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City of Columbus launches small business hub

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The City of Columbus has launched a new Small Biz Hub that will provide entrepreneurs with the resources needed to help their businesses.

Columbus City Councilmember Nicholas J. Bankston and Department of Development Deputy Director Quinten L. Harris announced the launch of the Columbus Small Biz Hub Friday.

“As chair of the Small & Minority Business committee, I can say this resource will help our small businesses thrive,” Bankston said. “This online portal will provide local entrepreneurs with tools to grow their business, including access to funds, grants and networking opportunities. This really is a one-stop-shop for all of these entrepreneurs.”

The Columbus Small Biz Hub is a first-of-its-kind local resource created with the small business owners in mind.

The online portal allows business owners to receive personalized updates on events, announcements, and resources, and is available to entrepreneurs regardless of how long they have had their business.

The city said the portal will help "build bridges between small business owners and the countless organizations that provide valuable resources to the small business ecosystem."

“Under Mayor Ginther’s Opportunity Rising vision, the city is determined to ensure that every business has equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. This Small Business Hub puts us another step closer to fulfilling this promise,” Harris said. “This portal will match business owners with Entrepreneur Support Organizations that can assist them along every step of their entrepreneurial journey. These organizations offer advice and resources to help the businesses maximize their existing situation, while simultaneously looking for new resources.”

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Entrepreneurs interested in the Small Biz Hub can learn more here.

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