Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce

TSEP, Chamber moving to the heart of Downtown Tiffin

New offices across from Seneca County Justice Center

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 24, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services are announcing that the two organizations are moving their offices to 94 S. Washington St., across from the Seneca County Justice Center. The last day of operations at the Bradley Building, 19 W. Market St., is April 2.

By year’s end, TSEP and the Chamber intend to renovate the first floor of the new building to include a new Welcome Center for Destination Seneca County. While renovations are being completed, TSEP and the Chamber will be operating out of the second floor of the building, which will be accessible to the public during business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Built in 1881, 94-96 S. Washington Street is marked as the Grummel-Remmele Block. The building has had many tenants in its history, including American Discount and most recently as the American Institute of Massage Therapy.

TSEP, then Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., purchased the Bradley Building in 2010 and made that theirs and the Chamber’s offices for more than 10 years. This move brings the offices back into the heart of Downtown Tiffin, after having previously operated out of 62 S. Washington St.

TSEP President & CEO David Zak said with the announcement, “We are excited about the move and view it as a commitment to historic preservation, downtown Tiffin, and our partnership with the Chamber and Destination Seneca County.” Chamber Executive Director Bryce Riggs agreed, saying, “We are excited about this next evolution for the Chamber and tourism in Seneca County. We believe a new, upscale welcome center will be inviting and informative for visitors and residents alike.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the news, “TSEP and the Chamber are helping to drive business and visitor growth in our community. We congratulate them on the move.” Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner added, “It is fitting that TSEP, the Chamber, and Destination Seneca County move into the civic core of our county seat, across the street from Seneca County Justice Center, a testament to the collaboration that is helping drive us forward.”

During the move, the best way to contact TSEP or Chamber staff is by email, which can be found at their respective websites.

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.

About the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services

For over a century, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services has been the trusted source of knowledge and support for area businesses. As innovators who find new ways of getting things done, we are staying up to date on economic, community, and technological developments. The Chamber wants their members to thrive, raising the bar for growth and prosperity in Seneca County. Learn more at www.TiffinChamber.com.

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.

Flyer

Registration Form (pdf) 

Chamber to hold cybersecurity program

cybersecurity.jpgThe Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services will hold a cybersecurity program in the Community Room at 19 W. Market St., Suite B on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 a.m.

How much is your business dependent on the Internet?

Are you satisfied with your online safety posture?

Who do you trust for the security of your online services?

Do you know what to do when a security incident or breach hits your business? Do you have a plan?

You don’t process sensitive government data or have valuable trade secrets, but you still have flow of cash to run your business. Do you know that cyber criminals are after it?

Join us to learn about basics of cybersecurity practices for small business owners and managers.

The program will consist of following topics:

Importance of cybersecurity for small business, basic protection measures, resources and tools for small businesses, sample tool for assessment of cyber risk score.

Tiffin University’s Ali I. Yurekli, PhD, CISSP, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity, School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences will be the speaker for the morning.

This program is free and business owners are encouraged to attend.  Please RSVP by January 17th.  Send an e-mail to Deb at dmartorana@tiffinchamber.com or call 419-447-4141 or online:  tiffinchamber.com/calendar/2019/01/23/cybersecurity-program.

Chamber expands Farmers’ Markets with the Court Street Collection

Farmers Market LogoAs the 8th season of the Seneca County Farmers’ Market begins, a new shop local option has been added: the Court Street Collection. In addition to the traditional market vendors along S. Washington St., Court St. will be closed off between Washington St. and the alley to accommodate any business interested in setting up a pop-up shop (as space allows) in this non-traditional market.

This season also includes a bonus October date.

Press Release from the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services:

The Seneca County Farmer’s Market in Downtown Tiffin will begin its 2018 season on Saturday, June 9, 2018. This year’s calendar includes 9 total dates on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, June through September, with a bonus market in October! 2018’s full calendar is as follows:

  • June 9 & 23
  • July 14 & 28
  • August 11 & 25
  • September 8 & 22
  • October 13

For all dates, the market begins at 9 am and concludes at 1 pm, rain or shine. Vendor set-up begins at 8 am.

The market is located on South Washington Street between East Perry Street and East Market Street. A variety of products will be available, including baked goods, fresh produce, plants and flowers, and more. Live entertainment, demonstrations and children’s activities are also being planned.

New this year in conjunction with the farmers’ markets is the Court Street Collection. A non-traditional market on Court Street from Washington Street to the alley, any business is welcome to have a pop-up shop, but space is limited.

The Seneca County Farmers’ Market in Downtown Tiffin is sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call 419-447-4141 for additional information.

Registration forms and information are available at tiffinchamber.com

Small Business Saturday Nov. 26

shop-small-logoAfter the large Black Friday sales, shop local and join the community in celebrating Small Business Saturday. This year’s event is set for Saturday, November 26.

Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express to encourage individuals nationwide to support small, local business, and it has been a great success. Last year, 95 million people went out to shop at their local small businesses on the appointed day.

From The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services:

Small Business Saturday is most successful in helping local retail businesses grow their revenues over this key weekend, when public/private coalitions of small business leaders have come together to provide coordination and leadership.

The Chamber is celebrating another year as a member of the Small Business Saturday Coalition and a neighborhood champion. Join us in supporting local businesses by signing up. We encourage all small businesses to sign up for the Small Business marketing and promotional materials. Sign up on the event website.

 

Local leaders launch INSIGHT blitz

Outreach campaign aims to connect with 1,000 businesses

INSIGHT logoTIFFIN, OHIO – June 24, 2016 – The INSIGHT Consortium, a group of local and regional nonprofit business service providers, announced today that they are starting an intensive outreach effort to connect Tiffin, Fostoria, and Seneca County businesses with resources to help them grow and expand. The first phase of the effort is scheduled to run through the end of 2017.

Established at the end of 2014, the INSIGHT Consortium is made up of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. (FEDC), the Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services, Terra State Community College, Sentinel Career Center, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce of Visitors Services, Regional Growth Partnership, the Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Seneca Regional Planning Commission. The mission of the group is to work together to reach more businesses with more resources, and they meet monthly.

The program’s name comes from the main types of resources it seeks to provide (Information, New Business, Space, Investment, Government, Hiring, Training), and the group has identified more than 200 free or subsidized financing, grant, tax credit, consulting and other services that are available. What they want to do is make more Seneca County companies aware of those resources and help them take advantage of them.

The 2016-17 outreach blitz will be conducted by a team of more than 25 individuals, including the INSIGHT consortium members, as well as members of the Tiffin Downtown Main Street program, professional outreach firm COACT Associates, as well as a university intern. All information gathered will remain confidential within the respective agencies. Aggregate data and trends will be used for program development, planning, and policy.

Carol Owen Kern, Business Services Liaison with the Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services and a founding member of the consortium, is glad to see the group move forward with the blitz: “Seneca County JFS and Ohio Means Jobs have dedicated significant resources to helping companies recruit the workers they need, and this will help us all reach more businesses with our services.”

Beth Hannam, Manager of Business and Industry Training with Terra State Community College, likes the aggressive approach, “All of us on the INSIGHT team are excited about meeting the needs of more and more companies in Seneca County and about connecting businesses with hundreds of resources that are available. It’s truly win-win,” Beth Hannam said.

John Detwiler, President of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, is pleased with the INSIGHT blitz: “Supporting our local businesses is our first priority, and this helps us reach more of them. It complements and supports the work we’ve been doing through the Industrial Management and Safety Councils, our partnership with the Small Business Development Center, our networking and business events, and member discounts.”

Fostoria Economic Development Corporation President Renee Smith expressed similar support: “Business retention and expansion is a key focus of ours, as most of the new jobs and investment comes from existing companies. INSIGHT provides me and Fostoria area companies better access to more resources, which is really beneficial.”

SIEDC President & CEO David Zak also thanked people for their support: “I appreciate the entire INSIGHT consortium for their passion for local businesses and support of this program. I also want to thank the Regional Growth Partnership for providing additional team members through their relationship with COACT, the City of Tiffin for supplying an intern, and AEP supporting us the initiative through Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP) grant.”

About SIEDC

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 at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Superior Credit Union named 7th best-performing credit union in US

superior greenS&P Global Market Intelligence recently released its ranking of the 50 best-performing credit unions of 2015, naming Superior Credit Union number seven in the nation, the only Ohio-based credit union to make the list.

The rankings were decided using five core financial performance metrics: member growth, net charge offs as a percentage of average loans, efficiency ratio, asset quality, and market growth. The credit union is ranked in impressive company, as only one other credit union in the top ten had assets of less than $2 billion. Up from $572 million at year end, Superior’s current asset size is $590 million.

“Superior is proud to be recognized as one of the safest and best performing credit unions in the country,” said Phil Buell, CEO. “To be recognized nationally, is a testament to our volunteers, employees, and members, who collaboratively provide our community with consumer-friendly financial solutions.”

