Price: Market Value and What You Are Worth

The 4 P's of Marketing Yourself: Price, Part 4

When I freelanced, I had to charge enough to get paid what I was worth, plus cover the slower times, plus remain competitive. It was the same when I tried to find a fulltime job. I knew that I wanted to make sure I made more than the last place I was at, but then again, how much was too much? There was always the concern of frightening people away.

One of the hardest things to do is to set your rate or salary because you need to decide how much your time is worth and how much you are worth. Luckily, there are a number of resources to get yourself aligned with what the going rate is. Starting with getting a job;

Salary.com is a great resource because you can plug in your location, your experience, etc. and get a rough estimate as to what people are making in your area and in your area of expertise.

+ If you are coming from an hourly environment, do the math! Your hourly rate ($) x 40 (hours) x 52 (weeks) = annual salary! This can also be worked backward if a salary is thrown at you and you are curious as to what you would be making hourly.

If you are trying to set a rate as a freelancer or when starting your company… well, here is what we did when we started the business… we added up all of our bills to determine how much we needed to make. So, let’s throw that in as an option;

+ Add up all of your expenses for home and work and maybe a little for saving. Instant annual salary! No matter what, you need to make that much money to stay in business.

+ Check out what other people are charging. Simple as just asking. Maybe even ask the client, such as; “What do you normally pay for these services?” It doesn’t mean that is what you have to charge, it just lets you know what they will pay. It's also a great time to talk about how you can do better and offer more value at a slightly higher price.

+ Remember to factor in everything. Time it takes to drive to a client, phone, paper, plus your level of expertise, etc., etc., etc. The last thing you want is to charge just for your time while all of the other expenses are eating at your bottom line.

+ Stand as firm as you can with price. You know what you are worth, you know what you need to make. Just know that when you discount, you are losing money. Ten percent off of a $1000 project means that you just gave up $100. You do that for 10 clients and that is $1000.

Sell the expertise not the price.

+ Cheap is cheap and will always be cheap. If someone is just looking for the lowest price they are probably not going to be the best client because quality does not matter. Don’t sell yourself short, you know things. When I freelanced, I had a great resume to back me up. Experience cost money. If someone doesn’t understand that, they have yet to get burned by it.

The most important thing to remember is that once your price is out there, your salary request is made, it takes a while to make a change and ask for more. Go in early with the right number. Don’t go in with the belief that you can prove yourself once you get started and then ask for more money unless you are prepared to wait months or years. If you do need to recalculate your price, talk about the new responsibilities you have or did not see at the beginning. Talk about how the project is taking more time or make it clear at the beginning that you will charge more for numerous changes. Discuss what new expertise you are bringing to the table, how reliable you have been, how effortless it is to work with you. All of these have value. Get paid what you deserve to be paid.

This post is part of a series— The 4 P's of Marketing Yourself

Promotion: Getting the Word Out About You

The 4 P's of Marketing Yourself: Promotion, Part 3

By Catherine Lang-Cline

Once you have established where you need to be, how do you make an impact? How do you get remembered? How do you stay front of mind?

Creating your strategy for marketing yourself can be as easy as the 4 P’s: Product, Place, Promotion, and Price. Here we are going to talk about Promotion and how you can get the word out about you. These are some of the things that effectively work for me and for my company:

Partnerships > Sponsorships

At startup stage, we really didn’t have a lot of money. We had to think smart. We had to get the word out about us, so we sponsored an event. I know what you are thinking, sponsorships are a lot of money. Not necessarily if you go about it correctly. When groups put on a large event they cannot get enough money or volunteers. Many things can be offered in-kind or chipping in to help could be offered in exchange for logo placement at the event or on the website. If you are looking to meet people, you might be able to make an exchange for volunteering just for a ticket to the event. Stepping in at this level will also build great relationships. By the way, our first sponsorship was providing cocktail napkins to an event. That was all we could afford. Well, we did pay a little more to have our logo on all of them.

Invest in Branding

Get a really great looking logo and get it out there! This goes back to sponsoring events, writing articles, and handing out a lot of business cards. It is going to take the average person about 7 times of seeing your logo to actually remember it. Keep that in mind when exposing the world to your logo. It is not going to be a one-time thing. Persistence. Make it your friend. And make that logo memorable; clean, bright, and with your personality.

Use Networking to Build Relationships 

You may have noticed by now that this involves a lot of hand shaking and networking. All true. Personally, I had to learn to be comfortable with it. I would define myself as an un-shy introvert. What worked for me was walking into events and knowing that the only thing I may gain from it is getting to know someone a little better. When you go in with the desire to get to know people, what you do is build a network of people that will spread the word about you. All of our best clients and talent come from referrals. Put your time and money there first. It goes back to getting that 5-star rating from the people that really know you. Others will learn about that and take a chance on you.

Marketing yourself always needs a strategy. For me and my company it is always about the relationships; building and maintaining them. This goes for if you own a company or are just trying to get your foot in the door for your next job. One thing to be very aware of is that almost all people are very helpful. Do not be afraid to ask for help, connections, advice, or criticism. People will help as long as you are helpful and courteous in return.

Read part 4, Price, of our 4 P's of Marketing series. 

Creative Events Round-Up: March

March in Ohio *sigh* is typically characterized by celebrating sandal weather on a Monday and pulling out a parka from the back of your closet between tears by Friday. Luckily, we live in a city where something inspiring and informative is going on every night to keep us busy while we wait for patio season and Midwest sunshine to commit to us full time. We've highlighted a few bigger events coming up this month that we are especially excited about, but that doesn't mean the rest of what's happening this month isn't worth prioritizing. Head over to our creative calendar to see the entire list of activities here.

GenWex Presents: Off the Grid

Saturday, March 3 at the Wexner Center for the Arts

Known as THE contemporary art party of the year, Off the Grid festivities are scheduled to ensue this Saturday, March 3 at the Wexner Center for the Arts from 9:00-midnight. If you aren't familiar with Off the Grid, the night includes (but is not limited to) access to the galleries, non-stop dancing to live music from your favorite local acts and incredible eats from Columbus restaurants. Bonus: your ticket will help fund future Wexner Center education programs for children and youth. Convinced this is a night you can't miss? Buy your ticket here before it's too late!

Columbus Web Analytics Wednesday: Is There Really Influence in Influencer Marketing? 

Wednesday, March 8 at Rev1 Ventures

CbusWAW is back to their normal Wednesday cadence this month and will be holding an evening talk with local influencer marketing experts Brian Zuercher and Alex Ditty from SEEN on March 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Rev1 Ventures. 

At SEEN, Brian and Alex work with brand powerhouses like Hershey’s, Reebok and Hilton in the influencer marketing space. On Wednesday they'll share their expert insights and tools to help answer questions about influencer discovery, influencer impact, ROI, and what’s trending. Learn more about how to register for this always free event here.

The ADDYs

Thursday, March 9 at The Bluestone

The highly anticipated ADDYs are back Thursday, March 9 at The Bluestone and this year the show is sporting a hilarious and relatable theme, The Proper Care and Feeding of the Creative Ego. According to AAF Columbus, 7 out of 10 egos suffer from malnourishment— fuel yours with an award or two, mingle with other fellow hangry egos in the industry and celebrate the best of creative in Columbus. We'll be there sponsoring the VIP Preview Party from 5:00-6:30pm— come hang out with us, see the winning work and vote on your favorite submission for the first ever Viewer's Choice Award that will be announced later during the show. More info & tickets for the show can be found here.

Pacesetters After Hours at the Pizzuti Collection

Saturday March 11 at the Pizzuti Collection

The Pacesetters will host an evening at the Pizzuti Collection on Saturday, March 11 from 6:00-9:00 pm, offering complimentary admission into the galleries. This is a great way to check out the new exhibition, Visions from India, meet fellow art lovers in the community and enjoy fancy cocktails before heading out for your typical Saturday evening in the Short North. Learn more about The Pacesetters and the Pizzuti Collection here.

AMA Luncheon: Building Purpose-Driven Brands

Tuesday, March 21 at Franklin University

Join AMA Columbus for a talk on purpose-driven brands at Franklin University on March 21 over lunch. The featured speaker, Dan Stanek, Chief Strategy Officer at Ologie, will discuss his experience working with Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities and how building purpose into their brand strategy and communicating it across internal and external channels has impacted their bottom line. Learn more and register for AMA's March luncheon here.

That's not all Columbus has to offer this month— click to check out our full calendar of events.

 

Place: Be Everywhere Without Being Everywhere

The 4 P's of Marketing Yourself: Place, Part 2

By Catherine Lang-Cline

There are many ways that people can advertise their services. Think about product placement in movies, commercials and magazines. The company needs to be very strategic to make sure their product is seen. Sometimes it needs to be seen in seconds and sometimes it needs to be seen in the time it takes for the consumer to flip the page. Yet products get found and purchased all of the time without having to advertise everywhere. You can do the same with some focus on where you need to be. I get told all of the time that “I see you everywhere.” In fact, I am not everywhere. I am just very strategic in where I need to be seen.

Creating your strategy for marketing yourself can be as easy as the 4 P’s; Product, Place, Promotion, and Price. Here we are going to talk about Place and how you can get connected to the right people in the right place. These are some ideas as to how you can be seen:

Show Up

Think about where your customer might be and focus on being there, too. Are there events or groups that draw the crowd that you wish to meet. Attend those events, shake hands, collect cards, and then follow up with the people that you met. People like working with people that have similar interests as them. Events that I attend or that my company sponsors are the ones where I want to build relationships with the attendees.

Provide Insight & Establish Expertise

Publish articles on LinkedIn that people can like and share. Speak to things that you are an expert on. If you get people to pass this around in your network they will see you more and more as the best in what you do. It was awkward for me at first, but I was rather surprised all of the knowledge I had gained over my years as a business owner and how what I’ve learned can help others just by writing it down.

Be Vocal About What You Want

Tell everyone you know what you are looking for. If you are looking to sell something or to find work, make sure that everyone in your network knows. What this does is expand your scope. You now have other people helping you and when they reach out to the people they know in their network, those potential clients are getting a testimonial about you. Nothing works better than to have someone else refer you. Think about how it works when you read testimonials on websites, about how it sways your opinion. Or when a friend refers you to a great restaurant they just ate it. This is an opportunity to get a 5-star rating from a friend or relative!

Save Time By Being Decisive 

Narrow down who you want to work with and focus on those companies. Rather than spend a lot of time or money blanketing your message everywhere, take the time to decide who you want to work with. If there is a company you have always wanted to work with or for, start connecting with the people that work there. Maybe you know someone there or you met them at an event? Do the research to determine what needs they have, how you can contribute and help problem-solve for their company and talk to people with that in mind. Once you have gotten as far as you can with the narrow search, expand it just a little and approach those companies. Then the next tier, then the next. The idea is not to take too much on at once.

Clean It Up

Finally, get your social media presence together. Professional photo on LinkedIn, update all of the information and make sure that it is consistent. If necessary, clean up your Facebook— people will check you out, make sure that you have it covered.

Don’t ignore the idea of casting a wide net. Opportunity can occur everywhere. Some people might say that it is all about being “in the right place at the right time.” What I am saying is that the right place to be is in relationships in your industry and your community. That way when the need arises, when opportunity knocks, they already know who you are.

Read Part 3: Place from our 4 P's of Marketing series. 

Product: Presenting the Best You

The 4 P's of Marketing Yourself: Product, Part 1

By Catherine Lang-Cline

There are millions of products on the market today. Yet somehow you are able to make choices as to what your favorite products are without spending much time comparing your options. What makes them stand out? What makes you choose them? It is the exact same process when it comes to companies making selections with vendors and their next employee. It is the one that stands out that gets chosen. With the competition being what it is, the question is, will it be you that they select?

Creating your strategy can be as easy as the 4 P’s; Product, Place, Promotion, and Price. Here we are going to talk about Product and the product is YOU. Here are some things to think about to get yourself ready— what we refer to as your “brand” or “image”.

Dress the Part

One of the first things I had to do before going out and shaking hands was to decide if I looked like the president of a company. I will admit that with some help, I did get there. So, go to a mirror and see how you look. Are you dressed in a confident and professional manner? You need to be dressed in a way that makes you look and feel confident because in essence, you are asking for someone to trust you and if you don’t look and feel confident, why would they work with you? You need to look like you can handle the job and that you can solve their problems. Nowadays, everything is pretty casual. Take that up a notch and stand out from the crowd. You know that you can look both cool AND casual. It is worth finding that balance because you’ll get an advantage if you give who you are meeting the respect they deserve. Find something that is flattering and comfortable and keep it simple. Create a “look” for yourself. Steve Jobs had a look. Jack Hanna has a look. Their look is a part of their personal “brand”. Pay attention to all of the details, they will want to work with someone that does.

Confident > Cocky

When you feel confident about a product you use, you talk very highly of it. How great it works, how it makes you feel. How do you talk about yourself? Come in with an attitude that is helpful and understanding. Introduce yourself with the confidence you have for your favorite laundry detergent. Talk about your strengths, your skills, your past work and how you can apply all of this to where they need help. Keep it confident, not cocky. Take on a tone that would make that other person want to hang out with you. Because if this all goes well, you will be hanging out a lot.

