Seneca County

Ironwood Steak House to open in June

IronwoodA new restaurant, called the Ironwood Steak House featuring the Black Birch Bar, is planning to open in mid-June. The restaurant combines atmosphere and high-quality cuisine to provide an upscale dining experience in a comfortable setting. Located at the private Mohawk Golf and Country Club, the Ironwood is open to the public.

The menu is still being finalized but will feature traditional steakhouse fare and limited-time specials. The remodeled kitchen also boasts a broiler to quick-sear steak with infrared heat – technology used in many high-quality steak establishments. Local Chef Jimmy Jones, with more than 20 years in restaurant experience, will be heading the kitchen.

The dining room overlooks the golf course, providing beautiful views of the green through a wall of windows. There is also a private dining area that can be closed off for private events, and limited outdoor accommodations. Together, they seat roughly 140, with an area that could be used for small entertainment. Additionally, patrons can enjoy the Black Birch Bar, a full-service bar with a lounge area, located at the entrance of the establishment.

The Ironwood is the product of a partnership of more than 40 investors looking to bring a high-end steakhouse to Seneca County. The restaurant has been in the works for quite some time, with investors split into committees for everything from marketing to personnel, to get to the finished product.

At opening, the Ironwood will serve dinner Wednesday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Reservations can be made using OpenTable. Outside events can also book the Ironwood Catering Service.

A sneak peek at renovations:

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Select Realty merges with Bolte Real Estate

Press release from Bolte Real Estate

North Central Ohio Real Estate Firm Attains Tiffin Company

new nameBolte Real Estate, a fourth-generation, independently owned company based in Port Clinton, is pleased to announce its merger with Select Realty Group in Tiffin. With four offices currently throughout Ottawa and Sandusky Counties, the merger allows Bolte Real Estate to expand into the Seneca County area and strengthen its presence as a real estate leader in this region of Ohio.

Founded by Ann Bolte in 1936, Bolte Real Estate has maintained its commitment to excellence by taking a personal approach with its customers. With offices in Port Clinton, Clyde, Fremont and Catawba, the company has grown to become the largest independent brokerage in North Central Ohio.

Phillip Bolte and Renee Bolte-Stine, Ann’s great-grandchildren and current owners, bought the company in 2014 and have built a state-of-the-art real estate company while maintaining the family heritage and providing a distinctive personal approach to their business. In 2016, Bolte Real Estate achieved $93 million in real estate sales.

“What excites us about this merger is the opportunity for greater brand recognition throughout the region and access to more tools, training and a larger leadership team,” said Phillip Bolte.

“Also, we feel that our merger will allow us to better help our clients ever growing and evolving real estate needs while also giving back to the communities we represent.”

Co-owner Renee Bolte-Stine is a Tiffin native who graduated from Columbian High School in the early 1990s, along with her husband Cory Stine. “For my family, Tiffin is a part of our heritage so the expansion of Bolte Real Estate into this area is exciting from a business aspect and rewarding on a personal level,” said Renee Bolte-Stine.

Select Realty Group’s office at 23 S. Washington Street will remain open and the only noticeable change will be the name on the building. Owners Fran Andersons and Sara Riesen founded Select Realty in April of 2012 with three agents and quickly grew to be a dominant name in local real estate. Today, there are nine agents who work for Select. Both Fran and Sara will remain in leadership positions once the merger is complete.

Sara Riesen explained that even though the name Select Realty will change, their commitment to their clients will not. “Our team will remain the people that the community has come to know and trust,” she said.

All owners agree that the merger of Bolte Real Estate and Select Realty Group evolved because of a mutual respect among professional colleagues who became friends. Sara explained, “I’ve known Phillip and Renee for a long time but got to know Phillip even better when we served on the board of directors for the Firelands Realtor Association. They were very helpful to us when we began our business, offering advice and support. When the discussion eventually turned to the possibility of ‘teaming up’, it seemed like a natural fit for all of us.”

Philip added, “Our philosophy of working hard, treating people right and having fun will be strengthened by having a larger team across a larger area engaged in the real estate business and committed to our family’s heritage of excellence.”

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 www.tiffin.edu/local-benefit or the Heidelberg website at www.heidelberg.edu/community-discount.

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.”

The Old Fort Banking Company Relocates Headquarters To Downtown Tiffin

old-fort-logoFrom The Old Fort Banking Company:

Denise Martin, Marketing Officer, announced that The Old Fort Banking Company, the subsidiary of Gillmor Financial Services, Inc., has moved into its new corporate headquarters at 33 East Market Street in Tiffin.  The move consolidates and relocates the bank’s accounting department, executive offices, human resource functions, marketing department and retail administration offices to the newly renovated downtown location.  The 8,550 square foot, three-level building will be solely occupied by Old Fort.

