April 20, 2018 - In This Issue:

So, the weatherman says this week we should have seen the last snowfall of the season. Hopefully, that holds true and we can all look forward to warmer, dryer, and sunnier days.

Our community received another dose of bad news this week when Bon-Ton, owner of Elder Beerman stores, announced on Wednesday they would be closing all of their locations. The closings should begin nationwide in the near future, but no final date has been announced for the Chillicothe location. This closure leaves 3 retail spaces available in the Zane Plaza Shopping Center after Radio Shack and FYE closed their doors. In December, the USA Today reported there were over 20 retail chains that had filed for bankruptcy and some were liquidated. Locally, that included Radio Shack, Sears, and HHGregg. New signage has been put on the old HHGregg building in the Chillicothe Mall to welcome Harbor Freight. Hopefully, those vacancies will not remain that way for long, as our city continues to be the retail shopping hub of southern Ohio.

Part of our county is currently without representation in the Ohio House of Representatives after the resignation of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Huntington and Franklin townships were part of Rosenberger's House District. After announcing his resignation, he had originally said he would leave his position May 1, but left his office last week instead. A replacement in the speaker position has not been announced and may not be until sometime in early May. Likewise, a replacement named by the GOP hasn't been announced to fill his seat for the remainder of the year, but that also may happen in May.

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday in Columbus. Chairman of the Board of Directors, Larry Kidd, presided over the meeting. Larry is president and CEO of Reliable Staffing Services in Jackson, with offices in Chillicothe. He also was re-elected to serve on the board of directors for the upcoming year along with Robert Reder, VP of finance and assistant general manager of specialty papers for Glatfelter. Congratulations to both.

Next week a couple of exciting events will be taking place. On Monday, Heritage Ohio will be back in town to give their assessment results of their earlier visit in February on the possibility of bringing the national Main Street Program to our community. It is anticipated the news will be that we are an excellent candidate and the process of establishing a new 501c3, board of directors, and hiring of an executive director can begin...as well as fundraising to run the organization. The grassroots effort to bring this program to our downtown received momentum last fall.

And finally, Second Street will soon see major construction after the board of directors of the Majestic Theatre holds a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday. The work of adding a new lobby, restrooms and other space should be completed by the end of summer.

Have a great weekend!

~Randy Davies
President & CEO 


Are you too busy in the evenings to attend our Business After Business?  Do large crowds make you nervous or uncomfortable?  The Chamber is paying attention and trying to find opportunities for everyone to make connections and develop relationships.  Our newest venture will be, Lunch With 12 Strangers.  Most people get a lunch break and why not use that time to meet some new people?  Twelve is a small group and it will be a very relaxed atmosphere.  Lunch will be on your own or paid individually.  We will order lunch, tell a little about ourselves and where we work and what we are trying to accomplish.  The first 12 people to register will attend the event.  It is important that if you register, that you do attend. 
Our first Lunch With 12 Strangers will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Tumbleweed in Chillicothe.  Make sure you don't hesitate, register today!


-H&N is now serving their delicous offerings at The Moose Lodge 1626 located at 837 E, Water St. Follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/howardandnetter to see their cooking/location schedule 
-Cardo's Pizza & Ice Cream offers daily specials and now offers calzones. Learn more or place an order by calling 740-773-2200 
-The City of Chillicothe is offering yard waste drop off Saturday, April 21st from 8AM-2PM near IHOP on Consumer Center Dr. 
-Rick Barnes will be playing at the Naz Vineyard and Winery from 5-8PM located at 13414 Marietta Rd. in Kingston 
-K. Fischer Portraits is now accepting applications for their senior brand rep program. Learn more by visiting https://www.kfischerportraits.com/brand-rep 

Submit your quick clips by emailing bhood@chillicotheohio.com 

April 26th- EPIC After Hours at The Pour House at Machinery Hall, 25 E. Second St. 

April 24th- Majestic Theatre Ground Breaking at 2PM, 45 E. Second St. 

May 10th- Ross County Safety Council at the PACCAR Center, 446 Hospital Rd. 

May 16th- Business After Business hosted by Atomic Credit Union

For more information or to register for any of these events please call 740-702-2722 or 
visit the Chamber Calendar at www.chillicotheohio.com


Platinum Level
Adena Health System
Advanced Services Heating and Cooling
C. Walters Management
Central Ohio Financial Services
Chillicothe City Schools
Chillicothe Paints
Classic Brands
Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC 
Kenworth Truck Co.
Ohio University- Chillicothe
Printex Same Day Printing
Ross County Banking Center
Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe

Gold Level
National Church Residences   
Staff Source 

April Business After Business
Hosted by Accurate Heating & Cooling

Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce
45 E Main Street *  Chillicothe, OH 45601
P: (740) 702-2722   F: (740) 702-2727
bkellough @chillicotheohio.com

The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce promotes economic and community development by providing services and addressing issues important to business.