Congratulations are in order for our partner, the Business Development Corporation of Van Wert, for its recently concluded highly successful campaign to fund its 2014-2018 “Opportunity Fund Initiative.” The BDC’s campaign, led by Campaign Co-Chairs Kim Braun, Brian Greve, and Pat Ryan, raised $1.1 million – 10% more than it’s $1 million goal. With money (investments!) still coming in, the BDC may yet approach it’s $1.5 million stretch goal.  Of note, Van Wert is a community of less than 30,000 people.  The funds raised will be used to provide low interest construction or other financing and / or land to assist in attracting new companies to Van Wert and assisting existing businesses with their expansion plans.

The BDC celebrated its campaign victory on March 5th with a reception at the Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert.  A number of key community and business leaders spoke at the Victory Celebration including Pat Ryan (Campaign Co-Chair), Brian Greve (Campaign Co-Chair), Tim Purmort (BDC Board President), State Rep. Tony Burkley, and City of Van Wert Mayor Don Farmer.  Please click here for the front page article about the Campaign’s Victory Celebration.  (March 10, 2015)

POWER 10 Development Director Christopher Jones led POWER 10’s campaign management team and, in collaboration with a strong BDC Board and other top community leaders, ran a fast-moving, highly effective campaign.