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Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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Learn about the woman behind a new zero-waste lifestyle shop in OTR who’s making the earth’s future a little brighter one fun find at a time.

Rachel Felous, founder of Simply Zero

One of today’s biggest topics is that of climate change – which has been attributed to air pollution, overpopulation, and waste. From dirtying the air to filling the oceans with garbage, there are many who are on a mission to help clean up our environment. 

 

Rachel Felous is a woman on a mission to do just that through Simply Zero, her business that’s on a mission to create a future with zero waste and low impact living through their products, education, and community activism. 

 

“I created Simply Zero for those who are seeking to live a mindful and sustainable life,” she says. “Simply Zero was built on the fundamental idea that each one of us has the capability of creating positive change in this world through the choices we make and the dollars we spend.”

Currently, Simply Zero has a pop-up shop in OTR until Jan 5 at 1329 Vine Street.

 

Simply Zero sells everyday products such as coffee cups, straws, and totes as well as beauty and wellness products including skincare, makeup, and body care products, and even home products including items to use in the kitchen and bathroom as well as cleaning products.

 

Not only do they sell products but Simply Zero also offers events including workshops to help bring the community together and educate them on zero waste, low impact lifestyles.

 

Some of these workshops includes Zero Waste for Beginners, Low Impact Spring Cleaning, and Zero Waste Travel.

 

The point of Simply Zero’s community and product efforts is to help empower others to love the earth, make less waste, and live a life that’s good for themselves and the planet. “That’s why we sell package-free, sustainable, and eco-friendly products that help you live your best zero waste, low impact lifestyle,” says Felous.

Currently, Simply Zero has a concept pop-up shop set up in Over-the-Rhine for the holiday season and lasting through January 5. You can visit the store at 1329 Vine Street.

To learn more about Simply Zero, visit simplyzero.co. There you can shop online and even read their blog with tips on how to reduce your waste and make your way toward a zero waste lifestyle.

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She’s a former makeup artist turned natural beauty product guru and advocate for the world’s pollinators. Keep reading for all the buzz.

Emily Hoskins has a vision of making the world a more beautiful place. From better skin through her eco-friendly lifestyle brand with vegan skincare and all-natural cosmetic products, to a brighter future for the world’s pollinators that her business supports.

Her business, Green Bee, was launched after she learned about the thin line between insects and humans. “I was touched by the story of the Monarch butterfly and its incredible migration,” she explains. “Unfortunately, scientists have observed a significant decline in the species in recent years and I wanted to do what I could to help.”

That way of helping came in the form of beauty products. With 16 years of experience as a makeup artist, she knew she could create a product that not only helped her clients look and feel better but also helped a cause close to her heart.

Emily Hoskins, founder of Green Bee

Through the sale of Green Bee’s skincare products, Hoskins is able to raise funds to establish protected habitats for all pollinators. 

“I help individual and commercial gardens apply for registration on national protected habitat maps,” says Hoskins. “The certifications come from the Cincinnati Zoo’s POLLENation program as well as the Monarch Watch program from the University of Kansas.”

Hoskins says that her efforts are not only helping to protect Monarch butterflies but similar pollinating species such as honeybees, moths, birds, and bats, 

When she launched her business, Hoskins set a goal for herself. She wanted to raise $1,000 in her first year of business to go toward pollinator habitat conservation. With less than 9 months into her business venture, Hoskins reached her goal.

With a new decade on the horizon, Hoskins has a lot in the works for Green Bee. “In addition to two newly launched CBD products, we hope to expand to include more eco-friendly lifestyle products,” she says. “In 2020, you can look forward to reusable water bottles, bamboo straws and cutlery sets, organic cotton clothing, upcycled fashion accessories, and even some fun kitchen items.”

You can learn more about Green Bee and Hoskin’s conservation efforts at greenbeeohio.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook to hear about new products and join in the discussion about the many ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home.

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This local tech guru helps businesses thrive through her marketing agency, and inspires personal development through her conferences and a new e-book launching soon.

Kendra Ramirez, founder of Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency

Technology is such an integral part of our daily lives, and Kendra Ramirez saw an opportunity in sharing her love of technology with the world. 

Ramirez is the founder of Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency, a digital sales and marketing agency. 

“We solve lead generation and talent generation problems for our clients,” explains Ramirez. “We do this through building websites, inbound marketing, and recruitment marketing services.”

Ramirez says the inspiration for her business came from the love of technology and helping others navigate technology to grow their own businesses. 

“Technology and strategy is easy for us,” she says. “It is our natural gift and fun to problem solve on a daily basis. We have talked with many businesses over the years that consider themselves a best kept secret and we love helping them shout from the mountain tops how amazing they are so that they aren’t a secret anymore.”

In developing relationships with businesses and clients, Ramirez finds her own inspiration in doing so. She says that she enjoys working with clients who give back to the community while also fulfilling their own dreams. 

She says she finds inspiration in entrepreneurs as she cheers them on, mindset coaches who can help unlock limited beliefs for others, and her family, who offers love and support in the work that she does. 

The journey to where Ramirez is today hasn’t been a straight and narrow path. “My journey to getting here has been all about making shifts,” she explains. “Listening to our client needs and evolving to meet those needs. I started 14 years ago as a digital training and strategy business. By listening to our client needs, we had to evolve the business and add in additional services.”

Today Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency is a full-service business that offers not just strategy but also execution. “We have grown to a team of eight full-time employees and serve clients around the world,” she adds. “We are so grateful that we get to do this work.”

It’s not just the dedication to customers that makes the Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency unique. Ramirez Says, when working with clients, the agency takes a look at the business holistically, not just through a marketing lens. 

“We have grown up in business development and recruiting before getting into marketing,” she explains. “We work with our clients to pull all the pieces together and tie it back to their business strategy. Our clients love our consultative approach to addressing their needs. We aren’t just task masters. We ask lots of questions to understand the real issues and concerns of our clients before jumping in. We have worked with over 700 companies in the past 14 years. There is massive value in the combined learnings over the years.”

Ramirez says that she’s looking forward to the New Year as she releases an e-Book in January.

“It is a collection of tips by marketers and things they wish they knew when taking on a role in marketing and the nuances of being a marketing team of one,” she says. 

Ramirez is also busy planning her Reset Conference on January 30 from 9am-12pm. “We have three amazing mindset speakers that will be sharing tips on how to set yourself up for the best year yet,” she adds.

To learn more about Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency, visit kendraramirez.com. There you can find digital agency efforts. You can also find mindset support at thereset.co.

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She leads a local organization that removes barriers to learning for adults seeking to re-engage in education. Read on to learn her secrets to success.

“Education Matters exists to remove barriers to learning for adults seeking to re-engage in education,” says Mary Delaney, Executive Director of Education Matters.

Cincy Chic: What is Education Matters?
Mary Delaney, Executive Director of Education Matters: Education Matters exists to remove barriers to learning for adults seeking to re-engage in education. We provide personal instruction at any level, from basic literacy all the way through college.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Delaney: Education Matters has always been rooted in responding to the ideas and will of the community. We were founded in 1971 by mothers and grandmothers in Lower Price Hill seeking to address the dropout crisis in our community. They gathered around kitchen tables to tutor each other and their neighbors. This philosophy of community driven education is at the core of our work to this day.

Mary Delaney, Executive Director of Education Matters

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Delaney: We are a small team of 12 staff members (full-time and part-time), a crew of dedicated volunteers, and a fantastic board of directors. Many of our team members started at our organization as volunteers with AmeriCorps and have stayed with the organization. Several of our staff are also former students who re-engaged and advanced their education.

