Congratulations to Austin Allison of DotLoop on a great interview today with CNBC.
Consulting firm unites humans and machines (Cincinnati Enquirer - June 10, 2013)
Doctors, pilots and emergency rescue personnel all must make life-altering decisions quickly, accurately and usually while being barraged by urgently beeping and blinking technology demanding their attention.
Applied Decision Science, a 3-year-old consulting firm based in the Hamilton County Business Center, helps these key professionals and others to cut through the noise of information they encounter when seconds count to glean the most critical details and make the best choices.To read more, please click here
CitiLogics makes Josh Pichler's 10 startups to watch list (Cincinnati Enquirer - June 9, 2013)
This company started by Jim Uber and Stu Hooper has developed software designed to save the nation’s largest water utilities millions of dollars a year by tracking water supply more efficiently. CitiLogics, which was part of Northern Kentucky accelerator UpTech’s inaugural class, is generating revenue and has had investment interest. CitiLogics recently made a presentation at the World Environmental & Water Resource Congress meeting in Cincinnati. Its presence is fitting given Cincinnati’s efforts to position itself as a water technology-innovation hub.
HCBC client, General Nano, and HCBC Graduate, Creative Invites & Events, both won 2013 Innovation Awards (Business Courier - April 25, 2013)
Congratulations to General Nano for winning the 2013 Innovation Award for Engineering Innovation!
Congratulations to Creative Invites & Events for winning the 2013 Innovation Award for Emerging Innovation!
HCBC is quite proud of both companies for changing the way business is done in their target markets!
Early Stage Venture, Novak Consulting Group, moves to HCBC (Soapbox - April 9, 2013)
Novak Consulting Group was started on a dare.
Egged on by her husband and friends, Julia Novak felt compelled to earnestly pursue starting her own consulting business for leaders in government and non-profit communities. She began her solo venture at home, and has since hired staff around the country and progressed to working out of the Hamilton County Business Center. There, her consulting firm continues to serve clients all over the country.
To read more about this new HCBC client, please click here!
Founder's Interview - Steve Wolf of Applied Decision Science (Soapbox - April 2, 2013)
Steve Wolf is the CEO and co-founder of Applied Decision Science, a field-based research and development company that helps improve the science of making decisions under stress. This work has taken them primarily through the healthcare and military sectors with expertise gained from the work of Wolf and his co-founders, Dr. Gary Klein and Dr. Laura Militelloppli.
Applied Decision Science aims to improve decision-making (Soapbox - April 2, 2013)
Applied Decision Science is a field-based research and development company that specializes in the the study and development of new ways to improve decision-making in high stress situations.
Integrity Development - Diversity training always needed (Cincinnati Enquirer - April 5, 2013)
Congratulations to HCBC Graduate, Integrity Development, for the fine article written about them in a recent Cincinnati Enquirer. Keep up the great work Eric!
Eric Ellis says friends offered condolences after President Barack Obama won a second term in office.
HCBC provides startups with new space, resources (Business Courier - April 8, 2013)
The Hamilton County Business Center has opened a new space for startup companies to get off the ground, Soapbox Cincinnati reports.
PublicSchoolWORKS offers software solution for meeting public school mandates (Soapbox - March 12, 2013)
Public schooling is multi-faceted, and each state legislature has a particular way of governing its districts.
Public schools are a large part of state budgets and efforts, and most years, there are new regulations for administrators and teachers to comply with. Many new rules—implementing an anti-bullying program, for instance—comprise of educational and professional development and reporting and tracking.
Taken together, each mandate can take up a lot of time, which leaves teachers struggling to do what they to best: educate children. To read more about HCBC graduate PublicSchoolWORKS, please click here
HCBC Opens New Co-Works Space for Startups and Entrepreneurs (Soapbox - March 5, 2013)
The Hamilton County Business Center is Cincinnati's oldest incubator, and has evolved over the decades as the economy has changed.
Hi Velocity Interview with HCBC Graduate Company - Etegent Technologies (Feb 1, 2013)
Tom Sharp of Etegent Technologies was interviewed by Hi Velocity, the State of Ohio Electronic Newsletter focused on innovation and economic development. To read the full interview, click here
Congratulations to Etegent Technologies on a great article!
Allostatix Video Explaining its Relationship with the Ohio State University (YouTube - January 2013)
Want to learn more about the Allostatix and its recent agreement to form a partnership with the Ohio State University Medical Center. This relationship is a wonderful milestone for Allostatix.
HCBC President, David Main, Interviewed by WCPO (January 2013)
Here is a link to the recent interview with David Main, HCBC's President.
Sprout Insight hones in on multi-ethnic consumers (Soapbox - October 2012)
“People always say, ‘Be careful working with your best friend,’ but we’ve never had those negative experiences. Our relationship and the way we know each other has been such a strength,” says Lisa Mills, a psychologist, and co-founder of research consultancy Sprout Insight, of her 22-year friendship with co-founder Kathy Burklow.
Queen City Angels' Cunningham sees self as connector, adviser (Business Courier - October 2012)
We just call him friend. Jim Cunningham of C-Cap has been one HCBC's best collaborator for the past 10 years. We are excited that the Business Courier took time to give the public a glimpse into the effort and undertaking Jim provides our community on a daily basis.
Jim Cunningham, who manages operations for the Queen City Angels investment group, doesn’t expect sluggish economic growth to reduce interest in funding startup companies.
Medacheck app aids in medication compliance (HiVelocity - October 2012)
Dawn Sheanshang, a pharmaceutical sales rep, became sick of medications one day. Despite her insider knowledge, she couldn’t handle the medication regimen of a loved one who’d recently been discharged from the hospital.
Regional Development Guide: GE Aviation's local suppliers turn expertise into an edge (Business Courier - October 2012)
The recent death of space pioneer Neil Armstrong briefly focused the national spotlight on Ohio’s historical contributions to the world of aviation and aerospace.
U.S. military eyes General Nano’s innovative technology (Business Courier - October 2012)The stuff that General Nano is making is unusual, to say the least.
The three-year-old Norwood firm located in HCBC is developing carbon nanotube materials that are, at least theoretically, 100 times as strong as steel at one-sixth the weight, with exquisite thermal and electrical conductive properties. They’re also extremely good at absorbing light; a nanotube array holds the Guinness World Record for “darkest man-made material.”
Founder's Interview - Kristi Woodworth and Jennifer Sauers of Beyond the Trees (SoapBox Cincinnati - October 2012)
How did you start your business?
Psst: Cincinnati's greener than you think (SoapBox Cincinnati - September 2012)
Brewster Rhoads isn’t sure why people don’t associate green progressivism with Cincinnati.
Founder's Interview - Jeff Shepard - MedaCheck (Soapbox Cincinnati - September 2012)
How did you start your business?
Business Backer's Avera launched first business venture as a kid (Business Courier - September-2012)
It’s not possible to say Scott Avera was born an entrepreneur, but he definitely became one at an early age.
Hamilton County Incubator Sets Pace in Ohio for Successful Graduates (Business Courier - September 21, 2012)
Back in January, the Hamilton County Business Center graduated its 200th incubator client into the larger Tri-State economy. But there were no ceremonies to mark the milestone. There was no time. The next set of graduates had to be shipped from the Norwood-based job factory by July 1.
“We’re a ‘get-the-hands-dirty’ organization that loves to celebrate the success of the client,” said HCBC Director Pat Longo. “Our milestones are great, but client success is so much better.”
Cybervise Fixes Web Development Impasses (Soapbox - August, 2012) Small businesses looking to maximize their marketing often invest in professional web development. But what happens when the developer steps away and the business takes over?
Congratulations to Brazillian Back and Pengueeni on Cincinnati Innovates Awards (Cincinnati Enquirer - August 16, 2012)
The father, daughter and son-in-law team building Brazilian Back, a system for painlessly removing back hair, will get $10,000 in legal help from Taft Stettinius & Hollister, perhaps to seek patents for their unique product. They’ve formulated a scentless cream which is applied to a scrub-like garment. A man removes the garment after several minutes, and the hair comes with it.
Also Raquel Redwood and Sweta Patel of Pengueeni, a penguin-shaped lancing device that vibrates while blood is drawn from the palm, reducing pain for kids with diabetes won the Cooney, Faulkner & Stevens Get Started Award $2,000 award.
Ohio Senator Kearney Lauds Grant to Assist Entrepreneurs (Cincinnati Herald - July, 2012) Senator Eric H. Kearney (Cincinnati) recently congratulated the Hamilton County Business Center, Inc. on receiving funding from the Thomas Edison Program to advance Edison Incubator Services.
Thank you to Seantor Kearney for his continued support of HCBC and Southwest Ohio Entrepreneurs!!!
Risk Aware: Stop Problems Before They Start (Cincinnati Enquirer - July, 2012)
As an ex-CIA agent, Stephanie Hughes became well aware of the high costs of security breaches to public and private institutions.
Congratulations to Emersion Design on making the Business Courier's Fast 55
Congratulations to Emersion Design on making the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Fast 55 List for 2012!
Here is a link to their story - View Business Courier Story Here
Copper Mountain Debuts New Quick-Cool Steel Cut Oatmeal (SoapBox - June, 2012)
Just Heat and Enjoy! ™
Allostatix seeks to slash care expenses - Aims to stop disease at its root cause: You! (Cincinnati Enquirer - June 23, 2012)
Two years ago, Judy Levenson of Mason didn’t feel like herself and couldn’t figure out why.
She was gaining weight and felt tired and sluggish. She went to her doctor and was told everything was normal and she might just be going through menopause.
Not content with this answer, Levenson, 51, decided to take a blood test that she hoped would reveal more information.
5 Reasons Why Cincinnati is THE Place for Startup Ventures (TechLi - June 2012)
As an ambitious entrepreneur interested in heading a startup venture, it is important to select the right city to foster your success. While many may assume that Silicon Valley is the only place to be if you want to get noticed and attract investment, the fact is that incredible investment opportunities are readily available elsewhere. What’s more, you may find that a city you hadn’t previously thought of offers an even better opportunity than you imagined. The case for Cincinnati, Ohio can be made with five points. To read the 5 points mentioned, please click here.
Allostatix Takes Aim at Chronic Illness Before Symptoms Appear (SoapBox - May, 2012)
"I have no medical or scientific background at all,” says Gordon Horwitz, CEO and founder of Allostatix. “My background is entrepreneurial; I’ve built three or four successful companies in my life by looking for a need that needs to be fulfilled.”
In this case, that need was his own.
Horwitz, who was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1992 despite an active lifestyle – he’s even a spinning instructor – was feeling “just lousy.” Like many chronic fatigue patients, his blood work and physical exam were normal. Still, day-to-day his energy lagged.
Greg Hartmann Blog - Start Ups to Jump Start Our Economy (May 2012)
They are laboratories of creativity and innovation. Their ranks are filled with budding entrepreneurs and small business owners ready to advance their business to the next level. Their bold ingenuity represents our brightest hope and highest aspiration for the entrepreneurial freedom that America was built upon to prevail.
Global 2 Local Language Solutions wins Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Emerging Business of the Year for 2012 (Chamber Press Release - May, 2012)
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber recognized the region's top small businesses today at its seventeenth-annual Small Business Excellence Awards (SBEA) luncheon at the Millennium Hotel downtown. The event was presented by PNC.
Global 2 Local Blends Translation and Technology (Soapbox - May, 2012)
A Cincinnati-based interpreting company has been providing translations and interpreting service to companies worldwide, and recently won a contract from the City of Cincinnati to provide interpreter services for all of the Health Department locations in the city.
Global 2 Local Language Solutions was founded by Grace Bosworth back in 2009, but she didn't really start working on her company full-time until November of 2010. G2L specializes in technical document translation, which is possible through their database of over 300-400 interpreters and translators.
HCBC Partners with Product Development & Management Association on Commercialization Best Practices Series (Soapbox - April, 2012)
The Hamilton County Business Center (HCBC) has partnered with the Product Development and Management Association, (PDMA), Cincinnati Chapter, for a new workshop series aimed at would-be entrepreneurs not quite sure if their ideas are ready for prime time.
HCBC Refurbishes Conference Rooms to Meet Client Needs (April, 2012)
Great things have happened at HCBC to help all our clients. All three conference rooms have received long overdue improvements that will benefit all clients and entrepreneurs throughout the region. New carpet, color on the walls, more white boards, new audio/visual equipment, improved wireless connectivity, and more moving furniture have all been added to make these room incredibly useable and flexible.
Not only have the rooms been transformed, but the overall creative atmosphere has been enhanced as well.
"Clients have been asking for enhancements and we listened. These conference rooms are not only attractive, but have all the amenities needed to make a meeting or planning session very productive. In today's ever competitive entrepreneurial landscape, HCBC has added a tool that will allow our clients to be competitive for years to come!" said Patrick Longo, Director of HCBC.
If you are an entrepreneurial organization and / or group, please feel free to contact HCBC to discuss our affordable rental plans.
HCBC experiences a surge in client vital signs (February 23, 2012)
Great things are happening on Mentor Avenue at HCBC. With 55 companies in the incubation nest, HCBC has experienced a significant increase in client performance. Every six (6) months, HCBC gathers economic information from each client and we compare the information to the benchmarks established for each venture.
Here are the economic indicators for the past 6 months (July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011) :
When compared to the same six (6) month period in 2010, HCBC's clients saw revenue grow by nearly $1.4 million which is a 19% increase. Way to go HCBC clients! We are very proud of the results you are achieving.
RentValet signs Marketing Agreement with Craiggers (February 1, 2012)
A quick note to tell you about RentValet's new partnership with Craiggers. Craiggers placed the RentValet Apply-Online function into their rental ads today.
Craiggers is RentValet's first 3rd Party Listing Service partner.
A competitive advantage and a new revenue source are just two of the benefits to Craiggers. And their users will now have the money and time-saving option to process their application online.
Allostatix, LLC. signs Distribution Agreement with The Wellness Practice - Global Self Health Corp. (February 1, 2012)
Allostatix LLC, the creator of the Allostatis Risk Prediction System (ARPS™), a scientific analysis tool which measures the cumulative impact of daily life stresses on an individual’s whole body health, announced a distribution agreement with The Wellness Practice to provide its products to the Chiropractic Industry. ARPS™ uses neural networks to transform health data into actionable knowledge to predict disease and premature death in healthy people, 3-5 years in advance.
The Wellness Practice is led by Dr. James Chestnut, who is a world recognized authority, author, and lecturer on the topics of wellness and preventative lifestyle and allostatic load within the chiropractic profession.
Congratulations to this HCBC client on securing a quality distributor in The Wellness Practice.
Bridal Divas Ink wins 4th Bad Girl Ventures Loan (Cincinnati Enquirer - December 17, 2011)
Stacey Shiring wants to level the playing field for local graphic designers and stationery stores.
WE Celebrate's acknowledges HCBC's Mary Myers (December - 2011)
Mary Myers received several nominations for the WE Celebrates Awards Program that was held on December 7, 2011 at the Downtown Hilton. Those nominations added up to secure Mary as a finalist for the Best Mentor Award.
HCBC congratulates Mary on being named a finalist and we join the hundreds of clients she has assisted throughout the years in saying "Congratulations".
Job well done, Mary!
Internet, Laundromat good fit (Cincinnati Enquirer - December 11 - 2011)
Calvin Kline and Alex Blust want to take the Internet to the people, one laundromat at a time.
The two stepbrothers, both 32, are in the early stages of a national launch of their startup, Everybodys Internet, an Internet café concept that puts computers in laundromats, hospital waiting rooms, or other areas where people are stuck with time on their hands. Everybodys Internet has participated in both HCBC's incubation and outreach programming areas.
With about 400 computers active in 170 locations in eight states so far, it is proving to be a hit with customers and with laundromat owners.To read more, please click here!
Longo featured on a WCPO - Channel 9 Interview (November 5 - 2011)
HCBC was given the opportunity to be interviewed late last week by WCPO and it was shown on Saturday morning.
Thank you to Crystal Faulkner of Cooney, Faulkner, and Stevens CPA for including HCBC in the interview.
DotLoop Founder Changes an Industry (Cincinnati Enquirer - November 5 - 2011)
Austin Allison is proof that a sound idea sells.
Today, 100,000 U.S. Realtors conduct real estate negotiations online using DotLoop’s platform, which allows contracts to be drafted, edited, approved, signed and stored by agents, buyers and sellers, without requiring paper or an in-person meeting. For the last seven months, Allison has made a profit.
DotLoop benefited by being an HCBC Outreach client in their early days. HCBC is proud of all the accomplishments DotLoop has achieved and we look forward to watching the growth continue.
CitiLogics, LLC. featured in Soapbox (November - 2011)
Two local environmental engineers are pouring their skills and passion into a new custom software program that will help city governments and public utilities better manage their water infrastructure.
UC - An Engine for Innovation (Cincinnati Enquirer - October 23, 2011)
Dean Carlo Montemagno believes that some of the best teachers at the University of Cincinnati are dreaming up products that could change the world. They're partnering with corporations like GE Aviation, Procter & Gamble and Ethicon Endo-Surgery to apply that research or start their own companies. And they're providing students with real-world experience that readies them for careers.
The Entrepreneurial Innovation Center also is a pilot program. Montemagno signed an agreement with the Hamilton County Business Center to provide mentors, business coaches and professional staff to assist his professors and students.
WCET's Viewfinder features Jason Young (October - 2011)
In 1993 a young man came to Cincinnati from St. Louis to go to art school on a scholarship. Upon his arrival he learned that his tuition was covered but nothing else. No housing, no books. He was so determined to learn that he became homeless for over a month and a half while going to school. Today he owns a production company with plans for expansion. You want to see what determination looks like? Meet Jason Young, producer, director, editor, and fine artist in this edition of Viewfinder.
Jason Young operates JYS Productions, one of HCBC's emerging enterprises!
Bridal Divas featured in Soapbox (October - 2011)
SoapBox connected with Stacey Shiring of Bridal Divas and asked her a few quality, thought provoking questions. Our favorite question and response is as follows...
What resources here did you take advantage of and how did they help?
Thanks for the positive feedback, Stacey!
HCDC & HCBC and University of Cincinnati to Drive Research to Market (September - 2011)
In an effort to move technology innovation and research results to market more quickly and easily, UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Hamilton County Development Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding which facilitates entrepreneurial development and commercialization of the college's research.
HCBC announces Economic Impact of Clients (September - 2011)
Hamilton County Business Center, Inc. (HCBC), an Edison Technology Incubation Program located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is proud to announce the economic impact of the 48 companies that were active in our business incubation program the past 12 months (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011):
Even with a tough economy, entrepreneurs in Southwest Ohio continue to achieve excellence through strong planning, gritty determination, providing value added products and services, and leveraging the resources and connectivity of HCBC’s Business Incubation Program.
HCBC continues to collaborate with a number of quality business assistance and access to capital organizations to assist in the creation, development and growth of innovative businesses in Greater Cincinnati. These organizations include the State of Ohio’s Edison Technology Program, CincyTech, C-Cap, HCDC, Queen City Angels, the Minority Business Development Coalition, BioStart, and TechSolve.
HCBC is proud of the momentum created by our clients and we look forward to seeing how they all progress over the next 12 months.
Soapbox catches up with Mindbox Studios' Joshua Johnson (September - 2011)
Soapbox asked HCBC graduate company, Mindbox Studio, for their thoughts recently. Joshua Johnson provided some quality input, but our favorite question is this one below!
What resources here did you take advantage of and how did they help?
HCBC "Celebrates Entrepreneurship" in Southwest Ohio by Celebrating Seven Businesses Including 2 Graduate Companies (September - 2011)
A wonderful celebration involving 2 graduate companies and 5 "up and coming" entrepreneurial ventures was held on September 9, 2011. Both Rick Reed Productions and Private Health News have graduated from HCBC's Business Incubation Program over the past 12 months. In addition to highlighting the 2 graduate firms, HCBC also celebrated the accomplishments of the following firms:
Soapbox catches up with General Nano's Joe Sprengard (August - 2011)
Soapbox asked Joe Sprengard a number of great questions, but HCBC's favorite was this one! Way to go, Joe!
Question - "What resources here did you take advantage of and how did they help?"
JYS Productions highlighted in SoapBox (August - 2011)
JYS Productions,an HCBC client, was featured in the August 16 edition of SoapBox. Although JYS Productions has only been with HCBC for less than 6 months, they are already moving their business plan forward and the marketplace is noticing!
Coffee Company Heats Up (Cincinnati Enquirer - July 17, 2011)
Steve Hatch walked away from a lucrative job with a top beverage company to launch what he thinks will be the next big thing at your local grocery store – flavored coffee in its own microwaveable cup.
His 9-month-old venture, Copper Mountain Beverages, is headquartered in the Hamilton County Business Center in Norwood. It’s already received national attention for its signature brand, Hot 2 Go!, a single-serving, ready-to-drink coffee. Wal-Mart sells the brand in 1,800 – roughly half – of its stores nationwide and plans to introduce Hot 2 Go! in remaining stores this fall, when cooler weather lifts demand for hot coffee.
Turning language into life's business (Cincinnati Enquirer - July 16, 2011)
As an intern for the mayor of Merida, Mexico, Grace Bosworth learned the importance of speaking the language of the people.
Safe Schools highlighted in SoapBox (July - 2011)
Safe Schools, an HCBC graduate company, was highlighted in SoapBox's latest issue. Congratulations and thank you to Brian Taylor and Greg Estep for starting and growing their IT company here in southwest Ohio. This is a quality entrepreneurship story!
MBJ Consultants awarded Circle of Excellence Award from the Minority Business Accelerator (June - 2011)
HCBC graduate company, MBJ Consultants, was awarded the Circle of Excellence Award from the Cincinnati Minority Business Accelerator for its accelerated growth and extraordinary business performance as measured by growth in sales, employees and
Here is the announcement:
The purpose of the MBE Award is to showcase firms who exemplify the behavior of a successful, growing firm. Our minority firm award recipient has been working with the MBA almost from the beginning. Over the last five years, its revenues have grown over 100% and it has created partnerships and joint ventures with both majority and minority companies.
Its name can be found on many project sites across the city including the Banks, Queen City Square and local corporations such as LabOne. In addition, it has created many smaller opportunities for other diverse companies across the region. This company’s work with the MBA has spanned from the creation of a strategic growth plan to counsel on alliances and introductions to corporate spending opportunity.
No stranger to creating community impact, this company has spent countless hours mentoring and creating employment for inner city youth. It is in the spirit of creating economic and community impact and producing extraordinary 2010 results, that
Congratulations to Monroe Barnes and the team at MBJ Consultants for earning the Circle of Excellence Award from the Minority Business Accelerator!
Business Courier's The Pitch Focus - Global to Local Language Solutions LLC (Business Courier - June-2011)
Soapbox Growth Company - HCBC Graduate - Etegent Technologies (SoapBox - May - 2011)
The kids today call it TMI - Too Much Information. It can be the same with businesses, which sometime find the megabytes of data at their disposal overwhelming.
