You’re Hired: Five Tips to Prepare for a Great Interview

By Kristen Harris

You have an interview! Maybe you’re a little nervous. It probably feels like there are a thousand things to remember. Whether it’s your first interview, or you haven’t interviewed in twenty years, being prepared can help tilt the outcome in your favor.

There are two sides to every interview, the person interviewing you and YOU. While it may seem like the interviewer holds all the cards, you have total control over one half of that equation.

Keep in mind that you both want the same thing— for this to be a good fit so you can move forward in the hiring process. No hiring manager wants to suffer through a bad interview or waste time talking to a string of people that are not a good fit. And you don’t want that either. Be prepared so you can be “the one”.

  1. Clothing and Grooming. Studies show you have between 7 and 30 seconds to make a first impression, and it’s often based on subtle cues we’re not even aware of. Never give someone a reason to not like you. I’m all for creative expression, but keep it appropriate for the situation. Find out the dress code at the company, and dress one step above that. Make sure everything is fresh, clean, in good condition, fits well, and smells good. That includes your clothing, body and hair (head and facial). Keep jewelry, makeup and scents to a minimum.
  2. Resume and Work Samples. Make any last-minute updates to your resume, and bring several copies in case you meet with more than one person. If work samples are expected for your role, have those ready to present as well. If everything is online, confirm they have the appropriate technology available or bring your own. If possible, bring a few printed samples in the event of a total technology fail. For more on this topic, read our blog on creative portfolio tips.
  3. Know the Location. There is no good reason to arrive late; you are being judged from the moment you arrive, so be on time. Plan ahead, map the address, calculate travel time, and do a trial run of the route. Identify parking, or ask your contact where to park. Arrive a few minutes early, relax, take a deep breath, and walk in about 10 minutes before your interview time. Calm, cool, collected.
  4. Know Your Contact. It might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people show up for an interview and can’t remember the name of the person they’re meeting. You’ll need the company name, address including floor or suite number, and name of the person you’re meeting. If someone else set up the interview, bring their information too. Write all of this down, put it in your phone, or be extra-safe and do both. A day or two before your interview, use LinkedIn to check out the person you’re meeting so you know what they look like, their background, experience, and anything you may have in common or want to ask about.
  5. Prepare Questions. Before you’re ready to walk in the door, practice the interview. Plan what you want to do and say, and think about questions they might ask. Walk through your resume and portfolio on your own, or with a trusted friend or colleague. What do you want to emphasize or highlight? Find a nice notebook to bring on the interview, and write down a few questions of your own. What do you want to know about the company, role, manager, team, or culture? What do you need to know to decide if this is a good fit for you?

Remember there are two sides to every interview. You’re in control of, and responsible for your part, so take the time to be prepared. Then relax and get ready to shine!

Hiring: What’s an “Ideal Fit”?

By Kristen Harris

In hiring it’s important to remember people are not commodities, individuals are not interchangeable. Even with equal skills or experience, every person is unique, and so is every company and role. It’s important to find the right person for the right position– that’s an Ideal Fit.

Imagine this scenario: you’ve interviewed two candidates for a position on your team, equally qualified from a experience and skills set perspective.

Candidate A is an ambitious go-getter that wants to constantly improve things and often questions the status quo.

Candidate B is complacent, likes routine, and doesn’t question rules, challenge assumptions, or make a lot of suggestions.

So, who do you choose? Wait a minute...before you answer that, you should know more about the role.

It’s in a government agency, helping people fill out and file three different forms, using a fairly outdated computer system. This role serves the public, and the people being helped come from all walks of life; some have special needs and require a high level of patience. The role isn’t expected to change much, and there’s little opportunity for advancement, growth or development.

