Consider this Columbus Business 101 — your guide to five of our region’s 11key industries and seven major employers.
Note: The Columbus metro area is defined as Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties, according to local data.
The key industries
There are 11 key industries that represent Columbus + no industry holds more than an 18% share of the market, based on data from the City of Columbus Economic Development Division. We’ve listed them in order of employment numbers.
Professional and Business Services | 18% or 376,000 employees Of the 11 Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in the Columbus Region, five are also Fortune 500 companies. These businesses include Nationwide Insurance, AEP, and Hexion Inc.
Government | 16% or 336,000 employees Since Columbus is the capital of Ohio, that means large government agencies, such as the State of Ohio, are headquartered here. The State of Ohio employs 21,000+ people and adding to that are other agencies like the Supreme Court of Ohio or the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Home for the Holidays | Wednesday, Nov. 30 | Southern Theatre, 5115, 21 E. Main St., Columbus | $14.70–$82.95 | Enjoy a holiday jazz concert led by singer Stacie Boord.
Live Music Series | Wednesday, Nov. 30 | 5-8 p.m. | Understory, 2571 Neil Ave., Columbus | Free | Listen to local musician Will Strickler on the patio if weather permits.
Thursday, Dec. 1
Cirque Dreams Holidaze | Thursday, Dec. 1-Friday, Dec. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Palace Theatre Columbus, 34 W. Broad St., Columbus | $33-$103 | This Broadway-style production has twists on holiday classics with contemporary circus arts.
Trivia Night | Thursday, Dec. 1 | 7-9 p.m. | Park Street Tavern, 501 Park St., Columbus | Free
Friday, Dec. 2
GalaxyCon Live | Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 4 | Times vary | Greater Columbus Convention, 400 N. High St., Columbus | $35-$45 | Celebrate sci-fi, comic books, anime, and pop culture at this fandom convention.
Columbus Winterfair | Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 4 | Times vary | Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus | $0-$7 | Browse jewelry, glass, paintings, photographs, and ceramics from 400+ artists.
The Ohio State University President Kristina Johnson will step down from her role at the end of the 2022-23 academic year. Kristina advocated for free college + will go down as serving the secondshortest tenure in OSU presidential history. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Two central Ohio-based developers — Schottenstein Homes + Homewood Homes — are partnering to build 300+ town homes or single-living houses on the west end of Columbus. The project is named Renner Park as it is located on Renner Road. 🏡 (Columbus Business First)
Katalina’s, the popular brunch spot known for its pancake balls, will open a new location in Franklinton at 480 W. Town St. The new spot plans to open sometime next summer, but delays could push it back to later in the year. (614now)
Numerous Ohio State football players were awardedAll-Big Ten honors, including Tommy Eichenberg and Zach Harrison. On the national level, C.J. Stroud is a finalist for Davey O’Brien’s National Quarterback Award + Marvin Harrison Jr. is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which honors the best wide receiver. 🏆 (ABC6 On Your Side)
Since 2012, the Franklin County land bank has demolished3,300+ blighted residential homes to make way for new developments to benefit the community. Reports state that these efforts have increased property values by at least $230 million countywide. (NBC4)
When it come to the bestholiday lights, a new list from BestLife ranked Columbus as the No. 4 city in the US. The article cited popular spots like the Scioto Mile, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, and Franklin Park Conservatory. ✨
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Adding pastrami to your Lox sandwiches is always a good idea. | Photo via @markx050
There’s nothing like a piping hot cup of coffee on a Saturday morning followed by a bagel stacked with cream cheese and other delectable fillings. Whether you’re a classic breakfast sandwich or a lox bagel kind of person — here’s your go-to guide to local bagel shops around Columbus.
🥯 The Lox Bagel Shop, 772 N. High St. #106 This Short North shop serves hand-rolled bagels you can grab plain with cream cheese or fancy jam or as a variety of Insta-worthy bagel sandwiches. Try this: An egg + cheese sandwich with pastrami and avocado added.
🥯 Sammy’s New York Bagels, available for delivery “Ohio’s Best New York Style Bagel” is great for bulk bagel orders to eat at home with classic flavors like blueberry, everything, andpumpernickel plus special seasonal flavors (cranberry or pumpkin, anyone?). Bonus: Find these bagels at Katzinger’s Delicatessen.
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