Holiday events in downtown Springfield

I received this from Center City Association this morning about events going on this holiday season in the downtown and thought I would share it.  Wish everyone a happy holiday season.  Downtown Springfield has a lot going on!

The annual Holiday In The City event was a huge success, with over 10,000 in attendance.  Read about our Christmas kick off event that takes place the  Saturday after Thanksgiving here.

Event: Location: Time:
SantaLand & Santa Claus

Bring your camera!

Heritage Center

117 S Fountain Avenue

Dec 4, 11 and 18 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Vintage Christmas Village

Walk through tour featuring animated window displays from Lord & Taylor And Marshall Fields


Former Meeks Building

36 N Fountain Avenue

Dec 4, 11 and 18 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Living Christmas Tree

Live Orchestra, Choir, Drama & Special Lighting

Maiden Lane Church of God

December 4, 5, 8, 10, 11 & 12


Holiday Open House

Arts Interface Creative Group, The Springfield Museum of Art and Wittenberg University will host the 9th annual Holiday Open House at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University.

Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University


Saturday, Dec 4 11:00 – 3:00 p.m.
6th Annual Alternative Christmas Market

In Fellowship Hall

Covenant Presbyterian Church


Sunday, Dec 5

9:00 – 1:00 p.m.

NightLights I – Cirque de la Symphonie

An exciting new production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall.

Clark State PAC


Saturday, Dec 4 7:00 p.m.
UMC Cookie Walk

While supplies last!  All cookies are entirely homemade from scratch.

High Street United Methodist


Saturday, Dec 11

9:00 a.m.

Tillis Family Christmas

One of the most beloved families in country music joins us for one evening.

Clark State PAC


Saturday, Dec 11

8:00 p.m.

The Nutcracker Ballet

The 21st annual Springfield production of this holiday classic features a cast of over 150 local students, professional dancers, and community members.

Presented by the Ohio Performing Arts Institute at the Clark State PAC


Dec 17 and 18

8:00 p.m.


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Doing business with Federal Government and marketing your certification

If you are seeking opportunities with the Federal Government and how to market your certification, then this workshop is for you.

Come hear from Kent Anderson from Koinonia Consulting, who has worked as a Government Procurement Consultant for PTAC specializing in strategic marketing, advanced market research and proposal preparation and review. He will provide information about doing business with the federal government (WPAFB) and marketing your certification. Learn what goods and services the government buys, how to register your business with the federal government and where to find bid opportunities that are geared towards small, women and minority business.

The certifications offer a “seal of approval,” showing that a company’s claim of being a minority or woman-owned enterprise (M/WBE) has been investigated thoroughly by an outside group and found to be true.

Details of the event are as follows:

Thursday November 11,2010
5:300 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center
371 W. Second Street, Lower Level
Dayton Ohio

To register: Click Here

Event: MVITA’s November Executive Luncheon, November 9th

If you have reservations on selling overseas, this is a luncheon that you will not want to miss.

Register now for:
Miami Valley International Trade Association‘s (MVITA) November Executive Luncheon
Tuesday, November 9th at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Marriott Courtyard at UD Arena

Tim McCormick, President of Globe Gauge Corporation in Dayton will be the guest speaker.

“How a Small Dayton Company does business in a Big World”
Sponsored by U.S. Worldwide Logistics

Members $ 45, Non Members $55, Students $25

You may register by return e-mail to:

Name (s):
Number of persons:
E-mail Address:
Phone Number:

3rd Airbus Supplier Summit

Spirit Aerosystems and Rockwell Collins added to Summit
November 15, 2010 — Columbus, OH

The 3rd Airbus Supplier Summit is coming up on November 15, and there are NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES for you!

In addition to Airbus, RTI, GE and Honeywell, you now have the opportunity to hear from and meet one-on-one with the following out-of-state suppliers: Spirit Aerosystems and Rockwell Collins.

For those not yet registered, REGISTER NOW to ensure your entry and one-on-one meetings.

Updated Program:

8:30 A.M. Doors Open

9:00 A.M. Aerospace 101: AS 9100 Certification (for new companies starting in Aerospace)

10:15 A.M. Conference beings/welcome

10:20 A.M. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown/Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor

10:30 A.M. Panel 1: How to do business with Airbus by Olivier Cauquil, SVP, Procurement Strategy and Business Operations

10:50 A.M. Panel 2: Supply Chain Execution — “Back to Basics”

11:40 A.M. Panel 2: Q&A

11:50 A.M. Networking break and exhibits

12:00 P.M. Panel 3: New opportunities outside Ohio/growing your business

12:50 P.M. Panel 3: Q&A

1:00 P.M. Lunch and exhibits

2:00 P.M. One-on-one meetings with featured suppliers

2:00-3:00 P.M. Roundtable: commercial vs. defense market; what’s the same and what’s not?

