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See how a local real estate developer is all a-buzz to give old buildings new life and a new direction.

 

HIVE brings new ideas and energy into buildings that some may have forgotten.

Cincinnati is home to a booming start-up scene. Fresh, exciting, new businesses are popping up left and right. But Cincinnati is also home to many abandoned, historical buildings and landscapes. That’s where HIVE comes in. A company led by Kent Hardman, HIVE brings new ideas and energy into what some considered already forgotten.

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Growing up and living in Cincinnati his whole life, Hardman knew he wanted to be involved in real estate from a young age. “I grew up in Hyde Park and lived in a beautiful Tudor-style home,” Hardman recalls. “That house really put me down this path of falling in love with architecture and eventually wanting to get involved with real estate.”

After graduating from Miami University, Hardman had his first job as a marketing rep for a manufacturing company. But after two years, he decided to quit and follow a path he was more passionate about. He began buying old apartments and renovating houses. In 2011, one of his earlier projects included purchasing the Jackson Theatre and building it out to become a host to both apartments and salons.

The Marianne Theater, one of HIVE’s projects.

But HIVE is much more than just real estate, Hardman says. “I don’t consider myself just a real estate developer, I’m much more than that,” he explains. “My real passion is renovating old buildings. I target properties that have deep, historical roots in Cincinnati. I really enjoy tapping into that history.”

One might wonder how Hardman masters HIVE all by himself, and when asked, he explains he isn’t really alone at all. The idea of community and togetherness is key, he says, as HIVE is actually more of a family operated business. With support from his father and brother, Hardman is able to successfully run HIVE.

But why call it HIVE? And why pick Cincinnati as its base? The name itself stems from the idea of a bee hive, Hardman explains, adding that he has multiple different kinds of real estate projects going at any given time. These projects, he feels, are similar to honeycombs; they are all different, but together make up one network, or “hive.”

Kent Hardman, Owner of HIVE

As for the location, Hardman picked Cincinnati because it’s home. “I was born and raised here, I will never leave it,” he says. “I’ve become very passionate about the buildings and history involved in the city. I know this city like the back of my hand, so it’s very cool to be involved in the renaissance happening here.”

After living in one city for so long, it makes sense that Hardman wants to do the city justice through his work. Therefore, it’s not hard to understand why the motto of HIVE is “building stories.” Hardman doesn’t want his work to be meaningless, he wants people to understand the roots of it all. And along with building those stories, Hardman works to also build communities. It is because of this that most of the buildings he takes on are located on business strips that are a walkable distance for people within that certain town or neighborhood.

Take for example, one of Hardman’s proudest accomplishments, Fireside Pizza in Walnut Hills. Previously an abandoned 19th century historical firehouse, Hardman bought the building from the city for $1 and turned it into a trendy, new eatery, complete with an apartment on the top level.

“I get no more joy than just sitting at Fireside’s bar and watching people come in and seeing their reaction. Seeing people enjoy themselves in a place that I helped bring back to life, is really satisfying,” admits Hardman.

Hardman wants people to enjoy the comfort of their neighborhood in the places he renovates and is constantly on the lookout for the next historical piece of architecture to do just that. He admits a lot of times the buildings “find him.”

“Word has gotten out that I’m passionate about these historical, messy, complicated projects,” Hardman laughs. “But it’s okay because I enjoy that challenge of finding a purpose for tough buildings.”

Hardman gave some insight into his next upcoming project: The Marianne Theatre in Bellevue City, Kentucky. The theatre is an old, art deco building and Hardman will be re-developing it soon. As for what customers can expect, he explains the new theatre won’t just be one thing. It will be a space that will offer live entertainment with a bar and food component and it will also be a space available for rent.

“This project is a very challenging one,” he says. “The goal is to have something that caters to the people of the district and also attracts outsiders.”

To learn more about HIVE, visit http://www.hive513.com.

 

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Who says business and faith can’t go hand in hand? Learn about a local lady who recently launched a faith-driven networking businesses.

 

Divine Connections is a Cincinnati-based Christian non-profit bringing together young adults through networking and social events.

Divine Connections, launched by Brittany Rogers, is a Cincinnati-based Christian non-profit organization that unites young adults through networking and social events. According to Rogers, these events are designed to promote spiritual, professional and community development.

“Our goal,” says Rogers, “is to assist individuals along their journey towards purpose and co-labor with them in bringing forth a non-conventional revival through the fusion of faith and business, while also making meaningful connections.”

Rogers says she always wanted to be a social worker and change lives in a positive way, especially after she studied social work at the University of Cincinnati. “For a while, I followed that early passion through working with abused and neglected children, as well as their families,” she explains. “I was even fortunate to obtain my ‘dream job.’ However, I still felt unsatisfied, there was an on-going feeling of restlessness that I could not suppress. I decided to investigate it further in prayer. The Lord told me to quit my ‘dream job’ and pursue what was in my heart!”

Brittany Rogers, Founder of Divine Connections

Through attending network events and utilizing social media, Rogers is able to reach out to her audience. As of now, anyone can attend company events, but membership is open specifically for young Christian adults.

“I like to say that we are similar to Chik-fil-A; our organization is friendly and welcoming and built upon Christian principles. Just like Chik-fil-A knows that everyone has the right to eat, we also know that everyone has the right to succeed,” Roger explains.

Guests can attend a variety of events including networking, community, and social. Rogers creates the majority of events herself. Some past events include a Community Service Outreach, a meet and greet, a writing workshop, and a holiday social. A major upcoming event being held, called “Beyond Networking-Creating the Right Professional Network” will be held May 20 and discuss creating and maintaining a power network.

“We are all about fusing business and faith in the marketplace,” says Rogers.  “We believe that our jobs, dreams, and businesses are just another extension of God’s purpose in our lives. Therefore, it is important for us to excel in both areas of business and faith.”

Divine Connection’s events are meant to give people a sense of empowerment and community, letting them walk away with practical steps on how to move forwards in their professional and spiritual lives. Rogers desire is for people to leave one of her events with an understanding of the importance of being Divinely Connected, understanding not only who you are connected to, but also who connected you.

In the future, Rogers says she would love for the Divine Connections concept to go global, and hopes to take steps to do so. For more information on Divine Connection and upcoming events, visit http://www.divineconnections.global/.

 

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A local woman launches a blog to show there’s a little geek in all of us (which is a good thing) and how to channel it.

 

Shamekko Early-Coleman, Founder of the SNE, LLC blog.

The SNE LLC Blog, launched by Shamekko N. Early-Coleman, is a place where readers can go to find marketing tips from a self-proclaimed marketing geek.

“I call myself a ‘marketing geek’ because I enjoy the subject and its changing landscape,” Early-Coleman explains. “Plus, I have two degrees to show for it (BBA and MBA from University of Cincinnati) and enjoy applying that knowledge in the real world. I’m the type to enjoy the commercials during ‘The Big Game’ more so than the game itself.”

Growing up, she never expected this would be her plan. Early-Coleman always figured there were “enough” blogs out there and didn’t think she could make a difference. But luckily, through conversations with business owners and creative, she realized her voice and perspective do matter, and she couldn’t be more right.

Her blog offers practical advice for business owners regarding marketing and social media. It’s complete with tips, trends, apps, real-life examples, and case studies.

“Through my experiences taking on consulting projects, I’ve noticed that business owners, especially small businesses, lack the time to put together marketing strategies for their goods/services. I like to provide practical advice and actionable tips to help remove the overwhelm,” says Early-Coleman.

Something most people would be surprised to know about this blog is that is actually started as an indie music blog, but changed when Early-Coleman realized her musician friends didn’t understand the basics of marketing. She realized she wanted to help.

