Council Member Patti Riordan named as Honoree for the National Retail Federation’s America’s Retail Champion Award

Patti Riordan, owner of Smoke Stack Hobby Shop in Lancaster, Ohio has been recognized as an honoree for the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) America’s Retail Champion award. NRF’s America’s Retail Champions program celebrates small retailers who are exceptional champions for retail and the communities they serve. Thirty-four U.S. small retailers [ READ MORE... ]

Safety in the Office

The office setting sure has changed over the past few years.  Many of us are returning to the office full-time, others are working from home and some of us are working a hybrid schedule.  No matter what our work schedule is we need to stay diligent about the office dangers [ READ MORE... ]

Safety Council Enrollment Deadline Approaching

Thousands of Ohio employers benefit from the education, resource sharing and premium savings which result from actively participating in their local safety council monthly meetings. BWC Safety Councils can help you: Learn techniques for increasing safety, health, and wellness in your workplace. Network and share best practices with other employers [ READ MORE... ]

Brian Hartline Bio

Brian Hartline, who has recruited and mentored some of the best wide receivers in the nation during his four years as the program’s wide receivers coach, will have increased responsibility with the offensive game plan beginning in 2022 with his promotion to passing game coordinator by head coach Ryan Day.The [ READ MORE... ]

Premium Installment & True-up Reporting for Private Employers

Employers must pay premiums timely to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to receive and maintain workers' compensation coverage. Through the year, employers have been making premium installment payments based on estimated payroll.  As we near the conclusion of the 2021 policy year (July 1, 2021 through June 30, [ READ MORE... ]

Developing a Safety Program

Developing an effective safety program is key to a healthy workplace for your employees and your bottom line.  Not only are there costs associated with injuries but there are other affected areas such as employee morale and potential violations that could result in expensive fines. The benefits of implementing an [ READ MORE... ]

NRF to host two events in Cleveland in June

Take advantage of member rates for NRF Supply Chain 360 and NRF PROTECT The National Retail Federation takes its role as the voice of the industry seriously and has a long history of convening retailers to address their biggest issues. This summer, Cleveland plays host to two NRF events: the [ READ MORE... ]

2022 Golf Outing

Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Ohio Energy & Convenience 2022 Golf Outing July 11, 2022 | 10am Registration | 11am Shotgun Ohio State University Scarlet Course 3605 Tremont Rd, Columbus, OH 43221 $275/Golfer REGISTER Diamond Sponsor: $7,500 4 player registration [ READ MORE... ]

99th Annual Meeting

OHIO COUNCIL OF RETAIL MERCHANTSVirtual Annual MeetingDecember 7, 2021 | 1pm REGISTER NOW KEYNOTE SPEAKER - BOB PHIBBS, THE RETAIL DOCTOR We are pleased to welcome The Retail Doctor, Bob Phibbs, as this year's keynote speaker again. Bob is an internationally recognized business strategist, customer service expert, sales coach, marketing [ READ MORE... ]

Robust Holiday Retail Sales Ahead

Total Spending to Reach $31.4 Billion, Exceeds Pre-COVID Figures (COLUMBUS - November 23, 2021) The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants' research affiliate, Focus on Ohio's Future, and the University of Cincinnati Economics Center today forecast robust holiday retail sales for Ohio this year, with expected total sales of $31.4 billion, [ READ MORE... ]