Three local businesses making a difference in the community

Over the last six months, we’ve introduced you to several businesses with great programs that give back to the community. For our seventh column, we’re taking a look back at some of the programs we’ve highlighted to update you on their progress and future plans.


LaineGabriel debuted its program, The Tenfold Initiative, this summer. Lisa Laine Miller and James Gabriel Brown, principals at LaineGabriel, created the initiative to repay the generosity shown by teachers and pay it forward to inspire the next generation.

One component of The Tenfold Initiative is a $1,500 scholarship. This year’s winner is Emma Pennington, a recent Hilliard Bradley graduate. She will use the scholarship to continue her education at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where she plans to major in animation.

“I am both thrilled and honored,” she says. “My dream of becoming an animator/illustrator is a step closer to becoming a reality.”

A $150 classroom gift card will also be awarded to Pennington’s high school art teacher, Katie Owens. In addition to the scholarship opportunity, LaineGabriel also plans to inspire artists of all ages through mentoring programs and free art courses.

Learn more about LaineGabriel’s Tenfold Initiative by checking out our May¬†column.

Candle with a Cause

When we last spoke with Candle with a Cause, the company was partnering with Pelotonia for the summer edition of its candle. Twenty-five percent of each candle purchased supported the cancer fighting organization. Under the partnership, Candle with a Cause hosted a bike ride through downtown. A few of the company founders also rode in Peletonia.

This fall, Candle with a Cause will be supporting Flying Horse Farms, a new summer camp for children with disabilities. The candle will have a pumpkin spice scent and will retail at various shops in Columbus, mainly in the Short North and Clintonville areas.

Learn more about Candle with a Cause by checking out our June column.

King Business Interiors

King Business Interiors is preparing for its annual holiday benefit party, Create for a Cause. This year’s event will benefit Lifeline of Ohio and takes place on Dec. 2 at COSI from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

The event will include hors d’oeuvres¬†and beverages. A silent auction of custom designed plates by King’s clients, colleagues, employees, friends, and family will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. A donation of $10 will be accepted at the door, where attendees will receive three drink tickets.

RSVP for the event by Nov. 28th by emailing or calling 614-420-0020 x112.

Learn more about King Business Interiors’ Connecting the Dots program by checking out our July column.

Your turn

Is your business starting a program, doing something innovative, or partnering with a nonprofit to give back to the community? Contact Ryan Kovalaske with Community Shares of Mid Ohio at to learn more about being featured in “Philanthropic Pursuit” on The Metropreneur.

Featured photo at top of article from the 2011 Community Shares of Mid Ohio Award Ceremony.