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Support for entrepreneurs doesn't fade for the holidays

A common business development rule in most regions of the country is "don't plan to accomplish much between Thanksgiving and New Years."  That's because the entrepreneurial support structure - venture capital organizations, associations and support groups - take a long holiday to wrap up this year's work and plant for next year.

But - like the Energizer Bunny - the Central Ohio entrepreneurial scene doesn't close for the holidays.  There are dozens on activities under way in December, including two important ones this week:

  • A Women's Entrepreneur Event - "How Intellectual Property Laws Affect Your Business" - will be held Tuesday, December 1 at Tech Columbus (1275 Kinnear Road).  Led by Diane Burke, a registered patent attorney at Columbus law firm Steptoe & Johnson, the presentation and panel will cover how to avoid patent and trademark infringement while protecting your own intellectual property.  The event is free, but registration is required at the Tech Columbus site.
  • For IT professionals, there's a networking event at the Bar of Modern Art (BOMA) on Wednesday, December 2.  To add spice to the mixer, event sponsor Fast Switch is offering a $1,000 prize for the best early-stage product demo that evening.  Want to see what's coming out of the Columbus entrepreneurial pipeline?  Then register and enjoy the competition.  This one costs $35 and advanced registration is required.

There's much more in the way of meetings and mixers in December, but you need to move fast to take advantage of these two.