Harmony Garden Research Academy Trains Residents to Lead (SoapBox - May - 2011)
The Community Resident Research Academy, the latest programming effort by the non-profit Harmony Garden, builds on more than three years of work alongside West End residents.
In that time, community researchers - all women, all mothers - have surveyed their neighbors to find out what kinds of help and support they want and need. The community research team organized a healthy, happy, hazard-free program, says Executive Director Lisa Mills.
To read more, please click here....
Technology-based language services company makes move (Cincinnati.com - May - 2011)
Global to Local Language Solutions, better known as Global2Local, announced their recent decision to move their office and base of operations into the Hamilton County Development Center, a small business incubator for high-growth technology based businesses.
“People don’t generally think of language services as being technology based,” said President, Grace Bosworth. “Global2Local is the next generation of the translation/interpreting business.”
Global2Local is a company that combines all the services of a typical translation/interpreting company, and combines them with all of the services of a typical web company. Their services are squarely pointed toward businesses, particularly businesses that work internationally, and they are quickly becoming the go-company for Cincinnati businesses looking to gain customers around the globe.
“We take translation services a step further than any other company of our kind,” continues Ms Bosworth. “Not only can we translate your company’s website, we can fully optimize it too. Not only do we use translation memory tools, we can actually build them for our clients, as well as applications customized for them.”
Global2Local has also expanded their services to accommodate technical translations, software localization, and translation of media of any kind, including video and voice-overs. Their goal is to use technology to offer services more quickly, more efficiently, and, ultimately, less expensively than other companies of their kind. “HCDC allows us to work side by side with other growing businesses, such as video production companies and other web companies. This is a dynamic environment. We are learning new things every day and the enthusiasm of this incubator is palpable. We are right where we are supposed to be and we couldn’t be happier,” concludes Grace.
Program offers help to small businesses in Cincinnati's Uptown (Business Courier - April - 2011)
The Uptown Small Business Assistance program will target sectors including restaurants, retail, professional services and franchises – both existing and startups.
In addition to meeting with companies to gauge the local business climate, the program will provide one-on-one business coaching and technical assistance to help ensure lasting growth, according to a spokeswoman for the program.
The program marks the county’s entry into providing business services within the city in a coordinated way. Outside Cincinnati city limits, HCDC has successfully collaborated with local governments and companies within business districts such as Glendale and Lockland to promote the district as a whole and improve economic development in those areas.
Congratulations to Cincinnati USA Innovation Award Winners and HCBC Affiliates - DotLoop and ESI (April - 2011)
The Business Courier, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and CincyTech named 10 winners in the inaugural Innovation Awards program.
Other HCBC clients nominated include:
Incubators Help Ventures Fly (Cincinnati Enquirer - February 2011)
After a year of being out of work, Mary LeRoy, a philanthropy development professional, found a new job with a small start-up company at the Hamilton County Business Center.
Edison Technology Business Plan Competition - Winners Announced (February 2011)
After working with a variety of companies via the FastTrac TechVentures 10 week course, HCBC and BioStart facilitated a business plan competition for five companies that are on the verge of launching. These five companies participated in all the course work, benefited from mentoring sessions, and honed their investment pitches. At stake was $9,000 in funding that was provided by the program's main sponsor, the State of Ohio's Edison Technology and Innovation Division.
After an afternoon of competition at HCBC, the winners are as follows:
First Place - Base Quality Systems ($5,000 winner)
Second Place - First Step Health ($3,000 winner)
Third Place - Constant BioTechnology ($1,000 winner)
Congratulations to all our participants.
If you are interested in learning about our next FastTrac TechVentures course which will be starting in March, 2011, please contact Mary Myers at 631-8292.
HCBC featured in last Cincy Entrepreneur Tool Kit from Cincy Magazine (February 2011)
Please feel free to check out HCBC and some of our companies on the pages of the Cincy Entrepreneur ToolKit. We are featured on pages 3, 4, 5, 10, & 14 in the tool kit.
College Pals Find Their Niche as Video Producers (Cincinnati Enquirer - February 2011)
Good video producers can make even the padding under Astroturf look cool. Video, after all, is about finding a good story in just about anything.
Emersion Design grows in tough economy (Cincinnati Enquirer - February 2011)
A group of like-minded architects broke away from an established local firm in 2007 to form their own company, focusing on the needs of their clients and respect for community.
HCBC's Director, Patrick Longo, featured on WVXU's Impact Cincinnati (January 13, 2011)
HCBC agrees to sponsor SCORE again in 2011 (January 2011)
HCBC has agreed to renew its mutually beneficial relationship with the local chapter of SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives). Again this year, HCBC will provide conference room and seminar space for SCORE counselors to leverage.
