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    Next TechCred Application Period Opens January 3rd
    The next TechCred application period opens Monday, January 3rd and closes Monday, January 31st at 3:00 p.m. Businesses with employees who have completed their TechCred training should submit proof of credential completion to receive reimbursement at TechCred.Ohio.gov.
     
    Starting with the January round, the following updates have been implemented to provide additional flexibility for businesses:
    • Grant agreements will no longer be separate documents; they will be incorporated into the online application portal.
    • Training for approved credentials may start on or after the first day of the month immediately following the last application period. Training programs must still be completed in less than 12 months from the award date.
     
    For more information, click here.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE)
    An IMAGE grant provides eligible businesses a 50% reimbursement of up to $10,000 for activities that promote international business.
     
    Activities include:
    • Website development
    • International advertising
    • E-commerce
    • Search engine optimization (SEO)
    • Marketing and website translation
    • Compliance testing
    • Trade shows (international, domestic, and virtual)
    • EXIM Credit Insurance Premiums
     
    The second application period opened Dec. 13, 2021 and closes at 3 p.m. Jan. 12, 2022. Funding for the second round can be used between Jan. 1, 2022, and March 31, 2022. Additional IMAGE funding opportunities will be announced quarterly subject to funding availability.
     
    For more information, click here.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Top Ten OSHA Violations in 2021
    Episode 228: Nicholas Coia, Industrial Safety Consultant at the Ohio BWC, joins the Portage County Safety Council podcast to talk about the top 10 “serious” and “willful” OSHA violations in 2021.
     
    To watch the video, click here.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Motivating Employees
    Have you found what works to motivate your employees for improved performance?
    • Learn About the Many Motivational Options Beyond Increased Pay
    • Find Out What Types of Rewards Work in What Types of Circumstances
    • Through Practical Activities and Group Interaction, You Will Review the Theories of Motivation and Apply These Theories to Real-world Applications
    • You’ll Gain Ideas You Can Use to Impact Employee Performance Upon Your Return to the Workplace
     
    Program Begins March 1, 2022
    
    For more information, click here.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Portage Development Board | 217 S. Chestnut St., Ravenna, OH 44266
     
     
    Contact:
    Taylor Luttner
    tluttner@portagedevbd.org, (330) 297-3470
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