Innovate New Albany Annual Holiday Open House

It was a full house at last night's annual holiday open house at Innovate New Albany. Entrepreneurs and people who are working on developing their ideas, making up the majority of attendees, are a great group of people to be around because of their energy, enthusiasm and curiosity. Thanks to Neil Collins and the Innovate New Albany team as well as the sponsors who made it a great night!

  Mark Armbrust  and I at last night's Innovate New Albany event.

Mark Armbrust and I at last night's Innovate New Albany event.

Thanks For Your Gift...Your Time - December Newsletter

My December Newsletter is out now! I'm grateful to everyone over this past year who have given me their time which I consider a gift. Whether you've been a client, candidate or one of the many good people I've met at events, through social media or any other type of interaction...thank you! I think there are good stories about people in this month's newsletter. Please give it a read and enjoy!

 Doug Joseph takes the Proust Pop Quiz in this month's newsletter.

Doug Joseph takes the Proust Pop Quiz in this month's newsletter.

GETDOT Christmas Extravaganza for Franklin County Children's Services

GETDOT held their Christmas Extravaganza for Franklin County Children's Services at Juniper Rooftop last night. The toy donation area was bursting with gifts and the place was packed with the GETDOT crowd who are all about helping others - especially children's charities. Check it out and get involved by attending their monthly events. 

 Dave Sliwinski and I at last night's GETDOT event at Juniper Rooftop.

Dave Sliwinski and I at last night's GETDOT event at Juniper Rooftop.

SAA - Creating the Future

I spent time this morning with Matt Flick of SAA (School of Advertising Art) getting a tour of their incredible college's expansion and talking about the growth of their space and of the quality of the work that the students and alumni are producing. SAA does an outstanding job of working with their students and businesses to create an strong employment match between the two. I'm looking forward to supporting the school, students and alumni in any way I can!

 Matt Flick and I checking out the SAA expansion. 

Matt Flick and I checking out the SAA expansion. 

CSCA 2017 Creative Best

Columbus Society of Communicating Arts 2017 Creative Best was held at Vue last night. I was there because I care about the creative community and I showed my business's support by being present. Plus, I wanted to see my friends, make new ones and celebrate art. It was a fun night and I feel lucky to be a part of the community. 

The Best of Show award went to Bonfire Red for their LivSo website. The four Judge's Choice awards went to Caitlyn Lust/Ohio University for Sushi; Lindsey Laseter for Everglade Snail Kite: Type Hike Poster; 2Tall Animation for Henriyeti: I Love the Ways I'm Different; and Wexner Center for the Arts for Sarah Oppenheimer: S-337473. 

Congratulations to the CSCA leadership, board, members and participants of the 2017 Creative Best!

 Nand Dussault and I at last night's Creative Best awards show.

Nand Dussault and I at last night's Creative Best awards show.

Columbus Web Group - Mentoring Shindig

I got the chance to be a part of Columbus Web Group's End-of-the-Year Mentoring Shindig last night at Platform Beer Co.. Meeting up with friends and getting introduced to new people was what went down. CWG makes a difference in our community. They work hard to make a lot of good things happen for a lot of people in a lot of different ways. That's a lot.

  Alex Bell  and I at CWG's event at Platform Beer Co. last night.

Alex Bell and I at CWG's event at Platform Beer Co. last night.

2017 Best Places To Work

Today, Columbus Business First hosted their program, 2017 Best Places To Work. HRACO (Human Resources Association of Central Ohio) was the Association Sponsor and I joined them at their table for the event - thank you, HRACO! Some of our friends were included as Honorees this year and they included: ZoCo Design, Ringside Talent Acquisition, Improving, treetree, Cardinal Solutions, IGS Energy, and Safelite AutoGlass. 

 I had a front row seat for Best Places To Work today. Doug Buchanan of Business First at the podium.

I had a front row seat for Best Places To Work today. Doug Buchanan of Business First at the podium.

The Pitch 2017 Is On!

The Pitch 2017, a student advertising competition, is a program from AAF Columbus. College students from all over Ohio are gathered today in advertising agencies in Columbus to create an advertising/marketing plan for the non-profit, BESA. From their site: 

"Besa connects people with local charities - from food pantries and community gardens to homeless shelters and senior homes. With your help, we provide support to those who need it most."

The winning student team will present their plan, which includes a written plan along with a video pitch of their plan, at an upcoming AAF Columbus event. I spent some time this morning volunteering with the Mindstream Interactive student team.

 The student Mindstream Interactive team prepares to begin work on The Pitch this morning.

The student Mindstream Interactive team prepares to begin work on The Pitch this morning.

Breakfast with Business First - Serendipity Labs

This morning started with a networking event - I love it! Breakfast with Business First was held at Serendipity Labs downtown on Capitol Square. I always get something out of these events. I've come to expect the unexpected whether it's meeting a new person, hearing about a new business or someone sharing their new idea. And, as usual, people were there building their networks to open potential doors to new opportunities. 

Here's a bit more about Serendipity Labs on Capitol Square:

Located in the heart of downtown, Serendipity Labs is an upscale and hospitality driven work-space providing private offices, co-working, team rooms, work lounges and meeting spaces. Pairing airy and inspiring ambiance with a secure cloud based infrastructure, Serendipity Labs delivers enterprise level security capable of meeting any compliance standards, regardless of industry.

 Carrie Ghose, Reporter for Business First and I at this morning's Breakfast with Business First.

Carrie Ghose, Reporter for Business First and I at this morning's Breakfast with Business First.