Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce

Chamber expands Farmers’ Markets with the Court Street Collection

Farmers Market LogoAs the 8th season of the Seneca County Farmers’ Market begins, a new shop local option has been added: the Court Street Collection. In addition to the traditional market vendors along S. Washington St., Court St. will be closed off between Washington St. and the alley to accommodate any business interested in setting up a pop-up shop (as space allows) in this non-traditional market.

This season also includes a bonus October date.

Press Release from the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services:

The Seneca County Farmer’s Market in Downtown Tiffin will begin its 2018 season on Saturday, June 9, 2018. This year’s calendar includes 9 total dates on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, June through September, with a bonus market in October! 2018’s full calendar is as follows:

  • June 9 & 23
  • July 14 & 28
  • August 11 & 25
  • September 8 & 22
  • October 13

For all dates, the market begins at 9 am and concludes at 1 pm, rain or shine. Vendor set-up begins at 8 am.

The market is located on South Washington Street between East Perry Street and East Market Street. A variety of products will be available, including baked goods, fresh produce, plants and flowers, and more. Live entertainment, demonstrations and children’s activities are also being planned.

New this year in conjunction with the farmers’ markets is the Court Street Collection. A non-traditional market on Court Street from Washington Street to the alley, any business is welcome to have a pop-up shop, but space is limited.

The Seneca County Farmers’ Market in Downtown Tiffin is sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call 419-447-4141 for additional information.

Registration forms and information are available at tiffinchamber.com

2017 Christmas Events in Seneca County

Destination Holiday Events 2017Check out these great events in Tiffin this December. Winter is taking it’s time getting here, but Santa is on his way to Tiffin! He’ll be at a number of holiday events, giving everyone a chance to get their picture with the jolliest guy around! Find him:

Friday, December 1

Saturday, December 2

Sunday, December 3

Thursday, December 7

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Thursday, December 14

Saturday, December 16

Sunday, December 17

Thursday, December 21

  • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Frozone, 114 S. Washington St.

Saturday, December 23

  • 12 p.m.-2 p.m.: Jolly’s, 66 E. Market St.

Ready to pick out a tree or fresh wreath? Saturdays and Sundays Riehm farm will be open, with the fields still producing veggies and homemade cookies! Keep an eye out for Santa, as he stops by most weekends.

Christmas Trees & Family Fun

Riehm Produce Farm, 7244 N. SR 53

11 a.m.—7 p.m. November 25
11 a.m.—6 p.m. November 26
11 a.m.—7 p.m. December 2
11 a.m.—6 p.m. December 3
11 a.m.—7 p.m. December 9
11 a.m.—6 p.m. December 10
11 a.m.—7 p.m. December 16
11 a.m.—6 p.m. December 17

Still trying to get into the holiday spirit? No worries! There many events to chose from in Tiffin and Seneca County that are sure to put you in a holly-jolly mood.

Tiffin Events

Friday, December 1

  • 5:15 p.m.: Christmas Tree Lighting, southwest corner of Monroe & S. Washington Streets. Reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”, music by the Heidelberg Singing Collegians, and hot chocolate served by the Elks!
  • 7 p.m.: Tiffin University “Christmas at the Ritz”, Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.

Saturday, December 2

Sunday, December 3

Monday, December 4

Friday, December 8

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Rock Run Holiday Open House, 2685 W. SR 224

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Wednesday, December 13

Thursday, December 14

Saturday, December 16

Sunday, December 17

Monday, December 18

Monday, December 25

 

Fostoria Events

November 28—December 21

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays noon – 2 p.m. 11th Annual Santa at the Depot, LE&W Depot, 128 W. North St.

Friday, December 1

Saturday, December 2

And for those who have a competitive spirit, check out these fun community contest and cast your vote!

Christmas Story Contest
Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018!

Write a happy Christmas memory and the winner will read their story at the 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

4 pages handwritten or 2 pages typed. Age appropriate grammar is expected. Entries from students K through 12. Adults can submit in a new category! Participants must live in Seneca County or the event must take place in Seneca County. Entries may be dropped off at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library or the Chamber office during regular office hours.  Parents/Guardians will have to sign a waiver when the essay is submitted. Visit TiffinChamber.com for more information!

