Positively Oberlin

Our MISSION is to promote the sustainable growth and prosperity of the Oberlin Community.

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auctions and purchased the beautiful items.

We appreciate your support and goodwill.

Respecting the Past... Enhancing the Present... Crafting the Future!

We are partners - individuals, businesses, and community organizations - working together to create a vibrant, resilient and prosperous community for all who live, learn, play, work, shop and invest in Oberlin.

Thank You to our Funders:

The Nord Family Foundation, The Community Foundation of Lorain County, The City of Oberlin and, of course, our partners who believe in and support our mission!



Oberlin Businesses Land Top Spots in Pulse Magazine's Best of Lorain County  ...and the Oberlin winners are...Lorenzo's (Best Pizza); Aladdin's Eatery (Best Healthful Menu); The Feve (Best Sunday Brunch); Oberlin Choristers (Best Music Instruction).

 Pulse, Lorain County's Magazine (www.pulselorainmag.com), announces the Best of and Oberlin is featured big time. Read all about it, but here's a glimpse of our winners - kudos to all:

  • Best Pizza: Lorenzo's "This Oberlin haunt allows nutrition-minded folks to have their pizza and eat it, too. You'll find vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu that is tossed and topped using only the best ingredients such as unbleached, unbromated flour, only the best oils and no MSG or fillers."
  • Healthful Menu: Alladin's Eatery "The Oberlin outpost of this Cleveland-based Lebanese/American restaurant chain boats more than 40 vegetarian and gluten-free menu options, many of which meet common dietary restrictions. General Manager Susy Owda has met with customers on more stringent diets to create items just for them. "We train all of our employees on the menu extensively," she says. "We let them know every single ingredient, every spice that's in everything."
  • Sunday Brunch: The Feve "The menu changes weekly at this bustling eatery nestled along the main drag in this college town. The Feve offers foodies a local and seasonally driven menu punctuated by items such as freshly made sausage from the West Side Market and spices collected during global travel. For instance during county fair week, it featured a corn dog pancake made with diced Hebrew National hot dogs and cheese."
  • Music Instruction: Oberlin Choristers "While there are no promises that participants will appear on the Broadway stage or perform in Italy, alums of the program have been there and done that. In fact, the Choristers have performed at the Sydney Opera House and St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin among other locales."














Credit Crunch Time

Time to upgrade to EMV terminals.

If your business accepts credit and debit cards for payment, starting next month, your business could be held liable for fraudulent card transactions conducted in your store if you have not replaced your old magnetic stripe point of sale (POS) terminals with new terminals that are capable of accepting microchip-embedded EMV cards.

EMV, which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, is a new card processing technology that is replacing the old magnetic stripe technology that has been used to process credit and debit cards in the U.S. for more than half a century.

The new EMV cards being mailed to cardholders contain a magnetic stripe on the back so they can be read by merchants that do not yet have EMV-capable terminals.  The main reason for the switch to chipbased cards is to reduce fraud.  The computer chip assigns a unique code to each transaction--so even if the code is stolen, it can't be sued by thieves to make fraudulent purchases.

In addition to helping to reduce fraud, upgrading to new EMV-capable terminals will offer merchants other benefits.  One of the biggest is the ability to take advantage of new payment technologies, including near-field communications and contactless transactions.  By upgrading their terminals, merchants will be able to accept emerging payment technologies like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay.

It is important to note that teven if your POS terminals have  EMV capabilities, this doesn't necessariily mean your files are automatically set up to accept EMV cards.  Talk to your credit card processor to make sure you new terminals are ready to accept EMV cards on October 1.

Visa has created a comprehensive guide to help merchants through the EMV conversion process.  The Visa U.S. Merchant EMV Chip Acceptance Readiness Guide details 10 steps merchants should follow as they upgrade their olf POS terminals to new EMV-capable terminals.  Visit usa.visa.com and search "U.S. Merchant EMV Guide" to find and download the guide.


Source:  The Costo Connection, September 2015


Shop Small Saturday
11/28/2015 - 11am-6pm
Downtown Oberlin Shop Small Saturday - including Seed Ventures! Shoppers will have the opportunity t read more

11/28/2015 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Holiday Open House Saturdays
12/05/2015 - 11 - 5 PM
Music on the streets and in businesses invite customeres to enjoy the holiday spirit. Seed Ventures read more

A Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Experience
12/06/2015 - 12-3pm
Have you experience true chocolate love? DokiDoki will take that love to a new level. Enjoy a variet read more