EOC Interview June 1, 2021

Vickie Nortz – Ridiculously Good Salsa

Moving to Columbus in the 90s, Vickie Nortz and her husband fell in love with the city and have been here ever since. After tweaking the old family recipe, Vickie found just the right balance of ingredients to make a perfectly fresh and delicious salsa. Ridiculously Good Salsa now sells in many different stores and bars across Ohio including what Vickie claims to be her biggest game changer, nine Whole Foods. Her wonderful story and huge heart have made the company what it is today!

EOC Interview May 28, 2021

Rudi As-Sanie – Dental Reflections Dublin

Born and raised in Kent, Ohio, Dr. Rudi As-Sanie chose Ohio State for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. From there, she fell in love with Columbus and the area around it. Dr. Rudi As-Sanie started working for this practice as an associate back in 2012 and would later on buy the business, turning it into a family practice from a multi-specialty office. Having never thought she wanted to own her own practice, Dr. Rudi As-Sanie views it as one of the best decisions she’s made.

EOC Interview May 25, 2021

Becky Webb – Bob Webb Group

Bob Webb Group has been building quality homes in Ohio for over 60 years and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Becky Webb took over her fathers company but has been involved in the business since she was a teenager. With one of the most impressive model homes in Ohio, Bob Webb Group continues to utilize quality products as well as work with excellent people. They are now looking forward to even more exciting things in the near future!

EOC Interview May 18, 2021

Jordan Helman – High Bank Distillery

Jordan Helman’s passion for the service industry sparked while opening Zest Juice with his wife. With 4 locations, Helman’s success in the service industry didn’t stop there. After working with Adam Hines on Zest Juice, both men decided they wanted to start a business together, except dive into something deeper- micro distilling. In 2018, they opened High Bank Distillery, a full-service bar, restaurant, and distillery serving casual, high-quality food using locally sourced ingredients.

EOC Interview May 5, 2021

Samantha Strange – The Cheesecake Girl

Samantha decided to pick up a culinary minor during college for fun. One class, she had to make a fat free cheesecake, which was “terrible.” That day, she went home and whipped one up, full of flavor. Before she knew it, people started calling her “The Cheesecake Girl.” After looking for jobs after college and not finding anything ideal, Samantha decided to open a little catering business based on her cheesecakes. Now, she has 2 bakery locations, going on 3!

EOC Interview May 5, 2021

Andrew VanderLind – Where I’m From

What started out as a hobby between friends is now a fast growing retail company. Andrew VanderLind and Ryan Napier started Where I’m From as a way to pay off their bar tabs however, it’s formed into much more than that. Since the initial opening in 2014, Andrew and Ryan have taken the business from small kiosks and outlets to 7 storefronts all across Ohio.

EOC Interview April 28, 2021

Debbie Penzone – PENZONE Salon + Spa

Debbie, “a small-town girl from Springfield,” moved to Columbus to attend cosmetology school. Little did she know, she would become the CEO and President of 6 award-winning salons. For over 28 years, Debbie has worked in several different functions of PENZONE Salon + Spa, from stylist, training director, to Vice President, and now President. April 21, 2021, marked 52 years since Charles Penzone obtained a $500 bank loan and launched his first salon!

EOC Interview April 20, 2021

Justin Curatola – Ryzer Capital

After working for and with companies like Tesla, Uber, Kroger, Apple on the construction, real estate and development side, Justin Curatola and his business partner, Liam Smith, decided to start Ryzer Capital for their investors. The firm’s principals have over 30 years of combined experience in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily and commercial real estate. 

EOC Interview April 15, 2021

Dr. Dana Winchester – The Winchester Institute of Chiropractic Health and Wellness

Dr. Winchester is the founder and owner of The Winchester Institute of Chiropractic Health and Wellness. Located in Dublin, Ohio, they offer more than just regular chiropractic care. They offer Rehabilitation, nutrition counseling, and much more. As they expand with services and employees they never abandon their key wellness principles because that’s whats best for the customer!

