Many Private Company Owners are using an Advisory Board whose members experience complement the backgrounds of their formal Board Directors. Columbus Business First and other local firms sponsor this clearinghouse for advisory board talent.
Business First is The Greater Columbus Business Authority. This site offers registration to receive their articles on-line, as well as enables connecting to all of the American Cities Business Journal newspapers in 40 cities across the U.S.
This Ohio Department of Development site provides a complete list of all their programs. Business owners and their bankers should be especially familiar with the tax credits and incentives programs summarized here.
Although reachable via the above ODOD site, Ohios Technology Investment Tax Credit deserves its own listing here because of its great benefit to investors. Through this innovative program Ohio angels may reduce their state taxes by up to 25% of their maximum investment per company of $150,000. Qualified companies can attract up to $1 million of such funds.
The Columbus Minority Contractors and Business Assistance Program is one of nine in a network of programs funded by the Ohio Department of Development. Its purpose is to provide free business counseling and technical assistance to small and developing minority and women-owned businesses.
the Edison Biotechnology Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization supported by the Thomas Edison Program of the Ohio Department of Development. Its goal is to assist in building the bioscience industry in the state.
The Ohio Supercomputer Center was established in 1987 by the Ohio Board of Regents. Its goal is to position Ohio universities and industries at the forefront of computationally intensive research, development, engineering and networking.
The Edison Welding Institute has 350 member companies and organizations worldwide and a 132,000 square foot headquarters facility in Columbus, Ohio. It provides members with a full range of technical services, contract R&D, and professional education and training support.
The Business Technology Center's Platform Lab is a shared software porting, testing, and development facility designed to meet continually evolving information technology needs. It is supported jointly by a partnership between the Ohio Supercomputer Center and the Business Technology Center with assistance from the Ohio Department of Development Technology Action Fund, Ohio's IT Alliance and industry vendors.
The Industry and Technology Council of Central Ohio is a non-profit organization which sponsors over 80 events a year addressing a broad array of technology and management issues of interest to Central Ohio's IT community.
Ohio's e-Corridor can be explored via this site. Information about, and links to, many of Ohio's hi-tech companies appear here. Its calendar enables tracking the technology events scheduled around the State.
The Business Technology Center is a high-technology business incubator. At the BTC's 63,000 square foot facility there exists a unique partnership of public and private resources focused on creating high-growth/high-value enterprises in Central Ohio. They offer space with room sizes ranges from 230 to 2327 square feet.
Orginally established in 1981 as the Columbus Countywide Development Corporation and now named the Community Capital Development Corporation, the CCDC is a private, non-profit corporation which makes loans to small businesses in Central Ohio. Their financing programs are designed to assist healthy, growing small businesses invest in land, buildings, and equipment. CCDC also provides working capital loans for both new and existing small "micro" businesses.
This is the official webpage for the City of Columbus, Ohio and is a good source for facts and information about the city (based on the 2000 Census data). The "Starting a Business" section provides valuable information for new venture owners.