Columbus OH, a magnet for financial services?

A recent Columbus Dispatch article highlighted why Columbus, Ohio is successful at attracting so many financial-services jobs.  Click on the image below to read the whole article!

Columbus named one of the 7 smartest cities in the world

I recently saw in in the news that Columbus has been named one of the seven smartest cities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), an economic and social development think tank.

According to the ICF:

The Top7 represent models of economic and social transformation in the 21st Century.  They are not the most advanced technology centers, the most wired cities or the fastest growing economies in the world.  Instead, each exemplifies best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy that offer lessons to regions, cities, towns and villages around the world.  They are charting new paths to lasting prosperity for their citizens, businesses and institutions.

Fisher has some really smart SMF students. Now it all makes sense 🙂

Columbus was recently voted one of the 7 smartest cities in the world

“Columbus rated tops in Ohio for business”

According to Forbes magazine, Columbus, Ohio ranks #24 nationally on The Best Places for Business and Careers list.  A recent article in the Columbus Dispatch references Forbes latest list and quotes Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership as saying: “We are repeatedly showing up as one of the top cities in the Midwest,” he said. “The Midwest is having a renaissance, and Columbus is leading that.”

Learn more about life in Columbus and the Fisher SMF program.


Columbus is a city that may surprise you; it is a city of food, culture, and fun.

Why do we love Columbus so much?  Why don’t YOU check us out yourself!

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SMF Students in Action

Check out the current class in action!


Offices Closed, Celebrate King’s Dream

Hi, everyone.

I want to let everyone know that The Ohio State University (including the Fisher College of Business) will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.   Columbus and Ohio State will  be honoring Dr. King, Jr.’s legacy and I encourage you to do so, too!

Fisher/OSU will re-open on January 17th.

Fashionably Columbus!

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Let’s introduce you to Columbus’ stylish side.  Take a look at Fashion Week  Columbus 2011 happening this week!

Run, Columbus, Run!

These shoes are ready to hit the pavement on Sunday, Oct. 16th for the Columbus Marathon!

You are familiar with Boston, you know New York, but have you heard that Columbus has its own marathon and half marathon?  I am not a runner (at all), but even I can appreciate a large and important event for the city.  Besides, finishing 26.2 miles is not an easy feat; I’m not certain that  I know what 26.2 miles looks like.  This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Columbus Marathon sponsored by Nationwide Insurance (headquartered in Columbus ).

A few of my colleagues from the office have trained rigorously for this race and I wish them the best in this endeavor.   Good luck to all racers; run, Columbus, run!

Columbus is Cold and Rainy, but Fisher’s Not!

  • Current Temperature in Columbus:  57 F.
  • Current State:  Rain

As much as we would like to say it’s always sunny in Ohio, the truth is, we definitely have seasons and it is not always 75 degrees and sunny.  I will say that we are experiencing atypical weather for this time of year; it’s been nothing but rain these past few days.

Luckily, at Fisher, if you don’t want to go out and get wet, you don’t have to!  As a graduate student, you have the luxury of having all your courses, student services, and the Office of Career Management , all in one building!  You NEVER have to leave the graduate business building, Gerlach, if you choose.

Additionally, all of the buildings within the Fisher campus are connected by a series of underground tunnels.    Why would a graduate student need to leave Gerlach?  Inside Mason Hall, students can grab a cup of coffee or eat a quick lunch at the newly opened Rohr café.  Students can visit faculty office hours in Fisher Hall or grab dinner in the Bistro 2110, the restaurant attached to Fisher’s executive hotel, the Blackwell.

Suppose a Fisher student wants needs to go to another part of Ohio State’s campus, but doesn’t want to walk in the rain.  OSU offers a fantastic bus service, the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS). CABS continuously runs all over Ohio State’s vast campus making it easy to avoid getting soaked.  Also, if you want to see the entire Ohio State campus in about 20 minutes, CABS can drive you around OSU’s various sites!

With all the amenities Ohio State has to offer, it’s difficult for me to imagine being part of any other university.  But hey, I may be a tad biased.

Enjoy your weekend and GO BUCKEYES!

SMF: The First Days of the First Class!

Wow, we have been busy in the land of the Buckeyes!  SMF started their Pre-Term and have been running for a whole week now.  Since orientation last Wednesday, SMF students have gone to two workshops, attended four classes, done team building activities and got a private tour of Ohio Stadium!  School will not officially start until next week- but we have broken a lot of ground.

SMF has a great mix of faculty teaching the core courses and we are all anticipating a fabulous year!  We are excited for sessions with industry experts and  networking opportunities in the upcoming weeks.

If you would like to be considered for the next outstanding class of the SMF program, go to: to apply.  Applications are out and we are waiting to hear from you!

Check out the photos below!  For more photos, check out our facebook page.  Enjoy the rest of the week and GO BUCKS!



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