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Terra sets dates for Small Business Basics courses

Press Release via Terra State Community College

The Small Business Basics course is a free, three-hour seminar that will answer questions about starting, buying, or expanding a small business. This seminar will take the confusion out of your efforts, and help you to avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps.

Participants can learn the basics of:

  • Name Registration
  • Licensing
  • Taxes
  • Advisors Business Entities
  • Employees
  • Insurance
  • Financing Business Planning
  • And More

The program is presented by the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College and courses will be presented in the Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B, Room 103, at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

The program is sponsored by Civista Bank, Croghan Colonial Bank, Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development, First National Bank, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, PNC Bank, Sutton Bank and U.S. Bank

Dates and times for 2022:

  • Wednesday, Jan 5, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr 6, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr 20, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 1, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • (No July Seminars)
  • Wednesday, Aug 3, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug 17, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sep 7, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sep 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct 5, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • (No December Seminars)

To register, contact: Miranda Hoffman, Director of  Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, at (419) 559-2210 or email mhoffma05@terra.edu.

About The Ohio Small Business Development Center

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 Department of Development. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the SBDC at Terra State Community College, 419.559.2210.

Sylvan Learning Center opening office in Tiffin

Tutoring to begin in December for students

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 29, 2021 – Today, the Findlay Sylvan Learning Center has announced that it will be managing a satellite location in Tiffin at 22 W. Market St., just outside of Downtown Tiffin. The new center will begin providing services to families in the area as of the first of December.

Sylvan Learning Center provides personalized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, homework support, and test preparation for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan provides personalized learning programs and primarily serves students in primary and secondary education.

Chelsea Wentling, Center Director for Sylvan Learning of Findlay & Tiffin was excited to make the announcement: “We have been trying to find a location in the Tiffin market for a while. We have many families from Tiffin and Seneca County and the surrounding area who have been asking for us to provide something closer to home, and we’re very excited to say that we have now chosen a location that will give us that opportunity.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomed the news: “The addition of Sylvan Learning Center to the Tiffin area makes sense as we are the ‘Education Community.’ I am glad to see yet another option for families in the community to better their learning and education.”

For more information or to schedule services, visit www.sylvanlearning.com or call (419) 427-0975.

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.

Northwest Career Ready approves by-laws, logo

Local business advisory council hears update on recent Manufacturing Showcase

Students participate in a virtual-reality welding demonstration organized by Sentinel CTC faculty and students during the 2021 Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase.

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 23, 2021 – Northwest Career Ready (NCR), a regional business advisory council, held its second quarterly meeting of the 2021-2022 academic year Nov. 18 at Fostoria City Schools. During the meeting, the 36 members in attendance approved NCR’s by-laws and new logo and discussed the committee structure and heard updates on various work-based learning initiatives happening across the region.

“Some very big steps have been made so far in creating a successful foundation for Northwest Career Ready,” said Chandler Grooms, Workforce Development Manager for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Manager of the business advisory council. “We were able to get approval of some key items at the quarterly meeting, and I think we continue to see how important the work of the business advisory council is. A lot of great things are already happening, and I look forward to contributing to more opportunities for the students that Northwest Career Ready serves.”

One of the programs discussed was the Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase. The showcase returned to Tiffin University’s Heminger Center to host approximately 500 high school freshmen in the half day event on Oct. 8. Now in its sixth year, the Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County partnered with local organizations and manufacturers to return the event to an in-person format after going virtual in 2020.

 “I’m glad that we were able to have an event in 2020, but I’m excited we were able to have an in-person experience this year,” said Carol Owen, Business Services Consultant for OhioMeansJobs Seneca County. “Thank you to Tiffin University for hosting and to the schools and employers that participated.

The Manufacturing Showcase is an opportunity for freshmen students to learn about careers in manufacturing and participate in various demonstrations, focusing on key skills such as team building, lean manufacturing, employability, machining, supply chain, and mechanical engineering/automation.

Twelve manufacturing employers volunteered to lead demonstrations for the event, including American Fine Sinter, American Plastics, Ameriwood Industries, Arnold Machine, Church & Dwight, Clouse Construction, Grammer, Mennel Milling, National Machinery, Taiho Corp. of America, Vaughn Industries, and Webster Industries. Sentinel Career and Technology Center faculty also lead demonstrations, and several Sentinel students assisted with the event as well.

Eight schools participated in this year’s in-person showcase: Calvert Catholic, Fostoria City High School, Hopewell-Loudon High School, Mohawk High School, New Riegel High School, North Central Academy, Old Fort High School, and Seneca East High School.

Since its inception in 2016, approximately 3,250 Seneca County freshmen have been exposed to careers in manufacturing. The showcase is just one program that Northwest Career Ready looks to support and build upon for future years to come.

About Northwest Career Ready

Northwest Career Ready serves as the regional business advisory council for 13 public and private schools across Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, and Richland Counties. The business advisory council is made up of education, business, economic development, and community leaders across the region. NCR is dedicated to building collaboration between the business and education community and creating opportunities for students to gain exposure of future career pathways in their community.

City of Tiffin receives grant for box planters

Grant allows for 80 planters in Downtown Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 22, 2021 – The Meshech Frost Charitable Trust has provided a grant to Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership for the City of Tiffin to purchase 18 box planters for Downtown Tiffin. The grants provides 50 percent of the funding toward the overall cost of $10,446.96.

The $4,644.78 grant allows the city to continue to install black, self-watering planters along South Washington Street to the south at the five points intersection by St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funds are to be used for planters as well as for hanging basket liners and flowers.

In 2019, the City of Tiffin was the recipient of a $5,388 grant from Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District for the initial purchase of 25 planters in Downtown Tiffin. These replaced the decades-old planters that previously were there. The planters are made of 70 percent recycle material.

Tiffin Public Works is to install the planters in the early spring and volunteers maintain the flowers, which are supplied by the city. These new planters will bring the total to 80 planters in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is pleased to have received the grant: “We are grateful that Meshech Frost Charitable Trust has provided these funds to the City of Tiffin and allowed us to expand the number of planters as we continue to invest in the beatification of downtown Tiffin.”

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.

Vanguard-Sentinel launches Telecommunications Tower Technician program

Husted approves programs at three schools

Press Release via the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – November 17, 2021 — Ohio Lieutenant Gov. Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), announced Nov. 17, the launch of Telecommunications Tower Technician Programs at North Central State College, Hocking College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. This announcement is part of a larger effort by OWT and BroadbandOhio to grow the workforce needed to expand broadband access and 5G in Ohio.

The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy, released in September, identifies the need for a skilled and prepared workforce to fill broadband and 5G jobs. The strategy outlines a plan for increasing broadband industry career awareness and creating more training and education programs in the state. The three Telecommunications Tower Technician Programs announced today will provide students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to start their careers in the telecommunications industry as a Telecommunications Tower Technician I.

“This is another example of how our administration is actively working to eliminate barriers to expanding Ohio’s broadband and 5G infrastructure,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “The Telecommunications Tower Technician programs will help address the workforce gap by providing students with the in-demand skills and experience needed to get a high-paying job with clear opportunities for advancement.”

Lt. Governor Husted traveled to North Central State College (NCSC) in Mansfield to promote the Telecommunications Tower Technician Program, which will launch in the Spring of 2022 at NCSC, Hocking College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. The program is 240 hours and will cover a variety of topics, including safety, basic rigging and fall protection, principles of electricity, fiber optics, wireless technology, cell components, antenna basics, spectrum management and more.

“The Kehoe Center is perfect for the Tower Tech program,” said President Dorey Diab of North Central State College. “We have the space available and numerous laboratories already in place to support the training required. In addition, we’re excited to work with new industry partners to provide the qualified workforce they require. NC State is always striving to adapt to meeting the evolving needs of our regional partners. Tower Technicians will be highly skilled and provide the professionals who complete the program will have great careers.”

The State of Ohio identified the program as a plug-and-play model to bring to Ohio, worked to find the institutions that would host the program, and provided initial funding to help launch it.

