Galas and award ceremonies are starting to fill calendars in central Ohio.

Galas and award ceremonies are starting to fill calendars in central Ohio. If you aren't already in contention for honors as a Top Workplace for 2017, that door closes on Friday. It just takes a few minutes to start the process by nominating your company online.

We'll also roll out a red carpet in March for physicians, nurses and even non-healthcare companies that are working to improve the health of central Ohio. Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 30 for our 2017 Healthcare Achievement awards. Nomination forms are available online and should be emailed to

The 3rd Annual 1girl Gala on Oct. 6 supports the Columbus-based program to empower girls to be leaders and difference makers.

Three central Ohio entrepreneurs were honored with 2016 VentureOhio awards: T-Pro Solutions, Seed Stage Company of the Year; DOmedia, Growth Stage Company of the Year and Ryan Frederick, Social Impact Award. They are among seven statewide winners chosen from 20 finalists selected from 88 nominees.

The spotlight will be on the Hilliard family of 3-year-old Maxwell Staugler when the National Kidney Foundation Central Ohio Kidney Walk on Sept. 25 highlights the toddler's battle with kidney failure. The boy will soon receive a kidney transplant with his mother as the donor.

Kingdom Image Awards are set for Oct. 6-8. Events are set in a variety of locations across Columbus, culminating with the black tie awards on Oct. 8 at the Lincoln Theatre. The awards celebrate Christian artists for contributions in their faith-based communities.

With 9-11 fresh on our minds, central Ohio businesses may want to take advantage of a free security conference Sept. 27 at the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio. Topics will cover suspicious packages, drones as a threat and an asset, and best practices for controlling access.

Choosing a new president in November will likely mean changes in health policy. Health Policy Institute of Ohio offers insights on potential impact on health costs, coverage and access in an Oct. 26 seminar. See our tips for talking politics in the office.