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The weekend of December 12-14 2013, The Andersons will match money raised in Red Kettles at The Andersons’ stores on Sawmill and Brice Roads, 3 to 1, up to $150,000. $5.00 in the Red Kettle becomes $15.00 etc. The Salvation Army will then use the funds to assist families in need.
"We anticipate a drastic increase in demand on our pantries in 2014 as a result of the cuts," says Major Frank Kirk, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army in Central Ohio. "The funds from Andersons will help us meet that need. The money will buy fresh produce and other healthy foods for seven food pantries, along with much-needed household items for the hundreds of families served by dozens of Housing Programs we offer.”
“We have been blessed this year and want to share our bounty with our neighbors in the Columbus community,” says CEO Mike Anderson. “This gift is part of our $1.7 million contribution to charitable organizations in the Toledo and Columbus areas and more than half of our contributions are being provided to organizations that provide for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter.”
Local celebrities and celebrities are scheduled through the event dates including the OSU Ensemble Band and community choir and bell groups.
PHOTO: A passerby at The Anderson's store slips dollar bills into the kettle as Curt Overstake plays Christmas Carols in the store's entranceway on 12/9/10. (Chris Russell/Dispatch Photo)
The Columbus Chamber has annonced the finalists for the annual 2014 Small Business Awards. From the Chamber's announcement:
The awards include the Small Business Award of Excellence, which will be given to a small business that has substantiated success by increasing sales, number of employees and contributions to the community; and the Small Business Leader Award, which will be presented to an individual business professional who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in a wide range of areas.
Small Business Award of Excellence Finalists:
Small Business Leader Award Finalists:
More than 100 nominations were received during an open submission process this fall. A committee, including members of the Chamber’s Small Business Council, selected the finalists. Small businesses are defined as those having 500 or fewer employees.
Award recipients will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting Feb. 5, 2014 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand ballroom. Tickets to the event are available through Jan. 1 for $75 each or $750 for a table of 10 (Chamber members) and $95 each or $950 for a table of 10 (nonmembers). After Jan. 1, all tickets will be $100 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. Register at columbus.org/annualmeeting. The Annual Meeting is presented by State Auto Insurance Companies.
The 2014 Columbus Chamber Small Awards are presented in partnership with Commerce National Bank with support from Columbus C.E.O. Magazine, Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea, E.E. Ward Moving and Storage Co., King Business Interiors, Inc., Portfolio Creative, The Refectory Restaurant and United Commercial Travelers.
Details of the event from the CYP press release:
The Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP CLUB) will host its Year-End Celebration on Monday, December 9 at the Boat House at Confluence Park from 5:30-10:00pm. Beginning with the State of the Club address at 6:00pm, program notes will highlight the year in review, the successful launch of CitYPulse: The Young Professional’s Guide to Columbus, presentation of the Young-at-Heart Awards, partner and volunteer recognition, and more. Recognized as the nation’s largest YP membership organization with nearly 20,000 members, the CYP CLUB will also honor eight Wonderful Workplaces for YPs, as rated and nominated by members of the club as exemplary companies for working professionals throughout the Columbus region.
Young-at-Heart Award Honorees 2013
DENNISON “DENNY” GRIFFITH, the third president of Columbus College of Art & Design, was appointed to the position in 1998. During his presidency, he has overseen the construction or renovation of over 275,000 square feet of new academic, residential, and student life facilities, the installation of the college’s iconic ten-story “ART” sculpture as well as growth in CCAD’s academic, community outreach, and exhibition programs. He currently serves on the boards of the Columbus Partnership, Experience Columbus, and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, the leading accreditation agency for the art and design field in this country. He has served as a curator, juror, and grants adjudicator for numerous arts agencies, service organizations, and visual arts presenters.
Jungle JACK HANNA explores the globe as one of the most respected animal ambassadors. His enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, television personality, author and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds. Jack took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating three nationally televised programs. Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures ran for 10 years and is still currently in syndication. Most recently, the Columbus Zoo and Nationwide Insurance have partnered to sponsor the Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and a new show on ABC, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown.
