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Spatial uses advanced technology from social media platforms to help its users navigate areas like a local. See how it can help you.

The premise behind Spatial is to use the information it gathers from social media websites in order to help the people who use it feel empowered to navigate wherever they are in the world like a local. 

Co-founder Lyden Foust says the social intelligence startup, which garnered approximately $2.1 million in seed funding this past October, uses more than 30 sources of social media in order to provide customers with information about places all over the world.

Spatial is a participant with the locally-based OCEAN accelerator in Oakley and that’s where he says the company got its first big break and the ability to connect with other investors who could help them bring their idea to fruition. 

“When Spatial started the OCEAN program in January 2016,” Foust says, “the team began sending out a weekly email to Serra and other potential investors, reporting on their progress and asking for help.

From there, the company was able to get in to the Techstars Mobility Accelerator program, being one of 12 companies selected back in 2016. Then, Spatial seemed to find its ins with other investors, startup programs, and accelerators.

Foust says that Spatial kept its connections up-to-date on progress the company was making, enabling it to be able to get into the programs it did and garner the attention it needed. 

“Techstars made Spatial visible to the Ford Motor Co., which decided to partner with Spatial to put its technology into Ford’s products,” explains Foust. “That’s why the team splits its time between Cincinnati and Detroit.”

Ford isn’t the only place that gave Spatial its momentum, however. Connetic Ventures got onboard and that meant Serra Ventures wanted in, too.

Foust says that when he talks with potential investors about Spatial, he wants them to feel like they’re hearing from a friend. 

“We’re sharing a vision of what we believe the world is going to be, and what we’re building,” he said. “Spatial’s investors don’t just see a way to get a good return on their money – they truly believe in Spatial’s mission.”

Moving forward, Foust says that Spatial will hire data scientists who specialize in artificial intelligence. 

“We are going to build something absolutely amazing and going to change the way people see and understand the world around them,” says Foust. 

To learn more about Spatial, visit https://spatial.ai/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates on the company.

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One local businesswoman is inspiring her sales team with a simple strategy for success. Read on to learn more.

Lisa Thal is the founder and owner of Three Word Meetings.

To help you get out of the routine of boring meetings, Lisa Thal created a way to make meetings and presentations fun and engaging – Three Word Meetings.

“With Three Word Meetings, you can create fun, engaging, and exciting topics to get your team motivated and inspired,” she explains. “You have access to 52 Three Word topics that can be discussed with an actionable plan for improving the much-maligned gatherings.”

Thal says she was inspired to launch Three Word Meetings after her own experiences in sales and management, and how keeping messages simple and engaging can create a bigger impression on those you lead.

“We are overwhelmed with too many messages, and people tend to remember three words: Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ and McDonald’s ‘I’m Lovin’ It,’” she says.

Currently, Thal is a life coach and leads the sales teams at Q102 and Mix 94.9. There, she implements the Three Word strategy with her team each week, while also using it for presentations to help connect the marketing vision we have when working with local businesses.

To help spread the message of her “Three Words,” Thal offers one-on-one coaching and speaking engagements for companies, to help them with the simple strategy of engaging and inspiring the use of Three Words.

In addition to her strategy, Thal is also the author of a book: Three Word Meetings. “The future of your organization and the performance of your team can hinge on a sales meeting,” she explains. “It’s a simple theory: The people we engage, inspire, and empower can determine our success. What I have come to know over my 30-year career is that leaders want to engage and empower others. They want to be able to navigate the various personalities in the room and lead them with one common goal in mind – inspire them! The content and words we choose are critical to capturing our team’s attention. I wrote Three Word Meetings to help thought leaders become more productive, effective, and consistent using three words.”

Thal will be furthering her offers by launching a Three Words podcast in late February.

To learn more about Three Word Meetings and the strategy offered by Thal, visit www.threewordmeetings.com.

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This Cincinnati-based marketing guru focuses on helping entrepreneurs and solopreneurs analyze and execute the most effective strategies for their small business. Keep reading for more.

Ashley Anderson offers marketing and strategy solutions for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Ashley Anderson is a marketing professional that wants to make a name for herself – literally. Currently, she is the owner of her own, self-named business that focuses on marketing for entrepreneurs/solopreneurs and small businesses.

“I’m working with folks that are ready to take a complete deep-dive into a whole new way of thinking of marketing and see how it can be a major driving force behind their business,” she says. “This includes auditing and updating their current website, laying out a full marketing strategy including content marketing as well as all digital and social aspects of their business, and executing on that strategy to drive revenue and increase their market share.”

