Seneca Regional Chamber

Tiffin U., Heidelberg partner to offer tuition discount program

Tuition Discount_flyer_v2Incentive would benefit SIEDC, Chamber member organizations

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Employees who work for organizations or companies that are members of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services or Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp. soon will have an incentive to pursue higher education in Tiffin.

Tiffin University and Heidelberg University are partnering to offer a tuition discount of up to $200 for graduate and undergraduate coursework for students who are employees of Chamber or SIEDC members.

The employees would be required to meet the academic requirements, be accepted for admission at Heidelberg or Tiffin University, and enroll in courses, according to a joint statement by Jeremy Marinis, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at TU, and Doug Kellar, vice president for Enrollment Management at Heidelberg.

At Heidelberg, a $200 per-credit-hour discount can be applied to all undergraduate degree programs and Master of Business Administration degree courses. Tiffin University is offering a $200 per-credit-hour discount for Tiffin campus undergrad programs and a $100 per-credit-hour discount for graduate degree programs, online and off-campus bachelor’s degree programs.

The tuition discount will remain in place until students graduate, transfer or withdraw. The agreement takes effect in May.

The tuition discount partnership is another in a growing number of ways Heidelberg and Tiffin University are partnering together to elevate both institutions and the community. HU and TU come together every August for the Around the Town event to introduce new students to local businesses and organizations they will encounter during their time in Tiffin. The schools have partnered on job fairs, international events and community service projects, most recently joining efforts to collect food for the Salvation Army in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The partnership was announced during SIEDC’s annual meeting Thursday (March 23). Additional information about eligibility and other requirements is available on the Tiffin University website at or the Heidelberg website at

Tiffin University President Lillian Schumacher:
“Tiffin University has always been committed to providing an affordable, professionally focused education, and is so glad to be partnering with Heidelberg and our local community. We believe this partnership and discount will help expand learning opportunities to the Tiffin community.”

Heidelberg University President Robert Huntington:
“This partnership is a win for everyone involved. We are pleased to provide greater access to high-quality education and strong professional preparation for the members of our community, and we’re happy that we can share that goal with our friends at Tiffin University.”

David Zak, President and CEO, Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp.:
“A well-educated workforce provides a strong foundation for economic success, which is a great boost to SIEDC’s economic development efforts. This partnership and offer of reduced tuition will be a great incentive in our ongoing efforts as we recruit new businesses to Tiffin and Seneca County and help established businesses expand.”

John Detwiler, president and CEO of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce:
“Our member organizations are appreciative of our two local higher education institutions stepping forward with this offer for their employees,” Detwiler said. “This tuition discount partnership is yet another resource available locally and a terrific way that local employers can invest in their workforce.”

Free wine, beer & food at Holiday Gathering

Ralph's WineOn December 4 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, we at SIEDC are partnering with the Seneca Regional Chamber to invite members to our new annual holiday thank you event – the Holiday Gathering. The Chamber focuses on helping businesses market, increase sales, save money, and drive tourism. The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), on the other hand, leads economic, community and downtown development, creating and retaining jobs, attracting new businesses, and improving quality of life.

So, come to the American Civil War Museum of Ohio in downtown Tiffin, kick off the holiday season, enjoy some drinks and yummy hors d’oeuvres, and visit with fellow businesses and family members. Here is what will be on the drinks menu:

Food samples and hors d’oeuvres will be donated (thank you!!!) by the following restaurants (also providing a general description of what they do…what they will offer at the event will be a surprise):

Design firm MLAD considering opening retail store

2014_01_22 - MLAD hp environmentM.L. Advertising and Design (MLAD) was founded by Mark Levans in 1979. It has grown from a one-person graphic design firm into a company of six dedicated professionals that provides a wide assortment of graphic design services, large format printing, printing services, and advertising promotions and specialties. This creative company is located in historic downtown Tiffin in two beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century Victorian homes and has made several investments in the last two years into state-of-the art printers and routers (see pictures below).  In 2010, they also acquired Dell’s Precision Printing, another local business, and significantly grew their customer base.

Currently, MLAD is currently working with Seneca Regional Chamber to survey the business community to see if there would be a strong enough demand to open a specialty paper retail side of the business–wide selection of colors, weights and stock, brightness, etc. We thought we would lend a hand and help spread the word. Regardless of whether MLAD offers this or not, their continual expansion and investment into both the downtown and their business, their commitment to the arts and the downtown, as well as their 40+ year history clearly makes them another Seneca Success.

From Mark: “We are conducting a survey to see if it is feasible for MLAD to open a retail paper store. We would stock bonds, writing, cover and specialty stock along with a variety of envelopes. Quantities would vary from product to product. Although MLAD may not be able to offer a solution to every product or projected need, this may be a service that would be better served in Tiffin and Seneca County than traveling to another city. Your survey can be taken anonymously and will only take a few minutes. If you wish to share your email with us, you will be able to do so at the bottom.

Chamber to throw Casino Royale party on 2/8

One of the best parts of our location here in the downtown Tiffin area is being co-located with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, a great organization promoting, assisting and advocating on behalf of businesses for almost 100 years. We work closely together, and I was excited to find out that they will be throwing their annual Casino Royale shindig on Saturday, February 8 at Camden Falls featuring the Cleveland-based Santana tribute band Evil Ways. The event serves as an annual fundraiser for the chamber but is also a “must go” kind of party – last year more than 200 attended and had a great time.

The event kicks off with cocktails and dice/blackjack games at 6 pm with heavy hors d’ouevres soon to follow. Music and raffle for 30+ prizes (LED TV, tablet, airplane rides, gift cards, etc.) at 7:30. I’ll be there and am inviting others to come as well. Please join us. Only 26 tickets left. Call John or Deb at the Chamber at 419.447.4141 to get yours. You can check out the flyer here.

Pictures from last year’s event which featured the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Parrots of the Caribbean: