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Around half a million new businesses are started every month in the United States, though many go on to fail. Fortunately, Cincinnati has a dynamic and thriving female startup scene that you can easily access. In order to do this, you need to make sure you are prepared to be a business owner. Ohio has a unique market, and it needs to be studied carefully. By getting your finances in order first, you can then make sure that your business idea fulfills the needs of local customers. From here, you can start setting out the plans that will maximize your chances of making it in a competitive market. You’ve taken the leap into self-employment; now get the set-up right. 

Make Sure Your Finances are in Order

Debt can profoundly affect women since females are more likely to attend college than men and therefore tend to take out more student loans. If you are worried about paying off student loans, you should first prioritize your repayments and make sure you enter self-employment with sound finances. Use your business dreams as motivation to pay off any outstanding loans if you have the means. This way, any early profits can be put back into the business so that you can expand in the future. 

Research the Ohio Market

If you already have debt, it is important that you understand the consequences. Ohio has its on unique rules regarding the statute of limitations (SOL) on debts, so you may find that you are still able to acquire the funding required for your business startup. You can find each state’s SOL listed here and then go onto research your local target market. Once you are sure that Ohio is the best state to set up your business, then you can go ahead and take the plunge. 

Make a Plan with Clear, Achievable Targets

Planning is the key to success. When setting target, think SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. SMART goals are the best way to get your business up and running straightaway. Write out a detailed business plan so that you have clearly defined targets to work toward. When businesses fail, the most common reason is a lack of a workable strategy, so pour your energy into making a plan and sticking to it in the early days. Once you have built up a profitable company, you will be able to be more flexible and take more creative risks.

Women are increasingly creating incredible brands and building successful businesses in Cincinnati. Once you have decided you want in on the action, make sure that you set up your business to give you the best chance of success. Build a strong credit score, research the market, and set realistic goals to make your business dream a reality.

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New cosmetic procedures are emerging on a daily basis, and one of the newest treatments (which is already making noise in professional circles as well as amongst celebrities) is AquaGold therapy. Dr.Numb, the leading anesthetic cream brand, is getting up close and personal with this new trendy procedure.

In short, AquaGold Therapy is the new, revamped, and upgraded microneedling. It uses the same principle, with one significant difference: the AquaGold needles hollow and filled with a cocktail of revitalizing substances, to be precise Botox, Hyaluronic Acid and patient’s PRP. During the procedure, the dermatologist makes thousands of microscopic punctures in patient’s skin, which itself generates collagen, and the additional ingredients are being delivered directly into the skin through hollow needles.

This sounds like dream for a skin, honestly. 

Just like with any microneedling procedure, it is important to prevent any painful sensation for the patient. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to apply a numbing cream before the procedure.  Dr.Numb Topical 5% lidocaine cream is a perfect choice for numbing during any cosmetological treatments. Due to its unique formula, it takes only 15-20 minutes to fully numb the face, with strong effect lasting for about 3 hours – just enough to finish the treatment. This product also contains Vitamin E and a moisturizer for a maximum comfort of the skin.

Any microneedling procedure involves skin-pricking, which is why the highest level of hygiene must be preserved at all times. In case drops of blood appear, it is recommended to use Dr.Numb Topical Anesthetic Disinfectant Foam Soap with 4% lidocaine, which effectively cleans the skin and renews the numbing effect as well. The formula amplifies the use of benzethonium chloride, a powerful antiseptic and anti-infective agent synergized by aloe vera leaf juice, well known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, intensified by leuconostoc-radish root ferment filtrate, an ingredient capable of restricting the growth of other microorganisms by acidifying its environment.

The end results of AquaGold treatment may be seen around a week after the procedure. In the meantime, remember that the skin is very sensitive after any cosmetology treatments, so the patients have to be very gentle to it all days following their visit to aesthetician.

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With record low temperatures, a local lady launches her annual Clothes Drive across Cincinnati and needs more help than ever. Read on for more.


Cincinnati’s brutally cold winter weather makes it tough just to walk out the door, let alone live in these conditions. That’s what inspired Liz Wu to launch the #Kindflash City-Wide Clothes Drive four years ago.

According to Wu, the annual #Kindflash Citywide Clothes Drive demonstrates kindness and how people can get involved and make a difference. It’s a weekend long event and this year, from Jan. 19-21, where as many donors and volunteers as possible distribute warm clothing such as hats, gloves, scarves, and socks across the city.

