Chamber Luncheon, Feb. 19th

Chamber members are encouraged to mark Wednesday, Feb. 19th on their calendars and plan to attend your business luncheon. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 313 W. Broadway Street, New Lexington.

Amy Frame, Perry County Children Services, Executive Director, will be our guest speaker. She will be sharing information regarding the structure and funding sources of the agency along with debunking some common myths about child welfare. The protection of children is their shared concern.

Reservations are not required, but we would like a tentative head count. Please call the Chamber Office at 740-342-3547 or email us at by 10 a.m. on the 19th with numbers. Both a grilled chicken breast and a pork tenderloin lunch will be offered for $15 which include sides, beverage, and gratuity.

This program is open to the public!

Groundhog Breakfast Follow Up

The Chamber’s fifth Annual Groundhog Breakfast was another huge success! Over 450 adults and students were in attendance and heard Coach Urban Meyer give a very inspirational, challenging and entertaining speech.

Special thanks to the Northern Local School Administration, staff and students for their tremendous cooperation in hosting this event. Also, extra thanks to Gordy and Sadie Anderson and Mount Perry Propane for being our corporate sponsor.

EAGLE Award Recipients

Eleven Perry County businesses were presented the Chamber’s EAGLE Award. This newly created recognition for Economic Achievement through Growth, Leadership and Excellence was awarded to: Auto Obsession, LLC; B & K Drive Thru, LLC; Holiday Farm, Inc.; Katz Kupcakes; Little Italy; New Dimensions Fitness & Tanning; Novel Tree Farm & Shop; PerCo, Inc.; Shannon’s Pit Stop; Thornville Hardware & Supply; Trotters Pub & Grill.

Deb Hutmire is Groundhog named Oliver

Deb Hutmire wore the Groundhog costume at this year’s breakfast! Nearly 35 percent of the audience that submitted a guess had Deb’s name on it. Carey Bowers was the first name drawn that identified Deb. Clues were: reading, writing, extra.

The name Oliver has been given to our groundhog in honor of Oliver Perry.

Perry County was named after this successful Great Lakes American Naval Commander!

2020 Visitor’s Guide/Business Directory

The 2020 publication is available for distribution and personal use. This full-color directory is a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and the Perry County Tribune. Special thanks to the advertisers who helped make this happen.

Contact the office if you can make copies available to your customers.

“Stay Local” Billboard Campaign Information

Two new billboards are beginning to show up throughout Perry County and beyond! Special thanks to the following businesses for their commitment to this important message to our residents:


Allwell Behavioral Health Services

Dodson’s on Broadway

Fairfield Medical Center

Mount Perry Propane

Peoples State Bank

Snider-Flautt Lumber


Hill Real Estate, Somerset

New Lex Pro Hardware

Newlon Tire, Inc.

Perco Inc.

The Community Bank

Thornville Hardware & Supply

New Business and Member Spotlight Launched

The Chamber of Commerce has launched two new ways to recognize and promote businesses throughout Perry County. This is another way that the Chamber is taking to showcase “what is available out our backdoor!”

New Lexington Hardware is being featured as the Member Spotlight and Auto Obsession is being featured as the New Business Spotlight at this time. A newly designed banner is being displayed in each business for this special recognition.

Written and submitted by John Ulmer, Executive Director of Perry County Chamber of Commerce

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