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From team doctor to co-owner: Pete Edwards on why his family helped Save The Crew (Video)

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Buying the Columbus Crew SC was never about making money, said Dr. Pete Edwards, who went from team physician to co-owner of the Major League Soccer team seemingly overnight. "Columbus is growing and on an upswing," he said, "and my family is really passionate about Columbus, so to prevent that from happening was a driving force from the beginning." Check out more of our interview with the man reluctantly stepping into the spotlight as the new face of ownership as he makes a renewed pitch to fans and sponsors to support the team. Continue to full article
Owners name hair salon and services after their fathers

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Buddy Joe's Barber and Beauty Shop opened on East Sixth Street LANCASTER - Your hair has found its home. That's the motto of Buddy Joe's Barber and Beauty Shop at 706 E. Sixth St. Rebecca Brown and Angela Francis opened the shop to serve both men and women. "It's gone pretty good," Brown said of business so far. "We're just getting our name out there. Just let people know that we're here. It (the building) used to be a barber shop for like 43 years back in the day up to 10 years ago." Continue to full article
Chamber of Commerce banquet honors those who have given to community

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

LANCASTER - Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce President Travis Markwood said the purpose of the chamber's annual awards banquet and trade show was to honor outstanding business, but to also honor those who give back to the community. The trade show was from 5 to 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Fisher Catholic High School. Dinner was followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m.  This year's theme was "Come Together." Continue to full article
Fairfield County couple says faith, message from God sparked nonprofit furniture bank

Monday, February 04, 2019

STOUTSVILLE — Remaining strong in their faith, local couple Seth and Tammy Myers followed through on a message from God that uprooted their lives and led them to start a nonprofit in the countryside. Seth and Tammy Myers, who attend Crossroads.TV church, were praying separately about other ways God could use them. Tammy said God answered both of their prayers with the same message: open a furniture bank that helps people struggling to furnish their homes due to poverty and other severe life challenges. Continue to full article
Table Talk: Help wanted -- Restaurants struggle to find workers

Friday, February 01, 2019

A bubbling economy and low unemployment rate are great for business -- unless you run a restaurant and can’t find enough workers. The food-service industry offers hard work, odd hours and often loud, uncomfortable conditions for modest pay. With central Ohio’s unemployment rate below 4 percent, it is no wonder help-wanted signs decorate area restaurants. Adding to the strain is seasonal competition from central Ohio’s warehouse industry and a proliferation of new restaurants, all competing for workers. Continue to full article
Our Location is Convenient for Growing Businesses

Monday, January 14, 2019

Violet Township is the ideal location for growing businesses. We are only 20 minutes from Columbus, placing businesses within close proximity to a workforce of over 2 million people. Additionally, businesses locating here can easily reach customers throughout the United States by simply hopping on Interstate 70 and US Route 33. There are also two major railroads traversing the Township along with the John Glenn International Airport and Rickenbacker International Airport being only minutes away. Violet Township has a robust infrastructure that is designed for business growth. Our location, infrastructure, close proximity to a large workforce and a pro-business environment, all...
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The Ohio Advantage: Leveraging Ohio’s Competitive Assets

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

For those of us charged with promoting our state, most of us would agree Ohio is an easy sell. The list of Ohio’s benefits for prospects are long, but there are four key assets, each with extraordinary components, that set Ohio apart from the competition: business climate, research and innovation, location and infrastructure, and workforce. These four pillars are featured prominently on the JobsOhio home page with in-depth overviews and resources you can share with new companies considering Ohio. Ohio’s business climate could be considered the foundation of Ohio’s winning assets. As one of the largest economies in the U.S. (7th) and the...
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Export Interns Boost Business: Ohio Program Will Pay Up to Half the Wages

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The Ohio Export Internship Program helps businesses grow by expanding export efforts or starting an export initiative. The Ohio Development Services Agency is accepting company applications now for summer internships. The students involved are highly motivated and take export-focused coursework at Cleveland State University, The Ohio State University and Youngstown State University. This year, about 50 students from 12 universities across the state have been selected to participate in the program. The Development Services Agency will reimburse half the intern wages, up to $3,600. The internships will run from May 13 through August 9, 2019. The interns are continually mentored by Ohio...
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Our Workforce is Highly Educated and Highly Skilled

Monday, January 07, 2019

Violet Township is home to more than 40,000 people. Our community is home to a highly educated workforce with more than half of our adult population having an advanced degree. Our workforce is highly trained and highly skilled making it easy for businesses to locate in Violet and attract the talent they need to succeed. There are an additional 2 million people located within our region, making this an ideal location for growing and expanding businesses. Additionally, Violet Township is home to the Ohio University Pickerington Center. From here, recent high school graduates and working professionals can take courses to expand...
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Three Trade Missions Can Help Businesses Grow

