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5 Things To Do During the Holidays to Improve your Business

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5 Things To Do During The Holidays To Improve Your Business

For many companies, excluding retail, business slows down during the holidays as people take vacations and defer new decisions on purchases for the following year.   This downtime creates a wonderful opportunity to re-energize yourself and your business.

Here are some ideas on how to leverage your downtime this holiday season:

  1. Organize and refresh your space. Like many of you, I struggle to keep my business organized and clean.   Clutter builds up, files get disorganized and the environment gets stale.   The holidays are a great time to purge extra clutter, reorganize your files and update your décor.  By doing these activities, your team will be more productive and engaged.
  2. Evaluate opportunities. Whether its identifying process improvements, talent needs or new innovations, now is the time to look at your business and see what opportunities exist to improve your business.
  3. Plan for next year. The holidays are a great time to reflect on the past year’s goals and set new goals and plans for next year.   Your planning can include setting new sales targets, adding new products and services, and instituting new processes to improve efficiency.
  4. Conduct teambuilding and employee engagement activities. Teambuilding and engagement should be a year-round activity. However, the holidays create a unique opportunity to amplify efforts to improve your culture.  The spirit of the holidays means appreciation for others and creating a feeling of family.   Volunteering to serve food at a kitchen, having a holiday party and providing a gift to your team are great ways to show them how much you value them.
  5. Work on yourself. Many of us work long hours and wear many hats.  Our time is stretched.  As a result, we have less time to work on self-improvement.    With downtime during the holidays, you can read an extra leadership book, brush up on skills and work on areas that can help you more successful in business and life.

By doing one or all of these activities, not only have your business up for more success next year, but you have figured out how to gain personal value at a time when business is slow.   Keep in mind that above all else, it is important to take time to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.   That is what the holidays are all about!

Business Events

Upcoming Business Events to Attend

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Upcoming Business Events

Over the next month, we are proud to be a partner with several of our Ohio business partners, COSE, Columbus Business First, Sync Three, Black Pages Ohio and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. Together we are partnering for several up-and-coming business events in October and November. These events consist of conventions and expos.

Our team believes in the power of trade shows and event marketing. These resources help provide a great platform to build awareness, generate new leads and increase opportunities.

Check our the latest upcoming business events:

LeVeque Vertical 5K – Saturday, October 21, 2017

Join the Greater Columbus Sports Commission on Saturday, October 21 for the inaugural LeVeque Fitness Festival & Vertical 5K. Located at the iconic LeVeque Parking Garage, this event will showcase local athletic groups and fun fitness opportunities. The race day packet pick up begins 7:30 am and the race starts at 11 am. After the race is over, enjoy music, food and drinks with friends at the rooftop celebration overlooking City Hall and Downtown Columbus. Parking is limited in LeVeque garage with additional parking in surrounding areas.

Date and Time
Saturday, October 21
7 am – 3 pm

Entry Fee 2017
$25 through October 6
$30 through race day (or until sold out)

LeVeque Tower Garage, 40 N. Front St
Columbus, Ohio 43215

The 2017 Sync Three Conference The Human Element – November 1st

Jeff Elder, the owner of Sync Three has created an innovative conference in the Columbus area. The Sync Three conference combines marketing, sales, networking and business from a more human perspective. In today’s world, the stakes are higher than ever and change is no longer an option. Make changes to your business needs to help grow your business.

Date and Time
Wed, November 1, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT

6600 Kilgour Pl. Dublin, OH 43017

The Diversity Business Mixer – November 1st

This great opportunity for small business owners and corporations allows you to meet, network and promote your services among a number of attendees from a wide-array of different industries. Similar to other networking events, the “Diversity Business Mixer” will pave the way for business-to-business enhancement by bringing together small businesses who typically, might not have secured each others in the past.

Black Pages Oho is projecting an estimated 250 attendees. If you are interested in sponsoring the event check out the latest criteria:

Event Sponsor – $950
– Half page Ad in the summit Magazine valued at $1500
– Noted as event sponsor throughout the event
– Noted as event sponsor on printed, promotional marketing, direct mail and website
– Database of all registered attnedees
– Single exhibitor space (6ft skirted table, two chairs)

Exhibitor Space – $250
– Single exhibitor space (6ft skirted table, two chairs)

Witness speakers Ilene Shapiro, Executive for County of Summit and Nicholas Browning, Akron Region President for Huntington Bank. The event is free to attend and open to the business community!

Date & Time
Wednesday, November 1st
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

532 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio

Free to Attend

19th Annual Conway Center Awards & Expo – November 8th

The Family Business Expo is a great way to showcase your business, products or services to more than 600 family business leaders and advisers who attend the Awards Program celebrating the accomplishments of Central Ohio family businesses. Expo tables are available to Conway Center members, service providers and honorees. More than 50 family businesses and advisers will be showcased at the Expo held prior to the awards program. For more information, check out our latest blog about the 19th Annual Conway Center Awards & Expo.

Date & Time
November 8th
10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Hilton Easton
3900 Chagrin Dr. Columbus, OH 43219

Grow Your Business Expo – November 14

Meet dozens of Columbus- area business owners, service providers and professionals who are motivated to do business with you. Expand your network and generate new business leads. For more information check out meet business professionals – Grow Your Business Expo 2017.

Free to attend

Date & Time
Tuesday, November 14
2:30 pm – :30 pm

COSI – 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

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Grow Your Business Expo

Meet Business Professionals – Grow Your Business Expo 2017

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Grow Your Business Expo

Are you a small business owner? Are you looking to network with other professionals in the area? Look no further but to attend Grow Your Business Expo 2017, presented by Columbus Business First, on Nov. 14 at COSI. Admission is free!

Meet with dozens of Columbus – area business owners, service providers and professionals who are motivated to do business with you. Expand your network and generate new business leads at the Grow Your Business Expo.

Premium Exhibit – $600

  • Display table with premium placement and linen
  • Opportunity to include marketing piece in expo bags
  • Mailing list of attendees (excluding emails)
  • Name recognition on event promotions
  • Business card in November 10th issue of Columbus Business First
  • Free, pre-expo prep course on how to maximize your expo experience

Standard Exhibit – $300

  • Display table with linen
  • Name recognition on event promotions
  • FREE, pre-expo prep course on how to maximize your expo experience

We are happy to be a partner of Grow Your Business Expo with Columbus Business First. Join us and register below to start growing your business today!

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Conway Center Awards

Join Us at the 19th Annual Conway Center Awards & Expo

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The 19th Annual Conway Center Awards & Expo

Join us and celebrate the accomplishments of Central Ohio family businesses at the 19th Annual Family Business Awards & Expo. We are happy to be a partner with Conway Center for Family Business for this year’s Conway Center Awards. The event promotes local businesses and awards them for their success they have achieved in the local Central Ohio area.

19th Annual Family Business Awards

November 8, 2017

Time:  10 am – 1:30 pm
Expo – 10 am – 12 noon
Awards – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hilton Easton 3900 Chagrin Dr. Columbus, OH 43219

Luncheon Seat Pricing:
Members and Honorees: $65 per person/ $450 per table of 8
Non Members: $85 per person/ $650 per table of 8

Expo Table Pricing:
$275 – Includes 2 luncheon tickets and one 6 foot display table with 2 chairs.

Awards being announced:

Family Business of the year
Lifetime Achievement
Community Engagement Winner
Re-Invention Winner
Succession Planning Winners
Milestone Awards

We are proud to announce we are receiving a milestone award for 5 years in business. Thank you Conway Center for Family Business. This a great appreciation and we are honored to achieve this accomplishment.

Join us and many others November 8th to celebrate our local businesses!


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Trade Show Experience

Make the most out of your Trade Show Experience – Expo 2017

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Name: Expo 2017 Training
Date: October 3, 2017
Time: 8:00AM – 9:30AM

Event Description:

Expo 2017 is open to ALL Conway Center members! Learn what it takes to make the most out of your next Trade Show experience. Discover the strategies, goals, staffing and effective giveaways to employ to help generate leads for your business.

