Activities planned by Preble County Chamber of Commerce

R-H Staff

PREBLE COUNTY — The Preble County Chamber of Commerce has several activities planned for the busy autumn season.

Join the Preble County Art Association for a special Business After Hours event in conjunction with the PCAA Annual Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18. From 5-6 p.m., there will be small tours and a reception and at 6 p.m., the annual meeting will begin, during which the association will share its recent programs and information on its newest adventure, the rehabilitation and move to the historic Stotler Building in downtown Eaton. RSVP to Vicky Fanberg at 937-456-3999.

October Breakfast Briefing

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7:45-9 a.m., L&M Products, 1407 N. Barron St., Eaton is hosting this month’s PC Chamber Breakfast Briefing, with a focus on National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign which takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate community members about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

Local HR professionals will participate in a roundtable discussion on disability employment issues and their commitment to an inclusive work culture. Participants will include Bullen Ultrasonics, Provimi North America and Brethren Retirement Community. Panelists will share their experiences, success stories and be available for questions. Those who attend will learn how to engage, employ and empower.

Register to attend at, email, or call 937-456-4949 to RSVP.

Award nomination period open

October also opens the nomination period for the PC Chamber’s annual awards. On Friday, Dec. 7, the Preble County Chamber of Commerce will honor the nominees and award winners selected, during our 37th annual Awards Dinner & Holiday Gala. As you found out last year, this event is about the people, businesses, and organizations who make Preble County proud. Awards to be given this year include: Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Small Business Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Agribusiness of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Community Improvement Award, Distinguished Service Award, Non-Profit Innovation Award and the Ray Potter Legacy Award. Nomination forms for each category are available at and at the Chamber office, located at 122 W. Decatur St. in Eaton. Each form includes details regarding the criteria for selecting each award. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, Nov. 1.

State of the Nation Breakfast

Preble County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first State of the Nation Breakfast Event on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 7:30-9 a.m., featuring U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson. Congressman Warren Davidson will share his presentation on the State of the Nation, as those who attend enjoy a breakfast buffet from Charlotte’s Catering. The event will be held at L&M Products, 1407 N. Barron St., Eaton. Admission/breakfast is free for Preble County Chamber members, $10 for non-members. Register online at, or call 937-456-4949 to RSVP.

LPC application due

The third round of Leadership Preble County is set to kick off on Thursday, Oct. 25, and applications are due now. Now a signature program of the Preble County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Preble County begins with an orientation and an overnight retreat, and continues through June with 10-12 half-day or full-day sessions, culminating with a graduation event. Applications and additional information can be found online at

Leadership sessions are conducted by leaders in their fields who cover topics related to the specific day’s theme. Sessions include Preble County history and heritage; agriculture; business, workforce and the economy; health and human services; local government; board training, a tour of the Ohio Statehouse; public safety and the justice system; infrastructure; educational system; quality of life in Preble County and health and wellness.

Current investors/sponsors of Leadership Preble County include Kettering Health Network/Grandview, Preble County Development Partnership and Timken Steel. The newest investor in the program, in support of the upcoming Junior Leadership Preble County sessions, is Indiana University East. Additional investors are always being sought.

For information on sponsoring or participating, contact Collins at 937-456-4949 or via email,

R-H Staff