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Bowling Green celebrates national Shop Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25

Submitted by DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN In recognition of the national event of Shop Small Business Saturday, Bowling Green’s, Mayor Richard Edwards has proclaimed November 25, 2017 Small Business Saturday in the city. The proclamation was presented by Mayor Edwards at the City Council Meeting on November 6, to Mary Hinkelman, Managing Director for Downtown Bowling Green. This proclamation reminds our community of their need to support our local small businesses. “The investment each of these small businesses makes to our city when they set up shop here is huge. On Saturday, invite your friends to Shop Small and show support for all your favorite places and visit one new business you’ve been meaning to check out. When small businesses succeed, the entire community is impacted.” said Hinkelman when asked about this national event. Of every dollar spent locally, 68 cents stays local through jobs that are created, tax revenue that is generated and reinvestment. When that same dollar spent online, the impact diminishes for our local economy. In the United States there are over 28.8 million small businesses that employ over 48 percent of the working population and create more than 66 percent of the new jobs. Downtown Bowling Green works with the merchants to promote shopping local year round, but especially on this dedicated day of support. Special offers and hours are great reason to make a stop downtown and this year’s Downtown Dollars Give Away makes even more exciting with $500 in prizes. Enter where you shop and…

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The music plays on at the Clazel

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The new operators of the 91-year-old Clazel in downtown in Bowling Green are not looking to teach the old venue new tricks. This summer Darrin and Cierra Karcher, of Findlay, purchased the Clazel business from Ammar Mufleh, who retains ownership of the building and property. The vision for the venue spelled out by John Carroll, the general manager, follows along the lines of what Mufleh did from the time he purchased the old theater in mid-2008. He ran the club nights on Fridays and Saturdays until last December when he stopped them out of concern for the wear-and-tear on the theater and his staff. Now the late night lights and DJs are back. Carroll worked security and on other projects for the Clazel since 2011. “I have a lot of respect for the building and definitely want to make sure it’s taken care of.” The Karchers, Carroll said, who own several bars in Findlay and Upper Sandusky, were interested in branching out. This will be the first night club the couple will operate. The Clazel continues to be available for weddings, corporate meetings and parties, and fundraisers.  “The big one being Fire and Ice,” a February benefit for the American Red Cross, Carroll said. Working with A.L. Entertainment, the owners are also bringing back regular live music to the Clazel. Carroll said that the Columbus-based jam band ekoostik hookah was interested in hosting a holiday show at the venue. That show will be Friday,…


Global Detroit leader to speak on immigrant & the economy

Building Global: Welcoming Immigrants and Economic Growth, a conversation with Steve Tobocman, of Global Detroit, will be presented Thursday November 2, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m. in the  Atrium of the Wood County Public Library, Bowling Green. Since 2009,  Tobocman has spearheaded Global Detroit, www.globaldetroit.com, and led the creation and growth of the Welcoming Economies Global Network , a regional Network of over a dozen regional economic development initiatives from across the Midwest working to address critical labor shortages and economic revitalization needs by tapping into the economic development opportunities created by immigrants as valued contributors to local economies. Tobocman served as the State Representative from Michigan 12th State House focusing his work on economic development. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and a Masters in Public Policy from U of M’s Ford School of Public Policy. Event organized by the City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission, the Welcome BG Task Force, the Bowling Green Economic Development, and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. Opening remarks by Mayor Edwards.  


Wood County honors citizens for their contributions

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The best of Wood County was honored on Sunday. Farmers who help educate city folks about agriculture. Pastors who build bridges, not walls. And a retired teacher who is still committed to learning, even if that means going to a “Godzilla” movie. Wood County commissioners Doris Herringshaw and Ted Bowlus led off the 2017 Spirit of Wood County Awards in the courthouse atrium. Following is the list of people recognized in each category: Agricultural leadership: Cathy Newlove Wenig, Gordon Wenig, Paul Herringshaw and Lesley Riker. Liberty through law/human freedom: Dan Van Vorhis. Self-government: Tim W. Brown. Education for Civic Responsibility: Mary Kuhlman. Religion and liberty: Revs. Mary Jane and Gary Saunders. Industrial/economic development: Barbara Rothrock. Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award: Gwen Andrix and Amy Holland. “This is one of those things that Wood County does especially well,” said State Senator Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, about the recognition of community service by citizens. The agricultural leadership award was presented by Earlene Kilpatrick, executive director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. For the last 12 years of the BG Leadership program, the Wenigs, Herringshaw and Riker have welcomed city business people on their farms. The day is a “real and powerful opportunity to educate citizens,” Kilpatrick said. “And we end up smelling like a farm at the end of the day.” “What an amazing experience for each class,” to learn about Wood County’s leading industry, she said. Initially the farm day consisted…


