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Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. Our Mission Statement. The mission of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce shall be to support an environment for the development and success of business within the Bowling Green area. Who is the BG Chamber of Commerce?.

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Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce


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Our Mission Statement

  • The mission of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce shall be to support an environment for the development and success of business within the Bowling Green area.


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Who is the BG Chamber of Commerce?

  • A voluntary organization of the business community

  • Unites hundreds of business and professional firms, non-profit organizations and government entities

  • Creating a unique central organization working to improve business and build an even stronger community.

  • Who can join the Chamber?

    • Anyone can join!

    • Current members include: individuals, Corporations, Non-profit Organizations, and Businesses


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Who is the Chamber? (continued)

  • Began with the Board of Trade, formed in January 1905.

  • 1910 the Bowling Green Commercial Club was formed.

  • 1936 the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce became incorporated and chartered as a non-profit organization under the laws of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.

  • Grown to nearly 500 investors, with more than 90% of them being small businesses.

  • The strength of the Chamber lies in attracting the greatest number of investors, creating a pool of resources from which can be drawn ideas, influence, legislative power, energy and finances.


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What benefits does the Chamber offer?

  • Business Advocacy Task Force

    • Legislative Monitor

    • Seminars and Professional Workshops

  • Business Development Services

    • Business Counseling (with the BGCDF, SBDC, & SCORE)

    • Small Business Basics Seminars (with the BGCDF & SCORE)

  • Employee & Employer Benefits

    • Vision/Dental Insurance Opportunities

    • Group Health Insurance Discounts

    • Group Rating for Workers’ Compensation


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More benefits of the Chamber

  • Marketing and Promotional Opportunities

    • Economical Advertising Opportunities

    • Ribbon Cuttings

    • Investor Directory

    • Shirt Showcase Fridays

    • Website Listing

    • Chamber Window Showcase

  • Networking Opportunities

    • Business Council programs

      • Business After Hours

      • Business, Briefing & brew

      • New Investor Breakfasts


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Even more benefits!

  • Community Involvement and Improvement

    • Through Chamber Project Teams

      • 22 teams, with a wide variety of opportunities

  • Young Professionals Group

  • Chamber Delegates

  • Leadership BG Program

  • High School Leadership Program

  • Chamber Publications

    • Newsletter (published bi-monthly)

    • Chamber Chatter (weekly electronic newsletter)

  • Relocation Packets

  • Usage of Chamber’s Meeting Room


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We are not just business…We are fun!

  • Annual Chamber Events

    • (January) Annual Meeting Dinner & Dance

    • (February) State of the City Address

    • (March) High School Career Forum

    • (March) State of the County Address

    • (April) Blood Analysis Program

    • (July) Bowling Green Fireworks

    • (July) Mid-Year Meeting

    • (August) Chamber Day at the Wood County Fair

    • (August) Golf Outing

    • (September) Merchant Fair / BGSU CampusFest

    • (September) New Teacher Luncheon

    • (November) Holiday Parade


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What is the BGSU-Chamber relationship?

  • Utilizing BGSU students through BGSU Career Services

    Includes Interns

    Practicum

    Paid Staff

  • Volunteers through Greek Life & Circle K


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Town – Gown (continued)

  • Welcome Reception for Dr. Cartwright

    • Reception to be an annual event

    • Introducing new BGSU Deans and Faculty to

      Community Leaders

      Hosted by

      BGSU

      BG Chamber of Commerce

      BG Convention Visitors Bureau

      BG Community Development Foundation

      Downtown BG


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Town – Gown (continued)

  • BGSU Merchant’s Fair (during Campus Fest)

  • BGSU New Faculty Orientation

  • BGSU GradSTEP

  • BGSU O/Reg

  • BGSU Preview Days


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Town – Gown (continued)

  • BGSU Centennial Committee

    2010 Chamber AMDD will be the kick-off for BGSU 100th Anniversary Celebrations!

  • Currently serving on the Planning Committee & Business and Community sub-committee


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Town – Gown (continued)

  • BGSU College of Business Administration

    • Service Learning Projects

    • Dallas Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation


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Service Learning Project

  • Working with:

    Susan Kleine, Associate Professor/Director of Undergraduate Curriculum

    Karen Eboch, Lecturer of Management

    Professor Mary Ellen Benedict


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Service Learning Project (continued)

  • Current students are reviewing:

    - Chamber ‘Investment Opportunities’ brochure

    - Marketing

    - Methods of Recruiting New Investors

    - Comparing our Investor Benefits to area chambers

    Goals

    Create user friendly brochure

    Identify strengths & weakness in recruiting, marketing, and benefits

    Utilize recommendations


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Dallas Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Innovation

  • Working with Rodney Heiligmann, Executive in Residence and Director

  • Goals

    • Educate business community about the College of Business Administration and the Entrepreneurial Center

    • Create additional ‘real-life’ experiences for BGSU students

    • Create viable solutions for existing businesses


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Dallas Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Innovation (continued)

  • Planning Stages

    • Chamber Investors provide project ideas to BG Chamber and Director of Center

    • Director of Center and BGSU Faculty review proposals

    • Chosen projects involve analyzing business problems, create and implement solutions

    • Details provided at BG Chamber’s BB&b event on 5-14-2009 at 8am. Event hosted by BGSU College of Business Administration


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More Town – Gown

  • WBGU – 88.1 FM The Morning Show

    A Unique Collaboration

  • Not common to universities our size

  • Drawing more exposure and attention to the

    collegiate community

  • Fosters the initiative of Community & University engagement

  • Radio program for BGSU & BG Community at large

  • A professional asset to BGSU by enhancing the telecommunication program while fitting the mission of BGSU


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WBGU – 88.1 FM The Morning Show (continued)

  • Offers students opportunities and practical experience that include but not limited to:

    • Mentoring students in radio

    • Develop Reporting, Interviewing, Marketing, and Sales skills

    • Better prepare students for careers in radio and/or other fields of communications


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WBGU – 88.1 FM The Morning Show (continued)

  • Program highlights

    M-F 6:00am – 9:00am

    Primarily consists of news, sports, weather, Community and University events

    Local Interviews

    Area Gas Prices

    Local and celebrity Birthdays

    Local Anniversaries

    Trivia Contest

    On this date in History

    DJ is Dave Horger a former ‘Voice of the Falcons’


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WBGU – 88.1 FM The Morning Show (continued)

  • Tell Us Your Story

  • Inform the Chamber of Awards, Events, and Projects that are newsworthy!

    …Email, call, or fax the Chamber office.


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The Future…

  • Collaboration is KEY.

    • In today’s economy, I truly believe that it is more important than ever to have the BG Chamber of Commerce and area Business Community expand its relationship with BGSU, to create tangible positive economic results.


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Supporting the Local Economy

  • Spending more deliberately benefits

    our local economy

  • Small changes in buying habits creates big benefits

  • Shopping and dining locally supports and increases your quality of life


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Supporting the Local Economy (continued)

  • If every consumer in Wood County were to re-direct just 10% of their spending toward locally owned businesses, the fiscal benefit for our communities could be nearly eight million dollars!*

  • The eight million dollar figure quoted is based on a 32% premium for the dollars spent with local merchants and the 2008 Wood County sales tax receipts of $16,115,924.00*

    *Info provided WC Auditor and Downtown BG


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Supporting the Local Economy (continued)

  • The Andersonville Study

  • For every $100.00 spent at:

    • Locally-owned stores

      $68 dollars circulates back through the community

    • Chain stores

      Only $43 dollars remains in the community


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Supporting the Local Economy (continued)

  • Dollars that stay in the community enhance the local quality of life by supporting:

    • Other local businesses

    • Cultural and civic organizations

    • Government services, including

      • Snow removal

      • Emergency services

      • Road repair

    • Local home improvements


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Supporting the Local Economy (continued)

  • It may take years to rebuild America’s economy

  • We can start right now, with local action

  • All we need to do is redirect our shopping dollars to local merchants whenever possible


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Supporting the Local Economy (continued)

  • When you look at the numbers, it is clear that we can’t afford not to shop with local merchants

  • When you shop locally and dine locally, your money stays in Bowling Green, and serves to further enhance our community


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Thank You!

  • Contact us

    Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce

    Earlene Kilpatrick, Executive Director

    [email protected]

    419-353-7945

    www.bgchamber.net


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