Research Your Audience

And before you get into selling you, get educated about the company you are visiting and the person that you are meeting with. If you can, do a little research on the web. If you can’t, look around at the environment and ask a few questions. People love it when you come prepared and flattered if you want to talk about them. You are selling you, but you also want to talk a lot about them. It demonstrates that you want to make this a relationship, you are not just selling something which makes people push back.

Attitude of Gratitude

Finally, your “product” should provide a friendly feeling, so smile and make eye contact. Think about how great this could be if this all works out. And always, always, always, thank them for the time that they spent with you. An attitude of gratitude goes a long way.

After all of this, what have we ended up with? We have someone walking in the room carrying their brand. They are confident, together, and have all of the skills that is needed to get the job done. Looking at a full shelf of products, you'll make their choice an easy one.

Read Part 2: Place from our 4 P's of Marketing series. 

Your Job is Really a Gig, and Why That’s a Good Thing

By Kristen Harris

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about ‘gigs’ and the ‘gig economy’ lately, but may have thought it doesn’t apply to you. Here’s the deal...gigs aren’t just for Uber drivers and musicians anymore. We're all working in the gig economy. All jobs are becoming gigs. 

Work has been impacted by the Information Age, becoming more flexible and transient than ever before. For more information on gigs, jobs, and how the gig economy has evolved, check out my previous article Job vs. Gig: What’s the Difference and Why It Matters.

So, the gig economy is here, what does that mean to you?

First of all, your job is really a gig. While it may be salaried, Monday through Friday, 40ish hours a week, it’s still a gig. Why? Because all work is just-in-time, as-needed, and constantly evolving with company, industry, economic, social and political changes. We live in a highly connected international world, and that impacts all business and work.

This shift to an information-based world of work means that all jobs are based on current projects and needs. Those projects and needs constantly change, impacting the size and type of workforce needed. Which affects how companies hire, and how people manage their career.

Don’t despair, for people in the workforce this is a good thing! Skills and talents are valued, and opportunities are no longer (solely) based on seniority. Yes, someone with more experience may have different opportunities, but based on their level of knowledge and skill (read about Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule), not just because they’ve been at the company longest.

There are very few industries left where seniority is the only consideration for promotion (ahem, airline pilots). Generally your skills, talent, and willingness to learn leads to new opportunities. This means individuals can find new ways to apply and grow skills, gain new experiences, pursue interesting opportunities, and be paid in a way that equates with the value of what they bring to the table.

If there’s a downside to this whole gig economy, here it is... it’s harder. Finding your own way, blazing your trail, building your skills and promoting them to others is all harder than finding that one job right out of school and staying there for 30 years. This new world order requires more hustle than before. You’ll probably change employers more often, may have multiple careers, and will often find self-employment or flexible work arrangements to be the norm.

But upside of opportunities and control over your own career outweighs the downsides. Plus, the gig economy is here, so we all might as well figure out how to make it work. Hustle, and build the career you want. Your future is in your hands!

Creative Events Round-Up: February

For more than 10 years, we have worked with long-time partner and friend, Robin Enterprises, and a local designer to create and print our quarterly creative events calendar. With mixed emotions, we have decided to move the calendar in a digital direction and our most recent winter calendar will be our final edition in print.

Our goal remains the same— to be your number one resource on what's happening in the Columbus creative community. The events we share on our digital calendar will focus primarily on opportunities within our creative community that allow for:

  • Meaningful connections

  • Career advancement

  • Thought leadership/education

At Portfolio Creative, regularly attending events put on by our peers has helped us develop and discover our own unique passions for Columbus. We hope that this calendar will allow you to meet someone new, identify a volunteer opportunity that fits your personal and professional development goals and provide you with a deeper admiration for our awesome city.

We’ve highlighted just a few of the events coming up in February:

AMA / AAF Columbus Big Game Ad Review

Held every year following the Super Bowl, AMA and AAF partner and host an annual critique of the top commercials over lunch. On February 8 at Franklin University, long time media personality, Johnny Diloretto, will lead a stellar panel that will feature expertise from Jason Clayton, CMO/Partner, Vital Companies; Yohannan Terrell, CEO, Warhol & WALL ST.; Cheryl Harrison, President, speechbubble. Interested? Learn more here.

