Minimum Wage Increase

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced that the State's minimum wage will increase to $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees in 2018 -- up from the current level of $8.15/hour. 
For more information, please contact:

Rachel Winder
Government Relations Manager
Benesch Law


Meet René Delane, Founder and CEO of Women Who Dare LLC

I am René Delane, founder and CEO of Women Who Dare LLC.  Serving on past Visionary Committees, helping secure an “Oprah moment” giveaway with Southwest Airlines, acting as an ambassador for NAWBO Columbus through social media and contributing an article for a diversity panel at the national level have all been powerful ways to honor the mission of NAWBO.

Tell us about your business.

Women Who Dare delivers transformative Inclusion Consulting, Speaking and Coaching. We stand for gender balance and inclusive leadership by amplifying the voices and contributions of minority women that are often underrepresented in positions of leadership. We inspire, educate and advocate for women to be strong leaders, powerful influencers and confident communicators. We partner with men who are allies because our communities, the nation and world need all voices to create a future that serves all.

What inspired you to get into your business?

Twenty-five years spent as one of the first physician assistants in surgery, patient education and care along with a childhood of economic poverty but rich in values and experiences were all the puzzle pieces that fit together to form Women Who Dare.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. “Get off your ask” by asking for help when you are stuck, when you want to meet someone you respect and admire, and especially when you don’t understand a request, business directive or someone’s comments clearly. Communicating with clarity is your ticket to success.
  2. Develop a positive outlook, mentality and attitude by using simple habits born of self-affirming steps; being kind to your mind, and placing faith in your smarts and your heart.
  3. You are the gatekeeper for your mind. Challenge the cultural messages for women from cradle to career and beyond to be polite, agreeable, humble to a fault. It’s embedded in cultures (except Wonder Woman’s) and becomes the norm.

What does your future look like?

I’m excited to publish my first book, “Get Off Your Ask” in early 2018 and also share the stories through interviews/videos behind statues such as “Fearless Girl” and many others that honor the achievements of women around the world.

 What do you do in your free time?

I love to hike with my husband, daughters, and four-year old grandson.  The child-like love of nature as seen through the eyes of a child has never left me.  Libraries, museums, ethnic restaurants, books and meeting diverse people restore my faith in the basic goodness of humankind.

What is your company website?

My business website is

Meet Columbus 2020

Tell us about your company:

Launched in 2010, Columbus 2020 is a 10-year economic development strategy for the “Columbus Region” comprised of 11 counties in central Ohio. The strategy establishes four goals to be achieved by 2020: Creation of 150,000 net new jobs; fixed asset investment of $8 billion; per capita income increase of 30%; and national recognition for the organization. In year seven of the 10-year strategy we are proud to report that since 2010: 141,000 net new jobs have been created (as of July 2017); $8.1 billion in investment has been committed; per capita income has increased 21.5%; and Columbus 2020 was recognized as “Best in Class” economic development marketing in the 2017 “Winning Strategies” national survey conducted by Development Counsellors International. Although we are incredibly proud of these achievements, we remain keenly focused on the execution of the strategy to grow the Columbus Region economy and reaching the final two unmet goals: 150,000 net new jobs and 30% increase in per capita income. What does the strategy mean to the Region? A recent impact study determined that the economic development projects announced in the region since 2010 have a consumer spending impact of $10.5 billion.

What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO?

A key to our organization’s success is the strength of our network. We wake up every day thinking about developing new and strengthening existing relationships and helping the Columbus Region WIN! Even more, building relationships through NAWBO helps US anticipate business banking needs and establish our company as a trusted business advisor.

What does your company offer NAWBO members and why is this important to them?

Columbus 2020 works in partnership with Columbus Region economic development organizations and the state’s private economic development company, JobsOhio, to facilitate the growth of economic base companies in the region. We work with both existing and new companies. This photo was taken at a groundbreaking ceremony for one of those new-to-the Region companies, Sofidel, an Italian tissue paper company. In 2018, manufacturing will commence in the company’s new 1.8 million s.f. facility in Circleville. In this case we courted the company to consider the Columbus Region for their facility, helped them identify a location for the facility, and helped them secure resources in support of their project. Going forward we will maintain relations with Sofidel to support their success here. Qualifying NAWBO members may tap into these and other services offered by Columbus 2020. In turn, this assists US in identifying solutions that result in helping a NAWBO entrepreneur thrive.

What is the one best practice you've learned from working with businesses in your company that our members should know? 

In spite of how busy you may be, take the time to pause and ask the question “what resources are available to help my company?”. As companies grow, many are so focused on the delivery of their product or service (and rightly so!) they may lack time and resources to explore what might be available to support their growth. A phone call to Columbus 2020 or one of our local economic development partners can quickly help them answer the question.. Their team should include an Accountant, Attorney, Banker, Personal Financial Planner, Insurance Agent, and Life Coach. But mostimportantly they should build relationships through a great network like NAWBO! 

Sofidel groundbreaking