BUSINESS

This Can't Wait: Making It Better

Mary Yost

What if your job every day was to make things better for the people you work with? It's no coincidence that many of those honored with our HR Excellence Awards view that as their primary responsibility. If you need a little day brightener, our stories about this year's award winners and finalists may be just the ticket.

It might be especially easy to spread sunshine if your workplace is a shiny new cookie shop like the Cheryl's flagship store set to open Saturday in Westerville. Adjacent to Cheryl's production facility, the new store boasts 3,000 square feet and includes a party room. Hint: Taking cookies to the office is always a nice way to celebrate business success.

Another way to brighten things up can be to get out of the office for some professional development time. Early bird registration is open for Mayor Michael Coleman's 13th Small Business Conference and Expo, Business Unusual, Sept. 2. As a bonus, catch the pre-conference seminar, Many Faces, One Dream, a Small Business Administration economic empowerment seminar focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) economic power, innovation and creativity in the small business community.

Sometimes the best way to improve your workplace is to find a new one. With the Ohio insurance industry seeing a need for 26,000 new workers by 2020, the National African American Insurance Association is sponsoring an Insuring Ohio's Future career fair on Aug. 15.

If your workplace is already tops, make sure to nominate it by Aug. 21 for our 2016 Top Workplaces Awards. Central Ohio companies and organizations with at least 50 employees are eligible. Being on the winners' list next spring will put a smile on the face of everyone with whom you work!