Early-Coleman finds most her followers mostly through social media. By posting content on channels like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, she can tap into specific hashtags to drive readers to her blog.

The SNE LLC Blog is updated on a monthly basis with information derived from Early-Coleman’s personal research and random sparks of inspiration she gets. “My goal is to not be another marketing blog jam packed with think pieces of how this business and that corporation got it wrong,” she explains. “If anything, I want to provide steps on how such public blunders can be avoided in the future.”  

When asked what her favorite part of her blog is, Early-Coleman’s answer might surprise you: “My current favorite is actually the definition of a geek on my About page,” she laughs. “I feel that being a geek has such a negative stigma behind it. I’m speaking firsthand because I was teased in school as a child because I was that geek and started to doubt myself and my abilities. Now as an adult, I’m unapologetically a geek about my favorite subject.”

As for the future of SNE LLC Blog, there are a few things readers can expect. For the blog itself that includes more frequent posts, contributors of the blog, and a variety of perspectives. As for Early-Coleman’s future plans, she would enjoy hosting digital and in-person events that will continue her mission of sharing tips and advice to her readers.

To learn more, visitwww.snellc.com.

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Learn about one local lady with a new coaching business that’s growing like a weed, all by helping her clients’ confidence blossom.

 

Erica Holston, Owner of Vine Life Coaching

Vine Life Coaching (VLC) is a new business growing right in the heart of Cincinnati. VLC focuses on helping those who need relationship and/or spiritual coaching. Whether it’s due to confidence issues in a relationship, or confidence issues within themselves, VLC aims to help people discover their inner confidence by asking questions to unlock their true selves.

Erica Holston is the owner of VLC, and has been a natural encourager since she was a teenager.

“VLC got started by me encouraging people, giving others advice, and being a youth leader in different aspects of my life. I saw the impact that I had on adults and youth. It touched me how useful my words were to others and how they were able to apply my words in a positive way. In the midst of this, I discovered my passion to help people by life coaching them and motivating them through empowering speeches,” Holston explains.

Holston has quite the area of expertise, offering life coaching via video, life coaching for relationships, and motivational speaking as part of what VLC offers. “I mainly life coach people in person, but that does not limit VLC to any of its services,” says Holston. “I have been life coaching people to become life coaches themselves, personal branding, losing weight, and having better relationships.”

The process of becoming a client is simple. After being referred or discovering VLC, Holston consults with each client to see if they are a good fit for VLC, she will then schedule an appointment and meet with them in a session.

When asked what the protocol is for coaching sessions, Holston explains that she begins by asking her clients questions, which is followed by role-play used to draw attention to their goals or issues. After discovering a client’s goals, Holston and her client work together to make a customized plan to achieve those goals. Holston then gives clients homework to discover how they can apply their new plan directly to their lives and think about the ways they can improve.

Most of VLC’s clients come through networking, social events, Facebook, or personal connections. Holston emphasizes the idea that she always treats her clients as individuals, letting clients know that she personally sees each of them, and their situations, uniquely.

With all the various ways of how to get in touch with VLC, client’s can come from anywhere.

There is no “how-to” book for a profession like this, so in order to treat each client uniquely, Holston’s job revolves around listening. Truly listening to her client’s stories, goals, and problems, Holston studies them based on how they receive a message and if they ask for advice. Depending on the client, some only want to be asked questions, while other seek to ask their own questions and gain advice from an outsider’s perspective. Regardless, each client is always treated with respect and the hope to help.

“This is my passion to help people live better lives and to use my gift to help people get there,” Holston says. “This is not a job, but a passion for me in which I have created a new business.” In the future, Holston hopes to grow VLC through webinars, workshops, and traveling the world with other motivational speakers.

To learn more about Vine Life Coach, “like” them on Facebook.

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Read on for all the picture perfect details about a local photography company with a desire to simply to document the details.

 

CsFolio focuses on creating relationships through documentary-style photography.

