November 2021
Make plans to vote tomorrow!
Check out our 2021 General Election Guide to learn about what will be on your ballot.

Did you miss our Candidate Forum? Find out what you missed by watching the videos from the event. Click here to learn more.
Ohio Chamber Blog-
All for Ohio
Recent action in the State Legislature includes pro-business legislation, fuel freedom bill and much more. To stay up to date click the read more button and follow the All for Ohio Blog from the Ohio Chamber.
OHIO COMMON SENSE INITIATIVE


TOLEDO BUSINESS JOURNAL

COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available
Thanks to the Seneca County Health Department, the Chamber has COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits available to local employers. If you are in need of rapid test kits, please call our office, 419-435-0486 or email admin@fostoriachamber.com. Limited quantities available.
Grow your business resources...
Solving Talent Challenges
 Innovative Programs to Help Ohio Companies Find and Sustain a Talented Workforce
JobsOhio recognizes the challenges organizations face when trying to find, hire and train a qualified workforce, and understands that a company thrives when its talent thrives. In an effort to help businesses in high demand industries like advanced manufacturing and technology, JobsOhio has created a multi-faceted approach to assisting Ohio companies in targeted, strategic partnerships. JobsOhio helps navigate the plentiful and professional workforce partners in Ohio, along with investing in increasing a skilled talent pool through key strategies for recruiting top talent, upskilling incumbent workers and reskilling workers for the jobs of the future.

Did you miss a Safety Council meeting?

We are recording all
Safety Council meetings.

If you would like the recording, email Sarah@FostoriaChamber.com

or visit our YouTube Channel.
Critical Injuries &
Care of Amputated Parts
Dr. Nappi,
Hand & Microsurgery Associates
Wednesday, November 17
11:30 a.m.
Seneca County DJFS
Alpha Coatings
Machine Tool Design & Fab

Fostoria Pizza Palace
Bliss Charters
Greater Fostoria Community Foundation
This month we are proud to highlight the Imagine for Youth Foundation.

Founded in 2015 to ensure that youth facing financial hardships in the communities they serve have the opportunity to excel bot athletically and academically by providing necessary resources, supplies and equipment. The Imagine for youth Foundation has operations in Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and New York.

Each year they provide a new pair of Nikes to over 1000 kids nationwide. Locally, Imagine for Youth Foundation runs the Micah Hyde Football camp which provides 500 kids the ability to attend camp with Micah Hyde and other professional football players, free of charge. In addition, Imagine for Youth has launched the Micah Hyde Champions Club which provides Fostoria students the opportunity to earn $5,000 scholarships. They are also working with Tiffin youth Football to bring tackle football from grades 3-6 to Fostoria.


Our members are doing GREAT things!
Congratulations to The UrbanWoody Brewery on a very successful Oktoberfest!
Over 1,100 people attended the event in Downtown Fostoria on October 9.
Congratulations on a successful 2nd Annual Fostoria Beer Mile!
Special thanks to Jocelyn Reinhart and Clear Choice Exteriors for hosting the Second Annual Fostoria Beer Mile in conjunction with Oktoberfest.
Geary Family YMCA hosted Chalk Walk & Vendor Fair
Special thanks to the Geary Family YMCA for hosting a Chalk Walk and Vendor Fair on October 9 in conjunction with Oktoberfest.
Thistle Exchange Soft Opening
The Thistle Exchange will open their Fostoria location, 210 S. Main Street will open their doors this coming weekend. A special invitation for Chamber/FEDC members coming soon!
Beyond Laser Creations to have Pop Up Shop
Beyond Laser Creations permanent storefront is still under construction, so they will open a pop up shop on November 8 at 206 S. Main St. for open shopping hours.

All custom Christmas orders must be place by December 4.
You will also be able to find Beyond Laser Creations at the Holiday Sip & Shop at the Fostoria Learning Center on Dec. 4.
Women Empowering Women
Women Empowering Women will host an open house & social on Wednesday, November 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. at NCOESC, 928 W. Market St., Tiffin, Ohio.
The goal is to offer women a support system in an encouraging environment; to recognize and build upon existing skills and strengths; and explore resources and tools to inspire future success.
For more information, email Sharon George, or call 419-447-2927
9th Annual Turkey Trot
Seeking Sponsors
The 9th Annual Turkey Trot will take place November 25 at 8 a.m. and will begin on Lakeside Drive between Fremont and Tiffin Streets. Learn More

They are also seeking $50 sponsors for the event with a goal of raising over $2,000. All monetary donations and food donations go to Fostoria area food banks.
AEP Ohio Electrification
The Boundless Possibilities of Plugging In
Electrification should be on your radar for current and future operational planning. Learn more about the impactful benefits and how AEP can assist.
The Christopher Center (KofC) Upcoming Events
$7 meals will be offered every Saturday from 5pm to 8pm
The menu for the month is as follows:
Nov 6
Meatloaf or Salmon Patty (Served with mashed potatoes and corn or green beans)

