Events

Businesses, farmers, entrepreneurs invited to explore Chinese consumer opportunities at Gateway ’17

AlibabaThe Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to send a delegation to this event. If you are interested in attending call the SIEDC office at 419.447.3831. From Alibaba’s press release:

Alibaba Group is hosting Gateway ’17, an inaugural conference to help U.S. businesses, farmers and entrepreneurs explore growth opportunities and reach millions of Chinese consumers. Gateway ’17 will take place at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on June 20-21, 2017.

Gateway ’17 is expected to attract more than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. The event will include keynote speeches from leading entrepreneurs, including Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, as well as category breakout sessions, business solutions sessions and marketplace networking opportunities.

With incomes rising in China, the Chinese middle class continues to grow as does consumer demand for access to high-quality products from the United States. Alibaba helps U.S. businesses by connecting them to Chinese consumers and empowering them to grow their businesses by accessing the China opportunity.

“China is an important and viable market for a wide range of products and services. This event will open doors for Michigan businesses, farmers and entrepreneurs by helping them identify and enter into new relationships there,” said Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan. “By participating in Gateway ’17, Michigan businesses will have a unique opportunity to reach new customers in the fastest-growing economy in the world, and we encourage all companies looking to expand into exporting to attend this event.”

“A company with the reach and influence of Alibaba could have chosen any city to host its first conference and we are thrilled they picked Detroit,” said Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit. “This represents a great opportunity for Detroit’s small business owners and entrepreneurs to have access to Alibaba’s global network.”

About Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

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Seneca County projects total $108M in 2016

SIEDC announces new community branding and downtown programs

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 23, 2017 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation held its Annual Meeting Thursday night, recapping the successes of 2016 and expanding on its direction for 2017.

In 2016, SIEDC recorded 129 development projects throughout Seneca County, creating 227 new jobs and a total investment of $108 million. This earned the county a ranking of 10th in the nation among 576 communities of similar size for the second time in three years.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the momentum: “Tiffin is gaining attention as a community that welcomes new businesses and creates an environment where established businesses can confidently expand.” Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner agrees. “Each year we are seeing more development and expansion in all sectors throughout the County,” he said.

As part of further community promotion efforts, it was announced that Upward, an Ohio-based branding firm, has been chosen to create a community brand through a partnership between SIEDC, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, the City of Tiffin, and Seneca County. The firm was unanimously chosen from a pool of seven applicants by a steering committee of stakeholders. Details are expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.

“We are excited to solidify a recognizable identity for our community,” Chamber President John Detwiler said. “The time is right for a new community brand, one that unifies all of its unique parts.”

It was also announced that the Downtown Tiffin Main Street program, administered by SIEDC, was nationally accredited as a Main Street Community after an intensive review process. In December 2016, Tiffin became an Ohio Main Street Community through Heritage Ohio, recognized at the state level.

Finally, plans were also made public for a new city-funded downtown Alley Improvement Plan, in partnership with SIEDC’s downtown program. The new initiative will focus on the beautification of alleys with an aim toward improving pedestrian walkability. Improvements will be decided on a project by project basis and could include decorative asphalt, planters, seating, improved lighting and, in some cases, removable bollards closing the alley to vehicle traffic. The first project will be the alley across from the Ritz Theater, connecting South Washington St. to City Lot 3. Utility and design work has already begun and the project is slated for completion in 2018.

Mayor Montz believes the program will improve pedestrian safety and downtown accessibility. “With all of the exciting revitalization happening downtown we are seeing more foot traffic and a need for pedestrian-friendly alleyways to connect our parking lots to the main streets downtown,” he said.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

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.

Trivia Night in Tiffin heads downtown

trivia-night-in-downtown-tiffinThe Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has teamed up with SIEDC to bring their popular Trivia Nights in Tiffin downtown!

Announcement from TSPL:

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) and Phat Cakes will partner to host “Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin” on Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Phat Cakes (45 S. Washington St., downtown Tiffin.)

Hosted by Tiffin Middle School History teacher, Ben Gillig, families of all ages are invited to compete in four rounds of general trivia questions. Answers will be judged by local celebrities that include John Reino (Reino’s Pizza & Pasta), Jessica Williams (Bailiwicks Coffee Company) and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

Participants are asked to form teams of two to four members, which can be composed of all ages. Teams will write their answers to be judged by local celebrities. Questions will be geared towards ages 12 and up. No phones, tablets or electronic devices may be accessed during the contest. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the winning team.

That night, Phat Cakes will offer $2 tacos, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to order prior to the event.

Space is very limited. Team captains are asked to register by calling the Library at 419-447-3751 or through the library’s online calendar at http://bit.ly/FebTrivia.

For more information please call the Library.

