Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to FOCUSON: Community - October 2012

doc button We Built it Rally

THIS Saturday, Sept. 29 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Central Park Gazebo, Downtown Mansfield

Featuring: Janine Turner, Ken Blackwell, Michael Carey, Jenny Beth Martin

2012 Ashland County Farm Bureau

Drive-It-Yourself Tour: Sat., Sept. 29 - 10:30-6:00 pm

Sun., Sept. 30 - 12:30 - 6:00 pm

Tour includes:

  • Wesner Farms & Ashland Crop Services-1125 St. Rte 511 (Food Stop) Rib-eye Sandwich
  • Hurdle Waterfowl Park- 297 Twp Rd 581 (66 acre park)
  • Shooting Star Alpaca Farm - 101 CR 681
  • Sullivan Brand of Town & Country Co-op - 204 St. Rte 58
  • Windy Knoll Farms - 474 SR 58, Sullivan, OH
  • Falling Star Farms - 626 SR 89, Polk (400 Milk Cows)  (Food Stop) - Ice Cream
  • Polk Mill & Elevator - 452 North Main Street, Polk
  • Jackson Township Farmers Market (SAT. ONLY)
  • Hoofprint Farm - 343 S. Main St., Polk. (Food stop) Bratwurst Sandwiches
  • Katotawa Valley Farms (3 acres of grapes) - 1077 Twp Rd 553, Ashland
local roots  

Local Roots Ashland is now open Thursday and Friday from 11am-6pm as well as Saturday from 9am-3pm.

Ashland health      
2012 Flu Clinic Schedule

  • October 1: 2:00-6:00 pm - Ashland Salvation Army Kroc Center, Community Room, 537 E. Liberty Street, Ashland.

Flu shots only - no pneumonia shots, $10 for children (6 mos - 18) $20 for Adults (19+) Bring Driver's License if possible.  Can bill to Medicare Part B; Caresource; United Healthcare Community Plan; Healthy Start/Healthy Families. Handicapped Parking available. Immunization Hotline: (419) 282-4322.

doc buttonOctober 2: 6:30 pm - Learn why ... Issue 2 is bad for Ohio. Open to the public - Be an informed voter.  Presented by Jonathan Petrea. Justice Center Annex 1205 E. Main St., Ashland.  

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Mid-Week Farmers Market

Wednesdays: Oct 3 & 10, 2012
3:30-5:30 pm 
Downtown Ashland, Parking Lot B
Behind the Chamber Office!


Ashland Main Street is thrilled to be the new managers of the Mid-Week Farmers Market, held Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30pm- in Lot B in downtown Ashland. We are proud to continue their mission "to preserve the agricultural heritage of the Ashland area and encourage grassroots entrepreneurship by promoting the sale of locally grown and produced products."  If this sounds like something that interests you, contact Ashland Main Street at (419) 651-9881. Email:

kroc ctr  The Pumpkin Parade & Kroc-tober FEST

Another Fun Family Event @ Ashland Kroc Center

Saturday, Oct. 6  / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm



The Pumpkin Parade and Kroc-tober Fest are on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Music by The Dixieland Band.  Harvest Display Photos provided by Honey Haven Farm & Blessed Memories.  Pumpkin Painting & Costume Contest.

Bounce House, Face Painting, Kid Games & more!


Fun, Family Event @ Mansfield's Carrousel District

Saturday, Oct. 6


As part of the Carrousel District's Anniversary Celebrations, free Carrousel rides and activities for children will be offered the morning of October 6.

A Bike Tour, 5K Run/Walk, a Fun Run for Kids, and a Historic Walk will also be offered. Participants of the bike and 5K events can enjoy a free hot dog lunch which non-participants can purchase for $2.


The Bike Tour leaves from the Richland Carrousel at 9:15 am and offers riders two options, a 40 mile loop or a 6.8 mile ride. For more information about the Bike Tour, call 419-522-4223 or e-mail   


The 5K Walk/Run benefits Hospice of North Central Ohio's Bereavement programs and begins at 9:30 am.  A free Fun Run will be held for children at
9:00 am. Cost to register is $25. For more information, call Hospice at
419-281-7107 or register at


Crohn's & Colitis Foundation - A Taste For A Cure!

 Community Wine & Beer Tasting

Saturday, October 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

@ Mitchell's Orchard & Farm Market


Come join us as we Taste For A Cure! Enjoy entertainment, the largest selection of wines & imported beers in the area, lite appetizers, and a 50/50 drawing. $16 pp. Call Lisa Hauenstein for details (419) 908-5269.