Window Contest: People’s Choice

This holiday season, be sure to visit all the local businesses participating in the Window Contest and vote for your favorite! Vote in person at one of the following locations:

Click here for a full brochure of the events listed above.

 

Downtown Tiffin wins Heritage Ohio Award

SIEDC, Chamber, universities recognized for Around the Town event

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 18, 2017 –  The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) Downtown Marketing Committee and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services received the Heritage Ohio Award for “Best Main Street Committee Event” for the annual Around the Town event in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse October 17.

Around the Town is an annual event introducing incoming Heidelberg and Tiffin University students to businesses and organizations in the community. For 20 years, the event was held on the colleges’ respective campuses. In 2015, the Chamber partnered with the Downtown Marketing Committee through SIEDC and event was brought to a central location downtown, bringing both schools together and highlighting the proximity of downtown to the students.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the partnership and stressed the importance of downtown revitalization efforts. “Around the Town is a wonderful event bringing together the college students and the community,” he said. “It is great to see our community organizations working together, and our commitment to the Main Street downtown approach paying off.”

Tiffin officially became a Heritage Ohio Main Street community in 2016, after two years of affiliate membership. The Ohio Main Street Program works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. The program works on a four-point approach emphasizing, organization, design, promotions and marketing, and economic development in downtown revitalization.

About Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio is the statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage. Formed in 1989, is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Main Street Program. In 2002, Heritage Ohio was designated as the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Heritage Ohio mission is to help people: save the places that matter, building community, and live better. Learn more at www.heritageohio.org.

Many communities, organizations and individuals submitted nominations for consideration. The awards recognize the numerous preservation and revitalization accomplishments of people, businesses, and organizations across the state. The Selection Committee reported an increased level of quality in nominations, awarding 16 categories at this year’s event.

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.

Tiffin U., Heidelberg partner to offer tuition discount program

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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.”

Chamber groups provide businesses, professionals opportunities

Chamber LogoThe Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services offers a wide variety of programming open to businesses and professionals alike, including networking and educational organizations. Two of those groups are the Industrial Management Council and the Safety Council.

According to the Chamber website, the Industrial Management Council (IMC) exists to influence community and political organizations on items of industrial interest, assist members in attaining improved efficiency and more effective business methods, work as a group in order to contain industry related costs, promote industrial development, support educational programs which encourage free enterprise, and ameliorate relationships and develop better understanding between industry and other facets of the community.

The group meets monthly to hear speakers on industry-related topics and network. There are currently more than 60 members.

The Tiffin Safety Council is an organization focusing on safety in the workplace and is open to all businesses. The group meets regularly to listen to guest speakers and network. The council currently has about 100 members, and anyone is welcome to join.

“It’s an important component of what the Chamber does, providing value to our membership,” said John Detwiler, Program Manager and President of the Chamber. “Many businesses join because safety is important, but some are eligible for grant funding.”

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers resources to help employers improve health and safety, including the Safety Intervention Grant Program – which awarded more than $15 million to 570 employers for the purchase of safety improving equipment last year – as well as programs for employers starting wellness and drug-free workplace programs. These programs help keep Ohio’s workplace injury statistics below the national average.

New maps help visitors discover Tiffin

city-map-for-web_page_1The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services and the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation have partnered to produce the city’s first-ever visitor’s map.

The map directs visitors to restaurants, attractions, entertainment and lodgings, and retail locations – all things a person from outside the town may be looking for. One side of the map encompasses the entire city of Tiffin, with the other side focused on downtown.

Chamber President and CEO John Detwiler brought the opportunity to SIEDC’s Downtown city-map-for-web_page_2Marketing Committee, of which he is the Chair. “We have never had a map of the city for our out-of-town visitors, and the committee was also looking at creating literature specific to downtown,” Detwiler said. “I am happy we were able to partner on this project; community collaboration is key in creating a successful and cohesive message.”

SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart said the map was one of the goals set forth in the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan and furthers the marketing mission of the Main Street downtown revitalization approach. “We have taken many steps this year to make it easier for visitors, students and residents to find their way downtown, and to promote local businesses. This is a great addition to the Discover Tiffin phone app, the new kiosks in front of the Joint Justice Center and on the university campuses, wayfinding signs at downtown intersections, and new parking signage for downtown lots,” she said.

