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TERRA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OHIO SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER RECOGNIZED WITH AWARD

Press release provide by Terra State Community College.

IMG_6040 (2)Fremont, OH, November 14, 2017 – The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Terra State Community College was presented the 2017 Ohio SBDC Customer Satisfaction Award at its annual statewide conference in Columbus held November 7 and 8.  It is the first time the Terra State SBDC has been recognized with the award.

The award is given to the one Ohio SBDC center with the highest rate of customer satisfaction based upon its training services, counseling knowledge and expertise, and advice given to customers, and the likelihood they would recommend the SBDC to friends or colleagues.  Bill Auxter, Terra State SBDC Director, says, “The Customer Satisfaction Award is the most coveted honor because it is recognition from the customers you serve”.

The Small Business Development Center is part of a national network of over 1,000 centers throughout the US and 30 centers serving Ohio.  For more information about the SBDCs, contact Bill Auxter at 419-559-2210 or bauxter@terra.edu.

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

National Small Business Week – how to get involved

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Yesterday was the beginning of National Small Business Week 2017, running from April 30 – May 6! Started in 1963 and sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The SBA is offering the following webinars throughout the week:

The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses
Presented by Visa
May 2, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Register here

5 Fabulous Habits of Local Business Champions
Presented by YP
May 3, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Register here

Grow Your Business Online
Presented by Google
May 3, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm ET
Register here

The Future of Small Business Innovation
Presented by Salesforce
May 4, 2017
2:30-3:30 pm ET
Register here

How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less
Presented by Constant Contact
May 4, 2017 | 3:30-4:30 pm ET
Register here

Find the Hidden Money in America
Presented by Chase
May 4, 2017 | 5:00-6:00 pm ET
Register here

For more information about the SBA click here. For more information about National Small Business Week, click here.

Small Business Seminars held monthly in Tiffin

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Small Business Development Center Director Bill Auxter

Bill Auxter, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, hosts a free, monthly Small Business Basics seminar at the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. On average, Bill works with more than 150 small businesses each year, which includes pre-ventures, start-ups, and existing businesses.

The Business Basics seminar is a two-hour session designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business. Participants are walked through the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, advisors, business entities, employees, insurance, financing, business planning and more.

The seminars take place at the Seneca Regional Chamber and Visitor Services’ Community Room from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on the following 2017 dates:

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 15
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8

To register, contact Bill Auxter at 419.559.2210 or bauxter@terra.edu. Click here for more general information.

Treasurer’s office supports small business with GrowNOW program

GrowNow-Brochure-ThumbGrowNOW is a partnership between eligible banks and the Ohio Treasurer’s office. The program enables small business owners to receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on new or existing small business loans for two years, with the opportunity for renewal for another two year period. Small business owners must commit to the creation or retention of at least one full-time job or two part-time jobs in the State of Ohio for every $50,000 borrowed, up to $400,000. GrowNOW broadly serves as a catalyst for Ohio’s economic development by supporting the small businesses that drive it.

The GrowNOW interest rate reduction will be based on the loan’s interest rate, as determined for each borrower by the respective bank.  If the interest rate is above 5%, the reduction will be 3%.  If the interest rate is 5% or below, the reduction will be 2.1%.

Eligible business owners must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have less than 150 employees
  2. Have headquarters in Ohio
  3. Maintain offices and operating facilities exclusively in Ohio
  4. Must have a majority of employees be Ohio residents
  5. Must be organized for profit
  6. Must be able to save or create one full-time or two part-time jobs in Ohio for every $50,000 borrowed

GrowNOW gives approval preference to veterans through the Veteran’s Preference Program. If you are a veteran or a spouse of a veteran, please click here for more information.

Follow these simple steps to complete your application:

  1. View a list of eligible banks (Please note: Only “public depository” banks, as that term is used in Chapter 135 of the Ohio Revised Code, are eligible to participate in Economic Development programs sponsored by the Ohio Treasurer’s office.  Contact this office if your current bank is unable to participate, so we can provide alternate participating banks in your area.)
  2. Apply for a small business loan at a participating bank and establish an interest rate.  Alternatively, GrowNOW interest rate reductions may be applied to an existing loan.
  3. Complete an online GrowNOW application with your bank. Paper applications can be used to gather your information in advance of online entry.
  4. If the application meets all program requirements it will be approved, and the Ohio Treasurer’s office will deposit funds at the participating bank in an interest bearing financial instrument.
  5. In turn, the bank uses the interest generated to provide the interest rate reduction.

Upon submission of your completed application, the Economic Development department within the Treasurer’s office typically determines eligibility within 5 business days.

From the Ohio Treasurer’s office. Learn more here.

“Mission Main Street” provides affordable downtown finance

anchor logoLooking for financing for your small, downtown business? Anchor Financial Services provides a  “Mission Main Street” lending initiative,which aims to provide downtown businesses with long-term, cost-effective financing to help support and stimulate growth.

For-profit businesses operating in one of Anchor’s targeted communities are eligible for $15,000-$250,000 loans with competitive interest rates, for up to 10 years with no penalty for early pay-off. The proceeds of the loan can be used for any business purpose including working capital, inventory, hiring, purchasing furniture and fixtures, renovations, leasehold improvements, and machinery and equipment purchases.

With these affordable small business loans, Anchor hopes to increase and reassert the historic and economic value of downtowns across America, and preserve businesses that convey a community’s identity, heritage and personality.

You can find more information about Anchor and their other loan programs here. For more information about the Mission Main Street program, contact Lisa Wagner at 419.873.8322.

About Anchor

Anchor is a non-profit, U.S. Treasury, and SBA-certified economic development agency whose mission is to support America’s communities through creative lending initiatives within underserved communities. We provide viable small businesses with long-term, cost-effective financing strategies designed to stimulate economic expansion, promote sustainable job growth, and achieve the American Dream. By bridging the government gap, we are building diverse vibrant communities where access to capital is within reach for those committed to entrepreneurship, ideas, and hard work.

Downtown Business Opportunity: Surf ‘N Turf

IMG_20150623_161247Are you interested in specialty foods and looking to own your own business? Surf ‘N Turf Specialties and More is the perfect opportunity for you! The market, located at the corner of Sycamore and Washington Streets in downtown Tiffin, serves up meat and seafood that are just as unique as its location. Owners Dale and Laurie Schwochow are looking to sell the business along with the property, in order to spend more time with family.

Surf ‘N Turf specializes in meats and seafood you can’t get anywhere else, and if they don’t have it, they can special order it. Another unique feature of the business the grilling that takes place every weekend in the ample parking lot. Customers can stop by or call ahead to place an order.

Specialties include filet mignon wrapped in bacon, crab legs, scallops, oysters, lobster tails, house-made sausage, bratwurst, and chicken and salmon balls, while unique items like alligator and shark can be found on the menu as well. Also featured: specialty seasonings, meat rubs, garlic oils, marinades, cooking wines, truffle oils, and bourbon glaze and BBQ sauces, and traditional fare such as deli meats and cheeses, soups, and tuna, chicken, potato and macaroni salads. Products are all-natural and fresh, with no additives.

The building at 300 South Washington Street was built in 1910 and has housed Surf ‘N Turf since 1987. It is 885 square feet and comes with a walk-in cooler and a detached walk-in freezer. There is also a parking lot capable of accommodating 15-20 vehicles.

For more information, contact Dale and Laurie Schwochow at 419.447.7873.

Business Opportunity: Southside Laundry

Southside 2Have you always wanted to own a small business near downtown Tiffin? The owner of Southside Laundry, 117 Melmore Street, is relocating out of state and wishes to sell not only the building but the successful business within.

The business features a 2,500 sq. ft. building, large parking lot and storage garage, allowing plenty of room for growth. Many parts of the business have also recently been updated. In 2012, a new boiler/water system was installed, in 2014, the roof and central air conditioning were replaced, and the latest machines (washers and driers) were purchased in 2015 and are energy efficient. The facility also has two extractors, a type of centrifuge that cuts drying time in half and is a rare laundromat find.

The laundromat has 25 washers and 25 driers, but that is not the only service it offers. Southside also has a thriving drop off service, where patrons can drop off their clothes to be washed and ironed. With two universities to serve, it is a popular business.

Southside Laundry is a great investment opportunity, with plenty of room for growth. For more information, contact Gabriele Felter at 419.448.9346 or gfelter@yahoo.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:

Free small business seminars in Tiffin

Small Business Development Center Director Bill Auxter

Small Business Development Center Director Bill Auxter

Thinking about starting a business? Or wondering how to expand the small business you have already? The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars every month on how to start, buy, or expand a small business. Topics covered include the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, advisors, business entities, employees, insurance, financing, business planning and more.

Bill Auxter, a small business owner himself (Auxter Printing Services) and Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center for the area (located in Fremont), will be leading the sessions.

Seminars will be held at the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, 19 West Market Street, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the following days:

  • June 10
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11

More information and a complete list of times and locations can be found here. To register, contact Bill Auxter at 419.559.2210 or bauxter@terra.edu.

 

Sabaidee Coffee House opens next to Tiffin University campus

2014-10-14 08.11.00Stopped by the new Sabaidee Coffee House this morning for the first time and enjoyed a great Blood Orange hot tea (she also tells me her blood orange lemonade is also very popular.) Got to meet Delana Ball, the owner, and thought it would be great to share some information on this new gem in Tiffin.

It’s been open almost two months. At the end of August,  the Seneca Regional Chamber cut the ribbon to mark the start of Tiffin’s newest retail venture. Housed in the old Java House across from Tiffin Univeristy, Sabaidee Coffee House is located at 45 South Sandusky Street, providing coffee, chai, tea and other iced and warm beverages to the city of Tiffin. According to  Delana, Sabaidee comes from the Laos language, translating to “Hello. How are you?” in English. Ball spent the last seven years in Laos, a country settled next to Thailand and Vietnam, teaching English as a second language and helping the individuals of the nation.

Delana Ball’s decision to open a coffee house was a time in progress. Having lived internationally for the past several years, Ball returned to the United States feeling changed. She learned a lot while in Laos and knew the transition back was going to interesting. She took some time to think about her newest dream and passion, and it turned out that it was opening a coffee house next to a university. While she initially considered Bowling Green, she ultimately decided on Tiffin. After talking with the previous owners of Java House, her decision was made and the ownership transitioned to Ball. Ball added her own personal touches to the coffee shop. Sabaidee Coffee House offers a variety of coffee beverages and other beverages, including tea and soft drinks, along with offering bagels, muffins, and hummus.

Most of her coffee and tea come from Staufs Coffee Roasters in Columbus, a micro-roaster who sources premium Arabica beans from more than 20 countries worldwide. The coffee house can be enjoyed between 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and on Saturday between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. Parking is available in front on Sandusky, behind McCartan’s Grocery or next to Rosie’s Soup & Such on Clay St.

You can read Delana’s interview with the Advertiser-Tribune here.