Upcoming Chamber Events
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- 2021 Chamber Golf Outing: Afternoon Flight 09/15/2021
Member of the Month Spotlight
Logan County Ohio State Extension
When many of us think of 4-H, our first thought is the Logan County Fair - between livestock shows and style revues, this is the week when young people from all over Logan County can showcase their projects, many of which take months to prepare for. Celebrating 100 years in our community this year, the Logan County 4-H Program has long been a way for youth to learn life skills. But Logan County Ohio State Extension, which facilitates the 4-H program in our community, does so much more.
Logan County Ohio State Extension is a county office of The Ohio State University's Cooperative Extension Service. The passage of the Morrill Act in 1862 supplied each state a university to provide education to citizens in agricultural and mechanical fields. These colleges are known as land-grant universities, and The Ohio State University serves as Ohio's land-grant university. In 1914, Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act to establish the Cooperative Extension Service, which is a network of educators who "extend" university knowledge to people throughout the country. Cooperative Extension is an educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation's land-grant universities.
The Logan County 4-H program got its start in 1921 with the hiring of its first 4-H Educator. Children ages 5-19 are eligible to enroll in 4-H, which provides a wide range of opportunities for education and development through hands-on activities. Since beginning 100 years ago, Logan County 4-H has come a long way, now offering projects in 200+ topics including mental health, robotics, welding, cooking, and more. The program also offers school activities that teach everything from financial literacy to chick embryology and computer coding.
Logan County's current 4-H Educator, Justin Bower, began his tenure in August 2018 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Community Leadership. Originally from Arlington, Justin's passion for 4-H grew into an interest to serve on behalf of OSU Extension. "4-H had such an impact on me and my community," shared Justin. "I watched 4-H give youth an opportunity to be involved with something big and that taught actual life skills by encouraging learning with skills like welding, woodworking, cooking, sewing, first aid, agriculture and more." In 2020, Justin was given a statewide "Achievement in Service" award by the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals for his service to the 4-H program. He was a Team Regional Award Winner for Excellence in Healthy Living Programming for his work developing the 2019 Ohio 4-H Mental Health Retreat. He was most recently a keynote speaker for the 2021 National 4-H Conference.
The network of Ohio State Extension offices offers additional services to communities, including Ag & Natural Resources, Community Development, and Family & Consumer Sciences. Logan County Extension also offers Master Gardener training, which teaches participants comprehensive plant science and engages them in volunteer gardening activities throughout the community.
The Logan County Fair will be held July 11-17 at the Logan County Fairgrounds on South Main Street in Bellefontaine. More information is available at locofair.org.
To learn more about Logan County Ohio State Extension, visit logan.osu.edu or follow them on Facebook. You can also follow Logan County 4-H on Facebook.
Please join us in congratulating Logan County Ohio State Extension for being named our July 2021 Member of the Month and for 100 years of 4-H in Logan County!
2020 Stars In Business Award Winners
Matt Wiley - Max Evans Tourism Award Winner
This award is presented annually by the Chamber and Visitors Bureau Council to a person who exhibits hospitality to visitors and tourists in our community and for tirelessly working to promote Logan County attractions.
This year's winner is Matt Wiley, the executive director at Marmon Valley Farm. Matt grew up at Marmon Valley Farm as the son of the owners, Bill and Phyllis. He fondly became known as "Wrangler Matt" and his parents handed the reins over for the business and ministry in 1984.
Logan County Farmers Market - Nonprofit of the Year
The Non-Profit of the Year award is given to an agency that shows dedication to improving lives and strengthening our community.
The Logan County Farmers Market began in 1996 with 5 vendors who cared about how food was grown, where it came from, and sharing these values with the local community. It has been the work of the dedicated Vendors, Customers, Board Members, and various volunteers over time that brought this organization to a day where they are able to welcome 20+ vendors and over 750 families each week, add value to the local economic systems, and provide for families in Logan County.
Jacob Schroeder - Young Professional of the Year
The Young Professional of the Year Award is given to an applicant who has devoted time to improving the quality of life of others through civic and community service and is actively developing leadership skills and demonstrating growth towards future goals.
Jacob Schroeder is the CEO and founder of Ascend Consulting, the Co-Founder of Hydda Living and the Co-Founder of Ideation: Think Forward. Jacob launched Ascend in 2017 with a passion to help small business owners truly understand and scale their businesses. As a Logan County native, Jacob is so grateful for the amazing community that Logan County has become and hopes that other young professionals are inspired to make Logan County their home.
P. Allan Properties - Emerging Business Award Winner
The Emerging Business of the Year Award is presented to a business who exemplifies a unique business idea, marketing approach or management style that have contributed to its growth and success.
P. Allan Properties was started in 2016, when Patrick and Jenna James returned home to Logan County after 11 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Over the past 3 years, they, along with their Director of Operations and part-owner, Tyler Thompson, have grown from owning and operating a single duplex rental to 52 residential & commercial rental units.
City Sweets & Creamery - Small Business of the Year
The Small Business of the Year Award is presented to an independently owned Logan County business that is financially strong and profitable and has shown a history of growth.
City Sweets and Creamery began in February 2015 after the success of owner Angie Hall's original business, the Donut Shop & Bakery on the Lake. From fresh donuts – still made from scratch daily – to cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pastries, and ice cream, City Sweets and Creamery fulfills any sweet craving, and has become a staple of downtown Bellefontaine.
Steve Buchenroth - Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is given to an individual who has made a significant investment and impact on Economic Development in Logan County. The award winner exhibits an innovative spirit and willingness to take risks to provide products, services and employment opportunities for our community.
Steve Buchenroth is a 1980 graduate of Indian Lake High School and a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University, and today is the owner of Midwest Corporate Air and World Class Plastics, Inc. Midwest Corporate Air trains over 200 pilots each year from nearly every state in the nation. To date, they have trained over 1,000 multi-engine pilots and several hundred Certified Flight Instructors. World Class Plastics employs over 90 people to produce injection-molded products for customers in the automotive, medical, industrial, and aerospace markets.
Dairy Queen of Bellefontaine - Integrity in Business Award Winner
The Integrity in Business Award is presented to a business that is recognized for providing quality service with honesty and probity to the Logan County Community.
Graduates of Bellefontaine High School, Chris Leasure and Dal McDonald are lifelong Logan County residents and supporters of our community. Dairy Queen regularly employs over 30 individuals, many of whom are high school students from across the county. Chris and Dal are always happy to support their young employees' fundraisers - anything ranging from yearbooks to senior prom.
Doug Zimmerman - Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award Winner
The Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact in Logan County with his/her outstanding leadership skills. In addition, they are recognized for their commitment, vision and dedication to our community.
Since beginning in the Real Estate industry almost 40 years ago, Doug Zimmerman has worked tirelessly for the betterment of his community. While growing his own real estate company and participating in numerous professional leadership positions at the local, regional and state levels, Doug has used his resources and experiential knowledge to generously support and promote local schools and education, health care, community events, veteran's services, law enforcement, and church organizations. Preferring to stay out of the spotlight and pass the credit on to others, Doug works quietly behind the scenes, promoting our community. Doug never misses the opportunity to support an idea he feels will help Logan County continue to grow. Over the years, Doug has mentored many local young Real Estate Agents and business owners, hoping they too will continue to support the community they call home.