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ADA — After participating in cybersecurity task forces and workshops in Congress, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, has learned the value of protection against cyber crime.

He’s hosting a cybersecurity seminar, in conjunction with the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Ohio Northern University’s James F. Dicke Hall, 525 S. Main St. To reserve a spot, contact Bethany Goodman at 202-225-6405 or email bethany.goodman@mail.house.gov.

The seminar is for business owners, government officials and individuals who are looking to learn more about cyber crime and ways to best protect themselves online. Cybersecurity affects anyone and everyone, from individuals to the government, and it poses serious threats to the nation’s infrastructure, particularly the economy. Small businesses are key contributors to the nation’s infrastructure, but are common targets to cyber crime.

“Cyber crimes pose a serious threat to businesses, large and small, as well as their employees and customers. The FBI estimates that there are more than 1 million victims of cyber crime every day,” Latta said. “It is important that individuals and business owners in northwest and west central Ohio are informed and prepared to protect themselves against cyber attacks.”

Succession planning workshop set

FINDLAY — The Findlay-Hancock County Alliance will host an informational session on succession planning from 7:30 to 9 a.m. June 5, at the alliance’s offices, 1700 Fostoria Ave.

The speaker will be Roger Bostdorff, president of B2B Sales Boost. Bostdorff and his programs have been a topic of discussion at West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium meetings and in individual meetings with some of the area’s businesses. This session is ideal for family businesses. To register, visit the website and follow instructions at http://findlayhancocked.com/mep/.

Old fridges wanted for contest

LIMA — AEP Ohio is joining forces with other utilities throughout the state to kick off Ohio’s Oldest Refrigerator Contest. The winner will receive more than $1,000 in prizes for recycling the state’s most ancient refrigerator.

AEP Ohio customers can to sign up to have their refrigerator or freezer recycled by calling 1-877-545-4112 or visiting AEPOhio.com/Rebates between May 1 and July 31. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order with an inside measurement between 10 and 30 cubic feet, the standard size for most units.

The customer with the oldest refrigerator recycled from AEP Ohio will win a $250 gift card and go on to represent the utility for the title of Ohio’s Oldest Refrigerator. Another $1,000 gift card will go to the winner with the oldest refrigerator in the state. The winner will be announced in August.

In addition to the contest, anyone who recycles a secondary refrigerator or freezer will earn the $50 incentive and can save up to $150 a year in energy costs. While the recycling program is available year-round, the contest for over $1,000 in prizes is limited to May 1 through July 31.

Husted highlights Lima business

LIMA — Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that as part of an ongoing effort to recognize the impact of Ohio businesses, May’s Ohio Business Profile will highlight businesses across Ohio that fall under the “Women-Owned” theme.

Companies profiled this month include Beery Insurance Services LLC, in Lima. The company helps small businesses and individuals search for quality and affordable health care.

“Women entrepreneurs have played a vital role in boosting Ohio’s economy,” Husted said. “Nearly a third of all businesses in the state are women-owned, making them an important part in creating job opportunities for Ohioans.”

According to a 2007 survey of business owners by the U.S. Census Bureau, Ohio is ranked eighth in the nation with nearly 250,000 women-owned businesses.

Launched in June 2011, Ohio Business Profile has helped raise awareness about companies registered and doing business in Ohio that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their local communities and employing Ohioans in the process.

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