Weekly News Roundup: Huntington Fifth Largest Small Biz Lender & More

Columbus’s office market has experienced its seventh straight quarter of increased vacancies. For the July-to-September period, the vacancy rate in Columbus rose to 18.1 percent, up from 16.3 percent during the same quarter in 2009, according to data released by Columbus-based commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley. [Read More]

ONN-TV host Mike Kallmeyer recently discussed trends in small business with  Sharon Alvarez, associate professor of management and human resources at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. [Read More]

Columbus Business First has launched a comprehensive redesign of its website in an effort to give readers improved technical performance and a better way to get the paper’s news. [Read More]

The Census Bureau recently trumpeted news about growth in black and women-owned businesses. However, a closer look at the data offers less thrilling conclusions. [Read More]

In November, dynamit principal Nick Seguin will join the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to work on a number of global initiatives, including fringe entrepreneurial activity, entrepreneurship in higher education, and Kauffman Labs. [Read More]

Huntington is the fifth-largest small business lender in the country in number of loans, up two spots from 2009, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. [Read More]

Democrat Maryellen O’Shaughnessy claims that, if elected, she will designate a person in the secretary of state’s office to help new and existing small businesses. The new liaison would help business owners answer questions about starting a company and work through potential issues. [Read More]

The Ohio State University President Gordon Gee recently expressed his desire to see the state’s public schools partner with private businesses to move research discoveries into the marketplace, and the concept is gaining momentum. [Read More]

One of Pearl Market’s summer market vendors, New Orleans Pralines (video below), is moving inside the business incubator. [Read More]

Upcoming Events:

TEDxColumbus: What’s Next, which aims to highlight the talents, inspirations, and innovations of those in Columbus who are thinking about the future and how to move forward, will take place tomorrow. [Read More]

Eric Ralph, creator of YourMilton.com, is the featured guest at the Fisher Entrepreneurship Association Speaker Series event on Oct. 25. [Read More]