Currently, approximately twenty Old Fort associates now work at the Tiffin headquarters location.  Martin said, “The new headquarters provides the bank with the ability to continue to grow, as the building can hold as many as 32 to 36 associates.”  In addition, roughly 12 operational related positions have also been relocated to the bank’s 13,850 square foot operation’s center in Old Fort.  Information Technology, loan operations, deposit operations and additional operations related positions are now centralized in Old Fort.  Full-service financial centers continue to be operated at the new headquarters and also in Old Fort.  Martin stated, “Bank clients will enjoy the same commitment to service they have come to know at all Old Fort Bank locations.”

“We are extremely pleased to have our headquarters located in the downtown corridor,” added Old Fort Banking Company  President & CEO Michael C. Spragg.  “We are excited about our future as a Tiffin-based company, to be a consistent employer in Seneca County and to remain deeply involved in this community.”

Old Fort has built a strong and sustainable banking franchise focused on exceptional client service.  The company has the experience and long-term capital support to continue as a leader in providing financial products and services.  Additionally, Old Fort seeks to continue to drive economic growth and stability in the markets it serves.  The bank was founded in 1916 and has assets totaling approximately $500 million.  Old Fort is an independent bank that operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is reliable, responsive and competent.

The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin and Sugarcreek Township.  Old Fort operates a commercial loan production office in Lima and also has a mortgage loan production facility in Xenia.  Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area in assisting members of the community, including local businesses and corporations.

Seneca County Land Bank awarded over $4 million

ni-programPress release from the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

The Seneca County Land bank received over $4 million in Neighborhood Initiative Program funds to demolish blighted houses in the county – $4,025,000 to be exact.  Seneca County was one of the highest funded counties which speaks highly to the quality of the project, the application and the partners involved.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Seneca County,” Seneca County Treasurer Damon Alt said.  “This kind of money will allow us to eliminate blighted houses and increase overall property values in area neighborhoods.”

Currently, the Land Bank has identified 161 properties throughout the county for potential demolition with this award.  This allocation was made possible because of the large number of partners, including (but not limited to) the Seneca County Commissioners, the Seneca County Treasurer’s Office, the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office, the City of Tiffin, the City of Fostoria, and the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation office.

“For a community like Fostoria, this kind of money will have a tremendous impact,” said Renee Smith, President of the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation.  “Citizens will see the results of this funding and it will benefit the entire county.”

Seneca County formed the Land Bank in November of 2015 by resolution of the Seneca County Commissioners.  A Land Bank is a tool used to strategically acquire properties, return them to productive use, reduce blight, increase property values, and improve the quality of life for county residents.  The formation of the Land Bank demonstrated our elected official’s commitment to healthy, sustainable community redevelopment within Seneca County.

The Seneca County Land Bank will begin acquiring the identified properties and demolition activity will then follow.  This will be an ongoing process but will directly impact property values, safety and even community pride.

 

Sentinel Career Center expansion underway

vanguard_sentinel-_career_1Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center has begun work on a $1.5 million, 11,000 square foot facility at their Tiffin campus.

The building will be the new home of the Public Safety Program.  The addition of space will move the program from just a classroom space to a lab environment that will allow the instructor to train the students in a setting similar to a real academy.  There will be adequate space for physical and tactical training, an evidence and booking room, and also a bay entrance for equipment for the program. It will also have classrooms for the Adult Education and Collision Repair Programs, and a Wellness Center. The school has also partnered with the Seneca County Commissioners that will allow the new facility to be a secondary location for their Emergency Operation Center in the county.

vanguard_sentinel-_career_2Clouse Construction is the contractor for the project, but now that the building is under roof, Sentinel students will gain hands on experience in their field of study as they work to complete the project, including (but not limited to) constructing walls and running the electric.

Another project underway at Sentinel is the “AIM” Mobile Career Tech bus.  This will be a mobile lab used to introduce K-8 students in 13 school districts to in-demand careers and the 12 career clusters available at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers. It is designed to engage students with career connections and experiential learning to better prepare for in-demand careers at an early age.   This re-purposed bus (a partnership between Automotive and Collision Repair) will be a mobile and multi-functional CTE lab.  An instructor will deliver exposure and hands-on experiences to students at their home school  that will help AIM them in the right direction towards their future goals.   This should be completed for the 2017-2018 school year.

Vanguard-Sentinel is also looking at continuing to help mitigate a crisis in workforce preparation for advanced manufacturing careers and skilled trades with RAMTEC. Funded by the Ohio Department of Education’s Straight A Fund, RAMTEC supports a holistic approach to economic/workforce development by allowing students to demonstrate mastery of skills on equipment identical to that used in Ohio manufacturing industries. There will also be an expansion of programs, that will add and expand opportunities for  Freshman through adults, continuing to focus on industry credentials but expanding opportunities including early placements and pre-apprenticeship programs designed in close collaboration with local business and industry partners. Sentinel is also involved in the strategic planning process for a county-wide Workforce Development Plan.

