January 20, 2017 - In This Issue:
January 20, 2017. A new day in the history of the United States of America. Like nowhere else on earth, the peaceful transition of power took place and no matter what side of the isle you may lean, it is a day of patriotism and a great day to be an American.

It's a day to remember our past and look to the future. We're making plans to explore our future in this region, as well. And we want you to be part.

On Groundhog Day, Thursday, Feb. 2nd, the Chamber will host the Community Forecast Breakfast. We'll gather at 7:30 AM at the Chillicothe Country Club to share work that has been done over the past year and half that prepares our community for exciting events and changes in 2017. Many have heard about the Community Vision Steering Team that has been meeting to craft a vision and mission for Chillicothe and Ross County. We'll dive into those statements during the breakfast and breakdown the work of our stakeholders that have been working so hard on some of our areas of focus.

We'll also share with you the name of this initiative and about a new community contest, that will help shape branding and a logo.

Special thanks to Kingston National Bank for sponsoring this annual event and we want to make sure you have a special invitation to attend. Please click the following link to register.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

President & CEO
Randy Davies 

In January, during our Connection Wednesday Lunch, we had a conversation about planning for your business.  The beginning of a new year brings many personal resolutions and goals and I wanted to make sure that business owners were setting goals for their businesses also.  Most every small business has a business plan, something that you put together when you opened your business.  When is the last time you looked at that plan?  Is it still in the drawer or file cabinet?  It is important to have a plan and have that plan visible so you can measure your successes.
A great recipe for success is to:
1) Have a Vision
2) Do Your Research
3) Set Goals
4) Plan the How to
5) Follow up
6) Tweak
Vision - What do you want to be?  How do you want to make an impact?  Think about your B.H.A.G (Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goal).  Think of something that you could never imagine yourself doing.  For instance, a B.H.A.G. for me at the Chamber would be to write 150 new members in one year.  This is an audacious goal, since I have only done 85 in 2015 and 87 in 2016.  It is definitely a stretch goal for me. 
Do Your Research - Who are your competitors?  Who are your customers? What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?
Set Goals -  What do you want to accomplish this year?  Increase sales by what percent?  Renovation?  Purchase new equipment?  Add to your team?  Have more family time?
How - Advertising & promotion (what medium), Budget, Demographics, Team, Chop your yearly goal into pieces by quarter, by month, by week, by day.  You just might meet your B.H.A.G!
Follow Up - Don't put it in a drawer, revisit it, and share with your team.  How are you doing with your goals? 
Tweak - This is not a historical document, it is meant to be changed.  What is working, what isn't?  Don't wait until the end of the year.
Remember, Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes.  Get a plan in place even if it is just a few bullet points, it doesn't have to be a 30 page document.

~Bobbi Kellough
Member Relations & Events Manager

Please join the members of EPIC for a meet and greet on 
January 26th at the Dock at Water

Learn more about: 
-Professional Development Opportunities
-Networking Events
-Employment Opportunities
-Civic Opportunities
For more information email info@epicrosscounty.com
or call 740-702-2722

Entry deadline: 4 PM Friday, February 3, 2017

For more than 20 years, your chamber has honored from its ranks an  Entrepreneur of the Year to recognize their value-added contributions to our community and economy. In 2015, two new businesses were honored with the  Corporate Citizenship Award and  Legacy Award.

Nominations for these awards are from the membership and Chamber Awards Committee. To nominate a fellow chamber member or yourself for any of these prestigious awards, please complete the form below. When finished, hit the submit button only once. Nominations must be received by no later than  4 PM Friday, February 3, 2017, to be considered.

The selection committee retains nominations for the last couple of years. The committee considers all retained nominations along with current nominations. We also encourage updates to previous nominations. A committee composed of past recipients and chamber board members will review all nominations. The final selection will be announced at the chamber's Annual Meeting Dinner on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Should you have any questions or want to double-check that we received the nomination, give us a call at 740.702-2722.

(Award clarifications)
Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Recognizes those members who best exemplify the essence of the definition of "entrepreneur" - the organizer of an economic venture. One who organizes, promotes, owns/manages and assumes the risk of a business or enterprise that they started.

Corporate Citizenship Award: Honors a business that exemplifies excellent corporate citizenship in giving back to the communities in which it operates, enhancing the economic health and quality of life of its employees and its community.

Legacy Award: Honors members of our community and/or families who have been part of the chamber and business community for at least 25 years. It is both a testament to the member and their commitment to service.

Cunningham Cleaning Services LLC 
LulaRoe, Amanda Hoover


February 2nd- Community Forecast/Groundhog Day Breakfast at the Chillicothe Country Club 7:30AM 

February 7th- Health Network Luncheon- 12-1PM at the Chamber 

February 15th- Making the most of your Chamber membership 12-1PM at the Chamber 

February 15th- Business After Business hosted by Paper City Coffee & Nourse 5-7PM at Paper City Coffee

February 20th- Informational meeting about Italty trip 5:30PM at the Chamber 

March 7th- Annual Meeting at OUC Shoemaker Center- Register Online NOW! 

April 20th & 21st- OSHA 10HR Training hosted by Ross County Safety Council learn more online 

July 7th- 3rd Annual Valero Cup golf outing at the Chillicothe Jaycee Golf Course 

September 7th- Women's Conference- More details TBA 

October 25th- Putt'In On The Ritz in Downtown Chillicothe 

November 15th- Chamber Business Expo 

For more information or to register for any of these events please call 740-702-2722 or 
visit the Chamber Calendar at www.chillicotheohio.com


Platinum Level
Adena Health System
Advanced Services Heating and Cooling
C. Walters Management
Central Ohio Financial Services
Centrus Energy Corp. 
Chillicothe City Schools
Chillicothe Paints
Classic Brands
Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC 
Ohio University- Chillicothe
Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Chillicothe
Printex Same Day Printing
Ross County Banking Center
Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe

Gold Level
National Church Residences   
Staff Source 


Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce
45 E Main Street *  Chillicothe, OH 45601
P: (740) 702-2722   F: (740) 702-2727
bkellough @chillicotheohio.com

The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce promotes economic and community development by providing services and addressing issues important to business.