This Can't Wait: As We Are

Mary Yost
myost@dispatch.com

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the amazing new As We Are art installation, a 14-foot-tall 3D reimagining of the photo booth concept. The destination-worthy interactive exhibit was unveiled as part of the grand reopening of the Greater Columbus Convention Center after a $140 million expansion and renovation. 

Columbus can see itself as an increasingly strong sports town, thanks in large part to the efforts of theGreater Columbus Sports Commission. The commission celebrates 15 years in business with creation of a newColumbus Has No Offseason Sports Trail. Visit four stops on the trail to qualify for a free T-shirt. One of the many events the commission can boast snagging for the city is the upcomingNCAA Women’s Final Four next spring.

Social Ventures sees Columbus as increasingly hospitable tosocial enterprises—those companies and organizations focused on doing well by doing good. Join them Sept. 14 forAspire 2017, the presentation of annual awards to celebrate the Emerging Social Enterprise of the Year, the Social Enterprise of the Year and the Nonprofit Sustainability Award.

Pelotonia, the iconic organization intent on curing cancer by raising millions in its annual central Ohio cycling weekend, sees Columbus as increasingly generous.Pelotonia 2017 has already raised more than $17 million and continues to accept pledges and donations through Oct. 6. 

Columbus is also increasingly attractive to business growth and expansion, as witnessed by members of the Association for Corporate Growth.Venture capitalist Mark Kvamme of Drive Capital will share his views on business opportunities in central Ohio whenACG Columbus welcomes him to itsSept. 14 luncheon.

Women entrepreneurs are seen as increasingly creative and successful in Columbus, especially through the eyes of theWomen’s Small Business Accelerator.Join WSBA Sept. 21 when it celebrates its fifth anniversary with an evening at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium featuring Jack Hanna andRosette Chantal Rugamba, an African tour company founder and internationally recognized leader in hospitality. She is also former head of tourism and conservation for Rwanda.