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The official podcast of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce

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Informative and engaging interviews

By d614 - Jun 14 2016
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Great guests and in-depth info on local business owners in Columbus.

Super interesting stories!

By SharonSpacey - Jan 27 2016
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It's so interesting hearing all the different stories about businesses started in Columbus!

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
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Informative and engaging interviews

By d614 - Jun 14 2016
Read more
Great guests and in-depth info on local business owners in Columbus.

Super interesting stories!

By SharonSpacey - Jan 27 2016
Read more
It's so interesting hearing all the different stories about businesses started in Columbus!
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cbuzz

Latest release on Feb 13, 2020

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The official podcast of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Rank #1: cbuzz Episode 32: Bruce Caldwell, 3Bar Biologics

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Bruce Caldwell has a background in chemical engineering and a long career working for large corporations like Proctor & Gamble and Scott’s Miracle-Gro, which is where he first fell in love with agriculture. But Bruce’s drive to create a bigger individual impact led him into his current status as an entrepreneur and founder of 3Bar Biologics.

“3Bar Biologics was founded with the goal of helping farmers to increase the yield in their crops while reducing their dependence on synthetic fertilizer and pesticide,” Bruce shared with Dan on the latest episode of cbuzz.

This concept of “probiotics for plants” is disrupting the agriculture industry on a national scale and 3Bar Biologics’ recent partnership with The Ohio State University is allowing Bruce and his team to quickly expand beyond Central Ohio.

Bruce is onto his third lab space at Rev1 Ventures since launching 3Bar Biologics’ first product Bio-YIELD in 2014. “The diversity of different people [at Rev1] all working hard to impact the world, it’s just a thrilling place to be,” said Bruce. “If I was trying to do this out of my garage, I don’t think I’d be doing it anymore.”

“When it was just me starting out, the swings between the good stuff going on and the bad stuff going on can be very large and fluctuate very quickly,” Bruce said when asked about the complexities behind starting his own venture. “In a way it’s exhilarating, it’s a lot of fun, but it can also be kind of scary.”

To close out his conversation with Dan, Bruce answered our infamous ‘why Columbus?’ question: “Columbus is a pretty easy city to navigate. You can get a meeting with anyone. It is one of the advantages we have here.”

Speaking to Columbus’ smart and open business environment, we couldn’t agree more with Bruce’s answer.

Learn more about what’s next for 3Bar Biologics and innovation in the agriculture industry by listening to our latest cbuzz episode now available on iTunes and Columbus.org.

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Aug 31 2016

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Rank #2: cbuzz Episode 35: Zach Weprin, FUSIAN

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A little over six years ago, Zach Weprin, alongside brother Josh Weprin and childhood friend Stephan Harmon, decided to change the sushi culture in Ohio. With zero restaurant experience and a finance degree from The Ohio State University, Weprin focused on a niche of the food industry that has seen immense growth in recent years: the fast casual restaurant segment.

With that model in mind, Weprin and his co-founders developed the idea for FUSIAN, an innovative sushi joint where the customer’s experience matters just as much as the food on the menu.

“We opened our first restaurant and that was more or less our test kitchen,” said Weprin. “We learned how to run the business by being in operation and actually doing business.”

Today, there are 10 FUSIAN locations across Ohio: four in Columbus, four in Cincinnati and two in Dayton. The brand shows little signs of slowing down any time soon with new locations pending in other parts of Ohio and a new FUSIAN location set to open in Toledo this year.

While there has been no shortage of success for FUSIAN, the concept took awhile to take off among the general public. Its fanfare now is undeniable as Weprin watches the number of customers continue to grow.

“We had this vision of this brand and this experience we wanted to create,” said Weprin. “Slowly and organically that pendulum has changed where people see it now and they understand what we are doing.”

Along with wanting to sell great sushi, the FUSIAN founders want to be able to educate the market and distill the concept that sushi must be an intricate and expensive cuisine.

Part of generating the development of FUSIAN as a brand is its dedication to community as seen in its ‘Sushi in Schools’ experience, which is an active way to encourage young adults to learn more about sushi. The program is currently offered in 45 different high school cafeterias.

With new locations around the corner, FUSIAN’s focus will remain on its values, culture and involvement in the community. Its four Columbus locations are located in Grandview, Clintonville, Easton and The Ohio State University. For more information, visit FUSIAN’s website.

Looking for tips and tricks to start your own business? Visit the Chamber website and sign up for one of our Leadership for Small Business events here.

FUSIAN COLLABORATION
In coordination with FUSIAN’s goal to stay connected in local communities, they have recently collaborated with Alchemy Juice Bar + Café and Local Matters to support healthy Columbus communities. Through February 28 at all four Columbus locations, sushi lovers can indulge in the new Alchemy Superfood Roll with $1 of all proceeds supporting Local Matters and their healthful food education program at Moler Elementary. More information available here.

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Jan 09 2017

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Rank #3: cbuzz Episode 29: Barry Chandler, Storyforge

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Originally from Ireland, Storyforge Founder Barry Chandler came to the United States, as most entrepreneurs do, because of a girl. However, startup success pulled him to the West Coast for a few years. Once he completed the sale of his company, he knew he wanted to return to Columbus to start his next venture.

“An Irish guy in the beach in San Diego doesn’t do very well,” joked Barry with guest host Mary Yost from Columbus CEO Magazine, “I’ve never felt more at home than when I’d been in Columbus.”

After doing a bit of consulting, Barry aligned with co-founder Haley Boehning to create Storyforge. In our latest cbuzz podcast recording, he explains how his agency helps companies identify and their mission and purpose.

Barry explains to Mary how purpose not only drives profit, but how it helps lend itself to a positive and engaged company culture, how it integrates into community, and overall makes a positive contribution to the economic climate.

But like most passionate leaders in the community, it isn’t just all business. It’s about giving back too. Even though he’s a passionate Columbus resident, Barry still lends his insight and guidance to a unique mentorship program though the Irish International Business Network. “I’m a big fan of mentoring, I love working with individuals who need help.”

This latest installment of cbuzz is full of insight on how to create a purpose-driven business from one of the thought leaders in the community. You’ll want to tune in just for the Irish accent alone.

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Jul 08 2016

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Rank #4: Episode 53: Dr. Peter Edwards, Columbus Crew: Building the next chapter

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January 2019 was a monumental moment for the Columbus Crew Soccer Club.

