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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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Pioneer Mill to hold first ever Jazzin’ Tiffin Nights

20150813120830066As part of this year’s Jazzin’ Tiffin festival, The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin will feature jazz acts on the three Thursday evenings leading up to the festival on Sept. 12. Each band will begin at 7 p.m. at Tinker’s Dam in the Pioneer Mill, located at 255 Riverside Drive in Tiffin.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Aug. 27: Trio NOT – This three-piece band, composed of Douglas Neel (guitar/trombone/vox), Nelson Overton (drums) and Kyle Turner (organ/keys) focuses on funk/soul/rock fusion and also explores reggae/country/pop music. Trio NOT ties together their unique voice and arranging ideas with recognizable covers, dance heavy material, and original work.
  • Sept. 3: Pete Ford Jazz Trio – Pete Ford is a jazz pianist, composer and assistant professor of music at Adrian College. The Pete Ford Trio consists of Pete Ford on piano, Scott Kretzer on drums and Kurt Kranke on bass.
  • Sept. 10: B3 Jazz Trio – Made up of Chuck Summers (sax/vocals), Bob Essex (bass/vocals) and Frank Harnishfeger (piano/vocals), B3 has been performing in Northwest Ohio for the last 7 years. Their music genres include jazz, R&B, Motown, ballads and pop, and their jazz performances are covers from groups such as The Crusaders, George Benson, Larry Carlton and Jimmy Smith, among others.

The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin stands on the same site as the original Tiffin dam built by Tiffin founder Josiah Hedges in 1822. The current building was constructed on the same foundation walls after a fire in 1875 destroyed the original wooden building. After much planning and development, The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin restaurant opened for business on October 3, 1974 and was placed on the national register of historic places in recognition of its background.

Chris Standring to headline 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin

Festival expands to three days with a full day of free live jazz on September 12

Jazzin Tiffin Poster 2015TIFFIN, OHIO – August , 2015 – The 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin festival will take place September 10-12, 2015. This annual celebration in Tiffin, Ohio begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 with the first ever official Warm-Up Party at the historic Pioneer Mill Restaurant. On Friday, September 11, local university students will get to interact on-on-one with headliner and jazz superstar Chris Standring during the festival’s first “Education Night.” The main event—an all-day jam session with six performers from around the country—takes place on Saturday, September 12 and runs from noon to 10 pm.

Jazzin’ Tiffin has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz music, such as Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Nelson Rangell, Mindi Abair, Chuck Loeb, Warren Hill and Alexander Zonjic. This year’s headliner, Chris Standring is among today’s hottest jazz stars and he will bring his own special brand of music to the stage on Frost Parkway in Rotary Park on Saturday evening September 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Standring has been performing for nearly three decades and has numerous projects in his discography, with his latest release “Don’t Talk, Dance” receiving a lot of attention. Add to that the release of his autobiography “Something In the Stars,” a plethora of very creative and entertaining music videos and a new internet TV show and you quickly see that Standring’s star is rising once again. “I love doing things that no one else is doing. Especially when people tell me, oh, you shouldn’t do that!” Standring said. “I have made a career out of going down the uncharted path. My music has been called funky, sexy, and electric.” he said.

20150813120830066Nelson Rangell will also be making his second visit to Tiffin, this time with not one but two exciting new CD releases featuring chart toping hits. Ann Arbor Michigan’s Lady Sunshine & The X Band will perform as will former NFL Star Larry Lee and his band, Back in the Day. Rounding out the lineup will be up and coming Lansing sax man Phil Denny and the Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble.

New this year are the Jazz at the Mill nights, held at the historic Pioneer Mill restaurant on Thursdays at 7 p.m. leading up to the festival. Local acts give residents and visitors a chance to eat great food and listen to live jazz in an upscale, restored building whose foundations date back to 1822. Trio NOT will perform first on August 27, followed by the Pete Ford Jazz Trio on September 3, and the B3 Jazz Trio will finish things off with the Warm-Up Party on September 10.

