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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

Best Business Program of 2011: ECDI Funding Program

Best Business Program of 2011: ECDI Funding Program
Small business assistance comes through a variety of educational, financial and mentorship programs. The Economic and Community Development Institute is one local organization that provides all the above and more. ECDI’s funding programs topped our 2011 reader survey for best local business program,...
December 28th, 2011 | Announcements | Read More

Best Entrepreneurial Event of 2011: Startup Weekend

Best Entrepreneurial Event of 2011: Startup Weekend
There are many different types of entrepreneurial events in Columbus. From the smaller casual networking events to the larger annual award ceremonies. In 2011, the event that stood out as the best for entrepreneurs was the annual Startup Weekend Columbus, which took place Oct. 7-9 at the Loann Crane...
December 28th, 2011 | Announcements | Read More

Best Business Incubator of 2011: TechColumbus

Best Business Incubator of 2011: TechColumbus
Business incubators give startups the opportunity to launch their ideas with less risk and fewer up-front expenses. They can provide funding, physical space, expert advisers and several amenities. According to your votes, TechColumbus −which not only provides business incubation services to tech startups,...
December 27th, 2011 | Announcements | Read More

Success Story of 2011: CallCopy

Success Story of 2011: CallCopy
This year saw a lot of big news from small businesses and startup ventures. Here at The Metropreneur, we work every day to document as many of those stories as possible. Our annual readers survey put the successful local contact center solutions provider CallCopy at the top of their list for explosive...
December 27th, 2011 | Announcements | Read More

Best New Business of 2011: Eartha Limited

Best New Business of 2011: Eartha Limited
While Eartha Limited was officially started in 2009, it really came into its own in 2011, as evidenced by our annual reader survey that named Eartha the Best New Business of the year. Eartha was founded by entrepreneur Mike Minnix as a multifaceted company that would provide business-to-business consulting...
December 26th, 2011 | Announcements | Read More

Zauber Brewing Co. launching in Columbus

Zauber Brewing Co. launching in Columbus
Many people consider beer to be one of life’s simple enjoyments, but the process of opening a brewery can be one of the more challenging types of small businesses to launch. It takes a very specific type of person with equal parts creativity, enthusiasm, responsibility and craftsmanship. A good...
December 23rd, 2011 | Business Profiles | Read More

Food truck entrepreneur thrives with help from ECDI

Food truck entrepreneur thrives with help from ECDI
This has been a banner year for Carla Saunders, owner of Columbus, Ohio’s only gourmet cupcake truck. She worked at her mother’s brick-and-mortar bakery in her hometown of Grove City for many years, creating famous delicacies such as carrot cake cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes. 3 Babes and a Baker...
December 22nd, 2011 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More