Events

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Dec
13
Thu
How to Assemble a Superstar Board of Advisors
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

An engaged and connected board of directors is one of the best tools an entrepreneur has for building an outstanding company. Join us at Dublin Entrepreneurial Center on December 13th at 11am for this session with Janis Mitchell!

Panel discussion: “Building a City-Sponsored Small Business Ecosystem”
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join Mayor Andrew J. Ginther as he announces the launch of the city’s small business and entrepreneurship-based economic development strategic planning process. This process aims to identify and address key opportunities for advancements in how the City of Columbus engages in and supports inclusive economic development via small business and entrepreneurial activities. This event will feature an economic panel discussion entitled: “Building a City-Sponsored Small Business Ecosystem.” Please see details below.
Thursday, December 13
2-4 p.m.
Michael B. Coleman Government Center
111 N. Front Street, Room 204
Panelists:
Steve Schoeny, Director of Development, City of Columbus: “Reimaging the Department of Development’s Role in the Small Business Ecosystem.”
Yasuyuki (Yas) Motoyama, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University: Research-based perspective on city, metro, and regional entrepreneurship and ecosystem development based on his former role as Director of Policy and Research with the Kaufman Foundation.
Inna Kinney, Founder and CEO, Enterprise Community Development Institute (ECDI): Impacts and outcomes of public investments in local entrepreneurship from job creation, economic inclusion and neighborhood regeneration perspective.
Kristy Campbell, Chief Operating Officer, Rev1 Ventures: Company’s mission to help diverse entrepreneurs build great companies. Tapping into her longevity in the industry, she helps guide founding teams in their critical first phases of growth to expedite their success and ensure they are poised for scalable growth.
Letha Pugh, Co-owner, Bake Me Happy, LLC: Navigating the small business landscape of Central Ohio.
Charisse Conanan Johnson, Partner, Next Street , LLC: Value propositions in performing small business ecosystem assessments and evaluations. Next Street will also elaborate on work output, engagement process, timelines, and anticipated outcomes as well as address any questions.
Moderator: Henry Golatt, Program Coordinator, Office of Small Business and Entrepreneur Development
RSVP-Celeste LaCour-Belyn at CCLaCour-Belyn@columbus.gov or 614-645-7067

Columbus Tech Community Holiday Celebration 2018
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Columbus is an awesome place to be thanks to our active and passionate community. This is an invitation to all members of cbus tech, creative, and startup groups.
This is the fifth year we’ve thrown a holiday celebration. Instead of our usual monthly meetings, join us for food and libations. The past four years we sold out, and we expect the same this year. Big thanks to Hopewell for hosting us!
We welcome all visionaries, hustlers, and hackers. Let’s get together and celebrate the holidays!
This event is brought to you by TechLife Columbus, Tech Community Coalition, and all your local community organizers. We have the leaders and members of over 19 Ohio organizations attending.
We need sponsors for the party so if you’re interested in supporting our tech community and the holiday party please send an email to ben@techlifecolumbus.com.
We’re still confirming which groups we expect to attend but expect most if not all the following groups to attend:
Central Ohio Agile Association
Central Ohio Python Users Group
LOPSA Columbus
Columbus Ruby Brigade
Code Jam Columbus
ColumbusPHP
Columbus Startup Weekend
Columbus Web Group
DevOps Columbus
IxDA Columbus
OWASP Columbus
Cbus Product Club
Create Columbus Commission
GiveBackHack
Columbus WordPress Meetup
Central Ohio Java User Group (COJUG)
Columbus Code Camp
Product Hunt Columbus
Columbus Atlassian User Group
pgCMH
Columbus JavaScript Usergroup
Westerville Web
Shopify Meetup Columbus
Small Business Skills Meetup
Women in Analytics Conference
If you’re a community organizer and interested in participating, please contact us.
Because it’s the Season of Giving, we encourage bringing a donation to our partner charity in lieu of admission fees.

