Business Broadcast - Knox County Chamber of Commerce
November 2020
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
Ohio Department of Health announces - Recommendations for Improving Building Ventilation Systems to Reduce Risk of Airborne COVID-19 Transmission.
Click here to read full press release.
American Red Cross is in urgent need for blood. Click the link to make an appointment and for more information:
Corporate Sponsor The Energy Cooperative and the
Knox County Chamber of Commerce
Presents our Virtual
Annual Awards Ceremony

Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7pm
Mark your calendar now!

Our signature event and largest fund raiser is happening
with an exciting twist.
Tune in at 7pm to watch the awards presentation and a special entertaining video featuring our emcees, Bob Boss and Brian Huprich.
More information coming soon how to link to our very special event.

Sponsorships are available and appreciated to support our work.
This year there is one level of sponsorship that is affordable and
provides great visibility for your business.
Click here to learn more or contact Debbie Ruggles at or call 740-393-1111.
Another Training Opportunity for You and Your Business...
The Knox County Chamber of Commerce in association with Opportunity Knox Employment Center and OhioMeansJobs Knox County presents Opportunities in Knox County! 

This 90 minute webinar will be presented by Kelly Carey and Brandy Booth of OhioMeansJobs Knox County. They will highlight many of the services they offer.

Shop Small Saturday is set for Saturday, November 28!

The Knox County Chamber of Commerce
urges our members to shop local this holiday season.
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. 

Habitat for Humanity is seeking board members. If your are interested or would like additional information, please contact Anita Clark, managing director, at 740-504-4257.

Hot Yoga Escape is finishing October with a Hot Deal. Join new owner, Terri Lewis for unlimited classes for 30 days for only $30 with a second month of classes for only $49. Your monthly auto-pay will only be $69/month starting the 3rd month. Normally a $79/month value, contact for more details.

Knox Community Hospital is hosting safety trainings. Click here to read their guidelines and instructions on how to schedule your on-site safety training. You may also call Brittany Murphy, WellnessWorks, at 740-393-6552.

Knox County Career Center will hold Mock Interview Day on Monday, November 2. The Career Center is searching for volunteers to donate a few hours to their seniors and help them develop their employability skills by conducting virtual mock interviews. If you would be willing to conduct mock interviews, please compete this form. For questions, please contact Melissa Nowicki at
740-397-5820 ext. 3223.

Mount Vernon Country Club is offering Thanksgiving to go. You do not need to be a member to purchase a package. All orders much be placed by NOON on November 14 and package pickup is November 25 from 9am – 6pm. Order from 3 packages or from the a la cart menu. (all items on the a la cart menu feed either 4-6 people or they are sold by the dozen). For inquiries or to place an order, call Executive Chef Larry Fontaine at 740-392-8101 ext. 3704.

The Mount Vernon Lions Club is holding a Poinsettia Sale. Orders must be received by November 30 and payment is due at the time of the order placement. For more information, please call
740-504-6372. Click here for the order form.

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

Rotary Club of Mount Vernon will be handing out trick-or-treat candy at United Way, located at 305 East High Street in Mount Vernon on October 31.

SJ Cleaning Solutions is proud to be a member of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. They are offering 10% off disinfectant services to all Knox Chamber members. Click here for more info.

Stein Brewing Company announces the return of Dueling Pianos. For more information, or to reserve your seats while you still can, click here.

Stein Brewing Company set to host Ohio Pint Day on October 27. Live music from 5-8pm and a special Ohio Pint Day glasses await. Click here for more information.

SZ Recovery announces new member to member Hot Deal. Click here for more information.

Traditions Engraving can put your logo on a comfortable, soft face mask. The printed image is long lasting, full color printing, and extra protection with an internal pocket for filter insert. Click here to read more and view image.
Elevate Insurance is a Centerburg based insurance company offering a wide range of insurance options. Working to get the best pricing for the insurance plan that fits your needs, Elevate Insurance can be contacted at (740) 627-6504.

The MEP at Columbus State is a full-service solutions provider for Central Ohio manufacturers. From consulting and product development to education and talent acquisition, we partner with you to grow your manufacturing business. Call 614-287-5000 for more information.

Mid-American Therapy offers home health and rehabilitation services, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapies. For more information, or to schedule your appointment today, call
Zoom Meeting
November 18, 2020
8:00 am

"Cost Control Strategies and Early Return-to-Work"

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.

Elevate Insurance LLC, located at 12 West Main Street in Centerburg will be holding a Grand Opening Ribbon Ceremony on Monday, November 2. The ceremony will begin at 10am. Join owner, Chris Caldwell as she announces the opening of this new business.

Check the Chamber's Calendar of Events frequently for Chamber and member events.
COVID-19 Update: Hose Bill 606 Civil Immunity
Covered in this Update:
Governor DeWine Signs House Bill 606
Ohio Earns Major Defense Manufacturing Designation
Lt. Governor Husted Announces Next Steps to Expand Broadband

Main Street Mount Vernon Updates

MSMV announces slate of Fall and Winter Attractions

MSMV announces Heritage Ohio Award Winners

MSMV and the Downtown Merchants honored Domestic Violence Survivors
with Downtown Mount Vernon Domestic Violence Awareness Day on October 17th.

Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau Updates

We are pleased to welcome Olivia Toth as the new Marketing Manager. Olivia was born and raised in Knox County and currently lives in Apple Valley.
Olivia will join the staff in November and will be meeting people around the county soon.
The historic CA&C Depot is now home to the Visitors Bureau, County Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Mount Vernon. The office is located at 501 South Main Street in Mount Vernon. We will host an open house next year.
Available Business Space

23 North Main Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Available for lease starting October 1, 2020
Contact: Ethan Robertson 614-296-5878
  • $475/ month

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. 
400 South Gay Street
Contact Nate Miller at Miller Brothers Construction,

2240 Square foot building located in Mount Vernon with 4 offices.
  • Two restrooms.
  • Parking spaces in front of the building. 
  • Newly remodeled and painted. 
  • This is the previous Chamber of Commerce office in the depot. 

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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Member Benefits
Guaranteed Life Insurance through Griffin Insurance!

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