The new year is a good time to kick off new initiatives and approaches or to get help for your business to show up differently in 2017.

The new year is a good time to kick off new initiatives and approaches or to get help for your business to show up differently in 2017.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library is confident that its staff is putting customers first-so much so that CML is sharing its new training video to help drive that focus home. CML Chief Executive Officer Patrick Losinski did a video of his own with Columbus CEO when he was a 2015 CEO of the Year, talking about his decision to come to Columbus for the library post.

Columbus City Schools will take advantage of its annual State of the District program to show off the new Columbus Africentric Early College PK-12 on Jan. 24. Register online for the free program. Superintendent Dan Good will likely have much news to share. He told us the district's customized Career-Technical Program is especially forward-thinking.

Maybe your business needs to reposition itself with regard to taxes in 2017. The 26th Annual Ohio Tax Conference on Jan. 24-25 could be just the ticket. Varying tax codes across municipal lines in Ohio have been a challenge for businesses with multiple venues, with some relief offered in a law change that took effect last year.

It could be that 2017 will be your business's rebuilding year. An info session on Jan. 26 will provide background and experts to help determine if the Small Business Administration's Emerging Leaders Program is the kick start you need. The 100-hour program for decision-makers targets enterprises in operation at least three years, with revenue of $300,000 to $10 million and three or more employees.

Sometimes it helps to take time to smell the roses-or orchids! Take a break and get new inspiration for your business by visiting the orchids exhibition at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens through March 5. With orchids being the largest family of flowering plants, the display features nearly 30,000 species, some of which are cultivated for food and medicine. While there, check out the Conservatory as a site for your next business event.