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Learn more about the marketing firm started in a barn in Kentucky that’s grown to support numerous Fortune 500 companies.

 

“We know we need to grow, but we’re not sure where to start.” “We know our five-year vision but we don’t have a pipeline to get there.” “We have this amazing piece of technology, but what do we do with it?” These are all concerns of clients addressed by Seed Strategy, a growth acceleration firm located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

Seed Strategy was founded by CEO Susan Jones in 2002. After having previously worked for a more traditional marketing agency, Jones was dissatisfied with the traditional model and wanted to develop her own, new vision. And with that, Seed Strategy was born.

Seed Strategy is a growth acceleration firm. This means the company aims to help clients achieve top-line growth and come to unique solutions with speed and agility.

“Jones wanted to create a sanctuary for the creative spirit. Our goal has never been to be the biggest agency, we just want to be the best for what we do,” says Robert Cherry, Chief Creative Officer.

Seed Strategy is a growth acceleration firm that helps clients achieve growth and find unique solutions.

Clients can receive services under the following categories: growth, fresh ideas, and moving people. Whether clients need help with business vision, brand renovation, new product ideation, or team alignment, Seed Strategy has the tools to reach a solution.

The company’s tagline is, “Where clarity grows,” explains Cherry. “We work upstream on a lot of innovation products. We are really adept at helping companies get real, actionable results and tangible things that they can develop and sell to retailers.”

Seed Strategy works with numerous Fortune 500 companies and has clients on every continent, excluding Antartica.

In their spare time, the employees of Seed Strategy put out an online magazine on creativity called the Fire Theft Project. “It’s an interview series with people who are in creative fields outside of our field. It’s a way for us to stay fresh and stretch ourselves,” says Cherry.

To learn more about the firm and check out their online magazine, visit www.seedstrategy.com.

 

 

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Read on to learn about a Cincinnati-based health food business, spreading approachable and attainable wellness one prepped meal at a time.

 

Midwest Meal Prep is a commissary kitchen based in Newport, Kentucky.

Want to eat healthier but don’t have time for it? A local, health food-focused meal prep business can help with that.

Midwest Meal Prep is based in a commissary kitchen in Newport, Kentucky. “The kitchen is called The Incubator Kitchen and it has been a huge kick start to my business,” Mike Mandell-Brown says, Owner and Founder of Midwest Meal Prep. “It’s a great way for businesses to make the leap from initial inception of concept into production without having to acquire property and such.” Midwest Meal Prep has been in business for two years, and they’ve been in The Incubator Kitchen for one year.

Mandell-Brown brings a college education to his business. “I have been to college for classic French techniques and restaurant management. At the same time, I have worked several years in the field in high volume restaurants crafting my skills as a chef and a leader,” he says. “In 2013, I started my career at PF Changs as a Sous Chef, which helped me learn how to manage people and deal with the stresses and challenges that it presents. Then in 2015, I started a food truck with close friends and have also been doing that ever since.”

The inspiration for the business started in 2013 when Mandell-Brown’s friend approached him about his cooking in 2013. “[My friend] owned a gym and had clients who needed a way to eat better and we sat down and went over some ideas,” Mandell-Brown says. “That was the first time my two passions, cooking and fitness, came together in a harmonious fashion and it just felt right. From there I started coming up with names and such, finally settling on Midwest Meal Prep.”

The target demographic for Midwest Meal Prep has changed over time. “Originally, I was narrow minded in my scope of clients, only focusing on those who were imbedded in the fitness community. Whereas now, we have realized that these services can help not only the aspiring body builder or athlete, but we can help John S who works 9-5, six days a week and just want to eat some healthier foods while trying to balance his life,” Mandell-Brown says. “We feel anyone can start making better life decisions and a great way to start is to be mindful of the foods we put in our bodies, our fuel. It also helps people who need more time in their lives elsewhere and can’t devote two plus hours a week to source food and prepare healthy meals for themselves or family. So, to answer the question, our target demographic is anyone who wants to eat healthy and conveniently while having peace of mind that the food they are eating is flavorful and nutritious.”

There are a variety of services that Midwest Meal Prep offers. There are “weekly meals delivered or dropped off to clients with new and exciting flavors each week. We also offer protein by the pound, vegetables by the pound, or carbohydrates by the pound each week. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner options,” he says.

Midwest Meal Prep is a unique business in the Greater Cincinnati area. “We are set apart with our heightened culinary driven food we offer with a healthy twist,” Mandell-Brown says. “When I sit down and think up new menu options, I try to think of ways to take everyday foodies and make them healthier, for example, our Turkey Mac. We use cottage cheese instead of high fatty American cheese and brown rice noodles for added protein.”

Mandell-Brown’s favorite part of working for Midwest Meal Prep is hearing the input of the customers. “It’s nice to get client feedback after meals have been delivered or see pictures of our food on someone’s social media,” he said. “I’m a chef and I love to cook. This is a great way to mesh that with the health and fitness lifestyle.”

If you want to keep up with what Midwest Meal Prep is doing, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or their website.

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Taking a page from the history books, local entrepreneurs are putting Boone County back on the bourbon map. Learn more about this booming distillery in Northern Kentucky.

 

Boone County Distilling aims to put Northern Kentucky back on the bourbon map.

Cincy Chic: What is Boone County Distilling?
Sara Barnes, Marketing Coordinator at Boone County Distilling: Boone County Distilling Company is reviving a historical distillery region in Northern Kentucky with deep roots and characters that were instrumental in producing quality spirits in the 1800s. Boone County Distilling Company pays homage in resurrecting the culture, pride, and determination of these pioneers and honors their spirit in making our fine products.

Boone County Distilling is located about 15 miles south of Cincinnati on I-75.

Cincy Chic: What inspired the distillery?
Barnes: The brand harkens back to the year 1833 in the Northern Hills of Kentucky where the original Boone County Distillery (aka The Petersburg Distillery) operated on the banks of the mighty Ohio River, where brothers William and John Snyder acquired a flour and grist mill. By 1836, they figured out that it was much more profitable to convert the starches in the grain to alcohol. The distillery changed ownership several times and was eventually sold in 1874 to two Jewish men from Cincinnati: Julius Frieburg and Levi J. Workum (brothers-in-law). In 1880, Frieburg and Workum were making more whiskey than anyone in Kentucky, making almost 4 million gallons per year. The distillery would grow to become the third largest in the United States, a major production site bustling with river trade just downriver from Cincinnati.

Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati’s Whiskey industry of the late 19th Century was marked by expansion and agglomeration, and Frieburg and Workum were said to be the biggest fish in a very large pond.  

These pioneers serve as the inspiration for our brand and facility, the ‘ghosts’ watching over our quality and craftsmanship. The facility was eventually purchased and shut down in the early 1900s before Prohibition. Boone County bourbon production remained dormant for over a century!

Boone County Distilling pays homage to its ghostly history and uses the tagline “Made by Ghosts.”

Reminiscent of the days when bourbon was celebrated as the life-blood of the region, our new distillery is 5000 square feet set on 2.5 acres. It includes a 500-gallon copper pot still, four fermenters and a small batch bottling line with a capacity of hundreds of barrels of small batch bourbon a year. Barrels are stored on site, in a 3000 square foot rick house behind the distillery. In every detail of our operation we’ve respected our history while investing in our future. Our tag line, ‘Made by Ghosts (registered trademark)’, harkens to the early pioneers who crafted spirits in Boone County more than 100 years ago.

Cincy Chic: When did the new owners officially take over Boone County Distilling?
Barnes: After meeting each other in 1997 the two stayed friends as their careers progressed. The idea of a brewery came up over the course of about a year before Jack Wells and Josh Quinn got serious about the idea of opening an distillery in 2011. They explored labels, stories, tried to identify flavors, solve world programs, and enjoy the company of one another. It was in the winter of 2012 that the two began a deep dive into bourbon history. While exploring a number of stories they discovered the history of the original distillery in Boone County. The distillery officially began operations on October 3, 2015, the first time in 116 years that there was bourbon being distilled in Boone County.

Larry Ebersold, the consultant, once said “Making whiskey and letting the barrel work its magic is the easy part…it’s getting here that’s the hard part.” He’s spot on.

We’ve invested millions of dollars into a wonderful facility, it hasn’t been easy, but we’ve hired the right consultants, been blessed with solid employees, some luck, a lot of hard work, and just some good things falling into place.

Boone County Distilling offers tours to give you a look at the history of the business.