“Hocking College is proud to be a pilot site for the Tower Technician 1 program in Southeast Ohio, partnering with the state to expand telecommunication training in Ohio and preparing Ohioans for good jobs in Appalachian Ohio,” said President Betty Young of Hocking College.

“We are excited to be part of the 5G broadband initiative in the state of Ohio and to establish a program in Northwest Ohio that will meet the workforce needs and will give students the opportunities to earn in-demand industry credentials and pathways to a great career,” said Superintendent Greg Edinger of Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center.

“The Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has worked closely with our industry to develop these first-class Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTTI) programs that will ensure the Buckeye State’s educational system is graduating career-ready technicians,” said Todd Schlekeway, President & CEO of NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association. “The TTTI program curriculum that is being implemented in these designated Ohio schools will move the needle on the industry’s workforce needs by providing training courses that prepare students for rewarding careers in a rapidly growing industry without taking on college debt. NATE commends the State of Ohio for its leadership, and we thank Lt. Governor Husted for his continued support for our industry and for leading the nation with these important investments in critical workforce development programs.”

Today’s launch represents another project related to broadband expansion that builds upon efforts by Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to expand and enhance high-speed internet access for businesses and families throughout Ohio.

The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy can be found on the BroadbandOhio website.

City of Tiffin asks residents provide feedback on projects

Dream Big Tiffin received five new proposals and 16 new ideas this year

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 5, 2021 – On behalf of the City of Tiffin, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is excited to announce that the new community development project proposals and ideas submitted in this year’s Dream Big, Tiffin initiative have been posted online. TSEP is asking the public to go to dreambigtiffin.com to provide their feedback through Nov. 24, 2021.

Jodie Reinbolt, Chair of the Tiffin Community Development Committee and Executive Director of the Tiffin Community Foundation, explained what the public can expect from the process. “While there are no guarantees that any of these projects will be funded, or that they will occur, we do know that communities with stronger public engagement win more grants and get more projects done than they would have otherwise. We appreciate everyone’s participation.”

Last year, there were 10 project proposals with detailed description, budgets, and support documentation submitted, and since then, two of those projects have been completed: Salvation Army Parking Lot (private funding) and Seneca County Cares for Families (public/private funding) for this year. The remaining seven priority or recommended projects will remain on the list again this year: Court Street Alley improvements, South River Road Trail, Bunky Bike Tree, Community Kitchen, Trail Connections, South Washington Streetscape, and the Transformational Life Center.

New project proposals this year include a Community Garden, Cycling Without Age Program, Downtown Holiday Lighting, a Martin Luther King Monument, and Salvation Army Day Camps. Additionally, there are 16 new ideas that are being added to the 28 from last year, bringing the total community “wish list” to 44.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Our city continues to get more public and private community development projects done than other cities our size. From our roads and bridges to our parks and trails, from our healthcare to education, we continue to make strides towards higher quality of life. This process is designed to help us accomplish more and know what the public thinks.”

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 http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Jolly’s to go under new ownership

Company has been part of Tiffin community for 74 years

Jolly’s previous owner Diane Hassinger poses for a picture with new co-owners, Amber and Dave Spridgeon.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 4, 2021 – Today, a Tiffin tradition is coming under new ownership. Dave Spridgeon, owner of The Renaissance of Tiffin and Barrel 51, has announced that he has purchased Jolly’s, which is celebrating 74 years of business.

Co-owners Dave and Amber Spridgeon have been working with previous owner Diane Hassinger for a while to finalize the sale of the business that has been with her family for three generations. Dave Spridgeon said he has no plans to make any changes to the menu, which will continue to feature Jolly’s family recipe ketchup, sloppy joes, chicken, chili, pulled pork and root beer. They hope to add donuts in January.

Hassinger’s grandparents, Roy and Vivian Jolivette, opened Jolly’s in 1947 as an A&W Root Beer stand. Known for its root beer and Coney dogs, the drive-in was a staple on West Market Street for more than 70 years. In 1980, Diane took over from her parents, Gene and Colett, who had succeeded her grandparents. In 2017, Diane had moved into the historic Laird Building in Downtown Tiffin, after having been selling Jolly’s staples out of a food truck following the sale of the original property.

Hassinger is looking forward to retirement and spending time with her grandkids. “I want to thank the community for supporting my family for 74 years by coming to Jolly’s. I’m proud that we were able realize my dream to make our food available year-round and offer indoor dining,” she said. “I believe that Dave will continue to honor the Jolly’s tradition.”

In addition to the Renaissance, Dave Spridgeon introduced the Renaissance on Wheels and the Pink Lady food truck in 2020. The Renaissance and Barrel 51, which opened its doors in 2017, recently was named the Heritage Ohio 2021 Main Street Business of the Year.

Dave Spridgeon is excited about the opportunity to keep Jolly’s in Tiffin, and hopes to eventually add some of the Jolly’s sandwiches to the offerings at his other businesses. “The Tiffin community has been so welcoming since I opened my business in 2017, and I’m excited to now be part of the history of Jolly’s. I’m not only looking forward to continuing the legacy of the Diane’s family, but to make new memories with Jolly’s for years to come.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Amber and Dave Spridgeon on yet another positive announcement for their businesses and continued investment in Tiffin. It is exciting to see a long-time Tiffin staple being preserved for future generations to enjoy. I also want to wish Diane Hassinger a happy and well-deserved retirement.”

Jolly’s is located at 66 E. Market St., Tiffin. For more information, visit www.jollysdrivein.com or find them on Facebook. Jolly’s is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Miller Investment Fund LLC purchases 2499 W. Market St. in Tiffin

Press Release from the Miller Diversified

The Miller Investment Fund is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new office property in Tiffin, Ohio.  

Located at 2499 W. Market St. in Tiffin, this property includes office, retail and small storage space which totals 11,200 square feet. Since the building’s acquisition, the property has achieved 100% occupancy, boasting established tenants including H&R Block, ProMedica, the Pharmacy Counter and State Farm Insurance.  

“The acquisition of the Tiffin building is another great addition to this diversified portfolio of properties.” said Kurt Miller, Fund Principal and CEO of Miller Diversified. “We continue to search for qualified properties across the expanded Midwest, and this property offered a superb opportunity for our investors.” 

The property first came to the Miller team’s attention when a prospective tenant reached out to Miller Diversified’s brokerage team for representation. The President of Miller Diversified Realty and Fund Executive Advisor Tim Schlachter began to learn more about the building, and he saw a significant opportunity to improve upon the value of the property through acquisition and lease-up. 

“I took the information to the Fund team, and we knew it would be a good fit,” Schlachter said. “We have a strong in-house property management team, so we knew if we could check all the boxes in the review process, we would be able to bring tenants to the building and make the improvements needed for this one to be a strong addition to the portfolio, which is exactly what we’ve done now.” 

ABOUT THE MILLER INVESTMENT FUND 

The Miller Investment Fund owns a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate. This open-ended real estate investment Fund allows investors to contribute either capital or buildings in exchange for units.  

ABOUT TIFFIN, OHIO 

The property is situated along Route 224, a stretch of road which leads right into the heart of Downtown Tiffin in just minutes. According to the City of Tiffin’s website, Tiffin consistently ranks in the top 10% of almost 600 similarly-sized communities nationally for economic development. It has ranked in the top 10 for economic development in this same group twice in four years, earned by its dedication to creating jobs, investing in economic development, and prioritizing city-wide improvements. Tiffin’s goal of constant improvement hasn’t wavered even in the context of a pandemic, as they announced the start of a riverfront development project, which will offer visitors a scenic walkway, providing easy access to nearby universities, restaurants, and shops.  

GROWTH DURING A PANDEMIC 

The Miller Investment Fund continues to meet growth goals thanks to the Fund’s selective and patient acquisitioning process. This growth persists in spite of the economic uncertainty created by the pandemic. 

“The structure of the Fund is designed to yield steady growth over time,” said Miller Diversified Vice President and Fund Principal Jerry Miller. “Our company believes a steady and calculated approach is what brings reliable and lasting results.” 

Miller Diversified’s long history and strong background in the fundamentals of commercial real estate provides the essential ingredients for this real estate investment Fund. These factors, Jerry believes, are what sets the Fund apart from other investment opportunities. 

