Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Aug. 14 newspaper on Page A5.

JACKSON — If you have traveled up or down Broadway Street in downtown Jackson, you may have noticed that the window decals on the building for the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce are gone.

Randy Heath, executive director of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, told The Courier that the chamber has undergone a restructuring change.

The chamber was located at 234 Broadway Street in Jackson; however, Heath reported that the building has been sold and the chamber has been relocated.

“In April, we sold our building on Broadway Street,” stated Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President Brandon McGhee. “We had to be out by the end of July.”

McGhee said, “We have taken on a reorganization change. We are downsizing from an office to a virtual office.”

He explained to The Courier that Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce will now have a virtual office at The Office Commons, located at 135 East Huron Street in Jackson.

A “virtual office” is one of a few types of services that The Office Commons offers. The virtual office is designed for those that want the convenience of having incoming calls answered with their company’s name.

“We now have a full-time secretary, before it was a part-time secretary,” said McGhee. “So, we had a secretary for about 20 hours a week, now we have a secretary for 40 hours a week.”

McGhee added, “Now, we have someone full-time that can handle the phone calls and emails, and Randy (Heath) can go out in the community more.”

The Office Commons, for those who may not remember, opened their doors in December 2012 with a unique concept in office space management. They offer traditional, non-traditional and virtual office space to their clients.

“It provides us with a lot better building and look then what we had before,” stated McGhee. McGhee noted Kelly Wiley Realty purchased the building with plans to use it as a commercial building.

McGhee explained, “For the community, the only change will be the location, so they can still stop by The Office Commons. They can still meet with any of our board of directors, or our executive director Randy (Heath). We can also set up weekly or monthly meetings because we have access to a meeting room as well.”

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce will still be having all of the same events that they have had in the past. Those include the Jackson Area Spring Business Showcase, Fourth of July 5K Run/Walk, a golf outing in June and the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Banquet in the fall.

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, which has been a part of the community since its formation on July 3, 1911, can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 740-286-2722.

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