Toledoans love to shop and support local. From Fortune 500 Companies to historical small business legacies, the Toledo Region has a wealth of businesses that originated in our back yard. In honor of National Small Business week, we’d like to highlight a few of the groups and organizations in our area that know It Matters Where You Make It ® and dedicate their days to helping small businesses succeed.
Contributors: Frank and Amanda Viviano, Emily Dammeyer
Frank and Amanda Viviano moved back to the Toledo Region from San Diego in 2015 to get involved with the family business, Bartz Viviano Flowers and Gifts, Inc. With stores located in Toledo and Oregon, the Vivianos are excited to join the family business, which has been serving the region since 1964.
Both Amanda and Frank are actively involved in EPIC Toledo and have been since early 2016. They believe that EPIC Toledo plays a vital role in shaping the Toledo Region and they are proud to support the organization and be a part of the forward thinking energy in Toledo.
By: Brian Dicken, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Of the more than 1,800 businesses that have invested in the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, more than 80 percent of them are small businesses. The Toledo Chamber understands that small businesses are the backbone of our local economy.
The Toledo Chamber supports small businesses in a variety of ways including hosting the Small Business Development Center, telling the story of the Toledo Region to attract and retain a talented workforce, providing opportunities to grow personal networks, and advocate on their behalf through the Advocacy & Public Policy (APP) department.
Contributors: Tony Metzger & Emily Dammeyer
You’ve likely seen their truck around town, or their colorful ads at Fifth Third Field and the Huntington Center. Known throughout the region as the “Official Printing Company of the Toledo Mud Hens and Walleye”, Metzgers is a legacy in Toledo. What was started as “Type House” by Norb Metzger in 1976, a small business in Toledo has now grown to a multi-generational, award winning, full service printing company.
Owner: Qin Bin Chen
Location: 3324 Secor Rd., Toledo, OH 43606
Kira Japanese Steakhouse is a family owned restaurant that recently expanded into the Toledo Region. The restaurant serves a wide array of Hibachi & Japanese Sushi.
Contributors: Ed Beczynski and Emily Dammeyer
National Small Business Week Feature
Ed Beczynski is a leading restaurateur in the Toledo Region. You may know him as the owner of The Blarney Irish Pub in downtown Toledo. Native to Toledo, Ed graduated from Bowsher High School in 1980 and served in the United States Air Force from 1980-1985. He lived many places, but ultimately chose Toledo as he and his family’s permanent home.
By: Greg Guzman, Central City Ministry of Toledo
The Central City Ministry of Toledo (CCMT) is Diocesan-wide ministry of the Diocese of Toledo. CCMT is comprised of the oldest, and only remaining, inner-city K-8 Catholic Schools in Toledo. CCMT Schools include Rosary Cathedral Catholic School and Queen of Apostles Catholic School.
Kelly Services, headquartered in Troy, MI, is a global, single-source workforce solutions provider, helping businesses of all sizes align talent and workforce options with business objectives. Located on Sylvania Avenue in Toledo, the company is led locally by Robert Hull.
EPIC Toledo Celebrates 10 Years
By: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
On April 7, in the heart of downtown Toledo, EPIC members, community and business leaders came together at One Lake Erie Center to celebrate EPIC Toledo’s tenth anniversary at the annual EPIC Toledo Birthday Bash. Nearly 500 young professionals attended the event and enjoyed a surprise menu from Murray’s On-the-Go, a new downtown business that revealed their concept during the VIP Pre-Party, presented by Yark Automotive Group.