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OSU athletic financials from AD Gene Smith
Buckeye athletic dept. contributions to Ohio State University
Lessner restaurant menus catered by Made From Scratch
Order Betty's, Dirty Frank's, Grass Skirt, Jury Room, Tip Top and Surly Girl for your next corporate event
Express prepping to launch outlet business
Columbus-based clothing retailer Express reports online sales boom, net sales increase in second quarter
UK bans bad biz lingo in government communications
The British government has banned civil servants from using jargon in official communications with the public through the Gov.uk website. The U.K. Government Digital Services “Design Principles” style guide went into effect earlier this year when all civil service departments were unified under the new Gov.uk site, according to the Daily Mail.
The U.K.'s public workers have been put on notice by the digital newspeak police that “plain English” is now mandatory in online "written content" (they probably meant 'writing').
The new communication rules forbid employees from using long or formal words “when easy or short ones will do.” Examples include using ‘buy’ not ‘purchase’, ‘help’ not ‘assist’, ‘about’ not ‘approximately’ and ‘like’ instead of ‘such as’.
The style guide warns government employees against using buzzwords or jargon, lest they “lose trust from our users” because of empty, meaningless text.
The following words have been sacked:
--agenda (unless it is for a meeting)
--collaborate (use ‘working with’)
--commit/pledge (we need to be more specific – we’re either doing something or we’re not)
--deliver (pizzas, post and services are delivered – not abstract concepts like ‘improvements’ or ‘priorities’)
--deploy (unless it is military or software)
--dialogue (we speak to people)
--disincentivise (and incentivise)
--facilitate (instead, say something specific about how you are helping)
--foster (unless it is children)
--impact (as a verb)
--key (unless it unlocks something. A subject/thing isn’t ‘key’ – it’s probably ‘important’)
--land (as a verb. Only use if you are talking about aircraft)
--leverage (unless in the financial sense)
--progress (as a verb – what are you actually doing?)
--promote (unless you are talking about an ad campaign or some other marketing promotion)
--slimming down (processes don’t diet – we are probably removing x amount of paperwork, etc)
--strengthening (unless it’s strengthening bridges or other structures)
--tackling (unless it is rugby, football or some other sport)
--transforming (what are you actually doing to change it?)
Commonly-used business metaphors have also been sacked:
--drive (you can only drive vehicles; not schemes or people)
--drive out (unless it is cattle)
--going forward (unlikely we are giving travel directions)
--in order to (superfluous – don’t use it)
--one-stop shop (we are government, not a retail outlet)
Taste of New Albany raises $20k for Chamber
Thirty restaurants and 20 vendors participated in the annual taste of New Albany fundraiser, held on Aug. 4 at New Albany Market Square. A sell-out crowd of business leaders and foodies enjoyed appetizers, entrees and desserts. The event raised $20,000 for the New Albany chamber.
Eileen Leuby, president of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce, provided photos from the event.
(Left to right: Andee Swartz, Tammy Ebbing, Bill Ebbing (president of the New Albany Co.) and Eileen Leuby)
(Left to right: Larry Hilsheimer (CFO of Scotts Miracle-Gro), Craig Mohre (president and executive director of the New Albany Community Foundation), Cindy Hilsheimer (principal of BeecherHill), Tonia Irion (president of e-Cycle) and Chris Irion (CEO of e-Cycle))
Tech Update: Google Glass & Telepathy One
Google Glass may not reach consumers until 2014 and faces a new competitor
Business leaders back Mayor Coleman's education reform
Columbus Chamber joins the Columbus Partnership in publicly backing Columbus Public Schools levy, independent auditor
Housing sales & prices jump in Central Ohio, statewide
The Columbus REALTORS monthly Central Ohio Housing report showed July home sales of 2,825—the third-highest on record since August of 2005 (2,875) and June 2006 (2,872). Year-to-date sales of 15,988 are the highest ever recorded by the Central Ohio non-profit trade group.
Median sale prices in the Columbus region have increased 4.4% ($145,000) from 2012 year-to-date prices. Homes listed for sale decreased 7% from June 2013 listings, though they were 16.6% higher than July of 2012 according to yesterday’s report.
