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The cost of owning a car in Ohio has dropped over the past 10 years and will continue to do so in the next decade, according to The Enquirer. This is reassuring for female business owners in Cincinnati with commercial vehicles. However, there is some worrying news as commercial fleet accident rates have hit 20%. Therefore, it’s essential that Cincinnati entrepreneurs use these savings to improve the safety of their commercial vehicles.
Regular inspections
All commercial vehicles should be inspected and serviced annually. Inspections and services involve things such as the braking system, steering, exhaust, tires, and lights being checked over. If any problems are identified, they should be fixed immediately to ensure your vehicle is as safe as possible. One of the biggest benefits of having your business vehicle regularly inspected is that it will improve the lifespan of your vehicle. Detecting and sorting mechanical problems early stops them from turning into bigger and more expensive issues. This is better for your business as it minimizes costs and the amount of time a vehicle is out of action.
Specialist insurance 
Every business vehicle needs commercial auto insurance. This type of insurance protects you, your business, and your business vehicles in the event of an incident or accident. For example, if your vehicle is damaged after a car accident, take photos of the damage and send them to your auto insurer. They’ll then decide whether the vehicle can be repaired or whether to give you a pay out so you can buy another vehicle for your business. Your commercial auto insurer can also liaise with your car accident lawyer. A lawyer is usually needed when injuries occur, a loss of income is experienced, or when there is a dispute over medical bills.
Regular cleaning 
Your business vehicle represents your business, so be sure to keep it in good condition. As a general rule, you should clean your car every two weeks. Use a local Cincinnati car valeter to support other local businesses when you can. Always clean both the inside and outside of your vehicle and never leave any waste inside the vehicle. Train all your drivers to empty out their vehicles at the end of each shift to prevent spills, unpleasant smells, and excessive mess.
As a female Cincinnati business owner, your vehicle should be your pride and joy. Make sure it’s as safe as can be and shows your business in a good light by following these tips.

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A report based on statistics from the US Bureau of Labor reveals that 60% of business car accidents occur during an employee’s leisure time. Only 40% are job-related, according to Insurance Business Mag. On November 11, a truck transporting potassium hydroxide collided with a jackknifed truck on Brent Spence Bridge. When talking to dispatchers, the driver of the Old Dominion semi-truck said he was transporting Hazmat but didn’t know what it was.
By the time officers arrived at the crash scene, the two semi-trucks were covered in flames caused by diesel and the potassium hydroxide hauled in the Old Dominion truck. The damage caused by the fire forced the officials to close the bridge for an extended period. The bridge will reopen on December 23 after several inspections have passed. So, what happens when you get into an accident in a company car? Here are some essential tips to follow.
Prioritize Safety 
While there are several steps to take after a car accident, maintaining road safety should be your top priority. If you’re involved in a minor collision with another car, pull your vehicle over to the side, turn on the hazard lights, and contact the police for further assistance. That way, other motorists will drive cautiously hence preventing traffic jams and other accidents from occurring. However, when moving your vehicle seems hazardous, leave it where it is and get somewhere safe. Make sure to call 911 and emergency services to prevent severe injuries and hazards like explosions and wildfire. 
Contact Personal Injury Lawyer 
Road crashes involving business automobiles are complex. Regardless of how minor the incident might seem, you’ll need the help of an attorney to protect your legal rights. A legal expert will offer professional advice about collecting evidence at the crash scene to help you build a strong accident claim. A lawyer will also deal with insurers upfront to ensure they don’t trick you into admitting fault or agree to a low accident settlement. Based on advice from Lawyers Fasig and Brooks, the last thing you want to think about when recovering from the impact of a car crash is how to handle a legal case. Your lawyer will negotiate on your behalf and ensure you receive the right amount of compensation. For these reasons, make sure to call a personal injury attorney immediately after a car crash.
Determine Liability
Determining liability in a business car accident is a crucial step, as it helps decide who will pay for damages. Ideally, if a car accident is a result of someone else’s negligence, they take liability. If you crash another car due to distractions like reading a text, you carry the blame. However, in instances you’re at fault because of technical issues in the company car, your employer becomes liable. Your employer will also take responsibility if you’re in an accident while performing work-related duties.  
Being in a car accident while driving a business vehicle is stressful and can result in long-term implications. In addition to ensuring safety at the crash scene, seek legal advice. Whether you are at fault or not, you deserve fair justice. And a lawyer can help you navigate the process of determining who’s at fault and who pays compensation for injuries and damages. 

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Cannabis originated in Asia, specifically in Mongolia and Siberia and, according to archaeological studies dating back to 5000 B.C., the Chinese were the first culture to cultivate and consume this plant, besides processing different materials and foods using it as a main element.  

There is also evidence of the first recorded use of cannabis in the area of medicine which was in the time of the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, which was used as an analgesic and for other diseases. 

Its rise in those countries led to its spread in 2000 BC to Korea, from there to India in approximately 1000 BC. Then, it arrived to the Middle East in 1400 BC, being cultivated by the Scythians who made it known in Russia and Ukraine and from there it took off in most European countries and Africa, being passed down from one culture to another.

At the beginning of the 19th century, it spread to South America, Mexico and later to the United States. At that time, cannabis was associated with criminal acts, leading to the prohibition of its legal consumption, which criminalized the possession and use of cannabis. 

Some main species can be found throughout history such as: Sativa, Indica and rudelaris, which can be regular, feminized or autoflowering. These can be obtained through the cultivation of seeds, either regular or standard ones.

The standard cannabis seeds stand out because they allow you to obtain feminized plants that by their properties are very strong and resistant to different conditions. They are ideal seeds both for growers who are starting in the cannabis world and looking for high quality products, and for the most experienced ones.

John Herer is a type of feminized seed that originates from the cross between two plants of standard cannabis, a hybrid between the Jack Herer and Og Kush strains that has a THC level greater than 20%.

It stands out for being a plant with a high Sativa content, approximately 70%, that makes it robust and vigorous. You can recognize it by its height, a plant with large resinous buds and large and wide leaves.

Its flowering is similar to that of an Indica plant. It will have 55 to 66 days of flowering before it reaches the stage of maturity, so it is an excellent choice for inexperienced growers. 

It can be grown both indoors and outdoors because it is a plant resistant to moisture and any external agent, which allows it to develop in different types of climates.

One of the advantages of the John Herer seeds is its high production capacity. Indoors, it can reach up to 600 gr/m2 with a height of 70 to 110cm; and outdoors up to 800gr/plant with a height between 2.5 to 3 meters. All these qualities make it a variety of seeds to be taken into account.

Its taste and smell? It has a very intense flavor that is difficult to explain, since it combines spices and incense, typical of the Jack Herer, with a citrus flavor and an earthy base of OG Kush. It has a high level of smoke with a characteristic incense smell.

What effect does the John Herer strain have? If you like to experience strong sensations, this is the ideal choice for you. It has a powerful cerebral effect that will start to awaken your mind, your creativity will be at its peak, with a euphoria that will make you enjoy the moment, and after a couple of hours you will gradually return to reality, you will notice a relaxing sensation, as if you did not feel your body.

If you want to grow a variety of cannabis plant that has physical and mental effects, which stands out for its power, resistance, as well as its high production, both internally and externally, you should opt for the standard cannabis seeds.

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Read more about a local space that creates lasting memories and unique events that blend style and play! 

Chanda Brown-Tutt wanted to create something that brought both style and play together. That’s why she launched Socialtique, a social boutique that seeks our local brand to be featured in the space and sell their product for a specified amount of time. 

“We’ve also created a blank canvas for people to host events like bridal showers, pop-ups, dinner parties, product launches, and so much more,” adds Brown-Tutt. 

Brown-Tutt says the inspiration behind Socialtique came when she wanted to open something that satisfied her love for fashion and her wife, Demetria’s, passion for meeting new people. “We wanted something that would fulfill us both,” she says. “Socialtique did just that.”

