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A new, locally-based, two-person content production company offers a fresh perspective on branding. Read on for more.


Common People Creative brings the community to life with creative storytelling ideas.

Entrepreneurs are rarely short on ideas and creativity, but it’s common for them to be short on time and the ability to effectively market with limited resources. That’s where Common People Creative can help.

Launched about a year ago by a husband and wife team, Common People Creative is a content production company that uses media production such as writing, videography, photography, and social media to tell unique stories. They create content for large companies, small nonprofit groups, tradespeople, community agents, elected officials, and even artists. Common People Creative clients all share a common characteristic: they are common people doing uncommon things. 

My husband and I both left corporate jobs to start working independently and this is something we’ve both wanted to do for the longest time,” says Hannah Purnell, co-owner of Common People Creative, who launched the business alongside her husband Josh Purnell. 

Their services include writing, posted on a personal blog, where you can find attention-getting articles, scripts or even on-voice copies for a range of people and respected media outlets. To both creators of this company, compelling storytelling is all about tying visual elements to an idea and to edit this to create a story that perfectly displays the authenticity that people want to watch or read about. This is what you can see in their videography section of the business.

“I actually took one of Bad Girl Ventures’ exploratory classes where I got to meet a bunch of entrepreneurs. I took it on a whim and after that I was convinced that I wanted to start my own business,” Hannah says. 

Bad Girl Ventures is an incubator program based in Covington, and has since rebranded to Aviatra Accelerators. It is a place for women to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, and take a variety of business classes. 

“It’s a huge resource here in Cincinnati, and after taking those classes along with the knowledge that my husband’s company was downsizing, I started designing the framework for this business. Once my husband became unemployed, we decided to make a go of it and it has been successful so far,” explains Hannah.

Common People Creative has created content all the way from larger scale community development organizations to storytelling about local business owners. It is designed to emphasize the fast-paced growth Cincinnati is currently experiencing.

Emphasizing this growthHannah adds, “It is exciting, and it underscores that there are a lot of people out there like us who are trying to work for themselves. We knew there was a community out there and through this experience it is just that much more prevalent to us that it exists.”

Common People Creative also co-works with other companies to especially capitalize on what makes Cincinnati so special. They’ve partnered with a few businesses including Playground Coworks where they’ve utilized the available physical space and formed a partnership with the creators involved.

“We’ve been working with them for a few months now but it’s going great and it’s giving us a great insight into what it’s really like to operate in different spaces that we’re used to,” adds Hannah. 

The key to this company is truly engaging with local businesses and entrepreneurs, and to ensure exposure for their ideas to prosper. With their creative knowledge and expertise, these videos and articles are helping to reach the community and to get these people’s messages out there. 

“We’re letting people know what these creatives do, how they do it, and why they should be the topic of interest. There is a lot of this in our video offerings, and we want to give local businesses the opportunity to really engage with the community and other like-minded individuals in order to get their ideas out there,” Josh says.

Common People Creative is designed to help Cincinnati natives and transplants alike to learn about people and businesses that you wouldn’t have known existed. They use affordable and approachable branding strategies in order to capitalize on the diverse nature of the city of Cincinnati, showing the general public all the different ways that you can connect with each other. 

“Your company does not have to have a million dollars, or even a huge following in order to have savvy and sharable story that people can latch on to. We occupy a different space than other agencies, and having our background in media production, we offer a story that companies used to only be able to get through a learned media,” Josh explains. “Nowadays, you need people who are agile, fun, and who are truly interested in telling your story.”

To learn more about Common People Creative, or to read their blog, visit

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Learn about a faith-based branding firm headquartered in Cincinnati with clients across the nation singing its praises.

VERB is a faith-based branding firm in Cincinnati.

When you hire a branding firm, you expect action. That’s why Brain Siegel created VERB, full-service, faith-based branding firm headquartered in Cincinnati. 

He says VERB takes a client to new levels by initiating engagement and provoking movement through their verbal and visual identity.

VERB offers a variety of services including creative insights via marketing, branding, communications, and strategic solutions for growth. Siegel says their experience also ranges. From Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, to non-profits such as Give Back Cincinnati, he says VERB is best known for delivering services efficiently and adventurously. 

“VERB was created out of a prior consultancy I had for years called Siegel Innovations,” says Siegel. “From those years of experience, I learned how to team up with other entrepreneurial spirits and I worked with many startups, nonprofits, and other individuals to dissect their respective businesses and where they wanted them to go.” 

Siegel says an important aspect of this company stems from their innovative spirit, ability to seek uniqueness, and love of relationships. This helps to define a business clearly, he adds, so that they can properly serve the community with their gifts and talents. 

“VERB to me is almost like my alter-ego, for lack of a better term, because although I have a full-time job, I am also a husband and father, and I love to help people. I love marketing and I love helping groups of people grow personally and professionally and it truly helps me to have a medium entrepreneurial wise,” adds Siegel. 

VERB also houses an innovation, investing, and growth arm among their firm called Gapstow Ventures: a business unit for investing in, partnering with, and advising startups. They provide services from capital to consultancy for new products, speculative work, and technology. 

“In turn, if I’m helping out these businesses and rebranding their look, there comes the opportunity to invest, and Gapstow is our investment bar as well as an advisory marketing wise to aid us in the growing popularity of ventures and startups today,” explains Siegel

As part of the branding process, this company developed a strategy to not only problem solve an issue and make it better, but to really dissect the idea and to build on it in order to plan it, humanize it, and hopefully make it happen. This process is called Dig. 

“Early on, with some of the bigger clients, I was just ‘doing’. I would jump right in and I wouldn’t take the steps necessary to truly engage with these companies. I noticed that people appreciate clarity in the process, so I came up with Dig to help these people through it,” adds Siegel. 

Through this process, the firm will help to Dig (to listen and truly dissect the idea), Propose (strategize and plan what is next), Immerse (to humanize and empathize with the audience), and to Deliver (to make it happen and truly implement the new brand). 

To be of action, hence the name VERB, the approach of the company is to be human driven and faith fueled, Siegel explains. To them, bringing brands alive has to include adventurous ideas and partnerships hand in hand with bravery and faith-filled action. There is a goal in mind to align with clients’ goals and to truly make what they stand for matter. According to Siegel, the company is driven by people and ideas, and fueled by their faith, business expertise, and thought leadership. 

“Everyone says they care, but we really do,” Siegel says. “We are passionate and driven, and we take action for things like they are our own and we strive to empathize with not only our work but with the people we engage with on a day to day basis.”

VERB wants you to succeed. To them, Siegel says, it is the chance to rebuild your reputation, create a legendary product, and to make a real mark in this world in a positive way. 

To learn more about VERB, visit their website at

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A local networking organization brings contrasting groups of people together to help participants meet others deliberately out of their circle. 

PLUS Cincinnati aims to bring people together for networking happy hours and coffee.

Tired of seeing the same faces at networking events? This is where PLUS Cincinnati can help. 

PLUS is networking organization that brings different people together to meet one another and network. They created a different kind of meet up: one that encompasses happy hour or coffee with a networking opportunity for your business, and for your social life. It is a chance to meet someone you would have never crossed paths with otherwise. In the past, they have held many events that bring together people such as lawyers and artists, illustrators and engineers, and business managers and chefs.

“We started out by having about 20-30 people at our first event and then once our Artists and Philanthropist event hit we started having over 100 people at each event,” says Adam Henry, co-owner of PLUS Cincinnati, along with his colleague John Carrico

Henry and Carrico are also co-owners of a commercial advertising photo studio downtown called Alias Imaging. Through this company, Henry and Carrico have discovered how to reach out to different groups of people just through those in their circle who happen to have jobs in different fields. 

“As part of our job, we have to network with a lot of different ad agencies and a lot of people come to us looking for work, so in this circle of lawyers, artists, and designers, etc. is where we find groups of individuals yearning for something different. This is where we got the idea to start putting on these events and to further evolve PLUS,” adds Carrico

It is truly an organization geared towards bringing new perspectives to different groups of people. Although Henry and Carrico are the main contributors to these ideas, they gain insight into their next events by talking with friends in their circle.

“We would talk to different lawyers, for example, who work for really big agencies, and we would agree to designing, planning, and networking the event, while our friends would really be the ones to bring their colleagues and companions with them to these events. In that sense, we do work with others to truly make these evenings a success,” says Henry.

Each event is uniquely different and is catered more towards a meet and greet style of evening, or happy hour. Each individual can come and go as they please, while also being able to really connect and share ideas with others in different fields. 

This organization has gotten way better feedback that I thought it would. I do hope it continues this way and, who knows? One day we may become a full-fledged company, but right now we’re just letting people come together, and trying to put together two different groups of people each time that wouldn’t normally meet on a normal basis,” adds Carrico

PLUS is here to add to your life, whether it be professionally or personally, Carrico says. 

To learn more about PLUS, or to view their upcoming events, visit their Facebook page.

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Learn about the local job coach who helps you find the job of your dreams through resume writing, interview prep, and even a little soul-searching.

Career Expedition Coaching aims to help you find the job you’ve always wanted.

Barbara Burke spent her entire career as a corporate recruiter, a career that spanned 20 years in both Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Over the course of that time, she conducted an immeasurable amount of interviews and read thousands of resumes.

As a corporate recruiter, aside from doing interviews and reading resumes, she was able to help others secure jobs while also giving them advice on how to better articulate and market their background, how to effectively approach networking and interviewing, and how to stand out in a very crowded candidate marketplace.

“I stopped and realized, ‘Hey, there might be something to this,’” she explains. “People seek me out for this kind of help and I decided to take all of my years of experience in recruiting and use it for the benefit of the job seeker.”

And that’s when she launched Career Expedition Coaching, a place where job seekers get clarity and, with expert guidance, devise an effective strategy to carry out a successful job search.

“The mission of Career Expedition Coaching is to arm job seekers with the tools, tactics, clarity, and confidence to embark on a job search with the goal of landing the right position for them – one that aligns with their interests and expertise and one that clearly demonstrates to employers what value they will bring,” says Burke.

When you think of job searching, you often think that in order for your search to be successful, you have to do more than just find a posting online and submit a resume – and that’s where Burke comes in and helps job seekers take the smartest steps in order to snag their next job.

She writes resumes, LinkedIn profiles, helps to prepare candidates for interviews, helps design a networking strategy, and anything else that is part of a job search and career mobility. Most of the coaching that she does is job search strategy coaching, which means that a candidate knows what type of job or company they’re looking for and all they need is a little guidance on the best way to approach their job search. Whether it’s needing compelling and well-written materials or putting into motion all the other elements that are part of job searching, Burke helps.

She says that the other type of career coaching she offers is career clarity coaching. “This tends to be a more soul-searching type of engagement with a client who is not sure what they want to do next,” she explains. “They have professional experience, typically focused in one field, but are interested in exploring how their experience could apply to a new role or industry. Through a really fun process, we work together to uncover themes stemming from their values, interests, and strengths that provide a map or a compass to guide them to their next career destination.”

While she continues to help job seekers find jobs that are great for them, Burke is also working toward offering workshops for relevant Employee Resource Groups at different companies. “Employee Resource Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of individuals who join together based on common interests, backgrounds, or demographic factors such as gender, race, or ethnicity,” says Burke.

She says the best Employee Resource Groups that would benefit from her knowledge are groups like Professional Women’s Groups (or men’s groups) and Emerging Young Professionals.

“My content for these groups is more geared toward how to have a career strategy always evolving through the course of their professional life even if they’re not looking for a new job outside the company that currently employs them,” says Burke. “I teach them how to manage their career and how to always be building upon their experience and refining their personal value proposition. It’s such fun stuff to talk about and so very important at the same time.”

To learn more about Career Expedition Coaching, visit You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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A local company offers career seminars to help those interested gain insight into what it takes to grow a career in real estate.

Sibcy Cline “Real Career Seminars” help you determine if a career in real estate is right for you.

Have you binged on enough HGTV to wonder if you have a successful future in real estate? Sibcy Cline’s “Real Career Seminars” might be just the thing you need to take the next step.

Held all throughout the Tri-State, these Q&A sessions are geared toward, but not exclusive to, young professionals who want to earn a license in real estate and make a career in the field. According to Becky Robertshaw, Sibcy Cline career specialist, these seminars are geared toward helping candidates decide if this is the industry for them. 

“Attendees can ask questions about life as a real estate agent, how to obtain a license, and the bigger investments needed to start their careerThe sessions are career-oriented and are geared toward growing an individual’s service, connection, and overall professionalism,” she explains. “These sessions are like the door to a new home, and it encourages individuals to take a step.”

They are hosted at various branch offices for the convenience of the attendees. Robertshaw says if someone does decide that they want to become an independent contractor in the industry, they then need to decide what company will align the best with what they have in mind. “An agent’s success can be greatly affected by the company they work for, and it is beyond important to choose one that enhances the agent experience and provides the necessary groundwork for success,” she explains. 

According to Robertshaw, a career in real estate also can contribute to the entrepreneurial journey“It adds to the entrepreneur spirit, in the fact that these individuals would have to look at their career as being a business owner,” she says. “But what makes it more reasonable is that your license is held by a broker, therefore developing a working relationship between the two.”

Sibcy Cline owns 23 branches throughout the Tri-State area, and depending which area a candidate lives in, they can sign up to meet with a manager of any office in their area. “Managers typically offer these once a week for people who are interested in getting started,” says Erika Bussard, another Sibcy Cline career specialist. 

Although candidates will meet with one manager per session, this is still a way for individuals to grow their network and truly gain a step up in the field. “In the past, we have held bigger seminars at our corporate office in Kenwood, where these people have more opportunity to talk with each other, and even agents who have already started in the industry as well as talk with multiple managers of the district,” adds Bussard.

Sibcy Cline has been offering these seminars, big and small, for years and they are looking to bring the larger-scale seminars back in the fall, Robertshaw says. “The life-blood of a real estate company is their agents,” she adds. “They make the buying and selling connections for a company, and we are always interested in talking to people thinking about coming into the business. To really make it work, upcoming agents do need a license but also need to build a working relationship with their assigned company, and that is what these sessions will help you to understand.”

To learn more about the seminars, or to meet with a Sibcy Cline Manager, visit their website at

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We chat with the woman behind this Ohio-based company that helps students determine their true calling and plan for the future.

At the Core is an educational consulting company serving students as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.

“What does the future hold?” It’s a question many teens and young adults ask themselves as they forge a path into the real world. Facing these important decisions can be difficult, and that’s where At The Core can help.

At The Core is an educational consulting company that was founded to serve students as they prepare to make these important decisions. They provide one on one support for teens and their families undergoing the college application process, or clarity for those deciding whether or not they even want to pursue college. 

“Getting into college is not the same as it used to be,” says Beth Probst, founder of At The Core, “When I went to college, it was such a different atmosphere, and the pressure wasn’t as high. But I still needed help, which tells me that kids today need it even more than I did.”

At The Core offers a variety of services for the teen and their family, such as powerful self-assessments and career guidance, as well as private one-on-one support along the way of this lengthy process. There are informational programs and workshops for parents and students that include a multitude of support tools for families with college-bound kids. 

“We are here to ease that feeling of pressure that kids experience when they think they need to have it all figured out,” says Probst. “The goal is to provide families with almost a view of the path ahead before they even have to think about crossing it.”

They serve students in three different areas: self- assessment, career exploration, and educational path planning. In the self-assessment portion, students can identify potential careers and majors that they might be interested in. This portion is solely interview based, including 5 one-on-one casual yet productive sessions with a facilitator. After this step, students can move on to the career exploration which helps students with a few specific careers in mind dig deeper into their specific field. And finally, concluding with the third portion of the process: deciding where to go to college and what to study. 

“Students join us at any point in this process. We receive students as young as 7th grade to seniors in high school about to start applying to colleges. We are here to help at any point along the way,” says Probst. 

Different from your everyday guidance counselors, this company acts as a hub of information for families geared toward the specifics of the child. 

Beth Probst, Founder of At the Core

“We always want the kids to talk to their high school counselorbecause they are amazing people, but they have so many kids to account for and some students just want more help than they can get at school,” adds Probst, speaking about the specialized services that At The Core offers.

The facilitator team working with students is comprised of a group of uniquely-qualified professionals that have a deep expertise in that area of need, such as ACT/SAT, essay writing, etc. They all possess a strong background in supporting students and families, and each has completed detailed training to learn the Guided Self-Assessment process. The goal of each encounter is to ensure that a family’s experience is positive and impactful. 

They collaborate on every student, using the bright minds of different facilitators in order to fully aid the student.

Probst adds, “We are headquartered in Powell, Ohio but are building our team in Cincinnati, and have a group of individuals up and running now.” 

They serve families nationwide. While meetings in Central Ohio and Cincinnati are typically face-to-face, other sessions can be completed online. 

The company also provides programs such as the Looking Ahead program which is a session for 8th grade parents in each school district needing some guidance on what is to come. Their most popular program is Tips for the College- Bound, which is a 90-minute question and answer session for anyone to attend. They are geared toward families who are more so starting out in the process, and just need something to help them wrap their heads around what is to come. They are offered at different libraries around Cincinnati and the best part is that they are free!

“We just want to help ease the process and to provide insight into how beautiful a child’s future can look. Rather than hoping they can figure it out along the way, let’s help them gain the confidence to know what’s ahead of them,” concludes Probst. 

To learn more about At The Coreor to contact a facilitator, visit their website at

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A Louisville-based start-up has plans to expand to Cincy. See how this company’s positive and community-based approach has led them to greatness. 


Level Up Cincinnati offers pop-up style classes and private events to connect, inspire, and education women in the community.

From empowering tools and information, to learning and growing among likeminded and positive individuals, the forthcoming Level Up Cincinnati could help you take your life to the next level.

A start-up with a positive outlook, Level Up is a company that provides pop-up style classes and private events with a goal to connect, educate, and inspire women in their communities. They strive to give back to their community by encouraging women of all ages to share their passion with others, connect in meaningful ways, and explore their own sense of curiosity. 

It was created by Natalia Bishop, Founder and Chief of Happiness, in June of 2016. Originally, it was started to bring more people to her co-working space, Story Louisville. But soon enough, it became a full-fledged company.

Hannah Estes, Director of Marketing, says, “I came on in March 2017 and we’ve been growing at an amazing rate ever since.” 

The students can choose from a wide variety of classes, including cooking classes, arts and crafts, and even classes associated with wellness and business opportunities. Students have a blast learning new things and being together. Their goal as they continue their journey into new communities is to nourish relationships, and to highlight their local makers, creatives, and businesses and to spread a sense of accomplishment and motivation amongst their students. 

The Level Up Cincinnati team.

Bishop, along with fellow colleagues such as Estes, even created a blog to capture and truly keep record of the amazing happenings within the organization. 

At Level Up, there are benefits for all involved: teachers, venues, and students alike. “Our teachers are able to hone their skills, share their talent and expose their brand to the local community, and our students get to experience and fall in love with the community as well,” Estes adds. “We have loved seeing the relationships created in our intimate classes flourish over the past few years.”

For the venues associated with Level Up, there is an opportunity to get the word out there with these events. Students get to experience the community outside of their “bubble” and truly discover neighborhoods they never knew were thriving. 

“We usually put our classes on the weeknights, so this gives venues the opportunity to get foot traffic on traditionally slow nights,” she says.

They have partnered with numerous charities in the past and have volunteered their time to host events that benefit the charities directly. They have pledged to donate up to 5% of their annual profits to local charities. 

They also host quarterly events around the Louisville area, their most recent being at Made Mark in Louisville where they donated all of their proceeds to Women and Families Charity. 

The only reason we can put on these events is because of the community and the support. That is why we love to give back. The sharing of space, talents, and gifts are supremely important to all that Level Up stands for,” Estes adds. 

In addition to the positive affirmations associated with this company, they are also an equal opportunity employer and welcome everyone to their team. They strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people as well as people with disabilities to apply. They believe that equal opportunity is an integral part of Level Up and its future. 

Level Up’s headquarters are based in Louisville, Kentucky, with plans to expand to Cincinnati and Lexington, Kentucky. Although there have already been classes held in Cincinnati in the past, they still want to expand their community here in a bigger way. 

“We have a goal in September to have the Cincinnati branch of Level Up complete. We really want to do this right in order to take advantage of everything that Cincinnati has to offer to our company,” Estes explains. 

All of Level Up’s classes are pop-up events, so they are never held at the same location. This is meant to encourage women to not only connect to each other but to their cities as well by discovering new places around town. 

Estes says the easiest way to find class information is to check the class description on their website, and once you are registered, an email will be sent a week before the class is held with detailed information and a map with directions. Classes usually range from 12-25 people, with emphasis on hands-on learning and encouragement for questions. 

To learn more about Level Up, or take classes, visit their website at

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A local entrepreneur recently launched a certification model for gender equity in the workplace. See how it helps promote equal pay for equal work. 

Queen City Certified is the first local certification model for gender equity in the workplace. 

It was created by Nicole Armstrong, who is a 2018 Haile Fellow through People’s Liberty. People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together passionate, civic-minded people to address challenges and uncover opportunities in Cincinnati. 

“Over the next year as a fellow, I’m going to be developing Queen City Certified. It is something that I’m really passionate about just because my background is very much in the social sector,” says Armstrong, who has worked in the non-profit sector for over 12 years, most recently in social innovation. 

Elaborating more, Armstrong adds, “I got to see first-hand how many women are struggling to become self-sufficient and a lot of the reasons they are struggling is because of these systematic barriers put in place, whether in lower wage jobs or all the way up on the executive level.” 

Today, Queen City Certified works to recognize and support organizations in the Cincinnati area that are committed to promoting an environment where citizens of all genders can thrive in the business world, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. They foster a research-based approach upon the belief that diversity, transparency, and all-inclusion are the cornerstones of a good business.

The certification model is open to both non-profit and for-profit businesses, and businesses of all sizes can participate. Armstrong wants to not only certify but also celebrate what companies are doing well, she adds, “I think a lot of companies are doing awesome things, and I believe a lot of other industries need to see what they’re doing, in order to create a dialogue centered around gender equity and the positives associated with it.” 

Because they are a certification company, they rank businesses across six categories: equal pay for equal work, work-life support, recruitment and interviewing practices, leadership and decision-making, professional development, and their organizational culture. Each business or non-profit that receivespoints based on these six categories will earn a rating on the levels of certified, silver, or gold.

Businesses can benefit from Queen City Certified in a variety of ways, Armstrong says. They offer support through their community of like-minded organizations where you can learn from the experience of local leaders, or gain progress towards gender equity. Once certified, certain organizations will receive the Queen City Certified “Leader in Gender Equity” logo to use as a marketing tool. By being certified, your business could help launch a movement to make Cincinnati a leader in gender equity. And of course, bragging rights are included!  

“It is just so incredibly important today that we bring some sort of transparency to our workplaces to better understand if we are walking the walk, Armstrong adds.

To get certified, an organization needs to go through three half-day collaborative learning sessions with the company, as well as complete an organization self-assessment. This will include going around and seeing how many policies and practices the company currently has in place that already support gender equity. Each organization will receive a guidebook with all the policies and practices included. 

If an organization makes it to a silver or gold qualification, they must complete an anonymous organization-wide survey as well as on-site observational research. There are two opportunities to participate in the certification process; one in the summer and one in the fall. Their first session is launching on July 11

“My goal ultimately is to create a sort of community of organizations that can share their best practices and their learnings and to also share across sectors and across industries,” Armstrong explains. “I think that maybe something that the orchestra is doing would be very valuable in the tech company, for example.”

Organizations such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Free Source Food Bank will be among the attendees in this certification process come July. Armstrong and her colleagues believe that having a wide variety of sectors will foster a conversation and a dialogue around their practices and innovation around gender equity. 

In terms of gender equity, it is all about inclusion. My hope is that once more and more organizations get certified, job seekers will see a choice between businesses that are certified and those that aren’t,” Armstrong says. “Knowing that a company values equity and is certified by that third party, can make a business that much more attractive to other employees.”

To learn more about Queen City Certified, or to apply for certification, visit their website at

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A local business consulting firm specializes in building companies from the ground up and pulling them out of plateaus. Read on for more.

Altabos is a business consulting business that provides business processes, branding, marketing, and IT consulting.

Business consulting that leverages a balance of creativity and technology to sustain success. That’s the idea behind Altabos, a Cincinnati-based business consulting firm.

Altabos provides business processes, branding, marketing, and information technology consulting to help a range of companies — from established corporations to emerging startups — bring their stories to life, and to implement efficient solutions. The secret to success is leveraging creative and technology services, according to Tom Moore, the Director of Process and Technology Innovation at Altabos.  

“We’ve been in consulting or corporate businesses, each one of us, for well over 20 years,” Moore explains, “and what we saw in that time of working with large companies is really what drove us to build Altabos.”

Today, they work with CEOs, business owners, many entrepreneurs, and a few new startups, to highlight the best parts of a business; or in a startup’s case, the idea. According to Moore, clients of Altabos are guaranteed a best-in-class approach to building a business in order to gain a meaningful and effective experience.

“We help a variety of struggling companies get out of their plateau of sorts, or to just get back on their feet,” says Moore. 

Through their business optimization services, they work to optimize the best parts of a business through engaging on the leadership level

“We see a variety of companies that were once very successful go through a stalling period and there can be lots of reasons for that,” Moore says. “That is why our primary services that we offer are focused on the typical areas of technology, branding, and marketing.” 

These strategies are the core aspects of Altabos. Moore says many companies use their technology platforms in an almost “half-speed” wayAltabos helps them to improve that technology to benefit the business and market. The other areas of services offered through branding and marketing, strive to improve a company’s image. 

Elaborating on their strategy, Moore adds, “Many companies come to us with branding issues, another place where they’ve reached a plateau. What these companies may not realize is that they may need a major culture shift.”

After a company reaches a cultural stall in their marketing strategy, Altabos helps with creating a new logo or design and renaming certain aspects. And although this company helps others develop marketing strategies, they do not advertise themselves in the typical way. 

“We typically do not grow through advertising. We grow solely based on our network and who we connect with,” Moore says. “We think that through this process we might gain more respect and trust from companies that work with us.”

To learn more, visit

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A local non-profit and business accelerator focuses on strengthening business leaders of the future with its next networking event. Read on for more.

Ocean Accelerator is teaming up with Kila Englebrook of the Social Enterprise Alliance to host a Social Impact Speed Networking event.

A local organization, Ocean Accelerator, is widening its sea of business connections, resources and enrichment opportunities.

Ocean Accelerator is a Cincinnati based non-profit focused on entrepreneurship and service in the community. It is an independent business accelerator that is uniquely faith-based and focused on “building into the founder,” therefore encouraging and supporting new leaders develop their own business ideas.

Their mission is driven by belief, stating that with a strong understanding of what it takes for an entrepreneur to succeed and a belief in God, humans can help the community not just surviving, but thriving in the business world professionally and spiritually. The programs offered also help those seeking success to maneuver the obstacles of business and to help them grow in the face of adversity. Through their events, trainings, accelerators, and tribe, Oceans teaches, mentors, and invests in those who have a strong faith in God and a passion for success.

Making its debut this Thursday, June 21, the Social Impact Speed Networking event is a special night for individuals to connect and network with other passionate counterparts in social impact. This event will provide bright individuals with the chance to meet other business leaders and employers with the same mindset. This event offers the perfect opportunity to expand your business, or social and enterprise contacts, whether you are a social entrepreneur, small business owner, non-profit professional, or someone just wanting to connect with other individuals doing good in the Cincinnati area. 

“The Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, or S.E.A., actually approached us and were interested in doing a sort of partnership or event with us,” says Courtney DeGeorge-Allen, one of the event and outreach coordinators for Oceans Accelerator.

“As an organization,” DeGeorge-Allen adds, “the S.E.A. is definitely something that is near and dear to our hearts because making the world a better place through your work is a pretty awesome thing to strive to do.”

The S.E.A. is a national organization that provides resources and connections for social enterprises. The vision for S.E.A. as a whole is for social enterprise to reach its potential as a force for more effective and sustainable social impact. They empower social enterprises and social entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work to foster a social enterprise ecosystem in which they can thrive.

At the core of the non-profit, the Ocean community thrives among the concepts of Faith and Entrepreneurship. They have honed seven “continents” of Faith as the backbone to their mission: purpose, perseverance, bravery, discipline, creativity, truth, and community. “This is why it was very natural to partner with S.E.A. for this event,” explains DeGeorge-Allen. “They have such similar values and a fantastic purpose.”

Oceans Accelerator is unique in that they aid new high-techstartups in accelerating and eventually launching a new businessEach young entrepreneur goes through a series of programs including the Harbor Small Business Training in which members toil through nine weeks of once a week sessions followed by six monthly group coaching sessions. The program is led by an experienced business owner and entrepreneur catered to the startup. 

They host several events throughout the year, such as this one, focused on combating “founder loneliness and increasing founding skills. 

Throughout the evening, there will be time to speak with other business leaders as well as a presentation from the President and CEO of S.E.A Network, Kila Englebrook. Englebrook will be talking briefly about her company, as well as sharing some stories from other S.E.A. chapters around the country that highlight the power of networking and community. 

In addition to this groundbreaking event, there will be even more happenings like this one. “There won’t be a repeat of this event any other time this year, but we will be continuing with our monthly events every second Tuesday,” says DeGeorge-Allen. “There are two scheduled already for July and August that focus on entrepreneurship.”

In addition, S.E.A. Cincinnati holds quarterly events that are similar in nature and hosted in partnership with other social enterprises throughout the city.

Each event has a networking purpose,” she says, “but some may be focused on providing education and resources for social enterprises as well.” 

The event will be held this Thursday, June 21, from 5:30- 8:30 PM with Ocean Accelerator, located at 1100 Sycamore Street, 4th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202. It is free for S.E.A. members and $10 for non-members. Light refreshments will be provided.

To learn more about Oceans Accelerator, visit

To learn more about Englebrook and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Chapter of S.E.A., visit,

To learn more about the event, or purchase a ticket, click here.