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This locally-based transportation company gives you a safer, more dependable, cost-effective option when going to and from the airport.

Taxi Maxx offers transportation to and from CVG and Dayton airports.

Max Osadchy wants to give his clients what they want when they want it. And that’s affordable and convenient transportation to and from the airport before and after their travels.

That’s why he launched Taxi Maxx, a locally owned and operated airport transportation company based out of Mason, back in 2011.

“The goal behind Taxi Maxx is  to provide both the community and businesses with gold standard professional service from a company that they can trust,” says Osadchy.

Taxi Maxx offers affordable pricing to individuals, as well as term billing for corporate clients.

Prices through Taxi Mass vary and are based on mileage, however, Osadchy says there is a flat rate from Mason to CVG of $70 and a flat rate of $90 to the Dayton airport.

Osadchy prides himself on giving his customers high quality service. “We want our customers to feel comfortable and taken care of when choosing us,” he says. “The bulk of our business is corporate and families. We understand traveling can be a hassle, we want to be a positive experience in their journey. We are always available through reservation for those late night flights and conveniently meet our arriving customers inside CVG to help with luggage and eliminate the ‘search’ for their taxi/car.”

Osadchy says that Taxi Mass continues to offer its clients a more dependable, seamless and safer choice in their airport travel.  

To learn more about Taxi Maxx, click here. You can also “like” them on Facebook or call 513-280-2412.

Taxi Maxx is also currently on the search for new employees. You can inquire by emailing or by calling 513-280-2412.

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What are the three things needed to be a successful entrepreneur in any arena? Read on as our new life coach columnist explains.

Does one really know they are ready to become an entrepreneur? 

Or is it something that lives within and emerges one day when the soul is ready?

I often wonder how individuals make this decision. If you are, or currently considering, an entrepreneur path, let me shine some light on the work that’s required to be successful, as I have learned during my journey.

So, if you know how hard being an entrepreneur can be, all the work and hustle, late nights, and continually striving for the next best move, and yet you still say YES! –Why is that?

I believe that with the abundantly available multilevel marketing and online businesses that have sprung up, and now surpass what one could have ever imagined and expanding to new heights, it opens the opportunity for anyone to go it solo as a business owner, especially online.

When I became an entrepreneur, I was at an age that I had no idea I was going into business for myself, and the word entrepreneur had never been uttered nor could I even spell the word.  And yet, my 10-year-old-self stepped right into growing a business.

I had a magazine that I ordered stationary from so I could pen-pal with my cousin in Alaska.  Since I was without income, my mom had to supply the money for my purchases.  When the items I wanted began to grow in value, I had to figure out a way to find money to buy more.  And there in the catalog was a way to do just that – it stated if so much was ordered get so much for FREE!

I found my customer base which was the farmer’s wives.  I lived in the country, so I jumped on my bike and rode house to house asking for a sale.  And it worked! 

And from that place something emerged within, and I knew my desire to own and operate my own business was my desire and passion.  

Connecting the dots looking back, I saw clearer that the first step in becoming a successful entrepreneur was to have an Action Plan! How to get from island A to island B as one of my coaches always described. 

I used an Action Plan again when I turned 30 and attended college to earn my teaching degree in business and technology education.  I did not know at the time it would serve as a catalyst to my future businesses.

As a mother of two small boys and working full time, I had to develop a solid Action Plan to be on target to complete my degree in four years (my own personal goal). And I did just that!

After graduation I began teaching technology at the high school level.  Being able to teach, mentor, direct and lead a classroom of students making an impact on their future was just the beginning. An opportunity in the form of a brick and mortarbusiness came to us and we became golf course owners.

This step into a bigger entrepreneurial opportunity allowed me to leave teaching and grow the business successfully we were able to buy a second course.  

This is where the second step in becoming a successful entrepreneur comes in to play.  I hired a business coach.

Having never worked with a coach, the opportunity was a new experience.  Her support allowed me to learn business practices, how to grow and expand revenue, work with employees, etc.  My goal was to be a successful business owner.

What I discovered during this work with the coach is that everything is interconnected.  My ah-ha was when I realized that how you do one thing is how you do all things. What was going on with the business was often relating to what was going on in my personal life.  They intertwine and without having someone see past those blinders you can miss a lot and begin a downward spiral and get out of control without even realizing the magnitude. 

This relationship with my coach, opened my mind up to a new possibility which was stepping into learning the game of golf, especially since I am know an owner, and taking those principles of life/business on the golf course where I taught women the game of golf AND how it relates to the game of life!

My entrepreneurship business was in such alignment with my talents and gifts.  What I learned on the golf course is now being translated to others on their own course of life.

Stepping into being a mentor and personal coach was my next opportunity to be available for those wanting to make a difference and live their life by design.

What happened that was unforeseen was my use of alcohol, smoking, spending money, and gaining weight to go numb and unconscious to my decision making and plans for success.

This is where step three become the focus for up-leveling out of my current circumstances and situation.  I realized that using the alcohol was linked to all the other uses so if I eliminated the drinking, I’d be able to manage my business with a powerful and businesslike mindset.

So, I did.  My self-care become my priority.  If I was going to continue as a successful badass business woman, I had to take care of me first.  Like on the airplane to put your air mask on first before helping others.

In all of this I learned four powerful words “You Make It Happen” as learned by Melanie Griffith character Tess McGilfrom the movie “Working Girl”.

Now I am playing on a bigger course in the game of life with being on stage giving motivational speeches, teaching teams and groups how to work together, grow their bottom line, and keep reaching for the next best thing that lights them up, and columnist for Cincy Chic, and many other opportunities just on the horizon.

I leave you with this: What’s needed to really be a successful entrepreneur in any arena?

1. Action plan
2. Support
3. Self-care
 

These three simple things can be super challenging if you aren’t aware of their value for the bigger picture.

Action Plan is what keeps you going from the up and down cycles, much like that feeling after Christmas.  You’ve planned and prepared and in an instance the day comes, and everything is over and done with in a blink of an eye. The next day it sets in to the “now what” feeling.  Much like growing a business if there isn’t a solid action plan these moments will take you under.  

I’ve learned to create the list out for the months ahead.  Much like a flow chart in a sense that when this happens its followed by this, but if it doesn’t happen then this next step takes its place. Through my experience and working with others this is a very time-consuming step that most folks don’t even want to take the time to work on and yet it is the most powerful tool in the tool box.

Support! Even athletes have proven that having a coach is what leads them to their successes.  And they not only have one coach but multiple.  A food and diet coach, a trainer, a mindset coach, etc. So, if their success is foundationally proven with the support of a coach, then why would going through life and running a business would be any different.

Self-care comes in many forms and is usually the one that is mostly overlooked.  When I find myself struggling, I stop to see where has my self-care expired? 

I hope these tips have helped you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or inquiries. 

Learn more at http://www.findyourowndrive.com/

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Hear from the graduate of a Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber program that aims to help you grow personally and professionally.

 

Anglea Homm is the Global CFO at Munich RE Digital Partners. She’s also a graduate of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead program.

Homm’s position at Munich RE Digital Partners requires her to oversee all of the non-technical accounting, budgeting, and planning for global operations as well as managing the global data asset and advanced analytics team.

“As team leader for U.S. operations, I oversee all aspects of enterprise risk management, compliance, and financial reporting,” she adds.

In a busy career, Homm says that she’s inspired by the change happening around her, whether at home or at work. “You have to keep evolving to be the best version of yourself,” she says. “As working people – men or women – it’s so easy to get stuck in routines. How fast another year passes! I am constantly searching for ways to change personally and professionally.”

While on her way up the corporate ladder, Homm was a participant in the Chamber’s WE Lead program, a program that many of her own colleagues have participated in.

“The shared stories from their experience created curiosity and drive to apply for the program myself,” explains Homm. “I was also lucky enough to have my company’s full support in both time and tuition to attend the program based on the benefits they noted in other associates who have participated in any of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s programs.”

