Welcome to Historic Granville, Ohio
          New England charm in the heart of Ohio


by: Deb Tegtmeyer, 
Executive Director, Licking County Coalition for Housing &
Board Chair, Granville Area Chamber of Commerce

Greetings! As Chair of the GACC Board, much of my time spent with you and other GACC members is focused on ways to enhance your membership experience, grow our local economy, communicate with local governments about issues of mutual concern, in short - a focus on the business of being a business here in the Granville area.
But I'd like to call your attention to another sector of our local economic activity, represented by other members of our GACC family - those not-for-profit organizations who do extremely important work in our community.
In accordance with their stated purposes, our local non-profit organizations provide critical services that would otherwise not be available to people who need them - such as housing, food, or therapy. They are the cultural and educational institutions that provide space and programs for enhancing and celebrating human intellect and achievement. They provide the arts and entertainment that make life enjoyable. And they provide the venues through which we solve local problems or share ideas for improving our community.
But to do so - to carry on their important work - these organizations need your support.
While some non-profits are able to secure grants, charge a "fee for service," or generate revenue through fundraising events, it is rare that any one or all of these strategies fully funds an organization. In the end, donations are vitally important to non-profits.
For example, your Board of Directors established the Granville Chamber Alliance (GCA) last year to serve as a fundraising organization on behalf of GACC in order to take advantage of the current tax structure and provide a means of utilizing grants and donations to further the work of your Chamber. Under the able leadership of Brian Edwards, Danielle Cooperrider, Anne Stengle, Corey Wills and Donna Holycross, several thousand dollars were raised to support many of the Chamber's activities enjoyed and utilized by the membership during 2015. With your financial support - through direct contributions, event sponsorships, and/or matching gifts - GCA can do even more in 2016!
I would like to encourage you to consider a year end gift or contribution to one or more of these worthy organizations - please see the full list in the "Member Spotlight" section of the newsletter - and make a lasting investment in the fabric of our wonderful community.
Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season!


Deb Tegtmeyer Celebrates 20 years with the Licking County Coalition for Housing! On Friday, November 20, staff, volunteers, and supporters of the Licking County Coalition for Housing honored Deb Tegtmeyer's 20 years of leadership with the organization.  Staff members presented Deb with flowers and kudos at a beautiful year end luncheon.  Congratulations, Deb, on 20 years of amazing service! READ MORE ABOUT LCCH HERE!

"Explore Licking County" Brand Unveiled at the Impact Awards.  After a year's worth of incredibly tough work, the new branding campaign for Licking County tourism was unveiled at the Impact Awards on December 1.  Kudos to Dan Moder, Carol Thress, and their team as they promote Licking County with this new image.  Check out the website here.

2015 Impact Award Winners Announced: The 2015 Impact Awards were hosted by the Greater Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau at the Midland Theatre on December 1.  Kudos to Chamber Member The Welsh Hills Inn for taking home the 2015 Award for "Lodging Partner of the Year!"  Other GACC members were nominated for various awards - The Works, Lazy River at Granville, The Dawes Arboretum, Lou and Gibb Reese Ice Arena, the Granville Farmers Market, Granville Rotary's "Taste of Granville,"  The Granville Inn, and Three Oaks Vineyard.  Read more about the 2015 Impact Awards here.

THANK YOU to both Brian Edwards and Lisa Englefield as they retire from the GACC Board of Directors: Hear more about both Brian and Lisa's contributions to the GACC at our holiday luncheon on December 16.  Thanks to you both!

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Contact Michelle at michelle@granvilleoh.com

GACC General Meeting Reminder
When: Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 11:30am-1pm
Where: Kendal at Granville; 2158 Columbus Road, Granville, OH 43023
Who & What:  Join us for our December Member Meeting & Holiday Luncheon during which we will recognize the service of retiring Board Members and install new members of the Chamber's Board of Directors. Lunch buffet will be catered by Kendal at Granville.

Online Registration for the Event is Closed. 


GACC AFTER HOURS AT THE BUXTON INN. Join us at the Buxton Inn for our first GACC After Hours event of 2016.  Enjoy beverages at the bar and some select snacks from the Inn's chef.  Explore the rennovated Inn, and learn more about their new business meeting space while enjoying the company of your fellow GACC Members. Learn more about the event here.

SAVE THE DATE - JANUARY GACC MEETING "STATE OF THE CHAMBER." Mark your calendars now for our January meeting.  Steve Matheny, Executive Director of the GACC, will deliver the "State of the Chamber" update at Bryn Du Mansion on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  The meeting will begin at 11:30am and conclude at 1pm.  Stay tuned for more details!

Put your best foot forward on the official community app of Granville!
One of the great features of the Granville App is that business listings can be quickly and easily updated.  Have a new phone number?  Want some photos added?  Just let us know!  Please send any edits or additions to Michelle at michelle@granvilleoh.com
The better the listings, the more users visit the app.  So let's update your look now and get customers headed your way. Last, do you have a special deal running you would like users to know about?  Deals and specials within the app are FREE to GACC members. 
Email Michelle to get details and start running your offer now!


As we near the end of the year, we thought we would use our "Member Spotlight" section to highlight all of our civic and nonprofit members.  As you think about year end giving, please consider reaching out to one of these groups for your annual giving.  Some may have active fundraising campaigns, others may not. Each organization is linked to its respective website.  If we missed your group, please email michelle@granvilleoh.com, and we will be sure to add you to the online edition of the newsletter right away.  Thank you, and happy giving!
(organizations are listed in alphabetical order)


For a listing of our current board members and their backgrounds, click here