Small Business · Toledo, OH

Ten Reasons Why I Love Toledo in the Winter

  1. The snow fills in the pot holes.
  2. The lights at the Zoo.
  3. Getting snowed in. Where I work if there’s a level 3 snow emergency we get a paid day off.
  4. Wearing cute boots.
  5. It’s beautiful and quiet when there’s snow in the trees.
  6. Christmas shopping at Target.
  7. Mall walking because it’s too cold to walk outside.
  8. Being toasty warm inside while it’s freezing cold outside.
  9. Playing in the snow. This is Karly’s first year that she can really have fun in the snow.
  10. Bragging that you survived a polar vortex.
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Parenting · Toledo, OH

Family-friendly Halloween Events in Toledo

There are some great, family friendly Halloween events coming up in Toledo! The info on these events came from their websites.

 

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird: Hallowondrous Edition

October 14th 10-6

October 15th 10-5

Seagate Center

 

Hallowondrous.oddmall.info

 

Oddmall is part art fair, part craft show, part comic con, part gaming festival, part cosplay extravaganza, part toy show, part antique show, part vintage fashion show, part geeksplosion, part music fest, part magic show, and part various undefinable othernesses. If it’s fun, artsy, geeky, crafty or odd, chances are it can be found at Oddmall. It’s the Emporium of the Weird.

Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird – HALLOWONDROUS returns to the fabulous SeaGate Centre in lovely Toledo, Ohio! Toledo’s SeaGate Centre is a fantastic venue with plenty of room for all our artsy-fartsy, crafty-wafty, geeky-freaky, activities. We’ll have an ENORMOUS vendor hall overflowing with artists, crafters, and purveyors of all things unique, odd, unusual, geeky, and wonderful. There will be cosplayers and a costume contest, trick and/or treating, live entertainment, open gaming, a Kid Cave with games and activities for the chillunz, a Halloween costume party. There will be panels and workshops, special guests, and a veritable overflowing cornucopia of surprises and super fun stuff.

 

And it’s all FREE to the public!!!!! That’s right, it’s all FREE to the public!!!

 

Toledo Zoo

 

Toledozoo.org

 

Little Boo at the Zoo
Thursday, October 19
and Friday, October 20
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

To help us with our green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-or-treating. Little Boo is the pre-school pirates’ and princesses’ chance to delight without the fright! Toddlers and preschool aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick or treat throughout the Zoo and enjoy crafts and games sized just for them.

 

Pumpkin Path
Saturday, October 21
and Sunday, October 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

To help us with our green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-or-treating. Pumpkin Path is when the Halloween fun really comes alive at the Toledo Zoo! In addition to costumed trick or treating for all ages, there will also be games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstration, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the ghosts and goblins!

 

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Meeting with Our SCORE Mentor 10-4-17

Wednesday night we met with our SCORE mentor. A marketing expert joined us and it was encouraging to get a new perspective.

I had assumed to make my business successful I would have to branch out and offer lots of different services, but the marketing expert suggested I concentrate on one thing and become really good at it. I’m going to focus on graphics for children’s clothing, newborn to 5T. We are going to brainstorm new design ideas and create a strong portfolio of super cute graphics.

We are also going to make a list of businesses and organizations involved with children and reach out to them. The marketing expert said it is important to have a “leave behind” item when approaching these organizations, and he made some suggestions to improve our tri-fold brochure.

I took lots of notes during the meeting and I’m ready to get to work. I’m nervous about approaching local organizations but excited to work on new designs. I’m willing to give all these new suggestions a fair shot.

SCORE · Small Business · Toledo, OH

Helpful Business Resources for Entrepreneurs in Northwest Ohio

I have started my own design business, and over the last year I have learned of some local resources for entrepreneurs. Here are some organizations and websites that have helped me in my journey.

SCORE

northwestohio.score.org

SCORE offers free one-on-one mentoring. I have been meeting with a mentor from SCORE for a year now, and he has been incredibly helpful in teaching me about basic business operations and marketing. He has also referred me to other resources.

SBA.gov

The website of the US Small Business Administration is extremely helpful. I have completed many of their online trainings.

Women’s Business Center of Ohio

wbcohio.org

I just recently attended a writing class with the Women’s Business Center, and I was really impressed. Although their offices are in Cleveland and Columbus, they do hold events in Toledo. They are having a resource fair at the main library on September 20th from 2-7pm.

Toledo Lucas County Library

The library has been an amazing resource for me. At the suggestion of my SCORE mentor, I met with their business technology specialist to learn about the research databases accessible through the library’s website. These databases contain a lot of information, but I have used it primarily to learn about potential customers and competitors. The library also has a great selection of business books.

Assets

assetstoledo.com

Assets offers a 13-week 50-hour training course for new entrepreneurs that meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I have not taken this training myself, but I have heard from a friend that it’s very good.

Fitsmallbusiness.com

I have just learned of this website. It offers lots of articles, guides, and courses. I plan on spending more time there later.

Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center

toledochamber.com

This website offers a ton of local information and even some video trainings. The SBDC also offers free one-on-one counseling.

Toledoregion.com

Check out the Entrepreneurial and Business Network section of this website. They have a list of lots of local resources for businesses.

Google Primer

This is a free app that provides quick little business trainings. I think it’s fun to go through if you have a couple free minutes.

I hope you find this list helpful. Do you know of any other Northwest Ohio resources? Please mention them in the comments.

 

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Toledo Pride Festival This Weekend

This weekend is the Pride Festival at Levis Square in downtown Toledo (on the corner of Madison and St. Clair). Jason and I attended the event two years ago and we’re happy that this year Karly can come along, too. I’m sure she’ll love the parade. That’s happening Saturday at noon. There are so many organizations involved in the parade, and the energy is so high in the crowd as they pass by. Besides the parade there will be vendors and live performances. Come check it out! I’m making a onesie for Karly to wear.

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Toledo, OH

Our Favorite Toledo Restaurants

Another great reason for living in Toledo is that we have a ton of great restaurants! Here are ten of my family’s favorites.

  1. JoJo’s

4336 Monroe St.

JoJo’s has great pizza, but I really think the lasagna is amazing!

  1. Mancy’s

953 Phillips Ave.

This is an awesome steakhouse that my family sometimes visits for special occasions. My graduation dinner was at Mancy’s.

  1. Hot Sizzling Wok

2333 W. Laskey Rd.

This is a Chinese restaurant very close to our house. We visited Hot Sizzling Wok a lot while I was pregnant. I really like the beef with broccoli.

  1. Golden Phoenix

5201 Monroe St. #3

Golden Phoenix is a Chinese restaurant close to where I work, and they have the most amazing egg rolls. I sometimes get a couple to go for lunch.

  1. Gyro’s

2942 W. Sylvania Ave.

Mr. Gyro’s has a huge menu and they deliver. I love the chicken gyro.

  1. Vito’s

4235 Douglas Rd.

My husband loves the pizza at Vito’s, but I really like the subs. My favorite is the pizza sub.

  1. El Camino Real

2500 W. Sylvania Ave.

This one is also close to our house. El Camino Real has awesome Mexican food with amazing margaritas.

  1. Backyard BBQ

2600 W. Sylvania Ave. #1

This restaurant has great BBQ, and some really unique drinks.

  1. Netty’s

4672 Monroe St.

Netty’s is our favorite ice cream place. I love the watermelon slush.

  1. Nick and Jimmy’s

4956 Monroe St.

This restaurant has great sandwiches. My favorite is the caesar steak wrap.

Have a favorite restaurant in Toledo? Let me know in the comments.