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May 2020
Business Broadcast 
From Members

The Knox County Chamber of Commerce will, on occasion, send a link for surveys.  

Requests must be sent to the Chamber for board approval.  Email for survey requests.

This is a NEW survey:
Click link below:

Due to the large volume of requests we receive to send out surveys, we are unable to send out as a mass email; however, we are happy to send monthly in our newsletter.  Check this block each month for survey requests.

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

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

Lisa Bragg
Knox Community Hospital

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

Are you are interested in serving as a Chamber Board of Trustees member?
What Anthem benefits will cover on Coronavirus.
Click here to read details.

Open Enrollment is through November 2019.

Ask for your free quote today and save up to 53% on your workers' comp premium.

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.
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COVID-19 Resources Page

The Chamber has added a new COVID-19 resources page on our website,

Ohio Return to Work - Responsible Restart Ohio

This page includes:
  and more...    

We care about your business and will continue to update the Chamber's COVID-19 Resources page as things occur.                 
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Reopening Guidance Links/Documents
From Knox Public Health, Knox County
Emergency Management Agency,
Ohio Department of Health, and 
Governor DeWine's Office.

Knox Public Health provided the following:

Knox County Emergency Management Agency
provided the following:

These links and documents are also available on the Chamber's website, COVID-19 Resources page.  Click link to access or go to and click on the page.

Revolving Loan Fund
Area Development Foundation

Questions?  Call Jeff Gottke at

Businesses may apply for the loan; or may 
make donations to the fund.
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For information about Coronavirus relief options, click here.

For economic recovery resources, click here.
This includes a list of:
Local financial institutions
Ohio Office of Small Business Relief
CARES Act explained and FAQ
SBA Loan Options
Tax Credit Information
SharedWork Ohio
SBDC and SCORE Assistance
Job Seekers Link
Unemployment Link
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The following Chamber events for May are
postponed or cancelled:

  • Coffee with the Chamber May 6th
  • Leadership Knox May 14th
  • Safety Council May 20th
  • Spring Swing Golf Outing May 21st                 (New date Thursday, August 27th)
Visit our website
for current events and information.
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Register now for the 
2020 Spring Swing Golf Scramble

Email if you have questions or wish to sponsor our annual event.

Cassell Lawn and Landscape is a lawn mowing and trimming company. We specialize in flower bed mulching and care along with power washing. Call Grant Cassell at 740-398-2124.
R&D Superior Concrete specializes in concrete flatwork, driveways, basements, garages. patios, stamped decorative concrete and old driveway replacements. Call Richard Miller at 740-627-1559.
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Visit to complete your census. You can respond via online, by phone or by mail. 

Ohio's response rate in only 54% so be sure to submit your information.   The 2020 Census determines congressional representation, federal funding, and data that will impact communities for the next decade. Everybody Counts!

YouTube Census Video:

Also visit their Facebook page:  
Census takers can apply online at
Mask Postponed
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Click here for information
and registration.


We are seeking silent auction items with a value of $50 or more.

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.

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. 

211 There are 3 ways to contact us for free, confidential assistance: CALL 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898211 or v isit

Buckeye Stoves is announcing their specials for chimney sweep services. Call them at 740-694-7902 or click here to learn more.

Central Ohio Technical College  to offer more than $1 million in scholarships for career training.  Scholarships are available for the 2020-2021 academic year beginning May 11.  Click here to read the press release.  Click here to connect to their website page on this opportunity.

Dean's Jewelry   "Flatten the Curve" sterling silver and diamond pendants and rings are now available.  Proceeds benefit the local COVID recovery funds through Area Development Foundation.  To see details  click here 

First-Knox National Bank is temporarily limiting in-person services in our lobbies.  Banking services at our offices will be offered mainly by drive-thru and also by appointment when necessary.  Click here to read the complete notice.
The Foundation for Knox Community Hospital has released their 2020 Event List.      Click here to view the list in full and register for the events!

The Freedom Center continues to offer substance us, addiction, and mental health services.  Call-to make an appointment at 740-397-2660.

Heartland Promotional Products has a supplier for hand sanitizer. Bottles are 1 ounce in size. Contact Jon Jones at 740-393-3030 for more information.

Hot Yoga Escape  is offering free online audio recorded classes and a free Facebook Live class daily.  C lick here for online classes. For more information email

Knox County Foundation is accepting vocational scholarship applications.  There are two remaining deadlines for this year: July 15th and October 15th.  Click here  to learn how to apply.

Knox Public Health has information on the Coronavirus, environmental health, programs, health center, telemedicine, and more.  Click here for the latest updates.

Main Street Mount Vernon announced there will be food trucks at Ariel-Foundation Park.  Anyone interested in participating and to learn about the guidelines should contact Anthony McNeal at

MTVarts has updates and status to report.  Click here to read the complete report.  Join their mailing list by visiting their website and join the list at the bottom of the home page.

Replex Plastics has a new product for your business.  Cashier barriers for front-line workers that may be used in retail, hotels, supermarkets, convenience stores, banks, offices and other areas where you want a safety shield between people.  Click here to learn more about this locally made product.  Call 740-397-5535 to order or for information.

Shannon Staffing  is accepting and processing job requisitions.  Inquiries can be delivered to or call 740-397-2040.  They are continuing to perform their normal operations with in-office processes and contingent remote access.

SJ Cleaning Solutions i s now offering EPA Registered Broad-Spectrum Disinfectant.  Kills 99.9% bacteria, virus, fungus, and mold.  Safe for household, restaurant, hospital, and food safe.  For information, details, and pricing call Scott and Jess Albaugh at 740-391-3438.

Staples will  print any necessary school work at no charge.  They are looking for ways to support the community and in turn invite you to purchase Staples gift cards or purchase work supplies from them while you are working from home.

Synergy Pro will help you setup a solution so employees can work from home.  Contact John O'Brien at 614-890-0200 to learn more.

The Peoples Bank of Gambier is providing Safe Banking Measures during the COVID-19 crisis.  Click here to read their complete message.

United Way announced prescriptions and grocery delivery available  for delivery to seniors and those with at-risk medical conditions in Knox County.  Call Susie Simpson, Knox County Mobility Manager, at 740-485-5002.  Click here for more information.

United Way announces a Community Response and Recovery Fund. Even in time of crisis such as this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our community is working hard to help our Knox County Community members get the help they need! For more information click here.

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Marco's Pizza
  is open for Contact-Free Delivery or Carryout.                                                              For more information   click here   or call 740-392-9098.

Mazza's is open for Curbside Pick Up & Delivery.  Give the gift of Mazza's for Mothers Day.            For more information click here  

Ohio Corporate Photographer   Terry Thurston, is still available for photographic needs.  Click here for more information.

The  Original Dave's Cosmic Subs
Is open for carry out and delivery for more information  click here.

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Every day at 2:00 p.m. Governor DeWine and other officials are on with a live broadcast of updates.

                      Please visit on the home page to                  view COVID-19 Resources.

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From U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs

Click here to read the press release dated 04/27/2020.

Click here to read Trump Administration from Congressman Gibbs.

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The Ohio BWC has cancelled the  May and June Meetings.

Click here for latest BWC newsletter. 

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

Visit  for up-to-date information.

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.
For detailed listings of all events   click here. 
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Available Business Space

1590 Coshocton Ave., Suite B
Mt. Vernon, OH 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
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  
1558 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon.

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

Heartland Promotional Products to view a job posting  Click here
ContactUS Communications is still hiring and having training classes.  Anyone that has been misplaced because of the virus can apply on-line at Indeed or at

Shannon Staffing is accepting and processing job requisitions.  Inquiries can be delivered to or to their office line 740-397-2040. Shannon Staffing is stating to seek their guidance and assistance with filling open positions for temporary or permanent basis.  They are continuing to perform their normal operations with in-office processes and contingent remote access.

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.