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Free EAP program offered to small businesses

The May member meeting of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce introduced guests to a new program for small businesses that provides access to valuable counseling and recovery services. Jennifer Mills, EAP Business Navigator, made a presentation on the opportunity.


WELD online coffee chat, May 17

Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) wil hold a virtual coffee chat at 9 a.m. on May 17.

Discussion Topic: How does your credibility affect your advocacy?

The chat is open to members and friends of WELD Northwest Ohio E-Chapter.

NW Ohio E-Chapter membership is $50 for 12 months. The organization helps members build relationships with other professional women looking to be better advocates for themselves and others.


Bluffton chamber board hires Jim Enneking as executive director

At the May 13 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) meeting, board president Mandy Gerken-Snyder (Bluffton Paving Inc.-Bluffton Stone Company) introduced guests to the organization’s new executive director, Jim Enneking.


Meet new chamber CEO Jim Enneking at May 13 meeting

Business After Hours at Greenhorn, May 17

The May 13 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce meeting is an opportunity to meet the new chamber CEO, Jim Enneking--as well as to network with area businesses, enjoy breakfast and learn about opportunities in our business community.

The meeting--with 7:00 a.m. breakfast and 7:30 program--is held on the 3rd floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St.

Members who have announcements may email [email protected] by Wednesday, May 11, 2022.  Please use subject line "Member Announcement."


West Ohio Food Bank named Non-Profit of the Year

The West Ohio Food Bank was named the winner of the Lima Allen County  Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit of the Year Award at the masquerade ball and ceremony held on May 3. 

The West Ohio Food Bank becomes only the third non-profit to win the award twice, (2016, 2022) joining Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs (1998, 2014) and the Allen County Council on Aging (2006, 2013). 

The three finalists for this year’s Non-Profit of the Year Award were Crossroads Crisis Center, Inc.,  Cornerstone of Hope Lima, and West Ohio Food Bank.


New limits expand 401(k), IRA opportunities

By Ryan DeMarco, CRPC ®, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, 111 N. Main St., Bluffton, 567-226-4506

You could spend two, or even three, decades in retirement. So, to pay for all those years, you’ll probably need to take full advantage of your retirement accounts. And in 2022, you may have expanded opportunities to deduct retirement plan contributions on your tax return.

Before looking at what’s changed this year, let’s review the key benefits of these accounts: