July 22, 2019 - In This Issue:

Many people wonder if our government is connected to the communities it purports to serve, especially when the capital is an hour away, or in the case of Washington, hours away. 
Chamber CEO Mike Throne, left, and Adena Health System's Ty McBee, listen to Lydia Mihalik, Ohio's development director, during her Aug. 9 visit to Chillicothe.
But a recent visit by Lydia Mihalik, Ohio's development director, and John Carey, our former state legislator turned director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia, shows how our elected and appointed leaders make a concerted effort to find out more about our communities. Gov. Mike DeWine challenged all of his cabinet members to get out of the office and see the state, then report back what they saw and heard.
Director Mihalik met with Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney, visited Wheatberry Books, sat in on a Chamber-arranged Business Roundtable to talk workforce and b usiness development, then capped the day off with lunch at The Pour House at Machinery Hall and meetings with Ross County Community Action and Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau at Highland's Ice Creamery.
What did it get us? I'll let Director Mihalik tell you: "Keep telling your story. You have so many great things to talk about in Chillicothe and telling that story is critical to keeping that momentum going." Lest you think she's just talking about downtown, it's worth mentioning she knows all about the Kenworth and Adena Health System expansions and gave us some great information about programs that can benefit businesses in our community.
Any chance to tell our story and get some guidance from some of our top development officials is time well spent. It was a great day to showcase a community on the rise.

Michael Throne
Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce
45 E. Main St., Chillicothe, OH 45601
Office: 740-702-2722
Fax: 740-702-2727
State budget reflects hard work of your Chamber (and you)
Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine signed the new state budget which, thanks to lobbying from your local Chamber and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, eliminated an effort to impose a $1.1 billion tax increase on Ohio small businesses.

The Business Income Deduction (BID) was completely restored to the full $250,000 of business income, with the 3% rate cap on additional business income. However, they added the caveat that lawyers and lobbyists specifically are no longer eligible for the BID altogether. This provision addresses the 'loophole' concerns some legislators had about the original policy, which was intended for small business growth and job creation.

This is a major win for small businesses all across Ohio.

Our friends at Bell Manor are starting their construction project and a new Nourse project is planned near Panera Bread (and close to the currently under construction Texas Roadhouse) ... and Halloween lovers will be happy to know it appears that Spirit Halloween plans to be back this fall - and according to the permits, it's an interesting place this year.  Click here to see the full list.

Taj Mahal Indian Grille    
New fare coming to Central Center
Taj Mahal Indian Grill plans to open Friday

The restaurant has had a successful run for years in and around Columbus and Mohammed Miah has been planning to come into the Chillicothe market for a while now. He originally planned to go in next to Metro PCS on North Bridge, but decided to move Taj Mahal to Central Center.

He promises authentic Indian cuisine, including tandoori, curry, tikka, and much more. Give their Facebook page a visit here, and view the menu here.
The Adena Health Foundation has awarded scholarships to 77 area students pursuing degrees in the health care field. In total $111,300 in scholarship funds have been awarded for the 2019-20 academic year - including 47 in Ross and Pike counties.
News and notes

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER: Mud Ninja, an event to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio,  is in need of volunteers from 2 to 7 p.m. They need  6 volunteers to help with bag check area and 2 volunteers at the beer wagon. To volunteer, click here call Meika Hilles at 614-227-6032, or visit mudninja.com for more information
Chamber members in the news :

Details on the Woodbridge Avenue project, which started today, and will include sidewalks and repaving. (iHeartMedia) It's also worth noting that the Western Avenue widening project, which is further west on Western Avenue, is set to begin today.

A look back - Do you remember these businesses? (Gazette)

Lori Graves gives you the rundown on Chillicothe Nightlife in her La Vida Lori column. (Gazette) 
Report member news, events to us by e-mailing us.
Welcome to our newest members!
In the past few weeks, we added: 
That brings our new member total up to 56 new members in 2019.

Who do you know that should enjoy the benefits of Chamber membership?
For more information on the benefits of joining the Chamber
please call 740-702-2722 or   visit www.chillicotheohio.com

July 24 - Greater Chillicothe Women in Business monthly luncheon, 11:30 at Chillicothe Country Club
July 25 - Greater Chillicothe Women in Business Create Night, 5:30 p.m. at Na Zdravie Vineyard and Winery.
July 27 - Christmas in July Bar Crawl, downtown
July 30 - EPIC Lunch and Learn, LinkedIn with Chamber CEO Mike Throne, 11:30 a.m., Carlisle Building Community Room
Aug. 6 - Health Network Meeting, 11:30 a.m. at TBA
Aug. 20 - Lunch with 12 Strangers, 11:30 a.m. at Tumbleweed Restaurant
Aug. 21 - Business After Business at Advanced Services Heating and Cooling, 221 Renick Ave.

For more information or to register for any of these events please call 740-702-2722 or 
visit the Chamber Calendar at www.chillicotheohio.com


Platinum Level
Adena Health System
Advanced Services Heating and Cooling
Atomic Credit Union
C. Walters Management
Central Ohio Financial Services
Chillicothe City Schools
Chillicothe Paints
Classic Brands
Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC 
Kenworth Truck Co.
Kingston National Bank
Landmark Properties Group LLC
Ohio University- Chillicothe
Petland Inc.
Printex Same Day Printing
Ross County Banking Center
Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe

Gold Level
National Church Residences   
Staff Source 
U.S. Army Recruiting Station
U.S. Bank

Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce
45 E Main Street *  Chillicothe, OH 45601
P: (740) 702-2722   F: (740) 702-2727
mthrone @chillicotheohio.com

The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce promotes economic and community development by providing services and addressing issues important to business.