Superior acquired the Southeast Financial Credit Union branches in Fostoria and Tiffin at he beginning of 2016, expanding their customer base by 7,000 members and $60 million in deposits.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to bring our seasoned products and services to our new members in Seneca County,” Buell said at the time of the transition. “We feel strongly that the acquisition will be a win-win for all concerned.”

Branch Manager Tricia Reinhard elaborated: “We originally invested into Tiffin because we feel that it is a city that is growing more everyday, and a lot of us are from the area and want to give back to the community, what it has given to us and more if possible. I have worked in the Fostoria and Tiffin branches for 11 years, and I am very happy to see our Credit Union going back to the way it was when I first started working here – which is getting more involved and supportive with our community and the things happening in it. I am very grateful to Superior for all that they have done for the community and for our members, and look forward to seeing how we can help with building an even better City of Tiffin!”

Superior is involved with a number of local organizations, including Rotary, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Servies, SIEDC and Relay for Life. They are currently planning an open house including food, games, prizes, jump houses and more, all to benefit the American Cancer Society through Team Superior.

Read more about the ranking here.

About Superior Credit Union
Superior Credit Union, headquartered in Lima, Ohio, is a full-service member-owned financial cooperative that serves members in 17 Northwest Ohio counties. Superior CU currently has 12 office locations serving over 62,000 members. With assets of over $590 million, the credit union provides consumer and mortgage loans, brokerage services, insurance services, checking and savings accounts, and small business services and loans.

“Building Doctors” Will Be Making Rounds in Tiffin July 21 and 22, 2016

Ohio History ConnectionPress release from Ohio History Connection.

This program is a partnership between SIEDC, Tiffin Historic Trust and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

(COLUMBUS, OH)— The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., the Tiffin Historic Trust and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will sponsor a Building Doctor Clinic for old-building owners in Tiffin, Ohio on July 21 and 22, 2016.

The clinic features Building Doctors Justin Cook and Richard Jarvis of the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. It begins with a free seminar on Thursday evening, July 21, from 7-9 p.m. at the Tiffin–Seneca Public Library’s Frost Kalnow Room at 77 Jefferson Street in Tiffin. The seminar is open to the public and will feature guidelines for renovation projects and ways to solve some of the most common problems of buildings dating from 1800 to 1955.

On Friday, July 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the Building Doctors will visit pre-1955 buildings within five miles of Tiffin, advising owners on specific technical problems by appointment. The “doctors” examine all kinds of older buildings. Some of the things that typically call for an on-site examination include persistent peeling paint or flaking plaster, a wet basement or deteriorating masonry and plans for additions.

Justin Cook, Technical Preservation Services Manager for the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office, has a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Vermont, with post-baccalaureate studies in History and Urban and Regional Planning. He reviews applications for federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Richard Jarvis is Technical Preservation Services Manager for the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. He holds a master’s degree in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) from The University of York (UK), a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from High Point University and an associate’s degree in Architectural Technology from Guilford Technical Community College. He reviews applications for federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits.

The seminar and on-site consultations with the Building Doctors are free with advance registration. To register, visit www.building-doctor.org or call 800.499.2470 or 614.298.2000. You can also contact Amy Reinhart at 419.447.3831.

The Building Doctor program is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. Each clinic is also made possible by support from local cosponsors.

The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office

The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office is Ohio’s official historic preservation agency. It identifies historic places in Ohio, nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews federally-assisted projects for effects on historic, architectural, and archaeological resources in Ohio, consults on conservation of older buildings and sites and offers educational programs and publications.

Ohio Historical Society is now Ohio History Connection
On May 24, 2014, the Ohio Historical Society changed its name to the Ohio History Connection. Established in 1885, this nonprofit organization provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history through more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio, including its flagship museum, the Ohio History Center in Columbus. For more information about programs and events, call 800.686.6124 or go online at www.ohiohistory.org.

Prescriptions from the Building Doctors:

Do’s:

  1. Check your roof and attic or upper stories for leaks at least every six months. Look for separations, bulges, cracks, and signs of moisture. It’s important to check your roof regularly. A sound roof is the key to preventing many problems which can occur below.
  1. Inspect your gutters and downspouts during a hard rain to see that they’re working properly. Keep them clean and free of leaves and obstructions which may clog them. Make sure water from downspouts is directed away from the foundation.
  1. Open your basement windows in the dry season to let air circulate. Feel basement walls for dampness. A musty odor indicates a high moisture level in the basement. Check for proper ventilation and dehumidification. Be certain that air circulates freely and isn’t blocked by materials stored against the wall.
  1. Look for loose or damaged siding. Note any areas of paint failure. Check gaps between boards. Gaps smaller than a quarter-inch will help ventilate the wall cavity; larger gaps may admit rainwater.
  1. Caulk gaps where window and door frames meet masonry or wood openings to prevent water from entering wall cavities of frame buildings or masonry of bearing-wall structures.
  1. Examine painted surfaces for signs of peeling, cracking and alligatoring. Look for clues to original painting techniques and colors. A common way to examine hidden layers of paint is to carefully sand a small area in a location where it would not have weathered or been in direct sunlight, exposing the individual layers.
  1. Assess the condition of all exterior features, particularly those of significance, such as porches, brackets and other decorative trim.
  1. Attend the Building Doctor Clinic.