JIM LORIMER is an attorney and former Special Agent of the F.B.I. He has been promoting a wide range of sports events in Columbus since the 1960s. He promoted National Championships in track and field and weightlifting in Columbus – and in 1970 directed the World Weightlifting Championships and Mr. World Contest. Arnold Schwarzenegger won the 1970 event and that developed into a friendship and partnership that has lasted 42 years. Since then the annual event in Columbus, Ohio has grown to be the largest multi-sport event in our nation – involving 50 sports and events, 18,000 athletes from 81 nations, nine competitive venues, and 175,000 attendees.
ANGELA PACE is the Director of Community Affairs for WBNS-10TV. A life-long Columbus resident, Angela was a television reporter/anchor for more than 25 years. She serves on several boards, including Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation Board, the Greater Columbus Arts Council Board, and the boards of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and the Lincoln Theatre Association. Among her many awards, the YWCA Woman of Achievement, the Governor's Award for Journalism and Community Service, the NATAS Silver Circle Award, five local Emmy’s and a regional Telly Award.
CHARLES PENZONE is chairman and founder of The Charles Penzone Salons, an Ohio-based salon and spa group established in 1969. Forty three years ago, Charles defied what others thought was impossible by starting his first salon with two employees and a $500 bank loan. In the years that followed, Charles transformed this business into what it is today – six salon locations that serve over 300,000 guests a year. Charles also owns and operates a product distribution company that provides professional salon products to salons in five states, a consulting company and a real estate management company.
For nearly 25 years, DEBRA PENZONE has contributed to The Charles Penzone Salons organization. She now serves as President over the six salons and The Brittany Group Professional Beauty Products and Education. Debra is actively involved with her community leading efforts for the American Cancer Society, A Kid Again, American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, Komen Columbus “Race for the Cure,” in addition to her foundation, Earth Angels, The Debra Penzone Foundation with the Columbus Foundation. In 2011, Debra published her first book, “Debbie’s Club™: Discovering MyTrueBeauty™ for Girls” to help inspire and empower girls to see their unique beauty from the inside out. Debra serves as a board member of the American Cancer Society, Franklin Park Conservatory Women’s Board and SAKS external Advisory Board.
Year-End Celebration Event Information
Date: Monday, December 9, 2013
Location: The Boat House at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Details: There will be social networking, complimentary hors d'oeuvres/desserts from The Refectory, Mezzo, Hubbard Grille, Confluence Park, Buca Di Beppo, Fado Irish Pub, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Average Joe's, PolkaDot Cupcakery, and Buffalo Trace Bourbon, live music, photo booths, cash bars, and more, including a great view of the downtown skyline and inspirational remarks from this year's Young-at-Heart honorees. More than 500 are expected to attend.
5:30-6:00pm: Doors open, attendee welcome and social networking.
6:00-7:00pm: "State of the Club" – an on-stage program featuring the leadership team, annual sponsor recognition, Wonderful Workplaces for YPs recognition, the "Young-at-Heart" awards, and what's ahead.
7:00-10:00pm: Celebration and fun with live music, mixing/mingling, and dancing.
Tickets to attend are $10 at cypclub.com or $20 at the door. Media passes are available by contacting Angela Less at 614-579-9398.
The Pizzuti Company's annual holiday mug arrived in the Columbus CEO office this morning. Every year the distinctive mugs feature the work of a new artist. In Columbus, Pizzuti mugs signal the beginning of the holiday season and close the business year on a friendly note.
The 2013 mug features "Natural Spring," a drawing by Columbus resident/Detroit native Laura Sanders. Sanders is a BFA graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. Sanders' work is displayed in the Columbus Museum of Art, the Pizzuti Collection and--as of this morning--desks throughout the city.
