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Around half a million new businesses are started every month in the United States, though many go on to fail. Fortunately, Cincinnati has a dynamic and thriving female startup scene that you can easily access. In order to do this, you need to make sure you are prepared to be a business owner. Ohio has a unique market, and it needs to be studied carefully. By getting your finances in order first, you can then make sure that your business idea fulfills the needs of local customers. From here, you can start setting out the plans that will maximize your chances of making it in a competitive market. You’ve taken the leap into self-employment; now get the set-up right. 

Make Sure Your Finances are in Order

Debt can profoundly affect women since females are more likely to attend college than men and therefore tend to take out more student loans. If you are worried about paying off student loans, you should first prioritize your repayments and make sure you enter self-employment with sound finances. Use your business dreams as motivation to pay off any outstanding loans if you have the means. This way, any early profits can be put back into the business so that you can expand in the future. 

Research the Ohio Market

If you already have debt, it is important that you understand the consequences. Ohio has its on unique rules regarding the statute of limitations (SOL) on debts, so you may find that you are still able to acquire the funding required for your business startup. You can find each state’s SOL listed here and then go onto research your local target market. Once you are sure that Ohio is the best state to set up your business, then you can go ahead and take the plunge. 

Make a Plan with Clear, Achievable Targets

Planning is the key to success. When setting target, think SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. SMART goals are the best way to get your business up and running straightaway. Write out a detailed business plan so that you have clearly defined targets to work toward. When businesses fail, the most common reason is a lack of a workable strategy, so pour your energy into making a plan and sticking to it in the early days. Once you have built up a profitable company, you will be able to be more flexible and take more creative risks.

Women are increasingly creating incredible brands and building successful businesses in Cincinnati. Once you have decided you want in on the action, make sure that you set up your business to give you the best chance of success. Build a strong credit score, research the market, and set realistic goals to make your business dream a reality.

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The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change program brings together professionals from a variety of industries. Learn more about a banking pro’s experience.


Gina Truong has been in the banking industry since she was in her final semester at Northern Kentucky University. Today, she works at the Project & Marketing Officer for North Side Bank & Trust Company. 

“I started as a part-time teller and managed a couple of our branches,” she explains. “I always liked being involved so I would try to take on different projects and help out where I could, which eventually led me to my current role.”

Today, Truong handles marketing but also supports with the Human Resources Director with cultural, wellness, and employee engagement initiatives. “I’ve always enjoy connecting with people, learning and development, and being a Jill-of-all-trades,” she says. 

Truong says she finds a lot of inspiration in many different ways, including meaningful work, the development of her colleagues, and in the challenges she faces. 

Gina Truong, Project & Marketing Officer for North Side Bank & Trust Company

“I’m inspired by my values and convictions to do what’s best for my company, my team, and our clients,” she says. “I’m inspired by traveling and coming home refreshed with gratitude and appreciation. Most importantly, I’m inspired by the two strongest women in my life, my mom and my sister. They are two of the toughest women I know.”

The career field that Truong is in provided her the opportunity to participate in the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change program. 

“I was craving a strong network in Cincinnati and I knew there was no better way to find one than with the Cincinnati Chamber,” she says. “I have a network within the Ohio banking industry, but my peers are spread across the state and I wanted to find a network closer to home.”

Truong says that she learned a lot from every session with the Chamber and made friendships with the other members of her class. She also enjoyed the curriculum, the ability to visit different companies and sites that she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to visit, as well as Camp Joy.

And because networks are so important to Truong, she says that she would recommend others to participate in the program as well. “I have found an incredible group of women who empower other women,” she says. “They don’t judge, they ask the right questions, and they are amazingly supportive. I am so thankful North Side Bank & Trust Co. sponsored me for this program. There is so much content packed into such a short amount of time, and we all wanted each session to be longer every time. The Chamber shed a lot of light on what goes on behind the scenes and how to engage and connect in your city.”

