Knox County Chamber of Commerce
Business Broadcast
April 2023

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Ribbon Cuttings, Groundbreaking Ceremonies, Business Anniversary Celebrations, and Member Open House Events

All are welcome to attend these celebrations.
Contact our office to schedule and email details to so we can promote.
We are happy to discuss your occasion and give you tips in planning.
Ribbon Cutting: Storybook Trail Join us Friday, April 14th beginning at 11 am for the Grand Opening of the newest Storybook Trail. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony begins at noon. The Storybook Trail is located at 115 Meadow Lane, Gambier, Ohio 43022. There will be light refreshments, crafts, and giveaways after the ceremony.

Ribbon Cutting: Open Road Renewables Join us Wednesday, April 26th beginning at 4 pm for the Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the new office of Open Road Renewables located at 12 South Main Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Following the ceremony, there will be light refreshments.

Ribbon Cutting: Carol Goff & Associates Join us Friday, April 28th beginning at Noon for the Ribbon Cutting and Open House for Carol Goff & Associates located at 12 West High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Following the ceremony, there will be light refreshments and goody bags.

Ribbon Cutting: Knox County Community Health Center Join us Thursday, May 18th beginning at 2 pm for the Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the newly renovated Knox County Community Health Center medical and counseling site located at 12 East Main Street, Danville, Ohio 43014. This will be an Open House with light refreshments. They will also have the dental office (Knox County Dental - 706 S. Market Street) open for tours as well.
Lacey Filkins, Executive Director
What year was your business founded?
In 1993 we were founded as the Heritage Association. In 2016 we became Main Street Mount Vernon, then in 2022 pivoted again to become Experience Mount Vernon!

What is an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?
Our organization takes care of the downtown beautification, including holiday lights, pole banners, and flower hanging baskets down Main street.

Share something personal or interests you have outside of work
I like to craft for fun in my free time!

What products/services does your business offer?
Along with beautification on Main street, we organize First Fridays, the Johnny Appleseed event, the holiday parade/lighting of the square, and support Main street businesses!
Interviewed By: Ambassador Laurie Gallwitz, Park National Bank
1 South Main Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Black Cat Asphalt and Sealing is an Asphalt Sealing and Maintenance Company. We do residential and commercial maintenance for driveways, parking lots, and roadways. Our services include seal coating, crack filling, line painting, and pothole patching. (740) 485-3043.

Bo Lacey Construction LLC is a full-service general contractor. We are able to meet any of your construction needs ranging from roof replacement, siding, and windows, all the way to interior bathroom remodeling. (800) 266-9916.
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Member Announcements and News

The Chamber encourages you to check the company's Facebook pages and website or call them to get current information on members' upcoming events. 

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark celebrate Independence Day with a concert and fireworks on July 3 at the shared Newark campus. The institutions are seeking food vendors to serve spectators at the event. Interested vendors may apply now at Mobile establishments including food trucks, concessions trailers, and temporary food service operations will be considered for a limited number of available spaces.

Experience Mount Vernon: The Downtown Mount Vernon Merchants are excited to announce an Easter Egg Hunt shop hop event! Taking place all day Saturday, April 1st in Downtown Mount Vernon, the Easter Egg Hunt is the perfect opportunity to come to support local businesses! Click here for information.

Hospice of North Central Ohio announces Camp Hope 2023. Camp Hope is a grief camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. It’s a place for grieving kids to be kids and meet others that share similar experiences. As the name implies, HOPE is the focus of our time together. Click here to view the flyer.

Knox Community Hospital will be offering free colorectal cancer screening kits starting April 3 through April 28. These will be available at the front entrance of the main hospital and the entrance to the Center for Cancer Care in the Knox Medical Pavilion on the ground floor. Click here for more information.

Knox County Conventions and Visitors Bureau announces TrailAPALOOZA on June 24th! Click here for more details!

Mount Vernon Arts Consortium welcomes Country Music Hall of Famer, five-time Grammy Award-winner, and AMA Lifetime Achievement honoree Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives to the Woodward Opera House on April 8th. Click here for more information. 

Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Music Department and Theatre Program presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version). Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at or at the box office beginning one hour before show time. Click here for dates, times, and information.

MTVarts announces their upcoming season including shows and workshops. Click here for details and opportunities.

Riverside Recovery Services will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny at Hiawatha Park beginning at 11 am on April 8th. Click here to view the flyer.

Shannon Staffing would like to Welcome Andi Steigerwald to our team as a staffing specialist. Click here to view the announcement!

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is now accepting nominations for the Outstanding Senior Citizen and Community Service Awards. The deadline for nominations is April 20, 2023. Click here for flyer.
Next Meeting:
April 18th at Noon
Location: Gallagher Centre, 1451 New Gambier Road, Mount Vernon

Topic: Stop The Bleed
Speaker: Chief Rick Lanuzza, Fredericktown EMS

Reservations required
Lunch $10.00 non-Safety Council Members
(and Safety Council Members who have not prepaid)
Click here to register by April 7th.

Click here to view distance learning classes including webinars, virtual classes, and e-courses.
Visit the Safety Council website: Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday at noon.
Questions? Email Debbie Ruggles at
Job Openings

Click here to see the complete list on our website.
Also, visit Opportunity Knox at
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State Updates and Announcements:
From the Office of Treasurer Robert Sprague:
Saving and Investing in the Future through STABLE Account. Click here for details.
From the Office of Senator Sherrod Brown:
Ann Longsworth-Orr will serve as Knox County's point of contact. Click here for details.
From the Office of Attorney General Dave Yost:
Fraud Free in 2023: AG Yost Launches 'Charitable University' to Help Protect Ohio Nonprofits. Click here for details.
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Call one of our local agents to discuss your needs and receive a quote.

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Ask for your free quote today and save up to 53% on premium.

Click here to read about your employer's experience modification rate.
April Savings!
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Gifts, Travel, Fitness, Sports, Movies, Food & Wine, Resorts, Rental Cars, and more.
Every employee can use the code below and enjoy the savings.
Chamber Code is:
Member Benefits
Guaranteed Life Insurance through Griffin Insurance!

Zero cost to employer; or portion paid. One or more employees may enroll, no minimum required.
It's a great benefit to add to your employees package.

Looking for a dental plan for employees?
Contact local Chamber member,
Cross Creek Dental Care.