Lima businesses collaborate at expo

LIMA — Running a business has often been seen through the lens of competition as each business competes for customers, but on Saturday, Lima businesses focused on cooperation and collaboration.

The city of Lima hosted its first Business to Business expo on Saturday morning. Fifteen companies, including Harrison Latham and VideoBranch, were present as vendors to provide resources to other organizations.

“We make work happier,” Harrison Latham CEO Aimee Bucher said. “We work with organizations to increase employee happiness. We do leadership development training, communication training, and diversity, equity and inclusion programs. We facilitate visioning retreats and provide executive and leadership coaching.”

The goal of Bucher’s company is to help provide workplace happiness.

“We do keynote speaking,” Bucher said. “I deliver workshops with clients every month doing whatever training they need. They tell me their goals, I set a strategy and we deliver what they need to make it happen.”

VideoBranch helps other companies with their marketing needs.

“We make videos for businesses,” Production Manager Jaina Lunsford said. “We support marketers for any sort of video they may need. We are here to just meet other local businesses and make more connections to try and help them grow.”

“This expo targets businesses who provide services and products to other businesses,” Workforce and Small Business Development Coordinator Amber Martin said. “We are looking to promote growth. We also provide businesses the opportunities to sell to their client directly.”

The city of Lima is also working to prepare the next generation for the workforce. The GenNext Youth Employment Program will begin in the summer.

“We are currently matching our youth with employment opportunities this summer,” Marin said. “We do still have the employer wage stipend. We are also still looking for employees. We also have the GenNext 911 program on June 9 and June 10. Juniors and seniors in high school will spend one day with [the Lima Police Department] and one day with the fire department.”

Martin also said the city is a resource for small businesses.

“We do have programs and supports including some grant and loan opportunities at the city,” Martin said.

For more information on these programs, call 419-223-7281.

Reach Precious Grundy at 567-242-0351.