Ohio Small Business Development Center appoints new director
Miranda Hoffman has joined the Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Terra State Community College as its director to provide an array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.
“I am excited to join as Director of the Ohio SBDC at Terra State and look forward to further developing their already extensive service offering that promotes business growth, sustainability and enhances the creation of new businesses and jobs,” Hoffman said. “I am fortunate to be joining such a respected and long-standing program that prides itself on top-quality service.”
William Taylor, vice president for academic affairs said, “Hoffman’s wealth of experience and knowledge has already made her a great leader to the Ohio SBDC. We view her appointment as a sign of our commitment to fostering local economic development by being the leading small business resource in our community. Increasing demand from our clients to help them start, grow and sustain their businesses, local business trends and individual business requirements led us to look for a leader who will fit in with our innovation and exceptional service. It is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Hoffman’s caliber to fulfill this role. I am confident that Hoffman will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality business solutions for our clients.”
Entrepreneurs and community members looking for business assistance can reach out to Hoffman at 419-559-2210 or [email protected]
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Confirmation students gather more than 300 items for food pantry, humane society
PORT CLINTON — Four confirmation students at St. John Lutheran Church presented more than 300 food items they gathered as part of their community service project to the local food pantry and humane society Oct. 30.
Second-year confirmation students Dean Coppeler, Lee Higgins and Jackie Libben and first-year confirmation student Lilly Hatt collected non-perishable canned goods, pasta and other pantry items for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Port Clinton.
They also collected pet food and treats that were donated to the Humane Society of Ottawa County.
“This project is important to me,” said Libben, 13, daughter of Jennifer and Ronald Libben. “I hope the things we got donated will help people (and some animals) with being able to eat and might help them feel good.”
For several weeks, the students collected food items in the church sanctuary through a friendly competition. Ohio State fans put their donations on one table, and Michigan fans put theirs on another to see who could gather more. Members of St. John and Trinity United Methodist Church participated.
The Ohio State fans won, collecting 224 items to the Michigan fans’ 63. Those numbers do not include additional donations to the food drive from Trinity United Methodist, which put the collection total over 300.
“Thank you to the congregation and Trinity United Methodist for their donations,” said Higgins, 13, son of Megan and Shea Regal and Gary Higgins. “Go OSU!”
Coppeler, 11, son of Deadre and Peter Coppeler, also expressed his thanks.
“I hope it will help the people and families in need,” he said.
At St. John, confirmation students in their second year choose and complete a community-service project. Hatt is in her first year, but she will be the only second-year student next year. Coppeler, Higgins and Libben invited her to participate in the project this year instead of doing a project by herself next year.
Interim pastor Dave Westphal confirmed Coppeler, Higgins and Libben on Sunday, Oct. 31.
St. John Lutheran Church is located at 207 Adams St. in Port Clinton. It is a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For information, visit http://www.stjohnlutheranpc.com/.
Port Clinton High School NHS members clean up highway
PORT CLINTON — Port Clinton High School National Honor Society collected trash along Gill Road as part of their semi-annual Adopt-a-Road campaign.
NHS students participating included: Kennedy Adkins, Davie Avis, Faith Chapman, Olivia Eickert, Luke Halsey, Alexia Harnard, Connor Helle, Leyna Jackson, Teagan Kelly, Paeja Leow, Zavier Manning, Alyssa Mares, Brooke Martinez, Arielle Montowski, Rebekah Nels, Alyssa Recker, Paige Reineck, Ella Roberts, Lydia Boykin, Isabella Cross, Olivia Felbinger, Cameron Gillum, Claudia Gillum, Christian Kolodziejcayk, Tyler Rodrigue-Hejhal, Mia Sanchez, Addisynne Siefke, and Noah Zimmerman. Kathy Miller is the PCHS National Honor Society adviser.