Hearts may be tuned to those dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes, but business and community interests in central Ohio continue to seek our attention.

Ohio University’s first Business of Games Summit is set for Thursday in Athens. Students, educators, entrepreneurs and others can prepare for attending with our September issue look at the explosive game industry.  

Issues of racial, gender, ethnicity and religious disparities are on the agenda for two forums presented this month by the YWCA. The emPower lunch series on Sept. 21 looks at racial impacts on infant mortality. A free “let’s talk about it” forum on Sept. 26 invites input on how opportunities in Columbus are impacted by gender, ethnicity and religion.

Lawyers and social workers can obtain continuing education credits Oct. 26 in a half-day forum offered by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. “Politics, perceptions and the role of evidence in an uncertain world” will be at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square.  

The Columbus Chamber is looking for deserving nominees for its 2018 Small Business Leader Award to be presented in February. Submit nominations by Sept. 27.  

We’ll give you a little longer—until Oct. 13—to submit online nominations for Columbus CEO’s 2018 Healthcare Achievement Awards, to be presented in March.

But time is running out this week to nominate your company or organization as a 2018 Top Workplace. Nominate your company by this Friday’s deadline to start the process of evaluating your company’s winning workplace culture.

The US Small Business Administration has a full plate of seminars across the state this month, including a lunch ‘n’ learn Sept. 20 in Dublin on Shaping Your Policy and Culture with Employee Handbooks.

If you didn’t already realize it based on the natural disasters in Texas and Florida, September is National Preparedness Month. Emergency preparedness brochures are available online and in a variety of languages.