Digital issue: July Columbus CEO

Katy Smith
The July 2020 cover of Columbus CEO

Our cover story this month takes you into the Short North streetwear boutique of Dionte' Johnson the night it was looted. From his perspective, it's a perfect illustration of why we need more programs for Black youth. The Eastmoor football coach tells writer Tatyana Tandanpolie why he's not pressing charges.

And in an unprecedented step off the socio-political sidelines, businesses have come out in support of Black Lives Matter around the country. In Columbus, more than 750 signed a letter declaring racism a public health crisis. While the statements are an important step, what can companies actually do to take action against racism? Black business owners and Central Ohio CEOs share their ideas.

What else?

  • Otterbein's John Comerford is on a mission to make college affordable.
  • Bev Ryan, founder of Ologie, on growing up with Columbus and how she built the branding firm from the days of paste-ups.
  • Angela Meleca is the new statewide voice for the arts.
  • We found the company that's innovating technology for county departments of Job and Family Services.

Katy Smith is editor of Columbus CEO.