Chamber News June 2021
Jones Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program
Fellowship Provides State and Local Business Leaders with Opportunities to Engage Nationally on Critical Education and Workforce Issues
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced Miranda Jones, Executive Director of the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce was selected to participate in the fifth cohort of its premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.
 
“We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners,” says Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the Center for Education and Workforce. “They, better than anyone, see the critical link between education and economic development, and we are glad to be able to support them as they take on this critical leadership role in their community.”
 
Following a competitive application and selection process, Jones was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives and association leaders to participate in the fifth class of this program. The yearlong virtual program, which concludes with an in-person meeting in June 2022, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.

"I am honored to have been selected for this fellowship program through the US Chamber," says Jones. "We struggle in our area to attract and retain qualified, skilled workers. Through this program, I will be able to learn and develop strategies to improve workforce development here in Crawford County, Ohio."

Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.
  
For more information on the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the program’s website.
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS

Rieman Excavating, 5379 Beam Road, Crestline. (419) 295-5546. Excavating. Earth Moving. Land Clearing. Trucking.

Crawford Works, 105 Washington Square, Bucyrus. (419) 310-4653. Coaching Services. Workforce Development. Training Programs.

Ahead in the Cloud, 777 Beardsley Road, Galion. (614) 625-6080. Telephone Service. Internet/Wi-Fi.

North Central Correctional Complex, 670 Marion-Williamsport Road. (740) 387-7040. Correctional Institution. Ambulatory Clinic. Vocational Training.

Galion Community Chorus Orchestra. Choir. Community Organization.
Please join us for the 19th Annual McDonald's/ Chamber Golf Outing on Thursday, June 24th at Valley View Golf Course. We return to a noon shot gun start in 2021 and will hold the dinner and awards ceremony at the Hub at Village Square in Crestline at 5pm. Dinner only option available for guests of golfers.

Thank you to the Lewis Family McDonald's for graciously sponsoring this year's event!
TFIG events will be returning
June 18th to Uptowne Galion from 5-8pm!

Food trucks, live music, local vendors!

We are so happy to be able to help bring 3rd Friday in Galion back this year. 3rd Friday in Galion is an opportunity to gather uptowne & support our local Galion merchants. If you are interested in a vendor spot, please click the button below or email Chamber Executive Director Miranda Jones- mjones@galion-crestlinechamber.org

The Crestline Summer Concert Series returns to the Central Park Gazebo with the following dates and bands. Thank you to Ralph Thauvette for organizing this every year!
Thursday June 24th - AFM Jazz Band
Thursday July 1st - AFM 50 Piece Concert Bank
Thursday July 8th - Ribtickler Dixieland Bank
Thursday July 22nd - Kurt Barkdull and Friends
Thursday August 12th - Darryl and Andrea Gatlin
Thursday August 26th - Baker 47
The Hub at Village Square will host their first concert June 11th from 6pm-10pm! The band County Line will be there, along with the food trucks Mad Meltz & Smitty’s & Co. Drinks will be available at at the Hub at Village Square, located at 311 North Seltzer Street, Crestline.
Galion Public Library- Children, Teens, and Adults are invited to join Galion Public Library for this year's Summer Reading Program - Tails and Tales - beginning Tuesday, June 1st! Earn incentives, win prizes, and raise money for local animal rescue organizations, all by reading your favorite books!
Next TechCred Round Launches June 1st
The next round of TechCred opens on June 1st and closes on June 30th at 3:00 p.m.
Ohio businesses can visit TechCred.Ohio.gov to apply and help their employees earn a short-term, technology-focused credential at no cost. Not only can businesses upskill their current employees, but they can upskill those they plan to hire as long as they are on the payroll at the time of reimbursement.
More than 1,100 Ohio businesses have used TechCred, some having used it multiple times, creating the opportunity for 19,841 technology-focused credentials to be earned by Ohio employees.
The results from the April application period will be announced in the near future.
Visit TechCred.Ohio.gov to learn more!
OhioMeansJobs-Crawford County at Crawford County Job & Family Services is currently recruiting youth ages 14-18 for their Summer Employment Program. Eligible youth can work either part-time or full-time through the summer and earn $10 per hour at a variety of worksites including both private for-profit and non-profit organizations. City cleanup projects also available. Older youth age 17-24 will have the option of participating in an Industrial Readiness Training program and gaining summer manufacturing experience. Many opportunities in a variety of settings throughout the county! Applications are currently being taken over the phone at 419-562-8066 or can be picked up in person at 225 E. Mary St. Bucyrus.

Are you an employer who needs help upskilling your workforce? OhioMeansJobs-Crawford County has funding available to help with the cost of training eligible new hires through their On-the-Job Training Program. Up to $6,000 per eligible new hire. Training assistance for current employees is also available to maintain competitiveness and encourage growth. For more information call 419-563-1568.
Are you a Galion-Crestline Area Chamber Member? If so, please feel free to join our new private Facebook group where you can advertise jobs, recognize employees, and network with other local businesses.
Flourish Boutique - Congratulations to Flourish Boutique for 5 years in business! Owner Amanda went all out for this milestone and invited the community to come celebrate with her. She had a donut wall courtesy of Cake & Icing, a meet and greet/ fundraiser with Laura- a rescue ambassador dog from local organization Rescued Rollers, and partnered with her favorite beverage establishments to make signature Flourish Drinks for the weekend (Fox Winery, Three Bean Coffee House, and 1803 Brewery and Taproom). Thank you Amanda and Flourish for being such a great part of our local business community and letting us celebrate with you!
The Community Foundation for Crawford County recently awarded over $180,000 in scholarships to both graduating seniors and current college students. As President Lisa Workman explained, “Due to the high drop-out rate of college students and the high cost of postsecondary education, we have come to see value in giving an increasing number of our scholarships to current college students. This year, that amounted to $76,500 of the total $180,700 we’ve awarded so far, or more than 42% of our scholarships going to college students.”
Congratulations to Longstreth Memorials! They were 1 of only 32 recipients of the coveted Rock of Ages Pinnacle Award. Founded in 1885, Rock of Ages sets the bar for premium quality granite with it's unparalleled perpetual warranty.
Do you have an anniversary, new associate or employee, sign, or business update? Contact Miranda or Candy at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email candy@galion-crestlinechamber.org so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.
You're invited to a SCORE small business workshop series, sponsored by Spectrum Business. Reserve your seat at one or more of these free webinars to reach your business goals faster.
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