Classes offered for business people

First Posted: 2/22/2015

CELINA — Wright State University’s Lake Campus is hosting several non-credit classes for business people in the area.

The campus’s Business Enterprise Center “wants to help your company improve productivity and your bottom line,” according to a release from the center.

Upcoming classes include “Starting Right,” a pre-business seminar; “Quickbooks,” on recording, tracking and managing money; and “Communication for Supervisors and Managers,” on communicating with employees.

“Starting Right” takes place on March 12 and April 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 127 Trenary Hall. Cost is $35 per business.

“Quickbooks” takes place on March 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. in 194 Dwyer Hall. Cost is $125 per person. Class includes a certificate.

“Communication for Supervisors and Managers” will be hosted on Tuesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. in 192 Dwyer Hall. Cost is $65 per person.

Those interested must pre-register by contacting Rachel at (419) 586-0355, 1-800-237-1477 x 355 or by e-mail to

Home automation technology available locally

LIMA — Home automation technology is now available locally through AT&T.

Findlay, Fostoria, Lima and Tiffin now have the infrastructure to support Digital Life technology, which works with smart phone apps to “make customers’ lives easier by simplifying the management of their home,” according to a release from AT&T.

“Digital Life offers security, convenience and peace of mind, in a customizable and easy-to-use experience,” according to the release.

Organization recognizes women in construction

LIMA — A local organization is working to show that women are a “visible component of the construction industry.”

The National Association of Women in Construction is celebrating Women in Construction Week this week, from March 1 to 7, according to a release from the organization.

The week offers NAWIC a chance to increase awareness of the opportunities “for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry,” according to the release.

“While there are more than 1 million women employed in the construction industry, women only comprise approximately 10 percent of the construction workforce. These women, whether they are administrative specialists, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people or professionals, are vital elements to the construction process,” according to a statement from Sandy Field, National NAWIC President.

The Lima Ohio Area NAWIC Chapter No. 374 is hosting a safety awareness workshop at Bowling Green State University on March 5.

More new businesses filing, fewer requests rejected

COLUMBUS — About 4,000 more new businesses filed in Ohio in 2014 than in 2013.

Secretary of State Jon Husted released information about 2014 business filings in February, showing that 2014 was the fifth consecutive year of record new business filings, according to a release from his office.

Last year was also a better year for new business filings than the year before, with 93,775 new businesses filing in 2014 and 89,735 filing in 2013.

Husted “hopes this positive trend will continue in the years ahead,” according to the release.

In January of this year, 7,505 new entities filed to do business in Ohio.

New filings are up, and business submission rejections are down.

Approval of filings has increased since Husted’s office simplified its forms to make them more user-friendly, according to the release.

Rejection rates have dropped 6.6 percent over the past three years, the release states, down from 19.3 percent in January 2012 to 12.7 percent in January 2015.

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