January 26_ 2011 by suchenfz



                                                                   January 26, 2011  

Attention Area Business and Economic Development Leaders 
The Medina County Economic Development Corporation’s                                             
2011 Annual Meeting will be held at the Blair Center, Westfield Center at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, 
February 1, 2011.  The keynote speaker for the evening is Robert Joyce, Chief Executive 
Officer of Westfield Group, who will focus on Leadership for our Changing Economy and 
Times.       Contact Sandy Neuman 330‐722‐9215      sneuman@medinacounty.org
Unemployment Rises Slightly                                                                                                          
Unemployment in Medina County rose by three-tenths of 1 percent in December from November of
last year.

The county’s unemployment rate was listed at 7.8 percent in December, while the November and
October percentage came in at 7.5, according to figures released today by the Ohio Department of
Job and Family Services.

The 7.5 percent jobless rate in the county was its lowest figure since December 2008, when 6.8
percent of workers were unemployed. Medina County experienced a high of 10-percent
unemployment in February 2010, according to state data.

Of the state’s 88 counties, 44 counties had unemployment rates go up in December, the job report
states. Ohio counties with the lowest rate are Delaware and Holmes — 6.4 percent, while the highest
unemployment rate was 16.3 percent in Ottawa County.

Eight counties in Ohio had jobless rates under 8 percent for December, according to the job report.
Counties below the 8-percent mark were Mercer, 6.6 percent; Union, 7.4; Franklin, 7.6; Geauga, 7.7;
Medina, 7.8; Fairfield, 7.9; and Delaware and Holmes counties with 6.4.

Nine counties had unemployment higher than 13 percent last month. They were Ottawa, 16.3 percent;
Clinton, 15; Pike, 14.8; Highland, 14; Noble, 13.8; Adams, Meigs and Morgan, 13.7; and Huron, 13.5.

The job and family services department noted on Friday that Ohio’s jobless rate slipped from 9.8
percent in November of last year to 9.6 percent in December.

The national unemployment rate in December 2010 was 9.4 percent, which was down from 9.8 
percent in November.                                                                                                                                                                              
The Associated Press contributed information to this report.
Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.
Welcome to the new! - Brunswick College Center
                Spring Classes begin January 31.

                                                       To register, visit www.tri-c.edu/courses and select
                                                       "Brunswick College Center" as your campus.
                                                       Located on the Brunswick High School campus, the Brunswick College
                                                       Center is in direct response to the continuing demand for affordable and
                                                       accessible higher education in the area.

                                                       For more info:      Brunswick College Center

                                                                           3605 Center Rd. Brunswick, OH

Government money is available to advance a great idea! 
Government Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants are available in 2011 from many major federal agencies. 
This non‐dilutive funding can help you validate your proof‐of‐concept, develop a prototype, and more. SBIR funds are 
available to companies which are 51% American‐owned, located in the U.S., employ no more than 500 people, and 
represent your primary place of employment at the time of the award. The SBIR program awarded over $60M to Ohio 
companies in 2010 alone. 
Sound tempting? Come to an introductory session to learn more about SBIR grants, RFPs, and what you can do to 
prepare to win this funding. Presenting the basics of SBIR grants and how to be best prepared to win them is Lisa Kurek, 
Managing Partner of BBC. Lisa has over 30 years of experience understanding how product development and 
commercialization are funded by the federal government, and is uniquely qualified to help you write a winning proposal. 
During this brief two hour event, you will hear Lisa present an overview of the SBIR program. You will also have the 
opportunity to meet one‐on‐one with Lisa and grant preparation experts at the Ohio Aerospace Institute after the 

As an added bonus, if your company is a strong fit for SBIR funding as identified through this program, you may qualify for
additional assistance and funding to attend the national SBIR conference in Madison, WI, in April 2011, enhancing your
prospects for winning an award!

Presentation: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.                              Friday, February 10, 2011
                                                                  Ohio Aerospace Institute
Optional one-on-one sessions: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.              22800 Cedar Point Road
                                                                  Cleveland, OH 44142 Directions and Map

Enterprise Car Rental, at the corner of Hadcock Road and Maxwell Boulevard, is changing their sign to the new and
                                                                       improved version to incorporate the       as part
                                                                       of the sign.

                                                                             The branch manager, Steve Bailey, says
                                                                             business is great in Brunswick with over 130
                                                                             cars available for rental. And if you need a car
                                                                             for the weekend, it is just $9.99 per day.
Hickory Ridge Plaza-
may have a new owner!
Bids were taken by Friedman Real Estate on the plaza after it went into receivership last year.  
In December, they picked the best participant in the process and are now doing their due 
diligence.  This 129,000 sq. ft.  plaza on Pearl Road has 
great potential and is about 60% occupied with great 
businesses like Madd Chef, Brunswick Theater, UXL 
Sports, Wingz, and  Party Station.        
 With a new, involved owner, this could be a major 
boon to the Pearl Road Corridor.                                                    
                                                                                                      Hickory Ridge Plaza on Pearl Road 


                                                   is Open for Business!                          
                                                   3437 Center Road Here at Outdoor Power 
                                                   World, you will find a retailer offering the full line of Cub 
                                                   Cadet, Cub Cadet Commercial, Cub Cadet Yanmar, Hustler 
                                                   Turf, Toro, Echo, Bearcat Echo, and more. The 20,000 
                                                   square foot store provides a friendly sales staff, 
                                                   professional service with many years of knowledge, and a 
                                                   parts department that uses state‐of –the‐art parts look‐up 
                                                   for almost all brands. 

Outdoor Power World offers a broad range of product for residential and commercial customers. Our showroom
displays 20 different zero turns mowers of Cub Cadet, Cub Cadet Commercial, and Hustler Turf. That is not counting
the 12 different lawn and garden tractors of Cub Cadet. In addition, Outdoor Power World offers Cub Cadet Yanmar
Diesel Tractors ranging from 24HP to 45HP. That is the large equipment; need a hand-held product? Don’t worry,
Outdoor Power World displays a 40-foot section of Echo products with a full 5-year residential warranty.


                                                                            is Now Open! 
They are currently having a “Soft Opening”, with a Grand Opening in about a month. 
Bruce Algie, the new sales manager, has invited all of Brunswick to stop by and check out the 
new store.  He stated they are more than an auto parts store; besides auto parts, they carry or 
can obtain parts for other types of engines such as boats, commercial trucks, lawnmowers, 
chain saws, etc. 


                                                                                                            Mark your Calendars: 

                                                                                                            Business Showcase & 
                                                                                                            Health Fair  
                                                                                                            Saturday, March 26, 2011 
Brunswick High School           (East Entrance), 
3581 Center Road, Brunswick OH 44212                                                                                                                                                                
Contact:   Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce  
                 1434 Town Center Blvd. Suite C50 Brunswick, OH 44212                                                           330.225.8411   330.273.8172            
                                                                                                               Justine Jacob   justine@brunswickareachamber.org  

Brunswick Auto Mart has added Dodge Ram Trucks to their line‐up.


If you would like your property listed on the Economic Development web site,                                           
Please contact Tim Smith at tsmith@brunswick.oh.us or call at 330‐558‐6875.                                          
Comments or questions:      Contact:  Tim Smith   Economic Dev. 330.558.6875                                                                                            

For more information or updates, check out the Brunswick Web page:                                                                                                                      
www.brunswick.oh.us    Click on Economic Development, then click on Weekly Reports.  

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