By VALERIE WINTERFIELD
Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce
It’s hard to believe that fall will be here soon and here at the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce we are busy getting ready for our biggest fundraising event of the year, the 41st Annual Oak Harbor Apple Festival. This event was started by Chamber Secretary, Dorothy Heiks in 1978 as a way to bring people into downtown, help support the local merchants and clubs, and as a fundraiser for the Chamber. The event has since grown with over 100 vendors, many additional activities, and over 20,000 annual attendees. The 2019 Oak Harbor Apple Festival will be held on October 12-13 in downtown Oak Harbor. More information can be
found on our website, oakharborohio.net.
We keep busy year-round here at the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce helping businesses promote their products/services, assisting visitors/residents, and promoting our great community through our events. The continued efforts of our members, board, volunteers, staff and businesses result in the successes that continue our mission statement to promote, support, and advocate for our members, and strengthen the economic climate of the Oak Harbor area. Aside from all of the wonderful events that our chamber works hard to bring the community each year, we also offer superior business benefits to our members. The biggest savings for our members come from the BWC Group Rating Program. We can save most businesses 53% of their Workers Comp Premium! We partnered with the Northwest Ohio Benefit Alliance and Paramount Insurance in 2019 to bring our members affordable health insurance through a MEWA. Through this partnership, we can now insure groups of any size. Please call your local agent for a quote. We also offer the use of our bulk mail permit to members, savings on many business services, Fed-Ex shipping discounts, special pricing on copy and print, business referrals for members, seminars, ribbon cuttings, and much more! For a detailed list or more information about any of our benefits and services please contact us at 419-898-0479 or visit us on the web at www.OakHarborOhio.net.
We would like to extend a huge thank to our Annual Sponsors for their generous contribution to the chamber and our community. 2019 Gold Partners; Croghan Colonial Bank, Magruder Hospital & The Village of Oak Harbor, 2019 Silver Sponsors; Carroll Township & Oak Harbor McDonalds, 2019 Bronze Sponsors; Civilian Marksmanship Program, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union, Community Markets, Lateral Gig, Materion Inc., Molly Judge, DPM, Oak Harbor Rotary Club & US Bank.
As always, it is important for us to remember to support our local businesses. Supporting them keeps our local economy strong. We love to promote our businesses and our community and wish to thank all of our members and sponsors for their continuing support.