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January 3, 2013

Connections in Commerce |

Vol. 1 | Issue 2

Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce 2012

Looking back, facing forward 2012 was another exciting year for the Grandview Area Chamber. Our membership grew consistently, our monthly luncheons had record attendance, our events became more popular and the list continues. In March we produced our second bi-annual Grandview Community Directory. It received great support from advertisers and the community alike. In October, we were informed that for the second time in a row, it won a national award for best business publication. Now that was exciting! Our events started off strong with the 2nd Annual Digfest in June. The event was again held and sponsored by The Grandview Yard. Digfest was larger, with more vendors and patrons. The new twist this year was a home brewing competition. Gentiles Wine Sellers sponsored a home brewing demonstration on site. October hosted our 7th annual Taste of Grandview. Mother Nature wasn’t as kind this year, but despite cool temperatures, Grandview residents know how to support their local events! We had excellent entertainment, delicious food and a lot of patrons enjoying all the goods. Next year, we have some exciting changes planned for the Taste and everyone will want to be a part of the event. We wrapped up the year with a 9% increase over last year with 297 members, our highest amount ever. We expect that number to continue growing as the

The 2nd Annual Digfest was held in June at The Grandview Yard, and featured a new home brewing competition. community continues to attract new businesses to the area. We have two new businesses opening during the first quarter; 2CheckOut is a payment processing company that will be located in the Loth building on Grandview Avenue, and Dawson Careers will open in February on Dublin Road. Both of these businesses are large companies that will have a positive economic impact in our area. As we plan for 2013, we

start by making a big move… literally. The Chamber and Destination Grandview will move from our current space at 1258 Grandview Avenue where we have been housed for many years. We are moving to the historic building at 2015 W. Fifth Avenue. We are making this move primarily because we’ve outgrown our Grandview Avenue space and the new space will not only give us more working room, but ample parking and conference room space.

As mentioned above, our events will continue to be honed and tweaked to better serve the vendors and the community. One major event we are adding is a new Premier Community event. This year, our new event will take place on Friday, March 22 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the new Hollywood Casino. The evening will be a gala format with appetizers and a cocktail reception, as well as a full dinner with entertainment and presentations. If you’re

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so inclined, you can take full advantage of the surroundings and play a few hands of poker or pull a few slots! The feature that evening will be a silent auction, for which we are now accepting donations. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Grandview Area Chamber that provides scholarships to Grandview Heights High School seniors. Please continue to support our area events in 2013; we have so much to offer!

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AWARDED IN THE COMMUNITY Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce

2012 Architectural Awards

Architectural Award Residential Renovation and Addition Design: Craig W. Murdick Architect Ltd. Owner: Gentile Residence Project Representative: Craig W. Murdick

Craig W. Murdick Architect, Ltd. 1441 Kingsgate Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43221 (614) 273-0101

New Commercial Development Design: Bass Studio Architects Owner: Adcon Shopping Center, Northwest Blvd. at King Ave. Project: Representative: Tim Bass

Timothy A. Bass, AIA, LEED BD+C Bass Studio Architects 36 King Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43201 (614) 294-4893

Mixed Use Development Design: Wagenbrenner Co. & Architectural Alliance Owner: Wagenbrenner Co., The Windsor Project – 1400 Grandview Ave. Project Representatives: Jeff Wagenbrenner & Rob Harris

Jeff Wagenbrenner & Rob Harris The Wagenbrenner Company 1289 Grandview Ave., Grandview, Ohio 43212 (614) 488-0671 office (614) 327-2652 cell Email:

Hall-of-Fame Award Owner: Grandview Heights Public Library Project Representative: Mary Ludlum & Rebecca Felkner

Commercial Interior Design Owner: Portfolio Creative, 777 Goodale Blvd. Project Representative: Frank Weaver, WSA Studios

Frank Weaver, Studio Leader, WSA STUDIO 982 South Front St., Columbus, OH 43206 (614) 824-1633 ext. 2 #

Mary Ludlum, Director Rebecca Felkner, Asst. Director Grandview Heights Public Library 1685 West First Ave., Columbus OH 43212 (614) 486-2954, The Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce has a program to promote and reward good urban design in the area, first presented in 2009. Architecture that makes for a comfortable, but lively, urban life is not only essential for area residents, but also an important part of the very desirable business climate of the area. The Architectural Design Awards Program recognizes excellence in architectural design within the Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff and the Fifth by Northwest Columbus area, and Clinton Township. The program’s purpose is to recognize the achievements for a broad range of architectural activity in order to establish a standard of excellence.

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Announcement of a new partnership Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce and Destination Grandview will be located at 2015 W. 5th Avenue beginning the first week of January 2013.

We’re on the move! After several years of being located in the lower level of the State Farm house at 1258 Grandview Avenue, the Grandview Area Chamber and Destination Grandview is relocating in early January. Michelle Wilson, Executive Director of the Grandview Area Chamber and Destination Grandview spoke about the move. “As we continue to grow and take on more community responsibilities, we simply outgrew our space. It was a long, tough decision to move away from the center of Grandview, but we represent a much larger area, so being off the Avenue is not detrimental to

our business.” 2015 W. Fifth Avenue will now house the organizations. Originally built as a home for the Englehoff Family, it has housed many businesses throughout the past several decades. The Chamber and Destination Grandview will be located on the first floor and will share a conference room space with other tenants. “Right now, we don’t have a meeting space, so being able to host meetings on site is a huge benefit. “Although, Stauf’s may feel a sharp decline in the amount of low-fat Milky Way coffees they sell,” noted Wilson.

The space also offers ample storage for event supplies and a small office space for a new volunteer intern, who will start in January. The intern will help with event planning, website maintenance and writing and updating publications. The move will take place during the first week of January, 2013


The Grandview Area Chamber is excited to announce a new partnership with local mobile engagement company Cliing™. You may have already noticed some enhancements to Chamber events and meetings, including Text2Win contests and Text2Vote. The objective of our partnership is to help us deliver information and reminders about events and programs to our membership in a more timely and effective manner. So when you participate in a Text2Win drawing at a luncheon or cast a vote at an event via text, you will be enabling us to communicate with you via text message. Your privacy is important to us. Your information will never be shared with anyone outside of the Grandview Chamber or used for any purpose other than communication regarding The Grandview Area Chamber. We will not “spam” your phone with messages; you can expect no more than three text messages per month from us. We hope you will take this opportunity to enable us to connect with you. Completing the form on the website membership-benefits/text-to-votetext-to-win/ will earn you one entry for a chance to win a FREE Chamber Membership (up to $199). You can improve your chance to win by sending a text to 72727 with the secret code that will be made available at each chamber event. The more events you attend, the better your chance to win a free membership! Thank you for your membership and helping us improve our connections.

NEW MEMBERS Alexander Financial Planning Bob Franz 1621 W. First Ave. Columbus, OH 43212 (614) 538-1600 Taggart Management Real Estate Tammy White 3780 Fishinger Blvd. Hilliard, OH 43026 (614) 565-8150 Asymmetric Technologies LLC Edward Gallowitz 1395 Grandview Ave., Ste 3 Columbus, OH 43212 (614) 725-5310 Dawson Felicia Wilson 1114 Dublin Rd. Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 255-1400

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Clark Grave Vault Company Kendy Troiano 375 E. Fifth Ave. Columbus, OH 43201 (614) 294-3761 Global Touch Marketing Jared Wenzel 973 Palmer Rd. Grandview, OH 43212 (614) 417-1562 Sahara the Mummy’s Adventures Dina Shultz 938 Shaula Dr. Columbus, OH 43240 (419) 348-0746 Health & Harmony Animal Hospital Evelyn Tannhof 1117 W. 1st Ave. Columbus, OH 43212 (614) 360-3941

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of becoming a chamber member, contact Michelle Wilson at (614) 486-0196 or

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5xNW Public Meeting You are cordially invited … … to an Open House for the community to review proposed concepts for the Bridge and Trail Improvements to West 5th Avenue between McKinley Avenue and Dublin Road. January 9, 2013 5 to 7 p.m. Rivers Edge Corporate Center Banquet Room 1335 Dublin Road The city of Columbus has developed concepts for: • Improvements to the West 5th Avenue bridge over the Scioto River and • An extension of a shared use path along 5th Avenue between McKinley Avenue and Dublin Road

We want your feedback on these proposed concepts.

Goodwill donation locations available while Kroger is under construction Please pardon the inconvenience during Kroger’s expansion

Detailed design will begin and last throughout 2013. Construction is estimated to begin in 2015. Representatives from the city of Columbus and GPD Group, the City’s design consultant, will be on hand to answer questions. Questions may be directed to: City of Columbus, Department of Public Service Project Manager, Daniel Wayton, P.E., 645-3797, or Department of Recreation & Parks, Greenways Planner Brad Westall, P.L.A., 645-2441,

Goodwill Columbus has additional donation centers nearby to accommodate your generous donations: Grandview: 1759 West Fifth Avenue Upper Arlington: Kingsdale Shopping Center (3172 Kingsdale Center) For a complete list of Attended Donation Centers in Columbus, please visit or download our new mobile locator for iPhone and Android — Search: “Goodwill Ohio”.

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JAN 7 JAN 10

Chamber Luncheon 11:30 a.m., Youth Advocate Services. Topic will be State of the City, Village and Chamber.


Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation Annual Gala The LC Pavilion.


Ribbon Cutting/Open House at Dawson Careers 3:30 p.m. at 1114 Dublin Road.

FEB 14

Chamber Luncheon To be held at Matt the Miller. Topic will be Rockstar Principles with Mark Henson of Sparkspace.

Spring Cha-Ching! Premier Community Event 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Casino.

MAR 30

Ribbon Cutting/Business Opening at 2CheckOut Noon at 855 Grandview Avenue

MAR 22


Guests at 2012 Digfest enjoyed great tunes from local bands.

Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce

Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. at Wyman Woods, Children ages 2-10.

