Gerber, LLC’s Emerging Entrepreneur Experience @ Gerber LLC
Jan 24 all-day

Let us help you reach the next level. Gerber’s Emerging Entrepreneur Experience is an advice-driven, facilitated forum for business owners. You will get first-class, customized advice and guidance from Gerber, LLC — a professional service firm exclusively advising first-generation entrepreneurs — to amplify your business, vision and long-term success.

– Candid advice: Your time is a valuable resource. We will use it wisely.
– Collaboration: We’ve created a facilitated forum of business owners, just like you, all in one room.
– Wisdom: In working with over 100 first-generation entrepreneurs, we’ve learned a thing or two. We’re here to share our experience.
– A clear path: Providing clarity for today and guidance for tomorrow.
– Tools: We’re not all talk. We’re delivering actionable content you need to improve your profitability and growth in each and every meeting.

This is a 9 to 12-month program with monthly, half-day sessions. Our next program starts Tuesday, January 24 and is limited to 10 participating entrepreneurs – join our entrepreneur movement today!

– 2+ years in business
– Less than $2,000,000 in business revenue
– You have a business plan (even if it’s on a napkin)
– You are majority owner with a growth mindset

U.S. & The Middle East: Policy Challenges – New Administration @ Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Headlines surrounding topics in the Middle East are regularly part of our daily news cycle. We are used to hearing about the region’s challenges and often watch without fully understanding the entire situation. Join us as at our next Signature Luncheon where we explore the current hot spots in the Middle East and the U.S. policy implications for the new administration.

CMC: Finding Innovation and Opportunity in Unexpected Places @ The Boat House at Confluence Park
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Mark Kvamme, co-founder, partner, Drive Capital with Kenny McDonald, COO, Columbus 20/20.

Innovation for Growth Business Education Series: Strategies for Creating Value @ Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
Jan 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for an energetic, fun and engaging program designed to inform and educate small business owners and entrepreneurs on issues that will impact your business.

Session One of the Innovation for Growth | Business Education Series: Strategies for Creating Value, will take place 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at Refectory Restaurant, located at 1092 Bethel Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43220. The series is presented by FocusCFO, Key Bank and Rea & Associates and will feature industry experts who have spent years helping business owners understand their full potential and maximize the profitability of their businesses.

This event is free to attend, however you must register to attend no later than Jan. 18.

What you will learn

After a heated presidential campaign, we are now left to face a litany of questions about the business landscape as we embark on a new year. Which is why, to kick off our Innovation for Growth Business Education Series, we will offer an interactive discussion centered around the key issues facing business owners in 2017. Our panel of experts will discuss a variety of important topics, including:

  • Proposed tax policy changes at the Federal, State, and Local level
  • Affordable Care Act reform
  • Workforce challenges
  • Changes to the overtime standards
  • Priorities of Ohio House and Senate leaders
  • You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of our panelists.

If you are a small business owner or industry leader who has questions and concerns about how the outcome of the recent presidential election will affect your company and the decisions you will be required to make within your organization over the next year, then make plans to join us on Jan. 25, to learn more.

About the panelists

Lisa Rankin

Government Relations Consultant

As a government relations consultant, Lisa Rankin represents client interests before the Ohio General Assembly and Executive Agencies. She has represented clients on legislation, regulatory and professional matters, healthcare, tax and budget issues. She has also helped develop strategy and analysis on client issues followed by implementation of an advocacy plan to help clients accomplish their governmental objectives. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Capital University Law School. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from Wittenberg University.

Sheri Chaney Jones

President, Measurement Resources Company, LLC

Sheri Chaney Jones is the founder and president of Measurement Resources Company, an organizational development and research firm headquartered in Columbus. For more than 16 years, Sheri has improved government agencies, nonprofits and small businesses using performance management, evaluation and organizational behavior best practices. Sheri has a passion for helping leaders use data to shape policies and practices. She currently serves as vice president of public policy for the Columbus Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Prior to founding the Measurement Resources Company in 2010, Sheri’s work as the performance center manager with the Ohio Department of Aging, saved the state of Ohio $250,000,000 in annual Medicaid costs. She is the author of Impact & Excellence: Data-driven Strategies for Aligning Mission, Culture and Performance in Nonprofit and Government Organizations, published by Jossey-Bass in 2014. Sheri earned her master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in psychology from The Ohio State University.

Joe Popp, JD, LLM

Senior tax manager, Rea & Associates, Inc.

As a motivated, highly skilled, outside-the-box “ninja tax warrior,” Joe leads the Affordable Care Act compliance and consulting initiatives at Rea & Associates. He’s also involved in state & local tax and federal tax work, and frequently presents for trade and professional group on various tax and ACA-related topics. Joe has been sought after for his experience and expertise by the Ohio Society of CPAs, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the National Business Institute, ForbesSmart Business, ASA Ohio, the Business Growth Club, the Benefactor Group, the Ohio Bankers League, the Ohio Oil & Gas Association, the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Services Agency, the Baird Group, Builders Exchange, and the Ohio Association of Public Treasurers. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from The Ohio State University, a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio state Moritz College of Law and a Master of Laws in tax from Capital University Law School.

Free Breakfast @ Office Evolution- Huntington Center
Jan 26 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Did you miss our grand opening celebration? Still want to see what we’re all about?

Please drop in anytime from 8 – 9 a.m. for a quick tour and a free light breakfast on Thursday, January 26th.

Be sure to ask for your free gift card for complimentary conference room or coworking space use.

For the first time, you have the opportunity for great A+ space right in the Huntington Center – Suite 240, Mezzanine. It doesn’t get any better, or closer to the Statehouse or Vern Riffe Center.

Dedicated executive offices
Conference & training rooms
Day offices
Co-working space
Live phone answering
Mail service
On-site receptionist

Hosted by Ted Fireman
Steve Fireman, Jennifer Keaton
Guy Manos

Product Hunt Columbus #9 @ The Columbus Idea Foundry
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We’re demoing the hottest products born in Cbus! Come get a first-hand experience of what’s ready to go to market and meet the makers. These are entrepreneurs with product ready to ship and for your use.

This month’s presentations are from Root Insurance, Switchflip, Bylined, and Titan Mixer Bottles

Backstage at the Lincoln: Quan Howell @ Lincoln Theatre
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Backstage at the Lincoln, the Lincoln Theatre’s intimate, local concert series, has announced the first four concerts scheduled for 2017. This series offers concertgoers the extraordinary opportunity to be seated on stage with a featured local artist, providing an up-close-and-personal performance set against the hand-painted grandeur of the Lincoln’s rare Egyptian Revival-style motif.


The schedule is as follows:


January 26 – Quan Howell

Former member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal and instrumental ensemble Sounds of Blackness, gospel/R&B singer Quan Howell will perform a variety of R&B and contemporary hits that honor women.


February 23 – Doni Jai

An eclectic musician and multi-instrumentalist, the gifted songwriter, performer, and producer Doni Jai promises an exceptional evening of neo soul, performing familiar covers and excerpts of new material.


March 23 – Jonathan Baker

Songwriter, musician, and producer Jonathan Baker will perform his original instrumental and vocal compositions rooted in gospel and taken to contemporary and futuristic levels.


April 12 – Maroon Arts Group

This collective of local artists utilizes spoken word, movement, visual art, and music to preserve and promote cultures of African descent.


Tickets are $10 and seating is limited. All concerts begin at 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.). Tickets can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night of the show if still available.


The Backstage at the Lincoln series is made possible through the generous support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council.

SunDown Rundown Business Pitch Event – Columbus @ Varsity Club
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Central Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent.

If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea and grab a beer while you’re there.

Doors open at 5:30pm, pitches start by shortly after 6:00pm

Here’s how it works for those who pitch:

1) Before the event: Submit your idea to us on our site here. – you’ll actually hear back from us, no secret handshakes, no buddy, buddy shenanigans with us.

2) Register to Attend

3) We’ll schedule you to pitch at one of our events – and you better show up!

4) You pitch, get feedback on your idea, and maybe make a connection to help move your idea further. And we do this at night and we try to have 4 pitches during that time.

Here’s how it works for the audience:

1) Register to Attend

2) Give critical, but constructive feedback to the pitched business idea.

YP Networking Night @ CoverMyMeds
Jan 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join fellow young professionals as the Columbus Young Professionals Club present “YP Networking Night,” an after-work mixer for members and friends. You’ll network over complimentary beer, wine, and food (co-hosted by CoverMyMeds).

Event Features:
• Heavy hors d’oeuvres (hot and cold)
• Complimentary Beverages (beer and wine)
• Music provided by D & M Entertainment

All are welcome to attend, but space is limited. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards.

Parking is free. We will send out detailed directions a day before the event.

CoverMyMeds is one of the fastest growing health care IT companies with a mission to help patients get the medication they need to be healthy. They do that by electronically automating the medication prior authorization (PA) process, saving health care professionals valuable time and ensuring patients receive the medication they need to be well.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us.

State of Ohio Seeking Small Businesses to Hire Export Interns
Feb 1 all-day

Are you a business interested in selling your products or services internationally? The Ohio Development Services Agency is searching for companies who are interested in exporting their products into international markets.


The Ohio Export Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to businesses interested in exporting by matching them with highly-motivated college students who have taken export-focused coursework. This year, 50 students from 12 different Ohio universities have been selected to participate in the program.


“Our students can help Ohio businesses take their quality goods and services to international markets they couldn’t otherwise reach,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.


The Ohio Development Services Agency offers participating small to medium-sized businesses a 50 percent reimbursement for the wages of the intern.


In the five years of the program, 144 student-company matches were created, resulting in more than $26 million in expected global sales and 25 full-time job offers to students.


The deadline for companies to apply is March 1, 2017. The summer internship runs from May 16 through August 11, 2017. Ohio companies can apply at


The program is a partnership between the Ohio Development Services Agency, The Ohio State University and Youngstown State University. To learn more about the Ohio Export Internship Program, click here:

Dames Bond Networking: Bonnie James, Thrive By Reading Faster to Learn More @ Women's Business Center of Ohio
Feb 2 all-day
Dames Bond networking events. Instead of having them at various locations each month, we are partnering with the Women’s Business Center of Ohio to offer exceptional networking experiences in one location. We’ll still have a variety of topics presented by members of Dames Bond. As a matter of fact, I’m happy to announce the 2017 line up!
for the 1st Thursday of the month in 2017!
February 2 – Bonnie James, Thrive By Reading Faster to Learn More
March 2 – Brenda Millhouse, Invest Like a Feminist
April 6 – Angela Bonfante – Blindsided Strategies for a World of Constant Change
May 4 –  Tisa Watts – Network Like You Garden
June 1 – Linda Mustric – Making a Home-based Business Work For You
July 6 – Dames Bond Adventure TBA
August 3 – Julie Burford Loeffler – Safety First & Foremost
September 7 – Mary B. Relotto – How to Partner with Your Brand for Greater Impact
October 5 – Barb Girson – Run With Elephants to Unlock Creativity & Innovation
November 2 – Pat Funderburg – Thrive in Health to Thrive in BusinessOnline registration will be up by the end of December. Meanwhile, get the dates on your calendar and get ready to bond in 2017!

Thrive By Reading Faster to Learn More @ Women's Business Center of Ohio
Feb 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This is a Dames Bond Business Networking Event

Speaker: Bonnie James, Advanced Reading Concepts


Change Forever How You Look At Reading–And Learn:

– How to read up to 100 words per minute faster now with better comprehension

– Your current reading rate & your potential reading rate

– The techniques that speed-readers use and how they apply to your needs

– Ideas to use immediately

During all Bond Events, you will enjoy:

– Gaining knowledge and insight from other Dames on a variety of topics that will benefit you professionally and personally
– Exceptional Networking
– Light Appetizers / Beverages
– Raffle Prizes

A portion of the proceeds go into a scholarship fund to attend WELD and WBC workshops and events.

Yoga Entrepreneurs: Making Your Passion Your Profession @ The Wonder Jam
Feb 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This event is for anyone with a passion for yoga and a desire to incorporate that passion into a profession. The event will include:

A 30-45 minute yoga class co-taught by Lara Falberg, Nicole Salvo and Chanelle Redman
A reading from Lara Falberg’s book, Yoga Train
A panel of yoga-loving-professionals made up of Lara Falberg, Nicole Salvo of Native Cold Pressed, Chanelle Redman of Replenish Spa and Jered Seibert of Yoga Warrior Wear. Moderated by Allie Lehman.

