All Things Business

NECIC Offering Microbusiness Development Course

25 Jan , 2021  

The main barrier to starting your own business? Not taking action.

By Edward Akinyemi/NECIC

Imagine this scenario. You have a great business idea that you know would fix a problem that many of us have. Not only is it a very real problem, but it’s also one that costs people a lot of wasted time, energy, and money. Would people be willing and able to pay for a product/service to solve this issue? You’re not entirely sure, but you have a pretty good hunch that the answer might be yes. More…

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The Carousel Works, Inc. Files For Bankruptcy

22 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Carousel Works, Inc., 1285 Pollock Parkway in Mansfield, filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy action on January 9, according to the website BusinessBankruptcies.com.

The action was filed in the Southern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Court in Columbus.

According to the filings, there are 39 creditors in the case. More…

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Curfew To Stick Around; Richland Schools COVID Numbers Continue To Fall

22 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s 10 PM to 5 AM curfew will be extended past its expiration date this coming weekend, Governor Mike DeWine said in his Thursday briefing.

“Look, we would love to get rid of it,” DeWine said. The culprit that will keep it around is the arrival in Ohio of new, more contagious strains of the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty that creates.

The curfew began in mid-November, and was extended an initial time the next month. More…

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Ribbon Cutting Goes Roadside

21 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Wednesday, Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development participated in a different kind of ribbon cutting.

The setting was familiar — a Richland County business opening a new business location. What was certainly different was that this particular location is actually on wheels.

The Chamber joined Truckin Trav for ribbon cutting in hour of its new food truck. More…

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Richland Mall Likely To Lose Women’s Clothing Retailer

15 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A national chain with a location in Richland County is the most recent in a string of retailers to shut down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christopher & Banks, a national retailer of women’s clothing, has filed for bankruptcy on Thursday in New Jersey and is expected to close most if not all of its locations.

The company recently announced third quarter sales that resulted in a $10.8 million loss. In a press release, the company said,

“Despite the tremendous advancements we have made in executing our strategic plan, due to the financial distress resulting from the pandemic and its ongoing impact, we elected to initiate this process and pursue a potential sale of the business in whole or in part to position the Company for the future.” More…

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Council Approves Agreements For Mansfield Lahm Project

7 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield City Council’s continued support of the fueling depot project at Mansfield Lahm Airport was clear at its meeting on Tuesday night, as three pieces of legislation were passed to extend tax abatement to the new facility.

This proposal was first discussed by Council back in early November. As our story covering that meeting shared, the nearly $2 million project will further enhance Lahm’s appeal and operational capacity.

The investor in the fuel depot is Niss Aviation FBO, the new FBO operation that will, as part of the project, build a new 15,000 square feet hangar. Total investment will reach approximatly $2 million, $1.5 million of which is in that hangar construction. More…

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Macy’s At Richland Mall Closing This Spring

7 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

And then there was one.

The era of local department stores is winding to a close, as evidenced on Wednesday with the announcement that the Macy’s store at Richland Mall will be closing this spring. A clearance sale will begin soon and last for two to three months.

This will leave JCPenney as the sole remaining department store anchor still in operation at the county’s only traditional shopping mall, which celebrates its 52nd year in 2021.

The JCPenney store was added to the mall in 1997. More…

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Greater Ohio Wish List For 2021 Supports Places Like Mansfield

30 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Earlier this month, Greater Ohio, the state’s Greater Ohio, the statewide think tank and advocacy center for statewide initiatives on revitalization and sustainable growth, shared a Twitter thread that looked ahead to a policy wish list for 2020.

Several of the items included would have a positive impact on the revitalization of places like Mansfield, which is one of Greater Ohio’s “smaller legacy cities.”

In Greater Ohio parlance, a smaller legacy city is one of 16 in Ohio which have long industrial histories, population loss, and current populations of 30,000 to 250,000. These cities are called “the backbone of Ohio.” More…

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Mind, Pod & Soul Opens At Richland Mall

28 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Richland Mall’s Wellness Entrepreneurs has a new store that features a variety of rejuvenating treatments and products.

Mind, Pod & Soul held its grand opening shortly before Christmas. Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development was on hand to welcome them to the mall.

According to their Facebook Page, Mind, Body & Soul is a “total mind and body experience” with “infrared heat for all types of relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation.” More…

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Ohio’s Minimum Wage To Rise By 10 Cents Per Hour In 2021

27 Dec , 2020  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

The Ohio minimum wage will rise by 10 cents to $8.80 per hour in 2021.

That will be the wage for non-tipped employees. Tipped workers will earn $4.35 per hour plus tips in 2021.

Ohio workers under the age of 16 will make the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour.

Ohio’s minimum wage rises gradually each year to match the rate of inflation, per a state constitutional amendment implemented in 2007. The minimum wage that year was $6.85; it has gone up nearly $2 in the 14 years since. More…

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Virtual Small Business Of The Year Awards Presentation Held

17 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The presentation may have been different this year, but the message was the same: Richland County is home to many successful, creative, and resilient small businesses.

Many of these were honored on Wednesday morning during Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development’s Small Business Awards Presentation.

Chamber President and CEO Jodie Perry took Facebook Live attendees through a look at this year’s semi-finalists, and then announced this year’s award winners.

Before doing so, Perry reflected on the fact that she grew up in a family business. “I realize just what an incredible experience it was,” she said, sharing that there were many lessons learned. More…

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Shutterfly Lifetouch To Eliminate 100 Positions

14 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

As we recently reported, employees of Lifetouch in Ontario were informed on December 3 that the local operation was reducing staff.

In a same day letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Shutterfly Lifetouch shared more specifics of that reduction.

The letter reads in part:

“We anticipate a total of 100 positions will be affected by this workforce reduction, and this workforce reduction at the Ontario Facility and the associated employment losses are expected to be permanent. More…

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New Addiction Treatment Center Opens In Mansfield

11 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

As overdose deaths in Ohio rise an estimate of 30% in the first half of 2020, Spero Health has announced the opening of a new addiction treatment clinic in Mansfield to quickly respond to the growing need for outpatient community based services.

CARF-accredited, Spero Health is a national leader in providing care for individuals struggling with substance use disorders and will bring affordable, high quality addiction treatment services through a combination of telehealth and in-person visit options at this new clinic.

Located at 270 Lexington Avenue Suite 108, the clinic opened its doors on Wednesday and joins a network of over 45 Spero Health locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana, providing care for more than 8,500 patients. More…

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Village Roots Launches New Store

8 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Smiles were plentiful recently as Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development officials joined owners of the new Village Roots in Plymouth for their ribbon cutting event.

Village Roots is a new concept store both in inventory and in operation. Filled with quality, curated products made by artiasns from around the state of Ohio, the store opens for just four days each month with newly updated inventory and wonderful displays in a unique monthly theme.

Also on hand will be food trucks, guest vendors, and other fun surprises. More…

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Chamber Small Business Awards To Be Broadcast Virtually

6 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Board of Directors and Small Business of the Year Committee of the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development will soon be honoring and celebrating all small businesses and naming their 2020 Small Business of the Year recipients.

The event will be held live from the DRM Productions studio on the Chamber’s Facebook page on December 16 from 12:00-1:00 PM as the winners of the Small Business of the Year are announced.

Each Finalist will be featured in a short video highlighting their business, sponsored by Mechanics Bank. There is no fee and no need to register. The livestream event can be found on the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/richlandareachamber. More…

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