WELCOME FROM THE CHAMBER
t ﬁrst glance, Holmes County seems a contradiction: progressive businesses that embrace cutting edge technology vs. an old-fashioned culture that honors simplicity. In truth, the apparent contradiction actually helps secure Holmes County’s quality of life and thriving economy. The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau seeks to protect and promote this healthy balance by fostering a business-friendly environment. When businesses thrive, residents have a higher standard of living. Our community hosts cutting-edge companies such as ProVia Door, a leading residential entry door manufacturer. At the same time, we’re also home to the world’s largest Amish community. Manufacturing, tourism and agriculture are our three leading industries. And in Holmes County, the three go hand-in-hand. We have the largest hardwood furniture manufacturing district in the nation, with more than 400 wood shops across the region. And consumers can choose locally produced ﬁne furniture from 30 retail shops. So, the manufacturing facilities actually feed the retail shops, which rely on the more than four million tourists who visit Holmes County each year. In addition, many of the Amish craftsmen who build the furniture use the extra income to supplement their family income, which supports their agrarian way of life. The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau also serves as the visitor center for tourists in the area.
We display brochures, maps and event listings; promote the region through our Map & Visitors’ Guide, place ads in national and regional magazines and newspapers; list all of our member businesses on our website; promote the area through media relations; fulﬁll visitor packet requests; and answer more than 10,000 phone calls every year. Our website for visitors, www. visitamishcountry.com, receives about half a million unique visits annually. The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is here to help our members succeed. And we do so through many member beneﬁts, such as: a workers’ compensation group-rating program; discount on group health insurance; Safety Council; monthly membership meetings; The Hardwood Furniture Guild; Amish Country Lodging Council; and tracking of local, state and national issues that impact local businesses. If you’re not a current Holmes County Chamber member, I encourage you to learn more about us. By working together, MAST we can ensure Holmes County’s economy remains strong, while preserving the culture, landscape and small-town feel that makes us so special.
Sincerely, Shasta Mast Executive Director Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
THE HOLMES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & TOURISM BUREAU Contact Information – 6 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Millersburg; (330) 674-3975, fax (330) 674-3976, info@holmescountychamber. com, www.holmescountychamber.com. Executive Director – Shasta Mast More Information – The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-proﬁt association of businesses that voluntarily contributes money, energy and expertise to provide leadership for the economic needs of the community. It gives businesses a collective voice in local, state and national matters, and it provides on-going support to existing businesses. The Holmes County Chamber provides community leadership in civic, commercial, legislative and social issues and volunteers for special activities that beneﬁt everyone in the county. The Holmes County Chamber also serves the community as an information center for people from all over the world who have a wide variety of inquiries about Holmes County. Membership investments in the Holmes County Chamber of
Commerce indicate a commitment to continuous growth and civic improvements. These efforts were made to help create more jobs, more payroll dollars and a better community in which to live. Dues are used to provide funding for the staff and maintain the headquarters, develop literature, manage member services, conduct special activities and provide resources and information to thousands of callers and correspondents each day. The Holmes County Tourism Bureau is a division of the chamber, operated under contractual agreement with the Holmes County Commissioners, which provides ﬁnancial support from the county lodging tax. The Tourism Bureau creates and distributes promotional and informational material by phone, mail, news media, Internet, travel and trade shows, special exhibits, special events and collaborative programs for tourism businesses throughout Holmes County.
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