Dec
14
Fri
Franklinton Fridays Startup Crawl
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect.
You’ve all heard of Bar Crawls, now get ready for another Franklinton Fridays Tech Talent South STARTUP CRAWL! We are back this month kicking off from Columbus Idea Foundry! Tour amazing maker space and startups, learn about what the companies and people do, play some games, build connections and all while enjoying community after work!
Introducing our company lineup:
Columbus Idea Foundry
Stauf’s
Bigger Tuna
Multivarious Games
The Central Ohio Game Group – Prototype + Play
400 West Rich
OSU STEAM Factory
Chromedge Studios
Vanderelli Room
Pizza and beverages will be provided by our wonderful participating startups, as well as awesome demos, discounts to TTS classes and MORE!
Learn about these startups and make new friends! Join Tech Talent South on our Franklinton Fridays STARTUP CRAWL!! Free to attend, just make sure to RSVP so we know how many people to expect.
**Please wear comfortable shoes because we will be walking to each location! All locations are within one block of each other**
Parking:
There is free parking on the street and in a side lot by Columbus Idea Foundry, as well as by COSI.
Tentative time schedule for each stop (incase you’re running late so you know where to meet us):

7:00PM – Columbus Idea Foundry Lobby (421 W. State Street)
7:15PM – Multivarious (421 W. State Street – 2nd Floor)
8:00PM – OSU STEAM Factory in 400 West Rich (400 West Rich)
8:30PM – Chromedge Studios (Next to 400 West Rich) 8:45PM Vanderelli Room (218 McDowell – Next to Chromedge) 9:00PM – After Party at Land Grant or Rehab!

Bring an adventurous spirit, interest in meeting creative people, explore startups and learning about art, science and technology in our Columbus community.
This is a free event, but there are food trucks, vendors, and breweries to visit – as well as art you might want to buy. Everyone is welcome!

Dec
15
Sat
Open Enrollment Period for Health Insurance
Dec 15 all-day

Open Enrollment Period. The yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan. Open Enrollment for 2019 runs from November 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018. Outside the Open Enrollment Period, you generally can enroll in a health insurance plan only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Third Way Cafe 1 Year Anniversary! PARTY TIME!
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come and celebrate Third Way Cafe’s One Year Anniversary with us 8 AM – 5 PM!! We are so thankful for all of the support we have received over the past year and look forward to many, many more years of positive impact!
SEE BELOW for all of the SPECIAL PARTY things we are doing Dec. 15th!!
– ALL drinks are $1 OFF!
– Explorers Club Food Truck & Catering will have AMAZING food available 10 AM – 2 PM!
– Holiday Card making, 1 PM – 3 PM!
– ALL tips from the day will go towards the purchase of commercial equipment for use in Coffee Crafters correctional facility cafes!
– ALL books will be 30% OFF (we have some extraordinary old finds)
– ANYONE who signs up for our newsletter on the 15th enters to win a FREE bag of coffee AND there will be another FREE bag of coffee given away to someone who has previously signed up!!
– ALSO! We are currently talking with Santa’s elves to see if he will be able to make an appearance and will keep you updated!
Come and celebrate the past year and future years of positive impact through Coffee, Books and Community!

Rise and Design’s 2018 Holiday Bash!
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Consider this event the Yuletide episode of Rise and Design’s BBC sitcom. We’re skipping the morning toast in favor of toasting the holiday season with our community of fabulous friends. Join Yao and Danielle and 50 of your friends & family in your holiday best, drinks provided.
Please purchase tickets on our site ($6 – covers drinks)
Artwork // Emmett Shearer

Dec
19
Wed
Boss Babe December Social Networking
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This event is for female entrepreneurs to come network and meet other entrepreneurs to create connections and new relationships. Oh and there will be some amazing wine available for those who wish to indulge.
I really thought this would be a great night to get out of the house before the chaos of the holidays set in. Come out, relax, and make a new friend or two! You will make at least one friend bc I wanna meet you & learn about who you are.
See you soon!

Dec
21
Fri
RockStar Network for Entrepreneurs – Columbus Chapter
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Entrepreneurs in Business and Entertainment – Become A RockStar in Your Industry.
Join the RockStar Network for entrepreneurs and develop and execute a sucessful marketing plan with other entrepreneurs locally and across North America.
At Learn and Network Lunches we deliver content in alignment with our 12 Step Marketing Plan that will elevate your business to the next level and put you center stage in your industry.
Join as a member and get national exposure as we livestream events to our national membership or come as a guest and check us out.
For more info: Contact Executive Director Dave Bradley davebradley@resurrection-records.com

RockStar Network for Entrepreneurs – Columbus Chapter
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