Nov 13
Stir Fry (Steak or Chicken served with either rice or noodles and a vegetable mix in teriyaki seasoning. Shrimp available for an extra $1)

Nov 20
Spaghetti (Served with corn or green beans and garlic bread. $7 per person, special price for donation of new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, $2)

Nov 27
Pork Chop (Served with scalloped potatoes and steamed broccoli or carrots)

$5 to enter a pot of their best chili and $10 to be a taste tester. Award given for the judges choice and peoples choice. Doors open at 11am and the game is at noon on all 5 of our TVs.
2021 Downtown Christmas Card Display
Christmas is right around the corner! Please consider participating in this wonderful display of community pride and Christmas spirit. The plywood cards should be 4' by 4' and include the business or organization name. Questions may be directed to The UrbanWoody Brewery via FB messenger.
Fostoria Rail Preservation Society Holiday Events
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SANTA at the DEPOT
November 30-December 21
Tues & Thurs 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sat. Noon to 2:00 p.m.
LE&W Depot, 128 W. North St.
Adults: $3, Children: Free
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Santa's Wine & Cheese Tasting
December 3, 7-10 p.m.
LE&W Depot, 128 W. North St.
Rotary Christmas Parade
The Fostoria Rotary Club will host the Rotary Christmas Parade on December 4 at 1:30 p.m.
Planning Underway for Our 5th Year as an MSI Host Community!
We are starting to plan our participation in the Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI) for next year when we’ll celebrate our fifth year as a host community! The support and receptiveness to public art in our community has been inspiring and uplifting as we’ve worked to bring “new and different” to Fostoria through this unique program.
 
To date, the Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau has been instrumental in selling five sculptures that were on display here through this program, with four purchased to remain in our community and one going to a private collector. Plus, there is a pending sale on an additional piece to remain in our community this year as well. The visitors bureau received a commission from each of these sales, which we used toward the following year’s exhibit. It is really a great program for expanding the presence of public art in Fostoria!
 
The generosity of our community helps to ensure our ongoing participation! Please consider the attached sponsorship pledge form to support this important initiative for Fostoria’s revitalization. To help us budget for a 2022/2023 display, we are seeking pledges by December 1, 2021 with payment preferred by March 1, 2022.

Looking ahead to 2022...
GFCF is Seeking Country Mardi Gras 2022 Sponsors and Operating Mission Support
The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation is currently seeking sponsors for “Country Mardi Gras 2022”, which is scheduled for Friday, February 25, 2022. Their signature event will once again be held at Stacy’s Place featuring live music by Sugarcreek.

The mission of GFCF is to improve the quality of life by building a permanent endowment to support our community needs in areas such as the arts, culture, humanities, economic development, civic affairs, education, health and social services. The GFCF consists of 32 component funds that are invested with a portion of the income distributed as grant awards. Since inception in 1998, the GFCF has awarded more than $2.9 million to over 60 non-profit organizations in our community and beyond.
SAVE THE DATE
Greater Fostoria Community Foundation
Country Mardi Gras
Friday, February 25 at Stacy's Place
featuring Sugarcreek
2022 Fostoria Farmers' & Artisans' Market Schedule!
Exciting news! In addition to our Saturday Fostoria Farmers' & Artisans' Markets, we are introducing two Thursday late afternoon/evening markets in 2022! Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the grass lot at E. Tiffin and S. Main Streets on the following days:

  • Saturday, May 7 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 4 - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 20 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 1 - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 17 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

More great news! Plans are in place for the green space that we use for the markets to be leveled off and reseeded. More details about the Fostoria Farmers’ & Artisans’ Markets including updated vendors rules and application will be shared in the coming weeks. Watch www.fostoriaohio.org/fostoria-farmers-markets for the latest information.

Be sure to Like and Share our two official Facebook pages: Fostoria Farmers’ Market and Fostoria Farmers’ Market Online Sales!
We look forward to your continued participation in our markets!
2022 Chamber Annual Sponsorship Available
The sponsorship package advantage:
  • Have a one time payment
  • Fill out one sponsorship form
  • Your $$$ goes farther and gets you more visibility

Sponsorship packages help us to only approach you once per year when seeking sponsorships and allow you to finalize all your sponsorship and promotional details at one time. If a sponsorship package isn't a good fit, individual event sponsorship opportunities will still be available throughout the year.

2021 Chamber Sponsors
Platinum
Gold
Silver

Bronze
Callies Performance Products
AgCredit
Burns Petroleum
Clear Choice Exteriors
Financial Design Agency

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