By: Brian Dicken, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Ohio House of Representatives passed their version of a state budget last week. Changes are expected to be made to the bill in the Ohio Senate before the legislature presents a final budget bill to the Governor by June 30.
By: Tim Schneider, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
At its regular meeting at 4:00 p.m. today, Toledo City Council is expected to vote on Ordinance 236-19 which would approve accepting and spending $49 million in loan proceeds from the Ohio Water Development Authority for the Basins 1 through 4 improvement project at the Collins Park Water Treatment Facility. The work includes basin repairs and replacement of flocculation, sludge collection, and carbon dioxide feed equipment, in addition to new piping, flow metering, valves, structures and conduits. The project is part of a phased timeline of major improvements at the plant.
Did you know sector partnerships are a great best practice for addressing industry specific talent issues? They drive collaboration and engagement between industry representatives, educators, workforce development programs, and economic development organizations from around the region. This industry-led alliance works to address the common challenges and assist in communicating the priorities of a specific industry to key policy makers to ensure that changes are made in response to the industry needs.
In Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand* in Ohio. In-demand jobs are jobs that have a sustainable wage and a promising future based on the projected number of openings and growth. In-Demand Jobs Week, which occurs during the first full week in May, is an opportunity for students and job seekers to learn more about the rewarding and high-demand careers available locally. It’s also the perfect opportunity to talk about the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s TRAIN initiative.
For more than 50 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.* (source: www.sba.gov)
Here locally, over 80% of Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce members have 25 or fewer employees. And of those, almost three-quarters have fewer than 10. Many of them are thriving in the Toledo region today thanks to the assistance they received from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in their 25+ year history at the Toledo Chamber. From the exciting times, like starting-up or expanding, to the scary times when things are not going in the right direction, the SBDC provides confidential, cost-free consulting to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Starting next week, get to know these “magicians of mainstreet” at our Summer GEO Series where we will be highlighting TASBA (the Toledo Area Small Business Association) and the SBDC. This is your opportunity to meet the small business leaders who represent you and your interests at the Chamber as well as the SBDC staff who can help you grow your business, access capital or expand into foreign markets. Plus there will be plenty of opportunities to network with other businesses in your geographic (GEO) area.
We hope to see you at one of these upcoming GEO events. Click below for more information and to register to join us:
5.16.19 - Sylvania West/University Area GEO @ Shorty's True American Roadhouse
6.13.19 - Perrysburg/River East GEO @ Hollywood Casino, Toledo, H Lounge
6.18.19 - Maumee-Holland/South GEO @ Rayoka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
6.25.19 - Downtown/North GEO @ Toledo Museum of Art