We have exhibition opportunities for artists and performance opportunities for musicians.
Musicians: Short musician performance at start, lunch and end of event with product table.
Artists: Display of art work at event with product table.
Here’s the event designed to ignite creative passion while executing successful marketing plans.
Entrepreneurs in Business and Entertainment – Become A RockStar in Your Industry.
Join the RockStar Network for entrepreneurs and develop and execute a sucessful marketing plan with other entrepreneurs locally and across North America.
At Learn and Network Lunches we deliver content in alignment with our 12 Step Marketing Plan that will elevate your business to the next level and put you center stage in your industry.
Join as a member and get national exposure as we livestream events to our national membership or come as a guest and check us out.
For more info: Contact Executive Director Dave Bradley davebradley@resurrection-records.com

Jan
23
Wed
Communicating to be Understood online
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

How we communicate with each other, whether it is a co-worker or spouse, can make or break a relationship. In this workshop we will explore how people communicate differently and how you can use your strengths to build relationships with your team and increase people’s feeling of being heard.
Through the workshop participants will learn their communication style and how it interacts with other styles. We will also be walking through some communication and group theory that will allow participants to identify stages of the communication process and where struggles may be happening. The goal is for participants to walk out with a strong idea of how to make communication work for them rather than against them.
Objectives:
Identify communication styles
Explore how styles interact in the communication process
Understand the communication process in groups and where breakdowns occur
Create strategies for better communication in your life
Emily Buck is facilitating this workshop.
Please note, if you are unable to attend you may send someone else in your place. Cancellations made prior to the day of the workshop will be refunded minus a $5 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made for no-shows/cancellations the day of the workshop. Certificates of participation are available for individuals seeking professional development hours. If you have questions, contact the OSU Leadership Center at 614-292-3114 or e-mail Beth Flynn @ flynn.61@osu.edu

Jan
31
Thu
The Well Workplace Summit
Jan 31 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Well Workplace Summit is a one-day conference focusing on health and well-being in the workplace and how to create a thriving, high-performing culture.
Unlike other events with an overwhelming number of sessions to choose from (and excessive sitting), the Summit brings everyone into one room to connect while exploring and discussing today’s trending topics. Look forward to hearing from industry experts, as well as local employers, willing to share their experiences.
This event is ideal for employers, executives, human resources professionals, entrepreneurs and wellness advocates.
Attendees will receive coffee, light breakfast, lunch, gift bag and access to all program/speaker content.

Feb
7
Thu
Columbus Chamber 2019 Annual Meeting
Feb 7 @ 7:15 am – 9:00 am

The Chamber’s 2019 Annual Meeting will leave you feeling inspired through empowering keynotes, a unique interactive networking display, and the presentation of the Columbus Award and Small Business Leader Award.
Connect and collaborate with nearly 1,200 of the Region’s leading business associates. You’ll hear from dynamic speakers as they share relevant and inspirational stories covering topics like growth, partnership and transformation.
And be one of the first to experience the Chamber’s new interactive networking display, complete with exclusive swag customized to the event experience. You’ll leave the program feeling inspired and prepared to ignite change for your bottom line in 2019.

Now You’re the Boss
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good [people] to do what he/she wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Congratulations, you’re advancing in your career. Yesterday, you were a co-worker with your peers, and now you’re their boss. You are now responsible for the development of your former co-workers and the success of your department.
What do you need to do to make a successful transition to your new position? What pitfalls may you be facing? Do you know everything that is expected of you? What have you done to prepare for your new position?
Participants in this workshop will:
Create strategies to make a successful transition from co-worker to boss
Identify what to do first as the new boss
Identify tools you can use to ensure your success in your new position
Facilitated by Tom Stewart and Beth Flynn, this workshop is vital for people who are in a new leadership role, aspiring to advance their career, or as a refresher for current bosses. Tom is an adjunct professor in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, and retired from WBNS Channel 10 TV as the General Manager.

