Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services

Yours With Every Stitch opens in historic Laird Building

Store specializes in alterations, mending and custom services

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 20, 2021 – Yours With Every Stitch has announced today that it has opened a storefront location in the historic Laird Building in the heart of Downtown Tiffin. The store specializes in alterations, mending and custom seamstress services.

Owner Danielle Park is a recent Calvert High School graduate who started sewing when she was 8 years old and has maintained a passion for sewing through her involvement in 4-H. She started the business in her second semester of senior year at Calvert, and has now decided to open a physical location in Downtown Tiffin to better serve her current clients and grow a new customer base. The shop features a lounge area to help customers and guests feel comfortable while getting fitted.

In addition to alterations and mending, Danielle enjoys making custom clothes, which includes children’s clothing that she has been selling at JAM’s Monthly Markets. She hopes to one day expand her clothing line to include women’s clothing.

“I love downtown so much. The Laird Building is the coolest place and I’m excited about being part of the Downtown Tiffin community,” Danielle said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Congratulations to Danielle Park on the opening of your store and being part of the Downtown Tiffin retail community. It’s exciting to see young people invest here and bring their unique talents to Tiffin.”

To make an appointment, contact Danielle or stop in at the store, 114 S. Washington St., Suite B. To contact Danielle, email yourswitheverystitch@gmail.com, or call/text (567) 230-6450.

Yours With Every Stitch is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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.

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.

TSEP hosting free webinars for small businesses

TechCred Webinar on Jan. 21, SBA Webinar on Jan. 29

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 14, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is announcing today that it is hosting two webinars in January for small businesses seeking funding. The webinars are free, but registration is required.

TSEP, in partnership with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, will present a webinar on TechCred at noon Jan. 21, 2021. Program presenters are Lu Cooke, NW Ohio Liaison for Lt. Gov. John Husted, and Tori Atkinson, Workforce and Apprentice Program Manager at Northwest State Community College. To register for the webinar, click here or visit tinyurl.com/techcredwebinar.

TechCred, through the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, helps businesses upskill their current and incoming workforce with tech-focused credentials. Businesses can receive up to $2,000 for each tech-focused credential earned, up to $30,000 per employer each application period. The current round closes Jan. 29 and the next round is expected to open in March.

In addition, TSEP is announcing a webinar update on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s new programs in Congress’ COVID-19 Relief Package, including the renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program, will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 29, 2021.  To register for the webinar, click here or visit tinyurl.com/sbaupdatewebinar.

The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act was signed into law Dec. 27, 2020, and included the opening of a third round of PPP loans as well as other assistance programs. SBA representatives Deborah Callen and Timothy Ensch are to provide an overview to these new programs and answer attendees questions during the webinar.

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.

Retail, restaurant owners encouraged to join business forum

Weekly program sponsored by Chamber, TSEP

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 18, 2020 – As retail stores and restaurants begin to reopen following the lifting of stay-at-home orders from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services will be continuing its Weekly Local Business Forum for business owners to share and gain information. The meetings are at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and can be accessed via GoToMeeting or by dialing in on your phone.

Each week, our local Tiffin and Seneca County businesses can come together to discuss challenges they’re facing and ask questions of TSEP and Chamber staff and other businesses. The calls will sometimes also include guests such as Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer, a liaison from the Governor’s office and other authorities who can answer questions. The goal is to share information, provide resources and get feedback from local businesses.

To join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone, visit https://www.gotomeet.me/AudreyFlood/weekly-local-business-forum or dial in by calling +1 (646) 749-3122, Access Code 117-118-341.

For more information, look for “Weekly Local Business Forum (Tiffin/Seneca County)” on Facebook or email Audrey Flood, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership development manager, at flood@tiffinseneca.org.

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.

Bid to be the first to support local businesses

Auction of Firsts proceeds to benefit Seneca County establishments

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 11, 2020 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services and Destination Seneca County are partnering to host an online auction of “firsts” that aims to benefit small businesses in Seneca County when they are re-opening. The Auction of Firsts will be a live auction and will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, with login starting at 6 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the business.

TSEP and The Chamber already have reached out to local businesses, and the auction will be limited to 60 items. Items may include first haircut, first drink inside a bar, first sit-down meal inside a restaurant, first in-store sale and other unique items or services.

Bill Jones from RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty will be hosting the live auction and details on joining the event can be found on Facebook by searching for “Seneca County Auction of Firsts.” To bid early on items or to preregister, go to tinyurl.com/senecafirstsaution. You can also visit 419auctions.com and click on the link for “Auction of Firsts Supporting Tiffin & Seneca” listed under “Current Auction Listings.”

For more information, find the event on Facebook. For businesses interested in participating, contact Amy Reinhart, TSEP Downtown Main Street Manager, at reinhart@tiffinseneca.org.

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.

Chamber to present Third annual legislative breakfast

Featuring messages from State Rep. Bill Reineke, Mayor Aaron Montz and Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacy

Press release provided by Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services are pleased to announce the Third Annual Legislative Breakfast Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Join Ohio 88th District State Representative Bill Reineke, Mayor Aaron Montz and Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacy to hear their annual messages. These will include summaries of 2018 accomplishments and preview of 2019 key initiatives. This will be an informative narrative regarding the State of the City, State of the County, and the State of the 88th District.

The breakfast is 7:30-9 am. at the Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

Cost is $10 per person.  RSVP to (419) 447-4141 or dmartorana@tiffinchamber.com by March 11.  Reservations are firm and must be paid in advance.

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Small Business Seminars held monthly in Tiffin

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Small Business Development Center Director Bill Auxter

Bill Auxter, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, hosts a free, monthly Small Business Basics seminar at the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. On average, Bill works with more than 150 small businesses each year, which includes pre-ventures, start-ups, and existing businesses.

The Business Basics seminar is a two-hour session designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business. Participants are walked through the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, advisors, business entities, employees, insurance, financing, business planning and more.

The seminars take place at the Seneca Regional Chamber and Visitor Services’ Community Room from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on the following 2018 dates:

  • January 10
  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June 13
  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21

To register, contact Bill Auxter at 419.559.2210 or bauxter@terra.edu. Click here for more general information.

Contest winners open for business

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Zoe and Spenser with the contest judges.

In September of 2016 the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group held a contest to give a space to an aspiring entrepreneur rent free for one year. From the applicant pool, seven possible businesses were chosen to present their business in front of a panel, who decided the winner. This week, contest winners Zoe Dolch and Spenser Blackiston will open Washington Street Outfitters in the Laird Arcade.

Their store is located on the interior of the Laird Arcade (corner of Market and Washington Streets) and features men and women’s clothing and jewelry as well as new and used vinyl records and home decor. “It’s a mixed-merchandise approach, ” Zoe said. “We have hundreds of items and different styles as well as staple items.”

As winners of the contest, in addition to free rent, they received two business organization sessions with professional organizer Reannon Hayes, six sessions from KKR Consult, a business consulting and dream coaching service, and meetings with Retail is Detail (provided by Heritage Ohio), which provided marketing and demographic information for the area. The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services provided one year of free membership, which includes participation in the Chamber Cash gift certificate program.

After winning the contest, they were also contacted by groups at both Heidelberg and Tiffin Universities looking to take an active role in marketing. The Enactus group from Heidelberg has been helping the pair since a couple weeks after the contest, assisting with tasks ranging from building clothing racks to planning the grand opening. Tiffin University marketing students also started working on a marketing campaign that will be presented to Zoe and Spenser upon completion.

“I love the students,” Zoe said. “Working with them has been a great experience and a lot of fun.”

Zoe and Spenser are recent college graduates who were originally looking to start careers elsewhere and defer their dream of opening their own store when they learned about the business contest. “We didn’t know if we could win, but we knew we could put our whole hearts in it,” Zoe said. “We didn’t anticipate this opportunity, it just came about and it felt right.”

Property Manager for the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group and organizer of the contest Tyler Shuff said he is working with runners-up of the contest to help them launch their business ideas. “The contest was great and brought everyone out of the woodwork that had an idea. Even though there was only one winner, I want to help all seven finalists,” he said. “We are looking at doing another contest within the next year or two, with the goal of getting people downtown and giving their business a head-start.”

Two of the finalists now have office space in the Laird Arcade – Small Victories Financial Coaching and Lascala IT. Shuff is currently working with a wine and craft bar, dance studio and business incubator to find space downtown.

Chamber groups provide businesses, professionals opportunities

Chamber LogoThe Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services offers a wide variety of programming open to businesses and professionals alike, including networking and educational organizations. Two of those groups are the Industrial Management Council and the Safety Council.

According to the Chamber website, the Industrial Management Council (IMC) exists to influence community and political organizations on items of industrial interest, assist members in attaining improved efficiency and more effective business methods, work as a group in order to contain industry related costs, promote industrial development, support educational programs which encourage free enterprise, and ameliorate relationships and develop better understanding between industry and other facets of the community.

The group meets monthly to hear speakers on industry-related topics and network. There are currently more than 60 members.

The Tiffin Safety Council is an organization focusing on safety in the workplace and is open to all businesses. The group meets regularly to listen to guest speakers and network. The council currently has about 100 members, and anyone is welcome to join.

“It’s an important component of what the Chamber does, providing value to our membership,” said John Detwiler, Program Manager and President of the Chamber. “Many businesses join because safety is important, but some are eligible for grant funding.”

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers resources to help employers improve health and safety, including the Safety Intervention Grant Program – which awarded more than $15 million to 570 employers for the purchase of safety improving equipment last year – as well as programs for employers starting wellness and drug-free workplace programs. These programs help keep Ohio’s workplace injury statistics below the national average.