Xpress Courier Services opens in Tiffin

Company offers delivery service to Tiffin, surrounding area

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 21, 2021 – Owner Kristopher McEwen is bringing more than 10 years of personal delivery experience to his new business, Xpress Courier Services, which started in September, to provide personal and/or business shipping services to Tiffin and the surrounding area.

Xpress Courier Services can provide delivery for letters, documents or packages, with services including Express Delivery, Same Day Delivery, Next day Delivery, Weekend Priority and regular route through Scheduled Delivery. The company provides courier services for almost every industry, including but not limited to medical specimen handling, prescriptions, payroll, construction, financial, real estate, legal, architectural, among others.

Xpress Courier Services is based in Tiffin, and delivers in Tiffin and to Attica, Bucyrus, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Republic and Upper Sandusky.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to serve the people of Tiffin with delivery services,” said McEwen.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Congratulations to Kristopher McEwen on this new business. I’m excited to see entrepreneurs bring their talents to our business community.”

For more information, or to request a quote, visit www.xpresscourierservices.biz, call/text (419) 434-0812, email xpresscourierservices@outlook.com or find them on Facebook. Xpress Courier Services is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

Final Façade Grants for 2021 approved by ABR

Two companies making improvements to historic downtown buildings

27-31 S. Washington St. in Downtown Tiffin.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 19, 2021 – Today, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved the final façade grants for 2021 with two projects to improve historic buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

During the meeting Tuesday, the board approved a $3,520.50 Façade Enhancement Grant for the Empire Block Condominium, 144 S. Washington St., for new windows and door on the first floor of the building; and a $6,210.44 façade grant to ReinX3, LLC for 27-31 S. Washington St. for new gutters. Combined, these projects are a $22,871 investment in the community.

With these projects, the $100,000 budget for 2021 Façade Enhancement Program has been completely allocated, having funded 15 projects for a combined $270,656.57 investment. Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 102 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.6 million.

Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m proud to see that the Façade Enhancement Program has been successful in providing funds to so many worthwhile projects in our Historic Downtown. I applaud Tiffin City Council for continuing to budget for this great program, and encourage building owners to take advantage of it in 2022 to continue this positive momentum.”

About the Façade Enhancement Program

The Façade Enhancement Program is a City of Tiffin reimbursement grant that was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit www.tiffinseneca.org (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Arlington Acres completes barn restoration project

Farm offers newly renovated event space

This interior picture of Arlington Acres shows the event space set up for a wedding reception.

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 18, 2021 – Arlington Acres, 3191 W. SR 18, a family farm turned event center, is announcing the completion of its building restoration project and the opening of reservations for the next wedding season.

In 2019, John and Sarah Bolte hosted a wedding at the barn, which inspired them to renovate the property for more events in the future. The barn has been completely renovated with a bar area, new siding and windows, and central air in the lower level which includes getting ready suites, restrooms and a prep kitchen. Additionally, an outdoor ceremony space was established.

As well as the event space, the Patch at Arlington Acres is available seasonally from September through October with a road side pumpkin stand available 24/7. The farm offers a variety of heirloom pumpkins, gourds and squash. The pumpkin stand is re-stocked daily with current inventory.

Sarah and John Bolte

Formerly known as the King Farm, the property has been farmed by John’s family since the 1950s. The original family owner was Arlington Dunn, an American Civil War veteran who lived in the area, and for whom the property now gets its name.

“We’re very excited to make this announcement and to continue growing our business here in Seneca County. We look forward to celebrating with more couples on their special day” said Sarah Bolte.

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner said, “Congratulations to John and Sarah Bolte on this investment in Seneca County and creating a destination for people from around the region.”

For more information or booking details, visit www.arlingtonacresoh.com, find Arlington Acres on Facebook and Instagram or email arlingtonacresoh@gmail.com. Arlington Acres is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

Virtual program showcases employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Event to stream on Zoom Oct. 28

Press Release via Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities

TIFFIN, Ohio – In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Seneca County Opportunity Center is hosting a virtual program, “Employment Options for People with Disabilities,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, via Zoom. Opportunity Center staff will share how they collaborate with other organizations to help people with disabilities find and keep employment. Concordance Healthcare Solutions will discuss their inclusive hiring program, and local individuals with disabilities will talk about being employed in the community.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is held each October to educate the public about disability employment issues and recognize the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities is proud to support NDEAM and encourages everyone to work together to create a disability-friendly work culture.

