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On-street parking critical for small businesses survival

On-street parking critical for small businesses survival
Columbus’s Department of Public Service will install about 130 new parking meters along High Street between Goodale Avenue and Mound Street before the end of this year. It’s a controversial plan, and one that could have a considerable impact on shops and restaurants in the city’s urban...
September 6th, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Co-ops emphasize people over profits

Co-ops emphasize people over profits
Money tends to be at the heart of most businesses, no matter their size. And though The Metropreneur certainly doesn’t have a problem with that, it recognizes that enterprises where revenue isn’t the top priority are also important within the entrepreneurial community. For instance, co-operatives,...
August 7th, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Food pods bring food trucks together in one place

Food pods bring food trucks together in one place
The food truck scene has exploded in Columbus over the last couple years, and now it seems yet another mobile food trend −the food pod− is piggybacking on the trucks’ success. What constitutes a food pod isn’t crystal clear at the moment, but Street Eats Columbus, which tracks and reviews...
June 27th, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Independent bakers making Columbus a little sweeter

Independent bakers making Columbus a little sweeter
Food and family often go hand in hand. So perhaps it’s not surprising that all three of the independent bakers The Metropreneur interviewed for this story have relatives who have passed down recipes and secrets or encouraged them to make their hobby a business, or both. To learn how these bakers...
April 2nd, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Central Ohio will be home to 4 new microbreweries by mid-year

Central Ohio will be home to 4 new microbreweries by mid-year
Two microbreweries opened in Central Ohio this winter and two more are coming online in the spring− launches that suggest the region has become a hotbed for beer making. The brewers at the forefront of the trend say it’s no coincidence that these kinds of operations are cropping up in such close...
March 21st, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Kickstarter helps raise money for creative ventures

Kickstarter helps raise money for creative ventures
Funding a business venture, especially a creative one, can be challenging. Kickstarter is working to change that. Every week, the online crowdfunding platform allows thousands of people to pledge millions of dollars to creative projects −big and small− that resonate with them. In exchange for that...
February 21st, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Square changing the way entrepreneurs, small businesses get paid

Square changing the way entrepreneurs, small businesses get paid
Since Square became available to the public in October 2010, it has revolutionized the way entrepreneurs and small businesses get paid. For the uninitiated, Square allows anyone with its card reader and/or  iPhone, iPad, or Android application to accept credit card payments. The fee structure is straightforward:...
January 23rd, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

2011 Year in Review for Small Business Development

2011 Year in Review for Small Business Development
The final week of 2011 has arrived, giving us a moment to reflect on the year that was. As far as the local small business community is concerned, 2011 has been very exciting. Numerous companies have launched or expanded, new incubators aimed at helping entrepreneurs have cropped up across Central Ohio,...
December 28th, 2011 | Trendspotting | Read More