Charity begins at work for many businesses.

Charity begins at work for many businesses. If your company or organization is planning a charitable event for 2017, you'll want to have it listed in Giving: A Guide to Personal and Corporate Philanthropy. The new joint publication of Columbus CEO and Columbus Monthly will be a 12-month go-to reference and the listing is free, but events need to be submitted online by this Friday at 5 p.m. If some details of your event remain to be determined, email Emma Henterly, editor of Columbus Monthly special sections, by Friday's deadline.

A charitable purpose is just one pathway to a business being considered a social enterprise, as about 100 businesses in Columbus have already discovered. The Center for Social Enterprise Development may still have a few seats available for a Wednesday morning workshop. Register online for Chart Your Own Course: Amplify your vision through social enterprise.

Getting a grant of more than half a million dollars isn't exactly charity, but Columbus State Community College still appreciates the free money! CSCC will use the new $597,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop technical coursework for an Alternative Energy Automotive Technicians Pathway degree program and a certificate program, along with two new courses on hybrid and alternative fuels. Auto dealers and other stakeholders will learn specifics at a briefing Wednesday morning. Alternative energy is increasingly important as Columbus develops Smart City technology.

Nonprofits like Columbus Metropolitan Library have to make money, so they can't just give away the stuff they don't need anymore, but prices should be really good at a surplus sale this Friday, and it is all for a good cause.

Online site Global Trade isn't being charitable in showing Columbus third in its list of 10 Top Cities for Global Trade. Our fair town might really be first, but the list is alphabetical. The site gives Columbus high praise for public-private funding of the Scioto Mile development.

Even the 50th annual All American Quarter Horse Conference, which runs Thursday to Oct. 30 at the Ohio Expo Center, has its own charitable event to benefit the Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation-Boots, Bow Ties & Bling on Oct. 23.