Have you ever made a mistake as a small business owner? If it’s any consolation, you’re definitely not alone. The 12 mistakes below are so common that virtually every entrepreneur has made at least one of them.
By: Brian Dicken, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
On July 10, the 180th Fighter Wing officially broke ground on two new facilities that will enhance their ability to carry out its mission. Those facilities include new hangers to support the federal aerospace control alert (ACA) and the deployment processing facility. Both of these projects have been supported by the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce through our advocacy efforts with state and federal officials.
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Connecting Connections and more was established in the Toledo Region in February 2019 by Brian J. Roush. “We bring the network/connection to you,” he said when asked to describe the business. “Some refer us as a hybrid of a BNI, LinkedIn, and the Chamber. We focus on making solid quality relationships.”
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By: Brian Dicken, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
At its regular meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on July 9, Toledo City Council is expected to vote on Ordinance 328-19 which would approve spending $400,000 for Phase 2 of the repair and reconstruction of Levis Square park downtown. The funding was previously appropriated as part of the 2019 Capital Improvement Program budget and will be used for professional design services and improvements to infrastructure, landscape, and park elements that are past their useful design life.
Welcome to the following new members who joined the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce in June:
By: Tim Schneider, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Due to the recent power outages in downtown, Toledo City Council has rescheduled its regular meeting for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Council is expected to vote on two ordinances related to the Division of Building Inspection. Ordinance 306-19 would amend Toledo building code to allow for the renewal of contractor licenses up to a year following expiration at the end of the calendar year. The change would include a $50 fee if a license is renewed after being expired for a month. Ordinance 307-19 would approve $65,000 for improvements to the Division’s office lobby on the 16th floor of One Government Center to improve customer service. The project was included in the city’s 2019 Capital Improvement Program budget previously approved by Council.
By: Riley Steinbock & Jewel White, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Exporting is a phenomenon that is not necessarily new, but one that continues to evolve and become a crucial part of many successful businesses. Since 70% of the world’s purchasing power and 96% of consumers are outside of the United States, it makes sense that exporting can provide numerous opportunities for business. The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with the Small Business Development Center, RGP of Northwest Ohio, UPS, and the University of Toledo’s College of Business and Innovation created the program Export Success which is designed to help members of the business community enter international markets by giving them tools on how to efficiently export their products. Export Success is a 10-session course that provides participants with informational sessions all about exporting by business mentors who have already successfully established an international presence.
By: Riley Steinbock, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Intern
Summer in the City presented by Dana Incorporated and Owens Corning kicked off a few weeks ago with a party at Holy Toledo! to watch the world famous Toledo Mud Hens. Our kickoff was a huge success with one of the best turnouts in the history of the program, with just over 180 interns in attendance for the game.
By: Jocelyn Liberatore, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Whether you are new to the Chamber or have been a long-term member, you probably have seen our staff engaged in workforce development. From Career Tour to the annual Morning Access: Education & Workforce Breakfast, we’ve been working hard knowing that the most prosperous communities are those developing comprehensive and collaborative strategies to address talent development, re-engagement, retention, and recruitment.
At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the Chamber launched the Toledo Region Academic & Industry Network, or TRAIN. As a re-branded approach to Career Tour, TRAIN is a tool for educators and employers looking to connect with each other to provide career exploration experiences to students and student influencers (teachers, counselors) through a streamlined application and matchmaking process. When we launched TRAIN, we knew from our past efforts that there was a great need for the region to strategically develop, attract, and replenish our talent pool. We also knew that many schools and other organizations have identified this need and have been busy bringing together key players in the region to address these challenges.
A New Position and a Great Beginning- Congrats Jocelyn...the Chamber's New Workforce Initiatives Manager!
By: Jewel White, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Intern
With the month of June in full swing the Chamber of Commerce has been experiencing an abundance of exciting events. From the kick-off of “Summer in the City” to the addition of new members to the Chamber, there is never a dull moment. However, we’d like to take the time to congratulate one of our own, Jocelyn Liberatore, who has been at the Chamber for 3 years, has been promoted to the newly created position of Workforce Initiatives Manager!