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It’s a time of great change in the economy and that may mean a career transition. Click here to read about a local collab that’s helping you find success in a post-COVID-19 world.

Tamara Schwarting, the founder and CEO of 1628 Ltd., and Julie Bauke of The Bauke Group have teamed up to launch Project Launch Pad, a collaboration that’s aiming to jumpstart the region’s recovery by providing resources to displaced professionals who want to get back to work as quickly as possible following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The dynamic duo behind the project have been professional colleagues for years. They’re also passionate about the Cincinnati community and wanted to find a way that the both of them could work together to give back to the region through their expertise and resources. 

The Bauke Group is a premier career coaching firm in the region, while 1628 Ltd. is an innovative workspace that is currently offering resources to participants at no cost. 

“I [Bauke] am the region’s most recognized career expert with a weekly segment on both 700WLW and Fox19,” explains Bauke. “Tamara is a highly accomplished executive who has herself made several very successful career pivots.”

Through Project Launch Pad, participants are taught life skills – the process of how to think, plan, and execute on a job search that will help them find the right job. “And those who complete the program will receive three months of free coworking at 1628 to execute their career search plan,” says Bauke. “While at 1628, there will also be the opportunity for participants to continue with additional training and to connect with mentors.” 

This three-part training program is focused on giving participants what they need to be successful in the post-COVID-19 economy as well as the remainder of their careers. “Leveraging times of great shift to evaluate and ensure a career is on track may seem counterintuitive but it’s very necessary,” says Bauke. “This is an excellent time to take an action-oriented approach to a career transition.”

Those who are interested in participating in Project Launch Pad will need to submit their registration by June 1. Bauke adds that the program is limited to 100 participants. You can apply to the program by clicking here

To learn more about Project Launch Pad, click here. You can also learn more about The Bauke Group at https://thebaukegroup.com and 1628 Ltd. at https://1628ltd.com

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There’s an upcoming virtual event featuring several Ohio-based entrepreneurs discussing how they moved forward without waiting for their turn.

Panelists for the upcoming webinar hosted by Women for Economic Leadership and Development on May 20.

Mark your calendars for May 20 when Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) hosts its monthly leadership panel. This month, it’s called “In Our Shoes Panel: Moving Forward Without Waiting for Your Turn.” 

“‘In Our Shoes’ signifies that this panel is from the perspective of emerging professionals and what it is like to be in their shoes,” explains WELD National Chapter Management Officer Deepa Kellar. “Our diverse panel of emerging professionals will address how they achieved rapid success so early in their careers and overcame objections encountered along the way that they need to ‘bide their time.’”

The panelists will also share how they were able to navigate changing dynamics in business relationships as their careers advanced. 

This monthly event, which started last year, has gained a lot of attention from other women in the professional world. “We brought back the moderator, Mikaela Hunt, and a new group of high caliber, successful panelists who have already made their mark very early in their careers,” says Kellar. “These women are fierce and have a lot of proven business and career strategies to share.”

Panelists for the event, in addition to Hunt, include Lynn Rich, Chief of Staff at Vertiv; Amy Scalia, Publisher and CEO of Cincy Chic and Cbus Chic; and Erin Scott, Executive Director of the Ohio Women’s Alliance.

Kellar says that she hopes those who participate in the panel will learn how to quell the “negative self-talk” that many women engage in even when they’re ready for the next level of leadership. “Panelists will share strategies on how to keep moving forward when they might be getting subtle, or not so subtle, messages that the ‘time isn’t right’ or ‘they need to wait their turn’ for a promotion or business opportunity,” she adds. “Attendees will learn tips on how to advocate for themselves to show advancement readiness and deal with push back from detractors.” 

While many events are being cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, WELD wanted to go virtual with this event so that others could still seize the opportunity to hear from its panelists. 

“Business and career opportunities don’t necessarily come when they are ‘convenient’ for people,” says Kellar. “New opportunities can be created in the most stressful and bleakest of times. These are the exact times when extraordinary leaders are identified and rise to the occasion, and entrepreneurs innovate mission critical business solutions. Our businesses and communities need these kinds of leaders now and emerging professionals must be tapped for the talent that they have.”

Even more so, Kellar says that the diversity of the panelists makes this virtual event unique. “The diversity of our panel combined with the high levels of business success the panelists have achieved so early in their careers will make for an excellent cocktail,” she says. “We have individuals representing various professions, and all have unique stories to share on how they’ve reached their current positions and roles. Mikaela Hunt is a moderator at the top of her game and knows how to bring it – she will deliver the best out of the panelists and get the audience fully engaged.”

To learn more about the event or to register, click here.

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The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber has a program for high-potential, goal-oriented women to get ready the next level of their career. Read on for more!

WE Lead is a 10-month executive leadership development experience from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber for high-potential, goal-oriented women who are actively preparing for the next level of their career. 

Sally Grimes, Director of Advancement at Activities Beyond the Classroom, is a participant of WE Lead who says that the program is so much more than just an executive leadership experience.

“WE Lead is an opportunity to step back, evaluate the path your career has taken, explore places where your career can go, and find the support and courage to move forward, whether that’s on your current path or a different path entirely,” she says. “Most people, but probably especially women, rarely take the time to thoughtfully evaluate where you’ve been and where you want to go, and WE Lead provides that opportunity.”

There are a variety of women who participate in WE Lead who hold a variety of positions and roles from different industries, allowing women to join together in sharing their challenges and opportunities, and to connect through them. 

“No matter who you are professionally or what industry you are in, you will meet people who share similar challenges and opportunities, who can talk your industry’s talk, and who can become a mentor or confidante who understands the world in which you work,” adds Grimes. 

The program is different from other leadership development programs offered by chambers throughout the region because it offers several opportunities for participants to improve and gain new ideas throughout its 10-month course, as opposed to other programs that only offer small nuggets of opportunity at one-time events. 

“The program is also unique in that it attracts such a high-caliber of women leaders in Cincinnati,” says Grimes. “All of the women I’ve interacted with through the program are high performers who care deeply about their professional trajectory, how to balance their work with their home lives, and how to best contribute to Cincinnati.” 

However, the current program for WE Lead hasn’t had an easy go-around. COVID-19 has forced the group to work from their homes and to experience a shift in their priorities. “Trying to wade through such an unknown situation, and in some cases trying to focus on work while teaching children, added tremendous stress for all us,” adds Grimes. “WE Lead program leaders recognized these shifts, quickly set up the next session as virtual, and adjusted the topic to stress management and self-care in times of uncertainty. Plus, a virtual social event was organized during evening hours as a chance for all of us to ‘get together’ to talk about how our lives are being affected by the pandemic.”

So far, Grimes says her favorite part about the program has been getting to know her fellow classmates.

“To be honest, I was incredibly intimidated at first,” she says. “When I read all of the other bios, I kept thinking to myself ‘I don’t belong here. Why did they let me in this program?’ I felt like my bio was peanuts compared to everybody else’s. But as I got to know the other women in the group, I realized just how open they are, and that no matter what industry we are in or what our background is, we all share very similar challenges in our careers. Everybody brings a unique perspective and a willingness to share their stories to help the other women in the group.”

“We hear time and time again that women are so appreciative of WE Lead as it pushes them to enhance their leadership and provides an opportunity to develop life-long relationships with an incredible network of women who will help them advance locally,” says Cincinnati Chamber Leadership Cincinnati & Leadership Action Director Amy Thompson.

There have been more than 750 graduates of the WE Lead program through the Cincinnati Chamber. You can see a list of previous graduates by clicking here.

There is a competitive process to participate in WE Lead, including an application and references. Applications for the upcoming WE Lead program are open now and will close on June 1, 2020. Click here to apply.

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A local farm created a new way for you to stay socially distanced while shopping and supporting local.

Gorman Heritage Farm prides itself on tending to the community’s nutritional needs and agricultural education. Now, more than ever.

“Gorman Heritage Farm is a nonprofit working farm located in Evendale, Ohio, with a mission to educate about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment,” explains Gorman Heritage Farm Executive Director Tricia Watts. 

Watts says the farm has been in continuous operation since 1835 when brother and sister Jim and Dorothy Gorman witnessed neighboring farms being sold away to subdivisions and corporations. 

“They wanted to be sure their farm stayed a place where kids of all ages could come to learn about the importance of farming and where food comes from,” says Watts. “In the late 1990s, they gifted the farm to the community to be a nonprofit organization open to the public.” 

To continue to serve customers while the Stay Safe Ohio order is in place, Gorman Heritage Farm is offering a drive-thru sale. 

According to Watts, the sale will be held Thursday, May 7, from 5-6:30pm. The sale allows people to pre-order plants and local products by clicking here. Watts says to place orders soon as many products are quickly selling out. Additionally, customers also have the opportunity to pre-order fresh pasture, whole raised chickens for pick-up the same day. 

“We also raise small quantities of beef, pork, and turkey,” she says. “All of which must be pre-ordered and sells out quickly.”

Gorman Heritage Farm is currently scheduling visits for members on an appointment basis, but is hoping to welcome the public later in May. 

You can learn more about Gorman Heritage Farm at www.gormanfarm.org. You can click here to learn more about becoming a member. The Farm is also on Facebook and Instagram.

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In an unprecedented time, a coaching experience through the Cincinnati Chamber is offering compassion and grace while teaching high-energy, engaged leaders.

Patrice Borders, Power Squad Executive Coach and Principal of Prevention Strategies LLC

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber offers a three-month executive coaching experience called Power Squad. 

“Power Squad focuses on a group of diverse women, particularly women of color, within the same company who are high achievers,” explains Power Squad Executive Coach Patrice Borders, who also serves as the Principal of Prevention Strategies LLC.

The women who participate in Power Squad are women who the organization they work for wants to retain and prepare for broader responsibilities and advancement. “They represent the leadership pipeline,” says Borders. 

The Chamber was inspired to launch an experience such as Power Squad in order to help companies invest in diverse female talent while simultaneously creating a leadership pipeline for an organization and the region.

“It is a bold collaboration demonstrating what inclusion in action looks like,” says Borders. “The curriculum unpacks the general issues all emerging leaders face while specifically leaning into the lived experiences of women and women of color.”

Amy Thompson, Leadership Cincinnati & Leadership Action Director at Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

The establishment of Power Squad was through a collaboration between 84.51° and the Chamber to help develop female leaders within the region. The founders of the experience include Paaras Parker, now head of Human Resources Kroger Technology and Digital at Kroger alongside Borders. 

“The Power Squad is a natural extension of the Chamber’s widely recognized Women Excel Succeed leadership development suite of offerings,” adds Borders.

There have been three cohorts graduate from Power Squad, including two from 84.51° and one from Kroger Digital. The current cohort includes six women from 84.51°.

While the program has its roots established, they’re dealing with the same unprecedented situation the rest of us are – COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, Power Squad has had to adjust its offerings with online learning while leaders have had to adapt. 

“Being virtual is different from being virtual with COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions,” says Borders. “The latter requires greater empathy. Participants aren’t just working from home, they are working at home. At home with their full lives – children, pets, and maybe tables and chairs not intended to serve as offices. We are all offering and accepting more compassion and grace.”

Today, the group connects via Zoom. Although the learning environment is different, their experience of learning in community hasn’t. “Even virtually, we felt the high energy and engagement – they didn’t want it to end – and that’s always a great sign that everyone is all in,” says Borders.

Those who are interested in learning more about the Power Squad for their company or personal can contact Andrea Mersman at amersmann@cincinnatichamber.com

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This digital-savvy entrepreneur is helping others find a creative outlet or a side hustle with online hand-lettering courses.

Helping virtual learners is a passion and profession for Gracia Ostendorf. She works part-time developing online training, graphics, and professional development resources for Miami University Regionals’ online faculty. 

The other half of the time she devotes to building and running Unfettered Letters, her small business focused on creating hand lettering and digital illustration art, as well as teaching others how to do the same through online courses, workbooks, and tutorials.

Ostendorf’s knack for hand lettering started out as a hobby. “I’ve always had a thing for pretty handwriting,” she says. “I really love to learn new things, so making a side business out of it came from that drive, and just a general curiosity about all the pieces that go into running a business. It’s been challenging, but also really gratifying when all the effort comes together and things start to work.”

With a background in education and instructional design, she’s combined her passions in creating learning resources for others who want to learn the art of lettering. 

Gracia Ostendorf, Founder of Unfettered Letters. Photo: Kristen Victoria Photography

“It felt like a natural progression to me,” she adds. 

The one-woman show primarily focuses on digital education resources for hand lettering and illustration. 

Currently Ostendorf has an online course with more coming soon, and some downloadable hand lettering workbooks, as well as free tutorials on her Youtube channel and blog

“I also have a couple in-person workshops coming up over the summer at Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center where I’ll teach a lettering style called ‘faux calligraphy,’” she adds.

For those who are interested in acquiring pieces from Ostendorf, she is always taking on new commissions and commercial lettering/illustration work. 

“I do a lot of hand lettered quotes for people to hang in their homes, and have done some illustration work for companies to use in their marketing and social media,” she says. “I started my company by printing my custom hand lettering and Cincinnati-themed illustrations on stationery and home goods like art prints, greeting cards, mugs, and stickers, so I do still have some of those for sale on my Etsy page, and I also provide those goods to local shops like Joseph Beth, Handzy, and Coda Co.”

The online course offered by Unfettered Letters is called Fundamentals for Lettering in Procreate, and is available on Skillshare. 

“Procreate is an app on the iPad that is extremely popular for digital lettering with the Apple Pencil,” she explains. “This course walks through the different features of Procreate and, more importantly, how they apply to lettering. Students in this class will learn Procreate tools and techniques in the context of an actual lettering project to build the foundation they need to create professional quality hand lettering pieces that they can get hired for.”

Ostendorf also just launched a free 7-day email course called Kickstart Your Lettering that teaches the basics of hand lettering, from the anatomy of letters to the process to creating a full lettering layout and composition. 

“I built this course and am offering it for free because I know how much of a struggle it was for me to learn some of the more nuanced parts of lettering without having any formal education in design or art,” she says. “I wanted to compile all the technical concepts that I wish I’d known when I started lettering and offer that to others to help them get a jumpstart on their lettering careers.”

Ostendorf hopes that those who take the course will walk away with two things. The first is the confidence that they can develop their own creative outlet. 

“Before a couple years ago when I started doing this, I never really considered myself ‘creative,’” she says. “I’ve always been very left-brained – I like logic, rules, and organization. But I learned that logic and creativity aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, to learn lettering you have to be able to follow specific rules, analyze why things do or don’t fit together, dissect elements of different styles and build them back up. I think lettering is an easy creative skill to get into as a “non-creative” because you’re already halfway there – you already know the alphabet, you just need to learn about it a little bit deeper and in some different ways than you initially did back in kindergarten. Finding this creative outlet has been really satisfying for me, and I hope that I can help others find that as well.”

Photo: Kristen Victoria Photography

She also wants to help others who take her courses to develop the skills they need in order to start their own business or side hustle. She’s found that working for herself has pushed her out of her typical comfort zone and put her in new situations and given her the opportunity to meet people that she otherwise wouldn’t have met. 

“I’ve found a lot of freedom in escaping the traditional 9-5 routine, and I hope I can be a part of helping someone else find that freedom and novelty too if they’re looking for it,” she says.

Currently, Ostendorf is working on a new online course for lettering in Procreate. “This one is focused on adding texture to your pieces, which is a skill that really takes illustrations to the next level and is crucial if you want to sell your work commercially,” she explains. “It’s also something that I haven’t been able to find many existing resources on, so I’m hopeful it will really be helpful to other letterers out there.”

Additionally, Ostendorf is working on creating a handful of new lettering style worksheets, as well as setting up weekly lettering prompts and challenges that email subscribers will get to help them practice and develop their lettering skills.”

You can follow Unfettered Letters on Instagram and at unfetteredletters.net. You can sign up for the mailing list/free email course, get more information on online courses and workbooks, and find new tutorials and blog posts to help you learn lettering on the website.

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Priorities, goals or career unexpectedly changing? Learn about a free virtual event next week that aims to help you refocus and re-energize while also helping local healthcare heroes.

Melissa Kirkpatrick, Founder of Find Your Own Drive

Priorities, goals or career looking a little different than they did a few months ago? One local expert wants to help you get refocused and re-energized with an upcoming workshop, while also supporting an important cause.

Melissa Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati-based Transformation Coach, Motivational Speaker, author and Founder and CEO of Find Your Own D.R. I.V.E., created the “Virtual Vision Board Workshop: Manifest in Quarantine” event to help participants get the most out of these unprecedented times. 

“I am donating my time and expertise to help you leverage #QuarantineLife to set clear intentions and goals with inspiration, transformation, growth guidance and support when it’s needed most,” Kirkpatrick says. “Creating your life by design is so much fun when you can tap into the tools, tips and tricks that will ignite the magic and using a vision board is a great place to start. And if you didn’t create a physical vision board, I know you have a vision of what you want for your life and business/career. So, you too are welcome to join us because the value of what is offered in this workshop will offer ways to amp the energy and manifest more effectively.”

The content of the workshop involves teaching you how to make an effective vision board. “Many have used vision boards to create their next best version of self and life. Vision boards are great if you know how to create them effectively and use them correctly. Yes, there is a right way. Two things with a vision board is the frequency you are on at the time you create the board and the action steps you’ll take following the creation,” Kirkpatrick says. 

Through creating the vision boards, she wants to put an excitement in people about their future. The workshop will teach you that a vision board is more than cutting stuff out of magazines and putting them on a board. “An effective vision board requires thought connection, intuition and high energy to be aligned with what your heart desires to experience in this lifetime,” she says. “I will also be sharing six areas that have the most power connection when creating your vision for the future (board or not)-our mind is a powerful thing and it is programmed every second of the day, so learning to use conscious language and empowering thoughts to create your life by design because you make it happen.”

The vision of the workshop is for people to experience community, since this pandemic will teach us how to live and experience the world differently. “My hope is that opening the space to bring community together, and engage in creativity with a vision board activity, will support one another in finding balance and offer peace of mind as we see a more abundant and prosperous future for ourselves not only in the mind, but making it our reality,” Kirkpatrick says.

The workshop is important for the community because it is a way to provide support and help to people in the midst of these trying times. “For me, it seems appropriate to bring a community together, virtually, from all over the world, to collaborate in creating what’s next,” she says. “The workshop offers a relief from the day to day thoughts of the current circumstances and begins to bring hope into the future with excitement and clear vision for what’s next.”

Kirkpatrick’s favorite part of working on the event has been the thought of people’s lives being changed. “The excitement I am feeling about how this workshop can really change people’s lives through a new perspective for what’s next for them is priceless. My vision is so clear, with an outcome that is a game changer. Being able to offer this for free, along with a copy of my ebook and a complimentary follow up call for those who have registered, brings even more excitement,” Kirkpatrick says. “My favorite part is knowing the impact this will have on those who say, Yes, to be part of the workshop, learning to visualize and painting their future with joy, happiness, flow and ease. Priceless.”

This event will on Tuesday, April 28, from 8-9:30pm online via Zoom. “The link and additional details and materials will be provided through email to those who registered at: https://cincy.live/events/vision. Registration includes access to the live workshop (and the ability to access to replay later) with step-by-step instructions for creating the most empowering and effective vision board for you,” she says. “It also includes a free copy of my 5 Steps to D.R. I.V.E. ebook and a complimentary 1:1 Activation Call.”

This workshop is going to be supporting The Christ Hospital Foundation’s COVID Relief Fund. It “directly assists our local healthcare heroes. The foundation will use the donations to support our caregivers and provide resources that are needed. We are asking that you join us in assisting those who put themselves in harm’s way for the greater good. The fund will cover needed supplies and will also assist our front-line employees with their greatest needs,” Kirkpatrick says. “This is a Cincinnati-based foundation, so we are encouraging those participating in the Vision Board Workshop to feel free to donate to any other foundation that may be in their area. However, donations are optional. You are still welcome to join us for the workshop for free.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with the workshop, follow Kirkpatrick on Facebook and Instagram.

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See how a local effort is reducing poverty in the Tri-State by implementing new practices for businesses while bridging gaps between leaders and employees.

The Workforce Innovation Center was established by business leaders who wanted to make the reduction of poverty in the region a priority. 

“The business community is a key partner in that effort through the employment opportunities it offers and the practices that companies employ within their workforces to encourage their employees’ success and economic growth,” explains Workforce Innovation Center Vice President and Executive Director Audrey Treasure. 

This business-focused resource is part of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and primarily funded through the generosity of businessman Dave Herche. Through this, the Workforce Innovation Center is able to offer support to companies while helping them solve challenges and find new sources of talent, consider new ways of doing business to support their success, and engage companies in the process of increasing economic mobility for those in poverty. 

“We consider this work largely under the banner of ‘inclusive capitalism,’ which aims to make capitalism benefit employees, communities, and shareholders with the positive results,” says Treasure. “The Center is largely focused on companies with a frontline or early skill workforce in industries like manufacturing, retail, food service, and hospitality.”

Workforce Innovation Center Vice President and Executive Director Audrey Treasure

The Workforce Innovation Center works to support companies in solving challenges and growing their businesses. “We take a direct approach of consulting with companies to understand what is happening within their workforce,” explains Treasure. “Through an assessment process of a company’s identified challenges, policies, and employee experience, the Center proposes solutions that can improve the business’ operations and can also help address challenges that employees might be experiencing. A company may have a tardiness policy that is overly punitive and results in a high turnover rate of employees that could otherwise be successful. The Center can then support an employer in implementing practice changes in order to achieve its desired outcomes and improve its bottom line.”

Not only does the Center offer this support, but it also serves as a hub between businesses and the workforce ecosystem that exists in this region. “These social solutions organizations excel at removing barriers for people who are looking to advance their lives through work and can bring companies new sources of talent that employers may not have previously considered,” she says. “An example is hiring citizens who have returned from the criminal justice system. There are tremendous examples of employers who have hired returning citizens, sometimes called second-chance or fair-chance hiring, and have had great success for both the business and the employees.”

Now that COVID-19 is having a significant economic impact on the community, the Workforce Innovation Center and the Cincinnati Chamber are working diligently to ensure that they are doing all they can to respond to the needs of companies to keep them alive and to get people into jobs. “We anticipate that we will continue to evolve as the rest of the world does,” adds Treasure. 

To learn more about the Workforce Innovation Center, click here. The Workforce Innovation Center is also part of the work being done as part of the new Bloomberg Philanthropies national initiative to improve economic mobility, which you can read more about here

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A recovering addict found the light at the end of the tunnel with an unsuspecting source: screen printing. See how it’s now changing lives for many others across the region.

Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can turn things around. That’s what happened to Brandon Swinehart, Co-Founder of SRO Prints, a full-service branding company with a unique social mission. 

“We employ and later offer shares of the company to recovering addicts,” explains Swinehart. “We have over 25 years of combined experience in the graphic design, promotional product, and apparel decorating industry. Our screen printing is all done in-house and we are one of the best apparel decorations in the region. Our co-founder, Brandon Swinehart, trained and worked alongside the industry leaders in apparel decorating from California to New York.”

The journey to establishing and building SRO Prints wasn’t an easy one for Swinehart. He was the middle child of 4, and never felt like he fit in. 

“I grew up in an educated, upper middle class home with my three siblings and parents,” he explains. “One bad choice after another I somehow found myself an addict and homeless in San Francisco with a lengthy record I had obtained to support my habit.”

Swinehart said enough was enough and decided to change his life and get clean on May 5, 2005. Coming back to grips with his reality, he hadn’t had a job in nearly a decade and didn’t have many skills to offer – just a prison record and bag full of donated clothes. 

However, he was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel when he was offered a job at a nonprofit in San Francisco that screen printed shirts. And that’s when he fell in love.

“I became friends with the general manager who was also a recovering heroin addict and soaked up everything I could about the industry like a sponge,” he says. “I’ve worked for and with some of the best apparel decorators in the country, but I still felt like I had something more to offer.”

That’s when he was inspired to team up with his wife and business partner and launch SRO Prints, because he wanted to help other recovering addicts get through the stigma that’s too often attached to them when they struggle with a drug problem. 

“I know the fear, frustration, and struggle that comes with rebuilding your life after destroying it for years,” he says. “Sara, my wife, who is not in recovery, saw addiction and recovery in a new light and felt it was our mission to help those who needed a second chance by offering a career and not a job, a place where you are accepted and not judged. We are a tightly knit company with a very high standard of excellence.”

Swinehart credits his wife Sara, the CEO behind SRO Prints, for much of the company’s success. SRO Prints was a finalist for Bad Girl Ventures, now known as Aviatra Accelerators, and Artworks’ Big Pitch under Sara’s guidance. Chase Stein serves as the company’s lead designer and account manager. Swinehart is the COO of SRO Prints and has all the connections in the apparel and promotional products industry. 

With COVID-19 hitting the country hard, Swinehart is currently the only employee coming into the warehouse as many of their clients have closed. “We are currently running a campaign to help one of our clients, Over the Rhine Community Housing,” he says. You can learn more about the campaign here.

Swinehart is looking forward to fully opening up SRO Prints again when things return to normal, as they have plans to purchase a 10-color automatic press for screen printing apparel and also setting up a new shop.

To learn more about SRO Prints, visit www.sroprints.com. There you can follow along with their blog. SRO Prints is also on Facebook and Instagram.

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Want to hone in on your digital marketing skills during quarantine? Learn about a local company offering digital marketing courses for entrepreneurs, sales professionals and more.

If you have the time on your hands, self-isolation is as good a time as ever to learn a new skill. For those who are entrepreneurs and want to learn more about digital marketing or want to hone your digital marketing skills, Boot Camp Digital wants to help.

Boot Camp Digital is a digital marketing training company that focuses on helping businesses and organizations grow using online tools and platforms, including social media.

“Boot Camp Digital offers a huge library of online courses, from beginning to advanced, plus globally accredited certifications in digital and social media marketing and SEO,” explains Digital Training Manager Melissa Byers. “We teach you how to properly set up your profiles and accounts, create compelling content, grow your audience, engage with them effectively, and measure the results.”

Byers says that those who are not digital marketers but want to sharpen their personal online presence can also check out the program called Launch Yourself that walks you through the steps of defining, designing, and delivering a strong personal brand that’s uniquely you and stands out from the crowd. 

“Thousands of sales professionals, executives, consultants, authors, speakers, trainers, and more have completed this course and are now attracting the types of opportunities they actually want thanks to their online personal brand,” adds Byers. 

In the midst of stay-at-home orders and self-isolation, Boot Camp Digital is offering custom webinars and full workshops virtually for corporate, non-profit, and government clients. 

“Just because teams are working from home doesn’t mean the learning or business stops,” she says. “We’re able to deliver engaging and interactive training experiences virtually just as we would if we were all in the same room.”

Byers says that Boot Camp Digital broadcasts weekly from the members-only Facebook group with digital marketing news updates, member Q&As, expert interviews, cast studies, and high-impact topics. 

There is a five-day free trial available, giving them access to the All Access Pass, which includes the entire online library of courses and certifications. To learn more about the All Access Pass, click here

To learn more about Boot Camp Digital, visit www.bootcampdigital.com

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