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2016 State of the Chamber Preview: How are we doing?
by: Steve Matheny,
Granville Area Chamber of Commerce
How are we doing?
It's January, it's a New Year, and it's appropriate at this time to pause and reflect on how we're doing and take a look at where we are headed. The month of January is the namesake of Janus - the Roman god of beginnings and transitions - as well as gates, doors, and doorways. Often depicted as being two-faced, he looks both to the future as well as the past. I will try to do some of the same during a "State of the Chamber" talk at our January member meeting and luncheon at Bryn Du later this month. As a precursor to that conversation I thought I would share some of my initial thoughts with you here.
In 2015, we added 31 members to the fold. We welcome these new members and purposely spotlighted these businesses in the monthly e-newsletter. It's also encouraging that a portion of these 'new' members are actually returning former members. To me this signals a new confidence in what we are doing as an organization. One clear example of how we have bolstered our capabilities and impact as a Chamber is our quantum leap in visibility and activity via social media. The lion's share of this progress is directly attributable to Michelle Newman Brady who joined us as Marketing Coordinator last April. During the past twelve months, the number of "Total Page Likes" for the Facebook pages of the GACC, the Granville Farmers Market, and the Candlelight Walking Tour have gone up 30%, 43%, and 29%, respectively. That's powerful stuff and that's just one metric that we can point to that reinforces our claim that our social media presence is much improved. There are other telling metrics and I'll get into some more of those during my presentation at the member meeting.
I can also share that attendance at our monthly member meetings is strong. This past year we averaged nearly 48 people per meeting. I believe that this, in part, is a function of the quality and nature of the speakers and topics we provided last year. You have requested that the information shared at these gatherings be 'useable' and we strive to provide a mix of subjects and content that you will find timely, pertinent, and practical for use in your business. During 2015 we also made a concerted effort to expand the number of opportunities for informal networking. You may recall we had gatherings at the Granville Inn in June, the Three Oaks Vineyard in September, and the Granville Historical Society in November... and just this week the Buxton Inn extended their hospitality to us and gave us an insider's view of the Inn's ongoing renovation and plans for the future. We'll offer more of these kinds of opportunities in the coming year in response to your continuing requests that we do so.
Perhaps not as widely recognized, you may not realize that the Chamber has begun to play a larger role in the arena of economic development within our community. One example was the Candidate Forum that we held last October in conjunction with the Granville Sentinel. We believe that it is vitally important for our members, and the general electorate, to be as informed as possible regarding the tough issues facing our community. The Candidate Forum provided an opportunity for the public to meet candidates for Village Council, Township Trustee, and the Granville School Board. Candidates were asked to respond to prepared questions and share their individual positions and perspectives on the important issues facing Granville. We believe there is more that the Chamber can do in terms of promoting community awareness and understanding of some of the economic sustainability issues we must address so look for more activity from us in this arena in the coming year.
In sum, I believe the Chamber is in a strong position as we enter 2016. We have just expanded the number of Directors on our Board, and you have elected some highly qualified individuals to fill these leadership roles. During the first week of January we held a day long Retreat with the Board and we began identifying our priorities and goals for 2016. I'll share more about what these are at the upcoming member meeting so please be sure to register now to reserve your spot. It's a great time to be involved in the GACC and I am looking forward to receiving your thoughts and ideas as to ways that we can better serve you...keep those suggestions coming!
Granville Dental rebrands and expands as Premier Dental of Central Ohio. Premier Dental of Central Ohio is the culmination of a dream many years in the making. The growth of Dr. Mark's Granville Dental practice led to subsequent expansions to Grove City, OH (Grove City Dental Expressions 2011) and Ashville, OH (Ashville Dental, 2014). The addition of a partner (Jonathan Wooten D.M.D.) also occurred in 2014. The group has since grown to four dentists in three locations with both associates on partnership paths.
Rob Montgomery sworn in as Vice-Mayor of Granville. Rob Montgomery was recently sworn in as Granville's vice-mayor. His term will conclude December 2019. Congratulations, Rob!
Thank you for your years of service, Alison! December 2015 was Alison Terry's last month serving the citizens of Granville in her role as Village Planner. Her last day was December 18, 2015. The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce thanks you for your many contributions to the community.
GACC Businesses and Volunteer of the Year Named at Year-End Meeting: Steve Matheny presented two businesses and one individual with year end recognition for exemplary service at the December GACC Member Meeting. Licking Memorial Health Systems (large business) and The Edwards Group at Morgan Stanley (small business) were named Businesses of the Year while Jeryne Peterson of The Edwards Group at Morgan Stanley was named Volunteer of the Year. Thank you so very much for your service to our organization!
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Where: Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Road, Granville, OH 43023
Who & What: Join us at our first monthly Member Meeting & Luncheon of 2016. GACC Executive Director Steve Matheny will provide a "State of the Chamber" update as a foundation for the coming year. Lunch will be catered by Palumbo's Italian Market. Cost is $15 and pre-registration is required to attend.
February GACC Board Meeting. Wednesday, February 3, 7:30am. Any member is welcome to attend and participate in the monthly GACC board meeting. This regularly scheduled meeting occurs on the First Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9am at the Granville Village Offices. Details for the February meeting are available here!
Feb 13-14, 2016: 37th Annual OEFFA Conference. Granville will again play host to Ohio's largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference on February 13-14, 2016. The conference itself will take place at Granville High School, but be prepared to see lots of visiting faces around town for the weekend. Learn more about the conference here: http://www.oeffa.org/conference2016.php
Feb 13, 2016; 7am-2pm: GRANVILLE KIWANIS PANCAKE DAY: Join us at St. Edward's Catholic Church for another delicious day of fundraising hosted by your Kiwanis Club of Granville! Bring your family and friends for all you can eat pancakes - served with our very own Kiwanis maple syrup! Proceeds will benefit Granville High School sophomore Louis Wood, who was badly injured in a car accident last September. Tickets will be available at the door and there are discounts for children! For questions please contact us on our Facebook page or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 28, 2016, 1pm BASE TRI FITNESS WINTER RUN: Now in its 36th year, the Base Tri Fitness Winter Run (formerly the Columbus Roadrunners Winter Run) will be held at Granville Intermediate School on Sunday, February 28. The event hopes to draw hundreds of runners from throughout the region to run or walk a 3 mile, 7.5 mile or 15 mile hilly (and cold!) course through Granville. Learn more at:
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