EOC Interview April 9, 2021

Jennifer Sanger – Jamison & Bexley

Jamison & Bexley was founded by Jennifer Sanger with a purpose of making clothes for the everyday child. After moving to Columbus from Philadelphia for fashion, Jennifer has managed to call Columbus home and even started her business here. A big motive for her determination is her daughter.

EOC Interview April 8, 2021

Tim McCord – DaNite Sign Company

DaNite Sign Co. is a company committed to producing signs that attract new customers while keeping existing ones. The company has been up and running since 1954 and in 2008 Tim McCord acquired DaNite. Since then, he has loved what he does and uses the lessons he has learned in the past to guide his company in the right direction.

EOC Interview April 5, 2021

Stephanie Tersigni – Jolie Occasions

Jolie Occasions is a thriving women’s boutique located in the heart of the Short North. Owner, Stephanie Tersigni, is a Columbus native who always dreamed of opening a boutique. After being laid off from her previous employer, she finally pulled the trigger and followed her dreams- she hasn’t looked back since.

EOC Interview March 29, 2021

Melia Wolf- Cover to Cover for Young Readers

Cover to Cover is the oldest independent children’s bookstore in the Midwest, opening their doors in 1980. After 37 years, Melia Wolf, a former art teacher, bought Cover to Cover from founders Sally Oddi and Randy King. Wolf strives to give new visitors the same experience she had when she first walked into Cover to Cover years ago.

EOC Interview January 20, 2021

Collin Castore – Seventh Son Brewing

Collin Castore, Jen Burton, and Travis Spencer first became friends in middle school, and now they’re co-owners of Seventh Son Brewing and Antiques on High. The idea to start a brewery came from their love of craft beer and lively bar environments. Both businesses truly reflect what it means to grow up in Columbus.

EOC Interview January 4, 2021

KENNY SIPES – THE ROOSEVELT COFFEEHOUSE

Kenny Sipes is a social entrepreneur from Minnesota with a mission to tackle social issues both locally and globally. In five years, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse successfully donated over $125,000, impacted over 30,000 individuals and have seen over 700,000 people engage their mission.

EOC Interview November 4, 2020

KATHLEEN DAY – KATALINA’S & KATALINA’S TOO

Katalina’s is The Little Cafe(s) with Lots of Local Goodness. We make scratch-made food with local, ethical and organic ingredients when price and practice permit and informs our motto Live, Love, Local, which makes our economy better, our environment better, and our city more attractive as a destination.

EOC Interview October 28, 2020

RANDALL T. GERBER – GERBER, LLC

Gerber LLC is a professional services firm that works exclusively with first-generation entrepreneurs, giving them the clarity and guidance they need to integrate and achieve their life, business, and financial goals.

EOC Interview October 19, 2020

Zach Frankart – Frankart Film

Frankart Film is a full-service video production company. Since 2009, we’ve worked with brands nationwide in industries ranging from consumer products to restaurants, automotive, health care, and everything in between.

EOC Interview January 17, 2020

Bob Lester – Dura-Seal

Dura-Seal provides high-quality commercial and industrial sealcoating, asphalt, and concrete services. Founded in 2007, the industry-leading organization continues to grow and provide value as a trusted partner, helping customers solve unique problems. Dura-Seal has a reputation for being agile, professional, and innovative.

EOC Interview November 21, 2019

Anne Holman & Jen Townsend – The Smithery

The Smithery is a one-of-a-kind, women owned, working jewelry studio, gallery, and artist-made shop on Grandview Avenue. The Smithery features work from over 70 independent artists from across the country. They have an amazing selection of jewelry made by award winning and internationally recognized contemporary jewelry artists. In addition, you will find a wide variety of ceramics, prints, artwork and accessories. If you are looking for unique gifts, you will more than likely find something perfect here.