C-Change is the premier leadership development program for advancing mid-career leaders in the Cincinnati Region. The curriculum combines leadership development with community engagement which enhances current leadership roles and prepares participants for future one. C-Change is a program of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energy) platform. Applications for both C-Change and Cincy Next leadership development 2020 programs are currently being accepting. Deadline to apply is November 22, 2019. More at

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Learn about a new conference coming soon designed to help you reset your mind, your story, and your relationships.

Reset your mind, your story, and your relationship with Reset, a community for face-to-face events and monthly Facebook lives to discuss mindset and hear stories of how people are overcoming obstacles and resetting their stories.

“We are helping each other move from fear and anxiety to joy and gratitude through conversation and resources and tools provided by our certified coaches,” explains Reset Founder Kendra Ramirez. “Your mind stops you from fulfilling your dreams. When we are in a good headspace, all things start to fall into place.”

The inspiration for the Reset community comes from Ramirez’s own life journey and work. “I feel like I have found a secret sauce to living a full life and I want to share it with others,” she explains. “13 years ago I was coming out of divorce and depression. Also, in the beginning stages of my first business in the midst of all of it. Good timing. It was a long road. I now live everyday with gratitude and joy. I have spent a lot of money and time navigating this journey and want to share it with others and hopefully they can figure it out quicker than I did.”

She wants to create moments for the community showing others that obstacles can be overcome. “I truly believe when people can see and hear that obstacles can be overcome they can do it for themselves,” Ramirez adds. “I call it the Roger Bannister moment. Roger Bannister was the first to break the 4-minute mile in 1954. Once he broke the four minute mile others were also able to do it because they knew it could be done. We want to create those moments for our community.”

To bolster its reach in the area, Reset is hosting an upcoming conference on October 18, with 119 attendees currently signed up to particiapte. The conference will feature 3 global mindset speakers including Sandra Vogel, Erin Fritts, and Patrice Borders, who will be sharing core mindset concepts and exercises. 

“This is not a sit and get,” says Ramirez. “The speakers will take us through exercises, table discussions, and journaling time.”

Sandra Vogel will speak on how to increase your positive advantage, Erin Fritts will be talking about the “Yeah, but” and Patrice Borders will be taking about self-compassion. 

“All of the topics are about helping us move out of the headspace of what is holding us back and going after what we want in our life,” says Ramirez.

Those who are unable to attend the conference can follow along with Reset through its web interviews featuring the stories of people from the community who have overcome obstacles in their lives and are thriving. “We have recorded six interviews so far and are looking forward to many more,” she says. “Let us know if you have a story that you would like to share giving someone their ‘Roger Bannister’ moment.”

This unique community by Reset is the first of its kind in the area. Ramirez says that while she’s attended many business and leadership conferences she’s never been to a mindset conference that is focused on helping women indiefty limited beliefs and things that are holding them back while providing tools and resources to work through those beliefs.

“This is so much more than a conference,” she says. “This is an ongoing community, a safe place to have real conversations. Women are good at sweeping things under the rug and saying ‘I am fine’ when we aren’t. We need a place to find our tribe. People who understand what we are experiencing without it being a negative dumping ground.”

Other than the upcoming conference, Ramirez says that she’s currently planning for 2020 events, including other cities and signing up people to be interviewed for our Facebook lives and web interviews. “We are addressing many topics like grief, divorce, depression, balance, happiness, resistance, time management, anxiety, imposter syndrome, etc.,” she says. 

To learn more about Reset, visit or follow along on the Reset Co Facebook page. 

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We’re kicking off breast cancer awareness month with our annual Bras with Flair event this Friday. Click here for a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Cincy Chic’s annual Bras with Flair event is Friday, October 4.

Cincy Chic is hosting its annual Bras with Flair event this Friday, October 4, at the Tri-County Macy’s.

The event is from 6-9 pm and will feature exclusive Macy’s discounts, a fashion show, music, refreshments, a photo booth, and the chance to bid on bedazzled bras decorated by local celebrities and silent auction items. Additionally, local vendors will be on-site with inventory available for purchase. 

Proceeds from the event are donated to Susan G. Komen of Southwest Ohio to aid in breast cancer research and awareness. Cincy Chic will also be honoring one local breast cancer survivor, the inspiration behind local brand With Grace B. Bold, a brand that empowers women to unveil their self-esteem and rebuild their identity after a diagnosis with breast cancer. 

