June 2016 | Issue 15
Colerain Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
Greetings from the President
We got lots of mobile tech tools & tips from the Microsoft presenter at our  June 9 Lunch & Learn, while enjoying a delicious lunch from First Watch of Colerain. See the photos below. Congrats to Chamber Member Kyle Stone, who won the FREE Microsoft Office 365 give-away ! 

Third Thursday Networking at Vinoklet Winery on June 16 was also a hit - see more great photos!
Save the date now for Thursday, July 21. It's our Business After Hours Party & New Member Reception at Snow's Lakeside Tavern - the perfect place for this big summer celebration!

I'm happy to announce an upgrade to our website Membership Directory: you can now search Chamber Member businesses by category, as well as by name. Next time you're looking for products or services, contact a fellow Chamber Member. And check out the Member Deals below.  Our Colerain Chamber succeeds when members support each other!

Enjoy your summer,

Our Next Event: Thursday, July 21 Business After Hours Party
Join us for fun, food, drinks, and prizes at our July 21 party at the new Snow's Lakeside Tavern (4344 Dry Ridge Road), 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Chamber Members will enjoy FREE beer, wine, and soft drinks, as well as complimentary hors d'oeuvres. We'll celebrate our new members with fun activities and great prizes!

Snow's has an awesome facility on a lake with a terrace - perfect for our Chamber's summer celebration!

Colerain Chamber Members are invited to bring their spouse/significant other or a prospective new member - just be sure to  sign-up  by Tuesday, July 19.

Chamber Women's Networking Lunch: Friday, July 8
Our Chamber Women's Networking Group  enjoys lunch together on the second Friday of each month.  They share experiences and talk about topics that affect working women. All female Chamber Members are welcome! No advance registration is required; just join us when you can and tell the restaurant host you're with the Colerain Chamber!

New Members
Please welcome the following new members:

Hockl Haus (Coming Soon to Blue Rock Road!)

Do you know a business that can benefit from joining the Chamber? Encourage them to check out one of our upcoming events to see the benefits first hand!
Member Deals
Taste of Colerain Advertising Opportunity - ACTION NEEDED ASAP 
Would you be interested in advertising your business FOR FREE at the Taste of Colerain?  Taste of Colerain is a popular annual event featuring food, drinks, music, and more. This year, it is Friday, August 12 (5 - 11 pm) and Saturday, August 13 (4 - 11 pm). Would you want to volunteer at the Information Booth for a 2-hour shift? It would give you  a no-cost opportunity to connect with the community about your business, as well as help support the event. Let us know if you're interested , and if so, what hours. We need to hear from you by Monday, June 27.

Office Depot
Chamber Members save on office and school supplies at Office Depot. This month, you can save even more!

Find out what you can save through our new Anthem Health Plan 
specifically for members of the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA )!

Photos from Recent Events
"Mobile Tech Tools & Tips" Lunch & Learn on June 9

  Chamber Women's Networking Lunch on June 10


Third Thursday Networking at Vinoklet on June 16



Member News
Kathie Currier, Senior Real Estate Specialist with Coldwell-Banker, reports "Chamber membership really works to build your business!" Read more about Kathie's recent experience.

Do you have something newsworthy? Send us your updates!


News You Need: New Overtime Rules
In recent months, the U.S Department of Labor has been considering new rules that would increase the threshold by which an employee is exempt from being paid overtime.   They recently announced the new regulations, which take effect December 1, 2016.  Details of the new rule include:  
  • The salary threshold will be increased to $47,476 annually ($913/week)-an increase of slightly more than 100% from the current threshold of $23,660 annually ($455/week). 
  • There will be no changes to the duties test. 
  • The salary threshold will be updated every three years and tied to the 40th percentile of full time salaried workers in the lowest wage region of the country (currently the Southeast U.S.).
More details are provided here.
Workers'  Comp Info from Hunter Consulting
Here's an article about addressing the safety challenges of new employees.
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