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  • Drexel's new direction

    Posted on Jun 28, 2013

    Though 30-year Drexel theater vet Jeff Frank is stepping down from his position as artistic director of the popular indie movie house, his influence will remain. Friends of the Drexel announced this morning that Frank will remain involved with the theater as artistic director emeritus. 

    Kevin Rouch, operations manager for the nonprofit theater on Main Street in downtown Bexley, will take over more of the day-to-day operation, as will CAPA, which took over management of the theater in 2011. According to CAPA spokeswoman Rolanda Copley, the theater management expect healthy summer business boosted by foot traffic from Bexley residents and visitors.

    “It’s holding it’s own. It's doing well and I think the board is pleased," says Copley.  

  • Central Ohio blawgs

    Posted on Jun 27, 2013

    Every Thursday, CEO Live links to selected websites from our ongoing database of legal blogs published by Columbus firms.

    This week we’re highlighting five blogs, including those run by the region’s bar associations, OSU’s Michael E. Moritz Law Library legal research blog, an immigration blog by a Capital Law prof which was listed on the ABA’s 2012 Blawg 100, and an Ohio OVI blog in time for the holiday week ahead.


    Columbus Bar Association: In Brief (updates from the Columbus legal community) 


    Ohio State Bar Association: Technically Speaking (OSBA’s general info IT blog)


    OSU’s Moritz College of Law Library: Moritz Legal Information (research resources & legal info)


    Riddell Law: Ohio DUI/OVI (by husband & wife team Bridget & Douglas Riddell)


    César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández: Crimmigration

    If you’re a Columbus firm or sole practitioner with a law blog, send us a link with "CEO blawgs" in your subject line. We’ll follow your work & spread the word.

    See CEO Live's previous Central OH Blawg listings here.


  • Fast Figures: work habit data

    Posted on Jun 26, 2013

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2012 results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).

    The annual report surveys selected households based on participation in 8 monthly Current Population Surveys conducted by BLS and the Census Bureau. Started in 2003, ATUS measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.

    ATUS 2012 revealed the following data about Americans in the workplace:

    --Employed Americans work an average of 7.7 hours daily

    --Full-time employed men work an average of 8.5 hours daily compared to 7.9 hours reported by FT employed women

    --83% of employees work on weekdays compared to 34% who reported working on an average Saturday or Sunday

    --23% of the workforce do some of all of their work from home

    --38% of people aged 25+ with bachelor’s degrees report do some work from home compared to only 5% of those with less than a high school diploma

    Access the full data file and past ATUS results here

  • Kickstarting Columbus retail

    Posted on Jun 25, 2013

    Seven Studios wellness studio will open for business this week, thanks to the Kickstart Columbus initiative. (Photo via 


    Trainer and Seven Studios owner Julie Wilkes won one year free and two years of reduced rent in a storefront space located at 275 S. Third Street as a winner in the Kickstart Columbus business plan competition. The competition was a joint program between the ECDI, Columbus City Council, the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. & Capitol South and Columbus Crossroads.

    City council members Troy Miller and Eileen Paley announced the competition in late January during a press conference at the new space, donated by Capitol South. The competition is “one of many ways City Council is kickstarting small business in Columbus,” said Miller during the competition’s debut. City Paws, a house-call veterinary service was another of three possible competition winners.

    In addition to the 1,100 square-foot spaces, Seven Studios and City Paws won advertising funding and business mentoring to launch the news shops. Wilkes will mark Seven Studios’ grand opening with an open house from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday. The studio will offer yoga, pilates, life coaching and will carry Wilkes’ aromatherapy product line. 

  • Corporate Pride

    Posted on Jun 24, 2013

    Not only was every hotel room in the city booked for last weekend's Pride Festival, according to Stonewall Columbus executive director  Karla Rothan, but many of Columbus' major employers marched as allies in Saturday's parade. 

