100 Year Old Business
Our community is facing many challenges during these unsettling times. It can be helpful, at times like these, to reflect on organizations that have been part of our community for generations. That have weathered the storms and continue to make a difference. Here’s a snapshot of a few organizations that have called Licking County “home” for 100 years or more.
The Buckeye Valley Family YMCA has been a community resource for families for over a century. It continues to be a vital resource today, operating two state-certified pandemic child-care facilities in Pataskala and Newark opened to care for children of health, safety and essential services employees. The YMCA also continues its Healthy Kids Network Backpack Program, partnering with the Food Pantry Network of Licking County and Healthy Kids Network volunteers to ensure all partner schools have enough food on-hand to continue to provide meals to students in need while schools are closed.
Celebrating its centennial, the Newark Advocate has been a source of locally oriented news and resources serving our county for a century. It continues that tradition during the pandemic, offering free access to online articles featuring up-to-the-minute information on COVID-19 related topics.
Licking County’s own Velvet Ice Cream Company has been bringing frozen joy to our neighbors – and beyond – for over one hundred years. As a designated essential business, this family-owned company has continued to produce and ship ice cream, making staying at home a little easier. Ye Olde Mill plans to open this summer, offering Licking County residents their favorite take-out ice cream desserts at its historic Utica location.
Park National Bank has called Licking County home for over 100 years, serving the financial needs of the Licking County community. During the economic crisis the pandemic has created, the local lenders have worked overtime helping local businesses – whether navigating the Paycheck Protection Program loan process, helping homeowners lower mortgages, or providing financial assistance to all size businesses.
Licking Memorial Hospital has dynamically served our community’s health care needs for more than a century. LMH has grown its service offerings to meet the community’s needs, adding a new surgery center and incorporating essential technology advancements. During the pandemic the hospital has streamlined the ER process to maximize safety and health, while offering COVID-19 drive thru testing.
Finally, the Licking County Chamber of Commerce has been in continuous operation for 115 years because we have adapted our goals, programming and benefits based on the changing needs of our members and the community, giving us continued relevance.
Being an adaptable resource and a voice for business and growth may never have been more important for our community than now. Within days of the “Stay at Home” order, we adapted. From providing weekly and sometimes daily updates to our members on relief efforts and changes in policy via multiple platforms, to instituting a “buy local campaign” and promoting members on social media outlets, we acted. We have advocated to our elected officials on the need for financial relief for our businesses. We informed and supported our members.
We are excited to be able to facilitate the “Facebook Data Center COVID Relief Fund” grant program to help small business stay afloat during this trying time. The Relief Fund is open to member business in Licking County employing 1-50 employees who have been negatively affected financially during this pandemic. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Facebook Data Center, which gifted $100,000 to help our small businesses in this crisis.
This is a hard time. These, and other community organizations and businesses that have operated for over 100 years in our community prove that we can adapt. We can overcome. We ARE #InThisTogether.