Ashley Anderson

Anderson’s story of how she got to where she is today is, according to her, rather crazy.

“I worked in a corporate environment right after graduating college in 2010,” she explains. “While I was able to really advance my career, I didn’t feel I was living the life I wanted to live or able to be taken seriously as a creative but strategic individual. Corporate America gave me safety and stability, a steady paycheck and benefits, but when I turned 29 I knew that I was entering a new decade of my life and I wasn’t happy grinding and working hundreds of hours for companies and people that didn’t appreciate what I was doing and didn’t appreciate something that wasn’t following strict rules books and guidelines. I knew I needed something different.”

To give herself a breath of fresh air, Anderson used up the last of her vacation days and traveled to Europe. It was there that she decided to give herself 6 months to find something different. “I was going against the grain of everything my family wanted me to do, and I knew it would take a giant leap of faith into the unknown, but I couldn’t spend more of my life in a cube feeling restrained and slowly burning out as each day passed,” she says.

Eventually, the company she had taken a job with was bought out, which led to changes and layoffs, including Anderson. At that point she knew she didn’t want to go back to working in a cubicle so she took a leap of faith and started freelancing while also building out her own business model that’s seen quick success. “That’s how I’ve launched this business and signed my first clients,” she says.

Marketing services offered by Anderson include Marketing Strategy, Content Planning, Content Auditing, Content Research & Creation, Social Media Marketing, Digital Advertising, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation Services, Landing Page building, SEO Services, and Reporting and Analysis.

When it comes to offering these services, Anderson says that it’s her ability to be an everything-in-one marketing professional is what helps her business stand out.

“I truly offering a deep dive into analytics, numbers, and revenue goals, while creatively developing content, digital, and social aspects of the clients I’m working with,” says Anderson. “I like to help my clients get organized, streamline their businesses, and watch them grow. I consider myself a part of their team and really enjoy living their brand. I like to consider myself the perfect balance between the analytics, data, and numbers, while creating and driving unique content, imagery, and clear benchmarks/goals.”

Anderson says that there will be big updates on her website in the horizon. She’ll also be offering up content and information for businesses and entrepreneurs when it comes to different types of marketing as well as many different free resources. The second half of the year includes lots of secrets that you’ll have to stay tuned for.

Anderson says that not everything with her marketing business is up and running, as she’s heavily focused on her client work. However, you can find her website and on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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A new coworking space recently opened in a restored Victorian building in the West Fourth Street Historic District. Read on for a peek inside.

Novel Coworking is a new coworking space offering private offices and space.

Novel Coworking recently debuted its new private offices, office suits, and coworking space here in Cincinnati. The business, owned by Bill Bennett, has locations throughout the country, with Cincinnati being its first location in Ohio. 

Novel’s history dates back to 2007, when Bennett was looking for a space to open up his first business in. While searching for office space, he ran into difficulties because he wasn’t able to commit to a 3-5 year lease. 

“I didn’t know yet whether I was going to have one employee or 100, and I didn’t want to start a construction project or make a long-term commitment,” says Bennett. 

Ten years later Bennett is the owner of a business that supports companies of all sizes with flexibility and room to scale up and grow on their own terms – Novel Coworking. 

The company purchases the buildings it operates out of, which allows it to invest in infrastructure improvements as well as custom-built suites for teams of up to 100 people while also keeping rents 30-50% lower than its competitors.

Pricing at Novel Coworking starts at $99 a month for coworking memberships and at $475 a month for private offices. 

“Novel Coworking provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with high-caliber amenities that are typically only available to large companies,” Novel’s website states.

Novel Coworking in Cincinnati is located in the Hooper Building, at 151 West 4th Street. 

“We are excited to support Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial community with beautiful, affordable space to grow their businesses,” says Bennett. “We have seen huge demand for flexible, customizable workspace from small to mid-sized businesses, as well as enterprise companies.”

To learn more about Novel Coworking, click here. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn

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A local expert, who works with some of the area’s biggest brands, is launching a rebrand and new services that help you communicate, collaborate, and be more productive.

 

Monica Scalf, Founder of the Work Well Group,

After years of experience as an entrepreneur working with a wide range of different businesses, Monica Scalf learned what works well. So much so, she rebranded her business as The Work Well Group.

Formerly the Playground Group, Scalf’s business offers three subsets of services for clients: customized workshops, live personal branding workshop and personality assessments and goal coaching. 

