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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

Six retailers launch Columbus Wine Collective

Six retailers launch Columbus Wine Collective
Six independent wine retailers have founded the Columbus Wine Collective in an attempt to help educate consumers and help each other. The CWC’s members are House Wine, Meza Wine Shop, Sher Bliss, The Twisted Vine, Tutto Vino, and Wine on High Bar & Retail. “We all share a love and passion...
September 5th, 2012 | Entrepreneurial Support | Read More

Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo 2012

10.11.12 Embassy Suites Columbus Airport $69 Full Day * $49 Half Day (Morning or Afternoon) Exhibitor Booths: Small Business $125; Corporate $250 REGISTER TODAY! Register online at www.increasecdc.org or call (614) 476-1758
September 4th, 2012 | Upcoming Events | 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

Grandview still focused on redevelopment, attracting businesses

Grandview still focused on redevelopment, attracting businesses
With its proximity to downtown Columbus and The Ohio State University, it’s arguable that Grandview Heights has long been an attractive bedroom community. But that wasn’t good enough for city officials. They wanted businesses to take up residence there as well, and in recent years they set...
August 31st, 2012 | Regional Spotlight | Read More

Daycare center designed to meet needs of working families

Daycare center designed to meet needs of working families
Sisters and working moms Ayan Yusuf and Safiya Ismail were frustrated because they were unable to find clean, safe daycare center options that fit their second shift work schedules. They knew that other parents faced the same problem. Rather than continuing to look for a solution to their dilemma,...
August 30th, 2012 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Winterizing Your Business

Winterizing Your Business
Football season starts next week in Columbus. The election is 11 weeks away. There are fewer than 20 shopping weeks until Christmas. And the tax cliff is four months away. Chances are you need to start doing some fourth quarter prep activities in your business. The billion dollar boys and girls are already...
August 29th, 2012 | Growth Strategies | Read More

Donatos founder talks hiring, transparency, work-life balance

Donatos founder talks hiring, transparency, work-life balance
At age 13, Jim Grote began working at a local pizzeria, where most of his days were spent slicing pepperoni by hand with a paring knife and making pizzas. Two years later he was managing the place, and the owner actually tried to sell him the business when he was just 16. Back then, Grote had two bosses...
August 28th, 2012 | Expert Perspective | Read More