Terra State offering workplace cybersecurity program

Information provided by Terra State Community College

Terra State Community College is hosting a free luncheon meeting, “Cybersecurity for Your Workplace,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont Ohio.

The meeting is a discussion concerning cybersecurity attacks, securing data and protecting your organization, led by Haley Crabtree and Michael Daigneault, instructors and cybersecurity professionals at Terra State.

Lunch is to be provided.

The event is a partnership between Terra State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. National Security Agency and Sandusky County Economic Development Corp.,

For more information or to register, call (419) 559-2464 or email

Workshop fosters partnerships with Federal labs

ohio mepOn Wednesday, August 10 from 9 am – 4 pm, leaders in engineering, manufacturing and technology are invited to attend “Partnering with Federal Labs,” a workshop sponsored by CIFT and MAGNET on behalf of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP). The workshop is designed to introduce business leaders to the Federal labs research centers that help push technology to the private marketplace.  The meeting will highlight how federal agencies’ expertise and technologies can assist Ohio firms.



USDA-Agricultural Research Service has already formed over 120 formal partnerships this year with companies of all sizes for the development and commercialization of technologies. As of 2015, more than 800 businesses, universities, governments and non-profit groups partnered with either Oak Ridge National Lab or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through 2016, the Department of Energy is providing up to $20 million in vouchers so that small businesses can request technical assistance from national labs to help bring the next generation of clean technologies to market.


The workshop is designed to introduce business leaders to the Federal labs research centers that help push technology to the private marketplace. The meeting will highlight how federal agencies’ expertise and technologies can assist Ohio firms. Speakers include representatives from:

Federal Lab Consortium (FLC)

The FLC is the formally chartered, nationwide network of more than 300 federal laboratories, agencies, and research centers that fosters commercialization best practice strategies and opportunities for accelerating federal technologies from out of the labs and into the marketplace.


NASA John H. Glenn Research Center drives research, technology, and systems to advance aviation, advance space missions and aeronautics by leveraging core competencies to deliver from concept through applications. Examples include air breathing propulsion, cryogenic fluids management, communications technology, energy storage and conversion, and materials for extreme environments.

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center

USDA – Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

The ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination. The ARS research agenda is broad, with about 750 research projects organized under four major program areas: Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality; Animal Production and Protection; Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems; and Crop Production and Protection.

Department of Energy, ORNL & NREL

The Department of Energy (DOE) has aligned resources to invest in technology research and development, new innovation models, technical assistance, and the shared technical facilities that help transition scientific innovations into new manufacturing capabilities. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have capabilities that include facilities and expertise in: solar, wind, water power, geothermal, bioenergy, buildings, fuel cells, batteries, vehicle technology, advanced manufacturing, and next generation materials.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The Department of Commerce, NIST, promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. Laboratory capabilities include facilities and expertise in: Bioscience and Health, Building/Fire Research, Physics, Electronics/Telecommunications, Energy, Environment/Climate, Information Technology/Cyber, Manufacturing, Materials Science, Quality/Transportation, and more.

For more information, contact CIFT at 419-535-6000 or, or register here.

Poignon invests in business, holds community art event

poignon ownersRyan and Monica Poignon, owners of the Poignon Project, located at 227 East Perry Street, have invested into their small business by purchasing the building they were renting. The previous owner had held the building, which at one time was a grocery store and a barber shop, since 1972.

“The past five years, moving back to Tiffin was the greatest thing I ever did,” Ryan said. “There is so much support here.”

Ryan said this was the next step in his plans to grow his business as well as the art community in Tiffin. Motivation to purchase the building also came from the Poignons’ investment in express yourself dayscustomizing their shop. Ryan said the glassblowing equipment alone is worth $20,000, and there is another $20,000 invested in the building. Ryan’s next step will be moving his glassblowing equipment to a different part of the building to expand classes and workshops. Along with art education for adults, he is also looking to expand into art camps for children.

In addition, starting July 16-17, the Poignon Project will be hosting “Express Yourself Days” to support the local art community and raise donations for local charities. The July event will feature live music, art vendors, food vendors, live chainsaw art, live glassblowing and more. There will also be a cardboard house building contest to help grow awareness of homelessness in Seneca County.

Ryan’s efforts to extend opportunities in the arts to the community stem from seeing the need in the Tiffin community. “When I was in high school, we didn’t have a lot of opportunities in the arts. I never imagined that I would be sitting here in front of my own building,” he said. “This is something for everyone to learn: don’t give up.”

Ryan recently published his own motivational book featuring his works called “If You Do Nothing You Are Nothing,” a motto he certainly lives by.

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Tiffin Music and Art Festival this weekend

TMAF flierThis weekend, June 12-13, the fourth annual Tiffin Music and Art Festival will be held at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin. This year will be the biggest yet, with 73 performances scheduled on five outdoor stages, a beer garden, vendors and workshops, and tons of events for children and adults. Headliners are the Tom Frietchen Band on Friday, and Shrub and Hawthorne Heights on Saturday.

Also new this year is the TMAF Scholarship, which will provide $500 each to at least two Tiffin area high school seniors planning to pursue education in performance or visual arts. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding the scholarship.

Founded in 2013, the Tiffin Music and Art Festival is a non-profit event staffed by community volunteers. It was created to raise awareness for the arts in the greater Tiffin area and benefit the surrounding community. Events and attractions for children and adults have included live music, fire performers, magicians, clowns, food vendors, glass blowing, a wide variety of workshops, an interactive ice cream stand, interactive kids’ zones and bouncy inflatables.

Festival admission is free, however there is a charge for access to the beer garden.

Check out the video below for more information about this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival.