By: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
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.
Updates from the June Focus on Business Lunch
Colonel Craig A. Baker, Commander, Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing, was the headline speaker at our June Focus on Business Lunch. Preceded by short presentations from the Regional Growth Partnership, the Toledo Small Business Development Center, and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, attendees received a complete briefing on the economic progress of the Toledo Region, from microlending to foreign investment and defense. The event was hosted in the beautiful GlasSalon at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.
By: Tim Saddoris, InfoStream Solutions
Online marketing extends far beyond your website or social media presence. A set it and forget it approach isn't enough to compete for customers anymore, even if you’re just looking for your share of the local scene.
You don’t have to contract with a major marketing firm to improve your online brand, although that wouldn’t hurt. Even small companies with limited teams can improve their reach online and generate more leads
In a world where the “Fight for Fifteen,” misclassification lawsuits, and collective action litigation are all landing on HR Professionals’ desks daily, it is imperative that the business community keep up with the current wage and hour issues. The final exemption rules were recently issued and beginning December 1, 2016, employees and employers will see some major changes in classifications and wage & hour rules. To help alleviate confusion and offer clear guidelines for our members, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a learning opportunity with local firm Eastman & Smith.
Jim Yates, attorney at Eastman and Smith, spent the morning with Chamber members, educating them on the changes to come. His presentation, titled “Final Exemption Rules Issued: Now What?” briefly covered information on legislation that voters will likely see on upcoming ballots (IE: minimum wage increases), but mainly focused on the exemption rules that will be enforced come December.
Toledo SBDC Export Assistance Network Hosts 50
“Colleen put together a great group of knowledgeable speakers with topics and discussions on real-world exporting and compliance issues I could relate to.” – Lori Schmitt, Bard Manufacturing Company, Inc.
By: Colleen Kardasz, Director, Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network
For businesses who export there are two topics among the many considerations that generally get the most attention: money and logistics. What will this cost me? How am I going to get paid? How am I getting my product there? Intrinsically tied to those two topics though is the area of compliance. It’s not a given that having a product that a foreign buyer wants means you can get the product to that person or country. There are rules and regulations for exporting that must be followed, but there are also best practices that can make sure your company not only makes the international sale, but that you actually make money from the exchange.
The Toledo SBDC Export Assistance Network recently hosted 50 professionals at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce for a 2-day Logistics and Compliance Conference.
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Your furry friends are in for a treat! Three Dog Bakery is a gourmet bakery of all natural treats, cakes and pastries for dogs.
EPIC members enjoyed generous hospitality and beautiful views at the Sylvania Country Club. Socials are an opportunity for our members to connect with one another, while enjoying a local attraction. Additionally, Socials are a great time for potential members to learn more about EPIC. View the photo gallery below. Our July Social will be a boat cruise hosted on the Sandpiper. It will be a sell-out event so register early: http://www.epictoledo.com/epic-events/.