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Many businesses and organizations started right here in the Lima region, with the goal of making an impact in the region.

This year’s Celebrating Our Spirit looks at those trailblazers.

Hesseling: Family and Veteran owned business


LIMA — A business that began in a small garage has transformed into a brick and mortar and much more.

Four generations of satisfaction for Keystone Brand Meats


LIMA — The torch has been passed from generation to generation to generation. The industry has evolved, as business enterprises are prone to do. But the keystone principals upon which an Allen County agri-business was founded 60 years ago remain firmly in place.

Metroparks offer needed oasis


LIMA — While there are few positives to be gleaned from the coronavirus pandemic that engulfed the United States in 2020, Tyler Black may have found one silver lining. During that year, a record number of people visited the locations that make up the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District.

Our Daily Bread serves meals and hope


LIMA — Our Daily Bread is a soup kitchen that focuses on sharing food and the gospel. The organization began more than 20 years ago and still provides meals five days a week to community members.

Outskirts brewery runs strong into 2024


LIMA — Outskirts Brew Co. and Dive came to Lima as Vino Bellissimo, a wine shop, in 2009.

Party Palace helps empower


LIMA — A local company empowers young women at an early age through a spa day.

Lima Rescue Mission provides lodging and hope


LIMA — For nearly 120 years, the Lima Rescue Mission has provided comfort to men who have fallen on hard times, either due to short-term circumstances or through a lifelong series of poor decisions.

Shirley’s brings local flavor to retail popcorn


BLUFFTON — It all started with a small-town movie theater and a smile.

Organization seeks investment in south Lima


LIMA — Sheri Gary grew up in the south side of Lima before moving away from Lima for 18 years. She was saddened upon moving back to her old neighborhood to find that there was no perceived development or investment.

Superior celebrates 70 years in business


LIMA — Superior Credit Union has 24 offices from Toledo to Cincinnati.