Veteran entrepreneurial program
Veterans and active members of the military, Guard, Reserve and their families can discover how they can start or expand a small business at a free seminar March 30 from 8 to 11:45 a.m. at Owens Community College’s Arrowhead Learning Center, located at 1724 Indian Woods Circle, Maumee.
The “Growing Opportunities for Veterans & Aspiring Entrepreneurs” seminar, part of a series of veteran-focused small business events throughout Northern Ohio, is being presented by the Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The seminar will cover various topics, including veteran-focused certifications available, federal and state government contracting, and business financing.
Attendees will have the chance to meet with national, state and local representatives and ask them questions about business-specific services and resources available through their organizations. Among the organizations expected in attendance include the U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers of Ohio, SCORE, the Office of the Ohio Treasurer, VetBizOhio, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Ohio, Minority Business Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce, Owens Community College, Veterans Service Commission and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.vetbizohio.org. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
Waite 50th reunion
The Waite High School class of 1962 will hold a 50-year reunion Sept. 14 and 15 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.
For more information, call Rosemary at 419-215-4733 or Bob at 419-878-3540.
Job fair planned
Area college students and graduates are invited to learn about employment opportunities available throughout the region as Owens Community College serves as host to the Collegiate Employ-Net Regional Job Fair March 30.
The event, presented by Collegiate Employ-Net, a consortium of 18 colleges and universities in Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center. Admission is free.
Attendees are required to wear professional attire and to bring copies of their résumé’s. Throughout the event, individuals can meet with more than 90 business and industry representatives about employment opportunities. In addition, attendees will be able to fill out applications for various employment opportunities.
Employers scheduled to attend include Advance Staffing Solutions, Auto-Owners Insurance Co., Cedar Point, Cummins Bridgeway LLC, HCR ManorCare, Healing Arts Institute, Otterbein Portage Valley, Penske Truck Leasing, Piping Industry Training Center, Quicken Loans, Sherwin-Williams Co., The Home Depot, Ohio Highway Patrol, Toledo Zoo, Transportation Research Center Inc., Verizon Wireless and Wood Lane Residential Services Inc., among many others.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7715.
Purple & Gold Dinner
This year, Morrison R. Waite High School is celebrating its 98th year educating East Toledo students. As part of the celebration, five Waite graduates will be honored and inducted as Distinguished Alumni at the 48th Annual Purple and Gold Dinner, set for April 21 at St. Michael Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
This year’s honorees include Dennis Doyle (`75), in the field of Health Care Administration and Military Service; Lawrence Morgan (`45), in the field of Education and Community Service, awarded posthumously; Gary Reddish (`72), in the field of Business and Community Service; Daniel Saunders (`53), in the field of Dentistry and Community Service; Deborah Yenrick (`69), in the field of Education and Community Service.
The Purple and Gold Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The induction and fellowship will be held from 9 to 11 p.m. A $40 per person reservation is requested. For reservations, to make donations or for more information, call Waite Principal David Yenrick at 419-671-7000.
Distinguished alumni nominees
The Maumee High School Alumni Association is accepting nominations for their 2012 Distinguished Maumee High School Alumnus Award.
The award recognizes who have made significant and noteworthy achievements in their chosen careers and/or have served as benefactors to the community. A maximum of four winners will be named for 2012.
MHS alumni, members of a nominee’s family, or any other individual who has knowledge of nominee’s accomplishments, can make nominations. Nomination forms can be found at www.maumee.k12.or.us/alumni.
Nominations are due no later than April 15. Winners will be notified by May 15, with the induction ceremony to be held Sept. 14.
Small Business Basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour “Small Business Basics,” seminars designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
The program will address the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
The April schedule includes:
• April 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation conference room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor;
• April 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College, Building B, Room 101, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra toll-free at 800-826-2431 or email
Prom dress drive
The Prom Dress Drive sponsored by Owens Community College’s Raising Awareness Club continues through March 31.
Owens students are accepting gently used prom items, including dresses, shoes, purses, gloves and jewelry. On April 9, the club will host a Prom Dress Extravaganza for high school students and their families. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase prom dresses and accessories for minimal cost ranging from $5 to 20 for dresses and 50 cents to $5 for accessories. Shopping mentors will be on hand to assist individuals in their shopping experience. Owens students will provide prom dress alterations free of charge during the event.
The Prom Dress Extravaganza will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center gymnasium.
Prom donations can be dropped off in the Office of Student Activities Room 165 at the College’s Student Health and Activities Center.
Any items not claimed during the Prom Dress Extravaganza will be donated to Camp Courageous near Whitehouse. All proceeds raised from the prom dress initiative will be used to benefit future community outreach activities for the Raising Awareness Club.
For more information or to make a donation, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.
Lake Local Schools will hold kindergarten screening April 12 and 13.
To be eligible to start kindergarten in the fall, a child must be a resident of the district and be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1.
Screenings sessions will be held both days at 8 and 10 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m. To schedule a time, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/kdgregistration. Those without Internet access may call Mrs. Perry at 419-661-6520 to request a registration form.
Pre-registration is required. Sessions are limited to 10 children. Parents/guardians should bring the child’s birth certificate, current proof of residency, Social Security card and custody papers, if applicable, to the screening appointment.
Nominations will be accepted through April 15 for C.A.R.E. Awards or Claire’s Award for Reading Excellence.
Any teacher, reading specialist or principal may nominate a student who has worked hard and shown significant improvement in reading skills. Nomination forms are available online at www.clairesday.org. The awards will be presented at the 11th Annual Claire’s Day event May 19 on the campus of the Maumee Branch Library.
Julie and Brad Rubini created Claire’s Day, the largest children’s reading festival in Northwest Ohio, and established C.A.R.E. Awards in honor of their daughter, Claire Lynsey Rubini, an avid reader who died of a misdiagnosed heart condition in July 2000 at age 10. Last year, 313 new students received C.A.R.E Awards and for many it was the first time to receive recognition for an academic achievement.
In addition to being formally recognized at Claire’s Day, award recipients will receive a certificate and a book that is written and or illustrated by a participating Claire’s Day author or illustrator.
One child from each class in each grade level may be nominated for the award. There is no cost to nominate a student and the festival is free.
Time Warner offers scholarships
Time Warner Cable Mid-Ohio is offering six, $2,000 scholarships to qualifying high-school graduates who intend to major in a field related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Candidates must be a graduating high-school senior with at least a 3.5 grade point average whose parent is a customer of Time Warner Cable Mid-Ohio, which includes Northwest, Central and Southeast Ohio. Candidates must plan to attend a two- or four-year accredited college or university.
Recipients will be chosen on the basis of the following selection criteria and weighted as follows: community service (40 percent), financial need (40 percent), and academics (20 percent). Once winners are selected, scholarship awards will be paid directly to the recipient’s school of choice. These funds may be used to support any educational expenses. Scholarships are non-renewable.
Applicants must apply by June 1 at www.columbusfoundation.org by clicking the ScholarLink tab at the bottom of the homepage.
For more information on the scholarships, visit www.columbusfoundation.org.