This Can't Wait: And the winners are...

Mary Yost

Now that campaigns for votes are over, a campaign for local shoppers is well underway. Small Business Saturday is slated for Nov. 28, and Monday is the deadline for communities to sign up as Neighborhood Champions. Westerville-based AudienceSCAN has insights as to who observes Small Business Saturday and why, such as that 69 percent of participating shoppers prefer to buy from a small, family-owned or independent shop if price and quality are similar, and 64 percent will shop at a new store to support an important cause.

Whether their campaigns are behind or ahead of them, veterans and military service members are winners of a free meal on Veteran's Day at Panera Bread. Wearing their uniforms or showing their military IDs will net veterans and military members a You-Pick-Two meal as thanks for their service.

One of the best things about Election Day is that it has an end date, so come Wednesday, the rampant visual pollution known as campaign yard signs will begin to dissipate. To keep those signs out of the landfill, SWACO will collect election yard signs for recycling this Saturday for an early celebration of America Recycles Day. Locations on Morse and Olentangy River roads will accept signs and metal stands from 8 a.m. to noon.

Students and nonprofits alike will win as the Columbus Foundation begins accepting applications for 2016 summer fellowships at 10 local nonprofit organizations. Grants from the foundation cover stipends for the fellows, who must be a fall of 2016 Franklin County college junior, senior, or graduate student or a 2016 graduate. Deadline to apply is Dec. 4.

Columbus CEO has plenty of winners of our own to tout. See the Best of Business honorees in 83 categories in the November issue. Thanks to the 12,000-plus readers who voted in this year's campaign-our eighth and most successful yet!

And don't miss our upcoming December issue to learn who this year's CEO of the Year winners are in small and large business and nonprofit categories-as voted in by central Ohio business and nonprofit organization executives. Last year's winners were stellar! I promise this year's class of winners and finalists shines just as bright.