The Oberlin Business Landscape: Insights from the New OBP Interim Director

My name is Sharon Pearson, and I'm thrilled to introduce myself as the new Interim Director of the Oberlin Business Partnership (OBP). I began officially in this position on January 2, 2024, and will continue until a new Executive Director is hired. Meanwhile, I'm excited to embark on this journey of supporting and promoting local businesses that make Oberlin unique and vibrant.

A little about me: I was born and raised in Oberlin and attended Oberlin Schools and Lorain County JVS. I served 25 years at the City of Oberlin and then 6 years on Oberlin City Council. I was also the Program Coordinator for the Oberlin Project, a joint environmental sustainable non-profit organization between the City of Oberlin and Oberlin College. I’ve been involved in the Oberlin Underground Railroad Center and have organized many community-wide events, such as America In Bloom, the 150th anniversary of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, and many other events. Last but not least, I am the President of As You Wish Luxury Travel and Wine Down on Vine (a short-term rental, i.e., Airbnb in Geneva, Ohio.) These are two businesses that my husband and I own together. I’ve either lived or worked in Oberlin my entire life. After a 4 year stint