First annual Local Job Fair set for March 10

job_fair_imageThe Tiffin City Schools Business Advisory Council is sponsoring a job fair on March 10 at Tiffin Columbian High School. The primary purpose of the fair is to assist high school seniors who don’t plan to attend post-secondary classes in the fall.  It is also an opportunity for those who do plan to continue their education to learn about employers who will have a need to hire individuals with the skills they will be learning.  In addition, this event will get 8th graders thinking about their futures and give them the opportunity to learn about local career opportunities and the skills and education they will need to succeed.

The agenda is as follows:

10-11am:  8th graders from the Tiffin Middle School will meet with the employers

11am-12pm:  Lunch

12pm: Columbian seniors will arrive

1-2:30pm:  High school seniors from 10 other area schools will be in attendance

2:30-4pm:  Heidelberg and Tiffin University students have been invited and community residents will also be able to attend

There is space for approximately 50 tables and to date 30 Seneca County employers have responded to express an interest in attending.  To reserve a table, contact Pat Smith at Tiffin City Schools at 419-447-2515.

Students should bring a resume and be prepared for a brief introduction interview.

The Business Advisory Council is committee of the Tiffin City Board of Education and is comprised of people from industry, retail, public relations and journalism, medical fields, construction, government agencies along with parents and educators from elementary through higher education. Members look at the trends in the community, employment needs, and other issues to develop a plan that helps students become career ready.  Together they develop curriculum and/or study existing curriculum and activities that would teach necessary skills, career awareness, and economic knowledge while preparing the students to be good citizens. Meetings began in February 2016 and accomplishments include:

  • Implemented the REACH program for the TCS 4th-6th graders
  • Created student advisory committees at the middle school and high school
  • Have plans for Camp Invention this summer
  • Have plans to implement the STRIVE program for high school students at risk to not graduate (Coordinated with the Tiffin Rotary Club).

Seminar: How Industrial Technology Disrupts American Manufacturing

image001The Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development is hosting a Smart Factory Breakfast Seminar Presented by FORCAM, Inc. titled How Industrial Technology Disrupts American Manufacturing.

The event will be held at Owens Community College (3200 Bright Road in Findlay) in the Education & Wellness Building/Tiered Classroom on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Networking and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the presentation from 8-9 a.m. Sponsored by FORCAM, the event is free of charge.

The presentation is geared specifically to the CEO, COO and CFO level and covers the following topics:

  • How to reduce waste, downtimes, cycle times
  • How to increase productivity with a fast ROI
  • How to measure production floor productivity today
  • How to increase capacity on all assets
  • How to build a smarter, more economical and leaner production environment
  • How to use OEE as a Key Performance Indicator in American Manufacturing

Invited Experts:

To register online, click here. For more information download the flier.

 

 

Ohio companies invited to exhibit at Hannover Messe 2017

hannovermesseflyerupdated12_08_page_1The Ohio Development Services Agency, Export Assistance Office, is inviting small- to medium-sized Ohio companies to exhibit their products and services at one of the world’s largest industrial trade shows, the Hannover Messe.

Hannover Messe welcomes companies in R&D, industrial automation and IT, industrial supply, production engineering and services, as well as energy and environmental technology. In 2016, the show attracted 190,000 trade visitors and 5,200 exhibitors from 75 countries.

Registering with the Ohio Booth gives companies access to federal and state resources, as well as networking events. Participants will receive: trade show booth space, a directory listing, matchmaking (one-on-one business meetings), accommodations and transportation, business service support and, in some cases, financial assistance (qualifying businesses could receive up to 50% reimbursement through the IMAGE Grant).

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 6, 2017.

See the attached flyer for more details and a registration form. More information is available on the Toledo Chamber’s dedicated webpage. If you have any questions, contact Colleen Kardasz with the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network, Toledo Chamber of Commerce at 419.243.8191 or colleen.kardasz@toledochamber.com.

Tiffin Historic Trust celebrates 40 years

historic-trust-invitationThe Tiffin Historic Trust is inviting the community to celebrate with them their 40th anniversary with an open house at the Grammes-Brown House Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

From the Tiffin Historic Trust:

A Brief History of the Tiffin Historic Trust in Celebration of its 40th Anniversary

In the fall of 1976, during the nation’s celebration of its Bicentennial, a group of citizens met at the Tiffin-Seneca County Public Library.  Harold Hossler presided at the meeting during which Kenneth E. Davison, chairperson of the local Bicentennial Commission, made the motion to create a new organization, the Tiffin Historic Trust.  In mid-October 1976, William D. Fletcher, Mary Lewis, and Barbara J. Howe signed the Articles of Incorporation.

The stated purpose of the organization was to “promote historic preservation in Tiffin by meetings, publications, tours or whatever other means may be chosen by the corporation.”  The articles stated it would be a non-profit organization, with the goal of raising funds through grants, donations, etc., in order to promote and develop a total plan for the preservation and restoration of Tiffin, and to work with all interested groups or individuals to put this plan into effect.

