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Grammer to invest in Tiffin plant with new machinery transfers

Company looking to hire new staff locally

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 22, 2021 – Grammer, formerly TMD, Inc., has announced that it is completing a 12-month expansion at its Tiffin facility with the transfer of equipment. This growth will better position the company to compete in the global automotive market and creates opportunities for new employment.

In the past 12 months, Grammer has moved in four blow molding machines – including one new and three transfers from Jefferson, Ohio – and five injection molding machines from Delphos Ohio. This fall, they completed the project for the year with the addition of three more injection molding machines. Grammer employs 316 people in Tiffin, and expect to add 12-15 press operators with these investments locally.

Grammer began more than 100 years ago in Amberg, Germany, and since then has developed from a regional manufacturer of seat cushions to a global player in the automotive and commercial vehicle industry. Today, the company focuses on supplying supply headrests, armrests, center consoles and high-quality interior components to car manufacturers and system suppliers of the automotive industry and produces seats for the commercial vehicle industry. In 2018, Grammer took over Toledo Molding & Die Inc., including the Tiffin plant, which was established in Tiffin in 2003 at the Eagle Rock Business Park.

“I’m proud that Grammer Americas has chosen to invest in Tiffin and bring these new machines to our plant. We are looking to hire more staff soon as we continue to increase our production,” said Plant Manager Christian Tooman.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m excited to hear that Grammer is continuing to invest in Tiffin and growing their workforce. I greatly appreciate their steadfast commitment to our community.”

Grammer is located at 1441 N. Maule Road. For more information, visit www.grammer.com or call (419) 443 9031.

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.

Independent Pallet to locate in former American Standard building

Company to invest $2.6 million locally

The former American Standard property, 324 4th Ave., Tiffin.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 21, 2021 – A new pallet manufacturing and logistics company is opening in Tiffin, bringing with it an investment of $2.6 million and plans to hire people immediately. Independent Pallet will locate in a portion of the former American Standard property, 324 4th Ave., Tiffin, and begin production in early 2022.

Independent Pallet will manufacture, recycle and distribute pallets to companies throughout the United States. Investments include new machinery and equipment, including vehicles and trailers, and materials. The company is looking to hire 30 employees, both laborers and drivers, soon, and expect to hire 150 employees in the next three years.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) worked with company to find the location and worked with local officials to help secure an incentive through the City of Tiffin’s New Jobs Program. During a meeting on Dec. 20, Tiffin City Council approved the program for Independent Pallet.

Owner Luke Cavanaugh said he’s excited to be in Tiffin: “We’re very excited to be bringing our business to Northwest Ohio and we’re ready to get started to work. Thank you to Tiffin City Council for their part in approving the New Jobs Program for us.” Matt Peace is a partner and developer for the project: “It’s been my dream to operate here in Seneca County, and I’m proud to be part of this venture.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Independent Pallet on this announcement. “I’m proud to have a new manufacturer in Tiffin, bringing new jobs and life to one of our most notable properties. Additionally, I applaud Tiffin City Council’s support of the project through the New Jobs Program, and thank Council President Rich Focht for his efforts in helping to establish that program with the partnership of the City of Tiffin while he was involved with the economic development office. This project shows the benefits of having programs like this available to incentivize companies to locate in the City of Tiffin.”

For more information, including employment information, email resumes@independentfreight.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.

Tiffin business seeks buyer for long-standing restaurant

Company asking $275,000 for equipment, inventory

TIFFIN, OHIO – Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that the owner of a long-standing Seneca County food and beverage establishment is wanting to retire and sell his business to another entrepreneur. Detailed information about this opportunity, codenamed “Project Thunder,” can be found on TSEP’s “Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse” at tseoc.org. The opportunity will remain open from now until Feb. 21, 2022.

The business owner wishes to remain anonymous at this time and is seeking to sell the business as soon as possible. The owner is asking $275,000, which includes all equipment, furniture, tableware, and inventory. All equipment and furniture new within the past 10 years. Also included are $200,000 in transferable tax credits. Additionally, the business owner will provide support and serve as a resource to help the purchaser learn the business.

This business, located in Tiffin currently, has a monthly rent of $3,000 and currently employs 25 to 27 full- and part-time staff. Annual sales this year are $1.3 million, with a 6 to 8 percent profit margin. Pre-Covid it was $1.5 million.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz stated his support of the project. “The Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse has proven to be successful thus far, and I hope that investors will be interested in helping to see that this business continues to stay in Tiffin for many years to come.”

