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November 2017

Inside this Issue p. 2..............Customer Engagement Luncheon p. 2........ Why Should You Volunteer At the Hollyfest Arts & Crafts Show this Year? p. 3...................2018 Membership Investment Notice p. 4.................Spotlight on Business: Dennis P. Williamson, CPA p. 4......... Welcome New Businesses! p. 5..............................35th Annual Hollyfest Arts & Crafts Show p. 5 ....................... Interested to be on the Board of Directors? p. 5........... Looking for Howie Hilliard p. 6...........................New Members p. 6.................Member Anniversaries p. 6.................Connections & Coffee p. 7..................... Calendar of Events

GO Bucks Luncheon!


he BIG game is coming up with that Team Up North which means that our November 16 luncheon will feature Dee Miller, a former Ohio State Football player as our speaker. Native to Springfield, Ohio, Dee Miller is a graduate of Springfield’s South High School where he was an AllAmerican wide receiver during his junior and senior year. Dee was recruited by all the major Division I football programs in the nation. Dee took official visits to Ohio State, Michigan, & Tennessee. Dee chose to continue to his education and football career at the Ohio State University. Dee went on to become to be a 2nd team Big – Ten award winner his junior & senior year at the wide receiver position. Dee is still ranked #9 All-Time in Receptions and 8th All-Time in receiving yards. In the 1999 N.F.L Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Dee in the sixth round. After tearing his meniscus and being released by the Packers, Dee went on to try out with the Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears. After a brief NFL career, Dee returned to The Ohio State University to complete his education and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 2001. Dee is now the Agent/Owner of the Dee Miller State Farm Agency in Hilliard, Ohio. Dee’s wife Lisa is a Nurse Practitioner at Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics. Dee and Lisa have a son Drew Landon Miller and a daughter London Noelle Miller. Please note that this luncheon is on a THURSDAY this month. We will be meeting at Heritage Golf Club, 3525 Heritage Club Drive, at 11:30 am and reservations are required by Tuesday, November 14. You may make them by going to our website, or calling the office at 614.876.7666. Make sure to wear your team colors, whatever they may be! Cost: $18.00 for members and $21.00 for prospective members and guests. Payment is required at the time the reservation is made.

This luncheon is sponsored by Columbus Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram – Georgesville. 1

Customer Engagement Luncheon


oin us at the Reception House at Raymond Memorial by Schmidt’s for the Hilliard Women in Business Luncheon on Wednesday, November 15th from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The focus of our luncheon this month is customer engagement and our panelists are two dynamic women who know that the customer is queen! Elizabeth Blount-McCormick is the President of UNIGLOBE Travel Designers. She manages clients and customers around the globe and has insight into customer service best practices you don’t want to miss. Kim Shoemaker is the President of Acloché, the largest locally owned staffing agency. She is no stranger to the importance of customer engagement and client care.  Come ready to learn and connect with these two talented business women. For more information, please see our website. Reservations are required to attend this event. 2. “Come to everything with a giving spirit.” If you come into every circumstance with this type of an attitude you will be surprised in the ways it changes you, personally and professionally.

Why Should You Volunteer at the Hollyfest Arts & Crafts Show This Year?


t would be easy for us to tell you why you should volunteer to help us at Hollyfest this year. Instead, we wanted to let Bobby Wright, the winner of our 2015 Volunteer of the Year award, take a minute to give you some reasons why he volunteers and why he thinks you should too.

Bobby was a parking genius

when helping crafters unload 3. “Meet people on a their goods to be sold at the Hollyfest. more personal level and make lifelong friends.” When you are volunteering with others and you are all doing something new together it breaks down barriers and allows you to get to know each other on a different level rather than just business. Hollyfest has some early morning or late evening opportunities to volunteer and it is always in those times with smaller groups of individuals working together that we are able to have fun, share stories and make memories that have developed into great friendships.

1. “When the Chamber does well, local businesses are doing well.” Hollyfest and Taste of Hilliard are successful HACC events that are targeting the Hilliard Community. When the community has fun and enjoys these events they can see Being a volunteer at the Taste of Hilliard is not what an amazing chamber only fun, but delicious! Hilliard has. As members, it is our responsibility to help ensure that the HACC events are successful. In the end, HACC celebrates its members in everything they do and these community events are no different.

