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Friday, January 19, 2018
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Better You Better Ohio Wellness Program for SMBs

by Tim McDermott

BWC takes our mission to take care of Ohio’s workforce seriously.

On February 1, 2018; we’re launching our new hassle-free, paperless health and wellness program: Better You, Better Ohio!

Better You, Better Ohio! will bring your employees a wealth of health and well-being resources at no cost to them or you!

BWC will offer $6 million in funding on a first-come, first-served basis to Ohio’s workforce whose SMB employers do not have such a program.

Further enhanced with financial incentives, Better You, Better Ohio! provides your employees' opportunities for:

  • Biometric screenings;
  • Health-risk assessments;
  • Various wellness activities, including lifestyle coaching. 

This program was designed to help Ohio SMB employers with 50 or fewer employees in the following industries:

  • agriculture                                        ●    manufacturing                           ●    public safety, police & firefighters,
  • automotive repair & service        ●    restaurant & food service       ●    transportation & trucking
  • construction                                     ●    public employers                      ●    wholesale & retail
  • healthcare                                                                                                                

We’re holding a free, 30-minute educational presentation at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in room #348 at the Warren County Career Center, 3525 North State Route 48, Lebanon, OH 45036

Seating is limited so please respond to this email to reserve your seat.

I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday.

Thanks!

Tim McDermott

Timothy McDermott, ARM, CPM, CWCC                   

Regional Business Consultant

135 Merchant Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

(513) 583-4594 Cincinnati
(740) 353-3419 Portsmouth
(614) 621-1232 fax

timothy.mcdermott@bwc.state.oh.us


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Friday, January 12, 2018
Update by Reagan Reeve,
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Mary’s Small Business Shut-Down Due to Computer Crash

A sad lady with a defective laptop
CPA Mary owns a small accounting firm in town. She needs her computer to do her job preparing tax returns and handling other small to medium-sized (SMB) business accounting needs.
 
When Mary’s computer or network is down she has no way to get her work done. So Mary does what most other small business owners do, she calls a local computer service and networking shop to fix that problem for now.
 
 
But there is a better way, a proactive way. It’s called Computer Service Now.
 
Instead of waiting for your computer or network to fail, the technicians at Computer Service Now monitor 24 x 7 x 365 all your computers, servers and other network devices remotely.
 
Computer and network systems are not only monitored, viruses and spyware are blocked. Plus computer file backups are maintained and checked for maximum business sustainability… even if your business is blown away by a tornado, drowned by a flood, ripped off by a thief, hacked by a black hat, or some other disaster.
 
Computer Service Now is like having an in-house army of technicians keeping an eye and maintaining everything on your network without you or your employees being interrupted by unexpected downtime.
 
 
Now that Mary has Computer Service Now, Mary’s company no longer has an unexpected computer or network outages. Here’s to Mary, she’s proactive, productive and profitable.

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Friday, November 10, 2017
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Goats, a Bike and Elephants Benefit SMB Bookstores

A couple in a bookstore

Today, Amazon is king and there is a Barnes and Noble in every city. It's a struggle for many smb bookstores to stay in business. They survive thanks to loyal customers and IndieBound.org. 

Michael Chidsey and Christian Madsen, author and illustrator of the new children's books "Thaddeus The Happiest Little Mountain Goat Ever" and "Today You Learn To Ride Your Bike," are fans of the independently owned The King's English Bookshop and chose to release their books there. Through The King's English they learned they could reach a national audience with IndieBound.org. 

What is IndieBound?
IndieBound.org works directly with independent bookshops and the American Booksellers Association to give them a way to sell online so they can survive against large franchises. IndieBound enables the power of "local first" shopping.  It allows consumers to feel their actions are part of a larger picture.

About the Books:

"Thaddeus The Happiest Little Mountain Goat Ever" tells the story of a goat who "didn't like living on the rocky cliffs of a tall, tall mountain" where the hunt for shrubs and grass is perilous. Thaddeus spies a green valley and heads for the lusher pastures, only to find himself lonely without his family. The message: He realizes it is "far better to be on the mountain tops with his family than to be alone in the green valley."

The cartoon-like pictures show goats cheerfully falling off their snowy perches, giving theatrical parents the chance to use different character voices when they read it aloud. As he wrote the story, he imagined his mother reading it. And she does for the electronic version; available as a free video and audio download with every book.

"Today You Learn to Ride Your Bike" is about a boy and his adventures on two wheels. The beautiful watercolor illustrations by Christian Madsen start in black and white as the boy rides in his neighborhood. They turn to full color as, in his imagination, the boy rides out of town past elephants, pigs, monkeys and a dinosaur.

"When I was 5 years old, I got a bike. I wasn't allowed to leave the block but I had an over-active imagination," said Chidsey, "On my bike I felt like I had the freedom to go anywhere."

Chidsey's day job has him producing kid-friendly viral content that was featured on "America's Got Talent" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" But he wants his young readers to discard the digital devices in favor of books.  "I would hope it would inspire kids to put down the iPads and go ride their bike and let their imagination take over," he said.

The audio and video version is read by Bill Allred, who hosts a radio show on X96.

Both books were self-published through Sourced Media Books and retail for $17.99. They are available at IndieBound.org.

About the Author:
Michael Chidsey graduated from Utah State University in Broadcast Journalism and owns Sqwak Productions. His work has been seen around the world winning the awards: Cannes Lions (France), London International Awards, Promax Gold (India Broadcast Awards) and New York Festivals World's Best Advertising.  He lives with his family and pet dog. 

About the Illustrator:
Christian Madsen graduated from the University of Utah in Animation/Film. Christian hikes in the highest mountains to the hottest deserts.  

Graphics/video of the books, author/illustrator, and a free print article can be downloaded here: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/6JdBO8OHYX

If your local store does not carry these books, IndieBound store, The King's English, ships worldwide:

Thaddeus The Happiest Little Mountain Goat Ever:
http://www.kingsenglish.com/book/9781945431050

Today You Learn To Ride Your Bike:
http://www.kingsenglish.com/book/9781945431067


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Friday, October 20, 2017
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Using Technology to Improve Business Safety

Business Technology

Technology has become something that almost everyone inside of the United States has access to. The Pew Research Center says that around 95% of Americans own a cellphone of some kind, and around 77% of Americans own smartphones.

 

Businesses also have access to a vast assortment of technologies, and in an age where everyone can record and upload photos and videos, companies need to make sure that they are employing these technologies to ensure that their safety measures are at least up to par.

 

Here is an article from the Mulligan Management Group showcasing five technologies you should be using to help increase your workplace safety: http://mulliganmanagementgroup.com/entries/mulligan-management-group-clients/workplace-safety-requires-these-5-technologies


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