Angela Homm, WE Lead graduate

Homm says that the thing she enjoyed the most was the networking.

“I found myself surrounded by driven, successful women who all shared many of the same frustrations and hurdles no matter their experience, industry, or background,” says Homm. “We all came together once a month to learn, grow, and, most importantly, encourage and celebrate one another.”

The safe space offered Homm as well as other participants of the program a place where they could take a break from the day-to-day of work and family to discuss the issues they wanted to get off their chest without bias. “It was a gift,” she says. “A gift I didn’t even know I wanted or needed.”

Through the program Homm says that she was given a time for self-reflection to answer the all-to-common question of “where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

“The program gave me the tools to identify strengths, set realistic goals, and have the time to track success towards them,” she says. “Ultimately, it drove me to a significant change in my career. I accepted a role in a new start-up venture space of my organization as a Global CFO in April of the program.”

Homm credits the push she received through WE Lead as the thing she needed to take the next step in her career. “Many of the speakers and internal discussion inspired,” she says. “I continue to meet with both my core group and the largest 2018 class today.”

When asked why she recommends the WE Lead program to other women, and why it should be important to businesses, Homm says that the program is a small time commitment that challenges your brain to think differently, bigger, and better.

“It’s a small commitment that creates a long-lasting return,” she adds. “And it’s right here in our community! Go for it! It’s not a question of importance to business, but really should be a requirement.”

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead is a 10-month executive leadership development experience for high-potential, goal oriented women who are actively preparing for the next level of their career. Participants are high achieving women who are being assigned increasing levels of responsibility within their organization and are on track for future advancement. Applications for Class 14 are now open. Deadline to apply is May 24, 2019.

Visit cincinnatichamber.com/welead for more information.

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The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati is bringing in a powerhouse keynote speaker for its next event. Click for all the details.

 

The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation aims to ensure the economic self-sufficiency of women in the region while also inspiring the desire to make it better.

 

The Fund itself has more than 20 years of involvement, understanding, and building results, while also remaining ahead of the challenges and solutions that affect women and their families not only in Cincinnati and the Tri-State, but across the country.

 

Now, The Women’s Fund is bringing a new conversation to the spotlight through its “A Conversation With” event coming up April 25 at 5:00 pm at the Cintas Center. The keynote speaker for the event will be award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien.

 

O’Brien is the host of the Sunday morning syndicated political show Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.

 

“Soledad has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people, and events of the day,” explains Meghan Cummings, executive director of the Women’s Fund. “A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America, while also the contributing editor, reporting in-depth news magazine pieces for PBS NewsHour, and correspondent for HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition expenses for young women.”

 

Questions will come from FOX 19 NOW morning anchor Charisse Gibson, who is not only known for her newscasting but also as the host and executive producer of “Cincinnati Connection,” a public affairs show that explores social and community issues throughout the Tri-State.

 

“Charisse’s background in journalism offers our supporters a new opportunity to glean insights into Soledad’s story. Her ability to effortlessly switch from hard news to lifestyle made her the natural choice to complement Soledad’s impressive body of work,” says Cummings.

 

According to Cummings, “A Conversation With” is a signature event from The Women’s Fund that was launched in 2012 as a way to highlight a female history maker and give them the opportunity to speak in an intimate setting.

 

Speakers so far have been able to share their journeys, triumphs, and obstacles, and include the likes of Dr. Mae Jemison, Abby Wambach, Cokie Roberts, Lisa Ling, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, Phyllis S. Sewell, and Marian Spencer.

 

General admission tickets for the event are $50 and include a networking pre-reception with Cincinnati influencers, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the conversation with O’Brien.

 

To learn more about the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati, visit.

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Want to better brand yourself or your business with ideal content? One local photographer is using her business acumen to help shoot you to the top of the digital world.

