Following is an editorial by Chamber Executive Director Sara Cullin. Greater Harrison Chamber members are invited to share their expertise on the Chamber website. Contact the Chamber to learn more.

Like any desirable community, Harrison has families who have been around for generations. You know the names. Their grandpa and your grandpa probably walked to school together. At least five of their family members owned or managed local businesses.

Then you have the people who came to Harrison by choice. They saw a viable location for their business. A community great for raising their family, or for starting over.

Harrison Home Bakery is an institution in our community, but it was only in this lifetime that Dieter Noller, a German immigrant, and his wife Sandy, bought the business. Today, his children run it. They are made in Harrison!

Roger Ford found his way to Harrison in the 1980s and to get his financial advising business off the ground, he made house calls. His car was his office. Today he runs a successful firm with 20 employees. By the way, Conservative Financial Solutions has a beautiful office on Harrison Avenue. You could say, Roger made it here!

Roger Ford’s Conservative Financial Team wearing Made In Harrison shirts May 2023.

I think about Missy and Dan Dummitt, who own Flex Nutrition in the Harrison Square shopping center. I am glad they decided to bring their nutritious shakes and teas to Harrison, as well as their energy. They are working and living with their kids and dogs in Harrison. Made in Harrison!

The thing about Harrison is, you don’t have to be born here to be made here. The meaning of “made,” after all, is completed.

Made In Harrison shirt displayed at Gypsy Wagon Print Co. (1373 Stone Drive, Harrison Ohio)

Greater Harrison Chamber of Commerce is celebrating success made here in Harrison. It’s connecting people, companies and organizations and giving people the opportunity to literally wear their community pride. A portion of each t-shirt sold will go toward advertising local businesses later this year. 

Designed by local business owner Gen Kurtz (Gypsy Wagon Print Co.), Made in Harrison Ohio shirts are a great choice for family reunions and groups traveling together, whether it’s a pleasure cruise or a work conference. Some companies are purchasing them in bulk and adding their company logo. Viola! Something the whole team can wear while volunteering in the community or enjoying a casual Friday. Did I mention these shirts come in five colors and seven sizes?

To get a shirt (or 50, if you choose) just visit this link.

The campaign is called Made In Harrison, but it’s less about place than people; it’s about hardworking, determined, smart people who create, lead, prosper and support each other.

About the Author

Sara Cullin is the executive director for Greater Harrison Chamber of Commerce. In addition to this part-time role, Sara owns and operates a small business called Signal Tree Creative Communications. She is an accredited public relations professional with 20 years of experience.