Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce
...creating stronger communities by creating stronger businesses 
Belpre Boulevard
In This Issue

"Buy Belpre" campaign kicks-off
Kick-off for the "Buy Belpre" campaign occurred at Peddler's Junction Open House on Saturday. We distributed clings with our logo. Notice Rachelle at Sew Happy Sewing Traditions placing the cling on her store door, and Kim from Unicorn Wine Guild is showing off one of the certificates the two businesses won from Mayle of Belpre for ice melt. They are displaying the clings on their business doors. Thanks to Lindsay Balsimo, Jeff Totten, Lee Shutts and Cathy O'Donnell for handing out the clings to shoppers.  

           Above, Economic Development Committee member Jeff Totten offers a "Buy Belpre Cling to a Peddler's customer. Below, It was a crowd for the Drive Business to Belpre Campaign offered in conjunction with Peddler's Junction Open House Saturday, Dec. 9.
Belpre Furniture
Bob's Market
Neff's Country Loft
Peddler's Junction
Inspire III
White Oak Pharmacy
Back to Basics Log Cabin
Givens' Trading Post
Fruth Pharmacy
May Clay Pottery
Unicorn Wine Guild
Belpre Aquarium
Comic Sense
Smitty's Pizza
Giovanni's Pizza
Zenergy Massage
Utah Dave's Golf Shoppe
Village Cakery
Sew Happy Quilting Traditions
 Courses and Trainings of interest to business owners 
Attention!! All members with
50 employees or under!!
Special meeting set for January 23 9 am at Washington State community College, with important information for YOU!!
Watch for communication from the chambers of commerce in Washington County who are partnering to bring you this information:


In honor of Community Bank's 100th anniversary, all Wood County locations will be collecting items for Wood County Humane Society.

Comfort Keepers and Faithlink are partnering with area businesses and agencies to help feed seniors this winter. the "Feed Seniors" program provides "Blessing bags" for seniors, containing non-perishable foods and water for those unable to leave their homes this winter. Red collection cans have been placed in locations throughout Parkersburg, Marietta and the Mid-Ohio Valley. soups, tuna, peanut butter, peanut butter and crackers, potted meat, small bottles of water are suggested.

BACC Friday email Newsletter/eblast
Advertising Opportunities 
We are proud to offer business members a chance to promote business and services through our weekly communication ,
or in a one-time blast by email,
each sent to over 600 emails. 
Option One: an embedded spot in 4 weekly newsletters for $100 per month.
Option Two: Separate email advertising sent out to our communication list separate from the Friday email blast. Cost $50 per blast.
 Submission can be a flyer, business card, brochure panel submitted in jpeg format.
Contact Karen in the office for more info. 740-423-8934     
Join Our Mailing List

So sorry; event cancelled due to the Congressman's Congressional commitments and will be rescheduled for January 2018. Watch for details. 

Coffee with the Congressman                 
U.S. Representative Bill Johnson,
representing Ohio's 6th district
Sponsored by the Economic Development Committee of
Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, December 20  9-10 am    
Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce Office
713 Park Drive, Belpre, Ohio 45714

First Settlement Ribbon-Cutting Dec. 12

The Hargus Family receives (Simon and Hema) a certificate from State Treasurer Josh Mandel's office commemorating the event.

Do you need to use Excel 2016  
more effectively?
Washington State Community College and Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer
  Beginning Microsoft Excel
 January 17, 24 and 31, 2018,
6-8 pm at Chamber office,
713 Park Drive.
Cost for the course is $75.
    Participants will be using Excel 2016, with instruction regarding getting started with the program, creating and using a workbook, worksheets, page layout, row and columns, cells, data, illustrations and views. Participants must bring their own laptop and power cord.
    For registration please call Tonia at 740 568-1918. Last date to register is January 16, 2018. Payment should be made to Washington State Community College.  
Registration is limited.

Calendar   Chamber  Calendar  


Business Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, January 10   8-9 am 
sponsored by Durham Financial Services
Belpre Area Chamber offices 
Board of Directors meeting
Thursday, January 11 5 pm
Organizational meeting and reception for the 2018 Board.  
Ambassador Visits
Wednesday, January 17    
Photos from our December visits will be posted soon on Facebook and in the next emails. 

                                  here is the link to get involved.
  Area Non-Profit Event Calendar is attached! 
Trying to plan an event? Check out the work done for us by Heather Eichner, ReStore Events Coordinator at BACC member Habitat for Humanity, to begin a listing of events in the area.
click here for a calendar 
 "Congratulations are in order"

...whose annual Spirit of Giving program has resulted in $116,000 to be distributed among local agencies and groups.

(from a press release) 
- Allied Van Lines, Inc., one of the world's largest moving companies, is pleased to announce Central Van & Storage, Inc. with locations in Pittsburgh, PA, Charleston, WV, and Morgantown/Clarksburg, WV the prestigious 2017 Agent of the Year award.
This premier award is given annually to the Allied agent that provides outstanding customer service and experiences growth in all aspects of their household goods moving business. Qualifying agents must have excellent quality and customer satisfaction scores along with a superior safety record. They must also demonstrate a significant increase in both hauling and booking volume year over year. This year's winner has had an exceptional year in all aspects of our business with year over year booking & hauling growth, exceptional quality, excellent Booking Quality Scores, outstanding military quality scores, driver and fleet safety performance, Peak Season Hauling recognition and claims performance.
"We are truly humbled to accept this recognition amongst a strong network of Allied agents. Our team's commitment to high standards in quality and customer service in all areas of our business kept us motivated to strive for excellence" said Gene Papa, President and CEO of Central Van & Storage, Inc. "We are dedicated to continue to deliver consistently on high quality and excellent customer service with the help of our talented team at Central Van & Storage, Inc. and the support of the Allied network. We are very proud and excited to be recognized for all the efforts with winning this prestigious award as this is our 20th year representing Allied Van Lines."
"Central Van & Storage Inc., achieved first place in every category because of their dedication and focus on customer quality and satisfaction. They consistently delivered on what the customer wanted and it shows in their scores," said Lesli Bertoli, vice president and general manager of Allied Van Lines. "We congratulate Gene and the entire team for demonstrating their commitment to providing the highest level of excellence to the customer and the move experience."
This is the first time Central Van & Storage Inc., has won the Agent of the Year Award. The Morgantown/Clarksburg location received awards for The Consumer Agent of the Year, Division 3 Most Shipments Booked and Most Improved Booker finalist. They also earned several other awards in the Operations and Quality divisions. An agent with Allied Van Lines since 1997, they specialize in local, long-distance and international moves for consumers, corporate clients and military/government personnel. For more information about Central Van & Storage, please visit
Housecalls Home Health
for its rating at the top 100 of 2017 in the Health Care Elite, listing our member as one of the top performing home health agencies in the US. They are ranked in the top 5 percent, based on performance and finances.