Bear’s Den expanding business with new patio space

$40,000 investment includes second bar outdoors

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 10, 2020 – The Bear’s Den, 68 E. Perry St., celebrating 46 years in Downtown Tiffin, will be expanding its business with a $40,000 investment into the construction of an updated patio space. Plans to have the space changed were approved by the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review in June.

The investment includes removing the current patio and replacing it with a new patio to be partially covered by a slant roof and installing rod iron fencing along the sidewalk, as well as extending utilities out to the new patio to for a second, outdoor bar, which would be accessible by a new door leading out of the establishment. The increased space will allow for more outdoor seating and entertainment.

“I needed to add more outdoor seating, but wanted to give people something nicer than what my old patio had to offer,” said Dennis Wickert, who has owned the Bear’s Den since 1974. “Thanks to the City of Tiffin, Clouse Construction and Croghan Colonial Bank for their help and support.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “It is always great news to see a longstanding business investing in our community, but it is especially exciting to have more high quality outdoor seating options and the opportunity for people to better experience wonderful Downtown Tiffin.”

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.

Terra State to offer scholarships for Short Term Certificate Programs

Information from Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, August 6, 2020 – In partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Terra State Community College has announced the availability of scholarships for students enrolled in the Short Term Certification Programs.

$182,000 in scholarships are available, with students being able to receive up to $2,000 each. Current and prospective students must show financial need, including impact from COVID-19. Eligible programs include those that are Pell eligible and non-Pell eligible.

Terra State offers 25 short-term certificates that allow students to gain skills in high demand fields. Programs include credit and non-credit courses.

“All of these programs have been identified as leading to high-demand occupations in the state of Ohio,” said Beth Bower, grant writer at Terra State, “These scholarships will help employers fill the gaps in the workforce while at the same time provide students with the training they need to be successful in their chosen careers.”

Short-term certificate programs that are eligible for scholarship money include:

Credit Courses

  • Accounts Payable Manager
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Brakes
  • General Business
  • Diesel
  • Digital Media
  • Electrical Systems
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Manufacturing Foundation
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Scribe
  • Network Technician
  • PC Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Power and Controls
  • Precision Machinery
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Welding

Non-Credit Courses

  • Comp TIA
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Online
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • STNA

For more information, please visit terra.edu/shorttermcertificate or contact Admissions at 419.559.2349 or at admissions@terra.edu.

About Terra State Community College

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, residential college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

Tiffin native returns with clothing store Kesler and Co.

New retailer opening in mid-August

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 7, 2020 – After having left the area for 14 years, Tiffin native Chelsea Lonsway is returning to Seneca County and opening a business in Downtown Tiffin, Kesler and Co., in mid-August. The new clothing store, at 184 S. Washington St., specializes in women’s clothing for all body types, with styles ranging from comfortable lounge wear to boho-chic for a night out on the town. Lonsway’s focus has been on body positivity and ensuring each individual customer feels confident and enough in their own skin.

Lonsway had been living in Michigan and has been selling clothing primarily online for four years in her close-knit community on Facebook. She said she is looking forward to interacting directly with customers in the store and to build on her relationships with the clients she already has in Tiffin. 

“It’s been a dream of mine to have a storefront, and now that I’m moving back home, it just seemed like the right time,” Lonsway said. “Tiffin’s downtown is really flourishing, so I’m excited to integrate into the business community here and engage with the city.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “It’s wonderful to see a new retailer coming to Downtown Tiffin. It’s also great to see someone return who is excited about bringing their talents to the community.”

Kesler and Co. recently became a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services. For more information and business hours, visit keslerandco.com or find Kesler and Co. on Facebook.

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.

Arnold Machine acquires Findlay Machine and Tool division

AMI to produce equipment under FMT brand, bring staff to Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 6, 2020Arnold Machine Inc., a full-service designer and manufacturer of custom automated systems, announced today that it has completed a deal to acquire industrial parts washer and custom equipment division of Findlay Machine & Tool. AMI employs 50 people at its facility in Tiffin, 19 Heritage Drive.

