A recent study named Columbus one of the Top 25 cities for women entrepreneurs. NBC4 News recently interviewed Michelle Casper to get her perspective on the latest ranking. Michelle is not only the Chair of SmithAmundsen’s Women’s Attorney Group, but she is also the President of National Association of Women Business Owners – Columbus. Here is what Michelle had to say in her recent interview:
"Here in Columbus, I believe we have the perfect environment for women entrepreneurs to succeed: our community is large enough to offer a wide variety of funding resources, we have low corporate tax rates, we see a low cost of living across the region and the Ohio Secretary of State has made the process of starting a business incredibly straightforward (with a low $99 fee to start a business!). I’m also a firm believer in the fact that the networking and support opportunities in Columbus create an environment to help springboard women into success. As the President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, I see the power of networking and support firsthand.
We are one of the largest chapters in the country and serve as the voice for the nearly 50,000 women owned businesses in Columbus: organizations like NAWBO provide education, mentorship, advocacy, networking and access to other successful business owners. These support systems are critical to the success of new women entrepreneurs and I believe it’s why we see such success in Columbus. This is a community that thrives on helping others. Time and time again, I have seen successful women in our community help other women who are just getting started – they make a seat for them at the table and they give them access to the tools that will help make them successful. This spirit of giving back and helping others is what makes Columbus such a great place for women to start and grow successful businesses."