Monday, July 28, 2014

Small Business Loan Program Available in Newark, Ohio

The City of Newark announces the availability of grant funds through the 2014 Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

The City of Newark Development Department and Park National Bank have partnered to create a citywide Small Business Loan Guarantee Program for small, for-profit businesses located in Newark, Ohio.  In order to make loans more readily available, the City will use funding to offer loan guarantees on various types of business loans provided by Park National Bank.  Applicants are not limited in the type of projects to which the loans may be applied.

The program is intended to encourage economic development through the establishment of new businesses and growth of existing businesses.  Loan proposals with a positive effect on job creation and retention, the abatement of building deterioration, and service to low-moderate income individuals will be viewed most favorably by the Development Department.  Loan proposals must be consistent with federal, state, county, and local regulations including zoning, building, health and safety codes.  The approval of applications will be determined at the discretion of the City of Newark Development Department.

The loan guarantees offered by the Development Department shall range between $1,000 and $5,000.  The loan guarantee shall cover a maximum of 25% of the loan provided by Park National Bank.  For the purposes of this program, the loans offered shall range between $4,000 and $50,000. 

The City of Newark has issued a request for applications beginning on July 28, 2014 and ending on December 19, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. 

Please make note of the following requirements:

  • Businesses must be for-profit entities.
  • Businesses shall have between zero and fifty existing employees.
  • Businesses must be located in the City of Newark.

The application materials will soon be on the City of Newark website here:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Regaining Your Focus

Thanks to an email from Hasseman Marketing & Communications this morning, I was lead to an interesting article about Regaining Your Focus at Inc.

It is a very good read.  Here is an excerpt:

"Does this thing bring me value? That question not only applies to the things we buy, but also to the work we do and the people we surround ourselves with. I’ve since made a conscious decision to realign my life goals and to think about what brings me value, not what society decides is a mark of success."

Friday, June 6, 2014

A "List" We Want To Be On

Exciting news for the Licking County Chamber of Commerce today -

We made it to #3 - up 2 spots from last year in Business First.

Thanks to all of our 1,000 members who made this recognition possible!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Local Program Making a Difference for 32 years

The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2014- 2015 Community Leadership Program. 

Over 800 men and women have graduated from this program since its inception in 1982 with more confidence about themselves and more knowledge about their community.  Here are some thoughts from alumni of the program:

"The variety of sessions and speakers provided me with a greater toolbox of skills and resources to leverage on a day-to-day basis." - Julie Ricciardo, Owens Corning Tech Center

"You don't have to be a leader in title to be a leader" - Craig Montgomery, The Works

"Having an opportunity to participate in other leadership classes, I feel this program is unique and special, as it teaches leadership in the context of where we live.  That has made a huge difference for me personally." - Heather Juzenas, Board of Developmental Disabilities

If you are interested in the program, please contact Cheri Hottinger 740-345-9757 x5 or

Deadline to apply is August 1, 2014.  Class size is limited to 25 participants.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Talk Derby to Me!

BizFest & Taste of Licking County 

to Run for The Roses

Derby-Themed Networking Event to Take Place May 8, at Cherry Valley Lodge

Newark, OH - The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is throwing a party, and is inviting area businesses, and the entire Licking County community, to take part. The Chamber’s Annual BizFest and Taste of Licking County will take place Thursday, May 8, from 4:00 to 8:00, at Cherry Valley Lodge, 2299 Cherry Valley Road, Newark. This year’s event is taking on a “Kentucky Derby” theme, with decorations, dress, and refreshments reflecting the iconic race event.

“This is a signature event for the Chamber. It is a great opportunity for member businesses to showcase themselves and their services to other members, and to the general public in an exciting, fun atmosphere,” said Cheri Hottinger, Licking County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “It’s also a wonderful chance for the general public to learn more about the great businesses we have in Licking County, and enjoy an evening of fun and refreshments.”

Texas Roadhouse, Allison’s Pub & Grub, Elements Bistro, Knuckleheads Sandwich & Ice Cream Shop, and The Crazy Kernel Kettle Corn Company are among the area restaurants that will provide free samples for the BizFest and Taste of Licking County. The event also features drawings for prizes, free give-away items courtesy of participating businesses, a silent auction, and other fun promotions.

Nearly 50 businesses will exhibit at this year’s Derby Day BizFest and Taste of Licking County. Participants include area restaurants, retail companies, professional service providers, and manufacturers. “We’re very pleased and excited about the mix of Chamber members who are exhibiting at this year’s BizFest. It is a great mix of our community’s businesses, and both our members and the public can gain some real insight and business opportunities,” Hottinger noted.

Sponsored by Kool 101.7 WNKO, State Farm - The Tony Adams Agency, Compensation Solutions, Inc., Anthem – Shawan Marquis Agency/Vaughn Insurance, Mid-Ohio Development Corporation, Elements Local Bistro, AAA Ohio Auto Club, Pugh’s Designer Jewelers, and Buckeye Linen, Derby Day BizFest & Taste of Licking County is a free event, and open to the general public.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Important Information for the May 6, 2014 Primary Election

In a previous post on endorsements, you read that the Licking County Chamber of Commerce endorsed State Issue 1 and a bond levy for Southwest Licking Local Schools.  I wanted to share some additional information with you regarding the issues/candidates you will see on the May 6th ballot.

First, the Ohio Chamber just issued an endorsement for Scott Ryan running for State Representative in the primary for House District 71.  Here is what their endorsement stated:

We are less than two weeks away from the May 6 primary, and we need your help! The Ohio Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has endorsed Licking County Treasurer Scott Ryan in the Republican primary for House District 71, which includes western Licking County. His 25 years of experience as a small business owner makes him the pro-growth, pro-jobs choice. With your vote, we can send him to the Statehouse where he can advocate for Ohio's employers. For more information on his campaign, please visit his campaign website

Regarding State Issue 1, you can find the ballot language, explanation, arguments for and against the issue and the full text of the issue by going to the Ohio Secretary of State's website at or click here.

Most importantly, if you haven't already voted, please remember to vote on May 6th.  If you need help locating your polling location or to check your registration, click here. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Applications Now Being Accepted for Alumni Leadership Classes

I have some exciting news to share with you.  We finally have a program for the Alumni of the Community Leadership Program!

The Chamber is pleased to be working with Jill Campen with the Campen Group (and an alumni of the Leadership Class) to bring you a series of four different classes over the next year.  They include:

* Situational Leadership II Concepts (September 5, 2014)
* Communication Styles and Leadership Effectiveness (November 7, 2014)
* Giving Feedback (February 6, 2015)
* Handling Conflict (April 17, 2015)

The classes are from 8:00 - 12:00 and will be held at different locations in Newark.  Tuition for this program is $450.00.  Participants must attend all four classes.  All class materials are included in the fee.  Class size is limited to 25 participants. 

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Deadline to apply is July 15, 2014.  You must be an alumni of the Leadership Program to participate in these sessions.

To obtain an application and detailed information about this new, exciting program, contact Cheri Hottinger at 740-345-9757 x5 or