Megan Sullivan, founder of With Grace B. Bold, was largely inspired by her mother, who was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer at the age of 42.

“As a fashion designer with multiple design degrees, I was able to approach the challenges many women face when undergoing treatment for breast cancer with both fashion and function in mind,” Sullivan says. “I believe this approach is a truly valuable way to meet the needs of underserved markets.”

Supporting sponsors for the event include Performance Lexus RiverCenter and Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate. The fashion show sponsor for the evening is Macy’s and the hair sponsor is Salon’63. Fashion show models are provided by Heyman Talent Agency. The photo booth sponsor is The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center of Cincinnati and Cincy Chic photographer Twin Spire Photography will be there capturing Kodak moments throughout the event. 

Vendors include: Ever Skincare with Leslie Young, Paparazzi by Anna Forte, Lipsense Suzanne Goodpaster, Beautycounter with Kate Flaig, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound, BeneYou Katie Kramer, Renewal by Andersen, Scentsy with Lacey Perkins, Pure Romance with Nikki, HempWorx Becky Wagers, W Grace B Bold + more!

Tickets for the event range from $10 for general admission to $20 for front row VIP. A general admission ticket includes standing room for the fashion show, a swag bag, and 2 drink tickets; $15 VIP tickets include a fashion show seat, swag bag, and 2 drink tickets; and $20 front row VIP tickets include a front row fashion show seat, swag bag, and 3 drink tickets. General admission tickets will be available at the door for $15, although swag bags are guaranteed for online ticket sales only. 

Macy’s Tri-County is located at 11700 Princeton Pike in Cincinnati. You can purchase tickets at The dress code for the evening is cocktail chic attire, but Cincy Chic encourages attendees to incorporate something pink to support the cause. 

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An Ohio-based organization wants to end euthanasia of dogs at shelters by providing training to adopters and fosters. Read on for more about their impressive efforts to save animals.

The goal behind Private School Pups is to help end the euthanasia of dogs at shelters. That’s why this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization works to provide grates for dog training and education to fosters and adopters of rescue dogs from local Ohio shelters that may need some guided or professional training.

“Our overall guiding mission is to help end the euthanasia of dogs at shelters,” says Monica Mosure, Co-Founder and President of Private School Pups. “We see at some shelters euthanasia happens as a result of improper identification and/or not having the resources to address a dog’s needs that can be addressed with guided and/or professional training.”

While Private School Pups does not have any training facilities of their own, they do work with local shelters and rescues to provide the funding that will support dog training to help those pups get fostered and adopted.

Mosure says that as someone who has been working in dog rescuing and fostering for more than a decade she has a ton of experience working with rescues and shelters, and her experience is what inspired her to launch Private School Pups.

“I found myself constantly wondering why dogs were euthanized and/or returned to shelters,” she says. “When I really started to break down the pieces and parts and look for the root causes, it seemed like a lot came down to dog training and education.”

Education and training needed comes on both the human as well as the dog side. “Human need to know about dog behaviors, habits, training methods, etc., and dogs need to be given the structure and guided training to build long-lasting, positive, permanent behaviors.”

With training comes a price tag, and Mosure knew that. That’s why Private School Pups decided to provide the financial support needed to those humans who wanted to make a commitment to a rescue dog in need.

Mosure says that what makes her organization unique is that Private School Pups is currently the only charity right now in the area that gives funds directly for the purpose of dog training and education. “We feel strongly that by getting everyone more educated about dog behavior, common behavioral issues, and providing them with the tools and resources they need to deal with those problems areas, we will see greater satisfaction in pet ownership, happier dogs, and less dogs being mistreated and surrendered to shelters,” she adds. 

Private School Pups is preparing to offer what they hope is a long-term training series coming up October 5 in Columbus with Delighted Dog Training. “This two-hour class covers all someone needs to know about bringing a dog home successfully,” says Mosure. “This includes dog body language, giving the pup time to settle in after being adopted, and dog-to-dog introductions.”

