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Jul
27
Thu
HUBZone Small Business Summit @ Battelle Memorial Institute
Jul 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Battelle is pleased to host the HUBZone Council as it sponsors a one-day education and networking summit at our Columbus headquarters. All small business contractors, especially those interested in the HUBZone Program, plus federal agencies and large business primes that want to network with HUBZone-certified small businesses, are encouraged to attend.

Registration: Visit the HUBZone Council site to find the summit schedule and registration information.
July 14 – registration deadline for small businesses to schedule matchmaking appointments
July 23 – event registration deadline
The summit is hosted by Battelle in partnership with the Ohio Development Services Agency and the Small Business Administration (SBA), Columbus District Office.

Designing a Marketing Plan for Growth @ 401 N Front St
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration and its partners are hosting a series of free small business seminars designed for minority, women business owners and all small businesses. This initiative is a broad effort to strengthen and expand business ownership among these groups. The Elements of Business Series will help small and minority businesses to access resources that can help them grow and enhance their entrepreneurial skills.
The next seminar in the series is entitled “Developing a Marketing for Growth.” In this seminar, special emphasis will be placed on Marketing and you will be learn how to help your business in the following areas
• What is Marketing
• Developing a Marketing Plan for Growth
• Marketing Resources In Your Toolbox
• How to Manage Your Marketing Plan Mix
• Where to Find Marketing Content
• Importance of Measuring Success
• How to Prioritize and Manage Your Marketing Plan

Start Your Business: The First 10 steps @ The Commissary
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

We would like to make starting a food business as smooth as possible for you, and Nick Dekker from Breakfast with Nick will help with just that!

This session has been designed to work with you to find the right path through the regulatory and legal requirements of selling your food and services.

Together, we’ll develop an action plan that will get you from concept to execution of your idea. Whenever possible, we will have the people and the departments (ODA, health department, legal, accounting, etc) on hand to help answer questions and make plans.

The Hive Coworking PopUps @ The Hive
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Hive will begin pop-ups over the summer, every Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. during June, July and August to introduce potential members to the space. In the fall, The Hive will open for its regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Lunch & Learn: Finances! @ Intelligent Office
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Questions about investments? Trying to understand the power of compound interest? These questions and more can be answered at our upcoming Lunch & Learn event on July 27th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm with professionals who are educated (and excited) about the world of finances!

You event fee of $5 will reserve your seat and includes sandwiches, wraps, chips, cookies, and beverages catered by Sunny Street Cafe.

Franchising 101 @ Upper Arlington Public Library
Jul 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

What Owning a Business Could Mean To You: Franchising 101
Designed to answer your questions about business and franchising basics, join us to get your questions answered and learn what you need to know from the experts at FranNet.

What you will learn:

The pros and cons to starting your own business
A look at franchise business ownership
Misconceptions about franchises
Building equity as a strategy
How to find the right franchise that fits my goals, experience, and budget

Join us, if you:

Are considering a career change or business ownership for greater control of your financial future
Are looking for an affordable franchise with a record of success and proven business systems
Desire additional income as a semi-absentee franchise owner as you prepare for your Encore gig
Want to consider business ownership as an investment, or diversification, or retirement strategy
Are NOT interested in french fries and fast food

Jul
28
Fri
Digital Marketing, Email & Social Media: Lunch ‘N Learn @ CDME at The Ohio State University
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Successful marketing for manufacturing and business-to-business requires a customized approach. Learn how to build a successful marketing program with tips on digital marketing, email lead generation campaigns and social media. Nancy will share a case study that generated millions in sales leads and revenue.
You will take away:
How to leverage digital content across social media and other platforms
Elements of a successful lead gen program
Tips for creating an editorial calendar
Speaker: Nancy Bohman, Business-to-Business Marketing Expert

Jul
29
Sat
Making Midwest Festival @ Garden Theater
Jul 29 all-day

Making Midwest is raising its flag even higher when it comes to highlighting the creative talent of the Midwest. From its quarterly gatherings, the organization is branching into two efforts: online Maker Series videos and the inaugural Making Midwest Fest on July 29-30, 2017.

Story on the Metropreneur.com.