Amanda Donaho Photography offers branding sessions called Represent. Photo: Amanda Donaho Photography

As a small business owner, Amanda Donoho knows the importance of posting relevant, visual content for her online platforms but also the struggle of not knowing what exactly to post.

That’s why she launched Represent sessions, photography sessions for any small business owner, influencer, or blogger to better represent themselves online.

“I work with each of my clients to effectively relay their message to their audience in a beautiful visual manner that helps them stand out from the crowd,” says Donaho. “We work together before the session to brainstorm how to best show off their brand and message, and speak clearly to their desired audience.”

The results, according to Donaho, are curated images and ideas on how to share the content with fans and followers more effectively.

Not only is Donaho helping other brands succeed through her Represent sessions, but they also allow her to utilize her business sense and skills as a professional photographer.

“We live in an image dominated world,” she explains. “If you aren’t showing up visually online, you’ll miss the opportunity of staying top-of-mind to much of your audience.”

The Represent sessions by Donaho launched in February, and she’s been booking sessions since its launch.

The cost of a Represent sessions varies depending on the amount of content needed, space rental when necessary, and more.

“Clients can also purchase a singular session – or a set of sessions to give a refresh to their content quarterly or biannually,” she says.

While the cost of sessions varies depending on the individual client’s needs, all sessions come with pre-shoot planning and collaboration from prop selection to wardrobe help.

All sessions also include plenty of time on shoot day in order to capture everything from headshots to lifestyle images to product details. Also included in the Represent sessions are high-resolution images via a digital download so that the photos can be used in marketing right away.

Those interested in booking a Represent session can email Donaho directly at amanda@amandadonaho.com. To read more about the branding sessions, visit www.amandadonaho.com or follow along on Instagram.

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Two local organizations are teaming up to help fill the city’s media-based educational void and create fun experiences for the whole family.

PAR-Projects is teaming up with the Kennedy Heights Arts Center for digital education classes.

Digital media is becoming an increasingly essential part of future careers. That’s why it’s a prime focus of the latest partnership between PAR-Projects and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

“The Kennedy Heights Arts Center and PAR-Projects have partnered to create affordable access to digital media education encompassing photography, Photoshop, Adobe Suite training, graphic design, web design, video editing, and some entry-level coding,” explains PAR-Projects Gallery and Events Fellow Gabrielle Roach.

The program is called Practice and Play and focuses on inspiring experimentation in media – hence the “play,” while PAR-Projects developed creative programming that caters to workforce development and Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial ecosystem – the “practice.”

The partnership between PAR-Projects and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center started when Media Bridges closed its doors in December 2013. As a result, the city had a media-based educational void. In addition, the Kennedy Heights Arts Center also lost the media-based educational partner that had through the Scripps Howard Media Center project.

“Because PAR-Projects had similar educational goals as Media Bridges, and because the Kennedy Heights Arts Center and PAR had successfully collaborated on previous exhibitions, it seemed like a natural fit to explore this new line of programming as a team,” says Roach. “Essentially, the Kennedy Heights Arts Center had the space and the desire to offer media education to their community, while PAR-Projects had experience in developing media-based curricula and the time/ability to seek additional funding for the project.”

A year after the program’s beta-launch in 2018, the classes and workshops are now available for anyone who is interested in participating.

Roach says that the year of beta was a quiet start that allowed the program to build its media lab and work out kinks with operating a brand new, shared space.

Roach says that there are currently summer camps available in addition to two-week workshops.

“These programs start in early April, but based on interest, we continuously offer new classes throughout the year,” she adds.

According to Roach the best place to find information on class and working offerings and availability is on the Kennedy Heights Art Center or PAR-Projects websites. If you have specific questions or curiosities about upcoming classes you can send an email to education@parprojects.org.

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Learn more about a digital marketing company that wants to help your business stand out in a crowd.

Queen City Social wants to help its clients stand out in the crowd. To differentiate themselves and grow in a more meaningful and satisfying way.

That’s why Queen City Social, a boutique marketing agency, offers customer experience-focused marketing.

“Stand out in a sea of cliche, fluff, and schlock,” says Founder Katherine Lent.

The idea behind Queen City Social is to use programs that are designed to develop a company’s overall marketing strategy, create a memorable brand and customer experiences, reach and convert ideal customers and clients, and position your business as a leader in your industry.

“Queen City Social uses a transformational, holistic approach to improving business flow, outreach, and growth that differ from other methods because of the emphasis on meaningful connections,” says Lent. “Our team will help to guide and support you with creative strategies and practical tactics.”

Marketing services offered from Queen City Social include branding, consulting, merchandising, virtual assistance, staff training and best practices, video and live streaming, social media setup and management, events and promotions, copywriting and press releases, and brand ambassadors.

In addition to the services offered through Queen City Social, the organization also hosts “Eastside Small Business Group” meetings each month.

“The Queen City Social Eastside Small Business Group is a networking group for Cincinnati’s Eastside,” says Lent. “We have in-person ‘Socials’ and a Discussion Group and are helping to create this small business networking group for Eastside businesses.”

On the 1st Wednesday of each month, the group meets at Kenwood at 6:30 pm and the 2nd Wednesday of the month brings the group to Eastgate at 1:00 pm.

The meetings are intended to bring together small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers, so they can get acquainted and begin making connections.

You can RSVP for the Queen City Social Eastside Small Business Group meetings on Facebook.

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The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is now accepting applications for a program that helps prepare women for the next step in their careers. Read on to learn more.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is taking on leadership development with its 10-month WE Lead program

According to Tamara Lang, Women Excel Programs Leader at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, WE Lead is a 10-month executive leadership development experience for high-potential, goal-oriented women who are preparing for the next level of their career.

“Participants are high achieving women who are being assigned increasing levels of responsibility within their organization,” explains Lang. “Through a combination of professional development and executive coaching, WE Lead prepares, positions, and empowers talented women to move into higher leadership roles at the senior level.”

WE Lead dates back to 2005 and the Pulse Study on the Status of Women & Girls in Greater Cincinnati, which was completed by The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

The study found that there was a lack of women in senior leadership positions within the Cincinnati business community as well as a lack of resources available to help high-potential women prepare for those senior leadership positions – ultimately affecting the talent pipeline.

“The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber reviewed the data and decided to address the problem through Women Excel, a platform of programs designed to provide networking, education, and leadership development for women in business,” says Lang. “WE Lead is the flagship program of Women Excel.”

The program, which is a competitive program, runs for 10 months, beginning with a kick-off and two-day overnight retreat in September. Lang says that there are five, full-day sessions every other month when participants engage in experiences and presentations around various leadership topics.

“On the alternate months, participants meet for half-day mastermind group coaching sessions led by a professional executive leadership coach,” she explains. “Participants also enjoy two private sessions with the coach – and graduate in June.”

Ideally, candidates for the program a high-potential, goal-oriented women who are actively preparing for the next level of their career.

“The ideal candidate has been identified by her organization as being on track for promotion within two years or less; or has herself identified a leadership role to which she wants to ascend,” adds Lang.

Applications for WE Lead opened up on February 28 and will be available for submission through May 24, 2019.

Although competitive, the program maintains its focus on both the personal and professional development of its participants in order to help them grow as an overall individual rather than just a professional individual.

“Most leadership programs focus solely on the professional – relationship leadership, negotiations, executive presence, etc.,” says Lang. “But we bring our whole selves to work. We don’t leave the personal at the door when we step inside an office. It is important to have a whole-person approach for leadership development.”

WE Lead focuses on the whole woman rather than just what she does from 9-5. “Having the mastermind coaching groups, the executive leadership coaching, and the professional development creates a comprehensive leadership experience that positions and empowers women for the next step,” says Lang.

To learn more about the WE Lead program, click here.

You can also learn more about other leadership programs by clicking here.

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Get your beads ready! Learn about the biggest Mardi Gras party in town and how it supports our community’s most vulnerable children!  

