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Ohio's rural biz incubators thrive with best practices, clear results

Ohio is home to a host of smaller and rural business incubators. Despite dispersed populations and limited local markets, many are getting results similar to their urban counterparts--on much tighter budgets.

Founder Focus: David Hunegnaw of AboutOurWork

David Hunegnaw is a stalwart supporter of Columbus' entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as a thriving member of it. His company, AboutOurWork, just topped 100,000 users, so hiVelocity decided it was time to check in with this fast-moving Ohio business founder.

Competitions, top talent, meetups and tours: fall events rock the Buckeye State

From a national cutting-edge fuel cell and energy convention to an Octoberfest-style meetup, Ohio will host an array of dazzling events this fall that will attract techies and entrepreneurs alike from across the state as well as the nation.

Ohio's food industry serves up innovation

With the help of advocates such as the Toledo-based Center for Innovation in Food Technology, Ohio's food innovators enhance what's natural, create new products, and make food safer and more convenient.

Ohio's supercomputer: 154 trillion calculations per second

A massive computer cluster housed in the Ohio Supercomputer Center operates at staggering speeds--and businesses large and small around the state are using the digital giant to break through technological barriers.

Symbiotic economics: Ohio's corporate establishment meets the startup community

Ohio's biggest names in business give back to the state's economic ecosystem by lending a helping hand to startups and entrepreneurs.

State funds bridge hard times, pave a path to success for Ohio entrepreneurs

Ohio Third Frontier's generous funding programs bolster startups from the pre-seed stage, over the "valley of death," and through commercialization.

The money guide

As a companion to our main feature, hiVelocity outlines some of Ohio's state-sponsored funding opportunities for the innovative and savvy.

Ohio's alternative office spaces: high tech, cool digs

A waterfront airport, a 120-year-old barge and an old brewery as office spaces? Adventurous members of Ohio's tech industry have already made the transitions a reality by elevating the green concept of reuse to a new level.

Ohio: 5,000 interns and counting

Ohio's internship programs fight young adult brain drain by preparing ready-made talent for employers and give budding professionals a solid path to success.

Suburban tech centers: where community meets co-working

Inventors and entrepreneurs are finding new homes in Ohio cities--but not the ones full of expressways and skyscrapers. Tech centers, community maker spaces and business accelerators are popping up in the not-so-sleepy suburbs, where they blend co-working, convenience and community.

Health care innovations: good therapy for Ohio and beyond

From healing nectars to the amazing new world of genetic engineering, health care innovations in Ohio will nurture the most fragile patients.

Building up STEAM: Adding the arts into STEM education efforts

Right brain versus left brain? The age-old myth has some modern day challengers. New STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) advocates are calling for arts integration -- and the movement is building as schools across Ohio use the arts to enhance creativity and problem-solving.

High school entrepreneurs reach for the stars with new businesses

Entrepreneurial programs across Ohio are opening doors for high school students, who are forging their own futures as well as Ohio's by turning their unsinkable energy and fresh ideas into real-world businesses.

Big data spawns little shoots as startups spread across Ohio

Where the heck do you store a petabyte? What can mountains of healthcare data tell us about treating illness, and how do we mine them? With startups, small businesses and new collegiate fields of study, Ohio is tapping into the world of big data in small ways with solid -- and growing -- results.

Brain gain: Keeping fresh talent on home turf

From entrepreneurship competitions that offer prizes to top startups at Ohio colleges to an array of enticing resources that connect young talent to jobs, the Buckeye State is plugging up brain drain and turning it into brain gain.

Reshoring helps drive rise in Ohio manufacturing

After ten straight years of decline, Ohio manufacturing employment increased for the second straight year in 2012. Part of the reason is the emerging trend to bring production back to the U.S. from overseas facilities.

Roll (tax) credits: A second look at Ohio's film tax credits

Back in 2011, our sister publication Fresh Water Cleveland ran a feature about Ohio's newly instituted Film Production Tax Credit, which helped attract big-budget productions like "The Avengers" and "Alex Cross," plus smaller films like "Take Shelter" and "Fun Size." Fresh Water decided to revisit the topic to see how it's working out for Cleveland, and Ohio.

Standing out in a crowd: Ohio crowdfunding leaders help startups find success

With over 530 platforms to choose from, entrepreneurs often need help navigating through the world of crowdfunding for their projects. Fortunately, Ohio's crowdfunding leaders are creating tools to help startups find their way.

Kickstarter deadlines can lead to frustration, fallout for inventors

With 84 percent of Kickstarter's top projects shipped late, is this crowdfunding tool really all it's cracked up to be? Successful designer Chris Hawker examines whether Kickstarter is right for inventors and finds that the product development process often doesn't line up with crowdfunding deadlines. Inventors should go into the process with eyes wide open to get the best results.

Anchor districts emerge as powerful players in bid to remake cities into vibrant, livable places

“Cities are back, downtowns are back, and the places that we call anchor districts are leveraging growth in cities,” says Chris Ronayne of UCI. In Cleveland and beyond, stakeholders like universities, hospitals and museums ('eds and meds') are leading the way in reshaping cities into vibrant, livable places.

From circuit boards to flamethrowers: Your guide to Ohio's coolest hackerspaces

Two new hackerspaces have just joined a host of shops across the state. hiVelocity took a peek inside these quirky garage shops and found everything we didn't expect, from kettles of brewing beer to pinball machines. But nothing was more inviting than the hackers themselves.

Ohio farmers turn to supply chain innovation to boost consumption of locally-grown Ohio food

Less than five percent of food Ohioans consume is estimated to come from local farms. The reason is inefficient supply chains for local foods. Yet Ohioans are increasingly embracing supply chain innovation and technology to "reshore" more food in-state.

Tech startups greening Ohio's economic landscape

Ohio's technology start-up landscape has grown in leaps from the virtual wasteland it was a decade ago, with brainy go-getters from across the state pushing the upsurge. Find out how these entrepreneurs were able to get a toehold in the space and just how Ohio is growing its new economic garden.

Planting for the future: Pre-seed funds help Ohio startups to grow

As the founders of Ecolibrium Solar, Coupsmart and other startups can attest, pre-seed funding is helping Ohio companies find their footing when their founders don’t have the financial resources to get started on their own.

Columbus native sells Pushpins app to retail giant for millions

Ohio State University graduate Peter Michaelidis developed his idea for Pushpins while studying at Harvard University. He now returns to OSU as a guest lecturer to share his experiences creating a venture-backed company.

Hot renewable energy projects catapult ohio into the future

Wind farm? Check. Biogas facilities that turn waste into fuel? Check. Thanks to state legislation requiring renewables, alt energy projects are popping up across Ohio, creating jobs and powering our economy.

Fuel cells can be a catalyst powering state's economy

As the nation searches for clean energy sources that depend less on fossil fuels and more on advanced and alternative energy, Ohio is steadily becoming an epicenter for cutting edge fuel cell technology.

From skulls to jet engine parts, 3D printing is taking off in Ohio

Ohio is becoming ground zero for an expected renaissance of "printing" three-dimensional solid objects from computer models within manufacturing. A $70 million public-private pilot institute to promote the technology has been launched in Youngstown, while Columbus boasts one of the nation's largest enthusiast groups for 3D printing.

Ohio companies find opportunity in sustainable, bio-based products

From bio-based milk cartons to asphalt, the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center at the Ohio State University has helped companies across the state to develop products from bio-based materials. Now the Center is playing a role in its biggest project yet, a $300M biorefinery that could power over 30,000 homes.

open innovation can help ohio companies to achieve success

In today's world of widely distributed knowledge, companies can no longer afford to rely entirely on their own research. Many large companies are now using open innovation, or the adoption of external ideas and processes, to help solve business problems. Now, with the aid of a new program, help is available to assist middle market companies in adopting open innovation practices, as well.

ohio-based innovators have some app-solutely good ideas for a crowded market

Every budding app developer wants to create an overnight success, yet in a saturated market, it's increasingly hard to for them to stand out and get noticed. Still, the longshot odds haven't stopped several industrious Ohioans from taking a whack at the crowded app space -- including our youngest entrepreneur, who is only seven years old.

forbes ranks columbus eighth best place for female business founders

Central Ohio has a well-deserved reputation as a growing, forward-thinking region with high levels of education and good quality of life. Yet what you may not know is that the region's open, young temperament and startup-friendly environment also make it a great place for women-owned businesses. hiVelocity recently spoke with several thriving female founders about the reasons why.

ohio leads the way in health IT

The growing field of health care information technology promises to improve the efficiency, accuracy and quality of care in the industry. From big data startups to innovative mobile apps, Ohio companies are quickly becoming big players in this game-changing field.

innovation gateway partnership will accelerate startup creation

From student business ideas to cutting-edge medical research, The Ohio State University Technology Commercialization Office is revolutionizing how companies are created on campus. Now, thanks to a new partnership with TechColumbus, the TCO promises to bring ideas to market even faster -- and make sure these startups have the resources needed to grow.

ohio's angel investors answer the prayers of early stage companies

Angel investors play a key role in providing funding and technical assistance to startup companies once funds from friends, families and founders have been exhausted and before venture capital becomes a real option. Across Ohio, increasingly vibrant networks of angel investors are closing the gap, thus facilitating the growth of some of the state's most successful new companies.

encouraging growth: ohio sees boom in bioscience industry

Whether they are tackling the obesity epidemic, manufacturing new medical devices or growing microorganisms to save patients' lives, Ohio's bioscience companies are on the rise. Investment by Third Frontier along with medical commercialization and workforce development efforts have played a key role in developing the industry and creating good-paying jobs across the state.

entrepreneurship programs in ohio's colleges and universities give boost to young innovators

Fifteen years ago, there were almost no student entrepreneurship programs in Ohio's colleges and universities. Today, they're all the rage. Not only do these programs give students real world business skills across an array of disciplines, but they also help to nurture young innovators and grow fresh ideas into companies.

AOL founder Steve Case touts Ohio's innovation economy as an example of the 'rise of the rest'

Steve Case recently came to Cleveland to address entrepreneurial leaders from across the country who had gathered for the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds conference. After praising Ohio's innovation economy, he said that the key to creating more jobs in the U.S. is to support entrepreneurs and high-growth companies and argued policy leaders need to do more to spur innovation.

creation and collaboration: how ohio's startup weekends can bolster local economies

Startup Weekends are intensive, 54-hour events for aspiring entrepreneurs. Fueled by passion, the presence of other innovators and plenty of coffee, would-be founders work in teams to develop their ideas, incorporate feedback from mentors and bring home prizes. Across Ohio, Startup Weekend events are taking hold and creating communities of entrepreneurs -- and even successful companies.

national conference will highlight investment opportunities in ohio

It's never been easier to validate an idea and launch a new company. Yet access to capital remains a critical issue for entrepreneurs. The upcoming National Association of Seed and Venture Funds Conference, to be held in Cleveland from October 15th-17th, will bring together a community of aspiring entrepeneurs and investors to explore ways to advance innovation capital.

success of venture capital firms shows that ohio is a leader in investment opportunities

If you're looking for evidence that venture capitalists are increasingly flocking to Ohio, look no further than the success of Athenian Venture Partners, whose 2003 AVP Ohio fund was recently ranked the top fund of its vintage by Preqin. That success is testament to the increasingly vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ohio, which is drawing venture capital.

great lakes venture fair will showcase ohio tech startups

On the heels of London's breathtaking Olympic Games comes the Elevator Pitch Olympics. Startup companies will soon have the chance to pitch their ideas to venture capitalists for about as long as it takes to ride an elevator to the 50th floor. That's just one of the events at the upcoming Great Lakes Venture Fair, which takes place October 15th-17th in Cleveland.

the audacity of the talent dividend

The communities competing for the $1 million Talent Dividend Prize have a modest goal: boosting the number of college degrees in their city by one percentage point. If every participating city meets that goal, it could raise national earnings by a stunning $124 billion.

community colleges play vital role in helping workers advance their skills in a knowledge economy

What if you lost your job and needed to advance your skills to stay competitive in the market? Where would you turn? Increasingly, community colleges offer accessible training options for displaced workers, inexperienced high school grads and seasoned professionals who are looking to earn a professional certification. The cost is affordable, and their role in helping advance Ohio's economy is priceless.

viewing ohio cities as startups

What if we viewed Ohio cities as startups? "The ingredients for a successful startup and a successful city are remarkably similar," argues tech blogger Jon Bischke. You need to build stuff that people want. You need to attract talent. And you need capital to get your fledgling ideas to a point of sustainability.

from cowtown to techtown: columbus as a startup city

Columbus was recently ranked the 8th hottest technology job market in the U.S., lending credence to what many locals already know. Take a tour through the capital city's renewed neighborhoods and vibrant downtown with Mayor Michael Coleman as your trusty guide, and find out how a city once dismissively referred to as "cowtown" is rapidly becoming a startup city.

physician inventors flock to ohio

In recent years, Ohio has become home to a bevy of physician inventors, thanks in part to the presence of leading health care institutions, a supportive web of entrepreneurial programs and critical early stage capital.  hiVelocity takes a peek at some of these docs' latest inventions, how they were created and how they'll benefit patient care.

change agents: how business accelerators are revitalizing urban neighborhoods across ohio

A few years ago, Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood was considered to be endangered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today, it is a redevelopment success story. That's partially due to startups that are not only fueling the state's economy, but also aiding the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods. ONE Fund accelerators have ignited demand for rehabilitated office space in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland, bringing a new, exciting energy to their cities. 

new law opens the door to more craft distilleries

One of the most widely read Fresh Water Cleveland  features was a story on Ohio's burgeoning craft distillery trend. But it wasn't all good news: As it stood at the time of publication, only one permit was allowed in each of Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton counties. What's more, those few permit holders could distill but not sell their wares on-site. A new law eliminates the restrictions on the number of permits while enabling holders to sell their products directly to consumers.

inspired by ohio third frontier, national group relocates offices to lorain county community college

A not-so-quiet revolution is taking place at the Entrepreneurship Innovation Center at Lorain County Community College. The organizations and companies located here are helping to propel Ohio's innovation economy forward. Now its newest tenant, the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, is launching educational programs and a national conference to build on the momentum.

from wall street to main street: will equity-based crowdfunding help to grow ohio startups?

Equity-based crowdfunding will allow everyone the opportunity to become a venture capitalist. But is this a good thing? Remember the dot-com bubble that burst in the 1990s? Yet while crowdfunding brings a certain amount of risk, even skeptics say that it has the potential to bring an important source of new capital to Ohio. The emerging phenomenon could also empower a new class of investors.

collaboration in ohio aerospace industry leads towards global leadership

Ohio's aerospace industry is one of the strongest in the country, yet its continued prominence is by no means assured. In the past few years, fierce global competition, rapid industry change and a fragmented business sector were real threats to our ongoing success. Yet now, the newly-created Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council is offering a unified voice for the industry and creating a platform for continued growth.

securing ohio's energy future

From wind turbines and biofuels to the fastest electric car on earth, Ohio's universities are leaders in cutting-edge clean energy technology. A recent conference promoted the linkage between energy and economic security, and also highlighted the need for greater investment and commercialization to secure our state's future as a trailblazer in this growing field. Here's a look at what's next in this burgeoning industry.

q&a: lisa delp, executive director of ohio third frontier

Startup veteran and Ohio native Lisa Delp was recently appointed Ohio Third Frontier's new Executive Director. In this interview, she discusses how far we've come in creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, and how Ohio Third Frontier's new focus areas will help grow our high tech economy.

ohio third frontier expands entrepreneurship boot camp to accelerators statewide

Accelerate (v.): 1) To increase the speed of, or 2) To cause to occur sooner than expected. In physics classes, students learn how velocity can change rapidly. Ohio's high tech leaders are applying the same principles to help accelerate the pace at which businesses are created. The spread of business accelerators statewide is helping bright, young entrepreneurs grow successful businesses with the aid of resources and mentoring.

get on the bus: SXSW conductor greg svitak discusses ohio's high tech future

Recently, a group of self-proclaimed hackers, hustlers and hipsters traveled on a Startup Bus from Ohio to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Interactive conference. They had 72 hours to create a great product idea. Recently, hiVelocity caught up with Greg Svitak, the Bus Conductor, to talk about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and the growth of Ohio's tech community.

