Orange Township’s Advisory Development Board with Delaware County Economic Development will hold the second annual Business Appreciation Day Tuesday, Oct. 25.

“The purpose of the event is to invite local business owners to first thank them and also to listen to their issues,” said John Altieri, Advisory Development Board vice chairman. “How can Orange Township and Delaware County be a resource?”

Amanda Sheterom, spokesperson for the township, said, the event was hosted in August last year with a turnout of 45 people and that 20 people have registered for Tuesday’s event. “We had such a good response last year,” she said.

She said a survey is being sent out to the people who have registered to help promote the facilitated brainstorming session. “The idea had come from our Advisory Development Board,” she said. “As a township how can we help?”

Sheterom said, this year’s event is limited to Orange Township businesses and other Delaware County township officials. She said by inviting other officials the hope is to share the idea of this type of event.

“We want businesses to stay in our community and we want to attract other businesses,” Altieri said.

This year’s keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, (R-Genoa). Guest speakers include County Commissioner Jeff Benton, Unheeded Kim, president of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, Tony Eyerman of Evan’s Farm and Steve White, Central Ohio district director for U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s office.

The event will be held at Orange Township Hall, 1680 East Orange Road, Lewis Center, Ohio from 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Tuesday. Go online to register.

Schedule of events.

7:30 a.m.: Registration, Networking and Breakfast.

8 a.m.: Welcome, Orange Township Trustee & Delaware County Commissioner.

8:10 a.m.: Update on Evans Farm Project, Tony Eyerman.

8:25 a.m. Being a Business in Orange Township, Unheeded Kim, President, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s.

8:45 a.m. Orange Township Economic Development Advisory Board & Orange Township Planning and Zoning.

9 a.m.: “You Spoke. We Listened.” – Facilitated brainstorming session.

9:30 a.m.: Steve White, Central Ohio District Director, U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s Office.

9:40 a.m.: Keynote Speaker, U.S . Congressman Patrick J. Tiberi, 12th district.

By D. Anthony Botkin

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