Fostoria Area Business Newsletter

April 2019
in partnership with
Legislative News
Ohio's employers are asking what they should do about the opioid problem in their own workplaces. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce convened a task force to explore the options. One recommendation coming out of the task force was for employers to be armed with a toolkit of resources to be better prepared to prevent and respond to the problem. With the help and expertise of a member company, Working Partners®, and financial support from member company, Anthem, we have developed the  Opioid Toolkit  containing several resources free of charge to any company that is doing business in Ohio.
OSHA Recordability, Reportability & Workers' Compensation Compensability
Wednesday, April 3
This webinar will cover:
·    Covering immediate reporting of inquiries
·    Safety & health incentive programs
·    Drug & alcohol programs
·    The new October interpretation by OSHA
Date and Time:
Wednesday, April 3
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Presented by:
Bill Wahoff and Nelva Smith with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 hour of HRCI and SHRM credits.   This course has also been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 total CLE hour instruction.  
Fostoria Economic Development
FEDC Welcomes Planning and Development Manager
Courtney Miller
FEDC Planning and Development Manager
JOBS Fostoria
JOBS Fostoria is a rapidly growing resource for both job seekers and businesses in Fostoria who are hiring. Videos featuring local companies hiring have been produced to help advertise this great, local resource.
Fostoria Community Hospital
Seneca Millwork
Callies Performance Products
Fostoria Learning Center
April & May Small Business Trainings available at the Fostoria Learning Center:

April 10 – Non-Profit Training: Compiling a Budget
April 11 & 25 – Excel Basics
April 23 – Get Started with Email Marketing for Small Business
May 7 – ASHI’s CPR/AED & Basic First Aid
May 8 – Marketing on a Non-Profit Budget
May 8 – Grow With Google: Get Found on Google Searches & Maps
May 9 – Excel Level 1
May 16 – Excel Level 2
May 21 – Social Media Marketing for Small Business
May 30 – Excel Level 3

For more information on any of these trainings call the Fostoria Learning Center on 419-408-5540 or email

For a full listing of all programs CLICK HERE to view the Fostoria Learning Center’s Calendar.

The Fostoria Learning Center has partnered with the Chamber to offer two fabulous Member benefits:

  • FREE use of the Conference Room – with seating for 8-10 people, the Conference Room is the perfect meeting space for a client meeting or presentation. Reservation is required to use this space.
  • 25% discount on current Room Rentals – should you need a bigger space than the Conference Room will allow, you can book any one of the other spaces available at the Fostoria Learning Center for a 25% discount off the current room rental rates.

For more information on the Rental Space at the FLC, CLICK HERE.
Fostoria Area Safety Council
Safety Training Opportunities
Ohio BWC News & Updates
Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce
Grow Your Business Resources
OhioMeansJobs   (OMJ) is a collaborative workforce system that offers multiple no-cost programs and services to businesses and adult job seekers, dislocated workers, low-income youth and adults, veterans, individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and many others.
OMJ programs and its services include access to a full-service American Job Center, resource room, education, occupational training, job match and job search assistance and employment-related youth programs. It focuses on a demand-driven, employer-sensitive system for employers.
Staff with recruitment and sales backgrounds proactively contact local businesses, large and small, to identify job placement and training opportunities.
Which Crowd Are You Gathering (from Deb Brown, Save Your Town, Newsletter)
Let's Talk Marketing (f rom Deb Brown, Save Your Town, Newsletter)
Guilt is NOT a Marketing Tool (from Deb Brown, Save Your Town, Newsletter)
We are a Grow with Google Partner!
Our partnership with Google allows us to offer free resources to teach people the digital skills that will grow their careers and businesses.Through our partnership we will be facilitating workshops and providing you access to live streams to help your business grow!
Save the Date!
Upcoming Google Workshops facilitated by the Chamber and held at the Fostoria Learning Center. All workshops are free and will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8: Get Found on Google
Wednesday, June 5: Reach Customers Online
Wednesday, July 10: Using Data to Drive Growth
Chamber News
The Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce is once again seeking students in grades 6 through 12 interested in starting or expanding a summer business. The Chamber’s Student Start Up is designed to provide students with the real world experience of starting an actual business and expose them to an alternative to being an employee.
“We want to build a community that welcomes entrepreneurs and provides the tools and resources needed to be successful. Through our Student Start Up program we can encourage young entrepreneurs and potentially plant the seeds for start-ups in our community now and in the future.” Sarah Stephens Krupp, Chamber/Small Business Director
Through a grant from the Henry H. Geary Jr. Memorial Foundation, the Chamber will award Student Start Ups in two categories; new Student Start Ups and a Student Start Up Expansion. New Student Start Up applicants must have not received a past Student Start Up Award and meet the application requirements. Student Start Up Expansion applicants must have been past recipients of a Student Start Up award and have plans to expand their existing business. Ten new Student Start Ups and 4 expansions will be funded in 2019. Successful applicants for new Student Start Ups will receive $200 for start-up and will be eligible for a $100 bonus. Successful Student Start up Expansion applicants will receive $150 to expand their business and will be eligible for a $100 bonus.
All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on April 26 and successful applicants will be notified by May 15. Applications are available online at , or can be picked up at the Chamber office, 121 N. Main St. in Fostoria.
The Fostoria Chamber’s Student Start Up program is available to all Fostoria area students, including students attending or living in the districts of Fostoria City Schools, St. Wendelin, Arcadia, Hopewell Loudon, Elmwood, Van Buren, New Riegel and Lakota.
For more information on the members, benefits and programs of the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce call 419-435-0486 or email  or visit .
A few 2018 Student Start Up Business Owners with Local and State Officials.
Updated Chamber
Member Guides
We have streamlined our marketing materials and updated our benefit listings.

