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A local lady took her passion for helping others and turned it into a business that's making people feel empowered in their own homes.

 

Balancing it all isn’t easy. Between home life, work, and everything in between, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s where Deborah Ginn can help.

With a passion for lending a hand to others, Ginn launched Nowhere But Up, a professional organizing company, in 2003. “We specialize in home organization and hoarding situations,” she explains. “We assist individuals and families who struggle with clutter, time management, schedules, and routines. We teach and transfer skills that can be used for a lifetime.”

Ginn says that many who struggle with organization in their home have often dealt with other issues such as trauma or loss, were never taught the skills as a young child, or live with some type of disability or mental health illness – so for her, her inspiration is people.

Deborah Ginn, Owner of Nowhere But Up Organization.

Ginn became a board-certified professional organizer in 2008. “I started by using the knowledge gained while running a relocation business for over 15 years, along with raising my family as a single parent,” she says. “I know all too well what frustration and stress can bring while running a household. Managing a home is a full-time job in itself, add a full-time job outside the home, inflated schedule, and lack of routine and you’ll soon find yourself dealing with the feeling of defeat.”

Organization services at Nowhere But Up are well-rounded. They include hoarding consulting and cleanouts as well as decluttering and home/business organization like downsizing, relocation preparation, unpacking, space management, time management, office filing and paper organizing, taskmaster, clutter management sessions, and serving as an accountability partner.

Ginn’s insights into home organization helps the company stand out, and what she uses as her tools. “My main focus is my client, not just working with clutter,” she says. Ginn offers non-judgment and is supportive of everyone she works with. She aims to encourage and build up those who feel lost and wants to teach people how to process and organize in a way that works for them. “I know first-hand, from a personal level that common methods do not work for most. I throw out the ‘rule book’ and help clients find something that actually works for them.”

Ultimately, Ginn wants to make clients feel empowered in their own homes.

Ginn will be staying busy for the time being. She says she’s recently taken on work involving large-scale hoarding cases. “This is new and I’m still learning new ways to help families and individuals who live with a hoarding disorder,” she says. “I help families establish aftercare plans involving needed services for a family member. These cases help keep me grounded and humble. Some say I’m crazy for doing it. I say, I do it because I feel led and have compassion for those who struggle. It takes a lot of patience and a lot of trust on the client’s part.”

To learn more about Nowhere But Up, visit their website or send Ginn an email.

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Living a life of clutter? Learn about a local lady who launched a business that’ll have you saying, “Hello Organization” when you walk into your home or office.

 

Hello Organization helps you get your home organized and better utilize its spaces.

Sarah Barker loves organization. She also loves helping others and finding ways to better utilize spaces. That’s why she launched her own home organization and moving services company called Hello Organization, LLC.

“Hello Organization helps busy individuals and local families live a stress-free lifestyle,” says Barker. “Our motto is ‘goodbye clutter, hello organization,’ because at Hello Organization we believe your home should be an enjoyable living space, not stuffy storage space.”

Barker was inspired to launch Hello Organization because organization is a big part of her life.

“Organization has always been a passion of mine and now as a mother of two, I also fully understand the importance of it,” she explains. “After being told by family and friends that I had a skill, I finally decided to turn that skill, and passion, into an exciting business adventure.”

Barker herself is a Cincinnati native who attended the Ohio State University. After spending nearly 10 years in Columbus, she returned home to the Queen City, where she is now a wife, mother, pet lover, and coffee enthusiast. “I thoroughly enjoy helping others love their home and getting the most from their spaces,” she says. “I am a firm believer that a home should always be functional, unique, and beautiful, and our services help set clients on the path to achieving those things.”

Hello Organization currently offers six services, although residential declutter and organization are their most sought-after services. The business also offers item haul away, packing and unpacking, and organization guidance services.

When asked what makes Hello Organization unique, Barker says that it’s the company’s willingness to go the extra mile for their clients. “We genuinely care about every client’s needs and want them to truly love their space for years to come,” she says. “What sets us apart from the rest of the industry is our attention to detail and receptiveness to the unique needs of each client. We go into every project with the mindset that no two projects or clients are alike, therefore we tailor our services and skills to reflect this.”

You can follow along with Hello Organization by visiting their website and by “liking” their Facebook page, where Barker is constantly updating customers and sharing new and exciting information.

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A local boss lady is transforming her media company into a full-service creative studio. See how her entrepreneurial spirit is helping to propel several big projects for clients.

 

Ray Ball, Founder of BallR Media

Ray Ball, the Founder behind BallR Media, always wanted to take her idea for a media business and turn it into a full-service creative studio. In just about two years of being in business, she was able to do just that.

Today, BallR Media is a full-service creative studio that specializes in creative marketing campaigns, public relations, social media, website design, photography/videography, graphics, and events.

“The plan was always to expand to a full creative studio, it just happened sooner than anticipated because there was a need for it,” explains Ball. “I was getting so many requests for photographers, and if I knew any graphic designers, and were there any good videographers out there. And there are! So I asked them to join the BallR team!”

The thought process behind bringing people onto her team, says Ball, was that she could turn BallR Media into a one-stop shop for creative service needs rather than send potential clients all over the city to find a reliable contractor that could help them fulfill their needs.

Ball says she was inspired to go through with her expansion of BallR Media sooner than expected because of the people she interacts with on a daily basis. “I work with mainly small businesses and entrepreneurs,” she says. “I know those budgets can be tight and I wanted to be able to give them great service within their budget.”

Now that her full-service studio has officially launched, and her business is only two years old, Ball says that the main goal of continuing to help grow small and local businesses is still there. “I’m finally at a stage where I can be a little more creative and now I have a team that can help also carry out those ideas,” she says.

Ball knows that in her line of work she is up against some of the big boys when it comes to creative services, but she’s different. “What sets me apart is that because BallR Media is smaller, I’m able to really develop some creative campaigns without a lot of corporate bureaucracy,” she says. “Small businesses feel comfortable coming to me because I understand them and have been where they’re at.”

Learn more about BallR Media at www.ballrmedia.com or sign up for their monthly newsletter. You can also contact Ball directly at ray@ballrmedia.com.

 

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After becoming a mother, a local life coach was determined to help guide other new moms through their journey. Learn more about her coaching services and a new program she plans to launch in 2018.

 

Tasha Hazelton helps guide women through big life changes through her business Tasha Hazelton Life Coaching.

When Tasha Hazelton became a mom, she found her true purpose in life. Not only in being a mother, but also in helping others as they adjust into their new maternal role. That’s why she launched Tasha Hazelton Life Coaching, and she’s been helping new moms find their identity, balance and happiness ever since.

“The inspiration behind my coaching is a desire to be a guide and listener and to those having an ‘identity crisis’ as they enter motherhood,” says Hazelton. “When I had my daughter two years ago, I was totally thrown out of my comfort zone.”

Hazelton says that no one really prepares you for what happens after baby. “You deliver and then sent home to raise a brand new human without any instruction books or anything,” she adds. “For me, I didn’t realize how much my identity would change after I had a baby and I struggled with my identity as a mom, wife, worker, etc., and finding the balance between it all.”

In a world that demands you to wear several hats at once and play all your roles perfectly, Hazelton felt the pressure. She didn’t think she could “do it all” and found herself feeling guilty about going back to work, spending time with her husband, and going out with friends.

However, with time, Hazelton realized that she can learn to balance all the roles of her life. She could go out with friends, go to work, take care of herself, and be a mom. “I created my ‘new normal,’” she adds.

Hazelton works with her clients on any subject they’re interested in receiving help on. “Whether it is going through a career change, navigating an ‘identity crisis,’ or just wanting more fun and satisfaction out of life,” as she continues to move toward receiving her certification as a life coach. However, she says, her specialty is supporting and guiding moms through the challenge of being a mom and creating your “new normal.”

For Hazelton, the business is about doing what she lovings and helping her clients. “The transformation that I see when I coach my clients is inspirational and makes my heart full, and knowing that I am making a difference in their life,” she says.

Hazelton is passionate about what she does and aims to bring fun, thoughtfulness, and empathy to her coaching sessions. “I genuinely care about my clients, I want to help them grow and help them see the transformation taking place within themselves,” she adds.

As the year comes to a close, Hazelton says she will be launching her new program, “Creating Your New Normal,” for new moms at the beginning of January 2018. “This program will help new moms get clear on what they want out of life as a new mom and also help them navigate the self-doubt and feelings of failure that can come with being a new mom.”

Following the coaching program, Hazelton says moms will feel more confident, experience less self-doubt, and have better relationships with others in their life, including their new little baby. This coaching program, according to Hazelton, will complement her skills as she is in the process of becoming a certified childbirth educator.

To learn more about Hazelton and her business, visit www.tashahazelton.com. You can also “like” her business on Facebook.

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A woman-owned and operated company on Cincinnati’s West Side is creating a bright future for her team and their clients. Read on for this enLIGHTening story.

Angie Vice, Vice President of Color Brite Display

Providing high-quality customer service is an essential for any business, but at Color Brite Display, it’s what keeps them going.

According to Color Brite Vice President Angie Vice, this woman-owned and operated company on Cincinnati’s West Side strives to provide clients with an awesome team that will make them feel cared for.

“Nothing feels better than being able to help solve a design issue or get a promotional rollout shipped in time for implementation,” says Vice. “When you have clients remark that ‘you’re a lifesaver,’ ‘we couldn’t have done it without you,’ and ‘we love working with you,’ it’s a fantastic feeling.”

Color Brite Display is a wholesale and retail stocking distributor of display products with a large showroom and warehouse. They specialize in custom and stock acrylic, wire, wood, and metal displays and fixtures.

“We have been fulfilling the display needs of many top retail and wholesale organizations for over 65 years,” says Vice. “The majority of the items we sell are specifically manufactured for our clients’ to meet the ever growing customization demands of today’s retail and visual merchandising world.”

Much of the business Color Brite does is business-to-business, the company does service the public and welcomes anyone to stop by their location. “Whatever your needs may be, Color Brite is your one-stop shop for all your store display, visual merchandising, and decorative needs.”

Owner Christine Brinker’s history with the history dates back decades. She worked for the original owners for nearly 20 years before the purchase the company back in 1991.

“It was then that the founding fathers retired and turned the business over to the next generation who has helped it thrive throughout its history,” says Vice. “Since that time, Color Brite has shown fantastic growth, achieved by focusing on excellent customer service, unique and unusual designs, and attention to detail while closely partnering with our clients.”

It isn’t just customer service, however, that makes Color Brite unique. Because they are a small company, they can more easily and quickly react to clients’ needs as well as think outside the box for more unconventional needs. “We are also able to accommodate ‘odd’ project requests that other companies may not,” adds Vice.

Products from Color Brite focuses on store fixtures, hardware, supplies, and decorative aspects of visual display. “These are often items many people do not notice when shopping in a physical store location, although they are key to making business happen,” says Vice.

Clients of Color Brite range from artists who travel to craft shows and even multi-billion dollar corporations, so the products offered through the company are as varied as the clients they service.

Vice says Color Brite recently launched a new website, which they’re very excited about. “The new format looks fantastic and we’ll begin emailing clients soon about new products, industry updates, and special sales,” adds Vice.

If you want to see Color Brite offerings, you can see them at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market at the Cincinnati Convention Center, where they hope to reach a new genre that may not be familiar with the products or business.

To learn more about Color Brite, visit www.colorbritedisplay.com. You can also “like” them on Facebook or stop by their location at 6915 Harrison Avenue in Cincinnati.

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New community programs, many of which are free, are now available at a locally-based community college. Read on for all the details!

Gateway Community & Technical College now offers many complimentary programs and workshops to the community

Gateway Community & Technical College is expanding its reach to the community through new engagement opportunities with Gateway Local.

According to Toni Bloom Mueller, coordinator of Community Engagement, “Gateway Local advances the college’s commitment to community outreach and engagement through non-credit professional and personal development programs, gallery exhibits, and community partnerships.”

Through Gateway Local, Bloom Mueller hopes to bring more of the “community” aspect to the community college. She says that that the campuses of Gateway Community & Technical College are a hub for talent development, and giving the students, as well as the public, a chance to continue their talent and personal development with Gateway Local.

“Gateway Local was created through conversations and collaborations that identified areas of interest in our community,” she adds.

Here is a list of ways to check out these workshops, seminars, gallery exhibits, and more at Gateway Local:

Fee-Based Classes:

Check the website for a list of classes starting in February 2018.

Free Workshops:

Oct. 12: What’s in that Cloud – Learn how to access and use your cloud storage

Nov. 9: Holiday Photo Booth – Bring the family for a photo with our whimsical props in our diverse holiday photo booth.

Workshops are completely FREE and open to the public. Click here for more information and to register.

Gallery Exhibits & Events:

Sept. 27 – Oct. 27, Gateway Alumni Exhibit: Check out work from eight of Gateway’s talented graduate artists: Carly Hummel, Keith Neltner, April Bentley, Chris Dye, Alice Bergman, Aaron May, Todd Lipscomb, and Ben Wilson

November 25, 10:00am-2:00pm, Shop Small Saturday Pop-Up Shops: Kick-off your holiday shopping by checking out the arts, crafts, household items, and yummy treats offered for sale by Gateway’s talented students and employees.

You can find Gateway Gallery in the Center for Technology, Innovation and Enterprise at 516 Madison Avenue in Covington. Click here for more on the gallery.

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See how a Cincinnati-based fashion blogger and stylist is making moves to become a less “UnCommon” name in the fashion industry.

 

Sydney Murdock is the founder of UnCommon Stylist, a fashion and styling blog.

Sydney Murdock, also known as the UnCommon Stylist, is a fashion enthusiast located in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has made it her mission to create more fashion-based jobs. Murdock specializes in producing content through the use of fashion blogging and styling.

Eight years ago, Murdock began going by the name Uncommon Stylist simply because she wanted to be labeled differently from other stylists. “I grew from throwing clothes on a model in random photo shoots to developing a clientele of industry professionals, models and everyday people who all need image consultations and styling direction,” explains Murdock. “My interests are in producing high quality content as contribution for the fashion industry.”

Murdock’s blog titled the “UnCommon Edit” has now gathered around 3,000 followers which has allowed Murdock to expand her brand and further her dreams of raising awareness of the scarcity of fashion-based jobs in Cincinnati. Murdock leverages her newfound following to produce events to bring local fashion-focused minds together to network, attract and retain talent in the Tri-State.

On October 8, Murdock will host “An UnCommon Brunch,” an event that will feature fashion conversation, mimosas and brunch. The event will also double as a fundraising effort that will go toward opening Murdock’s forthcoming contemporary womenswear boutique, UnCommon Things. “I got the idea for the UnCommon Brunch by brainstorming a way to inform the public about creatives in our city, their many talents, and their struggles,” says Murdock. “I hope to provide awareness regarding who we are as creatives, our mission and to get more professionals excited about creating these jobs.”

Unfortunately, according to Murdock, the presence of jobs within the fashion industry is limited in cities besides New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. “We should focus on creating these jobs for individuals within our city to maintain and nurture the talent that lives here,” she explains. “There are so many creatives- both formally trained and self-taught who are moving away from Cincinnati due to a lack of jobs in their field.”

Murdock’s plan is to raise awareness of this issue through the crafting of projects, like the UnCommon Brunch and UnCommon Things, that will create ongoing jobs within our city. “I hope to show women that we can provide our own ‘YES’ in a world full of people saying ‘NO’,” says Murdock. “I’ve been turned down often in my own city regarding my career objectives, various projects, my physical appearance and more. But, I hold steadfast and I hope that this serves as a template for some women. We can create our own lives, our own careers and make our own money- one step at a time.”

An Uncommon Brunch will be on Sunday, October 8 from 12-3pm at 345 West 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.

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Read on to learn about a downtown Cincinnati-based book publishing company that helps authors publish and promote the book ideas they’ve been dreaming about.

 

Cincinnati Book Publishing helps make your dreams of being a published author a reality.

Looking for a publisher to help you make your dream of writing a book a reality? Cincinnati Book Publishing (CBP) may be just what you’re looking for.

CBP consults aspiring writers throughout the self-publishing process to create a professional quality, finished product, in either print or e-book form. “Each book is custom-made and designed. We work with a variety of local designers as well as printers here in Cincinnati or in the United States,” says Sue Ann Painter, published author and Executive Editor at Cincinnati Book Publishing.  

CBP is for those who want to take an entrepreneurial route when it comes to getting their work published. Authors invest in producing their own book, which means they receive all income from their book sales and own all the rights to the book and inventory. Painter calls it a collaborative effort that allows the author to work directly with graphic designers, printers, editors and book binders that CBP trusts to approve the design, the cover art, and the retail price.

“Authors can meet with us face-to-face, and some can even see their book pulled off the press,” explains Painter. “It’s quite different than getting your book published through Amazon. You don’t get to see the boxes of finished books. They print and ship to order.”

CBP and the author work together to determine the number of books that need to be produced and from that number the cost of publication is decided. Publication for an average print book typically costs between $3,000 and $10,000. A personalized package is then chosen by the author based on what suits their needs best.

CBP’s goal is to help create a book that meets all the highest standards. “What’s wonderful about our printers is the care they will take to match the film to the original,” says Painter. “The designer and the printer work closely together to make sure everything fits exactly.”

It doesn’t stop after the book is written and published, CBP also works with authors as a publicist to get exposure for their finished product. They offer services that teach authors how to promote themselves and their work through Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest while also setting up book signings at different venues and book stores.

“Our mission is to make the world a better place and books do that. It comes with great joy to see something that you have created and we want to be partners in that creation,” says Painter.

Cincinnati Book Publishing is located at 19 Garfield Place across from the downtown Cincinnati Public Library. To learn more about CBP, visit their website at www.cincybooks.com.

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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 www.unitedpetfund.org. You can also check them out on Facebook or send an email at unitedpetfund@fuse.net.

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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 www.BLINKcincinnati.com. You can also follow along on Instagram.