This Can't Wait – Take your shot!

Mary Yost

Sometimes risky and even unplanned actions are the catalyst for world-changing events. For example, an unordered gunshot occurred 241 years ago today as Massachusetts militia faced British soldiers at Lexington Green, becoming the "shot heard 'round the world" by touching off the American Revolution.

Karen Hough was an actress studying improvisation at Yale when a peer sought her help with a research project to test how ad-libbing might be used in corporate settings. Hough took a shot at the challenge and ended up creating ImprovEdge, a Powell company with locations in New York, Cleveland and Los Angeles.

Compton Construction's aim paid off nicely when the revived, third-generation company applied for one of three new Spark Awards from the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Ohio. Compton was recognized recently along with A & R Creative and Griffen Hollow Studio. CEO Blake Compton offers tips to help others take their best shot at designing their company brand into their buildings.

Kara Trott left her Columbus law practice to open Quantum Health in 1999-a shot that has again propelled her to being named to the international Women Presidents' Organization's annual list of 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Worldwide.

Don't take a shot at franchising-either as a franchise buyer or seller-without checking these Franchising 101 tips from those with experience on both sides of the business equation.

Columbus wish-granting nonprofit A Kid Again took a shot at grant funding from the national LIDS Foundation, charitable arm of the LIDS Sports Group, and scored the first-place payoff of $125,000. A Kid Again was one of five finalists for a total of $300,000 in grants.

Those who have taken tricky shots that paid off will share stories of RISK later this year at TEDxColumbus. Apply by May 30 to be considered for honors of being a presenter at the popular symposium's 2016 event on Nov. 4.

Now ready, aim, fire!