Local Businesses Receive National Recognition

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Columbus’ small businesses are getting some love on a national scale. Two businesses achieve honors for their well-rounded enterprises, and a third’s website gets a nod. All women-owned, keep reading for exciting news from Retro Dinner Diva, Portfolio Creative and Virtue Salon.

Two Local Companies Rank on Entrepreneur 360 List 

Dinner delivery company Retro Dinner Diva and creative staffing firm Portfolio Creative have both been named to Entrepreneur magazine’s second annual Entrepreneur 360 List.

Recognizing well-rounded companies based on metrics surrounding innovation, growth, leadership and impact, Portfolio Creative ranked #55 on the list, and Retro Dinner Diva, #295. As is evident by the name, Entrepreneur 360 takes a more holistic approach to ranking companies for a “best of” list outside of just looking at revenue or growth. Companies apply for the evaluation with the top 360 recognized for their balanced approach to business.

Portfolio Creative President & Co-Founder Catherine Lang-Cline says the four metrics embody the way they do business.

“We built Portfolio Creative from scratch more than ten years ago with a focus on these key areas, and continue to build our business around them today,” she says.

Never making it just about numbers is one of the factors Lang-Cline believes earned them their spot on the list.

“We constantly strive to create long-lasting relationships with our talent, our clients and our employees and it is definitely something we pride ourselves on as a primary differentiator from our competitors,” she says. “We also believe very strongly in giving back to the community, which has been inherently woven into our business plan since day one.”

Both Lang-Cline and Retro Dinner Diva Stephanie Eakins say the list has provided affirmations around the way they choose to do business.

“Thousands of companies applied and to find out that my small, local Columbus business made the list of the top 360 best entrepreneurial companies in America? Let’s just say I was ecstatic,” Eakins says. “It’s a ginormous pat on the back and very encouraging.”

Eakins started the business to solve a very specific problem: getting dinner on the table. Her deliverable dishes and freezer meal parties are resonating as the business continues to grow.

“Despite wanting to grow slowly, business has over doubled this past year – 63 percent growth,” Eakins says.

She’s focused on steady, measured growth, believing that expanding too rapidly can lead to compromises in quality and customer service – neither of which she was willing sacrifice.

“To me, a well-rounded business has to be able to make adjustments, better processes, maintain quality and service, and keep expenses down while growing – I feel I have been very successful in doing that,” Eakins says.

For more information on Retro Dinner Diva, visit retrodinnerdiva.com.

For more information on Portfolio Creative, visit portfoliocreative.com.

Virtue Salon Receives Award for Website

National salon publication Salon Today recognized Clintonville’s Virtue Salon with a STAMP Award –Salon Today’s Annual Marketing Program – for its website. The awards name industry-leaders in traditional marketing, to digital marketing and campaigns, to branded promotional materials. Salon Today says Virtue’s website is clean, simple and informative with out distraction.

Virtue Salon is one of two Columbus enterprises on the list. Nurtur Aveda Institutes were also recognized for their “Support My Education” business cards. 

For more information, visit virtuevegansalon.com