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Old Familiar Barber Shop coming to Olde Towne East in 2012

Old Familiar Barber Shop coming to Olde Towne East in 2012
As the name suggests, Old Familiar Barber Shop offers traditional grooming services, like straight razor shaves. However, the shop’s owner, Kenji Prince, is thinking outside the box to offer experiences that are anything but dated. Like many barbers, Prince dreamed of opening his own shop, “a...
December 30th, 2011 | Business Profiles | Read More

Entrepreneur of the Year 2011: Mary Relotto

Entrepreneur of the Year 2011: Mary Relotto
The votes have been counted and it’s official: Mary Relotto is The Metropreneur’s 2011 “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Relotto is the founder of Dames Bond, which has been connecting women in business to consumers and resources since 2006. The Steubenville native says she is “honored,...
December 29th, 2011 | Announcements | Read More

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