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Local freelancers, rejoice! Learn about a new coworking space that provides a creativity-inspiring space to work from home away from home.

Working from home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, it has its perks like working in pajamas all day, but it can also be lonely, distracting and uninspiring.

Whether you’re a freelancer or just work from home, Playground Coworks offers creatives and telecommuters in the Tri-State a space to call their “work home.”

“Playground Coworks is a shared working space, where you can be part of a community of creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners,” says Owner Ollie Kroner. “You can rent a desk, schedule a group meeting, or drop by.”

Playground Coworks is centrally located in Northside, above the Northside Tavern. The coworking space takes on a more casual, creatively inspiring, community-driven approach as opposed to other coworking spaces in the city. 

“These days so many people are working from home or from a coffee shop,” says Kroner. “Most people like the freedom of freelancing, but find joy in working around other creative people. Playground offers a setting where we can share ideas, work through challenges, or just take a break and have a friendly conversation.”

Playground mostly sees full-time creatives and others with creative side projects in its space, which offers an open layout, 14 individual desks, and separate meeting space. 

The goal behind the space is to encourage collaboration among its users, rather than competitiveness for freelance resources. In fact, Kroner says that there was even an instance where a logo designer and jewelry maker got together in the coworking space to complete a project.

There are several perks to becoming a member at Playground Coworks, including: flexible desks to share or dedicated desks for exclusive use, high-speed wired and wireless internet, use of conference room, 24/7 access with security codes, free coffee/espresso, storage for work items in the space, mailing address, and discounted web design and hosting.

To learn more about Playground Coworks, visit http://playgroundcoworks.com

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Ever hear of a human development professional? See how this local expert can help take your life - personally and professionally - to the next level this year.

Dr. Kathy Schulz has in-depth experience in human development, including 20 years of work as a career coach, a team development trainer, and a consultant at numerous organizations. With experience in a variety of industries including banking, consumer packaged goods, medicine, IT, and engineering, she wants to help others as a career coach and professional consultant. 

“I combined great depth and breadth of knowledge and experience with an intuitive, collaborative style,” she says. “My expertise in human behavior, together with my love of working with people, come together in seamless, customized solutions that are strategic, cost-effective, and fun.”

Schulz is a member of the American Psychological Association as well as a member, and past board member, of the Organizational Development Network. With that, she specializes in professional and personal development on all levels: individual, partners, teams, and organizations. 

“I work with a variety of clients, from larger corporations to smaller companies, and family-owned businesses to nonprofits and government agencies,” she says.

The coaching services offered by Schulz include professional life coach, personal development, executive coaching, leadership coaching, small business coaching, and relationship coaching. 

“I work on professional and personal development focusing on leadership, communication, motivation, relationship building, and conflict resolution,” she says. “I use an intuitive, authentic, inquisitive, and optimistic style that empowers my clients with the confidence they need to make real progress.”

To learn more about Schulz and her career services, visit http://ilumiainnovation.com

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The women behind many of the shops along Cincinnati’s Main Street in the Central Business District have joined forces to host events and support each other.

The women business owners of Cincinnati’s Main Street have teamed up with Cate Douglas of 3CDC to launch Women on Main, a dynamic group of Women owned businesses and entrepreneurs located on Main Street in the central business district of Downtown Cincinnati.

Marcie Hon, Owner of Down to Mars Vintage and a member of Women on Main, says that the inspiration for Women on Main came from Dr. Sarbori Bhattacharya, the owner of Balance Health Management. 

“Once she noticed how many women-owned businesses were operating, specifically on Main Street from the 6th to 8th street blocks, she decided to reach out to the business owners to plan a collaborative event,” says Hon. “Since then the group of women-owned businesses, Women on Main, has blossomed.”

The Women on Main events are rooted in spreading awareness and support of women owned businesses in the Queen City. The first Women on Main event was held over the holidays and called a “Women on Main Walk.”

“Participants used a passport created by the business owners to guide the walk and retrieve stamps at each location to show you visited,” says Hon. “The filled out passports were then used in a grand prize raffle at the end of the event, hosted at Corkopolis and accompanied by light bites from Lalo.”

