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Entrepreneurship

New companies are vital to Ohio's long-term interests, and dreamers are what keep us moving. From one-person outfits to partnerships employing hundreds, entrepreneurs -- matched with the industry sectors that have the most potential for success -- are vital to Ohio's economy.

Entrepreneurship Features

Thriving startup community means jobs aplenty ... for the right candidates

The large number of open jobs in the startup community indicates growing success, but working for a startup has unique challenges. Recruiters and employers discuss the critical qualities required for a good fit between companies and employees.

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.

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.

Meet Len Gray, legal entrepreneur and Ohio transplant

Attorney and Memphis native Len Gray relocated to northeast Ohio to launch Inlaw.me, an online recruiting tool for the legal industry. The local business community's spirit of collaboration and enthusiasm is what drew him to the Buckeye State.
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Entrepreneurship Founders

C. Ethan Smith of Roads Ahead et al.

C. Ethan Smith of Roads Ahead et al.

City: Cleveland

"If my brand is successful in Cleveland, then it will be everywhere else."

Mark Kelnhofer of Return On Ingredients

Mark Kelnhofer of Return On Ingredients

City: Columbus

"I was able to reduce costs five consecutive years resulting in millions of dollars in savings."

Jason Buskirk of Health Care DataWorks

Jason Buskirk of Health Care DataWorks

City: Columbus

"Lots of users are starved for this type of info."

Debbie Donley of Vocon

Debbie Donley of Vocon

City: Cleveland

"We sell ourselves based on the quality work we have done."

Konrad Billetz of Frameri

Konrad Billetz of Frameri

City: Cincinnati

"There really is no other product that does what ours does."

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