Mike, founder of School Solutions Network, knew in an ever-evolving world faced with strained resources, growing needs and wide-ranging threats, schools should not be alone in the pursuit of safety, technology and support.   [caption id="attachment_9306" align="aligncenter" width="640"] BLINK BOX Collection[/caption] This belief is what led Status Solutions to create the School Solutions Network. Status Solutions is the pioneering provider of situational awareness technologies for life safety, security, environmental monitoring and mass notification and was founded, specifically with schools in mind, after the events that took place at Columbine High School in 1999. Status Solutions’ involvement in schools rendered Mike all too familiar with the increasing threats impacting schools’...

It's the beginning of August and you realize you've been vacationing through other people's Facebook posts, but not a single vacation was one you actually took. Oops. But, luckily, there are still a few days left for some summer fun. I'm not saying vacations are a must, I'm actually against the planned, yearly trips, but I do think summer is the time where you check off some things on your bucket list. Because our kids are so young and we wanted to keep the spending to a minimum, we decided to do a little staycation. What is a staycation you might ask? Well, my definition is--a little vacation...

Meet Andrea: Behind the Scenes of Cap City Diner, Dublin {2/3} Andrea is the Beverage Operations Manager for all of Cameron Mitchell restaurants. Pretty cool, huh? But, besides making the tastiest drinks {seriously}, she's my soul sister. Why? Because she loves a good margarita, of course! While in nursing school, she always had a passion for math and science. But, she also grew up in the restaurant industry. So, how did the two collide? "At 13, I was hosting at a restaurant where I was paid under the table. My parents also own The Top in Bexley. I have always been around this type of environment." Being in charge of the...

I've been reflecting on heroes that have impacted my life (since this month is dedicated to sharing the stories of heroism), but I stumbled across something in the process.  A definition of a hero. he·ro ˈhirō/ noun a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. "a war hero" For some reason I couldn't shake how wrong I felt this definition was.   Not wrong as in none of it was true, but wrong in that it just didn't feel right when I read over it.   For a couple of reasons actually. First, I disagree that heroes are typically men.  And, I don't...

My name is Mackenzie (Kenzie) Carlson and I'm a 17 year old senior at Pickerington High School North. My favorite color is blue. I love to sing, read, be around friends & family, and volunteer. I started Angel Kisses Blankets (a charity) at the age of 15. I have depression & anxiety and I needed something to keep me and my somewhat troubled mind, busy. I named the charity Angel Kisses Blankets, because I wanted each blanket to be a reminder of love, grace, and knowledge of someone who loves you, and is there to protect you. I raise money using my go fund me account and I...

We are a young family handcrafting goodness. We strive to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide a creative way to eat fruits and vegetables -deliciously.  What type of goodness are we crafting, do you ask? Let me tell you. We started Too Good Eats in June of 2016, but our vision was inspired by our SONShine, little Ali who is 2 1/2 now. As all moms know, we have to be creative, and I was determined to get our son to eat all sorts of vegetables. Some things he was into, and other things he just wasn't. I'm sure you can relate. I began to make Popsicles for our son...

"People helping people. Period"   Yes, this is what Claire is doing. Her company, Aunt Flow, is helping women with "that time of the month." We have to talk about it--and that means not being embarrassed or grossed out, or afraid to talk about it. We have to, because there's a problem. And, Claire is solving it. Thank God. So, what you don't know, is that Claire was at The Ohio State University studying Comparative Religions. She was a straight "A" student in high school, and was even doing well in college. The problem was, she didn't want to be there. She wanted to drop out. Of course, her parents were completely...

Uptown Westerville really is a subtle mix of the Short North area with a small town feel, and Pure Roots Boutique has found a home in this area--twice, actually.  Nicole always dreamed of opening her own boutique--it was her dream since she was a little girl. It probably comes from her infatuation with jewelry. Her mom used to take her to the Morgan House in Dublin every year for Christmas, and she wanted to live there. Her high school senior paper was about her desire to open her own business. So, you could say she always knew. In college, Nicole had many artist friends and there was always the issue...

"You could say I have peanut butter in my veins. I love it. I've always loved it." Kimmi has always been one to choose healthy over the sweet treats, even as a kid. Maybe it was the fact that her parents gave her choices, or maybe it was the fact that she helped out with the family business-the family business that produced all natural, one ingredient peanut butter. Now, Kimmi didn't always own and operate The Crazy Richards and Krema Peanut Butter companies. It all started with her dad and his "American Dream." Kimmi's family lived overseas-three years in Korea, two in Singapore, and one in Japan (side...