William Wrigley, Jr. was a soap and baking powder salesman. In the 1890s he decided to offer free chewing gum with his purchases. He quickly realized that the gum was more popular than his actual product. Wrigley went on...
It was around 7 p.m. on a Thursday evening. I was mired in phone calls that needed to be returned, emails that still needed to be written, a meeting agenda that needed developed, and I felt like I was...
You know the saying – “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Building a strong network is vital to your success. And, I’d like to note that a strong network of 800 friends on Facebook doesn’t count...
I received a call the other day, as I often do, from an entrepreneur who wanted to know everything there was to know about starting a business. I began by asking the caller: • What kind of business are you...
The retail industry is in a state of transformation. Thousands of store locations are closing as consumers migrate from brick-and-mortar shopping to e-commerce. What are the next steps for retailers and the businesses that support them? Panic? Close up shop? Put...
We’re fortunate in Columbus to have signs of progress all around us: our region is home to the largest public university campus in the nation by enrollment; we’re one of the fastest-growing areas in the state, adding more than...
TRANSFORM, the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate the continued success of Central Ohio’s business community and honor the leaders who are shaping its future. Nearly 1,500 of the area’s companies and thought leaders will...
Last week Columbus Startup Week provided attendees an excellent opportunity to “fill up” on a number of opportunities designed to assist businesses. From workshops on marketing and how to use analytics to manage business growth, to one of my...

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