Csfolio is a Cincinnati based boutique studio whose primary focus is creating relationships through documentary style photography. Founded in November 2016, Csfolio recently opened their first studio in Glendale, Ohio.

The company is run by Sharon Snow and Casey Burns, two women who are in love with photography and the way it can capture a moment. Both artists and photographers themselves, the two women balance each other out through their own unique strengths and ideas for the company.  

But how did they know that this was what they wanted to do? Well, when asking Sharon Snow where the inspiration for Csfolio comes from, she gave a few reasons. “The company was inspired by a shared passion for photography, a shared dream of a boutique style photography business, and a shared desire for giving back and helping others,” says Snow.

That idea of helping others is accomplished when Csfolio gives their clients the happiness of reliving beautiful memories through their photographs. Most of their clients are currently found by referral base and/or social media. Being able to capture relationships and special moments is what Csfolio aims to do, and clients are drawn to the style in which they succeed in that.

This style can include anything from wedding shots to shots of exterior spaces; Csfolio does it all. Below is a rundown of some popular editorial styles they offer:

Headshots and Company Photos. The goal here is to create unique and true to life workplace photos. Csfolio aims for a more candid headshot style, not just the typical stiff shot. They want to give an artistic touch to the picture.

Branding and Stock Imagery. This includes anything from beauty to commercial goods. The goal for these images is to create compelling graphic images for website or social media needs of clients.

Events and Entertainment. If you have a specific event coming up Csfolio is happy to help! From company meetings, guest speakers, parties, or charity events, anything and everything can be covered.

Exterior and Interior Spaces. This style was created because many industries today have a necessity for showing spaces. This includes real estate, interior design, commercial properties, and restaurants, just to name a few.

While there are these specific styles, Csfolio is also always open to unique client opportunities and is always willing to help. If you want to reach out for a quote or just want more information about Csfolio, visit http://www.csfolio.com/.

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Want to stay on the cutting edge as a business woman in the ever-changing digital marketplace? An upcoming event will help you do just that. Read on for more.

 

Women in Digital is a rapidly growing organization committed to working with women to further their careers within the digital marketplace. The idea is to help women build powerful local networks that will encourage great power exchanges to happen between members and therefore build a strong future.  

“We strive to create powerful and local networks of women in digital.” That is the motto of Women in Digital. Through their event, the Cincinnati Women in Digital Conference, that motto is able to truly come to life.

The first Cincinnati-based Women in Digital Conference is an event that hopes to inspire and empower the women who attend. The conference is centered around keeping one another knowledgeable about respective digital areas of expertise, to embolden each other to stay strong in the fight towards gender equality, and to affect change in the community.

The Cincinnati Women in Digital Conference is not meant to be a typical networking event, but instead, it’s meant to create a network. Exclusive to women, this event calls on those in both the agent and client side, who have a focus in digital media and marketing and want to further their career. Through various talks and activities, this event brings local women together to find common ground in the digital world.

The day of the event will begin with a talk from Alaina Shearer, who is the mastermind behind Women in Digital. This talk is designed as a “tell-all” where Shearer will explain how she began the company and set the stage. This talk is followed by an empowering discussion on communicating confidence from Kelsey Pytlik, the CEO + Co-Founder of Gild Collective.

After the two main talks, all the attending women will go into one of two groups: the executive track or general track. These tracks will determine one’s schedule for the day. The ideas for both tracks can range anywhere from what’s next in the digital world to how to sway powerful influencers in Cincinnati.

Aside from the great influencing talks, women who attend can also expect lunch in the trendy Findley Market/Over The Rhine area and workshops throughout the day, including a hands-on project with the Gild Collective. These events really give the women a chance to build relationships with one another and have fun. The day will end with a happy hour full of engaging small talk and Rhinegeist’s best brews.

The Cincinnati Women in Digital Conference takes place Thursday, April 6 from 8am-6:30pm at the Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati.