For its customized workshops, the Work Well Group supplies assistance in communication, presentation skills, personal branding, team building, stress management and more. 

To launch the rebrand and give the business community a glimpse into a Work Well Group Workshop, Scalf is hosting an “Authentic Personal Branding Workshop” on Nov. 16 from 8:30-10:30am. It will take place at the AC Hotel by Marriott Cincinnati at Liberty Center, located at 7505 Gibson Street, Liberty Township, OH 45069. The registration fee is typically $219, but you can use the code CINCYCHIC to save $20 here. 

“The class will be a small group so plenty of one on one interaction takes place,” Scalf says. “We do exercises and activities, look at examples, and each participant leaves with a list of action items they can complete to get started on improving their personal brands right away.”

According to Scalf, the Authentic Personal Branding workshop will equip participants with a roadmap for how to elevate and express their best personal brand. “A clear, focused and authentic personal brand can be key in attracting new clients and career opportunities,” Scalf says. “It’s tough to work on your personal brand in isolation – either there’s never enough time with all of the other tasks you have to do, or it’s overwhelming because you don’t know where to start or how to go about it.  This class will walk participants through a step-by-step process for uncovering their best personal brand and sharing it with the world.”

Prior to starting her business, Scalf was a professor at Xavier University. She also has experience in sales and is the author of “Live in the Little: 52 Ways to Find the Extra in the Ordinary.”

When referring to the personality assessment and goal coaching, Scalf says she utilizes the DISC Assessment, centering on four personality traits: dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness. Once these results are rendered, the workshops help participants understand the results and work better with co-workers. 

“In general, The Work Well Group provides workshops, consulting, and coaching that helps teams and individuals create positive and productive workplaces,” Scalf explains. “We have worked with clients including eBay, P&G, Great American Insurance, Deloitte, Lexis Nexis and more.  We have a passion for helping people learn how to better communicate and collaborate so that work is less stressful, more productive, and more fun.”

Scalf says the end result of her work is to strengthen the individual, which helps them interact with others at their best, which in turn strengthens a company’s bottom line. “When people learn the skills that help them to work well – how to communicate, collaborate, and be more productive,” she adds, “work becomes more fulfilling and more fun; individuals and teams get better results.”

To learn more, visit www.theworkwellgroup.com.

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A local woman recently launched a business called Life Prep, offering just that: a preparatory experience offering lessons in manners, etiquette, and important life skills. Read on for more.

Life Prep offers manners and etiquette workshops for kids and adults in Greater Cincinnati

As a parent and professional, Shannan Combs saw manners and etiquette becoming more rare, but realized that made having those life skills more of an asset than ever before.

Enter, Life Prep, a business featuring Manners and Etiquette Workshops that Combs and husband, Jerry, opened on Sept. 24, 2018, based in Milford. “My background is that I taught for several years at Norcross First Baptist, in Atlanta. and I have raised two children. Cory who is 20, Collette who is 12. I have been a personal trainer, a scheduler at a Pediatric Therapy office, etc. while raising my children.” She knows first-hand the real-life skills needed for these two target demographics, and that’s what the business is based upon.

Shannan Combs, Founder of Life Prep

According to Combs, their team is dedicated to helping both children and adults reach their potential. “Through the fun, affordable, and cutting-edge, Molly Manners curriculum, children are becoming more confident, considerate, and respectful of themselves and others,” their mission statement shares. “Our life preparation services deliver adult workshops that refresh or teach skills to help better prepare for life. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

The services offered range from students to adults. More specifically, the student age groups are broken down into three subsets: Nice is Right (ages 5-8), Kool to be Kind (ages 9-12), and Young Sophisticate (ages 13-17). Life Prep wants to make sure that student demographics are not limited to only one category when problems vary from one set age group to the next.

When it comes to the life skills represented at Life Prep, there are six different categories to choose from when searching for courses: personal finance, resume design, interview skills, basic vehicle maintenance, basic household maintenance and cooking/meal prepping.

“Anyone that could teach a specialized class for children or adults could work at Life Prep,” adds Combs. “We would just need to be able to fill the class. We look so forward to offering a wide variety of education options.”

“I really want to make the world a kinder place and we are starting here teaching manners, since manners are basically putting others before yourself and making sure that you are treating others with respect,” Combs says. “The best part of having a local business is we are in the Best Hometown In Ohio as ranked by Ohio Magazine. The local support has been amazing and we love the community feel.”

Life Prep is located at 1034 Main Street in Milford, Ohio. To learn more, visit www.mylifeprep.com, or call their office at 513-248-1034. 