At the beginning of this year, a more than two-year-long effort to save the Crew from being moved to Austin, Texas proved successful.

The tipping point for the Crew’s security in Columbus? Its new ownership by Jimmy and Dee Haslam – who own the Cleveland Browns – and the family of Dr. Peter Edwards.

“This team was a part of the fabric of our city,” said Dr. Edwards about his reasoning to invest in the Crew. “The support [of the community partners] was integral in getting us the power to feel like we could do something people would care about.”

With a new stadium at the western end of the Arena District in the works, Dr. Edwards, whose ownership of the Crew is predated by his nearly twenty years of experience as the team’s physician, has a lot to look forward to as the teams new co-owner.

Tune in for a rich conversation with Dr. Edwards as he shares why his experience with the team is more personal than you might have thought, what’s to come for the Crew in the future including details on the new stadium, and the most important question of all: just how many Columbus Crew rally scarves does he own?

The conversation is sure to excite the Columbus community for what’s to come for Columbus’ professional soccer team.

The Columbus Crew is in season now. To purchase tickets for an upcoming game, visit columbuscrewsc.com

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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May 09 2019

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Rank #5: Episode 52: Catherine Lang-Cline, Portfolio Creative: The magic of establishing creative connections

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Before Catherine Lang-Cline co-created Portfolio Creative, she spent more than twenty years in the creative industry working as a graphic designer.

It was in her experience as a freelancer that prompted her leap into entrepreneurship, and her time spent in the workforce gave her a unique insight when it came to developing a business model for Portfolio Creative, a staffing firm that works to solve creative workforce challenges in areas like marketing, design and digital.

“It was really about finding peers…and tapping into their knowledge and experience,” said Catherine when asked about her approach to becoming a business owner.

Tune in as Catherine walks us through her journey on the latest episode of cbuzzcovering topics like business development, community growth and the most effective ways to identify potential employees who will advance the bottom line of your organization.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Apr 11 2019

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Rank #6: Episode 55: Lori Kaiser, Kaiser Consulting: Developing momentum as an entrepreneur

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Lori Kaiser left her job in public accounting without a clear path for what was ahead in her career.

Now, nearly three decades later, Lori is the founder of an award-winning accounting and business consulting firm that has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by Columbus Business First multiple times.

It wasn’t until Lori started interviewing to re-enter the workforce that she realized the standard office model wasn’t suitable for her success.

“Back then, I thought a big career meant working for someone else,” said Lori.

It was that epiphany that sparked the concept for what is now Kaiser Consulting.

Lori hired her first employee back in 2004 and has since grown her business to employ over 70 people. What’s her secret for growth as an entrepreneur? Focusing on being manager-centric rather than owner-centric.

Kaiser Consulting allows its employees to dictate their work schedules. Each year, they project out their 52 weeks and decide what works best for their optimal work outflow.

“Employees tell us when they want to work and we then manage the work, around their availability,” said Lori.

Lori’s success as an entrepreneur is backed by her impressive number of professional and personal accolades. She was recognized as the Columbus Chamber’s 2019 Small Business Leader Award recipient, a Woman You Should Know by WELD and Olentangy Entrepreneur of the Year.

Tune in to the latest episode of cbuzz as Lori shares the secret to handling growth as a business owner, how to best build momentum and the key to creating a successful culture in the workplace.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

Come out and celebrate with the Columbus Podcast Awards August 25, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at the Gateway film Center ! The awards show will highlight and celebrate some of your favorite Podcasts in Columbus Ohio. This will be a family friendly, free event so come out and support ! You can register for free tickets to the awards show at www.columbuspodcastawards.com

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Jul 11 2019

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Rank #7: Episode 54: Doug Joseph, Serif Creative: The power of storytelling

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Filmmaking is all about telling a story, and knowing the best way to connect with your audience is key when it comes to being a successful storyteller.

In the latest episode of cbuzz, Doug Joseph takes us through his not-so-typical career of developing indie films, traveling around the globe to take on various filmmaking roles and a leap into the world of entrepreneurship.

Founder and CEO of Serif Creative, a creative agency that works with clients like Genesis Healthcare, Quicken Loans and Abbott, Joseph learned the art of telling stories while growing up in his grandmother’s biker bar, an experience that led him to the realization that community is at the root of storytelling.

“Community is one of the world’s most valuable resources…if you don’t have somebody’s attention, you cannot build trust,” said Joseph.

Jospeh sits down with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt to discuss how his creative and entrepreneurial skill sets have joined together on this week’s episode of cbuzz.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Jun 13 2019

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Rank #8: Episode 49: Women in Retail featuring Thirty-One Gifts, Fox in the Snow & Singleton Construction

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For this month’s episode, cbuzz is revisiting a panel discussion from its 2018 Retail Summit. 

The Columbus Chamber’s Women in Retail panel at its 2018 Retail Summit brought together three successful, dynamic retail leaders: Cindy Monroe, CEO and founder of Thirty-One Gifts; Lauren Culley, owner and founder of Fox in the Snow; and Denise Doczy-Delong, president and CEO of Singleton Construction.

Cindy, Lauren and Denise sit down with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt to talk strategy, being a woman in the retail industry and why they chose Columbus as ‘home’ for each of their companies. Enjoy!

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Jan 11 2019

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Rank #9: Episode 47: First Lady Shannon Ginther & Michelle Brown, CoverMyMeds: Taking a seat at the table

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One in four women in Central Ohio are economically insecure, and women in Columbus make 78 cents for every dollar made by a man, a stat that is even more staggering for women of color.

First Lady Shannon Ginther, Chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission and Senior Director of Community Health Partnerships at OhioHealth, recognized an opportunity to elevate the economic well-being of women in the community.

The Columbus Women’s Commission was first announced in 2016, and following that announcement, Ginther took a year to go on a ‘listening tour’. The conversations she had over the course of that year led to the development of four foundational pillars for the Commission: gender equity, safe and affordable housing, health and nutrition, and workforce and childcare.

“This community is ready to have this conversation,” said Ginther, when asked why now seemed like the right time to jumpstart the initiative.

Since its inception, the Columbus Women’s Commission has fostered the involvement and support of the business community through its Columbus Commitment.

