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Jan 2012
YEA – Young Entrepreneurs Academy
John Gorsek (Gorsek and Co., C.P.A.) completed his eleven weeks as instructor. Tom Krueger with Ebner Furnace will instruct for the next eleven weeks.
Our YEA students have started meeting with their mentors. Mentors are meeting with each student business for 1 ½ hours per week for seven weeks. The students are working on their business plans and the mentors are giving them one-on-one support in the classroom. Our mentors for YEA are:
Ed Gonzales – Pilot Signs & Designs
Mike Rao – The Growth Coach
Chris Evans – Plastipak Packaging
Eric Shaffer – First Merit Bank
Mark Williams – Williams on the Lake
Mark Dolan - Sandridge Food Corp.
Delmar Jones – Jonsey’s Classic Cleaners
Seth Kujat – United Way of Medina County
We are still seeking volunteers and investors for the YEA program. Graphic Designers will work with students to develop logos and business cards. Graphic Designers will donate 5-10 hours of design time and a one-time visit to class. We are looking for seven graphic designers. We are also looking for six volunteers to assist in developing their basic websites. Web Developers will donate 10-20 hours in addition to a one-time visit to class.  If you or someone you know is willing to assist in this valuable program, please send me an email at exec@medinaohchamber.com.
The Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce offers healthcare discounts through Anthem BlueCross/Blue Shield. You can contact your local agent to discuss this. There was some confusion when the City of Medina joined another Chamber in December in order to get healthcare benefits discount through another healthcare provider. If you have any questions on this, please call the Chamber office.
The Chamber Board of Directors welcomes Eric Shaffer, President of FirstMerit Bank for the Medina Market. Eric joined the Board after Mike Miller resigned to take a new position in Atlanta. We wish Mike our best and thank Eric for taking on this important role in our organization. Mike Miller was our Vice-Chair for Member Services. Mark Williams with Williams on the Lake has agreed to take that role for 2012.
Did you know Chamber member businesses and their employees can save 20% on a membership at the Medina Community Recreation Center? If you are interested in this program, please call or email the Chamber office for your confirmation letter to take to the MCRC to register. 
Have you been looking for a way to get more involved in the business community? The Chamber has opportunities that will help you promote yourself and your business. We understand that your own business comes first; however, we also understand that volunteers in the Chamber have an opportunity to promote themselves and their business through visibility and recognition. If you are interested in a volunteer role with the Chamber – from helping to plan and implement our programs to our golf outing to an Ambassador for the Chamber’s mission and values, drop me an email and we can talk about what role will work for you.
Posted by Tina Gienger on January 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM
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