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Join us for the 2021 Alliance Golf Scramble!


Plan to join us for the 2021 Golf Scramble on August 6 at Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course.  This is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM.  Onsite registration begins at 7:30 AM.  Lunch is provided.


There will be contests, prizes and a raffle the day of the scramble.


The scramble is limited to 30 teams, so register your team today!  Click here to register or email us at alliance@hccba.com for questions.

Join us for the Economic Development Breakfast this Friday, featuring guest presenter Troy Erickson.

Join us for the Economic Development Breakfast Meeting

Friday, June 18, 8:30 AM

Kenton Elks #157

157 East Franklin Street, Kenton


Speaker: Troy Erickson, Ohio State Hemp, Ada


Click here to register.

Here are the upcoming office closures for the HCCBA office.

Our office will be closed in observance of these summer holidays:


  • Memorial Day | Monday, May 31
  • Independence Day | Monday, July 5
  • Labor Day | Monday, September 6

The HCCBA is currently seeking candidates to serve as the Kenton Historic Courthouse District Coordinator. This position is part-time, and responsibilities will also include serving as Program Assistant for the Alliance. The position is posted on Indeed.

The HCCBA is currently seeking candidates to serve as the Kenton Historic Courthouse District Coordinator. This position is part-time, and responsibilities will also include serving as Program Assistant for the Alliance. Visit the position posting on Indeed to apply.  See the job description below.


Job Description


Kenton Historic Courthouse District (KHCD) Coordinator & Alliance Program Assistant

Summary Overview

The KHCD Coordinator & Alliance Program Assistant shall manage and have general supervision over KHCD operations, subject to overall approval of the Board of Directors and the President/CEO.  The KHCD Coordinator & Alliance Program Assistant will work to enhance the 9-block area surrounding and including the Hardin County Courthouse.  This will include working with organizations; supporting small business, entrepreneurship, retail businesses and restaurants; promoting the preservation and revitalization of the historic downtown area; developing and implementing programs that enhance the area; and promoting involvement, sustainable development and an inclusive environment.  This will also include providing support for select Alliance programs.  The KHCD Coordinator & Alliance Program Assistant shall have other authorities and duties as are delegated by the Code of Regulations or as may be delegated from time to time by the President/CEO and/or the Board of Directors.

General Information

Classification: Hourly, non-exempt

Worksite: HCCBA Office, 225 South Detroit, St., Kenton, OH

This is a non-supervisory position, reporting to the HCCBA President and CEO.

Work Conditions

Office hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Additional times will frequently be required.

  • This position is based on 40 hours per pay period.

Travel within Hardin County and occasional travel outside the county will be required.

Travel to and from work in all weather conditions, low or high temperatures may be necessary.


Physical activities include remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods; moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another; adjusting or moving objects up to 20 pounds in all directions; communicating with others to exchange information; repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers; assessing accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.

Physical demands include light work that includes moving objects up to 20 pounds.

Educational Requirements

Required: High school diploma or equivalent

Preferred: None


Required: Driver’s license

Preferred: None

Experience Requirements

Required: None

Preferred: 2 years in a relevant field


Commensurate with experience.  Annual performance bonus may be available.

Skills & Abilities

  • Communication – written and verbal
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Member Relations
  • Computer Skills
  • Event Planning & Support


  • Promote the purchase of buildings and the establishment or continued operation of businesses in the KHCD.
  • Promote preservation, maintenance and beautification of KHCD structures and environment.
  • Support business owners through communication, knowledge of beneficial programs and regulations.
  • Collaborate with City of Kenton leadership to improve and promote the KHCD area.
  • Create and promote programs, or identify and support programs that already exist, which enhance the community.
  • Create and promote events, or identify and support events that already exist, which promote community involvement.
  • Collaborate with Alliance staff to support and promote select Alliance events, as directed.
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers to support the work of the KHCD.

Measures of Performance

  1. Programs are well planned and have specific, measurable goals.
  2. Programs and events operate within set budgets.
  3. Information sources, such as the website and social media outlets are kept current.
  4. Collaborates with HCCBA divisions to plan interactions with members or prospective members, and keeps accurate records of interactions (most critically, all fundraising interactions).
  5. Individual represents HCCBA with a high level of professionalism, accuracy and courtesy.



We are happy to announce the addition of two new team members to the Alliance staff.

HCCBA Announces New Team Members


We are happy to announce the addition of two new team members to the Alliance staff.


Morgan Ellis is the new Director of Chamber & Tourism. She comes to us with experience working as an Employment and Job Training Specialist at the West Ohio Community Action Partnership and as a Law Clerk at the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office. She has degrees from Ohio Northern University and University of Findlay.


