Business of the

Month -- Tallmadge Historical Society

A bit of history -- Tallmadge was founded in 1807 by the Rev. David Bacon as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. It was Bacon who laid out our picturesque Circle based on the New England design of the day. Today, the Circle is still the central focal point of our community of more than 18,000 people. We blend an early American heritage with a present day Midwestern hospitality! The Tallmadge Historical Society may be reached at P.O. Box 25, Tallmadge, OH 44278-0025 or call 330-630-9760.

Those who attend Chamber's monthly luncheons and "drop" their business card into the basket may be selected as Business of the Month. Winners will get their business name featured on the Chamber website and a short "blurb" in the Chamber Chatter column featured in the Tallmadge Express, along with a mention in Chamber's next newsletter. One business card a month will be drawn at the luncheon meetings.

Circle Festival Parade

& Floats

If you are planning on entering a float in the annual Circle Festival & Light Parade, please submit your entry form by Aug. 2. There is no entry fee. The parade kicks off at 9 p.m. (dusk). Entry forms may be picked up at the Chamber office or you can download the form at http://www.tallmadgechamber.com/. Anyone with a float can park it the night of Aug. 17 between 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Parade participants must be back at their vehicle by 8:30 p.m. to start the parade at 9 p.m. Once you sign up, you will receive a letter with additional information and rules regarding the parade.

Chamber speed

networking event

set for July 23

Bagels and Business Cards, a Chamber of Commerce speed networking event has been scheduled for July 23 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Montrose Mazda of Kent, 1127 W. Main St., Kent.

In addition to the Kent and Tallmadge Chambers of Commerce, members of the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber are also invited to attend. Make reservations by emailing FSalimone@gomontrose.com.

Member to Member Discount Program

Those who would like to join the Chamber's Member to Member Discount Program are invited to drop us an email and let us know the discount you would like to offer other members. This is a very popular program with us and there is no limit on how much you can give back to members. Those who would like to see a listing of what businesses are taking advantage of this program may visit our website and click on the "two hands shaking" at the bottom of the Home Page.

The Vein Event

Join Summa Western Reserve Hospital for Rumble at the Reserve. This year's blood drive -- "The Vein Event No Half Pints Here" -- has been scheduled for Aug. 22 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 23 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. The goal is to collect 276 pints of blood to save more than 800 lives. All donors will receive a free T-shirt and be entered into a drawing to win prizes. Email Kathy Romito at romitoks@summahealth.org or call 330-971-7408 to sign up.

BWC news

BWC is accepting proposals for educational presentations for the 2014 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC14). This annual event will take place March 25 through 27, 2014, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. OSC14 offers access to experts and peers sharing best practices, research and information to prevent injuries and lower workers' compensation costs. Chamber is particularly interested in topics which apply to an intermediate or advanced level audience.

OSC14 features more than 150 educational presentations which offer continuing education credits for a variety of professions. The event draws more that 5,000 Ohio business and government representatives and employees. Visit our website to learn more and submit a presentation. Applications will be accepted through July 31.

After Five networking

On July 25, join us at Essex Healthcare of Tallmadge, 563 Colony Park Drive (behind Kmart on South Avenue) from 4 to 7 p.m. for an evening of networking.

Seeking volunteers

for the Circle festival

What better way to give back to the community than to volunteer. The festival is the perfect opportunity to do just that. We have several volunteers lined up, but we need more. If you would like to help with the festival, contact us at the Chamber's office or email us directly.