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Learn The Basics About Small Business

11 Oct , 2016  

Starting later this month, you can learn the basics from people who know what’s they’re talking about.

The Small Business Development Center at North Central State College and the North End Community Improvement Collaborative are presenting a “Small Business Basics” series.

Attendees can remove the confusions and ensure success in launching a small business. On seven selected Mondays, workshops will be presented on the following topics: More…

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Carousel Works Restoring Historic South Dakota Carousel

10 Oct , 2016  

Years ago, carousels were often made to be taken apart and moved from town to town, like amusement park rides of today. Instead of moving around, the Art B. Thomas Carousel at Prairie Village has been in one place for 50 years.

This week, however, the steam-powered attraction was taken apart by the Carousel Works company and now is on the move to its Mansfield woodworking shop. Volunteers have long been working to restore the 116 year-old ride, and Cecelia Wittmayer, a member of the Prairie Pasque Questers, is working on grant funding to help offset the cost of the restoration.

When Carousel Works looked at the carousel in 2011, Wittmayer said, they identified some ‘must repair and restore’ items, including the horses and chariots. More…


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Moody’s Provides Affirmation Of Avita-Related Note Issuance

9 Oct , 2016  

On September 29, Moody’s Investors Services issued an affirmation of Avita Health System’s MIG1, which applies to over 86 million dollars in notes. As their release shares, it was issued in light of a commitment of the United States Department of Agriculture to provide a loan to cover this amount on substantial completion of Avita’s current project, the construction of a 26 bed acute care hospital at Richland Mall in Ontario.

Identified risk factors were limited to construction delays or unanticipated cost overruns. That shared, the affirmation was based on the low risk of project non-completion, given Avita’s cashflow and investment position.

The release from Moody’s can be accessed here.

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Looking To Build A Small Business?

1 Oct , 2016  

The next installment of the Business Boot Camp Series at the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce takes place on Wednesday, October 5 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM. At that time, Beth Reitler at Spire Advertising will present on “How to Build an UNSTOPPABLE Small Business.”

In promotional material for the event, organizers share, “It’s normal to feel like you’re at the mercy of things you can’t control. You don’t have control over clueless politicians, or the strategic moves of your competition. But take heart. You have control over your small business. You built it against great odds, and this is NOT a time to hunker down, or let outside forces dictate your next move.” More…

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New Training Program Works At Mansfield Plumbing

30 Sep , 2016  

Launched just five months ago, a new week long training program at Mansfield Plumbing for newly-hired people has already made a strong impact on employee retention and satisfaction. The program includes 40 hours of paid classroom and hands-on training in dedicated casting and processing training rooms at the company’s new Training Center. More…

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Bridge Loan Received For McPherson Woods Refinance

29 Sep , 2016  

Mercy Loan Fund (MLF), a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) today announced that it has provided a bridge loan to National Church Residences (NCR) for the refinance of McPherson Woods, an affordable, 50-home community for families in Mansfield, Ohio, a small town of approximately 45,000 people. The building, developed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), has surpassed its 15-year initial compliance period.

The $1.2 million loan will help NCR refinance the property and make minor capital improvements to the property. The community provides two- and three-bedroom homes, a rarity in affordable housing. More…

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Want To Buy A 106 Room Mansfield Hotel?

29 Sep , 2016  

Have a spare $6,300,000? If so, there’s a 106 room hotel sitting on Park Avenue West which may have your name on it!

Downtown Mansfield’s Holiday Inn hotel structure is apparently for sale, according to this website. The posting is dated yesterday, and includes several details about the hotel’s location, revenue, and potential. More…

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Richland County Audits Released

27 Sep , 2016  

Two locations in Richland County were included in audits released today by the office of the Ohio Auditor of State.

Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office is responsible for auditing all public entities in Ohio. His office’s stated mission is to protect Ohioans’ tax dollars while aggressively fighting fraud, waste and misuse of public money. More…


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Macy’s May Not Be Only Mansfield Area Retail Location In Question

27 Sep , 2016  

We recently shared a story from Advertising Age looking at the factors which may be used in determining which Macy’s are among the 100 locations to be closed in 2017.

As it turns out, many national retailers are planning to deal with changes in consumer behavior – particularly the rise of online shopping – by shuttering some of their physical locations. As this story on the blog of self-styled consumer expert Clark Howard shares, however, chains that are making similar plans include some with Mansfield area locations. More…


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Ohio EPA Hearing On Pipeline Impacting Richland County

25 Sep , 2016  

Ohio EPA will hold an information session and public hearing on Sept. 28 regarding an application for a water quality certification from Kinder Morgan Utopia affecting a pipeline to be built in Harrison, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Stark, Wayne, Ashland, Richland, Huron, Seneca, Sandusky, Wood, Henry, Lucas and Fulton counties.

The meeting will begin at 6 Ross High School Little Theatre, 1100 North Street, Fremont, during which Ohio EPA will present details and answer questions concerning an application related to a proposed pipeline and accept public comment. More…


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New Store Arriving in Downtown Mansfield

23 Sep , 2016  

There’s excitement on West Fourth Street as a new retail establishment is making last minute preparations to open its doors.

Old Soul Attire & Goods is a new venture by the owner of The Boot Life, which is located next door. Holly Troupe is featuring vintage clothing at Old Soul – and while the offerings will be unique, they will also be reasonably priced.

Over the past several days, the store’s new logo has been affixed and the new operation has begun chronicling its opening with a Facebook (click here) and Instagram (click here) presence.

At the same time, The Boot Life is celebrating its two year anniversary.