All Things Business

NECIC Offering Business Plan Writing Classes

17 May , 2019  

Are you thinking of starting a business? Are you making and selling products from your home or small business but need an injection of capital to take you to the next level?

The North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. (NECIC), as part of its microbusiness development program to support entrepreneurs and small business owners, is recruiting participants for its next round of business plan writing classes. More…

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All Things Business

Generations Change At Helm Of Mansfield Company

16 May , 2019  

Minnich Manufacturing, a manufacturer of concrete vibrators, vibrator monitoring systems and concrete dowel pin drills, has announced that owner Jim Minnich has retired after more than 25 distinguished years with the company.

Jim Minnich led an era of innovation and expansion at Minnich Manufacturing, the business his father started out of a Mansfield gas station in 1968. Under Jim’s ownership, Minnich Manufacturing introduced several innovative technologies, grew to more than 40 employees and moved into a larger manufacturing facility in Mansfield—all with an unwavering focus on meeting customer needs. More…

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All Things Business

Gorman-Rupp Reports On First Quarter Financial Results

26 Apr , 2019  

The Gorman-Rupp Company (NYSE:GRC) has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

First Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • First quarter earnings per share were $0.28 compared to $0.37 per share for the first quarter of 2018
  • Net sales increased 0.3% or $0.3 million compared to the first quarter of 2018
  • Incoming orders increased 9.8% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018

More…

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All Things Business

New Site To Promote Opportunity Zone Investment In Ohio, Mansfield

26 Apr , 2019  

On Wednesday, during the Ohio Opportunity Zones Showcase hosted by the Ohio Development Services Agency, OpportunityZones.Ohio.Gov was unveiled.

The new marketing platform allows Ohio’s 320 Opportunity Zones to share details on areas of their communities with high potential for new investment, development, and job creation. More…

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All Things Business

Ohio Senate Passes Legislation To Bolster Federal Opportunity Zones, Including In Mansfield

13 Apr , 2019  

Senate President Larry Obhof recently announced that the Ohio Senate has passed legislation aimed at bolstering job growth and economic development in economically disadvantaged areas, or federally-designated “opportunity zones,” in Ohio.

Senate Bill 8, which passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday, works in conjunction with the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, allowing states to identify up to 25% of economically-distressed census districts as opportunity zones. Ohio was approved for 320 such zones, some of which are in Richland, Medina, Wayne and Holmes counties. More…

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All Things Business

February Unemployment Numbers Show Sizeable Drop For Richland

2 Apr , 2019  

While the report was a positive one for the state, Richland and surrounding counties evidenced strong numbers as the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shared the most recent unemployment numbers for the state, counties, and larger communities.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in February 2019, down from 4.7 percent in January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 8,200 over the month, from a revised 5,602,400 in January to 5,594,200 in February 2019. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

1812Blockhouse Announces Plans To Purchase Richland Source

1 Apr , 2019  

Mansfield media will never be the same after plans were announced on Monday for the acquisition of a major local journalistic operation.

In a surprise turn of events, it would be David who is doing the acquiring, not Goliath, as 1812Blockhouse has set its sights on Richland Source. More…

All Things Business, History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: US 30

27 Mar , 2019  

NOTE – This post has been updated with additional information. We are happy to share it again with our readers.

It’s the latest in our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series — today looking one of the main transportation routes in Richland County and north central Ohio – US 30. More…

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All Things Business, Downtown

Mansfield Rising Plan: Considering Easton Part Two

26 Mar , 2019  

If you missed Part One of our two-part series on Mansfield and Easton, it can be found here.

So let’s answer that question. Can Easton’s obvious success provide important lessons for downtown Mansfield revitalization?

Before we delve into that, we’re going to address the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Obviously, Easton and downtown Mansfield are competitors, as both draw — or could draw — specialty retail shoppers from this part of Ohio. More…

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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…