rural development

Handshoe Cakes and Cookies announces new storefront location

Company invested $25,000, added 2 employees

REPUBLIC, OHIO – November 10, 2020 – Having been in business more than 20 years, Lisa Handshoe, owner of Handshoe Cakes and Cookies in Republic, has announced that she has opened the doors of her new and improved storefront location, 6085 E. SR 18.

Handshoe Cakes and Cookies specializes in cakes and cookies, including gluten-free and sugar-free options. The new space, which opened Oct. 5, was a $25,000 investment and provides additional space which has allowed the company to hire two employees, to provide coffee and hot chocolate and to sell additional items from other local entrepreneurs.

Since opening in 1999, the business has grown from baking 2-3 cakes a week to more than 18 cakes a day during graduation season and 500 dozen cut out cookies during the holiday season. Lisa continues to make time to set up at Tiffin Y-Wives, Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Seneca East local schools; donate to community events and has sent 29,000 cookies to men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces through the Project Cookies from Home initiative she started 3 years ago.

“I’m excited to be able to announce our expansion and to have people see what we have to offer here,” said owner Lisa Handshoe. “Thank you to everyone who has been part of our story and helped us grow over the years.”

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “I’m happy to congratulate Lisa Handshoe and Handshoe Cakes and Cookies on their announcement and growth in Republic. I hope for their continued success for years to come.”

To celebrate the new space, a ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.

For more information, find Handshoe Cakes and Cookies on Facebook or visit the store, 6085 E. SR 18, 12-5 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

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.

Hoffbauer Demolition & Dumpster Rental invests $200,000 into business

Company opened in McCutchenville in spring

McCUTCHENVILLE, OHIO – Sept. 17, 2020Hoffbauer Demolition & Dumpster Rental, a new rural Seneca County business, has announced that is has invested more than $200,000 in expansion of their business. As a fully insured demolition contractor, the company offers demolition labor and now offers 12-, 20-, 30- and 40-yard dumpster rental. Owned by Travis Hoffbauer, the McCutchenville business expanded in the spring.

Born and raised in Seneca County, Travis has a background in construction, mechanics and barn reclamation. His girlfriend, Ashley, attended Heidelberg University and is assisting with the business as well. Travis had been working in Nashville,  Tenn., to clean up tornado damage when he put together a plan for the new business: “We wanted to invest in our community, and thought that opening our business would also help provide a valuable option for residents needing these services locally.”

Hoffbauer plans to eventually expand the business with a “drop-off trash service” and asbestos removal. For now, they are focusing on building close customer relationships and getting the word out about their business.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “I am glad to see young people investing in Seneca County and opening businesses during these difficult times. Congratulations to Travis and Ashley.”

Hoffbauer Demolition & Dumpster Rental, a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and can be reached at (419) 618-1459. For more information, find them on Facebook or visit www.hoffbauerdemoandrental.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 http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

USDA Housing Programs

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The US Department of Agriculture not only assists with loan and grant programs for businesses in rural communities, but also provides programs for home repair and ownership. Listed below are some of those programs:

Home Repair Loan Program provides up to $20,000 in loan financing to help very low income applicants in rural areas improve their living conditions and assist with needed home repairs. Terms include 1% interest and can extend up to 20 years. Loans less than $7,500 do not require a mortgage. Loans may be made for repairs to improve or modernize homes, or to remove health and safety hazards. The dwelling to be repaired must be located in a rural area eligible for Rural Development programs. Applicants must own and occupy the home to be repaired.

Home Repair Grant Program applicants must be at least 62 years of age and lack repayment ability for a 504 loan. Loan/grant combinations are possible when the applicant has repayment ability for a portion of the financial assistance needed. .There is a lifetime grant limit of $7,500. Grants must be used to correct health and safety conditions, not used to make cosmetic or convenience changes to the home.

Once your eligibility is confirmed and the application is complete, a representative from Rural Development will visit your property to further assess.

Home Ownership Direct Loans provide financing for individuals and families who cannot obtain credit from other sources to purchase homes in rural areas. All applicants must meet eligibility requirements. Applications are received at the Rural Development office serving the area where the house will be located. Funds may be used to purchase suitable existing homes, new site built homes, approved modular units, and new manufactured units from an approved dealer/contractor. Funds may also be used to repair or remodel homes, or to make the home accessible and usable for the disabled. Loans may be made for up to 100% of the appraised value of the site and the home. The maximum repayment period is 33 years. Based on household income, payment assistance can further reduce your mortgage payment.

For more information on any of the above programs, contact the Findlay Area Office at 419-422-0242 or SFHD.Findlay@oh.usda.gov or www.rd.usda.gov.

Guaranteed Rural Housing Program includes 100% financing, no downpayment, affordable mortgage insurance, 30 years fixed interest rate, flexible credit and qualifying guidelines, no maximum purchase price, and closing costs, legal fees, and other eligible costs may be rolled into the loan. Applicants must have a steady and dependable income, demonstrate a reliable credit history with the ability and willingness to repay debts when they are due, and meet Rural Development’s “Adjusted” income limits for the county in which they are purchasing.

For more information, contact Vince Paumier at 614-255-2404, vince.paumier@oh.usda.gov, or http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do.