Findlay Machine & Tool had more than 30 years of business building industrial parts washers in Findlay. FMT has a plastics division that will continue to operate in Findlay. AMI will be manufacturing the equipment at its plant in Tiffin under the FMT brand, and is adding 13 employees from FMT to the AMI staff.

“The work being done at Findlay Machine & Tool fits perfectly with what we were already doing at AMI, and diversifies our product offerings,” President and Owner Zach Arnold said. “We’re excited to be bringing that production and these highly skilled workers to Tiffin.”

President and Owner Zach Arnold started Arnold Machine in a garage as a small custom machine shop, beginning with machining and fabricating, in 1994. The business grew quickly, and branched out into designing and manufacturing automation systems in a 50,000 square foot building in the Northstar Industrial Park in Tiffin. The company now has more than a hundred customers throughout the United States, including Commercial Metals Company, Sonoco, Bridgestone, Cooper Tires, Libbey, Nucor, Whirlpool, Roush Fenway Racing, National Machinery, NISIN and SSC. In 2016, AMI announced a $1.6 million, 25,000 square foot addition to their facility, which has since been completed.

“I’m excited to see Arnold Machine expanding and continuing to grow and invest in Tiffin,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

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.

Three projects receive funding through Heritage Ohio

Downtown Tiffin received maximum grant of $20,000

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 5, 2020 – Tuesday, the Tiffin Architectural Board of Review approved a roof placement for 195-197 S. Washington St. With this approval, three projects in Downtown Tiffin have now been approved for funding through the Heritage Ohio Main Street Program Grant, which provides funding to support building and business enhancement and job creation complementing the four-point Main Street Approach.

Downtown Tiffin received $20,000, the maximum grant amount, from Heritage Ohio for the 2020 program year. Projects include tuck pointing for Tiffin Boutique Hotel Group LLC, 160 S. Washington St., which received a $10,000 grant toward an approximately $300,000 investment; roof replacement/repair for American Legion Post 169, 280 S. Washington St., which received a $8,245.68 grant for an $18,000 investment; and roof replacement at 195-197 S. Washington St., which received a $1,754.32 grant to support a $3,508.53 investment.

“Heritage Ohio is so pleased to bring this program to our certified Main Street communities,” said Joyce Barrett, Executive Director of Heritage Ohio. “A small investment goes a long way in leveraging private investment, needed so much during this period of economic recovery.  We thank the Ohio General Assembly for seeing that a targeted investment strategy in Ohio’s Main Street communities creates a positive return on their investment.”

Heritage Ohio was to award up to $440,000 for the 2020 grant cycle to National Main Street Communities. Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at both the state and national level for the years of 2016 through 2019. Applicant projects were eligible for a grant of up to $10,000 with a 1:1 match and projects were coordinated through Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Tiffin Architectural Board of Review.

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.

TechCred August application period now open

Information via Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

Aug. 4, 2020 – Today, Aug. 4, Ohio Lt. Gov. John Husted announced that 302 Ohio companies have been approved for TechCred funding, which will help them upskill their current and incoming workforce.

The next TechCred application period opened today, Aug. 4, and will run through Aug. 31, allowing for another opportunity for current and incoming employees to earn tech-focused skills.

As a resource to employers, Husted also announced that the list of eligible TechCred credentials now includes examples of education and training providers that offer each certificate or certification.

The examples listed under each credential are based on training provider submissions and are not meant to be an exhaustive list of providers offering each credential within the state or online. Employers are welcome to work with a training provider that is not listed.

Today, 302 Ohio employers were approved, which will result in up to 3,241 credentials that will help upskill Ohio workers. With the approvals announced today, a total of 695 Ohio employers have been allocated funding through four rounds, supporting 7,473 technology-focused credentials to be earned by Ohio employers.

Employers can apply or learn more about the program at TechCred.Ohio.gov.

Also announced this week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine launched Ohio’s Top Jobs List on Monday. The update aims to prioritize current economic needs with the health and well-being of Ohioans through Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The list combines Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs and newly created Critical Jobs into one list of prioritized job sectors.

