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Check out the Destination Seneca County newsletter for more details on upcoming events!


Tiffin maps, event rack cards, and visitor guides are available! If you'd like to display some at your business, visit the Chamber!

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Upcoming Events









May 20 & 21: Tiffin Flea Market



For more information, please visit our new Community Calendar, which has complete and up-to-date information on all these events. We hope to see you there!


      More News

Natural Gas Line Replacement Project

     Columbia Gas has announced that they are replacing gas lines in downtown Tiffin.  The new pipeline will upgrade will enhance the safety and reliability of their system service.  View the details here and see a map of the affected area.


Amateur Outdoor Photo Contest
    The Tiffin Seneca County Izaak Walton League of America is sponsoring an Amateur Outdoor Photo Contest to showcase the beauty of nature and how people enjoy the outdoors.   All photos must be turned in by July 2, 2017.  The photos will be displayed at the Seneca County Fair.  Please see the rules and entry forms.


Be In The Know Breakfast Recap
     The second Be In the Know Breakfast was held on April 4. The program touched on several topics and hosted two speakers. 

     Samantha Pneuman,,   Image Specialist for Kimmel Corp spoke on branding. Amy Hoffman, Program Manager, Palmer Energy Company talked about the Chamber Energy Program.  She also introduced Trevor Kendrick, the new Account Manager for our area.  Bob Evans provided breakfast for everyone. 
    The new Town to Gown Tuition Discount information was shared along with a pass out for the SOCA Benefit Plan.  The fliers for these benefits can be found on the chamber’s website.  It was explained that a Small Business Saturday survey was set up to see if there was an interest in having a Special Small Business for Seneca County that did not conflict with the big Ohio State football game.  Brittany Cook gave information on the GOBA’s June visit to Seneca County.   Everyone present was able to share information about themselves and their business. 

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Courthouse Time Capsule: Get Involved!

     Put your business card in the time capsule! Drop it off at the Chamber office to make sure your name and business is a part of our new Courthouse!


Visitor Guides
     While we have only just finished the first quarter of 2017, we are already looking at the 2018 Visitor Guides.  We are looking at an earlier publication date.  Chamber members receive an advertising discount.  You may contact Brittany Cook at bcook@destinationsenecacounty or Deb Martorana at dmartorana@tiffinchamber.com to get your name on the list of those interested in advertising.  
 Get involved this summer and see your ad in the 2018 Visitor Guide this December!


Communications Company Offers New Service Over Fiber Optic Infrastructure
     Bascom Communications hosted an event to announce Accelerate Full Throttle, the service provider’s newest offering available to members May 1st. Full Throttle offers Gigabit-capable access over Bascom’s state-of-the-art, fiber-to-the-premise infrastructure, featuring faster download speeds and aggregate bandwidth. 


Wanted: Outstanding Educators

     The Chamber is seeking nominations of educators who have exemplified vision, leadership, and commitment to the improvement of education in our community.  Outstanding Educator Award nomination forms are available here. The deadline for nominations is July 19, 2017.

     Students should nominate a teacher that has inspired them to be the best they can be.  Parents should nominate teachers that have challenged and helped their son or daughter to achieve what they thought was impossible. Teachers may nominate a co-worker who goes above & beyond for their students.



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     The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is coming to Tiffin June 18 & 19! We're encouraging our local businesses to be open on Sunday and Monday in order to really showcase our community! For more information, contact us!
        The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure will be stopping in Tiffin during their 29th trip, “There’s No Place Like GOBA” this June. On June 18 & 19, 1,500 riders will be camping in Hedges-Boyer Park and visiting our local businesses, participating in events, and enjoying our town. Help us welcome them during this leg of their trip!
     Many volunteers will be need to help welcome the GOBA Riders to our community. If you would like to help, please sign up here!
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2017 Chamber Challenge Golf Outing
     Get ready for the 2017 Chamber Challenge Golf Scramble on Thursday, June 8th, Mohawk Golf and Country Club! This year’s Chamber Challenge will feature the annual Golf Scramble Tournament, Chipping and Putting Contests, and Proxy Prizes throughout the day. Registration begins at 8:30 am, with a shotgun start at 10. To register call The Chamber at 419-447-4141!
     We are seeking sponsorship for this event! Multiple levels of event sponsorship are available, including Major ($1,000), Premiere ($700), Team ($600), Event ($500), Individual Golfer ($150), Hole ($150), and Patron ($100). Door prizes and items for the Goody Bags are also needed.  For more information on the Chamber Challenge, or to become a sponsor, please call The Chamber at 419-447-4141 or view the flyer here.
Thank you to our Major Sponsors So Far:

