Chamber News
May 2021
2021 Chamber Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast Wrap-Up
After missing the 2020 Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast due to COVID, the chamber was thrilled to host nearly 100 chamber members and their guests at our 2021 Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, May 4th at the newly opened event center and wedding venue, The Hub at Village Square in Crestline
Current Chamber Board Chair, Erik Flick welcomed everyone to the event and then Executive Director, Miranda Jones led the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Joe Stafford gave the invocation and then tables were dismissed for breakfast, catered by Avita Nutritional Services.
The Annual Meeting portion of the event saw the approval minutes from the 2019 Annual Meeting and the ratifying of the actions of the Board of Directors for years 2019 and 2020. The chamber membership then voted on Board of Directors with 3-year terms from May 2021 to May 2024. Our newly elected Board of Directors are Donna Conley, Matt Horn, Keith Hummel, and Jennifer Kuns.
The Board of Directors then voted on the proposed slate of officers for May 2021 to May 2023. Newly elected officers are Board Chair: Kim Winkle, First Vice Chair: Matt Horn, Second Vice Chair: Pennie Fox, Secretary/Treasurer: Keith Hummel, and Immediate Past Chair: Erik Flick.
Executive Director, Miranda Jones then gave her 2020 Year in Review, highlighting the major chamber accomplishments in 2020, and then the Annual Meeting was adjourned.
The 2020 awards ceremony was held immediately after the annual meeting and fifteen awards were presented during the ceremony.
The following are the 2020 Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce award recipients:

• Galion Mayor’s Award — Galion City Schools Food Service Department
• Crestline Mayor’s Award — Crestline Police Department
• Industry of the Year — Iron Vault Distillery, Galion
• Service Industry of the Year — Cleaning by Carrie (Carrie Cottrell)
• Business of the Year — Dzugan Real Estate Services (Joe and Gretchen Dzugan)
• Retail Business of the Year — Bistro 217 (Holly and Steve Rose)
• Service Business of the Year — Avita Health System
• Professional of the Year — Chad Miller, Galion Port Authority
• Young Professional of the Year — Chris Adler, Avita Health System Director of Emergency Management, Safety & Security
• Chamber Chair Award — Matt Echelberry, City of Galion Communications Director
• Chamber Volunteer Award — Crestline Community Development Team
• Chamber Service Award — Joe Kleinknecht, former Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO
• Organization of the Year — Community Counseling Services (Cindy Wallis, Executive Director)
• President’s Award — Jennifer Allerding (Galion City Schools Superintendent) & Matt Henderson (Crestline Exempted Village Schools Superintendent)
• Executive Committee Award — Miranda Jones, Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
We would like to thank Joe & Gretchen Dzugan, Vanessa Bell, and Alyssa Huss from the Hub at Village Square. The HUB was an amazing venue. Thank you for allowing us to host out meeting there.
Thank you to Avita Nutritional Services for the great breakfast and for serving all of our guests.
We would also like to thank chamber administrative assistant, Candy Yocum. She is a great asset to the chamber, and we thankful to have her as a part of our team.

Also, thank you to Janell Benner. She is always the first to offer to volunteer to work our events and we are thrilled and thankful to have her help.
Thank you to our elected officials who attended the meeting and all of our members for their continued support of the chamber.

To the chamber board of directors and the chamber ambassadors – thank you! We could not hold events without you volunteering to help. 
2020 Galion- Crestline Area
Chamber of Commerce Award Winners
Industry of the Year
Service Industry of the Year
Business of the Year-
Retail Business of the Year-
Service Business of the Year-
Professional of the Year-
Chad Miller
Young Professional of the Year-
Chris Adler
Chamber Chair Award-
Matt Echelberry
Chamber Volunteer Award- 
Chamber Service Award-
Joe Kleinknecht
Organization of the Year-
President's Award-
Jennifer Allerding and Matt Henderson
Executive Committee Award-
Miranda Jones

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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.

Sponsorship opportunities available - click link below.

Thank you to the Lewis Family McDonald's for graciously sponsoring this year's event!
Message from The Friends of the Galion Public Library:
We’re Back accepting your book donations! That’s right. The Friend's Donation Cart is back in a new place in the Library- the downstairs hallway.
Remember if you have a LARGE number of books to donate, bring them on May 15- for the "Bring on The Books!" event from 10 to 2 pm- drive through and drop them off to the library storage shed in the alley. The rain date for this event will be May 22.
U.S. Small Business Administration’s
Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
This program will provide restaurants and other eligible entities with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
Eligible Entities-
  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

 U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabel Guzman announced that the SBA began accepting Restaurant Revitalization Fund registrations on Friday, April 30th and opened applications on Monday, May 3 at 12pm ET. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

SBA recommends qualifying applicants prepare by:

Registering for an account at 

Reviewing the official guidance, including program guide, frequently asked questions, and application sample:

Preparing the required documentation:

Working with a point-of-sale vendor or visiting to submit an application. [Note: If an applicant is working with a point-of-sale vendor, they do not need to register beforehand on the site.]

For the first 21 days that the program is open, SBA will prioritize funding applications from businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
All eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as the portal opens. Following the 21 days, all eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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311 North Seltzer St., Crestline
(419) 571-7853

What was once an abandoned, overgrown retail space, is now a beautifully renovated Wedding Venue and Event center- their goal is to give you the big city feel with the small village love!

(419) 961-7515

A young, up and coming local business located in the heart of Crestline, Ohio. Their retail store is filled with tasteful, homemade products and designs from over 30 different local vendors.
125 Harding Way East, Galion

A locally owned and family operated coffee shop in Galion, Ohio.
Galion Police Department- We would like to congratulate Chief Saterfield on his retirement and thank him for the 17 years of serving as the Chief of Police for the Galion Police Department!
Dzugan Real Estate and Crawford County Public Health- Cinco De Mayo was celebrated in a unique way in Crestline with local businesses joining together to provide a vaccination clinic at Mi Cerrito Mexican Restaurant, located at 216 North Seltzer St. The event was made possible thanks to Mi Cerrito, Dzugan Real Estate Services and Crawford County Public Health. Thank you
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 so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.

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