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February 2020
Business Broadcast 
2020 Executive Board

Bob Boss, Chair
First-Knox National Bank

Brian Huprich, Chair Elect
Ariel Corporation
Marc Odenweller, Treasurer
Knox County Foundation

Cindy Cunningham, Past Chair
Kidwell & Cunningham and
Owl Creek Title Agency

Lorraine Davis,                   Member Benefits Chair
Buckeye Stoves and
Step Into Fitness

Michael Percy, At-Large
Griffin Insurance

Bethany Celmar, At-Large
Burch Hydro

2020 Board Of Trustees

Amy Smart
Riverside Recovery Services

Brent Lasater
Lasater Funeral Homes

Chris Willis
Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District

Cindy McDowell
ACS Title & Closing Services

Danielle O'Brien
Knox Community Hospital

Jan Thomas
Kenyon College

Jeff Gottke
Area Development Foundation

Jill Ballenger
MVNU and Happy Bean

Justin Holt
Options Plus Furniture

Kathy Greenich
Knox County Career Center

Sandy Coffing
CES Credit Union

Stephanie Burson
Ver-Mac Industries

Steve Oster
Knox County Board of DD
Executive Director 
Debbie Ruggles
Program Coordinator 

Office Assistant

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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.
SCORE is a FREE mentoring program that uses local volunteer retired executives to counsel business owners.  A division of the Small Business Association, trained SCORE counselors give face-to-face advice and draw on years of experience. 

For new business start-ups or existing businesses!

Convenient appointments at your local Chamber office!  

To set an appointment with a SCORE advisor, please call Terry Walter at 614-679-3852 or email
SBDC provides FREE counseling and training programs to improve skills and knowledge of business owners. The SBDC can prepare small business to meet the specialized and complex needs vital to success.

For new business start-ups or existing businesses!

Convenient appointments at your local Chamber office!

To schedule an appointment with Director Michalina Lacy, please call 419-207-6910 or email 

Free Health and Wellness Program
For 50 or fewer employees

Manage and reduce workers' compensation and health care costs by having a healthier workforce.
Sign up for entertainment and travel discounts for nationwide attractions and events!

Free to all 
Knox County Chamber of Commerce members. 

1. Click on "Become a Member"

2. You will then be prompted to create an account with your email address & company code: 

Once enrolled, you will have access to  discounts nationwide .

Young Professionals looking to be engaged in the community should check out Millennial Mount Vernon, our premiere young professionals group.
Click to learn more.


The Foundation for Knox Community Hospital and the
Knox County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Masquerade Ball at the Memorial Theater on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

We are seeking silent auction items with a value of $50 or more 
for our Masquerade Ball!

Items can be dropped off at the Knox County Chamber of Commerce office,
501 South Main Street in Mount Vernon; or the Chamber staff is happy to pick up the items at your office.  Email if you have items you wish to donate.

Proceeds benefit The Foundation for Knox Community Hospital.

Employee Management and Human Resources
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
8:00 a.m. at the Chamber Office

Join us for a free information session with 
Lisa Bragg, VP of Human Resources at 
Knox Community Hospital.

Perfect for small business owners. Round table discussion on topics relating to Employee Management and Human Resources with Q&A opportunity.

Free to attend for C hamber members; 
$10 for non-members.
Reservations required.
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The Chamber's 2019 Annual Report 
is now available.

Click here to view the report on the home page of our website. 

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo set for March 11-13.
New Plat Books Are Here!

The 2020 Knox County Plat Book is now available! 
Plat Books show the landowners of each parcel as well as a variety of other useful information.
Stop in our office.  Cost is $30 for the 2020 edition.

February 19, 2020

Sharing the Road Safely with the Big Rigs

Speaker: Bob McFarland, Jr.

  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
The Glenn A. Gallagher Centre

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

To Enroll into Safety Council:
Ribbon Cuttings &
Ambassadors, please wear your 
red jacket or shirt.

Friday, January 31 at Noon - Ribbon Cutting
100 South Main Street, Mount Vernon

Join us as we welcome this new salon to downtown Mount Vernon. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to take place at noon.  Meet the owners and stylists after the ceremony, and check out their beautiful salon!

Check the Chamber's Calendar of Events frequently for Chamber and member events.
For detailed listings of all events   click here. 
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Member Events and News

Anytime Fitness now offering a New Year Special! From now until January 31, join the 24-hour fitness club for only $1! Click here for more details. 

The Beaus Monde Salon Spa presents The Bridal & Lifestyle Expose' at the Woodward Opera House, from 10am-3pm on March 29. Enjoy four stories packed with a multitude of exhibitors, giveaways, a fashion show, demos, swag bags, inspiration tables, samples and more.  To find out information or see how to be a part of this event, click here. 

  Central Ohio Technical College t eams up with The Ohio State University of Newark and OhioMeansJobs of Licking County to host a Career Fair Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the  Adena Gymnasium in Newark  from 11am-2pm.  Click here to register before February 7

The Grand Hotel to host Relay for Life of Knox County 2020 kickoff event on Tuesday, January 31 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Click here to contact Relay for Life for more information or to register.