Sign Up Now

Cost: $55 per attendee

Hotels: Click here for a list of nearby hotels

Venue: Fawcett Center, The Ohio State University, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43210

2010 Foreign Trade Zone Seminar

Columbus Regional Airport Authority is the Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) #138. The FTZ is a federal program that enables companies who import product to save on US Customs duties and provides an avenue for significant logistical flexibility. Lower duties, reduced processing fees and quicker movement of goods from the port are some of the benefits possible in an FTZ that will improve your bottom line and keep your business strong.

If you’re an importer, you may be able to save time and money by operating in an FTZ. Come to the seminar and find out how the FTZ program can help your business become more competitive in a global marketplace.

Date & Location:
Thursday, November 4
8 a.m. to Noon

Northeast Conference Center
4140 Executive Parkway
Westerville, OH 43081
Click here for Directions


Deborah Scherer, Director, Global Trade Division
Ohio Department of Development

  • Building Prosperity for Ohio Businesses, Services and Support
  • National Export Initiative – What is Ohio Doing?

David Ostheimer, Lamb & Lerch
Honorary Director, National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

  • What is an FTZ?
  • Savings Analysis
  • Activating your FTZ site with US Customs

Elizabeth Whiteman, U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board

  • Alternative Site Program
  • How the FTZ Fits into the National Export Initiative
  • Please RSVP by October 29, to Angie Atwood at or 614.409.3622.
  • Ask about how you can receive 3 hours of real estate continuing education credit.
  • Possible continuing education credit for Certified Customs Specialists (CCS).

Cost: Free

FY2011 Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program RFP

The Ohio Department of Development (Development) has recently issued the FY2011 Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program (OTFWPP) Request for Proposals (RFP).  The RFP, application and budget forms are available at

The OTFWPP offers grants to provide capital equipment that will support a research commercialization activity and will benefit an entrepreneurial and commercial purpose in the short-term, and, in the longer-term, help contribute to the training and education of the current and future workforce.  OTFWPP proposals may address any one or a combination of Ohio’s five key opportunity areas, including Advanced/Alternative Energy; Instruments, Controls and Electronics; Advanced Materials; Advanced Propulsion; and, Biomedical.  Development anticipates awarding up to $21 million in grants through the FY2011 OTFWPP.

Key OTFWPP dates and events include:

  • November 10, 2010: A Bidders’ Conference for prospective respondents to the OTFWPP RFP, at which Development staff will present information on the RFP and answer questions.  The meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. at TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio.  Attendance at the Bidders’ Conference is encouraged, but is not mandatory.  Registration is not required or necessary.
  • November 30, 2010: Letters of Intent (LOI) to file a full proposal are due by 2:00 p.m. ET.  LOIs must be sent to, with the subject line “2011 OTFWPP LOI”.
  • December 30, 2010: Development will respond to written questions through December 30.  All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing via e-mail to, with the subject line “OTFWPP Q&A”.
  • January 20, 2011: Full proposals are due to Development by no later than 2:00 p.m. ET.
  • Approximately May 2011: Review and awards.

Applicants submitting to the FY2011 OTFWPP should be aware of Governor Strickland’s Executive Order 2010-09S, “Banning the Expenditures of Public Funds for Offshore Services”.  Applicants should also be aware of the additional requirement to comply with Executive Order 2010-09S.  The Executive Order and the required Affirmation & Disclosure Form can be found in Attachment EO under the OTFWPP RFP website.  Applicants are required to submit the completed Affirmation & Disclosure Form with their OTFWPP proposal.

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Senator Sherrod Brown announces small business workshops

Senator Sherrod Brown is conducting Small Business Workshops in Southern Ohio.  He will be coming to Cincinnati on Friday, October 22nd to discuss “Hot” business topics such as the Small Business Jobs Act, the HIRE Act, Export Assistance, Energy Efficiency Incentives, Health Care Report and Selling to the Federal Government. He will also be visiting Dayton that afternoon.

Please see the attached flyer for all the details including time & locations.  RSVP required:

Email: or Call: 216-522-7272

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