Grow Your Career Here

Why grow your career in the Firelands?

Not only are the Firelands affordable when it comes to cost of living, we are home to

some of the best (and largest) employers in Ohio. With an unparalleled location,

access to world-class education and attractions, why not the Firelands?

Streamline Your Career

Erie, Huron & Ottawa County have endless career opportunities – many of which don’t require a Bachelor’s degree.





Tech & Engineering

Employer Spotlight

Bettcher Industries & Exsurco Medical are great examples of the manufacturing success we see in the Firelands Region. The big red barn along the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County, Ohio is more than an iconic landmark. It’s the home of Bettcher Industries, a food processing equipment provider.  Exsurco serves under the umbrella of Bettcher Industries as a leading-edge device manufacturer of products for tissue bank and healthcare professionals.  

Looking to Change Careers? Check out your resources.

Start or Grow your Business Here

Rise Program: Mentorship & Assistance to Grow your Small Business

Meet Alissa Fisher! She serves as the RISE Program Coordinator for the Erie County Economic Development Corporation/Norwalk Economic Development Corporation. The RISE Program invites you to work with business advisors who help you wrap sound business practices around great business ideas. Through one-on-one advising, networking, and technical assistance, our RISE advisors become an extension of your small business’ team.

The objective of RISE is to grow jobs and spearhead economic development by linking business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to comprehensive 

Jumpstart or Grow Your

Professional Network

North Coast Young Professionals aims to provide networking and social opportunities to professionals under the age of 45, who work and/or reside in the Shores & Islands, Ohio region. They are dedicated to finding new ways for young adults to grow socially and professionally.

Re-locating here or moving back home?

From housing options, networking & career development opportunities to the best places to eat – we have all the resources you need. 

Applying for a Minor Work Permit?

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Events, Tips & Resources

Child Care Study

Firelands Forward Regional Child Care Study In partnership with the Child Care Resource Center, a Child Care Study was completed throughout the Firelands Region. Every day parents across North Central Ohio make difficult decisions about who will care for their...

Regionomics: Income Inequality

Regionomics: Income Inequality You may have heard the news – U.S. Women’s Soccer players will now make the same salary as the U.S. Men’s Soccer players. In a multimillion-dollar payout, the women’s team received compensation for years' worth of unequal pay and a...

Collab Corner: Recovery Friendly Workplace

Problems become opportunities when the right people join together to create solutions. 70% of people diagnosed with depression are in the workforce and mental illness has cost the economy over $20B in lost productivity annually. Better mental health support programs...

Tapping into the Veteran Talent Pool

A Digital Fireside ChatAs Employers navigate the post-pandemic work environment, many are wondering, "where has the workforce gone?" Join us for a Fireside Chat, hosted by Firelands Forward Director, David White, to learn about how to engage and attract the dedicated...

Sandusky Career Center Earns High Ranking

The Nursing Schools Almanac has recently released the 2021 rankings of the best nursing programs of Ohio.The Sandusky Career Center has been recognized on the list of best registered nursing (RN) diploma programs and the best licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs....

Manufacturing Mentorship Program is now Live!

Manufacturing Mentorship Program Trains Future Generations of Makers (COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Friday, Oct. 1, is National Manufacturing Day, and to celebrate the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Industrial Compliance is highlighting the benefits of the Manufacturing...

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