This Can't Wait: The Place to Be

Mary Yost

Whether just starting out or growing an established firm, job seekers and job creators are increasingly finding central Ohio desirable-which is not surprising to those of us who've been here a while.

KLA Laboratories just landed in Grove City, giving the 86-year-old Michigan firm its first Ohio site. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are set for today with city and company officials. Columbus CEO learned last year in putting together a special supplement how attractive Grove City is for new and growing enterprises. Welcome, KLA!

NerdWallet says Columbus remains high on its list of 100 Best Cities for Recent Grads 2016. Columbus is the highest-ranked Ohio city at #19. The ranking takes into account job options, age of the population, rent costs, median earnings and unemployment rates. Add this to the area's growing list of top rankings.

This year's crop of spring graduates might find a match for their education and skills in a Midwest Job Fair scheduled for Friday by Venture for America. Sponsors of the job fair include CrossChx, Rev1 Ventures and Chase, which also sponsors Columbus Startup Week.

For those who would like to start their own companies in Columbus, the federal Small Business Administration is offering a series of free seminars, including one in Columbus on the morning of April 28.

With lots of local energy, you'd think Columbus would fare a bit better among ranks of women-owned businesses. However, a new report commissioned by American Express OPEN shows Columbus is right in the middle, ranked 24th out of the top 50 US metros for growth of women-owned companies. OPEN says Columbus has 68,900 female firms, just behind Cleveland's 71,400.

Whether creating jobs or in a creative job, you might want to wrap up the week at the 7th Annual Columbus Creative Industry Mixer at Park Street Cantina. Art directors, designers, stylists, models, photographers, talent agents and producers in all media are among expected attendees.