May 11, 2018 - In This Issue:

As we enter into another great Spring weekend, I want to pause to congratulate several of our members, and others, who were recognized earlier this week. Promotional Assistance Grants were given to the following organizations for their events; the Buck Fifty; Southern Ohio Forest Rally; Ohio Jeep Fest; Scioto Society/Sleepy Hollow Experience; and Chillicothe Halloween Festival. The grants totaled $6,000. Also, recognitions were given to the Chillicothe Tree Commission; Bridget Coe, Hampton Inn & Suites; Becky Helterbridle, Scioto Society; Andrea Davis, Christopher Inn & Suites; and Bob Leach and Dick Rutherford, Camp Sherman Days. These awards were given by the Ross Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau as part of National Tourism Week. The travel business is a $43 billion industry and in 2017 impacted nearly 400,000 jobs in Ohio.

Chillicothe and Ross County is certainly a destination for tourism. We see visitors every day who come to our community to enjoy the scenery and events that often times we as locals take for granted. Just this week, I had the opportunity to meet visitors from Vermont and Florida who stopped in the chamber looking for information on area events and local shops and eateries.

As we enter into this coming week, expect to see thousands of more visitors as we welcome riders and drivers from the Tour of the Scioto River Valley and Southern Ohio Forest Rally. These two events, alone, will bring thousands of dollars to our local economy and fill our hotels and restaurants. Let's make them feel welcome and show off our community with pride.
This weekend, however, we want to pause and say, 'thank you'. On Sunday, moms will be given special homemade cards, flowers, special lunches and dinners...and so much more. Of course, they deserve so much more. I can remember when I was much younger, I would walk around the block to the local nursery and go into the shop to pick out that one carnation that stood out. Mom would always react with such excitement and thanks, making me feel like the best son ever. It was only a .50 cent flower. But to her, it seemed to mean so much more. Or at least she made sure that I knew my little gift was the most important part of that day. Many of us have lost our mothers, but others have entered into our lives that still fill that loving part of family and relationships.

So, thanks moms (and wives who are mothers to our children) for all you do. For the long hours of hard work in the day, to not stopping when you get home to make dinner, clean, usher kids to ball games and dance practice and of course, picking up after us messy husbands.

You deserve more than one day a year to celebrate you. So, Happy Mother's Day, and I hope you enjoy your entire weekend.

~Randy Davies
President & CEO 



On Wednesday, we graduated our 19th  B.I.G. Class with a small celebration at the Chamber.  Mayor Luke Feeney came to chat with the class and talk to them about city government.  We then walked to the Ross County Courthouse to continue the day's topic of City/County Government and small business where we met with Ross County Commissioner, Steve Neal.  We had the chance to sit in on a hearing with Judge Mike Ater and talk with him about his role and the drug court.  We toured the Court House and learned some of the history of the building.  We ended our day with small business owner, Liz Corzine, of Schlegel's to talk about the joys and challenges of owning a small business.  This was the final leg of our nine-month tour around the county. 
B.I.G. stands for Business, Industry, and Government.  Over the course of nine months we had the opportunity to visit many places including Horizon, Infosight, the Ohio Statehouse, Kenworth, Adena Health System, Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center, Glatfelter, and CCI.  During those visits, we were able to sit down with the CEO's and talk with them about their leadership styles, challenges in the workplace, learn the history of the companies, and talk about the future of the companies as well.  We also get to tour the facilities.  Leadership is a key element in this class as we want the participant to have growth and be able to share with their teams and strengthen their leadership skills throughout the year.
Do you have an emerging leader that you would like to have participate in the 2018-2019 B.I.G. Class?  We are taking applications now and there are only 15 spots to be filled.  Contact Bobbi Kellough at the Chamber for additional information  Don't delay, submit your application today!


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!


-Old Bones Fitness Studio LLC

-Salon Oasis & Day Spa

-All Signs of Chillicothe Inc. 

-Jarvis Law Office

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-The Toler Leadership Institute at Ohio Christian University in Circleville will be offering a 2-day course, May 23 and 24, on leadership. Fifteen full scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, are available for those who apply and qualify. For more information on LeaderMakers: Servant Leadership, Principles and Practices, click here. 

-Unioto will be hosting a golf scramble on June 9th for more information, click here.

-The Buck Fifty will be hosting a "Boom Bash" event Saturday, May 12th at the Ross County Fairgrounds. For more information visit 

-Cardo's Pizza & Ice Cream now has their roof top patio open. Check out this unique view of our city park at 36 W. Water St. 

-Brick Haven Spa is currently running Mother's Day specials on gift cards! For more information call 740-779-9900

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May 16th- Business After Business hosted by Atomic Credit Union, 5-7PM at 1326 N. Bridge St. 

May 18th- Ribbon Cutting & Open House for Salon Oasis & Day Spa, 4-7PM at 27 W. 2nd St. 

May 22nd- Lunch with 12 Strangers 11:30-1PM at Tumbleweed, 1150 N. Bridge St. 

May 24th- Groundbreaking of The Courtyards at Deer Run, 10AM, 27 Stoneridge Dr. (Behind WesBanco) 

May 24th- EPIC After Hours at Green Tree Restaurant, 6-8PM, 85 N. Paint St. 

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


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 

B.I.G. Class Graduation 

Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce
45 E Main Street *  Chillicothe, OH 45601
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The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce promotes economic and community development by providing services and addressing issues important to business.