Free and open to the public. For the Zoom link, contact Joan Fredritz at (419) 447-7521 ext. 1134 or jfredritz@senecadd.org.

About the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The mission of the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) is to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. SCBDD currently serves over 600 people with disabilities from birth through adulthood in Seneca County.

Façade grants approved for two businesses

Program has now supported 100 building projects in Downtown Tiffin

The exterior of Behm & Henry, 185 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 5, 2021 – During a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved façade grants for Bailiwicks and Behm & Henry. With these approvals, 100 building projects in Downtown Tiffin have now been approved by the ABR for the Façade Enhancement Program.

During the meeting, the board approved a $4,360 facade grant for Bailiwicks Coffee Co., 62 S. Washington St., for roof repair and door replacement; and a $10,000 grant for Behm & Henry, 185 S. Washington St., for roof replacement and skylight repair. Combined, the estimated cost of these projects is a $30,498 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement of the most recent façade grant projects, and especially with the program for hitting the milestone. “When we started this program in 2014, we had the vision of maintaining these historic properties in Downtown Tiffin, but also helping those building owners and businesses who are investing in our community. I couldn’t be more proud that we’ve been able to see 100 projects funded by this program, and expect we’ll keep seeing that number grow for years to come.”

The 2021 Façade Enhancement Program continues to be successful with 13 building project approvals for an investment of more than $245,000. Since the city-funded Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 100 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.6 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program

The Façade Enhancement Program is a City of Tiffin reimbursement grant that was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit www.tiffinseneca.org (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About Downtown Tiffin The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Tiffin start-up Apex Target Systems seeks additional capital

Company to raise $50,000 to finish prototype and for working capital

TIFFIN, OHIO – Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021 –Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that local entrepreneur Jamie Chester is seeking an additional investor or investor group for his developing business, Apex Target Systems LLC. Detailed information about this opportunity can be found on TSEP’s “Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse” at tseoc.org. The opportunity will remain open until October 31, 2021.

Apex Target Systems has designed and developed a working prototype for a patented state-of-the-art shooting target system that is portable, electronically-integrated, and cost-effective, with no true competitor. Established in 2015 by Tiffin entrepreneur and veteran Jamie Chester, the company has successfully raised $500,000 to date, including $150,000 in its first capital raise as well as $50,000 in grant funds through Bowling Green State University. Of the $50,000 sought, half will go towards error-proofing the software, with the remainder to function as working capital. A demonstration to the military is scheduled for mid-November. The military, law enforcement, and shooting ranges are the top market segments.

Apex founder and owner Jamie Chester is excited about taking is his product to market: “I appreciate working with the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership to identify and qualify potential investors. The funds will finish our software development and allow us to move forward.”

Apex’s quest for additional capital is the third opportunity through TSEP’s Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse (TSEOC). The TSEOC platform, launched in April of 2021, is a platform designed to facilitate the flow of entrepreneurial talent and capital to new business start-up, franchise, and business acquisition opportunities. The first opportunity with Bird Scooters ended successfully with the company coming to Tiffin, and the second retail acquisition opportunity resulted in a signed letter of intent, with the sale scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement. “It’s really inspiring to see the development of an innovative new business happening right here in Tiffin,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for community members with capital to support a developing business.”

For this opportunity, a pitch event will be held on October 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the TSEP office (96 South Washington St, Suite A, Tiffin, Ohio) where Chester will showcase his product and answer questions for potential investors. Interested parties looking for additional information or who wish to RSVP for the event should contact TSEP Development Manager Audrey Flood by email at flood@tiffinseneca.org or by cell at 419.561.0244. Eligible and qualified investors can receive a current copy of the business plan in advance of the event once they sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Bryce Riggs, Executive Director of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services and chair of TSEP’s Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurship Committee, was pleased to see this announcement. “This is exactly the type of opportunity that TSEP created this platform for. Apex Target Systems is a great example of the type of innovative entrepreneurship that is possible here in our community, and we look forward to connecting him with the capital he needs to bring his project over the finish line.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

Applications open for Ohio Export Internship Program

Information via Ohio Department of Development

The Ohio Export Internship program is designed for companies looking to export for the first time or to improve their current export initiatives. The program matches businesses with highly motivated students from Ohio universities and colleges who have taken export-focused coursework.

Participating businesses are provided a 50 percent reimbursement for intern wages. This internship program will offer a mutually beneficial relationship to students and companies by providing real-world experiences in which both can learn and grow.

To learn more about the program, visit eip.development.ohio.gov or contact Wendi Howell at wendi.howell@development.ohio.gov.

In addition to the Internship, the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) can provide eligible companies a 50% reimbursement of up to $10,000 in grant funds (i.e., 50% of $20,000 in eligible expenses) to engage in activities to increase export sales. For more detailed information, contact Andrew Borst at IMAGE@development.ohio.gov or view the IMAGE Handbook by clicking here..

Tiffin Talent wants to help connect people to jobs

Website for referral service opens today

Tiffin Talent founder Zack Perkins

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 1, 2021  – Following a 20-year career in the service industry, Zack Perkins wants to take the skills he has learned to help people looking for work find the right employment. Perkins’s company, Tiffin Talent, plans to partner exclusively with employers located in Tiffin and Seneca County.

With Tiffin Talent, Perkins will work directly with prospective job seekers in one-on-one interactions to find them the job that would be their best fit. In addition to job matching, he intends to help people improve interviewing skills and resume building.

The company’s website, www.tiffintalent.com launches today. On it, there are portals for job seeks and employers to be able to get in touch with Perkins. The services is paid for by the employer based on referrals.

“Many times, people do not know what they want to do or what is best for their skill set,” Perkins said. “I want to help people find the right job that they will love, and help companies in turn to build their workforce sustainably.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Zack Perkins on this new venture with Tiffin Talent. I believe that this could be a benefit to our community as so many companies are struggling to find workers.”

For more information, contact Perkins at zack@tiffintalent.com or by phone at (567) 230-6073.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

Northwest Career Ready submits regional workforce education plan to the State

Regional Business Advisory Council includes 15 school districts and 48 members

Northwest Career Ready BAC Members approve the plan on September 23, 2021

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 1, 2021 – Northwest Career Ready announced today that it has both approved its first plan of work and submitted it to the Ohio Department of Education. The plan details how the regional Business Advisory Council (BAC) will identify labor market needs and employability skills, build partnerships between business and industry, and develop work-based learning programs for the 2021/22 academic year. The plan can be viewed at www.tiffinseneca.org.

Vanguard-Sentinel Superintendent Greg Edinger is pleased with the progress. “We are proud to be part of the NCR Business Advisory Council and pleased with the collaboration of the BAC members. We look forward to making meaningful impacts in the future. Our aim is to help more students throughout the region find career and life success through work-based learning.”

The following 15 school districts are currently participating, serving students throughout six counties: Buckeye Central Local School District, Calvert Catholic Schools, Carey Exempted Village Schools, Fostoria City Schools, Hopewell-Loudon Schools, Mount Gilead School District, Mohawk Local School District, New Riegel Local School District, North Central Academy, Old Fort Local School District, Ontario Local School District, Seneca East Local School District, Shelby City Schools, Tiffin City Schools, and Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools. Nineteen business and industry members representing several area companies such as American Fine Sinter, Arnold Machine Inc., Laminate Technologies, LiquiBox, Mercy Health, Roppe Corporation, Superior Credit Union, and Vaughn Industries also are a part of the initiative.

Managing the initiative is Chandler Grooms, the new Workforce Development Manager with the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. Grooms began serving in this role on Sept. 13. “I am excited about the impact this will make not only on students but also on the regional economy. We have identified 18 initiatives for the upcoming school year to connect students to local career opportunities and develop a talent pipeline for businesses and employers in our communities.”

Every school district in Ohio is required by law to be a member of a Business Advisory Council. BACs serve their school districts by establishing connections between the education and business community. Through this collaboration, BACs can study changes in the economy and future job market, develop curriculums to instill relevant employment skills, and actively address workforce needs by preparing students through work-based learning. There are more than 120 BACs throughout the state.

About Northwest Career Ready

Northwest Career Ready is a regional collaborative effort between the education, business, and workforce development community in Seneca, Sandusky, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland and Morrow Counties. Currently, 13 public school districts and 2 private/charter school districts are represented by NCR and its 48 members. NCR strives to develop innovative and effective strategies to give choices for students to master the skills and knowledge required to find a future career and become successful members of their local community

Downtown Tiffin Trick or Treat planned for Oct. 29

Community invited to annual event

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 30, 221 – The annual Downtown Tiffin Trick or Treat event has been moved to 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. The original date was changed due to safety concerns with ongoing roadwork projects.

Seneca County residents are encouraged to bring their little ones to stop at Downtown Tiffin businesses to collect treats and explore everything going on in the community.

For more information, visit www.downtowntiffinevents.com or search for “Downtown Trick or Treat” on Facebook.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.