HMB software solutions and tech services is expanding it's Westerville operation. Co-founder and CEO Tom Harris was recognized as one of Columbus's 2013 CEOs of the Year. His profile ran in Columbus CEO's Dec. issue and can be read here.
Columbus 2020 announced HMB's expansion yesterday:
HMB, Inc., an information technology company, is expanding in Westerville as a result of a continued increase to its production service line. The expansion includes adding 75 employees to its current roster of 145 over the next three years, and investing $550,000 in training, software and equipment.
“Since opening our doors in 1994, we’ve quickly grown into a trusted provider in the IT sector,” said John Mackessy, CFO, HMB. “Our credibility and success can be attributed, in part, to the Columbus Region companies that have become our partners. We hope to continue to build on that success in the Region.”
HMB offers full-service, on-site, custom technology development services and business consulting services to clients in the Columbus Region. Growth of the company’s production service line has created the demand for expansion and more employees.
The company’s 75 new jobs represent $5.6 million in new payroll. Hiring for the positions, which include designers, developers and strategists , is expected to begin in January.
“The Columbus Region is an ideal location for companies like HMB because of broad access to technology consumers,” said Jason Bechtold, economic development administrator, City of Westerville. “We are excited to see this expansion happening based on how well the company is thriving in Westerville.”
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The U.S. Small Business Administration Columbus District Office is taking nominations for the SBA's annual awards. The 2014 SBA award winners will be announced at a ceremony during Small Business Week late this spring. Nominations are open through Dec. 13, 2013, in the following categories:
Small Business Person of the Year
Small Business Exporter of the Year
SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year
The 2013 Ohio Small Business Person of the Year was Karri Bass, president & CEO of Illumination Research of Mason, OH. Bass and 53 small-business owner/advocates from across the country were honored at the SBA's National Small Business Week ceremony in Washington D.C. last June.
Contact Shannon Feucht in the SBA COlumbus District office for nomination forms: Shannon.Feucht@sba.gov
As president, CEO and co-owner of Continental Office Environments since 2005, Ira Sharfin leads one of the top office furnishing and service providers in Central Ohio. COE was founded as an office-supply company in 1939; today, the company offers services ranging from branding and consulting to flooring and walls. The company employs 238 people, the majority of whom are based in Continental’s Columbus HQ. The company also has offices in Toledo and Pittsburgh.
Q: Tell us a bit about the company:
A: Our company is approaching its 75th anniversary in 2014, so we’ve been around for a while. The company’s roots were really in office supplies and furniture. For the last 10 years we’ve really grown…our furniture business, expanded geographically and gone into other businesses as well.
We’ve got a very large flooring business….We’ve got two other businesses. One is called 3D Branding, which is a division within Continental Office Environments that works on helping our clients physically brand their space and tell their story within the work environment.
The other one is more behind the scenes, but it’s called Workplace Consulting Service. We help companies with managing assets—it could be storage, it could be reconfiguring work environments. We’ve got some technology tools …we’ve created so they can track projects. We really augment their on-site facilities team(s).
That’s kind of how we’ve grown over the years. We’ve got about 230 people across our various locations now.
Q: What was your 2012 revenue?
A: We’re north of $100 million. We don’t’ give that breakdown, but we’re (over) $100 million.
Q: Where’s your greatest growth opportunity?
A: Our greatest growth opportunity varies by market. But from a furniture standpoint, we’re about 70% furniture and related services. We’re probably 20% flooring and modular walls, and then 10% would be our services business.
Q: Where are your greatest Columbus growth markets in 2014?
A: I just had an executive retreat with my team and we’re looking to grow across all those areas. In terms of those four capabilities--floors and wall, furniture, the two services--we’re looking to grow those out. We’re going to put a strong emphasis on (the) education and healthcare (industries) because those tend to be strong sectors in Central Ohio. Not that we don’t focus on corporate and government, but if you think about Ohio Health and Mount Carmel and OSU Wexner Medical Center, there’s just so much going on.
Q: Do you work with those organizations?
