June 2019

This article was sent to us by a Chamber Member. It was published by Constant Contact in honor of Small Business Week. We found this article to be true EVERY WEEK, not just during small business week and felt it was a great reminder especially during our Third Friday events.

1. Shop Local
One of the best ways to support small business is to go shopping! Use this week as a reason to splurge at that new boutique downtown, see what’s sprouting this weekend at the Farmer’s Market, or buy some flowers for your loved ones from the local florist.

2. Spread the Word
Many small businesses rely on word-of-mouth to get people in their door. Impressed with the service and expertise of the company that brought new life into your home with a fresh coat of paint? Write a review! Use platforms like Google and Yelp to let others know the great experience you’ve had.

3. Get Social
Another way to spread the word on your experiences at small businesses is to use social media. Check-in on Facebook so your friends know you are trying that trendy gelato shop. Snap an Instagram photo of before and after you received that life-altering beard trim from a new barber. You can even live-tweet your way through eating the giant bacon donut you found at that hole-in-the-wall bakery.

4. Say Thank You
There is a lot to be thankful for when it comes to small businesses. They create tons of new jobs every year, provide personal experiences, and support your local community. Have you had a personal experience with a small business? Drop off a music gift card so the barista you talk to about music every morning can download those new songs. Buy coffee for your dry cleaners to thank them for removing so many coffee stains out of your shirts. Or, just say “thank you” to let local businesses know you appreciate the time and effort they put into making your life better.

5. Join the Fun! Participate in Community Events
Are you seeing signs around your neighborhood for local events? Block parties, Summer BBQs, Earth Day cleanups, 5ks, or local festivals are great ways to meet up with local business owners. Don’t be surprised if you see small businesses coming together at community events. When you attend those events – you are supporting those small businesses!

In closing, please remember to check out what local businesses in Galion, Crestline and throughout Crawford county have to offer. You will be amazed at the great deals you can find close to home. Shop small. Shop local.
In Case You Missed It: The Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce's website was recently updated. AND it is now mobile friendly!

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Ohio Eye Associates, Inc., 466 S. Trimble Rd., Mansfield, Ohio 44906, 419-756-8000,

The chamber held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 30th to welcome the  Brush and Palette Art Gallery  to their new location at 131 Harding Way East in Galion. We are so excited to see them on a main route through Galion!

Stay up to date with upcoming Chamber events!
Join the Galion Safety Council for their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 20th at 11:30 am at the Galion Moose Lodge for their monthly meeting. Cost of lunch is $10. Click button below for more meeting information.
The Crawford Young Professionals will be holding their monthly Lunch & Learn at the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 5th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. A representative from the US Census will be presenting on the importance of the 2020 Census to our community, county and country! This is a free event and is open to the public. Space is limited, so please RSVP to reserve your spot.
Join United Way of Crawford County, the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce and the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce for an evening of creative cocktails handcrafted by local celebrity bartenders! Tip your favorite bartender to help them win. Your investment in United Way goes directly to programs that focus on improving the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Crawford County.

Our very own Member Engagement Director, Miranda Jones will be a celebrity bartender for the event! If you cannot make the event, you can still help her win this year's competition by texting "MIRANDAJ" to 41444 or tipping online at

Admission to this event is FREE, but registration is encouraged.

For more information, please contact United Way of Crawford County by calling 419-468-4291 or emailing Crawford County manager Nadia Oehler at
For more information, or if you would like to become a TFIG sponsor or vendor, please contact Miranda Jones at or call the Chamber office 419-468-7737
Join us for the 17th Annual McDonald’s – Chamber Golf Outing at Valley View Golf Course on Thursday, June 27th. Registration starts at 11am, lunch at 11:30am and a noon shotgun start.

Teams are filling up fast and limited to the first 30 that register. RSVP today!

Crestline began the fifth year of their Farmers Market in May at 202 N. Thoman St. and continues every Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm through October.
K & B Laundromat; is celebrating their 20 th year in business on June 9 th . They are located at 847 Harding Way E. in Galion. Congratulation to Brenda & Keith Gosser. 
Galion Building & Loan Bank: will be having a “Shred It Day” on June 8 th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at their Bucyrus Rd. location. There is a limit of 5 boxes and it is open to the public.
First Federal Bank of Ohio: recently updated their sign at their 140 N. Columbus St. location.
Galion Community Center-YMCA; recently named Andee Wildenthaler, Director of Operations. Andee is also a chamber ambassador.

***pictured here to the far right with a group of students from Colonel Crawford during May's WAGE Tours.
Impression Press: celebrated their 3rd anniversary on June 1st.
Avita Health System Patients coming to Avita Ontario Hospital for routine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans have a new reason to be excited. With the MAGNETOM ® Verio 3T MRI scanner from Siemens, Avita Health System can offer some of the most advanced MR imaging services in a magnet that is designed for maximum patient comfort.  Please CLICK HERE to read press release for additional details.  
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.

During the week on May 13th, students from  Crestline Exempted Village School District Colonel Crawford High School , and  Galion City Schools visited nine Galion area businesses for information  on the jobs and careers paths that are available right here in our area.

This was a joint effort of the Crawford Partnership, Community Opportunity, the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bucyrus Area Chamber. At the same time that our community was hosting students, Bucyrus businesses were also busy hosting students from Buckeye Central Schools, Bucyrus City Schools, and Wynford Local Schools. All Crawford County schools participated in the WAGE Tours in 2019.

We would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to  Hydranamics, Inc. Tramec Sloan Avita Health System Covert Manufacturing, Inc. Rus-Men Farms Beef   Longstreth Memorials Elliott Machine Works, Inc. Galion Community Center YMCA  and Urban Industies for taking the time out of their busy days and helping educate our students on area opportunities.
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