Down To Business Podcast

Down To Business features Ohio Chamber members and community leaders discussing what Ohio businesses are up to, changes on the horizon and general updates on public policy impacting Ohio’s business climate and economic outlook.



Latest Episodes


Episode 1​

Mark Tina, Vice President of Business Sales: A discussion about the technology and communications solutions Verizon is delivering for businesses and the community

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April 24, 2022

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Episode 2

Steve Stivers and J.P. Nauseef discuss the mission of Jobs Ohio and what the entity has accomplished over the last decade to improve the economy and bring jobs to Ohio.

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May 18, 2022


Episode 3

The Ohio Chamber Government Affairs Team gives a recap of their completed and pending priority bills from the 134th General Assembly. The team also discusses the upcoming General Election and events in the fall and what to expect during the legislature’s lame duck session.

July 30, 2022

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Episode 4

Nathan Johnson and John Hammond of U.S. Bank, join us for a discussion on fraud and the different trends being seen within the industry

Aug 10, 2022

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Episode 5

Rick Carfagna and Politics Reporter Andrew Tobias, break down the upcoming General Election and discuss issues shaping the November races and beyond.

Nov 1, 2022


Episode 6

For our last episode of the year we introduce two new additions to the Government Affairs team and discuss some of the wins of the business community over the past two years, Lame Duck and what to look forward to in 2023.

Dec 19, 2022


Episode 7

Beth Riczko, President of Personal Lines Insurance at Nationwide, joined us to discuss Senate Bill 288 (Distracted Driving) and how this is an important step in making roads safer for Ohioans.

January 31, 2023

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Episode 8

Former City Councilmember, Legislator, Ohio Treasurer, and businessman Kevin Boyce, joined us to discuss the need for wealth building in the black community and the importance of removing barriers to financial equity.

March 15, 2023

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Episode 9

In this episode of Down To Business, Cathy Strauss and her colleague Masallay Komrabai-Kanu discuss the importance of negotiation to professionals in the business sector.

April 12, 2023


Episode 10

Ohio Chamber SVP Rick Carfagna is joined by Lois Rosenberry, Founder and CEO of Children's Discovery Center; Shannon Jones, President of Groundwork Ohio; and State Representative Andrea White to discuss childcare affordability and availability in Ohio.

May 19, 2023

Episode 11

Ohio Chamber Director Of Tax and Economic Policy Tony Long was joined by Senator Bill Blessing and Representative Dani Isaacsohn to discuss the scarcity of housing and what can be done at the state level to provide solutions that lead to more affordable housing.

July 12, 2023

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Episode 12

Host Tony Long, General Counsel, and Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, engages in a dynamic conversation with Cobi Blumenfeld-Gantz, co-founder and CEO of Chapter.

Discover the world of Medicare navigation and how Chapter is reshaping the landscape of healthcare for retirees.

October 27, 2023

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Episode 13

Join Rick Carfagna and expert guests David DeVillers, Scott VanDerKarr, and Bryan Lindsay as they unravel the complexities of organized retail theft crime in Ohio.

January 8, 2024

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Episode 14

Join our expert government affairs team as they provide insightful analysis and discuss the key developments affecting businesses and communities.

February 27, 2024

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Episode 15

In this episode of Down to Business, host Steve Stivers and guests Dave Robinson and Jon Melchi engage in a dynamic discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing Ohio's housing market.

March 28, 2024

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Episode 16

In this episode of Down to Business, we tackle one of the most pressing issues affecting Ohio's economic growth and social equity: broadband accessibility.

May 21, 2024


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