Kenyon College is gearing up for  The BLAST Saturday science program for middle school boys, where  b oys  l earn  a bout  s cience  t ogether and have a blast.  This free program begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1:30 p.m. (with lunch provided). Check in will take place in the lobby of Hayes Hall (201 North College Road). Click here for more details.

Kelley Davis Photography invites you and your little ones to a Donuts with the Princess Meet & Greet. Spend the afternoon with a princess and enjoy some sweets. Activities and a free portrait with the Princess. Click here to learn more or to register.

The Killbuck Savings Bank Co. is celebrating the retirement of  Ms. Kimberly Peck from       10 am-4 pm on Wednesday, March 25.  The Retirement Party Open House will take place at the Apple Valley Branch located at 21481 Plank Road in Howard and light refreshments will be served.  Click here to view invitation.

Kiwanis is hosting their annual Chocolate Fantasy on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Gallagher Center, 1451 Gambier Road in Mount Vernon.  Event begins at 4 pm until 6 pm.  Tickets available from any Kiwanis member or email  

Knox County Community Health Center provides many services.  Walk-ins are welcome and affordable healthcare is available in Mount Vernon and Danville offices.  We care for those with insurance; no insurance; or the under insured.  Click here to read more.

Knox County Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 school year. New for 2020 is an application for Vocational Scholarship. Click here  to learn how to apply.

Knox County Foundation accepting applications for the 10th Annual Vaughn Weister Music Scholarship Competition. Applicants must apply before April 15. Click here for the details.   

Knox County Solid Waste District to hold waste collection of electronics and paper shredding service at the Knox County Fairgrounds from 9 am-1 pm on August 22. Call 740-393-6704 for more details. 

Knox County Health Department is now Knox Public Health.  They will be creating a new logo and identity for the agency.  More details coming soon.

Knox Public Health -  Attention Travelers from China: As you have probably heard in the news, there is an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China caused by a new type of coronavirus. If you have been in Wuhan within the past 2 weeks - whether for business or vacation - or have been exposed to someone who recently visited Wuhan -  and develop a fever, cough, or have diÔ¨Éculty breathing, you should seek medical care right away. Call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you were in Wuhan. For more information, contact Knox Public Health at 740-392-2200. Ext. 2236.

KSAAT is hosting "Communities Coming Together" conference June 29th and 30th.  The conference offers several professional development tracks and continuing education credits.  Click here for all details and registration.

Marco's Pizza offering a Super Meal for Sunday!  Click here to start your order today!

Mazza's invites you to their Big Game Weekend. Extended Happy Hour and specially priced bar bites are just part of the event.  Mazza's is also offering 20% off Sunday catering with 24 hours notice.  Click here for more information. 

Mid-Ohio Corporate Care and Knox Community Hospital offering Substance Abuse Training courses.  Click here for all of the details and contact information. 

MTVarts announces their slate of 2020 shows. Check out the options and buy tickets by clicking here. 

Printing Arts Press announces they have merged with Proforma Graphic Services.  They will offer more services and products and look forward to supplying an even wider scope of products and innovative solutions.  Click here to read press release.

 St. Vincent de Paul School to host Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament next Saturday, from 5:30-6:30pm. Appetizers, refreshments and a heck of a good time.  Seats are limited, so click
here to register. 

Stein Brewing Company proudly is bringing the #1 Dueling Pianos group in the Midwest to Mount Vernon. A full night, February 1, is planned for singing, great meal, fun and Philanthropy. Proceeds going to benefit The United Way of Knox County. Click here for more information,

Stein Brewing Company set to host another stand-up comedy night. February 13, from 7-9pm, join the crew at Stein's for dinner, drinks and a ton of laughs.  Click here for all the info. 

United Way of Knox County invites you to their Annual Meeting on February 20th.  Click here for complete details and instructions on making reservations.

WNZR Valentines Banquet set for February 14 at 7 pm. Featuring an Italian Buffet and $1000 in door prizes, purchase tickets at the WNZR office on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Campus. Deadline for purchasing tickets is February 4.   Click here for more details. 

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Available Business Space

212 North Main Street
Contact Terri Brown 
   5890 Square feet for commercial space and apartment living.
  • Four Stories.
  • Plenty of paved parking behind building.
  • Previous location of A Mystical Moment in Time.
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


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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Do you know  a business that is not a member of the 
Knox County Chamber of Commerce?

Refer them to us, and if they become a member you'll receive a 
$25 check from us for the referral! 
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Tickets at Work wishes everyone a Happy New Decade!
They have tons of special offers to welcome the decade.

Click here to learn more. 

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Governor, Mike DeWine made several 
appointments last week. 

Census Takers Needed!

Apply online at
Pay $14 to $18/hour.
15-40 hours per week.
.58 cents mileage reimbursement.
Click the above link to learn more.
1558 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon.

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

Click here to view a job posting from Heartland Promotional Products.

Click here to learn about a job posting from a local Chamber member. 

If your business is hiring, email the job description to and we will post free of charge.

501 South Main Street,  Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Located in the Historic CA&C Depot.  Entrance off of Columbus Road.
Lobby Hours:   Monday - Friday 9:00  am until 5: 00 pm  or Call 740-393-1111