From: Sue Sellars
Columbus now has a beautiful new country wedding venue, White Creek Acres, thanks to the zoning commission members “yes” vote May 28 at City Hall. What a great opportunity to welcome the newest woman entrepreneur, Juli Bartell, into our chamber. As most of you know, Columbus prides itself on encouraging women entrepreneurs.
The Republic and its She magazine have had many articles over the last several years highlighting successful women in entrepreneurial and leadership roles. In 2007 the number of women-owned firms in Columbus was at 26.8 percent. Forbes also listed Indianapolis No. 12 on its list of the top 15 cities for female entrepreneurs.
At the 2013 Indiana Governor’s Conference in Indianapolis, Gov. Mike Pence stated that women-owned businesses and corporate women leaders are a powerful economic engine for our state that contribute $3 trillion annually to the U.S. economy. This wedding venue will create approximately $2.6 million in wedding revenue over the next 10 years for the city of Columbus.
Local businesses benefiting from this venue would include hotels; gas stations; restaurants; car rentals; florists; caterers; grocery stores; dry cleaners; tux rentals; barbershops; jewelry stores; photographers; hair, nail, and tanning salons; makeup studios; shoe stores; plus a few more I am sure I have overlooked.
Let us not forget all of the other unique venues that will benefit Columbus from these wedding visitors, too. What great potential for a positive financial impact on Columbus’ current economy and in the future. Job well done, everyone.