|Guides to the election from the Ohio and U.S. Chambers of Commerce
|Volume 6, Issue 6 Friday, October 10, 2008|
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Another 15 minutes, or so,
of fame for Chillicothe and county
By Marvin Jones
President and CEO
With the national media descending on the city Friday morning for the campaign stop of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in addition to coverage by CNN Wednesday, Chillicothe and Ross County once again become household words across the nation.
It all started earlier this year when the Columbus Dispatch declared us a political bellwether for our penchant to choose the correct president the past few elections. Every fourth day of the month for the past eight months, the Dispatch featured the community in a profile about the presidential election, talking to people here and conducting a survey early on.
CNN interviewed some folks at chamber member Carl’s Townhouse, the London Times ran a most unflattering story earlier this week and National Public Radio plans to pay a visit for a couple days next week.
The challenge for the chamber and many others is to keep the media from painting the community as a downtrodden, backwater, woe-is-us, the sky-is-falling region. No, you don’t try to make light of the hardships many are experiencing now with the fallout from the national economic meltdown and lost 401k investments, but you remind them of the many positive things happening in the area that make may other areas of state envious.
You’ve got $60 million in improvements in the Adena Health System that’s adding 500 great-paying new jobs in the next five years. You’ve got USEC’s American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon adding 800 jobs through a contract with Fluor. You’ve got IHOP, Chipotle, Penn Station and Sonic opening soon to feed the masses and Menards opening next year to help folks fix and improve their homes.
So, if you bump into any of these media folks, let’s try to keep all things in perspective. Or, if you’re one of the fortunate ones to be interviewed, it’s a great opportunity to let the world know we’re not only hanging in there, but we hope to be one of the communities leading the country out of its malaise.
Now’s the time to sign up for space at the Expo/BAB
Reservations are now being taken for the chamber’s annual combined Expo and Business After Business on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Shoemaker Convocation Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. More than 50 exhibited at the 2007 Expo and more are expected this year.
Spaces are $175 and include a 6-foot table while double spaces are $325. Non-profit organizations may exhibit for $50. Wireless internet will be available and we’ll need to know if you want electricity at your space. Each exhibitor is required to provide a door prize with a value of at least $25
For those just planning to attend, there is a $5 admission charge which gets you a chance to win one of the more than 50 expected door prizes and all the free pizza you can eat. Beverages will be sold.
Wednesday’s BAB will be ‘smokin’
Those attending next Wednesday’s (Oct. 15) Business After Business at Honda Harley Suzuki on Eastern Avenue will be listening to the ballads and folk songs played by Tom Ingham while munching down on the food prepared by the Old Canal Smokehouse and washing it down with beverages provided by co-sponsor Classic Brands. Plenty of door prizes will be handed out at the BAB also co-sponsored by Litter Quality Propane and Litter Industries. Make sure you register to attend: BAB registration
New restaurant, credit union fill outlot building
Tanji’s Steakhouse and the Atomic Employees Credit Union along with a Verizon shop mean the building by North Star Development in front of Sam’s Club is now full. Building permits for all three have been processed by the city. They join Chipotle and EmbroidMe in the five spaces that were available.
Downtown retailers, eateries get special category
Visitors to the chamber’s new online directory of members now can learn what restaurants and shops are in the downtown district very quickly. A new category was added to our directory that’s part of our membership management software package. Right now, there are 47 members listed in the category designed especially for out-of-town visitors looking to see what’s available in the way of shopping and dining downtown. We also encourage the businesses listed to log into your accounts and provide as much detailed information as possible, such as hours of operations, menu items, specialty products, etc. That way, when a visitor clicks your business, you’ll be able to better entice them through your physical doors. Check it out: Chamber directory
Another chance to learn about the local SCORE branch
If you have expertise in finances, marketing, human resources or any other aspect involved in running a business and are willing to share it to help another small business, you’ll want to check out the SCORE counselor introduction session. The chamber is helping coordinate the start of a local branch of the national organization in which counselors meet one-on-one with small business owners seeking assistance in a confidential manner. The Small Business Development Center in Piketon also is lending assistance to the group. If you’d like to learn more in a no-obligation session of 30 minutes, plan to attend on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the chamber’s conference room at 8:30 a.m.
Short takes from here and there:
W&W Cleaners cuts ribbon on extended hours
Larry Snodgrass cuts the ribbon at his W&W Cleaners at the northeast corner of the Main, High and Western intersection Thursday, celebrating the extension of his operating hours. Starting Monday, the dry cleaning firm will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9-12 on Saturdays.
Newest members of the chamber:
Building permits issued recently by the Chillicothe and Ross County Planning Commissions:
Vendor licenses issued recently by the Ross County Auditor: