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The streets of downtown Columbus, here at Broad and High, are empty as all non-essential businesses in the state are closed on March 25, 2020.
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This week’s stay-at-home order has pared back much of Central Ohio’s economic activity. But local businesses and non-profits are looking for ways to keep the gears turning.

Dog on restaurant patio
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The Ohio General Assembly has let the dogs out.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed a bill that would allow dogs on restaurant patios, something that business groups see as a way to let companies expand their creativity.

Stonewall Columbus

A proposed law that would seek to stop discrimination for LGBTQ people in Ohio is seeing a new wave of support. Business groups say sexual orientation and gender identification should be considered protected classes under state law.

Columbus skyline at dusk
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Business groups are calling on lawmakers to pass a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in discrimination laws. The coalition of companies sees added benefits going beyond civil rights.

Central Ohio's Economy

Jan 5, 2010

Central Ohio's economy - the good, the bad, and the ugly - with a panel of local economic experts: Columbus Chamber of Commerce vice president of economic analysis Bill LaFayette, Huntington Bancshares vice president George Mokrzan and Commerce National Bank chief economic adviser James Newton.