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This local business is not your typical job placement or life coaching destination. Keep reading to find out why.

JoAnne Kennard and Molly Edmondson, co-owners of MoJo Advantage

Feeling stuck in your current job or feel like your career lost its mojo? That’s exactly why JoAnne Kennard and Molly Edmondson created MoJo Advantage. 

Prior to launching in February of 2017, they spent 18 months testing and tweaking this business idea with local professionals and businesses to maximize the effectiveness of their service offerings. They also used that time to get certified as career coaches, and in the DISC assessment as well. “We built a methodology around those skills,” Kennard says.

The DISC assessment is used as a building blocks with clients to understand their personal strengths and gain insight into their personal style and specific talents. This process helps them understand what type of environment will provide the highest odds of success for a client. 

Aside from this assessment, MoJo Advantage offers services that help clients decipher what they value in a career and their own personal lives. They help target certain skill sets clients may need further help with and discuss networking opportunities to help apply these new ideas into practice. 

“The profile of our client is someone who wants to take that next step but are not sure what they want to do. MoJo Advantage uses our assessment and coaching skills to help define that next step for a client and put a plan in place to make it happen. If you are someone just looking to get any job quickly, you are probably better served with a traditional job placement agency. We have received all of our clients through references,” Kennard explains.

According to Edmondson and Kennard, there is no set formula to help their clients, since they work with completely different people every single day. They like to help moms and students, especially, they share.

MoJo Advantage offers the following deliverables for their clientele: a relevant resume, an individualized “elevator pitch,” a LinkedIn profile and interview preparation. 

They structured the business to be as efficient and cost-effective as possible. “Molly and I are equal partners and are currently the only employees of MoJo Advantage. We contract with our resume writer, and we also decided to outsource non-core business services such as accounting, tax preparation, marketing and social media to keep our focus on our clients,” Kennard explains. “As we grow, we would add people in the core business of coaching and consulting. We actually have previous clients that are interested in that role.”

MoJo Advantage is located at 9415 Montgomery Road (Suite C). To learn more, visit http://mojoadvantage.com or contact info@mojoadvantage.com

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The Cincinnati Chapter of Business and Career Women is hosting its annual event this weekend to connect and elevate local women. Read on for more!

Dr. Monique Johnson will speak with attendees at the Mission I’m Possible event on October 26.

To celebrate National Business Women’s Week, the Cincinnati Chapter of Business and Career Women Inc. is hosting Mission I’m Possible on October 26 at the Taft Center at Fountain Square.

“The combination workshop and light dinner will feature Dr. Monique Johnson, local Life Coach and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant,” explains Linda Wright, Publicity Coordinator for Mission I’m Possible. “Her talk will focus on helping women thrive and advance in business, while helping to obtain equality in the workplace – doing their P.A.R.T. through Promoting, Acceptance, Respect, and Teamwork.”

The event, says Wright, will also include Cincinnati’s BPW’s recognition of Cincinnati Councilman Christopher Smitherman for his part in drafting and supporting a motion to strengthen the city’s policy on sexual harassment.

With an evening of networking and dinner by the bite, Mission I’m Possible arose out of a desire to help women get ahead in business and break through the “glass ceiling” as well as fighting for equal pay and a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment for all women.

The Cincinnati chapter of Business and Professional Women is led by Ursula Bess, who wants to help bring women together through the event.

“This annual event offers a valuable opportunity to call attention to the ongoing needs of women in the workplace, facilitate discussions on the challenges working women face and how to create viable solutions, share information about successful workplace policies and draw attention to employers that are engaged in practices that support working women,” says Bess.

The event will be held on October 26 at the Taft Center at Fountain Square from 6:30-8:30 pm. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

To learn more about Mission I’m Possible, click here. You can also call 513-829-5121.

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See how this 31-year-old balances being a mom of two with her dream job at P&G, plus lifting up others along the way.

Jessica Hastings is the Brand Manager for Bounty at P&G.

Jessica Hastings was determined from a young age to work for P&G, a company she says is “cream of the crop” for young marketing professionals like herself. Today, she’s living out that dream at only 31 years old, as a brand manager for P&G. 

She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree of Spanish and Integrated Strategic Communications in 2008. She went on to receive her MBA from Ohio State University in Strategic Marketing Management. For the past eight years, Hastings been working on P&G brands that now, as a mom of two, she puts to the test in her own home.

Hastings recently began blending her roles of mom and manager to serve as a mentor for working mothers who are juggling responsibilities both at home and in the office.

“The greatest challenge I’ve faced in my career has been in the last couple of years when I became a mom,” she explains. “I’m incredibly blessed that I have had managers who have been amazingly supportive; however, in a promote-from-within company that is ‘up or out’ in my function, it’s an inherent disadvantage to temporarily leave the workforce to have children. It’s hard truth to stomach”. 

Hastings says a work-life balance is a daily work in progress for her. What helps her the most, she says, is maintaining open, continuous communication with her managers. It’s important to set boundaries and manage expectations to avoid overwhelm, she adds, and above all be kind to yourself and others. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind,’” Hastings says, referencing her favorite quote.

As part of her mentoring role at P&G, she helps others – especially women – discover and achieve their objectives. She says identifying an objective is essential so you can navigate your way to it. 

“If your dream job requires a little bit more experience or education, build a plan that gets you there,” she says. “Pursue the job right now that will help you build the skills you need to get where you want to go. I believe having a plan – a very specific plan – helps make the process of interviewing and looking for jobs much easier.” 

Secondly, she says, it’s important to use your network. An introduction from a mutual friend, mention a shared connection you noticed on LinkedIn, or reach out to that family friend who’s an executive at that company you’d love to work for —  are all helpful ways to leverage your network, which Hastings says can fast-track you to where you want to go in your career.

When it comes to interview preparation Hastings says to practice, practice, practice. “When I was interviewing for positions, I wrote out responses to common interview questions in gory detail and practiced aloud,” she recalls. “The watch out with this is to ensure you don’t sound rehearsed when you’re in the interview, but having a plan gives you confidence which is more than half of the battle. If you know what you want to convey, it’s easy to pepper in some authenticity in the moment.”

To learn more about P&G, visit www.pg.com. To connect with Hastings on LinkedIn, click here.

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A local photographer is being recognized with a prestigious award. Learn more and to hear about her idea to help pre-teens boost their self-confidence.

Pottinger Photography offers wedding photography aiming to capture a couple’s love story.

Brenda Pottinger always had a love for photography. So, for her, it only made sense to launch her own business.

Today, as the owner of Pottinger Photography, she specializes in wedding photography. Pottinger says she takes pride in following along with her couples throughout the journey leading up to their special day – and even after.

“It is a creative art form that means so much to so many people,” says Pottinger. “I love the end of the night when the couple gives us a hug and says they couldn’t have done it without us. We try to make our job look easy but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. From preparing a custom photo timeline, checking out new locations, and offering a rain plan, we love helping out on the day of the wedding in any way that we can. We want our couples to have fun. We love that our couples have invited us to document their celebration. And when the time comes, we love photographing their newborns for their very first family photo.”

With more than 150 weddings under her photography belt, Pottinger says she still gets emotional as the music starts to play, the doors open, and the bride walks down the aisle.

That experience shooting weddings has also led to Pottinger winning some notable industry awards. In fact, she was named a finalist for the Grand Imaging Award 2018 by the Professional Photographers of America, being named top 10 in the event album category. She was also named a Bronze Medalist for the International Photographic Exhibition and will have her work on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta in January. “This is one of the most prestigious competitions, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence,” says Pottinger.

Pottinger says that one of the best compliments she’s received thus far is that her business empowers women. “After a few portraits of the bride on the wedding day I show her how incredible she looks,” Pottinger explains. “And after we hear – oh wow I do look beautiful. It’s almost a surprise. In a world so obsessed with retouching and filters, just showing someone how they truly look from the back of the camera with no editing is pretty powerful. And that next smile is so real! I am truly honored to tell a couple’s love story.”

Her love of sharing a bride’s beauty inspired Pottinger to do something else with her business, a passion project she says – to give away a session to a girl in the community for every four portrait sessions she photographs.

“Because I want to show more women and girls how truly beautiful they are inside and out our next adventure is something I am really excited about,” says Pottinger. “The goal is to show pre-teen girls what their family and friends see. It is time to stop listening to that inner mean girl! That age can be rough with so many changes. I remember being teased about having bad skin and glasses (before glasses were fashionable). But it is time to change the narrative. I want to give girls (of any age) the confidence to know their beauty! And if they can see themselves from the eyes of a loved one – well then just maybe they can have the courage to face any bully.”

To learn more about Pottinger Photography, visit http://www.pottingerphoto.com/. You can also follow along with her blog. You can book a portrait session and nominate a girl who deserves a fun photo session that will boost her confidence by emailing info@pottingerphoto.com.