The Ohio Association of Realtors reported a year-to-year increase in home sales statewide in its July housing report. July sales reached their highest point since July 2005 at 13,354, a 25.8% increase from July 2012. Year-to-date sales statewide of 74,666 were 17.5% higher than in 2012.
Statewide, the average sale price for July ($156,738) is a 7.2% increase from July 2012 prices. Total sales volume at the seven-month mark approaches $10.7 billion, 25.4% higher than last year.
Columbus 2020 seeking participants for regional workforce survey
Employees and employers invited to take part in Columbus 2020's Columbus Region Workforce Assessment
Kasich appoints Fisher grad to Ohio Arts Council board
Governor John Kasich has appointed Juan Cespedes, principal of Columbus-based Oxley Group lobbying and strategic development firm, to the board fo th Ohio Arts Council. Cespedes’ term began on July 11 and runs through July 1, 2014.
Cespedes graduated from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Before joining Oxley in 2007, Caspedes worked as an investment officer in the Ohio Treasurer’s office before leaving for an advisory position with then-Ohio treasurer Richard Cordray.
He currently serves on the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board.
High-profile speakers command hefty donations at New Albany fundraiser
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to deliver keynote at Remarkable Evening dinner to benefit the New Albany Community Foundation. Hosts Abigail and LEs Wexner have previously hosted speakers Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Columbus business & civic leaders welcome incoming OSU students
OSU Welcome Week expanded to include intro to city of Columbus, hosted by the Columbus Partnership, Chamber and Columbus 2020 at Nationwide Arena
Ohio-made products retailer to open 2nd store
Simply Vague coming to Polaris Fashion Place in September
July Business Filing Figures
This morning's monthly business filings report from Secretary of State Jon Husted's office shows a 4.74% increase in Ohio's year-to-date new entity filings from the same period in 2012. Filings for July 2013 were up 19.13% from July 2012.
The SOS office reports that 7,311 new corporate entity filings last month (including private, non-profit and professional corporations, LLCs, partnerships, limited partnerships and LLPs). A total 757 entities filed for dissolution/surrender last month.
(Chart via the Ohio Secretary of State)
Columbus regional employment tops state/national growth
Columbus 2020’s quarterly economic development report shows above-average employment gains in Central Ohio
New Instagram Accessory App, SnapMyAd, Lets Customers Compete to Create Ads
Would your company benefit from a contest in which customers compete to take the best promotional photo of your product? SnapMyAd is betting that this customer engagement will be prized.
Museum exec serving cocktails for charity
Columbus Museum of Art director, board member and renovation architect serve cocktail for Art Matters capital campaign
Kaufman & Daimler partner on lux Commons high rise
City leaders praise $50 mil. investment in 12-story mixed-use development
Fiscal shortfalls projected for Franklin County
A newly released Budget and Economic Advisory Panel report warns of a looming $13 mil. annual deficit in Franklin County
The Limited Names Diane Ellis CEO
Former Brooks Brothers COO will join the company Aug. 26
'Bank Director' Names Huntington Top U.S. Bank
Huntington National Bank had the best score among banks with $50 billion or more in assets.
Orthopedic Firms Finalize Merger
The Cardinal Orthopaedic Institute and Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence will rename as Orthopedic ONE.
ABA calls for “Friends-of-the-Blawg" briefs
The American Bar Association has issued a call for submissions for its annual Blawg 100 list of the best legal blogs. Readers and legal are encouraged to nominate their blogs to the ABA list by Friday, August 9.
Blogs that have a strong chance of making the list will feature original topical content updates on a regular basis, sharp design and non-marketing material.
The ABA discourages nominations from the following:
• Bloggers who nominate their own blogs or nominate blogs to which they have previously contributed posts.
• Employees of law firms who nominate blogs written by their co-workers.
• Public relations professionals in the employ of lawyers or law firms who nominate their clients’ blogs.
• Pairs of bloggers who have clearly entered into a quid pro quo agreement to nominate each other.
Readers may submit their favorite blogs to the ABA list through this link.