Helping With Common Concerns

Individual entrepreneurs and business people often feel that some problems are simply too big to tackle alone; sometimes the Chamber can offer assistance.

Good Working Relationship With City Hall

The Chamber has established a good rapport with our Mayor, Directors, and Council people. The Mayor serves as an appointed Chamber trustee. 

Good Information

The Chamber serves as a clearinghouse for accurate news and information, on both a formal and informal basis. There's a great amount of networking among Chamber members. You will be able to make more accurate management decisions using "current information" base.

Visibility / Contacts

The more contacts you have the higher visibility you and your company will gain among Chamber members and the community. You will get to know leaders in the business community, local government, the schools and other "influential factors" that affect your business.

Executive Director

The Chamber has an Executive Director who can offer advice and answers to members, newcomers, residents and visitors alike. The Executive Director helps answer community and business related inquiries via email or phone and can schedule meetings upon request.

Networking Opportunities

The Chamber hosts networking events each month including coffee groups and happy hour events. We also offer a larger event typically once each quarter such as the State of the City, Joint Chamber meetings with Middleburg Heights and Brook Park, the Grindstone Award banquet and our annual Notable Night fundraiser.

Grindstone Award Dinner

Annually the Chamber presents the "Grindstone Award" to an outstanding citizen(s) who contributes their time and effort toward making Berea a better place to live. A winner is chosen from nomination letters received by the Chamber. The award is presented at a dinner in the spring. This event also features the Courtesy Award which is presented to employees from businesses in Berea who go above and beyond in their line of work. The award recipients are chosen based on nominations from community members. This event also features the Rising Star Award which the Berea Chamber presents to a new business in Berea who has already made a significant and positive impact on the community. 

NOACC

The Chamber is a member of the Northeast Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce, which is a regional partnership of community based chambers dedicated to helping chambers deliver competitive and cost-saving benefits and services for their member businesses Group Health Insurance, Workers' Comp Premium Reduction, Group Life and Disability, Retirement Plan Administration, Educational Opportunities, and Directors and Officers Insurance. Get List of Benefits

Workers Compensation

The Berea Chamber of Commerce Workers' Compensation Group Rating Program is administered by CareWorksComp. In 2017, 18 participating members of the Berea Chamber are projected to save over $69,000 on their workers' comp premiums, with an ROI of 314%! Fact: Over 75,000 Ohio employers are in a workers' compensation group. Most employers not in groups are paying much more in worker's compensation premiums than those in groups. CareWorksComp offers Chamber members multiple savings levels up to the BWC maximum. Even employers with claims can qualify for premium savings. The multiple levels of savings can also help prevent you from losing your group rating discount should a claim occur. CareWorksComp is the largest workers' compensation third party administrator in Ohio and provides best-in-class cost control and program management to more than 26,000 customers. They have been serving Ohio employers since 1950. Even if your company is enrolled in another workers' compensation group rating program, you should compare your current program to CareWorksComp. For more information, or for a no-cost, no-obligation quote of your potential premium savings, contact Amber Hart, the Berea Chamber's representative at (614) 932-1553 / amber.hart@careworkscomp.com or visit www.careworksconsultants.com/groupratingapplication/berea 

Energy Bill Cost Reduction

Community Energy Advisors (CEA) is a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio certified energy management firm that educates and empowers organizations of all sizes to maximize the economics of their energy assets. Through the Chamber Energy Program, CEA provides Chamber members with Education, Savings, and Protection on both regulated and deregulated energy expenses.  With a credible partner looking out for your bottom-line, members enjoy peace of mind and budget-ability when it comes to your utility costs.

Education - The regulated and deregulated energy markets are increasingly complex. To aid you in remaining proactive, making informed decisions, and budgeting your utility expenses, we provide timely and relevant information.

Protection - To help protect you from scams, fraudulent activity, and unexpected costs, we provide informative emails, blog posts, and seminars.

Savings - Paying more than you should for electricity and natural gas can add up to thousands of lost dollars that you could be investing back into your business. We ensure you are paying the most competitive market rates.

To enroll today, grab a recent copy of your electric and natural gas bills and click the link below to sign up online!

CEA Enrollment

Cleveland Southwest Safety Council 

The Cleveland Southwest Safety Council is co-sponsored by the Middleburg Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Division of Safety & Hygiene.

The safety council is a co-operative effort between the Middleburg Heights, Berea and Brook Park Chambers of Commerce.

By being a member of our safety council, businesses have the opportunity to increase safety in the workplace and an incentive for businesses to potentially receive a discount on their BWC premiums.

Membership is open to any business that wishes to earn a discount on their BWC premium, network with other employers and attend programs about safety issues. Since 2005 our members have received over $5 million dollars in rebates.

For more information, contact Kathy Kellums or visit the CSSC website


Kathy Kellums, Administrator
Cleveland Southwest Safety Council
P. O. Box 163, Berea, OH 44017
440-346-4235


Effective Lobbying

Business interests are represented at the state and federal level through local Chamber membership in the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Reasonable, Tax-Deductible Dues

Your membership is not only a good investment, also tax deductible as a business expense.

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Now you can get cost savings on your health insurance benefits usually reserved for larger companies.  How? You get the purchasing power of the group insurance market through your chamber of commerce membership.

Plus, you also get access to the comprehensive care and quality providers you've come to expect.

Don't let another day go by without the benefits of a quality health care plan.  Click here or on the ad below for a FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE to see how much you can save. Or ask your current Anthem licensed agent for a quote with your NOACC chamber membership discount.
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Safety Resource Corner

Ohio BWC Division of Safety & Hygene
800-OHIOBWC (800-644-6292)
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RiskControl360
Risk & Safety Management Services
Toll Free 877-360-3608
Fax: 614-827-0361
info@riskcontrol360.com

CareWorksComp
800-837-3200
www.careworkscomp.com


Bureau of Workers Compensation 2018-2019 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
  • Use BWC’s safety services as needed
  • Fulfill the required two-hour training requirement and provide proof of attendance to sponsor for claim(s) occurring within the last year.

The certified primary and affiliated sponsoring organizations will:

  • 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;
  • Remain in communication 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:

TPA: www.careworkscomp.com

BWC: https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/employer/services/safetyhygiene.asp, groupratingsafety@bwc.state.oh.us