Cincy Chic: Can you share some of the projects and efforts of Education Matters around the city?
Delaney: One of our most recent efforts is the expansion of our English for Speakers of Other Languages, or English Connection, classes. We started a few years ago with 30 students in one small classroom and now we have over 300 students engaged at two locations. Just as our neighborhood mothers and grandmothers responded to community need in the 1970s with GED instruction, English classes and support for our immigrant neighbors is at a critical point in our city. We are working with Santa Maria Community Services to expand to reach many more immigrants in Price Hill and beyond.

Cincy Chic: What makes Education Matters such an important and unique organization?
Delaney: We do things a bit differently. We are an open door, flexible, work at your own pace type of place. We do not do large classes; we work with each student one-on-one to figure out what they need and where they are headed. We also know that life is complicated, so we offer students support with free onsite childcare, transportation help, a food pantry, and one-on-one support for employment. Why Education Matters? We know that education is not a magic wand that changes one’s life overnight, but it is the most essential link to more opportunity in the United States.

Cincy Chic: What inspires your personally in your everyday life?
Delaney: My daily inspiration is our students. There are not too many places in the city where you can walk in and hear 20+ languages spoken, chat with your neighbor about getting a new home, meet someone who just arrived in the U.S., and put your high school math skills to the test. Education is such an important part of my journey and I get to spend each day being a small part in that journey with so many others.

Cincy Chic: Can you share some of the journey that got you to where you are today?
Delaney: I grew up in a small town in what I jokingly call a tiny home, but most refer to as a trailer. Growing up I didn’t realize we were poor until I got to college and had exposure to a bigger world. I felt shame for my roots and I was afraid of being discovered as a “hick.” I let that shame follow me for many years. I practiced to get rid of my country accent, I studied anything I thought would make me seem more worldly, I hid myself. In 2010, I decided to volunteer for one year with AmeriCorps at Education Matters. It was there, through the wisdom of my students, that I truly found myself and learned that my history is my strength. I’ve been at EM ever since and eventually grew into the role of Executive Director. Today, my personal mission is to elevate and celebrate the strengths of each person and to challenge what society labels as faults to show that they are truly strengths.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with Education Matters?
Delaney: You can learn more about our work and find ways to get engaged at emcincy.org or follow us on Facebook and Instagram

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    Inspired by a journey with sobriety and an inspiring story of community support, two local families teamed up to launch a new kind of social exchange. Learn more about their new historic-building-turned-social-hotspot that specializes in good food, drinks, and a welcoming smile for everyone.

    History is everywhere. It’s in the little old house on Main Street and it’s in the old bank that was once thriving with customers going in and out. Back in 2011, the Freys and the Jobes families wanted to have a little piece of their own history when they purchased the old First National Bank building in downtown Harrison.

    “At the time, we didn’t know what it would become,” says Gerilyn Jobe. “We knew the building had a rich history and that one day it would need to be restored. Speed things up to early 2016 when we, alongside the Freys, had a dream that inspired us to launch something amazing.”

    They wanted to create something that was lacking in downtown Harrison: an upscale establishment that could be used to help foster community in the small town. 

    “Without any previous experience in the bar/restaurant industry, we began to research the ins and outs of the process,” she says. “In December 2016, we were blessed by the community with a gift of money that paid for the first set of blueprints.”

    That set of blueprints was what would become Heist + Co, a social exchange that was not birthed to become “just another bar” but, rather, something much more than that. 

    “Just like any other good thing, it took time for Heist + Co to become a reality,” says Jobe. “Many days, months, and years went by to plan, develop, learn, grow, and stretch in areas with which we were not familiar.”

    Since the financial gift helped to bolster the project into reality in 2016, the business has since blossomed into something the business partners say they never could have imagined. 

    “We have worked tirelessly to keep a spirit of excellence in everything that encompasses Heist + Co,” says Jobe. “From the building’s design elements to the food that has been thoughtfully curated on each plate we serve, Heist + Co was created to give our guests an experience they could not get anywhere else.”

    Jobe says that the inspiration for Heist + Co came along when the team was looking to develop something that welcome community members and offered small plates and unique cocktails. It was also at the time when Jobe herself decided to quit drinking. 

    “This became the catalyst which altered the vision of Heist + Co,” she says. “When frequenting other establishments, I felt that there was a definite lack of quality offerings for the non-drinker.”

    It was then that she began to do a lot of research in an effort to find options for those who wanted to go out with friends yet still feel included. It was here that she found the growing trend of non-alcoholic bars. 

    “I found various companies that offered non-alcoholic spirits, wine, and beer,” she says. “It was at that point that the vision of Heist + Co became very clear – it would become a gathering place that welcomed both drinkers and non-drinkers alike, making anyone and everyone is welcome to enjoy the space and feel a sense of belonging.”

    Although the group felt the decision was a risky one, they say it’s paid off. “Heist + Co is experiencing an influx of non-drinkers and we could not be more excited,” she shares.

    When they opened the doors to Heist + Co in 2019, the Jobes and the Freys wanted their social exchange to be a relaxed gathering place that offered an atmosphere that fosters connection, conversation, and community while also being a space that encourages laughter and kindness and welcoming all guests as they are – no more, no less. 

    Through their business Jobe says she wants to be able to introduce the Harrison and surrounding communities to something they’ve never seen before, both in the way of cocktails and small plates. 

    “We want to be the spot that people feel loved and accepted for who they are,” she says. “We want to make sure that everyone who comes in feels valued and special.”

    Frey and Jobe are the owners of The Coffee Peddler, another business in Harrison that plans to open a second location in the fall of 2020. Jobe’s husband, Mitchell, and his business partner Brian Hennessey are also opening a retail business called West Oak & Iron that will be located at 419 Harrison Avenue in the District. 

    To learn more about Heist + Co, including the bank robbing history of the building which inspired the name, visit www.heistandcompany.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Microblading is one of the hottest beauty trends. Learn about the local expert who has been providing services to Dayton and now has a studio in OTR.

    Erica Kidder, who has worked in the beauty industry since 2008, has focused on hair, waxing, and event style hair do’s. But now, Kidder is shifting her focus, and is making women all over the Tri-State feel beautiful and empowered. 

    Kidder started in 2008 at Square One Salon and Spa, in Centerville, Ohio, and has since expanded her horizons. Keeping up with all the new beauty trends, Kidder has decided to open a salon of her own, that holds a focus on microblading as early as May 2. “After five years, I left to explore a career as a small business owner- the past three years I’ve worked within Salon Lofts. Last year, my passion for the industry expanded into permanent makeup, and with the addition of microblading, I quickly outgrew my loft. I made the decision to focus almost exclusively on microblading and I am now leaving Salon Lofts and opening my first salon.”

    Microblading is a newer concept, which is rapidly making its debut to the Greater Cincinnati area. “When I discovered microblading, it was only popular in bigger cities,” explains Kidder. “I knew it was only a matter of time before it reached the Midwest. The service fascinated me. I love that there is an alternative to traditional permanent makeup, that typically leaves clients with a solid filled in eyebrow. Microblading offers the most natural result.”

    When someone talks about microblading, it can come off as a foreign concept. Microblading in short, is a non-permanent tattoo that fills and adds shape to one’s eyebrow, and Kidder understands just how important eyebrows are to women. “This luxury of a permanent makeup service replicates hair strokes in the eyebrow, creating fullness, definition and balance,” explains Kidder. “While microblading is deemed ‘semi-permanent,’ it is still in the ‘tattoo’ family. Due to the pigment being placed under the skin more superficially than a traditional tattoo, naturally it fades faster. Fading is considered a positive characteristic in microblading, as it allows for updates in shape, color and provides the ability to work with changes in aging skin.”

    During a microblading appointment, Kidder says, you can expect to spend up to three hours at your initial appointment. During the first part of this session, she collaborates on a shape that is perfect for you. “We will take time to choose the appropriate pigment color based on your skin tone, and existing brow hair,” she says. “Once you approve your template, we will outline the brow and then provide anesthetics for comfort.” 

    The microblading is done with a small hand tool with sterile, disposable needles to implant pigment into the skin. The second appointment, which is included in the package price, will take place no sooner than four weeks of your initial appointment, and no later than 12 weeks after. “This is a touch up appointment and is absolutely imperative to your results,” Kidder says. “Without it, your results will not be optimal, as the service is only half done. The touch up corrects any irregularities in the microbladed hair strokes and it finishes the process.”

    Since this new concept can generate many questions for the client, Kidder offers one-on-one consultations for $25. “During a consultation, I will cover every question a guest has, but most importantly I address expectations,” says Kidder. “We will talk shape, color, healing, pre-and post care, etc.”

    Since microblading isn’t a permanent tattoo, it does require regular touch ups, fill ins, and a bit of TLC from the client after the session is finished. “For a tattoo,” says Kidder. “A machine is used to implant the pigment deep into the skin, versus microblading, a disposable manual hand tool with sterile one-time use needles is used to deposit pigment into the upper dermal layer of the skin. This superficial placement allows for natural fading with the exfoliation of skin.” 

    Depending on skin type, lifestyle, aftercare, and environmental factors, every guest will retain pigment differently, according to Kidder. For example, she says, if you have oily skin, you are a smoker, or you swim, or tan regularly, you will require more touch ups. “Some guests however will require more sessions without any of these factors applying to them,” she adds. “If you want to maintain your brow, you must touch them up. They are designed to fade. Yearly touch ups are typical, and are $250. I offer a ‘perfecting session’ for guests who want to supplement their initial two appointments for $150. If you don’t need a third visit, a yearly touch up is sufficient.”

    Kidder has an appreciation for microblading for many reasons, but her favorite is the empowerment the women have when they leave her salon. “Having the power to improve someone’s self-confidence is by far the most rewarding part of microblading,” says Kidder. “At the end of every service when I show my guest their new brows, I feel overwhelmed with the same amount of joy that they do. It’s truly incredible to see someone smile ear to ear because of something you did. Last October, breast cancer awareness month, I had a very eye opening experience. I chose to do a giveaway on social media for breast cancer survivors who lost their brow hair due to treatment. I chose four winners during the month. The time I was able to spend with each survivor was incredible, and it proved to me that microblading is so much more than aesthetic. It’s life changing. To give back a part of someone’s womanhood is truly a humbling experience. To this day, I still think about how thankful I am to be able to add to their stories.”

    Kidder says she is thankful for her business growing quicker than she can keep up with, as she is booking clients into August. “I’m happy to see this service is gaining exposure.” says Kidder. Currently, Kidder is with Salon Lofts in Washington Park Plaza, and her microblading sessions are $500. Her first available opening is at the end of July 2020. 

    To find out more about Kidder, or to book an appointment, click here.

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    Read about a local doctor opened a medical cannabis clinic to provide compassionate, expert care in the field of cannabinoid medicine.

    Dr. James Weeks is a firm believer in the power of cannabis as medicine. That’s why he opened One Heart Medical, a locally owned medical cannabis clinic that provides compassionate, expert care in the field of cannabinoid medicine. 

    “We provide access to the medical cannabis card, detailed education on all aspects of cannabis, as well as provide follow up care as needed,” explains Weeks. 

    The main goal behind this alternative medical practice is to help decrease the stigmata that is associated with cannabis while also improving the quality of life for its patients. 

    Weeks himself has extensive experience in the medical field. He trained at The Christ Hospital and is board certified in Internal Medicine. 

    “I have been a practicing hospitalist for the last nine years,” he says. “Not only do I run One Heart Medical, but you can also find me teaching medical students and residents as a part-time faculty at a local hospital and volunteering to provide medical services to the underserved in downtown Cincinnati.”

    Aside from the work he does to better the community and the lives of his patients through his medical practice, he also feels strongly about education. 

    “We provide detailed education in regards to all aspects of cannabis to our patients, including modes of use, impact of various cannabinoids and terpenes, and dosing,” explains Weeks. “We tailor the education to the patient’s individual needs.”

    While there are a variety of services offered at One Heart Medical, each treatment plan is individualized to the person receiving those services based on their medical problems, symptoms, and the medications they take.

    “We have an open door policy, thus if a patient of ours has any questions they can call us, email us, use our clinics my chart, or come back in to see us,” he says. “We want all our patients to achieve the best results from cannabis.”

    One Heart Medical is helping its clinic stand out from other healthcare providers in the quality service it offers patients. Included in the private, non discriminatory, and relaxed environment are 1 hour visits so that each patient gets quality time and education. 

    One Heart Medical is located in the historic Lincoln School in Columbia Tusculum at 455 Delta Avenue, Suite 303

    To learn more about the practice, visit www.oneheartmedical.com. You can also find news and other updates on their Facebook page.

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    Ready to make business connections that benefit both you and the community in the near year? Learn about the Chamber’s Roundtable Kick-Off in January.

    The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is hosting its annual Leadership Roundtable Kickoff on January 22 at the Cintas Center.

    The event will feature bestselling author Bo Burlingham, author of Small Giants. 

    During the event, Burlingham will discuss what he learned while writing his book about 14 small-to-midsize, privately owned companies that are widely acknowledged as being the best at what they do, and that have been given notice for the contributions those companies have made to their communities.

    “He found that they all had what he calls mojo – an elusive quality that makes them irresistible to customers and employees alike,” the Chamber says. “Their mojo, he showed, comes from six characteristics they have in common. In his presentation, Burlingham talks about those characteristics and describes the specific techniques that companies use to generate mojo.”

    The Leadership Roundtables are designed to help connect non-competitive C-Suite business leaders from a variety of industries and organizations from around the city. The roundtables help to offer an exchange of information, ideas, and insights while also giving leaders the chance to understand and share the unique challenges they face in their positions.

    “Each roundtable consists of 8-12 business leaders in similar roles and provides an opportunity to learn directly from each other as well as guest speakers,” the Chamber says.

    There are many benefits to joining Leadership Roundtables, which are now part of the Chamber’s Talent Pillar. “The team is focused on developing and connecting top leaders in our region, strengthening businesses and helping the region thrive,” adds the Chamber.

    Benefits of joining the roundtables include tailored business and leadership workshops, behind-the-scenes community experiences, and pop-up lunches and happy hours that focus on a current business topic, facilitator and moderator training.

    For those who are thinking of joining the Leadership Roundtable program, the Chamber says it’s important for leaders to join a roundtable that best meets their needs and expectations. 

    “Individuals are placed based upon the current composition of existing roundtables, the membership needs of current members, the expectations of those seeking to join and desire to sustain a non competitive environment,” the Chamber shares. “In addition, there is the opportunity to become a founding member of a brand-new roundtable. New roundtables are created by the Chamber based upon the compatibility and interest of prospective members.”

    Current available roundtables from the Chamber include, CEO Roundtables, CFO Roundtables, COO Roundtables, IT Roundtables, CMO Roundtables, Manufacturing Roundtables, CSO Roundtables, CHRO Roundtables, and Supply Chain Roundtables. 

    To learn more about the Chamber’s Leadership Roundtables and how you can apply, click here

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    Running a business but looking for even more ways to be successful? Read about a local accountant who wants to help your finances thrive in the new year.

    Cincy Chic: What is BE Virtual Solutions?
    Kysondra Elliott, Founder of BE Virtual Solutions: BE Virtual Solutions is a business that wants to help service-based companies gain control of their business. 

