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

Fabriweld and Pinnacle Powder Coating are great examples of the manufacturing success we see in the Firelands Region. Both conveniently located in Norwalk, OH, the county seat of Huron County. While they are two separate companies, they serve under the same umbrella. Check out their offers open today!  

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?

Download all the forms you will need

Events, Tips & Resources

Erie County Workforce Fair Connects Students and Businesses for Future Success

Erie County, OH — The Erie County Business Advisory Council is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the Erie County Workforce Fair. Spearheaded by the Erie County Economic Development Corporation and Firelands Forward, the event brought together seven...

Erie County Students Exposed to Information Technology Careers

SANDUSKY, OH – Firelands Forward, North Point Education Service Center, Erie County Economic Development Corporation, and the Erie County Business Advisory Council conducted its first Student Boot Camp, a new innovative way to expose our students to workforce...

Where is the Affordable Housing?

Firelands Forward, in partnership with many community partners, has commissioned a regional housing study in order to better understand the housing landscape in the Firelands. Now in its third year of operation, Firelands Forward is a regional workforce development...

Student Boot Camp Exposes Huron County Students to Information Technology Careers

Students hear from Chad Stein, founder of SC Strategic Solutions. Local high school students recently participated in Student Bootcamp — an innovative new format facilitated by Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) to expose students to workforce...

Magruder Hospital Again Earns 5-Star Rating from CMS

"Magruder Hospital has once again achieved a five-star rating, the highest ranking possible, for overall quality of care from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). An overall star rating is based on how well a hospital performs across different areas...

Regionomics: Hierarchy of Workforce Needs

The complexity of the workforce landscape demands an integrated and tiered approach to begin to address the many underlying causes of low labor force participation. Firelands Forward created the Workforce Hierarchy of Needs (based off of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs)...

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