It's good business to pay your debts, and even better business to build goodwill by paying forward.

Hot Chicken Takeover’s well-regarded business plan as a Fair Chance Employer is a model of paying forward. Its community focus will be highlighted in a sneak preview fundraiser on Sunday at its new Easton Gateway location. HCT partners with Easton and the Easton Community Foundation to benefit Alvis. Get tickets online.

Similarly, CHOP5 Salad Kitchen celebrates its first year in business on Nov. 16 by paying forward to WARM. It is inviting customers to support Westerville Area Resource Ministry with a $5 contribution and get a chopped salad or bowl in return.   

Alliance Data card services also pays forward to build community connections, as demonstrated most recently with a $1 million gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to help create healthy futures for youth dealing with mental and behavioral health issues. 

Along those same lines, AEP Ohio and the American Electric Power Foundation are supporting Nationwide Children’s Be The Reason fundraising campaign with a $2.25 million gift. It will support school-based care and animal-assisted therapy as well as behavioral health programs.

Young ACG Columbus will be future-focused in a luncheon panel discussion on Wednesday at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel on Capitol Square. Columbus Downtown Development: The Past, Present & Future is the timely topic. 

Preparing future leaders is the focus of a Columbus Chamber networking breakfast Nov. 15 at Porter Wright, Morris & Arthur. It’s part of the Chamber’s Leadership for Small Business series. 

Military service members, veterans and their spouses can build their future in a daylong Boots to Business Reboot program on Friday at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center.  

And to pay forward in a whole different way, sign up at John Glenn Columbus International Airport for five years of TSA PreCheck privileges to fly through airport security checks for $85. Pre-enroll online and make the process smoother by scheduling appointments for the weekday sign-ups Nov. 6-17.