“I thought it would be the least I could do to gather a few friends and put out some warm clothing items,” Wu says. “I created a Facebook event and invited a dozen or so people to join in.”

Quickly, Wu’s small gesture turned into something grand. In fact, in the first year, Wu says, there were 20 drop-off sites organized around the area, within 35 Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Each year, the #Kindflash Clothes Drive has grown and Wu is preparing to reach 60 neighborhoods, with 40 items each, totaling around 2,400 items distributed. Wu and her team are expecting at least 100 volunteers who will help throughout the weekend.

“A big part of this project is in bringing visibility to the plight of vulnerable populations, especially during the winter,” Wu says. “Connecting the items with people who need them is an important part of the project, but raising awareness of these issues, and also demonstrating how simple it can be to take direct action (however small) is also our intention.”

Wu says there are two ways to get involved in the #KindFlash Clothes Drive: volunteering your materials or with your time.

For item donations, Wu says they’re looking for anything warm, and they’re accepting items until Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. For more information visit #Kindflash City-wide Clothes Drive on Facebook.

If interested in donating your time, sign up as a volunteer to distribute the items. #Kindflash is looking for volunteers Jan 19-21 to help bag items and pass them out. If interested, click here.


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The line between technology and the media is becoming more blurred all the time. From ten or twenty years ago when the media was restricted to the television and the newspapers, it has now become part of our daily lives. You can’t use Twitter or Facebook without a company trying to sell you something or tell you about an important news story. With all of this increased exposure, also comes a growing need for you to be aware of your data and where it’s going. 

Be Aware of New Trends

The best way to stay aware of new trends in technology and the digital world is to read one of the many popular websites that cover and review new technology. The more mainstream sites will give you a consumer’s eye view of new products such as cell phones and laptops. These sites are great if you want to know what new gadget you should be looking for, or if you want to know which phone upgrade to accept. They can also sometimes draw attention to new security features that can make your phone or laptop more secure. 

Take Note of New Scams

When it comes to the internet and social media, there are always sites or advertising that look official or legitimate but are there to scam innocent people. Many of these scams work hard to look like something else to give them credibility, though you will soon find accounts of people becoming affected by them. If you see an ad or a webpage that is asking for your personal information, you need to ensure that it is a legitimate site. Any site asking for personal details should use an encrypted way to store your data. If you have any doubts about it, then try searching the internet for that company. You may find accounts of others that have been the victim of their scam. 

Monitor for Viruses

There has been a lot of news and advice on the internet about protecting your data by securing your phone and computer from viruses. New viruses are developed all the time, and they are finding their way into almost all technology. It is important that you are aware of where viruses can potentially come from and have adequate protection from them. The most common way to get a virus at home is through your emails; if you find an email that you don’t recognize, it is best not to open it or any attachment that is sent with it. 

Recovering Your Lost Data

In some cases, your computer can be affected by a virus without you knowing where it originated. If you do find that you have lost data as a result of a virus, then there are ways that you can recover the data with companies like Secure Data Recovery Services. It is important to remove the virus beforehand from your computer using your anti-virus software, or your data will still be at risk. 

By staying in touch with trends on the internet and technology, you can try to protect yourself from any adverse effects.  

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Learn about the dynamic healthcare duo that’s now offering a revolutionary same-day total hip replacement outpatient surgery option.


St. Elizabeth and OrthoCincy now offer same day total hip replacement surgery

St. Elizabeth and OrthoCincy’s Dr. Grunkemeyer now offer same day total hip replacement as one of our many outpatient orthopedic surgery options. At the forefront of orthopedics, we provide surgical innovations including same day outpatient joint replacement procedures that offer a faster recovery time.

When you choose the St. Elizabeth Total Joint Center, you receive the most advanced orthopedic care and in some cases you can return to the comfort of your home rather than staying overnight in the hospital following joint replacement surgery. 

Total hip replacement is a minimally invasive surgery that involves removing the damaged hip and replacing it with a hip prosthesis. This surgery helps relieve the grinding between the two surfaces of the ball and joint in patients with chronic hip arthritis so they are able to walk without pain.

Can I have same day total hip replacement?

Not everyone who needs hip replacement surgery is a candidate for same day total hip replacement. You may be a candidate if you meet certain clinical criteria, are motivated to return home the same day, and have a home environment conductive to a healthy recovery.

Benefits of same day surgery

The number one benefit of same day total hip replacement is that you can plan to return to the comfort of your home after surgery, rather than staying overnight in the hospital.

