Upcoming Chamber Events
- Logan County Business Resource Call 04/03/2020
- Pursuit of Excellence Business Workshop: Developing a Comprehensive Marketing Plan 04/22/2020
- First Thursday Coffee - Networking Event 05/07/2020
Business of the Month Spotlight
Country Friends of Ohio
Country Friends of Ohio has been selected as April's Chamber Member of the month.
Tami Cox is the Owner and Operator of Country Friends of Ohio, located in West Liberty. Her love affair with an eclectic mix of farmhouse, country, primitive and antique home decor started 30 years ago.
"I had a full-time job, but still struggled to make ends meet," said Ms. Cox. "I was looking for a way to make more income. I first started as a seamstress by making country dolls, bunnies and placemats. While those items sold well, I wanted to put my creativity to work."
Ms. Cox had always wanted to try woodworking and had an Uncle who was a wood-worker.
"He had a band saw, a scroll saw and lots of other woodworking tools in his barn. He suggested I take some wood out there and see if I could make something." Ms. Cox bought some pine boards, free-handed her ideas onto them, cut them out, painted them and took them to a craft show. "I was amazed that people loved my creativity and purchased my items. From there I purchased my own scroll saw and started my own business."
Ms. Cox later quit her full-time job so she could stay home and raise her babies. "This business was a great way to still have income and helped me to work when time allowed," said Ms. Cox. "Over the years I have attended many craft shoes and set up a temporary store at each show. While I still do a few select shows, my dream was always to open my own store. My children are 26 and 21, so I decided now was the time to make my dream come true."
She purchased the old "Graystone building" in Downtown West Liberty (across from the Subway) in June 2018 and completely remodeled the interior of the building with the help and support of her boyfriend, family and friends. "It was a huge undertaking and I am forever grateful for their help." Country Friends of Ohio opened their storefront in November of 2018.
During the holiday season, you can find Country Friends of Ohio open in remote locations at The Polaris Fashion Place and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing. "I currently have two part-time employees, Carol Hunter and Cole Hunter. During the holiday season, I employ 10 approximately employees," said Ms. Cox.
Ms. Cox has lived in Logan County for 24 years. She has raised her children here and they both graduated from Benjamin Logan Local Schools. "I come from a farming family and love the rural setting of logan County and the small-town charm that Logan County offers. I wanted to stay close to home and draw my customer base in so they too could see the beauty of Logan County."
Ms. Cox says she is proud to be a member of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
"I chose to be a Logan County Chamber member mainly because of all the good things the Chamber does for the community and businesses," said Ms. Cox. "They have helped me to network and look at different angles of my business by the opportunities they offer."
Please join us in congratulating Country Friends of Ohio for being selected as the Business of the Month for the month of April.
2019 Stars In Business Award Winners
Margaret Piatt - Max Evans Tourism Award Winner
Margaret Piatt began her career at Piatt Castles as a child living in the back of Mac-A-Cheek Castle, where she gave her first tour at age five to her uncle Cricket. She has continued to be an active part of the Castles through her work developing exhibits, programs, and events for both local residents and visitors. Her efforts at Piatt Castles attract visitors from all across the U.S.
RTC Services - Nonprofit of the Year
RTC began in the 1960s when a group of parents of children with disabilities banded together to form a school for their children. Today, RTC Services is a nonprofit organization that operates several day programs, individualized employment services, and public transportation for Logan County. Their mission is to provide services that promote employment, community connections, and independence in life.
Colton Lowry - Young Professional of the Year
Colton Lowry joined Edward Jones Investments as a financial advisor in 2013 after graduating from Miami University with a degree in finance. Aside from being a financial advisor, Colton is also the current president of the Rotary Club of Bellefontaine, a member of the Green Hills Community board of directors, and a United Way board member. He was born and raised in West Liberty and is a 2009 graduate of West Liberty-Salem.
Homegrown Yoga - Emerging Business Award Winner
Homegrown Yoga was started in 2018 based on the values of integrity and passion, a love of yoga, interest in quality teaching, and the belief that yoga can be accessible to everyone. Founder Addy Passaro took her first yoga class in 2011 and began an avid practice of yoga in 2016. The studio on North Main Street offers 29 classes a week in variety of styles of yoga.
Majestic Plastics - Small Business of the Year
With a combined 15 years of experience in injection molding and manufacturing, Sean & Bobbi Ammons began in December 2000 with a single machine and one sub-contracted job. Today, they own 23 molding machines operated by 60 team members producing over 10 million parts a month for the automotive industry worldwide. They compete with some of the largest companies in the world and have won numerous awards for impeccable quality, delivery, and customer service.
Ron & Kathy Troyer - Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Ron and Kathy Troyer took their love for home-brewing craft beer and their passion for the process to the next level by opening Roundhouse Depot Brewing Co. in 2018. In its short time, Roundhouse has quickly become a destination for craft beer lovers from across Ohio. Ron & Kathy brew all beer, cider, and wine on site at their West Chillicothe Avenue location, with 10 beers and 2 ciders on tap at all times.
Hill & Hamilton - Integrity in Business Award Winner
Founded in 1920 by Glenn Hill & Fred Hamilton with a desire to provide Logan County residents and businesses a better insurance experience, Hill & Hamilton Insurance began its storied tradition. Current owner Tom Simon joined the agency in 1981 and in 2006, Tom’s son Matt joined the company. Today, Hill & Hamilton is the largest insurance agency headquartered in Logan County.
Alan Hale - Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award Winner (posthumous honor)
Having served in various professional capacities as well as with a number of service groups and organizations, Alan Hale’s legacy in Bellefontaine and the surrounding community is indisputable. Alan graduated from Dartmouth College in 1961 and shortly thereafter began work for the Peace Corps Training Camp in Puerto Rico. Alan’s work took him to Minnesota, Hawaii, New York, and finally back to Bellefontaine in the mid-1980s. Alan worked with the Logan County Prosecutor’s office and later worked as Director of the Logan County Solid Waste District. Alan returned to the Peace Corps as a volunteer in 2017 and served in the Philippines until his untimely death in July 2019.