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.

Virtual career fair recap

The OH-Zone Virtual Career Fair was April 13. The event was a collaboration of Seneca, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties as a substitute for the individual events normally held each spring for soon-to-graduate high school seniors, though any job seeker was welcome to participate.

Through a partnership with Regional Growth Partnership/JobsOhio, along with facilitator Montrose Group, there was no charge to employers to participate. The event was organized using the Brazen platform.

There were 69 employers registered, 603 sign ups and 510 registered job seekers. 310 job seekers participated and there were 580 chats were completed.

Seneca County Employers included

  • American Fine Sinter
  • Ameriwood
  • Beck Suppliers – Friendship Stores
  • Callies Performance Products
  • Clouse Construction
  • Concordance Healthcare Solutions
  • Custom Glass Solutions
  • E.C.I., Inc.
  • Flat Rock Homes
  • Grammer
  • Kenneth G. Myers Construction
  • MDBS LLC
  • Morgan Advanced Materials
  • NSI Crankshaft
  • National Machinery
  • New Housing Ohio
  • ProMedica
  • Reineke Family Dealerships
  • Seneca County Youth Center
  • St. Francis Senior Ministries
  • STgenetics
  • TPC Food Service
  • Taiho Corporation of America
  • Tecta America
  • Tiffin Metal Products
  • Volunteers of America – Autumnwood and Tiffin Rehab Center
  • Webster Industries

Local schools included Calvert, Columbian, Hopewell Loudon, Mohawk, North Central Academy, Old Fort, and Sentinel Vocational Center, as well as other area schools.

Here were some testimonials from the day:

  • “I would like to express my appreciation to the OhioMeansJobs teams, the local economic development organizations and our Operations Manager, The Montrose Group, for a highly successful three-county Virtual Career Fair,” said Jeff Sprague, regional talent manager with the Regional Growth Partnership. “Finding job candidates continues to be a top priority for our businesses. This event connected more than 300 job seekers to our area companies – outstanding results!”
  • Angie Morelock Public Relations & Communications Director, Vanguard Sentinel Career & Technology Centers: ““This virtual career fair was a great alternative to an in-person event for our students who are getting ready to start their careers.  The experience of creating a resume, presenting themselves, and highlighting their skills to potential employers was invaluable and will no doubt prove to be beneficial in the very near future.” 
  • Crystal Hummel, HR Assistant at Tiffin Metal: “Tiffin Metal Products strives to be a premier employee in Tiffin! It was great to chat with so many eager students that are looking for opportunities! Thanks to all who organized the event or attended this event!”
  • Casey Morrow, Workforce & Initiatives Program Manager for Sandusky Co. DJFS: “My work activity participant received interviews with Patrick Hoeph from Concordance Health Care and another interview on Monday with Cardinal Staffing. He mentioned this being his very first virtual career fair and not knowing how it would go. He reported it was very informative and employers got back with him very quickly! We loved hearing how excited he was about the opportunities he came away from the event with and that it was a good experience!”
  • “I made a lot of contacts in a short amount of time.”  Branyon Winings, Collision Repair Technology
  • “It allowed the company to see my resume fast.”  Nicholas Hale, Collision Repair Technology
  • “The virtual job fair gave students the opportunity of larger career path options for everyone to see.”  Shawn Feyedelem, Collision Repair Technology
  • “They were nice and answered every question that I had.”  Chandler Herr, Metal Fabrication/Welding
  • “It gives students a good idea of what is out there, especially if you’re unsure.  It may open up your eyes to something that interests you.”  Lindsey Price, Metal Fabrication/Welding
  • “There were great companies with good options for the students.”  Andrew Zoeller, Automotive Technology​
  • “We have never been able to participate at our partner school, so I loved that it was virtual and I got to learn about many different job opportunities out there.”  Derrick Arbogast, Culinary Arts &Hospitality Management

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.

Downtown Tiffin Chocolate Walk returns for 2021

Online tickets sales now open

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 2, 2021 – A local tradition returns with the Downtown Tiffin Chocolate Walk, set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 8. Enjoy a sweet stroll through Downtown Tiffin, with stops at 25 participating locations and collect a unique treat at each stop.

This year’s event is being generously sponsored by Superior Credit Union.

To maintain social distancing, walkers may start anytime and at any stop you wish — there is no registration on the day of. Some businesses will have tables set up outside their stores the day of the walk.

Tickets are limited to 500 and are available at Simply Susan’s, 70 S. Washington St., and Washington Street Outfitters, 186 S. Washington St., for $25 – cash or check only at this time. At ticket purchase, walkers will receive a map and a bag. This year, ticket prices will used to support participating businesses.

To purchase tickets online, click here or visit downtowntiffinevents.com. A confirmation email will be sent after ticket purchase, which can be presented at Washington Street Outfitters for walkers to receive a map and a bag before the event.

Walkers are asked to wear masks when in doors and to maintain social distancing. For more information about the event, find Downtown Tiffin Chocolate Walk on Facebook, and Like the page for updates.

Participating businesses include:

  • Burns Electric Inc.
  • Cabin Creations Art Supplies
  • Cabin Creations Gift Store
  • Clover Club
  • GW’s Fine Food & Spirits
  • FroZone
  • Hawkes Crystal
  • JAM’s Monthly Markets
  • Jolly’s
  • JT’s Bagel Bar
  • Laird Arcade Brewery
  • Locks by Cactus Hair Salon
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living
  • ReClaim it 127
  • Reino’s Pizza
  • Releve Bar Studio
  • The Renaissance of Tiffin
  • Rustic Flair & Brush
  • Simply Susan’s
  • Slate Real Estate
  • SSG Ink
  • Tiffin Glass Shoppe
  • 22mrkt
  • UIS Insurance & Investments
  • Washington Street Outfitters

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.

Entrepreneurial Opportunity 2021-01: Bird Scooters

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Basic Information

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

Description

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

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

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

Additional Questions

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