Somers L. Martin is the director of business development services for the Columbus Chamber. Somers works on behalf of small- and medium-sized 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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