Exploring the Future of Retail

The latest trends and insights from design, logistics, ecommerce and more

About the Summit

Since 2012, Retail Summit has been presented annually by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Franklin County to explore the present and future of retail, as well as its many supporting industries. This year’s conference will consist of a full day of programming featuring insights, trends and networking with thought leaders in the areas of design, logistics, ecommerce and others.

Retail Summit strives to:

  • Paint a picture of the current retail landscape in the Columbus Region
  • Deliver broad insights, stories and trends with relevance and opportunity for Columbus
  • Provide meaningful, inspiring takeaways that attendees can use for real-time decision making in the immediate future

Who Attends

  • Future-focused retail sector leaders, talent
  • Retail and restaurant owners / managers
  • Supporting industries including design, logistics, ecommerce, real estate, architecture, engineering and others
  • Startups and entrepreneurs
  • Economic development officers
  • Public officials
  • Educators and students

Advisors and Leadership


Joe Bellfy
Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Don DePerro
Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Robin Dever
Franklin County Economic Development and Planning

Jessica Downs
The Oneida Group

Patti Gilligan

Jess Laughlin
Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Steve Morris
Asset Strategies Group

Lee Peterson
WD Partners

Megumi Robinson
Experience Columbus

Jim Schimmer
Franklin County Economic Development and Planning

Yaromir Steiner
Steiner + Associates

Columbus business has been our business since 1884. Our connections and resources will help businesses of all sizes reach their goals.

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a resources-based non-profit organization serving more than 1,500 businesses in Central Ohio and representing nearly half a million central Ohio employees. Providing support in areas such as research, marketing, talent advisement, networking and government relations, our team guides businesses to make meaningful connections and insure they thrive and succeed.

Find out more about the Columbus Chamber | Columbus.org | 614.221.1321

As the administrative head of Franklin County government, the Board of Commissioners sets the strategic direction and fiscal priorities for the 30th largest county in the nation. John O’Grady, Paula Brooks and Marilyn Brown have established the Economic Development & Planning Department to promote organized growth supported by the principles of economic vitality, social equity, progressive land use, planning, and environmental responsibility.

For more information on business development assistance in Franklin County:

James Schimmer, Director, Department of Economic Development & Planning

150 South Front Street, FSL Suite 10, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Development.FranklinCountyOhio.gov | 614.525.5631 | edinfo@franklincountyohio.gov

Get Engaged

Don’t miss this opportunity to join us in the planning and development of retail: partner, exhibit, attend, or volunteer.

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