“We carefully analyze each property before deciding it’s a candidate for the Fund,” Jerry said. “We put each potential property through a diligent review process, and as investors, we adhere closely to our fundamental goals and criterion.” 

UP NEXT FOR THE FUND 

The Miller Investment Fund is focused on continued growth, seeking qualified accredited investors and adding properties across an expanded geography. Investors can contribute buildings directly into the Fund in exchange for units, or elect instead to invest capital. For more information about the Fund, or to contact one of the Fund’s team members, visit millerinvestmentfund.com. 

Miller Diversified is a family-owned company, offering a variety of real estate services, including development, construction, brokerage, property management, and a real estate investment fund. We have been in business since 1920 and our purpose is to respectfully build value and enrich lives across generations. For more information about Miller Diversified, please visit www.millerdiversified.com 

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership opens search for Development Manager

Organization seeks talent, drive, and ability to continue strong momentum

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 29, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that it has launched a search to fill its newly created position of Development Manager for Community, Entrepreneurship, and Rural Development. Position description and requirements can be found at tsepsearch.com. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted by email only to tsepsearch@tiffinseneca.org until 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 2021.   

TSEP President & CEO David Zak was excited to make the announcement. “Each member of our team believes in our mission and appreciates being able to work hard every day to make this a great place to live, work and run a business. Our biggest challenge is growing and developing a strong team to execute our strategy. We’re a top-ranked, award-winning, results-oriented organization with a great culture, and we’re looking for the next person to join our distinguished ranks.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, a member of TSEP’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, supports the search: “The results speak for themselves. We have a top-notch aggressive and innovative economic, downtown and community development organization, and we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas. The next Development Manager will help continue the momentum.”

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner, also a member of TSEP’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, also strongly supports this action. “TSEP works extremely hard to promote our community, communicate with stakeholders, and drive economic growth. I look forward to working with a new person to our great organization.” 

Since 2014, TSEP has expanded from two full-time staff focusing on four primary development areas to a team of seven, including the open position:

  • Amy Reinhart, Director of Downtown Revitalization.
  • Nick Dutro, Economic Development Manager.
  • Carol Kern, Workforce Development (Adults).
  • Chandler Grooms, Workforce Development Manager (Youth).
  • Development Manager (open).
  • Corrina Haynes, Operations Manager.
  • David Zak, President & CEO.

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. Tiffin and Seneca County consistently rank in the top two percent of communities nationally for economic development and has one of the most recognized and award-winning downtown Main Street programs in Ohio. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org or by reading its annual report at www.tsepreport.com.

Since 2014, TSEP has achieved the following external results, among others:

Since 2014, TSEP has achieved the following internal results, among others:

Ohio Economic Development Association recognizes Tiffin, Seneca CARES programs

TSEP receives Excellence in Innovation Award

Nick Dutro, TSEP Economic Development Manager, accepts the OEDA 2021 Excellence in Innovation Award for the Tiffin CARES Small Business Relief Program and Seneca County CARES Small Business Relief Program

DUBLIN, OHIO – October 28, 2021 – The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) presented its Annual Excellence Awards at its 2021 Annual Summit, held at The Exchange at Bridge Park October 26-27 in Dublin, Ohio. During the meeting, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership was the recipient of the Excellence in Innovation Award on behalf of the City of Tiffin and Seneca County for the Tiffin CARES Small Business Relief Program and Seneca County CARES Small Business Relief Program.

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s Annual Excellence Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations throughout Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.

“The Annual Excellence Awards showcase the best of the best in economic development and gives members of the profession the opportunity to come together and collectively celebrate the success of the economic development profession,” Jennifer Price, OEDA Executive Director, said.

The Excellence in Innovation award recognizes unique approaches to any aspect of economic development and recognizes a person or organization that has developed innovative practices and programs. The 2021 Excellence in Innovation award further focused on new ideas, partnerships, strategies, and tactics that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic the past 18 months.