Critical jobs ensure that the state’s workforce supports the health and well-being of Ohioans, their families, and their communities. Governor DeWine made developing the workforce in critical job areas a priority because of their impact on the lives of Ohioans at every stage of life.

Critical jobs are identified through the help of experts and stakeholders in eight career clusters. The eight career clusters include:

  • Children & Community Health
  • Early Childhood Education
  • First Responders
  • Lead Abatement
  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Nursing
  • Physicians
  • Wellness Research & Technology

In addition to creating the Top Jobs List, Governor DeWine announced the new career pathways feature on TopJobs.Ohio.gov. Career pathways illustrate the progress Ohioans can make within the career clusters in which Critical Jobs are organized. The new feature provides information on the skills and education needed for Ohioans to advance to the next level of their chosen career pathway.

Ohio’s Top Jobs List plays an important function as it directs 85 percent of federal job training funds offered through OhioMeansJobs Centers.

Both the list and the career pathway feature are available at TopJobs.Ohio.gov.

Lowe’s expands small business support to $55 million, adds focus on rural communities

Information via LISC

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – In response to the overwhelming need to help support small businesses across the country, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is announcing it is increasing its minority small business grants from $25 million to $30 million while donating an additional $25 million to its small business grant program with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), doubling the amount already committed. The additional funds will focus on rural communities, which have been hard hit by the pandemic. The total $55 million commitment makes Lowe’s the largest donor to LISC’s Small Business Relief & Recovery Program and COVID Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund.

Additionally, this summer, select Lowe’s stores in North Carolina and Georgia, will host drive-in movies to benefit local small business relief efforts for those impacted by COVID-19. For any donation made, Lowe’s will match two-to-one up to $50,000 to its grant program. Interested customers in these markets can reserve a spot or learn more about the drive-in movies at Lowes.com/DIY.

“Having grown up in a small town, I have first-hand knowledge of the extraordinary challenges small business owners in rural communities across the country face during the pandemic. We also remain committed to supporting minority small businesses that are being disproportionately impacted. Today’s announcement that we are increasing our minority grant commitment to $30 million while making an additional $25 million grant donation to rural communities reflects our commitment to double down on our small business grant program and is another step in putting actions behind our words to support all the communities we serve,” said Lowe’s President and CEO Marvin R. Ellison. “We cannot solve this need alone, and I encourage other companies to step up and make a difference in supporting small businesses, which are the cornerstone of our economy. Together, we can make a meaningful difference, especially for those in historically disinvested communities and areas hit hardest by COVID-19.”

Nationwide, 7.5 million small businesses may be at risk of closing permanently, according to a survey by Main Street America. Small businesses in rural communities often face even more hurdles than their urban counterparts due to limited access to bank credit, capital and other support services. For the purpose of these grants, rural communities will be defined based on the USDA Rural Development (RD) standard of a population with 50,000 or less. Without the resources, many of these businesses may permanently close, resulting in significant job loss to the area.

“This remarkable commitment from Lowe’s is a game changer for rural America, and as a someone who grew up in a small rural town, I know directly the impact this investment is going to make for the future of rural businesses, residents and communities,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. “With it, we can help rural business owners sustain operations and protect jobs during the current crisis, while at the same time investing in sustainable growth throughout small towns, agricultural communities and coal country.”

These grants will provide immediate relief for critical needs such as rent, payroll and operational expenses to keep businesses running. The donation also helps connect both the applicants and grantees to a network of local small business development, support, advocacy and capital access organizations. These grant recipients will receive one year of technical assistance post-grant to help further ensure their survival over the longer-term.

LISC’s COVID-19 efforts continue to focus on support for small businesses and nonprofits led by women and minorities in economically vulnerable communities. For more on the LISC-Lowe’s partnership or to apply for a grant, visit LISC.org/lowes.

