What will 2018 bring for you? For me, the New Year brings a new job as editorial page editor for the Columbus Dispatch—one floor up and a world away. Please welcome Dave Ghose to this space as the new editor of Columbus CEO.

It’s tough to say good-bye, but maybe not as challenging as for family businesses to deal with entitlement issues. The Conway Center for Family Business offers help with a Dec. 21 morning seminar—Difficult Conversations: Dealing with Entitlement Issues. Among the least entitled? Those who marry into family businesses.

The City of Columbus would like to move on from this year’s challenges of a record pace of homicides, opiate addiction issues and tensions in police-community relations. One tactic in Mayor Andrew Ginther’s new neighborhood safety strategy is creation of a Community Safety Advisory Commission. Columbus residents are encouraged to apply online for commission seats by Jan. 8. 

If you’re itching to move up in 2018, the SunDown Group has some programs to help. Register online for Introduction to Starting Your Own Business the evening of Jan. 9 and a lunch-and-launch on Negotiation Skills to Give Your Company the Competitive Edge on Jan. 18.

Four finalists for the Columbus Chamber’s Small Business Leader Award are hoping to be called up on stage as the winner at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting breakfast on Feb. 8. Congrats to the finalists: Jeff Burt of Eclipse Corp., Charles R. Morrison III of MCR Medical Supply, Cheryl Stauffer of Crimson Design Group and Greg Ubert of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. Ubert was a BBB Torch Award winner this year. 

As I move on to new challenges, I take with me a much better appreciation of the Columbus business community from the privilege of covering it the past four years. And I know there are many more great stories ahead for Columbus CEO to tell.

Happy New Year and best wishes for whatever 2018 brings your way!