Cincy Chic: Where is Boone County Distilling located?
Barnes: We are located at 10601 Toebben Drive Boone County, Kentucky, 41051. We are conveniently located off of Interstate 75 in Northern Kentucky just 15 miles south of Cincinnati and just a few miles from the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Cincy Chic: What types of bourbon and other distilled products can readers find at Boone County Distillery?
Barnes: We sell Eighteen 33 (which is our 10-year aged Bourbon), White Hall Bourbon Cream (32-proof alabaster cream blended with our 10-year aged Bourbon), Tanners Curse (120-proof new make/white whiskey), logoed merchandise, glassware, novelty, bourbon foods, and some handmade bourbon barrel/stave furniture. We also have a lot of Bourbon themed plaques and gifts.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about distillery tours!
Barnes: We are open on Wednesday through Saturday from 12 pm-5 pm and Sunday from 12 pm until 4 pm. Our tours run daily at 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm. Our tour is about an hour long and guests will discover our rich history, Boone County roots, have a behind the scenes look at our spirits production and 800 barrel rick house. We will conclude the tour in our tasting room with a complimentary tasting of all of our available products. Tours cost $5/per person.

Cincy Chic: What makes Boone County Distilling unique?
Barnes: Each story on our labels is true and accurate as history recorded it. It’s a public library search away. We have Keith Neltner of Neltner Small Batch to thank for our gorgeous bottle and label designs. We’re really just average people in pursuit of the American Dream. It’s about making great whiskey and retelling a long-lost story, placing Boone County back in historical conversations about Kentucky Bourbon history.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Boone County Distilling?
Barnes: We recently released our first 12 year single barrel cask strength distillery pick. It was an overwhelming success so more of those to come in the near future. We have experimented with Gin and also did a run of 100% Rye Whiskey last year so that is resting in the rick house.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the distillery and follow along?
Barnes: Readers can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Our website is www.madebyghosts.com and there is a link on the website to sign up for our distillery email list – our followers on the email list will be the first to know about limited/special releases and any other news at the distillery before the general public.

 

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    From St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s state-of-the art technology to Wine & Watercolor classes, see how this heavy hitter in local healthcare is enhancing its women’s wellness programs.

    St. Elizabeth events for women include birthing classes, grandparents classes, breastfeeding classes, big brother/big sister classes, mother to daughter classes, mobile mammography and cardiovascular screenings, Take Time for your Heart classes, and Wine & Watercolor classes

    Based in Northern Kentucky, St. Elizabeth Healthcare dates back to 1861 when it was founded as one small hospital. Fast forward to 2017, and St. Elizabeth now operates seven facilities throughout Northern Kentucky to provide medical care and wellness programs to Greater Cincinnati.

    According to Laura Sipple, head of Oncology and Women’s Wellness Marketing, St. Elizabeth’s was recently awarded an “A” for Patient Safety in the Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Which makes sense, she says, because St. Elizabeth’s mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care that improves the health of the people they serve. This goal is met by using state-of-the-art technology and its personnel, who are dedicated to helping the community, she adds.

    The healthcare provider recently donated $30,000 to four community organizations and athletic trainers in Northern Kentucky to aid in the purchase of at least 20 automated external defibrillators while also bringing in new procedures to the facilities such as total knee replacement robotic surgery.
     

    St. Elizabeth Healthcare is changing women’s wellness throughout the Tri-State with mobile healthcare, wellness programs, and other healthy events.

    A specific area of focus for St. Elizabeth, though, is women’s health. In fact, it has an entire in-depth program dedicated to women’s wellness. Through these programs and events, Sipple says, St. Elizabeth Healthcare hopes to make it as easy and fun as possible for women take charge of their health.

    This year has been big for the provider’s women’s wellness program, as it was recognized as 2017 Women’s Choice Award winners in Obstetrics, Heart Care, and Patient Safety.

    “St. Elizabeth’s is hosting several events for women in the community, including a variety of birthing classes, grandparents classes, breastfeeding classes, big brother/big sister classes, mother to daughter classes, tours, mobile mammography and cardiovascular options, Take Time for your Heart classes, and Wine & Watercolor classes,” says Sipple.

    On April 26, and again on October 25, St. Elizabeth will host its FORCE Support Group. According to Sipple, these get-togethers are ideal for those who have a family history of breast, ovarian, or a related cancer.

    “[If you’re] considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a BRCA mutation or another gene associated with an increased cancer risk,” says Sipple. “These get-togethers are your chance to meet others who know what you’re going through, to ask questions, learn, or just listen in a safe and supportive environment.”

