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  • Protect Your Business with Endorsements

    Posted on Oct 30, 2013

    Expert small-biz advice from Dames Bond founder Mary B. Relotto & guests from the local business community


  • Cancer Support Community to host office-warming event next month

    Posted on Oct 29, 2013

    The Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio invites cancer patients, families and the general public to become aquainted with the nonprofit as they settle into their new offices. Today's announcement from the CSC:


    Ohio Department of Health statistics indicate one in three Ohioans will be affected by cancer. The good news? More people than ever are “living healthy” with, through and beyond cancer.

    Central Ohio residents touched by cancer can discover support, education and hope at Cancer Support Community Central Ohio (CSC CO) as the local non-profit officially introduces community members to its “new home” at 1200 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. 

    Staff, facilitators, board members, cancer patients and survivors will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m., with a program slated for 6:15 p.m., hosted by NBC4/WCMH-TV Reporter Robyn Haines serving as emcee.

    Cancer Support Community will showcase its comprehensive educational and support programs, which are provided at no cost to anyone affected by cancer. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience cooking, nutrition, exercise, support and networking, and wellness programs that Cancer Support Community offers to anyone affected by cancer, including patients, caregivers, survivors, and loved ones.

    All Cancer Support Community programs are led by experienced, licensed professionals trained in the Cancer Support Community “patient empowerment” model – giving patients, survivors and loved ones the skills and resources they need to play an active role in their cancer care and to optimize quality of life. 

    “Cancer affects not just the person diagnosed, but also family members, caregivers and friends,” explained Bev Soult, president & CEO, Cancer Support Community. “We’re very proud of our new facility which gives us the capability to offer complete cancer care programs and services to support anyone affected by cancer.”

    Valet parking will be available. Directions and further information can be found at

    Those interested in attending are please asked to RSVP by November 8, by calling 614-884-HOPE (4673) or via email to Karlena Lee:

  • Columbus cookie empire expanding

    Posted on Oct 28, 2013

    Columbus's original sweet startup to expand in Central Ohio. Via today's Columbus 2020 announcement:

    Cheryl’s, a longtime Columbus Region-based company now owned by the 1-800-Flowers Family of Brands, has announced it will double its production capacity in response to high customer demand. In addition to expanding its current facility by 42,000 square feet, the company will add 92 new jobs to its 160-employee roster over the next three years.

    “Cheryl’s has seen tremendous growth in recent years, which has prompted the need to expand our production capacity and hire nearly 100 new employees,” said Jim McCann, founder and CEO, 1-800-Flowers Family of Brands. “We are proud to build upon Cheryl’s long history in the Columbus Region with this expansion.”

    Known for its fresh-baked desserts, Cheryl’s was founded more than 30 years ago in the Columbus Region by Cheryl Krueger and her college roommate. Within seven years, the company expanded its offerings from just cookies to gifts and desserts, merging with the 1-800-Flowers Family of Brands in 2005. Cheryl’s continues to operate Ohio-based retail stores, an e-commerce site and a catalog-driven Business Gift Division – all from its headquarters in Westerville.

    “Cheryl’s has been a staple in the Columbus Region for more than three decades, and continues to attract a strong customer base both inside the state via retail stores and globally via the e-commerce site and catalogs,” said Jason Bechtold, economic development administrator, City of Westerville. “We welcome this expansion to the Cheryl’s Westerville headquarters, and look forward to facilitating the company’s continued growth.” 

  • Execs & clergy mix at Mount Carmel gala

    Posted on Oct 24, 2013

    Mount Carmel's Hard Hats & Heels gala and Project GRACE statue dedication was a success for St. Ann's hospital last Friday evening. (Official event photo below provided by Mount Carmel Health System).   

    Pictured L to R: Doug Stein, Mount Carmel Foundation President & Executive Director; Reverend Charles Klinger, Pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Monsignor Joseph Hendricks, Pastor at St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church; Janet Meeks, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Presdient & Chief Operating Officer; Michele and David Bianconi; and The Most Reverend Frederick Campbell, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. 

  • Good news for Central Ohio housing market

    Posted on Oct 22, 2013

    Via the Columbus Board of Realtors: 

    September home sales were 13.1 percent higher than last year demonstrating that housing demand in the Columbus region continues to remain strong. Sales for residential homes and condos through the third quarter rose 22.4 percent from last year and stand as the second highest on record for the first nine months of the year according to Columbus REALTORS®.

    Condo sales were up 8.3 percent in September and are up 26.5 percent for the year. Existing home sales jumped 14 percent in September and are 21.7 ahead of last year.

    “The demand is there,” says Chris Pedon, 2013 president of Columbus REALTORS®. “Kids are back in school, fall is here, and the holidays are around the corner. But we still have a lot of folks who are looking to buy a home.”

    The number of homes on the market last month remained higher than much of 2013, but is still 5.9 percent lower than inventory levels one year ago.

    Prices maintain their climb as demand continues to exceed supply. The average sale price of a home sold in September was $174,735, up 4.2 percent from September of 2012. The average price of homes sold January through September is $174,853, up 3.5 percent from the first nine months of last year.

    According to the latest Housing Market Confidence Index (by the Ohio Association of REALTORS®), 100 percent of central Ohio REALTORS® describe the current housing market as moderate to strong, but only 95 percent expect the housing market to be moderate to strong over the next six months. As for home prices, 91 percent expect home prices to remain the same or rise over the next year.

    “Although there is a good selection of homes and condos on the market in all price ranges right now, REALTORS® are still seeking more sellers to meet the elevated demand,” adds Pedon. “If you’re a homeowner who has considered moving up or downsizing, you don’t need to wait. Today’s market offers solid advantages.”

  • Create Columbus Commission makes first round of YP grants

    Posted on Oct 18, 2013

    First round of grant funding for YP programs announced today. Via the Create Columbus Commission: 

    The Create Columbus Commission (CCC) announces selections for its inaugural grants program. A young professional (YP) organization established by the City of Columbus and Columbus Chamber in 2007, CCC is distributing grant funds for local YP initiatives through its new Create Columbus Grants Program. In the first year of the program, $60,460 was distributed among eight organizations.

    As an organization of over 30 young professionals dedicated to identifying and implementing strategies and tactics to help Columbus attract and retain young and talented individuals, CCC established this grant opportunity to support initiatives that further the development of the young professional community in Columbus.

    The goals of the Create Columbus Grants Program are to:

    1. Encourage and support residents to launch innovative, community-based initiatives with a specific young professionals component;
    2. Provide strategic financial support for one-time costs for events, initiatives or programs that impact young professionals;
    3. Improve the young professional experience in the areas of arts, sports and entertainment, careers, neighborhoods, and transportation.

    The commission spent a significant amount of time reviewing applications from several great organizations looking to make an impact in the Columbus young professional community”, said Steven Michalovich, co-chair of the Create Columbus Commission. “We believe the eight groups awarded grants in this first year are representative of the diversity within the YP community, and we look forward to seeing the impact of their work on Columbus.”

    With support from Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Columbus City Council, all grant selections suggested by the commission were approved.

    “I am extremely proud of the work being done by the Create Columbus Commission to help transform the way our city interacts with its young professional community”, said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “This new grants program is essential to our efforts to attract and retain the young and talented in Columbus.”

    The City of Columbus continues to have high hopes for the new program.

    “The Create Columbus Grants Program is a great step forward for Columbus young professionals”, said City Council President Andrew Ginther. “The initiatives supported by these grants will undoubtedly add to the vibrancy of our city, but will also help further establish Columbus’ position as one of the best cities in America for young adults.”

    The $60,640 dedicated to the CCC’s grants program was distributed to eight organizations for the described projects as follows:

    Besa Community Inc., Capital City Impact


    Connecting young professionals to community service opportunities through its volunteer portal, Besa Community Inc. seeks to engage a larger number of professionals to local community service via its new Capital City Impact program. The program will work with partners to develop volunteer opportunities in targeted neighborhoods to be launched with a grand marketing push, and has a goal of adding 100 volunteers to Besa’s database during its first year of progress.

