Columbus Business First

The Columbus, Ohio, area is one the nation’s most-promising cities. Its job market is growing faster than the national average. The metro area of more than 1.9 million residents is home to 15 Fortune 1000 corporations. It hosts one of the U.S.’s largest academic powers in Ohio State University and counts 23 college campuses in its neighborhoods. Columbus Business First covers the region’s dynamic business community with the most authoritative report found in Columbus, and its news staff analyzes and provides insights into the business and economic developments that keep the city abuzz.


Women In Beer Roundtable

The number of women not just buying craft beer, but taking roles in the industry is on the rise. With that increased inclusivity of customers and employees, it’s put a spotlight on the practices and behavior of some in the male-dominated craft brewing industry in recent years. There have been calls to eliminate offensive beer names and marketing and there’s been a greater willingness by women in the industry to speak out against incidents of in appropriate behavior or worse, as was the case earlier this year when the founder of Actual Brewing Co. was accused of sexual assault. Though no charges were brought, the brewery wound up going out of business. To discuss the industry’s evolution, Columbus Business First convened a panel of five women from the local craft beer community to share their experiences and thoughts: Mary MacDonald, executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association Gwen Carmack, CFO of Columbus Brewing Co. Tamar Banner, production manager of BrewDog USA Kelsey Stief, head of marketing at North High Brewing Jenna DiCicco, sales rep at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Co. Check out this week’s cover story at


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