Business insider: Loyalty to companies a thing of the past

The days of people staying in their jobs 20 to 30 years are long gone. The average employee tenure was 4.6 years in 2013, according to the Labor Department.

It the past, it was sign of loyalty to stay with one employer for decades and then retire. With today’s job environment, it’s not always a viable option for some people.

But for Anita Boshears, an employee with I Supply Company in Fairborn, staying loyal to her company was an option, and it was one recently celebrated by her colleagues.

Boshears retired Aug. 29 with over 56 years of service to the food service and janitorial distributor that delivers to six states, serving more than 800 fast-food and casual-dining chain restaurants. She joined I Supply Company on July 17, 1958, at the age of 17 just after graduating high school. She worked in the office doing general clerical duties and has worked her way up over the years to treasurer/office manager.

State program provides incentives

Andre Porter, director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, was in town last week to discuss a new state program with the Dayton TaWaSi business club, which meets weekly on Tuesdays at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center at Sinclair Community College.

The Ohio Business Compliance Incentive program was created this year to recognize compliant businesses and to create an incentive for continued compliance, Porter said.

One of the incentives is offered through the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board. Contractors who are up to date with the continuing education credits, have paid their renewal fees on time and have no merited complaints would be allowed to renew their licenses every three years for $180 instead of annually at $60.

To find other incentives offered, visit

Hotel rooms cheap here

Staying at a Dayton area hotel is considerably cheaper than the average national rate, according to the latest data from the Price Index.

The average stay at a Dayton hotel is $94, up 6 percent from the previous year. The national per-night average is $137, a 5 percent increase from the previous year.

The increase represents the second-highest growth rate for a half-year period over the past decade, according to The city with the high average increase was Nashville, which increased 20 percent to $164 per night, likely in part due to increased demand for numerous events such as the CMA Music Festival.

Even though we have our own casinos in Ohio, people still can’t get enough of the bright lights of Sin City. The most popular cities searched for hotel stays from people in Dayton were: 1) Las Vegas; 2) Columbus; 3) Cincinnati; 4) Chicago; 5) Indianapolis.

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Rich Gillette is the Dayton Daily News business editor. Follow him on Twitter @richgillette

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