OSU's tech commercialization office is helping to create a brand new day for ohio's economy

Wake Up, Start Up! That's the name of a new monthly morning pitch series hosted by the Ohio State University's Technology Commercialization Office. The thing is, you've got to get up pretty early to be an innovator in today's high tech economy. Yet with the help of Central Ohio's leading entrepreneurs and brightest thinkers, OSU is not only waking up Ohio's new economy, it's helping to grow it, too.

you've got talent: new online platform simplifies fine arts college admissions process

Derek Brown and Don Hunter both know something about the value of acceptance. They excelled in the Honors-PLUS program at the Carl Lindner H. College of Business at the University of Cincinnati with the help of critical scholarships. Last year, they also launched an online platform that helps fine arts administrators and applicants to simplify the college admissions process. They're living proof that the entrepreneurial ecosystem is alive and well across Ohio.

Skull Menders

Imagine if a traumatic event like a car accident fundamentally changed its shape (like shooting victim Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords). That kind of trauma has both a physical and aesthetic affect on the victim, and it takes many delicate surgeries to restore a person’s looks and healthy brain functioning. A growing Cleveland area startup OsteoSymbionics is working to improve that process, by developing a range of skull implants designed to help those recovering from skull trauma. 

OSU researching enzyme for use in biological attack

Ohio State University gets grant to research enzyme that could be used to protect humans in case of a biological attack.

Vaporize Your Smoking Habit for the New Year

Quitting smoking just entered the digital age with the E-vapor ciggy. Is kicking the nasty habit one of your New Year's resolutions? This digital vaporizer may be just the tool you need.

2011 Year in Review

Ohio has been pushing to be a leader in business, technology and environmentalism, from innovative restaurants looking to go green with their recycling of food and waste, to state bills that help entrepreneurs and sustainability groups. Managing Editor Steph Greegor takes a look back at 2011 and the stories that were important to Ohio and hiVelocity readers.

The Year of the Food Truck

The 2011 boom of the mobile eatery is not only feeding Ohioans' bellies, but it's feeding the economy and local entrepreneurs as well.

Fusing art and technology

The Fuse Factory makes digital beauty accessible for the masses through education and art space. If you haven't seen what this lab can do with technology and arts, you're missing out on something special.

Shop Green, Shop Cool, Shop Local -- great tech and environmentally friendly gifts from around Ohio

Did you know you could buy Jedi lightsaber candlesticks from an Ohio business? Or maybe a specialty healthy cooking vaccum seal item? Holiday shopping this year can be buy local, buy green and buy great with these sure to please Ohio holiday items.

The Talent Dividend: How more college grads can add to Ohio's bottom line through its cities

What's the best thing a city can do to achieve more economic success? Increase its number of college graduates. The most prosperous cities have the highest number of college grads. Read how the Talent Dividend calculates just how much college degrees add to a city's bottom line--think billions--and why cities from Cleveland to Cincinnati are among the 57 cities competing for the million dollar prize to boost college attainment.

Pond scum with promise

You may look at it and think, "Ew, pond scum!" But to one savvy Ohioan, the slimy green stuff holds a promising future for all of us.

Why Columbus is thankful for Liz Lessner's innovative business style this holiday season

This holiday season, Columbus is thankful for one of its most savvy and influential business owners--Liz Lessner.

Lifelong struggle with dyslexia powers one of Ohio's most successful entrepreneurs

Janis Mitchell is the first to admit she's battled a lifetime of demons--but they never stopped her, she said. Instead, they've helped her become one of Ohio's biggest entrepreneurial success stories.

Rich Langdale: entrepreneur, venture capitalist, mentor

Serial entrepreneurs can be found in every community and corner of Ohio. Finding a serial entrepreneur-turned venture capitalist is rarer. Rich Langdale is one of those.

JackThreads defies tradition as Midwest-based fashion leader

With hard work and an eye for innovation, Columbus native Jason Ross has defied convention with men's fashion website JackThreads.

Ohio cities loom large as IT job generators

While U.S. job growth overall may be stuck in neutral, IT professionals should be chomping at the bit. Experts say technology occupations will be at the leading edge of job growth for at least a decade. And three of the hottest cities for IT jobs right now are here in Ohio.

Research giant Battelle flies under radar, but reach is worldwide

Despite its status as the world's largest independent research and development organization and the creator of such ubiquitous products as compact discs and UPC codes, few people understand what Battelle is or its importance to Ohio. 

Q&A: Candace Klein on the success of Bad Girl Ventures

Bad Girl Ventures launched in Cincinnati last year as a unique form of micro lender: one focused not just on getting financing into the hands of women-owned startups, but also on providing the education and resources women need to build successful businesses. In the last year, BGV has attracted a lot of attention as it has grown in participation and geography, most recently announcing its expansion to Cleveland. hiVelocity caught up with Candace Klein, BGV's founder and CEO, to ask about the success of her non-profit.

Video: This house fights cancer

A house that fights cancer? That's what this one does. Take a peek at this video, which tells the whole story.

Q&A: Brookings' Jonathan Rothwell on Ohio's green jobs outlook

A new report by the Brookings Institute says Ohio has done pretty well when it comes to creating "green jobs." The report, "Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment," by the institute's Metropolitan Policy Program, found that one-fourth of Ohio's green jobs are in manufacturing, with Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton leading the state. hiVelocity spoke with Metropolitan Policy Program Senior Research Analyst Jonathan Rothwell about the report and what it means for Ohio and the nation.

Q&A: Steve Krak on the Ohio STEM Learning Network

In 2006, Battelle, in partnership with The Ohio State University and KnowledgeWorks, opened Ohio's first STEM school, setting the stage for what became the Ohio STEM Learning Network. hiVelocity spoke to Steve Krak, Battelle's program manager for the network, about OSLN and the business case for STEM learning.

Mike Figliuolo: Angel funder, entrepreneur, thought leader

Mike Figliuolo is a former Army officer, McKinsey and Company consultant, Capital One Financial strategist, and a VP for Scotts Lawn Service. Today, he runs a practitioner-led leadership training firm, is an angel investor for tech startups, heads several web-based businesses and is a principal at a Dublin business accelerator. Oh, and he's writing a book. It's an unwieldy job description, but Figliuolo makes it simple: "I'm a parallel entrepreneur."

Q&A: Entrepreneur Wil Schroter

Wil Schroter was only 19 and a student at Ohio State University when he started his first company: Blue Diesel. Since then, he has blazed a trail of business creation that has resulted in more than half a dozen companies. We caught up with Schroter to ask him about entrepreneurship and his views on Ohio as a place to do business.

Dan Rockwell: Not your father's entrepreneur

Dan Rockwell is a big guy with a quick laugh and an unassuming manner. But behind the easy-going exterior is a man addicted to experimentation and new ideas -- some of which are turning the concept of what a startup should be on its head.

What's in a brand? These days, lots of social media

Building a brand is a process. It starts with having a good product and good service. Getting the word out entails advertising, marketing, promotions, special events, public relations and networking. Now, however, there's something new in the marketing toolbox -- social media.

The metro brand: how three cities are touting their strengths

It's not enough that cities have to compete with the rest of the world to attract business and jobs, they often face fierce competition from cities within a few hours' drive. Here's a look at how several of Ohio's metropolitan areas view their intrastate rivalries and market themselves.

Ohio's work-life climate is big draw for those tired of the rat race

Is it possible to be successful in business and have a meaningful personal life at the same time? It is if you live in Ohio. Our state gets rave reviews from business veterans who said goodbye to long commutes and crowded spaces and never looked back, finding the balance they were seeking in the smaller cities and livable suburbs of Ohio.

David Hunegnaw: Big-idea guy

David Hunegnaw is one of those elusive "serial entrepreneurs." He's a big idea guy, travels frequently, and seems to have his hands in everything. The Brooklyn native has made Ohio his home for the past 25 years, and during that time launched more than a half-dozen tech-savvy businesses.

Q&A: OSU's Michael Camp gives a bird's eye view of Ohio's entrepreneurial landscape

What are the strengths and weaknesses of Ohio's entrepreneurial landscape? As one of the nation's leading professors in entrepreneurship, Ohio State's S. Michael Camp should know. So, we asked him.

Video: Alleviating Poverty Summit looks at market-based solutions

The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit at the Ohio State University is an event designed to engage the public in conversations about market-based solutions to global and local poverty. Here's a short video that describes the summit, scheduled for April 15th in Columbus.

Q&A: AEP Ohio's Karen Sloneker explains "smart grid"

What's "smart grid" and what will it mean for me? The question's an increasingly common one as Ohio utilities prepare to test and implement a new generation of technologies designed for more efficient planning, distribution, monitoring and use of electricity. AEP Ohio, which serves 1.5 million customers throughout the state, is implementing smart grid technology among 110,000 customers in central Ohio as part of its gridSMART demonstration project. We asked project director Karen Sloneker, the company's director of customer services and marketing, to help us understand those efforts.