Monday, January 07, 2019

Ohio companies can open new foreign markets for their products through three trade missions early next year. The Ohio Development Services Agency and the state’s Small Business Development Center Export Assistance Network is organizing the trade missions, scheduled for March and April 2019. Slots for each trade mission are limited, so businesses should act now to reserve a spot. Continue to full article
Technology Training at Pickerington Library

Friday, January 04, 2019

When it comes to technology, there is no limit on what you can use to improve your personal and professional skills: create a resume on Microsoft Word; reconnect with friends and make business contacts on social media; download e-books to your e-reader and tablet; search Google to answer any question, and more! If you have questions about any of these programs or more, the Library is here to assist with two technology trainers at Pickerington Main Library: drop-in technology assistance is available Monday through Saturday, or book an appointment for one-on-one help. Continue to full article
Apprenticeship program for tech workers expands into central Ohio

Monday, December 31, 2018

A new apprenticeship program in central Ohio is designed to address employer complaints that there aren’t enough tech workers to fill openings. Apprenti, based in Washington state, seeks to place workers in jobs including software developer, web developer, cloud support specialist and data center technician. Companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Huntington Bancshares have committed to hiring Apprenti students. Continue to full article
Completing new park, other improvements in proposed $32.3 million Metro Parks budget

Friday, December 28, 2018

Preparing the new Quarry Trails Metro Park for its 2020 opening and finishing work on the Burning Lake area of Pickerington Ponds Metro Park are two goals as Metro Parks officials plan their 2019 budget. Next year’s proposed budget of $32.3 million is slightly less than the $33.1 million the district is expected to spend in 2018. One reason: Metro Parks spent $7.3 million on land acquisition this past year, most of that for the new 220-acre Quarry Trails park west of Upper Arlington and the Scioto River. The district is budgeting a lower amount — $3 million — for land acquisition in...
Professor: Good economic outlook for Fairfield County

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

CARROLL - The third annual 33 Alliance seminar at Eastland-Fairfield Career Center featured an optimistic prediction for Fairfield County's economic development future. Jason Jolley, associate professor of rural economic development at Ohio University, was one of three keynote speaker said the county's proximity to Columbus bodes well for it. "The Columbus market is good," he said. "You hear about Austin, the Raleigh-Durham area and Sun Belt cities, but Columbus is on the right track and continues to grow. Fairfield County is in a good position to capitalize on that growth." Continue to full article
Our Real Estate Search Tools Provide Detailed Information

Monday, December 24, 2018

There is room for growth in Violet Township. In addition to building out the downtown area, we have several Growth Corridors that are designed for future industrial expansion. Today, there are real estate properties available for businesses of all sizes and industry types. On our website, we have real estate search tools that make it possible to look for available office, retail, flex, industrial, warehouse and call center space. Users can search by square footage, location and proximity to other businesses or community assets. Our tools provide more information than what is available on most real estate websites and can...
Fairfield 33 Alliance expects growth along U.S. 33 corridor

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Government and community-development officials, as well as community members in and around the U.S. 33 corridor, can expect growth in jobs, wages and local investments in coming years, but they should be wary of looming international trade wars, shortages of skilled workers and reliance on traditional transportation methods. That was the message delivered Dec. 5 when members of the Fairfield 33 Alliance held their third annual meeting at Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools campus in Carroll. The focus was the future of Fairfield County, with emphasis on the economy, the workforce and transportation. Continue to full article
Building Industry Association of Central Ohio Housing Need Assessment

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Central Ohio's housing market is in need of additional supply, as is evident by the rapidly escalating prices for homes and apartments. What’s been less clear is the extent to which we may be underbuilding, in which communities and price points, and how the situation may play out over the coming decades. This new Housing Need Assessment report from the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio and the BIA Foundationquantifies the significance of the shortfall by estimating the need for new residential housing based on projected job growth through 2050. The findings are worrisome. Central Ohio must build more than 14,000 housing units...
Violet Township trustees to consider community center

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

After much discussion of its possible location and programs, Violet Township residents found out how much officials could ask them to ante up for a community center. The answer: $46 million via an approximately 4.59-mill parks and recreation levy that could be put before voters in May. Whether the project will move forward at all, as well as at that price, will depend on a vote by the Violet Township trustees. At this point, it’s unclear exactly when that will take place, but Violet Township Development Director Holly Mattei said the vote “possibly” could take place “in January.” Continue to full article
Violet Township Demographics

Monday, December 17, 2018

Violet Township is home to over 42,000 people. The median age in our community is 38 years old, making us an ideal location for growing families and working professionals. While many smaller communities have experienced a population decline, Violet Township is growing. We have added approximately 4,000 residents in the past eight years. Our population is not the only thing that is growing. Average household incomes are rising as well with the current household income being $107,224. This could partially be attributed to more than half of our population having an advanced degree. Businesses looking for a new location should consider Violet...
Connect with Violet Township Port Authority on Social Media