Are you interested in partnering with the Chamber on an event? Contact Michelle Wilson at

SAVE THE DATE! Pierce Playground ribbon cutting took place in Spring, 2012.

Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce

Spring Cha-Ching Destination Grandview and the Grandview Area Chamber will host a new community-wide event this spring! The Spring Cha-Ching will premier at the Hollywood Casino on Friday March 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception starting at 6 p.m. followed by a silent auction, entertainment and dinner. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Scholarship fund, benefitting Grandview Heights High School Seniors. Stay tuned as more details about the event are to come. If you would like to provide an item for the silent auction or make a monetary contribution to go towards a silent auction item, contact Michelle Wilson at (614) 486-0196 or

Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce

Many places opened their doors in 2012, including Pure Imagination Chocolatier.

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Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce

The fall pumpkin run is not to be missed.

Paul Vernon |

Adam Cavendish, 16, of Grandview plays the quarter machine during the Ox Roast at Pierce Field Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

Eric George |

Paul Vernon |

Aiden Adkins, 7, works on making a blown glass tree ornament at Glass Axis’ workshop Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.

Laurie Stevenson |

Logan Diebel, 6, looks at the before photos of a restored classic car during the annual All-Class Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, held Sunday, Sept. 23, in Grandview.

Twice as nice We did it again! The Grandview Area Chamber along with the fantastic team at ThisWeek Community News put together another award-winning publication in the 20122013 Community Directory. Michelle Wilson of the Grandview Chamber said, “We were beyond excited when the publication we first partnered on won a National Award, but when we received word that we had won a second time with our second publication, we were ecstatic.” The Local Media Association awarded the directory with first place for Best Business Publication or Business Special Section in classes A, B and C combined in the nation. Of course, the bi-annual directory wouldn’t take place without the support of the community. We depend on advertisements and of course, a thriving community. Our schools, resources, parks and events always are improving and making Grandview a fun place to live and work.

Don’t miss the spring edition of Business Spotlight In your ThisWeek Tri-Village News on April 4, 2013. For advertising information, call Jason Willis at (740) 888-6009 or email

From left, Grandview Heights senior Hannah Stefanoff and Gilmour Academy freshman Halle Markel led the early laps before fading in the 3200 during the 37th Annual Girls State Track and Field Tournaments at Jesses Owens Memorial Stadium June 4.

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Chamber membership is effective business strategy A national survey* of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., is a chamber board member), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.

Major Impact on Small Businesses

Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small business members. If respondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys: • a 49% increase in its consumer favorability rating • a 73% increase in consumer awareness • a 68% increase in its local reputation • an 80% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.

Vertical Market Impacts: Restaurant Franchises

When consumers know that a national restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are: • 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months • 15% more likely to report knowing a lot about the franchise • 58% more likely to eat at the franchise more often • 37% more likely to think favorably of the franchise. • Among consumers who do not eat at the franchise so often, those who are aware that the franchise is a member of the chamber are 33% more likely to hold favorable opinions of the franchise. • Among consumers who hold less favorable opinions of the restaurant franchise, those who are aware that the franchise is a member of the chamber are 65% more likely to eat there in the coming months.

Vertical Market Impacts: Insurance Companies

When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are: • 29% more likely to report knowing a lot about the company • 36% more likely to think favorably

Contact us Michelle Wilson, Executive Director (614) 486-0196, Jill Gerschutz, President (614) 340-1713, Kristy Etling, Vice President (614) 225-3109, Greg Kidwell, Treasurer (614) 462-6850,

Grandview Area Chamber Business Spotlight is a special advertising supplement to ThisWeek Community News. Grandview Area Chamber Business Spotlight is not responsible for opinions and views expressed in the paid advertisement in the business profiles. All real estate advertising herein is subject to the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familiar status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

of the company • 36% more likely to consider buying insurance from it. • Among consumers who hold less favorable opinions of the insurance company, those who are aware that the company is a member of the chamber are 25% more likely to consider purchasing insurance from it. • Among those who have not considered purchasing insurance there in the past, chamber membership increases that likelihood by 37%.

Vertical Market Impacts: Automobile Manufacturers

When consumers know that an auto manufacturer is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are: • 21% more likely to have a favorable opinion of that company • 31% more likely to consider purchasing their next car from that company. Among those who have ever considered buying a car from a particular auto manufacturer, chamber membership leads to a 44% increase in consumers’ likelihood of purchasing a car there in the future.

Established in 1914, ACCE is the only national association serving the professional development needs of executives and managers of chambers of commerce throughout the U.S. and Canada. Representing more than 7,300 chamber employees, ACCE enhances the knowledge, leadership skills, and management effectiveness of chamber professionals and their staffs through its education, research, publications, certification, trends analysis, benchmarking, and promotion of best practices. The Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) is a premier organization for education and professional development for more than 800 chamber executives and staff in 15 Western states and Canada. * The study was conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm. It was commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), in cooperation with the Western Association of Chamber Executives. The study was sponsored by Insperity, a Houston-based company that provides human resources and other business services to more than 100,000 businesses nationwide.

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