Working from home driving you crazy? Co-working can offer sanity, companionship

A home office offers freedom and flexibility. But it can also lead to isolation, tedium and that gotta-get-out-of-here feeling. For on-their-own Ohioans yearning for professional companionship, coworking may be the answer.

Joe DeLoss: where social consciousness and entrepreneurship meet

Give people sandwiches, and you'll feed them for a day. Give people jobs making, selling and delivering delicious, savory sandwiches, and you'll soon have more-employable Ohioans. In Joe DeLoss's case, that compassionate business strategy has led to recognition as one of America's best young entrepreneurs.

Small distilleries reviving grand tradition of Ohio spirits industry

There was a time when Ohio overflowed with distilleries that made whisky, which wended its way down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. Over time, every last one of those distilleries dried up. Now, small-scale distilleries are reviving the grand tradition.

ProjectOne to pump 10,000 jobs, $1.7 billion into Ohio economy

At a cost of $1 billion, ProjectOne is the largest construction project in Ohio State University's history. It's also expected to be one of the largest job-generators in central Ohio history, with as many as 10,000 new full-time positions by 2015.

Ohio moves toward fast lane in electric, hybrid car development

Paul Havasi of Cleveland gets a lot of stares from fellow drivers on his way to work. His three-wheeled electric NmG is a rare sight. But laugh all you want; his choice of transport is the way of the future, according to the many businesses and researchers in Ohio developing technology and products for hybrid and electric cars.

NSBE nurtures pipeline, retention, of Ohio engineers

Of the 10,000 or so African American students who enroll in U.S. engineering programs each year, fewer than 3,500 graduate with engineering degrees. The National Society of Black Engineers wants to change that, and one of its targets is Ohio.

Talent, timing, shaped Curtis Moody into one of Ohio's premier architects

For architect Curtis Moody, the mastermind behind Buckeye-born projects such as the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Ohio Statehouse renovation and the Center of Science and Industry, there was no easy road to success.

Business plan competitions give flight to fledgling ideas

There are good ideas and then there are good ideas with a plan. The former often die on the vine, having nowhere to go. The latter create companies. More and more Ohio entrepreneurs with good ideas are now developing their business acumen through university business plan competitions. They are turning heads. And creating the kinds of enterprises that lead to jobs.

Food movement is for real as Ohioans, producers, go local

Thousands of Ohioans are flocking to the farm, the farmers market and to restaurants to support locally grown produce. It's a bona fide movement, taking place all over the state where a local farmer is just around the corner.

Globetrotters take note: Cutting international deals is never business as usual

You've got the passport. You've got the pocket dictionary. All you have to do is launch your trusty PowerPoint and wait for those Big Deals Abroad to become reality. Right? Slow down, globetrotter, and take this advice from Anne Cappel: "You can't simply go there and do business as usual."

Q&A: Byrd Polar Research Center's Mosley-Thompson describes center's role at 50

Tucked away on the west side of the Ohio State University campus is the Byrd Polar Research Center -- an international leader in polar and alpine research that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. hiVelocity spoke with Director Ellen Mosley-Thompson, who came to OSU on a graduate fellowship and never left. A professor of geography, leading expert in ice core paleoclimatology and frequent flyer to Antarctica and Greenland, her responsibilities include caring for 7,000 ice cores stored at 30-below in the bowels of Scott Hall.

Who's snagging the young professionals? These folks are

Thanks to work done by folks like Richard Florida and Rebecca Ryan, cities are more aware than ever that the key to economic prosperity lies in attracting and retaining young professionals. Not only that, by reading their books The Rise of the Creative Class and Live First, Work Second, respectively we can pinpoint the factors that go into a young person's choice of city. All across Ohio, highly motivated organizations are relying on that data in an attempt to meet the needs of those coveted YPs, or young professionals.

Four year's later, Columbus' Tech Corridor powers on with new approach

Four years ago, a grand plan was rolled out for the "315 Research and Technology Corridor," one that envisioned coordinated, concentrated development of high-tech industry in an area roughly along Columbus's I-315. Since then, development has taken another course -- one that shows that the vision, if not the original game plan, is still alive.