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Violet Township Port Authority's economic development department is on Facebook and Twitter. We invite you to visit and like our page so that you can follow along and see all the recent updates on what is happening in our community. We will regularly post information on new businesses coming to town, our Growth Corridors and recent activities with developers and the Port Authority. Join in the conversation, share your own updates and spread the news – Violet Township is growing. Click here to like our Facebook page and here to join us on Twitter. Once you have joined us online, feel...
Our New Website is a Resource

Monday, December 10, 2018

The economic development department for Violet Township has a new website. Designed by Golden Shovel Agency, our website is a destination for anyone who is looking to start a business, invest in Violet Township, or launch a development project. We encourage people to visit our website for workforce resources, site selection assistance, information on financial incentives, Growth Corridors and the community in general. Our website is a one-stop shop for information on Violet Township but more importantly, is meant to be a resource for anyone who is considering doing business here. Visit our website and then contact us for more information...
Career symposium: Pickerington high schoolers market selves for future

Friday, November 30, 2018

More than 200 Pickerington high school students last week marketed themselves to colleges, businesses, nonprofit organizations and military recruiters during a district-sponsored college and career symposium. The fieldhouse at Pickerington High School Central was bustling Oct. 3, with the coming and going of students and recruiters -- ranging from business and college and military representatives to Pickerington Mayor Lee Gray -- and conversations about future plans. It was all part of the first college-and-career symposium arranged by the Pickerington Local School District’s English Language Arts Department. About 130 students from Central and another 120 from North -- many in ties, dress slacks and...
Unique Program Helps Ohio Communities Attract Companies with Sites Ready for Immediate Development

Friday, November 30, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Companies looking for a perfect location to build in Ohio will have an easier time finding one thanks to a unique site authentication program called SiteOhio. This one-of-a-kind program, offered by JobsOhio, guarantees industrial sites are ready for immediate development, creating a win-win situation for companies and communities. Companies get access to sites that minimize risk, reduce costs and increase speed to market. Communities gain construction-ready sites that are more appealing to potential buyers and may help attract jobs to their region. JobsOhio, the private nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and capital investment in Ohio, launched SiteOhio in...
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Community center: Violet officials to share ideas about funding

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Violet Township officials think they might have the site for a community center, as well as potential funding options to such a facility, and they plan to roll them out to the public at a Dec. 6 meeting. During the past six months, Violet Township has been working with Moody Nolan Inc. and Rockmill Financial Consulting LLC, as well as hosting a series of public task-force and focus-group meetings, as officials have tried to move toward the creation of a community center. The township’s trustees have been offered a donation of a land parcel for such a facility, and they’ve begun to...
Ohio is driving innovation in the aviation and aerospace industry

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The U.S. aviation and aerospace industry is fairly robust these days, with demand driving growth in both the civil and military sides. New hybrid electric propulsion and full electric concepts are energizing the industry, drawing considerable R&D investment to chase these innovations. Providing an important link between the products in the air and the ideas yet to take flight is Ohio. “Ohio is the No. 1 supplier state to Airbus and Boeing,” says Glenn Richardson, managing director of advanced manufacturing and aerospace & aviation at JobsOhio. “In 2017, Boeing purchased $12 billion in services from Ohio, while Airbus spent in the $5 billion...
Ohio Is Poised to Lead the Way Into the Blockchain Age

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New law protects firms developing innovative uses for blockchain technology On Aug. 3, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed legislation that will stimulate business investment in blockchain technology to transmit and store electronic records in a wide range of industries. The new law makes Ohio one of the first U.S. states to provide legal protection to firms developing new uses for this cutting-edge technology. It also offers an additional draw for companies that may be looking to expand their blockchain and R&D operations to the state. Innovators continue to develop new applications for blockchain technology in industries ranging from financial services to supply chain management, real...
Ohio’s Rapidly Growing Energy Industry Attracts Over $70 Billion in Investment

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The energy and shale gas economy triggers company expansions and community improvements. COLUMBUS — Ohio has emerged as a national leader in energy, largely due to the state’s shale industry, which has served as the biggest driver of energy growth in the country and has contributed to the attraction of over $70 billion in new private sector energy investments in Ohio alone. When factoring in the rest of the Ohio Valley region, this number is significantly larger. These investments from the U.S. and abroad, combined with continued job growth, additional tax revenue and an abundance of low-cost, clean shale energy and electricity have...
Export Interns Help Businesses Grow

