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Sandusky County EMS announces the future location for their EMS Headquarters
Fremont – Sandusky County, Ohio – The Sandusky County EMS has announced plans to expand and relocate their headquarters to 1791 E. State St in Fremont. Sandusky County EMS will be retaining 33 full-time, 5 part-time, and 2 administration employees, and allowing room for additional staff members to be added in the future.

“After searching for land and looking at properties, one site kept coming up, 1791 East State, Fremont, Ohio, the old Big Lots” stated Jeffery Jackson, Sandusky County EMS Chief. “It is an existing building with good access points to the east and west with eventually better access to the US 20 Bypass in future years”.

Currently, headquarters holds Life Squad 18, EMS Chief, EMS Captain, Special OPS/MCI trailer, ATV/Gator, Reserve Unit 16, Reserve Unit 12, and Bariatric Unit 13. The current headquarters is approximately 5,100 square feet and the former Big Lots building is approximately 38,750 square feet. Adding over 30,000 square feet of additional space will provide the Sandusky County EMS with enough room for storage of supplies, heated space for ambulances, training for educational requirements, and room for the Emergency Vehicle Operation course. In the past, Sandusky County EMS would have to ask another entity to borrow space, or a piece of property to conduct their training and Emergency Vehicle Operation courses. Soon they will be able to provide all of this on-site with the additional square footage of the building and land.

“This piece of property will give us the ability to capture all our needs under one roof and one piece of property. It will also bring some new life to the eastside of Fremont by transforming a vacant building into an EMS Headquarters” added Jackson.

Commissioner Russ Zimmerman stated that “the purchase of the building on East State Street will not only be a new home for the county EMS squad and administrative office, but it will also eventually house several other county offices. This will allow these offices to be in close proximity to each other, and help the people that need these services to be a “one-stop-shop”. 

The square footage in this building will allow for numerous offices, back up squad storage, and other storage to help consolidate the country’s resources in one building”. Zimmerman added, “We are looking forward to getting the building renovated which will allow the EMS to have more space for training and storage of their medical supplies”.

The former Big Lots property isn’t the only investment that the Sandusky County EMS is making this year. Life Squad 14, currently housed at 901 S. Main St. with approximately 950 square feet in Gibsonburg will be moving to property adjacent to the current station and constructing a new 3600 square foot building.  Sandusky County purchased the State St. property in Fremont for $250,000 and the Gibsonburg site for $34,000. “We have simply outgrown our current spaces. The new locations are much better suited for our current needs and supporting the ongoing growth we anticipate,” said Jackson. Adding “We are excited to move into our new space and proud of what this means for the future of our company and to better serve Sandusky County residents”. 

“The SCEDC was happy to work with EMS Chief Jackson and the Sandusky County Commissioners on finding a new location for EMS headquarters” stated Beth Hannam, Executive Director of the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation. “We are looking forward to seeing the completion of both properties and see two former vacant buildings rejuvenated”. 
JFS - Refusal to Return to Work Policy and Form
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Attention Small Business Owners
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Small Business Basics is Back
Opportunities for Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Small Businesses
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Panel of experts answering questions and exploring opportunities for Disadvantaged Businesses.
About this event
Are you a business interested in learning more about Socially & Economically Disadvantaged programs for small businesses? Have you asked yourself questions comparative to:
  • What’s the difference between the state and federal certification?
  • What procurement opportunities are available through these programs?
  • Are there cross-certification opportunities available?
Then please join the Youngstown MBAC, ODOT, and SBA for answers to these questions and many more.

8(a) Business Development Program
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

SBA announced a moratorium on the requirement that participants in the 8(a) Business Development Program must establish a bona fide place of business in a specific geographic area in order to be awarded any construction contract through the 8(a) Program due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. The moratorium is effective August 25, and applies to all 8(a) construction contracts offered to the 8(a) Program between August 25 of this year and September 30, 2022. 

Upcoming Webinar about the SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program
Buy a Business
Thursday, September 9, 2021
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Congratulations on your decision to buy a business! This program is for entrepreneurs who are considering methods to purchase an existing business. Is an SBA-backed loan a good option? What do you need to be aware of as you go through this process? We’ll cover SBA’s requirements for equity injections and business valuations, among other topic areas.

How to Sell Your Product or Service to the Federal Government
Friday, September 10, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

Each year, our government spends billions of dollars in goods and services purchases from private firms. The SBA works to create an environment for maximum participation by small, disadvantaged, and woman-owned businesses in federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards. SBA administers several programs and services that assist small businesses in meeting the requirements to receive government contracts, either as prime contractors or subcontractors. These include the 8(a) Business Development Program, SAM, HUBZone Program and SUB-Net. Find out how these programs can help your business.

National Small Business Week Virtual Summit
The National Small Business Week Virtual Summit is just around the corner. The event will take place September 13 – September 15, when you can learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts. This free online event will include educational webinars, updates on resources for small businesses, and a networking chat room for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Get Startup Financing
Thursday, September 23, 2021
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
So you want to get financing to start your own business from scratch? Can an SBA-backed loan help you with that? In this session we will be providing information to entrepreneurs about what they can expect when they apply for an SBA-Backed loan, as a startup operation.

WOSB Federal Contracting Program and Ascent Programs for Women
Are you a woman-owned business interested in learning more about the Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program and the new Ascent Program?

  • Then please join us to find out more about what you need to do and how to apply to get certified as a woman-owned business for selling to the Federal government.

In addition, learn about the new Ascent Program, which is an online digital learning platform for women-owned small businesses. This platform gives women small business owners the resources they need to start, grow, and expand their businesses.