December 2017
Chamber Myths

Debunking the Myths:
Facts Behind the Fiction 

Myth 3: The Chamber caters to/is made up of big businesses.

FACT: The vast majority of our membership is comprised of small businesses and individuals. The Chamber strives to provide a diverse group of programs and services to meet the needs of ALL businesses.

**This is the third article in the series, "Chamber Myths", intended to debunk the myths and provide facts about the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce.
On November 2nd, the chamber held a candidates forum at the Galion Community Theatre for Galion City candidates that were running for office.

From 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm a social time took place with refreshments being served.

At 7:00 pm, Chamber President, Joe Kleinknecht began the evening by welcoming those in attendance and thanking the theatre for donating their facility, Chris Stone of Rock Solid Media for live streaming the event, the chamber executive committee and Miranda Jones, Chamber Member Engagement Director for the time they spent planning the event, LaMar Wyse for serving as moderator, Mr. Stepro and his government class students for asking the questions and the citizens and candidates that participated for their involvement.  

To begin the forum, each candidate was asked why they want to serve in this office and why do you feel you are the most qualified person?

After the initial question, each candidate was asked the same questions as the other candidates running for that particular position.

Those candidates attending were:

Mayor; Thomas O’Leary and Kenneth Bodkins
Council President; Carl Watt
Law Director; Thomas Palmer
City Auditor; Brian Treisch and Susan Bean
Council at Large; Gail Baldinger, Shirley Clark and Thomas Fellner
1st Ward Council; William Comerford
3rd Ward Council; Mike Richart
4 th Ward Council; Jennifer Kuns

Depot Deli , Mike Zappa, 141 N Seltzer Street, Crestline, OH 419-405-4105

John & Brenda Barker, Associate Members, Crestline, OH
United Bank: Recently recognized Kenneth Parr Jr. at his final board meeting, after serving on the United Bank Board of Directors for 20 years.

"Ken has been a valuable voice on our board for two decades," President Donald Stone said. "He leaves with our heartfelt gratitude for his many years of service."
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.
F-32XL Hot Brass Forging Machine

The hot brass forging machine was installed August 2015. This machine traveled all the way from Girona, Spain. Its manufacture is NEOTECMAN, S.L. This machine takes brass rod and forges it into shapes like 90 degree elbows and tee shaped fittings. This machine can use brass rod up to 14 foot long! That’s about 2000 parts per hour. This machine runs at about 1200-1300 degrees Fahrenheit when running, and the parts are at about 800-900 degrees Fahrenheit when they exit the machine. Only 4 companies in America to have this technology.

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Pictured here, is Joe Kleinknecht, President/CEO of the Chamber giving J. R. Jenney, President of Ohio Specialty Services “A Buck for Luck”.

Jenney, recently opened the new, Motor Ranch at 245 Harding Way W. in Galion

This is a program the chamber started a few years ago, to welcome new members to the Galion-Crestline Area Business Community, and according to Kleinknecht it has been well received, as he has heard comments like, “this is great” and “how nice of the chamber”.

Unfortunately, we do not always know about new businesses that are starting, so, if you know of one, please give us a call at the chamber office at 419-468-7737 and we’ll be sure to get out to them and wish them “good luck”.
The Chamber held a ribbon cutting on Saturday, November 18th at the Depot Deli, 217 N Seltzer Street, Crestline to welcome new owners to the Crestline business community!
The Chamber held a ribbon cutting on Friday, November 17th at the Downtown Vapor Lounge Galion , located at 127 Harding Way East.
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Free and Open to All!
Downtown Grant Kick-Off Meeting to be Held Dec. 6

Building and business owners encouraged to attend
The City of Galion and Experience Galion will hold a Downtown Revitalization Grant Kick-off Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Property owners and business owners within the grant target area are encouraged to attend. Two sessions will be offered in an effort to accommodate all who are interested:

12:00 p.m. at Galion Public Library, 123 North Market Street
5:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 130 East Walnut Street