In some form or fashion we’ve worked with all of them. That’s probably what I’m most proud of beyond our team, is that we’ve got such an awesome, cool list of clients. Not just because we’ve been around for so long and not because of me, but it’s more the people that we’ve hired and the relationships that we’ve built. We just want to do more in those sectors.
Q: You have a background in consulting, in mergers and acquisitions--how did you get into office environments?
A: My entire career, I spent 16 years as a consulting partner with…PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM.
Because of my consulting background and I was doing strategy and M&A, I got to see a lot of different industries. I was always fascinated with sales and marketing and related customer services. Having an industrial engineering degree, I was always liked warehouse logistics operations. I had known Frank Kass, who is one of my business partners along with Jack Lucks, who is my other partner. Frank and I started talking after I moved back to Columbus where I grew up. I moved back in 2004, I was still consulting with IBM.
One thing led to another and I decided to join and become a partner with those two. It was one of those (things) where the timing was perfect. I was looking to shift and change my career and really own something I could help build and take to the next level. Everything lined up. Both of them are great mentors and partners. We’ve been able to bring in new talent and new people to help me lead the company to the next level.
Q: Who are some are you notable clients?
A: We’ve had some great longstanding clients. Time Warner would be one, Huntington Bank, Limited Brands, Nationwide Insurance, certainly Ohio State and OSU Medical Center, Ohio Health.
Q: What tips would you give to a firm wanting to refresh the office but don’t know where to start?
A: Think about what’s important to your company? What are your values, what are your behaviors, what do you want your space to say? Talk to your employees, not just your managers and executives. Talk to your employees and find out how they’re currently working and how they think they could be more effective, productive, collaborate better, better serve clients. Oftentimes those are the best ideas.
What we’re finding is with multiple generations in the workplace, a lot of the 20-year-olds coming in… want to work differently. The whole world of the workforce is changing. Their expectations are different than they were 10, 15, 20 years ago. A lot of the young workers, and even people who have been in the workforce for a while, they don’t want to just show up and sit in a cubicle. They want different zones where they can be creative and collaborate. That’s what we’re really helping companies do in terms of how are the different interactions happening at work and how can you create the right work environment to help people deliver the greatest possible performance.
It’s really not about furniture, chairs or tables--it’s really about the experience that you can create for your employees. I think it’s evident when you walk into an Apple store or a Starbucks, you can kind of feel it. I tell people every day, it’s really not about the furniture. We’re a very large Herman Miller Dealer--I think our furniture is outstanding--but it’s really about what you do with those assets and how do you create that environment that not only helps attract people but helps retain people.
OnPoint Performance Solutions, a veteran-owned recruiting, talent placement and mission support firm has moved into its new company headquarters in Dublin's Commerce Park. The firm's co-founder and president Todd Miller discussed the move and the company's expansion in a news release earlier this week:
The decision to relocate its headquarters was due to the company’s success and increased business lines. A local success story, OnPoint has grown from a good idea to a $9 million company in just three years. OnPoint provides talent placements services and supports the US military with trainers by recruiting from a pool of veterans and cultural/language professionals. The company is led by two Army veterans, Lieutenant Colonel Todd Miller (Ret.) and First Sergeant Dan Whitney (Ret.), who have been friends and colleagues for years, both in and out of uniform.
“This is our way of continuing to serve our country out of uniform with genuine and valuable services to the Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security, as well as local corporations and communities,” said Miller, the company president, Ohio native, and West Point graduate. “We have an experienced, robust, and proven recruiting apparatus with the networks necessary to complete our mission nation-wide. We are two successful, time-tested, and proven leaders who have a disciplined approach to life, business, respect for and adherence to processes and procedures, and a determination to see things through to the end.”
The two vets founded OnPoint with the desire to continue serving their country and create potential for others to serve. Miller and Whitney worked together at The Ohio State University as faculty members in the Army ROTC program and were on the Training & Technical Service Group at Columbus’s own Mission Essential Personnel for two years, as director and business development manager respectively. OnPoint prides itself in matching personal skills and career goals with opportunities.
