Small business funds available

Funding now is available for small businesses through the Ohio Vacant Facilities Fund.

Applicants must be a for-profit business looking to occupy a vacant building or business park that has been at least 75 percent vacant for at least 12 months and increase employment at the facility.

Employers are eligible for up to $500 for each new full-time employee (40 hours per week) employed at the facility for at least one year. Employees must not have been employed by the employer within 60 days of occupation of the facility. Grant funds can be used for acquisition, construction, enlargement, improvement or equipment of the facility occupied by the employer.

For additional information, contact Seneca Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Jill Griffin at (419) 443-7936 or