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A Taste of Columbus, Ohio

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  1. Columbus is the capital and largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio. In 2008, Columbus was the 16th largest city in the United States, with 754,885 residents.

  2. Annual festivities in Columbus include the Ohio State Fair—one of the largest state fairs in the country— as well as the Columbus Arts Festival and the Jazz and Ribs Festival, both of which occur on the downtown riverfront.

  3. The Southern Theatre, built in 1896, is a U.S. national historic site.In May 2009, the Lincoln Theatre, which was formerly a center for Black culture in Columbus, was reopened to the public after extensive restoration. Not far from the Lincoln Theatre is the King Arts Complex, which hosts various cultural events. The city also has a number of theatres downtown, including the historic Palace Theatre, the Ohio Theatre, and the Southern Theatre.

  4. Columbus was ranked as the 15th most literate city in the country in 2008 by Central Connecticut State University, and the 19th best educated. In 2006, Columbus was ranked by CNN Money as the 8th best big city in the country to live in.

  5. The region's climate is transitional between humid continental and humid subtropical, characterized by hot, muggy summers and cold, dry winters. Winter snowfall is relatively light, since the city is not in the typical path of strong winter lows, such as the Nor'easters that strike cities farther east.

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WBNS 97.1 FM Columbus, OH Sports
WNCI 97.9 FM Columbus, OH Top-40
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WCRS (LPFM) 102.1 FM Columbus, OH Variety
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WCKX 107.5 FM Columbus, OH Hip Hop
WTVN 610 AM Columbus, OH News/Talk
WYTS 1230 AM Columbus, OH Sports
WBNS 1460 AM Columbus, OH Sports

Demographics of Columbus, Ohio

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(BPRW) Magic Johnson Kicks off 2013 BLACK ENTERPRISE Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo with Nationwide Insurance and Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman

- Premier small business conference brings more than 1,200 entrepreneurs together to learn and network -

(BLACK PR WIRE) –COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Basketball legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist Earvin “Magic” Johnson helped kick-off the 2013 BLACK ENTERPRISE Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide Insurance. The conference is the nation’s premier business resource for African Americans and is being held for the first time in the conference’s history in Columbus, OH at the Columbus Convention Center.

Today, BLACK ENTERPRISE President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. joined Magic Johnson, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Nationwide leaders Kirt Walker, President and COO Nationwide Financial and Gale King, Chief Administrative Officer at Nationwide’s headquarters in Columbus to begin the 4-day conference event.

"I am so excited to kick off the BLACK ENTERPRISE Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo. This is an amazing conference because it provides a great platform for African-American entrepreneurs to share ideas, network and ultimately grow their businesses,” said Johnson. “I am also proud to once again be associated with Nationwide Insurance, a charter brand partner of my ASPiRE cable network, and more importantly a company dedicated to supporting the African-American community."

Johnson spoke to a gathering of Nationwide Insurance associates and then hosted a “fireside” chat with more than 1,200 Conference attendees and members of the community at the Columbus Convention Center.

Bringing this conference to Columbus was a collaborative effort that included local city leadership and support from various businesses and community members from across the Central Ohio region.

“The City of Columbus and all of our partners are thrilled to host the 2013 BLACK ENTERPRISE Entrepreneurs Conference in our thriving region,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “We invite conference attendees and visitors to enjoy some of our community’s greatest assets, including the hotels, restaurants, and nightlife surrounding the Columbus Convention Center and throughout the city.”

"We are extremely excited to host the BLACK ENTERPRISE Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo for the very first time in Columbus,” said BLACK ENTERPRISE President & CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. “In addition to being the home of conference host Nationwide Insurance, Wendy’s (host of our Teenpreneurs Conference) and several other major corporations, the state of Ohio is where businesses such as Hightowers Petroleum, our 2013 Black Enterprise Industrial/Service Company of the Year, have made their marks as leaders of the BLACK ENTERPRISE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned companies. Many thanks to Nationwide, our host sponsor for the third consecutive year, and a tremendous partner to us as we worked with Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and the Columbus business community to make this year’s conference the best ever.”

The BLACK ENTERPRISE Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo, which annually brings together more than 1,200 of the country's leading small business entrepreneurs and corporate executives, is designed to provide attendees with the most innovative strategies from today's top business minds and high-powered networking opportunities that help to propel small business owners from successful launch to growth and profitability. This year’s conference theme is: Accelerate Your Business.

"Nationwide Insurance is proud of our partnership with BLACK ENTERPRISE and the opportunity to serve as the three time host sponsor of the 2013 BLACK ENTERPRISE Entrepreneur Conference +Expo," said Nationwide Chief Administrative Officer Gale King. "Nationwide understands that being in business for yourself takes dedication, commitment and hard work, and it is our pleasure to partner with BLACK ENTERPRISE to recognize and support entrepreneurs today, and in the future."

For updates, follow BLACK ENTERPRISE Entrepreneurs Conference page on Facebook and search the #BEEC hash tag on Twitter.

About ASPiRE
ASPiRE is a television network targeted to African-Americans and celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of our past, our now and our next. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in more than 15 million homes in 20 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC. through Comcast, Time Warner and FAVE TV. For more information, visit, and on Twitter @tvaspire.