Ellis has also been involved in the operation of the Pfeiffer Station General Store, a local small business owned by her family.


Ellis can be reached at mellis@hccba.com


Tabitha Young has been selected as the Marketing & Member Services Administrator. She most recently served as the Sales Manager at The Inn at Ohio Northern University in Ada. She has additional experience in customer service, event planning and financial services.


Young can be reached at tyoung@hccba.com.

The Alliance currently has two full-time employment opportunities! View our current job openings on Indeed.

The Alliance currently has two full-time employment opportunities!


View our current job openings on Indeed:


Marketing and Member Services Administrator: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=marketing&l=Kenton%2C%20OH&vjk=adbdc78cb442249e


Director of Chamber and Tourism: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q&l=Kenton%2C%20OH&vjk=4572060df9cac4ee




The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance announced today the posting of three employment positions within the organization.

The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance announced today the posting of three employment positions within the organization.


The Alliance is looking to hire a Director of Chamber and Tourism, a Marketing and Member Services Administrator and a part-time Kenton Historic Courthouse District (HCD) Coordinator.  More details regarding the job postings will be published on the Alliance’s social media pages and local media outlets.


The Marketing and Member Services position is a newly created role, focused on providing communication to our members and to the public, in addition to serving as the front line for service to our membership.


The Director of Chamber and Tourism position is becoming available due to the recent resignation and upcoming departure of Jesse Purcell, who currently holds this title.  She has accepted a position with another organization and her last day with the Alliance will be April 16.


Jacqualine Fitzgerald has also resigned her position, and will be leaving the Alliance at the end of this month, creating the opening for Kenton HCD Coordinator.  Fitzgerald's Community Development duties will be absorbed into the Economic Development role, currently held by Holli Underwood, who also serves as Alliance President and CEO. Fitzgerald plans to remain involved in the activities of the Alliance and the HCD through volunteer work and assisting with the downtown flower project throughout the summer.


Underwood stated that, “While the organization is making some changes, we are excited for the opportunities that this restructuring presents.  We wish Jesse and Jacqualine the best in their future endeavors and thank them for their years of service to the organization and Hardin County community.”


The Alliance Board of Directors released this statement: "On Friday, April 9, 2021, the Board of Directors for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance met to begin discussing the strategic vision of our services.  The HCCBA will continue serving the needs of our members throughout the county every day.  While there will be changes in the structure of the organization in the near future, our service to the community will not change.  As always, the HCCBA will communicate these upcoming programmatic enhancements to the public as they are implemented."

American Rescue Plan Act

American Rescue Plan Act


On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, which provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts. Specifically, the new law includes:


  • $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services




  • NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for industry-focused grants


  • NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources.


Jessica Aldrich, HSLC-Young Professionals Committee Member






Jessica Aldrich is a transplant to Kenton from Sylvania, Ohio.  Since January 2020, she has been employed by HSLC and currently serves as the company’s Director of Marketing and CRA Officer.  Jessica is excited to complete her bachelor degree in Marketing this summer.  Outside of the office, Jessica is very involved in the Hardin County community.  She is the chairperson for Women Lead and is a member of the Young Professionals group.  She is on the board for HHWP CAC, Head Start, has recently joined Soroptimist Club and Business & Professional Women of Hardin County.  Jessica also proudly serves as a Hardin County Ambassador.

Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Online with Chamber Gold Gift Cards

Chamber Gold Gift Cards

Chamber Gold Gift Cards are the perfect gift for any occassions. Our gift cards come with a full list of our participating businesses. Our cards come from $10 up and are fun and easy to use. Stop in our office at 225 South Detroit Street to purchase your Chamber Gold Gift Card today.

*A one time processing fee of $1.50 does apply when purchasing the gift card.

PPP is Open AGAIN!




The Small Business Administration offers several options for small businesses struggling as a result of COVID-19. Temporary programs have been set-up through CARES Act funding to help businesse meet their needs and move toward recovery. Click on each box to see each funding or relief option.



Chamber Gold is new and improved!

Over the last year, we have been working diligently to redesign and strengthen the Chamber Gold Gift Certificate Program. We have searched for a tool that is easy and efficient in supporting our local economy while mindfully enhancing the program in a modern and improved way. It is with great excitement and anticipation that we unveil our new Chamber Gold Gift Card program. 


These newly branded Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance gift cards allow recipients to experience the ease of shopping and supporting our member businesses in a fast and convenient way in store or online. Simply receive each card as you would any Mastercard credit card. It is that easy!


There is no additional fee to be listed in our brochure distributed with each card purchase as a participating Chamber Gold Member. It is our pleasure to support your business. Please proudly display the enclosed decal in your window to signify your participation in the program.


