As Manager for Local Government Advocacy, Tim Schneider advocates for local policies and laws that safeguard and foster a pro-business environment in the Toledo Region. Tim has more than 10 years of legislative and public policy experience with the local, state and federal levels of government.
An ordinance has been introduced in Toledo City Council by At-Large Councilwoman Katie Moline which would create a Veteran-Friendly Business Enterprise (VFBE) certification to support city contract opportunities for these businesses. Under the ordinance, if a business is currently certified by the State of Ohio as a VFBE, full reciprocity would be granted to that business to be certified as a VFBE by the city. If a business is not currently certified by the state as a VFBE, it may become certified by the city upon meeting the same requirements established by the state. This legislation is being introduced during the month of May which is National Military Appreciation Month.
The ordinance is strongly supported by the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce as it would help to recognize the many contributions of veterans and veteran businesses in Toledo. According to the U.S. Census, there are more than 13,000 veterans residing in the City of Toledo and more than 1,400 veteran-owned businesses located in the city. Veterans and veteran businesses have an even broader impact on the economy of our region which is also home to nearly a dozen military units. Toledo would be one of the first cities in the state to create such a program and the Chamber encourages swift passage in support of our veterans and veteran businesses.