Olentangy Paddle wraps up first season

by This Week’s staff writer, Kevin Parks.
Olentangy Paddle wraps up a successful first year for Lisa Daris’ new business venture, Olentangy Paddle. The new company offers kayaking and canoe trips along the river, mostly from a Clintonville launch location. The service will close at the end of October and re-open in May. “Daris said it sometimes seems as if hers is the last generation that had to go outside to play rather than stay inside and play video games. She wants to reverse that trend, and feels getting young people and their families to take a kayak or canoe trip along the Olentangy — which she called a “very lazy river” — is an ideal way of doing that.” Many of us know Lisa as a Simply Living member, and director of Slow Money Ohio. Lisa also operates Green Hope, a business that commemorates the human spirit through the gift of trees.
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How Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship

by Farah Ahmad of the Center for American Progress

As the U.S. becomes more diverse, women of color entrepreneurs stand to play an even bigger role in our nation’s economy.

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Women of color are a principal force behind one of the most important components of America’s current marketplace and our nation’s future economy: entrepreneurship. Today, women of color are the majority owners of close to one-third of all women-owned firms in the nation. Increased access to business capital—including microenterprises, venture-capital-funded firms, and crowd funding—has helped the number of women entrepreneurs grow substantially. But women of color face significant obstacles in starting their own businesses, leading to the question of why so many of them turn to entrepreneurship. The growth of women of color as business owners is part of a long-term trend, but the question of why this trend is occurring is often left unanswered. Looking at the alternative to entrepreneurship—the traditional workplace—sheds light on some of the reasons.

Many women of color who become entrepreneurs do so in order to pursue their innovative desires. But too often, structural obstacles in the traditional workforce limit Read more →

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KEMBA Financial Credit Union Is a Member Owned Cooperative

KEMBA Financial Credit Union Is a Member Owned Cooperative
Like our local retail food cooperatives, KEMBA and other credit unions are not in business for the sole purpose of making a profit for their shareholders.  If their banking services earn a profit, then those extra dollars go back into the business to give member owners lower costs for services and higher interest rates than their for-profit competitors.  Click here to see a chart that compares their interest rates with competitors on checking, savings accounts, CDs, Money Markets, etc. KEMBA has been a partner in the SOLE Coalition and a business member of Simply Living because we share a common goal to keep our dollars local and recirculating in the community. KEMBA and other credit unions only serve their members and/or specific geographic areas. If you would like more information about KEMBA banking services, contact Vincent Neal at 614.729.1412 or email vneal@kemba.org.

FACT: Nearly 75% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, with little to no savings available in case of an emergency.

FACT: 46% of all American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement. 

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Invest Local Ohio (ILO) Informational Seminars

Another great way to keep our money local is to invest in our central Ohio small businesses and entrepreneurs.

ECDI (the nonprofit Economic and Community Development Institute) has created a special “Invest Local Ohio” fund that allows anyone with a minimum of $1000 to earn up to 3% interest for a 5 year note. This rate is higher than typical CDs and money market funds that invest your money in the global economy.  ECDI has a track record of creating a new job every day and a new business every week since 2004, right here in central Ohio.

If you are interested in making an investment locally, please join us at this Informational Seminar and get all the details from Steve Fireman, President/General Counsel at ECDI.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6:30 – 7:30 pm  This session has been postponed. Date to be announced.  For information on the new date contact Douglas Craven, dcraven@ecdi.org

Location: 1655 Old Leonard Ave, Columbus 43219.

 

 

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Mosaic connects investors to high quality solar projects

Website of the Week: Mosaic, A New Platform that Lets Everyone Invest in Solar Projects!

Co-founded by Billy Parish. Mosaic connects investors to high quality solar projects. Our mission is to open up clean energy investing and fundamentally change the way energy is financed. The fundamentals of solar makes it an attractive component of a diversified investment portfolio: reliable technology, predictable energy output, and stable cash flows.

Every Mosaic project is carefully vetted and structured to minimize risk while maximizing benefits to investors and to the planet. Already, thousands of people from across the United States have invested millions of dollars to finance solar projects through Mosaic’s online marketplace. You shouldn’t have to choose between making money and making a difference. We created Mosaic to give people a secure place to invest directly in things that are real and create lasting value.

Learn more

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April Is Earth Month!

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April Is Earth Month!  From visually stunning glacier films to GMO labeling of your food to celebrating locally, here is an updated list of events to consider, including multiple FREE screenings of Chasing Ice, the documentary that shows the visual evidence of climate change using time lapse photography at glaciers around the world. A grant with partner National Geographic enables the Chasing Ice team and director to plan these events in central Ohio.

April 14 – Switch, Discover the Future of Energy: with Dr. Scott Tinker, screening and discussion, Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N High St), 5pm (reception), 6pm (screening)
April 14 – Years of Living Dangerously screening at Studio 35 (3055 Indianola Ave), 7pm, free
April 16 – Chasing Ice!, Camelot Wine Cellar (958 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201) 6 – 8 pm
April 19-26 – Earth Week Service, multiple locations, register to volunteer
April 22 – Free Ewaste Recycling Drive and Jeni’s Ice Cream at Integrated Building Systems (950 Michigan Ave), 7:30am-4pm
April 22 – Chasing Ice!, Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St), 7pm, free
April 22 – Deep Green, explores solutions to global warming around the world, Drexel (2254 E. Main St. Bexley), 7 pm Free
April 24 – Chasing Ice!, Strongwater Food & Spirits (401 W. Town St. Franklinton) 7:30 – 10:30 pm
April 25 – Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens Arbor Day Celebration at OSU Oval, 10am, free
April 26 – PreCycle Day organized by Sustainable Worthington, curbside free giveaway of re-usable stuff, Worthington
April 26 – Earth Day Celebration at Columbus Commons (160 S High St), 11am-10pm, free
April 26 – Earth Day Celebration at Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (4850 Powell Rd, Powell) with free games, crafts and interactive exhibits, 9am-5pm, normal admission
April 27 – GMO OMG screening, Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St), 2pm, free
April 29 – Workplace Charging Workshop and Tesla Test Drive, Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (2201 Fred Taylor Dr), 10am-3pm, free
April 30 – Chasing Ice!, Audubon Nature Center (505 W Whittier St), 7pm, free
May 3 – Chasing Ice!, Green on the Green: Worthington Square, Downtown Worthington on the SW and SE Village Greens, 9 am – 2 pm.
May 4 – Chasing Ice!, Sunbury United Methodist Church (100 W Cherry St, Sunbury), 11 am

 

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Local Matters Call for Volunteers to Support Local Food Programs

Local Matters is a nonprofit organization, serving the Central Ohio area, working to create healthier communities through food. Our mission is to inspire action because food impacts the quality of our health, our land, and our communities. We teach children and adults what healthful food is, where it comes from, and how to prepare wholesome, delicious meals at home.

Volunteers help further our mission in many different ways. Our volunteers teach cooking skills to adults and families at risk of hunger, care for learning gardens at schools and recreation centers around Columbus, lead fun food activities for kids inside and outside of the classroom, prepare ingredients in our kitchen for educational workshops, and much more! They are people just like you who are passionate about the link between nutrition and health and want to see a more just food system in Central Ohio. If you want to help others eat more healthfully and grow food closer to home, we want you to join our team as a volunteer. Please go here <www.local-matters.org/volunteering> to find out more information about how to get involved.

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Infographic: Ohio’s Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Standards

Infographic: Ohio’s Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Standards

Voice your support for clean energy standards in Ohio.

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Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff

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Tues April 22: Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff Mini Festival 6:30 pm 
Celebrate Earth Day week while we screen the classic Story of Stuff video along with screenings of several additional videos in the series produced by Annie Leonard, including The Story of Electronics, The Story of Change, and The Story of Solutions.  Free.  Donations welcome. Location: Northwood High Building, Community Room 100, 2231 N. High St. Columbus 43201. This event is also an Earth Day Worksite.
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The Great Transition: Co-Creating a Sustainable Future

 A Film-based Discussion Course

This course is being offered by Simply Living’s Transition Hub of Central Ohio

Facilitators: Chuck Lynd, Interim Director of Simply Living

Location: Northwood High Bldg, Room 100, 2231 N. High St. Cbus 43201. Free parking in rear.

Dates & Time: First Thursday of the Month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Fee: $25 for entire course; $10 per individual class

Simply Living is part of the Transition Town network, which includes 471 initiatives worldwide and 147 initiatives in the U.S. We share the broad vision of this network:

Our vision is that every community in the United States has engaged its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels; a future that is more vibrant, abundant and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present.

 More information

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Support Our Local Economy CoalitionThink Columbus First is an initiative of: the Support Our Local Economy (SOLE) Coalition

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Reasons To Love Your Local Small Businesses:
  1. Supportive communities attract entrepreneurs who create local jobs
  2. They hire local people who know you & your unique needs
  3. They help give our communities personality and fun
  4. A 10% Shift from chain to local will create 5000 new jobs in Franklin County

Think Local

  • Consider adding more efficiency to your home or business. Visit Wattworks for indoor and outdoor LED lighting, IR heaters, solar power systems and more.
  • City Folks Farm Shop urban homesteading supplies in Columbus Central Ohio homesteaders and urban farmers can find supplies, classes and resources.
  • Shopping at Easton Town Center can be a local experience, when you visit Celebrate Local. The store features handmade and artisanal products from all over Ohio.

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