By: Colleen Kardasz, Director, email@example.comOhio SBDC Export Assistance Network
Whether you’ve only heard the term Brexit from Twitter, or late-night comedy shows, or if your company trades heavily across Europe, it has been difficult to avoid the Brexit debate and analysis as the world tries to understand the long-standing consequences to the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. Whether this decision is a long-anticipated response to changing world politics or a foreshadowing of future changes, the market fluctuations alone make Brexit an important issue for companies around the world who do or will export to Europe. With the announcement that a new Prime Minister, Theresa May, will be in place this week, the world is wondering how quickly other changes could occur. The number of issues that must be resolved if and when the UK actually exits the European Union is staggering, and the list will surely grow as time goes on. Given that it’s been only a few weeks since the historic vote happened, the answer to most questions surrounding Brexit is, we don’t know.
Tom Keller, founder of Keller Trucking, began his lifelong career in the logistics industry as a young boy delivering watermelons to neighboring states from the family farm. In 1978, with more experience under his belt, he refused to be brought down by the recession and took advantage of an opportunity to grow his company in Defiance, Ohio. While in Defiance, OH Tom was able to recruit his nephew and Godson, Bryan Keller, to help out during the summer months. One thing led to another and Bryan is now the CEO of Keller Logistics Group. Over time, Keller Trucking has diversified to meet local needs and is called the Keller Logistics Group, which includes trucking, warehousing and distribution, freight solutions and packaging services. In addition to logistics, Keller has developed an outreach program that specifically assists local veterans and donates resources to a number of non-profits across the world. They just opened their newest location in June and we are excited to welcome them to the Chamber community!
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.
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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.