Snacks and drinks provided!

Makers’ Breakfast @ The Commissary
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Starting a business is hard. You don’t have to do it alone.

This is our monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, both new and established, to share a meal, our experiences, and support for each other. Maybe we will even create the solutions to some of our most pressing issues.

Breakfast will be provided by The Proof Box. RSVP required.

Coffee Talk: Columbus, The Opportunity City @ Franklin University (Ross Auditorium)
Feb 9 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Once a month, the Columbus Young Professionals Club partners with Hall Leadership Lessons at Franklin University for a morning networking event featuring hot coffee, light breakfast, and leadership conversations in a casual, career-focused setting. Each month the series features a guest speaker or panel discussion along with a professional topic.

Columbus has been referred to as America’s “Opportunity City” by Mayor Andrew Ginther, national publications like Forbes, and think-tank organizations like CEOs for Cities, to name a few. We’ve also been recognized as the Most Intelligent Community of the Year (Intelligent Community Forum, 2015), one of the best state capitals in which to live (WalletHub, 2016), and the fastest growing Metro in the Midwest (The Columbus Region, 2016). During this panel discussion, we’ll hear from community leaders about what makes Columbus so great; where the opportunities are for young professionals/creatives, families, entrepreneurs/small businesses; and what we can expect in 2017 and beyond.

Our Coffee Talk panelists include:
• Dominic Cappa – Editor-in-Chief, Columbus Business First
• Walker Evans – Co-founder and CEO,
• Brooke Wojdynski – Executive Director, Democratic Voices

The event includes light breakfast and coffee. The cost is $5 (if you pay online) or $10 (at the door) for members and guests. Premium members get in for FREE!

7:00am: Open Networking, Coffee & Light Breakfast
7:30am: Networking Warm-up
7:45am: Panel Discussion
8:45am: Panel Q&A, Business Card Drawings & Closing Announcements

Attendees can also drop a business card at check-in for a chance to win door prizes from local businesses.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us.

Midwest Craft Con
Feb 10 all-day

+++ SAVE THE DATE! +++
The next Midwest Craft Con will be Feb. 10-12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio, featuring some AMAZING creatives: Yao Cheng (, Chris Glass ( and Jen Hewett (!
We’ll be putting out a call for speaker proposals shortly, and the rest of the speakers will be announced later this year.
Tickets will cost the same as last year ($199 for early bird and $249 regular), and we’ll make sure all y’all get first dibs when they go up in July. 

Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What is the best way to utilize LinkedIn to help your business?

Why do I need LinkedIn when I already use Facebook?

Participants in this workshop will get the opportunity to interact with a long-time user of LinkedIn from both a personal and professional perspective and learn what aspects of LinkedIn are focused on enhancing your business and keeping you in touch and connected with your customers and clients.

Midwest Craft Con
Feb 11 all-day

+++ SAVE THE DATE! +++
The next Midwest Craft Con will be Feb. 10-12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio, featuring some AMAZING creatives: Yao Cheng (, Chris Glass ( and Jen Hewett (!
We’ll be putting out a call for speaker proposals shortly, and the rest of the speakers will be announced later this year.
Tickets will cost the same as last year ($199 for early bird and $249 regular), and we’ll make sure all y’all get first dibs when they go up in July. 

Money Management: Keep Your 2017 Money Resolutions! @ BMI Federal Credit Union
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join BMI Federal Credit Union for this FREE workshop. Learn tips and tools to help you form good money habits. To register, visit or call 614-707-4000.

Midwest Craft Con
Feb 12 all-day

+++ SAVE THE DATE! +++
The next Midwest Craft Con will be Feb. 10-12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio, featuring some AMAZING creatives: Yao Cheng (, Chris Glass ( and Jen Hewett (!
We’ll be putting out a call for speaker proposals shortly, and the rest of the speakers will be announced later this year.
Tickets will cost the same as last year ($199 for early bird and $249 regular), and we’ll make sure all y’all get first dibs when they go up in July.