We also offer:

  • A minimally invasive, anterior (front) approach to the surgery, resulting in less pain and shorter recovery time.
  • Spinal anesthesia, which helps you avoid the use of a breathing tube and possible pulmonary complications associated with general anesthetic.

To find out more about same day total hip replacement or to make an appointment with Dr. Grunkemeyer at OrthoCincy, please call (859) 301-2663 (BONE), or request an appointment.

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A Good Sleep: Why You Need It & How To Get It

It’s something we’ve been told since we were kids: Getting a good night’s rest is important. But with our busy schedules and long list of responsibilities, getting eight hours of restful slumber can be difficult. So why is it so important to get good sleep? And how can we ensure that we do get a good rest? Let’s check it out.

Why Is a Good Sleep Important?

While one night here and there of bad sleep can’t be avoided, regular unrest can see numerous consequences for both your health and beauty.

In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that less than seven hours of sleep a night on an ongoing basis increases an individual’s risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and various mental illnesses. As your body has not been given the chance to adequately rest and restore itself, your cognitive and physical functions are severely impaired, leading to lack of focus, constant tiredness and higher risk of accidents.

Not only does lack of sleep affect your body, but it can impact on your beauty, too — especially your skin. Without the chance to restore itself, the moisture and pH levels in your skin reduce, causing you to lose that glow and youthfulness in your face. Dark circles are another big side effect of lack of sleep, as well as dry, flaky and acne-prone breakouts due to your body being tired and not performing at its optimum capabilities.

How Do You Get a Good Sleep?

Now that you’re convinced that a good sleep is essential to your health and beauty, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help you get a consistently good rest. There are a few things you can do, some big and some small, to encourage a deep sleep:

Buy a Good Mattress

Having a mattress that caters to your specific sleeping style and support needs is essential to ensuring your body is relaxed, comfortable and well rested. Consider the mattress type and the size that is appropriate, and if you’re struggling to identify what is right for you, try visiting a mattress store website to do some research.

Establish a Sleep Schedule

By going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning, you will be able to regulate your body’s internal clock. After a while, your body will become accustomed to this schedule and you will no longer find it difficult to fall asleep and wake up.

Have a Good Bedtime Ritual

By preparing your body for sleep a couple of hours before bed, you will find that it is easier to fall asleep. Establish a bedtime routine that involves keeping your body relaxed by avoiding bright lights from televisions, computer screens and phones, as well as anything that will stimulate your body, such as large meals and loud music.

Be Active

In order to sleep through the night, your body has to be tired. Therefore, remaining active during the day through adequate exercise and avoiding daytime naps is a great way to make sure your body is tired enough to crash at night.

Good sleep is essential to maintaining your health and beauty. Be aware of the consequences of inadequate rest and try and follow these few simple steps to help you sleep well every night.

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While a heart attack affects men and women in the same way, they experience the symptoms differently. Experts at St. Elizabeth Healthcare explain the key symptoms a woman should take to heart.


The pressure between her shoulder blades would not let up. And when Karen Lugo, who is always cold, started sweating, her son called 911.

“I had no idea that I was having a heart attack,” said Karen.  She’s young (just 54), in good shape, and had no cardiac history. “I never had chest pain. My arm didn’t hurt.” No sharp shooting pains, just pressure. “Everybody who knows me, knows my family, was pretty shocked.” Neither of her parents had heart problems. She was fatigued and her stomach was upset, but she thought that might be the flu.

“Since I had my heart attack, I’ve had the symptoms printed up.” And, she’s eager to tell women that the symptoms for women are different than those experienced by men.

Unexplained feelings of nervousness and anxiety.  Tingling in hands and arms. Headaches. Pain in the jaw or neck, shortness of breath, nausea. Or, breaking out in a cold sweat.  They are all on her list and the list of the American Heart Association.

“And I tell everybody to quit smoking…I’d already started quitting” before the heart attack, Karen said. Since: no more cigarettes. Within an hour of her arrival in the St. Elizabeth Hospital emergency room, Dr. Daniel Courtade, a cardiologist with St. Elizabeth Physicians, put a stent in one of her arteries.

“Luckily,” said Karen, “it was one of the smaller ones.” But it was completely clogged. Two weeks later, Karen was back at work as a quality technician for a local factory.

There are no restrictions on what she can do and that means the world to Karen, who can run and play ball with her four grandchildren, ages 16 months to 13 years. “I enjoy my grandkids. They keep me young.”

If you believe you are having a heart attack, call 911 or have someone drive you to the emergency room right away – do not drive yourself.

