If your office smells like wet dog on Friday when storms are in the forecast, you might want to look under your coworker's desk.

Pet Sitters International created Take Your Dog To Work Day® in 1999 and urges its observance the Friday after Father’s Day. Softchoice, a North American IT provider with a Columbus presence, gives the practice a tech twist by encouraging employees to BYOD—bring your own dog, not just your own device. Some businesses take their dogs to work every day as valued colleagues.

Dog days might become dodge days if you’re on a team of coworkers or friends competing in the Mid-Ohio Open Paintball Tournament for the Mid-South XBall League, known as MSXL. More than 70 teams of 8-12 players are expected to register by July 3 to compete for prizes totaling $150,000 July 8-9 at LVL Up Sports in Grove City.

If you prefer to spend summer’s dog days as an air-conditioned spectator, check out the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships July 1-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

We know sports tourism is a big economic driver in central Ohio as fans follow their passions or discover new events. Now there is word that arts and culture also benefit the local economy to the tune of nearly $500 million and 15,000 jobs. The Greater Columbus Arts Council says a new study by Americans for the Arts also shows nonprofit arts and culture contribute $46.8 million in state and local government revenue. 

While arts and culture were adding to the Columbus economy, investors were pumping a similar amount—$470 million—into startups in Ohio, says VentureOhio’s 2017 VentureReport. Now the statewide facilitator for attracting venture capital is preparing to recognize Ohio’s best new business creators in four categories of Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Nominations are open through July 14.

A venture in commercial real estate development north of Polaris is ready to show off three new model homes with the Northstar Community Neighborhood Launch Party June 25.