Weekly News Roundup: New Small Biz Director, COMBA Funding & More

On July 7, the Ohio Department of Development named Karen Shauri the director of The Small Business Development Centers of Ohio network. She previously served as the SBDC Interim Director and Assistant Division Director of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division at ODOD. [Read More]

On July 26, Columbus Business First reported that the Central Ohio Minority Business Association received a state grant from the Ohio Department of Development’s Minority Business Enterprise Division for $125,000 to assist in the development of minority-owned small businesses. [Read More]

The Ohio Capital Fund is hosting The Ohio Early Stage Summit VI at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Columbus September 27-28 (event info). Tech Columbus is encouraging local venture-ready startup companies to apply to present their businesses at the event to venture capitalists for funding. [Read More]

This Week News reported on Saturday that the Marysville Uptown Renewal Team will retain Manager Gretchen Friend. The URT was created in 2004 by the Union County Economic Development Partnership to revitalize the Uptown District through incentives for small businesses and developers. [Read More]

According to a recent article in Business First, 86 percentĀ of small businesses in Ohio will be eligible to receive tax credits to help pay for employee health coverage. [Read More]

Upcoming Events:

The Ohio SBDC is hosting a three-part event series called BizStartNow on August 3, 10, and 17 at the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center. The event will provide startup instruction, coaching and group activities for aspiring entrepreneurs. The event series is free, but limited to 15 business who must commit to all three sessions. [Read More]

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]

Jelly Columbus is hosting a casual coworking day at the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center on Aug. 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the commons space on the 4th Floor. [Read More]

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