Jul
30
Sun
Making Midwest Festival @ Garden Theater
Jul 30 all-day

Making Midwest is raising its flag even higher when it comes to highlighting the creative talent of the Midwest. From its quarterly gatherings, the organization is branching into two efforts: online Maker Series videos and the inaugural Making Midwest Fest on July 29-30, 2017.

Story on the Metropreneur.com.

Aug
2
Wed
Ohio Municipalities Business Conference @ Greater Columbus Convention Center
Aug 2 all-day

The first of its kind, the statewide conference will take place on August 2 – 3 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Hosted by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the conference will provide an interactive platform for municipality leads, procurement officers, supplier diversity professionals, business owners and leaders, and industry influencers to discuss best practices of entrepreneurship to build and grow their businesses.

Aug
3
Thu
Dames Bond Networking: Julie Burford Loeffler – Safety First & Foremost @ Women's Business Center of Ohio
Aug 3 all-day
Dames Bond networking events. Instead of having them at various locations each month, we are partnering with the Women’s Business Center of Ohio to offer exceptional networking experiences in one location. We’ll still have a variety of topics presented by members of Dames Bond. As a matter of fact, I’m happy to announce the 2017 line up!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS 
for the 1st Thursday of the month in 2017!
February 2 – Bonnie James, Thrive By Reading Faster to Learn More
March 2 – Brenda Millhouse, Invest Like a Feminist
April 6 – Angela Bonfante – Blindsided Strategies for a World of Constant Change
May 4 –  Tisa Watts – Network Like You Garden
June 1 – Linda Mustric – Making a Home-based Business Work For You
July 6 – Dames Bond Adventure TBA
August 3 – Julie Burford Loeffler – Safety First & Foremost
September 7 – Mary B. Relotto – How to Partner with Your Brand for Greater Impact
October 5 – Barb Girson – Run With Elephants to Unlock Creativity & Innovation
November 2 – Pat Funderburg – Thrive in Health to Thrive in BusinessOnline registration will be up by the end of December. Meanwhile, get the dates on your calendar and get ready to bond in 2017!

Ohio Municipalities Business Conference @ Greater Columbus Convention Center
Aug 3 all-day

The first of its kind, the statewide conference will take place on August 2 – 3 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Hosted by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the conference will provide an interactive platform for municipality leads, procurement officers, supplier diversity professionals, business owners and leaders, and industry influencers to discuss best practices of entrepreneurship to build and grow their businesses.

The Hive Coworking PopUps @ The Hive
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Hive will begin pop-ups over the summer, every Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. during June, July and August to introduce potential members to the space. In the fall, The Hive will open for its regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Make It Your Business to be SAFE! @ The Women's Business Center of Ohio
Aug 3 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Speaker: Julie Burford Loeffler, Mid Ohio IMB

Topic: Make it Your Business to Be Safe!

Details:Providing both mental and physical aspects necessary for personal safety

During events you will enjoy:

– Gaining knowledge and insight from other Dames on a variety of topics that will benefit you professionally and personally
– Exceptional Networking
– Appetizers / Beverages
– Raffle Prizes

When you RSVP you will receive an invoice payable online. (Member of Dames Bond – $10 / Non Member – $20. If you are a non-member and you join the night of the event, your fee will be reimbursed. If you are a member and renew the night of the event, your fee will be reimbursed.)

If RSVPs fall below 5, the program will be cancelled and you will be reimbursed.

There will be no refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of the event.

Proceeds from all networking events will go into a scholarship fund. At the end of the year, on December 7, 2017, depending on the amount that has been collected, we will award a number of scholarships for membership to the Women’s Business Center of Ohio and/or the Women for Economic Leadership Development (WELD).

When Dames Bond, Dames thrive!

Aug
4
Fri
Social Media Strategy for Small Business @ Dublin Entrepreneurial Center
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

How can you increase your presence and business using Social Media? Savvy business owners are utilizing social media now more than ever, it is the “New Word of Mouth” marketing.

We invite you to this event to provide you with a foundation of social media knowledge to help you build better online marketing strategy and tactics to promote, create awareness and grow your business.

