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If the business is getting stronger, why am I having to work so much harder?

If the business is getting stronger, why am I having to work so much harder?
It’s not uncommon to have a conversation with an owner that goes something like the following. Q: So how’s business? A: It’s going well. We’re growing and making some money. Q: So life must be pretty good? A: Well… The owner then describes how they are spending more hours...
January 23rd, 2013 | Growth Strategies | Read More

Cameron Mitchell on what he’s learned after 20 years in the restaurant biz

Cameron Mitchell on what he’s learned after 20 years in the restaurant biz
In the last 20 years, Cameron Mitchell has opened nearly 70 restaurants in eight states. The Upper Arlington native has more than a dozen restaurants in Central Ohio alone, including Marcella’s Ristorante, M, and Martini Modern Italian. Next month, he will unveil his first new concept in five years:...
January 22nd, 2013 | Expert Perspective | Read More

FleurGirl to celebrate 2nd anniversary in February

FleurGirl to celebrate 2nd anniversary in February
For FleurGirl Owner and CEO Shanika Tyler, what was once a soothing pasttime has become a growing business. Several years ago, she started making silk flower arrangements as a hobby. When friends and family got a glimpse of her designs −which Tyler calls “unique and exotic”− they began...
January 22nd, 2013 | Business Profiles | Read More

LuLu & Max offers handmade products made with natural ingredients

LuLu & Max offers handmade products made with natural ingredients
In less than a year, the mother-daughter duo behind LuLu & Max has brought to market more than 50 handmade products designed to cleanse, soothe, refresh, and beautify. Natural ingredients, like mushroom extract and lavender essential oil, are used in all the company’s products, which are made...
January 18th, 2013 | Business Profiles | Read More

Do not blindly sign form contracts

Do not blindly sign form contracts
I have written about contracts here before. Spend a few dollars now to save more dollars later by having your lawyer review them. At least focus on a few key contractual terms before you sign any contract. Here, however, I want to emphasize a simple and direct message: do not blindly sign form contracts...
January 17th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

At Work: A Fresh New Space for FreshGames

At Work: A Fresh New Space for FreshGames
Local game development company FreshGames recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. Stephan Smith, President of FreshGames. “After six years of being in retail, I was looking to get into digital distribution and start something new– hence FreshGames,” says company president Stephan Smith. Smith...
January 16th, 2013 | At Work | Read More

East Wind Nannies expands into 3 cities since 2010 launch

East Wind Nannies expands into 3 cities since 2010 launch
In just a little over two years, East Wind Nannies has expanded into three cities. Amy Haldeman founded the nanny service in Pittsburgh in fall 2010 after working in child care for more than a decade. Haldeman’s  husband had been transferred to Pittsburgh because of his job, and she decided starting...
January 15th, 2013 | Business Profiles | Read More

Barbash named Finance Fund Chief Operating Officer

Barbash named Finance Fund Chief Operating Officer
Finance Fund has named Mark Barbash its chief operating officer. In his new role, Barbash will be responsible for day-to-day operations to advance community development at the statewide  financial non-profit that connects community redevelopment projects in underserved markets with public and private...
January 14th, 2013 | Announcements | Read More