This Can't Wait: Clearing Away Cobwebs

Mary Yost

It's spring cleaning time! Whether spiffing up the environment or uncluttering cognitive spaces, there's plenty of help available for polishing whatever needs attention.

A new quarterly Leadership for Small Business Series created by the Columbus Chamber and Columbus Dispatch launches April 27. Staying Sharp: Tactics & Tips will feature Brian Ferguson, presented in collaboration with the Visionary Lecture Series by Victoria Hayward. A specialist in optimizing human potential, Ferguson works in national security, technology and entrepreneurship to help business owners maximize individual and team performance.

Who couldn't use some tips for increased productivity? Westerville-based SalesFuel also offers up a few-great to look into when you have a little downtime.

Once you get your physical space in order, check out opportunities for recognition from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance. An April 20 webinar outlines what it takes to stand out in the EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program.

SWACO provides a good way to start earning environmental kudos with responsible recycling of electronics through its E-Waste Diversion Program. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio also suggests a waste audit checklist and other recycling help specifically for businesses.

And with the junk cleared away, Glass Axis' ninth annual spring sale May 6-8 is just the place to find deals on accent pieces for your office, workspace and home-or even make your own in the nonprofit glassmaking studio's Franklinton workshop.

You'll also want to clear space on your calendar to catch a few presentations or the entire great lineup slated for Columbus Startup Week, May 2-6. Online registration for dozens of free presentations and panel discussions couldn't be easier.

The Building Industry Association of Central Ohio is hard at work, but no amount of concerted effort will allow builders to wrap up construction, landscaping and decorating to meet an original July target for the 2016 Parade of Homes in Powell. Instead, the BIA will clean up in time to stage its largest parade in years September 3-18.