April 2018

By: Chamber President/CEO
Joe Kleinknecht

The Chamber Ambassador Program plays a very important role in the day to day operation of the chamber and is a key component to the chambers success.

With only two full-time employees, it is very important to have a group of reliable and dedicated volunteers to assist with the many events the chamber has each year.

Ambassadors help the Chamber and the business community by:
• Actively recruiting Chamber members and retaining existing members.
• Staying informed about Chamber events, projects, initiatives, events and goals.
• Attending and networking at Chamber events.
• Representing the Chamber at ribbon cutting ceremonies, ground breaking events, and other special events.
• Supporting the mission of the Chamber by serving as a liaison between the membership, the Chamber staff, and board.
• Working closely with the Chamber staff and assisting with Chamber events.

Melissa Miller is currently serving as the Chamber Ambassador Chair, and ambassadors include; Andee Wildenthaler, Angie Owens, Betsy Beaudet, Crystal Ebner, Denise Livingston, Eric Palmer, Jennifer Kuns, Jim Gerstenslager, Kitty Herold, Pennie Fox, Sarah Capretta and Tasha Nickler. 

We would like to say "Thank you" to our Ambassadors for volunteering their time to the chamber!
Don't miss this great networking opportunity. Free and open to everyone.

The topic is never the same. Grab a seat, enjoy light refreshments and relax as you socialize and meet other area business leaders and decision makers.

Chamber Chat is held the first Wednesday of every month at 8am at the Candi Bar in Galion, located at 125 Harding Way East.
Chamber Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Breakfast Scheduled for May 8th

Do you know of an individual or business that had a great year in 2017? Do you feel they should be recognized as a leader in the community? Please take the next 5 minutes to complete this nomination form to recognize their contributions to the community in 2017.

Click HERE to complete nomination online form.

Thank you for taking the time to complete our nomination form. We value your feedback.

To Download the Invitation for the 2018 Annual Chamber Membership Meeting & Awards Breakfast, please click on the Invitation Below. If you would like to register online, please click HERE
Chamber members gathered at East of Chicago on Carter Dr. for a “Business after Hours” on March 15 th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Guest were welcomed in the newly remodeled dining area where they enjoyed some great food and drinks provided by owners Jessica and Jared Thew.

Business cards were drawn for a pizza for a year (one per month) at 6:00 pm and at 6:30 pm.
Winners were Carrie Cottrell of Cleaning by Carrie and Rob Bean of Impression Press.

Our next Business after Hours is scheduled for May 10 th at 1803 Tap Room in Galion and will be hosted by United Bank of Ohio.

Duffy Learning Solutions (tutoring, test prep, college planning, career counseling & leadership training), Shawna Kleinknecht, 419-777-1209

Humane Society Serving Crawford County , Victoria Carmean, 3590 SR 98, Bucyrus, Ohio 44820, 419-562-9149

Freezer Fresh , Troy Sapp, 820 W. Main St., Crestline, Ohio 44833, 419-512-9284

Dear Downey (custom apparel & gifts), Kaela Downey, 107 Harding Way E., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-560-8883
Galion City School District: Board of Education member Mr. Dennis Long was presented with an Award of Achievement from the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) during its annual Central Region Spring Conference in Columbus March 7.
Tramec Sloan: was recently named the 2018 Ralph Phillips Business Partner of the Year at the 13th Annual Awards diner at Pioneer Career and Technology Center in Shelby.
United Bank: recently presented a check to Sarah Capretta for a donation to the 2018 Pickle Run Festival to be held in Heise Park July 6th & July 7th.
Iron Vault Distillery: was recently named awarded Silver for their Just Good Vodka and Bronze for their Moonshine out of 1000 entries worldwide at the American Distilling Institute Conference.
Galion KFC: recently awarded the Crawford County Public Health's annual Food Safety Award. The completion of the 2017 food licensing year marked the fifth year CCPH has been recognizing local food operations for exceptional food safety practices. CCPH further acknowledged five facilities consistently receiving a food safety award all five years, Galion KFC being one of those five facilities.
Do you have an anniversary, new associate or employee, sign, or business update? Contact Joe or Miranda at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.
The Chamber held a ribbon cutting March 30th at  Freezer Fresh Drive-In , 820 W. Main Street, Crestline to welcome new owners Troy & Cathy Sapp to the business community!