The grant target area is:
  • Both sides of Harding Way East and West, between Union and Liberty Streets
  • The east side of North and South Union Street, between Church and Walnut streets
  • Both sides of North and South Market Street, between Church and Walnut streets
  • Both sides of North and South Columbus Street, between Church and Walnut streets
  • The west side of North and South Liberty Street, between Church and Walnut streets
During the meeting, attendees will learn more about the Downtown Revitalization program and the project application process. They will also be introduced to representatives from the Ohio Regional Development Corporation, which will administer the grant.
Grant funding for projects will be available on a dollar-for-dollar matching basis. The purpose of the grant is to encourage building improvements in downtown business districts. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: Façade improvements, roof replacement, HVAC system repair or upgrade, tuck pointing, window replacement, electrical upgrades, plumbing repairs and handicap accessibility. Monies must be applied within two years.
Thirty-six interest forms from building owners were submitted with the grant application last July. However, all building owners within the target area may apply for project funding even if interest forms were not previously submitted.
Building owners who are unable to attend either meeting should contact the City of Galion at 419-468-1857 to receive program information.

On November 25, the Chamber handed out shopping bags and sales flyers to help support Small Business Saturday in Galion. Small Business Saturday, a national campaign, started in 2010 to promote small businesses and local shopping opportunities!

#shoplocal #shopsmall #shopGalion
Tearful Consumers Lose Thousands of Dollars to Old Scams!

     “My grandson called me from Mexico. He was in a jail and needed money. He was counting on me to help and begged me not to call his parents…so I sent him money. Then I found out he was never in Mexico. I feel so foolish. I haven’t told anyone.”
     This was what our Nancy H. learned when she did a speech to a senior citizens group. BBB folks speak to numerous senior centers, church groups and service clubs. We hear stories like this, despite the fact that BBB does MULTIPLE warnings on “The Grandma Scam” on TV, radio and in the newspapers.
    Oh. How much money did the lady send to her grandson in Mexico? $60,000! (Yes, $60,000!)
     “I received a very disturbing phone call from the IRS. They said that a warrant was being issued for my arrest for failure to pay back taxes. I need to let BBB know that this is a scam!”
    Tene explained that the IRS Robocall Scam was the largest racket in North America for the past three years. We have done numerous alerts and warnings about it and would be doing more after the first of the year when tax season starts.
    He was relieved. “I haven’t seen your warnings, but I knew it had to be a scam. The IRS doesn’t call when a taxpayer owes money. They send a letter.” He was exactly right…and thankfully too smart to be cheated even when the crooks tried to use their scare tactics on him.
    “We’re calling from the Edison. Your company hasn’t paid its bill and we have a truck on the way to your location to shut off your power.” The local restaurant owner (who prefers to remain anonymous) was shocked. “You can’t shut off my power! We’re just getting ready for the dinner crowd!” “Too bad,” said the caller. “If you want to stop the shutoff, you need to go to the drugstore and buy $760 of gift cards, then call me back and give me the numbers on the backs of the cards so we can get the gift card values.”
    The restaurant owner was ready to run to the drugstore when he suddenly realized that the story didn’t make any sense. He knew he had paid his power bill…and why would Edison want gift cards? He called Edison instead, and they assured him that his account was current – and that the call he had received was a scam. (We have an article on this in the October BBB News).
U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC  – To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017.

OSHA’s final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses sets December 15, 2017, as the date for compliance (a two-week extension from the December 1, 2017, compliance date in the proposed rule). The rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information they are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations.
Unless an employer is under federal jurisdiction, the following OSHA-approved State Plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically: California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Establishments in these states are not currently required to submit their summary data through the ITA. Similarly, state and local government establishments in Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, and New York are not currently required to submit their data through the ITA.

OSHA is currently reviewing the other provisions of its final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, and intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to reconsider, revise, or remove portions of that rule in 2018.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit