Venturing into a related, but new, enterprise can be a scary proposition, but Bart and Matt Sheridan are excited about the prospects. The Cedarville area brothers and business partners, along with their wives and parents were on hand at the company’s new offices and the Cedar Land Event Center September 4 for the new facility’s dedication ceremony.
“The process began in February 2013 with a brief conversation initiated by Bryan Bogan, our Auction Manager,” Bart shared with the gathered crowd. From that conversation a two and a half-year journey of a property purchase, the sale of the real estate and auction services company’s former office, and the construction of a nearly 9,000 square foot facility began. “Our wives, Sandy and Julie; our children; and our parents, Keith and June, have all been involved in the project’s planning and oversight and have really supported us throughout this venture.”
“We felt that if we were going to continue in the business long term – and that is our plan – it would be wise to invest in this type of venture,” Matt explains. “We really believe that this facility will help position us to provide a high level of services to our traditional clientele, but it will also help us to expand our current service offerings.”
The 6,600 square foot Cedar Land Event Center is the focus of the company’s expansion, with occupancy limits of over 350 people. The Sheridans believe that the Event Center is something that is greatly needed in eastern Greene County and the surrounding areas. With the campus of the 3,500-student Cedarville University located within one mile, and no other similar space available in the area, they have built a business plan that projects heavy use in the years to come.
“In our first four weeks of operation, we had the pleasure of hosting four auctions and three banquets. We really believe that bodes well for future use. Additionally, we have a number of weddings, receptions, and other events already planned for the coming months. We are offering not only a great event site, but also amenities such as new and comfortable tables and chairs, a fully appointed catering kitchen, an event office, and plenty of parking,” Bart shared. With easy access just off of Main Street at the Ohio to Erie Bike Trail, the brothers believe that the Event Center will bring many new consumers to the eastern Greene County community.
Citing their appreciation for the Village of Cedarville, Cedarville Township, and Brentwood Builders, the project’s construction manager, the brothers told the dedication ceremony crowd that they are excited about their new offices and Event Center and look forward to continuing to serve the area. “By the grace of God, we plan to be in the area for the remainder of our careers and beyond. We are excited to be here and look forward to the opportunities that our new building will bring.”