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The State of Ohio wants to help businesses grow, and a program offered by the Ohio Development Services Agency can provide the boost needed to improve international marketing or logistics. The Ohio Export Internship Program places students who have completed export-focused coursework with businesses seeking to boost exports. College students from across the state can apply to take the export course at The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business, the Cleveland State University Monte Ahuja College of Business or the Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business Administration. Participating businesses receive a 50 percent reimbursement for intern wages, up...
London Stock Exchange launches U.S. division of ELITE – a global business support program – in Ohio

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The London Stock Exchange Group, attracted by Ohio’s ease of doing business, strong economy, and high concentration of vibrant small and medium-sized businesses, has initiated a groundbreaking partnership with JobsOhio to help those businesses grow. The collaboration will provide ambitious Ohio companies with access to the exchange’s ELITE business training program, designed to support business leaders in their growth aspirations, promote global partnership opportunities and facilitate access to funding options. Initiated in Italy in 2012 as a growth engine to stimulate the weakened economy and create jobs, the ELITE program quickly took off globally. Today, its network consists of more than 900 businesses spread across 34 sectors...
Market Products and Services Internationally

Monday, November 26, 2018

Putting products and services in front of international customers can help small and medium-sized businesses grow, and the Ohio Development Services Agency can make it easier to do that. The International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) is designed to help businesses increase exports and create jobs in Ohio’s economy. The grant provides a 50 percent reimbursement, up to $12,500 per fiscal year, for eligible activities. IMAGE is funded, in part, through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program. Popular qualifying activities include, but are not limited to, exhibiting at trade shows, participating in trade missions, international advertising, translation services...
MVCA Outreach Trip: Michigan & Ohio Rivalries Disappear When Discussing Innovative Ideas to Grow Our Region’s Economy

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Ohio venture capital community has seen continued growth since our last extended visit, so MVCA was eager to get back to connect with our members and out-of-state partners!  Between meetings with some of Ohio’s leading venture firms and an evening spent at the VentureDinner, I found a lot has changed in their entrepreneurial ecosystem. We were pleased to have MVCA member Hirak Parikh, Program Manager for the Monroe-Brown Biomedical Seed Fund at the University of Michigan, join us on our trip. Hirak helped us answer the often-asked question, “What are some of the great ideas coming out of Michigan’s universities?”  His $3 million fund...
Ohio’s health care industry benefits from the state’s many strengths

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ohio’s health care industry is fortunate to have excellent research arms associated with its nationally accredited medical centers — Cleveland Clinic, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center being chief among them. “No other state has the top adult hospital health system and the top children’s medical centers,” says Aaron Pitts, senior managing director at JobsOhio. He says these organizations recruit some of the best doctors in the world, their hospitals treat some of the most acute patients and they attract a lot of research dollars. “They test new devices, pharmaceuticals and surgical techniques, and they capture intellectual property, which companies get...
4 Tips for Managing Startup Taxes from Day One

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Any high-tech entrepreneur who plans to postpone thinking about taxes until their startup is profitable needs to think again. Taxes are part of doing business from day one, whether the company collects a dollar of revenue or not. Following are tips for making the process more successful and less painful. 1. Draw a distinct line between business and personal finances. It’s black and white. Entirely separate all business and personal revenue and expenses. Develop this mindset and discipline from day one. Open a business checking account. Make this your first step in developing a personal, long-term relationship with a bank. Compare two to three banks...
Proudly made in Ohio: This is how small businesses sustain success at home

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Buckeye State’s reputation for creativity is strengthened by makers like these. Not everything has to be created in New York, Los Angeles, or Silicon Valley. Ohio has a thriving entrepreneurial culture, and behind each business is a dedicated visionary, determined maker, or team of hard workers. Take Tom Tsuchiya, for example. He’s a Cincinnati-based sculptor who creates works of public sculpture. You can see his bronze artwork at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and his favorite subjects are local sports heroes from his home state of Ohio. Dale Grinstead-Mayle, meanwhile, has put his entrepreneurial energy and talent into Goodfellow’s, a barbershop in...
Ohio is becoming an attractive location for IT companies

Thursday, November 22, 2018

While California’s Bay Area is the birthplace of many technological innovations, Ohio is home to considerable innovation as well, just without as much of the fanfare. Ted Griffith, managing director of information technology at JobsOhio, says with lower overall operating costs — as much as 70 percent lower than Silicon Valley — Ohio offers growing startups a sustainable operating environment. It’s also home to incredible tech talent, and its software engineers tend to command less pay. In that regard, the state’s low cost of living gives it a competitive advantage. He says being close to customers is a real advantage, even for companies...
3 tips for pitching Midwest venture capitalists