The Columbus Commitment is a “voluntary, employer-led initiative to close the gender wage gap in Columbus”. To date, over 175 businesses in Central Ohio have signed the pledge since November 2, 2017, a number that exceeds the organization’s annual goal thanks to the support of companies like CoverMyMeds.

And Michelle Brown, COO of CoverMyMeds, is the perfect example of how businesses are becoming involved with the Columbus Women’s Commission, particularly through the pay equity pledge.

The leadership team at CoverMyMeds recently attended a gender equity summit, which sparked excitement to bolster the support of gender equity in the workplace and in the community.

“We want diversity of thought. We want new ideas to be able to come to the table,” said Brown. “This conversation around pay equity is a natural conversation that we have been able to weave in. We feel really passionate about making sure that this is something we take a leadership role in Columbus.”

Businesses who are interested in signing the pay equity pledge can learn more here. And to learn how your business can further support gender equity in Columbus, be sure to tune in to this episode.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Nov 16 2018

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Rank #10: Episode 48: CEO Insights featuring Dr. Michael V. Drake, The Ohio State University

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For this month’s episode, cbuzz is revisiting a CEO Insights conversation with Dr. Michael V. Drake, the 15th president of The Ohio State University. 

Dr. Michael V. Drake is the 15th president of The Ohio State University. His focus is on strengthening Ohio State’s position as a national flagship public research university through excellence in five strategic areas: teaching and learning; access, affordability and excellence; research and creative expression; academic health care; and operational excellence and resource stewardship.

During his tenure, the university has seen record highs in applications, graduation rates, academic excellence, diversity and donor support. Additionally, it has received national recognition for its commitment to teaching and learning as well as excellence in patient safety and clinical outcomes at the university’s Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Drake has been a leader in higher education for nearly four decades, serving as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, for nine years prior to Ohio State.

Don DePerro, Columbus Chamber president and CEO, sits down with Dr. Drake to discuss community, partnerships and the continued success of The Ohio State University.

View photos from the conversation here and consider joining us for a future CEO Insights event by visiting the Chamber’s website.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Dec 13 2018

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Rank #11: Episode 51: Ryan Chenault & Brian Ciccone, Ohio Machine: Building a home for Major League Lacrosse in Columbus

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Major League Lacrosse is taking Columbus by storm.

In a city where sports are king – think the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Clippers, Columbus Crew and the Ohio State Buckeyes – Ohio Machine is busy making a name for themselves.

U.S. Lacrosse Magazine named Ohio a hotbed for the sport in 2017 – the same year the Ohio Machine took home its franchise’s first MLL Championship. So how is the Machine, Columbus’ very own Major League Lacrosse team, working to establish their expansion and development in Central Ohio?

Ryan Chenault, President of the Ohio Machine, and Brian Ciccone, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, sit down with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt to talk cultivating a brand, fostering the opening of a brand new stadium and building a loyal following.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Mar 14 2019

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Rank #12: cbuzz Episode 08: Alex Frommeyer, Beam Dental

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Alex Frommeyer, preferably known as Fro, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Beam Dental— a tech startup company set out to revolutionize dental care.

Beam Dental is a two and a half year old startup originally based out of Louisville, Kentucky, with proud, current roots set in Columbus’ Short North Arts District. Beam Dental is Fro’s, second company, and since launching his current business endeavor in 2014, has been backed by Central Ohio venture capital, Drive Capital, and has received national coverage for his success in innovating the dental industry.

“We’ve been really fascinated by these sleepy old industries that have really never seen technology in the most modern sense of the word and how it can better create a business and a business model,” Fro shared with Dan Swartout on cbuzz. “You can see the future of what your industry might look like before you are beginning.”

Since an early age, Fro has been fascinated by the process of building things. He has fond memories building treehouses in his backyard and sitting in his father’s office watching him program in his Northern Kentucky home where Fro grew up.

“For me, it was never even about building the thing. It was about the process. I was just in love with ‘okay, how do I take this blank tree and turn it into something fun and interesting. Something I can play in or whatever?’ So that is still how I approach stuff today,” Fro explained.

One side of Beam Dental does involve a bit of building— the Beam brush, a bluetooth connected, sonic power toothbrush that comes in three colors (pink, chartreuse and blue) is linked to an app that rewards you as you brush your teeth more consistently— bringing the insurance side of their business model full circle. “The connected toothbrush has been an awesome product because it is so provocative,” Fro says. “And the more you brush your teeth, the less you pay for insurance.”

Fro explains on cbuzz that Beam Dental is much more than just an interactive toothbrush, it is one component that contributes to their team’s unique approach to the dental industry.

“During the whole era leading up to the Affordable Care Act, there was a ton of talk about access to health insurance,” Alex shares. “People are always trying to throw around these badly impressive numbers, which is true, about how many people don’t have access to health insurance. Around the time, the figure was around 40 million. That number is closer to 15 million today because of the AFA’s success.”

Developing their business on the cusp of the AFA movement, Fro and his team worked to better understand dental disease risk— key research in Beam Dental’s success. With the health oriented data collection market like fit-bit on the rise, Fro and his partners devised a way of using a toothbrush to figure out the risk for individual customers for dental disease while making the process fun for the customer.

It truly is a revolutionary concept, and Fro’s team show no signs of slowing down. Find out what’s next for Fro and Beam Dental on cbuzz, dropping this Sunday on iTunes and columbus.org.

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Sep 25 2015

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Rank #13: cbuzz Episode 33: Jennifer Kuntz, Greenleaf Job Training Services, Inc.

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Jennifer Kuntz had a vision to help those with differing capabilities find success in their every day lives, particularly in the workforce.

That vision evolved into what is now Greenleaf Job Training Services, Inc., which Kuntz started in 1995 from her kitchen table.

At the time, Kuntz was working in her local school district as a mentor to students with special needs in a job placement program. She noticed a niche where she could create an organization that would assist students full time and provide potential long-term support for both employees and employers.



“I remember feeling like I was jumping off a cliff when I first started,” said Kuntz on starting the venture. “There was some kind of confidence in me that said I could do it.”

Greenleaf’s clients include: “veterans, individuals with learning disabilities, those who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries, people with visual and hearing impairments and others who face significant barriers to employment.”

The company works with each individual to determine their skill set, level of independence, as well as their interests and goals. From there, Greenleaf connects their clients with jobs that will help them make a living and most importantly, engage in society.

