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Rocket Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Regional Growth partnership, recently announced a $250,000 investment in a start-up Oregon medical device company.

Branam Oral Health Technologies also secured another $100,000 follow-up investment, according to a press release from the Regional Growth Partnership.

Branam develops and manufactures all-natural products to help prevent early childhood tooth decay and the development of proper jaw and tooth formation in children. The company will use this initial funding to secure distribution contracts and complete stability testing on it initial products expected to reach the marketplace this spring.

Mick Janness, Branam CEO, stated, “The RGP has provided invaluable strategic guidance during our start-up phase and we are enormously pleased to receive an investment from the Rocket Ventures Fund, which will enable us to manufacture our products in the U.S. and bring jobs to Ohio.”

Branam’s founder is Dr. Stephen Branam, a practicing pediatric dentist for more than 30 years. In 1999, Dr. Branam was presented with a Prism Award for excellence in business from the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce.

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Gold stars
Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus received five stars in the Medicare Five Star Rating System for the final quarter of 2009. This rating makes Riverview Healthcare the first and currently the only Long Term Care Facility in Ottawa County to achieve this honor.

The Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. Nursing home ratings are taken from the following three sources of data: Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures. A star rating is provided for each of these three sources, the three ratings are combined for an overall rating.

At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, February 19 at 7:15 am at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Call 419-693-9999


Speakers representing block watches in East Toledo will speak to the East Toledo Club Thursday, February 18, Noon at the East Toledo Family Center. The public is invited. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.

Marilyn Reeder, media coordinator for the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, has announced her retirement.  Reeder will spend some time pursuing her painting and music hobbies.

In 2008, Reeder was awarded the Bright Star Award from the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce. The award is given annually to a member of each chamber belonging to NOACC. It recognizes membership growth, retention, economic development and operations.

Prior to joining the chamber she held positions as kitchen designer and team leader for The Andersons and Home Depot.

Opportunity knocks
William Pitzen has moved from the Crossroads branch of GenoaBank where he was an assistant vice president and commercial loan officer to the bank’s Oregon office.


Clint Geldine of Martin has been named Pheasants Forever's new Farm Bill Biologist and will work out of the  Paulding County service center of the United States Department of Agriculture. He joins Pheasants Forever after serving as a wildlife control biologist with DeTect Inc. Geldine earned a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fish Conservation and Management from The University of Rio Grande.


The Center for Innovative Food Technology named James Konecny manager of marketing and communications.

He most recently was with ProMedica Health System, where he held various management positions, including his role on the original executive team involved in building and opening the $84 million state-of-the-art Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon.

The Center for Innovative Food Technology is a developer and provider of technical innovations and solutions for the food processing, agribusiness and agricultural industry.


Stephanie Speck of Luckey has been named a top sales advisor by lia Sophia, a direct sales fashion jewelry company.

Speakers representing block watches in East Toledo will speak to the East Toledo Club Thursday, February 18, Noon at the East Toledo Family Center. The public is invited. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.

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