New Wage and benefits survey launched by West Central Ohio Chambers

EATON — Five chambers of commerce in West Central Ohio have rolled out a new wage and benefits survey to their members after local businesses expressed the need.

West Central Ohio chambers’ wage and benefits survey is a collaborative effort of the Celina-Mercer, Darke, Preble and Southwestern Auglaize counties and Wapakoneta Area chambers.

Miami Valley chambers have conducted a similar survey since 2007, with Shelby County joining the process several years ago.

“This is a great cooperative effort with our neighboring chambers.” said Matt Owen, president, Preble County Chamber of Commerce. “The goal of this survey is to provide our members with valuable information that they can use as a measuring tool here in the local region.”

The Preble County Chamber of Commerce has posted a link to the survey on their website: The Chamber is encouraging businesses to participate. “As with any wage and benefits survey, the more businesses participating the better the data that businesses will be supplied with” explained Owen.

Survey Designer Scott Hamman said the survey is completed electronically and businesses are assigned an identification number.

“The information submitted this year is saved and next year survey participants will only have to review and update the information,” said Hamman. “All completed forms are confidential and respondents will not be identified in the results.”

The survey closes on August 11, said Hamman, and survey results are expected to be available late August, when many businesses begin to strategically plan for 2016.

The results will be distributed free of charge to those who participate. Chamber member businesses that do not participate will have to purchase it at $50 per copy. The cost for non-chamber members is $100.

The West Central Ohio Survey is fully compliant with the Antitrust Safety Zone statements issued by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Businesses will find a link to the survey posted on the websites of the Celina-Mercer County Chamber, Darke County Chamber , Preble County Chamber , Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber , and Wapakoneta Area .

For additional information on the West Central Ohio Survey please contact Matt Owen, Executive Director, Preble County Chamber of Commerce – 937-456-4949.