Although early bird tickets for this event aren’t available anymore, more tickets, including general admission, are currently on sale until April 6 and can be purchased here.

 

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A new technological advancement allows you to ensure that your children are staying safe online. Keep reading to learn more about the company’s proactive, preventive, and crisis management solutions.

 

KidGuard helps keep your children safe in today’s digital world.

At KidGuard, there’s one mission in mind: To protect your children online.

The team at KidGuard spends their time thinking about and developing ways on how they can bring awareness and inspire solutions on issues of cyberbullying, online predators, teen suicide, and childhood depression in the age of technology.

“As the age of children who use mobile phones decrease, parents need tools to cope with the multiple challenges of a digital world on their children,” says KidGuard Founder Lawrence Ng.

“KidGuard employs a team of researchers and writers to educate parents on solutions to digital parenting problems and also runs a popular child cell phone monitoring software to allow parents to stay involved in their child’s life online,” according to Ng.

KidGuard understands the internet can be a scary place, and to help curb this downward spiral of Internet trolls and other digital dangers, the company is dedicated to not only providing helpful information for parents, but they create proactive monitoring solutions, preventive solutions, and even crisis management solutions.

“With close to 20 years of technology experience, serial entrepreneur Lawrence Ng and his team has decided to focus their data and technology expertise to help parents deal with risks associated with their children being online,” the KidGuard website states. “His amazing team has a wide range of breadth and depth across technology, Internet, and date-driven businesses.”

Ng says KidGuard is a unique venture in that it is the only solution that provides detection and also offers prevention and response capabilities. “With our team of technology and law enforcement expects, we aim to raise awareness and educate parents on solutions to digital parenting problems through resources and informational content,” he adds.

KidGuard recently published a free how-to guide to educate parents on the importance of developing their children’s digital citizenship and safe online behavior. “The Parents’ Survival Guide to Online Safety emphasizes on parental knowledge from facts and statistics to preventative steps and warning signs of various cyber risks,” adds Ng.

The Online Survival Guide shares information on how important it is that parents make sure their child fully understands why rules regarding internet use must be followed as well as how, specifically, online predators can compromise one’s safety. The fast-paced lifestyle that will be normal to today’s children is a modern invention to many parents. Children today will grow up with the world at their fingertips, and while it is a convenience, it’s also a reason why a parent needs to know how the digital world operates, how kids use it, the lingo that’s used in online spaces, and everything else that pertains to digital socialization.

KidGuard also released an online guide for monitoring and looking after your child’s text messages. Keeping an eye on children’s text messages will allow you to know who they’re talking to, what they’re saying, ensure that they aren’t getting distracted from schoolwork and other responsibilities, know they aren’t saving or looking at inappropriate content, and build a relationship based on trust.

While KidGuard is focused on helping keep your children safe, it also wants you to be able to build a trustworthy relationship with them.

KidGuard is currently available on all iOS and Android devices. To learn more about KidGuard, visit https://www.kidguard.com/.

 

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Learn about a new Covington-based incubator kitchen that’s helping local start-ups cook up success.

 

Looking to start or grow your own food-based business? There’s a new 5,000 sq. ft. commercial incubator kitchen in Covington now available for rent.

Kickstart Kitchen, located in the basement of the CovWorx building, offers a variety of rental options – from hourly to monthly – for start-ups looking for commercial kitchen space.

The idea came to founder Mavis Linnemann-Clark from her first-hand experience launching her businesses. Her first company, The Delish Dish, was launched through the spring class of Bad Girl Ventures. That same year, she joined the Northern Kentucky Incubator Kitchen and launched her artisan jam line, Made by Mavis. “I started my company from an incubator and I thought it was a great way to start a business,” she says. “Now I want to help others do the same.”

Linnemann-Clark says she offers more than just the kitchen space, too. “As a business we offer commercial kitchen space and complimentary business services for our clients,” she adds, “we offer them a community.”

Mavis Linnemann-Clark, Founder of Kickstart Kitchen.

To many new businesses, Kickstart Kitchen acts as a mentor of sorts and brings these businesses into a community full of people who want to help. People in the community can then grow from each other and their lessons learned.

Linnemann-Clark says the process of Kickstart Kitchen begins with one-on-one discussions between her and potential clients, and then they discuss the rental details and develop a plan that will help the client and their business grow. After that, it is up to the individual to create their own success story.

Kickstart Kitchen is located at 1032 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/kickstartkitchen/ or mavis@thedelishdish.com.

 

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With the annual DAAP Fashion Show just around the corner, we chat with the director to see what’s new and get an exclusive preview!

 

The annual DAAP Fashion Show will be held April 28.

The annual DAAP Fashion Show hits the runway April 28, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

So, what can one expect from this year’s show? Show director, Laurie Wilson says the show will include a 92-foot catwalk, LCD panels, along with a live DJ, over 30 runway models with original hair and makeup from Aveda Institute, hundreds of original outfits, complementary swag bags and an After Party. It’s also the 66th anniversary of the show and the 12th year Macy’s is a presenting sponsor.

This year will feature an even deeper look into the work behind the show, Wilson says. Through photo documentation, attendees will get an inside look at how hard the DAAP students have worked in the studio over the past year.

With 1,500 seats available to the public, the show always sells out, so Wilson suggests snagging your tickets quickly. Attendees have the option for VIP tickets or regular sale, which go on sale to the general public March 21. For those who can’t attend the show, or are looking to get even more immersed in the DAAP world of fashion, there is a Reality Rehearsal Experience on April 27, the night before the actual show.

Laurie Wilson, Show Director of the DAAP Fashion Show.

Attending the Reality Rehearsal Experience allows for a deeper look into the actual development of the fashion show itself, Wilson says. “Attendees will be watching the ‘inner workings’ of a run through for the show and get behind the scenes action,” she adds.

Whether attending the Rehearsal Experience, or the Fashion Show itself, both are world-class fashion events with a front row seat to the next set of great fashion designers, Wilson says.

Come celebrate the future of fashion on April 28 at UC’s Campus Recreation Center. Click here for ticket info and inside looks from previous shows.

 

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They may have their roots in Cincinnati, but this eco-friendly company can take you global. Read on to see how.

Mark Sund, Director of Sund + Co.

Sund + Co was founded in 1998 as an advertising, branding, and website building company for small, growing brands and companies in the Cincinnati area. By valuing customer service and attention to detail, Sund + Co works to bring each company to its highest potential.

Director Mark Sund works alongside designers Sarah Crawford and Jennifer Powers to provide powerful branding for their clientele. “For all clients we offer a personal experience, data-driven practices, and nearly two decades of experience,” Sund says. “Cincinnati is often referred to as the customer science capital of the world and we’re happy to be part of that.”

Sund + Co not only works to build a successful future for their clients, they’re working to do the same for the environment, too. “Our studio is fully powered by green energy: electricity is 100% wind-generated, purchased from Cincinnati Bell Energy, and natural gas is carbon-neutral through offsets purchased from NativeEnergy. Of course we recycle and walk to lunch too,” Sund explains, who adds that being an eco-friendly company came to be a main priority quite naturally. “Individually we all feel this way. It was a natural progression to start the discussion and take steps to make the company more eco friendly.”

Sund describes his company as “creative and innovative, but also organized and disciplined,” which are all qualities that smaller companies often appreciate. “Smaller companies are growing and always looking for new opportunities, and they’re more interested in new ideas. So we can be a bigger part of guiding and establishing their brand across all channels,” Sund says. “We focus on our clients’ needs, where they’re starting from, and where they want to go.”

To learn more about Sund + Co, visit http://www.sundco.com/ and see the love of what they do.