Grandview Chamber wins award for marketing campaign

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.

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The third time’s a charm for Grandview Community Directory

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

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Chamber Challenge wins National Award

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.

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