Group seeks input for retention of Oregon businesses
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation is launching a business retention and expansion program to evaluate the local business climate and assist businesses with expansion.
Lindsay Myers, executive director, states nearly 300 businesses in the Navarre Avenue corridor will be surveyed in the first phase.
“Our goal is to increase and open up the lines of communication between businesses, city government staff and local development officials,” Myers stated. “Existing businesses create up to 80 percent of all new jobs in a community, so it’s important to examine the needs of those companies already committed to Oregon.”
A task force of community leaders has been working since April to develop the survey. The group, with representatives from diverse segments of the economy including business, government, education and health care, has identified the Navarre Avenue corridor as the target focus area. Navarre Avenue and its ancillary streets, including Coy, Dustin, Lallendorf, Stadium, Wynn and Wheeling, house most of the medium to small business establishments that will be targeted.
After the survey data has been tabulated, the task force will examine the results and look for ways to assist businesses in Oregon with operations and potential expansion plans. Businesses are encouraged to complete and return the survey by July 1.
“In the short term, we’ll be identifying immediate concerns and looking at community services that need improvement,” Myers said. “Ultimately we want to address such complex issues as the skills of the local workforce and the competitiveness of local businesses.”
The foundation is being assisted by Ohio State University Extension in Lucas County and the Ohio Sea Grant College.
All Oregon business are invited to fill out the survey. You can do so by going to www.oregon.ohio.com, and clicking on business sector survey.
On the boards
GenoaBank has appointed Steven Irwin to its board of directors.
Irwin is a CPA with the firm of Rayner Foos Kruse & Irwin.
Irwin graduated from the University of Toledo. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Credential through the AICPA. He is the treasurer of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation and volunteers at St. John's Jesuit High School.
At the clubs
The Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a $250 cash prize each for the winning village motto and village logo.
The chamber is looking for something that “reflects the image of the village and evokes a feeling of hometown pride and family values.”
All submissions must be original and created solely by the contestant. Trade marked or copyrighted characters will not be accepted. Anyone under age 18 may enter, but entry form must have a parent or guardian’s signature.
Deadline is September 30.
Official entry forms are available at www.genoaohio.org or www.genoachamber.com. You can also pick up a form at the village offices, across from the Genoa Town Hall or at participating merchants.
Up the ladder
Hollywood Casino, East Toledo, has named Erica O’Donnell director of finance. She has has been with the casino since 2012 and was previously the property’s senior financial leader.
O’Donnell has previously worked as the financial controller for the Toledo Science Center and is an alumna of Bowling Green State University, where she earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Accounting.
The East Toledo/Oregon Kiwanis will host its 15th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing Friday, August 1 at Eagles Landing Golf Course. There will be a Noon shotgun start. Call John Eisenhart for info at 419-346-0231.