Aqua Ohio Water, Inc.
Carmie’s Catering
CompManagement
CompManagement Health Systems
Laminate Technologies, Inc.
Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital
MLAD Graphic Design Services
Old Fort Banking Company
Reineke Family Dealerships
Sarka
State Bank
Sutton Bank
Tiffin University
Toledo Molding & Die
UIS Insurance & Investments
Webster Industries

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Small Business Saturday Survey
     Last month we had an article on Small Business Saturday, suggesting that Seneca County have their own Special Small Business Saturday on November 11th.  The Official Small Business Saturday is November 25, 2017.  It is also the day that Ohio State plays the Michigan Wolverines.  This is why we made the suggestion.  Keep in mind that you could  participate in Seneca County’s Small Business Saturday and the official one on November 25th.   We attached a survey to get the input from our retailers.  November does seem like a long way off, so taking a survey about something that will take place then is not a priority.  However,  we would begin planning in June.  The response has been low; the survey will be up until May 10th.  If you want Seneca County to have their own Special Small Business Saturday, take a survey today!      


Support the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival

by Eric Willman

     Hard to believe, but September 15-17, 2017 brings about the 39th Annual Tiffin Seneca Heritage Festival.  Thank you to the support of the Citizens and Businesses of the Tiffin and Seneca County Community, the Festival will continue to offer the unique experience of the Living History Village, located at Hedges-Boyer Park, and the Downtown Celebration, which offers the BEST and LARGEST Parade of the Year, Food and Music, all the while trying to grow the celebration of our Local Heritage! ... 

   As we finalize the details of the 2017 Heritage Festival, we do look forward to the continued support of the Tiffin and Seneca County Citizens and Businesses.  Whether you are able to volunteer your time during the weekend, or able to provide financial support for the event, it is greatly appreciated.  In fact, in 2017, we have made available the opportunity to sponsor specific events, such as the Heritage Block, Parade, Kids Korner, etc.  Ask today how your Organization can support the growth in our focus on the Heritage of Tiffin and Seneca County.  For details, call 419-619-8904 or email willman_eric@yahoo.com.

View the ad letter and the sponsorship levels!

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Congrats to Arnold Machine, Inc. for their Ribbon Cutting!
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Congrats to St. Francis Senior Ministries for their Ribbon Cutting!
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Thanks to all those who celebrated the groundbreaking of the Tiffin Pointe Apartment Complex!

     The official ground breaking ceremony for Tiffin Pointe Apartment Homes took place Friday, April 21, 2017.  The new garden style apartment homes located at 639 West Market Street will provide 50 (fifty) two, three and four –bedroom townhome style apartment homes centrally located near retail shopping and restaurants.

     The development is situated on 7.5 acres and will provide on-site amenities attractive to families.  Residents will have access to their own clubhouse which will include a property management office, library, business center laundry room, and playground.  Tiffin Pointe, a green designed development, will also provide residents with a community room complete with gas fireplace that will be utilized for a workforce training room and education enhancement center.

     “There is a strong demand for high quality affordable housing for families,” said Aaron Pechota, Sr. VP of Development, The NRP Group. “Tiffin Pointe is the result of individuals, businesses and government working together to ensure continued growth in the Tiffin Community.



Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services
19 W. Market Street
Tiffin, OH 44883
419-447-4141
info@tiffinchamber.com



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