NEW Ottawa County
Skilled Trades Academy
for High School Seniors

The Ottawa County Business Advisory Council sought to expand the CEO Internship Program and add depth to the student experience. In doing this, the BAC designed a comprehensive, credit-based skilled trades program for high school seniors for the 2019-2020 school year. The academy has been certified by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

OCIC Hosts
25th Premier Marketing
& Networking Event

Experience Ottawa County was held on Thursday, August 22nd. Attendees were given a sneak peek into what makes Ottawa County such a special place to live, work, and do business. The event featured two luncheons, with one that included a tour of key areas in the county. Afterwards, attendees gathered at The Keys, Put-in-Bay for dinner and networking.

Local Teachers
Complete Manufacturing
Boot Camp

21 from teachers from local school districts completed the first Ottawa County Teacher Manufacturing Boot Camp during the week of June 10-14. The focus of the boot camp was to introduce our local teachers to the variety of manufacturing career pathways available within area businesses and the possible career opportunities that exist for students.



OCIC’s Revolving Loan Fund portfolio supports small business investments of more than $2.55M, which have also created or retained full-time jobs.



OCIC was able to assist 42 businesses in filling local jobs. Hiring and matching job seekers to employment opportunities remains a priority of the OCIC.



Over $249,869 was awarded to local companies in 2017. OCIC continues our work on training assistance for employers – one of our most valuable tools.



132 N. Railroad Street – Oak Harbor, OH


Lake Winds Industrial Park – Salem Township, OH

With Ohio’s economy on the rise, Ottawa County continues to gain momentum. Ottawa County is ripe with opportunity and is leading the way in advanced manufacturing, has an award-winning education system, touts a rich local history, and is home to the ever-beautiful Lake Erie shores and islands.


Ernst & Young’s 2018 U.S. Investment Monitor ranks Ohio #1 in the nation in jobs and projects.


Site Selection ranks Ohio #4
for state business climate –
up from 9 in 2011.


Chief Executive ranks Ohio #10 in its Best States for Business rankings – up from 41 in 2011.

The Final Frontier


The James Webb Space Telescope will soon be heading into space in early to mid-2019. I-220H beryllium is needed for the JWST to withstand temperatures of negative 400 degrees in deep space. One of Ottawa County’s largest employers provides this beryllium needed for the launch.

Reach For The Sky

pc airport

Having an international airport in right in our backyard is a remarkable asset. The airport can accommodate virtually any type of aircraft from private planes to large business jets. Take scenic tours of the Lake Erie Islands, explore more than 150 miles of unspoiled natural coastlines, or plan a day trip to Canada.

Don’t Give Up The Ship


Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet of nine ships were outgunned by six British warships. After boarding the Niagara, Commodore Perry sailed directly into the British line, firing broadsides and forcing its surrender. The Battle of Lake Erie was a major turning point during the War of 1812.


Your business will thrive in the County not just because of a skilled workforce and high quality of life, but because there is a strong network of existing businesses who actively partner together and advocate for each other’s continued success. Ottawa County’s location on the shores of Lake Erie provides a work/life balance that attracts and retains the best talent for your company; with a high quality of living combined with low business and personal costs, the American Dream is well within reach.


R Coffee Corner

Coffee & Sandwich Shop

Opened August 2017

Port Clinton, Ohio

Twin Oast Brewing

Farm-to-Fermenter Brewery

Opened May 2018

Port Clinton, Ohio

Imprint Logo

Custom Promotional Products

Opened November 2017

Marblehead, Ohio

Wine Flight

Wine/Craft Beer & Retail Shop

Opened June 2017

Elmore, Ohio

Trish McCartney Insurance Agency

State Farm

Opened August 2016

Port Clinton, Ohio

Portage River Paddling Co.

Kayak & Canoe Livery

Opened July 2016

Oak Harbor & Port Clinton, Ohio

Brown Dog Gelato Co.

Hand-crafted Gelato

Opened May 2017

Port Clinton, Ohio

Greer Automotive & Towing

Auto Repair & Towing

Opened August 2018

Oak Harbor, Ohio


To learn more about establishing or expanding operations in Ottawa County,
please call 419-898-6242 or fill out our request form.