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Tiffin’s population ends negative trend, best results in 50 years

The 2020 Census results were released today for cities with more than 5,000 in population. The city of Tiffin’s population has stabilized and effectively stopped the downward trend since 1970, with a net population loss between 2010 and 2020 of only ten people.

Here are the Census numbers for Tiffin for the past 50 years:

  • 1970: 21,596 (+0.5% population gain from previous decade, Census high point)
  • 1980: 19,567 (-9.4% population loss from previous decade)
  • 1990: 18,604 (-4.9%)
  • 2000: 18,135 (-2.5%)
  • 2010: 17,963 (-0.9%)
  • 2010: 17,953 (-0.06%)

When compared with the other 69 county seat cities across Ohio with greater than 5,000 in population (19 of the 88 county seats have less than 5,000), Tiffin is one of the communities showing positive trends and significantly outperforming expectations from the last Census. Some key rankings include the following:

  • Tiffin ranks #32 out of 69 (top half) for population growth, surpassing neighboring county seats Findlay, Fremont, and Bucyrus.
  • Tiffin ranks #19 out of 69 for outperforming the expected results. The 2019 estimates for Tiffin were 17,582, meaning Tiffin achieved a growth rate 2.1% higher than expected.
  • Tiffin outranks every adjacent surrounding county seat for outperforming expectations except Upper Sandusky.

Some reasons for the increase in population include:

  • Tiffin’s consistently strong economic development (in top ten percent of similar communities nationally eight years in a row) and business climate.
  • Tiffin’s increasing quality of life, including its state- and nationally-accredited, award-winning Main Street downtown program.
  • Residential development in multifamily apartments, condominiums, and downtown lofts.
  • A strong culture of collaboration, community, and progress – A Life Connected.
  • Long-term investments in strategic and comprehensive planning. Read more on plans.

Funds Doubled for Small Business Grant Programs

County Set-Asides End July 31, 2021

Press Release from Governor’s Office (July 16, 2021)

(COLUMBUS) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today reminded Ohio business owners that grants are available through the Ohio Department of Development (Development) to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of $310 million is being offered across four grant programs to help new businesses that opened in 2020, food and beverage establishments, entertainment venues, and lodging venues. To ensure the grants are spread throughout the state, each program has a set-aside amount of funding for each of Ohio’s 88 counties. If businesses in a county do not deplete the county’s allocation by July 31, the remaining funds will become available to businesses statewide.

“I strongly encourage Ohio’s small and medium-sized business owners to apply for these grants,” said Governor DeWine. “Funding is set aside for businesses in all of Ohio’s 88 counties and grants range from $10,000 to $30,000 apiece. As we continue our recovery from the pandemic, we want to give our local businesses this money to help them successfully move forward.” 

When Governor DeWine announced the launch of these grant programs in June, the grant fund totaled $155 million with money made available by the Ohio General Assembly through Senate Bill 108 and Senate Bill 109. On July 1, the fund doubled to $310 million when the new fiscal year budget was approved by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine. 

All four programs are administered by Development. Program guidelines, terms and conditions, and required documentation for all four programs are available at BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov. Applications opened June 29 and will remain open until funds are exhausted.

Ohio Small Business Development Centers and Ohio Minority Business Assistance Centers are staffed with advisors who can help businesses with the application process. 

Free Employee Retention Webinar – July 20

The Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is sponsoring a free webinar on July 20, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Employee Retention. Denise Dahl from Epiphany Planning & Development will be leading the session.

Register by filling out the Registration Form and emailing it back to kern@terra.edu. If you have any additional questions, please call 419.559.2464.

Summary: “With all the talk of the 2021 employee tsunami more than ever the importance of retaining employees is being discussed. Take some actionable steps and learn strategies, both short and long-term, in engaging and retaining employees in this two-hour offering. The prediction of one in every four employees changing jobs in the next 12 months and the negative impact it can have on you and your company warrants an investment in learning how to save yourself and your company both time and money by keeping those you have and creating loyalty with those you hire.”

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC Program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

View State COVID Business Grant Webinar Recording and Slides – June 29

Watch the recording from the recent webinar on the new Food & Establishment Grant, Entertainment Venue Grant, Lodging Grant, and New Small Business Grant here:

The slides presented on the webinar are here as well:

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to David Zak at 419.912.1150 or by email at zak@tiffinseneca.org.

Terra State to host TechCred Workshop on July 13

TechCred Workshop
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (in-person & virtual)
Doepker Leadership Center (B101) at Terra State Community College

Pre-registration required. Register today by calling or emailing The Kern Center at 419.559.2464 • kern@terra.edu

Do you want to upskill your workforce and receive state funding to help with the cost?

