terrific venue as always!
Wednesday, February 10, 9 - 11 am - Sales Summit - This is a special event that you won't want to miss if you are a sales professional. A group of purchasing professionals join us to discuss the do's and don'ts that affect sales people & business today. Please put this FREE two-hour session in your calendar. For more information or to register click HERE

Friday, February 26, 11-11:45 am – PIVOT Speed Networking
PIVOT is an acronym: People Interacting Virtually Over Technology
This concept brings people together into one-on-one interaction in brief 5-minute time periods. During this 1-hour session, you may interact with as many as 10 different people in conversation think speed networking. If you have been looking for a safe and interesting way to connect your business with others, PIVOT your business and try out this media. The following local chambers have also been invited to participate which will increase the opportunity to connect with someone you may not already know. Sharonville, Harrison, Fairfield and Hamilton, as well as the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have been invited to participate. Registration and more information can be found at the following LINK

CHAMBER GOLF LEAGUE – That’s right…we’re talking golf in January! We have secured an even larger number of tee times for this year at Pebble Creek Golf Club and would love to have your participation as a regular weekly player or alternate. League play will begin in April on Wednesday in the late afternoon (after 4:30 pm). If you are interested in playing this year, contact Dave Moravec at or through the office 513-923-5036.

Opportunities to Grow

CEO Round-table (TAB Board of Directors)– Limited Seats Available
This interactive group, hosted and facilitated by Colerain Chamber member Quinn Wang allows each participant a chance to bring up an issue or opportunity to get advice from other experienced business owners around the table, which in essence provides you with the look and feel of your own board of directors, while you participate on behalf of other businesses at the same time. The program also allows for ongoing counselling on a one-to-one basis. Two groups have been formed, one for small businesses owners and a second for larger businesses. With limited spots available, these seats will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Special care is given to ensure that no direct competitors will be in the same group.
  • Discussion and conversations remain confidential allowing for more meaning dialog.
For more information reach out to Dave Moravec or Quinn Wang at:

Group Coaching – Limited Seats Available
Different than the CEO Round-table, which is intended to form an ongoing board, this group coaching opportunity consists of (8) 60-90 minute sessions which will be held on a bi-weekly basis beginning January 29. The program focuses on: Behavior Styles, Mindset, Strategic Planning, Metrics, Ideal Customers, Marketing, Sales and Overcoming Constraints. Many business owners start their businesses with excitement for what the future holds. Then quickly realize that they are wearing all of the hats and essentially own a job; often believing the answer to better results is working harder. Chamber member, Jim Diebold - FocalPoint Business Coaching, found that to be the case when he started his business. His passion now is coming alongside entrepreneurs like him and showing them how to be strategic and intentional with their growth. To those looking for clarity in their established business or the newer entrepreneur looking for a solid foundation, Jim is leading this group program. Please reach out to Jim by Jan 22nd to register:, 513-444-0067.

Supervisory Leadership Development – Limited Seats Available 
Another training opportunity will be presented by chamber leader, David Denny on a weekly basis beginning February 4 at 3:30pm. This in-depth Leadership Development Course is intended to build your leaders to take on the many challenges they face in today's uncertain world. Comprised of six in-person 2-hour sessions, this program will address: accountability, managing expectations, communicating & listening, time effectiveness, delegation and motivating others. A ZOOM option can be made available for those uncomfortable with the in-person format. For more information you can click on the link below, otherwise contact David Denny at or 513-490-4417 : More Information and Registration 
Annual Membership Meeting
The Colerain Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting was held via ZOOM on December 16, 2020. The slate of board candidates was approved, as were the leadership roles for this year. If you have an interest in participating in leadership in the future, please reach out to Dave Moravec or board members Dan Applegate and Evan Webeler for more information.

Current Board Members (terms): 
  • David Denny (term expires 2022) - President
  • Jennifer Caunin (term to expire 2023) – Vice President
  • Mike Long (term to expire 2023) - Treasurer
  • Kathie Smith (term expires 2022) - Secretary
  • Dan Applegate (term expires 2021) 
  • Jeff Bresnen (term expires 2021) 
  • Troy Cyrus (term expires 2021) 
  • Susan Bennett (term expires 2022)
  • Evan Webeler (term to expire 2023)
  • Doris Gibbons (term to expire 2023)
  • Rick Porotsky (term to expire 2023)
Advisory Board Members
  • Jim Diebold (term expires 2021)
  • Lyndsey Creecy -Northwest School District
  • Geoff Milz – Colerain Township
  • Jeff Weckbach – Colerain Township
Holiday Scavenger Hunt Winners
The holiday book bin program was a tremendous success. A special thank you goes out to all 20 of the bin sponsor locations (listed below) and those that helped with prize donations to make this a special way to give back to the community during the holidays. If you and your business would be interested in hosting a bin in the future, please reach out to Gail Nolte, founder of SideBySide who provided the following update:  
At least two thousand books have been collected through this campaign. Some of these books were already distributed before Christmas to children and families in our community through local food pantries, Little Free Libraries, Nate's Toy Box partnership, Hamilton County Education Service Center, Headstart, Northwest Local School District Early Education Center and the NWLSD Holiday Food & Book distributions. We will be relocating some of the bins to additional business locations for our collection push this Spring. In total, the BookByBook program has distributed approximately 18,000 books in 2020, and hope to double that figure in 2021.

