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Look Who's Investing in the Chamber

Welcome to these recent Chamber member-investors:

Jason Recker, The Union Bank Co., Ottawa

Nicole Hale, Archbold Equipment

Tina Welch, Culligan, Lima

Deb Barney, Always Blessed

Dave Ellerbrock, Penrod & George CPAs

Mandi Ellerbrock, Small Town Bliss Photography

Sheriff Tim Meyer, Putnam County Sheriff's Office

Dave Hunt, Glandorf Telephone Company

Suzanne Blankemeier, Home Helpers and Direct Link, Ottawa

Dr. Jesselyn Miller, O.D. at Brice Musser Optometry

Gary Driskell, Ottawa Chevrolet 

Brian Phillips, Aldez Containers, Ottawa 

Amy Proctor, Superior Federal Credit Union

Kristen Gerding-Heffner, The Dance Boutique 

Karen Hovest/Kathy Kaufman, Heaven Sent Kennel

Kevin Bellman, The Car-E-It

Ryan Lowry,  McDonald's of Ottawa 

John Salsburey, Village of Ottawa Council Member 

Devin Ellerbrock, First National Bank of Ottawa

Rob Fawcett, United Insurance Services

Lou Schaublin, Hillside Winery

Tom Giesken, Giesken Outdoor Advertising, Inc. 

Dave Michel, Village of Ottawa Council

Deanna Averesch, UIS Insurance and Investments

Lee Schroeder, Schroeder Law, LLC

Jonathan Fortman, Fortman Insurance Services



Join the Chamber!

The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is an assembly of those who are involved with, and have an interest in, business and free enterprise. The Chamber seeks to provide opportunties and support for business owners and leaders to increase their return on investment and create an environment that encourages entrepreneurship including starting new businesses and growing existing businesses.

The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce currently unites more than 270 members in an integrated series of programs to strengthen the business climate and region in which we live. Specifically, the Chamber supports:

  • Development initiatives that stimulate commercial activity and the influx of local capital.
  • Member-Investor benefits that are unique value-added services seen by members as a direct return on their annual Chamber investment.
  • Advocacy and representing the interests of business and free enterprise on public policy matters.

Your membership dues investment, which is a tax deductible business expense, offers you valuable benefits.  Continue reading for more information...

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Chamber Plan


  Your Chamber membership includes access to quality health plans from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.   With Anthem's Chamber plans, small businesses can afford large group benefits at reduced prices.  You can even have your choice of plans.  For more information call the Chamber office at 419-523-3141 or call any participating broker and ask about the Ottawa Area Chamber's Anthem health plans.

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New Benefits for Members!

Visit the member benefits link in the sidebar to check out NEW BENEFITS available to Chamber member investors.

Our business networking opportunities are abundant!  Luncheons, leads groups, taskforces, business after hours events, the golf outing and annual dinner give you the opportunity to meet many business leaders in the Putnam County area.  Your business growth is what it's all about !

BWC Group-Rating 2017 Accountability Letter to Employers

CareWorks Comp is proud to be the administrator of the Ottawa  Area Chamber of Commerce’s workers’ compensation group rating program. 

For 2017, savings are rated at the maximum discount as approved by the bureau for companies with higher claims costs.  For more information, or for a no-cost, no-obligation quote of your potential premium savings, contact Shawn Combs, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s CCI representative, toll-free, at 1-800-837-3200, ext. 7264, or visit .

2017 Group-Rating Safety Accountability Letter 

Dear Employer:


Each year Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program.

While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies.


Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To succeed in accident prevention, we encourage you to use the many resources available to you. We believe a group-rating program is a partnership that includes you and your employees, your sponsoring organization or third-party administrator (TPA) and BWC. Each has specific roles and responsibilities, all designed to assist in preventing workplace accidents. This letter outlines the safety services expectations you should have as an employer enrolled in a group-rating program.


The employer will:

·         Maintain a safe workplace;

·         Attend safety training to enhance workplace safety;

·         Implement BWC’s 10-Step Business Plan for Safety and use available safety services as needed;

·         Attend the required two-hour training and provide proof of attendance to sponsor for claim(s)

occurring within the last two years.

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The certified primary and affiliated sponsoring organizations will:

·         Communicate, educate and verify  BWC’s 10-Step Business Plan for Safety to group members;

·         Sponsor eight hours of safety training (this may be done at one time or may be provided incrementally as long as the total is at least eight hours);

·         Provide information regarding safety resources to group members;

·         Possibly assist an employer in achieving its safety needs;

·         Manage employer fulfillment of the two-hour training requirement, where applicable;

·         Publish this letter to group members.


The TPA may:

·         Assist sponsoring organizations with fulfilling the group-rating safety requirements;

·         Assist an employer with its safety needs;

·         Work in conjunction with sponsors to develop safety training and deliver safety resources;

·         Provide resources for claims handling.


BWC will:

·         Monitor all group-rating safety activities to confirm requirements are met;

·         Meet at least annually with sponsoring organizations to provide recommendations for fulfilling safety requirements;

·         Provide safety training through Ohio’s Center for Occupational Safety & Health;

·         Offer on-site safety consultation (hazard assessments, air and noise monitoring, ergonomics evaluation, training) by a BWC safety professional;

·         Offer publications and videos for safety program support;

·         Conduct employer visits to confirm the employer is meeting group-rating requirements, when appropriate.

The goal of this collaborative effort is to make sure all your safety needs are met. Using these resources will assist you in preventing accidents, reducing claims costs and achieving the highest discounts possible. Below you’ll find contact information for various resources.

Group sponsor:  Ottawa,  Area Chamber of Commerce - P.O. Box 68, Ottawa, OH  45875    Ph. (419) 523-3141

TPA: CareWorks Comp., Inc.

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Welcome to Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce
Ottawa Chamber OfficeThe Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce was established before 1950 by a small number of progressive business leaders. It has steadily grown now to 260 members. The Chamber's goal is to provide resources, referrals and promotional opportunities to its membership.

The Ottawa Ohio Area Chamber of Commerce membership is a diverse mix of businesses, organizations, services, and industries. The Chamber has been effective in providing a growing list of member services. Some of these services include networking opportunities, economic development, information resources, events promotion, participation in social activities, and member business referrals. In addition, the Chamber offers value added benefits such as a group health plan, group rating for worker’s compensation, and a natural gas energy program. 
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