The first installment of the renewed relationship will occur on January 29, 2011 when SCORE will present its "Starting Your Own Successful Business" seminar. The seminar will commence at 9 am and will run to 1 pm in HCBC's Large Conference Room (Suite 76-160). There is NO COST to this seminar but pre-registration is required. To register, please visit SCORE's website at www.scoreworks.org.
HCBC is proud to be affiliated with the good people of SCORE!
FastTrac company, NeatWaytoMeet.com, helps travelers make lodging decisions based on personal networks (SoapBox - January 2011)
Cincinnati Entrepreneur and current FastTrac participant George VonAllmen has spent 30 years in the hotel business - during that time one unfortunate constant has rang true: absent a well-known special event, it can be tough to sell out hotel rooms during the week.
Business center grew jobs, revenue (Cincinnati Enquirer - November 2, 2010)
As a tough economic environment strained many small businesses, the 45 housed at the Hamilton County Business Center added 39 new jobs and raised $4.6 million in venture capital during the year that ended June 30.
Project transforms West End women (November 2010)
Three years ago, LuShonda Gibson's world wasn't much bigger than her West End apartment.
Cybervise named SCORE Client of the Year (October 2010)
Commercial HVAC repair, Website maintenance, and a flavored-pretzel snack company took top honors at SCORE- Greater Cincinnati's Clients of the Year at its annual awards luncheon at Kenwood Country Club. "We chose three clients this year because of the difficulty of the business environment and the obstacles they overcame," said SCORE chairman Tom Moon. Usually one winner and two runner-ups are declared.
Carmen Krupar, owner of Cybervise, Ltd. of Norwood, a four-year-old Website maintenance, re-design and performance optimization firm, became familiar with SCORE two years ago when she volunteered to present Web Fundamentals seminars for SCORE.
In 2009, she decided her business needed help developing a marketing plan that would double her business by the end of 2010. A SCORE mentoring team made up of Dennis Murphy of Montgomery; Mike Crossen of Montgomery, Jim Downing of Loveland, and Marvin Kramer of Anderson assisted her in defining her sales process, determining her value add, and helped her create a benefits summary, proposals and a marketing plan. Since implementing her marketing plan, her active client list has increased 44 percent, and average monthly revenues have increased 26 percent.
She also received a 2010 Small Business of the Year Award from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce.
"By the end of the first quarter this year, I had as many leads as I did the entire year in 2009," said Krupar. "Already this year, Cybervise has made as much as it did in all of 2009. I credit my success to having regular meetings with my SCORE counselors."
Congratulations on a job well done to Cybervise!
HCBC and BioStart bring Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture Program to SW Ohio (September 2010 - Soapbox)
The Hamilton County Business Center and BioStart incubators have teamed up to bring the world renowned Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture Program to Southwest Ohio's tech-focused entrepreneurs.
Gift of Gab (August 2010 - Wall Street Journal)
Give a speech. Win a client.
For all the training they go through, entrepreneurs say it was vital to practice delivering their message in public. "You don't get better by reading and studying the craft," says Scott Miller of B2 Bee LLC in Cincinnati. "The only way to improve is to put yourself out there."
Summer is time of preparation, activity, and news for HCBC (August 2010)
The summer of 2010 has been quite active for HCBC.
We continue to attract great companies and entrepreneurs to join our incubation program. General Nano, Everybody's Internet and Lookout Advisors all joined HCBC in the past 3 months. If you are keeping track at home, HCBC has added 12 companies to our program since December 1, 2009. These companies form a cohesive nucleus that allows are 45 plus clients to benefit from each other's experiences and activities.
Oh, and the environment continues to get better. In mid-August, HCBC increased its business coaching firepower by adding Scott Jacobs of Harvest Consulting LLC as a marketing and sales specialist. His expertise will be leveraged by all levels of clients here at HCBC. Jacobs joins the existing team of Myers and Longo to improve the connectivity and assistance of HCBC's offering.
Again this year, HCBC is sponsoring Cincinnati Innovates, a competition to find the best new technologies and innovations in Greater Cincinnati. Once found, business assistance organizations like HCBC hope to leverage our programming for the winners of this competition.
HCBC is about to launch a new small loan program for incubation clients. This loan program will provide up to $15,000 to HCBC clients to help fund smaller projects that traditionally fall below bank minimums. HCBC will leverage a State of Ohio Edison Supplemental Grant Award to help fund this program. Contact Patrick Longo to learn more.
HCBC is collaborating with Bio/Start and leveraging a State of Ohio Edison Supplemental Grant to implement a FastTrac® TechVenture™ 8 week course to help early stage technology ventures get launched and moving forward in this tough economy. If interested in learning more, please contact Mary Myers of HCBC
As you can see, HCBC is not resting on its laurels. We are diligently working on enhancing the entrepreneurs success rate in Southwest Ohio!