Winners of the Book Bin Holiday Trail Passport are:
  • Mike Gibbons
  • Angie Richter
  • Kathy Smith
  • Stephanie Wright
  • Toni Smith

The following location sponsors filled the bin at least one time:
  • Buds
  • Clippard Family YMCA (multiple fills)
  • Clovernook Country Club (multiple fills)                                                   
  • Colerain Township Office                                  
  • Jeff Wyler Honda of Colerain (multiple fills)
  • LongSchaefer CPA
  • Northwest Community Presbyterian Church (multiple fills)                                                    
  • Northwest Local School District (multiple fills)
  • Pebble Creek Golf Course, Restaurant (multiple fills)
  • Richie’s Chicken                                                            
  • Sibcy Cline Northwest Office     
  • Susan Bennett – Thrivent                                                  
  • Visiting Angels                                                               
  • White Oak Garden Center (multiple fills)
Additional Locations Sponsors
  • Arlington Memorial Gardens
  • Colerain Township Fire Station #103
  • Green Township Senior Citizens Center
  • Kathy’s Happy Organs & Pianos
  • Northgate Mall Management Office       
  • Star One Realtors
Strategic Planning
Over the last several months, our chamber board leadership has been meeting to form a directional approach to the next 1-3-10 years for the Colerain Chamber of Commerce. Having a foundational understanding of what an organization wants to be and having a plan on how to get there, are key to any business’ success. I am enormously proud of the support I’ve received in this area and will bring various pieces of that strategic plan forward in the next few months. I would also be glad to share additional details one-on-one with anyone interested in talking further. Call or drop a note to schedule a time to meet. In the meantime, here are four pieces that should give you a place to start:
Mission: Strong Business. Stronger Community.
The Colerain Chamber of Commerce seeks to advance the economic, industrial, professional, commercial, cultural and civic welfare of Colerain Township; to encourage the growth of existing industries and businesses while giving all proper assistance to any new firms or individuals seeking to locate in the area; to provide business and industrial education to the people of Colerain Township and the surrounding areas; and to support all those activities determined to be beneficial to the local business community and surrounding areas. 
Core Values
Supportive - Community Minded - Inclusive - Engaging - Integrity                          
Three Uniques
  • Caring – Promote the true caring of our members
  • Connected – Promote the diversity within our membership & community
  • Innovative – Promote innovation across all engagements
Target Market
  • Businesses of all varying types and sizes from home-based businesses to enterprises including non-profits, churches, and civic organizations – Diverse in our approach.
  • Businesses that are doing business in Colerain Township and adjacent communities
  • Business owners, sales leaders, and decision makers that share our core focus, values, and that are relational rather than transactional.
Marketing Opportunities
In 2021 we will again resume sponsorships of our Third Thursday & Educational in-person events. If you would like to be a sponsor ($300) on a one-time or ongoing basis, or would like to be the host site for our networking events, please contact Dave Moravec directly. Planning of the 2021 schedule is ongoing, so get your business name and visibility out there as soon as possible! We are looking for locations that can host as many as 50 or more people due to the increased interest in this event. We are specifically looking for businesses that can:
  • Provide a quality networking experience with a safe and business friendly atmosphere (Connect)
  • Encourage business participation through promotion (Celebrate)
  • Model the Colerain Chamber of Commerce initiatives (Support)
We continue to highlight our members and continue to partner with our local school district, the township, and the state. We will continue to post between 30-40 times per month on Facebook but need information on ways to promote your business. Send us links, promotions, local news; please visit us there, LIKE and FOLLOW us for the latest news.
We continue to look for ways to promote your business through…
  • Promotional items for membership bags - Your logo'd item can be placed in a membership bag along with other chamber members "trinkets". There is no cost to do this, simply provide the Chamber with 25-50-100 items and we will include them with other chamber member items. Coordinate with Dave or Debi.
  • Gift cards or services certificates - If your business would like to provide the Chamber with $10-$25-$50 gift cards or a gift certificate for product/services to be used as giveaways at various events (like Third Thursday or other educational/networking events).
As always, we want to promote your business in any way that we can. If you have news that you would like to share with our membership, please send it along for us to post on Facebook or in our newsletter.
Additional Resources
US Chamber of Commerce
Please do your part to take preventative measures to help slow the spread and keep America open, healthy and strong using this toolkit with social media graphics and messages as provided by the US Chamber of Commerce. A Review the past lessons we've learned has also been made available.

State of Ohio
Ohio businesses are able to apply for $10,000 Covid-19 relief grants. Bars and restaurants that serve alcohol can apply for $2,500 grants. The new grants for businesses will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. More info here.

Hamilton County
Additional small business relief grants and a Rent/Utility Program may provide additional local relief for business owners and their employees. The following two links will provide details:
For more information you can also reach out to:
Joy M. Pierson - Community Development Administrator
Hamilton County Planning + Development Department
138 E. Court Street, Room 1002 - Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-946-8234 office

Colerain Township 2021 Strategic Plan
Viewing of the township’s strategic plan can be found here.
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