The maps can be found at the Chamber (19 W. Market St., Ste C), and in several businesses. For a downloadable pdf, click here.

National Depression Era Glass Show this weekend

Press release provided by Destination Seneca County.

NATIONAL GLASS SHOW & SALE HELD IN OHIO FOR THE FIRST TIME

National Depression Glass Association, Inc. brings show to Tiffin

ndgaTIFFIN, OHIO –The 42nd National Depression Glass Association Convention Show and Sale is being held in Tiffin, Ohio this year, making it the first time held in Ohio and the fourth time across the Mississippi. On July 16 and 17, glass collectors, enthusiasts and first time visitors are meeting at Tiffin University’s Heminger Center, 350 Miami St.

In addition to the show and sale, the organization is to hold a silent auction and live auction, along with glass identification, educational seminars and displays, and hourly door prize drawings. Additional seminars are to be announced. Authors Tom and Neila Bredehoft, Ed Goshe, and Craig Schenning are to be in attendance.

Admission is $8 and is good for the entire weekend.

“Depression Glass” is the American made, transparent glassware made from the early to mid-1920s up until World War II, made exclusively by manufacturers in the Ohio River Valley, including the Tiffin Glass Company, which is still best known for its stemware and was one of the largest producers of stemware during the Depression.

Over 100 patterns were made by more than 20 manufacturers—common colors included crystal, pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors included yellow, ultramarine, pale green, pale blue, cobalt blue, red, black, amethyst, monax, and white.

The glass is divided into two types: “Depression” glass and “Elegant” glass—Depression glass was machine made and frequently came in boxes of laundry detergent, while elegant glass was blown.

The National Depression Glass Association organized in 1974 and held its first annual convention and sale in 1975. Starting in 1999, the NDGA established its National Glass Collection, which is one of the most comprehensive Depression glass collections. Before 2012, the collection was shown at the glass shows around the country, and starting in 2012, the NDGA established a museum for its collection in Wellington, KS.

“The convention will have some of the finest dealers of Depression era glass in one area. Many dealers, glass collectors, and enthusiasts have collected glass for a very long time and have an immense knowledge of the industry and things produced,” show co-chair and collector Tom Maiberger said.

Glass collector and author Ed Goshe said the show has much to offer for any kind of enthusiast. “If people collect a certain line, there is a good chance that they will buy some of it there,” he said.

“Another reason would be just to get an idea of what was made by the different companies. There will also be tables of displays of glassware, which also would be worth the price of admission. For some people, just seeing the artistic side of glassware design, would be worth attending the show for.”

For more information, visit destinationsenecacounty.org.

About Destination Seneca County

Destination Seneca County is the visitor services section of Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Centrally located in the heart of northwest Ohio, Seneca County offers shopping, attractions, and good food, all with hometown charm. You can take a look back in time by visiting one of our many museums like the Seneca County Museum nestled along the banks of the Sandusky River, or check out one of our unique attractions such as Seneca Caverns or the Fostoria Rail Park, then end a busy day at one of our local restaurants. With plenty to see and do, you’re going to love it here. For more information, visit destinationsenecacounty.org.

Ribbon Cutting for Slate Real Estate this Friday

Slate Real EstatePlease come help the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services Ambassadors welcome the newest addition to Tiffin, Slate Real Estate. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new office will be held this Friday, April 8 at 4:45 PM,  at 1660 W. Market St. Ste. C. 

Slate is a three person team of real estate professionals. They are:

Britny Focht

Britny is an Owner & Manager of Slate Real Estate LLC . Britny is a Tiffin native and a Tiffin University graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Addictions Counseling. Britny is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors, and the Firelands Board of Realtors MLS. Britny prides herself on providing her clients with excellent assistance every time through every step of their real estate transactions. In her spare time, Britny enjoys actively volunteering her time to her community and spending time with her son Jaxon and husband, Todd.

Marcia Focht

Marcia is also an Owner & Manager of Slate Real Estate. An Ohio State grad, after 30 years of teaching and coaching in the Tiffin City Schools she decided to not retire but start a staging business with her sister Sheila called STAGEPLUS, and then began a real estate career with her daughter-in-law Britny. In January of 2016 they opened Slate Real Estate LLC. She lives in Tiffin with her husband Rich and is enjoying being a Grandma to Jaxon and Sebastian.

