Classes and the competition will be held Tuesday nights from August 24, 2021, to October 5, 2021, in the Health Technologies Center (HTC) Auditorium 103. The competition will be on October 12, 2021.
The Forge was founded in 2017. The goal as this grows, is to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in Marion, OH. The goal is to make The Forge an asset to the community, a place where ideas transform.
Making Marion a Regional Magnet for Small Business Ownership and Entrepreneurial Activity.
To promote the startup and expansion of Small Businesses in Marion, by providing high-quality training and mentorship to entrepreneurs.
Through the Marion Area Chamber’s Leadership Marion! program, 27 participants from all different backgrounds came together and worked to create The Forge. The class wanted to make a difference for small businesses in Marion, OH.
Participate in the business classes. Use these classes as support through the creation of your business plan.
Complete and polish a business plan and prepare to present your finished plan to a panel of judges.
Present your final business plan in the competition and get feedback and support from other local entrepreneurs.
2017 – Cindy Binns
2018 – Rachel McCall and Pia Douglas
2019 – Jason Jordan and Jessica Coleman
2020 – Drake Tulloh and Brooke Olson
2021 – Natalie and Jeremy Berger and Jess Lamar Reece Holler
Marion Tech Downtown 107 N. Main St. Suite 200 Marion, OH 43302
Local Entrepreneurs Compete for Prize Money in “Shark Tank”-style Competition – Marion Technical College (mtc.edu) In an exciting competition, six local entrepreneurs vied for thousands of dollars in prize money in The Forge Marion. This “Shark Tank”-style competition featured three for-profit businesses and three non-profit plans.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Forge competition! Local engineer Jason Jordan won $2,500 for his idea for a portable home alternative energy product. Jessica Coleman won $1,000 to expand “Leading Ladies,” a mentoring program for girls. Congratulations to runners-up Aaron & Andrea Rollins for the Magma Theater, Vince Delgado with The Sub Bus, Becky Kindred with Urban Farms, and Frank Gibson with Manufacturing Careers Collaborative. Marion is the true winner with all of these entrepreneurs! Check out this article.