Sentinel opened in 1985, and in 1997 the Family Learning Center was added in partnership with Seneca County.  Five years ago, the entire facility underwent a complete renovation which included energy efficient upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and technology.  The total cost of the renovation was $7 million.

Old Fort Banking celebrates 100 years

Press release from the Old Fort Banking Comany.

Old FortBankThe Old Fort Banking Company is celebrating its 100th year as an independent community bank.

Chartered as a state banking institution, Old Fort was incorporated on July 18, 1916.  Today, the bank remains a locally owned and operated financial institution.  Headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio, Old Fort has assets totaling approximately $500 million.  The Old Fort Banking Company remains an independent bank and operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is reliable, responsive and competent.

“It is with great pride that The Old Fort Banking Company celebrates the bank’s 100th Anniversary,“ said Michael C. Spragg, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “It is a true testament to the men and women who have been a part of this organization before us and with us today.  As we reflect on the great legacy of Old Fort Bank and its founders, we look to the future with even greater excitement.”

“Today more than ever, people are seeking peace of mind and trust, particularly when it comes to their financial institution,” said Mike Daniel, the bank’s Chief Financial and Operating Officer.  “For 100 years, The Old Fort Banking Company has been a pillar of strength in the communities we serve.  Since our founding, we have successfully navigated all 12 of our nation’s documented economic recessions, as well as The Great Depression.  We believe it is this experience that differentiates The Old Fort Banking Company from so many of our competitors.  Old Fort continues to thrive as one of the oldest independent community banks in the region.  Our goals and objectives are not driven by Wall Street.  We focus on the local economy rather than reaching into unfamiliar markets.”

Spragg stated that other key factors that differentiate The Old Fort Banking Company include: Utilizing new technology to make banking faster, more convenient, mobile, and secure.  Old Fort also adheres to a strict policy of independence.  While other banks have come and gone over the years, Old Fort remains steadfast in its commitment to remaining independent in order to set its own course and make decisions at the local level.

The Old Fort Banking Company is known for reinvesting in the communities it serves.  Through volunteerism, monetary and in-kind contributions, Old Fort is there for the community.

“We are committed to our role in the community,” said Eric Willman, Retail Administration Officer for Old Fort.  “We look forward to continuing our 100-year tradition of forging long-lasting relationships and providing honest guidance and financial services to area businesses and residents.  Our unwavering commitment to community values has helped fuel our history of continuous growth and expansion of services and market areas.  We are proud of our past and we are excited about our future.”

Old Fort Bankers are deeply involved and committed to making the local communities a better place to live.  It is an essential part of what they do and who they are as a community bank.  The Old Fort Banking Company supports its corporate responsibility efforts by directing resources to make a meaningful difference to the people who live and work in the communities in which the bank operates.  Through volunteer and financial support of numerous projects, Old Fort Bank assists in the success of its communities.  “In fact, since 2006, The Old Fort Banking Company has donated over $1.7 million to local charities and organizations,” said Daniel.

“As a community bank, we believe it is our responsibility to develop strong roots in each community we serve, through both financial support and employee involvement.  We maintain a strong presence in a variety of service organizations, charitable causes and public efforts.  Our associates are also active members of civic groups, economic development programs, educational projects and revitalization efforts.  Old Fort bankers are devoted to the communities they serve and, in a mutually beneficial relationship, we thrive when those communities are healthy, secure and prosperous,” Spragg stated.

”The success of The Old Fort Banking Company has always been rooted in community,” Spragg said.  “As we celebrate and reflect on the past 100 years, our greatest successes have been our client’s greatest successes.  Whether it is helping with the purchase of a new home, assisting in sending a child to college, financing local businesses, working with volunteer groups and other community organizations…we are privileged to have played a part in all of them.”

This year also marks not only Old Fort Bank’s centennial year but another historic milestone for Old Fort with the introduction of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  Employee ownership now defines The Old Fort Banking Company, where thanks to the ESOP, the employees are the bank’s largest group of shareholders.  88 percent of all Old Fort Bank employees became shareholders.  Chances are the next time you visit an Old Fort Bank, you will be served by an owner…truly a locally owned community bank.

The completion of the acquisition and ESOP transaction took place in December of 2015.  “What has been accomplished is not only historic, but it has achieved the objectives of many hard-working individuals and assists in preserving a vital community asset…The Old Fort Banking Company.  We are not aware of any holding company which was able to take its ESOP from 0 percent to over 45 percent in a single, integrated transaction…which is a true testament to our management team, associates, and board of directors,” stated Spragg.

