Being different can be a great quality in a successful business

Being different can be a great quality in a successful business.

Just ask the co-founders of CrossChx, a fast-growing, Columbus-based tech startup intent on changing healthcare delivery by zeroing in on patients' fingerprints to confirm identity and link medical records. CEO Sean Lane is unabashedly direct about his intentions to change the industry, saying "That's the only reason we're here."

Similarly, Brian Brooks of E.E. Ward Moving & Storage had to break with some longstanding practices to breathe new life into the 134-year-old company he bought from a longtime family friend. Brooks said his changes initially produced "a lot of 'that's not how Mr. Ward would do it,'"but they enabled the company to realize significant growth.

VARGO, a Hilliard company that provides warehouse distribution solutions, just announced a new partner program to expand use of its innovative lean and efficient order processing system. President and CEO J. Michael Vargo says, "The difference is we do not work off of a planned event. We work in true-and I emphasize true-real time."

COTA buses also operate differently when they need to. Beginning Labor Day, Central Ohio Transit Authority drivers will use left shoulder lanes on I-670 to speed passengers to their destinations when traffic gets heavy. The transit system initiated a successful bus-on-shoulder program in 2006, allowing right-berm travel during traffic congestion on I-70 between Downtown and the Outerbelt. COTA last week brought in Charlotte Chamber of Commerce CEO Robert Morgan to hear a vision for the future of the city's public transit. Columbus CEO explored local transit concerns in depth last year.

Is your central Ohio company different enough to be a Top Workplace? Great news: The deadline to nominate your business of at least 50 employees as one of our 2016 Top Workplaces has just been extended. You now have until Sept. 18 to start the process with an online nomination.

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