To learn more about heart health and the simple steps you can take to get to a healthier lifestyle, click here to register for Women Take Heart: Wine and Watercolor, a fun social and educational event for women offered by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Call (859) 301-9355 for more information.

Editor’s Note: This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.


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Women have been suffering from hair loss as far back as they can remember, but it’s only been in the last few years that it has become more mainstream as far as talking about it and dealing with it. It has always been seen as an issue that affects men physically and mentally, and it’s only now that the medical community and society as a whole understands that it affects women just as deeply.

For a woman who is suffering from hair loss, there is always a quest to find answers and solutions. Is it possible to slow down or, better yet, reverse hair loss in women? Let’s take a closer look.

The Best Answer is Prevention

Unfortunately, when it comes to slowing down or reversing hair loss in women, there is no sure fire solution. There are a number of hair loss products on the market today, with some pretty impressive results, but one simply can’t guarantee that every single woman will enjoy the same results. With that said, professionals always say that prevention is the best answer.

Hair loss can be caused by all kinds of different things, many of which are out of the woman’s control, however some can be controlled and at least minimized. For example, dramatic weight loss and stress can both cause hair loss in women. By cutting back on each of these issues, the woman may be able to prevent hair loss altogether.

Treatment Options

For women who can’t control the situation and prevent hair loss from occurring, it’s best to look into the variety of hair growth products for women. Your doctor will be able to talk with you about various products that you can purchase that can stimulate new hair growth. Many of these are in a shampoo-type formula so they are very easy to use.

Diet has also been shown to play a huge part in hair loss. Did you know that by increasing your intake of vitamin B12, zinc, iron, and protein that you can be helping your hair to really thrive? Ideally, you want to get these items through food, but if not you can always take a supplement.

For women who love to use hot tools to style your hair, it’s time to put those tools away and let your hair go au natural. There is nothing more damaging to your hair than a blow dryer, straight iron, and curling iron. Each of these ends up causing breakage, which will make your hair appear even thinner.

Stress is another big factor in hair loss, so it can be extremely beneficial to find ways to relax and unwind.

A final tip is to start massaging your head each time you wash your hair. Spend time to actually rub your scalp and really let your shampoo do its job. Massage will also work to improve the blood flow in your scalp, which can help.

There is Help Available

While there is no one-size fits all solution that will work for every woman out there, you’ll find that there are a variety of treatment options that can at least slow down a person’s hair loss.

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If you’re trying to organize a party for the girls and you want it to be a night to remember, you’ve probably already had thoughts of Magic Mike flashing in your head. A bachelorette party isn’t a party unless it has pecs, biceps and chiseled six packs. If you’re in charge of the organization then the only way to justify your role as chief organizer is to give everyone the night of their lives.


You want bronzed Adonis’s that will pump and grind your party to the next level. There are lots of male revue companies that claim to give ladies the ultimate entertainment but you should go for a company that has a great reputation so you know it won’t be an anti-climax. Hunks the Show has had amazing feedback from women across the country that have been taken to ecstasy with their performances.


Why not set the scene for your bachelorettes by having a warm up evening; have a few glasses of wine and watch Magic Mike to give everyone a taste of the fun to come. Going to Las Vegas to see the real experience is the thing that only dreams are made of. Channing Tatum and his lean, sexy friends would be the best experience anyone could have the pleasure of. If you can’t get the real thing then there are still lots of very beautiful men out there that won’t be happy until you see their torsos.


Bachelorette parties can be great for all if you get the right mix of entertainment. Some good drinking games to get the party started, some forfeits for people to complete and what happens after that may well bit a bit of a blur. But make sure that is a blur of hunky men, dripping with sweat after an energetic performance.


If you’re looking for some party game inspiration, look no further. Have you thought about setting a dress theme for the party? How about film stars from the 60s/70s/80s? Always makes for some great outfits. Then there’s the sex toy introduction – can you actually have a bachelorette party without a vibrating little friend to embarrass your friend? That wouldn’t be any fun at all now would it?


Cocktail making…. Everybody loves a cocktail and it is great fun learning how to put al of the ingredients together. Obviously the best bit is getting to sample it afterwards, just for quality control purposes obviously! Don’t overdo it with the cocktail drinking because you can hit the clubs later on and have a great night of dancing to all of your favorite tunes.


Whatever you choose for your bachelorette party, make sure that it is a night that nobody will forget for a very long time. If that means having to ogle lots of half naked hunky men then hey, that’s just a sacrifice you’re going to have to make for your friends!