This Can't Wait-School's Not (Quite) Out

Mary Yost

School may be almost out, but there are still plenty of educational opportunities for businesses around town.

Class will be in session from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday for the Conway Center for Family Business' last third Thursday program until September. This one focuses on Bringing the Next Gen into the Family Business-Are You Ready? Are They? We looked at successful sibling-run companies earlier this year.

You can also take away lessons from Conway's latest annual economic outlook survey of family businesses. For example, 63 percent plan to hire up to 10 employees this year, although 66 percent say finding qualified workers is a continuing challenge.

ICC Technology and the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business are joining forces May 24 for a free Analytics Lunch and Learn. The noon-1 p.m. event promises to reveal how advanced analytics can help solve complex business problems in banking, healthcare, insurance, restaurants and retail.

Learning doesn't need to stop for the summer with a card to the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and you can apply online if you don't have one. You might even still be able to snag a free ticket to see bestselling novelist David Baldacci as part of the grand opening festivities at the Main Library the weekend of June 25-26.

When school is officially out for the summer, businesses in the hospitality industry in Ohio may learn they will have more tourists than ever. TourismOhio says visits in 2015 grew by 7 million from 2014-rising from 200 million to 207 million. That also accounts for a $2 billion revenue increase over $40 billion in 2014. Just as more visitors are coming here, flights from Columbus to international destinations are also growing.

Happy learning, however your summer shapes up!