Thursday, March 21, 2013
Pin Oak Parkway company will host event featuring businesses from Avon Lake, Westlake, Avon and others.
The city’s first business expo is planned for mid-April and there’s still time to get a booth. Sponsored by the The City of Avon Lake's Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB), the business expo will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hinkley Lighting (33000 Pin Oak Parkway). Admission is free to the public. To expand the city’s economic development efforts, Avon Lake’s first business expo will be April 18 at Hinkley Lighting. Between 60-65 businesses are expected. Eilleen Donahue, the chairwoman of the mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Board, said the idea has been in the works for a few years “For a couple of years we have been tossing around the idea of a business expo in Avon Lake,” Donahue said. “We thought…
Monday, February 11, 2013
Elected in 2009, Bucci has focused on economic development
Avon Lake Councilman-at-Large Dan Bucci has announced he will seek re-election in November. Bucci made the announcement in front of a private gathering of more than 50 friends and supporters today. He also kicked off a Facebook page where supporters can follow the campaign. “When I ran for City Council four years ago, I campaigned on a platform of making economic development not only my focus, but also that of Council as a whole and the Mayor’s office,” Bucci said Feb. 10. “We have made progress toward that end and I am running to ensure that the next phases of the City’s economic development plan are implemented.” Bucci, an attorney, was elected to one of three council-at-large seats in 2009, earning the most votes of four candidates. He …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Avon company wants to buy building, add three new presses. City considering tax abatement.
Two and a half years ago, L & W Engineering arrived in Avon with no definiteplans of staying. Their time here was transitional at best; the company, which employed 12 at the time, was sold several times and its future was uncertain. Now, the city of Avon is ready to offer the aluminum and steel fabricating company a 10-year, 75 percent tax abatement on what is expected to be a $14 million to $17 million expansion. This Enterprise Zone Tax Agreement would still need approval by council, likely at its Aug. 13 meeting, as well as the Lorain County Board of Commissioners. The company currently rents its present location but is looking to buy. “It’s the difference between whether to stay here and buy the building or move to Tennessee or …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Pin Oak Parkway open houses will let students, parents visit locations on one night.
Four local Pin Oak Parkway active kids businesses are banding together and holding a joint open house on Wednesday, April 25, to give parents and children the opportunity to visit these four facilities in one evening. Representatives from Pembroke Child Development Center, Miss Kristin’s Dance Studio, Infinity Athletics and Great Lakes Gymnastics met recently to plan to open houses which include the opportunity for visitors to win a Attend the open house and you will have a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to Kalahari Water Park Resort in Sandusky. “Four of us are getting together to let area residents know that Pin Oak Parkway is a happening spot for children,” Kristin Perry, head of Miss Kristen’s Dance Studio said. “People can meet…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Taylor lists the signs she sees of economic growth in Ohio
Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor met with business owners from the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce for a Q & A Thursday afternoon at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home. While there, Taylor listed some of the signs she saw of Ohio's economic growth. She cited a decreasing unemployment rate, as well as Ohio's status as the top job creator in the country during February and fourth overall this year. She also mentioned that Ohio reclaimed Site Magazine's "Governor's Cup" for having the most new and expanded projects of any state.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
What type of business would work here?
Last week we asked readers what they would like to see in the spot that formerly housed Tops Market. It is one of the city’s longest-standing – and most obvious – empty buildings. And you responded. We had more than 60 comments on what type of business would work in the large spot. Readers also shared plenty of reasons and blame as to why the building has been empty for so long. This week we’re moving to the Giant Eagle/Learwood Plaza where one of the newest vacancies is, the former Tucky’s building. Some history about the building. The two business that preceded Tucky’s were both coffee houses: Arabica and bean. It may be a good assumption that this location would not be ideal for a coffee house. How about a donut store? Consignment shop…
Monday, April 2, 2012
These upcoming events are all at Avon Lake's library.
Here's what's coming up at the Avon Lake Public Library. Mother-Daughter Tea Put on your party dresses and enjoy a lovely afternoon “high tea” with your daughter on Sunday, April 22 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Etiquette expert Catherine Holloway will present a program to help your young ladies establish self-confidence and poise through dining etiquette and party manners. Young ladies ages 5 and up are welcome. Prepaid registration at the Circulation Desk is required. Friends registration begins April 1; adult fee is $5 and girls are free. General public registration begins April 8; adult fee is $5 and each girl’s fee is $3. Small Business Outreach Seminar Existing and new small businesses are invited to participate in this seminar hosted by …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Seminar is free for existing and new small businesses.
Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-OH 13th District) and the Small Business Administration have teamed up to provide a free presentation and panel discussion on SBA loans, selling to the government and additional support available for small business on Tuesday, April 3 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. All small businesses and startups are welcome to the seminar at the Avon Lake Public Library. The program is another part of small business support that Sutton, the SBA and the Avon Lake Public Library is providing to assist small business in retention, growth and jobs. Avon Lake’s Joe Archacki, the president of Mainstreet Growth, was instrumental in bringing Sutton to Avon Lake. Archacki has been a strong advocate of helping local small businesses …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
We found more than 25 empty storefronts in Avon Lake.
The list reads like a retail graveyard: Donato's. Ace Hardware. Tucky's. K&C Meats. The Bean. Arabica. Blockbuster. And so on and so on. The closings are indiscriminate. Empty storefronts are evident in every shopping area in Avon Lake from Learwood (Giant Eagle) Plaza on the east end of the city, Towne Center, The Landings, Drug Mart Plaza and ArtsTown Plaza on the far west side of town. In the last year, Avon Lake has seen plenty of retail stores close shop and leave town. And while it's not unudual for stores to come and go, many of the vacated buildings have remained empty, in some instances for years. Mayor Greg Zilka said part of the problem is neighboring Avon, right of off I-90 is booming. “It’s tough competing with Avon; the …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Have another suggestion? Add it in the comments section.
If GenOn closes in 2015, Avon Lake will have a massive building, as well as lot, on its hands. We’re asking readers what they’d like to see in the space that adjoins Miller Road Park. We’ve gotten suggestions on Facebook as well as in our comments’ section. Public sentiment seems to support letting the GenOn plant close, even if it means a loss in tax revenue and taking advantage of the site’s proximity to Lake Erie for more recreational purposes. How much would developing that area cost? That option has yet to be explored. Look for a poll soon on whether you, the residents, would support a tax levy to pay for extensive renovations to the site.