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This is where Columbus and the central Ohio community comes to talk business. cbuzz is the first business-focused podcast by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, where we talk with Columbus's top entrepreneurs and highlight local business events that you won't want to miss.



Want to suggest a guest? Have a question for us about cbuzz? We'd love to hear from you ... contact us at columbus.org.

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    • 5.0, 39 Ratings

This is where Columbus and the central Ohio community comes to talk business. cbuzz is the first business-focused podcast by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, where we talk with Columbus's top entrepreneurs and highlight local business events that you won't want to miss.



Want to suggest a guest? Have a question for us about cbuzz? We'd love to hear from you ... contact us at columbus.org.

    Episode 62: Janelle Coleman, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium: Building brands focused on community

    Episode 62: Janelle Coleman, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium: Building brands focused on community

    This episode was previously recorded in winter 2019 and published at this later date. Janelle Coleman also presented at the Columbus Chamber's 2020 Annual Meeting - Level Up - as a keynote speaker.



    If there's one thing Janelle Coleman wants to focus on in her role as Executive Vice President of External Affairs at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, it's storytelling.



    And there are plenty of stories to tell as a world-renowned zoo.



    "I want everyone in our community to feel like it's their zoo," says Coleman.



    Janelle's appreciation and interest in community extends nearly her entire life - from growing up in Cleveland to her time at Ohio University and into her career at L Brands and now with the Columbus Zoo.



    Tune in as Janelle sits down with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt for one of our most engaging conversations yet.

    • 36 min
    Episode 61: Cindy Monroe, Thirty-One Gifts: One company's mission to empower

    Episode 61: Cindy Monroe, Thirty-One Gifts: One company's mission to empower

    This episode was previously recorded in fall 2019 and published at a later date.



    Thirty-One Gifts began in a basement and has since evolved into a multi-million dollar operation dealing in affordable purses, totes, accessories, and more.



    As its founder and CEO, Cindy Monroe started in direct-selling in college and saw the opportunity to provide women with a flexible source of income while having fun. Starting the business when she was just 28 years old, Cindy has learned a lot about the challenges that face female business owners and the benefits of operating a business in the Columbus region.



    Cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt sits down with Cindy to discuss the evolution of Thirty-One Gifts.

    • 38 min
    Episode 60: Kenny McDonald, One Columbus: Driving economic prosperity

    Episode 60: Kenny McDonald, One Columbus: Driving economic prosperity

    As its president and CEO of One Columbus, Kenny McDonald oversees the organization in its work to create partnerships with state and local partners and focuses on helping existing businesses to grow and compete, as well as diversifying the economy through the attraction of new businesses and supporting newly formed high-growth enterprises.



    Cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt sits down with Kenny to discuss the rebranding of Columbus 2020 to One Columbus, the economic vitality of our Columbus Region and the value of community partnerships.

    • 29 min
    Episode 59: Betsy Pandora, Short North Alliance: Leading a community with innovation

    Episode 59: Betsy Pandora, Short North Alliance: Leading a community with innovation

    The Short North is known for its vibrant, creative and inclusive community as a leading arts destination. It also happens to be the densest commercial corridor in the City of Columbus, and with Columbus slated to add 1 million additional residents to the city by 2050, there is a lot for an organization like the Short North Alliance to consider.



    "As Executive Director of the Short North Alliance, my role is constant in creative problem solving," says Betsy Pandora.



    A Columbus native and a graduate of the Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture, Betsy is a dedicated advocate for our local community, a trait that is evident throughout her conversation with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt.

    • 33 min
    Episode 58: Mark Bryan, M+A Architects: Focusing on wellness through space

    Episode 58: Mark Bryan, M+A Architects: Focusing on wellness through space

    Mark Bryan is an Associate and Senior Interior Designer with M+A Architects, a Central Ohio-based firm that is known for its smart and sustainable design with clients like White Castle, Ohio State University and Easton. 



    M+A's mission is to enrich lives through innovative design, which means Mark and his fellow team members are consistently pushing boundaries outside of their projects to influence the greater community in a positive way.

    • 30 min
    Episode 57: CEO Insights featuring Greg Ubert, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

    Episode 57: CEO Insights featuring Greg Ubert, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

    For this month’s episode, cbuzz is revisiting a CEO Insights conversation with Greg Ubert, founder and president of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. 



    Greg Ubert explored a path not traveled by many when he left his job in high-tech software to pursue a coffee venture.



    The Harvard graduate felt pressed to share with others the realization he had only just come to himself – coffee didn’t just have to be for caffeine, it could also taste great. This began Ubert’s quest for the perfect cup that resulted in the 1991 founding of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea right here in Columbus.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

39 Ratings

No Rocker Boys Please ,

Authentic and insightful!

What a great look inside the minds of innovative leaders! Mikaela is excellent at extracting the applied nuts and bolts for how entrepreneurial journeys are mapped out, along with all the wonderful detours that appear along the way!

newagehippie22 ,

Good stuff!

This podcast is really good for getting to know local entrepreneurs and businesses. The host’s voice and style are nice to listen to as well. It’s very consistent.

BuddBikes ,

Columbus is a great place to be in business

Great series. Incredibly useful resource for both how to and inspiration. Columbus is a great place to be in business.

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