By: Mary Taylor, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Before taking office in 2011, it was already clear to Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor that Ohio needed a new culture to address the bureaucratic red tape that had been a key obstacle for businesses looking to grow and expand in Ohio. The solution was the Common Sense Initiative (CSI). Led by Lt. Governor Taylor, CSI has been a main driver of the Administration’s regulatory reform efforts. Any regulations from the state’s executive agencies, departments, boards, or commissions that adversely impact business must be sent to CSI for review. By the end of 2015, CSI had reviewed nearly 8,000 business-impacting rules, with 59 percent of them either amended or rescinded.
By: Kimberly Kaufman, Executive Director, Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Since the inception of The Biggest Week In American Birding in 2010, more people in this region are aware of birds and birding than ever before.
For those who haven’t given it much thought (or are still operating under the notion that all birdwatching is just for the Jane Hathaways of the world), it’s time to consider the benefits of birds and birding. Birds enhance the quality of our lives in myriad ways, and birding tourism is providing our area with a much-needed economic “shot in the arm” in early spring. Here are just a few reasons to consider expanding your interest in and knowledge of birds and birding.
Birds Mean Business
From the end of April to mid-May, more than 90,000 birders visit our area to take in this astounding migration spectacle.
Updates from the June Focus on Business Lunch
By: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Colonel Craig A. Baker, Commander, Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing, was the headline speaker at our June Focus on Business Lunch. Preceded by short presentations from the Regional Growth Partnership, the Toledo Small Business Development Center, and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, attendees received a complete briefing on the economic progress of the Toledo Region, from microlending to foreign investment and defense. The event was hosted in the beautiful GlasSalon at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.
By: Tim Saddoris, InfoStream Solutions
Online marketing extends far beyond your website or social media presence. A set it and forget it approach isn't enough to compete for customers anymore, even if you’re just looking for your share of the local scene.
You don’t have to contract with a major marketing firm to improve your online brand, although that wouldn’t hurt. Even small companies with limited teams can improve their reach online and generate more leads
Toledo SBDC Export Assistance Network Hosts 50
“Colleen put together a great group of knowledgeable speakers with topics and discussions on real-world exporting and compliance issues I could relate to.” – Lori Schmitt, Bard Manufacturing Company, Inc.
By: Colleen Kardasz, Director, Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network
For businesses who export there are two topics among the many considerations that generally get the most attention: money and logistics. What will this cost me? How am I going to get paid? How am I getting my product there? Intrinsically tied to those two topics though is the area of compliance. It’s not a given that having a product that a foreign buyer wants means you can get the product to that person or country. There are rules and regulations for exporting that must be followed, but there are also best practices that can make sure your company not only makes the international sale, but that you actually make money from the exchange.
The Toledo SBDC Export Assistance Network recently hosted 50 professionals at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce for a 2-day Logistics and Compliance Conference.
By: Colleen Kardasz, Director, Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network
When I was leaving Germany just about one month ago I overheard a number of conversations with fellow travelers who had also been attending the Hannover Messe Trade Fair. I had spent some time talking with the six companies who had attended with the Ohio Export Assistance Network and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and wondered if there might be a trend among the American companies who attended this show for the first time. I openly admit to having eavesdropped on a number of conversations in each airport. While in no way a scientific study, I did notice a common theme. I kept hearing American companies say “It was a great show. We had a wonderful week, met a lot of people, but we’re not sure if we’ll go back.” I was troubled by this response. Why would a company who could sit and rave about a trade show and all it had to offer still be ambivalent about returning? The answer, I think, has more to do with culture than the show itself.
By: Emily Dammeyer, Communications Manager, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
In the heart of National Small Business Week, area manufacturers got together for lunch to share industry news, get an idea of where manufacturing is headed in Northwest Ohio, and to help forecast the future in order to help impact buying decisions.
The event, held at American Manufacturing, was hosted by the Toledo SBDC and the SBA. In addition to the 15 manufacturers in attendance, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Gil Goldberg, Cleveland District Director of the SBA, Teresa Smith, Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, Jessica Ice, Research Analyst Federal Reserve, and staff of the Toledo SBDC and Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce were in attendance.
A lively discussion followed lunch, and each attendee had the opportunity to share their challenges and successes, as well as seek advice from the group. Many shared that they are incredibly busy, and while busy is great for business, they all share the challenge of filling their workforce. The manufacturing industry as a whole has found that skilled trade workers are hard to find and that the time and cost that goes into screening new employees is staggering. This industry too, is feeling the impact of drug abuse in relation to filling the workforce.
By: Colleen Kardasz, Director, Export Assistance Network, Ohio SBDC at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Eighteen months ago when the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Export Assistance Network started planning for Hannover Messe 2016 the idea was simple: provide an opportunity for small Ohio companies to exhibit at the world's largest industrial trade show.
The implementation of this simple idea became eighteen months of intricate, and detail-oriented work that resulted in 6 unique companies from all over the state boarding planes and heading off to Hannover, Germany just four days ago.
Updates from the April FOCUS on Business Lunch
It was a full house last Wednesday at the FOCUS on Business Lunch at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Salon. 175 Chamber members from around the Toledo community came together for lunch, networking, economic updates from our partners the Regional Growth Partnership and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and of course, to listen to a presentation from our featured speakers Randy Oostra and Robin Whitney from ProMedica.