EAST LIVERPOOL - Thinking out of the box and a strong board of directors has helped the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce continue to grow, according to President Randy Allmon.
The chamber held its monthly luncheon Thursday at Casa De Emanuel in East End, and Allmon said some may have wondered why the Wellsville organization was meeting in East Liverpool. "We are the Wellsville 'area' chamber, and we have to think out of the box," Allmon said, adding that the restaurant's owners have been loyal members of the chamber and that a future meeting will be held at the East Liverpool Motor Lodge.
Since last year, Allmon said, the chamber's membership has increased 17 percent and its treasury, 20 percent, which he credited to an active board of directors.
Sheryl Gibson accepted a plaque for Gibby’s Mini Mart, which was honored as business of the month by the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce, represented by board of director members (left) Paul Blevins and Brandon Russell. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
During the luncheon, a report was given on the March 20 Trade Show set for Wellsville High School and featuring a variety of businesses touting their wares.
This year, a more aggressive advertising campaign was desired, according to member Erin Orr, who said sponsorships were offered to that end and 16 sponsors are now on board at the gold ($100) and silver ($50) levels.
Gold sponsors are Roberts Funeral Home, CF Bank, the school district, Mills Insurance/Mega Insurance Group, Kiducation Learning Center, WKBN-TV, Gibby's Mini Mart, ADAPT and United Water.
Silver sponsors are Center Pharmacy, Scentsy-Kim Allen, Ohio Valley College of Technology, Simply Sweet Cakes by Ashley, Dazzlin' Dezignz, Birch Realty and Kent State University.
Calling the trade show an "awesome advertising opportunity" for those businesses who participate, member Brandon Russell said, "People value shaking your hand and seeing what you do in person."
Allmon said plans are also in the works for the annual Economic Summit, which will include an invitation to area mayors to speak about their communities.
The date and time will be announced in the future.
Member LaDawn Whitman reported on the Feb. 12 Ladies Luncheon that will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Wellsville Alumni Center, featuring Helene Moncman from the American Heart Association as guest speaker. There are currently just seven tickets left, with none to be sold at the door. They can be reserved by calling Whitman at 330-532-6107 or Diana Allmon at 330-469-0139.
Business of the month honors were awarded to Gibby's Mini Mart, with a plaque accepted by owner Sheryl Gibson. The business is in its eighth year.