Increase your company’s sales and profitability

Each year the U.S. government procures goods and services from businesses like yours totaling more than $500 Billion! Some of that money needs to be spent on companies manufacturing goods and providing services in west central and northwest Ohio. Our goal at the Rhodes State College Northwest Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is to educate, train and encourage businesses to be successful in government contracting at the federal, state and/or local level.

Most small businesses need help in understanding the process of contracting with government agencies: how to start, what is needed, where to find opportunities and how to bid.  We work one-on-one with each client, often in person– and all of our services are free.  This PTAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense
Logistics Agency, Ohio Development Services Agency and Rhodes State College.

Our services help with:

  • Identifying potential agencies that buy your goods/services
  • Obtaining Free Bid-Match Service
  • Finding Federal/State/Local agency bid opportunities as a prime or sub-contractor
  • Completing the necessary registrations to sell to the government. entities
  • Assessing eligibility and complete certifications for small business preference categories such as
    8(a), HUBZone, Veteran, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, Woman-Owned, minority business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Encouraging Diversity,
    Growth & Equity (EDGE)
  • Developing sales and marketing strategies geared toward government customers
  • Understanding solicitations and assist with the bid proposal process
  • Recommending training workshops on specific contracting topics

In general, PTAC services are geared towards established companies who have been in business for at least a year and have over $25,000 in average annual sales. If you are interested in putting another tool in your toolbox to increase your company’s sales and profitability, please take a moment to register as a new PTAC client at:
Click on CLIENT REGISTRATION (along with the top of the webpage) and then complete as much of the information as possible. If you don’t know something, leave it blank. Then scroll to the bottom of the
page and hit SUBMIT. When your registration is received you will get a phone call to set a date and time to meet to determine if government contracting is a marketplace you would like to develop.

Let’s bring more of your tax dollars back to west central and northwest Ohio!

Kent Kahn
Northwest Ohio PTAC Coordinator
Workforce, Economic Development, and Continuing Education
Keese Hall 141
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, Ohio 45804


Lima’s Growth Continues

Lima’s Growth Continues

In 2014, the Columbus Dispatch ran a story debating which economy, Columbus or Cleveland, was more vibrant. In the article, it stated that “Lima showed the strongest growth last year in Ohio at 7.9 percent, led by a strong boost in manufacturing. That growth rate was the ninth largest in the
country.” Great news for Lima; unfortunately, those two sentences were the last lines of the article! 

The good news was that Lima’s growth didn’t go unnoticed by Governor, John Kasich. Local growth led him to do his State of the State address at Memorial Hall in Lima that year. Since others have noticed Lima as well and as a place for growth and to conduct business.

If anybody’s keeping score, a couple of thousand jobs were or are in process of being created: with a couple of hundred new jobs each, give-or-take, at Dana Corporation, P&G, General Dynamics, Pratt Industries, Airstream, and Husky. In addition, Mercy Health St. Rita’s is adding a graduate medical education program that will add one-hundred medical students doing their residency programs here.

This growth is the byproduct of good infrastructure namely, the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, Allen Economic Development Corporation and Greater Lima Region, Inc. Additionally, Ohio Means Jobs, Maker Fest, and other organizations are helping to let our youth and outside the industry to know that available jobs (1,200 at present) are available right here at home.
This is exciting to witness along with the growing pride that we make things in Lima. We make Ford engines, Honda subframes, the Abrams tank, gasoline, most of the liquid Tide and among other things for goodness sake, all the NFL’s footballs in America, are made right here in our region.

Written by: David Murphy

Who is your target market?

Many members will say they invest in the Chamber to network and increase exposure for their business. It’s well known that the Chamber programs are well attended by a diverse group of business leaders. But how do you determine if you are meeting your target market? Have you reviewed your business plan to understand your ideal customers and the most effective way to increase your market share?

We realize business leaders are busy with the day to day operation of running your business. When you take time out of the office to attend an event, you want to make sure your networking is giving you the results you are seeking. The Chamber has aligned our programs to a specific audience that provides effective use of your time.

The quarterly Women in Business luncheon draws over 100 women from a wide variety of businesses – both large and small. Marketing to women has become very focused as they tend to be the primary decision maker in many areas, such as health care, wellness, and home purchases. The addition of a leadership development segment provides an educational component.

The all new Chamber University targets human resource managers and small business owners/managers. Workforce is the number one issue facing business leaders. This program will present valuable information on human resource topics and will provide a venue for you to network with those individuals making decisions related to their personnel and benefit packages.

Lima Young Professionals caters to the 40 and under business leaders and provides many opportunities for mentoring, community education, volunteerism, and leadership development. They represent a unique group of potential clients who are in the early stages of investing in real estate, cars, finances, and numerous products that allow you to build long-term working relationships.

These are just a few brief examples of ways for you to find new clients. If you need more information on how the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce can assist you in connecting with your target market, contact Cindy Tenwalde at or 419-236-8090. We want to learn more about your business and how you can get the greatest value on your investment in your Chamber.

Chamber Saves Members Millions of Dollars Each Year

The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce membership consists of 84% of small businesses with 50 employees or less. In 2018 the Lima Chamber was able to host several Google workshops and webinars for businesses, marketed Shop Small Saturday, headed up the business education aspect of the Opiate Campaign, and had a great turnout for our annual Agri-Business Outlook event; as well as working with several partners on providing training and education to new and existing entrepreneurs.

Google event Lima Ohio

The Chamber had a member retention rate of 97.8% this past year which places us in the top 10 Chambers in the Nation of similar size. In 2018 we maintained the Chamber’s membership base of 906 members.  The Lima/ Allen County Chamber of Commerce has received the Membership Achievement Award provided by the Associates of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  The award consists of chambers of commerce that are in the top 10 for their total revenue range in one or more of these categories: member retention of accounts, member retention of dollars, or new member retention of accounts. These statistics were compiled from ACCE’s Fiscal Year 2017 Operations Survey via Dynamic Chamber Benchmarking (DCB). DCB is open year-round for survey participation, but for the Membership Achievement Awards, chambers who submitted FY 2017 data through March 23, 2018, were eligible for the awards.  The Lima Chamber has consistently achieved this award for the last several years by focusing efforts to increase the Chamber’s value-added programs and resources that allow us to assist member businesses. 


One of our most valuable programs is the Worker’s Comp Group Discount Program with Sheakley.  The 27-year partnership between the Lima Chamber and Sheakley enabled us to save our members a total of $8 Million in 2018 with Burea of Workers Compensation discounts.  Workers’ compensation premiums and unemployment taxes can be some of the most expensive costs of doing business in Ohio. As one of the most experienced third-party administrators (TPA) in the industry, we work with more than 16,000 employers to reduce these expenses through savings opportunities like Group Rating, Group Retrospective Rating, the Drug-Free Safety Program and Self-Insurance for workers’ compLima Workers Compensation.


Among this is and many other value-added programs such as the West Central Ohio Safety Council program, Office Depot/Office Max Office Supply Discount program and Health Insurance program and many more.  To learn more about these programs please contact the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce at 419-222-6045 or visit

BWC Phone System Upgrades Security

Businesses and injured workers who use the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s automated phone system, 1-800-644-6292, will soon see improved security to better protect their sensitive information.

 Beginning Feb. 15, 2017, callers will need more than just their policy or claim number. Injured workers will also be asked for the last four digits of their social security number and their date of injury. Businesses will also be asked for their federal tax ID number (FEIN or SSN) and the ZIP code for the mailing address on the policy.

We encourage callers to have this information handy when they call. While it may require a few more taps of the finger, they can feel confident their sensitive information is more secure.

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, March 8 to 10 at the Columbus Convention Center

Registration is now open for the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, March 8 to 10 at the Columbus Convention Center. Click here to view event information, including the event schedule, hotels, directions and free online registration.

Days one and two (Wednesday & Thursday) offer general sessions, educational sessions and the Expo Marketplace. Day three (Friday) of the safety congress delivers full-day workshops and in-depth training. Attend the number of days which best meet your training needs.

We look forward to seeing you at OSC17!

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Are your OSHA logs ready? New electronic filing means covered employers now have two deadlines.

Are your OSHA logs ready?

New electronic filing means covered employers now have two deadlines.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that covered employers maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. A summary of those records must be posted by Feb. 1st each year. Earlier this year (May 12, 2016), OSHA published its final rule on a new requirement for employers to also submit OSHA records electronically through the OSHA website. The electronic 300A Summary report must be submitted for the 2016 calendar year by July 1, 2017.

This means employers now must meet two requirements/deadlines: Feb. 1 for the 300A paper summary and July 1 for the electronic version of the 300A summary.

Did you know?

  • Not all Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) workers’ comp claims are OSHA log recordable.
  • Not all emergency room visits are OSHA log recordable.
  • Non-compliance in recordkeeping and submission delays can cost your company thousands of dollars.
  • Employers are required to retain their current records plus records from the previous five years.

OSHA uses records of injuries and illnesses to determine the effectiveness of existing safety and health standards. Sheakley can help you understand the requirements of OSHA Recordkeeping, industries that are partially exempt from recordkeeping forms, and the fines associated with non-compliance.

Learn more by attending an upcoming webinar on OSHA Recordkeeping

Dec. 9, 2016 at 10:30am OR Jan. 9, 2017 at 10am 

Register today! ·      Online: Go to, choose the Monthly Safety Webinar option then scroll to the December sessions.

·      Email: to let us know which session you’d like to attend

Who should attend? Employers with more than 10 employees, Human Resources Personnel, Operations Managers, Payroll Personnel, and Safety Representatives.


  • 31, 2016 — January/February premium installment due to BWC.
  • 31, 2017 — BWC enrollment deadline for group retrospective rating, one claim program, individual retrospective rating, and deductible program.


The Lima Chamber offers both group rating and group retrospective rating programs to reduce your Ohio workers’ comp costs. We are currently sending out quotes for the group retro program to qualified employers. Sheakley, the group administrator, has been helping Lima/Allen county companies improve workplace safety and reduce their workers’ comp and unemployment costs for more than 50 years. A strong focus on client service and strategic claims management, paired with solid underwriting, has provided Chamber members tremendous savings opportunities year after year through a variety of cost saving programs.

If you are not already a Sheakley client, request your Chamber savings analysis. It’s free, and there is no obligation to join, so it’s simply smart business to know your options.

800.877.5055 ext. 5070 or