2018 Year in Review: July – December

We’re ringing in the New Year by taking a look back at some of the biggest stories and most interesting headlines from 2018! Catch up on small business news from the last half of the year below.

July 2018

Fast-growing Cincinnati startup UpShift expanded to Columbus, bringing a win-win: employees take shifts they want, employers save a massive HR headache. Central Ohio’s hot sauce king John Hard sold his 22-year-old CaJohns Fiery Foods, but it didn’t mean the end the heat in Central Ohio. Barnes & Thornburg provided valuable legal insights on addressing sexual harassment as an employer, encouraging employers to think creatively to find out about harassment they might not know about, and go beyond the basics when it comes to harassment training.

August 2018

It’s a showcase of local talent at Compton Construction’s creative office space at the adaptive reuse East Public development on Parsons Avenue. The pitch day for social enterprise accelerator SEA Change highlighted the diverse range of ways Columbus entrepreneurs are incorporating social impact into their business models. The Columbus Chamber’s cbuzz podcast educated business owners on legal pitfalls to avoid, from formation follies to contract woes. Want a good relationship with your lawyer? Avoid these eight mistakes. Purpose-built Serendipity Labs opened its second Columbus location in Short North.

September 2018

Photographers found a way to make their camera equipment work for them with the launch of rental service ShareGrid. Rambling House Cocktails was one of the first Central Ohio businesses to explore regulation crowdfunding with a still-active campaign to raise at least $100,000 to go towards marketing and additional product development. The Metropreneur hosted its fourth annual Aspire event anchored by the Social Enterprise of the Year Awards which honored winners in three categories including Downsize with a Heart, EmpowerBus and Ruling Our Experiences (ROX). Coworking continued to make headlines with Industrious announcing a second location in Short North and the Wave Innovation Center bringing an affordable community space to Italian Village.

October 2018

UpShift expanded its presence in Columbus with a new office on the East Side to tap into more of the local talent pool. SocialVentures learned more about South Side social enterprise Bikes For All People which has been providing affordable, reliable and predictable services and support to bicyclists¬†since 2014. Another non-profit launched its social enterprise, with Rebuilding Together Central Ohio introducing home maintenance service Mod Squad. New coworking company Versa opened its second location of the year in the Arena District, while Cova also lined up its second spot in Franklinton’s Gravity development.

November 2018

Founder-focused pre-seed accelerator Founder Institute accepted applications for its fist Columbus cohort, creating a new resource for the area’s entrepreneurs. Local tech business Immersive is out to disrupt with its services in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Settle or Fight? Barnes & Thornburg outlined the six questions you should ask yourself. ECDI followed the journey of food truck turned brick and mortar Barroluco. SocialVentures highlighted Community Shares of Mid Ohio’s social enterprise In(form)ed and its solution to help non-profits with compliance filings.

December 2018

LOUD Capital capped off a year a growth with strategic new hires that will further expand their lines of business in 2019. You can stop wondering where to go and what to do with user-generate list app Shuffle. Is your business ready for medical marijuana? Barnes & Thornburg outlined the law as it applies to employers. The Eleanor brought a niche coworking space to Short North with its focus on women.

CLICK HERE to read part one: 2018 Year in Review: January – June