Starting a business from the ground up wasn’t easy for Kuntz. However, hard work and determine run in the family. Both Kuntz’s grandfather and father started their own businesses, and she accredits her father to being a great mentor during her early entrepreneurial days.

“I called him my one and only board member,” said Kuntz. “He was the one who I talked to a lot.”

He encouraged her to reach out to those who already understood the assets she was looking for, such as legal and finance, and ask for help.

On top of Kuntz’s vision and hard work, the support of family, friends and the community has propelled Greenleaf into further success. Success for Greenleaf means success for the greater Central Ohio community, as well.

“Every community is stronger and richer when more individuals within that community are feeling stronger and more self sufficient,” said Kuntz. “The community benefits just as much as the individual.”

For more information on Greenleaf and its services, visit their website.

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Nov 15 2016

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Rank #14: cbuzz Episode 31: Ryan Frederick, AWH

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When Ryan Frederick asked his parents what career path he should follow, they had a very simple answer:

“Get into computers.”

And that’s exactly what Ryan did. Despite less than superb report cards throughout his high school years, Ryan made it to Columbus, Ohio from Upstate New York to attend DeVry University. Soon, he was able to land his first job at a leading tech company, and eventually moved on to become a successful serial entrepreneur.

One of his career ventures, AWH, is a 21-year-old software development firm that has been established in the Central Ohio community as a leader in its field. Ryan tells cbuzz host, Dan Swartwout, that he enjoys the fact that the business of AWH is all about solving people’s problems. This principle certainly carries throughout Frederick’s life as well. Not only is he a serial entrepreneur, but also serially involved in different organizations.

“I wake up in cold sweats like, ‘God, I should stop doing something!’” Ryan jokingly says to Dan as they dive into his ventures: Director for Startup Grind Columbus, Advisor at Rev1Ventures, Co-founder of < BLK HACK >, Advocate for i.c. stars |* to name a few.

The common theme among his many community involvements is helping entrepreneurs along the daring path of starting a business. Ryan’s passion for solving people’s problems, sharing his knowledge and expertise in order to “provide value to others, and the community at large,” along with his exceedingly good humor and wit shines through in this episode of cbuzz. Tune into this latest podcast to hear more about Ryan Frederick and his amazing story of entrepreneurship.

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Aug 11 2016

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Rank #15: cbuzz Episode 30: J.J Rodeheffer, Zipline Logistics

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When J.J. Rodeheffer entered college, he never thought he would end up in the logistics field.

“It’s funny; I didn’t take a logistics course at Miami,” Rodeheffer jokingly says to cbuzz host Dan Swartwout. “I knew I wanted to be in sales. I was always under the impression that if I was in sales, I would get to do a lot of business on the golf course.”

Little did Rodeheffer know that he would one day be the co-founder, partner, and director of sales at Zipline Logistics— a successful and highly esteemed logistics company in Central Ohio.

After moving to Chicago in the name of love, he found his calling at CH Robinson—one of the largest third party logistics companies in the nation. For six years, Rodeheffer learned the craft of sales and logistics at CH Robinson. Then, almost 9 years ago, he took a leap of faith and packed up a U-Haul and a few of his buddies, and left Chicago for Columbus to start his own business. And what a successful leap it was.

For J.J., it seems that the people are what really make a business great. From the wonderful people that he hires to work at Zipline, to the customers that he talks about with such excitement and fervor; Rodeheffer lives by the Golden Rule that people and customers always come first.

J.J Rodeheffer has a charisma and excitement for his business and a certain passion for people that makes this cbuzz installment more than worth a listen.

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Jul 26 2016

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Rank #16: Episode 50: Keith Stevens, PSI: Recognizing Opportunity

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“I had this epiphany. I saw a phone booth next to a bus bench and it hit me that that could be my office – all I needed was a phone and a place to sit and conduct business.”

Keith Stevens started his company – PSI – in 1992 with a phone and legal pad. Now the founder of a successful IT consulting company, Stevens walks cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt through his journey as an entrepreneur, successful business owner and leader in the Columbus community.

Learn more about Stevens, the Columbus Chamber’s new Chair of its Board of Directors, in the latest episode of cbuzz.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Feb 14 2019

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Rank #17: cbuzz Episode 07: Olivera Bratich, Wholly Craft

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When St. Louis native Olivera Bratich came to Columbus for grad school more than ten years ago, she never expected to stay in the city. Looking to serve two years, get her degree, and move elsewhere, Olivera’s plans would change when she decided to remain in Ohio’s capital city, launching her business Wholly Craft a year after graduating in 2005.

Wholly Craft, a gift shop in Clintonville that works with more than 300 artists from Ohio and around the country, has been on a constant rise of success under Olivera’s watch.

“When we first started, we were in a tiny storefront, like 300-square feet,” Olivera shared on cbuzz. “We’ve moved up a couple times and now we are really happy with where we’re at.”

Working with majority of its artists through consignment, Wholly Craft’s now large Clintonville storefront is a hub for unique crafts. With 10 years under her belt, Olivera is forever thankful for remaining in Columbus to start her business.

“I felt like Columbus was a place where you could actually make things happen,” she said.

At the time when Wholly Craft started, the Columbus region was void of her current thriving business model. Olivera noted on cbuzz that there were dozens of craft and art fairs in Columbus, but no storefront where those unique works of art could be put on display and sold.

“It was the perfect timing for what we did,” Olivera said of Wholly Craft’s beginnings and the artisan boom that would ensue across the U.S.

Expanding to a larger storefront after a year and a half of being in business, Olivera, who worked various side jobs for the first five years of Wholly Craft’s existence, admitted that she threw caution to the wind as a young entrepreneur during the early years.

Her fearlessness and go-getter attitude has paid dividends for Wholly Craft, as the Clintonville company now not only sells crafts, but hosts art and business classes, events and Pinterest parties each month. Through Wholly Craft’s classes, several former students have now gone on to become vendors for Olivera’s company.

“It’s great to see their growth and know that we are helping to grow another business,” Olivera said.

With each purchase at Wholly Craft, consumers are not only supporting Olivera’s small business, but also have a hand in supporting hundreds of other small businesses in the process.

“Our vendor success is our success,” she said.

In the process of launching a side project called Handmade Ohio, which is a catalogue-based company that connects Ohio retailers with Ohio homemade goods, Olivera is making major moves for the arts and crafts community in Ohio.

