By JAMIE BEIER GRANT
Ottawa County Improvement Corp.
The Ottawa County Improvement Corp. held its annual Experience Ottawa County program on Aug. 22 at The Keys on Put-in-Bay, bringing local business leaders, community leaders, elected officials and prospective business clients together to demonstrate that Ottawa County is an advantageous location to expand existing and relocate new business. Nearly 220 people gathered together throughout the day for professional development and business networking. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the event.
The OCIC hosted a luncheon at the Catawba Island Club where a panel of northwest Ohio experts discussed the topic “Succession Planning: Preparing Your Company’s Future” and addressed a comprehensive approach towards building and implementing a succession planning transition and understanding how to get started. The panel included Alan McKean with McKean & McKean, Nick Apling with Robert Apling and Associates, and Bob Bethel with The Employers’ Association. Each speaker mentioned that transition doesn’t happen overnight, and that if you plan and build a workable company-wide approach to succession, you’ll ensure a stronger, more streamlined transition. OCIC also hosted site selectors, developers and local business leaders for casual conversation about the competitive advantages of doing business in Ottawa County.
Combined with the strolling dinner and networking event at The Keys, OCIC hosted its seventh annual “Taste of Ottawa County” with an Island Style twist, featuring island food and beverages from local businesses. OCIC extends a special thank you to all our sponsors for helping make this another successful event. We appreciate your support and engagement with our organization as we work to grow our economy and build a bright future for Ottawa County.