January 2019

By: Chamber President/CEO
Joe Kleinknecht

2018 was a great year for the chamber, as we saw unprecedented growth with 43 new members, for a total of 327 members.

We held 16 ribbon cuttings for newly opened businesses, which is the second most we have had in the last 16 years.

We continued to see membership retention rates over 90% for the 14th consecutive year.

We saw growth in our programs as we continued to hold our Chamber Chat sessions the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00 am at the Candi Bar in Galion, we held our 3rd Annual Manufacturers Breakfast in October at the Galion High School Cafetorium, where we honored local manufacturing employees, we continued Third Friday’s in Galion, which ran from May to August and involved the uptowne business district, vendors and various groups and organizations entertaining at the gazebo, and we had Small Business Saturday the Saturday after Thanksgiving in both Galion and Crestline.

We saw our members save over $700,000 collectively through our affinity programs with our Electric & Natural Gas program with Alternative Energy Source, Workers Compensation Discounts through CareWorks Consultant’s Inc., and our Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Chamber Healthcare Program.

We saw the addition of many new businesses in Galion, including Iron Vault Distillery, Van’s Tire Pro (Iberia), Flashover Maintenance Inc., Bowlin Real Estate LLC, Mid-Ohio Insurance Solutions, Inc., Grub2You LLC, Caribbean Tan and Boutique, Tiger Blendz, 4 Sparrows Staging & Design, the Bellstore, Michael’s Fine Dining and the Dairy Queen.

In Crestline, Troy and Cathy Sapp purchased the Freezer Fresh and we saw Susan’s Doggy Spa open and Rick and Tracie Beck purchased the Crestline Message Therapy.

I want to take the time to say, “thank you”, to my fellow chamber employees, chamber board of directors, the entire chamber membership and the many volunteers that help make the chamber the asset that it is to the “business community”.

A special “thank you” to all the elected officials, city and village employees and the Crawford County Partnership Team for their continued hard-work throughout the year.

I am looking forward to working with all of you in 2019 to see continued growth in the Galion and Crestline areas, as well as all of Crawford County.

Optical Resonance , Kathleen Pelphrey, Galion, Ohio 44833,

Norwex Independent Sales Consultant, Kim Metzger, Crestline, Ohio 44827,
The Chamber held a ribbon cutting at chamber member, the 24 Store Galion (Valero) located at 1492 State Route 598 on December 12th to celebrate their grand opening and welcome them to the Galion area business community.
2019 Membership Renewal
Statements Due January 31st

***Remember we now accept credit card payments.

If you have any questions, please call Joe or Miranda at the Chamber office 419-468-7737.

Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber!
Stay up to date with upcoming Chamber events!
Click on the event below to be taken to our events page on our website for specific event details and more information as it becomes available.
Would you like more information on becoming an event sponsor for the Route 30 Business Expo? Or would you like information on how to become an exhibitor? Contact Miranda via email or call the Chamber office 419-468-7737
Chamber Employee Anniversaries

On January 2, 2019, Miranda Jones, Member Engagement Director at the chamber will begin her 3rd year at the chamber.

On January 22, 2019, Joe Kleinknecht, President/CEO of the chamber will begin his 17th year at the chamber.
Terri Longstreth Joins Chamber Board of Directors

My name is Terri Ann Longstreth. Although, I was born in Mansfield, Ohio, I have lived in Galion most of my life. I graduated from Galion High School in 1985. I have been in sales most of my life starting with the local Galion Inquirer right after high school.  I married Sean in 1991 and joined the family business (Longstreth Memorials) in 1993. We have three children, Adam, Ben and Paige. In 2001, I left the family business to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. I graduated nursing school in 2004 and worked for Marion General Hospital and Dr. Purewall in Marion as well. I have been back at the family business since 2006 as we grew and I was needed and wanted to help.   I belong to many organizations in the monument industry including A.I.C.A. (American Institute of Commemorative Art) and MBNA (Monument Builders of North America). I also am an active member of the Galion Rotary.   
Kim Winkle Joins Chamber Board of Directors

Kim Winkle is the Vice President of Corporate Relations & Operational Support at Avita Health System in Galion, Ohio. Avita consists of three small hospitals and multiple clinic locations in Crawford, Richland and Marion counties that serve the health care needs of these and surrounding counties in the area.  Kim works closely with businesses and groups in the area to establish relationships and opportunities for the organizations to work together and oversees the facilities in the system.  Kim is very involved in the communities and currently serves on the Boards for the Crawford Partnership and Galion-Crestline Chamber Board. She has been in the health care industry for thirty years and received her BA in Health Care Management from Ottawa University and MBA from Tiffin University.   She enjoys spending her free time with her family, especially her five grandchildren, and relaxing at the Lake.  
Crossroads Original Designsis giving back to the community this holiday season thanks to a unique partnership with the United Way of Crawford County. Crossroads owners Jason and Justin McMullen recently presented Nadia Oehler, manager of the United Way of Crawford County, with a check for $14,070. These funds were raised during Crossroads’ biannual open house events this past year; therefore, much of the credit goes to all of the individuals who purchased a pre-sale ticket and helped Crossroads meet its fundraising goal

The McMullen brothers began partnering with the United Way in 2012 and have since donated a total of $83,985 to the organization.
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.

Do you have an business or company newsletter? Contact Joe or Miranda at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email   so we can add your business newsletter to our newsletter next month or quarter.
You Are Invited!
In partnership with The Pickwick Place and with the gracious assistance of Castle Auctions and Appraisals , Relationally Driven, LLC is happy to announce the event that CANEX area businesses, leaders, and entrepreneurs, The Crawford Area Networking Experience.

WHO: Businesses, leaders, and entrepreneurs interested in doing business in and around Bucyrus, Crestline, and Galion.
WHAT: The opportunity for you to grow your B2B network and make some friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
WHY: Because growth requires connections. And because connections are easier when you’re not selling or being sold to. This event is a safe, “no sales zone.”
WHERE: The Loft @ Pickwick Place 1875 N. Sandusky St. Bucyrus. (appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages provided)
WHEN: Thursday night, January 31, 2019 6:30-9:00
HOW: Click here to register. Only $10 ($8 if you register by January 17.) (Early bird registration comes with the opportunity to include your branded material in the goody bags to be handed out to attendees that night, at no charge.)

For event details, contact Dwayne Castle at 419-961-1265 or .

Here’s to starting off 2019 with an expanding network of business friends.
OSHA Safe + Sound Campaign 2018

Thousands of Ohio employers completed activities in this nationwide campaign to build their safety and health program during Safe + Sound 2018. Try one of the top three most downloaded activity suggestions in your workplace today!  

  1. Deliver a Message
  2. Empower Workers With Safety and Health Information
  3. Spotlight Hazards and Controls
The Safe + Sound Campaign is organized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Professionals, The Center for Construction Research and Training, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Safety Council, and Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association. For more information and additional resources to help you establish or improve your safety and health program, visit the Safe + Sound Campaign website
Galion City Council