In partnership with a training provider like Terra State, employers can apply online to be reimbursed up to $2,000* of training costs once the employee has successfully completed a credential. Qualified credentials must be short-term (less than one year to complete), technology focused and industry recognized. *$2,000 per employee, up to $30,000 total available per funding round.

Don’t miss this hands-on workshop with LuAnne Cooke, NW Ohio Liaison with Lt. Governor Jon Husted’s office. This workshop will provide a brief overview of TechCred and assistance with completing your application online. Bring your laptops and the following information:

  • Supplier ID Number
  • Charter Number
  • Federal Tax ID Number

For assistance obtaining these numbers and the full list of information required for the application, visit TechCred.Ohio.gov prior to the workshop.

TechCred can be utilized for:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Business Technology
  • Healthcare Technology
  • IoT and Cybersecurity
  • Military and Smart Transportation
  • Construction Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Robotics/Automation

Below is the agenda for the day:

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Special TechCred Workshop presented by LuAnne Cooke, NW Ohio Liaison with Lt. Governor Jon Husted’s office. She will provide some basic information and any updates followed by a hands-on workshop to assist with the actual application process. Bring your laptops, Supplier ID Number, Charter Number, and Federal Tax ID Number. The attached flyer for the event provides a link to assist you with obtaining these numbers.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Join us for a special presentation by Terra State and Great Lakes Community Action Partnership regarding the Job Corps Scholars Program which offers free tuition for career technical training, career coaching, paid work experience, and more.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – OhioMeansJobs will provide information about additional funding resources and all of their current services available for businesses.

TSEP to cohost webinar on business grant programs

>>> Log in to webinar at 2:00 p.m. on June 29 here – https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85157927016

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 25, 2021 – In response to the announcement on Friday of the launch of four business grant programs by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor John Husted, the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is co-hosting a webinar with the Seneca Regional Chamber, Ohio Lt. Governor John Husted’s Office and the Small Business Development Center at Terra State to go over the programs, answer questions, and connect you to the right people. Money has been set aside for businesses in every county, including Seneca County.

The four programs are the following:

  • Food and Beverage Establishment Grant – up to $30,000 to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other food and drinking businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. $100 million has been set aside for this program.
  • Entertainment Venue Grant – up to $30,000 to theaters, music venues, spectator sports venues, museums, and other entertainment establishments affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. $20 million has been set aside for the program.
  • Lodging Grant – up to $30,000 to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. $25 million has been set aside for this program.
  • New Small Business Grant – up to $10,000 to small businesses established between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. $10 million has been set aside for this program.

The webinar will be available to businesses and anyone interested from the general public and take place at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The Zoom link can be found at tsepwebinar.com, or attendees can connect directly at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85157927016 at the time of the event. Preregistration is not necessary.

More details on the program and application to the programs can be found at https://businesshelp.ohio.gov/. Businesses can begin applying to the program that same day.

Cohosts for the program will be the following:

  • Lu Cooke, Ohio Lt. Governor’s Office
  • Bryce Riggs, Executive Director, Seneca Regional Chamber and Destination Seneca County
  • David Zak, President & CEO, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership
  • Audrey Flood, Development Manager for Rural, Entrepreneurship and Community Development
  • Holly Hoffman, Coordinator of Workforce & Community Education, Terra State Community College

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.

State of Ohio launches 4 new business grant programs – applications open Jun. 29

Press Release from Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted (Jun. 25, 2025):

DeWine Husted Masthead

Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Announce $155 Million in Business Assistance Programs

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the launch of four grant programs to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“These four new grant programs will help industries that experienced losses over the last year because of the pandemic,” said Governor DeWine. “Ohio’s economy is moving forward, and with new grant programs like the ones we are announcing today, we are optimistic that our economy will only continue to grow stronger from here.

“The programs will provide $155 million in grant funding to businesses that opened in 2020, food and beverage establishments, entertainment venues, and lodging venues. The funds were made available by the Ohio General Assembly as part of Senate Bill 108 and Senate Bill 109, both of which Governor DeWine signed into law in May. 

All four programs will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency (Development). Program guidelines, terms and conditions, and required documentation for all four programs are available now at BusinessHelp.Ohio.GovThe applications will open on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

“The focus of this funding is primarily on Ohio-owned, small businesses that are important contributors to their local economy and the quality of life for the people who live there,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “The grants will help these businesses buy equipment, hire more employees and make needed updates to their facilities, so they, and the communities they serve, can recover faster.”

Ohio Small Business Development Centers and Ohio Minority Business Assistance Centers are staffed with advisors who can help businesses with the application process. 

“The investments we make through these programs will ensure the survival and stability of our small businesses,” said Director of Development Lydia Mihalik. “Our small business owners and entrepreneurs are the heart of our economy, and we’re optimistic about the future.”

Heidelberg completes historic $77 million campaign

Summarized from Heidelberg University’s release/article on June 19 – https://www.heidelberg.edu/news/2021/donors-commit-77m-in-largest-berg-campaign-ever

Heidelberg University, a student-centered university combining liberal arts and professional preparation founded in Tiffin in 1850 with an alumni base of over 18,000, announced this past weekend that it successfully completed its ten-year Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence (ACCE).

During alumni reunion weekend, President Rob Huntington celebrated the achievement: “The overarching goal of ACCE over the past 10 years ahs been to strengthen our core academic offerings and the accompanying co-curricular programming leading to student success, support of our faculty, and ultimately, to elevate Heidelberg among its peers. The impact of ACCE cannot be overstated.”

Some of the investments with the funding include the following:

  • Major renovation to Adams Hall
  • Major renovation to Beeghly Library
  • Major renovation to the Bryenton Center for the Honors Program and Pfleiderer Hall
  • Investments in campus technology, science equipment, music and theater equipment.
  • Investments in international study, internships and research.
  • Creation of first three endowed faculty chairs in education, business, and natural science.
  • Creation of a professional development fund.

TSEP Annual Meeting Moves to Heidelberg

Inside the newly renovated Seiberling Gymnasium

June 2, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – TIFFIN, OHIO – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announces today that it will be moving tomorrow’s Annual Meeting from the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green to Seiberling Gymnasium on the campus of Heidelberg University. The action-packed event will remain free and open-to-the public, with complimentary appetizers and cash bar available onsite.

“If you want to be inspired, if you want to experience the energy and excitement about the past, present, and future of Tiffin and Seneca County, this is the event for you,” said TSEP President & CEO David Zak.

View Program Here

The meeting will take place tomorrow on Thursday, June 3, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with doors open at 5:00 p.m. Seiberling Gymnasium is a recently renovated, premier collegiate athletic facility that serves as a venue for important college and community events, such as the Pat Adams Lecture Series. Seiberling Gymnasium is located at 132 Rebecca St. in Tiffin. Parking is available throughout the Heidelberg Campus (see Campus Map).

Zak explained the decision, saying “We would have loved to have been outside at the beautiful Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green and local food trucks and DORA, but the rain today and the rain expected tomorrow morning has forced to go indoors into the beautiful Heidelberg Seiberling Gymnasium. We thank both the East Green Foundation and Heidelberg University for making these incredible venues available to us.”

The historic Annual Meeting is the first one in the organization’s 38-year history that has been free and open to the public. It will feature an action-packed celebration and recognition of the amazing things happening in Tiffin and Seneca County, as well as plans and visions for the future. Giveaways will include a signature aluminum water bottle representing the need to continually replenish the refreshing, positive energy that fuels our growth and success.

Featured signature speakers and visionaries include the entrepreneurship leader Austin Brooks, national downtown expert Craig Gossman, and the leader of one of the most successful economic development regions in the country, Dean Monske with Regional Growth Partnership. The TSEP leaders of the various areas of economic, downtown and community development will share their thoughts, and nine awards will be presented to amazing businesses, entrepreneurs, partners, change agents, and difference makers from all over Tiffin and Seneca County.

Please register at www.tsep2021.com to assist us with headcount, but it is not required to enter.

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.

Entrepreneurial Opportunity 2021-01: Bird Scooters

Read full Press Release.

Basic Information

  • Type of Opportunity: manage a new local business
  • Opportunity ID: TSEO 2021-01 Bird Scooters
  • Date posted: April 6, 2021
  • Date closed: to be determined
  • To apply or for more information: fill out this form

Description

Founded in September 2017, Bird operates shared electric scooters in over 100 cities in Europe, the Middle East, and North America with 10 million rides in its first year of operation. The company was founded and is run by Travis VanderZanden, formerly an executive at Lyft and Uber. Notably it became the fastest startup to ever reach $1 billion in valuation.

Users who want to rent the scooters install the Bird app, where all available scooters are displayed. Before starting, the user supplies payment information, scan the QR code on the scooter, and begins the trip. To end the trip, the user must take a photo of the parked scooter. The price of the trip is immediately withdrawn from the user’s credit card.

Bird would like to add Tiffin to its list of cities and is currently searching for its first Fleet Manager partner. During riding season, a person could make up to $1500 per week. All legal, insurance, and overhead costs are covered by Bird, and Bird provides all the needed tools, guidance, and support. No start-up costs or fund are required, but the Fleet Manager must have access to a vehicle to transport scooters and an indoor space to store them during winter months.

Additional Questions

Please contact Audrey Flood, Development Manager for Community, Entrepreneurship, and Rural Development, by email at flood@tiffinseneca.org or by phone at 419.561.0244.