Biz Beat: Courtyard Lima offers ‘Breakfast for a Buck’

By John Bush - [email protected]

LIMA — Courtyard Lima, located on Greely Chapel Road near Interstate 75, is offering guests a $1 per day breakfast option at the hotel’s Bistro Restaurant.

“We’d like our most important guests to enjoy the most important meal of the day for only one dollar for one guest,” a press release from Courtyard stated.

Guests have three breakfast options: “quick start,” which consists of oatmeal and a banana; “sunrise breakfast sandwich,” which includes bacon, egg and cheddar on an artisan roll; and “fresh and fast,” a meal of assorted breakfast cereals and a granola yogurt parfait. Each breakfast option comes with your choice of orange juice or Starbucks coffee.

Reserve a “Breakfast for a Buck” package by calling 419-222-9000.

Ottawa First Fridays kicks off in June

OTTAWA — Ottawa First Fridays, a community event featuring activities and specials at local businesses, kicks off June 3 and will run through September.

On the first Friday of each month, Ottawa businesses and restaurants will have free family activities, demonstrations, crafters, business displays, music and food. The events run from 4 to 7 p.m. in downtown Ottawa.

The season kicks off with the 4th annual Touch-a-Truck event, as well as other activities. Other events will take place July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2.

Hirzel Canning receives national award

OTTAWA — The Hirzel Canning warehouse in Ottawa, built by Rudolph Libbe Inc., has received a national award from Varco Pruden, a metal and steel building company.

Rudolph Libbe received a total of two Varco Pruden 2016 Hall of Fame awards, one for Hirzel Canning and the other for Allermuir-Senator Group of Lucas County.

Varco Pruden Buildings’ Hall of Fame recognizes top projects that display innovation and excellence through the integration of Varco Pruden building systems, products, architectural appearance, end use and design.

Hirzel Canning was one of only three projects recognized in the Distribution Category. The 87,500-square-foot warehouse is designed to support the installation of roof-mounted solar panels in the future. Twenty-six Varco Pruden PrisMAX roof skylights, 2-feet wide by 10-feet long, maximize natural light.

ODSA seeks partners to help small businesses

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Development Services Agency is seeking partners to help develop and grow Ohio small businesses and entrepreneurs through the Small Business Development Centers Program. This program supports small businesses by offering free counseling, workshops and trainings focused on creating jobs, increasing sales and gaining access to capital.

In order to maintain the highest quality services for Ohio small businesses, DSA will be conducting an open competition to select the Ohio SBDC regional partners. Non-profit organizations, economic development organizations and educational institutions with strong experience in business and economic development will be eligible for the program.

The request for proposals is open now until June 10, with awards planned for July 6. To apply, visit

AEP requesting information for wind energy projects

GAHANNA — AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, is requesting information from companies that have an interest in participating in a future AEP Ohio Request for Proposals for obtaining Wind Energy Resources through long-term power purchase agreements.

The information requests are due June 22. More information is available at

Husted releases business filing figures for April

COLUMBUS — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that 9,306 new entities filed to do business in Ohio during April 2016. This is an increase over April 2015 when 8,893 entities were formed.

Last month, Husted announced that March 2016 set a new record for the number of businesses filed in a single month. More than 3,000 more entities have filed to do business in Ohio in 2016 than at the same point in 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, Ohio saw a 21.8 percent increase in new business filings. However, filing as a business in Ohio does not guarantee the company will begin operations, be profitable or create jobs.

Husted launched Ohio Business Central in 2013, allowing new businesses to be formed online in Ohio. Today, all Ohio-based businesses can be formed online and more than half of all businesses are started via the Secretary of State’s website.

By John Bush

[email protected]

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima

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