Tiffin business

Boost Mobile to open Tiffin location

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veA new mobile phone retailer is coming to Tiffin. A Boost Mobile franchise is set to open next week in the retail center currently housing Chipotle, at the corner of Ashwood Drive and W. Market Street.

Ben Sayed, a partner in franchise owners Wireless Boys, expressed their excitement at moving into the community. “It’s a beautiful town and we believe we will be a great asset,” he said. “We are looking forward to serving the Tiffin community.”

Wireless Boys began in 2011 and currently owns and operates 15 Boost Mobile franchises in the Northwest Ohio area. Their most recent store opened in Fremont this week.

The retail center was constructed in 2016 by Diverse Development, a real estate development firm based in Holland, Ohio. The center includes three units, one of which (a 1,400 square foot end unit) is still available for lease.

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.

Starting a business – Step 2 (input)

OK, having started a couple of businesses myself, I am a big proponent of getting plenty of advice and feedback before launching. It doesn’t mean I believe the entrepreneur should listen to everyone who gives “advice.” FedEx’s Fred Smith’s college paper getting a C grade on the idea for the overnight delivery services serves as good warning against that.  That being said, in addition to the advice from Small Business Development Center and Rocket Ventures, there are five other places I would recommend to go to for input:

SCORE – SCORE, the Service Corps Of Retired Executives, is a national nonprofit network of 364 chapters and 13,000+ volunteers started in 1964 in Virginia to help provide advice, mentoring and tools to entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Northwest Ohio SCORE, covering Seneca County and 12 other counties in the region, is located in Toledo and provides about 1200 free, confidential counseling services a year through its face-to-face, seminars, and online tools.

Chamber of Commerce – although the Chamber is best known for helping businesses market themselves and save money through its discounts, I also recommend it as a good place to get input about anyone’s prospective business. The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce has 300 business members and has a good pulse on the local marketplace. I have found John Detwiler and Deb Martorana are always willing to give an entrepreneur or small business owner their perspective.

Specialty Assistance Centers – there are some very good specialty assistance centers that might be worth a conversation and/or a visit if one is considering starting a business. Minority and/or women-owned businesses should check in with Mark Urrutia at the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) in Toledo. Manufacturers should check in with Charlie Chambers at the Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center (MTSBDC). Businesses looking to sell to the government (local, state, federal) should speak with the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Jim Laipply in Columbus heads that up and will be happy to direct you to the closest PTAC.

Marketplace – perhaps the best source for input, I recommend going to businesses in similar industries with whom you will not be competing as well as to prospective customers. Networking here is key (Chamber, Professional Associations, personal network) as well as some cold/warm calling. Don’t be afraid to go to your local library to access the business databases through Reference USA as well.

Professional Associations – should be considered for both the industry the new company will be in as well as for prospective customers. Several lists online, including The Planning Shop’s.

Books, Articles, Videos – I am a big proponent of continual learning. Here are a few good resources to get you started as you build you virtual or literal library: Lifehacks’ 20 Books to Read Before You Start Your Own Business,  Y Combinator Startup Libary, 11 Books Startup Founders Should Read, fortunepick’s List of Must-Read Books for Startups and Entrepreneurs. On YouTube, you can hardly go wrong with videos by Guy Kawasaki, TED talks10 YouTube Videos Every Entrepreneur Should Watch.

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