It is easy to take a look at all the different areas where you could volunteer to help. We have opportunities on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 – take a look at our Signup Genius form to find out where you can help and sign up to volunteer today! 2

2018 Membership Investment Notice


t’s hard to believe but 2018 is just around the corner. We appreciate your continued support of the HACC’s work on behalf of the business community. We seriously love what we do and it wouldn’t be possible without all of you. By now you should have received your 2018 investment notice for membership. Please mark your calendar and plan to remit payment by November 15, 2017. Remember that with your membership you become a part of an elite group of Hilliard businesses that work together to cross promote, share and support each other. We have been very busy this past year and our social media accounts are stronger than ever. People in the community contact us all the time and we are pleased to have such a great group of businesses that we can recommend and point them to. Remember that your membership also includes many money saving benefits: • Discounts with Office Depot to save you money on many items you use every day • A FREE digital platform with SLNconnect • Group rated health insurance and workers’ compensation programs • Your business is listed on the most popular page of, the Business Directory. With close to 70,000 page views a year and 75% of them being new users – it’s safe to say that the community and visitors of Hilliard look to the HACC to connect them to local businesses • Opportunities to connect with other chamber members via luncheons, connections and coffee, Business After Hours, Chamber community events, etc. We truly believe that you are investing in great programming and initiatives which benefit our entire community. We thank you for your past membership and look forward to a great 2018!!

Social Media Works!!

The Hilliard Chamber is active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and we love talking about our members and sharing news about Hilliard with all of our friends! CONNECT with us to see what is happening in Hilliard and ENGAGE with us by sharing, liking and commenting on our posts. With 3000+ fans, we want you to grow with us!




Quickly add your events to the HACC event calendar online by selecting the event calendar in the events drop-down menu and click on Submit New Event!

Spotlight on Business...

Dennis P. Williamson, CPA

DENNIS P. WILLIAMSON, CPA recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in business, all in the city of Hilliard.

can then be done so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises from Uncle Sam. We also realize many small businesses are handling their accounting needs with people that aren’t accountants. They are using a clerical person or the business owner is actually doing it. This can be a recipe for disaster. We can visit with you quarterly to make sense of what you have done. This allows the business owner to spend more time doing what they want to do, which is making money.

Our primary service is income tax preparation for businesses and individuals. We believe in high quality services, great customer service, and reasonable prices. We will be celebrating our 20th anniversary at our Old Hilliard location, 3986 Main Street, on November 24, 2017. We can also help the business owner better understand their business by helping them to prepare accurate and timely financial statements. We work extensively with Quickbooks accounting software. We can help with installation and implementation, as well as training you to use it properly. You will then be able to rely on your financial statements to make smart financial decisions at any time, not just after you have done year-end tax preparation. You will run your business more effectively. Year-end tax planning

If you have a problem, call us or send us an e-mail. We don’t charge for quick questions. Chances are if you have someone that has been doing your bookkeeping for some time they are probably doing a reasonably good job. They will run into something unusual they don’t know how to handle. We can be your support group. E-mail us at [email protected] or visit www. for more info.

Welcome New Businesses!

Kiddie Academy, which recently opened at 2525 Roberts Ct., provides a school environment focused on helping children meet their full potential.

Mathnasium of Hilliard can assist students needing extra help with math or more enrichment. They are located at 2479 Hilliard Rome Road.

We welcomed Scioto Orthodontics, 6358 Scioto Darby Road, with their ribbon cutting recently.


PizzaFire opened at 5311 Westpointe Plaza and has fresh ingredients to put on your pizza just the way you like it.

35th Annual Hollyfest Arts & Crafts Show on December 2


oliday shopping is already on the minds of many people. We have the perfect event to get your gifts for any person and occasion. On Saturday, December 2 the 35th Annual Hollyfest Arts & Crafts Show will take place at Hilliard Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road, from 9-4. There will 118 crafters with handmade items ranging in all categories. Easter Seals will be in the Commons offering free gift wrapping for your treasures. This event is attended by 5500 people each year and is one of the premier craft shows in Columbus. Canine Companions for Independence will be there, too! You and/or your pet may come and have pictures taken with Santa. We would like to thank our sponsors for this year’s event: Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsor:

Look for Howie Hilliard!

