Weekly News Roundup: Gahanna Wants Business, Recovering Retail & More

Gahanna Among Eight Cities that Want Your Business

CNNMoney.com on Tuesday released a list of eight communities across the United States that offer compelling incentives to would-be entrepreneurs and Gahanna made the cut.

The website claims the city’s local income tax break and Office and Industrial Rebate, as well as Ohio’s restructured tax code, are significant considerations for those looking to start a business.

“Gahanna is proud to receive this recognition,” says Brian Hoyt, the city’s spokesman.

“A lot of local businesses might tell you that this is simply sharing with others what they already know: we are a premier location for business development regionally, as well as nationally,” he adds. “We are thrilled that this story was an opportunity to promote Gahanna, Ohio on a national level.”

Hoyt credits the city’s diverse business community, high-quality facilities and competitively priced land, unparalleled accessibility, and supportive business development programs and services with making Gahanna ideal for startups and established companies.

In Other News…

TechLife Ohio is thankful for 11 things that help build an incredible tech/entrepreneur/creative community, including Platform Lab, the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center, and Wonderland. [Read More]

Small Business Saturday, an American Express social media marketing campaign urging consumers to support the businesses that are getting our economy going again, is a genuine cause, according to Entrepreneur.com. [Read More]

Small Business Saturday is intended to help “the little guys” take back part of a shopping weekend largely dominated by big box stores and national chains, according to Entrepreneur.com. [Read More]

Ohio’s jobless fell to single digits in September, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Central Ohio, that is partially the result of a slowly improving outlook for retailers. [Read More]

Ohio’s “new economy” rank has risen, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, but it still has a ways to go in becoming competitive. [Read More]

Columbus-based Bluemile Inc. provides a massive amount of computing power that allows companies to use digital services, such as telephone and Internet, without buying all the necessary equipment. [Read More]

Upcoming Events:

The village of New Albany and TechColumbus are hosting an after hours networking mixer at Landon’s Corners for current and future entrepreneurs, government officials, community leaders, and resource providers. [Read More]

The Economic and Community Development Institute this month is hosting small business development training courses on several topics, including micro-enterprise development and social media. [Read More]

The Central Ohio Minority Business Association is hosting a course, titled “Business Basics,” where attendees will learn about legal business structures, tax issues, recordkeeping, and marketing. [Read More]

Photo by Adam Slane.