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06/30/2016 - Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Creekside Retreat

Creekside Retreat will celebrate a Ribbon Cutting and Open House at its beautiful Brown County property. Join us for barbecue, refreshments, live music and networking, while welcoming one of the newest Chamber members!

Creekside Retreat provides many amenities, including: ​For further information about Creekside Retreat, visit the website. 

07/22/2016 - Tank Talk - Failing Forward: From Hero to Zero

Serial tech entrepreneur and Columbus native Jim Brown will share the story of his tech business successes and missteps and what he learned from both.  
•    Getting started 
•    Making a name for yourself
•    Raising venture capital 
•    Making every wrong decision possible
•    Failing the right way
•    Starting over

08/16/2016 - Venture Awards Lunch - a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit

Join us as we celebrate our community's small business success stories. Awards will be given to the Entrepreneur of the Year, Most Innovative, New and Emerging Business and Small Business Advocate.

An entrepreneurial leader with a track record of success, Steve Booher’s most recent company Smart Path Systems developed precision-guided solutions for commercial mowing, spraying, and snow removal. Being first to market with a guidance system for this market, Smart Path Systems recently signed a distribution agreement with a top International OEM.

He has launched and sold several ventures in his 25-year career, Productive Resources, Auburn Clutch, NetPage USA, and CAD Design Inc. He has received the prestigious Growth 100 award from the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, part of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, an unprecedented 11 times for four different companies.

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Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Businesses

The Chamber is seeking nominations for the 2016 Venture Awards. We are looking for small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) in the following categories:

Innovation 
  - Any business that has been an innovator in its industry.

New and Emerging 
- A new and emerging  that deserves recognition. Nominees in this category should have been in operation less than five years and employ fewer than 100 employees.

Entrepreneur of the Year
-  A successful, locally-owned small business with a track record of five years or more. 

Small Business Advocate
- A person who has provided outstanding service to the small business community. 
Peer nominations and/or self-nominations are welcome.

Submit Nomination

Nominations accepted until July 18th.

 

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Fish Tank Coworking Space

It's where good ideas swim around. 

The Chamber is home to a 24/7 coworking space for entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers. Memberships starting at $50 a month.

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Business Consulting

Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Columbus. Two outstanding organizations offer free one-on-one business counseling services to start-ups and existing business owners.

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SmallBizU - A Free Toolkit

Use SmallBizU, an online learning portal, to gain the knowledge you need to jump-start your company's growth. More than 50 hours of training at your fingertips 24/7.

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