About Magic Johnson Enterprises
Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit

About BLACK ENTERPRISE is the leading website for Money, Small Business and Career development. Providing executive and entrepreneurial resources, information, and profiles on the topics of money management, employment, career and start-up development, features expert resource articles, original video packages, and blogs, customized to empower its niche audience while consistently providing universal resource-value.

BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate source to build Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Visit for more information.

About Nationwide
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides customers a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, pet, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and specialty health services. For more information, visit

Nationwide, On Your Side, and the Nationwide frame mark, are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

Source: Nationwide

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Businesses in Columbus, Ohio

A small percentage of the businesses listed on may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. Angelique Salon & Day Spa Suites -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  6120 Boardwalk Street - Columbus, Ohio (614) 985-5920

  2. D & A Hair Institute -  Category: Black Hair Salons - Hair Extensions & Salon Services -  238 Thurman Ave - Columbus, Ohio (888) 341-9719

  3. Designs of Distinction Hair Studio, LLC -  Category: Black Hair Salons - Hair Weaving Services -  6054- Channingway Blvd. - Columbus, Ohio (614) 307-6913

  4. Exquisite Barber & African Hair Braiding -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  3140 S Hamilton Road - Columbus, Ohio  - (visit website)

  5. It's All About You -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  40 S. James Rd Suite E - Columbus, Ohio (614) 235-4247

  6. Napps Kinx BB's Urban Day Spa -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  33 James Road - Columbus, OH (614) 452-3804

  7. Personal Affects -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  4331 Donlyn Court - Columbus, OH (614) 732-6343



  1. Diversity City Media -  Category:Advertising Services -   750 Cross Pointe Road Suite Q - Columbus, OH, 43230 (866) 910-6277 Office - (614) 595-6063 Cell  - (visit website)

  2. Euqidis LLC -  Category: Advertising Services - offers advertising and free listing for black owned businesses. We promote your business through social media and email campaigning.   - 5992 Slippery Rock Dr. Columbus, OH (614) 259-7584  - (visit website)

  3. McCants Investigations and Security -  Category: Security Services -  Class A Licensed Private Investigator and Security Guard Provider Business.   - 3941 Karl Road Columbus, OH (614) 338-9457  - (visit website)

  4. Ujamaa Bookstore -  Category: Bookstore -  African Bookstore is a specialty bookstore, and gift shop since 1993. We are pleased to provide books on the African world wide experience, and African American experience. Featuring your favorite African American authors.   - 1511 E. Livingston Ave. Columbus, OH (614) 258-4633

  5. Urban Spirit -  Category: Art Gallery -  891-893 E. Long Street Columbus OH 43203 (614) 253-7778   - (visit website)

  6. Wilbur C. Blount, M.D., FACS -  Category: Ophthalmologist -   300 East Town Street Columbus, Ohio 43215 (614) 224-2020



  1. Food for Thought Food-The Soul -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  4400 N High Street - Columbus, OH (614) 784-1600

  2. Glorias Soul Food -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Daily Specials -  1615 East Main Street - Columbus, OH (614) 252-3580

  3. New Harvest -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Specializing in authentic soulfood. -  1675 Arlington Ave - Columbus, OH (614) 447-8810  - (visit website)

  4. Soul Food Kitchen -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Daily Specials -  1521 Frebis Avenue - Columbus, OH (614) 725-4802

  5. Urban Chefs -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Specializing in Barbecue sauces and other meat sauces. -  3336 Yoruzi Drive Columbus OH 43232 (614) 560-0628  - (visit website)



The Jolt Summer Series continues with a stop at the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest. Adam makes a few new friends and shows you why this summertime festival is way more than just pianos and pork.



Jobs from Indeed



  1. Ame Icon -  1310 Essex Avenue, Columbus, OH (614) 297-1687

  2. Bethel AME Church -  2021 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH (614) 294-1700

  3. Mt Vernon Ave AME Church -  1127 Mount Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH (614) 253-4323

  4. St John's Ame Church -  7700 Crosswoods Drive, Columbus, OH (614) 888-0894

  5. St Mark Ame Church -  480 Trevitt Street, Columbus, OH (614) 252-8542

  6. St Paul Ame Church -  639 East Long Street, Columbus, OH (614) 228-4113



  1. Club Paradise -  Category: NightClub -  520 S High St, Columbus, OH (614) 221-2434   - (visit website)

  2. Columbus Gold Gentlemen's Club -  Category: Adult Club -   5411 Bethel Sawmill Ctr, Columbus, OH (614) 764-0500 - (visit website)

  3. Funny Bone Comedy Club -  Category: Comedy Club -   145 Easton town Center, Columbus, OH (614) 471-5653   - (visit website)

  4. Icon -  Category: Nightclub -   231 1/2 N. 5th Street   - (watch video)



  1. African American Heritage Festival
    April   Location: Throughout The Ohio State University campus, Columbus, Ohio   - (visit website)

    A time for people of all ages and walks to celebrate African-American history and culture.

  2. Arnold Sports Festival
    March   (614) 431-2600   - (visit website)

    Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall D, 400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio

  3. Jazz and Rib Fest in Columbus
    July   Location: The Arena District: North Bank Park, McFerson Commons, and Spring & Long Streets in downtown Columbus, Ohio.   - (visit website)

    A hotspot for barbecue and jazz connoisseurs.

  4. Juneteenth Ohio Festival
    June   Location: Franklin Park, 1755 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio   - (visit website)

    3 days of fun, music, food, and entertainment at Franklin Park in Columbus Ohio!


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