To purchase a Chamber Gold Gift Card, stop into our office at 225 South Detroit Street from 8:30am to 3:30pm daily. Cards are available in increments of $10 to $1,000.




Hardin County Commissioners to award CARES Act Grants for Small Business Application period is October 21, 2020 - November 24, 2020


Hardin County Commissioners Announce Small Business Relief Program


The Hardin County Commissioners in partnership with the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance have developed a Small Business Relief Program to provide Hardin County small businesses with some monetary relief of the business interruption costs caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic in the form of grants of CARES Act funding. 


The application process will begin at 8:00am on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The grants are first come first serve and it is the recommendation of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance to promptly apply for grant dollars. 


Grants will begin to be awarded on November 24, 2020 and end on December 18, 2020. 


The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance have been engaged to assist in administration of the program and are willing to assist businesses with the application process. The Alliance recommends downloading and filling in the application and then either emailing directly to clerk@co.hardin.oh.us or hunderwood@hccba.com or dropping off applications directly to the Hardin County Commissioners Office (1 Courthouse Square, #100) or the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance Office (225 South Detroit Street). Mailing in the application to either addresses is not recommended. 


Any further questions, please call the Hardin County Commissioners office at 419.674.2205 or Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance at 419.673.4131.


Click HERE for application.

October 27, 2020

A new program will award small businesses with up to $10,000, and will begin accepting applications on Monday, November 2nd.


The Small Business Relief Grant ("SBRG") is designed to provide necessary relief to Ohio businesses that have been negatively impacted by the effects of COVID-19.  Governor Mike DeWine has designated up to $125,000,000 of federal CARES Act funding to provide $10,000 grants to small businesses.  $500,000 will be allocated to eligible businesses in each of Ohio’s 88 counties on a first-come, first-served basis. If each county does not use it's allocated $500,000 by November 23rd, the remainder of funding available will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of the business’ location in Ohio.  Click here for the SBRG application and more information.


Other relief programs for Bars, Nonprofits, Arts, Healthcare, and Education were designated by the Governor last Friday.

More information on all of these programs below can be found HERE.

  • $50 million for individuals behind on rent, mortgage, water, sewer, and/or utility bills.
  • $37.5 million for $2,500 grants to establishments that have valid liquor licenses for on-premises consumption.
  • $62 million for rural and 25-bed critical access hospitals.
  • $100 million for colleges and universities, primarily to support Covid-19 testing and mental health counseling.
  • $25 million for nonprofits.
  • $20 million for arts organizations.

Welcome Walter 5

Join us in celebrating the addition of our newest business to the Kenton Historical Courthouse District. Congratuatulations, Walter 5 located at 124 West Columbus Street.



Did you miss the meeting? Check out our resources!

Planning Forward- 30/60/90 Days


Tax Credit Infograph-Click HERE


Tax Relief for Businesses-Click HERE


Employment Law:

FFCRA - 103 Frequently asked questions


CDC Guidance: Click HERE


Contact Information for Presenters


Mindi Wells, Esq.

Wells Law


Contact us button at:  www.WellsLawLLC.com


Rebecca Noblit

Senior Vice President Chief Credit Officer

Liberty National Bank



Joy Bischoff, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Chief Nursing Officer

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital



Katrina Hughes-Collins, CPA


September 25 | 11AM-2PM | 116 East Franklin Street

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today the launch of Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The list combines Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs and newly created Critical Jobs into one list of prioritized job sectors.

Governor DeWine Announces Launch of Top Jobs List


(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today the launch of Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The list combines Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs and newly created Critical Jobs into one list of prioritized job sectors.


The update aims to prioritize current economic needs with the health and well-being of Ohioans through Ohio’s Top Jobs List. This resource includes both In-Demand Jobs and Critical Jobs. 


“Ohio’s Top Jobs are critical to the long-term health and well-being of our state, our communities, and our families. These are also positions that are available now. We’re looking for Ohioans who want to serve their communities as early childhood educators, first responders, and health care providers,” said Governor Mike DeWine.


Critical Jobs ensure that the state’s workforce supports the health and well-being of Ohioans, their families, and their communities. Governor DeWine made developing the workforce in critical job areas a priority because of their impact on the lives of Ohioans at every stage of life.


“Ohio is full of opportunity for anyone looking to expand their skills and break into a new career,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. “Ohio’s Top Jobs List is a resource to help young people and those exploring their career options sort through growing industries that need to fill new, open positions as well as critical occupations.”


Critical Jobs are identified through the help of experts and stakeholders in eight career clusters. Critical Jobs were created in collaboration with the Governor’s Children’s Initiative, RecoveryOhio, and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.