The class is free to attend or attendees can donate what they can, as all of the money raised from the class will go directly back to professional dog training for dogs in need. 

To learn more about the upcoming training series, click here

Private School Pups recently held its first Rescue Race and Costume Contest, an event that included a small dog race and a dogs-of-all-sizes costume contest. “With this event being such a great success, we plan to make this a permanent event and perhaps even expand into other cities in Ohio,” adds Mosure. 

To learn more about Private School Pups, visit, or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a powerful organization with a new Greater Cincinnati chapter that’s advancing the economic and leadership development of women.

Women are essential to the workforce, and Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) wants to ensure that women are developed and advanced to help strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves. 

“WELD is a national 501(c)(3) organization and builds programs, events, and a community to support the leadership development of women and drives business growth,” explains National Chapter Management Officer Deepa Keller. 

The founders behind it organization wanted to establish something that would accurately represent female leadership in the community. And they didn’t want to just help women in typical roles, but they wanted to increase the number of women leaders, promote and elevate other women to get a seat at the table and provide programs and connections to advance women to the top. 

WELD is a volunteer-based organization that provides opportunities for women to build strong community connections while also paying forward their success. “These connections foster new careers and business-building opportunities for our volunteers and help women find mentors and sponsors,” says Keller. “We are governed by a volunteer board of directors and we have a national office team that executes the operational aspects of the organization and its chapters.”

The history of WELD dates back to Columbus in 2003 as a local organization. However, throughout the last more than 15 years, WELD has established itself as a national organization with chapters that offer a plethora of leadership programs and events. 

That growth has now expanded to the Cincinnati market. Keller says the first event in the Southern Ohio/Cincinnati region was held in April 2018. 

“We officially launched as a chapter in September 2019, growing to over 50 members this past summer,” says Keller. “We are hoping to expand by reaching women through our programs and events that help develop women’s business and leadership skills, expand their community and national connections, and provide them with opportunities to pay forward their success.”

Keller says that there’s a bonus to having a WELD membership for businesses. “Studies have shown that the more women in executive roles within companies, the more successful the company,” she says. “Research from Catalyst, a global nonprofit with the same goal as WELD, found that companies that have gender diversity are among the highest performing. Attending WELD events provides women business owners the opportunity to invest in their own leadership development as well as that of their employees, and also opens invaluable connections for their businesses.”

There are opportunities to lead within WELD, which also allows anyone to become a member. “WELD also partners with male allies to advance its mission,” says Keller. “WELD has received awards for its diversity and leadership.” 

There are several upcoming events for the Southern Ohio region: 

Thursday, October 10: Hyde Park Country Club from 7:30-9:30 am. This event will host Krissi Barr, Founder of Barr Corporate Success, where she will be discussing “The Fido Factor: How To Get A Leg Up At Work.” Attendees will have the opportunity to share that attendees of the event will have the opportunity to earn CPE credit – in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-7:30pm at a venue that’s to be announced. The event will feature Cofi Higgins, Regional Trainer for Chik-Fil-A. She will be presenting “Sow a Seed, Reap a Team.”

WELD also hosts a national webinar every month that anyone can register for and attend from the comfort of their home or office, in addition to in-person meetings. 

Keller says a full calendar of events can be found at

WELD will continue to reach women leaders in Cincinnati. The organization says that its always looking for the next location as it’s currently in the research phases for Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Southern California. 

To learn more, visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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From HR pro to digital marketing strategist, this mom of three is helping local brands build their base.

Andrea Deckard spent 10 years working for Fortune 400 companies where she provided HR support by developing strategies, finding and retaining talent, and created smart human resources processes and systems. 

“I left Corporate America in 2006 to become a stay-at-home mother to my two boys,” she says. But a medical emergency inspired Deckard to think outside the box when it came to their personal finances and budgeting, while trying to find ways that would allow her family to pay medical bills and stay afloat. 

That’s when Deckard launched the blog Savings Lifestyle, which ignited her successful digital career. 

Today, she is the founder of Andrea Deckard, a digital marketing business that helps other businesses strategize to grow traffic, earn income, offer community engagement, and help with product and content creation. 

