Columbus, Ohio hits the bullseye when it comes to small business friendliness, nabbing the state’s top spot in our 2015 Small Business Friendliness survey. It’s also working hard for small businesses across the Buckeye State.
Among the city’s notable rankings: an “A” for ease of starting a business and an “A-” for overall friendliness, and an “A+” for training and networking programs. I was honored to visit Columbus on March 8 to present Mayor Andrew Ginther with a Champion of Small Business Award at the Economic & Community Development Institute.
A crowd of roughly 100 people—from Ohio Thumbtack pros to city officials and local small business advocacy groups—joined us for the public ceremony and panel discussion co-hosted with the mayor’s office. It was truly inspiring to celebrate Columbus’s accomplishments and hear from small business owners, like Elyse Steinbrecher, about what’s helping or hindering their success.
“This recognition from Thumbtack is proof of the ongoing commitment our mayor and city council have made to business friendliness. But city government doesn’t achieve this alone. We are lucky to have partners across our region working to support businesses. Thumbtack is one of those valued partners, helping small businesses connect with customers and resources as they drive innovation and job creation in Columbus,” said councilmember Elizabeth Brown, Chair of Economic Development Committee in Columbus who also attended the event.
“Entrepreneurs and small business owners are fundamental to our economic success. Some are creating the next great product or service that will drive our economy for the next 30 years,” said Columbus Mayor, Andrew Ginther.
Rather than resting on its laurels, local government and its partners are working hard to raise the bar. Columbus has already launched a new small business concierge program and is exploring ways to create opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses. It’s also launched a resource for building a small business in Columbus.
I’ve traveled all over the country in my advocacy work for Thumbtack’s skilled professionals, and it is always a thrill to see the energy of our pros and the the people and organizations supporting them. To our 5,000 and counting skilled professionals that use Thumbtack in Ohio, a big shout out for all of your hard work. As ever, I’m here to listen. Please share your thoughts in the comments section on how we can continue to fight for you.