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B.E.S.T. to open in Downtown Tiffin

Restaurant featuring street tacos, breakfast staples

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 22, 2021 – B.E.S.T. Taco Shop & Breakfast Spot (BEST) a veteran-owned taqueria, has announced today that it is planning to open in mid-May at 45 S. Washington St., across from The Ritz Theatre in Downtown Tiffin.

The restaurant gets its name for the acronym for Bacon, Eggs, and Street Tacos (B.E.S.T.), as a reference to the menu, which will include popular items such as California-inspired and baja-style street tacos, homemade fire-roasted salsa and guacamole, burritos, quesadillas, traditional sides, an Ohio based queso and breakfast items; including breakfast tacos and burritos, omelets and fresh fruits. The restaurant will also have many vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and low carb options.

Owner/operator Jeff Snavely, a Tiffin Columbian High School graduate, served in the U.S. Army and then lived in Arizona and California for a few years before returning to Tiffin in 2014. He has been working on making the restaurant a reality after more than two years of planning and investments.

“This community is such a fabulous place to live, work, and eat. Seeing the way that the community has grown under its excellent leadership, I wanted to be part of that and make something for my family and give back to my hometown,” Snavely said. “I want to take this opportunity to thank my friends and family who encouraged and helped me in every way toward taking this leap, and especially to my brother Matt Snavely, whose faith and support helped make this dream possible.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited to see the new eatery opening. “Congratulations to Jeff Snavely on the opening of B.E.S.T. I’m proud that we continue to attract new, exciting businesses in Downtown Tiffin.”

B.E.S.T. will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m.-8p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is available for delivery 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the weekends. The lunch/dinner menu available 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. While the restaurant will be open for dine-in in the near future, the preferred service method is carry-out and delivery for the time being. For more information, find B.E.S.T. on Facebook and look for their website with full menu soon. For hiring information, email resumes to bestoftiffin@gmail.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.

Industrial wage and benefits survey opens May 3

First comprehensive report in more than a decade to be produced by July

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 19, 2021Seneca County Job & Family Services (JFS) and Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that it will be launching a new multi-county industrial Wage & Benefits survey on May 3. The final report will be made available to participants in July and to the general public in the fall.

For years, Seneca County employers have requested the data, and the Seneca County JFS/OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County was able to secure the funding through the Greater Ohio Workforce Board.  JFS and TSEP are working together to coordinate reach out to businesses. Other entities from Seneca County involved in promoting the survey include the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

This survey will be targeted at industrial employers, including manufacturing, logistics, and warehousing. The goal is to survey 250-275 employers in Seneca, Hancock and Wyandot counties. Additionally, Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services will survey employers in Sandusky, Erie, Huron, and Lucas counties, and that data will be shared with this effort.

Thomas P. Miller and Associates of Indianapolis, Indiana was selected to conduct the survey. TPMA was founded in 1989 and has been completing wage and benefit surveys for the past 15 years in more than 40 states, with clients including small rural towns, state agencies, educational institutions, and publicly traded companies.

Beginning today, TPMA will work with OMJ Seneca County to finalize questions and format for the wage and benefits survey. The survey will be distributed May 3-7 and a final report is expected in July. Companies interesting in participating should contact Carol Kern at carolowen@jfs.ohio.gov or by cell at (419) 447-5011 x2322.

Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services Director Kathy Oliver said, “I’m proud that we are able to play a role in securing the funds for this vital program. Carol Kern, Business Services Consultant at OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County, has heard for a while that company leadership have been looking for this data, and we’re glad that we could help make that possible.”

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner thanked DJFS for their role, “This is invaluable information for our local companies, not just to understand how they stack up locally, but regionally as well. This is key in our efforts to help to strengthen our workforce.”

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.

Seneca CEO Program Now Seeking Facilitator and Student Applicants

First program in the state of Ohio officially set to launch this fall.

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 16, 2021 – The board of the Seneca CEO program announced today that applications for student participants and the part-time Facilitator position are now open. Individuals can apply at senecacountyceo.com. The Facilitator job application is open through May 10 and the student application is open through May 15.

Seneca County is on track to be come the 66th community nationally, and first in Ohio, to host a Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program which was developed by the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship to help high school youth successfully start new businesses and learn valuable skills.

A new 501c3 nonprofit called Seneca CEO was created last year to administer the program. Edward VanHoose, President of Federated Energy Services Cooperative including North Central Electric locally, is serving as the organization’s first president. VanHoose saw the program’s success firsthand when he worked in southern Illinois several years ago and is excited for the program to launch here in our community.

“I know this program works, makes business sense, and dramatically impacts local lives,” said VanHoose. “Our next step is to hire a Facilitator that embodies the spirit of the program and will be a great fit for engaging our students. We’re also looking for bright students to participate in the inaugural class beginning in fall of 2021.”

The program would not be where it is today without the generous support of the almost 40 community Investors who have committed financially to ensure that neither schools nor students are charged for the program, making it openly accessible to all students in the county. The organization also is seeking community business leaders to serve as speakers and one-on-one mentors for students as well as business locations to serve as visit sites.

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kershner said, “This program will be a huge asset to our community’s educational, workforce and business infrastructure and I would encourage anyone who is interested to get involved.”

To apply, to learn more about the program or to enquire about getting involved in various ways, you can reach out at info@senecacountyceo.com , visit www.senecacountyceo.com and find Seneca CEO on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Seneca-CEO-110126164165302.

Seneca CEO Board members include Ed VanHoose of Federated Energy Services Cooperative, Tony Gorrell of Sutton Bank, Suzie Reineke of Reineke Family Dealerships, Nate Brickner of Bascom Communications, David Zak of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, Sarah Stevens-Krupp of the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kershner, Dr. Laura Kagy of Seneca East Local Schools, Michelle Snay of Mohawk Local Schools and Ted Willman of Calvert High School.

More about the Facilitator Job Description

Seneca County CEO will prepare the next generation of strong effective leaders and be proactive in building our future economic growth through a transformational entrepreneurship program called Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO). Our community is seeking an innovative educator to facilitate the class – someone who believes that education extends beyond the classroom.

The CEO Facilitator will create a learning environment where students are encouraged to explore, discover and experience learning through real life activities. The facilitator’s role is to model a passion for learning, connect with the students and community, collaborate with the CEO Board, and most importantly provide guidance to the students on their personal CEO journey.

CEO offers real life experiences through regular contact with local entrepreneurs and business people. Students in the program will come from area high schools and will meet from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Monday – Friday during the school year. This is a half-time position. CEO requires a great deal of time from the facilitator to establish good relationships with the business community, prepare the many communications that make the program transparent, and build the learning environment that allows students to succeed. If you are passionate about cultivating lifelong learners, please send a resume with references to info@senecacountyceo.com.

More About the Midland Institute

The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship was established in 2007 in Effingham, Illinois to oversee and promote the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) initiative – a year-long high school program created by Milken National Educator Craig Lindvahl designed to bring high school youth, entrepreneurs, and businesses together and provide an overview of business development and processes. Now, more than 200 schools offer the program. For more information, visit www.midlandinstitute.com.

Downtown clean-up planned for April 24

Volunteers asked to help keep community beautiful

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 16, 2021 – A Downtown Clean Up is planned for 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 24. Volunteers are asked to join in helping to keep Downtown Tiffin beautiful.

Volunteers should meet at Cherry Alley Saturday morning for a location map, trash bags and other items. Volunteers should bring their own gloves. To sign up, click here or click the link on the Facebook event page.

This event is organized through the Downtown Tiffin Design Committee and supplies are being provided by a private donor.

For more information, search for “Downtown Clean Up” on Facebook or find it through the Downtown Tiffin Facebook page.

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.

Community Brand Policy and Guidelines

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Community Brand Policy

This document outlines the Community Brand Guidelines for the Community Logo owned by Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. doing business as SIEDC and doing business as Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, a not-for-profit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Ohio, located at 19 W. Market St., Suite C Tiffin Ohio 44883 (hereinafter referred to as “TSEP”). This logo is currently in legal use by TSEP, Downtown Tiffin, the City of Tiffin, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, Destination Seneca County, Seneca County, and the Seneca Regional Planning Commission, among others.

What follows are a list of guidelines for the community logo as agreed upon by the Community Branding Policy Group. The group contains representatives of TSEP, the City of Tiffin, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Services, and Seneca County, the four entities which funded the community brand initiative:

1.         Ownership, Copyright & Trademark

SIEDC is the sole and exclusive owner of the following copyright and trademark, as evidenced by U.S. Copyright Application No. 1-6622025311, filed with the U.S. Copyright Office on May 27, 2018, and U.S. Trademark Application No. 87/933,766, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 23, 2018 (hereinafter the “Community Logo”).

