Pictured Left to Right: Marcia Jess (OCCF), Mary Coffee (OCCF), Jan Preston (OCCF), Tina Hablitzel (OCCF), Joy Roth (OCCF), Jamie Beier Grant (OCIC) and Jim Lippert (Skilled Trades Academy) .

The Ottawa County Business Advisory Council (BAC) recently accepted a donation for $38,750 from the Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF).  The presentation was made at the Annual Turstees Meeting of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC). The grant funds will be used for the first ever Skilled Trades Academy.  The grant was presented to Jamie Beier-Grant, OCIC Director and Jim Lippert, Skilled Trades Academy Program Instructor.  

This financial support was made possible through the Special Initiatives Support Fund for Schools with the  OCCF.

       The Foundation is seeking interested individuals who would like to gain needed skills or training in their field of interest.  We have received funding from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support training for entrepreneurs. Download and submit the  application form available at  the link above. 
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Corinna Bench, of Elmore, recently received a  scholarship to attend the StoryBrand Live Workshop in Nashville.  Corinna returned from the training with new skills and an entrepreneurial network to enhance her digital business. 

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