The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) will host a seminar for entrepreneurs and small business owners Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK), located at 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582) in Bowling Green.
Anneliese Grytafey, manager of the new Toledo office of the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), will be speaking on the institute’s small business loan program. She will provide information on how to qualify for financing, ECDI’s mission, and their new Northwest Ohio office. Based in Columbus, ECDI has assisted more than 2,000 business owners and has created approximately 4,000 jobs.
The cost $25/person or $40/two guests, payable by cash or check at the door, which includes networking opportunities and light refreshments.
Orders are being accepted through Sept. 27 for the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2013 Fish Sale.
Fish, which are supplied by Fender’s Fish Hatchery, Baltic, will be distributed Oct. 3.
Fish available include bluegill, channel catfish, fathead minnows, largemouth bass, yellow perch, redear sunfish and white amur. White amur, more commonly known as “grass carp” are members of the minnow family reported to attain weights in excess of 100 pounds and to live up to 15 years. They bear little resemblance to the common carp. Although cultured in Asia as a source of food, the sterile white amur is primarily used in the U.S. to control aquatic vegetation. Leafy, rooted aquatic plants, such as pondweed and coontail, are the preferred food of these fish. Lacking these, they will consume floating duckweed, green algae and even cattails.
All fish must be pre-ordered and pre-paid. To receive an order form, call 419-898-1595, visit the office at 240 W. Lake St., Oak Harbor, or visit www.ottawaswcd.com.
Labor camp grants
Owners/operators of existing or new agricultural labor camps throughout Ohio can access funds now to assist them with improving their farm workers’ living quarters.
Funds are available through WSOS CAC; the program is made possible by a grant from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS) to the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA), which contracted with WSOS to administer the funds.
Farmers have until Sept. 30 to apply for the funds with an anticipated award date of Oct. 15. The construction must be completed by May 31, 2014.
The funds may be used for any of the following projects – construction, rehabilitation or demolition of migrant farm workers’ housing units; water supply (e.g. wells, connector to public system, distribution); all costs associated with construction/rehabilitation of common restroom facilities; gas and electric supply; site improvements (e.g. drainage); roads, bridges, and parking areas; and planning, architectural, engineering, surveying, permits, or testing costs related to an eligible activity.
The maximum grant amount is no more than $25,000 per camp annually, with a minimum grant amount of $5,000. In addition, the program requires a dollar-for-dollar match, which cannot be in-kind contributions. The applicant’s match can be in the form of cash or commitments from lending institutions/processors.
More information and applications are available by calling Cindy Brookes at 419-334-5016, or by visiting www.wsos.org.