    Sipple says guests can RSVP for the get-togethers by emailing Brandi at brandif@facingourrusk.org or by calling St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hereditary Cancer Genetic Counseling at 859-301-5396.

    According to Sipple, other upcoming events include the March of Dimes March for Babies on April 30, Northern Kentucky Night at the Cincinnati Reds on May 20, and Heartchase Northern Kentucky on May 20.

    To learn more about St. Elizabeth Healthcare, visit https://www.stelizabeth.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

     

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    A local food tour takes guests on a tasty trip around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best locally-owned restaurants. Read on for all the delicious details.

     

    Riverside Food Tours is a walking food tour through unique Tri-State neighborhoods.

    Sightseeing tours are nothing new, but Covington-based Riverside Food Tours puts a new twist on an old favorite: The walking tour explores the sights and culture of the unique neighborhoods Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati through food, stopping at five locally owned restaurants on each tour.

    “We visit various restaurants, sampling signature dishes the chef and owner wish to showcase,” explains Owner and tour guide Laura Noyes, who co-owns Riverside Food Tours with her husband Mike. “We sample a craft beer or glass of wine and always include a sweet or dessert. As we stroll from stop to stop, we share history, photos, travel tips and interesting facts about the neighborhood. Since all the tours are in historic neighborhoods, we learn about the beautiful architecture and the area’s famous residents.”

    Tours are about three hours long, run five days a week, and groups typically include twelve or fewer people, including both locals who want to try out several new restaurants at once and visitors from out of town.

    Riverside Food Tours was founded in the fall of 2015. Before the founding, Noyes worked in interior design and her husband worked at Procter & Gamble. On a visit to Newport, Rhode Islands, Laura and Mike booked their first food tour. “We loved the concept and wanted to recreate the experience back home,” she says. So they did.

    Every tour hosted by Riverside Food Tours is different, but all focus on locally-owned eateries that source their products from local farmers and businesses. On the Madison Avenue tour, guests visit ethnic restaurants and eat authentic food from Israel, Persia, China and Mexico. Riverside Food Tours also visits the Braxton Brewing Company, owned by a local family in Kentucky. The tours provide a wide variety of flavors, and at the end, when the guide asks guests which restaurant was their favorite, they are often told that they were all so good it’s impossible to choose.

    “Riverside Food Tours is a unique experience for locals, because it allows them an opportunity to view their city in a whole new light,” Noyes explains. “They visit neighborhoods for the first time, dine at local restaurants, hear the history and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. It’s a perfect afternoon adventure that’s so different from the ordinary routine. It’s also nice for those hosting friends and family from out of town, because we do all the work!”

    Cincy Chic’s Director of Operations Stephanie Simon during her tour with Riverside Food Tours.

    Riverside Food Tours also hosts groups celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, and showers.

    To learn more, visit http://riversidefoodtours.com/, and check out this awesome experience Cincy Chic’s Director of Operations Stephanie Simon:

    John and I did the Mainstrasse Village Food Tour. Perfect date for a couple with a children! Laura, owner and our tour guide, is SUPER knowledgable. Tour was not just about the food and different bars/restaurants but the history of that area as well! After 3 hours of samplings, you def. leave full! Highly recommended for anyone who is looking for something different to do! We can’t wait to try out the other tours they offer!

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    In honor of February being heart health awareness month, we learn about the scans that can test your cardiac age compared to your calendar age.

     

    St. Elizabeth is traveling with its CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit.

    Heart health is the responsibility of the young. After all, most of us get only one ticker.

    Knowing how it’s working (circulation) and what it’s up against (plaque that can block the arteries) can help you make changes to protect your heart and keep it beating strong.

    Long before symptoms appear, key medical tests can provide a baseline for you and your doctor. Four of those tests are offered on the St. Elizabeth Healthcare CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit, which visits shopping centers, churches and senior centers as part of St. Elizabeth’s community effort to promote heart health.

    “For younger people that come on and have the screening, it’s kind of a nice affirmation of ‘yes, I’m doing things right’ or ‘boy, I need to straighten some things out because if I don’t, in 10-15 years, I could be at risk for cardiovascular disease,’” said Jeanie Foley, Patient and Wellness Coordinator for the mobile unit.