Please take a look and see what benefits you could be using and saving $$$.

Click here for member benefits information.
2019 Sponsorship Packages still available.
Sponsorship Packages are a one time ask from us and you can make the most of your marketing $$$. Signing on for a sponsorship package gives your business recognition at all Chamber signature events, on our website and in the Fostoria Area Business Newsletter.
Click here for details.
Member Benefits that can save you $$$
Did you know many of the Chamber member cost saving benefits not only save you money, but also help the Fostoria Chamber? When you utilize the benefits we often receive residuals and marketing monies. It's a win-win!

Click on the benefit to learn more.
The Chamber and the Fostoria Learning Center have partnered to offer members 25% off room rentals at the FLC as well as use of the conference room for free (subject to availability).
Be sure to click the link to see the new room rental rates.

*25% discount applies to FEDC members as well.
In celebration of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce's 125th Anniversary, they are partnering with their statewide chamber network to offer a 1-year affiliate membership to companies with 99 or fewer employees, when combined with your Fostoria Chamber membership. As an affiliate member you will gain access to exclusive programming, including HR Academy, access to pro-business advocacy and discounts on the products that help make your business thrive.   This affiliate membership is $125 and provides you with many great benefits
( click here to view benefits) and we will receive $25 for every Fostoria Chamber member who takes advantage of this Ohio Chamber affiliate membership deal.
Chamber Events
Join us for breakfast at the Chamber/FEDC Annual Meeting. Learn more about each organization, hear the highlights of 2018 and the exciting things on the
horizon in 2019.

Come dressed for success!
On site professional head shots, taken by LaLear Portraits, will be available for $20. Head shots will begin at 7:30 a.m. until the start of the meeting and from 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Member of the Month
Chadwell Coppus Technologies
The Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to highlight Chadwell Coppus Technologies.

Chadwell Coppus Technologies has been providing IT support for businesses in and around Fostoria, Ohio since 2018.
CCT strives to give their clients enterprise-level services and solutions at prices that work for small businesses. They also offer in home support and PC repair. No job is too small and CCT offers free, no obligation network reviews to look for threats and provide feedback on network optimization.
For more information visit or call 419-379-1412.

Follow CCT on Facebook .
Member News
Ribbon Cutting & Open House
March 28, 2019

Because Renovations Deserve Celebrations!
The ribbon cutting and open house was to celebrate the opening of the new assisted living neighborhood and the expansion of the physical therapy gym.
More Member News
click the headline to read the full article
Reineke Family Dealerships to host a Drive 4 UR Community test-drive event!
Reineke Family Dealerships in partnership with the Imagine for Youth Foundation, Micah Hyde and Ford Motor Company to host a Drive 4 UR Community test-drive event!
The fundraiser for Imagine for Youth will take place April 20 at Reineke Ford in Fostoria. Micah Hyde will be present, signing autographs and raffling off items and guests will also get a chance to win to Ride with Micah, there will be 2 drawings--one at 11am and one at 1pm. For every test drive, $20 will be donated to the Imagine for Youth Foundation.
For more information and updates, CLICK HERE.
Fostoria Area Visitor's Bureau
Fostoria Selected to Be A Host Community for a 2019/2020 Midwest Sculpture Initiative Exhibit
The Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau will again be coordinating a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibit in downtown Fostoria. The selection committee will be reviewing available sculptures in March for a new display that will be in place from April/May 2019 through April/May 2020. T he Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau has received outstanding community support for the new display and continues to seek financial sponsorship pledges to fund exhibit expenses. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Gifts given at the following levels will receive special recognition in all exhibit marketing materials: Platinum – $2,000+, Gold $1,000+, Silver $500+ and Bronze $250+. Payment is requested by April 15, 2019. A sponsorship pledge form is available from the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau website at:   Completed forms should be mailed to 121 N. Main Street, Fostoria or emailed to Michele Cochran, Community Development/Tourism Director at .
For a complete list of upcoming trips and information
Sunday, April 14

The Fostoria Community Arts Council will hold a free Easter Children's Art workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 am until noon at our 125 S, Main Street office.
Want to be the highlighted

We want to promote your business!
As a Chamber member you are able to be highlighted as the member of the month once each calendar year.
It's simple and you receive $$$ in advertising at
no additional cost to you.

Member of the Month receives:
Feature article in the Fostoria Area Business Newsletter

Featured on the Chamber's Social Media Platforms

Radio Spots which run on Mix 96.7
and WFOB/ESPN Radio

2 ads in The Review Times

Interested? Fill out this simple form , send it back to us and we will handle the rest!
2019 Chamber Sponsors


Dionna Brenamen Insurance & Financial Services, State Farm
Fruth & Co. PLL
Burns Petroleum
Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau | 419-435-0486 |