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Midwest is a great place to live, sure, but is it a great place to grow a startup? The answer may surprise you: an unequivocal yes. Here’s what you may not know about the American Midwest: Over the past three years, startup ecosystems all over the region — in places like Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Detroit, and of course Chicago — have experienced tremendous growth. In Kansas City, for example, at least five new VC funds have launched in the last two years, and they’re now actively investing. All this activity has pulled individual investors off the sidelines, and they want in. So...
Expansion of Blue Label Digital Printing to bring 30 more jobs to Lancaster

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

LANCASTER – Blue Label Digital Printing will add 30 jobs to Lancaster over the next few years after the company publicly announced its expansion project earlier this week. According to Andrew Boyd, president of Blue Label Digital Printing, they plan to do a 20,000 square foot expansion to their Lancaster site. The details of this plan are still in the works. Boyd said, conservatively they would like to have these positions filled by 2021. They will fill these positions as needed and as this expansion project progresses. The expansion They are estimating they will fill 20 positions on the production floor and 10 on...
Ohio Moves to the Forefront Among States Supporting Blockchain-based Businesses

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New law expected to draw companies looking to expand their blockchain and R&D operations to the state COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ohio became a leading supporter of blockchain-based businesses on Friday, Aug. 3, when Governor John Kasich signed legislation enabling new uses for this cutting-edge technology. Ohio is one of the first states to adopt legislation recognizing the use of blockchain technology to transmit and store electronic records in a broad range of industries, from financial services to supply chain management, real estate and healthcare. Blockchain’s benefits include greater security of information, reduced costs and faster transactions. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are just one...
Gionino’s pizza franchise to open in Pickerington

Monday, November 19, 2018

Two longtime friends who’ve worked throughout their lives for a northeast Ohio pizza staple will bring the first Gionino’s Pizzeria to Pickerington in November. Two longtime friends who’ve worked throughout their lives for a northeast Ohio pizza staple will bring the first Gionino’s Pizzeria to Pickerington in November. Larry Halpin, 27, and Dan Shackelford, 28, have been friends since kindergarten in Cuyahoga Falls. Over the years, they shared many a dinner at Gionino’s Pizzerias, and they both took jobs at the company’s Munroe Falls store as teenagers. Larry Halpin (left) and Dan Shackelford are lifelong friends from northeast Ohio who worked at a Gionino’s Pizzeria in...
Ohio’s Future in E-Commerce: CNBC

Monday, November 19, 2018

  Ohio is one of the most desirable locations for retailers in the growing e-commerce trend, CNBC reports. To learn more about logistics and distribution in Ohio, visit http://ow.ly/uCaD50hK0vz. As consumers purchase more online, e-commerce retailers look to Ohio as one of their top choices to build fulfillment centers. Ohio has a robust infrastructure, an overall low cost to operate and transport, and a large qualified workforce. Organizations throughout Ohio are responding by investing in training and talent development opportunities.
Clintonville’s What to Wear store dons ‘social entrepreneurial’ tag

Sunday, November 18, 2018

For Ebony Tye, opening a consignment boutique has been a dream come true and a labor of love -- emphasis on labor. “It is the hardest work I’ve ever done but the most rewarding,” said the Pickerington woman, who launched the “upscale consignment” shop What to Wear in late summer at 5381 N. High St. in Clintonville. “You would think you would just come in here and bless people and it would be so easy, but there’s so much behind-the-scenes work.” Tye said there’s more to What to Wear than just high-end women’s designer consignment and resale. “It’s almost like a social entrepreneurial business,” she...
Partners for Growth: Andrew Deye MC/MPA 2015 is working to bring jobs back to Ohio

Sunday, November 18, 2018

THINK OF SEATTLE, AND WHAT COMES TO MIND? It might depend a little on your generation (Gates and Cobain or Bezos and Macklemore), but you get the point—a young city, on the cutting edge, with global tech companies. The sort of place you might think about moving to. Now think about Ohio. That, in a sense, is what Andrew Deye MC/MPA 2015 works on every day. Not marketing or branding, necessarily, although that is part of it. What he does is help build cities and communities and the state into something new. Seattle, after all, wasn’t always Seattle. In 1971, unemployment...
Businesses Have Market Opportunities in Thailand, Vietnam

Friday, November 16, 2018

Companies in Thailand and Vietnam are major buyers of U.S. products in many industry sectors, and economic development agencies in Ohio and Pennsylvania are planning a trade mission to help companies in both states take advantage of those opportunities. The Ohio-Pennsylvania Stateline Export Initiative is organizing a mission in March 2019 to Bangkok, Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, so that businesses can market their goods and services to potential buyers in those countries. Companies taking part in the trade mission will get market research in advance of the mission, one-on-one meetings with businesses and extensive assistance while in the...
Ohio Has the Right Ingredients to Grow Successful Food and Agribusiness Companies