“We started this company because we identified a real need for our services. We plan to deliver,” said Whitney, vice president and COO. “The real long-term value in our human capital talent center is not in the number of people we employee or where we employ them, but in who we are, and how we do it – we are a company of character that provides a genuine service to our nation.”
OnPoint creates value through its diverse portfolio of services in multiple markets: government, academic, and commercial. A key to OnPoint’s success is establishing successful industry partnerships. The company’s core solutions include:
Talent Acquisition and Placement
Mission Support Services
OnPoint’s success is truly remarkable, particularly in these lean times. According to a New York Times article, of the more than 20 million small businesses in the United States, only about 500,000 are currently in a position to do business with the federal government. Of those, only about 1% (5,000) ever win contracts of the magnitude OnPoint has: $9 million over the last three years. While the company was founded and is headquartered in central Ohio, it continues to expand its footprint, and grew to more than 70 employees in 32 locations in 2012, including a recent expansion into the United Kingdom. OnPoint is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
Today's announcement from the digital communications training firm includes the hiring of Mindset's new VP of client engagement Nick Fortine:
Columbus-based Mindset Digital is continuing to expand – announcing today that its new CEO and chairman of the board is Pamela Springer, former CEO and president of Manta and a leader in growth stage businesses.
“Pamela has deep experience in building great companies that exceed client and investor expectations,” Mindset Digital co-founder Debra Jasper said. “We’re thrilled that she has agreed to take on such a critical leadership role.”
Springer, named by Business Insider as one of 2012’s most powerful women running today's biggest start ups, also is now a full partner in Mindset Digital. She said she agreed to join the firm because it provides the kind of professional training that makes a real difference – helping Fortune 500 firms, hospitals and universities keep pace in a digital age.
The average attention span these days is just eight seconds – there is just too much information and too little time, Springer explained. “So companies need more effective ways to get employees up to speed. That’s why Mindset Digital designs courses for today’s hyper-distracted workforce. The training is visual, easy to remember and leads to action.”
In addition to bringing in Springer as CEO, the firm has also named Nick Fortine, former head of marketing and sales for e-Cycle and past vice president of sales at ECNext/Manta, its new vice president of client engagement.
The expansion comes as Mindset Digital is increasing the number of scalable online training and certifications it offers to help large workforces adopt new technologies and approaches.
Nearly 300 gathered at the Columbus Chamber’s TechTomorrow event last week to discuss sustained innovation in the IT industry.
From Ohio AG Mike Dewine's announcement today:
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with the attorneys general of 36 other states and the District of Columbia, announced today a $17 million settlement with Google Inc. concerning its placement of third-party cookies on Safari Web browsers during 2011 and 2012.
“Consumers’ default privacy settings were circumvented without their knowledge,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We take these issues seriously, and we negotiated to reach a comprehensive settlement that not only provides significant payment to the states but also addresses the specific practices involved.”
Google generates revenue primarily through advertising. Through its DoubleClick advertising platform it sets third-party cookies — small files in consumers’ Web browsers — that enable third-party advertisers to gather information about those consumers, including their Web surfing habits.
By default, Apple’s Safari Web browser is set to block third-party cookies, but from June 1, 2011 to February 15, 2012, Google circumvented Safari’s default privacy settings and set third-party cookies on Safari Web browsers. Google disabled the circumvention method in February 2012 after the practice was widely reported on the Internet and in the media.
The attorneys general allege that Google’s circumvention of the default privacy settings violated state consumer protection laws and related computer privacy laws. The states claim that Google failed to inform Safari users that it was circumventing their privacy settings and gave them the false impression that their default privacy settings would block third-party cookies. In turn, users’ Web surfing habits could be tracked without the users’ knowledge.
