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.

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Women of Influence preview with Trudy Bartley (plus learning about a renowned local artists)


In 2007, Trudy Bartley was recruited to become the president of Diversified Development Group, a minority-owned real estate firm. It didn't go exactly as planned. "When I started with Diversified Development, that is when the recession hit,” Bartley, now a vice president with Ohio State University, said during a recent taping of our Women of Influence podcast. “At that point in time the banks were not lending to anyone who didn’t really have a portfolio." Although much of what the firm was working on then has since become a reality after the recession, working there made for a challenging couple of years for Bartley. She left after about two years, taking a job with the state. For more on what that experience taught Bartley, check out our preview episode of our Women of Influence podcast. You'll also get to hear a bit of my thoughts on a group of arts organizations' efforts to preserve the home of local artist Aminah Robinson, a project we wrote about earlier this week.


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