“It’s a way for Ohio retailers to be supporting Ohio artists, which is always fantastic,” she said.

Choosing Columbus as the destination for her business 10 years ago, Olivera is forever thankful for the support and reception Wholly Craft has received from the Clintonville community.

“I always say ‘bloom where you’re planted,’” she said. “Find your place and build something there.”

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Sep 09 2015

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Rank #18: Episode 34: Dan Fronczak, Healthy Roster

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Healthy Roster, a virtual athletic training app and injury communication platform, creates an efficient channel of communication for athletic trainers, parents and coaches.

The app, which is HIPAA compliant and completely free of charge, works to dissolve potential miscommunications when time is crucial. If a student receives an injury, the athletic trainer on site can be immediately brought up to date with the individual’s previous medical history. Not to mention, Healthy Roster has the ability to connect involved parties through text, video chat and phone.

With nearly 50 percent of high school teams in the country lacking an athletic trainer, Dan Fronczak, along with his co-founders, saw an immediate need for a more efficient system to treat students with potentially serious injuries.

“We asked, ‘What can we do to facilitate the needs of these kids?’ and the answer was right there in front of us,” said Dan Fronczak, one of Healthy Roster’s co-founders. “We need to involve more of the sports medicine people.”

Moving Healthy Roster from an idea to reality took a lot of research and patience. According to Fronczak, they had to be able to validate their idea with their desired consumer in the right marketplace.

“You have to stay focused and you have to concentrate on what’s important,” said Fronczak on taking the leap into entrepreneurship. “We spent a lot of time just understanding the marketplace.”

That meant interviewing coaches, parents, athletic directors and athletic trainers in an attempt to determine the ultimate goal of Healthy Roster.

“That’s what you need to hear as an entrepreneur and a young business person — someone that is thinking ‘we’ve got something here and we would buy it,'” said Fronczak.

A lot of the startup process was simplified for Fronczak and his co-founders through their partnership with Rev1 Ventures, a startup accelerator and venture capital fund that works to generate startup success in central Ohio.

“Rev1 has been awesome and I wish every community in the country had what we have here with Rev1,” said Fronczak. “They provide you with the guidance along the way to know what you need to do.”

Central Ohio is currently the fastest-growing startup community in the country thanks to its affordability, geographic location and supportive business community.

For more information on Healthy Roster, visit their website and download the app. For information on Rev1 Ventures and their partnerships, visit their website.

Looking for tips and tricks to start your own business? Visit the Chamber website and sign up for one of our Leadership for Small Business events here.

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Dec 09 2016

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Rank #19: Episode 46: John Rush, CleanTurn Enterprises: The power of accountability and empathy

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CleanTurn Enterprises, a for-profit social enterprise focused on providing employment for individuals who have had significant obstacles to employment, has created more than 400 jobs and made a more than 200 million dollar impact on the community.

John Rush, president and CEO of CleanTurn Enterprises, has a story to tell. From his upbringing in Appalachian poverty in West Virginia to his time spent living on the west-side of Chicago and service in the Marine Corps, John has a long and unique history of social entrepreneurship, which makes him the perfect person to champion the relationship between our Columbus business community and individuals in unique situations seeking employment.

“It’s not shutting a door because of a person’s past; it’s understanding a person’s past so as to create the right culture in your corporation that can help the individual to move forward,” notes Rush.

This conversation is important for our business community, especially here in Columbus. There are over 20,000 individuals who are returning from incarceration every year and Franklin County is the second-highest recipient of those individuals, which lends to the idea that there is great opportunity in the market for those facing employment barriers through proper training and support.

Tune in for an enlightening conversation on accountability, entrepreneurship and the spirit of empathy. This is one you don’t want to miss.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Sep 13 2018

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Rank #20: Episode 45: Jack Gravelle & Brett Thornton, Porter Wright: 5 Legal Pitfalls to Avoid as an Entrepreneur

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For many budding entrepreneurs, the legal aspect of starting your own business may seem daunting. In the latest episode of cbuzz, Mikaela sits down with Brett Thornton and Jack Gravelle, partners with Porter Wright here in Columbus, to discuss the five legal pitfalls early business owners should avoid.

Brett and Jack have years of experience working with private and public companies of all sizes through things like mergers, acquisitions and securities transactions, and they come to the cbuzz mic with first-hand accounts of what you should – and should not – do as a business owner.

Tune in as Jack and Brett discuss formation follies, capitalization catastrophes, fundraising mistakes, the importance of protecting intellectual property and finally, why you should sign off on third party contracts.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Aug 08 2018

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Episode 60: Kenny McDonald, One Columbus: Driving economic prosperity

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One Columbus is focused on elevating our 11-county Columbus Region to be the most prosperous region in the United States.

As its president and CEO, Kenny McDonald oversees the organization in its work to create partnerships with state and local partners, as well as diversifying the economy through the attraction of new businesses and supporting newly formed high-growth enterprises.

Kenny has over twenty years of regional economic development and management consulting experience expanding across multiple markets.

Cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt sits down with Kenny to discuss the rebranding of Columbus 2020 to One Columbus, the economic vitality of our Columbus Region and the value of community partnerships.

cbuzz, the 2019 Best Business Podcast, is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Feb 13 2020

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Episode 59: Betsy Pandora, Short North Alliance: Leading a community with innovation

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The Short North is known for its vibrant, creative and inclusive community as a leading arts destination. It also happens to be the densest commercial corridor in the City of Columbus, and with Columbus slated to add 1 million additional residents to the city by 2050, there is a lot for an organization like the Short North Alliance to consider.

“As Executive Director of the Short North Alliance, my role is constant in creative problem solving,” says Betsy Pandora.

A Columbus native and a graduate of the Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture, Betsy is a dedicated advocate for our local community, a trait that is evident throughout her conversation with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt.

While the Short North is considered a model for urban vitalization by many, there are a number of challenges facing the area today. Most notably, parking. However, those challenges are being tackled by the Short North Alliance team and its partners with an unprecedented approach towards collaboration in our community.

Innovation is critical for any business to survive in any environment and many would agree that the best innovation is spurred by community partnerships, something that is true of the Short North Alliance’s approach to problem-solving, as well.

Betsy and her small but mighty team believe that the Short North and its businesses are “empowered and strengthened through creativity,” adding that the art concentration is arguably the most unique aspect of the neighborhood.