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Today’s consumers are increasingly demanding healthier, high-quality food. In Ohio, food and agribusiness companies can deliver that farm-to-table freshness consumers want thanks to the state’s combination of assets and resources. Food and agribusiness is the largest industry in Ohio, contributing approximately $15 billion to the state’s GSP and about $107 billion to the state’s economy. Nearly 1,200 food and agribusiness establishments in the state cultivate, process, package, distribute and market food and drinks enjoyed by consumers around the world. This end-to-end value chain, combined with the state’s other assets, create a recipe for success in Ohio. Ohio is home to 74,000 farms and...
Business booms for Kurbside with Kenny recycling pickup

Monday, November 05, 2018

LANCASTER — The cartoon drawing of a 45-year-old local autistic man, is popping up on blue recycling bins across the city. "That's my face," says Kenny Gregg as he drives by his clients' homes that bought his bins with his business logo and likeness on them. The "Kenny cans" as he calls them are a sign his new business is growing. It also means Gregg will have something to do. Over the years, Gregg has worked off and on at local restaurants and retailers. He spent 20 years at Big Lots until the Lancaster store closed its doors. This summer, Gregg set out on his own, starting a business that...
Recent downtown Lancaster revitalization projects

Saturday, November 03, 2018

  For the last several years revitalization projects have brought new life to downtown Lancaster. Watch this video for a rundown of some of them. Continue to full article
Violet Township: Donation of land for facility expected for community center

Friday, November 02, 2018

Violet Township residents next year can expect to be asked to support a tax increase to finance a local community center, but the costs could be reduced if land is donated for the project. According to Violet Township Director of Operations John Eisel, the township is working on a deal in which the Ricketts family would donate at least a portion of a 79-acre site on the southeast corner of Pickerington and Refugee roads where a community center could be constructed. “I think it would be safe to say the Ricketts family has made a very generous commitment to donate land that...
Violet Township: Wigwam to re-emerge as community space

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Violet Township government officials are preparing to move into the Wigwam by early next year, providing a public use for the private retreat east of Columbus where the Wolfe family once hosted powerful politicians and Hollywood royalty. Wolfe Enterprises, a business controlled by family members of late businessman and longtime Dispatch Publisher John F. Wolfe, sold the historic 63-acre property near Pickerington to Violet Township for $2.7 million in July. Besides providing office space for the township’s eight employees, the Wigwam will be reborn as community space, township Director of Operations John Eisel told visitors Sept. 18 during a tour through the...
Pickerington’s ’Interactive playground

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Lu device blends play with learning Pickerington Local School District officials are saying the district is among the first in the state to integrate “interactive playground” technology into middle school physical-education curriculum this school year. In addition to traditional physical-education lesson plans that might seek to teach and engage fifth- and sixth-graders at Diley, Harmon and Toll Gate middle schools in activities, such as square dancing, track and field or basketball, teachers will be adding interactive electronic games that require movement and challenge students’ learning in classroom subjects ranging from English, to history and mathematics. The Lu Interactive Playground, created by Canadian company...
Library offering online tool to boost business skills

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Pickerington Public Library has implemented an online service designed to help business professionals and those seeking job opportunities with workforce skills training at no cost to users. In July, the library began offering Lynda.com to library cardholders through a partnership with the Ohio Public Library Information Network and LinkedIn. Lynda.com is an online learning platform from LinkedIn Learning that provides training in business, software, technology and creative skills for workforce development and personal goals. Continue to full article
HBR: How to motivate front-line employees

Friday, October 12, 2018

One question that has long plagued organizations is how to improve performance among front-line workers, the people who actually drive customer experience. Our work with hundreds of companies offers a clear and simple answer. To show how it works, we’ll walk you through an example. In 2016 the leadership team of a national retail organization asked us to help boost their front-line performance. They wanted to improve revenue, cost, risk and customer satisfaction all at the same time. We’ve written before that why people work determines how well they work — that someone’s motive for doing a task determines their performance. Our...
Tour the Wigwam, longtime hideaway of the Wolfe empire

Friday, October 12, 2018

For those invited to the Wigwam over the decades, the 60-acre wooded retreat was memorable, to say the least. After all, there was a stuffed wolf in the grand dining hall and a Native American motif that covered everything from the carpets and bars to the totem poles and teepee paintings on the wall. Although the stuffed wolf might be gone, the Wigwam remains and will open to the public. Click here for the complete article.
Phillips Meat Processing Expands Driven by Kroger Demand

