All Things Business

Make It In North Central Ohio, Ship It To Zimbabwe Or Portugal

26 Sep , 2019  

Can a smaller sized business in Richland County actually make an impact in a global market? Could that business actually sell oversees? Ohio small businesses, including those in Richland County, have access to $457,780 in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to help them identify exporting opportunities. The STEP award will support various small business exporting activities to help make “Made in Ohio” more internationally known. Read More

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Business Incubator Event Returns Next Month

19 Sep , 2019  

There are a lot of great business ideas out there, but sometimes innovators lack the ability to turn their ideas into reality.  SunDown Group, which works to connect innovators with investors and mentors, will hold its next SunDown RunDown event on October 16 at Old Bag of Nails in Mansfield. Doors open at 5:00 PM and pitches start at 5:30 PM. Read More

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Retailer Announces Plans To Open In Downtown Mansfield

18 Sep , 2019  

In a series of Facebook posts, retailer Chickadee Fashion Co. has announced its intention to locate a story in downtown Mansfield. The new location at 18 West Fourth Street, at the intersection of Fourth and Mulberry across from Richland Carrousel Park, is the third for the young retail company. Chickadee Fashion Co. already operates at 516 Claremont in Ashland and in a store in Richland Mall. Read More

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All About Richland, All Things Business

Get To Know: The Richland Area Chamber Of Commerce

11 Sep , 2019  

Welcome to the first in a new series looking at organizations and groups in Richland County. We're calling it "Get to Know," as we're sharing information about each which you might not already know. In downtown Mansfield, catty-corner from the library parking garage, sits the former home of Dr. J.W. Craig (Be sure to visit here to read all about this landmark of Mansfield!). The current occupant of this impressive home, since 1978, is not a person – it’s the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. This organization, whose members are local businesses and associations, has developed an excellent reputation for serving the community as an advocate and catalyst for economic and business success in Richland County. Read More

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All Things Business

NECIC Microbusiness Development Program: From Business Plans To Startup Funding

5 Sep , 2019  

It's time to plan for success. NECIC is launching a Business Plan Writing Course. Those who complete the course will be eligible to apply for a microloan (of at least $500) and the application fee for the microloan will be waived. In the Business Plan Writing Course, NECIC’s Certified Business Advisor (CBA) will take participants through the step-by-step process of writing a business plan that can be used to launch a startup or to look for funding. Read More

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North Central Ohio Unemployment Rates Inch Up

22 Aug , 2019  

This week, seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Ohio’s counties and larger cities were released. While the state’s rate remained steady, the rates in Richland and all adjacent counties increased from the month before. The unemployment rate in the city of Mansfield rose from 5.0 percent to 5.3 percent. Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in July, unchanged from June. Read More

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All About Richland, All Things Business

Richland Clergy Issue Joint Statement On Chick-fil-A

12 Aug , 2019  

In a statement signed by 101 clergy members in Richland County, a large portion of the leaders of the county’s faith communities have expressed their support for the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A to locate here. In its statement, the Richland Community Prayer Network members stated together as follows: Read More

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Sears To Close In October At Richland Mall

8 Aug , 2019  

Difficult economic news for Richland County came this week when the following press release was issued by Transform HoldCo LLC, the entity formed earlier this year to hold the assets of Sears Holding Corporation. "Over the past several months, we have worked hard to strengthen our vendor relationships, return our inventory levels to normal, and improve customer satisfaction and operations; however, we have faced a number of challenges returning our stores to sustainable levels of productivity, including differences with Sears Holdings over our purchase agreement and a generally weak retail environment. Read More

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It’s Official: GateHouse And Gannett To Merge; News Journal To Have New Owner

7 Aug , 2019  

The news which everyone expected arrived on Monday. GateHouse is acquiring Gannett, creating a new company (called Gannett) which will own over 250 newspapers across the country in some 47 states. Those include three news operations in north central Ohio – the Mansfield News Journal, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, and Marion Star. That represents, by the way, more than one-sixth of all daily newspapers that remain in publication. Read More

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All Things Business, Ontario

New Ontario Retail Center Going Up Quickly

5 Aug , 2019  

It took some time for the former Ocean Buffet to meet the wrecking ball, but its replacement is rising quickly in its place at 944 Lexington-Springmill Road. Work is underway on a strip mall that will house five or six retail outlets. At this time, the only known occupant will be a Panda Express, although Five Guys Burgers and Fries has expressed interest in the center. Other stores expressing interest at one time include Sleep Number and Sport Clips. Read More

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All Things Business, Downtown

A Truly Unique Store Opened Saturday In A Historic Location

5 Aug , 2019  

It’s a shop with a bit of that, and a bit of this – all of it unique and wonderful. And it’s the newest retail enterprise in downtown Mansfield. 1812Blockhouse paid a visit on Saturday to the brand-new Lucah Designs, which held its Grand Opening that day on the south side of the Square. Read More

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A GateHouse, Gannett Merger: What Would It Mean For Ohio And Mansfield?

4 Aug , 2019  

According to many reports over the last few weeks, two of the country’s powerhouse media companies -- GateHouse and Gannett --  are in deep conversation with a likely merger on their minds. Actually, the former of those two would be doing the gobbling up, not the latter. A good analysis of the discussion can be found here. What, one might ask, could such a merger mean for Richland County? It's a question well worth asking. Read More

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It’s A Back To School First Friday

1 Aug , 2019  

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. is hosting its monthly First Friday Shop Hop in the historic downtown this Friday, August 2. This month, several merchants will participate in the Back to School themed Shop Hop. This event will include a school supply drive, live music and art, ice cream, book talks, and more! Read More

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Lights, Camera, And More Action: Motion Picture Tax Credit Saved

23 Jul , 2019  

In the end, the work of intense lobbying to preserve a tax credit that rings very true to Richland County had a positive outcome, with the passage and signing of Ohio’s new biennial budget. Included in that measure was renewal of the $40 million Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit. That financial incentive has drawn film production to Ohio since it was first adopted in 2009. Read More

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