Business Broadcast - Knox County Chamber of Commerce
January 2021
The Knox County Chamber or Commerce
wishes to congratulate the
2020 Knox County Chamber of Commerce Annual Award Recipients
Judy Klavins Ambassador of the Year

Leadership Knox Distinguished Alumni Award

Environmental Sustainability Award

Heart Award

Quality of Life Award

Volunteer of the Year Award

Investor in the Future Award

Women in Business Leadership Award

Entrepreneur Spirit Award

Small Business of the Year Award

Business of the Year Award
Life Time Achievement Award Recipient,
Julie Miller
Knox County Health Commissioner,
Julie Miller receiving the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Julie and her husband Mark. Julie has received numerous awards and recognition for her work.
A special thank you to the following businesses for helping to make the 2020 Virtual Annual Awards Ceremony possible!
Updates from
Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Ohio Business Tax Conference Goes Virtual
The Manufacturers’ Education Council’s 30th Annual Business Tax Conference and Virtual Institute is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 19-21, 2021. 
For more information and to register, click here

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 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
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. 
Coalition Fact Sheets
Beginning Thursday, November 19, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. statewide curfew will be in effect for 21 days. More information on the curfew can be found at
Governor DeWine’s office created Coalition Communication Fact Sheets for 11 industries. Each sheet contains information for each industry such as COVID Messaging; Updates; Industry
Information; Suggested Social Media Posts;
Talking Points; and Ways Leaders Can Help.
These documents are also available at
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.
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 -
$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
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. 

Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities, "celebrates connecting 100 people with disabilities to community employment." Read the full press release with every participating business listed here.

Knox Memorial and The Woodward Opera House Conservancy announce the formation of the Mount Vernon Arts Consortium, Inc.. In association with Ariel-Foundation Park, the newly created consortium was developed to ensure high-quality entertainment, educational and visitor experiences are presented at key arts related community assets in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Read more here. Click here to read the press release concerning their search for an Executive Director.

Knox Technical Center announces new Maintenance Tech Program. Read more here.

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.

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.

United Way of Knox County Ohio is introducing a new county-wide volunteer management platform that may be useful to your organization:
Extension Coworking is a premier coworking space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, independent contractors, remote workers, and students. Contact Jeno Cram at (586) 484-5643 for more information.

State Representative Rick Carfagna is an Ohio state legislature elected official representing the 68th Ohio House District. For more information, or updates on current initiatives, call (614) 466-1431.

Universal Enterprises is a mechanical contracting company out of Mansfield. One of Ohio's oldest and most-experienced mechanical contractors, they have been serving Ohio for sixty years and offering nothing less than quality professional service. Call (419) 529-3500 for more information.

Village of Brinkhaven government building located at 201 State Street. Call (740) 504-5422 to find out more details on this village located in Northeast Knox County.
January Meeting Cancelled.

Check the Knox County Safety Council website regularly for updates!

Questions? Call Debbie Ruggles at 740-393-1111 or email

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

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings
Ambassadors, please wear your red jacket or shirt.

There are no Ribbon Cuttings or Groundbreakings being held at this time.

Check the Chamber's Calendar of Events frequently for Chamber and member events.

Main Street Mount Vernon Updates
Main Street Mount Vernon Annual Meeting
set for Thursday, January 28, 5pm.

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!
Available Business Space

10 East Main Street
Danville, Ohio 43014
Contact: Josh Kirby at
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, 

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  
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Zero cost to employer; or portion paid. One or more employees may enroll, no minimum required