As a Conway Center member, we will help provide ideas, inspiration, a trade show tip sheet, and a 25% discount on any and all items you order for the upcoming  Family Business Expo. To learn more about our company, check out the rest of our blog!

Topics addressed include:

  • How to develop strategy
  • Determining incentives
  • Securing materials
  • Staff training
  • Booth design
  • Measuring results
  • Lead follow up

Following the Expo, use these tips and trick on November 8th for the Awards Expo. This program recognizes family businesses that have:

  • Successfully transferred the leadership of the company from one generation to the next
  • Found a unique solution to a complex business problem
  • Made a contribution to our community
  • Gone above and beyond the call of duty to help an employee, customer or vendor

Don’t miss this chance to help grow your business!  This Expo training is open to ALL Conway Center Members

Launch Bash 2017

Join us for Launch Bash 2017

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We are joining with the United Schools Network for this year’s Launch Bash 2017

When: October 6th, 2017

Where: St. Charles Preparatory High School
2010 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43209

Hosted by: United Schools Network

Contact: Diana Wakim
Email –
Phone – (614) 557-5657

We are excited and delighted to be a sponsor for the 3rd annual Launch Bash 2017. Join us and help launch great futures for USN Students! On Friday October 6th, 2017, help us celebrate the LAUNCH of USN’s alumni into college and high school, as well as the tenth anniversary of the opening of USN’s first school!

Register and enjoy an exciting evening featuring Emmy-style seating, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert, raffle packages, and recognition of USN alumni high school seniors! You can receive the opportunity to win the chance to spend 7 nights in either Orlando, Las Vegas or Palm Springs with the Gold Star Raffle.

Become a sponsor and help USN reach their goal of $150,000 to support students and alumni in the 2017-18 school year.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful night! Register below!


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A Night of Hope

Join She Has A Name for A Night of Hope

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A Night of Hope

4th Annual Gala

Hosted By: She Has a Name
When: Thursday, October 19th
Located: Grange Insurance Audubon Center
City: Columbus, OH
Duration: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Each year, thousands of women and children are impacted by human trafficking across the U.S. It’s a terrible and egregious act, but there are thousands of organizations fighting this crime across the county. Here in Columbus, look no further than She Has A Name.

She Has A Name is community of abolitionists who fight human trafficking though education, collaboration and survivor care. They actively volunteer to provide contributions to the community and help impact survivors’ lives.

On October 19th, She Has A Name is throwing their 4th annual gala, “A Night of Hope.” It’s an evening of celebration for those to reflect on what 2017 has brought to the growing organization. Funds for the event will help support She Has a Name and provide them opportunities to further strengthen their key community initiatives including:

  • Workforce development college courses for survivors
  • Collaborative efforts to support local organizations who direct care for survivors of trafficking
  • Educate the community about Human Trafficking

For those who purchase a ticket, you will receive heavy hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket, access to She Has a Name’s Survivor Journey Art Gallery, a wine pull and a silent auction. Help Support those greatly impacted by human trafficking!

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BizConCle2017 – Outreach Promotional Solutions

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BizConCle 2017

Join the Greater Cleveland Partnership and COSE for the annual BizConCle2017.

BizConCle is only convention for small and middle market companies to learn, network and grow in the Cleveland area.

Date: October 12th, 2017
Time: 7:00am to 6:15pm EST
Location: Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Oh, 44114
Presented by: Greater Cleveland Partnership and COSE
Cost: $189 for members, $350 for non-members

BizConCLE is a unique education and networking experience exclusively designed for small and middle-market company CEOs, C-Suite, and their employees. The full-day convention includes 3 nationally-recognized keynote speakers, 2 general sessions led by regional business and community leaders, and 10 hands-on workshops in areas like Talent, People and HR; Marketing, Customers and Branding; Business Growth, Sales & Financials; and Owner, Leader and Team Development. There’s also a full exhibit hall, interactive show floor and multiple opportunities to connect and share ideas through exclusive networking experiences.

BizConCLE will provides attendees with the resources needed spark creativity, stay ahead of the competition and take their company to the next level.

2017 Keynote Speakers:

  • Mark Thompson – Executive Coach and Venture Investor
  • Ted Frank – CFO, CoverMyMeds
  • Bonin Bough – Marketing Executive and former host of The Cleveland Hustles

Attendee titles include:

  • Business Owner
  • President
  • Entrepreneur
  • CEO
  • CFO
  • CMO
  • Vice President
  • Marketing Director and Manager
  • HR Director and Manager
National Service Dog Month

Celebrate National Service Dog Month September 2017

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September Awareness – National Service Dog Month

September is here! And that means it’s the end of summer, a beginning of a new school year, football has returned and time to celebrate National Service Dog Month. Originally known as National Guide Dog Month, this is one of the most influential observances in the month of September. National Service Dog Month is a commemoration for the work of guide dogs in the United States. The purpose of the observance is to help raise awareness, appreciation and support for guide dogs across the nation.

This observance was established in 2008 by the International Guide Dog Federation. The initial goal for the observance was for it to act as a fundraising drive to benefit non-profit organizations. The idea was inspired by Dick Van Patten, an American actor and the founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods.

Where it began

Patten was impressed by the intelligence and training of these phenomenal dogs when he visited a campus in Palm Springs, California. While he was there, Patten was blindfolded and received support from a trained guide dog to assist him around a path. With this first-hand experience, Patten appreciated the assistance and mobility these dogs provided people with disabilities, and he garnered a passion for guide dogs.

After educating himself more about guide dogs, Patten soon learned it costs over $40,000 to raise and train these animals. Along with the money, Patten also realized it can be a strenuous task to train a puppy into a guide dog. It takes a lot of hard-work, effort and patience, and in the end, it can take up to two years to properly train one dog in becoming a handlers’ protector.

Patten became determined and inspired to raise awareness, money and support for guide dog schools.

In 2008, Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods generated promotions to ensure all money raised would benefit non-profit, Guide Dogs of the Desert. Then, he gained support from the Petco Foundation, to organize a fundraising campaign through their retail stores. With the accreditation by the International Guide Dog Federation, National Guide Dog Month was established with the hope to benefit non-profit guide dog schools. The observance was successful, and has only continued to grow among the years.

Guide dogs provide companionship, inspire passion, protect and assist their handlers. With proper training, these dogs help accomplish lifelong goals, perform tasks, embark on adventures and overcome debilitating mental illnesses across the world. It is very important to recognize these dogs and help support the non-profit organizations (Pilot Dogs, Guide Dogs of America, Guide Dogs of the Desert and Guide Dogs for the Blind) that spend all their hard work training these dogs to become a best friend for their handlers.

Here in Columbus, Pilot Dogs is a non-profit organization that trains and raises puppies into guide dogs. This great organization has been serving the blind and visually impaired community since 1950. Over the years and with the help of donations, Pilot Dogs has trained over 7,500 individuals in the use of their guide dogs.

We hope you support these great non-profits, like Pilot Dogs and many more, and continue to help raise awareness for service dogs!

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Helped Raise $2000+

We helped Raise $2000+ for Non-Profit She Has A Name

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We Helped Raise $2000+ at our Tailgate for Charity

The night was beautiful, fun and full of Ohio State fans cheering the Buckeyes to an opening day victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Buckeye Tailgate for Charity 2017 was a huge success, and it is all because of the great people who donated monetary and non-monetary funds to support charity, She Has A Name. Together we helped raise $2000+ at the event and all the proceeds benefited She Has A Name.

She Has A Name is a community of abolitionists dedicated to fighting human trafficking through education, collaboration and care. If interested in learning more about this wonderful charity click here.

We are honored to be able to share this accomplishment with the Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP Club) who helped put together a wonderful event with an outstanding atmosphere. We firmly believe in the tremendous impact both the CYP Club and She Has A Name provided throughout the Columbus area and beyond!

Thank you all for your donations, care and support. We hope to only accomplish this feat and more for next year!