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


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

During the month of November, 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 twelve dedicated individuals serving staggered three year terms.  Each year four 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.

There is a lot of truth to the familiar statement, "You get out of an organization what you put into it," and I believe all of our current Board would echo this sentiment.  As a Board member you are 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.  During 2014, in recognition of the work to be done and the challenges ahead, the Chamber membership adopted some changes in our Constitution that allow for the number of Board members to increase to fifteen.  At this time the Board wishes to proceed as allowed and add three new Board positions.  Accordingly, there are a total of seven Board roles available to be filled during this month's election.  To maintain the existing staggered Board term structure these three newly added roles will initially serve term lengths of 3 years, 2 years, and 1 year, respectively.  As a result, in future years, a total of five Board Members' terms will expire annually and five new Board candidates will be elected to serve three year terms each November.   

This year we are fortunate to have six highly qualified individuals interested to serve on your Board of Directors.  Two of these six are current incumbents seeking re-election.  In keeping with past practice each member business will receive a 'ballot' detailing the nominees and their responses to prepared questions.  Each member business has the ability to cast up to six votes in total (i.e., up to one vote for each of the six candidates).  Voting will conclude November 27th and new Board Members will be installed at the December Member Meeting & Holiday Luncheon on December 9th. 

I am encouraged by the breadth of talent and experience present in the current slate of Board candidates.  You will observe that a good cross section of business expertise is represented and significant prior leadership involvement is also highly evident.  Under your current Board's guidance we have made good strides and great progress this year.  We have some momentum going and there is every reason to believe that your new Board infused with this incoming energy, talent, and expertise will be stronger than ever.
Your 'ballot' was sent by separate email on Friday, November 14. Please take time to review the candidate notes and comments carefully...and be sure to cast your vote(s) by November 27th!        


Chuck Peterson retires from the Granville Sentinel.  The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Chuck Peterson on his years of service to The Sentinel; we will very much miss having him cover the goings on of our community.  With that being said, we very much look forward to seeing what he does next!  Congrats, Chuck! Read more about his retirement here.

Chamber members abound in the "Best of Licking County."  The Newark Advocate recently release the list of winners for the 2015 "Best of Licking County."  KUDOS to the following GACC Member winners: Grocery Store: #2 Ross's Granville Market; Winery: #2 Buckeye Lake Winery; Entertainment Venue: #1 Midland Theatre; Family Fun: #1 Dawes Arboretum; #2 The Works; Outdoor Recreation: #1 Dawes Arboretum; Hotel: #2 Granville Inn; Power Sports: #2 John Hinderer Honda Power Store; Senior/Assisted Living: #1 Kendal at Granville; In-home Healthcare: #2 Licking Memorial Hospital; Medical Care: #1 Licking Memorial Hospital; Auto Body Repair: #1 Abe's Body Shop; Auto Repair Service: #2 Abe's Body Shop; Lawn Care: #2 MoWitvated Mowers; Realtor: #2 Patti Urbatis; Lawyer: #1 Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer; Home Builder: #1 Ghiloni Custom Builders Inc., #2 The Jerry McClain Companies; Financial Institution: #1 Park National Bank; Specialty Store: #1 Goumas Confections; Retail Store: #1 Real Deals on Home Decor; Chiropractor: #1 Mantonya Chiropractic; Place to live: #1 Granville; Place to Work: #1 Licking Memorial Hospital, #2 Park National Bank; Funeral Home: #1 Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home.  For the full list of winners, click here!

Soil and Water Celebrates 71 Years of Conservation: Mike Birkmeyer, a Granville resident, was elected to the Board of Directors, and Granville Kiwanis was recognized as a Platinum Plus Sponsor.  Read more in LCSW's press release!

GACC Executive Director Steve Matheny takes home "Best in Show" of the Granville Kiwanis July 4th Photography Contest: GACC's own Steve Matheny took top honors in the 2015 Photo Contest.  See the full list of winners here, and head to Park National Bank to see the photos on display!

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GACC General Meeting Reminder
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 11:30am-1pm
Where: New Hope Lutheran Church - Fellowship Hall; 309 W. Broadway, Granville
Who & What:  Join us for our November Member Meeting & Luncheon featuring a presentation by Frank Agin, Director of Granville's AmSpirit Business Connections Business Networking Group.  Frank will speak on the subject of "How To Network Effectively" and we are confident you will find this guidance to be highly beneficial - both personally and professionally.  Lunch will be catered by Elm's Pizza. 


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: 30th Annual Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour, Dec 5, 1-9pm We're less than one month away from this marquee event, and we now need to secure a full list of volunteers to help us manage this wonderful day! First, we need help THIS WEEKEND on Saturday, Nov. 21 starting at 9am to decorate the Christmas trees on Broadway and Main.  Second, we need volunteers on December 5 at the Welcome Table in Village Hall, for "Santa Line" monitors, and at the GACC Table in Windstream Park.  Last, we're also actively seeking  donations for the Candlelight Tour's Gift Basket. Give us a call or send us an email and let us know how you are able to help make this the best Walking Tour ever! Stop in at the GACC office or email smatheny@granvilleoh.com for additional information on how you can support this special event.  


RENDVILLE ART SHOW: Friday, November 20-Sunday, November 22. Join us at the Bryn Du Mansion for the Annual Rendville Art Show.  The event kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6-9pm.  Admission is $5 and art work sells quickly! The show continues Saturday from 10am-3pm and Sunday Noon -2pm.  For full details, see the Bryn Du website here.

THANKSGIVING FARMERS MARKETSaturday, November 21; N. Main at Broadway; 8:30am-12:30pm: Join us for a "special edition" of the Granville Farmers Market on Saturday, November 21.  We will be set up in our traditional outdoor spot so that you can shop for a Thanksgiving feast featuring the bounty of Licking County. Be sure to visit the GACC Tent at the head of the market to register for the Granville Turkey Trot and learn more about members Central Ohio Youth Ballet, the Granville Public Library, and VO2 Fitness.

GRANVILLE TURKEY TROT: Thursday, November 26, 9:30am: The 10th annual running of the Granville Turkey Trot will take place in downtown Granville this year on Thanksgiving Day!  Join a throng of runners and walkers as they take to the streets of Granville in support of the Licking County Food Pantry.  Online registration is available through Nov 20 here, or sign up in person at the Thanksgiving Farmers Market 11/21!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Saturday, November 28.  It's HUGE to shop small!  Head out to your local retailers and restaurants instead of the big box stores on Saturday, Nov. 28 to support local commerce.  Even a small percentage of your holiday spending directed towards local business makes a HUGE impact.  Shop small on Small Business Saturday!

   CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT WALKING TOUR: Saturday, December 5, 1-9pm: In its 30th Anniversary year, the CCWT is poised to be the best yet.  New for 2015 is a trolley that will shuttle visitors from the Licking Memorial Family Practice or the Dixon, Davis, Bagent & Company lots on Weaver Drive up to Broadway and back.  Local businesses and organizations will be hosting open houses with cookies, songs, holiday cheer and merriment all day long.  Join us as we give back in "Granville's Gift to Families."  Full details about the event can be found here, and the full schedule of activities will be on the Granville App.  Stay tuned as the final details are currently getting worked out!


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!

33 West Main Street, Suite 202
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 349-0771

Dedicated to professional personalized service and guidance in a wide range of individual financial and business needs. We offer Accounting & Tax Audits, Reviews & Compilations, Financial Projections & Forecasts and Business Valuation.

3232 Canyon Road
Granville, OH 43023
(740) 587-0777

On a sprawling estate just outside the town of Granville sits a modest sign: "Ghiloni Custom Builders, Inc." Behind a well groomed, landscaped lawn sits your dream home. The red brick facade gives the feeling of a colonial manor; or perhaps you prefer a modem stone front. No matter how you prefer to customize your home, Vince Ghiloni is eager to assist. As a 19 year old with a love of carpentry, Vince literally built his company from scratch. In the 30 years since, Ghiloni Custom Builders has become one of the top builders in the central Ohio area.

4877 York Road (at York and Broad)
Pataskala, OH 43062
(740) 927-4090

The Amish Oak Furniture Company is Ohio's original furniture store. We opened our doors in Loudonville, Ohio, at the western edge of Ohio's Amish country in a small storefront in 1982. Over the past twenty-nine years it has grown to fill four adjacent historic 'downtown' buildings. In 2005, we built a second 12,000 square foot showroom in Pataskala, Ohio, twenty miles east of Columbus.

919 N. 21st Street
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 366-6601

Mantonya  Chiropractic Center was honored to have been  Voted the 1# Chiropractic office in Licking County.  Mantonya  Chiropractic Centers will be celebrating their 45th anniversary this coming year serving the Licking County and surrounding communities.  Our Hebron office is celebrating their 15th year this year.

We have been specializing in treating difficult cases since 1971.  We have multiple doctors of Chiropractic on staff, each with additional training in areas such as auto & work injuries, nutrition, physical therapy, acupuncture, child chiropractic. Call for a free consultation.  We accept many Insurances.


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