Attend this session and discover ways to increase the reach of your business by utilizing “free” on-line tools. Learn about the various online platforms available, their use, and the why and how to establish your on-line identity.

ASK THE EXPERT ON BRANDING AND MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS @ The Destiny Center
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

You are invited to this Month’s Ask The Expert on Branding and Marketing Your Business.

This Month’s Panelist

Tia Ramey, Owner Ramey Marketing LLC

Amber Mabry, Owner A. Paynes Design

S. Yolanda Robinson, Minority Brands Television

Linda Prinkle-Evans, Owner Prinkle Business Consulting

FREE Lunch is provided by Fifth Third Bank

Aug
9
Wed
Retail Summit @ Greater Columbus Convention Center
Aug 9 – Aug 10 all-day

Retail Summit 2017, presented by Franklin County and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, will bring together hundreds of the retail industry’s thought leaders for two days of insights, best practices and networking. The event will be held Aug. 9-10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

As the only conference in the Midwest dedicated entirely to retail and the many sectors that support it, Retail Summit will feature remarks and presentations from industry experts working at the local, regional and national levels.

“The retail business is in a state of rapid evolution and transformation,” said Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady. “There’s never been a better or more pivotal time to hear about the industry’s future, directly from the people most involved in shaping what’s to come.”

Featured presenters include:

· Alison Embrey Medina, editor-in-chief, design:retail
· Marcie Merriman, executive director, EY
· John O’Grady, Franklin County Commissioner
· Alberto Scirocco, president and creative director, leftchannel

Nearly sixty presenters in total will join the conference to share insights on a wide range of retail’s most relevant trends and topics, including:

· Visual merchandising
· Consumer behavior and experience
· Technology and marketing
· Recruiting talent and workforce
· Women in leadership
· Retail logistics
· Analytics trends and tactics

“The Columbus Region is a hub – not only for logistics and excellence in the retail sector, but for disruption and innovative thinking more generally,” said Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

“Retail Summit is a powerful illustration of the area’s legacy and status as a home for the industry’s creativity and energy.”

Since its launch in 2009, the annual event has earned a reputation for honing in on national trends in retail sales, merchandising, commercial real estate and other connected industries. This year’s two-day Summit reflects ambitious growth from the half-day event hosted in 2016.

The event is chaired by:

· Denny Gerdeman, Chute Gerdeman
· Steve Morris, Asset Strategies Group
· Yaromir Steiner, Steiner & Associates

Event pricing includes flexible packages and specialized options for individuals, nonprofits, students and others.

Full pricing, registration and additional details available at retailsummit.org.

Summer SOUP ’17: Neighborhood Revitalization @ The Miracle Garden
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Neighborhood revitalization often consists of a lengthy series of community improvement projects, rather than a single, small initiative. However, just one committed person can start the reinvestment process by persuading friends, neighbors, and community partners to dedicate themselves to taking the reasonable steps toward a better place to live.

We are excited to present five projects that advance the cause of Neighborhood Revitalization and it’s contributions to our city.

Sunday, August 9, 2017
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Event ends by 8:00 pm

Aug
10
Thu
The Hive Coworking PopUps @ The Hive
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Hive will begin pop-ups over the summer, every Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. during June, July and August to introduce potential members to the space. In the fall, The Hive will open for its regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Aug
11
Fri
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CORRIDOR EXPO @ Economic & Community Development Institute
Aug 11 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Small Business Administration, Economic & Community Development, the Women’s Business Center, Fifth Third Bank and the Destiny Center will host a “Small Business Resource Corridor” event on August 11, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

This event will feature the Fifth Third “E-Bus” which will offer free credit scores and financial counseling. Come join us as we bring many of the small business resources together in one place to assist your business no matter what stage you are in.

Some of the Resource Partners attending:

Small Business Development Corp

SCORE

COMBA

Increase CDC

City of Columbus

State of Ohio

ECDI

Women’s Business Center

The Destiny Center

WBENC

Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council

Procurment Technical Assistance Center

Central Ohio United Way

Small Business Aministration and many more.

Building tours will be offered by ECDI, WBC and the Destiny Center.

Come learn about all the resources available to help your business succeed.