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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:53 PM

I received a notice from the Bureau of Workers' Comp that due to earlier-than-usual cut-off dates at Office of Budget and Management, the deadline for submission of all safety intervention grant (SIG) applications is May 4.

If your company is planning to apply for one of the safety grants, turn in the application now. This is a critical deadline.

Our Legislative Affairs Committee will be holding its first meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Chamber office.

With the current political climate, it is important our businesses be heard. There is a movement to mandate businesses spend a pre-set amount per employee on healthcare, something that could devastate area employers. This same type of effort was attempted in other states and fortunately their governors vetoed those bills. Our businesses need to make sure our governor hears the same message loud and clear.

There also are many other issues this committee may opt to address and we are looking forward to mapping out a direction for the coming months. If you, or a member of your business, would like to participate on this committee, please call the office at (419) 668-4155 to RSVP for this kick-off meeting.

Our membership committee will be holding a new and prospective member information breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Berry's Restaurant. If your have recently joined the chamber or are thinking about doing so, this is the perfect way to learn more about what we can do for your business. Please RSVP to the office by Tuesday.

Last week, Eugene Doughty visited our office to share exciting news. He happens to subscribe to Cars & Parts magazine and a few months back he sent them photos and articles about the Body by Fisher memorial that the Kiwanis worked so hard on. The magazine did a wonderful story and photo spread in the May issue. Bravo to Mr. Doughty for his efforts to spread the good news about our city. If you can't find a copy of the magazine, stop by the office and we will provide a copy.

And while we're talking about that monument, the Norwalk Kiwanis deserve another round of applause for their efforts to bring a bit of our history front and center for everyone to enjoy.

Our thanks to Advanced Computer Connections for hosting our Business After Hours event last Tuesday. We appreciate the work and effort that went into opening their business to us. Thanks also to Mid-Ohio Wines for the opportunity to try several of their new products during the event.

Finally, the chamber is pleased to welcome Linda Vaughn to the office as our new executive assistant. Many of you will recognize the name as she has been a long-time resident of Norwalk and active in several civic groups. Next time you are in the area, stop in and introduce yourself.

Melissa James is executive director of the Norwalk-Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at the chamber office, 10 W. Main St., Norwalk, or by calling (419) 668-4155.

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