Michelle Wilson, the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership’s executive director, was featured in ThisWeek news at the new TVCP office.
Source: ThisWeek Community News, “Gala lauds smooth consolidation of chambers,” by Alan Frohman, March 16, 2016
Grandview Chamber members voted to approve the upcoming merger of the Grandview and UA Chambers of Commerce at the January 14 annual meeting of the Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce.
The leaders of both chambers are very excited about the upcoming merger of the organizations, which will take place on February 1, 2016. ThisWeek Community News shared some of the enthusiasm for the merger among the membership and leadership here.
Source: ThisWeek Community News, “Leaders ‘excited’ for Grandview, UA chamber merger,” by Alan Frohman, January 20, 2016
By BRITNY SANDERS
Marketing Coordinator, Vital Companies
The Ruby Awards are presented each year by the Ohio Travel Association and Ohio Magazine. It stands for “Recognizing Uncommon
Brilliance” in the travel industry, and what they consider to be “creative genius.” The Grandview Chamber of Commerce won the Marketing Campaign category for their “Chamber Challenge” and were the only chamber among statewide travel and tourism organizations to have won!
The Chamber Challenge is the name of the Grandview Chamber’s pilot program designed to provide assistance to struggling local businesses. The French Loaf Bakery was the first beneficiary of this program. Vital and the Grandview Chamber channeled popular reality shows, like Restaurant Impossible and Bar Rescue, for inspiration on how to give the business a “makeover”, and to
create a video telling the story.
Read the full article about the Ruby Award in the 2016 Grandview Community Directory here.
Thank you for covering our upcoming chamber merging, ThisWeek News. Read the full article from the merging of the Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce and Upper Arlington Chamber here.
Here’s the full press release regarding the merger, which will take place February 1 assuming the Grandview Area Chamber membership votes to move forward.
Local Chambers Collaborate To Benefit Members
The Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce and the Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce a collaboration that will align the two organizations. Michelle Wilson, will continue her role as Executive Director of the Grandview Area Chamber as well as assuming the role at Upper Arlington.
The Board of Directors’ of both Chambers’ are confident this relationship will result in a tremendous value for the area businesses. In addition, this will create economies of scale and efficiencies, legislative leverage and a larger base of 700+ member businesses that will be part of this unique network.
“It’s all about value to the membership; business has no borders and having these two successful organizations working in harmony will be a huge asset to the current Chambers’ membership and the future Chamber members.” cited Michelle Wilson.
Jamie Gentry, President-elect of the Grandview Area Chamber concurs that a focusing on increased connections for our members is the goal of collaborating. Also in agreement, UA Chamber President, Peter Hahn, adds, “We would like to encourage the membership of both Chambers to become engaged and continue to build long lasting relationships that will help to promote your business. By taking advantage of these unique opportunities, members can directly benefit from the best of both Chambers and what their respective communities offers.”
Both Chambers’ board of directors’ are excited about the increased value and business opportunities this new opportunity will present to the members. Benefit from some enhancements will be seen immediately, such as joint events and increased marketing exposures.
As we plan for 2016, alignment of these two organizations should prove a smart economic move from a cost-saving standpoint, as well as increased return on investment for members.
Questions can be directed to Michelle Wilson at 614-486-0196, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently, you should have received the 2014/15 Grandview Community Directory. It’s the third time we’ve produced a full-size, full-color community directory as an at-your-fingertips resource for all things Grandview, Marble Cliff and 5xNW areas.
The first two editions were recognized nationally as the “Best Business Publication” for a community of our size. Impressive; even if we do say so ourselves! This edition should garner no less attention on the national level. The cover shot is colorful, and vibrantly eye-catching. It sets us apart from other community directories.
“I’m proud of this publication,” says Michelle Wilson, Executive Director of the Grandview Area Chamber. “Obviously, I’m grateful to our advertisers for supporting the publication, and thankful to the phenomenal design staff at ThisWeek News who puts the layout together so artfully.”
The Community Directory is used to promote the city and all we have to offer residents and visitors alike. It’s a beautiful representation of the area we all love to be a part of. It will be available at the Grandview Area Chamber, the Grandview Library, City Hall, Parks & Recreation and area hotels. There also is an updated map with a walking map on one side. The map is inside of each directory, but also is printed individually so it can be distributed to meeting attendees, class reunions, or individual visitors.
If you would like additional copies for your business or just to have one hand, please contact Michelle Wilson at email@example.com
Chamber Challenge wins National Award
On June 16th, The American Chamber of Commerce Executives announced their annual winners of their Awards for Communication Excellence. The Grandview Area Chamber is honored (and excited!) to have received the Award of Excellence for the Chamber Challenge project.
In 2014 Grandview Chamber of Commerce looked to embody their slogan of working together and having each member’s back. Lead by executive director, Michelle Wilson, they started the first ever Grandview Chamber Challenge. The goal of this unique program was to take a local business who was hitting hard times and as a chamber help them achieve success.
Members were to partner together to help provide a complete makeover of a selected business. All of this while documenting the process in video format, so that those who were unable to participate with their time or talent could be involved in the projects and engage with the chamber.
Over a 6-month period, chamber members united together to meet with the owner of The French Loaf to help learn about their current situation and then ways to improve all areas of the business. Services during the planning period consisted of review of current books, writing a new business plan, training and business coaching, creating a new financial plan, architectural drawings, signage, marketing and branding, social media campaign development and implementation, decorations, printing, and physical labor.
The weekend of May 16-18, 2014 over 60 volunteers spent just under 3 days renovating the physical location. The transformation was astounding; the members truly guided the French Loaf on to the road of success.
Goals of the Chamber Challenge:
• Increase member awareness and participation in the chamber
• Increase membership
• Be true to the organization’s mission: To promote and support an environment for development, growth and success of the area’s community.
• Over $70,000 in donated products and services from members
• 60+ volunteers and over 31 member companies were involved
• 80 members attended to the video launch of the documentary
• In total over 50% of the members participated, supported and engaged in the program
Learn more about the Chamber Challenge with this video produced by Vital Film Works.