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Renovation and expansion includes improved freshness, productivity and capacity Due to sales growth, Phillips Meat Processing is renovating and expanding its current facility in Zanesville, as well as adding production jobs and improving processes. This expansion is driven by demand from Kroger for more products from Phillips to sell in its stores. Phillips is dedicated to offering fresh cuts of meat. All of its products are made and prepared in-house using the highest-quality ingredients. Meat is sourced locally from farms and livestock auctions, and now Phillips’ products can be found in Kroger. The company’s high-quality freshness guarantee is possible in Ohio because of the state’s diverse concentration of...
10 reasons you need to explore Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Columbus, Ohio is one of the most underrated cities in the country, and it's been flying under the radar as a tourist destination for far too long.  Yet, somehow, it’s quietly become the 4th fastest growing city, according to the 2018 U.S. Census. Business is booming.   There’s so much about the Buckeye State’s largest city that’s surprising and now is the time to visit. Here are 10 reasons why. Columbus has become a real foodie city, featuring big-name chefs and those likely to be big names soon – like Avishar Barua. His innovative menu at Service Bar (lamb wontons! cheesy brisket crunch!) is...
Columbus hotels busy as forecasts predict growth

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Hotel developers continue to look at Central Ohio as an opportunity. Analysis from CBRE's hotels research group indicates the market here shows a steady stream of hotel investments. In particular, it expects supply for lower-priced hotels to peak above the national average through the rest of the year for a 2.3 percent gain in average daily rate, a measure of hotel profitability. CBRE predicts this will drop again in 2019 to 1.1 percent. At the same time, upper-priced hotels will see a modest gain in 2018 but rise 1.4 percent in 2019. “This is likely rooted in the expectation of growth in macroeconomic...
Ohio’s health care industry benefits from the state’s many strengths

Monday, October 08, 2018

Ohio’s health care industry is fortunate to have excellent research arms associated with its nationally accredited medical centers — Cleveland Clinic, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center being chief among them. “No other state has the top adult hospital health system and the top children’s medical centers,” says Aaron Pitts, senior managing director at JobsOhio. He says these organizations recruit some of the best doctors in the world, their hospitals treat some of the most acute patients and they attract a lot of research dollars. “They test new devices, pharmaceuticals and surgical techniques, and they capture intellectual property, which companies get...
Proudly made in Ohio: This is how small businesses sustain success at home

Friday, October 05, 2018

The Buckeye State’s reputation for creativity is strengthened by makers like these. Not everything has to be created in New York, Los Angeles, or Silicon Valley. Ohio has a thriving entrepreneurial culture, and behind each business is a dedicated visionary, determined maker, or team of hard workers. Take Tom Tsuchiya, for example. He’s a Cincinnati-based sculptor who creates works of public sculpture. You can see his bronze artwork at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and his favorite subjects are local sports heroes from his home state of Ohio. Dale Grinstead-Mayle, meanwhile, has put his entrepreneurial energy and talent into Goodfellow’s, a barbershop in...
Ohio is becoming an attractive location for IT companies

Thursday, October 04, 2018

While California’s Bay Area is the birthplace of many technological innovations, Ohio is home to considerable innovation as well, just without as much of the fanfare. Ted Griffith, managing director of information technology at JobsOhio, says with lower overall operating costs — as much as 70 percent lower than Silicon Valley — Ohio offers growing startups a sustainable operating environment. It’s also home to incredible tech talent, and its software engineers tend to command less pay. In that regard, the state’s low cost of living gives it a competitive advantage. He says being close to customers is a real advantage, even for companies...
Ohio Moves to the Forefront Among States Supporting Blockchain-based Businesses

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ohio became a leading supporter of blockchain-based businesses when Governor John Kasich signed legislation enabling new uses for this cutting-edge technology. Ohio is one of the first states to adopt legislation recognizing the use of blockchain technology to transmit and store electronic records in a broad range of industries, from financial services to supply chain management, real estate and healthcare. Blockchain’s benefits include greater security of information, reduced costs and faster transactions. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are just one way that blockchain technology can be used. “In Ohio, blockchain innovators can thrive in their efforts to develop new products and...
Universities and legacy industries are giving rise to the Midwest’s AI startups

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Even as artificial intelligence promises to transform many facets of life, the majority of AI companies in the U.S. are still concentrated in traditional tech hubs. According to a Glassdoor analysis from November, 30 percent of open jobs that included the words “artificial intelligence, “AI,” or “deep learning” in their title were located in San Jose, with another 18 percent in San Francisco. VentureBeat decided to take a look at what kinds of AI startups are forming in the Midwest — an area venture capitalists have traditionally overlooked — and see what problems these companies are tackling. Using data from research firms...
Partners for Growth: Andrew Deye MC/MPA 2015 is working to bring jobs back to Ohio

