Fulton County Business Resource

At OhioMeansJobs |Fulton County, employers can find assistance to help attract new talent, retain current employees, and advance their workforce. All of our services are FREE, and here are just some of the ways we can help:Hiring_

  • Training cost reimbursement for new employees
  • Training assistance for your current employees, thereby averting layoffs and increasing employee productivity and growth of the company
  • Posting of job openings to OhioMeansJobs.com, in our resource room, and Job Leads of the Week. The employment positions can be posted for 30,60, or 90 days (Company & Job Information Form)
  • Access to a large pool of candidate resumes to attract new talent
  • Meeting rooms to recruit, take applications, interview, or any other needs you may have
  • Hosting of on-site targeted job fairs and recruitment events
  • Prove It skill testing choose from over 1,500 online skills tests to create the most suitable assessments for any open position.
  • If closing or downsizing is inevitable, we offer on-site informational sessions to review unemployment services, re-employment strategies, re-training opportunities, and job search assistance

Contact Us

 Every Friday we feature a Fulton County business and we would love the opportunity to showcase yours! 

If you would like to be a part of our #FeatureFriday, email Cara at cara.leininger@jfs.ohio.gov

You Hire, You Train, We PAY

On-the-Job Training Program (OJT) is a federally funded program that helps employers hire and train laid-off or under-employed workers for full time, long term employment.

Through OJT programs, employers like you may be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the wages earned by eligible new trainees while they learn the job. This funding compensates you for training workers in skills they need to help your business thrive.

  •                                       HANDS-ON TRAINING DONE YOUR WAY      AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR COMPANY    
  •                                       FAST TURN-AROUND                                      MINIMAL PAPERWORK

An OJT agreement must be developed before new employees are hired. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis. Total reimbursement cannot exceed $8,000, and the length of the training period cannot exceed six months.

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Employer Requirements

If you can answer “Yes” to these questions, you may be eligible for OJT reimbursement:

    • Will the new employee need training to succeed on the job?
    • Will you directly hire the employee?
    • Will you retain the trainee if he/she is successful?
    • Will you have an OJT agreement in place prior to hiring the employee?

 NOTE: All OJT employee candidates must be assessed and found eligible and suitable for the position. Your local OhioMeansJobs Center can send you eligible candidates.


Next Step:

To find out more about the program, contact:

Cara Leininger 604 S. Shoop Ave.  Wauseon, OH 43567 419.337.9215  cara.leininger@jfs.ohio.gov

Incumbent Worker Training Overview

The purpose of the Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) is to support training projects that will benefit local business and industry by assisting the skill development of existing employees, thereby averting layoff, increasing employee productivity and growth of the company, as well as assisting in keeping Area 7’s workforce competitive. The training is expected to lead to the creation of new jobs, retention of jobs, increased wages for better trained workers, a higher-skilled workforce, and a more profitable business climate.

Trainees must meet the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements for an employer/employee relationship.

Trainees must be employed by the business with which the IWT contract is being written and have an established employment history with the employer as of the date of the IWT agreement signing.

Applicant Requirements
Area 7 businesses or non-profit and trade organizations applying for IWT must:

  • Address strategy to avoid a layoff or business closure
  • Be operating in Area 7
  • Have full-time employees
  • Remain current on all state obligations, as verified at:
    • Federal Exclusion and Debarment Site: http://www.sam.gov
    • Ohio Department of Taxation: http://www.tax.ohio.gov
    • Business filing Search: http://sos.state.oh.us
  • Employers are required to pay for a share of the total cost of the project, either cash or in-kind:
    • At least 10 percent of the cost, for employers with 50 or fewer employees
    • At least 25 percent of the cost, for employers with 51 to 100 employees
    • At least 50 percent of the cost, for employers with more than 100 employees
  • Demonstrate a commitment to retaining operations and employees in Area 7, and
  • Be willing to participate in a full range of services provided by the local OhioMeansJobs Center

Allowable Costs
Allowable costs may include only costs directly related to training. Allowable costs may include:

  • Curriculum development
  • Instructor/trainer salaries
  • Textbooks, manuals, training software, materials and non-consumables
  • Wages paid to participants while in training may be considered as a source of matching funds on the employer side of the training budget

Unallowable Costs
Unallowable costs include but are not limited to:

  • Training tools/equipment (must become personal property of trainee upon completion of training)
  • Trainee wages (no overtime)
  • Foreign travel
  • Purchases or lease of capital equipment
  • Encouragement or inducement of a business or part of a business to relocate from any location in the United States
  • Use of IWT funds to pay for a worker’s training wages
  • Use of IWT funds to train management employees in management such as Six Sigma and LEAN.

Expected Outcomes
As a result of the award of IWT funds, applicants will be expected to demonstrate one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Layoff aversion
  • Business growth/expansion
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased profits, quality, or efficiency
  • Increased wages for employees who complete the training
  • Increased retention of existing workforce
  • Industry-recognized credential for trainees is highly encouraged

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) has created an Inclusive Employer Toolkit. This Toolkit provides information and resources to help employers recruit, hire and retain employees with disabilities and best practices to foster an inclusive workplace. All of OOD’s employer resources can be found in one place! This Toolkit includes four main topics: 

  • Building the Business Case – benefits for businesses who hire people with disabilities.
  • Inclusive Workplace – Make your workplace inclusive of everyone.
  • Recruiting, Hiring, and Supporting Employees – Get access to a greater pool of talent.
  • Workplace Accommodations – Small changes can make a big difference.


OOD is offering free training to employers, which can be accessed from their website where all of these modules are available for viewing: