Why Haven’t You Joined the OLBA?

Why Haven’t You Joined the OLBA?

If you are receiving this newsletter, you may already be an OLBA member, but if you are a permit holder who is not yet a member of the OLBA, then it’s time to make a commitment that impacts your bottom line! Join the organization that protects your business and gives you the benefits you deserve!  Our benefits package is improving all the time.  The OLBA has services that can help all permit holders save money, time and headaches throughout each year.  Agency stores, carry-outs, restaurants and taverns and bars of all kinds can find a multitude of benefits to belonging to this association.

What is the Ohio Licensed Beverage Association and what do they do for you?

The OLBA is a membership service organization devoted to representing owners and suppliers. The association exists for the protection of its members through a unified effort to promote the liquor industry in Ohio. The OLBA is a professional association specifically targeted to permit holders and provides you with the opportunity to have a voice in your state government!

The OLBA is a non-profit trade association that represents the legislative and executive interests of all of those involved in the licensed beverage industry. The OLBA has a full-time lobbying staff and legal counsel on retainer working to protect its member needs.

In addition, the OLBA provides a variety of other benefits, including:

Exciting Events

The OLBA schedules a variety of productive networking opportunities each year.  Annual lobbying days, quarterly meetings, an annual convention and the Buckeye Bar Expo trade show provide members with the chance to interact with one another and others dealing with the industry.

This Summer OLBA heads to Put In Bay for our Summer Meeting on July 30 and 31 at the Islander Inn.  Here we get together for updates on issues impacting our industry and enjoy the island, as well.

Our final event of the year will be the annual Buckeye Bar Expo on October 16 at Scioto Downs.  All OLBA members will receive four free tickets in the mail as the event approaches.  The OLBA Fall Board Meeting will be October 17.

To register for or get more information about any of these events call 800-678-5995 or visit olba.org.

Techniques of Alcohol Management

The OLBA is exclusively involved in maintaining responsible tavern owners and we offer programs, such as TAM, to help keep permit holders aware of the legalities within the industry. TAM, the Techniques of Alcohol Management server-training program, is a comprehensive program designed to give servers the know-how to be alcohol servers. These classes are usually $60 per person, but OLBA members pay just $25.00.  They are also available online only for $50.00 per person. If you are interested in scheduling a TAM class for your establishment or just attending one, we can help. These classes are not difficult and they are very beneficial to tavern owners. For further information on how you can protect your establishment by giving your servers this invaluable information, please call the OLBA State Office at 1-800-678-5995 or visit www.olba.org.

Worker’s Compensation Group Rating Program

The OLBA offers a very competitive workers compensation group-rating program.  Cut your worker’s comp premiums with the Ohio Licensed Beverage Association endorsed Group Rating Plan.  Through the OLBA’s plan you can save dramatically on the rates you would pay without a group.

Group rating permits employers in the same or similar industries to pool their experiences for rating purposes. By banding together, companies can get a better group rate plan than the individual rate of members. Our program can match or beat any other group rating program out there!  Call CompManagement at 1-800-825-6755, option 1 to enroll.

Health Insurance

As a member of the Ohio Licensed Beverage Association, you and your employees can enroll in several health insurance options offered exclusively to OLBA members.  For more information or questions on the coverage plans please call Cindy Craig at 614-937-5858.

How to Join

To join or if you have any questions about membership or what the OLBA can do for you, please give our office a call at 800-678-5995 or visit www.olba.org. If you would like to keep up with OLBA events, you may e-mail mhunter@olba.org and request to be added to our e-newsletter mailing list.

Philip Craig
Philip A. Craig serves as Vice-President of Shumaker Advisors, LLC. Prior to joining Shumaker Advisors, he was President of The Craig Group, Inc., for almost 40 years. As principal consultant on projects and activities involving public relations, marketing, community relations, political campaigns and lobbying efforts, Philip has managed a multitude of successful political and private interest campaigns, building on a strong, significant reputation in diverse fields of expertise. Philip has served as the primary consultant and strategist for a wide variety of local, state, and national campaigns serving clients in the retail grocery industry, beverage producers, distributors and retailers, tourism, home health care, commercial developers, and health care affiliates among other industries. An accomplished columnist in trade journals for over 30 years, Philip also has over thirty years of experience as the chief executive officer of other satellite companies. Philip started his first public relations firm at the age of twenty-four and holds a B.S. degree from The Ohio State University. He currently holds the position of Executive Director for several trade associations.


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