Do you have the "Right Stuff"?
by: Steve Matheny,  Executive Director

At this time of year our thoughts naturally turn to elections and the opportunity we all have to choose candidates that we believe will best represent our interests.  Similarly, here in the Chamber, you each have that same opportunity to select individuals to serve on your Board of Directors.  Currently our Board is comprised of fifteen dedicated individuals serving staggered three year terms.  Each year five Board Members' terms expire and we conduct an election to fill the seats that are vacated.  All active Chamber members in good standing are eligible to run and serve the organization as a Board member. We actively encourage our membership to consider doing so - and we are actively seeking nominees at this time.

When considering Board service you might reasonably wonder and ask yourself why should I consider adding this responsibility to my already full plate?  In response, let me suggest that there are a number of good reasons.  One major reason is that it is a great way to give back to the community and truly "Pay It Forward" in a meaningful way.  There is also a great deal of truth to the observation that you get out of an organization what you put into it.  Other very tangible benefits of Board service include the networking opportunities and the relationship building that occur organically.  The expanded network of people you meet and the connections that evolve can be very valuable to both your professional and your personal life. 

As a Board member you are also regularly challenged to consider and examine what is most important to businesses (of all kinds) that are attempting to thrive in our community.  An added dimension to the challenge is that we wish to attract new businesses and help our existing businesses thrive while striving to preserve the quality of life and small town character of Granville and the surrounding community.  There are no easy answers or simple solutions to this puzzle, but our Board is committed to exploring reasonable options and potential opportunities.  This exploration itself is intriguing and thought provoking.  This Board recognizes that Granville is a special place deserving to be cherished and maintained.  There is also genuine recognition and concern that the long term viability and sustainability of what we value so much is at risk if we aren't able to measurably expand the commercial tax base in the area. 

Among the Board there is a shared belief that the Chamber needs a Board of Directors with broad experience, talents, and perspectives to chart our direction forward.  We are always open to adding some new ideas, vision, and energy to the team.  Please give some thought to whether this is a good time for you to step forward and contribute to your Chamber, and your community, in this important way.  I invite you to give me a call if you have questions or would like to further discuss this opportunity.

Please let me know by September 30th if you believe that you do indeed have the "Right Stuff" and are ready to serve!  A slate of nominees will be assembled and the full Chamber membership will elect its new Board Members during the month of November.  Newly elected Board Member terms will begin as of January 1, 2018 and run through December 31, 2020.

GACC Monthly Membership Meeting - REGISTER TODAY!
Wednesday, September 20th
Middleton Senior Living
1500 Weaver Drive,  Granville, OH

Join us for the September meeting of the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce. Tiffany Geiger, President of Creekstone Benefits, will present an informational update on health care.  Lunch will be catered on site. Pre-registration is requested. Cost is $15 to attend. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


After operating their business out of their home for 5 years,  John and Tammy Montgomery of Home Video Studio are celebrating the grand opening of their new storefront at 54 West Main Street in Newark on September 14th. Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of our GACC members who have been nominated for the Newark Advocate's Best of Licking County Awards! We are proud to have you as members and support you.

Congratulations to Dr. Ben Jump of Moundbuilders General Dentistry who was highlighted in a recent Aces of Trades article in the Newark Advocate!  You can read the article here.

Way to go, SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches! We wish you much success with your brand new bike delivery service. We loved seeing your write-up in the Advocate

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GACC Business After Hours
September 27th, 5-7 pm 
Join us at Snapshots Lounge for an informal mix and mingle with your chamber friends. Light refreshments will be served. There is not cost to attend but your RSVP is appreciated here

Maple Leaf 5K & 10K
September 30th, 8:30 am
Enjoy Granville's picturesque landscape, 
rolling hills and abundant maple trees for the 9th anniversary of this event. Promoting good health, family fun and fitness for all 
ages, all proceeds support the Granville Kiwanis Club and its projects for children.  

GACC Member Training
October 6th, 1:30-2:30 pm
Please join us at the Granville Public Library to learn how to manage your online public Chamber business listing, add events to the GACC community calendar, post job openings 
                                                     and more. Space is limited for this free event. 
                                  Please RSVP here. 

"Piecing the Past to the Future" Quilt Show 2017,  October 6th & 7th, 10 am
Enjoy demonstrations, tutorials, a raffle and more as you explore the Heart of Ohio Quilter's Guild's 2017 event. Located at the Bryn Du Mansion Fieldhouse, this event will feature artist, Catherine Johnston. 

Big Red Weekend
October 6-8
Big Red Weekend  is a special opportunity for all members of the extended Denison family to visit campus each fall. Denison will be  welcoming alumni, parents, other family
                                             members, and friends to campus for this 
                                             traditional celebration of all things Denison!

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360clean offers medical grade office cleaning delivered by individuals who are strategically hired, trained and measured by an industry-leading quality control program. Please join us in welcoming a new local franchise of this company to the Chamber. 

Having worked in the residential, commercial and/or title insurance and escrow sides of real estate for over 30 years, Jacquie Goumas Fox is now thrilled to be focusing on residential real estate sales through Vutech | Ruff HER Realtors. An award winning realtor, Jacquie is excited to join the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce and we are happy to welcome her.

Little Birdie Branding is committed to delivering exceptional strategic and creative solutions to its customers. With a passion  for design, typography, color theory and composition, Little Birdie Branding's goal is to design and deliver exceptional visual branding solutions for its customers. We are happy to welcome Little Birding Branding as a new member.
A member of the Vutech | Ruff HER Realtors team, Jennifer Williams works tirelessly to be the number one resource for all of her clients when they are deciding to buy or sell their home. Her MRP (Military Relocation Professional) certificate allows her to help relocating service members, as well. Welcome to the Chamber!

Kettering University is a national leader in experiential STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, integrating an intense academic curriculum with applied professional experience. Through this proven approach, they inspire students to realize their potential and advance their ideas by combining theory and practice. Thank you for being a a proud member of the Chamber!