Eligible parties may include people wanting to run and/or own the business, but don’t have to be both. The Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse (TSEOC), launched in April 2021, is designed to facilitate the flow of entrepreneurial talent and capital to new business start-up, franchise, and business acquisition opportunities. There may be investors that do not want to run the business but would be willing to invest if a competent entrepreneur and business manager could be found. Interested parties should contact David Zak, President & CEO of TSEP, at zak@tiffinseneca.org or by phone at 419.912.1150.

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.

Vanguard-Sentinel Receives $675K Innovative Workforce Grant

Press release provided by Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers – December 16, 2021

Fremont, Ohio: Lt. Governor Jon Husted has announced that Vanguard Sentinel Career & Technology Centers (VSCTC) is among the 54 Ohio school districts to be awarded grant money through the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program. VSCTC was awarded $675,347 of the total $13.5 million that will be used to establish new programs for high school students to earn industry-recognized credentials and complete pre-apprenticeship opportunities in multiple sectors.


New expanded programming will cover manufacturing and engineering, health care, and construction sectors.


VSCTC has implemented a Bronze through Platinum Program model to ensure area students have a multitude of training options available to them. Traditionally, Junior and Senior students participated in the various programs, however through this model, students can now start as early as freshman exploring various career paths to find their interests and Sophomores can now apply for a full program. The Bronze through Platinum programming gives opportunities for 1 year, 2 year, 3 year, and 4 year training programs in their field of choice. Now students are able to start at a younger age, or if not ready to make that decision can decide later and still have an opportunity to receive quality technical training in a specific skill.


This grant provides an opportunity to expand the bronze programming to Seniors who did not take advantage of a Career Tech program, who may be at risk of graduation, or who cannot attend a full program for one reason or another.


“We are known for offering high quality career tech programs and this new multiple entry point model means that more students can take advantage of what we offer,” explains Superintendent Greg Edinger. “Currently we have close to 1,200 students that are benefitting from our technical training, but this grant means we can reach more students while ensuring that our programs remain strong and effective and meet the standards of excellence people expect from us.”


This grant funding will be utilized for:
• Expanding pre-apprenticeship offerings
• Creating options for students to learn both on and off campus at various locations and with various
alternative learning methods via a blending learning environment
• Providing students the opportunity to meet graduation requirements and at the same time be
career ready with an industry recognized credential.
• Aligning the skills students learn in school with the requirements of the labor market

“VSCTC continues to work with our business advisory members, associate schools, and post-secondary partners to meet the needs of the workforce and student needs to be successful after graduation,” said Mr. Edinger. “We understand that there are a large number of open jobs in our area that are going unfilled and these Senior Only credentialing and Pre-Apprenticeship options will give students the skills and credentials needed to assist employers in filling these positions in our region.”

Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers have been providing quality career technical education since 1968. The district provides students with specific, marketable skills to begin a career, pursue further training or attend college. For more information, visit http://www.vsctc.org.

IMAGE can help grow businesses internationally

Information provided by Ohio Department of Development

The second application period for the International Market Access Grant for Exporters through the Ohio Department of Development opened Dec. 13 and closes at 3 p.m. Jan. 12, 2022. Funding for the second round can be used between Jan. 1, 2022, and March 31, 2022. Additional IMAGE funding opportunities will be announced quarterly subject to funding availability.

An IMAGE grant provides eligible businesses a 50 percent reimbursement of up to $10,000 for activities that promote international business. Activities include:

  • Website development
  • International advertising
  • E-commerce
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Marketing and website translation
  • Compliance testing
  • Trade shows (international, domestic, and virtual)
  • EXIM Credit Insurance Premiums

 Applications must be approved before starting grant activities. Click here to apply now. For more information, visit IMAGE.Development.Ohio.Gov, email IMAGE@Development.Ohio.Gov, or contact an Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network director near you.

Additionally, the Export Success Training Program is now being offered virtually. There are 10 sessions beginning February 2022 on the Zoom platform. The cost is $2,000 for Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce members and $2,300 for non-members.

This training program is designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses interested in expanding into global markets. Export Success can help you and your company develop plans to identify global markets, improve export efficiencies, understand export financing, and develop market-entry strategies. Export Success participants meet monthly for a targeted topic session.