Educational poster for Jazz 2015Tiffin, Ohio has long been known as the Education City, being one of the few small towns in America with two universities—Tiffin and Heidelberg—and in that spirit the first Education Night is taking place on Friday at 4 p.m in the Osceola Theatre in the Gillmor Student Center. The Education Night gives local university students and musicians the chance to learn from a successful contemporary artist in an intimate setting. This year, none other than the headline artist Chris Standring will be featured.

About Chris Standring

Born and raised in Great Britain, Standring loved the guitar at a very early age. His dream was to come to America and see what all the “fuss” was about. So when he left England for California for a visit that turned into a year living in Los Angeles and ultimately making it his new home, it was that adventurous spirit that has catapulted him to being one of the most sought after guitarists in America.

For more information about Chris Standring visit www.ChrisStandring.com or follow him on Facebook. Chris also invites you to view his YouTube videos and his new TV Show “The Inside Track”

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 www.senecasuccess.com.

Pizza Palooza and family movie night this weekend

Pizza Palooza flyer 2015Downtown Tiffin’s annual Pizza Palooza will be held this Saturday, July 25, on the courthouse green space. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. followed by a family movie at 9:15 p.m. The Farmers Market will take place earlier in the day from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Several pizza restaurants, including Napoli’s, Marco’s, AJ’s and Reino’s, will have booths at the event where they will sell slices of pizza for just $1 each in order to keep the cost family friendly and equal across the board. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite pizza during the event. Tiffin Columbian Band Boosters will be selling beverages. In previous years, 500-900 people have attended the event.

This year, the palooza will be followed by a free family movie night on the green. Despicable Me 2 is slated to being playing at 9:15 p.m.

Elks to celebrate Flag Day at Farmers Market this weekend

Farmers Market FBThe Seneca County Farmers Market in downtown Tiffin will feature a Flag Day ritual performed by the Tiffin Elks Lodge #94 on Saturday, June 13 on the courthouse lawn beginning at 8:30 a.m. The national observance of Flag Day is June 14.

In addition to the Flag Day observance, the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be on hand with children’s activities; GEM Yoga will conduct a class at 10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn and Keith Hodkinson of WTSC radio will cover the flag event and provide musical entertainment.

Concurrently, the second of ten Seneca County Farmers Markets will begin at 9 a.m. on South Washington Street between Market and Perry Streets. This month, strawberries will be featured as will a variety of products including baked goods, fresh produce, plants, flowers, and more. Expected Farmers Market vendors include Barb & Dicks, Bella Cuisine, Clay Hill Farms, Drown’s Produce Market, Grannys Cup, J & A Alpine, Joseph’s Greenhouse, JT’s Bagel Bar, Riehm’s Farm Market, Rimelspach Produce Market, Veggies and Such, Sabaidee Coffee House and 7th Heaven Creations.

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 more information and registration forms, or visit www.tiffinchamber.com/about/farmers-market/. Markets are held the second and fourth Saturday of each month until Oct. 10.

Downtown lands new boutique shop

Simply Susan’s, a “unique boutique,” to open downtown

Simply Susan'sTIFFIN, OHIO – June 5, 2015 Scrap Happy owner Susan Wilkinson has announced she will be opening a new store, Simply Susan’s, at the former location of Hey That’s My Stuff in downtown Tiffin. Wilkinson hopes to open the store at 70 South Washington Street in early September.

Wilkinson said she wants to make Simply Susan’s a “unique boutique” and gift shop. Offerings will include chocolates to be made in-house, customizable sugar cookies, craft supplies, scrapbooking basics and possibly apparel. The business will also include arts and crafts classes, a room available to rent for parties and events, and live Disney princesses for store events and private parties.

Though Wilkinson owned Scrap Happy, a scrapbooking supply shop, for nine years, this will be her first downtown venture. “This is a great time to open a store downtown, the passion is there. There’s a group of people there that are excited and they want to help you,” Wilkinson said.

