As winter officially arrives this week, here are some items that could help keep you warm or at least give you a nice warm feeling.

As winter officially arrives this week, here are some items that could help keep you warm or at least give you a nice warm feeling.

Leave your car in the garage and take COTA for free if you need to travel during a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency, as determined by the Franklin County sheriff. With drivers and maintenance teams skilled enough to win an international bus "roadeo," COTA can likely manage the snow emergencies better than most of us.

Head south, and make your home available to out-of-town guests through Airbnb. Or stay inside and rent out a spare room. Airbnb says Columbus had more guest arrivals and host income than any other Ohio city in 2016-with 29,000 visits and $3.6 million for local hosts. Visitors might have lots of reasons to visit Columbus, including its new ranking by website WalletHub as the 5th best Large College City in America.

Help keep the 1,100+ students at the KIPP Columbus School warm with donations of new or gently used winter coats, gloves, hats and scarves. KIPP students range in age from 5-15 and wear sizes from youth XS to adult XXL. The coat drive wraps up Tuesday. KIPP schools-deriving their name from Knowledge Is Power Program-operate nationwide to provide free college-prep education to disadvantage students.

Fire up a small business to grow it to the next level through the US Small Business Administration's free ScaleUp America initiative. Applications are being accepted by Your Management Team for up to 30 central Ohio winners of Entrepreneur Exchange training valued at $9,400 each.

And if you know a small business that's already on fire, nominate it for one of several National Small Business Week awards to be recognized by the SBA's Columbus District Office.