Galentine's Day Celebration

Celebrate Galentine’s Day with your best babes at Pins Mechanical Company February 15 with the Creative Babes themselves. The celebration will include bowling, a few local treats made by fellow babes and new friends.* Get all the details here.

*Sorry boys, this event is for women only.

Blockfort Grand Opening

Downtown gallery and studio space, Blockfort, will celebrate an official grand opening on February 25 and will feature an exhibition, "Welcome to Blockfort," showcasing work from artists and entrepreneurs working out of the space. Learn more about Blockfort’s mission, their dedication to the neighborhood and the upcoming event here.

Check out the entire calendar of Columbus creative events here. We'll see you there!

Job vs. Gig: What’s the Difference and Why It Matters

By Kristen Harris

We’ve been hearing a lot about ‘gigs’ lately, along with the ‘gig economy’, and you probably have some questions. What exactly IS a ‘gig’? What’s the difference between a ‘job’ and a ‘gig’? Is one better than the other? Most importantly, why should I care? How does it affect me?

Let's start with a few definitions. 

Job - A job is work done for pay. Jobs may be piecework, hourly, salaried, task-based, project-based, and many other options. When we hear the word ‘job’, we typically think of a specific role in a company that you do regularly with the expectation that you’ll return every day indefinitely.

Gig - A gig is a job that lasts a certain period of time, often the life of a project or as long as the company has that specific need. It can be short-term and specific in length, or long-term and lasting as long as the need continues. All gigs are jobs, but not all jobs are gigs.

With gigs, we often think of the music and entertainment industry, but in today’s world this term can be applied to all types of industries and roles. It’s especially common in the creative, IT and technology fields because of the flexible employment model that accompanies the gig economy.

So, back to those initial questions...why should I care, and how does it affect me? Because the world of work has shifted over the last 20+ years, and is continuing to change rapidly. Work looks different, and people think differently about their work.

All work is becoming more ‘gig’-like in nature, regardless of the employment structure. The traditional concept of being in one job for life is inflexible, outdated, and as rare as a unicorn. Because it’s what both people and employers want, jobs are starting to look a lot more like gigs. A gig can turn into long-term employment if that’s what both parties want, but with the (perhaps unspoken) understanding that both parties are committed to each other as long as it makes sense but with no expectation that will be forever.

People want new challenges, fresh ideas, and different opportunities. They no longer stay at one company, or even in one type of career, for their entire work life. An individual may pursue a variety of different types of work, concurrently or one after another. They move companies frequently, and expect new opportunities even if they stay at the same company. This is what a gig mindset gives them, whether the work is packaged as a salaried position or some other option.

Experts predict that by 2020 as much as 40% of the workforce will be contingent (not salaried employees of a company). We’re already working in the gig economy. It’s here. How will you make it work for you?

How the New “Gig Economy” is Going to Help Business

By Catherine Lang-Cline

I am sure that you have been hearing a lot about the new “gig economy.” But what exactly is it?  As a former graphic designer and someone that has created a business based on workforce solutions, I can tell you that this way to work has actually been going on for quite a while and it has been a very successful way to get work done. I can tell you that when I worked as a contractor, I loved it. I knew I could bring my best game, my strength, to any project and really enjoyed each experience. As someone who has also hired freelancers and contractors, there really wasn’t anything more exciting than hand selecting and working with people that were the best in their field, or at least far better than me.

A “gig economy” defined by WhatIs.com is “an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.” This is actually something that graphic designers, writers, illustrators, etc., have been doing for years because they find their jobs in marketing and advertising. Marketing and advertising departments of all sizes have always ramped up talent as needed as part of their business model. They have always found people with special talents for special projects as they needed them. They have also always sent them away when they were longer needed. This has been an accepted model for many, many years and now the rest of the workforce is mimicking this idea and with great success.

This model can work quite successfully in business for a number of reasons:

Flexibility & Freedom

Today’s workforce is wanting more and more flexibility. What better then to have people work as needed and not pay for the downtime? They have freedom, you have less overhead.

Temporarily Fill Skills Gaps

You have access to all of the talent out there without having to officially add to your staff. This kind of flexibility in a company can save a lot of money if a surge in business is temporary. If you are a small business or start-up, this is a really great way to build your business by just having someone help out hourly as needed in areas that are not your strength.

Save Money

With that said, an hourly rate or project rate can sound intimidating, you actually are saving money by not having any costs to onboard, to contribute to worker’s compensation, and of course, benefits. No phone line, no business cards, etc.

