All About Richland, All Things Business

Local Unemployment Numbers Rise Slightly, And In Typical Fashion

12 Mar , 2019  

It’s a common occurrence. After the rush of a holiday season, post-season employment declines and unemployment rates rise.

That’s exactly what has happened across Ohio this year, and also the case for Mansfield and Richland County.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released the January 2019 employment numbers this week, and reported that Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January, up from a revised 4.6 percent in December. More…

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All Things Business

NECIC Launches Second Round Of Business Plan Writing Classes

10 Mar , 2019  

The North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. (NECIC), as part of its microbusiness development program to support entrepreneurs and small business owners, is starting its second round of business plan writing classes on March 19.

Completing the 8-session course will make participants eligible to apply for microloans. The loans start at $500 and, depending on available funding, may range up to $1,000. The goal is to assist potential low-income and minority small business owners in exploring the concepts of entrepreneurship and determine if entrepreneurship is a pathway out of poverty. More…

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All Things Business

Space Age Shopping Hits Mansfield

9 Mar , 2019  

A bit of the future of retailing has arrived at the Possum Run Walmart.

It’s called a “Pickup Tower,” and it operates almost like a vending machine for goods.

With the Pickup Tower, customers can purchase items online and select “Pickup” while checking out. Walmart associates place the items in the tower, and when the customer is notified that pickup is available, a simple smartphone barcode scan will release their item. More…

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All Things Business, Downtown

Downtown Rising

1 Mar , 2019  

On Thursday, the Richland County Foundation unveiled the final document which profiles the “Mansfield Rising” revitalization strategy.

The focus of that plan is easy to articulate — an intense focus on and effort to revitalize a multi-block area in the middle of Mansfield that has, in its day, served as the city’s retail, social, and political center. More…

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All Things Business

New Mansfield Bakery Opening On Wednesday

27 Feb , 2019  

In a Facebook post, the new Share ‘N Dipity Bakery has announced that it is opening its doors to the public on Wednesday, February 27.

According to its website, the bakery specializes in “…European-style artisanal breads as well as a classic American-style white sandwich bread. We will also have a wonderful variety of pastries, desserts, [and] delicacies modeled after French, Italian, Spanish, and American favorites.” Other bakery items are also on offer. More…

All Things Business

Hudson & Essex Nearing Opening; Unveils New Website

25 Feb , 2019  

Last fall, we shared news that the new Hudson & Essex restaurant at the corner of Fourth and Diamond had launched a new online presence.

Now that the days are winding down to the eatery’s official launch, the restaurant has updated that site with a large amount of additional information. More…

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All Things Business

Nanogate Receives 50 Million Euro Order

21 Feb , 2019  

Nanogate SE, a leading global specialist for design-oriented high-tech surfaces and components, is strengthening its order base. A new major order for the U.S. site encompasses a cumulative sales volume of around EUR 50 million over a period of about six years. More…

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All Things Business

Payless ShoeSource Closing All Remaining Stores

16 Feb , 2019  

It was announced on Friday from many sources that Payless ShoeSource is closing all remaining retail locations, a decision which impacts over 2,000 stores — including the location in Ontario.

The company will be holding liquidation sales starting on Sunday in most locations, and all operations are set to be finished by May. The online, e-commerce version of Payless will be shuttered as well. More…

All Things Business

Sears Sale Approved: Local Location’s Future Remains Uncertain

8 Feb , 2019  

The saga of Sears continues.

Major news sources were reporting on Thursday afternoon that a bankruptcy judge in New York has approved the sale of what remains of Sears to a hedge fund controlled by the company’s chairperson, Eddie Lampert.

This, in turn, means that the wishes of creditors seeking total liquidation will not take place at this time. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

Ohio Goes Uber

8 Feb , 2019  

In a recent press release, car-sharing phemon Uber announced that it was now available from Ashtabula to Cincinnati and all across the Buckeye State.

“Whether in Dayton, Toledo, Columbus or anywhere in between, Ohioans will be able to hit the road and earn or request a ride to get wherever they need to go,” the company said. More…

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All Things Business

Northeast Ohio, Including Richland County, Projected To Add 20,700 Jobs By 2023

4 Feb , 2019  

Northeast Ohio is projected to add 20,700 jobs across all occupations over the next five years, including 8,500 new healthcare openings for practitioners, and technical and healthcare support personnel.

Additionally, more than 1 million replacement workers will be needed over the next five years, including 160,000 in office and administrative occupations, and more than 100,000 in production sectors. Healthcare-related occupations will require 77,700 replacement workers. More…

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1812Blockhouse, All Things Business

A Handful Of Changes To Better Bring You Richland County News

1 Feb , 2019  

Here are a couple of quotes – one heard from a Mansfield area journalist some weeks ago (not important who it was), and another from a news publisher in another location far from here. Both refer to the concept of including links from other media on one’s news site. The first is paraphrased but very much the gist of what was shared.

Local Journalist“We would never do that. We’re in competition with other sites!”

Non-Local Publisher:“The one mystery of … news organizations is that they still don’t link out.. which is ludicrous. Every day… multiple news organizations are putting out stuff that’s interesting to the audience, and if you’re not willing to share that with them, shame on you!”

What that publisher discovered is a premise upon which 1812Blockhouse is based. We want to be the best place to go each day to get access to the best writing and coverage about Richland County and Richland Countians. More…

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All Things Business, History & Tourism

Winter Storefront Design Contest Winner Announced

30 Jan , 2019  

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. has announced that the winner of the Winter Storefront Design Contest is Tara’s Floral Expressions and The Chill Downtown Ice Cream Parlor.

The window display at Tara’s is full of bright, festive, Valentine’s day themed decorations and embodies the efforts of the Beautifield initiative. More…

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All Things Business

Macy’s, Kohls, Penney’s Closing Stores This Year; So Far, We’re OK

30 Jan , 2019  

As they say, “no news is good news.”

That observations applies as the closure of mainline department stores and other traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers continues across the country, with four of those retailers with a strong local presence are among that number. To date, however, no Richland County store has been impacted this year. More…

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