Andrea Deckard, founder of digital marketing business Andrea Deckard

“When I started working online, I continued to learn how to do everything along the way as a bootstrapping solopreneur,” she says. “As my career has evolved, and my team has grown, I don’t ever see that changing. My joy comes from learning and helping others achieve success on a daily basis.”

Whether it’s through SEO or paid advertisements, Deckard can help companies grow their traffic, their reach, and ultimately their sales. Her connections have also given her the opportunity to help clients earn income through sponsored opportunities and affiliate marketing. Her email and social media marketing has allowed her to help companies with their community engagement, so they can reach their target audience.

In addition to her savings blog and her digital marketing venture, Deckard is also a partner of, where bloggers go to learn how to turn their blogs into a profitable business.

To learn more about Deckard and her services, visit

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Want to understand Facebook Ads and improve your marketing results? Learn about an upcoming course and networking event you won’t want to miss.

Want to save yourself time and money with Facebook Ads? Then mark your calendars for September 6 when Dooley Media offers the Facebook Ads Masterclass at Union Hall. 

“If you have experience with Facebook Ads but are seeking hands-on instruction to better understand and improve your results, then the Facebook Ads Masterclass is just for you,” says Matt Dooley of Dooley Media. “In this full-day, hands-on workshop, you’ll walk away with a clear plan for improving your ads performance – and you’ll even have some optimized campaigns up and running by the end of the day.”

The class will be led by Dennis Yu and his team at Blitz Metrics, who use a Social Amplification Engine, to help build your audience and see conversions from your ads. Alex Rogers, a Facebook Representative, will also be present to answer questions workshop attendees may have.

The schedule for the day includes: 

8:30 am – Check-in & Networking

9-12pm – Session One: Building the Foundation of Successful Digital Campaigns

Starting from a strong foundation is essential for high converting ad campaigns. Dennis will walk through his Social Amplification Engine that helps social media professionals generate authority and influence, build sequences, and leverage audiences that you will build to drive leads and sales.

This session will cover: 

  • Digital Plumbing: Setting up tracking to leverage your audiences and understand your customer journey.

  • Goals: Setting campaign goals by objective, determining goal costs, determining budgets relative to goals, and structuring campaigns.

  • Content: How to generate influence and build trust in your audiences through implied endorsement, how to find and sequence your best content, and how to track and organize all of your content to recycle your greatest hits.

  • Targeting: How to find your best audiences for $1 a day, sequencing audiences, and leveraging lookalike audiences.

12-1pm – Lunch (included)

1-4pm – Session Two: How to create and dissect the performance of your ads

Do you understand what your ads are telling you? Being able to dissect your analytics and decipher your data is just as important as the setup of your campaigns. Dennis will break down how you can both amplify and optimize your ads campaigns to reduce cost and increase conversions.

This session will cover:

  • Amplification: Finding your best ads and audiences for $1/day and setting up re-marketing ads.

  • Optimization: Dissecting the performance of your ads, benchmarking your results, metrics decomposition, and using checklists to consistently troubleshoot problems and make recommendations.

4:30pm-5:30pm – Rooftop Happy Hour (included)

“Since your head might be spinning from the workshop,” Dooley laughs, we’ll have some adult beverages and a DJ ready to greet you on the rooftop of Union Hall afterward.”

To learn more or RSVP for the event, click here.

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Read on for a peek inside this first-ever event that will inspire and empower you personally and professionally.

Noni Banks (center), founder of The Diva Movement, is one of the many professional resources featured at the Aug. 24 Greater Cincinnati Women in Business Expo at 21c Museum & Hotel from 10am-2pm.

Cincy Chic is hosting its first-ever Greater Cincinnati Women in Business Expo on August 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

“We wanted to create event that inspires, connects and empowers women who want to launch a business or even take their career to the next level,” says Cincy Chic publisher Amy Scalia, “but of course in a fun, chic way. So we are thrilled to have 21c as the beautiful backdrop to our event as hundreds of local ladies come to invest an afternoon in themselves, personally and professionally.”

The event will feature brunch ‘n learn sessions, access to a variety of professional resources, and the opportunity to shop women-owned businesses, from health and personal development experts to fashion boutiques and beauty gurus.

