Move across river pays for MacDonald, HOT Graphics

J. Patrick Eaken

For two businesses honored at the 26th Annual Prism Awards Wednesday night, moving across the Maumee River seems to have paid off.
What began in 1976 as a small, woman-owned business named House of Type, HOT continues to thrive today under the continued leadership of the Shapiro family — the sons and grandson of founder, Inez Shapiro.
Since 1976, HOT has moved across the river from downtown Toledo to Northwood. It was nominated by Northwood Mayor Edward L. Schimmel and honored with the Prism’s General Excellence Award.
Over the last 40-plus years, HOT has grown to more than 125 employees through internal expansion and a series of acquisitions to become one of the largest full-service, marketing services providers in the region. It has won numerous awards for marketing, design, and advertising campaigns.
“Always at the forefront of technology, HOT offers a vast array of high-tech services to assist our broad client base with integrated communications and commercial printing. Our core values and business philosophies have been steadfast. We endeavor to bring our clients, associates and vendors integrity, respect, open communication, innovation and flexibility,” states the company in its nomination.
Through the years, HOT has been a leader in managing our business in a way that impacts the environment in a friendly and positive manner. Long before others were paying attention to environmental issues, we implemented (an) Environmental Vision and Management Policy.”
        Pete MacDonald also moved his business across the Maumee River nearly 40 years ago and he has never regretted that decision. It was nominated by Press sales person Julie Selvey and is the Small Business of the Year.
        “I've told and tell everyone that Oregon is the ‘gem’ in the Toledo and Greater Toledo area,” MacDonald said. “I started my business in West Toledo in 1980 and moved to Oregon because I saw a great future in supporting the Oregon, Curtice, Walbridge, and other local areas.
        “When I started in 1980, State Farm offered auto, home, life and health insurance. Now, we have over 100 products and financial services State Farm provides. We have been involved in the lighthouse support and the Oregon Festival. I would and do tell anyone that is interested in moving and working and opening a business that Oregon is a great city poised to grow.”
Partnering with schools
        Mercy Health St. Charles has partnered with multiple schools and organizations, including Oregon City Schools and Woodmore schools to provide opioid education. It is the Non-Profit of the Year.
        In addition, Mercy has brought Stop the Bleed education to Oregon and Cardinal Stritch schools, it supported events with the East Toledo Family Center to gather donated Christmas gifts for families in need, Mercy helped prepare and deliver meals for the Mobile Meals Program, Mercy collected school supplies that they have delivered to the East Toledo Family Center and Oregon Schools.
        Mercy St. Charles has collected donations from employees to bring food items for Clay's Closet at OCS, it partnered with Oregon Schools to help bring programs to their Teacher Wellness Day, and it funded the school nurse at Cardinal Stritch, “just to name a few of the community impacts they have made,” said St. Charles President Craig Albers.
Three Girlz has a mission
        Three Girlz Urban Living, the New Business of the Year, opened on May 19, 2018, “with a mission to offer unique home furnishings, fabulous jewelry and handbags, and soaps and lotions made with amazing ingredients,” said nominator Laura M.L. Sheahan.
        “Our goal is to help you design a space that is uniquely you. We obtain this by meeting and understanding you, seeing your existing infrastructure, design concepts and your personal taste. We then develop layouts, color coordinate furniture and fabrics and add the final touches of accessories which results in a functional space that is well-designed with a distinct look.”
Other Prism finalists included EnPuzzlement, Eastern Community YMCA, Landings of Oregon, Chiropractic Associates of Oregon, Oregon Schools Foundation, S & D Capital, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union, Oregonian Club and Orchard Villa.


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