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We use a lot of acronyms around here. TRCC, EPIC, TRAIN, GEO...
Two of our favorites happen to be the SBDC and TASBA, the Small Business Development Center and the Toledo Area Small Business Association. That’s no secret, considering 82% of our members have 25 or fewer employees.
Sabrina D'Onofrio, CGBP, CBA
According to the Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio exports were valued at $54.3 billion in 2018 which was in increase of 8.4 percent. Ohio is ranked the 9th largest exporting state! The number of countries and territories that receive exports from Ohio are around 210! Goods that were exported from Ohio have supported a projected 249,000 jobs in 2016.
By: Tim Schneider, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
At its regular meeting at 4:00 p.m. on May 28, Toledo City Council is expected to refer Ordinance 248-19 regarding size definition for convenience stores to the Toledo Plan Commission for its review. The ordinance would classify food and beverage retail locations that occupy less than 11,000 square feet as convenience stores. Current zoning code classifies as convenience stores locations that occupy less than 5,000 square feet. The ordinance is aimed at expanding regulation to larger stores in the city that operate under a convenience store business model.
By: Riley Steinbock - Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Intern
Jewel, a native Cleveland resident, came to BGSU looking for a career that let her showcase her bubbly and charismatic personality. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communications with a minor study in Journalism last August (2018), and has since wasted no time, jumping right into getting her master’s degree in Media and Communications. She is expected to complete her master's degree this coming August (2019).
The driving force behind the communication focused career was rooted in a class she took in high school, with a communication professor who helped her find her passion. She has also found that she really wanted a career that let her engage and work with other people. She finds a great deal of value in building connections with the people she meets. When it comes to future career goals, Jewel’s five year goal is to be working possibly in a PR firm or in a broadcast news role. Her ideal job would be working in entertainment broadcasting, and E! News would definitely be her dream position.
This summer, Jewel will be joining the TRCC as one of the summer interns, and her main focus will be developing a diversity and inclusion strategy for the Chamber. She is so excited to get started with this opportunity and she is most looking forward to learning more about the Toledo area and what makes it “home” to so many people.
One final fun fact about Jewel is that she LOVES lemons! So much so that she eats them just like a regular orange.
We are so excited to have her with us this summer!
By: Jewel White, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Intern
As a self-professed “Directioner,” Riley Steinbock came into Bowling Green State University with the hopes of finding her niche in a major of her choice. Falling in love with the campus upon first glance, Riley decided that her college career would first take her into Apparel and Fashion Merchandising. Along the way Riley discovered that though the major had many benefits, it was her love of creativity and interpersonal skills that pushed her into a Bachelors of Event Management and Marketing.
Upon switching, Riley found that she could utilize her newfound abilities to reach her ultimate goal once finished with college: Opening her own business. Now that Riley is on her last leg at BGSU she has come to the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce with the hopes of adding to her already extensive resume. As the newest Communication and Events intern, Riley will be tasked with working directly with Chamber's many popular summer events, especially the Summer in the City program. Summer in the City, presented by Dana Incorporated and Owens Corning, is a unique experience for summer interns and co-ops to network and explore the Toledo Region.
Though she is our newest intern Riley knows a thing or two about the city. Hailing from Toledo Riley has hands on experience with the different events put on in the city. If you’re looking for a fun time in the area Riley recommends the Hensville district to all visitors of Toledo. While there stop on down and visit the many concerts put on by local bands or swing by a Mud Hens game if you’re feeling sporty. Regardless of what you do Riley is your go to person for any activities in the area.
The chamber is thrilled to have Riley on the team and can’t wait to kick off a summer of fun and adventure while she’s with us!
About the Company
Victoria Valle is President and Lead Listing Agent of Victoria’s Luxury Home Team – Danberry Realtors. She has been a Licensed Realtor since 1999 and employs four additional members on her team.
Victoria believes a team approach to selling a home benefits her clients. Each team member focuses on a specific area to get a customer's home sold quickly. A team member walks each client through every step of a transaction whether buying or selling a home. Professional photography, custom brochures, and aggressive social media marketing all contribute to the success of our team and our clients.
Victoria has been recognized as:
Last week, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural Talent Summit, the culmination of over 8 months of work geared toward developing a Talent Alignment Strategy for the Toledo Region*. The goal of this strategy is to ensure education and workforce development efforts are aligned with the needs of employers and to coordinate existing education and workforce development initiatives currently underway in the region.
By: Joan Browne Kose, The Ability Center Disability Dialog
Earlier this month, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its second event in the Chamber U: Diversity & Inclusion Series. Hosted at Lott Industries, a panel of three experts made the business case highlighting differing abilities in the workplace and showcased resources available to businesses looking to grow their workforce in a way that pays.
On April 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage-Hour Division proposed a new rule to update and clarify the Department’s interpretation of joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Department proposes to adopt a four-factor test assessing whether the potential joint employer: