Business and Training Resources

Training Resources

Training Resources

Here you will find available training resources for your business needs.

Rhodes State College, in conjunction with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium (WCOMC) is hosting the Husky Energy 2020-21 Supervisor Leadership Series.

The cost for each session is $150 ($135 for WCOMC members).  All sessions are held on Wednesdays, 8:00 am to 12 noon. The 2020-21 topics and dates are as follows:
Stepping up to Supervision: Making the Transition Work – September 16 or 23, 2020
Implementing Sustainable Change – October 14 or 21, 2020
Flexing Your Leadership Style for Greater Supervisory Effectiveness – November 11 or 18, 2020
Communicating for Improved Performance and Greater Commitment – January 20 or 27, 2021
Motivation and Morale: Understanding Why People Do What They Do – February 17 or 24, 2021
Accountability Principles and Practices – March 17 or 24, 2021
Dealing with Difficult People, Behaviors and Situations– April 14 or 21, 2021
Handling Uncomfortable (but Essential) Conversations – May 12 or 19, 2021

NOTE: Seating is currently limited due to social distancing guidelines. Refreshments will not be provided. Attendees may bring bottled water. All attendees must have temperatures taken at the entrance of the James Countryman Building, where these sessions are held.

Register for your session as soon as possible to better assure your desired topic and date. To register, click on this link, the session date are linked to a registration page.  If you have difficulties with this link, please contact either:
— Angela at the village office via phone 419-629-2447 or email or,
— call Rhodes State College directly via phone 567-204-0032 or email Doug Durliat

TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy.  Many of these trainings can be completed online!
These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.

FAQs, how to get started and how to apply, can be found at

The last round of funding ended on August 31st, 2020.  We waiting for the next round of funding to be announced.

Business Resources

Business Resources

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Ohio BWC Defers Premium Installments

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is deferring Ohio employers’ premium installments for the months of June, July, and August. Businesses will have the option to defer the monthly premium payments with no financial penalties. “By extending the premium due date, businesses can continue to focus on the safety and well-being of their employees and customers during this health pandemic,” said Governor DeWine.
This is the second payment deferral BWC has given to employers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The deferral is designed to help employers focus financial resources on re-opening their businesses under the Responsible RestartOhio Plan

GrowNow — Growing Small Business. Now.

Small business owners can receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on new or existing loans ups to $400,000 for two years, with the opportunity for renewal.  Participating businesses must commit to creating or retaining jobs in the State of Ohio.  This program promotes economic development by supporting small businesses and encouraging job creation and business expansion. This program is offered through the Office of the Ohio Treasurer. 
For more information about the GrowNow program check out this weblink and this informational brochure.

ReEnergize Ohio — Reducing the Cost of Business

Small businesses looking to expand operations or renovate their existing building may qualify for loans with a four-year interest rate reduction of up to 3%, with a program cap of $550,000.  Qualified entities may also use the loan for upgrading and adding equipment, or installing energy-saving products and systems.  This program helps to revitalize business areas across Ohio.  This program is available through the Office of the Ohio Treasurer.
For more information about the ReEnergize Ohio program check out this weblink and this informational brochure.

Ag-LINK — Agricultural Linked Deposit Program

An annual program that allows eligible farm operators and agribusiness owners to receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on operating loans of $150,000 or less.  Ag-LINK helps offset the impact of upfront costs for feed, seed, fertilizer, fuel, and inventory.  This program is available through the Office of Ohio Treasurer.
For more information about the Ag-LINK program check out this weblink this informational brochure.

 Starting or growing a business? These resources can help you!

In almost all cases, the state of Ohio requires businesses to register with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. Other types of licenses and registration are based on the business’ legal organization, the types of goods or services offered or business activities.

Check out the Ohio Business Road Map, here you will find step-by-step instructions on the legal steps to take to start your business.

This publication provides comprehensive information about our state, federal and key judicial candidates. It also provides insights about the economics and demographics of Ohio’s House, Senate and Congressional districts.

Election Guide 2020

Businesses seeking information related to the COVID-19 pandemic can take advantage of the below resources:

This resource page is updated monthly. Please be sure to check back often as this situation develops.

Employee Signs:  employee breaks

Webinar:  ‘When Employees Resist Returning to Work and Other Pandemic-Related HR Challenges’ complimentary webinar sponsored by the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
WHEN: Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 1pm-2pm
For more information and to register click here.

Rural Energy for American Program (REAP)
Twice a year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to businesses located within rural areas. The next round of applications for the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) grants of $20,000 or less are due on November 2, 2020.

Applications for unrestricted grants and/or loans are due by March 31, 2021.

REAP Fact Sheet

Assistance with the application process is available through our account director at AMP.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources — August 2020

Businesses seeking information related to the COVID-19 pandemic can take advantage of the below resources:

This resource page is updated monthly. Please be sure to check back often as this situation develops.

  • The on-demand webinar by Thompson-Hine LLP is available on YouTube.  It is nearly a 2-hour webinar (1:47).  It was recorded on August 13, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the content on this webpage, contact Angela Hamberg at 419-629-2447, or via email.