Peoples Foundation donates $3,000 to The Wilmington Schools Foundation

Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to make contributions in Peoples Bank market areas, recently announced it has donated $3,000 to the Wilmington Schools Foundation of Wilmington. The donation will provide grant opportunities in support of creative and innovative ideas for classrooms and the educational environment of students, faculty and staff.

Established in 1988, the Wilmington Schools Foundation helps finance public education programs that are not able to be funded through its regular school budget. The monies help to afford academic opportunities to large numbers of students, provide hands-on enrichment activities and obtain additional educational materials that otherwise would not be affordable.

According to Edward Reilly, Peoples Bank Executive Vice President and Regional President, “Peoples Bank Foundation is pleased to support the Wilmington Schools Foundation and its mission to provide funding opportunities for educational enhancements to the public school system.” Reilly added, “Supporting academic excellence is a focus of the Peoples Bank Foundation and its commitment to give back to the communities it serves.”

Peoples Bank Foundation contributions focus on charitable giving in four major areas: community investment and economic development, youth and education, human services programs that improve the social needs of low- to moderate-income communities and individuals, and arts and culture.

Organizations receiving foundation grants must meet those requirements and serve the markets where Peoples Bank currently has offices.

Marietta chamber plans Coffee Chat

The staff of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Coffee Chat on Friday, June 30, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Coffee Chat is an opportunity for MACC members to voice their interests, share their views and share news about their business.

The chat will be in the conference room in their office located at 100 Front St., Suite 200, in Marietta.

This is a free event.

Ohio Chamber Business Symposium

The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Ohio Chamber Business Symposium on Friday, June 23, at the Marietta Country Club located at 705 Pike St., Marietta. The program is from noon to 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The topic is “Labor and Employment Issues in a Trump Administration” with guest speaker, Jim Yates, Eastman and Smith.

The cost of this event is $15 per person and includes lunch. RSVP by calling the Marietta Chamber of Commerce office or register online at

Jeri Knowlton, executive director of Marietta-Washington County CVB, with Representative Edwards.

CVB Executive Director Knowlton talks tourism with state legislators

Jeri Knowlton, executive director of Marietta-Washington County CVB, a member of the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, joined colleagues from across the state on May 9 for the 2017 Ohio Tourism Legislative Day.

The day is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to meet with their individual elected representatives and talk tourism. It is a great time to discuss local tourism issues. This year participants also asked legislators to support a funding increase for TourismOhio and asked them to consider legislation dealing with online travel hotel booking sites which would require them to remit their fair share of Ohio taxes. During the meetings, legislators learned that tourism sales in Ohio topped 43 billion dollars in 2016 and that travelers’ spending supported 427,000 jobs last year. The day was a collaboration of OACVB, the Ohio Travel Association and the Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association.

The groups also co-hosted an informational luncheon for legislators in the Statehouse Atrium. During the luncheon, Senator Randy Gardner welcomed his colleagues and reiterated his support for the tourism industry. David Gilbert, president and CEO of both Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission explained how tourism dollars support communities and hundreds of thousands of jobs in Ohio. And Pete Fierle, vice president of communications for the Pro Football Hall of Fame updated legislators on the Johnson Controls Pro Football Hall of Fame Village and the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium projects which, when completed, are expected to draw football fans from around the world.

“Tourism is an integral and driving component of our economy in Washington County and southeastern Ohio. It is important, especially because of our rural aspects, that we keep close communication with our legislators about issues that are important to our industry,” said Knowlton.

“When I visit with legislators, I carry the message of our industry, both locally and statewide,” said Knowlton, who also serves as vice president of OACVB

OACVB is statewide organization serving CVBs throughout Ohio helping them to maximize the economic impact of tourism via effective communication, cooperative marketing, industry education, legislative awareness, issue management, trend identification and professional development.

Extra meeting of the MOV Safety Council

The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council will add an additional meeting on Friday, June 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington County Career Center, located at 21740 Ohio 676. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

This extra meeting will be an open panel discussion about “Summer Safety.” The panel will have representatives from the Marietta Fire Department and representatives from O’Brien Safety Services.

Note: The 2016-2017 MOVSC year is closing on June 30. All eligibility requirements must be met by June 30. The meeting requirements are:

¯ Must attend 10 meetings between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017

¯ CEO must attend any one safety council sponsored function or meeting

¯ Submit both semiannual reports for the 2016 calendar year

This extra meeting is an opportunity to assist your company in making the rebate eligibility requirements and eliminating travel to the Canton BWC Service Office.

The cost of the meeting is $15 for Safety Council members (includes a box lunch). Membership in Safety Council is open to representatives of business and industry in the Mid-Ohio Valley interested in improving safety awareness in the work place.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council is a program of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene. Companies can earn up to 4% rebate on their workers compensation premium through participation in the Safety Council.

Luncheons are held with presentations on a wide variety of safety subjects as requested by the membership. Safety Council meets monthly, usually on the third Wednesday of each month.

The annual membership fee is $50 per company. If your company is interested in becoming a member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council, call 740-373-5176 for more information.

Boost Your Business Workshop on June 13

The next Boost Your Business workshop will be Tuesday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. It’s held at Huntington Bank at 226 Third St. in Marietta. The topic is “Converting and Tracking Sales for Retail” Guest Speaker: Charlie Clay, Dad’s Primitive Workbench.

Boost Your Business is a monthly workshop co-hosted by Marietta Main Street, Small Business Development Center and the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce. Join us for an hour of discussion geared towards helping you better your business and increase sales.

Light breakfast refreshments and coffee provided by Huntington Bank on Third Street in Marietta. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP by emailing

Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council meeting

The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council will be meeting on Wednesday, June 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marietta Shrine Club, is located at 249 Pennsylvania Ave. in Marietta. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

The topic for the month is “Concussion/Post Concussion Syndrome” Featured Speaker: Dr. Bartsokas Sports Medicine Memorial Health System.

The cost of the meeting is $15 for Safety Council members (includes lunch). Membership in Safety Council is open to representatives of business and industry in the Mid-Ohio Valley interested in improving safety awareness in the work place.

Professional Women’s Roundtable special event

The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Professional Women’s Roundtable with the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, at da Vinci’s 215 Highland Ave., Williamstown, from noon to 1 p.m.

Topic for this month is “Summer Skin Care and Make-up” Featured speaker; Sharon Shaner, Merle Norman & More.

The Professional Women’s Roundtable (PoWeR) is an opportunity for area professional and business women to meet and discuss issues and share ideas. The cost of each meeting is $10 for members and $15 for the general public, and includes lunch. Reservations are required. Note: if you RSVP and do not show you will still be charged due to the cost and amount of food ordered. RSVP by visiting our events calendar on our website, calling (740) 373-5176 or by E-mailing

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