Alisa Becker and Paula Katz are two social entrepreneurs from Columbus launch Be the Sign; donating 100% of profits to charity. Be the Sign focuses political messages on equality, diversity and love. Alisa and Paula are former retail executives, freelancers, activists, friends and now social entrepreneurs. Alisa was a merchant for Bath & Body Works, Zulily & others, created the blog www.30daysofcancer.com and is a grieving mother channeling her sadness into something positive. Paula has visual experience with L Brands, formerly owned the bakery Layer based here in Columbus, and currently freelances for prominent companies such as, Yankee Candle and Nasdaq. "We realized our conversations were increasingly political. And,...

PCE Studios (Permanent Cosmetic Effects) opened back in 2003--when there really were only a couple places around doing permanent cosmetics in Columbus.  Erica saw that need, and created PCE Studios.  And, If you remember, they were one of our sponsors for all our breast cancer stories in October. Erica comes from a large family. Her father alone has 18 brother and sisters, and her mother has 13 siblings.  Erica attended DeVry University for her degree in business.  Her family is originally from Puerto Rico. She grew up in Lorain, but before opening up her business, Erica knew there was not a lot of money to be made in Lorain, Ohio.  She wanted to be successful,...

"You are, without a doubt the most beautiful girl I have ever seen in my entire life, and I don’t know how a guy like me ever got so lucky to get a girl like you." My husband reminds me that he loves me daily.  It was a part of our wedding vows. He posts it on Facebook and he looks me in the eye and repeats that same quote when he thinks I need reminded of how beautiful he thinks I am. I smile and say thank you, because I don't know how to take a compliment.  We have been through some crazy ups and...

Over My Head is a unique company specializing in accessories for woman who are undergoing breast cancer treatment, or in recovery.  They offer a comfortable and relaxed environment, with personal consultations and private fitting rooms.  They actually opened back in 1998 in Upper Arlington.  Over My Head is a beautiful space to help women look and feel a little more normal---when they need it the most. Bethany Golden purchased Over My Head in January 2007, after being inspired by her late mother, Bonnie Ritchie.  Bonnie had cancer for 11 years, but it wasn't until the last 3 months of her life, that she became very ill.  During that time, Bethany was finishing up her last semester...

Courtney and Ryan are Ink & Co. He's the "maker and creator," and she's the "design and marketing." Although this is Ryan's "thing," they work a lot-- together, and even spend most evenings working after the kids go to bed. I mean, isn't it pretty cool that they get to spend their time together doing something they love, and it's also their family-owned business? Courtney has a day time job in software sales and Ryan is a stay-at-home dad. Well, more like "work from home dad." He was at home for 9 years, and when the kids went to school he wanted to go back to work....

Change is about adapting and adopting, and I have done my very best in the last 3 years. In 2013, my life changed in a matter of 7 months. And it was a drastic change, not one to easily prepare for, and one that will affect me physically, mentally, and emotionally until I am gone. I lost my husband, Kevin H. Michael, of 34 years, my best friend and advocate, my lover, the father of my children, and my cohort in all kinds of mischief (Irish and otherwise). I lost him to cancer. And, I watched him deteriorate from a robust, fun-loving, musical wizard, who...