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April Event Brings Small Businesses and Government Buyers Together

Small businesses will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government buyers at the local, state and federal level in April at the 2020 Ohio Business Matchmaker.

The largest small business-to-government contracting event in the state will kick off with a networking reception Tuesday, April 28, at Wright State University’s Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio 45324. The Ohio Business Matchmaker’s main “matchmaking” event will take place Wednesday, April 29. 

Dayton-made ‘American Factory’ Wins Oscar for Fuyao Documentary

On Sunday evening, the Dayton-made documentary “American Factory” took home the Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert accepted the Oscar for their film about Chinese auto glass maker Fuyao Glass America’s revival of a former General Motors plant with the creation of over 2,000 jobs in Moraine.

Ohio Returns to Funding Spec-based Commercial & Industrial Development

In 2020, Ohio’s development officials are again awarding large amounts of grant funding to commercial and industrial development projects that don’t have known end users. JobsOhio is now in the midst of launching a $50 million per year grant and loan program for spec-based opportunities. Such projects often originate from local communities or developers eager to prepare sites for future business use. These types of projects lack a business prospect waiting in the wings. They are pursued from a “if we build it, they will come” mindset.

Technology Disruption of Traditional Markets to Generate Corporate Site Location Opportunities in 2020

Economic disruption will be the prime economic driver this year as major corporate site location projects will follow a new era of technology companies growing beyond their corporate headquarters in a sear for IT talent based upon the analysis of the Montrose Group for what trends are apparent for corporate site location in 2020.  Creation of new technology, adoption of new consumer behavior or the entrance of a major new market competitor create the disruption economy.  The disruption economy allows companies and communities to redefine how and why they work to create a better way to serve employees who choose to work there because they believe in the company’s purpose.