Sara Wingart

Sara is a Broker/Owner of Slate Real Estate. She was licensed in 1978,and managed an office for 15 years before becoming a Broker/Owner for Coldwell Banker, Hohman Wingart Realtors and later Colwell Banker Tri-Pro Realty. She was on the Firelands Board of Directors for over 15 years, serves on the Professional Standards, Legislative Forums and was the ChairPerson for the Property Management Forum for 2012, at the state level for the Ohio Association of Realtors. She is also Past President of the Firelands Association of Realtors, Community Hospice Care, and Bascom Long Distance Board of Directors. She and her husband Don have two sons, Scott of Tiffin, and Brett of Columbus area, and two grandchildren, Noah and Zora.

Slate Real Estate is a member of the Firelands Association of REALTORS, a professional trade association of over 500 licensed real estate agents that provides its members with resources and training to enhance the services they provide their clients.

For more information, please contact the office: (567)207-2100.

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern

Seneca County Commissioner Candidates Forum

How well do you know your Commissioner candidates? Would you like to know them better?

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Services is inviting the community to Camden Falls for just this reason. On Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30am, join the Chamber and candidates Chris English, Rich Focht, Holly Stacy, and Shayne Thomas for breakfast, presentations, and a Q&A. Each candidate will give a 5 minute presentation, after which the floor will be open to the public to ask what questions they may have. The Chamber requests that interested community members RSVP and submit their questions by Tuesday, March 1 to info@tiffinchamber.com. Breakfast will be available at a cost of $10.

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English has long served the community in addition to his 40 year career with Webster Industries. After graduating Tiffin University with a bachelor’s degree and a State of Ohio Accounting License (CPA-inactive), English served on a multitude of boards, such as the YMCA, Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce and SIEDC, First Lutheran Church Council, Tiffin Mercy Hospital (10 years), Tiffin City Schools Board of Education (12 years, 5 as president), Tiffin-Seneca Public Library (10 years), as well as charitable boards in the area, and is a past-exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge #94.

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With a career in public service spanning more than two decades, Focht understands the importance of community involvement and investment in infrastructure. After serving in the Army for two years, he returned to work alongside his father as a general contractor. In 1988, he sold the business and became a city administrator before becoming president and CEO of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) in 1990, where he stayed until retiring in 2013. He currently serves on the Tiffin City Council. Focht is motivated by a desire to serve all of Seneca County and not just Tiffin alone.

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Stacy is currently the president of the Seneca County Commissioners. If re-elected, Stacy hopes to focus on fiscal responsibility through a new budget and creating a business-friendly environment to help provide job growth. Stacy served as president and CEO of the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2012. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Tiffin University and a bachelor’s of science degree from the Ohio State University.

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Thomas has a strong financial background, spanning 25 years. His career history includes working for various banks, such as Fifth Third, National City, and the First Bank of Ohio from 1990-1999. In 1999, he began work for the Old Fort Banking Company as vice president of Commercial Banking. From 2007-2013, Thomas served as the vice president of Business Development for MGQ Incorporated, and co-founded the MGQ Terminal in Tiffin in 2009 before divesting in 2015. Thomas began to run for the Commissioners board in 2014, but left the race early to pursue other opportunities.

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern

New Chamber program cuts businesses’ energy costs

Chamber LogoOne new money-saving benefit of membership with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce is its Chamber Energy Solutions (CES) program. Through a partnership with Palmer Energy Company, the Chamber of Commerce is able to provide member businesses with electricity and natural gas savings.

The CES Electric Savings Program saves customers money on electric consumption through competitive pricing. Working with a large number of customers allows CES to get customers some of the lowest prices on the market. Businesses with facilities located in FirstEnergy (Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison and Cleveland Illuminating Company), AEP (Ohio Power), Dayton Power and Light and Duke Service territories can participate in the electric program.

The CES Gas Program helps manage natural gas costs by bringing local businesses together to reduce natural gas costs and help customers buy natural gas when the prices are most advantageous. Businesses located in Columbia Gas, Dominion, Duke and Vectren service territories are able to participate.

All Chamber members are eligible to apply, as soon as their current contract has expired. For more information, check out the CES brochure. To enroll in either program, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 419.447.4141 or info@tiffinchamber.com.