LIMA — Is it possible to do big things in Lima? That was the subject of a new business conference, Dream On: Lima, held at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Thursday.
The conference, organized by the Wapakoneta nonprofit Dream On, aimed to persuade Lima’s business community and rising entrepreneurs that it isn’t necessary to leave Lima to build a business or achieve big things.
“The key goal for us going into this was that people would begin to have that mindset shift that they can dream right where they’re at in this region of the state, in Lima, Ohio,” said Benjamin Swartz, co-founder of Dream On, an Evangelical mission organization and production company.
The conference drew national speakers such as talk radio host and author Ken Coleman, as well local business figures and entrepreneurs, such as Tom Burden, Bob Hager, Eric Weichert, Ben and Sara Anderson and Jessika Phillips.
While speakers shared tips on succession planning, marketing, team building and even psychology, the theme of the day was finding inspiration and hope to pursue big things in Lima.
The conference ended with a motivational story from Jason Duff, an entrepreneur and real estate developer in central Ohio, who helped engineer a small town revival in his home Logan County.
About 100 area business leaders and students attended.
“They’re the influencers … if you can affect them first, it trickles down to everyone else,” Swartz said. “That’s why we went straight for a live leadership event because we wanted to sow into them. We wanted them to pursue their dreams so that the entire community could be affected in a quicker fashion.”
Swartz said Dream On plans to hold similar leadership conferences in the future, with plans already in the works for another Dream On: Lima conference next year. Profits from Thursday’s event will be shared with the nonprofit arm of Dream On, which funds missionary work in Honduras and other Central American countries.
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