    Community Research Partners, Envisioning Columbus Communities of Tomorrow


    In partnership with The Ohio State University (OSU), Community Research Partners (CRP) acknowledges the importance of attracting young and talented individuals, and seeks to ask them what they want in a neighborhood. CRP and OSU will develop and execute a community visioning process, culminating in a day-long collaborative workshop. The event will bring together young professionals to engage in a series of exercises focused on active participation and creative visualization.

    Mt. Vernon Special Improvement District, Near East Side Hop


    The Mt. Vernon Special Improvement District created the Near East Side Hop to support its mission of cultivating a cohesive network among area businesses and residents to elevate the impression, encourage businesses and entrepreneurs, and stimulate economic performance of the Near East Side Community. The Hop will be a week-long series of events in the historic Near East Side community of Columbus geared towards the interests of young professionals, demonstrating to them that the neighborhood is a viable option as they decide where to live, work, play and raise a family.


    Transit Columbus, Good Ideas Columbus


    Transit Columbus’ Good Ideas Columbus program seeks to facilitate a discussion about new ideas in transportation among young professionals and civic leaders while fostering an environment where creative solutions can emerge. Transit Columbus and partner organizations will connect Columbus’ brightest young minds, such as designers, architects, engineers, students and artists, and pair them with civic leaders to work on real transportation problems affecting Columbus.


    Short North Alliance, Viewpoints: Mini Murals by Working Artists Under 40


    To celebrate and publicly showcase diverse viewpoints of working young professional visual artists, the Short North Alliance created Viewpoints: Mini Murals by Working Artists Under 40. Eleven public mini murals will be created and displayed throughout the Short North area of Columbus and curated by local galleries and museums, further instigating the development of the local young professional art industry.


    Founders Factory, 10Xelerator


    Focusing on catalyzing high-growth technology business in Columbus, Founders Factory’s 10Xelerator project will strive to convert promising entrepreneurial ideas into viable businesses and sustainable companies. Partnering with Ohio’s New Entrepreneurs (ONE) Fund, TechColumbus, The Ohio State University, Columbus2020 and others to support and accelerate 10 early-stage technology businesses with significant growth potential each year.


    Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, Young Entrepreneur Recruitment Initiative


    The Young Entrepreneur Recruitment Initiative program is intended to directly impact young professionals starting or expanding businesses in central Ohio. The ultimate project goal is to increase the number of signed office leases by young entrepreneurs in Columbus’ Downtown area.


    Greater Columbus Arts Council, SOUP Capacity


    Columbus SOUP was founded to better connect and cultivate creative projects that make Columbus a great community. For SOUP’s Capacity and Identity Building project, SOUP seeks to develop an image that is YP-focused and contract a professional graphic designer and website builder to help create a cohesive brand and identity for Columbus SOUP that reflects the mission and appeals to YP audiences.

     All grant recipients are expected to update the CCC on the progress of their projects. Applications for the next round of the Create Columbus Grants program are expected to open in March 2014.

  • Ohio business filings for September

    Posted on Oct 17, 2013

    Via Secretary of State Jon Husted: 

    6,239 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in September 2013. These numbers are slightly down compared to September 2012, in which 6,665 new entities filed with the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s office has assisted with 68,562 new business filings to date in 2013 (January-September). This is an increase from the same time period last year, in which there were 66,734 new business filings.

  • Posted on Oct 17, 2013

  • Nominations open for Health Care Achievement awards

    Posted on Oct 14, 2013

    Columbus CEO magazine has extended the nomination period for the second Health Care Achievement Awards. Nominations may be submitted through Oct. 21

    Awards will be given in these eight categories--just click the link to access nomination forms: 

    Practitioner of the Year

    Recognizes an individual (physician, nurse, physician’s assistant, etc.) who provides outstanding care and/or advances the practice of medicine

    Executive of the Year

    Recognizes an individual who has had a positive impact through his or her outstanding efforts on the administrative side of health care

    R&D Initiative

    Recognizes an outstanding innovation in medical devices, pharmaceuticals or similar health-care initiatives that improve the practice of medicine and/or patient care. Open to individuals and organizations.