Currently, plans are underway for the second Women on Main event in the New Year, which Hon says will hopefully come in the springtime. 

The businesses that participate in Women on Main include:

Yvonne Ballard of Nove Home & Body Decor (located in Algin Retro Furniture at 800 Main Street), Sewendipity Lounge (722 Main Street), Lalo Restaurant (709 Main Street), Amanda Kelly Studio (639 Main Street), Corkopolic (640 Main Street), Hair @ 633 (633 Main Street), Balance Health Management (631 Main Street), Positive Poses Yoga (631 Main Street), Art of ID (631 Main Street), Crzy Monk (627 Main Street), Bay Horse Cafe (625 Main Street), Down to Mars Vintage (621 Main Street), and The Barre Code (615 Main Street). 

Hon says that the group is hoping to add more women-owned businesses to the group as they open their doors in the Central Business District.

To keep up with Women on Main, you can follow each business on social media or check out the group’s Facebook page. You can also follow them on Instagram.

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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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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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A new report on the growth and development of minority-owned businesses in the city is out. Keep reading for all the details.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber has a group dedicated to accelerating and developing minority businesses in the city through its Minority Business Accelerator.

The Minority Business Accelerator has a goal to help expand the minority entrepreneurial community in the region by helping to accelerate the growth and development of sizable African-American and Hispanic owned businesses. 

The Minority Business Accelerator does this by providing individually-tailored advisory support and docaching to help Minority Business Enterprises to obtain what they need to be successful while also acting as an extension of another program to connect them with MBE Portfolio Firms.

Since its inception in 2003, the Minority Business Accelerator has worked to address disparity in the region’s business community to drive economic activity and increase employment in underemployed segments.

Because the Chamber has a goal of growing the aggregate annual revenues of minority businesses in the region by $1 billion and creating 3,500 jobs by the end of 2022, they want to offer a yearly update on its Minority Business Accelerator with an annual report.

“This bold vision and plan have galvanized regional and national stakeholders desiring to partner with us to not only accomplish something transformational for Greater Cincinnati, but something that might truly inform and transform this work across the nation,” says Cynthia Booth, Minority Business Accelerator Board Chair. “Our four key pillars to achieve these bold goals, which are to grow our existing portfolio firms, build a robust pipeline, attract larger-scale minority firms to the region, and create new minority firms via acquisition of mainstream businesses, have each enjoyed major developments over the past year, and have collectively served to further elevate and position the Minority Business Accelerator as a national best practice.”

To learn more about the Minority Business Accelerator at the Chamber, click here

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Years in the real estate industry led one expert to launch her own coaching business for other real estate agents. Read on for more.

Monica Weakley spent years in the world of real estate. After a lot of hard work, she was offered the chance to take a leadership position with one of the largest real estate offices in the Queen City. 

During her tenure, she was the one in charge of coaching and training realtors on a daily basis – and a light bulb went off. “I realized then that this is what I wanted to do,” she says. “Shortly after that, I started my coaching company and began doing one-on-one coaching and group coaching with agents from all over the United States and Canada.”

Today, Weakley is the founder of My Coach, Monica, a coaching company that helps real estate agents grow their business, and income, by showing them how to turn their relationships into referral-generating machines. 

Weakley offers three different types of coaching services through her business: One-on-One Coaching, Referral Revolution, and Referral Blueprint.

The one-on-one coaching is $899 per month, and the Referral Revolution is a membership program that costs $99 per month. Then, there’s the Referral Blueprint, an online digital course that gives participants the system an agent needs to build a lucrative referral business.

Weakley says that what makes her business unique is that she knows what her strengths are when it comes to helping other real estate agents – and she sticks to it. “My strength is helping agents who want to build a business by referral,” says Weakley. “If you were a real estate agent, how would you like the secret referral formula? That’s what I offer so that agents can create a predictable and steady flow of income to their business.”

She’s also known for her ability to ask questions. “When I can ask an agent the right series of questions, I can help them self-discover their challenges, their fears, their excuses, and their path to success,” Weakley adds.

All of the coaching offered by My Coach, Monica, is a system that utilizes the teachings of Hank Avink’s 36 To Life product and expands on it to include even more activities and daily blueprints to follow.

Weakley says that what she doesn’t do is help agents who only want to cold call, knock on doors, or any other form of what she calls transactional business. 

To learn more about My Coach, Monica, visit www.mycoachmonica.com. You can also follow along on her personal Facebook page or her business page.

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Get in on the growing popularity of social media marketing with this upcoming networking and speaker event at Union Hall. 

Dooley Social Studio is gearing up to host its final Social Media Show & Tell of 2019 on December 5 from 3-5:30pm at Union Hall. 

The last even of the year will feature social media experts from Twitter, BallR Media, and BrandTrue.

Social Media Show & Tells have grown as the importance of a social presence among customers and clients grows stronger. 

“What started as a small gathering for social media enthusiasts has grown to a quarterly event series featuring practitioners who share a behind-the-scenes look at how businesses succeed with social,” says Matthew Dooley of Dooley Social Studio. “Since its inception, the event has served as a gathering space for executives, strategists, and consultants to learn the latest and be their best.”

The event this Thursday features Ray Ball, founder and CMO of BallR Media. She’ll be sharing the details about her recent project with Nike, while focusing on best practices for igniting community activism both online and off. “She’ll then moderate a panel of local micro-influencers to discuss the pros and cons of this trend, including how to grow your online influence and what brands should look for when establishing influencer partnerships,” Dooley says.

Also speaking at the event is Rebeca Arbona, president and chief-truth teller at BrandTrue. Arbona will speak using her knowledge of brand strategy and consumer behavior. “Rebeca will teach us how to build a brand that connects,” says Dooley. “You’ll come away with an understanding of your brand’s underlying truths so you can connect with people in a powerful way that’s real, sincere, and sustainably differentiating.”

Mindy Brack, lead product specialist at Twitter will share whether you’re a brand or individual and how you can use Twitter to create meaningful connections to the people and audiences that matter to you.

These Social Media Show & Tell events are ideal for CMOs/Directors of Marketing, Digital Media Managers, Social Media Strategists, Agency and In-house Creatives, Marketing Consultants, Internet Marketers, Public Relations Professionals, Brand Strategists, Small Business Owners, and Nonprofit Leaders.

Since the events have become so popular among social media and marketing pros in the region, there is limited seating available. “In order to keep the event intimate and maximize learning opportunities, we’re limiting the ticket quantity,” says Dooley. “Get in on this event early, as it will sell out.” 

To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, click here

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From reduced anxiety, aches and pains to better sleep, mood and energy, a local OBGYN explains the benefits of CBD and why she now offers it at her practice.

Dr. Amy Brenner is a board-certified OB/GYN, but she most recently underwent training to obtain another certification in functional and antiaging medicine. It was there that she learned a lot of information about CBD and the many health conditions with which it can potentially help. 

The new information about CBD and how it’s changed lives only just became legal in the state of Ohio this past summer. That’s when Dr. Brenner began taking CBD for herself to treat chronic sleep issues from delivering babies for the last 15 years.

“As we know, babies come all hours of the day and night so I think that really messed up my sleep,” says Brenner. “I have taken so many things to help me sleep over the years and none of them really gave me restful sleep.”

That’s when Brenner was introduced to CBD. “After just one month of taking it it was life changing for me,” she says. “I no longer have to take the majority of the things I was taking for sleep. CBD has helped my mood and I’m also taking it for some things that are occurring on a cellular level that I’ve researched including regenerating neurons in my brain, which is important to me because I have a family history of dementia. CBD has been so life changing for me that I had to bring it to as many people as I could.”

That’s when Brenner decided to bring CBD to her patients. Not only does Brenner educate her patients on the benefits of using CBD and began offering the Zilis line in her office, but she also teaches them how to find a good, quality CBD product.

