Marion Tech, The Forge highlight small business success

Correction: Due to a reporter’s error, this story has been edited to reflect the proper amount of money$2,500, not $1,000winners from The Forge receive.

When Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose made the trip to Marion on Monday morning, he was greeted by local business leaders eager to share their stories.

For the hour long conversation, LaRose discussed the importance of entrepreneurism and economic development in Marion with the Forge Business Incubator. LaRose said businesses in Ohio throughout the pandemic have been resilient and the statistics back that up. Though LaRose said Ohio saw a decline in new businesses opening last March, that trend has since been on an upwards trajectory with Ohio marking 20,000 new businesses opened in last April alone.

The Forge, which was started in 2017, aims to transform ideas from hopeful entrepreneurs into fleshed out business plans through a three-part, seven-week course hosted by Marion Technical College.