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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.

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.

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.

The Brandery: Local impact, national attention

Named as one of the top 10 business accelerator programs in the nation last spring, The Brandery in Cincinnati is now nurturing its second group of entrepreneurs while its first "graduates" spread their wings.

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.

Q&A: University of Cincinnati's Dorothy Air on academia's role in business

For 10 years, Dorothy Air has been on the front lines of university innovation. She knows firsthand the role universities can play in advancing research, development and technology. Air -- associate VP for entrepreneurial affairs in the Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization at the University of Cincinnati -- talks to hiVelocity about her work and the dynamic relationship between Ohio universities and the wider economic community.

Q&A: Agricultural Incubator Foundationís Bernie Scott describes ag entrepreneurship efforts

Agriculture Incubator Foundation Chairman Bernie Scott is no stranger to the field of food and agriculture. His devotion to the land and its capabilities grew while participating in 4-H and FFA (then called Future Farmers of America), earning degrees in agriculture and agricultural education from Ohio State University (he was OSU's 2009 Alumni Citizenship Award winner), and working as an ag teacher in the Otsego School District. Here, he fills us in on the foundation and its work with agricultural entrepreneurs.

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.

Launch100: A year later

While personal ingenuity and hard work may be credited for much of Simply Southern Sides' rapid growth, Claude Booker credits a new initiative spearheaded by JumpStart for helping beef up his operations with sound advice and resources.

Q&A: Doug Craver takes a breather to talk about Cleveland's tech environment

Doug Craver never stops moving. The 47-year-old northeast Ohio native is a serial entrepreneur who's had his hand in a half-dozen tech companies since he was 25 -- including CMI, Knotice and Realeflow. He's curently president and CEO of LaunchTribe -- but prefers the title of "startup craftsman."

Video: The Brandery

In August, we told you about The Brandery, a Cincinnati accelerator that wants to give entrepreneurs technical assistance and $20,000 in startup funding in exchange for a 6 percent equity stake in their new companies. SOAPBOX provides an overview in this video.

Q&A: Steve Arless brings global biomed reputation to Cleveland -- here's why

Steve Arless has more than 35 years of international experience in the development, marketing and sales of medical devices. Seventeen of those years were spent at London-based Smith & Nephew, where he served as president for five years. His fame, though, accrued while president of CryoCath, which sold in 2006 for $380 million. Now CEO of Cleveland-based CardioInsight, this Montreal native is bringing his talents south.

Q&A: Elizabeth Edwards on Cincy's entrepreneurial ecosystem

Elizabeth Edwards is a former venture investor who believes there is no lack of innovation or entrepreneurial spirit in the greater Cincinnati region. What's needed, she says, are more ways to connect great ideas with resources. That's why Edwards left Neyer Holdings to form her own company, Metro Innovation -- and why she initiated programs like InOneWeekend three years ago and the Cincinnati Innovates contest, now it its second year. hiVelocity spoke to Edwards about Cincinnati's entrepreneurial climate.

Q&A: Nancy Bridgman talks about the NET Incubator's role in the Dayton region

The National Environmental Technology Incubator in Springfield may not be Ohio's biggest incubator, but its affiliation with Central State University makes it a key partner within the Dayton region's academic-business scene. No longer focused just on environmentally oriented companies, the NET incubator has plans to grow. Executive Director Nancy Bridgman brings us up to date in this interview.
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