Social Media Marketing for Small Business


Jumping right into posting on Facebook, or uploading photos to Instagram, without having a social media marketing strategy in place first is a bit like throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping something sticks. Instead, register for this one-day Social Media Marketing for Small Business Workshop and:

* Create your social media marketing strategy.

* Understand the different social media channels and focus on the ones that are right for you and your business.

* Receive live, hands-on training in setting up your Facebook page and/or Instagram business profile.

* Create professional-looking graphics – for free.

* Create a content calendar so you know what to post, and when.

Register for this 1-day workshop and create your Social Media Marketing Plan.

2019 Schedule:
Tuesday, February 19
Tuesday, May 21
Tuesday, October 22

Class Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Fostoria Learning Center
Cost: $95 (Fostoria Chamber Members $75)

Advance Registration required. Seating is limited.
(419) 408-5540 for more information. Or click here to Register Online.

Fostoria Chamber Members receive a $20 discount.

Get Started with Email Marketing for Small Business

Email marketing helps you connect directly with your customers to increase your sales and promote your business, and is still seen as the #1 marketing tool for small business.  Register for this half-day Get Started with Email Marketing for Small Business Workshop and:

* Receive live, hands-on training to create your first email newsletter during the workshop.

* Discover who you should send your first email newsletter to, and what to say.

* Learn what to do to increase subscribers each month.

* Create a calendar so you know what to do & when.

* Learn the pitfalls to avoid so you don’t sabotage your email marketing efforts.

2019 Schedule:
Tuesday, January 22
Tuesday, April 23
Tuesday, September 24

Class Times: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Fostoria Learning Center
Cost: $55 (Fostoria Chamber Members $45)

Advance Registration required. Seating is limited.
(419) 408-5540 for more information. Or click here to Register Online.

Fostoria Chamber Members receive a $10 discount.

ServSafe Manager Course Level Two - 7th Edition


ServeSafe® has become the industry standard in food safety training and provides all employees with accurate and up-to-date information on all aspects of food safety and handling, from receiving and storing food, to food preparing and serving. Food-borne illness is a serious public health threat. According to the Center for Disease Control, each year in the United States 76 million people suffer from vomiting and diarrhea caused by mishandled, tainted, or spoiled food.

Just some of the topics to be covered during this training are:

* Preventing cross-contamination

* Cleaning and sanitizing

* Food safety regulations

* Time and temperature control

* Safe food preparation

Class Dates: April 8, 10, 15 & 17 (Monday & Wednesday) 2019 CLASS FULL! Call 419-408-5540 to go on a wait list should a spot become available.
Class Times: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Fostoria Learning Center
Cost: $200 (includes book, certification exam & materials)

The Fostoria Learning Center offers the ServSafe® Manager Certification — 7th Edition training 2-3 times a year which fulfills the Food Certification Level Two requirement (16 contact hours).

Advance Registration required. Seating is limited.
(419) 408-5540 for more information. Or click here to add your details to the wait list.

Non-Profit Trainings

Non-Profit leaders, especially executive directors, have to wear many hats in the day-to-day management of their non-profit, including those of human resources director, marketing manager, grant writer, and chief financial officer.  Rarely does a new leader come into this position with all of these skills in-hand.

The Fostoria Learning Center recognizes this need and has designed a series of essential skills workshops to assist local area 501(c)(3) registered non-profits in the areas of marketing, governance, fundraising, finances, and grant writing.

The full schedule of workshops is below and registration is required for each training workshop to be taken.

Feb 13 – Setting Up a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) | 9am-11am

Mar 13 – Board Development | 9am-11am

Apr 10 – Compiling a Budget | 9am-Noon

May 8 – Marketing on a Non-Profit Budget |9am-Noon

Jun 12 – Basic Fundraising |9am-Noon

Jul 10 – Grant Writing | 9am-Noon

Cost: $25 per person per workshop or $40 for 2 (same non-profit) per workshop advance registration required

For more information on this series of workshops, or to register for a workshop, call the Fostoria Learning Center on 419-408-5540 or email

You can also Click Here to download the information sheet for further details.

Grow With Google Small Business Workshop

Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce is a Grow With Google partner, and is pleased to offer a series of small business workshops.  These workshops take place from Noon-1pm. Bring your own lunch, if desired.  All workshops are FREE and are held at the Fostoria Learning Center.

May 8: Get Found on Google Searches & Maps

June 5: Reach Customers Online with Google

July 10: Using Data to Drive Growth