Weekly News Roundup: Help for At-Risk Companies, Ohio’s Top Biz Lender & More

The Columbus Chamber Gets Funding to Help Troubled Companies

The Columbus Chamber is among 11 organizations that will receive funding to help them assist companies at risk of closure or layoffs.

The chamber’s grant, totaling $249,804, is made possible by the Ohio Department of Development’s Early Warning Network, which facilitates partnerships among state and local workforce and economic development partners, identifies possible resources, and implements strategic solutions for troubled companies.

“This grant supports the work of the Columbus Chamber to retain and expand local businesses,” says Jack Partridge, chairman of the Columbus Chamber Board of Directors and president of Columbia Gas of Ohio.

Further, the grant aligns with the Columbus2020! regional economic growth initiative, which calls for the chamber to focus its efforts on the retention and expansion of businesses in the Columbus region.

In Other News…

The Small Business Administration’s Cleveland district office ranked Huntington National Bank first in Ohio for the number of loans issued (365), total dollars lent ($59 million), and money lent to minority businesses ($8 million) during the the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. [Read More]

Small businesses were responsible for 58 percent of private sector hiring in November, according to a recent report  from payroll processor Automatic Data Processing. [Read More]

Venture Highway blogger Chief Gadd shares what he learned during the process of naming his business. [Read More]

Upcoming Events:

TechColumbus is hosting a new member mixer on Dec. 9. Attendees will learn about the opportunities available to them and how to expand their network within the community. [Read More]

Barry Chandler, of TheBarBlogger.com, is hosting a social media workshop for bars and restaurant owners on Dec. 13. Attendees will learn which social media sites to use and which to avoid, what content to post to engage customers, and how to grow their customer base using social networks. [Read More]

sparkspace is hosting a course, titled “Get A Grip On Your Business,” on Dec. 13. Attendees will learn how entrepreneurial leadership teams can work to clarify, simplify, and achieve their vision. [Read More]

TechColumbus is hosting a social media campaign building seminar on Dec. 14. Attendees will learn how to represent their brands across various social media platforms. [Read More]

The Columbus Metropolitan Library is hosting a monthly class where attendees will learn about print and reference resources that can be helpful when growing or starting a business. This month’s class will be held Dec. 14. [Read More]

The village of New Albany and TechColumbus are hosting an after hours networking mixer on Dec. 14. The event is for current and future entrepreneurs, government officials, community leaders, and resource providers. [Read More]

Call for Questions:

The Metropreneur will be interviewing Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer for Columbus2020!, a public-private partnership helping to lead the region’s economic development efforts. Do you have questions for him? Post them in the comments section below.