Weekly News Roundup: Ohio Capital Fund, Small Biz Forum & More

Efforts to attract funding from private investors for young, promising Ohio companies are examined by Ohio News Network’s Ohio Means Business program airing Mondays at 12:30 a.m. [Read More]

On Aug. 8, The Columbus Dispatch reported that the Ohio Capital Fund issues taxpayer-backed bonds to raise private money to invest in other venture-capital funds, in Ohio and elsewhere. To date, the Ohio Capital Fund has committed money to 22 venture-capital funds, which have invested more than $250 million in 45 companies that employ more than 1,600 people in the state. [Read More]

Business owners in downtown Columbus can apply for facade improvement grants from the city, while the Economic and Community Development Institute can provide loans for equipment, supplies, or inventory. [Read More]

The local food cart micro-business trend continues to grow. On Aug. 9, Columbus Underground featured an interview with the owner of Foodie Cart, which serves Japanese-style crepes to diners in various locations throughout the city. [Read More]

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Council are seeking entrepreneurial experts and thought leaders to share their ideas and knowledge at the 2010 Small Business Forum & Leader Awards scheduled for Nov. 9. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 20. [Read More]

Upcoming Events:

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

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