Optional Employee “Trial Run”

Millennials are wanting to experiment more with different jobs. You can both check each other out without any kind of deep commitment. But with luck, in time, you could find out that you can’t live without each other. While they are freelancing or contracting with you, you get to understand their skillsets and their work ethic. You both get to find out if there is a culture match.

You can hire specific skills as needed. There is no expense in having to train staff if you can just bring the talented people for a specific project. For example, you need someone to rebuild your website or write new content. This is a task that only needs to be done once. Hire the specialist and when the job is complete, they move on to the next gig and you have a stellar new website.

Keeping #4 in mind, always make sure that this “gig employee” is set up in an actual company. Get a W-9 on file. If they don’t have W-9, you are leaving your business exposed from a tax standpoint. One option to avoid this is to start a great relationship with a company that specializes in temp workers. Find one that you really like working with and really understands your company's needs. That way you are just one phone call away from finding the best talent at the price you can afford. Another option is to ask for references and build your own database.

A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers would be independent contractors. How might that number change your business model? Even if you are opposed to the idea, this is the way the workforce is wanting to work today. This is how the best talent is going to be available. Think about how this could work where you are. Because the “gig economy” is here and if you are open and ready, it could be the best thing to happen to your business by having access to the best talent available, only when you need it.

Portfolio Creative Honored by Healthy Ohio Business Council for Demonstrated Commitment to Workplace Wellness

COLUMBUS – Portfolio Creative has been awarded the 2016 Healthy Worksite Bronze Level Award by The Healthy Ohio Business Council (HOBC). This awards program, in its’ 13th year, recognizes companies in Ohio who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Applicants are scored on the extent their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment.

“At Portfolio Creative, we feel that workplace wellness is important because employees spend so much of their life in the workplace,” said Eileen Jenkins, Portfolio Creative Human Resources Manager. “The feedback on our wellness program from our employees noted that it helps keep them accountable and on-track with their personal fitness goals. This feedback aligns with our overall wellness program goals: promote healthy lifestyles and provide flexibility to incorporate and achieve personal health goals during the work day"

Below are all of the recipients who were honored this year for the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award:

Small Business: ≤ 300 employees (23 awards)

Gold Award:  The Dupps Company; Colgate Palmolive; Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.; Principle Business Enterprises; Bricker & Eckler, LLP; WBC Group, LLC; LifeCare Alliance; United Way of Central Ohio; Atlantic Tool & Die Company; Henry County Hospital; City of Montgomery.

Silver Award: Certified Angus Beef; Community Action Committee of Pike County; HORAN; Technical Consumer Products, Inc.; Brewster Cheese.

Bronze Award: Custom Design Benefits, LLC; Excelas, LLC; City of Piqua; Portfolio Creative; Mills James; Metals USA – Wooster; Safeware.

Medium Business: 301-1,000 employees (27 awards)

Gold Award: American Showa, Inc.; General Electric Aviation-Peebles Test Operation; Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers; Fulton County Health Center; Pickaway County Commissioners; Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority; MillerCoors; Union County; IGS; City of Kettering;  Methodist ElderCare; Welltower, Inc.; MRI Software, LLC; Wood County Hospital.

Silver Award:  Western Reserve Hospital; City of Westerville; Equity Trust Company; MS Consultants, Inc.; City of Dublin; Ohio Public Employees Retirement System; Molina Healthcare; The Bellevue Hospital; North Star BlueScope Steel, LLC; Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center; Safe Auto Insurance Company.

Bronze Award: Magna TEAM Systems; Orthopedic One.

Large Business: 1,001+ employees (88 awards)

Gold Award:  The MetroHealth System; Akron Children’s Hospital; Mount Carmel Health System; Nationwide Children's Hospital; American Greetings; Battelle; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Lake Health; TriHealth; Youngstown State University; OhioHealth; Worthington Industries, Inc.

Silver Award: Mercy Medical Center; Premier Health; Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.; GE Aviation–Evendale; Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Montgomery County; Genesis HealthCare System; ProMedica; Signet Jewelers; Union Hospital-Dover; Westfield Group; The City of Columbus; Southern Ohio Medical Center; Summa Health; Alliance Data Card Services; Lucas County Board of Commissioners; Case Western Reserve University; Huntington National Bank; Ohio Department of Health; University of Cincinnati; Columbus City Schools; Dayton Children’s Hospital; YMCA of Greater Dayton; City of Cincinnati; Fifth Third Bank.

Bronze Award: Ohio Department of Public Safety.

For more information on the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award program, visit http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/businesses/howkawd.aspx

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