Columbus Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the business community at InspireUS, its 2019 Annual Meeting

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Cody Blair
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Chamber to honor Columbus Award and Small Business Leader Award recipients, Feb. 7

Columbus, OH — Jan. 8, 2019 — The Columbus Chamber of Commerce will empower the business community through its 2019 Annual Meeting, InspireUS, February 7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 

Attendees will hear from three distinct keynote speakers as they share their relevant and inspiring stories via separate Ted Talk-style presentations. From a social enterprise focused on connecting economic and community development to a premiere third-party supply chain solutions provider specializing in integrated logistics solutions, and a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math center for innovation, the InspireUS keynotes will deliver unique stories of dedication and persistence directly from some of our community’s most relevant leaders. 

The 2019 keynote presenters include: 

  • Aslyne Rodriguez, Co-founder & CEO of EmpowerBus
  • John R. Ness, CEO of ODW Logistics
  • Erin Bender, Executive Director of The Point at Otterbein University; Dr. John Comerford, President of Otterbein University; Michael Thornton, Executive Director of JPMorgan Chase

The Chamber will also honor its 2019 recipient of the Columbus Award, an honor that recognizes business success and outstanding community leadership. The Columbus Chamber is proud to present the 2019 Columbus Award to Cathy Lyttle, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Worthington Industries. 

“Cathy is a beacon of leadership in our Columbus community,” said Columbus Chamber President and CEO Don DePerro. “She has great experience as a business leader and a willingness to advise new businesses that makes her the perfect recipient of this year’s award.”

In addition to the Columbus Award, the program’s highlights include the recognition of the 2019 Small Business Leader Award finalists. 

The Small Business Leader Award is well-known and respected in the Columbus community for recognizing a diverse range of qualities such as leadership, business excellence and contributions to the community in addition to factors like business size. 

This year’s finalists include: 

  • Rachel Friedman, TENFOLD
  • Lori Kaiser, Kaiser Consulting
  • John Roush, Moo Moo Express Car Wash

“Virtually everything we do at the Columbus Chamber is aimed at supporting the small business community,” said DePerro. “Rachel, Lori and John epitomize what it takes to be a leader in the small business community, and we’re proud to honor their determination and tenacity.”

Registration for InspireUS closes on Thursday, January 31. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit 

The Columbus Chamber is proud to recognize Mount Carmel Health Systems as this year’s presenting partner of its 2019 Annual Meeting. Mount Carmel is a leading health care provider and a pillar of innovation in our Columbus community. Learn more about Mount Carmel here. 

Ticket Information

$135 – Individual Member Ticket

$1,000 – Member Table of 8


Doors open: 7 a.m.

Welcome and interactive networking showcase: 7 – 8 a.m.

Program and breakfast: 8 – 9:15 a.m.

The Columbus Chamber Annual Meeting is made possible by support from these and other partners:

Mount Carmel | Columbus Downtown Development Corporation | First Merchants Bank | CareWorks | CareWorksComp | Cardinal Health | Columbia Gas | Huntington | Medical Mutual | American Electric Power | The City of Columbus | Live Technologies! | Lamar Advertising | Yarrington Studios | DMG | Shyft Collective | Pixel Park | Easy IT | Kaiser Consulting | Civilis Marketing | Blue Laser Digital | Improving | Two Men and a Truck | Royal Document Destruction | Portfolio Creative

Current as of 1/7/19

About the Columbus Chamber

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving nearly 1,800 organizations throughout Central Ohio. The Chamber, founded in 1884, is committed to advancing a thriving Columbus Region and provides support in the areas of research, government affairs, marketing, education and workforce development.

About the Annual Meeting

The Columbus Chamber’s Annual Meeting is Central Ohio’s premiere event for the business community. Presenters include leaders from the Columbus Region’s leading companies each year, and the program honors innovation and service with the Columbus Award and Small Business Leader Award. The 2018 event drew more than 1,300 attendees from a myriad of industries.