Want to upgrade your headshot? Cincy Chic photographer Twin Spire Photography will be there offering free headshots and Lush from by Mehreen will offer makeup touch-ups to help you look your best. Need to relax? The Spa at 21c will be on-hand to offer complimentary chair massages and lactic hand treatments throughout the day. 

The event is free to attend and those interested can RSVP at

The event also features four breakout sessions ($10 per session) with a variety of topics.

10:15am Session – 3 Keys to You Success with Melissa Kirkpatrick, founder of Find Your Own Drive. Are you ready to bust through your glass ceiling to grow your business AND make money? Learn these foundational keys to take life to the next level. 

11:15am Session – The Secret to Prioritizing Health In Your Busy Lifestyle with Cari Oschman from Fit Mama in 30. Sharing the top 10 techniques used to help hundreds of busy women become fit, confident and healthy despite their jammed packed schedules. 

12:15 pm Session – Mastering the 3 P’s of Work Life Brilliance with Cherylanne Skolnicki from Brilliant Balance. Cherylanne Skolnicki believes every woman can reach her full potential once she’s equipped to remove the things standing in her way. With her 3 P’s of Work Life Brilliance, she will challenge our cultural norms around success as working women and invite you to get clear about what it will take for you to step into a life of significance and meaning. 

1:15 pm Session – Fairytales, Failures and Creating Your Future: 3 principles to break the comparison cycle, stand in your worth and create the life you love. Presented by Wendy McGlaun, Juice Plus National Marketing Director and Professional Speaker.

There will also be a woman-owned business pop-up shop area, where you can shop with and support more than 20 locally-based woman-owned businesses. Sponsors for the event include the following: 

Supporting Sponsors: Performance Lexus RiverCenter, Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate

Photobooth Sponsor: The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center of Cincinnati

Cocktail Sponsor: Diverse Events

Speakers: Find Your Own Drive, Fit Mama In 30, Brilliant Balance, Wendy McGlaun

Professional Resources include: Find Your Own Drive, Valere Studios, and more! 

Vendors: Gigi’s Cupcakes Kenwood, BeneYou Katie Kramer, Ever Skincare with Leslie Young, Pure Romance with Nikki, HempWorx Becky Wagers, Paparazzi by Anna Forte, Lipsense Suzanne Goodpaster, Beautycounter with Kate Flaig, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound, Bruetta, Cute Pieces, Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon, Mercy Bracelets, Wonderfully Made Beautique and Glam Parties, Scentsy with Lacy Perkins, Green Bee Ohio, Five Capitals with Cory Carlson, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, The Diva Movement

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A new versatile experience venue on The Banks is a multi-functional space that can be customized to bring any idea to life. Read on for more.

Any idea can become a reality if you set your mind to it. That’s the inspiration behind Sample Space, a versatile experience venue that features a multi-functional space that can be customized to bring any idea to life.

“Sample Space provides an opportunity for companies, brands, and creators to get closer to their target audience through authentic human experiences,” says Josh Heuser, Founder of Sample Space.

Sample Space is part venue, part event space, and part gallery that operates as a reimagined platform to transfer ideas and knowledge through experiences and storefront retail by utilizing vacant or un-used properties.

Heuser says that he launched a concept like Sample Space because of today’s digital world. 

“As the world moves more and more digital, the value of the human experience inherently increases,” she says. “This is especially true as consumer shopping behaviors and their information gathering actions evolve.”

Through Sample Space, Heuser is able to offer a fresh, unique way for business owners to work hand-in-hand with those evolving shopping behaviors. 

“Sample Space helps to create a buzz and economic impact for emerging communities and markets,” he says. “Through Sample Space, we have a unique opportunity to imagine forgotten spaces, create for communities, and bring energy and commerce to historically underutilized spaces.”

Sample Space is located in The Banks but Heuser says he sees the opportunity to expand this idea across the United States.

“Through programming unforgettable experiences at Sample Space, we look forward to helping create commerce and growing culture in Cincinnati and beyond,” he says. 

To learn more about Sample Space, visit