Professional auctioneers can sell just about anything—unless it's something no longer for sale.
Auctioneers from across the globe will compete in Columbus on Friday for men’s and women’s titles as International Auctioneer Champion. Activities begin at 8 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and can be followed live on Facebook. The contest is sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association as part of the International Auctioneers Conference and Show, expected to bring more than 1,000 fast-talkers to town this week.
Abercrombie & Fitch has no need of auctioneers or other sellers, announcing Monday that it is no longer looking for buyers but will continue on course with improved trends for the rest of this year. A&F’s Fran Horowitz talked last year about plans to improve the Hollister and Abercrombie brands, and Columbus CEO just won a statewide journalism award for the profile.
Meanwhile, sign up online to participate in the A&F Challenge, with a 6 p.m. 5K and other events Sept. 8 at the global retailer’s New Albany headquarters. The fundraiser benefits SeriousFun Children’s Network, which supports Flying Horse Farms and other camps for kids with serious illness.
Forget the auction and donate instead if you have unused musical instruments. Classical 101’s Replay! campaign is collecting new and gently used instruments for Columbus City Schools students for the coming school year. The instrument drive is set for July 31-Aug. 4 at WOSU Public Media, 2400 Olentangy River Rd.
Small businesses can sell more with several programs this month from the US Small Business Administration. The lineup includes How Creating a Retirement Plan Can Help Your Business Succeed on Wednesday, Four COAR Systems Every Business Needs on July 18, Make Your Customers Raving Fans on July 20, Franchising 101 on July 27 and Digital Marketing, Email & Social Media: Lunch 'N Learn on July 28.
Entrepreneurs within a 75-mile radius of Columbus can compete for $100,000 in startup grants. Apply by Aug. 15 to be among those in the Rise of the Rest 6.0 Pitch contest on Oct. 13, hosted by AOL co-founder Steve Case and “Hillbilly Elegy” author JD Vance.