Business Resources

Business Resources in Lima, Ohio

When it comes to a plan, you need vision, and in our region, we’ve got a vision for what the future can be. Through robust incentives and unparalleled opportunity for investments, we’re closing the gap between potential and prosperity. Our progress day-in and day-out positions us to thrive. We’ve made significant investments in redevelopment, infrastructure, public safety, recreation, arts and culture – because those are the things that contribute to the creation of jobs and the spirit of entrepreneurship. We’ve got the raw materials; you’ve got the idea. So let’s discover what Real American Possibility means, because together, we can make it happen.

The Center for Business Services Building is located at 144 S. Main St. in Lima. This building was created with the focus of a one-stop shop for businesses. Inside you will find the Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Allen Economic Development Group, Greater Lima Region, Allen Lima Leadership, Activate Allen County, Downtown Lima, Inc. and the Walter C. Potts Entrepreneurial Center.


Did you know…

  • The Husky Lima Refinery is the oldest continuously operating refinery in the United States and produces approximately 25% of all gasoline consumed in Ohio.
  • The Lima P&G plant is the largest liquid detergent bottling plant in the world.
  • The General Dynamics Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima is the only U. S. Army Main Battle Tank production facility in the U.S.
  • The funeral hearse that carried President Ronald Reagan to his grave was made in Lima, Ohio.
  • Lima was known across the county for building the Berkshire locomotive, and one of these fine monsters is in the Smithsonian Institute.

Random Ohio facts:

  • The oldest concrete street in America is in Bellefontaine, Ohio. It was built in 1891 by George Bartholomew who is celebrated as the man who brought cement and concrete to the Midwest.
  • The Wright Brothers, from Dayton, Ohio, developed and flew the first airplane in 1903.
  • Thomas A. Edison, from Milan, Ohio, developed the incandescent light bulb, phonograph and early motion picture camera.
  • John Lambert of Ohio City made America’s first automobile in 1891.
  • Charles Kettering of Loundonville invented the automobile self-starter in 1911. Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839.
  • Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.
  • W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon patented chewing gum in 1869.
  • Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lighted electrically in 1879 and boasts America’s first traffic light. It was first lit on Aug. 5, 1914.