Vanguard Sentinel chosen as pilot site for new state program

Just one of 12 sites in Ohio for High School Tech Internship Pilot Program

Press Release via Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers

Fremont, Ohio — Lt. Governor Jon Husted, in his capacity as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, joined Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik and Ohio’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria last week to announce a new pilot internship program that will help connect students with technology roles at Ohio businesses.  This program will have 12 pilot sites throughout the state of Ohio, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers has been named as one of these sites.

The High School Tech Internship pilot program is an opportunity for Ohio employers to hire high school interns and receive reimbursement for a portion of their wages. The goal of this pilot program is to connect Ohio’s high school students with technology roles and technology businesses in Ohio at an earlier age.  Businesses who are interested in hosting a student intern to be placed in a technology role that focuses on software, data, cloud and IT infrastructure, and cybersecurity should email Angie Morelock at amorelock@vsctc.org for more information by May 17, 2021. 

“The incentive this program offers to local businesses to bring on a high-school age intern provides a wonderful opportunity for our students that have been trained and earned credentials in the Information Technology field,” explains Superintendent Greg Edinger.  “Often companies show hesitancy hiring high school students so we are thankful to Lt. Governor Husted for offering this incentive and for believing in our programming and students, and the role they play in the future.” 

In order for businesses to qualify for the wage reimbursement they must:

  • Submit documentation proving that the individual was employed for a minimum of 150 hours
  • Submit documentation proving that the individual was paid at least $12.00 per hour.
  • Employers can receive wage reimbursement for a maximum of four individuals per calendar year.
  • Employers can receive up to $1,250 in wage reimbursement for individuals 17 years of age or younger and up to $1,000 for individuals ages 18 and 19. 
  • Employers may receive an extra $100 in reimbursement if they can demonstrate the intern earned an industry credential recognized on the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program list by the time of the reimbursement request. 

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 www.vsctc.org.  

State announces new export assistance programs

This week, the Ohio Development Services Agency introduced several new export assistance programs and are promoting some great resources through the Food Export Association of the Midwest. Companies thinking about starting to export or wanting to increase their exports should review them:

1. NEW – Virtual Consultations – 30-minute one-on-one video consultations with one of the In-Market Representatives at the Ohio Development Services Agency. These sessions are meant to help you explore questions related to export plans and market expansion. During your session, you will have the opportunity to receive answers to predetermined market-specific questions. Our in-market experts will do their best to answer your questions and deliver valuable feedback to help you achieve export success.

2. NEW – Lead Qualification helps in qualifying foreign buyer leads from trade shows or other sources. Our In-Market Representatives will vet the buyer and provide a report to help you determine if you want to move forward with the lead. Lead Qualification Service allows you to use market research and data available to our In-Market Representatives to prioritize leads after an event.

3. Market Builder – Finding the right market and buyer for your product is the key to exporting success. Exporters who are looking to secure their product in an international market, find new distributors or importers, and/or receive valuable feedback about their product can take advantage of our Market Builder service. This one-of-a-kind service offers packages especially designed to an exporter’s needs and wants. Market Builder provides customized research to help your company uncover potential in international markets. It has two components:

  • Market Scan: This service draws on In-Market Representatives’ expertise to provide in-depth market research for a specific product. It includes: Store Check and Distribution Analysis, Competitive Product Shopping, Importation Analysis, Distributor Referrals, Target Importer List.
  • Rep Finder: Our In-Market Representative facilitates direct meetings between your company and a select group of targeted importers. It includes: In-Market Assistance, Distributor Referrals, Target Importer List.

4. Educational Resources – ODSA offers a lot of online resources, businesses can take advantage of now.

  • Export Intelligence Video Series – This video series is a great overview of all the opportunities the Food Export Association of the Midwest offers. From country-specific videos to an inside tour of a Buyers Mission, this video series is a great place for new companies to begin their export experience.
  • Export Essentials Online Modules – This self-paced, interactive 12-module series provides a holistic view of many of the intricacies of exporting. Learn how to Navigate Export Regulation, Prepare for Meetings with Buyers, how to Use Market Research for Competitive Advantage, and more.
  • Webinars – Food Export of the Midwest and Food Export of the Northeast offer a series of educational webinars to help companies build their export capacity. Webinars provide up-to-date exporter intelligence for companies regarding specific markets, logistics, trade financing, documentation, how to meet and follow up with foreign buyers and much more. Food Export’s webinars are complimentary to interested individuals.

5. Food Export Helpline – Whether you’re new to exporting or have experience, there are always specific issues and questions that are unique to your company, products, and export markets. With the Food Export Helpline™, you’ll speak with an industry expert who will put more than 34 years of experience to work for you. There are no canned answers, only insightful, customized advice specifically for you.

6. Food Export Branded funding for 2020 – Through the Food Export Association of the Midwest, the Branded Program supports U.S. food and agricultural companies’ international marketing efforts by reimbursing 50 percent of approved expenses used for international marketing and promotional activities. Eligible expenses for cost share and reimbursement include but are not limited to advertisements and publications, international trade shows, promotions, public relations and seminars. Please complete your prequalification and application. This will increase your chances to secure the funding you need to build the appropriate international marketing budget.

7. Export Consulting – Sabrina d’Onofrio heads up the Northwest Ohio office of the Export Assistance Network. For more information and for assistance in accessing any state exporting resources, please feel free to contact her at sabrina.donofrio@toledochamber.com or by phone at (419) 243-8191.

City seeks input for community development grant projects

cdbgPublic meeting to be held May 4

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 30, 2018 – The city of Tiffin will hold a public meeting Friday, May 4 at 9 a.m. at the SIEDC office for residents to discuss possible projects and submit ideas for inclusion in the Community Development Investment Strategy (CDIS) for the 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The city intends to apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency for funding under the CDBG Small Cities Program, a federally funded program administered by the state. Tiffin is eligible for approximately $150,000 for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 CDBG funding, providing the city meets applicable program requirements.

The city invites members of the public to discuss community development ideas and possible projects to be included in the CDIS, a document that guides community development efforts for the city, in a visioning session at the SIEDC office, 19 W. Market Street, Tiffin, OH from 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018.

Idea submission applications are available in print at the SIEDC office, the mayor’s office at 51 E. Market Street, and online at www.senecasuccess.com. Applications will also be available during the meeting.

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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.senecasuccess.com.

Food Export seminar Sept. 13

food-exportODSA and Food Export is hosting Food Export Helpline Counselor Dennis Lynch as keynote speaker at their seminar, “2016 Food Export Seminar: How to Successfully Enter Foreign Markets & China Outlook” on September 13. The program is structured so that the morning session is educational but after lunch, companies will have an opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with Dennis, Food Export staff, ODSA staff, SBDC Export Assistance Advisors and other partners.

Dennis Lynch works as a consultant for Food Export by helping companies through the Food Export Helpline. He is a wealth of information when it comes to exporting food. Find more information at https://www.foodexport.org/.

The event is in Columbus and there is a registration fee of $50 per person. Please register here by Sept. 8.