About LISC
With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Since 1979, LISC has invested $22 billion to build or rehab more than 419,000 affordable homes and apartments and develop 70.3 million square feet of retail, community and educational space.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 18 million customers a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2019 sales of $72.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ approximately 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Mercy Health –Tiffin Hospital, Mercy Health – Willard Hospital recognized among the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2020

Information provided by Mercy Health

Mercy Health is proud to share that Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Willard Hospital have been selected by Modern Healthcare as among the 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The complete list of this year’s winners, in alphabetical order, is available at ModernHealthcare.com/bestplaceslist. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring a ranked list of all the winners along with the October 12 issue.

This is the second consecutive year both hospitals were awarded the Best Places to Work in Healthcare distinction. In 2019, Mercy Health – Willard Hospital was ranked as number five and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital was ranked number 48 among healthcare providers and insurers.

“It has been an especially trying year for the world, and healthcare in particular as COVID-19 ravages our communities and your workplaces,” said Aurora Aguilar, Modern Healthcare’s editor. “But the organizations recognized on this year’s list rose to the top and continued to be a source of strength for their teammates. They have seen their colleagues fall ill to the virus and struggled with the economic impact of the pandemic. The loyalty and trust between employers and their workers is being put to the test now more than ever. We congratulate the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for continuing to serve their workforce and communities during such an unprecedented time.”

“During this unprecedented time, healthcare has had to adapt to a new environment and our teams have done that with compassion and grace,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo. “I am proud of the teams at our Tiffin and Willard hospitals for their continued commitment to our communities and to our ministry and I am excited that they have returned to the Best Places to Work in Healthcare list.”

“Congratulations to the teams at both Tiffin and Willard hospitals for once again being honored as a Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work” said Dan Barbee, president, Mercy Health – Toledo Rural Market. “Mercy Health strives to create an environment in which our associates are proud of where they work, and this recognition solidifies that our team feels the same way. We are honored to have received this recognition.”

This award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

Mercy Health will find out the ranking for both hospitals on the Best Places list and be celebrated at the 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare awards gala taking place virtually on October 8 in conjunction with the Workplace of the Future Conference.

Free PPE Kits Available for Small Businesses

TSEP is distributing a limited supply of PPE Kits to Tiffin and Seneca County businesses.

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 24, 2020 – A small shipment of PPE (personal protective equipment) kits that include 100 disposable face coverings, 10 KN95 masks and a 23oz bottle of hand sanitizer have been allocated to Seneca County. These shoebox-sized kits are provided by JobsOhio, which is the private economic development marketing and sales arm of the State of Ohio.

The kits were distributed to counties on a population bases and are part of the State’s “Ohio Safe. Ohio Working” initiative which was launched to support Ohio business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. TSEP is tasked with distributing them to local businesses. Development Managers Audrey Flood and Nick Dutro, along with Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart are working to disseminate the kits to businesses. TSEP is working with rural elected officials to offer kits to businesses in the townships and villages as well as businesses in the Downtown and throughout the City.

We are grateful you chose to pursue ‘your American Dream’ with your business in Ohio and it is our privilege to provide support,” said JP Nauseef, President of JobsOhio, in a letter. “We hope these items serve as one less thing to worry about as you operate under the state’s Responsible RestartOhio safety guidelines.”

These kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a small business owner who would like one, please reach out to TSEP at flood@tififnseneca.org or 419-447-3831. To find out more about this initiative, go to https://www.jobsohio.com/ohio-safe-ohio-working

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 JobsOhio

JobsOhio is the private economic development marketing and sales arm of the State of Ohio, developing and implementing the state’s economic development strategy and crafting incentive and support packages to spur economic development in key targeted industries. JobsOhio is focused on job creation and new capital investment, and they work hand-in-hand with regional network partners supporting every community in Ohio, large and small. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com.

Terra to offer free cyber security webinar

Information via Terra State Community College

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, in partnership with the Ohio Development Services Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration, is presenting a free webinar, Cyber Security for Small Business: Navigating the Modern Workplace with COVID-19, from 9-11 a.m. July 28.

In this free, two-hour virtual session, Andrew Stainbrook of dontet technologies will be exploring the various ways you can be proacite with your cybersity practices.

To register, download and fill out the registration form (click here) and email it to kern@terra.edu. A meeting link will be sent to your email. For more information, call 419.559.2464.