Now which candidate would you choose? While they may be equally qualified on paper, you got to know their personalities in your in-person interviews. Candidate A would be frustrated in this role, trying to improve things, questioning the rules, pushing for better technology, and hoping for advancement that never comes. For the same reasons, Candidate B could be an Ideal Fit for this role. They’re more comfortable accepting things as they are, working within a system, and don’t mind doing the same thing repeatedly. They could find it rewarding to be the person who helps others navigate a bureaucratic process.

To find an Ideal Fit, it’s important to assess the traditional areas of skill set and experience, as well as soft skills and how they align with your culture.

A client recently said to me “...this resume looks fine...I mean, they seem to have the right experience, but that’s just on paper. I know you’ve met them, and there’s so much more to someone than what’s on their resume.”

Exactly. There’s so much more than what’s on paper— both a candidate’s resume and a company’s job description. To find an Ideal Fit for both sides, you have to dig deeper. You don’t just want to fill a void, you really want someone who is a good fit, and vice versa.

Before you start assessing candidates, answer these questions:

  • What’s the culture of your company or team?

  • What industry are you in, and how that does it affect your culture?

  • Who are your clients? What specific needs do they have or type of service do they expect?

  • Are you growing? If so, how quickly? How will that affect this role?

  • What soft skills are important to your team? What are your values?

  • What soft skills are important in this role? What makes other people in this role successful (or not)?

  • How much opportunity is there for growth or development in your company? In this specific role?

  • What’s your managerial style? What do you expect from people who report to you?

When you hire someone you’re not just filling an empty seat, you’re committing to them and they’re committing to you.

Knowing yourself and company better, what you really need, and what type of person would be successful in the role helps identify an Ideal Fit. Putting the right person together with the right company is critical for long-term success.

Creative Events Round-Up: April

We're inching closer to festival season, which means very soon, every weekend will be filled with the best of Columbus days and evenings spent with friends celebrating our city's culture, people and favorite summer holidays. Keep yourself busy until then by checking out this month's highlighted creative events from our April calendar

OSU Department of Design Spring Exhibition

Saturday, April 8 at OSU Urban Arts Space

Celebrate the outstanding work from OSU's Department of Design senior class at the downtown Urban Arts Space on Saturday, April 8 from 5-7 pm. An annual tradition, the department will host a reception for the community to participate and congratulate the students preparing to take their next steps toward a future career in design. Learn more about this Saturday's reception by visiting uas.osu.edu.

AMA Columbus April Luncheon: 'Authentic Marketing'— Converting a Customer into a Champion

Tuesday, April 11 at Franklin University

Dilara Casey, Hot Chicken Takeover's Marketing Director and well-known champion for the Columbus business community, will lead a discussion on 'authentic marketing' at AMA Columbus' April Luncheon. Hear how Dilara and the HCT team leverage the ambassadorship of their fanbase to amplify their marketing over lunch at Franklin University on April 11 from 11:30-1 pm. Find out more about Dilara and details on next week's event by visiting amacolumbus.org.

Startup Storytellers No. 5: The Leap

Wednesday, April 19 at Columbus Museum of Art

This year's Startup Storytellers theme— The Leap — will feature the stories of local entrepreneurs and their journey into full-time entrepreneurship at the Columbus Museum of Art. The night's "headliners" are two business partners the city of Columbus wishes to hear from more often— Kevin and Katy Malhame, the founders of Northstar Cafe, Brassica and Third & Hollywood, will lead the keynote address. In addition, more than 10 entrepreneurs from all different industries will take the stage and share their failures, successes and lessons learned along the way. Check out the full lineup and grab a ticket by visiting startupstorytellers.com

Columbus YP Week

Monday, April 24 - Sunday, April 30 

This week will be a first-ever for Columbus— CYP and local partners are hosting daily programs and networking events to celebrate and educate the young professional community from April 24-30. The lineup of activities include service projects such as serving dinners at Faith Mission Community Kitchen, a night out at the Clippers stadium, lunch with United Way President's Council and much, much, more! Check out the entire week's agenda at columbusypweek2017.com

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

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!