A Shining Example: creative COOP
by: Steve Matheny,  Executive Director

As we enter the second half of 2017 it seems timely and appropriate to pause for a moment and take stock of where we are as an organization.  As a Chamber of Commerce we are first and foremost a membership organization.  Our mandate and purpose is to help our members succeed.  As I look over our member directory I am struck by the quality and caliber of our membership.  One shining example of just such a member is the creative COOP and perhaps they could serve as a role model, of sorts, for all of us. 

First, a little background...launched as its own business in 2016, the COOP is a joint partnership of Jodi Melfi Design, DiBlasio Photo+Design, and MNB.Marketing.  Together they function as Licking County's first co-working space that offers desk and/or meeting space for lease on an hourly or monthly basis.  Perhaps most importantly, they actively strive to provide a supportive environment for entrepreneurs to grow their business ideas.  In addition to the practical benefits and cost saving features of offering a co-working space Jodi, Chad, and Michelle are quick to extoll the unique value of creative idea sharing among themselves and their lessees.  It can be lonely and isolating working solo from home...in this fertile co-working environment the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  You can learn more about the creative COOP at creativecoopspace.com, or, simply ask Jodi, Chad, or Michelle the next time you see one of them at a Chamber Member luncheon, or at an After Hours networking gathering, or behind-the-scenes at a Chamber sponsored event.  Don't worry...it won't take long as they are Chamber regulars - and you could be one too.

Certainly the creative COOP's accomplishments to date are a testament to their individual talents and commitment to their goals.  But, I also believe that their active Chamber involvement and participation has helped them in their efforts.  We're all familiar with the phrase "You get out of an organization what you put into it".  I think that Jodi, Chad, and Michelle would support and reinforce this view.  As a Chamber part of our mission is to stimulate commerce, advocate for our businesses, and support responsible business development.  By its very nature the creative COOP is actively pursuing these same goals.  Ideally membership in the Chamber is mutually beneficial.  We can help you attain your goals and objectives and, as you become more engaged and involved with the Chamber, we are better able to accomplish our mission.    

Welcome Angela!

I'm delighted to announce that Angela Katona has recently joined the Chamber staff as Marketing/Administrative Assistant! You may recognize her name as owner/founder of White Birch Organizing - her local professional organizing business which joined the Chamber back in December.   She'll continue to operate and grow her personal business while providing valuable support in the Chamber office on a part-time basis.  I am delighted to have her on board and look forward to partnering with her in providing you, our Members, with first rate support and service.  See below for a summary of Angela's robust background and experience.

Angela's career to date has been about evenly balanced between work in corporate settings in the private sector (about 7 years) and self-employment in several capacities as small business owner and sole proprietor (approximately 7 years).  With an academic background in Social Work, her earlier corporate engagements were chiefly in the capacity of Social Services Director and/or Admissions Director for nursing care facilities in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Ohio.  Since starting her family and returning to the workforce her more recent self-employment has been in the fields of personal care, direct selling gift sales, and, most recently, in the realm of business and professional organizing.  Throughout both phases of her career she has demonstrated consistent skills and interest in the following areas:  customer service, marketing and sales, evaluation and process/systems creation, event management, relationship building, and networking and community engagement. Angela is a self- starter by nature who is adept at money management and her personal characteristics and strengths include creativity, reliability and responsibility.  

GACC Monthly Membership Meeting - REGISTER TODAY!
Wednesday, July 19
Kendal at Granville
2158 Columbus Rd., Granville

Join us for the July Meeting of the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce. The featured speaker will be Nathan Strum, Executive Director of GROW Licking County. He will be discussing economic development efforts in Licking County.  The host for this meeting will be Kendal at Granville. Lunch will be catered on site. Pre-registration is requested. Cost is $15 to attend. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


VO2 Fitness celebrated their 4 year anniversary in July! The Fitness studio on Cherry Valley Road in Newark, Ohio, trains in Cardio Kickboxing, Boxfit, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, FLEX, and Personal Training.  Congratulations to Joe and Sally Studer! We love having you as a part of our community! 

Welsh Hills Inn was highlighted in CityScene Columbus for it's "colossal collection of Ohio artwork". With 200+ pieces of art created by Ohio residents, the art collection has become an integral element of the Welsh Hills Inn experience. Wonderful story!   See the whole article here. 

Spring of 2017 is a milestone for Premier Dental of Granville as they celebrate ten years since welcoming their first patients through the doors. Premier Dental practices preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry serving patients of all ages and implementing the latest technology and dental training.  Dr. Mark Alexandrunas, founder, shared that "We're proud to have served the great community of Granville for the last 10 years, and we're looking forward to many more great years.  This is a milestone for us, and we owe it all to our patients".

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Porsche Club of America Car  Show, July 22nd
Come out for a Saturday of car fun in the Village of Granville! The annual "Casual Porsche Party" will be held in the Village from 7:30am - 3:00 pm. All are welcome! Poster credit goes to Gary Chisolm of Chisolm Studios! 

Granville Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 am to 12 pm
Special note: On 7/22, the Farmers Market will be at St. Edward's Church because of the Porsche Show. Find us the other Saturdays at Broadway and Main Street in the Village. And don't forget about our Tuesday Markets at the IGA from 3-6pm. 

Granville Art Walk, August 5th
Wander the sidewalks of Granville while enjoying the sounds of live music, browse our shops and galleries, and enjoy a plethora of drinks and food at our amazing restaurants. Get the full schedule online at  granvilleartwalk.com

Pelotonia,  August 5th
This fundraising experience brings cyclists directly through downtown Granville. Through its first eight rides, Pelotonia raised more than $130 million for cancer research. Come cheer on the cyclists as they ride through the village!

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Julian Judge Design provides multi-disciplinary graphic design and illustration with a focus on branding and print marketing. Julian Judge works with a variety of types of businesses and organizations. 

Granville Alpaca Station
425 South Main Street, Granville, OH  
Granville Alpaca Station is a brand new clothing store in the Village. We can't wait to learn more about this new business! Contact Julie Judge at the above number for details. 

425 S. Main Street,  Granville, OH 43023

With twenty plus years of experience and hundreds of homes sold, Julie Judge prides herself on offering superior personal service before, during and after your real estate transaction. 

580 E Rich St Fl 2,  Columbus OH 43215-5335

Please welcome Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP to the Chamber! The Columbus criminal defense attorneys and Ohio DUI lawyers, Ben Luftman, Dan Sabol, Chase Mallory, and Joe Kunkel have successfully represented thousands of clients on charges ranging from Columbus shoplifting and petty theft charges to federal drug charges. 

Ashley Sattler, Events Manager  
740-587-1240,  Cell: 614-580-3279
1703 Deeds Road, Granville, OH 43023

Please welcome Anderson Farms to the Chamber! Anderson Farms not only produces slow food that is nutrient dense therefore beneficial to the land and to those consuming it, but they are also a fabulous event venue! Learn more about Anderson Farms by exploring   www.andersonfarmsohio.com