172-jefferson-st-grammes-brown-house-jpgSince its founding in 1976, the Trust has done the following:

  • Compiled an inventory of Tiffin’s public and private buildings; the entries were submitted to the State and National Register of Historic Places.
  • Funded and had the city install signs designating the Historic Districts within Tiffin.
  • Worked with college interns who prepared studies of Tiffin Architecture.
  • Influenced a streetscape project that led to the Court Street design with a booklet published with grant support.
  • The Court Street Extravaganza event led to the creation of a Tiffin Heritage Festival with architecture as the theme.
  • Submitted a bridge design to the Ohio Department of Transportation and convinced them to install historically compatible replacement bridges over the Sandusky River in Tiffin.
  • Sponsored architectural workshops, seminars and conferences, including two Building Doctor Clinics.
  • Prepared various publications, including a set of walking tour brochures focusing on Tiffin neighborhoods, sidewalks, streets and alleys.
  • Created a revolving fund to assist owners with their restoration needs.
  • Established the Annual Dinner Meeting in May, during National Preservation Week/Month.
  • Created the Annual Preservation Awards program.                                                   -cont-
  • Applied for Tiffin to be an early “Main Street” community and narrowly missed being selected, until it was achieved in 2016!
  • Wrote a design review program for downtown Tiffin; although not accepted, Tiffin did eventually implement similar legislation.
  • Accepted the bequest of the Grammes-Brown House from the late Rosina Brown, restored it to its Victorian grandeur, and now use it as its headquarters and for events.
  • Purchased a threatened downtown building and later found a retail business buyer for it, thus saving it from destruction.
  • Arranged for the cleaning of the William Harvey Gibson statue in front of the Courthouse.
  • Fought to preserve major architectural buildings within Tiffin, including the East Junior High School/Old Columbian building, and the 1887 Courthouse.
  • Assisted with the preservation of the Spiva-Manley House.
  • Hosted tours of historic homes and the annual Holiday House tour.
  • Created a series of wooden replicas of historic buildings made by the Trust volunteers. The replicas, along with note cards, were an important fundraising project for many years.
  • Held summer garden tours, and Victorian teas as fundraisers.

Tiffin to host Heritage Ohio Workshop Nov. 9

revit1As a newly minted Main Street Community, Tiffin will be hosting its first Heritage Ohio Workshop: The Economics of Aesthetics on Nov. 9. The workshop is part of the Heritage Ohio Revitalization Series and will feature speakers presenting on the importance of creating memorable, attractive and pedestrian friendly places and how to go about creating such places. Topics will include fostering high quality private investment, creating walkable places, and increasing community engagement. The workshop will conclude with an afternoon placemaking activity facilitated by DS Architects, in which attendees will walk the downtown and reconvene with placemaking ideas specific to the town.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

8:30      Registration

9:00      Welcome

9:15      Understanding Public Space – DS Architecture, Kristen Crocker and Doug Fuller

10:00    Community Engagement and Walkability – Placemakes, Stacy Buttari and Jessica Matthews

10:45    Planning for the Aesthetic- Small Changes BIG Ideas – OHM – Aaron Domini

11:15    Tiffin Downtown Revitalization Projects – Amy Reinhart (SIEDC’s Downtown Main Street Manager for Tiffin)

12:00    Lunch on your own

1:45      Place Game – Facilitated by DS Architecture Staff

4:00      Review Place Game Results

5:00      Workshop Concludes

The event will be held on the second floor of the Tiffin Knights of Columbus and is open to all Tiffin community members. Click here to register (select the Main Street Community option) or learn more.

About the Revitalization Series

The Heritage Ohio Revitalization Series is a quarterly workshop covering each of the Main Street Four Points during the course of a year. The series features expert presenters from Ohio and beyond discussing such topics as fundraising, volunteer management, bikeability, special events, marketing, real estate, business development and much more. Each workshop is held in a different Ohio Main Street Community and will benefit anyone working in community development or downtown revitalization.

Downtown Tiffin recognized at Heritage Ohio Conference

Last week, SIEDC staff attended the Heritage Ohio Annual Conference in downtown Cincinnati. Staff members attended educational sessions on redevelopment, state-wide and national incentive programs, historical preservation and more.

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We also took walking tours of retail shops, restaurants, business development locations, community developments (such as parks and other public spaces), all within once neglected historical neighborhoods of downtown Cincinnati.

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Not only did we gather a wealth of information to be used in our downtown revitalization efforts, on Tuesday night, we were joined by Tiffin community members and downtown advocates as we were recognized as an official Main Street Community.

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We are excited to apply what we’ve learned to our own downtown!