In September 2020, The City of Tiffin announced and opened applications for the Tiffin CARES Small Business Relief Program, and Seneca County started its program, Seneca County CARES Small Business Relief Program, in late October. The programs made up to $10,000 in grant funding available to for- profit businesses and non-profit organizations in Tiffin and rural Seneca County and had the goal of providing financial relief from loss of revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Altogether, The City of Tiffin; Seneca County; the villages of Bettsville and Green Springs; and Bloom, Clinton, Eden, Hopewell and Pleasant and townships contributed $1.2 million in CARES Act funding to 186 businesses by the end of 2020. Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership administered the programs on behalf of the City of Tiffin and Seneca County Board of Commissioners. The Fostoria Economic Development Corporation also had an additional program for Fostoria businesses funded by Seneca County.

  • View video about the program here.

TSEP President and CEO David Zak was excited by the news of the recognition: “It was amazing to see the collaboration among the many local jurisdictions and their commitment to help small businesses in their hour of greatest need. TSEP was honored to develop and implement the grant program modeling the best practices of many other programs around the state. Altogether, we were able to aid almost 200 small businesses that provide jobs for 700 people in Seneca County. Thank you to OEDA for this recognition of the program, and I thank the City of Tiffin, Seneca County, and the other units of local government for their trust in us to make this program a reality.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “When I saw that the City of Tiffin was going to be receiving funds through the CARES Act, I knew that we needed to take some of that funding and help those small businesses that give so much to our community. I’m excited to see OEDA recognize our part in supporting the small business owners of the City of Tiffin.” Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner commented, “I’m proud that the Seneca County Commissioners were able to make money available to our small businesses and non-profits throughout the county. Thank you to OEDA for this award recognizing that support.”

Annual Excellence Award Recognition was presented to the following winners. (View videos to highlight the award winning project entries linked below):

This award recognizes outstanding and innovative projects (retention, attraction, redevelopment (brownfield or historic), greenfield infrastructure, Main Street) in economic and business development that retain or generate jobs and capital investment. This can be anything from a retention project to new facility construction, redevelopment (brownfield or otherwise) or an historic project. The award determination is not dependent on the number of jobs created or retained, size of site, or the amount of total investment. Rather, this award will showcase a unique approach to the project, which can include a public-private partnership, local collaboration, innovative financing and/or incentives, overcoming historic barriers or obstacles, or been a catalyst for economic development in the community.

This award recognizes successful economic development marketing projects or marketing campaigns. Examples include target market studies, branding, websites, direct mail, consultant events, public relations campaigns, social media campaigns and advertising.

This award recognizes unique approaches to any aspect of workforce development and recognizes a person or organization that has developed innovative practices and programs. The strategy(ies) should provide direction, guidance, and motivation to Ohio’s workforce and business community and demonstrate an impact in meeting the workforce needs or overcoming the challenges in a specific community/region, industry, population or the state as a whole.

The Economic Development Professional of the Year award is to recognize an individual who has been an economic development professional in Ohio for at least the past year. The purpose of the award is to identify someone who has assisted in making a significant impact in their organization/community through their efforts as an economic developer. The Economic Development Professional of the Year award encourages, recognizes, and celebrates one the individual who has met the challenges of providing economic development and, who demonstrates the ability and commitment to positively impact their community’s and/or the state’s economic growth, and contributed to the advancement of the economic development profession in Ohio.

This award recognizes an individual who has been an economic development professional in Ohio for less than two years. The purpose of the award is to identify someone who has “hit the ground running” and made extraordinary contributions to local or state workforce and economic development in his/her career. The Rookie of the Year award encourages, recognizes, and celebrates one who has met the challenges of providing economic development early in their career and who demonstrates the ability and commitment to positively impact the state’s economic growth.

Additionally, OEDA recognized TSEP Economic Development Manager Nick Dutro as one of 16 professionals from around the state for achieving the Ohio “Best in Class” Economic Developer credential (OhioCED) in 2021.

About OEDA

The Ohio Economic Development Association is the professional association for economic developers. The association’s mission is to increase economic prosperity in the State of Ohio by working together, on a non-partisan basis, with state, regional, and local development partners to advance Ohio’s economy through professional development, advocacy, and networking. For more information about OEDA, please visit www.ohioeda.com.

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.