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Growing Membership in 2016:
Ready, Set.........GO!

by: Steve Matheny
Executive Director
Granville Area Chamber of Commerce

It has now been a little over one month since our new GACC Board gathered for its annual Retreat and identified the GACC's primary goals and objectives for the year.  One of the identified areas of focus for 2016 was membership growth.  As a result, a new Membership Committee was formed.  This new committee has already met and began brainstorming ideas and suggestions intended to grow our membership base. 

One priority item the Committee wanted to address was setting a definite membership target figure.  They reflected on the cumulative membership growth rate (8.9%) that occurred naturally during 2015 and determined that it is very reasonable to raise the bar this year and set a target of having 275 active member businesses by year-end 2016.  This goal means the GACC needs to attract and secure 40 new members over the next twelve months.

 It was also recognized that it is normal and natural to have some erosion in our number of members over time.  For example, during 2015 we lost eleven members for a multitude of reasons - a good number of which were reasons outside of our influence or control.  The take away realization is that in order to hit the target of 275 active members by year end we may need to bring on 50 or more new members.  That's a goal of roughly four additional members per month throughout the year. 

The committee acknowledged this resolution to be a 'stretch ' goal, but there were also many concrete thoughts and ideas shared on how we might become more proactive and purposeful in how we attract new members.  One specific action that will be taken during the first quarter of this year is to host a Business Roundtable or Forum event attended by local businesses who are not current Chamber members.  We want to give these businesses a chance to share what their needs are and what kinds of help or support they would find most beneficial. 

Maybe, just maybe, we as a Chamber can service their needs.  Or maybe, we can modify, change, or adjust our services and offerings in ways that would be more responsive to their needs thereby making Chamber involvement compelling.  This is just one example of some of the ideas that surfaced at our initial Membership Committee meeting.  This new working group is very interested to involve some current Chamber members on this Committee to get the benefit of your insights into the challenge, and the opportunities, ahead of us. 

This would be a great time to become more deeply involved with your Chamber.  Please consider joining us in this membership quest.  We've got some great energy building, and the full GACC Membership would benefit greatly from your thoughts and experiences.  Let either myself (740) 587-4490/smatheny@granvilleoh.com or Jeryne Peterson (Membership Committee Chair) (614) 306-5196/ Jeryne.Peterson@morganstanley.com  know of your potential interest and we'll bring you up to speed quickly.
GACC "After Hours" Event
Thursday March 17, 3:30-6pm
Join us on the first full day of the Bryn Du Art Exhibition for a guided tour followed by wine and snacks.  Leave the office a bit early, see some art, mingle with fellow GACC members and be home in time for dinner!


Park National Bank ranked #42 by Forbes in the "America's Top 100 Banks" list.  Released by Forbes Magazine in January, GACC Member Park National Bank received a rank of 42 on this honorable list.  To read more about the ranking system, check out the full article here.

Granville Recreation District wins OPRA award for Rotary BridgeThe GRD received the award, this past week at the annual Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Conference, held in Sandusky, OH for the capital improvement project, Rotary Bridge at Raccoon Valley Park. Click here to read more!

Licking County's Economic Recovery in the top 7% of the country. Licking County, and six others in central Ohio, are among 214 counties in the country that recovered from the recession by 2015 in four key areas - jobs, unemployment rates, economic output and median home price.  Read more about this exciting news here.

GACC recognized by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio. Representatives from the chamber received a certificate from the Ohio Senate bestowing special recognition on the occasion of the 30th Annual Candlelight Walking Tour.  Stop by the GACC office and see our framed certificate!

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GACC General Meeting Reminder
"State of the Chamber"
When: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 11:30am-1pm
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 N. 2nd Street, Newark, OH 43055
Who & What:  Jeff Brown (Superintendent) and Mike Sobul (Treasurer) of the Granville Schools will share information on "The State of the Granville Schools" at our February Member Meeting & Luncheon.  Please join us for this timely and informative update.


March 10, 2016, 6pm: Life/Local "The Spring Garden" Ms. Cindy Maravich from Inniswood Metro Gardens presents "Inside Inniswood." Then at 7pm, Mr. Mark Miller is back from the Franklin Park Conservatory and will share "Mixing Edibles & Ornamentals: Peppers and Parsnips Among the Petunias." More info available here.

March 16-30, 2016: Bryn Du Art Exhibition
The Bryn Du Art Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition featuring recent works by regional professional and non-professional artists of 2D and 3D art sponsored by the Village of Granville and held at the historic Bryn Du Mansion in Granville. http://www.bryndu.com/brynduart

March 18-20, 2016; Buckeye Valley BIA Home & Garden Show at Bryn Du: If you are thinking about updating your home or are interested in seeing the latest home improvement trends, products and services, then the Buckeye Valley BIA Home & Garden show is a can't miss event. More details available here.


215 Deo Drive
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 345-6608

TrueCore Federal Credit Union has four locations in Licking County to serve you.  You are eligible to become a member of TrueCore Federal if you reside, work (or regularly conduct business in), worship, attend school, or participate in associations which are headquartered in Licking County. At TrueCore Federal, there is no membership fee, and once you are a member, you can always be a member. Learn more at https://www.truecore.org

126 E. Broadway
Granville, OH 43023
(740) 965-4960

Village Gallery's Art Barn features picture framing, original art and prints, sculpture, and antiques and unique finds.  Art Barn has hundreds of limited edition prints in the gallery; 
come pick one out and we will help you choose the perfect matting and frame! Visit their website to see the Framing page for more about choosing the right mat and frame for your picture.

10 E Locust Street
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 587-0252

At the Broadway Pub, we are committed to satisfying our customers with great food and excellent service.  We offer a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, wraps and burgers for Lunch and Dinner.  Whatever you're in the mood for, you can find it here! 
Take a look at our wonderful menu and you'll find everything that you need! The Broadway Pub is also in the final stages of a beautiful renovation - come by and see the space!

Greenlee Compton Insurance is a family owned business that was established in 1987 by Vernon Greenlee. In 2006, Melissa opened her agency in Pickerington and moved the office to Granville in 2008. Formerly located at 115 N Prospect Street, on January 1, 2016, Melissa and her husband Brian Compton moved the business to 1320 ½ Weaver Drive above Snapshots Lounge. Greenlee Compton Insurance is an independent insurance agency that represents the following insurance Companies: Auto Owners Insurance, A+ rated and received J D Powers Highest Customer Satisfaction Award. Grange Insurance Co, Hanover Insurance Co, Hastings Mutual Insurance Co, Safeco Insurance Co, and their newest addition to the agency is Nationwide Insurance Company which they are proud to represent.
Our companies have competitive rates especially for families with youthful drivers. We specialize in automobile, homeowners, umbrella, business and life insurance. For more information visit our web site at  www.greenleehiltoninsurance .com, call us at 740-587-7523 or stop by our new office located above Snapshots Lounge at 13201/2 Weaver Drive, Granville. We offer free, no obligation quotes and love working with our local customers.