Don’ts:

  1. Don’t use abrasive methods to clean brick or masonry. They can cause irreparable harm. Sandblasting, for example, removes the hard outer surface of the brick, exposing its softer core to the elements, and damages other kinds of masonry and wood, too. Avoid all techniques for cleaning masonry or wood that involves blasting or high pressure.
  1. Don’t use water-repellent coatings on masonry. They can trap moisture inside instead of letting it pass freely in and out as it normally would. When trapped moisture freezes, it expands, often forcing the surface of the brick or stone to flake or spall.
  1. Never seal basement windows shut. You’ll trap moist air inside and prevent proper air circulation, which can lead to a damp basement.
  1. Don’t plant bushes or vegetation close to the foundation. They prevent sunlight from reaching the ground, allowing moisture to accumulate there.
  1. Don’t use blown-in insulation unless you install a vapor barrier, too. Without the vapor barrier, moisture can accumulate, saturating the insulation and damaging your wall.
  1. Don’t leave unused gas pipes connected or live ends uncapped. Have gas lines professionally inspected. You can prevent a tragedy and save yourself a great deal of money.
  1. Don’t allow bare wires to remain exposed. Have old wiring professionally inspected.
  1. Don’t forget to give your building a thorough check-up every six months to ensure that it has a clean bill of health.

 

Feasel’s Frame and Collision

Feasel'sMeet the Feasels – Rick, Jan and Jeff – the family behind Feasel’s Frame& Collision Inc, located at 4400 W. US Hwy 224 just West of Tiffin. Rick and wife Jan went into the car repair business in 1984. In 2012 their son Jeff, who could often be found in his crib at the office with his parents as a child, joined the business in a managerial role.

Jeff spent several years as a video journalist, working for CBS and NBC, before he and his wife decided to move back to to Tiffin. “To go further in that career would involve moving often, and my wife and I were done moving. I always wanted to raise my family here, so I was very thankful for the opportunity to come back home and work with my parents.”

Over the past several years the family has made many improvements to the business, including equipment and structure upgrades, and they don’t plan to slow down. They just moved in to their newly renovated office last April, installed a new paint booth – complete with air filtration and water-based environmentally friendly paint – three years ago, and keeping up with industry trends, they have the ability to weld and repair aluminum.

“I love being a part of a small business in this community,” Jan said. “It’s amazing how wonderful the community has been in supporting our local business for the past 32 years. I love being able to help others in my community, especially in their time of need. I also love that this is a family business. There are three of us are here – it’s really a ‘mom and pop’ business!”

The Feasels are very active in the community too. Jan gives tennis lessons and teaches CCD, Jeff is a Tiffin Rotary Club member and serves on the board of Seneca County Young Professionals, the whole family is active in St Joseph’s Catholic Church and they are a Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services member. This past November, Feasels donated $25 to Heartbeat/Hope Medical for every vehicle repaired after hitting a deer, for a total donation of $625.

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Easter Hunt and Treat

Easter Event Flier - V4The Easter Bunny has helpers hiding in Tiffin!     

Due to the busy season, the Easter Bunny is sending helpers into downtown Tiffin to help spread the goodies and fun, but they need some help. Not only will these helpers need a place to hide, but they will need a name, and some goodies to give away.

To make sure that all of these bunnies are visited, there will be a form available at the Laird Arcade (at the corner of S. Washington and E. Market St.), where participants can write down the names of the ones they have found. Once the form is full, return the card to the Laird to be entered into a drawing for a bike, donated by TiffinOhio.org, or Chamber Cash from the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce!

The helpers are scheduled to be in town Friday, March 18th, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, and expected to be hiding inside, due to the chilly weather.

Downtown businesses that would be willing to help the Easter Bunny, are asked to contact Yolanda Gonzalez (yolanda.gonzales4@gmail.com), who also organized the “Trick or Treat” that took place downtown this past October.

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern