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See how one local veterinarian is raising funds to lend a helping paw to make a difference in local animal shelters and rescues.


Veterinarian Zeke Zekoff founded United Pet Fund in 2010 when he saw that there was a gap in the level of care that rescues could provide to local animals that needed help compared to what the rescuers actually needed to be able to help them.

Zekoff launched the United Pet Fund (UPF) by establishing it as an organization that offered education to these shelters and rescues before finding that its resources could be best used in other ways.

“It soon became clear that the best use of UPF’s resources, and the real strength of what UPF can offer, goes far beyond education,” he explains. “These individual ‘mom and pop’ rescues simply do not have the time, knowledge, or ability to raise funds and resources that allow them to consistently have the animals they are seeking to rescue and find their ‘furever homes,’” he says.

When it comes to finding these resources and raising funds, that’s where he says United Pet Fund steps in.

“While UPF was first developing its identity, we quickly began to realize that companies were willing and able to donate goods at a greater pace than rescues had the ability to accept them,” he says. “A rescue with a few dozen animals simply didn’t have the resources to accept a tractor trailer full of Eukanuba or Blue Buffalo or other food, even if it was free.”

However, in the five years since its inception in 2012, the United Pet Fund has expanded to fill that gap. It now serve over 85 local and regional members including animal shelters, rescues, and advocacy groups.

“In 2015, we obtained a warehouse facility where we could temporarily store donated goods before we sent them to our members, and in 2016, UPF was able to move through and distribute over 460,000 pounds of dog and cat food, 35,000 rolls of toilet paper, countless litter boxes, discontinued CINTAS towels, dozens of crates, and other odds and ends, all with a retail value of over $1 million,” says Zekoff.

Zekoff adds that as its heart, the United Pet Fund is a “make it happen” organization that uses is resources, business inclinations, connections, and physical space to facilitate donations from corporations, both large and small, to individual animal rescues.

“Ultimately, UPF helps to facilitate the rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted animals, and allows those who do the front-line work to provide more services for more animals, preventing unnecessary euthanasia of animals in shelters by allowing more rescue groups to better provide for more animals than they could alone,” he says.

To date, according to Zekoff, the United Pet Fund has helped nearly 35,000 animals in the Tri-State area.

They took their passion for helping local animals a step further when they hosted their Muttstache Dash on September 17. The event was a 5K run that brought not only pet owners and lovers together, but their animals as well while all the proceeds from the event went to the United Pet Fund.

To learn more about the United Pet Fund, visit You can also check them out on Facebook or send an email at

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Mark your calendars for an illuminating night. Read on to learn about the light parade that will shine bright on Over-the-Rhine October 12!


ArtWorks Cincinnati has always been about community through a variety of events that encourage others to get out, engage with each other, and showcase local artists.

Now, it’s taking that a step further with the BLINK Light Parade. According to BLINK Program Manager Josh Stout, “The BLINK Light Parade is an illuminated, mobile event that will kick of BLINK by bringing together artists and community members in a magical display of light and whimsy that will travel from Findlay Market to Washington Park.”

The event, which will be held October 12, is a way to get the community involved and is a free event open to the public. However, the team at BLINK wanted to do more than just create a fun parade of lights, it wanted to include the community itself. “It is a way to engage directly with the people living in the community and a way to engage with more local artists,” says Stout.

BLINK is a program that was brought together by collaboration of several local organizations including Brave Berlink, AGAR, ArtWorks, The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.

The parade is curated and managed by Stout, receiving creative direction from artist Pam Kravetz, and getting logistical support from Chamber Sr. Manager Lori Salzarulo as well as assistance from a parade committee made up of Leslie Maloney, Amy Goodwin, Ken Pray, Marie Krulewitch-Browne, Carla Lamb, Mike Hoeting, and Bethany Gravina.

The parade will feature a variety of groups and individuals including schools, competitive dance groups, arts and cultural groups, musical groups, sculptural artists, and families. “Additionally, ArtWorks employed 20 youth apprentices and six teaching artists to create illuminated floats and costumes for the parade,” adds Stout.

Stout says this parade will be unlike any other you have seen. The floats and kinetic sculptures are all human powered and its participants are locals.

“We want locals to be in the parade,” he says. “We have a number of schools from Cincinnati Public Schools involved as well as other schools from the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.”

The BLINK Light Parade will kick off BLINK with its parade on October 12 in Over-the-Rhine. The parade will start at dusk, which should be approximately 7:30 pm.

To learn more about BLINK and the BLINK Light Parade, visit You can also follow along on Instagram.


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A locally-owned, woman-owned business is making waves in the content community. Read on for more on their team of women writers and thought-provoking insights.

Untold Content focuses on creating well-written, thought-provoking content to help businesses reach their audiences.

Katie Trauth Taylor earned her PhD in rhetoric and composition from Purdue University. The former English professor then made the decision to step away from university teaching and launch her own business, Untold Content.

“Untold Content is a national writing consultancy that helps innovative organizations share their insights and establish their thought leadership through clear, thought-provoking content,” explains Taylor. “We are expert writers who serve government agencies, healthcare systems, scientific and technical companies, academic and research institutions, and other innovative organizations.”

Taylor adds that Untold Content’s team is comprised of women writers who work together with clients in order to help them think more strategically and creatively about the content they put out.

Taylor, a Cincinnati native, says that she was inspired to launch her business in order to help promote public intellectualism. Untold Content wants to help all voices be heard, share insights, and ensure that people have access to information.

“Practically speaking, we translate research insights and clearly communicate what is oftentimes quite complicated: How do you work with an engineer to help them articulate what they’re trying to say to an everyday consumer through well-written user guides? How do you work with a healthcare organization to help them give patients diagnosis information in a way that they can understand? How do you help a nonprofit inform the community about an unknown problem? These are some of the problems we tackle as a company, and serve as examples for how we work to make sure insights are shared and people understand one another,” says Taylor.

Taylor’s team is dedicated to bringing organizations’ stories to life as a proudly women-owned and women-run business.

At Untold Content, you’ll find white papers, research reports, website content, and manuscripts to name a few. However, because the team has high-caliber writing capabilities, they’re able to reach several disciplines and industries with their content.

“We like to say that we serve ‘thought-generating organizations,’ which means innovative organizations who intelligently work to solve complex problems or develop creative solutions that deserve spreading,” she says. “Our speciality is working with organizations who differentiate themselves through their deep knowledge and technical know-how. As specialists in technical writing and marketing, we help thought-generating organizations translate their insights for non-expert audiences.”

Untold Content was incorporated in 2016 and launched with its company name in 2017. Despite only being in business for about a year, the company has gone from one woman with a major client to a team of five female writers that support more than 20 clients not only in Cincinnati but outside the area as well.

What helps Untold Content stand out among other design firms, branding agencies, and marketing consultancies is that they take their knowledge of human perception, qualitative research, technical communication, document design, and more and share it with several industries.

“By immersing ourselves in the organizations we work with, we engage in a creative act of building understanding and learning how to communicate knowledge with nuance and authenticity,” says Taylor.

Currently, Untold Content is a finalist for the 2017 ArtWorks Big Pitch. The team is up against eight other finalists and will compete to share their brand story and win $20,000 to help the company grow.

The Big Pitch event will be held at Memorial Hall on September 28. Taylor says you can support Untold Content by purchasing tickets.

To learn more about Untold Content, visit You can also like them on Facebook and follow along on Twitter and Instagram. “We are always sharing insights into our creative process and projects, and would love for you to join the Untold community,” adds Taylor.

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A local entrepreneur is helping Cincinnati’s women develop personal branding skills through her innovative workshops.  


Morgan Angelique Owens of the Morgan A Owens Brand was on a mission when she launched Brown Girls That Brand, a platform that teaches local women personal branding and the accompanying skills that are necessary to define and differentiate their specific core values.

“The inspiration and mission is to continue sassy and chic workshops that support predominately minority women with a mission to climb the corporate ladder as efficiently as their counterparts, gain corporate appeal in their own business, start their own business, or a mission to increase their bottom line while embracing their feminine, authentic selves,” explains Angelique.

Highlighting and recognizing women of all colors and helping them excel while serving as trailblazers in their career fields is important to Angelique.

Through Brown Girls That Brand, which launched June 29, Angelique uses workshops to show participants how branding is the cornerstone of function and development of an individual’s market and personal reputation. She addresses these topics through personal branding, business branding, career branding, event branding, and social media branding.

“Based on the knowledge, skill set and purpose of registered participants, each individual should depart with the tools to build an effective business or personal brand with corporate appeal,” says Angelique.

Current workshops feature a lineup of speakers including:

  • Sonia Jackson Myles (Founder & CEO, The Sister Accord LLC)
  • Sherry Sims (Founder, Black Career Women’s Network)
  • Regina Carswell Russo (Brand Storyteller/Media Messenger)
  • Pamela Williams-Dyle (Engineering Digital Systems Leader; Procter & Gamble)
  • Karyl Cunningham (Executive Director, YMCA Black/Latino Achievers)
  • Jan Michele Lemon Kearney- (Owner/Publisher, The Cincinnati Herald)
  • Adrienne Ruff (Founder, She is Visionary)

Brown Girls That Brand was created under the umbrella of Angelique’s other business the Morgan A Owens brand, which offers tools and resources that reshape small businesses through marketing, graphic assistance, one-on-one coaching, and branding.

“I also launched my authored, ‘WerkBook,’ a guide to setting goals and slaying them,” adds Angelique. “I felt it was very important to create this book to further empower and lay the groundwork of becoming successful.”

Angelique says to keep an eye out for “Professional Pretty” workshops as well as future Brown Girls That Brand workshops under the Morgan A Owens brand.

To learn more about the workshops, the Morgan A Owens brand, and more, visit You can also follow along on Instagram.

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A local organization is helping pregnant women and working moms with concierge services aimed to improve their lives. Read on for all the details.


Charnella Grossman of Fifth Third Bank uses Best Upon Request’s Maternity Concierge program, funded by her company, to decorate her nursery.

Best Upon Request (BEST) is a Cincinnati-based organization with offices in 11 US states. BEST, as it’s referred to, partners with organizations around the country to provide concierge services to its employees as an employer-paid benefit. It also offers these benefits by way of health care, to improve the patient experiences for families.

According to Best Upon Request Vice President of Marketing and Communications Jessi Lima Bollin, the inspiration behind Best Upon Request is to create life-enriching experiences.

BEST also has a new innovation, called the Maternity Concierge program at Fifth Third Bank, which is an employee benefit that supports pregnant women and working mothers of infants to help them succeed.

According to Lima Bollin, BEST works with clients as strategic partners. The way the organization works with clients is why Teresa Tanner, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Fifth Third, approached BEST with the opportunity to assist the bank in helping improve the lives of their female employees, and, more specifically, when women started having children.

“The Maternity Concierge program was born to offer an extra level of support and advocacy for those women,” says Lima Bollin.

“Teresa said it best: ‘It’s important for us at Fifth Third Bank to create an environment where women can succeed at every level and every phase of their life,’” adds Lima Bollin.

“The Maternity Concierge program provides women with support through pregnancy, maternity leave, and up until their child turns one-year-old,” says Lima Bollin. “Examples include scheduling appointments, organizing and shopping for showers and birthday parties, as well as information research concerning anything child- or pregnancy-related and in this way, our maternity concierges become consultants.”

BEST doesn’t just focus on its Maternity Concierge services; however, they also offer employee and patient concierge programs. Employee services include errand running and personal assistance as part of a packaged employee benefit that is offered by organizations to attract and retain its workforce. “By taking care of these to-do lists and alleviate distractions, BEST improves recruitment and retention, employee engagement, and work-life integration for our clients,” says Lima Bollin.

BEST’s tailored patient concierge program in hospitals is called “Serving the SOUL” and addresses the non-medical needs of patients and their families so they can focus on healing.  Once the non-medical stressors of a hospitalization are managed by our concierge team the patient experience improves and so does the healing process.

To learn more about BEST, visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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A fast-paced night of networking, new ideas, and fun! Read more to learn how Disrupt HR is changing the world of recruiting events.


In 2015, Cincinnati-based Chris Ostoich founded Disrupt HR to offer a unique and different way to share what is new and happening in the HR recruiting world. The company exists to energize, inform, and empower businesses by putting on speaking events across the world.

CEO Jennifer McClure has been an HR practitioner, leader, and executive for almost 20 years. As a full-time speaker, she noticed that conferences and events were producing the same type of HR content. She and Ostoich put their heads together to create something unique and fresh. The result? Disrupt HR.

Chris Ostoich

A typical Disrupt HR event takes place at a bar or a brewery and provides a night to meet new people, exchange ideas, and have a good time. “The goal is that people come and learn something,” says McClure.

Each event follows the same basic format. Multiple speakers are given five minutes to talk, and 20 slides that automatically advance every five seconds. McClure is a full-time speaker and coach, yet she laughs as she explains the difficulty even she can sometimes have keeping up with the Disrupt speaking format. “The format tends to create some comedy as speakers try to keep up with the advancing slides,” says McClure, “However, it puts all speakers on the same playing field and allows people that wouldn’t want to give an hour-long talk to share their ideas.”

McClure goes on to explain that many of the speakers at Disrupt events are rookies. She says, “We provide an opportunity for people to speak who never get invited to speak on main conference stages. We encourage event organizers to involve people from the broader business community to gain lots of perspectives on the world of work that you don’t necessarily hear at normal recruiting events.”

In order to host a Disrupt HR event, the organizer must go through the headquarters in Cincinnati. If approved, the organizer will obtain a license for his or her city and pay a $500 annual licensing fee. Currently, there is a total of 103 licensed cities in 24 countries.

To learn more about events near you, visit Disrupt HR’s website at

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See how one local lady used her business education and background to open a shopping destination and contribute to the economic revival of her hometown of Middletown.


Torchlight Pass is a booming center for businesses in Middletown.

In May of 2016, Ami Vitori purchased a 38,000 square-foot building at 1131 Central Ave. in Middletown to renovate and turn into a shopping destination. Since then, the destination, Torchlight Pass, has grown into a center for all different types of businesses and has contributed to the recent economic revival of Middletown.

Vitori grew up in Middletown, but left the area after high school to receive an education. After attending Georgetown University, Vitori went on to gain experience in investment banking, the film and television business, and branding/communications consulting. “I think in a lot of ways all those different experiences led me to wanting to own and run my own business,” says Vitori.

Vitori and her husband decided it was time to move back home to Middletown after the birth of their third son, and Torchlight Pass fell into place not long after. “When I returned home, I wanted to do yoga, I wanted to take my kids to a play place, I wanted to eat at a great independent restaurant, but none of those things existed in Middletown. I felt like I had an opportunity when I saw this building for sale- it just felt like the right time and place to pull all those things together,” says Vitori.

Torchlight Pass includes all sorts of different businesses that Vitori so desperately wanted in her hometown. Gracie’s, an upscale comfort-food restaurant, sits on the street level of the building and is co-owned by Vitori and Max Comisar. Torchlight Pass is also home to MC Hair Salon, ID Training Academy, and Haven, a yoga, wellness, and play center all in one. Those looking to produce commercials and other advertisements for their company can utilize the 7,000 square-foot TV studio in Torchlight Pass.

Office spaces can also be rented at Torchlight Pass, and there are currently five available spots. On August 1, Escape Room Middletown, a group “breakout” game, will be opening.

Vitori is currently working on bringing non-profit entrepreneur incubator to Torchlight Pass. Extremely committed to the revival and economic growth of her hometown, Vitori aspires to help give resources to build businesses and encourage them to stay and grow in Middletown.

Downtown Middletown is thriving, and Torchlight Pass is a huge contributor. Although Torchlight Pass just recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, the impact it’s having on Middletown is admirable. “It’s been great, it’s been a really fun experience to see the huge change here during these few short years,” says Vitori.

To learn more about the shopping destination, visit

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Thanks to a ground-breaking Kentucky law, a local entrepreneurial support program is here to help you grow your company… for free! Read on for more.


NKY Innovates promotes economic growth throughout Northern Kentucky.

The Kentucky Innovation Act was passed in 2000 in order to promote economic growth throughout the state. The act launched the Kentucky Innovation Network, which consists of twelve entrepreneurial support programs throughout the state of Kentucky. The network exists to “assist companies in the process of providing products or services to federal, state, and local government organizations,” according to its website. “I like to think of it as a confederacy of offices given local leeway. Each office forms around the strength of its region,” says Casey Barach, director of the Northern Kentucky Branch.

One of the 12 locations, Northern Kentucky Innovation (NKY Innovation), is thriving in the northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. This location was founded in 2005 when the need for an entrepreneurial support program in such a high-tech area as northern Kentucky became apparent. Casey Barach was elected director, and has held this title ever since.

Because NKY Innovation is a product of the Kentucky Innovation Act, its services are provided by the state of Kentucky and its local economic development organization, Tri-Ed. So, all of its services are free. While the branch’s focus is technology and technology-driven companies, it will never turn down anyone with an idea. “We believe that everybody with an idea should be heard, and we are here to help them however we can. Sometimes that’s simply giving them our opinion or setting them up with a past client of ours,” says Barach.

Most of the company’s clients are small businesses or start-ups. For each client, NKY Innovation goes through a series of “ABC steps.” The first step focuses on assessing where the company would like to be in the future. The second step, B, stands for business planning, which is figuring out exactly what will be pitched to the customer. C is for “capital,” which consists of networking and introducing the client to capital sources.

The company has been quite successful in helping businesses grow, having had over 500 clients since its founding. One of the most well-known companies is Tier One Performances, which started in the “incubator” of NKY Innovation and now has numerous offices across the country. “We do a good job finding investment capital for our clients and prepping them to raise capital. In the end, our goal is to promote economic development in the northern Kentucky region,” says Barach.

The Northern Kentucky branch is responsible for the creation of Uptech, one of the top 30 accelerator programs in the country. Uptech functions specifically for data-driven start-ups developing technology-based solutions. The program consists of intensive entrepreneurship education, one-on-one mentoring, and extensive community involvement.

The branch is located at 1 Innovation Alley in Covington KY. For more information, visit the branch’s website.

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Inspiration, collaboration, and growth. That’s what a new co-working space that’s coming to Rookwood plans to offer. Click for details!


Fueled Collective is a social and workspace membership club currently in development at the Rookwood Exchange.

Fueled Collective is a social and workspace membership club being developed on Edwards Road at the Rookwood Exchange in Cincinnati. The franchise aspires to be the entrepreneurial and co-working center of the city, and the space is set to open in October 2017.

The co-working space exists to provide members from various backgrounds a place to work, collaborate, and inspire. “Members could be start-ups, attorneys, small companies, creatives, as well as people working for large companies that need to utilize meeting and conference space,” says Betsy Hodges, vice president of business development at Fueled Collective.

Membership in the club comes in various levels. There will be 1,000 social memberships available. These memberships include everything from hourly to as much as unlimited monthly access to the space. Some of these memberships will allow 24/7 access, but hours vary per membership. 

The building will have 220 work desks, numerous conference rooms, and a variety of other meeting spaces, including a full bar and lounge. It will consist of two floors and take up 25,000 total square feet, according to Hodges.

Many amenities will be offered to members, such as free parking, Italian roast coffee, cold brew, assorted teas, snacks, beer, high-speed internet, printing, and more.  

Co-working is the perfect option for those looking to get work done efficiently, start and grow businesses, collaborate with other start-ups, and host meetings and conferences, Hodges says. “Co-working solves an immediate need for people who need a place to work, that can entertain, hold meetings, and get inspired,” she adds.

Fueled Collective Cincinnati will be located in the Rookwood Exchange at 3825 Edwards Road in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit, like them on Facebook, or call (513) 207-1135.


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Mobile, female-owned, and ready to help you rebrand your company. See how this local PR firm can help you, your company, or event reach its full potential.

PR in Pumps is a mobile public relations group based in Dayton.

ROCK. ROLL. REVIVE. That’s the motto of PR in Pumps, a mobile public relations group based in Dayton. The firm, which works with a variety of clients across the Tri-State and beyond, promises to rock your project, roll in new clientele, and revive your brand.
PR in Pumps is female-owned and recently celebrated its first anniversary, and its name is a reminder of the femininity of the firm. “I really wanted people to know that this was coming from a female perspective. When I first started out, I noticed that there weren’t a lot of PR firms that were run or operated by women, so I thought it was really important that we play up the part,” says Samantha Elder, owner and CEO of PR in Pumps.

Samantha Elder, CEO of PR in Pumps

The company provides services in PR analysis and planning, media relations, public affairs, brand/personal image consulting, event promotion, crisis management, and social media strategy.

Due to their emphasis on the female gender and perspective, the majority of PR in Pumps’ clients are in the fashion, beauty, interior design, and fitness industries. “We do really well in the fashion and beauty because females tend to have a good eye for trending topics. The name is a good fit for our clients,” says Elder.

PR in Pumps also stands out for its mobility. “We don’t make our clients come and meet us in an office. We will come directly to your location and work around your schedule,” says Elder.

Currently, some of PR in Pumps clients include Yoga with Sabrina, Wavelengths Salon, and Naves Iron and Metal. “My clients range from experienced businesses to brand new,” says Elder, adding that PR in Pumps also does personal branding and branding for large-scale events.

To learn more, visit