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Member Insights: Solving Central Ohio Skills Gap Through Career Technical Schools and Industry Partnerships

Columbus Chamber: Bonnie Hopkins, superintendent of Eastland-Fairfield Adult Workforce Development Center, shared how Central Ohio’s technical schools are aiming to fill the skills gap in manufacturing, automotive, construction and information technology:

“In order to ensure that Ohio remains competitive in the global marketplace, career technical schools are thinking ahead and training for the future. These powerhouses of potential serve as a link between forward-thinking students and future employer needs. Career tech not only develops credible future workers to fill the skills gap, it establishes partnerships and collaborations that support a holistic approach to economic and workforce development.”

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Cision continues acquisition spree and snaps up Gorkana

PR Week: On the heels of its combination with Vocus and September acquisition of Visible Technologies, Cision announced that it also acquired Gorkana Group, a UK-based media intelligence and data insight specialist. PR Week has the details on Cision’s latest move to become a global leader in PR and social software.

Additional coverage: Chicago Business JournalCommPRO.bizO’Dwyer’sPR Daily, Private Equity News, Reuters peHUB

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Center for Social Enterprise Development Offers Resources for Building Social Enterprises in Central Ohio

The Metropreneur: Thanks to the rise of social enterprises, an increasing number of nonprofit leaders are finding themselves in a position where they need to understand how to both apply for grants and pitch investors. Social enterprises take business ideas that complement a nonprofit’s mission and put them into motion, allowing them to diversify their sources of revenue. The Center for Social Enterprise Development is providing support, resources and training for the budding number of social enterprises in Columbus.

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The Power of the Personal Advisory Board

Entrepreneur: Often entrepreneurship can be a lonely road. It is likely many of the people you find yourself surrounded by on a daily basis do not fully understand exactly what you are doing, why you are doing it or how much you have invested in making it happen. All of this makes it critical that you build a support network you can turn to and lean on. Darla Beggs, chair of the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) National Directors, discussed how establishing a personal advisory board can prove invaluable to entrepreneurs on both a professional and personal level.

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Solving the Skills Gap: Central Ohio Technical Education Partnerships Are Shaping Tomorrow’s Work Force Today

Columbus CEO: In order for Central Ohio to remain competitive in the global marketplace, it’s crucial that employers are able to find, hire and retain the right people. And yet, a recent survey revealed that the region’s top hiring concern is finding workers with the knowledge, training and skill sets to fill specialized openings. Joyce L. Malainy, superintendent of the Career & Technology Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC), shared with CEO how career technical education schools have stepped up to bridge that gap.

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BBC ‘The Musketeers’ deal prompts Robert Mason to launch website for global orders

Columbus Business First: Robert Mason is relaunching its website with global capabilities next month and plans to seek bigger custom orders, spurred to do to so thanks to a deal earlier this year with British Broadcaster BBC Worldwide Ltd. and its new BBC First brand in Australia. Columbus Business First interviewed owner Robert Grimmett on how the deal came about and what it means for Robert Mason’s bottom line.

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Merged Vocus and Cision announce new name, headquarters

PR Daily: After joining forces over the summer, PR and and social media software providers Vocus and Cision have announced a new name and a new base of operations. PR Daily shared the details.

Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

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Biz Ladies Profile: Sara Davidson of Hello Fearless

Design*Sponge: Hello Fearless co-founder Sara Davidson discussed her career journey and the lessons she’s learned along the way. Here’s a little teaser from the interview about why she decided to start her own business:

I wanted to wake up every day being wildly excited about what I’m doing and the impact that I’m making in the world. I wanted the freedom to live the way that I want to live. And what I realized is that I could build a business based on my passions and experiences.”

 

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Bizwomen reporter goes to ‘Boss School’

Bizwomen.com reporter Caroline McMillan Portillo is going back to school … Hello Fearless’ Boss School, that is. Follow along on her journey!

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5 Ways to Make Your Halloween Pumpkin Last Longer

Apartment Therapy’s “the kitchn” interviewed FlyPunch! CEO Mat Franken about how to pick a good Halloween pumpkin, and five natural ways to keep it fresh longer.

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