News Roundup: Milestones for Cannuka & Versa, Best Places to Start a Biz, CCAD Workshops & more

Buckle up! There’s a lot happening the small business world in Columbus! Retail deals, coworking honors, award nominations, can’t miss events and more ahead!

Local Cannabis Beauty Brand Lands Luxury Retailer

Cannuka is now available at Neiman Marcus. Four of the Columbus-based beauty brand’s products are stocked at select stores across the country and online at

The luxury retailer began stocking CBD beauty products, which are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as a part of their Trending Beauty initiative.

“Cannabis beauty brands are becoming increasingly popular and CBD products are the next big thing in beauty,” says Kim D’Angelo, beauty buyer at Neiman Marcus.

Shoppers can select from Cannuka’s Cleansing Body Bar, Calming Eye Balm, Nourishing Body Cream and Skin Balm.

For more information, visit

Versa Columbus’ First LExC Member

With locations near Grandview and in the Arena District, Versa has been accepted into the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces. Versa is the first brand in Central Ohio and second member in the state to be accepted into LExC.

LExC is a global network of coworking spaces with common standards of excellence. Spaces are evaluated on criteria like member experience, design, accessibility and operating model.

Membership grants Versa’s members access to the full network of LExC spaces in over 40 cities worldwide.

“We’re proud of what’s happening in Columbus, and pleased to provide an experience that stands side by side with other coworking spaces in the world’s most celebrated gateway cities,” says Versa Co-Owner Kyle Katz.

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BBB Accepting Applications for Spark Awards

Nominations and entries are open for the BBB’s annual Spark Awards. The awards recognize millennial entrepreneurial organizations whose leaders demonstrate a higher level of character, generate a culture that is authentic to its mission, and connect with the community.

From a class of finalists, three businesses will be selected as the Spark Award Recipients. Businesses are selected based on three criteria: Character, Culture and Community.

Applications are open through Sunday, March 31. For more information on the awards criteria and to nominate a business, click here.

CCAD Launches Evening Workshops for Professionals

Columbus College of Art & Design’s Continuing & Professional Studies department will debut two new evening workshops for working professionals this spring.

“You don’t have to be an artist or designer to think like one,” says Christine Hill, Director of Continuing & Professional Studies at CCAD. “These workshops will teach working professionals how the creative process can influence their own work — learning to drive innovation and change.”

The first workshop, Disruptive Collaboration, is slated for March 18 and 25. Led by Tom Gattis, Dean of CCAD’s School of Design Arts, the workshop will cover topics like:

  • Understanding customers and their journey to decision making
  • Adding value to the customer experience
  • Working through futures projections

The second workshop, Creative Problem Solving for Corporate Leadership, will be held April 15 and 22. Led by Sapna Singh, head of CCAD’s Business & Entrepreneurship department, the workshop will explore ways to structure organizations that encourage innovation.

For more information or to register, click here.

Columbus One of Best Places in America to Start a Business

Columbus landed at #27 in Inc.’s 50 Best Places in America for Starting a Business list. The rankings were based on seven key indicators, including rate of entrepreneurship, net business creation, high-growth company density and more.

Looking at individual indicators, Columbus earned its highest positions – 13th – in Population Growth at 1.6 percent, and Early Stage Fundraising Deals at 1.2 per capita. Columbus’ lowest mark was Rate of Entrepreneurship at #44 at 4.4 percent.

Cincinnati and Cleveland also made the list at #42 and #48 respectively. The Top 5 cities include Austin, Salt Lake City, Raleigh, Nashville and San Fransisco.

For more information, click here.

Thrive Columbus Slated for February 26

Thrive Columbus will unite organizations that have missions that serve the needs of women, both personally and professionally, at its first-ever event on Tuesday, February 26.

The day-long event will be held a the Fawcett Center and feature four panel discussions covering:

  • Economics & Business
  • Leadership & Policy
  • Philanthropy & Engagement
  • Family & Health

Whether a woman wants to start a business or run for office, the goal is to create a landscape to make it easier for women to navigate the resources they need, when they seek them. Thrive Columbus has partnered with 18 local organizations serving and supporting women for the event.

Tickets are $89 and available at

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