    Community Partner

    Recognizes an individual or organization who reaches out to underserved populations, educates, promotes or otherwise shows a dedication to improving the local health-care climate

    Wellness Program

    Recognizes an outstanding achievement by an employer in establishing a wellness program for their own employees

    Lifetime Achievement

    Recognizes a longtime or retired health-care professional who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, knowledge, decision-making skills and commitment to his or her organization, patients and/or profession

    Volunteer of the Year

    Recognizes an individual of any age who has made a positive impact by devoting time, dollars or both to help local health-care organizations, patients and/or the community

    Rising Above

    Recognizes outstanding patient care, volunteerism or any facet where an individual or organization has risen above adversity or challenges to succeed—going above and beyond to make a meaningful impact on health care in the community 


    Last year’s winners are not eligible, but 2013 finalists can be nominated again.

    Nomination materials will be used by the editorial staff to compile stories on the winners and finalists. Winners and finalists may be asked to provide more information or photographs as part of the March 2014 issue.

    All completed nomination forms must be received by Oct. 21.


    A special selection committee will review all nominations and choose a group of finalists and winners. Winners and finalists will be notified directly by Columbus CEO at the address and/or email provided on the nomination form.

    In addition to appearing in the magazine’s March 2014 issue, winners and finalists will be honored at a special event in early 2014. More details will be announced at a later date. 


  • UPDATED: Tithing “robber barons” inspired Wexner's philanthropy

    Posted on Oct 12, 2013

    Limited founder Leslie Wexner says Rockefeller, Carnegie and John G. McCoy inspired him to give back to Columbus


  • Hard Hats & Heels gala tonight to benefit St. Ann's "Grace"-ful expansion

    Posted on Oct 11, 2013

    This evening, Mt. Carmel St. Ann's hospital will welcome business leaders, community advocates and medical professionals to the Westerville campus for the Hard Hats & Heels fundraiser to benefit the ongoing $110 million Project GRACE hosptial expansion. 

    The gala will begin with the unveiling and blessing of a new statue honoring hosptial patroness St. Ann at 6:30, followed by  a cocktail reception then the main program at 8 p.m. The event will be held in St. Ann's new Grand Main Entrance and will afford guests a look at the hospital's new patient tower. The expansion will add 60 beds to St. Ann's, an Integrated Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, an orthopedic, neurosurgery and spine inpatient care unit, a new main entrance and a new 3-level Parking Garage and road enhancements. 

    (At right, Messer Construction employees hang banners at the constuction site in 2012. File/Columbus Dispatch)

    Business sponsors have thrown their patronage behind the gala:

     * L Brands (Limited Brands), $25k title sponsor

     * Cardinal Health, $10k premier sponsor 

     * PNC, $10 k premier sponsor

     * Messer Construction, $5k sponsor

     * Mid-City Electric, $5k sponsor

     * Taft, Stettinius and Hollister LLP, $5k sponsor 

     * Brickman Co., $2,500

     * Columbia Gas, $2,500 

     * Fifth Third Bank, $2,500

     * Huntington Bank, $2,500

     * Key Bank, $2,500

     * Moody Nolan, $2,500

     * Westar OB/GYN, $2,500

     * Bailey Cavalieri, LLC, $1k

     * Columbus Art Memorial, $1k

     * Decker Construction Co., $1k

     * Delaware County Bank, $1k

     * Edgewood Manor of Westerville, $1k

     * Heapy Engineering, $1k

     * Heartland of Uptown Westerville & Heartland of Westerville, $1k

     * Marketing Works, $1k

     * Quick Solutions, $1k

     * Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., $1k

     * Thirty-One Gifts, $1k

     * United Healthcare of Ohio, $1k

  • Business “Pre-Nuptials” Are a Must For Partnerships

    Posted on Oct 8, 2013

    Dames Bond founder Mary B. Relotto interviews Elizabeth Lessner and answers your questions about business partnerships


  • WSBA celebrates one year in business

    Posted on Oct 7, 2013

    Mary McCarthy and Caroline Worley teamed up last year to launch the non-profit Women's Small Business Accelerator in Westerville with a mission to help female entrepreneurs build strong businesses. 

