Chamber and FEDC Host Annual Meeting

The Fostoria Chamber of Commerce and Fostoria Economic Development Corporation hosted their joint annual meeting on April 18, 2018.  The event highlighted the organizational accomplishments in 2017 and provided a look into 2018. Renee Smith, President of Fostoria Economic Development Corporation, announced that in 2017 over 350 jobs were created and over $59 million were invested in Fostoria through new businesses and the expansion and reinvestment of existing businesses. Among the other highlights were a 2017 Year in Review Video presentation, and the awarding of the Donald P. Miller Award in Recognition of Economic Development to Bill Reineke Sr. and Frank Kinn. Fostoria Chamber and Economic Development Corporation Year in Review Video Chamber Year in Review Visual Visitor's Bureau Year in Review  FEDC 2018 Economic Edition    ...Read More > 

Area Businesses Recognized for Safety

The Fostoria Area Safety Council in partnership with the Ohio BWC will recognize area businesses for their accomplishments in workplace safety.  The Fostoria Area Safety Council will host its annual award luncheon on Wednesday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Parish Life Center at St. Wendelin.  The meeting is open to the public but reservations are required.  The Cost is $15 for non Safety Council members and free for Safety Council members. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker, Timothy Dimoff, President & CEO, SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc.  Mr. Dimoff is a speaker, trainer, author and a leading authority in high-risk workplace and human resource and security crime issues. He is a Certified Protection Professional; a certified legal expert in corporate security procedures and training; a member of the Ohio and International Narcotic Associations; the Ohio and National Societies for Human Resource Managers; and the American Society for Industrial Security. He holds a B.S. in Sociology, with an...Read More > 

Chamber Launches Student Start Up

Student Start Up The Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking students in grades 6 through 12 interested in starting or expanding a summer business.  The Chamber’s Student Start Up was designed to provide students with the real world experience of starting an actual business and expose them to an alternative to being an employee. “We want to build a community that welcomes entrepreneurs and provides the tools and resources needed to be successful.  Through our Student Start Up program we can encourage young entrepreneurs and potentially plant the seeds for start-ups in our community now and in the future.” Sarah Stephens Krupp, Chamber/Small Business Director Through a grant from the Henry H. Geary Jr. Memorial Foundation, the Chamber will fund 10 Student Start Ups in 2018.  Each successful applicant will receive $200 to start or expand their business.  All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on April 26 and successful applicants will be notified by May 10.  As a bonus, successful...Read More > 

Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau To Host Barn Quilt Painting Workshop

Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau To Host Barn Quilt Painting Workshop Saturday, May 12th Register early as space is limited. The Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau is hosting a half-day barn quilt painting workshop on Saturday, May 12th.  The workshop will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the BANKquet Hall at the Towne Square Arts and Business, 125 South Main Street. The workshop will be conducted by Suzi Parron, who is a teacher, lecturer and author of two books: “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” and “Following the Barn Quilt Trail”. Outdoor barn quilt squares have been growing in popularity across the country in recent years. The first quilt trail was created by Donna Sue Groves in Adams County, Ohio to honor her mother’s love of quilting.  In talking with friends and neighbors, Donna Sue realized that the project had wide appeal and could also be beneficial to the community to foster tourism and economic development. Instead of a single...Read More > 

Reineke Ford, Inc. Customer Appreciation Event

Reineke Ford in Fostoria-Customer Appreciation Event this Saturday Stop out for Reineke Ford in Fostoria's monthly customer appreciation event on Saturday, March 10th, between 11 am and 2 pm, at 1303 Perrysburg Rd.  Bill, Pratt, and the rest of the Reineke team will be grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, with all the fixings! You will have a chance to win a few great prizes as well! We look forward to seeing you rain or shine!...Read More > 

Forte Music Studios Open House & Ribbon Cutting

Come help us celebrate the Opening of  Forte Music Studios new location Join us in celebrating the opening of the new music lesson space for Forte Music Studios. Director, Jody Strong and her team of talented instructors invite you to an open house and ribbon cutting to showcase their beautiful, new space. The open house will be held from 4-6 p.m. with a 4:15 ribbon cutting in suite 211 at 125 S. Main Street in downtown Fostoria. Light refreshments and musical performances will be provided. Forte Music Studios offer private lessons in piano, violin, guitar, voice and drums. Rates start at $15 per lesson. For more information visit the website and follow Forte on Facebook. Event Invitation  ...Read More > 

March Members of the Month

Hi Socres Barcade & Grill, located at 224 N. Main St, has a long history of being a family friendly restaurant. Hi Scores is in the same location of the former Candyland restaurant and has maintained the Soda Shop and mom and pop shop-friendly atmosphere. Hi Scores Barcade & Grill offers a wide range of burgers, wraps and salads in a safe, fun atmosphere with free arcade games and daily drink specials. Owner Matt Evans, is passionate about small business and building community around positive events. Matt embodies small business and is committed to giving back and even hosted a fundraiser during his grand opening. Stop by Hi Scores Barcade & Grill for a delicious meal and some family friendly arcade games. Hi Scores has been a Chamber member since its opening in November 2017. Follow Hi Scores on Facebook #Shop Fostoria      Shop Small, Shop Local Whistle Stop Deli, located at 210 E. Lytle Street, offers deli meats and cheeses, hot subs, soups, party trays, Amish products, a...Read More > 

Shift your Shopping Passport Winner Announced

The Fostoria Chamber of Commerce has announced the winner of the grand prize basket from their holiday retail event, Shift Your Shopping Passport.  The Shift Your Shopping Passports were part of the Chamber’s Shop Small, Shop Local campaign and kicked off special holiday savings from Small Business Saturday through the Saturday before Christmas. The passports aimed to help people shift their shopping habits and make more purchases locally. For every dollar spent locally $2 to $3.50 circulate around the community, helping boosting our economy through taxes which help our schools, safety forces, parks and neighborhoods.  Statistics show that 90% of small business owners donate money to charity while 70% donate time & money. Shift Your Shopping Passport business participants were Whistle Stop Deli, Level Up, Tri County Veterinary Clinic, Kemosabes Roadhouse Grill, Commercial Carpet and Tile, Dells, Thibodeau’s Seneca Lanes, Herbie’s Roadhouse Grill, Savvy Hair Expressions, Fostoria Pizza Palace, Connexions Ink, Moes Body Shop, Big Bear Muffler, Hi Scores Barcade & Grill...Read More >