    A quick blood test and smoking history, as well as height and weight, are used to determine your cardiac age. It estimates the risk of developing heart disease in the next 10 years. “So, if you are 42 and you have a cardiac age of 64,” explained Foley, a registered nurse, “it’s a clear wakeup call.”

    People are really surprised when they see their cardiac age is 20 years older than their calendar age, said Foley. “[They often say] I really do need to stop eating fried chicken and get moving a little more.”

    Also offered on the mobile unit: carotid ultrasound which can reveal plaque buildup and blockages in the arteries of the neck which supply blood to the brain.

    People can be doing all the right things – exercising and watching what they eat – and still want to check things out using the tests.

    “If you are 55, there are ways to improve … perhaps your cholesterol isn’t quite being managed right … your statin isn’t as effective as it should be,” said Foley. A visit with the doctor may be in order.

    The specifics:

    • Four tests are offered for $100; or you may choose individual tests for $25.
    • Bring a check, cash or credit card. Insurance is not accepted.
    • A typical visit is 30 minutes with a reservation at 859-301-WELL (9355).
    • A four-hour fast is required for the blood test.

    “It is a non-threatening, easy way to get some good baseline information about your health,” said Foley.

     Upcoming dates for the St. Elizabeth CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit:

    TUESDAY, FEB. 14 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Women Take Heart Screening Dillard’s
    2900 Town Center Blvd.
    Crestview Hills

    WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15 1-5 p.m.
    R.C. Durr YMCA
    5874 Veterans Way
    Burlington

    THURSDAY, FEB. 16 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Kroger
    9950 Berberich Drive
    Florence

    FRIDAY, FEB. 17 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Remke Markets
    5016 Old Taylor Mill Road
    Taylor Mill

    MONDAY, FEB. 20 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Town and Country Sports and Health Club
    1018 Town Drive
    Wilder

    TUESDAY, FEB. 21 Noon to 6 p.m.
    St. Elizabeth Florence
    4900 Houston Road
    Florence

    TUESDAY, FEB. 22 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Kroger Marketplace
    375 Crossroads Blvd.
    Cold Spring

    THURSDAY, FEB. 23 8 a.m. to noon
    Five Seasons Family Sports Club
    345 Thomas More Parkway
    Crestview Hills

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    One woman’s dedication to improving the lives of area foster children has become a city wide campaign to collect items for those in need. Learn how you can help, too.

    Sweet Soles For Love gives donated shoes to foster children in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton.

    Sweet Soles For Love is a community outreach campaign requesting donations of shoes to be given to foster children throughout Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton.

    Julie Phillippi-Whitney of Phillippi-Whitney Communications came up with the concept during the summer of 2014. She was watching a television broadcast about foster children in Virginia that had to carry their belongings in trash bags when they moved from home to home. This inspired her to collect suitcases for foster children in our region making 2017 the third year the organization has collected items for area foster children.

    “Julie reached out first to Hamilton County Job & Family Services to confirm the need for suitcases. She then contacted Sibcy Cline as a partner since she thought we conveniently located branch offices for drop offs. We immediately said yes,” reports Susan Knabe, an employee of Sibcy Cline. With a goal to collect 500 suitcases, the organization ended up with over 10,000 pieces of luggage through the Cases For Love campaign. The next year they collected over 6,800 mittens, hats and scarves for Gloves For Love. This year, they are less than 50 pairs of new shoes away from meeting their goal of 500 pairs with the Sweet Soles Shoe Drive campaign and plan to exceed their goal as they have in the past.

    “People have been very generous by donating everything from the smallest of baby shoes, to kid-sized Star Wars sneakers, to larger-sized athletic shoes and boots. It has been thrilling looking at all of the different shoes coming into our offices. We know the foster children are going to love their new shoes,” says Knabe.

    One heart-warming story of this campaign comes from a family whose little boy is having a birthday party and does not want any gifts. Instead he has sent out special Sweet Soles For Love party invitations requesting his friends and family come with new shoes to donate towards the Sweet Soles Shoe Drive!

    You can get involved by dropping off new, closed toe shoes at any Sibcy Cline location Monday-Friday from 9-5 pm. They are collecting new shoes of all sizes now through Valentine’s Day. If you or someone you know would like to collect shoes through an organization or individually organize an effort, Sweet Soles For Love and Sibcy Cline are happy to provide a digital flyer for the cause.

    Our area’s foster children have a great need for new shoes! Many times these children have very few belongings and sometimes lack the basics such as sturdy shoes. Sweet Soles For Love hopes the public reaches out and gets involved with the Sweet Soles Shoe Drive.

    Follow the cause by clicking here or find a Sibcy Cline office here.

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    Say “yes” to more of life’s unexpected opportunities in 2017 with this local child care facility that offers all-day drop-in care without advance reservations.

    Skidaddles offers drop-in childcare without advance reservations.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Skidaddles!
    Tiffany Sams, Founder of Skidaddles: Skidaddles is Greater Cincinnati’s provider of convenient, top-quality drop-in childcare. The centers are open all day for drop-in care without advance reservations whether it is for one hour or all day. Pre-school, after school care and summer camp are also available. Skidaddles’ popular Friday and Saturday night Date Night allows parents a night out for dinner, parties or shopping. The Florence facility stays open until 11 p.m.; Mason closes at midnight.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired a drop-in childcare facility like Skidaddles?
    Sams: Skidaddles was created by busy parents for busy parents. We struggled with finding flexible childcare options for our daughters, and knew other parents had the same needs. Skidaddles not only meets the flexible needs of parents, it is also educational, safe, and fun.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Skidaddles?
    Sams: Skidaddles has a creative and hands-on management team that is leading the company into a phase of growth through franchising. Holly Matteoli will lead the operations side of franchising and Stacey Alexander will focus on the marketing aspects of the franchises.

    Cincy Chic: When did Skidaddles officially launch?
    Sams: Myself and my husband Michael founded Skidaddles in 2008. As parents, we recognized the need for top-quality, flexible, and reliable childcare. We talked to other parents with similar needs who sought care while they worked part-time, had a doctor’s appointment, needed childcare on a school snow day or wanted to shop without the kids in tow, especially during the holidays.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers find a Skidaddles location?
    Sams: Skidaddles has two locations: 8660 Bankers Street, Florence, KY (859) 647-PLAY and
    5939 Deerfield Blvd., Mason, OH (behind Whole Foods) (513) 204-3482.

    Cincy Chic: What are the rates for using services at Skidaddles?
    Sams: A one-time $50 registration fee per family is required along with immunization and medical records. After that, parents pay for the number of hours their children attend Skidaddles. Parents also have the option of flexible full-time care that can be paid on a weekly basis.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Skidaddles unique?
    Sams: Skidaddles is much more than just a place that watches children. The trained teachers engage the children in age appropriate activities so they can learn and explore. Special theme days such as a Harry Potter Day or Circus Day encourage interest and creativity. Special guests make attending Skidaddles exciting.

    It’s also unique through its options that are more convenient for the parents than for the people behind the business. The centers are open 90 hours a week with no advance reservations necessary. They are open for before school, after school, pre-school and summer camp hours. Skidaddles is especially popular on school snow days when parents are faced with what to do with children when bosses expect them to show up at work.

    Skidaddles is also open on Sundays to host birthday parties.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Skidaddles?
    Sams: Skidaddles is poised to enter a franchise phase at the beginning of 2017. Its management staff has perfected what it takes to run thriving drop in care through operating the centers on both sides of the river. They have worked for over a year to create a business plan that replicates all aspects of their success.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about Skidaddles?
    Sams: Information can be found at www.skidaddles.com. We’re also on Twitter and both our Mason and Florence locations have Facebook pages.

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    A Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce committee is helping entrepreneurs experience the community in innovative ways. Read on to learn more about it!

    Upstart helps local entrepreneurs
    Upstart helps local entrepreneurs make connections, exchange ideas, and come together.
    Are you an entrepreneur living in the Northern Kentucky area? Upstart is a Northern Kentucky organization created to connect people, startups, entrepreneurs, funders, and services. Upstart started in 2012 as a Leadership Northern Kentucky class project. 
     
    “The class collectively recognized an opportunity in the region to bring together the many resources and organizations that support, guide, and fund budding entrepreneurs,” says Jason Payne, President of the Leadership Northern Kentucky class of 2012.
    This idea has turned into an annual street festival where over 500 entrepreneurs attend. “The Upstart event is a one day celebration that allows all these resources and organizations in the region to come together, exchange ideas, and make connections in a festive environment,” Payne explains.
     
