On April 19, 2018, HCDC hosted a lunch and learn roundtable for the Community Development Corporations of Greater Cincinnati (CDC Association). The topics focused on small business attraction with a panel moderated by Deborah Davis, Minority Business Assistance Center Director of the African American Chamber of Commerce. The discussion highlighted the challenges and successful techniques of CDCs focused on business attraction, as well as available grant funding from the City of Cincinnati and LISC to help draw in new businesses like the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Programs, Capital Access Program, and KIVA Program.
Brian Ogawa, Development Analyst, Dept. of Community and Economic Development, City of Cincinnati
Brian is a development analyst with the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Community and Economic Development. His neighborhood assignments include Sayler Park, College Hill, CUF, Corryville, and Clifton Heights. Brian is also the City liaison to Cincinnati Neighborhood Business District United (CNBDU) and administers two City grant programs directed towards the neighborhood business districts. The Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program provides capital funding for large-scale neighborhood projects.
Seth Walsh, Executive DIrector, College Hill CURC
Seth has been leading the charge on redevelopment of the Hamilton Avenue corridor which involves a substantial commercial component. His organization has been successful in attracting numerous businesses who are contributing to the rejuvenation of the College Hill business district.
Glen Clevenger, Small Business Administration Branch Manager (now retired)
Glen joined the Small Business Administration in 2013. He manageda staff of two covering eight counties in Southwest Ohio. Glenn received his MBA in finance from the University of Michigan and is an Army Veteran. His mission is to promote the growth of small businesses. Prior to joining the SBA, he was involved in SBA lending at local banks. Before that, he was a partner in a small manufacturing business in Cincinnati. Glenn is happily married, has two children, and two grandchildren.
Patrick C. Griffis, Sr., Senior Business Advisor, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Patrick brings an extensive background to the Cincinnati Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator having served most recently as a Business & Economics Professor at the University of Cincinnati, preceded by nearly two decades of federal service with over 12 years in senior leadership positions with the U.S. Government: Pentagon – Office of the Secretary of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security overseeing and administering billions of dollars in program spending with small and mid-sized companies across the country. Patrick’s unique background and extensive experience in business, government, and economics add tremendous value to the Accelerator, Chamber, and business community. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Accounting and International Business, an MBA from Thomas More College, and is a Veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.