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Looking Ahead

by: Steve Matheny, 
Executive Director,
Granville Area Chamber of Commerce

As we start the new year it's a natural time to reflect a bit on where we've been, but primarily it's a time to look ahead and make some plans.  Your Chamber Board recently held a day-long retreat for these very purposes and, as a result, we now have some identified priorities and plans for the year ahead of us.  In a nutshell, our intended efforts and focus will be in the following areas:

It was noted that membership has grown over the past two years at a pace of 8.9% and 11.4%, respectively.  We believe this is a sign that we are on the right track and are indeed adding value for our members.  We also recognize that there are more local businesses out there that could benefit from joining the Chamber.  Growing in size is also beneficial to existing members.  Why you may wonder?  It's a cumulative thing...as a membership organization the larger we are in terms of numbers translates to a larger voice and potentially greater influence from an advocacy standpoint.  More members also yields greater revenue for the Chamber which may enable us to provide additional services and support to you - our members.  Keep in mind that one of the best sources of new members is your own referrals.  You appreciate the value of your Chamber membership and therefore you are ideally suited to serve as an ambassador for who we are and what we do.  If you know a business that would benefit from Chamber involvement please encourage them to check us out in 2017!

Economic Development
This is an area of increasing importance and emphasis for our Board.  During the past year we have purposely increased our involvement and engagement with the principals at GROW Licking County.  The Board has also begun to frame a proposed ten year vision statement of what commercial development in the Granville area might realistically look like.  In brief, we believe that Granville is a ripe community to host business incubators and entrepreneurs.  Much of who and what we already are is conducive to businesses and development of this sort.  However, it is also recognized that key ingredients needed to support a commercial community of this nature are currently missing.  These include infrastructure elements like water, sewer, and transportation/parking access and availability.  There is also a lack of affordable local housing that would be necessary for the residents we would seek to attract.

The Economic Development Committee of the Board is continuing its initial efforts to develop a more formal Vision and position statement which will soon be shared  with you, the Chamber membership, for  your greater awareness and  input.  The Chamber also expects to share the fruit of these efforts with community leadership and elected officials.  In a parallel pursuit, a grant application has already been filed this year hoping to gain funding to support an objective, third party parking and transportation Needs Analysis for the community.  
Improvements to Internal Operations
Another priority at the start of this year is an effort to improve aspects of our current billing and member renewal processes.  Admittedly we have been somewhat informal about some of these processes in the past and now recognize that changes are advisable.  We want bill paying and membership application processes to be simple and straight forward and easily handled.  Look for enhanced ways to pay dues and other invoices readily using your credit card.

Grow Revenue and Member Exposure Opportunities
During 2017 focus will also directed to the exploring additional ways of fund raising.  Added  sponsorship opportunities for members is one such possibility.  So doing can have a two-fold benefit...additional income is realized by the Chamber and the participating member benefits from enhanced exposure and visibility. Another possibility might be adding new events or activities that drive customers/business to members.
As always we remain open to your views and input with regard to the above plans and directions for 2017.  Similarly if you feel we may have overlooked a key item or a priority need for the coming year please let me know.
Steve Matheny
Executive Director


GACC Members dominate 2016 IMPACT Awards! On December 6, several GACC Members went home with 2016 IMPACT Awards from Explore Licking County, recognizing their contributions to local tourism.  Congratulations to members Orchard House Bed & Breakfast, The Broadway Pub, The Buxton Inn, The Works, Licking County Soil and Water, and the Bryn Du Mansion.  To learn more about the awards, see the recap from the Newark Advocate here! 

31st Annual Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour may have been the biggest yet!  The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 31st annual CCWT on Saturday, December 3, and unofficial counts and estimates tell the story that this year's tour may have had the largest number of visitors yet.  Both the Robbins Hunter Museum and the Granville Public Library recorded their highest number of visitors.  Huge thanks to all of our corporate sponsors, participants, and volunteers.  We look forward to making CCWT year 32 even better!

Middleton Senior Living wins SeniorAdvisor.com "Best of 2017" Award! Senioradvisor.com recognizes senior living and home care providers who receive consistently high ratings and positive reviews from residents, families, and visitors. This exclusive designation is awarded to the top 2 percent of providers nationwide. To see the full list of winners, click here!

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Winter Farmers Market , Saturdays in January (14,21,28) through February 4 at the Granville Elementary School. Through the rough of winter, the Granville's Indoor Winter Farmers Market carries on.  Until Feb 4, local vendors will be on hand with produce, farm fresh eggs, home baked bread, grass fed beef and poultry, cheese and much more!  Contact Cynthia Dilbone with any questions at (740) 507-5615.

Denison Suzuki Informational Session, Sunday, January 22, 3pm, Burke Hall Rehearsal Room. The Denison Suzuki Program will be offering an information session for those who are interested in learning more about the program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, in the Rehearsal Room at Burke Hall (240 West Broadway). To register for the information meeting, please call or email Jim Van Reeth, director of the Denison Suzuki program, at 740- 975-4644 or vanreethj@denison.edu
"POWER: From the Mouths of the Occupied." Monday, January 23, 6:30pm, Swasey Chapel. Denison University's Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Patrisse Khan-Cullors presenting a multimedia production, titled "POWER: From the Mouths of the Occupied," as part of the college's Martin Luther King Day Celebration. The event begins with Denison's Gospel Choir and other musical ensembles at 6:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 7 p.m.  Get more information at denison.edu/mlk

Granville Art Walk, Saturday, February 4, Misc Times Throughout the Dat, Downtown Granville.  Join us for the newest Granville event - the monthly Art Walk!  A full agenda of displays, performances, and experiences will be available for download from granvilleartwalk.com the week before the event.  Enjoy live music, have a creative experience at a local business, and enjoy culinary arts specials from downtown restaurants.  See granvilleartwalk.com for details!


Sharon Phelps
120 W Broadway
Granville, OH 43023
(740) 587-5298

As a membership organization of Christians, Thrivent Financial has been helping members blend faith, finances and generosity for more than 100 years. Today Thrivent offers more than 2.3 million members a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. To learn more about Sharon Phelps and the Thrivent Financial principles, explore the website here.

2767 E. 4th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 448-8344

There are all types of roofs out there, and at Precision Slate and Tile we do quality roof repair on all of them! We do everything from installations on new roofs to storm damage repair or general maintenance. We love working on residential homes, commercial businesses and Churches. Our roofing estimates are always free and done by experienced roofing professionals. Check out our website for more information and photos on: Slate Roofs, Tile Roofs, Asphalt Shingle Roofs, and Metal Roofing.

DiBlasio Photo + Design
creative co-op
134 N. Prospect
Granville, OH 43023
(614) 598-6769

Chad is a dreamer and an artist.  He strives to capture emotions and the moments that make up the story of your love during the wedding day.  He is a dad and husband who can generally be found spending time reading, building, or finding way to re-purpose old treasures.  His easy going personality is his key to taking relaxed portraits that truly reflect his clients. Learn more about his work and explore his portfolio at diblasiophoto.com.

(740) 975-2526

Brando Reece is certified by the American Home Inspectors Training Institute for general home inspections and licensed by the State of Ohio for Wood Destroying Insects (termite) Inspections. In addition to home inspections, he is a state certified Fire Safety Inspector and has trained in basic fire arson investigation.Brandon has lived in the Granville/Newark area and worked as a full time firefighter for the Granville Fire Department since graduating from Denison University.