    The last Upstart event happened on October 6, where the committee launched “Innovation Alley” in Covington’s Innovation District. The alley connects Russell and Washington Streets between Sixth and Pike. Upstart hopes to transform the alley into a community event and gathering spot. The Duke Foundation, Republic Bank, and U.S. Bank provide financial support to Innovation Alley, which is led by a volunteer team of multiple organizations.
    “I really enjoyed seeing people from established businesses come to the event to see for themselves what’s happening in Covington,” says Debby Shipp, Vice President of Business Growth and International Trade. 
    “They knew there was a lot of innovative activity, but didn’t know the ‘whole picture’ or completely understood what startups, accelerators, and incubators were and what they mean to our local and world economy.”
     
    There are many positive things about Upstart. These things include: investing in the city and each other, opening businesses, creating new friends, sharing ideas, learning about resources available to them as entrepreneurs, and having new people assist entrepreneurs with their business growth. Upstart positively affects the community by educating entrepreneurs about what is going on in their region. The Upstart committee thinks that its important for business owners to celebrate entrepreneurship and build personal relationships with each other.
     
    “The thought is to help create a little synergy with people -it’s a cool place to work, it’s a cool place to live, it’s a cool place to have a beer, there’s a craft brewery right around the corner,” says Trey Grayson, President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “We think it’s a good asset for all of Greater Cincinnati and it’s the kind that attracts the type of people and the type of businesses we’d like to have more of in our region.”
     
    As an organization, Shipp sees Upstart growing. “It’s an easy going and fun way to promote all the good things happening in Covington, in Innovation Alley and how our region can participate in the growth,” she says. 
     
    To learn more about Upstart, follow them on Facebook or follow the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

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      Looking for trendy styles at an affordable price? Keep reading to learn more about three local ladies who set off on a mission to make fab fashions easy to buy - online and at fun social parties - at affordable prices.

      Beth Feldmann, Sara Heinrichs, and Wegford
      Beth Feldmann, Sara Heinrichs, and Megan Wegford of Blue Clover.

      Beth Feldmann, Sara Heinrichs, and Megan Wegford all share a similar passion: They wanted to bring affordable and unique fashion to other women in the Tri-State.

      “We started Blue Clover as a side business, as we all three have full-time jobs and families,” says Co-owner Sara Heinrichs. “This was a way for us to have something of our own, do something that we love (shop!), and bring affordable clothing to friends, family, and other women we have met along the way.”

      Blue Clover is an online-based boutique that sells a variety of clothing items.
      Blue Clover is an online-based boutique that sells a variety of clothing items.

      Based out of Northern Kentucky, Blue Clover officially opened for business in March 2016. The online women’s clothing boutique carries reasonably-priced scarves, hats, tops, sweaters, dresses, jackets, and more.

      Based solely online, Blue Clover offers free shipping on all orders. But if you’re hoping to see them in the flesh, you can check them out at several events, as Heinrichs says they love to promote Blue Clover locally.

      “We also attend social parties,” says Heinrichs. “If you are looking to get together with your girlfriends, enjoy some cocktails, and browse some of the latest seasonal trends, we are happy to attend and we’ll bring the clothes to you for a fun night of shopping.”

      Heinrichs says that what’s even better is that if you are the host of the part, you’ll receive special pricing on products Blue Clover brings along with them.

      Products found at Blue Clover come from various brands, and the majority of the brands are perfect for women who are between ages 20 and 50. You’ll find items that are suited for both wearing to the office and even on nights out on the town.

      Prices on products are affordable, as it’s a main part of Blue Clover’s mission. Heinrichs says that prices range from $15 to $70, so there’s something for every budget.

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      Blue Clover also aims to bring trendy fashion at an affordable price.

      The ladies behind Blue Clover say they will continue to be ambitious with their business and keep reach for success. “The primary goal is to continue to grow Blue Clover, by helping people learn more about who we areand learning to love our brand,” says Heinrichs. “However, we have set many goals for ourselves and for Blue Clover, and we hope to have you be a part of our journey.”

      You can check out Blue Clover as several upcoming events, including Fort Thomas Music and Merchants on September 24, Ludlow Bromley Ladies Day Out on September 25, Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 5, Cincy Chic’s Holiday Glam Fashion Show on December 2, and Fort Thomas’ Giving Back Bazaar on December 3.

      Heinrichs says you can also book your own private party to complete your holiday shopping.

      Check out Blue Clover’s website at www.bluecloverky.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and like them on Facebook.

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