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Miller Boat Line wins business of the year

Back row (L-R): Lee Janik III (Clutch Tactical Fly Rods), Joe Rudolph (Clutch Tactical Fly Rods), Greg Peiffer (WPCR), Bob Babjack (Chipmatic), Chuck Miller (Baumann’s), Jeff Sondles (Lib. Aviation Museum), Brad Corbin (Sloopy’s). Front row (L-R): Cheryll Rose (Miller Boat Line), Marie Babjack (Chipmatic), Loretta Paul (accepting on behalf of Ray St. Marie w/ Rayz Café), Jan Pugh (Packer Creek Pottery)

On Thursday, April 3, the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation held their 2014 Business & Industry Awards. Overall, the Business of the Year award was presented to Miller Boat Line. Other categories of awards included Small, Medium and Large Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Economic Development Partner of the Year, the Bill Mack Award, Personal Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year. The awards were made by Ferguson Gallery in Marblehead and Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton provided the center piece flower arrangements for the awards.

Nominated for Small Business of the Year were WPCR-Port Clinton Radio and Sloopy’s Sports Café. To qualify for a small business there must be 1-25 employees. WPCR is the North Coast’s only radio station heard on the internet. After their first year on the web, WPCR had over 203,000 visitors with regular visitors from 36 states. WPCR also did live stream television coverage of the Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment. Sloopy’s Sports Café is a locally owned business in Lakeside. Sloopy’s competes in pizza competitions throughout the United States. They are part of the U.S. Pizza Team and have recently won Best Pepperoni Pizza at the fourth annual Rotary Pizza Challenge.

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Small Business Basics seminar set for March

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering a free two-hour seminar, Small Business Basics, that will answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

This seminar will address running a business and offer help to avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. The seminar will cover the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

The Ottawa County seminar will be held Wednesday, March 5, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation conference room,8043 W. S.R. 163, Oak Harbor. It is free and open to the public.

To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, at 800-826-2431 or  419-559-2210, or contact him by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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