Posts Tagged ‘food-based businesses’

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

Woman-owned businesses thriving at ECDI’s Food Fort

Woman-owned businesses thriving at ECDI’s Food Fort
Bleu & Fig Owner Brooke Kinsey is one of the fabulous female business owners taking advantage of a unique entrepreneurial boost available only in Columbus. The Eddie Grayson Culinary Lab at the Economic and Community Development Institute −a fully licensed kitchen for caterers, bakers, and individual...
December 27th, 2012 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Krema Nut Co. flourishing more than a century after its founding

Krema Nut Co. flourishing more than a century after its founding
A man by the name of Benton Black founded Krema Nut Co. in Central Ohio in 1898. More than 100 years later, the business continues to be one of the most successful in the region. Krema’s first product was peanut butter. In fact, it is among the oldest peanut butter producers in the country. Peanut...
December 17th, 2012 | Business Profiles | Read More

Solay Bistro flourishes with ECDI’s help

Solay Bistro flourishes with ECDI’s help
Create a job a day, a business a week. This isn’t another slogan. It is a track record –proven over eight years– of one local non-profit. The Economic and Community Development Institute has created or assisted in maintaining a job a day and a business a week since its creation. Columbus is...
November 29th, 2012 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Buttercream Wonderland delivers desserts to your door

Buttercream Wonderland delivers desserts to your door
For years, Hailey Kolman enthusiastically made desserts for friends and family. Then in 2010, while Kolman was working as a pastry chef, she teamed with Jennifer Ammons to sell her treats on a small scale. The response from customers was encouraging, so in September −after a year of planning− the...
October 9th, 2012 | Business Profiles | Read More

Lessner dishes on Columbus Food League’s present, future

Lessner dishes on Columbus Food League’s present, future
A lot has happened since The Metropreneur profiled Elizabeth Lessner a little over two years ago. During that time, her restaurants’ parent company rebranded itself as the Columbus Food League (it was formerly Betty’s Family of Restaurants) and announced plans for three additional eateries:...
September 25th, 2012 | Business Profiles | 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

ECDI’s commercial kitchen now open

ECDI’s commercial kitchen now open
The Economic and Community Development Institute recently hosted a grand opening celebration for its new commercial kitchen. Located within The Food Fort at 1655 Old Leonard Rd. in Columbus, the commercial kitchen was created with the small business culinary startup in mind, as it allows companies...
August 22nd, 2012 | Announcements | Read More