Columbus Chamber Business Summit

  • When: November 13, 2012 at 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Where:

    The Renaissance Columbus Downtown
    50 North Third Street
    Columbus, OH 43215

  • Event Type: Chamber  


The Columbus Chamber Business Summit connects business executives to ideas and resources to help their businesses thrive—as well as recognizes the success of top Columbus business leaders.

During the luncheon program, hear a keynote address delivered by Mark Kvamme, one of our Region’s most influential business leaders and celebrate our Region’s best with the Summit Awards.

Panel Discussions and Dialog

Learn about business-critical topics from panels of experts during two high-impact, interactive morning panel discussions. The panels will be introduced by Pamela Springer, Manta.

Building a Breakthrough Brand

What does it take to standout from your competition, transform into a recognizable brand, and create a following of loyal customers and clients? Learn from these successful brands and top marketing minds.

Panelists: Bev Bethge, Ologie; Lynn Blashford, White Castle; Ryan Vesler, Homage

Moderator: Artie Isaac, Vistage Columbus

Innovation: Lessons from Startup Entrepreneurs

Learn how to run your business like an entrepreneur. Topics including:
– Innovation: The Value for Established Businesses
– Fostering Your Resources: Intrapreneurship Drives Innovation
– Our Business Community: How to Leverage Entrepreneurs and Startups
– Manage the Risks of Innovation

Panelists: Todd Whittier, Left Channel; Shawn O’Reilly, Robert Gregory Partners; Bob Sheehan, BMW Financial Services

Moderator: Brooke Paul, Founders Factory  

Summit Awards

Congratulations to our award finalists.

Finalists will be recognized and recipients will be announced at the Business Summit luncheon. More than 150 nominations were received for the Summit Awards. 

Keynote Address by Mark Kvamme

Mark D. Kvamme’s professional life is steeped in innovation and entrepreneurship, with particular focus on financial investments and strategic marketing.

Until recently, he was President and Interim Chief Investment Officer for JobsOhio, the nonprofit organization that oversees economic development activities for the State of Ohio. Today, he is undertaking new endeavors that include pursuing private sector opportunities that support the economic development and job creation mission he began at JobsOhio.


8:00 a.m. – Registration and Networking

8:30 – Welcome Session

8:40 – 9:40 – Building a Breakthrough Brand

9:40 – 9:50 – Morning Break

9:50 – 10:50 – Innovation: Lessons from Startup Entrepreneurs

10:50 – 11:30 – Networking and Exhibits

11:30 – 1:00 p.m. – Columbus Chamber Business Summit Awards and Luncheon  

Keynote Presenter:
Mark Kwamme, Former President

Honorary Chair:
Mike Rosati, Rosati Windows

Who Should Attend

Entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, mid-level managers


Tickets for this event are $75. Click “Register” below to reserve your seat. Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Event History

The Business Summit continues the tradition of the Small Business Forum and Leader Awards and the Chamber’s long history of supporting and honoring the business community. The Columbus Chamber and its Small Business Council have recognized business leaders who have achieved commercial success and contributed to the economic development of the Region since 1984.

Partnership Opportunities

Increase your business’ visibility as a Columbus Chamber Business Summit event partner. Partnership opportunities are available. For more information, contact Michelle Bretscher at or 614-225-6908.