2.         Use by Non-Licensed Entities

The Community Branding is not to be used by Organizations or Businesses that do not have a license agreement with the Licensor/Exclusive Owner, SIEDC. The Community Logo is not to be used for any other non- or for-profit event, service or product without the prior approval or consent of SIEDC or another Organization or Regional Entity in the Branding Family.

3.         Licensing

A license agreement has been created for use by for- (FORM A) and not-for-profit (FORM B) businesses. Companies seeking to use the Community Branding in products for purchase must sign an agreement with the Licensor (SIEDC) and pay the required fee. There are no annual fees. The license agreement shall be in full force and effect commencing on the effective date and shall extend in perpetuity, or until the Licensor has exercised its right to terminate this Agreement upon thirty (30) days written notice to Licensee.

4.         Products and Messaging

Licensee must adhere to guidelines that restrict certain products. Generally, no drug-, alcohol- or tobacco-related paraphernalia may be produced using the Community Branding.

5.         Community Brand Guidelines

Generally, a licensee must adhere to the Community Brand Guidelines book, dated April 2018 (attached). Accordingly, the Community Branding should not be combined with any other logos, art or wording that is not already associated with a Brand Family (Page 3 of the Community Brand Guidelines, April 2018).

Additionally, each Organization or Regional Entity owns a unique color palette, and the full-color logo consists of three Pantone (PMS) colors. Pantone is a standardized color system used by printing and production vendors. When creating materials, have all printers and production vendors use these colors. This will ensure color consistency. This is outlined in Pages 6 of the attached Community Brand Guidelines.

Each entity may use one of four variations – Color, Black, Reverse and Grayscale (Page 5 of the Community Brand Guidelines). New logos created under a specific Brand Family are to maintain the colors as determined in these guidelines. As new organizations are added to the Community Branding, additional colors may be incorporated for a new Brand Family. Creation of a new Brand Family would be subject to fees and agreement among the governing body.

6.         Annual Review

An annual review may be established for license agreement holders.

CentraComm opening office in Fostoria

Company has 20 years of IT security and network service experience

FOSTORIA, OHIO – April 9, 2021 – CentraComm, an IT security and infrastructure provider with a regional focus and global reach headquartered in Findlay, has announced today the opening of a new office in Fostoria, 125 S. Main St Suite 201. The new office will have six permanent employees, with other staff members regularly using the space to meet with clients.

CentraComm has been providing Security Services, Network Services, Professional Services and Enterprise Hosting to customers worldwide for 20 years. This new, full-service location joins CentraComm’s offices throughout Ohio, including Findlay, Dublin, North Canton, Bluffton and data centers in Findlay and Bluffton.

“Our goal is to continue to expand our reach to improve service for new and our existing customers, while also providing economies of scale to benefit small businesses,” said Brian Coppus, CentraComm Director of Sales and Marketing, who will be working from the new Fostoria branch.

Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler said, “I’m excited to welcome CentraComm to Fostoria and hope that they have great success here for many years to come.”

For more information on CentraComm, call (419) 420-8797 or visit www.centracomm.net. Additionally, you can find CentraComm on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About CentraComm

CentraComm is an IT security and infrastructure provider with a regional focus and global reach. Our around-the-clock engineering talent and value-added services deliver peace of mind for our customers. We work with Fortune 500, educational institutions, and small to medium-sized businesses to allow them to innovate efficiently and remain secure. For more information on CentraComm, visit www.centracomm.net.

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.

Big Dipper under new ownership

Owners have made significant investment into the business

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 8, 2021 – Having been a Tiffin staple for more than 30 years, Big Dipper has started its 2021 season with new owners, an updated menu and have invested into a facelift at the property.

Co-owners Sandi Stout and Mark Griffin bought Big Dipper in October 2020. So far, they have made a significant investment into the company with the building purchase, new equipment, registers, updated menu signs and building improvements. More property improvements are also being considered before the end of the year.

Additionally, the ice cream shop has a new menu, with many returning favorites and a few new food and ice cream options. Big Dipper will have two weekly food specials, and offers a wide variety of treats, including soft serve, Toft’s Hard Dip Ice Cream, almond milk, Dole Whip, low-fat yogurt and sugar free ice cream, along with hand dipped novelties and specialties. They also offer holiday pies for those special occasions.

To celebrate the new ownership, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for April 14 at 4 p.m. Big Dipper is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

“We’re very excited to be open full time for this new season and can’t wait to see everyone return,” Stout said.

