The Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of our members – one avenue in which we uncover the needs of our members is through our committees. Our committees are made up of our members who serve as a voice for the business community and guide the decisions we make which ultimately impacts the direction in which we run our business.
Agri-Business – Chairperson: Beth Seibert, Allen Soil and Water Conservation District
The purpose of this committee is to promote a mutual understanding of, and appreciation for, Allen County’s largest industry – agriculture – and its impact on the lives the residents of the Allen County community.
Legislative – Chairperson: Brian Young, Time Warner Cable
The Legislative Committee was created to develop an awareness and understanding of emerging local, state and federal issues that could cause a change in the business climate/quality of life of the Allen County community. This committee has taken a position to inform members and the committee of legislative actions and, when advisable, develop a strategy to resolve the issue.
Lima Area Chamber Foundation
The purpose of the Foundation is to establish and operate non-profit educational programs in the Lima/Allen County area, including – without limitation – the recruitment, development and training of community and civic leaders, the development and support of a small business enterprise center and to support educational programs, workshops, seminars and research programs to assist members of the community, students and business leaders of all economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Allen Lima Leadership
The Chamber Staff Partner program mission is to be a catalyst in promoting positive change in Lima/Allen County. By annually selecting a group of participants with diverse backgrounds and developing their leadership skills and educating them on community issues, they become activists for their community.
Walter C. Potts Entrepreneurial Center
The mission of the Entrepreneur Center is to provide the education and skills necessary to support and sustain a small business; enabling the community to create significant jobs, provide economic stability and enhance the community’s quality of life by encouraging small and minority businesses to stay, invest and participate in the Lima/Allen County community.
Chairperson: Jed Metzger, Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce
Contact Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce 419-222-6045
Lima Young Professionals – Leadership Board President:
The mission of the Lima YP is to enhance the community by attracting and retaining young professional talent to the greater Lima/Allen County area.
To provide sound financial guidelines and oversight to the Board of Directors enabling the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and its affiliates to maintain a stable financial environment.
Manufacturer’s Council – Chairperson: Gene Heitmeyer, Colonial Surface Solutions
The manufacturer’s council promote the civic, economic and industrial position of those industries whose operations contribute significantly to the economic base, growth, and welfare of the area served by the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and the Allen Economic Development Group.
To develop a strategy to communicate with members that will encourage retention of membership. Make recommendations of policy regarding membership issues to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees.
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Small Business – Chairperson: Mike Powell, Sign Solutions of Ohio
The small business committee assists small businesses in the region to develop and prosper though educational opportunities and focus groups. It is the purpose of this committee to ensure there is an avenue for the voice of small businesses to be heard.
Sustainable Communities Initiative
The mission of this program is to develop and pursue a community vision of sustainability through collaboration and proposed community initiatives. The Committee shall be responsible for reviewing/developing initiatives that target opportunities to improve the quality of life of Allen County residents through the creation of a sustainable environment.
Wake, Rattle & Roll – Chairperson: Tim Stanford, Yocum Realty
This program serves as a community forum to provide information on business issues as well as give members an opportunity to be recognized and is a great way to network.
West Central Ohio Safety Council – President: Craig Hohenbrink
Increase awareness and importance of safety, health and wellness to area businesses and the community.
We are always looking to add volunteers to our committees, feel free to contact the appropriate Chamber staff partner if you would like additional information.