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.
Classes and the Competition will be online only (via Zoom and Canvas). Thursday nights from September 24, 2020, to November 5, 2020. The competition will be on November 12, 2020.
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 & The Explore-It-Torium
2018 – Rachel McCall and Pia Douglas, The Art Center
2019 – Jason Jordan and Jessica Coleman
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.