This Can't Wait: Taking Stock

Mary Yost

Your calendar is filling with holiday parties and soon the Christmas rush will be in full frenzy. This might be a good time to review plans for year-end to-dos.

If your brand needs a redo for 2016, GREENCREST can help. The marketing, advertising and PR firm is offering a brand-building workshop Dec. 2 for $347. CEO and Chief Strategy Officer Kelly Borth shared advice with Columbus CEO last month for marketing family businesses.

Looking for more family business help? The Conway Center for Family Business is offering a workshop at 7:30 a.m. Thursday on Conquering Communication Challenges in a Family Business; free to its members and $35 for others. The event features Thaddeus O'Brien, PhD, of O'Brien & Associates.

Job growth has been strong in Columbus but could do better elsewhere in the state. As regional economist and PhD Bill LaFayette sees it, a little matchmaking across regions could help boost Ohio's job growth above national indicators. In his first of a series of recommendations to improve the state's economy, LaFayette proposes collaboration between Ohio's highly diverse regions to fill gaps where industries are small and uncompetitive. A good place to identify top local performers-our Best of Business winners and runners-up.

Maybe you can't wait for Black Friday and want to start shopping now. L.L.Bean is opening its second Ohio store Friday at Easton with giveaways, drawings and deals. Festivities begin with a stop by the brand's Bootmobile at OSU on Thursday before making its appearance at Friday's grand opening.

Or counteract the season's commotion with a yoga break-if you can find a class. Thumbtack.com ranks Columbus fifth in the nation for market opportunity for yoga instructors, finding the area "vastly underserved." That helps explain the growth of operations like Seven Studios and the area's storefront fitness centers.

Another good antidote to Black Friday buying is Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1. Local nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity, look forward to a strong response for this year's fourth annual affirmation that it is better to give than receive. Give until it hurts, and then relax with some yoga!