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 By the end of 2015, CSI had reviewed nearly 8,000 business-impacting rules, with 59 percent of them either amended or rescinded.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.
2016 EPIC Toledo T-Town Dash
Nearly 100 young professionals explored downtown last Thursday Night and had a blast experiencing local businesses and the Art Loop.
Participants met artists at the Shared Lives Studio and enjoyed 10 cent hot dog night at Packo’s at the Park. They enjoyed drinks at local hotspots like The Blarney, Durty Bird, and Cock N’ Bull, and visited iconic downtown locations such as the Huntington Center, Fifth Third Field, and the Library. Their challenge? To navigate their clues successfully and support as many local businesses as possible along the way! From pedicabs to dancing with street performers, it was a fun filled night that wrapped up with an after party and prizes at M’ Osteria. View the entire photo gallery below.
Contributors: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Halle Schossler, InfoCision
Owners: The Taylor family
Toledo Grand Opening: July 2016
Location: 2035 S. Reynolds Rd.
InfoCision is the highest quality call center in the world. They provide a full spectrum of direct marketing services: inbound and outbound call center solutions; direct mail and fulfillment; and Interactive (Web) and data solutions. They customize their services to meet the unique needs of their clients, and develop innovative strategies to consistently deliver the best results in the business
With much pomp and circumstance, InfoCision has officially begun their journey in the Toledo market. In a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this month, Steve Brubaker, Chief of Staff for InfoCision, expressed his excitement to be in Toledo. Nearly 100 people came out to the ceremony, including the new employees of the Toledo office, city officials, and the business partners that helped bring InfoCision to their new office: the Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Growth Partnership, JobsOhio, and Danberry Realtors. Located on S. Reynolds Rd., corporate executives raved about the help they received finding their new home and the ease of the entire process from renovations to filling their workforce.
By: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Video Design: Ellen Dziubek
This past Sunday, Chamber employees had a great time volunteering at the 2016 Toledo Air Show. From meeting the public, to enjoying spectacular displays from the U.S. Air Force Thunder Birds and the Army Golden Nights, all staff had an excellent experience. This was a wonderful opportunity for the Chamber to show our support for the 180th Fighter Wing and thank the men and women of the armed forces for their service to our country.
The Chamber's Communications Manager had the opportunity to meet the Golden Knights just minutes after they landed at the Toledo Express Airport on Friday morning. Staff Sgt. Kenneth Severin, who has been with the Golden Knights for 4 years, shared his excitement to be in Toledo. "We are excited to be here performing in the Toledo Air Show. I hear its the first air show that Toledo has had in 11 years and we're honored to be a part of it."
By: Colleen Kardasz, Director, firstname.lastname@example.orgOhio SBDC Export Assistance Network
Whether you’ve only heard the term Brexit from Twitter, or late-night comedy shows, or if your company trades heavily across Europe, it has been difficult to avoid the Brexit debate and analysis as the world tries to understand the long-standing consequences to the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. Whether this decision is a long-anticipated response to changing world politics or a foreshadowing of future changes, the market fluctuations alone make Brexit an important issue for companies around the world who do or will export to Europe. With the announcement that a new Prime Minister, Theresa May, will be in place this week, the world is wondering how quickly other changes could occur. The number of issues that must be resolved if and when the UK actually exits the European Union is staggering, and the list will surely grow as time goes on. Given that it’s been only a few weeks since the historic vote happened, the answer to most questions surrounding Brexit is, we don’t know.
Tom Keller, founder of Keller Trucking, began his lifelong career in the logistics industry as a young boy delivering watermelons to neighboring states from the family farm. In 1978, with more experience under his belt, he refused to be brought down by the recession and took advantage of an opportunity to grow his company in Defiance, Ohio. While in Defiance, OH Tom was able to recruit his nephew and Godson, Bryan Keller, to help out during the summer months. One thing led to another and Bryan is now the CEO of Keller Logistics Group. Over time, Keller Trucking has diversified to meet local needs and is called the Keller Logistics Group, which includes trucking, warehousing and distribution, freight solutions and packaging services. In addition to logistics, Keller has developed an outreach program that specifically assists local veterans and donates resources to a number of non-profits across the world. They just opened their newest location in June and we are excited to welcome them to the Chamber community!
Last week, Chamber staff had the pleasure of attending the Fresh Thyme Farmers Market’s ribbon cutting ceremony. With a big cheer, new, local Fresh Thyme staff and many excited community members welcomed the business to the Toledo area as general manager Dustin “Dusty” Drouillard sliced through the Fresh Thyme ribbon with the aid of Stacey Mallett, VP of Marketing and Communications at the Chamber.
Summer in the City presented by Owens Corning is a unique experience for summer interns and new employees to network and explore the Toledo Region.
Designed to help interns build networks and show them what life would be like if they called Toledo their hometown, the program is targeted at college juniors, seniors or graduate student interns who are working at a variety of businesses and organizations in Toledo for the summer.
View photo galleries of each event below.
100 small businesses were recently recognized at a ceremony in Washington D.C. for their success and contributions to America’s economic growth and vitality as well as their community involvement and contributions made by the company and their employees. Among the companies recognized was NovaVision, Inc. from right here in the Toledo Region. The award is given as part of the US Chamber of Commerce’s annual DREAM BIG Small Business Awards ® and winners were selected from a record number of applicants from communities across the nation.