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children benefits multiple resources in the Greater Cincinnati region who help children who are or at-risk of being homeless.

It’s been 28 years since four homeless children perished in a garage fire. Although the years have passed, the memory of it hasn’t. To help the memory of those lost live on, the Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association (NKRA), led by Chairman Gordy Snyder, launched Mardi Gras for Homeless Children to help fight against homelessness in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.

“The NKRA member restaurants and businesses donate their food and time to raise much needed funds to support the food budgets for Bethany House Services, Brighton Center, and Welcome House,” explains Barbara Gurren, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the Commonwealth Hotel Collection.

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children offers guests a culinary experience that benefits Bethany House Services, Brighton Center, and Welcome House, all local agencies that help feed the region’s homeless children.

This year’s event is on March 5, Fat Tuesday, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

To date, more than $1 million has been raised with the event for the region’s homeless children through organizations that service more than 40,000 needy individuals in the community each year.

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children features more than 50 booths of food and beverages furnished by members of the NKRA.

“A highlight of the upcoming celebration is the Royal Court parade featuring Cincinnati Bengals Running Back Giovani Bernard as Grand Marshal, Scott Sloan of 700 WLW as King, and Sheila Gray of Channel 12 as the Queen,” says Gurren. “We will also be featuring Josh Martinez of KISS 107 and Bob Herzog of Channel 12 as emcees for the evening.”

Beechwood High School’s marching band will be performing in front of the traditional Mardi Gras float with live music by Robin Lacy and DeZydeco. Additionally, there will be live and silent auctions, with both auctions available on a digital platform.

To purchase tickets for Mardi Gras for Homeless Children, visit www.mardigras2019.org, or stop by Mercedes Benz of Ft. Mitchell, Bethany House Services, Brighton Center’s Homeward Bound, Welcome House of Northern Kentucky and the 50 participating restaurants.

To learn more about the event or the organization, click here or call 859-291-NKRA.

Check out this video for a sneak peek of the upcoming Mardi Gras with Homeless Children:

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A Cincinnati native is on a mission to help build online presence for businesses of all sizes. Keep reading to learn more.

Scott Keever SEO helps to build the online presence of businesses.

 

Scott Keever is on a mission to help make businesses of all sizes become more visible online. Because it can often be difficult to navigate the world of digital marketing – Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to be more specific – he launched Scott Keever SEO.

Scott Keever SEO is a full service digital marketing agency that uses SEO to help boost the online presence of businesses.

“Most businesses don’t understand SEO or the powerful effect it can have on their business,” Keever explains. “A lot of our clients have also had a horrible past experience with marketing companies. We wanted to create a business where we can build long-term relationships with clients and partner with them to really help make an impact on their business.”

Scott Keever SEO dates back to 2015, when Keever, a Cincinnati native, launched the business to help further the strong ties he already has within the community.

Since its launch, Scott Keever SEO continues to provide SEO, Reputation Management, Social Media Marketing, and Web Design.

With the services offered, Keever says that the business is passionate about both what they do and the success of its clients.

“All of our work is focused on gaining a positive return on investment for our clients to ensure long-term relationships and growth for their business,” he says. “We have also been features in Forbes, Entrepreneur.com, USA Today, and Thrive Global.”

We are very passionate about what we do and care about our clients success. All of our work is focused on gaining a positive ROI for our clients to ensure long term relationships and growth for their business. We have also been featured in ForbesEntrepreneur.com, USA Today, and Thrive Global.”

Scott Keever SEO, thanks to its Page 1 rankings in cities all over the country, has been able to partner with one of the biggest online marketing communities in the country.

“We are working on a special project to help other marketing agencies streamline their SEO and link-building process to help maximize their efforts and achieve the kind of results we see at our agency,” he adds.

To learn more about Scott Keever SEO, visit scottkeeverseo.com. You can also check out the blog to find guides on marketing for the different industries the company works with. “A lot of good information for business owners to help better their online presence,” he adds.