This cbuzz conversation addresses growth in a way that is relevant to all industries in our Central Ohio community; tune in today!

cbuzz, the 2019 Best Business Podcast, is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Dec 16 2019

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Episode 58: Mark Bryan, M+A Architects: Focusing on wellness through space

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Mark Bryan is an Associate and Senior Interior Designer with M+A Architects, a Central Ohio-based firm that is known for its smart and sustainable design with clients like White Castle, Ohio State University and Steiner + Associates.

M+A’s mission is to enrich lives through innovative design, which means Mark and his fellow team members are continuously working to push boundaries on projects to positively influence the greater community.

“When we get great clients, we form great relationships. It’s not just a one and done after the project is finished,” said Mark about M+A’s approach to its partnerships.

The architectural firm supports a wide range of industries, including healthcare, higher education, senior living, multi-family residential and workplace through its work, and it’s newly introduced Research + Innovation team is a great testament to how spaces impact how we live, work and play.

Mark and his team are paving new paths every day to discover effective ways to combat chronic stress thanks to M+A’s dedicated focus on positive mental health and mindfulness.

“We wanted to make sure that we found ways to help our clients and help ourselves. Stress is bad for your body…People with chronic stress typically are not as productive,” said Bryan, explaining why this topic should matter to members of the business community.

As M+A continues to expand beyond Ohio and break new barriers in the industry, they’re focusing on how to better themselves, their clients and the community.

“You have to figure out what the right question is for you – what do you need to solve for,” said Bryan in regards to approaching growth in the workplace. “It’s going to be an evolution and never a straight linear line.”

cbuzz, the 2019 Best Business Podcast, is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Nov 14 2019

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Episode 57: CEO Insights featuring Greg Ubert, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

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Did you know cbuzz, the Columbus Chamber’s business-focused podcast, was named Best Business Podcast at the 2019 Columbus Podcast Awards? Learn more here

For this month’s episode, cbuzz is revisiting a CEO Insights conversation with Greg Ubert, founder and president of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. 

Greg Ubert explored a path not traveled by many when he left his job in high-tech software to pursue a coffee venture.

The Harvard graduate felt pressed to share with others the realization he had only just come to himself – coffee didn’t just have to be for caffeine, it could also taste great. This began Ubert’s quest for the perfect cup that resulted in the 1991 founding of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea right here in Columbus.

The company focuses a great deal on conscious capitalism, a trait he says the younger generation is searching for when making decisions as a consumer. This focus is becoming more important for the organization as it continues to grow; it currently operates across 37 states and has expanded internationally, as well.

Crimson Cup’s story is one of innovation and entrepreneurial success that will invigorate you just as much as one of their steaming cups of coffee. Be sure to tune in!

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Sep 12 2019

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Episode 56: Bill Troy, Civilis Marketing: Shifting the focus to relationships

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Bill Troy wears many hats. He is an Inc. 500 CEO, has helped to start two businesses, the author of CLICKSAND and an advocate for authentic, relationship-driven online marketing techniques.

How does Bill manage to juggle so many moving parts? He delegates and does so efficiently and effectively.

“It’s about figuring out what you’re really good at and what you’re not good at and finding people to do the things you are not good at,” said Bill.

Bill walks Mikaela through his entrepreneurial journey – one that involves building two companies that have each paved new respective paths in their industries and emphasizes his excitement for what’s to come in the local business community.

“We’re bringing in creative, driven people because of the companies we have here in Columbus,” said Bill, whose research company conducts work in Hollywood.

Civilis Marketing, one of Bill’s companies, focuses on civilized online marketing to build real long-term relationships online rather than through coercion. Their focus is about building trust.

“I didn’t like where things were going,” said Bill. “Relationships are going to be more important in the future.”

Tune in to the latest episode of cbuzz to learn more about Bill Troy, his journey as a two-time entrepreneur and how his company – Civilis Marketing – is changing the digital marketing industry.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

Come out and celebrate with the Columbus Podcast Awards August 25, 2019 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Gateway film Center! The awards show will highlight and celebrate some of your favorite Podcasts in Columbus Ohio. This will be a family friendly, free event so come out and support! You can register for free tickets to the awards show at www.columbuspodcastawards.com

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Aug 14 2019

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Episode 55: Lori Kaiser, Kaiser Consulting: Developing momentum as an entrepreneur

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Lori Kaiser left her job in public accounting without a clear path for what was ahead in her career.

Now, nearly three decades later, Lori is the founder of an award-winning accounting and business consulting firm that has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by Columbus Business First multiple times.

It wasn’t until Lori started interviewing to re-enter the workforce that she realized the standard office model wasn’t suitable for her success.

“Back then, I thought a big career meant working for someone else,” said Lori.

It was that epiphany that sparked the concept for what is now Kaiser Consulting.

Lori hired her first employee back in 2004 and has since grown her business to employ over 70 people. What’s her secret for growth as an entrepreneur? Focusing on being manager-centric rather than owner-centric.

Kaiser Consulting allows its employees to dictate their work schedules. Each year, they project out their 52 weeks and decide what works best for their optimal work outflow.

“Employees tell us when they want to work and we then manage the work, around their availability,” said Lori.

Lori’s success as an entrepreneur is backed by her impressive number of professional and personal accolades. She was recognized as the Columbus Chamber’s 2019 Small Business Leader Award recipient, a Woman You Should Know by WELD and Olentangy Entrepreneur of the Year.

Tune in to the latest episode of cbuzz as Lori shares the secret to handling growth as a business owner, how to best build momentum and the key to creating a successful culture in the workplace.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

Come out and celebrate with the Columbus Podcast Awards August 25, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at the Gateway film Center ! The awards show will highlight and celebrate some of your favorite Podcasts in Columbus Ohio. This will be a family friendly, free event so come out and support ! You can register for free tickets to the awards show at www.columbuspodcastawards.com

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Jul 11 2019

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Episode 54: Doug Joseph, Serif Creative: The power of storytelling

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Filmmaking is all about telling a story, and knowing the best way to connect with your audience is key when it comes to being a successful storyteller.

In the latest episode of cbuzz, Doug Joseph takes us through his not-so-typical career of developing indie films, traveling around the globe to take on various filmmaking roles and a leap into the world of entrepreneurship.

Founder and CEO of Serif Creative, a creative agency that works with clients like Genesis Healthcare, Quicken Loans and Abbott, Joseph learned the art of telling stories while growing up in his grandmother’s biker bar, an experience that led him to the realization that community is at the root of storytelling.

“Community is one of the world’s most valuable resources…if you don’t have somebody’s attention, you cannot build trust,” said Joseph.

Jospeh sits down with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt to discuss how his creative and entrepreneurial skill sets have joined together on this week’s episode of cbuzz.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Jun 13 2019

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Episode 53: Dr. Peter Edwards, Columbus Crew: Building the next chapter

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January 2019 was a monumental moment for the Columbus Crew Soccer Club.

At the beginning of this year, a more than two-year-long effort to save the Crew from being moved to Austin, Texas proved successful.

The tipping point for the Crew’s security in Columbus? Its new ownership by Jimmy and Dee Haslam – who own the Cleveland Browns – and the family of Dr. Peter Edwards.

“This team was a part of the fabric of our city,” said Dr. Edwards about his reasoning to invest in the Crew. “The support [of the community partners] was integral in getting us the power to feel like we could do something people would care about.”

With a new stadium at the western end of the Arena District in the works, Dr. Edwards, whose ownership of the Crew is predated by his nearly twenty years of experience as the team’s physician, has a lot to look forward to as the teams new co-owner.

Tune in for a rich conversation with Dr. Edwards as he shares why his experience with the team is more personal than you might have thought, what’s to come for the Crew in the future including details on the new stadium, and the most important question of all: just how many Columbus Crew rally scarves does he own?

The conversation is sure to excite the Columbus community for what’s to come for Columbus’ professional soccer team.

The Columbus Crew is in season now. To purchase tickets for an upcoming game, visit columbuscrewsc.com

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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May 09 2019

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Episode 52: Catherine Lang-Cline, Portfolio Creative: The magic of establishing creative connections

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Before Catherine Lang-Cline co-created Portfolio Creative, she spent more than twenty years in the creative industry working as a graphic designer.

It was in her experience as a freelancer that prompted her leap into entrepreneurship, and her time spent in the workforce gave her a unique insight when it came to developing a business model for Portfolio Creative, a staffing firm that works to solve creative workforce challenges in areas like marketing, design and digital.

“It was really about finding peers…and tapping into their knowledge and experience,” said Catherine when asked about her approach to becoming a business owner.

Tune in as Catherine walks us through her journey on the latest episode of cbuzzcovering topics like business development, community growth and the most effective ways to identify potential employees who will advance the bottom line of your organization.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Apr 11 2019

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Episode 51: Ryan Chenault & Brian Ciccone, Ohio Machine: Building a home for Major League Lacrosse in Columbus

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Major League Lacrosse is taking Columbus by storm.

In a city where sports are king – think the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Clippers, Columbus Crew and the Ohio State Buckeyes – Ohio Machine is busy making a name for themselves.

U.S. Lacrosse Magazine named Ohio a hotbed for the sport in 2017 – the same year the Ohio Machine took home its franchise’s first MLL Championship. So how is the Machine, Columbus’ very own Major League Lacrosse team, working to establish their expansion and development in Central Ohio?

Ryan Chenault, President of the Ohio Machine, and Brian Ciccone, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, sit down with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt to talk cultivating a brand, fostering the opening of a brand new stadium and building a loyal following.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Mar 14 2019

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Episode 50: Keith Stevens, PSI: Recognizing Opportunity

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“I had this epiphany. I saw a phone booth next to a bus bench and it hit me that that could be my office – all I needed was a phone and a place to sit and conduct business.”

Keith Stevens started his company – PSI – in 1992 with a phone and legal pad. Now the founder of a successful IT consulting company, Stevens walks cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt through his journey as an entrepreneur, successful business owner and leader in the Columbus community.

Learn more about Stevens, the Columbus Chamber’s new Chair of its Board of Directors, in the latest episode of cbuzz.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Feb 14 2019

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Episode 49: Women in Retail featuring Thirty-One Gifts, Fox in the Snow & Singleton Construction

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For this month’s episode, cbuzz is revisiting a panel discussion from its 2018 Retail Summit. 

The Columbus Chamber’s Women in Retail panel at its 2018 Retail Summit brought together three successful, dynamic retail leaders: Cindy Monroe, CEO and founder of Thirty-One Gifts; Lauren Culley, owner and founder of Fox in the Snow; and Denise Doczy-Delong, president and CEO of Singleton Construction.

Cindy, Lauren and Denise sit down with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt to talk strategy, being a woman in the retail industry and why they chose Columbus as ‘home’ for each of their companies. Enjoy!

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Jan 11 2019

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Episode 48: CEO Insights featuring Dr. Michael V. Drake, The Ohio State University

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For this month’s episode, cbuzz is revisiting a CEO Insights conversation with Dr. Michael V. Drake, the 15th president of The Ohio State University. 

Dr. Michael V. Drake is the 15th president of The Ohio State University. His focus is on strengthening Ohio State’s position as a national flagship public research university through excellence in five strategic areas: teaching and learning; access, affordability and excellence; research and creative expression; academic health care; and operational excellence and resource stewardship.

During his tenure, the university has seen record highs in applications, graduation rates, academic excellence, diversity and donor support. Additionally, it has received national recognition for its commitment to teaching and learning as well as excellence in patient safety and clinical outcomes at the university’s Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Drake has been a leader in higher education for nearly four decades, serving as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, for nine years prior to Ohio State.

Don DePerro, Columbus Chamber president and CEO, sits down with Dr. Drake to discuss community, partnerships and the continued success of The Ohio State University.

View photos from the conversation here and consider joining us for a future CEO Insights event by visiting the Chamber’s website.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Dec 13 2018

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Episode 47: First Lady Shannon Ginther & Michelle Brown, CoverMyMeds: Taking a seat at the table

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One in four women in Central Ohio are economically insecure, and women in Columbus make 78 cents for every dollar made by a man, a stat that is even more staggering for women of color.

First Lady Shannon Ginther, Chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission and Senior Director of Community Health Partnerships at OhioHealth, recognized an opportunity to elevate the economic well-being of women in the community.

The Columbus Women’s Commission was first announced in 2016, and following that announcement, Ginther took a year to go on a ‘listening tour’. The conversations she had over the course of that year led to the development of four foundational pillars for the Commission: gender equity, safe and affordable housing, health and nutrition, and workforce and childcare.

“This community is ready to have this conversation,” said Ginther, when asked why now seemed like the right time to jumpstart the initiative.

Since its inception, the Columbus Women’s Commission has fostered the involvement and support of the business community through its Columbus Commitment.

The Columbus Commitment is a “voluntary, employer-led initiative to close the gender wage gap in Columbus”. To date, over 175 businesses in Central Ohio have signed the pledge since November 2, 2017, a number that exceeds the organization’s annual goal thanks to the support of companies like CoverMyMeds.

And Michelle Brown, COO of CoverMyMeds, is the perfect example of how businesses are becoming involved with the Columbus Women’s Commission, particularly through the pay equity pledge.

The leadership team at CoverMyMeds recently attended a gender equity summit, which sparked excitement to bolster the support of gender equity in the workplace and in the community.

“We want diversity of thought. We want new ideas to be able to come to the table,” said Brown. “This conversation around pay equity is a natural conversation that we have been able to weave in. We feel really passionate about making sure that this is something we take a leadership role in Columbus.”

Businesses who are interested in signing the pay equity pledge can learn more here. And to learn how your business can further support gender equity in Columbus, be sure to tune in to this episode.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Nov 16 2018

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Episode 46: John Rush, CleanTurn Enterprises: The power of accountability and empathy

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CleanTurn Enterprises, a for-profit social enterprise focused on providing employment for individuals who have had significant obstacles to employment, has created more than 400 jobs and made a more than 200 million dollar impact on the community.

John Rush, president and CEO of CleanTurn Enterprises, has a story to tell. From his upbringing in Appalachian poverty in West Virginia to his time spent living on the west-side of Chicago and service in the Marine Corps, John has a long and unique history of social entrepreneurship, which makes him the perfect person to champion the relationship between our Columbus business community and individuals in unique situations seeking employment.

“It’s not shutting a door because of a person’s past; it’s understanding a person’s past so as to create the right culture in your corporation that can help the individual to move forward,” notes Rush.

This conversation is important for our business community, especially here in Columbus. There are over 20,000 individuals who are returning from incarceration every year and Franklin County is the second-highest recipient of those individuals, which lends to the idea that there is great opportunity in the market for those facing employment barriers through proper training and support.

Tune in for an enlightening conversation on accountability, entrepreneurship and the spirit of empathy. This is one you don’t want to miss.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Sep 13 2018

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Episode 45: Jack Gravelle & Brett Thornton, Porter Wright: 5 Legal Pitfalls to Avoid as an Entrepreneur

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For many budding entrepreneurs, the legal aspect of starting your own business may seem daunting. In the latest episode of cbuzz, Mikaela sits down with Brett Thornton and Jack Gravelle, partners with Porter Wright here in Columbus, to discuss the five legal pitfalls early business owners should avoid.

Brett and Jack have years of experience working with private and public companies of all sizes through things like mergers, acquisitions and securities transactions, and they come to the cbuzz mic with first-hand accounts of what you should – and should not – do as a business owner.

Tune in as Jack and Brett discuss formation follies, capitalization catastrophes, fundraising mistakes, the importance of protecting intellectual property and finally, why you should sign off on third party contracts.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Aug 08 2018

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Episode 44: CEO Insights featuring Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, The Oneida Group

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As the Columbus Chamber and Franklin County prepare for the 2018 Retail Summit – a one-day conference highlighting the movement, evolvement and transformations in every aspect of the industry – cbuzz is revisiting a CEO Insights conversation with a global retail leader headquartered right here in Columbus.

From Africa to Switzerland, Singapore and the United Kingdom, Patrick Lockwood-Taylor has assumed leadership roles all over the world.

So what brought Lockwood-Taylor to Columbus, Ohio? The unification of Oneida and Anchor Hocking to create The Oneida Group, organized around three business units: retail, foodservice and business to business.

The Columbus Chamber hosted Lockwood-Taylor in 2018 as a part of its CEO Insights series, which features interviews with local presidents and CEOs in an intimate setting. Cbuzz looks back on that conversation ripe with leadership advice, global insights and more in its latest episode.

View photos from the conversation here and consider joining us for a future CEO Insights event by visiting the Chamber’s website.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here

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Jul 12 2018

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Episode 43: Kathryn Dobbs, Columbus Blue Jackets: Paving your path

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From Ontario to Georgia and now Ohio, Kathryn Dobbs’ journey to the Buckeye State fatefully started during the inaugural season of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

While working for the YMCA of Central Ohio, Kathryn had an idea to help popularize hockey in the greater community, an idea that eventually led to her role as the vice president of community relations for the CBJ and executive director of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation for the local NHL team.

With a passion for community and an appreciation for the collaboration that keeps Columbus running, Kathryn shares with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt why hockey is growing in Ohio, how businesses can contribute to their local communities and how making connections paved her path to her dream job at Nationwide Arena.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here.

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Jun 13 2018

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Episode 42: Capitalizing on Community

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Columbus is considered the fastest-growing metro area and the 14th largest city in the U.S. Our region is home to 60 higher education institutions and holds one of the highest concentrations of millennials in the country.

So how can Central Ohio businesses capitalize on a workforce landscape ripe with such potential? Hear from four local leaders – Darci Congrove, GBQ; Don DePerro, Columbus Chamber of Commerce; Steve Dackin, Columbus State Community College; and Michael Wilkos, United Way of Central Ohio – as they discuss the challenges and opportunities for the region’s workforce.


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is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here.

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May 17 2018

48mins

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Episode 41: Mark Henson, sparkspace: What’s your ordinary superpower?

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Imagine meeting rooms fueled by creativity, unlimited snacks and coffee, inspiring decor and a plethora of office materials. Sounds like the “best meeting ever”, right?

Mark Henson founded sparkspace 18 years ago with the intent of creating just that – a space where groups could come together for productive and inspiring conversations.

Mark joins Mikaela on the latest episode of cbuzz to discuss his book, Ordinary Superpowers, his first entrepreneurial venture and the importance of proactive customer service.

cbuzz is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here.

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Apr 16 2018

33mins

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Informative and engaging interviews

By d614 - Jun 14 2016
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Great guests and in-depth info on local business owners in Columbus.

Super interesting stories!

By SharonSpacey - Jan 27 2016
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It&#39;s so interesting hearing all the different stories about businesses started in Columbus!