Topics include:

  • International sales process
  • Legal issues
  • International marketing, banking, and finance issues
  • Logistics and incoterms
  • Cross-cultural communications
  • Developing and executing an export plan

Export Success provides a collaborative environment for participants to grow their export knowledge. Participants will learn how to arrange resources to enter the global marketplace. Participants will have an opportunity to work with experienced exporters and others from the public and private sectors who offer current best practices for operating in global markets. The knowledge and tools learned in Export Success will enable companies to execute global strategies more quickly and effectively.

Companies attending Export Success also may qualify for 100 percent reimbursement under the Export Training Grant through the International Market Access Grant for Exporters.

To apply or for more information, click here.

Studio 605 Fine Art brings paint parties to Downtown Tiffin

One of 6 businesses to open in Laird Building this year

This picture shows the interior of Studio 605 Fine Art in the Laird Building.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 7, 2021 – The owner of a new experience-based business is excited to help people in Tiffin and Seneca County get in touch with their creative side. Studio 605 Fine Art, located in the heart of Downtown Tiffin on the second floor of the Laird Building, 120 1/2 S. Washington St., Suite 215, Tiffin, will have its grand opening on Dec. 14.

The business allows groups of people ages 10 and older to come together for acrylic and canvas paint parties. Events can include birthday parties, bachelorette parties, team building exercises and any other group, and the business allows people to bring in Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) beverages for those of legal age.

Owner April Clay has had a lifelong love of art, and found comfort in creating art as therapy. It was that and the recent formation of the Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission that helped her decide to pursue the business. “I’m so happy that I get the opportunity to share my passion with the community, and that I get to help people be excited about creating art.”  

Tyler Shuff of Shuff Consulting said: “I’m happy to help another small business open successfully and to help encourage people to pursue the arts in Tiffin and Seneca County.”

Members of the community gathered with some of the partners of the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, Laird Building business owners and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 30.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Clay on the opening: “It is always a welcome experience to see a new business locating in Downtown Tiffin, and I’m especially encouraged by how this will connect with the mission of the Tiffin Arts Council.”

Studio 605 will be available for classes Monday through Friday 4-10 p.m. and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, like and follow Studio 605 on Facebook and Instagram, visit studio605fa.com, email studio605fa@gmail.com or call (567)-938-0605.

In 2021, Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, which owns the Laird Building, has invested significantly in the property, including building updates, small renovation projects and a new lighted sign for the building, which was supported through a City of Tiffin Sign Enhancement Program grant and recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

This year, five businesses in addition to Studio 605 have moved into the building, including 5K Construction, Hope’s Landing, JT’s Bagel Bar, Tiffin Youth Football and Yours with Every Stitch. In addition, Jolly’s, which has been in the building since 2017, recently went under new ownership.

About Shuff Consulting LLC

Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

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 business seeks buyer for industrial service division

Company asking $300,000 for service line, equipment

TIFFIN, OHIO – Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that a growing Seneca County manufacturer is wanting to sell a successful industrial service business (powder coating) they purchased in 2011. Detailed information about this opportunity codenamed “Project Tower” can be found on TSEP’s “Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse” at tseoc.org. The opportunity will remain open from now until Feb. 7, 2022.

The business owner wishes to remain anonymous at this time. When the powder coating business was purchased, the company wanted to bring that function in-house. This service is utilized by many companies in a 60-mile radius of Tiffin, and selling the business will allow the local manufacturer to devote the current 7,000 to 10,000 square feet it currently occupies to core manufacturing, which will also be the space required to operate the business.

The owner is asking $300,000, which includes equipment and inventory not related to the seller. Additionally, the manufacturer will provide support and serve as a resource to help the purchaser learn the business. The powder coating business has averaged annual sales of $335,000 over the last five years with a profit margin averaging 28 percent. There are currently five employees running this line, but those employees will stay with the current employer.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is hopeful a new owner will be identified. “So far, we’ve seen great success with the Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse in connecting investors with our local companies. I hope we can continue to achieve that again with this project.”

Eligible parties may include people wanting to run and/or own the business, but don’t have to be both. The Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse (TSEOC), launched in April 2021, is designed to facilitate the flow of entrepreneurial talent and capital to new business start-up, franchise, and business acquisition opportunities. There may be investors that do not want to run the business but would be willing to invest if a competent entrepreneur and business manager could be found. Interested parties should Contact David Zak, President & CEO of TSEP, at zak@tiffinseneca.org or by phone at 419.912.1150.

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.

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 invited to join panel on Business Advisory Councils

Chandler Grooms, Workforce Development Manager, was invited to participate in Northwest Ohio Tech Prep’s first SuccessBound conference of the season, New Trends in Workforce Development and Education. On behalf of TSEP and Northwest Career Ready, Grooms was asked to join a panel on business advisory councils and to present the work of Northwest Career Ready. Also on the panel were Dan Leffingwell, Superintendent of Noble Local School District, and Andrea Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and PD at North Point ESC.

Below is the presentation on Northwest Career Ready and summaries which follow along to the slides.

  1. Introduction: Presented by Chandler Grooms – Workforce Development Manager, TSEP; BAC Manager – Northwest Career Ready
  2. Creation of Regional BAC: Northwest Career Ready is a regional business advisory council formed in 2021 from two former BAC’s in the region: The Tiffin City Schools BAC & the NCOESC BAC. Three other partners have been instrumental in making NCR a reality: Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, and Terra State Community College.
  3. BAC Region and Membership: NCR’s territory covers four counties: Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland; and there are currently 13 school districts and the NCOESC that are represented by the BAC.
  4. Unique Connection to Economic Development: With the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership playing a key role in the BAC and serving as the home of the BAC Manager, Northwest Career Ready has the unique ability to access programs and resources from an active economic and workforce development organization. TSEP engages daily with business and industry professionals across the region, and that connection will provide easier access to a network of business support for Northwest Career Ready.
  5. Steps to Success: These six steps define our key focus areas for year 1 of Northwest Career Ready. They are discussed in detail on the following slides.
  6. Marketing: In bringing NCR to fruition, it was quickly realized that a marketing plan would be necessary to create a reliable brand that will build credibility in the mission of the BAC. Step one was establishing that branding image. The logo you see on the slides throughout the presentation was developed in this process. The next step was to create a website to serve as the hub for all of Northwest Career Ready’s information, action, and resources. And finally, NCR will develop targeted communication strategies via the website, email, social media, and brochures.
  7. Defining the Organizational Structure: As a regional business advisory council, it is important to develop a governing structure that allows for the best representation of our region’s education and business communities. Each of NCR’s member schools as well as the Educational Service Center will gain representation on the voting board of the BAC. An equal number of business and industry professionals will also receive a seat at the table, allowing both sides to join in the discussion on how to best serve our students and our community. It is also important to develop valuable committees and working groups that will serve as the boots on the ground for important initiatives and programs that the BAC will develop.
  8. Develop New Ideas: One of the most impactful duties of Northwest Career Ready is to engage students in work-based learning. Utilizing the resources that our region offers and learning from other BAC’s and groups that are doing similar work, we can create new and exciting opportunities for students to explore career pathways and connect with their communities.
  9. Support What’s Already Happening: Just as important it is for the BAC to design new ideas, it is equally important for Northwest Career Ready to support and assist the great programs and opportunities that are already out there. An example of one of those programs is the Manufacturing Showcase lead by the Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs. This program is a fantastic opportunity for manufacturers to engage and interact with high school freshmen, and to teach valuable employability skills and attributes. NCR is happy to support programs like this that are already delivering results.
  10. Business Engagement: Being able to showcase how the business advisory council can benefit businesses is key to building partners in work-based learning. Having businesses that want to contribute, but also see the long-term benefit of our work is important. For the business community, working with NCR is a new way to tackle the workforce issues that so many companies are struggling with. Our goal, through work-based learning, is to help fill local workforce shortages with young people who may not be aware of all of the amazing opportunities that are available right in their communities.
  11. Building Our Network: Northwest Career Ready cannot achieve all of its goals on its own. Building a network of partners and resources, not only internally but also externally, is key to the long-term success of this initiative. There are many other great organizations and business advisory councils to learn from across the state, and we look forward to learning and sharing best practices to provide the most opportunities for our students.
  12. You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Finally, I think this quote sums up the most important idea to remember as we continue the work of the business advisory council. The more we can expose young people to all the future career pathways that are available, the more likely they will find the perfect fit and be able to make the best choices for themselves. There are many great opportunities out there, but if students are never shown, we can’t expect them to follow those pathways.