Rudolph Libbe Official Supports Human Services Levy

Wood County voters on November 7th will be asked to RENEW the 1.3 Mill Human Services Levy. As Chairman of the Protective Services Levy Committee, I would like to share with you some very important facts about the Levy: This is not a new tax. It is a renewal of the same 1.3 mill levy that Job and Family Services has had since 1987. The number of mills has never been increased. Wood County is the only county.in the state to reduce or suspend collection of a levy six times over the last 30 years. We only take what we need and are responsible to the taxpayer. We need the levy because Ohio is the 50th in the country for state funding support of child abuse programs. Without local support, the program would be severely weakened. The levy will be in effect for ten (10) years and will cost the owner of a $100,000 house approximately $37.00 per year. This levy supports the investigation of reports of suspected child abuse and neglect, and elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Wood County Children Services investigated 894 cases of suspected child abuse and neglect in 2016. Adult Protective Services unit investigated 260 complaints regarding the alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the elderly in 2016. The 2017 investigation numbers could set all-time records for both Child Abuse and Elder Abuse investigations. Opioid abuse is a contribution of the increase in the number and complexity of these cases. Renewal of this levy is absolutely…


BGSU & UT to host sold-out Women in Leadership conference

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS More than 600 women will participate in the 2017 Women in Leadership conference co-sponsored by Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo to learn strategies for professional advancement. The sold-out conference titled Step Up to Step Out: Strategies for Distinguishing Yourself to Advancement will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and UT President Sharon L. Gaber will participate in the conference that features talks from several business leaders, including: Abha Bhandair, director of equity administration and benefits accounting for Brown & Brown Insurance; Kelly Hyne, senior vice president of strategic partnerships for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA); Whitney Johnson, author of “Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work”; Debby Peters, founder and instructor for Connext Nation, a word of mouth marketing training program; Aly Sterling, founder and president of Aly Sterling Philanthropy, a national consulting firm based in the Midwest; and Maryrose T. Sylvester, president and CEO of Current, powered by GE, which blends advanced energy technologies such as LED and solar with networked sensors and software. The annual conference is organized by the BGSU College of Business and UT College of Business and Innovation. The UT and BGSU presidents and conference speakers will be available for interviews at a reception the evening before at a Meet the Speakers event 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Niagara Room at the Hilton…


Girl Leadership Summit set for Oct. 22

From TOTAL PACKAGE GLOBAL Total Package Girl, a tween and teen girl confidence and leadership brand based in Toledo, Ohio, announces Be The Force II,  the second Girl Leadership Summit to be held Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. Kristi K. Hoffman, M.S., confidence and leadership expert and CEO of Total Package Global, the brand’s professional and personal development parent company, is the brainchild behind the event. “Our goal truly is to discover how amazing each girl is and for each attendee to leave feeling empowerment, inspiration, and the desire to be the force in her world.”  Hoffman continued, “It’s time we look outside of ourselves and lead the charge. Doing that starts with each of us being the force.  We have unstoppable power when we all come together and now is the time.” That is why Hoffman — a 24-year veteran of mentoring and speaking with girls and young professionals — along with a plethora of partners, has developed event hashtags #BeTheForce and #BeTheTotalPackageGirlForce — to take action and make positive change.  The Teen Girl Leadership Summit partners include: The Blade, WTOL-TV, iHeart Radio, ProMedica, Taylor Automotive Family, Toledo Public Schools, Jon Frankel, DDS and the Toledo Museum of Art. Other partners include:  Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, the P.E.A.C.E. Project of Northwest Ohio, Role Model Magazine. Topics explored at the Summit are taken straight from Hoffman’s best-selling Amazon Teen Social Issues “being a teen” book, Total Package Girl: …