    This Wednesday, the WSBA celebrates one year in business with a gala celebration and the graduation of the incubator's first class of women business owners.

    Sponsorships and tickets are still available for the dinner and networking event, to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m Oct. 9 at the Boathouse at Confluence Park. 

    Peter Shankman, author of Nice Companies Finish First will deliver the keynote.  

    (From left: Mary McCarthy and Caroline Worley at the WSBA in Westerville. Photo via

  • Nominations open for Columbus Chamber's 2014 Small Business Awards

    Posted on Oct 3, 2013

    From the Columbus Chamber of Commerce:

    The Columbus Chamber is now soliciting nominations for its 2014 Small Business Awards.

    The awards will include the Small Business Leader Award, which will be presented to an individual business professional who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in a wide-range of areas, and the Small Business Award of Excellence, which will be given to a small business that has substantiated success, increased sales, number of employees and contributions to the community.

    Small businesses are defined as those having 500 or fewer employees.

    Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 18. The nomination form can be found at Anyone is welcome to submit his or her company or another company for the nomination.

    Nominated companies and individuals will be notified in late October and asked to submit applications electronically by Nov. 8. Applications will be reviewed, and award recipients will be selected, by a committee of the Chamber’s Small Business Council.

    Finalists will be announced in December, and recipients will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting Feb. 5, 2014 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand ballroom. Tickets to the event are available through the end of 2013 for $75 each or $750 for a table of 10 (Chamber members) and $95 each or $950 for a table of 10 (non members). Starting Jan. 1, 2014, all tickets will be $100 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. Register for tickets at

    The Columbus Chamber has recognized small business leaders since 1984. To view profiles of the 2012 award finalists, visit

    The 2014 Columbus Chamber Small Business Leader Award and Small Business Award of Excellence are presented in partnership with Commerce National Bank with support from Columbus C.E.O. Magazine.

  • Costco leads Easton Gateway expansion

    Posted on Oct 2, 2013

    The Easton Gateway shopping district will debut this Friday with the Costco opening. The food wholesaler has a location on Gemini Parkway at Polaris as well. 

    Easton expands to the corner of I-270 and Morse with the new 54-acre Easton Gateway. Easton Gateway adds 500,000 square-feet of reatil space and 3,000 parking spaces to the Easton complex. Whole Foods, Saks OFF5th designer discount shop and REI outdoor retailer are scheduled to open by 2014. 

    (Easton Gateway image used courtesy of Easton; File/Columbus Dispatch).

  • Muirfield breakfast fundraiser celebrates President's Cup Tournament

    Posted on Oct 1, 2013

    Local executives and business leaders will arrive bright and early at Muirfield tomorrow morning for a champagne breakfast in celebration of the President’s Cup. Practice play for the international golf competition is today and Wednesday, followed by Thur.-Sun. tournament play.  

    Sponsored by OhioHealth, tomorrow’s breakfast is a fundraiser for host group Fore Hope, a Columbus-based organization providing therapeutic and educational golf programs for the disabled. The keynote speech will be delivered by Major Dan Rooney, president of Folds of Honor Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships for the children of service members killed or injured in the line of duty.

    The event begins at 7:30 am; tickets include one-day practice round tickets for Wednesday to the Presidents Cup.

    The event will include live and silent auctions. All proceeds of the breakfast benefit Fore Hope, Inc. Tickets are $125 per individual. Tables of ten can also be purchased for $1,000. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 614-784-1111.