Stop in and grab a sweet treat and welcome them to Crestline!
Leadercast Crawford County | May 4, 2018

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. | Program from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Grace Point Community Church | 683 Portland Way N, Galion OH 44833

The theme of this year’s conference is “Lead Yourself.” What does it look like to lead yourself? How can you intentionally develop your own leadership skills and style? What qualities do you hope to embody as a leader?

In 2018, the Leadercast Live stage will highlight leaders who will answer these questions and explain the power and importance of leading yourself first so you can lead others well.
Leadercast Crawford County will allow attendees and viewers to improve their own personal leadership journey with tips for self-evaluation and self-growth. Among the leadership experts speaking this year are:
  • Andy Stanley - Leadership Author & Communicator
  • Mae Jemison - NASA Astronaut, Engineer & Physician 
  • Ian Cron - Bestselling Author, Psychotherapist, Enneagram teacher and Speaker
  • Jim Loehr - Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute
  • Jen Bricker - Acrobat, Aerialist, Author & Speaker
  • Kat Cole - COO and President, North America, of FOCUS Brands
  • Michael Hyatt - Author, Speaker and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company
  • Carey Lohrenz - The First Female F-14 Pilot, Speaker & Trainer
  • Joe Torre - Hall of Fame Baseball Manager

In addition, we'll have local breakout speakers and other interactive activities to make Leadercast unique to our community. Lunch will be catered by Ralphie's, and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.
JOBortunity fair to provide outside-the-box experiences for job seekers

Residents in Crawford County and the surrounding areas will have the opportunity to connect with potential employers all in one location this spring during the inaugural JOBortunity job fair presented by Ohio Specialty Services Motor Ranch and North Central Ohio Media Group and co-sponsored by Time Staffing.

The event at Grace Point Church is April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

JOBortunity will feature multiple employers of various types and career fields.

The event will also involve winning a nice used car or an option of winning $3,000 cash courtesy of Ohio Specialty Services Motor Ranch. Joe Herron, branch manager of Time Staffing in Ontario, sees this as an opportunity to make this job fair stand out from the rest .

For More Information and read the full article click HERE
Third Fridays In Galion, or TFIG, will kick off in Uptowne Galion Friday, May 18 at 5pm. This is an opportunity for the Galion community to gather Uptowne and support local Galion merchants.

“Our goal is to give the community a reason to come out and really enjoy the new stores and what we have to offer in Uptowne Galion,” said Chamber Member Engagement Director Miranda Jones. “We were very pleased with Third Fridays last year and are hoping they will continue to be a success for our community and our businesses.”

The Chamber is collaborating with Uptowne businesses, merchants and other interested organizations to implement Third Fridays In Galion for the second year. 

This year we are pleased to announced that Donley Ford of Galion is the sponsor of the music at the Gazebo. Each hour with feature local performers, focusing on family friendly entertainment.

If anyone is interested in becoming a Third Friday in Galion vendor or sponsor, they can contact Miranda Jones at the Chamber office, 419-468-7737 or via email .

Vendor application is available online by clicking HERE .
With any business there are situations and questions that arise every single day that you may not have the answer to. We often have to remind ourselves to look for guidance instead of trying to solve every problem on our own. As you work toward the goals you have set for your business this year, please use us as a resource for your risk management needs, and we’ll do our best to help in any way we can.

CareWorksComp Seminars : Another reminder that our 2018 workers’ comp seminars will take place next month! Please mark your calendar to attend this half-day event, and attendance will fulfill the BWC Two-Hour Group Safety Training Requirement for the 2017 policy year. Seminars are open to any Ohio Employer, whether a customer of CareWorksComp or not.
The registration form is attached.
·          April 17, 2018 – Columbus
·          April 18, 2018 – Cleveland
·          April 26, 2018 – Cincinnati

2017 Premium Installment Notifications : BWC is in the process of finalizing the manual code base rates for policy year 2018 (beginning 7/1), and they will be notifying employers of their new annual premium rates in early May. Employers should receive updated premium installment schedules at that time. This is also the time to make any changes to your installment payment plan schedule.