While the election is drawing to a close, staying updated on politics could work to your advantage.

With one week to go before Election Day, it might help to review advice for handling politics in the workplace. Have no doubt that politics is big business, regardless of what else you might think about it.

Are you ready to move past next week's elections? Plan now to recycle campaign yard signs-if you can wait until Nov. 12 to do it. All paper and plastic signs as well as their metal stands will be accepted in two locations-at OSU and in Gahanna-as part of a SWACO effort to keep elections signs out of the dump.

If you can't get enough politics and you're female, there's help for that, too. Ready to Run, a nonpartisan one-day conference for women interested in running or helping others run for elective office is offered Dec. 1 by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.

Columbus has been attracting plenty of attention from candidates and their surrogates, but next week it also draws 1,700 to the 18th Annual Ohio Housing Conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The four-day event will feature experts on the economy, housing policy, neighborhood revitalization, housing finance and homelessness.

However the elections go, health policy is sure to be on the minds of state lawmakers as they draft the next state budget in in the New Year. A Dec. 8 forum by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio will focus on priorities identified in Ohio's 2016 State Health Assessment-maternal and infant health, chronic disease, and mental health & addiction.Presenters will include Greg Moody, director of the Governor's Office of Heath Transformation.

Votes are already in for the 2016 Best Small Cities in America, and Dublin is in the top 20 at a respectable rank of 14. Website WalletHub developed the ranking from a study of 1,268 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000, based on 30 metrics such as housing costs, school quality and restaurants per capita. The new Bridge Street development only adds to the area's offerings.

Get away from politics altogether and hear David Kornberg, president and CEO of Express, talk about the customer experience at a Nov. 10 New Albany Chamber of Commerce luncheon.