Goodwill Industries of Akron - Job Fair -
Thursday, October 11 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm held at the Pump House, 400 Orange Street - Now accepting table registrations. Space is limited.  Click here for the Application Form


Participating Companies: ODOT, CVS, Goodwill Industries, Step2, Mansfield Plumbing, Companions of Ashland Training Center, Valley Transportation, Home Hardware, Dutch Maid Logistics, Kingston of Ashland, Hedstrom Plastics.


Attention All Job Seekers! This Job Fair is free to attend, no registration required.  Be prepared to fill out applications and talk to employers!

Octoberfest 5K Run/Walk - "Bolt for the Brat"

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Saturday, October 13

11:00 am

Pre-registration $20 pp (before 9/29)  Race Day $25

Registration begins @ 10:00 am at Catholic Charities
parking lot of Dale Roy School.  Race begins at 11:00 am.

Race to benefit St. Edward School.
Each participant will receive a ticket for a free brat & beer or soda at the Mitchell's Orchard Oktoberfest Event from 12noon to 5:30 pm on the Day of the event. 

  Ashland Convention & Visitor's Bureau Fall Events!
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Here's your chance to win a holiday party for your friends, family, or co-workers! Tickets can be purchased at our office or College House Bed and Breakfast. To learn more details click here! Drawing held Oct. 25.







ChickFEST 2012
A Sweets & Tweets Tour
October 19-20



Sweets Tour in Ashland Sweetest Day Weekend

It's time to celebrate all things WOMEN, so get your girlfriends together for a fabulous weekend of a little shopping, a little sampling, a little bonding...and a whole lot of FUN! Fifteen businesses throughout the Ashland area will participate in this first ChickFest: A Sweets & Tweets Tour October 19-20. Hours will be
9:00 am-7:00 pm Friday, Oct. 19 and 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday, Oct. 20.

Fabulous Sweet samples, activities, and a grand prize drawing of donated items from each participating location will take place.  There will also be special sales announced via Twitter during the event by following @Ashlandcvb #sweetstour. Tickets $10 pp. Click here to learn more
ADDED NEW EVENT - By Ashland Main Street Show
Dowtown Wine Tasting Event!
Saturday, October 20
5:00-7:00 pm   $10 pp
Finish the Sweets Tour at the Second Street Warehouse for a show featuring art from the Ashand Community Art League & Ashland Photography Club. Fashion from Clothes Minded Boutique & Enjoy Gourmet Gifts & Specialties.
Visit for more details.

 Ashland T-shirts Still Available! Pick one up today!








Alzheimer's Walk - Sat., Oct., 20 at 9:30 am -Downtown Ashland Corner Park. To learn more call (800) 272-3900 or visit:

 Dance By The Light of the Harvest Moon
Sat., Oct., 20 at 7:00 pm - Ashland Kroc Center featuring the sounds of the Kroc Center Big Band. Casual Attire. Light appetizers & desserts will be served. Benefits the Ashland County United Way 2013 Campaign of HOPE. $20 per couple 

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Celebrating National Business Women's Week
Monday, Oct. 22 

6:00-6:30 pm - Socializing & Networking / 6:30 pm - Dinner

Heritage Room, Ashland University Convocation Center
Keynote Speaker: Mayor Glen Stewart,
Topic:  Ashland - The City

Entertainment: Steve Brown on keyboard

$22.50 pp. Reservations with checks

 Contact Karen McCready (419) 368-6942

2012 Small Business Convention @ Kalahari Resorts, Sandusky, OH on Thurs., Oct. 25 & Fri., Oct. 26 
Special Chamber Rate - $99


The Convention attracts more than 1,500 small businesses each year and is the largest event targeting small businesses in the Midwest.  This year, it will feature six great keynote speakers, including Rhonda Kallman, the co-founder of The Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams beer.  It will also have more than 45 educational workshops on topics such as marketing, sales, HR, legal and technology.  It has a 75-exhibit trade show, one-on-one learning labs and plenty of structured networking opportunities.  You can find out more on the Convention at our website:


The regular cost of the Convention is $249, but we are offering it at the special CHAMBER price of just $99 because we are members of Ohio Chamber of Commerce. This is a great price for a Convention that would cost you $500+ elsewhere around the country. Please include the code "2012partner" when registering to get the special $99 rate.

Registration for the 2012 Small Business Convention is now open. Get ready for this can't-miss opportunity to refocus and rejuvenate yourself and your business!  Join us October 25-26, at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.  Register here!


To View Flyer, Click HERE

COSE: voted "Best Networking Organization" and "Best Networking Event" (Small Business Conference) by CBC Magazine! 

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2-1-1 logo     Help Crunch Out Obesity 
"Get Fit ... Get Healthy...Get on the Ball"

To learn how your company can participate
in this new Marketing Program
"FocusON: Community" 
Click here to email us!

A program of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce,  211 Claremont Ave., Ashland, OH 44805