LIMA - The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce is helping to put on a small business convention beginning Oct. 23 in Sandusky for small business owners across the Midwest.

LIMA — The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce is helping to put on a small business convention beginning Oct. 23 in Sandusky for small business owners across the Midwest.

The chamber is a partner with the Council of Smaller Enterprises at the event Oct. 23, 24 and 25 at Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center. The event will bring together more than 1,000 small business professionals for three days to learn and connect. It features six national keynote speakers, more than 50 educational breakout workshops, an 80-exhibit trade show and structured and unstructured networking opportunities.

More than 30 chambers and business support organizations across Ohio and the Midwest are producing the event. Members of the chamber can register for the convention for just $99 vs. the non-member rate of $249. Kalahari is also offering attendees a special hotel room rate. For information and to register, go to the convention website at www.smallbizconvention.com.

The final judging in the third annual COSE Business Pitch Competition will serve as the kickoff to the convention on Oct. 23. The final four contestants will be vying for $40,000 in prize money and making presentations to a panel of judges that will include Jeff Hoffman, CEO and co-founder of the Priceline.com family of companies.

COSE is one of Ohio’s largest small business support organization, striving to help small businesses grow and maintain their independence.

Manufacturing training available in October

LIMA — The West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium will offer its free Basic Manufacturing Pathway class Oct. 14 to 30, at Rhodes State College, Lima. This 40-hour class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Interested persons may register by calling the WCOMC at 419-995-8353 by Oct. 11.

The Basic Manufacturing Pathway class covers manufacturing-related skills in basic math, quality and safety. The course covers workplace skills such as communication and teamwork. The course also includes resume writing and financial aid for students pursuing additional training.

“Persons who recently completed the class and earned Basic Certification in the WCOMC’s Advanced Manufacturing Pathway program have attained employment with area manufacturers. Others are pursuing additional training, which is what we encourage if they are seeking employment,” said WCOMC Director Doug Durliat.

The course is available at no cost to students thanks to a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the WCOMC from the City of Lima.

Midwest Spray Drying now named Wannemacher Packaging Upper Sandusky Plant

LIMA — Midwest Spray Drying announces the company has become a part of Wannemacher Packaging Division of Wannemacher Total Logistics and will now be known as the Upper Sandusky Plant of Wannemacher Packaging.

The move is a part of Wannemacher’s consolidation of its two recently acquired food processing and packaging facilities into its existing packaging operations.

“This move is a logical step forward as the Wannemacher Packaging Division grows its presence in our company,” said Greg Wannemacher, President of Wannemacher Total Logistics. “A little more than a year and a half ago we purchased the Golden Heritage liquid filling plant in Van Wert, Ohio, and late last year we acquired the Midwest Spray Drying plant in Upper Sandusky.”

Spray drying is a method of producing a dry powder from a liquid or slurry by rapidly drying with a hot gas. The liquid is sprayed into a large, food-grade drying tower that dries the atomized liquid, resulting in a fine powder. The resulting powders are used in a wide variety of products including spices, flavorings, teas, and even pharmaceutical ingredients.

Wannemacher Total Logistics was founded in 1991 and includes freight logistics, distribution services, warehousing, transportation, and contract packaging.

Lima Mall welcomes home-based businesses for expo

LIMA — Lima Mall will welcome local, home-based businesses allowing them the opportunity to promote services and products during the Home-Based Business Expo taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5.

The event will showcase items from a variety of individual domestic entrepreneurs with brands including Avon, Pampered Chef and Thirty-One Gifts.

Products will be available for purchase at each booth, as well as demonstrations of showcased items. The expo will be held in the Elder-Beerman wing of Lima Mall. There is still time for businesses to register. Please contact Lima Mall at 419-331-1311 for more information.

“Our Home-based Business Expo gives business owners the opportunity to showcase their products and services where customer traffic already exists,” said Melinda Edler, director of mall marketing and business development for Lima Mall. “For our customers, it is a great opportunity to purchase items not typically available at the mall as well as meet the local entrepreneurs behind the brands.”

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