She is also excited to be located next to Bailiwick’s Coffee Company. “The two businesses complement each other well,” Wilkinson said.

Susan’s is part of a growing resurgence in art for downtown Tiffin, joining businesses such as Bailiwick’s, Red Raven, the Tiffin Art Guild and The Ritz Theatre in offering visual and performance art opportunities through education, supplies and events.

Wilkinson is currently updating the interior of the store space and also plans to take advantage of the Façade Enhancement Program to repaint the building’s exterior.

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 www.senecasuccess.com.

Indie art show in Tiffin tomorrow

Local gallery to donate proceeds to art festival, scholarship

Art Gallery 4Local body and visual arts studio Red Raven Tattoo Gallery  will host this Saturday the latest in a series of indie art shows highlighting the creative talents of up and coming local artists. This Saturday’s show will display 21 works in the skateboard art genre by 12 area artists.

The show will run 6 to 9 pm, auction off the pieces, and proceeds will benefit the scholarship of this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival (June 12-13). In addition, 125 other art works will be on display and for sale. Separate donations to the TMAF Scholarship will also be accepted.

Tiffin’s vibrant arts scene is beginning to become more well known. Other arts offerings in Tiffin include:

Recap – first Downtown Historic Bar Tour a success

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The downtown Tiffin revitalization efforts have been hard at work helping to enhance the great events that downtown Tiffin has offered in the last few years and starting some others. One of the new ones this year is expected to take place every year – the Downtown Historic Bar Tour.

Starting at the Clover Club, participants made their way through downtown Tiffin on South Washington Street, stopping at eight unique Tiffin bars. At the beginning of the tour, participants received a booklet with historical information about the bars and bar owners gave a brief history of their establishment at each stop. Kudos to tour host Seneca County Young Professionals for a great event.

Here is the complete list of bars visited on the tour:

  • Clover Club: Opened in 1936, the Clover Club features an antique art-deco bar, white tablecloth dining area and landscaped patio garden, not to mention 18 taps and a stock of 50 different beers.
  • GW’s Fine Food & Spirits: GW’s opened in May 2010 and caters to not only the bar crowd but also the after-bar crowd with food service and late hours on the weekends. This bar features two dining areas and a large patio with seating.
  • DP’s: Don Paull has owned DP’s since 1972, and it was one of the last ‘stag’ bars in Tiffin. DP’s has a nautical theme and a unique layout with four different levels and a patio area closed in by the building’s walls.
  • MST Pub and Grub: MST is made up of three separate buildings, all of which served a variety of different purposes over the last 100 years. The current bar was established in October 2009.
  • Reino’s Party Room (lunch): Reino’s Pizza and Pasta was established in 1950 and has always served beer and wine along with Italian food. Its current location on West Market Street was once the National Theater, among other businesses.
  • Bear’s Den:The Bear’s Den has been a bar or tavern since the early 1950’s. Dennis Wickert bought Izola’s Tavern in 1974, later changed the name to Bear’s Den and has been running the bar with his wife, Gwynn, since 1986. Bear’s Den often hosts live music on Saturdays.
  • Phat Cakes & Cafe: Phat Cakes was founded in 2009 and opened the store on Washington Street, which started out as The Sandwich Shop in the mid-1930s and was later Reino’s, in 2012. They offer a full menu, including desserts, sandwiches, wraps and salads, along with alcohol.
  • Viaduct Bar & Grill: The Viaduct started out as a bar in late 1800s. It has had many names since, but it has been the Viaduct since 2010. The bar often hosts live music on the weekends, and boasts a unique outdoor patio with seating and a pond.
  • McGowan’s Tavern: This building once housed “the largest movie theater on the West side of the river.” For many years it was an “Arcade” under several different owners before becoming McGowan’s Tavern in the mid-1960s.

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