How to Successfully Blog to Generate Income
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Nick Dekker, Ph.D., ‘Dr. Breakfast’ and Owner of Breakfast With Nick
Join Columbus blogger Nick Dekker as he leads this informative workshop on creating lucrative blog success. Nick presents different blog formats, strategies for promoting blogs, how to increase followership, and how to obtain sponsors and/or advertising dollars. Nick has managed the award-winning blog Breakfast With Nick since 2007, and shares his own experience as well as his observations of other blogging successes in this workshop.
Lower Level Meeting Room

Feb
13
Wed
Mission Possible: Positive Leadership
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you a positive leader? Do you wonder how others think about your attitude as a leader? A quick test is to observe the way people react to you when you walk into a room. Are people happy to see you? Do they want to talk to you? Or do they quickly make themselves scarce? If they run when they see you, it’s time for an attitude check.
Negativity in organizations is costing US businesses $300 billion/year. It is imperative that leaders establish a culture of positive leadership. As a leader, others look to you to set the tone for your team/organization. Being engaged and committed to a positive culture is a priority for the leader, and also every employee in the organization. Organizations that have a positive culture are more productive, have happier employees and most importantly, happy and satisfied customers.
Leaders have a choice about their attitude – and no matter what the situation, you have a choice to make about how you are going to react. No matter what the current situation is, or who is causing the negativity in your organization/team, it is vital that you create positive strategies that keep the team/organization strong.
Participants will:
• Learn new ideas for boosting their own attitude;
• Develop strategies for creating a positive culture at work;
• Discuss ways to increase productivity at work; and
• Improve working relationships
The workshop will be facilitated by Beth Flynn.
Please note, if you are unable to attend you may send someone else in your place. Cancellations made prior to the day of the workshop will be refunded minus a $5 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made for no-shows/cancellations the day of the workshop. Certificates of participation are available for individuals seeking professional development hours. If you have questions, contact the OSU Leadership Center at 614-292-3114 or e-mail Beth Flynn (flynn.61@osu.edu)

Feb
14
Thu
OEFFA’s 40th Annual Conference: Just Farming: The Path Before Us
Feb 14 all-day

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 40th annual conference, Just Farming: The Path Before Us, will return to Dayton this winter! Celebrate OEFFA’s 40th anniversary during Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, which features nearly 80 educational and inspiring workshops; a three-day trade show; in-depth, full day Food and Farm School classes; engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers Elizabeth Henderson and Onika Abraham; made-from-scratch, local, organic meals; Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions; a kids’ conference, child care, and more! Learn more and register at www.oeffa.org/conference2019.

Feb
15
Fri
OEFFA’s 40th Annual Conference: Just Farming: The Path Before Us
Feb 15 all-day

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 40th annual conference, Just Farming: The Path Before Us, will return to Dayton this winter! Celebrate OEFFA’s 40th anniversary during Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, which features nearly 80 educational and inspiring workshops; a three-day trade show; in-depth, full day Food and Farm School classes; engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers Elizabeth Henderson and Onika Abraham; made-from-scratch, local, organic meals; Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions; a kids’ conference, child care, and more! Learn more and register at www.oeffa.org/conference2019.

Feb
16
Sat
OEFFA’s 40th Annual Conference: Just Farming: The Path Before Us
Feb 16 all-day

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 40th annual conference, Just Farming: The Path Before Us, will return to Dayton this winter! Celebrate OEFFA’s 40th anniversary during Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, which features nearly 80 educational and inspiring workshops; a three-day trade show; in-depth, full day Food and Farm School classes; engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers Elizabeth Henderson and Onika Abraham; made-from-scratch, local, organic meals; Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions; a kids’ conference, child care, and more! Learn more and register at www.oeffa.org/conference2019.

Feb
27
Wed
Effective Meeting Facilitation: Getting the Most Out of Your Group
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Have you ever left a meeting where the group’s decision still didn’t feel right or where everyone still wasn’t on the same page? This training will provide you techniques for helping groups work through thinking and decision making of important ideas and difficult conversations. You will learn how to be effective at facilitating people through processes that provide useful information and data in making decisions and developing ownership over those decisions.
Participants will:
• Understand facilitation and facilitator roles
• Learn techniquest for helping groups make decisions
• Gain tools to help you facilitate meetings
Tracy Kitchel, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership is facilitating this workshop.
Please note, if you are unable to attend you may send someone else in your place. Cancellations made prior to the day of the workshop will be refunded minus a $5 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made for no-shows/cancellations the day of the workshop. Certificates of participation are available for individuals seeking professional development hours. If you have questions, contact the OSU Leadership Center at 614-292-3114 or e-mail Beth Flynn flynn.61@osu.edu.