To resolve the allegations, Google agreed to pay the attorneys general $17 million. Ohio will receive $716,624.13, which will go to the Consumer Protection Enforcement Fund.
Google also agreed to:
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office was part of the settlement’s executive committee, which also included Maryland, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Vermont, and Washington. Also participating in the settlement were the attorneys general of Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Via Secretary of State Jon Husted:
8,052 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in October 2013. These numbers are up compared to October 2012, in which 8,001 new entities filed with the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s office has assisted with 76,614 new business filings to date in 2013 (January-October). This is an increase from the same time period last year, in which there were 74,735 new business filings.
The American Institute of Architects Columbus Chapter honored the 2013 Design Award winners at last night's awards ceremony held at the Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture.
The annual juried awards received more submissions this year than last, tallying 39 architecture submissions (built projects) and 10 project submissions (unbuilt projects) according to AIA Columbus. The 2013 Design Awards merit award winners are:
Edamame Sushi + Grill, Columbus
Charlie Choe, Owner
Bass Studio Architects, Design Architect
Photography by Brian Bass Photography
The Ohio State University South High Rises
The Ohio State University, Owner
Schooley Caldwell Associates, Architect of Record
Photography by Brad Feinknopf
The Jack, Columbus
1000 South Front, LLC, Owner
WSA Studio, Design Architect
Photography by Brad Feinknopf
Livingston Park Pavilion, Columbus
City of Columbus Recreation and Parks, Owner
Meyers + Associates, Design Architect
Photography by Randall Schieber
WLVT PBS 39 New Broadcast Center, Bethlehem, Penn.
Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications, Owner
URS Corporation, Design Architect
Photography by James Maguire
This morning's Columbus 2020 announcement:
The Columbus Region added 4,000 jobs in July and August and continued to outpace state and national rates, according to the third-quarter economic development update released today by Columbus 2020, the 11-county regional economic development organization. Due to the government shutdown, the report—which contains regional economic analysis by Regionomics® LLC, as well as data supplied by Columbus 2020 and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce—does not include September figures for Ohio or the Region.
The Region has added 16,800 jobs over the past 12 months. That 1.8 percent 12-month increase also bests the state (0.6 percent) and national (1.6 percent) rates. Third-quarter unemployment in the Region held steady at 6.2 percent, equal to June’s numbers and again ahead of Ohio and the U.S. (both at 7.3 percent in August). U.S. unemployment dipped slightly to 7.2 percent in September.
“The Region’s employment numbers are encouraging across the board and especially so in the areas of IT, business services, finance and healthcare,” said Jung Kim, director, research, Columbus 2020. “Columbus remains one of a handful of U.S. metros whose current employment surpasses its pre-recession peak.”
The Region’s housing numbers mostly mirrored the overall economic upswing. Building permits issued during July and August were up 27.1 percent from the same months of 2012, compared to a 15.7 percent increase nationally. The number of home sales in the Columbus Multiple Listing Service (MLS – slightly larger than the Region) increased 23.9 percent year over year compared to 14.6 percent nationally. For the quarter, Columbus MLS home sales totaled $1.433 billion, a 22.2 percent increase over the third quarter of 2012.
“Central Ohio is growing in a balanced way, and seeing growth across a number of key sectors. Project activity remains very strong and we expect that the Region’s growth will continue its upward trend,” said Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer, Columbus 2020.
In the first nine months of 2013, Columbus 2020 added 174 new projects to the Region’s economic development pipeline and hosted 44 first-time visits from companies and/or their location consultants. Manufacturing represented 45 percent of the 128 active projects at the end of September, followed by headquarters and business services with 27 percent. Those 128 active projects reflect the organization’s application of more stringent standards on how a project is classified as active.
The Columbus 2020 team visited 14 U.S. cities and Japan during the third quarter. Visits included business development missions, industry conferences, existing headquarters visits and consultant and active project calls. The Japan mission included meetings with more than 40 companies and participation in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Annual Meeting.
The entire report is available for download at www.columbusregion.com.