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Deadline for Prism Award nominations set
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 13:16

The deadline for nominations for the 17th Annual Prism Awards is Friday.

The Prism Awards is a local program honoring excellence in business and community service.  Since 1994, more than 100 businesses and organizations have won the award.

The award categories include:
•General Excellence Award given to businesses of any size based on excellent performance;
•Pioneer Award recognizes companies that have been leaders in their industry and in operation for at least 20 years;
•Horizon Award recognizes companies that have exhibited great potential for success.  The award is presented to businesses in operation for five years or less;
•Community Improvement Award recognizes community based non-profits and volunteer organizations;
•Best Practice Award – Businesses, both large and small, are eligible for this award which recognizes the successful result of a specific campaign;
•Person of the Year – the purpose of this award is to identify, honor and reinforce the activities of exceptional caring citizens whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in the Eastern Maumee Bay region.

Oregon dentist gets $350,000 start-up business
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 04 February 2010 13:58

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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Wireless Internet company expands local service area
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 13:42

Amplex Internet has announced it will add three new wireless towers to increase its service area for providing high-speed internet services to rural areas where cable service is typically not available.

Mark Radabaugh, vice-president, said the North Baltimore tower servicing the southern edge of Wood County should be up at the end of this month and a tower located near Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Community near Luckey should be up by June. A third tower is planned for Rising Sun.

Amplex has 16 other towers covering several hundred square miles in the Eastern Maumee Bay communities including Genoa, Curtice, Lemoyne, Pemberville, Elmore, Woodville and Oak Harbor.

Wireless Internet provides those living in rural areas faster Internet service than typical dial-up service.

Amplex serves both residential and business clients.

Radabaugh started the company in 1997. There are six employees.

Free rent
Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Community is rolling out an innovative stimulus package. For a limited time, qualified individuals may take advantage of an incentive opportunity – first four months free rent, with a 12-month rental agreement. The program expires April 2, 2010.   

The program aims to reduce the stress of selling a home during tough economic times, stated Jessica Derkis, in a company press release.

Otterbein, a 97-year-old non-profit organization, is the 33rd largest senior living provider in the United States. Otterbein operates a local facility in Pemberville. For more information go to or call 1-888-513-9131.

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.

Gold stars
Stephanie Speck of Luckey has been named a top sales advisor by lia Sophia, a direct sales fashion jewelry company.
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Local dealership and Ford make donation to Oregon schools
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 14:43

Ford Motor Company and Mathews Ford on Wednesday presented a $3,540 check to the Oregon Public Schools.

The check was the donation for the school’s participation in the Ride for Your School program. A $20 donation was made for each person 18-years-old and over who test drove a new Ford during a special event held at Fassett Middle School during the fall. More than 170 parents, teachers and students test drove the 13 to 14 new Fords which were on display at the school, said Brian Shephard, sales manager at Mathews.

The school district can use the money anyway it  sees fit. Ray Campos, Mathews service manager and coordinator of the program, said the company is looking for two high schools to be involved in 2010. The schools must be located in Oregon, Northwood or East Toledo, Campos said.  For information call him at 419-698-4444.

At the clubs
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:37

The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its State of the Communities breakfast Thursday, January 28, 7:30 am at Bay Park Community Hospital. Speakers will be present from Oregon, Northwood, East Toledo, Walbridge and Jerusalem Township. E-mail Angela at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or call 419-693-5580.


Mary Kinkus from the Toledo/Lucas County Library will speak to the East Toledo Club at its luncheon Thursday,  Noon at Locke Branch Library. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.

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