Use the term "entrepreneurism in Central Ohio" and you think "Columbus," as in TechColumbus or Techlife Columbus. But Central Ohio suburbs also have active new business and tech communities, with close-in support for neighborhood start-ups. Here are a couple of note:
• The Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC) - located on Post Road - houses a number of start-ups as well training programs, a Platform Lab and a Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The center also has one of the state's Edison technology centers, this one focused on polymer technologies. The DEC hosts a range of events for small and start-up businesses. On December 10, the center will host a small business tax workshop to help self-employed individuals and start-up organizations with a primer on tax laws and regulations. Presenters from the Ohio Small Business Development Center, the IRS and the Ohio Department of Taxation will provide compliance training and support materials. Attendance is free, but registration is required: visit the Columbus State online registration site to register.
• Gahanna is partnering with TechColumbus to host an evening presentation and mixer called "Grow Your Business in the City of Gahanna" at 5:30 pm on December 8 at the Creekside Conference & Event Center in Gahanna. Local entrepreneurs, city and county officials, economic development professionals and business advisers can learn about resources available through Gahanna and the TechStart program. The event is free, but registration is required through TechColumbus.
The TechStart program - which includes start-up funding and mentoring assistance - is led by TechColumbus and supported by Ohio's Third Frontier Program and 18 local private business partners.