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Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: August 02, 2017

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus Host the Inaugural Ohio Municipalities Business Conference

The first Ohio Municipalities Business Conference opened today at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Hosted by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the two-day event provides tangible tips, resources and business opportunities to start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners across the state. More than 500 business owners, procurement officers and supplier diversity professionals from around Ohio are expected to attend.

“This is a great opportunity for municipalities across the state to leverage their buying power for the betterment of our small and entrepreneurial business communities, which we know are drivers of our economic growth,” said Mayor Ginther. “Columbus is proud to be the host of this first-of-its kind event.”

Programming highlights include:

  • “Unleash Your Next Billion Dollar Idea” – opening plenary with Chinedu Echeruo, co-founder of MindMeet and founder of Hopstop; Wednesday, August 2, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • Power Breakfast: “A Digital Revolution: Connectivity & Mobility in the Age of Innovation” with Everette Taylor, vice-president of marketing at Skurt, emcee Nick Fortine, publisher of Columbus Business First, and a panel discussion led by Brandi Braun, Smart Columbus Team; Thursday, August 3, from 8 to  9:30 a.m.
  • Business Expo Ribbon Cutting; Thursday, August 3, 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Mayor Roundtable Luncheon with Mayor Ginther and other elected officials across the State of Ohio as they cover topics such as how to do business with public entities, upcoming initiatives and more;  Thursday, August 3, noon to 2:00 p.m.
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