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Contest can help you take homemade recipe to retail reality
It is not very often when one gets a unique chance to take an idea and make it a reality. However, that opportunity is here with the start of the 5th Annual Food Product Development Contest, according to the Center for Innovative Food Technology, which is sponsoring the contest which showcases local food products ready for actual product development.

Few have the resources to make their homemade creation to retail reality – until now.

“Consumer interest in local food products is at a peak right now,” states Rebecca A. Singer, vice president and director of agricultural programs, CIFT. “The entrepreneurial spirit associated with taking a recipe and preparing it for the marketplace can fuel local economic activity. The Food Product Development Contest is perfectly timed to show the depth of many new, innovative food products from the region.”

Contestants will submit a form outlining the basic details of their recipe, and food industry experts will judge each based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, marketability and overall appeal to the marketplace. Later, finalists will be invited to the CIFT office to present their business concept and food product
to a panel of judges.

The contest winner will receive technical and business development assistance which is essential for the advancement of a product into the marketplace, as well as production of the product for consumer feedback.

Deadline is Friday, May 25. Contact Paula Ray at 419-535-6000, ext. 117 or go to www.ciftinnovation.org.


Good news
New car sales in Lucas County for the first quarter are up from 4,910 to 5,272, a 7.4 percent increase, according to Bernie Quilter, Lucas County Clerk of Courts. However, new car sales for the seven dealers in the Press distribution area are down 8.4 percent.

Best selling cars locally in their category are: Trucks—Ford F-150; SUVs—Chevrolet Equinox; Sedans--Ford Fusion; Compacts—Ford Focus.

Area dealers are: Dunn Chevy-Buick; Genoa Chevy; Genoa Motors; Keller Chevrolet; Mathews Ford; Rouen Chrysler-Jeep and Tri County Motors.

Used car sales for auto dealers in the Press distribution area are up 16.6 percent for the first quarter. 


Gold stars
Gross Electric has been selected a finalist for the 2012 Showroom of the Year Awards. The national competition, which is sponsored by Residential Lighting magazine and the Dallas Market Center, recognizes retail excellence among lighting showrooms.

Ten finalists in each of three dollar-volume categories were whittled down from entries and nominations received online between December and February.  Profiles of all finalists will appear in the May issue of Residential Lighting.

The Gross showroom is on Reynolds Road in Toledo. The company has an outlet on Woodville Road in Northwood.


Opportunity knocks
Thomas Keith has been named the regional executive director for Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Communities.

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Thomas Keith

Lisa Hart will reassume her role as director of nursing as well as hold the position of assistant executive director.

Keith will oversee operations of Otterbein Portage Valley in Pemberville, where he has served since 2007, and Otterbein North Shore in Lakeside-Marblehead. Combined, the two communities serve more than 300 senior full-time residents and average nearly 200 rehabilitation stays per year.

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Carla Firestone Nowak has joined Fifth Third Bank (Northwestern Ohio) as vice president and director of marketing replacing Karen L. Fraker who will retire May 4 after nearly 28 years at the Bank.

She will be responsible for internal and external communications, media relations, marketing, and reputation management. She will be located at Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate.

Nowak has 15 years of experience in marketing and communications.  Most recently, she was the Communications Director for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.  Past experience includes positions at ProMedica, Owens Corning and SSOE.
 

Free safe
Bay Area Credit Union is celebrating National Credit Union Youth Week, April 22-28. The event spotlights youth and teens and how they earn, spend, save and manage their money, and how credit unions help them do so.

The credit union is giving away a combination safe to youths who open a First Mates or youth account with a deposit of $10 or more.


Jobs, jobs, jobs
Deb Ortiz-Flores, Executive Director of the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services (LCDJFS) estimates that the county will receive $1 million which will help employ approximately 500 youth ages 16 to 24 through the 2012 Summer Youth Program.

The program is being funded with $26 million in statewide Temporary Aid to Needy Families funds being released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. 

The jobs will pay $8 per hour, Walker said, and youth will work 25 hours per week.  Employment will cover an eight week period beginning June 18 and ending August 10.

Businesses interested in serving as worksites and youth wanting to participate in the program can call 419-213-6340.
 

At the clubs
Barbara Sears, State Representative from the 46th District, will speak on the latest trends in healthcare reform to the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce Thursday, 7:30 a.m. in the Michigan and Superior rooms at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. RSVP to Sarah at 419-693-5580. A continental breakfast will be served.


Golf
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf classic Thursday, June 28 at Chippewa Golf Club.

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The United Way in Ottawa County will host its annual golf invitational Friday, May 4 at the Catawba Island Club. Shot gun starts at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  RSVP to MJ Siewert at 419-734-6645 or mjsiewert@unitedwayottawa county.org.


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