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Garrettsville Area Chamber News


The Garrettsville Area Chamber held their first meeting of 2015 in February at Facet Salon and Day Spa.  After a review of the board minutes and finances the following information was shared.

GarrettsvilleStrong Status Report

As of February 6th, the Chamber’s #GarrettsvilleStrong fund has raised just over $87,114 for rebuilding efforts!  The GarrettsvilleStrong fund was established to raise funds which will be utilized to facilitate the rebuilding of the block in downtown Garrettsville affected by the fire March 22, 2014.

Approximately 250 of Rich Teresi’s fire DVDs have been sold, with about 150 more available in time for the anniversary of the fire on March 22nd. All proceeds from the sale of DVDs goes to the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund.

Pam Montgomery’s GarrettsvilleStrong book is currently in the final stages of editing. Pam plans to sell advertising to defray the cost of producing the books, which are being printed by the Villager. Books should be available for pre-order by spring, and available for purchase in early summer.

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation, held a fundraiser, or helped spread the word about our community’s efforts. By coming together for a common purpose, you have helped make our community GarrettsvilleStrong.

If you would like to hold a fundraiser to raise money for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund we ask that you contact Chamber of Commerce Secretary Michelle Zivoder. This required step helps protect our area business owners and residents. Michelle can be reached at 330.527.5761 or via email at news@weeklyvillager.com.

Membership Renewals

2015 Membership Renewal letters have gone out, and should be arriving in mailboxes this week. New this year is the ability to add donations to the Scholarship Fund, and Garfield Historical Society. Your membership in the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce runs July 1st through June 30th, and includes a complimentary listing in the online member directory at GarrettsvilleArea.com.

Business Showcase

Mark your calendars now for the Biennial Business Showcase scheduled for October 15. This popular event is the primary fundraiser for the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund and draws hundreds of area residents in to see what the Garrettsville Area has to offer. More details will be coming this spring.

Community Yard Sale

Registration for the yard sale BEGINS APRIL 1, 2015. Registration forms will be  available in the Weekly Villager (8088 Main Street), and online at www.garrettsvillearea.com on April 1st. Forms and payment MUST be dropped off at Weekly Villager (8088 Main Street) in Garrettsville BY 2PM MAY 9TH. The fee for the event is $15 and Garrettsville village permits are waived if you register for this chamber event. The $15 fee provides you with: free advertising for your sale, a yardsale sign, and inclusion on the sale maps. You may also highlight a few specific items in your sale that will be listed on the back of the map along with your address.

Again, registration begins April 1st, and ends May 9th. LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

This annual event is not limited to village residents, Windham, Hiram, Nelson, Freedom residents are encouraged to participate as well.

The last few years the event has had over 200 participants selling their wares, which draws thousands of visitors to town to shop for bargains and eat at local restaurants. This not only boosts the local economy on these two days, it also showcases the area and many return on another day.

Car Cruise Nights

If you or your business would like to be a sponsor of  Chamber’s  annual car cruises, please contact Rick Patrick at 330.687.9637.

May 30 – Main Street

June 27 – Garfield Plaza

July 18 – Main Street

August 8 – Fire Department

September 19 – Sky Plaza

The next chamber meeting will be held on March 4th at 7:30 a.m. at the Garrettsville DQ Grill & Chill.  Members and guests are always welcome!