North Coast Business Journal: Welcoming Account Exec Kristina Willoughby

I am Kristina Willoughby, an Account Executive with Schaffner Publications Incorporated (SPI), a communications company, providing current information for over 30 years.  I oversee accounts for both The Beacon, a free weekly local newspaper for the general public and the North Coast Business Journal, a monthly publication that bridges the gap between Toledo, Cleveland and Columbus business worlds. 

Born and raised in Port Clinton, Ohio, I bought a house in the same neighborhood I grew up in and my children attend the same schools that I did growing up.  I love every part about living here, hence being mindful of the small business communities. We, on our own, are only one intricate part of this amazing Northern Central portion of Ohio but together there are infinite possibilities.

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Support Businesses Affected by Road Closures

     With all of the roadwork and construction that has been taking place this summer, we would like to extend a thank-you to everyone who has continued to support local businesses affected by construction!

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Upcoming Events through September

During the month of August, we encourage you to visit our local flea and farmers markets! In the meantime, mark your calendars: the weekends of September 10 - 11  and 16 -18 are filled with great community events that will draw crowds from not only Seneca County, but also surrounding areas!

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Outstanding Citizenship Award & Women’s Career Excellence Award

Do you know anyone who has achieved success in their professional career? Who has dedicated their time and effort to improve the quality of life for others within the community?  Who has demonstrated high ethical and moral standards, and who works to help others achieve? If you know anyone who meets these criteria, we encourage you to nominate them for the Outstanding Citizenship Award, or the Women’s Career Excellence Award!

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Business Leaders Happy Hour: July 11

     Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, gave a talk to business owners this month about the benefits of the program and what they can do to grow.  

     During his presentation, Auxter explained the SBDC network, which covers 1,000 centers nationally and 40 centers in Ohio.

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Ballreich’s Awarded for Best Potato Chip and Potato Stick

On July 16, 2016, the nation’s first Potato Chip Festival was held in Saratoga Springs, New York, the birthplace of potato chips.  This event not only created history for the potato chip, but also for Ballreich’s Potato Chips and Snacks.  

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Around the Town

This year’s Around the Town will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 3:45 pm to 5 pm in Downtown Lot #7. This event allows incoming students from Heidelberg University and Tiffin University to become familiar with the resources that Tiffin has to offer! Restaurants, retailers, financial institutions, and non-profits are encouraged to participate. Political groups are not allowed at this event. Register here by August 12th. Please contact Deb at 419-447-4141 for more information! 


New Chamber Members: August

Jimmy John’s 

Aaron Taylor, Vice President

2161 W. Market St., Tiffin, OH


Jimmy John’s is a nationally known restaurant specializing in a variety of freshly made, from-scratch sub and club sandwiches. Offering everything from the classic ham and cheese to specialty gourmet sandwiches, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Jimmy John’s! Furthermore, each franchise uses guaranteed fresh ingredients, and locally sources vegetables whenever possible.  Jimmy John’s Tiffin location is projected to open in August 2016.


Seneca County Commissioners 

Holly Stacy, President

111 Madison St., Tiffin, Ohio



Visit Our Websites!

Are you looking for ways to stay up-to-date on Chamber information and Seneca County events? Be sure to check out and for complete lists of community resources, local businesses, and area events.

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The 32nd Educators’ Appreciation Breakfast

The 32nd Educators’ Appreciation Breakfast will be held at the Camden Falls, 2460 S SR 231 on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 am.  This welcoming breakfast will include new educators from Heidelberg University, Tiffin University, Tiffin Academy of Hair Design, North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, Bridges Community Academy, Calvert Catholic Schools, Hopewell-Loudon School, Mohawk School, New Riegel School, North Central Academy, Old Fort Schools, School of Opportunity, Sentinel Career Center, Seneca East School and Tiffin City Schools.  

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