Inclusion Grants Support Veteran-Owned Business Growth in the Northeast Ohio Region

Two veteran-owned businesses have committed to grow through the JobsOhio Inclusion Grant (JOIG) program, supporting projects in eligible Ohio communities or businesses owned by underrepresented populations, including veteran-, minority-, and women-owned businesses.

The JOIG program is important to the region, enabling businesses to grow and impact the communities in which they operate.

“Ohio’s veteran population provides an essential talent pool of skilled, motivated and highly teachable professionals, and the JobsOhio Inclusion Grant is a critical tool to attract and keep that expertise and help their businesses grow,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. “As we recognize National Veterans Small Business Week, we and our partners at Team NEO celebrate the growth of Troy Innovative Instruments and Rotary Seamer Specialists Group as further evidence that Ohio is America’s most military and veteran-friendly state.”

While inclusion projects are not large in employment hires, they are important as Team NEO and its partners build a vibrant economy that is talented, resilient and innovative, offering equitable opportunities for all. By advancing these elements, the Northeast Ohio Region will be more competitive and increase individual prosperity for everyone in the region.  

The two local companies recently able to grow their businesses in the Northeast Ohio Region are outlined below:

Rotary Seamer Specialists Group LLC

The veteran- and woman-owned company wanted a permanent location to support their growing packaging equipment and maintenance business for the beverage canning and packing industry. Rotary Seamer Specialists Group will open their operations, adding new monitoring and evaluation, in Barberton. The company has plans to add five well-paying positions. The project is supported with a $25,000 JOIG.

Troy Innovative Instruments, Inc.

Located in Geauga County, the $50,000 JOIG will assist the veteran-owned precision manufacturer to grow their defense and medical sectors with the purchase of additional equipment.  

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18-counties; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market the Northeast Ohio Region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. We do this to build a more vibrant regional economy; one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient, and prosperous. For more information, visit chrisr359.sg-host.com.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.