Columbus small business owners, startups and even pups who may not have a holiday party of their own can find options across central Ohio this week and next.

Pets can get in on the holiday party act with a celebration Saturday afternoon at Petland Grove City featuring Mattis K. Nine, the Franklin County sheriff’s popular therapy pup. A check will be presented to the sheriff’s office for its Therapy Dog Program. Games, face-painting and food—including dog biscuits—will be available for humans and pets that attend.  

Those who don’t have their own office or an office holiday party can still attend the TechStars Startup Week Columbus No-Office Holiday Party on Thursday evening at TRISM. Register online.   

You can even combine learning about how the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace with holiday networking after the Dec. 14 seminar.

Almost as good as presents under the tree—find sources of financing for your small business in the SBA’s free 14th Annual Capital Crash Course Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

And you can gift another company—or your own—by learning how to submit nominations for National Small Business Week awards in a free Dec. 11 webinar.

If you’re not already involved in ACG Columbus, or if you are, members and guests are invited to the business group’s Holiday Party on Dec. 14 at Franklin Park Conservatory’s Wells Barn.

The big question is whether Santa brings coal or sugar plums to your business in the federal tax changes being decided in Congress. The 27th annual Ohio Tax Conference of the Manufacturers' Education Council will attempt to answer that question and more Jan. 23-24 at the Hyatt Regency.