“The growth in Tiffin has been so exciting to watch, and we’re proud to be part of that,” Griffin said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I’m glad to see that the Big Dipper’s new owners are investing in our community and growing a business that has long been a Tiffin tradition for many families.”

The Big Dipper is located at 380 Wentz St., and open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week during their business season. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BigDipperTiffinOhio or call (419) 447-2131.

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.

Bird Scooters announces desire to establish operation in Tiffin

Company seeks entrepreneurial Fleet Manager to oversee local business

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 6, 2021 – Santa Monica, California-based Bird Rides, Inc. has announced its search for a new partner to operate a Bird fleet management business in the City of Tiffin.

Founded in September 2017, Bird operates shared electric scooters in more than 100 cities in North America, Europe and the Middle East 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, scans 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 searching for its first Fleet Manager partner. During riding season, a person could make up to $1,500 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.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was glad to hear the news, saying, “We’ve been in discussions with Bird and support their desire to offer another mobility solution in our community. We believe that students and residents will take advantage of it, and it will enhance our city’s quality of life.”

For more information, please visit tseoc.org, the online site for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership’s (TSEP’s) Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse, a new TSEP-led initiative where information on franchise, business acquisition, and other entrepreneurship business opportunities in Tiffin and Seneca County will be made publicly available.

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.

TSEP launches Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse

Website to list franchise, business acquisition, other entrepreneurship opportunities

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 6, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today the launch of the Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse (TSEOC), an online destination for investors, entrepreneurs and others to learn about available franchise, business acquisition, investment and other start-up business opportunities. The website for the clearinghouse can be accessed at tseoc.org.

TSEOC is a new initiative designed to facilitate the flow of entrepreneurial talent and capital to those opportunities. Over the years in Tiffin and Seneca County, there have been successful businesses that have closed because management was ready to retire, and no family or employees wanted to or were able to assume the business. Some examples in recent years include Surf n Turf Specialties and More, Tem-Com and Hoperoy’s Hallmark Shoppe.

There also have been franchise opportunities that failed to find the capital and management needed to establish themselves, and some entrepreneurs have not been able to find the capital they need to start.

The first opportunity to be posted is the announcement of California-based Bird Scooters seeking a local operations (fleet) manager to establish their business in Tiffin.

Bryce Riggs, Executive Director of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services and chair of TSEP’s Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurship Committee, supports the initiative. “Our committee is working on Tiffin and Seneca County’s first dedicated strategic plan for entrepreneurship, we believe the clearinghouse is a positive way to promote more small business opportunities for our community.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz agreed, “We continue to push forward with innovative programs that enhance and strengthen the entrepreneurial culture here. Tiffin has been named a Top 10 midwestern city for entrepreneurship, and we want to build upon what we have.”

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner concurred, “I’m pleased to see we are continuing to step up our entrepreneurship efforts throughout the county. This just adds to our other initiatives, including the Seneca CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program for our high-school students, which we expect to launch in the fall.

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.

CrossFit Tiffin moves to new location

Company has invested $75,000 into new facility, equipment

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 5, 2021 – After almost seven years of serving Tiffin and Seneca County, CrossFit Tiffin is announcing that they have moved to a larger facility, 1617 W. CR 54, just outside the City of Tiffin. In addition to the new space, co-owners Justin and Jared Ruffing have recently completed more than $75,000 in investments into the company and have plans to continue to purchase new equipment and upgrade the space.

Since opening in August 2013, CrossFit has been located in a 4,000 sf facility. The new location, which more than doubles the size to 11,000 sf, opened March 17. The co-owners recently purchased six new treadmills, six rowers, 20 new barbells and are adding new flooring. Additionally, they are looking to add more equipment as they continue to grow into their new space.

CrossFit Tiffin is a world class fitness facility serving Tiffin and the surrounding communities. CrossFit encourages people of all skill levels looking to get in shape or take their fitness to the next level to try out their 30 class options each week, including CrossFit, QuickFit and CrossFit Kids. The staff is made up of four highly experienced and qualified coaches who hold a variety of certifications.

“We’re excited that that Tiffin Community has continued to support us and look forward to continuing to grow in this new space and offer more services as we grow here,” said Justin Ruffing.

“Congratulations to CrossFit Tiffin for continuing to grow and make investments in Seneca County,” said Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner.

A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 4 p.m. April 27. CrossFit Tiffin is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

For more information, visit crossfittiffin.com, call (419) 271-1009 or search for CrossFit Tiffin on Facebook.

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.