Ohio Business Spotlight
The Ohio Business Spotlight is a new initiative designed to highlight strong businesses that can serve as examples of Ohio’s economic potential. Ohio businesses start at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, so there is a special opportunity to empower new entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to succeed in the Buckeye state. Each month, Secretary LaRose will select various businesses around the state that share a common theme.
"My great grandfather found his American dream in Ohio when his company filed to do business right here at the Secretary of State's office," said LaRose. "It’s my goal to continue encouraging that dream and highlighting Ohio’s success stories will go a long way towards providing the energy, insight, and inspiration entrepreneurs need as they prepare to start their business."
June's Ohio Business Spotlight
While our state cautiously reopens, Ohioans have shown their innovative and dedicated spirit across diverse sectors of business. This month we are highlighting business from every corner of the state that have adapted to provide a safe and comforting environment for customers while providing essential services in creative ways to best help others, keep workers employed, and make us proud to be Ohioans. Thank you to all Ohio business that have gone above and beyond. Let us all remember to support local businesses as much as possible this summer as we ourselves adjust to new guidelines.
Address: 1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
County of Headquarters: Hamilton
Findlay Market has operated continuously in the same iron-framed building since 1855 and is not just another historic monument; it is an essential institution to life in 21st century Cincinnati. The market is managed as a nonprofit whose mission is to connect farmers, producers, sellers and customers in a dynamic, diverse public marketplace. During these tough times, the entire market has adapted its physical layout, routines and business models to ensure that each shop is doing everything they can to keep shoppers, vendors and employees safe and healthy, including enhanced one-way traffic and line queues, special hours for vulnerable populations, the Findlay Market Shopping App for those who can’t or don’t feel safe shopping at the market with free pickup and delivery, new public hand washing stations, and required temperature checks and masking for staff.
To view Findlay Market’s entire COVID-19 Reopen Plan visit www.findlaymarket.org/news/covid-19.
Address: 186 Morgan Drive, Lucasville OH 45648
County of Headquarters: Scioto
EMC2 Molding was founded through the 2009 recession by Justin and Holly Cook as a family-owned and operated rotational molding facility. In 2016, the owners opened up a second business to provide entertainment rental services, starting with three inflatable bounce houses and a tent. Two years later, EMC2 Party Rentals became the majority business focus of the family and the company currently has more than 50 inflatables, mechanical rides, trackless trains, bumper cars, dunk tanks, and horse carriage rentals.
As the Covid-19 pandemic began, EMC2 Party Rentals saw business grind to a halt. Relying on their manufacturing background the family began to build custom fitted plastic sneeze guard barriers to assist in the responsible reopening of Ohio by ensuring safe person-to-person interactions at local businesses. Demand was so high that www.emc2store.com was created to support the needs of businesses outside southern Ohio, shipping products throughout the country.
Address: 601 Monroe St. Toledo, OH 43604
County of Headquarters: Lucas
Located in the heart of the Warehouse District in downtown Toledo, Ohio, The Blarney Irish Pub is a mainstay for celebrations, music, and the perfect pint of Guinness. While providing carry out for families to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day at home, the Blarney was planning on how to reopen for their loyal customers even before a date was announced. Rolling plastic table dividers can be moved in and out as needed to accommodate groups of 10 or less, QR code menus allowed diners to order from their phone, and DJs and bands were zoomed in live to provide entertainment. Bagpipers have even played outside the patio! Recently the city of Toledo has closed down the street outside to allow for more outdoor seating for Ohioans looking to relax with friends and family at their favorite pubs.
Address: 545 Walnut St, Coshocton, OH 43812
County of Headquarters: Coshocton
A family of 200 chemists, engineers, technicians, and creatives who work together to custom manufacture chemicals and food ingredients in Coshocton, Ohio, Wiley Companies is dedicated to guiding processes from the laboratory bench through full-scale plant construction and GMP quality production.
Wiley Companies was designated an essential business early on in the stay-at-home order and staff have adapted their manufacturing and distribution processes to continue to provide important chemicals and supplements to those who need them. They were one of the first companies in early April to provide hard-to-find hand sanitizer to their community for FREE, and have been working hard ever since to help during the pandemic. For example, one of their products is a key nutrient provided by feeding tube to patients on ventilators all over the country.
Address: 5354 Center St, Hilliard, OH 43026
County of Headquarters: Franklin
The Crooked Can Brewing Company and Center St. Market, located in Hilliard, hadn’t even formally opened their doors before the stay-at-home order. By redesigning their 7000 square foot patio to follow reopening guidelines, with tons of hand sanitizer and even clean and dirty pen holders, Crooked Can provides a clean, spacious, fun, and family friendly environment for customers to both enjoy and feel safe in as Ohioans venture out to be social and enjoy the summer.
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