Business & Training Resources

Business Resources

Business Resources

The New Bremen economic development office receives local, regional and State information that may be beneficial content and/or valuable resources for our local businesses.  This webpage has been created to provide a location for local businesses to refer to, as needed.  The information will be updated on a monthly basis.

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document to provide information about the coronavirus’ (COVID-19’s) impact on BWC operations. They are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary.

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.

Businesses seeking information related to the COVID-19 response can take advantage of the below resources.

OMA’s COVID-19 Resource Page — The Ohio Manufacturing Association created a webpage resource to share relevant content of challenges related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The OMA is in regular contact with state officials, as well as counterparts at the National Association of Manufacturers, regarding the response to COVID-19. A wealth of information can be found on this website.

OSHA Publications

OSHA has published additional FAQs and answers regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus.

OSHA Safety Tips — On OSHA’s homepage, 200 COVID-19 tips covering issues such as use of PPE, training employees on safety protocols and assigning workshifts.


ATTN Manufacturers:  FASTLANE has funding available for manufacturing businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  (FASTLANE is West Central Ohio’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) located within the University of Dayton Research Institute as the Manufacturing Technology Solutions Accelerator Office.) Manufacturers can apply funds to offset part of the cost of services they need to recover from the pandemic.  To find out what services are eligible, check out this link on the FASTLANE website.

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.

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:
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:
— Rhodes State College 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

Steps on how to apply for TechCred at Rhodes State College can be found here.

The current application period closes on October 30th, 2020.

COMING SOON: Starting or Growing a Business