    Before the parade stepped off from Broad and High,JPMorgan Chase Ohio president James Malz welcomed hundreds of employees and their families for breakfast on Chase plaza with music by the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus. The Chase group then joined a variety of Central Ohio businesses, churches and nonprofits who marched with banners, drove company vehicles and  threw branded goodies for onlookers. 

    Among the companies represented were: AEP, American Family Insurance, Bank of America, Battelle, Best Buy, Cardinal Health, Edward Jones Investments, Huntington, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, the Wellington School, JC Penney, Macy's, Mikey's Late Night Slice, McDonald's, United Way, Chipotle, Fifth Third Bank, Boeing, Wexner Medical Center, WOW, PNC, Nationwide, PromoWest Live, YM/YWCA, Giant Eagle and many more (please link in comments we missed you!) 

    Photos by Meghan Ralston for Columbus CEO:


  • Women's biz center launch

    Posted on Jun 21, 2013

             Ohio’s only U.S. SBA-funded Women’s Business Center opens this weekend in Columbus. The Economic Community and Development Institute (ECDI), which administers statewide small business development services and centers including the WBC of Ohio, will host a Women’s Day event to commemorate the launch.

              The WBC of Ohio is a grant-funded resource for female entrepreneur and small business owners. “The Women’s Business Center is going to be a wonderful resource for Ohio,” said Patty Tumen, vice president of the WBC, via email. For a $25 membership fee, WBC of Ohio members will be able to use the center’s technology services, business classes and counseling, B2B online networking and notary services. It will be headquartered in the ECDI, 1655 Old Leonard Ave.

              The Womens’ Day event will feature a number of female business leaders and organizations. The speakers’ itinerary: 

    • 11:15am: Jacquelin Holland, program manager at James Cancer Hospital, on “Health and Balance in Our Lives”
    • 1:00pm : TaKeysha S. Cheney, founder, CEO and publisher at the Women’s Book, on “The Importance of Making Connections”
    • 2:45pm : Elizabeth Lessner, CEO and president of Columbus Food League, on “The Dream, the Vision, the Budget”


  • Central Ohio blawgs

    Posted on Jun 20, 2013

    CEO Live is compiling an online guide to legal blogs published by Columbus firms. For the first post in this regular series, we’ve listed law blogs run by the Top 5 firms as ranked in Columbus CEO’s July 2013 Central Ohio Law Firms Leaderboard, available on newsstands and by subscription. (Firms were ranked based on the number of full-time Central Ohio attorneys).

    This list is far from comprehensive. If you’re a firm or sole practitioner based in Columbus with a law blog, send us a link with "CEO Blawg" in your subject line. We want to follow you and spread the word!

     #1: Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease blogs:

    Energy & Environmental Law Blog

    Mass Torts: State of the Art  

    Vorys on Labor

    HealthHITech Law

    Vorys Health Care Advisors  


    #2 Porter Wright blogs:

    Technology Law Source

    Employee Benefits Law Report

    Employer Law Report

    Banking & Finance Law Report  

    Federal Securities Law Blog

    Nanotechnology Law Report

    Oil & Gas Law Report


    #3: Bricker & Eckler blogs:

    Nonprofit Advocate

    Acredula (counsel for boards and executives)

    Class Action Ohio

    Financial Services Law


    Ohio Green Strategies


    #4 Squire Sanders blogs:

    The Anticorruption Blog

    Conflict Minerals Law

    Employment Law Worldview

    frESH: Perspectives on Environmental Safety & Health

    Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog

    Triage: Healthcare Reform Winners & Losers  


    #5 Baker Hostetler blogs:

    Antitrust Advocate

    China-US Trade Law

    Class Action Lawsuit Defense

    Data Privacy Monitor  

    Discovery Advocate (eDiscovery news and advice)

    Employment Class Action Report

    Hospitality Lawg  

    IP Intelligence

    North America Shale Blog Issues

    Issues in Tax Controversy

    Wealth Planning Examiner

  • Levi versus Abercrombie

    Posted on Jun 19, 2013

    What’s a pocket stitch worth? Plenty, says San Fran-based blue jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co. The iconic brand, recognized by the trademark “Arcuate” stitch that has adorned Levi’s jeans since 1873, scored a legal victory this week in a dispute over New Albany-based Abercrombie & Fitch’s ($ANF) mirror-image pocket stitch trademark filing.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion Tuesday in Levi Strauss & Co. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co., allowing Levi Strauss to reinstate a Patent and Trademark administrative challenge to A&F’s 2005 mark application (U.S. Trademark Application No. 78766368).

