The entrepreneurial environment in Columbus is wide and diverse, and business owners make use of a variety of valuable and interactive content to achieve success during and after business hours. However, podcasts are a resource that has only grown in popularity in the last few years.
According to Statista, 50% of Americans have listened to a podcast, and 32% — 90 million Americans — listen to a podcast at least once a month. By 2022, podcast listenership will grow to 132 million people.
Columbus business owners and entrepreneurs are already getting sound advice from podcasts, and even getting behind the mic themselves. Check out a guide to some of the best business podcasts found in Columbus:
cbuzz – Billed as “Columbus’ first business-focused podcast,” cbuzz is produced by the Columbus Chamber in partnership with Capital University, and is hosted by former broadcaster and Columbus-based brand journalist Mikaela Hunt. The podcast has featured guests like Columbus Crew owner Dr. Peter Edwards, CoverMyMeds COO Michelle Brown, and Ohio State University President Michael Drake and others for insight into business development, branding, creativity, legal tips, and more. Visit columbus.org/resources/podcasts to listen.
614fempreneur – 614fempreneur is a project and podcast hosted by local entrepreneurs Jennifer Kessel-White and Michal Cheney. Passionate about female empowerment and advocacy, the two use their platform to highlight the talents, successes and lessons found among female entrepreneurs around Columbus. The podcast airs on Sunny 95, Sundays from 7 to 7:30 a.m. and Rewind 103.5/104.3 from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Find more information here.
614startups – 614startups is a digital media company that provides a platform for entrepreneurs to tell their stories and increase brand awareness. In addition to a blog and video content, the company also has a podcast, hosted by founder Elio Harmon. The podcast features top Columbus startups, founders and investors discussing their business journeys, including Rhove Co-Founder and CTO Scott Sumi, HonestJobs.co Co-Founder and CEO Harley Blakeman, and more. Visit 614startups.com/podcast for more information.
First, You Hustle – From the Columbus College of Art & Design Career Services office, First, You Hustle is a podcast intended to guide students on how to start their careers after college. The podcast features advice from alumni, employers, faculty and staff at CCAD, and covers conversations surrounding internships, financial planning, networking and more. The podcast can be heard on WCRS FM 92.7/98.3 Mondays from 7 to 7:30 p.m. or streaming services, including Apple Podcasts.
Conquering Columbus – Conquering Columbus is a brand and podcast interviewing guests across many industries who have made positive contributions to Columbus overall. Guests have included Kelly Ruoff, chief brand officer at Root Insurance, Brett Kaufman, founder and CEO of Kaufman Development, and Judy Mobley, CEO of the Children’s Hunger Alliance. Visit conqueringcolumbus.com to listen.
Origin Stories – Hosted by Rita Volpi, Origin Stories is a new podcast that seeks the stories of business and community leaders, in that first moment of realizing their superpower (hence the name of the podcast). Volpi has interviewed artist and Blockfort gallery owner Adam Brouillette, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks director Tim Moloney, and others to find out why they do what they do. Find more information on Apple Podcasts.
Ignite Your Business – Ignite Your Business is a podcast by Greencrest, a full-service integrated marketing agency. The company interviews business owners, entrepreneurs, CEOs and other professionals and industry leaders, including featured guests like Michael Ella, director of family wealth consulting at Key Private Bank, and Rick Malir, president and founder of City Barbeque. Listen to the podcast here: greencrest.com/ignite-your-business-podcast.
Negotiate Anything – From buying a car to negotiating a salary with billion-dollar international companies, the Negotiate Anything podcast is a terrific resource for getting the best value out of the things you want. The podcast is hosted by Kwame Christian Esq., M.A., the director of the American Negotiation Institute, a college professor and an Ohio State University graduate. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
Sight Shift – The Sight Shift podcast is hosted by company founder Chris McAlister. McAlister is a life coach, whose books and audio tools help people become effective managers and leaders. The podcast has taken on a number of different formats in continuation of that work, and includes interviews with leaders like David Sherry, founder of Death to Stock, Reed Walter, founder of Rise Mental Fitness Studio and Mental Health Matters, and more. Visit sightshift.com/podcast for more.
BBB SparkCast – The BBB SparkCast talks to business, non-profit and social enterprise higher-ups about their companies, from running an employee-owned business, to fundraising, business scams, and more. Visit bbbsparkcast.blubrry.com to listen.
By Imitation Only – Another new podcast on the scene, By Imitation Only is hosted by actor, director and DJ Cameron Williamson and is dedicated to finding out what makes creatives and entrepreneurs successful in arts, business and other industries. Listen to the podcast here.
Scrap Paper Podcast – Scrap Paper is a podcast by Sarah Harste — of Sarah Harste Weavings — and Emily Mullen, founder of greeting card company Written Paper Goods. Brought together by Columbus’ creative scene, the two discuss small business ownership from their own perspectives, with Harste working on transitioning to a full-time maker and Mullen keeping the dream alive by working part-time in customer service. Listen to the podcast here: scrappaperpodcast.com.
Upside – Ohio natives Jay Clouse and Eric Hornung host Upside, a podcast looking at “startup investing outside of Silicon Valley.” The two entrepreneurs interview early-stage startup founders, delve deep into what investors are looking for, and prove there are ideas worth funding outside of the Bay Area. Listen to the podcast here: upside.fm.
Entreneato – Matt Neff hosts the business podcast “Entreneato,” which covers the pursuit of financial success, from building multiple streams of income, creating online courses, venturing into side hustles, and more. Listen to Entreneato on Apple Podcasts.
Journey to More with Jeteia Benson – Journey to More with Jeteia Benson is a podcast targeted to women, but the conversations and lessons discussed are something anyone could benefit from. Benson tackles topics entrepreneurs are often too busy to reflect on, including health and wellness, personal growth, and career and spiritual growth. Listen to the podcast here.
Be Better Tomorrow – Be Better Tomorrow is hosted by Jason Fisher, an award-winning public speaker and coach. The podcast is for anyone looking to be better and what they do, and brings on guests that include InBox Virtual Assistants Founder Victoria Murray and Rachyl Kershaw of Greater Columbus Consulting to do just that. Listen on Apple Podcasts.