Immigrants emerge as growing economic force across Ohio

In the wake of the Arizona immigration law rancor and anti-immigration rhetoric, Cleveland civic activist and author Richard Herman finds himself shaking his head a lot these days. "Contrary to common perception, immigrants aren't a drain on the economy. They're what fuels growth."

Tiny Israel taking big strides in Buckeye State

Israel boasts the highest number of start-ups per capita in the world. Ohio wants to be a second home to some of these businesses as they build their worldwide markets. Thanks to the aggressive efforts of business developers across the state, Ohio has become one of the most successful states in attracting investment from Israeli companies.

Hackerspaces give tinkerers room to work out 'next big thing'

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates once said his biggest competitive fear was "someone in a garage who is devising something completely new." Now, across Ohio, collective tinkering is taking place in hackerspaces -- for all practical purposes, modern, uber-garages where trained engineers, tech enthusiasts retirees and casual DIYers, work on what could be the "Next Big Thing."

Q&A: Rail veteran tackles 3C Corridor's burning questions

In January, Gov. Ted Strickland announced that Ohio had received $400 million in federal stimulus money to develop a "3C Corridor" passenger rail system linking Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. Immediately, questions flew: Will the trains go fast enough? How many stops? Who will ride it? Will the benefits be worth the money?  hiVelocity caught up with James E. Seney, who served as executive director of the Ohio Rail Development Commission under former Gov. Bob Taft. Seney, who oversaw the Taft Administration's original Ohio Hub rail plan to link Ohio to midwestern and east coast lines, says all questions are valid -- but that Ohio has an opportunity that's too good to pass up. 

Miami Valley soars on wings of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

If you think Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is merely a parking lot for planes and a layover for enlistees, you're as wrong at the folks who told Orville and Wilbur "it'll never fly." That's because behind those gates, alongside those hangers, buzzing in those offices, is a mega-engine of business that's critical to the Ohio economy.

Old neighborhoods emerge from ashes as hip centers of growth

Ohio neighborhoods are finding a second or third life as hip, new attractions for business, families and young professionals. Drawing on a combination of historic preservation and interest an urban lifestyle -- and tapping into corporate investment and state aid -- more than a dozen such neighborhoods have risen from the ashes

Video: A child prodigy's assessment of eTech Ohio's annual conference

Twelve-year-old teacher and author Adora Svitak reports from Columbus, filming herself in a mirror with commentary on this month's eTech Ohio conference, where she was a keynote speaker. We think the future of America is in safe hands.

Q&A: Ohio Sea Grant's Jeffrey Reutter explains the economic importance of Lake Erie

Ohio has a monumental stake in what happens to Lake Erie. Invasive species, algal blooms, chemical runoff and climate change all have the potential to stagger the economic engine that generates thousands of Ohio jobs. Since 1978, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has turned to Ohio State University -- which operates one of 30 Sea Grant College Programs around the country -- for some of the answers to Erie's most pressing problems. hiVelocity asked Program Director Dr. Jeffrey M. Reutter about the role the OSU Sea Grant Program plays in Ohio's economy.

Ohio's creative design reputation finally catching up with its legacy

For years, Ohio has been a quiet powerhouse in the worlds of industrial design, architecture, communications design and brand marketing. Problem was, few people outside the state noticed. No more. The Buckeye state's reputation, particularly along the I-71 corridor from Cleveland to Cincinnati, is charging to the forefront.

Unique partnership aims to get docs off drawing board, into marketplace

If you were to walk into Jeffrey Van Buren's physical therapy practice, you might see him working with clients using a self-designed platform that helps muscles react more quickly when presented with unexpected challenges. Van Buren now has dreams of getting his unique apparatus into the marketplace. And while that goal is still a dream, an innovative collaboration between his employer and TechColumbus is making it closer to reality every day.

Layoff leads to new career at leading-edge nanotech firm

Like many workers in this unstable economy, the year didn't start off well for Matt Garver. But thanks to his expertise, a burgeoning technology and a helping hand from the state, his prospects for 2009 brightened. So did his career.

OSU and its partners pioneer hybrid power conversion with 900 jobs in mind

There's a high-stakes race on in the electric vehicle arena, and an Ohio State University-based collaborative plans to lead the way -- at least in the commercial vehicle market.

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