Interested to be on the Board of Directors?


here is that elf? Howie Hilliard will be visiting various businesses in Hilliard beginning November 27 on the Hilliard Chamber Facebook page. People will be replying in the comments with the name of the business and using the hashtag #HilliardChamber. We will have a grand prize drawing of all the right responses from each daily post to win a gift basket of from our local businesses participating which will be worth about $300!


e are looking for members to be on our board of directors of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce. If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact Libby Gierach. We would like a letter of interest outlining your involvement in Hilliard Chamber activities as well as within your business and other community activities. Please contact Libby to know more of the time requirements and duties and responsibilities.


New Members

Member Anniversaries

FH&L Autism Services Cheryl Jue 5544 Hilliard Rome Office Park Hilliard, OH 43026 855-467-3273 • FH&L Autism is a company that provides 1-on-1 ABA Therapy to children with autism and developmental delays, ages 18 months to 21 years of age.

The Chamber would like to recognize our members who have continually supported the purpose of the chamber and its activities. The following members have invested in the chamber for ten or more years as of November 2017:

28 years Hayden Run Animal Lodge – Janice Landshof Jack’s Appliance Inc. – Dave Mitchell KeyBank – Cemetery Road – Dan Hubert PNC Bank – Cemetery Road – Melody Weigand 22 years Flyers Pizza & Subs – Steve Ulrey 20 years RICH Products – Kevin Cromwell 18 years Civista Bank – Jeff Kopco 16 years Better Backs Chiropractic – Brian Murray, D.C. Donatos Pizza – Lianne McGlade Edward Jones – Annette Reed Mill Run Vision Center – Michael Schecter, OD 15 years Notary One Mobile Signature Services – Roger

CancerBridge Cindy Groeniger 3700 Fishinger Road Hilliard, OH 43026 614-984-2203 Helping employees to gain access to cancer specialist and the knowledge to guide them through their battle with cancer, with access to world-class surgeons, radiologists, and clinical researchers. Landmark Lofts Lauren Zahler 5260 Franklin Street Hilliard, OH 43026 614-771-4773 Brand new, luxury apartment community located on Cemetery Rd in Old Hilliard! We are offering spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes with upgrades throughout!


13 years Chick-fil-A at the Market of Hilliard – Waylon

Connections and Coffee



on’t forget Connections and Coffee will meet on Friday, November 10th from 8:00AM to 9:00AM at Scrambler Marie’s, 3939 Britton Parkway in Hilliard. The group meets for coffee, networking and information sharing. Come with lots of business cards!

10 years Sterling Protective Services, Inc. – Sam Williamson


Board of Directors:


Jill Gerschutz, Credit Union of Ohio

Sandra Simpson, Events Coordinator

Jeremy Felix, US Bank

Libby Gierach, President/CEO

Keith Lewis, JC & Co.

Email: [email protected] Phone: (614) 876-7666

Curt Niekamp, OhioHealth

Bonnie Nyikes, B  erkshire Hathaway Home Services Calhoon Company Melissa McKenzie, OhioHealth

Stacie Raterman, Hilliard City Schools Bobby Sneed, Heritage Golf Club Bobby Wright, N2 Publishing

Calendar of Events Friday, November 10 Connections and Coffee Scrambler Marie’s 3939 Britton Parkway 8:00am – 9:00am Wednesday, November 15 Hilliard Women in Business Luncheon The Reception House at Raymond Memorial by Schmidt’s 3860 Trabue Road Columbus, OH 43228 11:30am - 1:15pm Reservations required *Customer Engagement*

Thursday, November 16 Chamber Luncheon Heritage Golf Club 3525 Heritage Club Drive 11:30am - 1:00pm Reservations required *GO Bucks Luncheon* Saturday, December 2 Hollyfest Hilliard Davidson High School 5100 Davidson Road 9:00am - 4:00pm


Friday, December 8 Chamber Luncheon Heritage Golf Club 3525 Heritage Club Drive 11:30am - 1:00pm Reservations required *Holiday Chamber Luncheon*