You know the holiday season is behind us when thoughts turn to taxes and other buzz kills.

You know the holiday season is behind us when thoughts turn to taxes and other buzz kills. From updates on tax changes to trends in business taxation, the 25th Annual Ohio Tax Conference has it covered. The Manufacturers' Education Council presents the two-day event Jan. 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Childhood hunger is a real problem that impacts learning. Regular readers of Columbus CEO and our online blog, CEO Live, won't be surprised to learn Columbus-based Children's Hunger Alliance recently attracted two healthy corporate gifts for its mission of feeding kids.

As financial health consultant Kerri Mollard explains in a recent blog post, forming relationships and demonstrating impact help good causes attract big donors. Arby's Foundation is giving the Alliance $100,000 to support summer nutrition programs and L Brands Foundation is contributing $65,000. If you're moved to give, too, the Alliance's annual Menu of Hope luncheon fundraiser is set for Feb. 29.

Another sign of the times is the various "State of…" presentations that pop up in a new year. First up is the Columbus City Schools' "Show Your Spirit" event Jan. 12. Superintendent Dan Good will discuss the State of the District 2016 at East High School. A 5 p.m. reception features student success exhibits and networking before the main event at 6:15 p.m. Register online to attend the free event.

Improve the state of your own education by taking advantage of Indiana Wesleyan University's Rapid Registration event from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the school's Columbus Education and Conference Center in Hilliard. Online education makes sense for employers and employees alike.

Get some schooling on Selling Social Innovation in a Jan. 12 workshop with the Center for Social Enterprise Development. Hands on Central Ohio hosts the half-day event.

Taxes notwithstanding, I hope 2016 is really good for your business.