Winners selected in Marion County business competition
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.
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.
LEADERSHIP MARION! CLASS OF 2017
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 business in Marion, OH.
THE FORGE 2.0
The Forge 2.0 is for past Forge participants and area small business owners with 10 or less employees. Classes are Tuesdays starting March 31st and run thru May 5th in the HTC Auditorium from 6:30pm-8:30pm. There is no competition with the Forge 2.0. These classes are to help you get your business to the next level.
The following class list is subject to change:
Session 1: Accounting, Taxes, POS, Payroll, Credit Cards
Session 2: Human Resource Management, part 1. Hiring and Training.
Session 3: Human Resource Management, part 2. Retaining and Developing.
Session 4: Insurance. Business Owner’s Policy, Health, BWC, etc.
Session 5: Customer Acquisition. Social Media, Blog, Podcast, Web, Traditional, Word of Mouth.
Session 6: Customer Retention. CRM, Loyalty, Create a community connection.
Session 7: Legal. Leasing, Succession, Purchasing, etc.
Session 8: Efficiency. Inventory. Process Improvement.
Classes and competition will begin in Fall 2020 – Information coming in the Fall.
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.
THE FORGE PAST WINNERS
2017 – Cindy Binns & The Explore-It-Torium
2018 – Rachel McCall and Pia Douglas, The Art Center