Biz Beat: Development partners to market Lima and Allen County with video website

March 2, 2013

LIMA —The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, Allen Economic Development Group and Lima-Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up on a community website that will promote the area through video testimonies, mobile apps and interactive map.

The site will be directed at visitors, new residents and new or relocating businesses.

The group is working with Faces and Places, which has experience with chambers and visitor bureaus across the United States. By promoting the community through video, the chamber, development group and visitors bureau hope to drive new economic opportunity in the region, attract talented people to the workforce and increase local tourism by marketing assets.

The introduction video can be seen at

Regional Growth project manager to speak

OTTAWA — John Recker, program manager for Regional Growth Partnership, will speak at the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce’s meeting at noon Tuesday at The Red Pig Inn.

Recker, of Ottawa, serves as a regional liaison for RGP, which is based in Toledo and JobsOhio’s point agency and partner for economic development in Northwest Ohio. RGP is a nonprofit development corporation dedicated to fostering local, national and international economic growth for Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

Also happening at the Ottawa chamber, several businesses are being featured this weekend on WBGU’s “Scenic Stops.”

Stowe’s Art Shop & Museum, the Cavern Club Winery, the Schroeder Center for the Arts and the Blanchard River Art Guild will be featured on the show that was broadcast originally Feb. 28 and is being rebroadcast multiple times this weekend.

Rhodes State sponsoring business plan contest

LIMA — The Management/Marketing Program and Small Business Development Center at Rhodes State College are sponsoring a business plan competition for Rhodes State students and local businesses. The two college areas have joined efforts to create entrepreneurship awareness in the classroom and aim to create an entrepreneurial spirit on campus.

Students formed teams of four and will compete for a first-place $600 scholarship, and the second-place team wins $400 for two semesters. The student teams will pitch their products during a live global trading day via the Internet.

Rhodes State is a global partner of the Institute for Virtual Enterprise. The institute, based at City University of New York, is built on experiential learning that gives students the opportunity for activity-based learning in simulated global business environments via the Internet. Colleges and universities from 20 countries are actively simulating businesses, and Rhodes State is the only Ohio college or university participating.

SBDC clients who work with the SBDC staff in completion and execution of a business plan can compete for up to $2,000 for equipment or tangible assets with a maximum grant of $3,000 awarded. The grant will require a dollar-for-dollar match from the applicant or other investors. The applicant must be an active pre-venture, start-up or an existing business completing a business plan through the SBDC to qualify.

To be considered, written business plans must be submitted by April 18 to SBDC; Rhodes State College; 4240 Campus Dr.,;Lima, OH 45804. Those interestedmay call Kathy Keller at 419-995-8184.

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