Election outcomes aside, the stretch between expectation and reality can be shocking, but planning and preparation can help shorten the gap.

Election outcomes aside, the stretch between expectation and reality can be shocking, but planning and preparation can help shorten the gap.

Web resource WalletHub will help consumers calculate customized holiday spending budgets as Black Friday looms. Based on data including income, expenses and age averages, the website pegs a $576 average holiday budget for Columbus consumers, ranking them 323 out of 570 US cities.

To help shoppers stay within budget, WalletHub has compiled Black Friday ads from more than 30 large retailers.

Shopping for the holidays in the Short North Arts District can benefit a variety of good causes, such as Wednesday night's Community Shopping Night at Global Gifts to benefit Community Refugee and Immigration Services.

See how the Columbus Region Retail Innovation Ecosystem powers the holiday shopping season.

A new WalletHub study looks at advantages of using store-based credit cards, something that Alliance Data knows a lot about.

To help budget your professional development and networking time this week:

Women for Economic and Leadership Development has a lineup of professional growth events from Wednesday through December.

The Conway Center for Family Business has lined up its co-founder, Dick Emens, and Kent Johnson, CEO of Highlights for Children, to help family businesses gauge the importance of advisory boards and family councils Thursday morning at Ohio Dominican University.

Lextant will host this month's Creative Mornings Columbus on Friday with Aparna Dial, deputy director of Columbus' Smart City grant-winning initiative.

CYP Club serves Columbus young professionals a busy mix of networking and volunteer events through the end of the year and even into 2017, including this week's 7 Ways to give back in 7 Days.

Sign up now to share your expertise to help bridge gaps between expectation and reality at SunDown Group Lunch and Launch sessions in 2017, held in the renovated second floor space at Columbus Idea Foundry in Franklinton.