Weekly News Roundup: Lessner on Countdown, ECDI Legal Tips & More

Economic and Community Development Institute President and General Counsel Steve Fireman has launched a column, titled Legalese,in which he will regularly weigh in on legal matters pertinent to entrepreneurs, give advice, and provide resources. [Read More]

Columbus has the 20th-lowest combined county, city and state sales tax rate among 107 metropolitan areas with populations of 200,000 or more, according to the Tax Foundation. Further, the area’s combined 6.75 percent rate is fourth lowest among the nation’s 25 largest cities. [Read More]

Columbus Business First reports that immigrant businesses have prevented widespread vacancies in the Morse Road commercial corridor since Northland Mall closed in 2002. [Read More]

The Columbus Dispatch reports that despite the recession, several local independent are not only surviving but doing well enough to expand. [Read More]

Huntington Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to small business lending in the Midwest by hiring 153 business bankers since the beginning of the year. [Read More]

Local restauranteur Elizabeth Lessner discusses whether the GOP can run the economy better than the Democrats Wednesday on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown program. [Watch Here]

Upcoming Events:

The King Arts Complex is hosting “Entrepreneur Empowerment,” with special guest Dr. Farrah Gray on Aug. 31. The event also includes a networking reception. [Read More]

The village of New Albany and TechColumbus are hosting an after hours networking mixer at Landon’s Corners in New Albany on Sept. 16.  The free event is open to current and future entrepreneurs, government officials, community leaders, and resource providers. [Read More]

The Ohio Treasurer’s Office, the Small Business Administration, the Ohio Governor’s Office, and the Department of Development are hosting a free conference, titled “Women and Money: Business Edition,” to help owners who have been in business for at least three years. The conference will be held Sept. 21. [Read More]

The Dublin Entrepreneurial Center is hosting an interactive workshop, titled “Building Small Business Value through Sustainability,” where attendees will learn how existing small businesses are leveraging sustainability to drive innovation and create lasting value. The workshop will be held Sept. 27. [Read More]