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GREENCREST Celebrates 100th Podcast Episode with Columbus Chamber of Commerce President Don DePerro

May 2nd, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 2, 2022) — In GREENCREST’s latest Ignite Your Business® Podcast, host Kelly Borth celebrates the 100th episode by bringing back its very first guest, Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

In this podcast episode, DePerro reveals what has changed in the minds of business owners since the first episode in 2018. Since the first episode, companies have had to weather a pandemic, economic downturn, labor concerns and supply chain disruptions. DePerro shares what advice he would give to anyone running a business in central Ohio today to prosper in the current economic environment.

“Businesses that are out there in the community that are selling and aggressive will be fine,” DePerro says. “It’s the businesses that let work come to them, that aren’t as aggressive, they may be facing more difficult times.”

Highlights of the most recent Ignite Your Business® Podcast include:

Episode 100: The Ignite Your Business® Podcast celebrates its milestone 100th episode! The first podcast guest, Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, shares what he believes has changed for business owners since his first visit four years ago.

Episode 99: Having trouble with your email campaigns? In this Ignite Your Business® Podcast,
GREENCREST shares six ways to make sure you are getting the best returns from your email marketing campaigns.

Episode 98: Do you know how to segment your audience? In this Ignite Your Business® Podcast,
GREENCREST gives insight on how to use audience segmentation in your overall content marketing strategy.

Episode 97: Have you gotten knocked off track from your company’s mission and goals? In this Ignite Your Business® Podcast, Tony Richards, founder of Clear Vision Development Group, discusses why companies lose focus and how they can get back on track for future success.

Past podcasts have featured guests like Dr. Frederic Bertley, CEO of COSI; Kwame Christian, director of the American Negotiation Institute and attorney at Columbus firm Carlile Patchen & Murphy; Mark Swepston, president of Atlas Butler, and Lori Kaiser, CEO of accounting firm Kaiser Consulting. Listen to the Ignite Your Business® Podcast at: The Ignite Your Business® Podcast is published every other Monday on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify.

About Don DePerro
Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce since 2016, previously served as president and publisher of Columbus Business First where he enjoyed a newspaper career that spanned over 30 years. He has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Media Advocate of the Year for the state of Florida and has received six American City Eagle Awards for Excellence – the highest honor awarded to American City associates – as both an editor and publisher. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Don remains heavily involved in countless community initiatives. Don and his wife Lia have three children, including one Buckeye, and lives in Dublin, Ohio.

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