Articles By: Somers L. Martin

Somers L. Martin is the director of business development services for the Columbus Chamber. Somers works on behalf of small, women- and minority-owned businesses to ensure they have the resources and support they need to grow. Through Columbus Chamber programs such as the Small Business Council and Diversity Bridge, she links businesses to various resources and information, and assists them with problem solving. Somers has been with the Chamber since 2007.

What Do I Need to Know About Certification? Nine Questions to Determine Your Eligibility

What Do I Need to Know About Certification? Nine Questions to Determine Your Eligibility
Certification is a topic that interests – and confuses – many entrepreneurs. I recently spoke with the owner of a two-month-old business who wanted to use the distinction of being a minority- and woman-owned company to pursue some local business opportunities. She was quite surprised when...
July 11th, 2014 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Entrepreneurship: It’s in Your Hands

Entrepreneurship: It’s in Your Hands
I talk and work with entrepreneurs on a daily basis in my role at the Columbus Chamber. Whether talking to someone on the phone or meeting face-to-face, the questions tend to be the same. How do I get started? Is there funding available to support by business? How do I become a certified business and...
May 13th, 2014 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Chamber Celebrates Region’s Small Businesses

Chamber Celebrates Region’s Small Businesses
The Columbus Region is fortunate to be home to scores of small businesses. These businesses, as we all know, are the wheel upon which the economy turns. Why? Small businesses do the majority of the hiring and generate the kind of revenue that moves the economy forward. Somers L. Martin, director of business...
December 20th, 2013 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Diversity Bridge: Empowering Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business

Diversity Bridge: Empowering Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business
Businesses that are women- or minority-owned have the opportunity to tap into a number of public and private sector programs. Corporations, the federal government, state agencies all want to do business with these enterprises. If you are a woman- or minority-owned company that might be considering the...
October 18th, 2013 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Dare to Dream: Starting a Business is Not as Easy as It Appears

Dare to Dream: Starting a Business is Not as Easy as It Appears
I received a call the other day, as I often do, from an entrepreneur who wanted to know everything there was to know about starting a business. I began by asking the caller: • What kind of business are you interested in starting? • Do you have a business plan? • What kind of financing do you...
August 16th, 2013 | Chamber Connection | Read More

The Power of Small Business: It’s Bigger than You

The Power of Small Business: It’s Bigger than You
We all have heard the statement that small businesses create the greatest impact on the economic rebound. While we know this to be true, it’s bigger than just small businesses on their own. Small businesses need the resources, information and connections from the rest of the business community to thrive...
June 21st, 2013 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Access to Capital: How to Finance Your Business

Access to Capital: How to Finance Your Business
I am often asked by business owners where the “free” money is to operate their business. The quick and true answer is that there is no “free” money. First Things First Somers Martin, director of business development services for the Columbus Chamber Before beginning your search for funding,...
April 19th, 2013 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Diversity Bridge connects businesses to opportunities

Diversity Bridge connects businesses to opportunities
Small businesses, particularly those that are woman- and minority-owned, face multiple challenges every day. What resources are available and where can I locate them? Who offers the training that I need in order to operate and sustain my business? I want to be certified, but there are multiple certifications;...
September 4th, 2012 | Entrepreneurial Support | Read More