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3D printers rally to manufacture personal protective equipment
Columbus’ maker community has been stepping up to get health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic the protection they desperately need.
IC3D Printers has been organizing others in the community that can manufacture PPE components via 3D printing, says Chief Mischief Officer Kimberly Gibson. The company, which makes printer filament and prints components primarily used in the automotive and adjacent industries, switched production in its West Side facility to face shields a...
Virus Reality Check: “We know how to work with nothing and keep going,” entrepreneurs say
The onset of COVID-19 has been swift, profound and staggering in the impact it’s had on the world’s economy. Business owners are just working to get by, keep their operations running, all while trying to keep themselves and their families healthy.
While the outlook for the future shifts daily, if not hourly, many Central Ohio business owners are rolling up their sleeves and figuring out solutions. Here are a few of their stories.
The Columbus staffing agency places direct hire a...
Mimi Rivard, Equitas Health: Healthcare Achievement Awards 2020
Practitioner of the Year (tie)
Mimi Rivard, Equitas Health
In the three years since Mimi Rivard, lead nurse practitioner at Equitas Health, launched the organization’s care practice for patients identifying as trans or gender non-conforming, Equitas has seen more than 300 percent growth in the number of trans clients it serves.
Her stewardship of the program is why Rivard is the co-winner of this year’s Healthcare Achievement Awards’ Practitioner of the Year honor.
A federally designated “com...
Murder by Opioid: The Case of the Ohio Doctor Charged With 25 Counts of Murder
On June 5, Dr William Scott Husel, 43, was indicted by a grand jury on 25 counts of murder—making him the target of one of the largest murder trials in the state's history. Husel is accused of ordering opioid doses in such large amounts "that the only rational purpose could be to shorten a person's life," according to prosecutors...
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Columbus massage school was an early 90s trailblazer
When Helen Yee and Diane Sater-Wee founded the American Institute of Alternative Medicine 29 years ago, it seemed like they spent as much time explaining what the institute taught as they did actually teaching...
Third generation joins Donatos
Going into business with one’s family can be a daunting proposal. Staying in business with one’s family is even trickier—while more than 30 percent of family-owned businesses successfully transition into the second generation, barely more than one in 10 family businesses remain viable into the third generation, according to the Family Business Alliance.
But for the Grotes, founders of Central Ohio mainstay Donatos Pizza, practicing what they call “agape capitalism” has been an integral part o...
Jury finds egg producers did not conspire to raise prices
Porter Wright Columbus attorneys prevailed in a rare jury trial.
Antitrust court cases don’t usually make it in front of a jury—in most instances, the parties settle out of court. However, a recent win by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur marks the second favorable jury decision...
7 things to consider when selling your company
Although the onset of the novel coronavirus has already caused unprecedented effects on the U.S. and world economies, until recently, businesses have been changing hands at a staggering rate. As many baby boomers have been considering their retirement plans, paired with a market that’s been flush with cash in recent years, more than 10,300 businesses were sold in 2018 and more than 9,700 last year, according to BizBuySell.com.
Even in the best of times, selling a company ends up being more th...
Columbus 3D printing company runs on imagination
If you walk into IC3D Printing’s production warehouse, you’ll first notice a sign on the door: “The Room of Manufesting.” It might be a new word, but as CMO Kimberly Gibson (that’s chief mischief officer) says, new is what’s called for in the modern age...
Guide to coronavirus help for Columbus' small businesses
Government officials, chambers of commerce and advocacy groups are moving fast to ensure Central Ohio businesses have the most reliable and helpful information regarding the coronavirus pandemic and what help may be available.
Ohio qualified for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, allowing small businesses and nonprofits to apply for low-interest loans of up to $2 million. Businesses affected by the novel coronavirus are being asked to email their c...
Retiring AMP chief shares challenges ahead for energy industry
American Municipal Power, or AMP, has undergone transformative change over the past two decades...
Score Columbus advice corps growing and ready to help small-business owners
The Columbus chapter of the nonprofit organization funded in part by the Small Business Administration has double the number of volunteers it did at the start of 2019, and it’s looking for more.
As Central Ohio’s business community grows and changes, so too do the needs of its business owners. And for a nonprofit like Score, which provides free and inexpensive services to business owners trying to find success, changing with the times is also a necessity.
Score is a nonprofit organization par...
HR Excellence: Assisting senior citizens both a calling and career
HR Excellence 2019 Good Works winner: Laura O’Toole, area human resource manager, National Church Residences/First Community Village
HR Excellence: ‘Listen with the intent to understand, not to respond’
HR Excellence 2019 Future Leader Winner: Kristina Brannon, Human Resources Coordinator, Summit Home Care