Since 1876, Columbus has been home to a farmers market. The North Market opened 137 years ago and has provided a space for local farmers to sell their goods ever since. Now, Columbus boasts close to 40 farmers markets...
It's generally harder to run an independent cinema today than in years past. Small theaters offer moviegoers a homegrown entertainment venue, but steep competition from corporate chain theaters threatens their prominence. Additionally, technological advances in the film industry often make...
The holiday shopping season has begun. While Black Friday used to be the main event, days like Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are targeting those after a non wait-in-line-at-4:00 a.m. shopping experience. Tomorrow marks the fourth annual Small Business...
If there is one word to describe the retail market downtown, it's untapped. With $350 million in annual retail spending potential, "We’re the largest untapped retail market in the region," says Marc Conte, deputy director of research, planning and facilities...
As the days wind down to a year many of us are happy to say goodbye to, we're taking a look back at the trends and topics that occupied the small business and entrepreneurial community in Central Ohio. Two major...
The final week of 2011 has arrived, giving us a moment to reflect on the year that was. As far as the local small business community is concerned, 2011 has been very exciting. Numerous companies have launched or expanded, new...
Obviously, the ability to purchase food from streetside vendors is not new. However, it’s probably fair to say that Columbus has never had as many diverse mobile food operations as it does right now. From international cuisine to American barbecue...
The food truck scene has exploded in Columbus over the last couple years, and now it seems yet another mobile food trend −the food pod− is piggybacking on the trucks' success. What constitutes a food pod isn't crystal clear at the moment,...

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