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Elliott: My passion is helping others, and we want to help other businesses create a profit while gaining freedom. We want to teach others the secret to having a truly successful business. And we know that the solution to success from comes in the form of delegation. Your business will not grow without delegating – we will help you through the stages of delegation.

    Cincy Chic: What types of services do you offer clients?
    Elliott: We offer full-charge bookkeeping packages as well as add-ons. We are accountants that truly care about your personal growth and financial growth! We will work along side you to see that you are able to succeed in whatever it is that you decide to do! We take the Holistic Approach when it comes to finances. In addition to basic bookkeeping, we offer receipt management, budgeting, reports, accounts receivable, accounts payable, historical cleanups, and taxes. 

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about your virtual assistant service?
    Elliott: We offer a virtual assistant for our clients who want to do more delegating with their business. We offer a general administrative virtual assistant services as well as a custom-built service. When you come to us needing a virtual assistant, we ask you to choose a plan so that we can match you with an assistant, and get started on the work. Ultimately the goal is to help you delegate more work out to your team so that you can be more successful.

    Cincy Chic: Where is BE Virtual Solutions located?
    Elliott: We’re at 143 Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek. We work to serve both the Dayton and Cincinnati areas!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
    Elliott: Visit our website at bevirtualsolutions.com.

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      Ready to feel more gratitude and bring more goodness your way in the new decade? We chat with a local lady who launched a free resource to help you feel like — and be — a better you.

      Life is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s what Crazy Grateful is here for. Monica Scalf, founder of The Work Well Group, wanted to offer free resources and learning opportunities designed to help people live a life with less stress and more joy. 

      “At CrazyGrateful.com you can subscribe to receive my weekly email called 3 Good Things, where I share a short, encouraging note plus three things that make life brighter and more joyful,” explains Scalf. “These include fun products, podcasts, shows, recipes, books, and more.”

      Crazy Grateful isn’t just a weekly email series, it’s also the home of a project called Journey to the Brightside, which will begin in January 2020. 

      Here, Scalf will lead the community in tackling one topic a month that can move the needle on living a life that lights you up. 

      “On the first of each month, subscribers will receive an email with links to an essay from myself, along with downloadable tools and strategies that address the topic of the month,” says Scalf. “Support for the topic will continue throughout the month in the weekly newsletter and on the Crazy Grateful Facebook and Instagram pages.”

      With the arrival of the New Year comes the first three months of Crazy Grateful, including:

      The lineup for the first three months is as follows: 

      • January: Less Stress/More Peace
      • February: Less Negativity/More Joy
      • March: Less Self-Doubt, More Confidence

      Scalf says that she was inspired to launch something like Crazy Grateful because she herself identifies as a recovering stress-a-holic and worry wart. 

      Monica Scalf, Founder of Crazy Grateful

      “After 10 years of trying various methods to alleviate an overactive stress and worry response, I realized that only through the right mix of daily practices and mindset shifts was I able to minimize the effect of stress in my life,” she says. “I want to encourage others who are also prone to stress and worry to take action to keep those negative emotions in check. By sharing my personal journey with targeted information from the reading, research, and tools I have tried, I hope to be a useful resource in a world with skyrocketing stress levels.

      Scalf says that what makes Crazy Grateful so important for the community is that it focuses on the topic of minimizing stress and increasing joy from a day-to-day perspective. 

      “Many times there are small adjustments that can be made that can add up to a big bump in positivity and joy in your day,” she says. “People discount these small changes. Crazy Grateful reminds people of the power they have to refocus and reclaim a life that maximizes joy even in the face of stress and busyness, even when they only have small pockets of time to commit to making positive changes.”

      To sign up to join the community of Crazy Grateful, you can visit crazygrateful.com. Once signed up you will start receiving 3 Good Things each Saturday morning via email, as well as the Journey to the Brightside beginning January 1.

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