Brenner found that CBD was working for her, and that’s when she took it upon herself to learn more about the potential health benefits of CBD. “There are so many health benefits of CBD but the main reasons why people are choosing to use these products are for mood, sleep, aches and pains, and bowel issues,” says Brenner. “Some patients are losing weight taking these products. It also decreases inflammation, which is the root cause of so many diseases.”

CBD products offered by Brenner at her practice are unique in that about 90% of the product can be absorbed by the body. “These products are absorbed at 90% whereas other products are only getting absorbed at around 4-6%,” she adds.

Brenner says that when choosing a hemp product like CBD, you should always make sure that it’s organically sourced. The Zilis products she carries are organically sourced and every bottle comes with a QR code on it so each batch has a certificate of analysis that can be pulled up from scanning the QR code – letting you know exactly what’s in the product.

“This means there are no unwanted, unhealthy ingredients such as pesticides or heavy metals that have been found in other hemp-based products on the market,” says Brenner. 

To learn more about CBD and CBG, visit dramybrenner.com or https://zilis.com.

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Many beginning entrepreneurs and future people in business believe that they do not need education, because a large number of well-known billionaires dropped out, and despite this, became incredibly successful. They prefer to use services like WriteMyEssayOnline which promise to write an essay for you and save the time. Let’s have a look at who these people are and how it happened that they have no degree.

I know one guy…

Yes, we all heard about them too. Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple and the former CEO of the company, dropped out of university, which did not prevent him from creating one of the largest and most successful corporations in the world. Mark Zuckerberg studied at Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but left it to develop his project, which is now the largest social network in the world. Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group corporation and the owner of a vast number of companies of various profiles, also does not have a higher education. Even Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the richest man in the world for 13 years, quit Harvard to develop his idea.

But all these people are geniuses who from very early childhood had many ideas and worked on their implementation, studying entrepreneurial business through hard work and a large number of failures, which gave them valuable experience and became the reason for success. Besides, I am sure that you can recall just a few other names of famous business people who have the same achievements and do not have a degree because the above people are exceptions to the rules. If you are over 20 years old, you have not yet implemented a single project, you do not even have a garage that you converted into a workspace, and you are reading this article, then most likely you are not one of these people.

And I know even more of them!

At the same time, I can give examples of a vast number of people who are successful businessmen with a degree. Elon Musk, your personal favorite, the founder of PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, and the future conqueror of Mars, has a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire founder and owner of Bloomberg L.P., the former mayor of New York, and the 13th richest man in the world, has an MBA at Harvard Business School. Jeff Bezos, founder, and owner of Amazon, and also the richest man in the world graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with a degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. This list can be much longer, and since I do not want to waste your time, you can recall any well-known entrepreneur, open their Wikipedia page, and you will most likely find out that this person has a degree.

Diploma or knowledge

Moreover, the huge advantage of higher education is not the diploma you get after graduation, but the structuring of knowledge, which is very important in any business. Any field of activity has an almost unlimited amount of knowledge that you can absorb, but you cannot be sure what information is vital and in what order should it be studied. Developers of educational programs base them on their experience and the characteristics of students’ perception of information, so they know exactly what information and in what order is needed for you to learn the materials most effectively.

In general, higher education is not a necessity to become an effective manager and create a business that will make you a billionaire. But I can assure you that without self-education, your business will not be able to survive even one year, because if you do not develop, then your business will struggle as well. People like Elon Musk work on themselves every day and strive to become better; they continuously absorb new information, even which is indirectly related to their business, but it allows them to expand their worldview, which is essential to see the wide picture. If you do not develop your thinking, you will not be able to come up with a project that will benefit people, so it will not interest them, and your business will be a failure.

Every day you should become better than you were the day before, because if you do not develop, then how can you grow a business? I can say without exaggeration that your business is your reflection, so work on yourself, as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did before, in the process, and after creating their businesses. If you want to increase your chances in business significantly – start getting higher education right now. Colleges develop the curriculum in such a way that students absorb the studied information as efficiently as possible, which is very important for structuring knowledge in your mind. Consider higher education as your first investment, which now may not seem to you the most rational, but in the future will save you a massive amount of time, effort, and finance.