The eight career clusters include:

  • Children & Community Health
  • Early Childhood Education
  • First Responders
  • Lead Abatement
  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Nursing
  • Physicians
  • Wellness Research & Technology

In addition to creating the Top Jobs List, today Governor DeWine announced the new career pathways feature on TopJobs.Ohio.gov. Career pathways illustrate the progress Ohioans can make within the career clusters in which Critical Jobs are organized.


Whereas the Top Jobs List showcases details on the progress one can have within a position, such as the growth from a starting wage to a median wage; the new career pathways feature provides information on the skills and education needed for Ohioans to advance to the next level of their chosen career pathway.


In 2019, Lt. Governor Husted announced the launch of TopJobs.Ohio.gov, Ohio’s new tool that transitioned the once static In-Demand Jobs List into an interactive tool to help guide the educational choices of students, educators, and workers.


Ohio’s Top Jobs List plays an important function as it directs 85 percent of federal job training funds offered through OhioMeansJobs Centers.


Both the list and the career pathway feature are available at TopJobs.Ohio.gov.

Welcome INKED Custom Printing


INKED Custom Printing-Sterling Buildings-Wilson's Knives and Candles

366 West Espy Street, Kenton

Join us in welcoming our newest members!

To become a member of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, click HERE!

Take time to celebrate our history!

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance’s Tourism Committee is encouraging county residents to conduct driving tours to visit historical markers and veterans banners in the county.

Committee member Stephanie Temple (left) holds brochures identifying the locations of the historical markers throughout the county and Sheena Striker holds a pamphlet which leads families to the locations of the individual veterans banners. The material will be available in the vestibule of the Alliance on South Detroit Street in Kenton throughout the weekend.



Roger Crowe, organizer of the veterans banner project, holds one of the banners which are displayed in Kenton and Dunkirk. There are 391 located in Kenton and about 25 in Dunkirk this year, he said.

A map identifying the location of the banners is available on the group’s Facebook page at hardincountyvetsbanners.com.


Story is provided by Dan Robinson, Kenton Times

Alliance Announces New Members

These are the resources needed for those businesses opening on May 4 or May 12.

Responsible Restart Ohio


Guiding Priciples: coronasvirus.ohio.gov

  • Protect the health of employees, customers, and their families.
  • Support community efforts to control the spread of the virus.
  • Lead in responsibly to get Ohio back to work.

Responsible Protocols: coronasvirus.ohio.gov

  • No mask, no work, no service, no exception. 
  • Conduct daily health assessments.
  • Maintain good hygiene at all times.
  • Clean and sanitize.
  • Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.

Continued Business Closures: coronasvirus.ohio.gov

  • Schools (K-12 and daycares)
  • Older Adult Day Care Services and Senior Centers
  • Adult Day Support or Vocational Habilitation Services in Group Settings
  • Entertainment, Recreation, and Gyms (follow the above link for the full listing of closures)

Manufacturing, Distribution & Construction: follow the link for very specific guidelines

Consumer, Retail & Services:  follow the link for very specific guidelines

General Office Environments: 

Personal Care Services

Restaurants and Bars

We've put together a list of resources for businesses including useful information, relief assistance and more.

Resources for Businesses and Employers


Ohio Manufacturer's Association

"Safety Guidance & Resources for Manufacturers During the COVID-19 Emergency."  Click Here.

Small Business Administration

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

  • This page includes a link to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, info on Paycheck Protection Program, info on Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Loan Advance, SBA Debt Relief, SBA Express Bridge Loans and more.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been signed into law.  This Act provides additional assistance for small business owners, including the opportunity to receive up to a $10,000 Advance (which does not have to be repaid) on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for emergency capital.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) is updating its system to implement this provision so small businesses can request an EIDL advance when they apply for the loan.

CLICK HERE to download the Small Business Guide to the Cares Act.

CLICK HERE to download CARES Act Eligibility Details.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

CLICK HERE for the US Chamber Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs Employer Guide.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

COVID-19 Resources from the US Chamber

Northwest Ohio COVID-19 Resources

Resources compiled by the BGSU Center for Regional Development.

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

Economic Resources including loans and bonds.

Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Visit this page for up to date resources: ohiochamber.com/coronavirus-business-resources that: 

  • lists all current executive orders from Governor DeWine and his administration currently affecting businesses; 
  • any actionable programs or resources businesses can utilize immediately; 
  • any legislation pending or passed at the federal or state level that affects businesses or provides additional resources to help offset the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

These are the resources needed for those businesses opening on May 4 or May 12.

Responsible Restart Ohio


Guiding Priciples