Local entrepreneur launches web-based accounting program for small businesses (May 2010 - Soapbox)
Local entrepreneur Scott Miller has just launched a new company from the Hamilton County Business Center, and is working to generate some buzz about his new software product, the Bee.
Deal Radar 2010: Rural America OnShore Sourcing (May 2010 - Sramana Mitra Blog)
Rural America OnShore Sourcing, Inc. (Rural America) is a U.S.-based onshoring company. Through its offices in Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin, it provides the same outsourcing services performed by offshoring companies, except it uses professionals based in rural parts of America instead of overseas, hiring these professionals for 25% to 40% less than the cost of U.S urban labor. The goal is to offer clients the advantages of using U.S.-based labor while reaping the cost benefits equivalent to offshoring.
Five Cincinnati Companies That Could Change the World (May 2010 - Soapbox)
Finding businesses that have the potential to be world changing is a tall order, but luckily, here in Cincinnati we are fortunate to have a number of young entrepreneurs working on technology or design that is at the forefront of their respective industries and tackles problems that are near the top of our nation's consciousness.
Emersion Design, an HCBC client, was selected as one of the five companies that could change the world.
Starting an Outsourced Business Services Company (April 2010 - Gaebler.com Article)
Interview with Christopher Hytry Derrington, Co-Founder and CEO of Rural America OnShore Sourcing
Ecosil Technologies, an HCBC Gradaute company, receives first Ohio Patent Award (April 2010 - Press Release)
A patented method of treating metal to bond better with rubber has garnered Prof. William Vanooij and colleagues of ECOSIL Technologies LLC of Fairfield, Ohio the first Ohio Patent Award from The Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) and The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Intellectual Property Law Section. The award also recognizes their attorney, Martin J. Miller of Cincinnati.
Congratulations from HCBC to Ecosil Technologies on continuing to invent and commercialize remarkable technologies!
Rural America OnShore sourcing brings jobs back home (March 2010 - Soapbox article)
Some of the best business models rise from the ash heap of failure. Christopher Hytry Derrington founded Rural America OnShore Sourcing with three partners and Sundeep Dronawat after seeing poor results from several offshore outsourcing projects. Since opening in December 2008, Rural America has made location a non-issue for Americans needing outsourced work.
Offshore outsourcing is an irresistible cost-saver for many U.S. companies. But the lower wages paid to foreign workers are offset by communication and time barriers. "You're paying people to help you do business," said Marty Gardocki, Rural America's Vice President. He has contracted outsourcing in the past, and observed that the blended offshore rate - the actual cost of offshore services - is comparable to what Rural America charges.
Private Health News offers timely service, creates relationships with healthcare providers (March 2010 - Soapbox article)
Like any business, hospitals look for ways to engage people, promote their own brand and forge relationships with the public. And a local company has found an innovative, and effective way to do that through specialty e-mail newsletters. Dan Ansel has built a thriving business around the concept that has caught the eye of healthcare providers across the country.
Seamless connect between programs, capital, credited with Ohio's high-tech rise (March 2010 - Hi-Velocity)
Tony Giordano has been around the block. He's started successful companies in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He has a good job as assistant dean of research and business development at Louisiana State University's Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.
Greater Cincinnati Venture Association Update - How to Raise Money in Cincinnati (February 2010)
The Greater Cincinnati Venture Association's (GCVA) monthly luncheon focused on the status of early stage and venture capital available to local entrepreneurs. Jack Wyant of Blue Chip Venture Capital was the moderator. In his introduction, Jack made mention of the vast assistance and capital opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati marketplace and he said that there is one organization that has been around for 25 years that has walked the walk of helping entrepreneurs find money. He said the phone number is 631-8292 and its HCDC.
Patrick Longo, Vice President of Entreprener Assistance at HCDC, said, "It's an honor to have Jack Wyant of Blue Chip recognize the efforts of HCDC. We've worked for 25 years to make entrepreneurship better in this community and its great to have this positive feedback from an individual as credible as Jack Wyant!"
Here are the five take aways from the February GCVA luncheon as posted on Doug Bolton's Blog:
HCBC Adds Graduate Facility (February 2010 - Soapbox Article)
Like the start ups that have grown out of its incubators, the Hamilton County Business Center is expanding services, offering office space to companies that want to stick around after their incubation phase ends.
DotLoop Enjoying Unexpected Sales Boom (February 2010 - Business Courier Article)
The growth isn’t happening as predicted at DotLoop Co.
Incubation Nation (February 2010 - Soapbox Article)
In the early 1990s Eric Collins and Robert Gray had a business idea they were tinkering with in Collins' garage.
Bootstrapping Small Business (February 2010 - Cincy Magazine Article)
General Electric. Microsoft. CNN. All three corporate giants were founded in the midst of U.S. economic crises.