Monday, October 01, 2018

THINK OF SEATTLE, AND WHAT COMES TO MIND? It might depend a little on your generation (Gates and Cobain or Bezos and Macklemore), but you get the point—a young city, on the cutting edge, with global tech companies. The sort of place you might think about moving to. Now think about Ohio. That, in a sense, is what Andrew Deye MC/MPA 2015 works on every day. Not marketing or branding, necessarily, although that is part of it. What he does is help build cities and communities and the state into something new. Seattle, after all, wasn’t always Seattle. In 1971, unemployment...
Ohio Is Poised to Lead the Way Into the Blockchain Age

Friday, September 28, 2018

New law protects firms developing innovative uses for blockchain technology On Aug. 3, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed legislation that will stimulate business investment in blockchain technology to transmit and store electronic records in a wide range of industries. The new law makes Ohio one of the first U.S. states to provide legal protection to firms developing new uses for this cutting-edge technology. It also offers an additional draw for companies that may be looking to expand their blockchain and R&D operations to the state. Innovators continue to develop new applications for blockchain technology in industries ranging from financial services to supply chain management, real...
Violet Township’s Heron Crossing entering final phase

Friday, September 28, 2018

A 180-house development in eastern Violet Township that features multi-use paths and six ponds is entering its final phase, and township officials said they are optimistic it could boost local future economic options. In August 2015, the Violet Township trustees approved M/I Homes’ plans to build 180 single-family homes on a 109-acre tract on the north side of a Refugee Road, just west of the Tollgate Elementary School and Tollgate Middle School campus. Three years later, about half of the houses have been built, and M/I officials said they’re selling two to four residences per month. Click here for the complete article.
How Libraries Bridge the Employment Gap

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Government and community leaders meet in Ohio A five-person panel of Ohio community leaders explored employment issues August 9 during “Libraries Educate Today’s Workforce for Tomorrow’s Careers,” an event organized by four Ohio library partners and the American Library Association (ALA). The discussion—which focused on libraries as an essential component in creating, sustaining, and retaining a viable workforce—brought together leaders from all levels of government and community nonprofits. The program took place at Rakuten OverDrive headquarters in Cleveland and was cosponsored by Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ohio Library Council, and ALA. It is the first in an upcoming series of local events...
Ohio Has the Right Ingredients to Grow Successful Food and Agribusiness Companies

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Today’s consumers are increasingly demanding healthier, high-quality food. In Ohio, food and agribusiness companies can deliver that farm-to-table freshness consumers want thanks to the state’s combination of assets and resources. Food and agribusiness is the largest industry in Ohio, contributing approximately $15 billion to the state’s GSP and about $107 billion to the state’s economy. Nearly 1,200 food and agribusiness establishments in the state cultivate, process, package, distribute and market food and drinks enjoyed by consumers around the world. This end-to-end value chain, combined with the state’s other assets, create a recipe for success in Ohio. Ohio is home to 74,000 farms and...
Violet Township: Donation of land for facility expected for community center

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Violet Township residents next year can expect to be asked to support a tax increase to finance a local community center, but the costs could be reduced if land is donated for the project. According to Violet Township Director of Operations John Eisel, the township is working on a deal in which the Ricketts family would donate at least a portion of a 79-acre site on the southeast corner of Pickerington and Refugee roads where a community center could be constructed. Click here to view the complete article.
Former Wolfe family retreat re-emerges as Violet Township community space

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Violet Township government officials are preparing to move into the Wigwam by early next year, providing a public use for the private retreat east of Columbus where the Wolfe family once hosted powerful politicians and Hollywood royalty. Wolfe Enterprises, a business controlled by family members of late businessman and longtime Dispatch Publisher John F. Wolfe, sold the historic 63-acre property near Pickerington to Violet Township for $2.7 million in July. Click here for the complete article.
Smart Columbus offering $90,000 rebates to rideshare driver

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Thirty incentives of $3,000 each are available to drivers who buy a new, fully electric vehicles by April 15. Smart Columbus is offering $3,000 to Central Ohio Uber, Lyft and other ride-share drivers who switch to electric cars this winter. The Smart Columbus Transportation Service Provider Battery Electric Vehicle Rebate Program was originally open solely to taxi companies but is now available to all transportation service providers. Ten incentives worth $30,000 total were issued to to Columbus Yellow Cab. Continue to full article
Violet Township Purchases the Wigwam

Saturday, October 27, 2018

By John Eisel, Director of Operations and Holly Mattei, AICP, Development Director Violet Township is excited to announce the purchase of the Wigwam, an exclusive secluded gem that was previously owned and operated by Wolfe Enterprises, Inc.  The complex, located at the northwest corner of Blacklick Eastern Road (SR 204) and Taylor Road, dates back to the early 1920’s.  The existing facilities are rich with history, charm and purpose, and will be preserved and utilized to benefit our community. Wolfe Enterprises, Inc., through Capitol Square, Ltd, its real estate division, was actively exploring commercial and residential redevelopment options for the property. The...