GONDBA Meeting Minutes

GONDBA Meeting


Today’s meeting was held at the Action Sports Center and featured desserts from Evans Bakery on Troy St.

·     Barry Hall, president, opened the meeting by thanking Adam Jones, GM of Action Sports, for hosting this month’s meeting. The Center has fields for soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse and more, offering a place for tournaments, leagues and lesson as well as corporate events, sales meetings, parties, family reunions, etc. Adam mentioned that there is a plan in place to lease the woods by the lake for a potential “mud run” area. The center will be looking for sponsors as the plan moves forward. Details to come.

·     Dayton Police Report from Officer Greishop: overall crime is down 3% this week and 6% for the month 16%. B&E is down 40% from the previous year.

·     Andy Badinghaus from Citywide Development reported on projects for the navigation loop and other Davinci Project updates. Children’s Hospital is working on preliminary ideas for their children’s garden. Citywide is submitting for block grant funds for residents for painting and emergency house repair. The grants will provide up to $2000 for paint supplies’ labor costs will not be covered.

·     The remainder of the meeting included presentations from the following local businesses:

o       Associate Staffing: Greg Weaver

Offering long term or temp-to-hire assignments to local employers. Costs depend on the hiring situation, but there is no initial cost to run an ad. The company is locally owned and serves
Dayton, Troy, Piqua and Sidney. They perform background checks, drug screening and tests for math and dexterity skills, color vision, etc at no charge. All applicants must have a GED or high school diploma and no felonies.

  o       MC Board of Disability Services/Monco:  Shelagh McGovern

Services include finding employment opportunities for their adults, Food Service and Catering services, Pets and People dog treats, which can also be used as a fundraiser for groups. Monco offers secure document destruction and scanning services for business and residents. This allows companies to comply with HIPPA and other government regulations. There are numerous options for ongoing services or one-time pickup for both scanning and shredding.

o       HER Realty: James Crawford

James discussed some of the intricacies of selecting a realtor and what to look for in a realtor. He has been in business on Valley St for 7 years, buying and selling local properties. He will gladly discuss realty topics with individuals, including ways to help a person avoid foreclosure on their property.

o       Freedom 1st Credit Union: Kathy Taulbee

Located on Webster St, the cooperative offers numerous banking services including small loans, second mortgages and home equity lines of credit. All local residents are eligible for membership. If your company is not a current Select Employer Group of Freedom 1st Credit Union, stop by the credit union for details on offering this benefit to your employees.

o       Evans Bakery: Matt Tepper

The bakery reopened this year and is run by Matt and his partner Jennifer Evans who moved from Michigan to revive the shop. There’s is a full-service bakery, offering doughnuts, cakes, pies, bread, pastries, cookies and other items. Don’t forget our Tuesday donut special for local businesses!

o       Cintas: Michelle Hawkins

Formerly run as Van Dyne Crotty, Cintas offers uniform services as well as safety supplies and services. Headquartered in Mason, they provide service to Dayton,
Springfield, Middletown and Beavercreek. Cintas provides such services as CPR, AED and first aid training as well as fire suppression system inspections and supplies.

o       Life Enrichment Center: Yuh Chen Yu

The center recently opened the Findlay Street Café at 425 N. Findlay Street, offering soups, salads and sandwiches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:30. Takeout orders may also be called in. Menus vary and can be found by going to their website: http://www.daytonlec.org/cafe/ Café donations support the Life Enrichment Center’s free community meals and programs.

o       East Dayton Optimist Club: Connie Nisonger

The group promotes service and scholarship to youth in the city of Dayton. Programs include Shoes That Fit, Burkhardt Easter Egg Hunt, and Essay contest for scholarships. The group has numerous fund raisers and Connie showed off a Quilt of Valor (made of patriotic colors) that the group is raffling off.  Tickets are available from Connie or from Barry at Champion.

o       Dayton Optometric Center: Kathy Rudolf

The doctors at Dayton Optometric offer full-scope optometric services, included eye exams, vision therapy and management of ocular disease such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye conditions. The office takes many insurances, including Anthem, UHC, Humana, VSP and EyeMed plans and Caresource. Exams are by appointment. Optometrists are Dr. Heath Gilbert, Dr. Marc Gilbert and Dr. Kathy Rudolf.

o       Champion Auto Service: Barry Hall

Champion offers full service automotive care. All our work is performed using quality parts and equipment, and the work is done by technicians who are highly trained and certified. Services include
brake service and repair, engine service and repair, general automotive repair, oil change service, preventive maintenance, timing belt replacement, tire service and repair and wheel alignment.

Barry closed the meeting, thanking local business representatives for sharing information about their companies and services. This is everyone’s group, so please let us know what we can do to make the organization great for you. Any suggestions for meetings are greatly appreciated.

Keep our businesses strong!

See you next month.

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