In technical terms, The Old Fort Banking Company Employee Stock Ownership Plan was approved as a bank holding company by acquiring 45 percent of the common stock of Gillmor Financial Services and, therefore, indirectly acquiring control of the bank.  The ESOP is valued at $15 million, and is designed as a retirement vehicle that does not require employees to make matching contributions, unlike a 401(k), which the bank also offers its employees.

The Old Fort Banking Company is proud to be a well-managed financial institution that continues to grow and provide safe and secure banking for its clients.  During these challenging economic times, Old Fort Bank has never wavered from its adherence to the core principles that have guided its growth and sustained its strength in the marketplace for 100 years.  The bank remains focused on: strong liquidity, disciplined underwriting standards, a consistent and conservative credit philosophy, having knowledgeable and experienced staff, and delivering superior client service.

Old Fort will be celebrating its centennial anniversary with numerous events throughout the year, notably with a client appreciation lunch held on July 15th, in Old Fort.  Special anniversary products, services, and material will be unveiled as the year progresses.

The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin and Sugarcreek Township.  Old Fort operates a commercial loan production office in Lima and also has a mortgage loan production facility in Xenia.  Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area in assisting members of the community, including local businesses, farmers, individuals and corporations.

 

Seneca County to hold Manufacturing Showcase for students

Local manufacturers to demonstrate skilled trades to high school students

SCMS_logoTIFFIN, OHIO – June 30, 2016 – The Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs is partnering with local organizations and manufacturers to hold Seneca County’s first Manufacturing Showcase on October 14, 2016 at Seiberling Gymnasium on the Heidelberg University campus. The event is an opportunity for area students to learn about careers in manufacturing and participate in hands-on skill demonstrations.

Carol Kern of Seneca DJFS is spearheading the effort: “Sandusky County held a similar event with tremendous success, and we would like to bring that same success to Seneca County. Our goal is to show local youths that there are many career opportunities within manufacturing and to give local companies an opportunity to interact with the future workforce.”

The showcase will focus on six skills: team building, lean practices, employability, machining, supply chain and mechanical engineering/electrical trades/automation. For each skill, there are six spaces available for a hands-on demonstration.

Thirteen schools in Seneca County will send more than 700 students to participate in the showcase. The event will last a full day, with students split into one morning session and one afternoon session. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

Several manufacturers are already on board; Roppe Holding Company/Seneca Millwork, Inc., Nox Corporation, and The Mennel Milling Company of Fostoria have signed on as well as National Machinery, Webster Industries, Toledo Molding & Die, Tiffin Metal Products and Quick Tab II of Tiffin. If you would like more information, to make a donation, or to sign up for a space at the showcase, please contact Carol at 419.447.5011 ext. 322, or visit http://senecashowcase.wordpress.com.

Vanguard-Sentinel wins awards at world’s largest skills contest

SkillsUSA
Students from Sentinel Career Center and the Vanguard-Sentinel District competed with more than 6,000 students at the SkillsUSA 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skill Conference in Louisville, KY from June 20-24, 2016, and tonight it was announced that they are bringing home gold metals in TeamWorks (construction), Carpentry, Collision Repair, and Nursing Assisting. The SkillsUSA event is considered the largest skills contest in the world, with more than 100 total contests, 1100 judges, and a 1.2 million square feet competition area.

Elissa Heal, Director of Sentinel Career Centers, accompanied 21 juniors and seniors from the Collision Repair Technology, Health Careers Academy,STNA Health Careers Academy, Culinary & Hospitality, Building Construction Trades, Collision Repair Technology, Public Safety, Cosmetology and Electrical Trades programs to compete in the national contests. All were state gold medal winners and already champions. These additional awards just allowed the best of the best in Ohio the chance to compete nationally.

Congratulations to Director Heal and all of our Sentinel students and instructors. We’re proud of you and celebrate your success!

About Sentinel Career Center
The Seneca County-based Sentinel Career & Technology Center is located in Tiffin (central Seneca County), is part of the two-county district, and serves 560 students (1,100 district-wide). The District received As across the board on its report card from the Ohio Department of Education for technical skill attainment (92%), graduation rate (95% for four years), and post-program placement (98%). Sentinel is also the only vocational technical school in the nation to receive the National School of Character designation from Character.org. The school has also had multiple students compete nationally at the SkillsUSA challenge.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training.

About the SkillsUSA Championships
The SkillsUSA Championships is the national competition for public high school and college/post secondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, which is considered the largest skills contest in the world and the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America annually at an estimated cost of more than $36 million. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is a state – level gold medalist. Begun in 1967, the SkillsUSA Championships has 6,000 competitors in 100 hands-on skill and leadership contests this year. SkillsUSA adds contests to the SkillsUSA Championships each year to meet the demands of new and expanding occupations.  SkillsUSA instructional programs represent 130 different occupational areas.

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.