August 21, 2015 - In This Issue:
Chillicothe received a visit this week from those supporting an upcoming issue on the November ballot. Those in favor of State Issue 3 were in downtown talking with those interested in learning more about their support for the constitutional amendment that would allow for the legalization of marijuana.
This issue is very important to business and industry in Ohio and may cause changes in policies if this issue is approved by voters. This week, the Board of Directors of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose State Issue 3. The board felt strongly that Ohio's businesses need to ensure a safe work environment and voting no on this issue keeps their employees safe. Other concerns expressed by the Ohio Chamber board members included potential employer liability and the effects on employee productivity. The Ohio Chamber joins a host of statewide organizations in their opposition of the proposal including the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Manufacturers' Association, Ohio State Medical Association and many others.
The Ohio Chamber board did express its support for the passage of State Issues 1 and 2. Issue 1 would create a fair system to draw Ohio's legislative districts and would not favor one political party over another. Issue 2 would restrict amendments to the Ohio Constitution that create economic benefits in favor of certain individuals or, put more simply, protect the Ohio Constitution from monopolies.
As the election season continues to gear up, we'll continue to share information from your Chamber, the Ohio Chamber and U.S. Chamber about issues that impact our area.
And, it appears another business will be landing along North Bridge Street. Work already has started on a new Planet Fitness that will be filling the vacancy of the Elder Beerman Home Store at 1080 N. Bridge St. According to the company's website, the fitness facility is expected to open in the near future.
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BWC Update 

News from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation 


Calling all innovative employers! 

Competition showcases solutions that reduce risk of workplace injuries 


The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is seeking employers who developed or implemented an innovative solution to an occupational safety or health issue for the next Safety Innovations Competition. 


Private, public, and self-insuring employers in Ohio are invited to apply for competition, which showcases successful innovations and helps other Ohio employers in their safety efforts and inspires more innovative solutions. 


Innovations can come in many forms, whether it's a change in equipment, machinery, processes or procedures. Employers should be prepared to share how their innovations reduced safety, ergonomic and occupational health risks for their employees. 


The first round of judging starts in October. Finalists will complete for cash awards during the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2016, which will be held March 9 to 11, 2016 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 


Cash prizes range from $1,000 to $6,000. 


To be eligible, employers must have an Ohio BWC policy number and be current on all monies owed to BWC. The innovations must have been placed into service between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2014, and be currently in use. 


The deadline to apply for the Safety Innovations Competition is September 30. For more information and to apply, visit 

Discover & Explore one of these great locations for $2,500 and less

In October 2015, a group of members from your Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce will venture to Tuscany, Italy for an eight day adventure! At this time we are scheduling the 2016 Chamber trip through Chamber Discoveries. Help us pick this trip! Read the brief trip descriptions listed below and VOTE for your favorite at the bottom. To learn more about Chamber trips call 740-702-2722. 

Scenic Ireland- This 8-day journey features the beautiful Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle, Bunratty Folk Park and more. 

Spain's Costa Del Sol- This 9-day journey features the city of Seville, Costa Del Sol- Gibraltar, Costa Del Sol- Ronda, a tour of Mijas and more. 

Pompeii & the Sunny Amalfi Coast- This 8-day journey features a guided excursion to Positano and Ravello/Sorrento & Amalfi/Pompeii, demonstrations of local artists work, pizza demonstration, visit to a ceramics factory and more. 

Choose YOUR desired trip and vote below! (no obligation) 

  • Olive Garden is currently featuring a Buy One Take One that starts at $12.99 on all your Italian favorites 
  • YMCA of Ross County is offering a Women's Self Protection Training course on Saturday, September 19th call 740-772-4340 for more information 
  • Pickaway-Ross CTC is currently seeking vendors for their Saturday, September 19th Craft Show 
  • Fat Cat Food Truck will be out and about soon with a new menu, for more information call 740-851-3287
  •  Susie's Gifts is currently offering Chillicothe Cavaliers and Unioto Shermans charms, visit their Facebook page at for more information 
  • BBB Music Center is celebrating 10 years with an Anniversary sale, stop by the shop located at 20 E. Water Street 
  • Crispie Creme Donuts is currently offering cereal donuts, stop by for this deliciously odd combination Monday-Thursday 3AM-11PM, Friday- Saturday 3AM-12PM and Sundays 3AM-11PM 
  • Affordable Dentures 
  • Tangles Salon 

August 26th- Business After Business hosted by Your Town Entertainment at the Christopher                        Conference Center from 5-7PM. Register online at 

September 10th- Ross County Safety Day, Ross County Safety Council Kickoff Picnic.                                        Register online at, all businesses welcome 

October 9th- Seasonal Hiring Event at the Ross County Service Center, register online at                       

For more information or to register for any of these events please call 740-702-2722 or 
visit the Chamber Calendar at


Platinum Level
Advanced Services Heating and Cooling
Adena Health System 
Centrus Energy Corp.
Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe 
Chillicothe Paints
Ohio University-Chillicothe
Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Chillicothe

Gold Level
National Church Residences   
Printex Same-Day Printing 

Sam The Barber Ribbon Cutting 
Sam can take a little off the top at 2111 Western Avenue, no appointment necessary

Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce
45 E Main Street *  Chillicothe, OH 45601
P: (740) 702-2722   F: (740) 702-2727

The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce promotes economic and community development by providing services and addressing issues important to business.