    Levi Strauss argued before the PTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that A&F’s broad registration of the stitch-mark conflicts with Levi’s own claim to the design, thereby diluting Levi Strauss brand recognition.

    The decision reverses an earlier judgment in which the PTO board barred Levi’s from challenging A&F’s mark filing.

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    Posted on Jun 19, 2013

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    Posted on Jun 19, 2013

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  • On the Record: Ohio CEOs

    Posted on Jun 19, 2013

    A roundup of Ohio CEOs quoted in recent financial news


  • Mount Carmel, Ohio State Join Forces

    Posted on Jun 18, 2013

    Mount Carmel Health System and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have announced a new “affiliation,” as both sides are calling it, aimed at improving access to and lowering the cost of health care.


  • By the Books

    Posted on Jun 17, 2013

    Three picks from the NYT’s June business bestsellers list


  • Ohio State Taps New Chief Medical Officer

    Posted on Jun 14, 2013

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has named Dr. Andrew Thomas chief medical officer.


  • Battelle Awards $460,000 in STEM Grants

    Posted on Jun 13, 2013

    Nonprofit research-and-development organization Battelle has awarded $460,000 in grants to educational projects linked to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ) initiatives.

    The five winning projects, announced today as part of the new Battelle STEM Grant Program, integrate science, technology, engineering and math with disciplines such as the arts, digital technology, dance and theater.

    “At Battelle we know a high-quality STEM education is deeply integrated with the arts and creativity,” said Eric Fingerhut, vice president for STEM Learning at Battelle, in a press release. “And we believe every student can succeed in STEM, especially if they engage with it through the subject that most inspires them to learn.”

    The grant program sought ways to align different disciplines while staying true to the forthcoming Common Core State Standards, which will be fully implemented in Ohio for the 2014-15 school year.

    “Central Ohio has an outstanding arts and cultural community, doing some very exciting work in education,” said Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of Battelle, in the release. “Battelle wanted to help support that work and align it to our STEM education strategy. It’s been a pleasure to see these excellent ideas develop over the past several months and begin to become reality.”

    The funded projects are:

    • Surge Columbus: A Creative Circuit for Youth: a project of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, the Wexner Center for the Arts and WOSU ($300,000)

    • Living Library Museum: a project of the Granville Studio for the Visual Arts and Reynoldsburg City Schools ($50,000)

    • The Wiggle Jig Program, by BalletMet Columbus ($50,000)

    • Science of Glass & Polymers: a project of The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology ($25,000)

    • STEAM Residency, by CATCO ($35,000)


  • NLJ is hot for Bricker

    Posted on Jun 13, 2013

    Columbus-based law firm Bricker & Eckler joined an exclusive club with its recent inclusion on the National Law Journal 2013 Midsize Hot List.


  • Not-So-Happy Hour

    Posted on Jun 13, 2013

    New research from Ohio State University shows that employees whose race is different from their officemates don’t get the same value from social functions as their colleagues.


  • Business Therapy

    Posted on Jun 13, 2013

    Unlike canines in law enforcement, DeMeo’s therapy dogs are trained to lick instead of bite, to shake hands instead of sniff out drugs.


  • Pub Peloton

    Posted on Jun 13, 2013

     If ropes courses and trust falls aren’t your idea of corporate teambuilding fun, how about a group pub crawl on a bicycle?


  • Gee Announces July 1 Retirement

    Posted on Jun 5, 2013

    Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee has announced he will retire as president effective July 1.