Business Broadcast - Knox County Chamber of Commerce
February 2021

February 23, 2020
9:00 am

New Member Orientation and Refresher for all Members



Once registered, you will receive the ZOOM link.

Are you a new member or a new company representative of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce? 

This virtual orientation will help explain what your membership is all about and answer any questions that you might have. Attendees will receive information about the Chamber's structure, events, community involvement, member benefits and resources, advocacy and more.

Existing members are welcome to attend as a refresher course on benefits!  

"All attendees will receive a FREE entry into a drawing for a Gift Card!
Updates from
Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Bar & Restaurant Fund Deadline Extended
The deadline to apply for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund has been extended to January 31. Eligible businesses can visit businesshelp.ohio.gov to apply.

Next Round of TechCred Now Open
The seventh round of TechCred – a program that helps businesses upskill their current and incoming workforce with tech-focused credentials – is now open until January 29. To learn more and apply, businesses can visit TechCred.Ohio.gov.
Updates From Knox Public Health
Knox Public Health has created a Webpage on vaccine availability.

KPH would like to advise local businesses/employers that it is NOT necessary to send an employee for Covid testing IF they were exposed to a positive Covid case. If an employee has a known exposure (which means they were within 6' for 15 mins or more with no masks or 1 person mask) then the employee should quarantine at home for 14 days from the last contact with the positive case. There is no need for testing and this would use testing resources that are vital to those who are symptomatic. 

Employers should also consider that fever alone does not mean Covid and that Covid testing is NOT needed with just 1 symptom. 
The Knox Safety Pledge was created by a group of more than 20 organizations serving on the Emergency Operations Center task force. We meet weekly to discuss safety measures, resources, and data as we all work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

We appreciate the safety steps every business is taking and appreciate your commitment to help quickly end the pandemic. If you sign the pledge, we will list your company name on the Chamber’s COVID-19 Resource page on our website to show how we are working together.
IMPORTANT! Ohio CARES Act - 
New Funding Available 
In Friday's COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Mike DeWine announced $429.5M in CARES Act funding will be distributed as a relief package addressing several key areas, that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Watch the announcement here.
Small Business Relief
  • $125M to establish Small Business Relief Grant program providing grants to eligible small businesses
  • The Small Business Relief Program will provide $10K to eligible businesses, with no more than 25 employees
  • can be used for a variety of business-related expenses including salary, worker health care premiums, supplies, equipment, mortgage/rent payments and more
  • $44M set aside so all 88 counties get at least 50 businesses in each county
  • Businesses that completes the application, meet criteria and submit will be eligible, on a first come/first serve basis.
  • Apply online beginning November 2, 2020 - www.businesshelp.ohio.gov
$37.5M to the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund
  • Focused on the locally-owned community biz
  • In addition, may apply for both relief funds the Small Business Relief funding and the Restaurants and Bars Fund
  • Eligible businesses will receive $2500, distributed to eligible businesses with on-premises consumption permits including bars, restaurants, distilleries, etc.
  • Must have an active permit as of Oct. 23, 2020
  • To be eligible, restaurants or bars Do Not have to be currently open, but do have to have an active license
  • More information available www.businesshelp.ohio.gov
211 - For Knox County residents, 211 is a simple, easy-to-remember number to get connected to local social, human and governmental services. When you dial 211, you are connected to a highly trained Community Resource Specialist that will listen your concerns in an non-judgmental way and refer you to services in our community that can help. Your call is confidential and you do not have to give your name. 211 is for crisis and information and referral calls and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Examples of calls to 211 include food, clothing, shelter, rent and utility assistance, mental health counseling, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, physical health concerns, substance abuse disorders, and suicide threats and attempts. For those that prefer to communicate via text message, you can text your zip code to 898211 and receive the same service you would receive by phone. 211 is funded by Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties and the United Way of Knox County.
1558 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon.

We believe everyone deserves to wear jewelry that makes them feel proud, regardless of budget.

Member Events and News

The Chamber encourages you to check company Facebook pages, website, or call them to get current information on upcoming events. Many events are postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus. 
The City of Mount Vernon announces free WiFi for downtown Mount Vernon. Visitors to downtown are encouraged to access this service by logging on from any device to: DowntownMV with the password: mtv43050. Click here to see the announcement.

The City of Mount Vernon is asking for your help. Take this SURVEY before January 31 to answer a few questions concerning the strategic plan for Mount Vernon.

Knox County Foundation's 2021 scholarship applications now available. Click here to apply.


Knox Technical Center is enrolling NOW for these early 2021 training programs: Phlebotomy (begins Feb. 2), Firefighter 1 (begins Feb. 9), Automotive Technician (begins Mar. 1), Nail Technician (begins April 5).  For registration and information, click here or call (740) 393-2933.

Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties invites you to participate in the MHR Board’s Strategic Planning process by completing a brief internet-based survey. Your input will be utilized by Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties during the organization’s Strategic Planning process. Click here to take the survey.

Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties are offering three session in February. Click here for more information and to register. The three classes are: Not So Different; Mental Health First Aid; and Suicide Prevention.

NAMI invites you to Zoom with them every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. for the NAMI Connection. Anyone 18 and over who is considered in recovery of a diagnosed mental illness can participate in this confidential and safe connection. Call 740-397-3088 for registration information.

NAMI Family to Family Support Group meets via Zoom the second Tuesday each month from 7-8 p.m. This group is helpful to family members or other caretakers of an adult having a mental illness. Call 740-397-3088 with questions.

New Hope Industries are looking for 1 employee for each of the full-time positions included in the document found here.

Ohio Corporate Photographer announces new offering. Get a professional real estate photo of your home, business or land for a reasonable price. Click here for more details.

Stein Brewing Company has exciting food options and thanks everyone for their support. Look at their new specials and a new menu in the Spring. Also offering specials for Valentine's weekend. Visit their website for more information and to make reservations.

United Way of Knox County Ohio is introducing a new county-wide volunteer management platform that may be useful to your organization: volunteerknox.com. Also United Way's annual meeting will be held on Thursday, March 4 via Zoom. Details are available on their website.
The Mount Vernon Arts Consortium, Inc. was developed to ensure high-quality entertainment, educational and visitor experiences are presented at key arts related community assets in Mount Vernon, Ohio. For more information, call Marketing Manager, Carrie Haver, at (740) 398-6603.
February 17, 2021
8:00 am

Zoom Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting

Topic: "The Federal Motor Carries Safety Administration, the Clearinghouse, and COVID"

Speaker: Dr. Nancy Rodway, Department Of Specialty Care Mid-Ohio Corporate Care, Knox Community Hospital

Check the Knox County Safety Council website regularly for updates!

Questions? Call Debbie Ruggles at 740-393-1111 or email Programs@KnoxChamber.com.

What is the Knox County Safety Council?
Each Ohio Safety Council has the same goal: To increase safety awareness. Safety Councils provide local communities with quality programs addressing occupational safety and health, workers' compensation and risk management education and information. Enrolling in Safety Council may earn your business a rebate.
Who can Join?
The program is open to any Knox County business.

Rebate Program Eligibility Requirements - Click Here



Main Street Mount Vernon Updates
Main Street Mount Vernon Annual Meeting Recap!


Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau Updates



The Knox County Convention and Visitor's Bureau invites you to like and follow their Facebook page!

While you're at it, follow their Instagram as well!
Webinars
The Ohio EPA is offering three webinars. Many of their webinars offer Continuing Education Units. See the links below for more information and to register:

  1. Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan - Feb 11th
  2. Reduce Hazardous Waste - Feb 23rd
  3. Virtual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo - 4 Environmental Sessions - March 12th. Click the link to read about all four sessions.
Available Business Space

10 East Main Street
Danville, Ohio 43014
Contact: Josh Kirby at jkirby@kahrlcoinsurance.com
Call 740-263-1560.
  • There is approximately 3200 square feet available. 
  • Lessor open to finishing the space to lessee's needs. 


316 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Available for lease towards end of year Warehouse Space
Contact: Ethan Robertson 614-296-5878
  • $600/ month
  • 40x40 with 12'wide x 9' tall garage door
  • Heat
  • Water Capable but no hookup at current time
  • Concrete floor with new overhead lights
  • Alley access

1590 Coshocton Avenue, Suite B
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Available for lease starting April 1, 2020
Contact: Tim Workman 740-504-7554
  • -1,500 total SF
  • - Newer unit, built in 2015
  • - A number of individual offices in the unit
  • - Plenty of parking

444 Columbus Road
Call 419-566-3535 
3 units available for lease with units
 B and C opened to each other.
  • All units are open floor plan with 1 bathroom 
  • 8 foot ceilings
  • Roughly 38 shared parking spaces
  • Central air, trash and water paid by owners
  • Unit B - 838 sq ft. Rent -$625
  • Unit C - 735 sq ft. Rent - $575
  • Unit G - 638 sq ft. Rent- $500
  • Click here for more information.

590 Fairgrounds Road
Contact Mark Ramser at RJM Land Development, 
740-392-2941

Over 6000 square feet on the second floor with 11 offices most of which are management size offices.  
  • Three restrooms.
  • Walk-in safe.
  • Large open space on third floor (approx. 2100 sq ft).
  • Remainder of floor (approx. 4000 sq ft) primarily being storage space. Could be converted into offices.
  • Monthly lease rate for the second floor would be $2700 including gas, electric, water, sewer, and trash.
  • Third floor would be an additional $1000 per month. There are no restrooms on the third floor.

If you have available business space, send details to Anthony McNeal at Chamber@KnoxChamber.com.  
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