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The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new event to help professional women succeed at all stages of their career. 

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce will host its Women of Distinction event on Oct. 4.

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce is launching a quarterly Women in Business Roundtable. These discussion groups will be focused on empowering women in the Tri-State, at all stages of their careers. 

According to Eric Kranz, President/ CEO of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, the aim with this series is to provide relevant programming to professional women, encourage networking with other professional women and also offer a venue to share ideas, success stories and best practices.

The Women in Business Roundtable presented by Comcast is a quarterly event aimed at giving female professionals in the SE Indiana region a place for likeminded individuals to share experiences, resources, and opportunities,” Kranz adds. “Each quarter, the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a luncheon featuring programs, discussions and speakers aimed at helping women navigate and thrive as leaders in the regional economy.” 

The first meeting will be on Thursday, September 27 at the Levee Bar and Grill inside the Lawrenceburg Doubletree Hotel starting at 11:30 a.m. 

Kranz says this is a free event that’s open to the public and all professional women — not just those doing business in Southeast Indiana — are encouraged to attend.

While this is a first-time event, Kranz says a lot of excitement is building around it, for attendees and sponsorship support alike. “The roundtable is being sponsored by Comcast and organized by the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce,” Kranz adds. “Come be a part of the first ever Dearborn County Women in Business Roundtable and help shape the direction of this group, and your community as a whole, moving forward!”

To learn more about this event, or other events hosted by the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, such as their Women of Distinction event on Oct. 4, visit or call 812-537-0814.  

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Learn about this Cincinnati-based doggy daycare business that uses outdoor and indoor play training to make sure you come home to a happy (and tired) pup.

Tailwaggers owners Lynn, Derrick and Denali, their dog.

Tailwaggers is a doggy daycare business that launched in Wisconsin, and moved to Cincinnati in 2014.

“We established a solid foundation of customers at our new location regardless of the fact that we were far from home,” says owner Lynn Burroughs. 

Much of that success, Burroughs explains, comes from what makes them different. For example, she adds, the professionals at Tailwaggers uniquely use both outdoor and indoor play training methods 

Tailwaggers also offers grooming services. Burroughs says Tailwaggers is different from other doggy daycare places because, “We use positive reenforcement with our dogs and we love our Packleaders to give lots of hugs and kisses throughout the day. Our boarding dogs rest in their own private suites at night. There are no added or hidden costs for special diets, medications, rest times, or hugs and kisses.”

Tailwaggers charges by the day and has rates for the half day. A full day of daycare starts at $25 and a half day, which is five hours of play or less, is $15. There is a $15 fee added for every additional pet brought in. Tailwaggers also provides daycare packages that helps customers save money since they would pay for more than one service at time. They also offer overnight boarding packages.

Burroughs recalls when her family decided to get a new puppy in 2008 and how stubborn the dog was. She knew she had to do something, so she visited the Tailwaggers branch in Wisconsin with her partner Derrick Ayers. Their pup made immediate and continued improvements. Burroughs and Ayers tried to find a place similar to this in Cincinnati to now avail, so they decided to open up their Cincinnati location. 

Tailwaggers is located at 4528 Summerside Road, Cincinnati, OH 45245. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

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When resume building and other tasks seem too daunting, this local career expert can help.

Coach Ericka Foley of Moving Forward, Shaping Your Reality, LLC is helping you down your professional path.

Feel stuck in your career? Need help finding your dream job? Not living your best professional life? Moving Forward, Shaping Your Reality, LLC may be able to help. 

Owner Ericka Foley says Moving Forward offers a variety of services such as career coaching, resume writing, LinkedIn profile writing, and various other training and development offerings. 

Foley was certified by the International Coach Federation to engage in career coaching. She says she enjoys helping clients out of their professional rut, hence the name Move Forward. Foley says she works with clients to develop action plans that actively help to reach their goals, which in turn, shapes their reality.

Coach Ericka Foley of Moving Forward, Shaping Your Reality, LLC

Foley says, “I have 20 years’ experience in career coaching. Since most individuals spend a large portion of their day at work, I believe it is important to work in a setting that is aligned with an individual’s values, mission, and vision. That alignment allows candid discussion with respect to career satisfaction, progress, and performance. If that alignment does not exist, it is imperative for individuals to learn to navigate the work place or development an action plan to find a better fit”.  

Foley says she works primarily as an executive career coach for women, but she’s also passionate about giving back to the community through her services. “I am a pro bono coach for veterans and have recently decided to reach out to college graduates who are struggling to find their first job or career fit.”

She says college graduates often times are not equipped with the proper skills to help them make proper usage of their degrees. On the collegiate level, there are resume building resources on campus, but no mandatory class offered to undergraduate, according to Foley, so Moving Forward helps to bridge that gap.

For more information about Moving Forward, Shaping Your Reality LLC, click hereYou can also connect on LinkedIn or via email.

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See how a local creative agency turns stories into success stories for businesses large and small.

Rebel Pilgrim Creative Agency uses creative storytelling to tell the stories of other businesses.

At Rebel Pilgrim Creative Agency, it’s all about telling a good story. This locally-based creative agency helps businesses large and small shape a narrative — for their customers and employees — about what makes the company special.

The mission of Rebel Pilgrim is simple, according to Content Developer Laura Buffington, “Rebel Pilgrim is a creative agency committed to helping organizations and companies tell their story. Our primary is video production, but we also offer consulting and training for storytelling and creating story-driven work cultures.”

Buffington says Rebel Pilgrim believes that helping others is not a one-size-fits-all formula, and stories are the best way to get a product or an idea from one place to another. 

We offer Story Dives for companies who are trying to zero in on the story they’re telling and how it shapes their branding,” Buffington explains. “We also create story-driven events for companies that want to get better at talking to each other and to their customers. We lead people through company-wide events that educate, entertain and inspire people. Employees become better engaged in the mission and vision of a company and they gain tools to work better together.

Buffington says video content production is an increasingly important medium for companies to leverage when fulfilling the fundamental needs of their customers. She adds that Rebel Pilgrim’s recent work includes “Rookwood and the Cincinnati Zoo to produce a local Super Bowl commercial celebrating the story of Fiona and vulnerable heroes everywhere. We have produced a series of Connection videos for Cincinnati Bell. We have an ongoing partnership with 84.51 to train all of their employees in our storytelling methodology. We’re also finishing production on a documentary about the opioid crisis in southwest Ohio and the creative ways people are helping each other and their communities through this crisis.” 

CEO Joe Boyd has a background in improv comedy and Buffington says he finds ways to use that in his work and training. He started Rebel Pilgrim six years ago along with Chief Creative Officer, Brad Wise, and Chief Operations Officer, Isaac Stambaugh. 

Rebel Pilgrim Creative Agency is located at 708 Walnut Street, #750 in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit their website, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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Learn about a new program that doesn’t require an application or any pre-qualifications to get help with launching your dream business.

Aviatra Accelerators offers an Explore program for female business owners or women who have an idea for a business.

Have a great business idea or want to explore entrepreneurship? Does it all seem like a daunting task? Aviatra’s Explore program may be for you.

“Explore is designed for first-time entrepreneurs, early-stage business owners, or anyone with a great idea for a business but needs guidance,” explains Public Relations Specialist Shayna Nevermann. “Women who can sign-up for Explore work with Aviatra Accelerators and their advisors to validate their business ideas and create business plans.”

In the program, participants complete a business model canvas and receive support and guidance from professional experts.

Aviatra Accelerators, which was inspired by the idea of empowering female entrepreneurs, is behind the program and is a 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 2010 under its previous name Bad Girl ventures.

“Aviatra enables women to start and sustain businesses by giving them resources they need to be successful,” adds Nevermann. “They provide expertise and guidance from mentors and coaches, and provide access to capital. They continually encourage their members to move forward with their businesses.”

Explore is unique in that it welcomes any woman with a business or a business idea. There is no application process or pre-qualifications.

“We also work to connect you to a wide variety of resources around the community to support and mentor the women not only throughout the program but creating ongoing relationships after the program ends,” says Nevermann. “Once you are alumnae of Aviatra, you will always be part of our journey.”

To sign up to attend Explore, click here. The cost for the Explore class is $325 per person and the classes are held every Monday from 6-9 pm, beginning September 10 and running through November 19. Run by director Tori Schoettmer, Explore is held at the Northern KY Innovation Network at 1 Innovation Alley in Covington.

To learn more about Aviatra and its Explore program, click here. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

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A new, locally-based, two-person content production company offers a fresh perspective on branding. Read on for more.


Common People Creative brings the community to life with creative storytelling ideas.

Entrepreneurs are rarely short on ideas and creativity, but it’s common for them to be short on time and the ability to effectively market with limited resources. That’s where Common People Creative can help.

Launched about a year ago by a husband and wife team, Common People Creative is a content production company that uses media production such as writing, videography, photography, and social media to tell unique stories. They create content for large companies, small nonprofit groups, tradespeople, community agents, elected officials, and even artists. Common People Creative clients all share a common characteristic: they are common people doing uncommon things. 

My husband and I both left corporate jobs to start working independently and this is something we’ve both wanted to do for the longest time,” says Hannah Purnell, co-owner of Common People Creative, who launched the business alongside her husband Josh Purnell. 

Their services include writing, posted on a personal blog, where you can find attention-getting articles, scripts or even on-voice copies for a range of people and respected media outlets. To both creators of this company, compelling storytelling is all about tying visual elements to an idea and to edit this to create a story that perfectly displays the authenticity that people want to watch or read about. This is what you can see in their videography section of the business.

“I actually took one of Bad Girl Ventures’ exploratory classes where I got to meet a bunch of entrepreneurs. I took it on a whim and after that I was convinced that I wanted to start my own business,” Hannah says. 

Bad Girl Ventures is an incubator program based in Covington, and has since rebranded to Aviatra Accelerators. It is a place for women to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, and take a variety of business classes. 

“It’s a huge resource here in Cincinnati, and after taking those classes along with the knowledge that my husband’s company was downsizing, I started designing the framework for this business. Once my husband became unemployed, we decided to make a go of it and it has been successful so far,” explains Hannah.

Common People Creative has created content all the way from larger scale community development organizations to storytelling about local business owners. It is designed to emphasize the fast-paced growth Cincinnati is currently experiencing.

Emphasizing this growthHannah adds, “It is exciting, and it underscores that there are a lot of people out there like us who are trying to work for themselves. We knew there was a community out there and through this experience it is just that much more prevalent to us that it exists.”

Common People Creative also co-works with other companies to especially capitalize on what makes Cincinnati so special. They’ve partnered with a few businesses including Playground Coworks where they’ve utilized the available physical space and formed a partnership with the creators involved.

“We’ve been working with them for a few months now but it’s going great and it’s giving us a great insight into what it’s really like to operate in different spaces that we’re used to,” adds Hannah. 

The key to this company is truly engaging with local businesses and entrepreneurs, and to ensure exposure for their ideas to prosper. With their creative knowledge and expertise, these videos and articles are helping to reach the community and to get these people’s messages out there. 

“We’re letting people know what these creatives do, how they do it, and why they should be the topic of interest. There is a lot of this in our video offerings, and we want to give local businesses the opportunity to really engage with the community and other like-minded individuals in order to get their ideas out there,” Josh says.

Common People Creative is designed to help Cincinnati natives and transplants alike to learn about people and businesses that you wouldn’t have known existed. They use affordable and approachable branding strategies in order to capitalize on the diverse nature of the city of Cincinnati, showing the general public all the different ways that you can connect with each other. 

“Your company does not have to have a million dollars, or even a huge following in order to have savvy and sharable story that people can latch on to. We occupy a different space than other agencies, and having our background in media production, we offer a story that companies used to only be able to get through a learned media,” Josh explains. “Nowadays, you need people who are agile, fun, and who are truly interested in telling your story.”

To learn more about Common People Creative, or to read their blog, visit

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Learn about a faith-based branding firm headquartered in Cincinnati with clients across the nation singing its praises.

VERB is a faith-based branding firm in Cincinnati.

When you hire a branding firm, you expect action. That’s why Brain Siegel created VERB, full-service, faith-based branding firm headquartered in Cincinnati. 

He says VERB takes a client to new levels by initiating engagement and provoking movement through their verbal and visual identity.

VERB offers a variety of services including creative insights via marketing, branding, communications, and strategic solutions for growth. Siegel says their experience also ranges. From Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, to non-profits such as Give Back Cincinnati, he says VERB is best known for delivering services efficiently and adventurously. 

“VERB was created out of a prior consultancy I had for years called Siegel Innovations,” says Siegel. “From those years of experience, I learned how to team up with other entrepreneurial spirits and I worked with many startups, nonprofits, and other individuals to dissect their respective businesses and where they wanted them to go.” 

Siegel says an important aspect of this company stems from their innovative spirit, ability to seek uniqueness, and love of relationships. This helps to define a business clearly, he adds, so that they can properly serve the community with their gifts and talents. 

“VERB to me is almost like my alter-ego, for lack of a better term, because although I have a full-time job, I am also a husband and father, and I love to help people. I love marketing and I love helping groups of people grow personally and professionally and it truly helps me to have a medium entrepreneurial wise,” adds Siegel. 

VERB also houses an innovation, investing, and growth arm among their firm called Gapstow Ventures: a business unit for investing in, partnering with, and advising startups. They provide services from capital to consultancy for new products, speculative work, and technology. 

“In turn, if I’m helping out these businesses and rebranding their look, there comes the opportunity to invest, and Gapstow is our investment bar as well as an advisory marketing wise to aid us in the growing popularity of ventures and startups today,” explains Siegel

As part of the branding process, this company developed a strategy to not only problem solve an issue and make it better, but to really dissect the idea and to build on it in order to plan it, humanize it, and hopefully make it happen. This process is called Dig. 

“Early on, with some of the bigger clients, I was just ‘doing’. I would jump right in and I wouldn’t take the steps necessary to truly engage with these companies. I noticed that people appreciate clarity in the process, so I came up with Dig to help these people through it,” adds Siegel. 

Through this process, the firm will help to Dig (to listen and truly dissect the idea), Propose (strategize and plan what is next), Immerse (to humanize and empathize with the audience), and to Deliver (to make it happen and truly implement the new brand). 

To be of action, hence the name VERB, the approach of the company is to be human driven and faith fueled, Siegel explains. To them, bringing brands alive has to include adventurous ideas and partnerships hand in hand with bravery and faith-filled action. There is a goal in mind to align with clients’ goals and to truly make what they stand for matter. According to Siegel, the company is driven by people and ideas, and fueled by their faith, business expertise, and thought leadership. 

“Everyone says they care, but we really do,” Siegel says. “We are passionate and driven, and we take action for things like they are our own and we strive to empathize with not only our work but with the people we engage with on a day to day basis.”

VERB wants you to succeed. To them, Siegel says, it is the chance to rebuild your reputation, create a legendary product, and to make a real mark in this world in a positive way. 

To learn more about VERB, visit their website at

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A local networking organization brings contrasting groups of people together to help participants meet others deliberately out of their circle. 

PLUS Cincinnati aims to bring people together for networking happy hours and coffee.

Tired of seeing the same faces at networking events? This is where PLUS Cincinnati can help. 

PLUS is networking organization that brings different people together to meet one another and network. They created a different kind of meet up: one that encompasses happy hour or coffee with a networking opportunity for your business, and for your social life. It is a chance to meet someone you would have never crossed paths with otherwise. In the past, they have held many events that bring together people such as lawyers and artists, illustrators and engineers, and business managers and chefs.

“We started out by having about 20-30 people at our first event and then once our Artists and Philanthropist event hit we started having over 100 people at each event,” says Adam Henry, co-owner of PLUS Cincinnati, along with his colleague John Carrico

Henry and Carrico are also co-owners of a commercial advertising photo studio downtown called Alias Imaging. Through this company, Henry and Carrico have discovered how to reach out to different groups of people just through those in their circle who happen to have jobs in different fields. 

“As part of our job, we have to network with a lot of different ad agencies and a lot of people come to us looking for work, so in this circle of lawyers, artists, and designers, etc. is where we find groups of individuals yearning for something different. This is where we got the idea to start putting on these events and to further evolve PLUS,” adds Carrico

It is truly an organization geared towards bringing new perspectives to different groups of people. Although Henry and Carrico are the main contributors to these ideas, they gain insight into their next events by talking with friends in their circle.

“We would talk to different lawyers, for example, who work for really big agencies, and we would agree to designing, planning, and networking the event, while our friends would really be the ones to bring their colleagues and companions with them to these events. In that sense, we do work with others to truly make these evenings a success,” says Henry.

Each event is uniquely different and is catered more towards a meet and greet style of evening, or happy hour. Each individual can come and go as they please, while also being able to really connect and share ideas with others in different fields. 

This organization has gotten way better feedback that I thought it would. I do hope it continues this way and, who knows? One day we may become a full-fledged company, but right now we’re just letting people come together, and trying to put together two different groups of people each time that wouldn’t normally meet on a normal basis,” adds Carrico

PLUS is here to add to your life, whether it be professionally or personally, Carrico says. 

To learn more about PLUS, or to view their upcoming events, visit their Facebook page.

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Learn about the local job coach who helps you find the job of your dreams through resume writing, interview prep, and even a little soul-searching.

Career Expedition Coaching aims to help you find the job you’ve always wanted.

Barbara Burke spent her entire career as a corporate recruiter, a career that spanned 20 years in both Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Over the course of that time, she conducted an immeasurable amount of interviews and read thousands of resumes.

As a corporate recruiter, aside from doing interviews and reading resumes, she was able to help others secure jobs while also giving them advice on how to better articulate and market their background, how to effectively approach networking and interviewing, and how to stand out in a very crowded candidate marketplace.

“I stopped and realized, ‘Hey, there might be something to this,’” she explains. “People seek me out for this kind of help and I decided to take all of my years of experience in recruiting and use it for the benefit of the job seeker.”

And that’s when she launched Career Expedition Coaching, a place where job seekers get clarity and, with expert guidance, devise an effective strategy to carry out a successful job search.

“The mission of Career Expedition Coaching is to arm job seekers with the tools, tactics, clarity, and confidence to embark on a job search with the goal of landing the right position for them – one that aligns with their interests and expertise and one that clearly demonstrates to employers what value they will bring,” says Burke.

When you think of job searching, you often think that in order for your search to be successful, you have to do more than just find a posting online and submit a resume – and that’s where Burke comes in and helps job seekers take the smartest steps in order to snag their next job.

She writes resumes, LinkedIn profiles, helps to prepare candidates for interviews, helps design a networking strategy, and anything else that is part of a job search and career mobility. Most of the coaching that she does is job search strategy coaching, which means that a candidate knows what type of job or company they’re looking for and all they need is a little guidance on the best way to approach their job search. Whether it’s needing compelling and well-written materials or putting into motion all the other elements that are part of job searching, Burke helps.

She says that the other type of career coaching she offers is career clarity coaching. “This tends to be a more soul-searching type of engagement with a client who is not sure what they want to do next,” she explains. “They have professional experience, typically focused in one field, but are interested in exploring how their experience could apply to a new role or industry. Through a really fun process, we work together to uncover themes stemming from their values, interests, and strengths that provide a map or a compass to guide them to their next career destination.”

While she continues to help job seekers find jobs that are great for them, Burke is also working toward offering workshops for relevant Employee Resource Groups at different companies. “Employee Resource Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of individuals who join together based on common interests, backgrounds, or demographic factors such as gender, race, or ethnicity,” says Burke.

She says the best Employee Resource Groups that would benefit from her knowledge are groups like Professional Women’s Groups (or men’s groups) and Emerging Young Professionals.

“My content for these groups is more geared toward how to have a career strategy always evolving through the course of their professional life even if they’re not looking for a new job outside the company that currently employs them,” says Burke. “I teach them how to manage their career and how to always be building upon their experience and refining their personal value proposition. It’s such fun stuff to talk about and so very important at the same time.”

To learn more about Career Expedition Coaching, visit You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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A local company offers career seminars to help those interested gain insight into what it takes to grow a career in real estate.

Sibcy Cline “Real Career Seminars” help you determine if a career in real estate is right for you.

Have you binged on enough HGTV to wonder if you have a successful future in real estate? Sibcy Cline’s “Real Career Seminars” might be just the thing you need to take the next step.

Held all throughout the Tri-State, these Q&A sessions are geared toward, but not exclusive to, young professionals who want to earn a license in real estate and make a career in the field. According to Becky Robertshaw, Sibcy Cline career specialist, these seminars are geared toward helping candidates decide if this is the industry for them. 

“Attendees can ask questions about life as a real estate agent, how to obtain a license, and the bigger investments needed to start their careerThe sessions are career-oriented and are geared toward growing an individual’s service, connection, and overall professionalism,” she explains. “These sessions are like the door to a new home, and it encourages individuals to take a step.”

They are hosted at various branch offices for the convenience of the attendees. Robertshaw says if someone does decide that they want to become an independent contractor in the industry, they then need to decide what company will align the best with what they have in mind. “An agent’s success can be greatly affected by the company they work for, and it is beyond important to choose one that enhances the agent experience and provides the necessary groundwork for success,” she explains. 

According to Robertshaw, a career in real estate also can contribute to the entrepreneurial journey“It adds to the entrepreneur spirit, in the fact that these individuals would have to look at their career as being a business owner,” she says. “But what makes it more reasonable is that your license is held by a broker, therefore developing a working relationship between the two.”

Sibcy Cline owns 23 branches throughout the Tri-State area, and depending which area a candidate lives in, they can sign up to meet with a manager of any office in their area. “Managers typically offer these once a week for people who are interested in getting started,” says Erika Bussard, another Sibcy Cline career specialist. 

Although candidates will meet with one manager per session, this is still a way for individuals to grow their network and truly gain a step up in the field. “In the past, we have held bigger seminars at our corporate office in Kenwood, where these people have more opportunity to talk with each other, and even agents who have already started in the industry as well as talk with multiple managers of the district,” adds Bussard.

Sibcy Cline has been offering these seminars, big and small, for years and they are looking to bring the larger-scale seminars back in the fall, Robertshaw says. “The life-blood of a real estate company is their agents,” she adds. “They make the buying and selling connections for a company, and we are always interested in talking to people thinking about coming into the business. To really make it work, upcoming agents do need a license but also need to build a working relationship with their assigned company, and that is what these sessions will help you to understand.”

To learn more about the seminars, or to meet with a Sibcy Cline Manager, visit their website at