Village of
Middlefield, Ohio

Middlefield Means Business


  • Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network: Call for manufacturers to join group model, take advantage of grant funding

    The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network’s (The Network) created a group sponsored apprenticeship model, which is now available to manufacturers interested in training industrial maintenance employees and machinists.

    Companies who join the group model are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $3,000 per apprentice.

     More information can be found at 

  • Take a Look at these upcoming programs in Northeast Ohio

    Manufacturing New Customers: Building Processes, Tools and Skills to Grow

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 & Friday, January 24, 2020

    Learn new practical insights on how to effectively generate sales leads for your company & how to enable new marketing techniques. This workshop, featuring a panel of manufacturing marketing professionals, is being offered twice, on January 15 and January 24, 2020.

    Join us for a morning of networking, discussion, and speakers.


    The State of Manufacturing: Ohio’s 2020 Manufacturing Survey Results

    Friday, February 14th, 2020 from 12 – 1:30 PM
    The 2020 Ohio Manufacturing Survey, conducted by MAGNET and the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has the answers, trends, and insights that will deeply impact Cleveland — and all of Ohio — going into 2020. Join us at The City Club of Cleveland, where you’ll hear from Ethan Karp, CEO of MAGNET, and from a panel of local manufacturing leaders as they respond to the report. As technology rapidly changes, and our companies struggle to find skilled workers, Ohio manufacturing is at a crossroads. Be the first to hear the results, and use MAGNET’s analysis to stay ahead of the curve.


    Smart Manufacturing Website and Use Case Library Now Available: On behalf of the Smart Manufacturing cluster members, Team NEO just launched a new website that will help manufacturers learn more about IIoT, understand where they are, identify where they want to be, and give them practical tools and connections to accelerate adoption. Please visit .

    Aligning Opportunities Full Report Now Available: Team NEO’s 2019 Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio report provides data reflecting a misalignment of job opportunities and workforce in growing, high-potential industries, like Smart Manufacturing. The full report, was prepared in partnership of Team NEO along with Delta Dental and support from The Sherwin-Williams Company, was released mid October 2019.


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  • Ohio Launches TechCred

    Ohio Launches TechCred to Help Employees Earn Technology Skills


    Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the launch of TechCred, a program that connects businesses with the talent they need and gives employees the ability to earn industry-recognized, technology-focused credentials, better preparing them for a job in today’s advanced, technology-infused economy.

    Through TechCred, businesses can identify the specific qualifications they need and employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. In partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.

    An initial list of eligible credentials is provided, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligible list by submitting an application for TechCred to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders.

    The online application period opens October 1, 2019. TechCred is a competitive, merit-based program.

    TechCred fulfills a commitment made by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund the completion of 10,000 microdegrees each year in order to aid in closing the skills gap for growing technology jobs.

  • 2019 Small Business Credit Survey

    The Survey Provides Critical Information

    The 12 Reserve Banks of the Federal Reserve System launched the annual Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS) to provide timely insights on small business conditions to policy makers, service providers, and lenders. The survey is a national sample of small businesses, or firms with fewer than 500 employees, aimed at providing insight into firms’ financing and debt needs and experiences. Its reports focus attention on growing and changing segments of the small business market, including startups, minority-owned firms, women-owned firms, rural firms, and the self-employed and gig workers.

    The Survey Is Timely and Responsive

    The SBCS provides insights on financing needs and gaps. The survey tracks a fixed set of questions on business financing needs, credit applications, and credit outcomes over time. The survey also contains special topics modules, which vary on an annual basis. In 2017, special topics focused on hiring experiences and disaster recovery. The survey is fielded annually late in the third quarter and fourth quarter, and reports are issued on a rolling basis beginning late in the first quarter of the following year.

    Take the Small Business Credit Survey



    Source: Small Business Credit Survey, Federal Reserve Banks.

  • Smart Manufacturing (IoT)

    More Information Visit the TeamNEO Smart Manufacturing Innovation Cluster Website at 

    Smart Manufacturing (IoT)

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as a major economic driver in Northeast Ohio that has the potential to increase manufacturing productivity for the region. By 2023, it is estimated that IoT will create $400 trillion in profitability enhancement opportunities, spanning all major industrial sectors.* Through its Smart Manufacturing Cluster, Team NEO is working to accelerate IoT’s impact in the region. (more…)

middlefield means business - video

This video showcases the Village of Middlefield. It illustrates the positive reasons for residing in Middlefield as well as locating a commercial or industrial business within the Village. Local business leaders represent each of these attributes and tell the story of what Middlefield Village has to offer.

Middlefield Means Business

When Ben Garlich took over as mayor of Middlefield Village on January 1, 2012, he had one thing on his mind – build the economic base of this community.

Garlich's first step as mayor was to form an Economic Development Committee (EDC) with the mandate to draft and adopt an economic development plan to guide Village growth. The committee includes village councilmen Bill Blue, Ron Wiech and residents Dave Dietrich...

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