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Businesses sought to participate in RBA Fair
This Friday, January 30, is the “early bird” deadline for local businesses to participate in the Rossford Business Association’s 10th annual Business Fair.
The Business Fair will take place on Saturday, March 28, at Owens Community College in the Student Health and Activities Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To receive the discounted “early-bird” booth registration fee of $85 for RBA members and $135 for non-members, businesses must sign up by Friday, January 30.
After the early bird date, the participation fees will increase to $110 for members and $160 for non-members.
Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We at the RBA feel great to have 10 years under our belt of organizing the Business Fair,” said Justin Knierim of Edward Jones Investments, who is the RBA president and fair co-chairman.
“It is an event that has grown both in attendance and participation. We are proud to report that we average 70 plus vendors and more than 1,500 patrons. This is a great opportunity for our vendors to showcase their goods and services while supporting the community at the same time.”
This will be the fourth year for the Business Fair to take place at Owens, Mr. Knierim said.
“The location offers us handicap accessibility, ample parking and all vendors in one location with our entertainment,” he explained.
Mr. Knierim encouraged businesses to send in their reservations by Friday to secure a spot at this year’s fair.
“The economy has been recovering over the past five years and with that consumer spending typically increases,” he noted.
“That said, competition is real and as local businesses we need to be networking and advertising to the best of our ability.”
“This is a very efficient and inexpensive way to get in front of hundreds of people and let them know what you have to offer and are about,” Mr. Knierim explained.
Businesses also are invited to make a donation to the fair and become a Gold, Silver or Bronze sponsor.
The Gold level is $1,000, Silver is $500 and Bronze is $250.
Gold sponsors already committed are Hollywood Casino and Meijer.
The Rossford Record Journal/Welch Publishing Co. is a silver sponsor.
The executive committee planning the event with Mr. Knierim includes co-chair Ivan Kovacevic of the Rossford Community Recreation Center, Brenda Schwind of Directions Credit Union, Ray Miller of Miller Younker Group, Dr. Angela Jackson of Quality Family Eyecare, Cindi Selz of the Rossford Public Library and Lori Keller of Farmers and Merchants Bank.
The business fair will feature giveaway items and food samples for visitors.
Entertainment will include Diane’s Dancing Delights, the Rossford Elementary Band and Positive Image Dance Studio.
A registration form is found in today’s newspaper, or visit the RBA website at www.rossford ba.com.
For more information, call Mr. Knierim at 419-666-1910 or Mr. Kovacevic at 419-666-2905.
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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