Socialtique officially launched with a soft opening with family and friends on June 1. Now that the space is open, Brown-Tutt says she’s looking forward to helping to create events and memories for her clients. 

Brown-Tutt will create events and lasting memories with Socialtique’s hands-on approach, which she says is what makes the company unique.

“We want to help our hosts curate the most memorable event of their lifetime,” she says. “That’s why we use a hands-on approach with everything we do in our space.”

Thus far Socialtique has seen a great response from the community and surrounding areas, so much so, adds Brown-Tutt, that they are already thinking of expanding the company and adding a second location.

To learn more about Socialtique, visit or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Furnishing a new home can be a daunting task. Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or a new home, you’re likely overwhelmed with how much furniture is required to fill your space. 

Like any large task, it’s best to tackle furnishing your new home step by step in order to create a cohesive, affordable and comfortable space. Check out the below tips to get started creating a beautiful new home.

Decide on a Style

Before you make any purchases, it’s important to decide on the style and vibe you want for your house. Search through photos on Pinterest, take a look at some interior design magazines, and even take note of what you like and dislike when visiting friends’ homes.

Additionally, take your time to flesh out the style you like so you can ensure you have a consistent theme throughout your space. It may be helpful to create a physical or digital vision board to inspire you as you work.

Recycle When Possible

Take a look at the furniture you already have and decide if any of it fits the design style you desire for your new home. If it does, great. If not, however, can you upcycle anything worth keeping? A fresh coat of paint or reupholstery can completely transform a piece.

Better yet, transforming old materials into something new will help you learn a new skill in the process. Take inventory of what you have and don’t already own, and then move on to actual furniture shopping.

Start with the Essentials

Identify the pieces of furniture that are most important to create a functioning living environment. For example, a dining room table can be bypassed for a few months if you usually eat on the couch. In all cases, though, your bedroom is an integral part of feeling comfortable and at peace in your new home.

Because in addition to being necessary for a great night’s sleep, buying a beautiful bedroom set is a great starting point to make you feel at home and set the stage for the rest of your design. 

Remember Safety

It’s not the most fun part of furnishing a home, but safety should always be considered when you’re making any and all essential purchases. When moving, always change the locks as soon as possible, as you never know who had a spare copy of the previous resident’s keys.

You should also consider whether pets or children will be around the home, as this may dictate the height of your furniture, whether you need rounded edges and more.

Get Comfortable

While adding the essentials and being mindful of safety measures are most important to furnishing your new home, being comfortable is also key; after all, you’ll want to make your house a home.

In that same vein, don’t shy away from putting up personal photos, grabbing a few throw pillows and blankets, and picking up a few candles. You’ll be happiest in your home when you can enjoy the small pleasures, so don’t feel guilty about adding a few indulgences.

Flex Your Creative Muscle When Making a New House a Home

Instead of thinking of furnishing your new home as intimidating, think of it as an exciting new time to flex your creativity and design a space made specially for you. Taking on the project in bite-sized pieces will make it easy and fun. Your home is all yours, so take your time, personalize it and relax!

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Choosing the right career can be a tough task. You want to find something that you enjoy and you could see yourself doing for quite some time. The idea is to work to live, not the other way around.


If you’re looking for a career change, that step could be even more daunting than starting a new career. Starting over from zero, or close to it, can be scary. Not only that, but choosing the right career is a big part of your personal health and not going down the right path can be difficult to come back from.


So no matter if you’re just starting out or are looking for a change, you have plenty of options around you.


Amidst all your thinking, have you ever considered a career in medicine?


Why is Now the Right Time?

The medical field has long been considered a male-dominated industry, but the future of medicine is looking more and more female by the day. Around 60% of physicians under the age of 35 are female and while that number evens out the older physicians get, medical schools are also seeing a new trend.


For the first time since 2004, 2018 marked the year where medical schools had more female applicants than men. While the jury is still out on 2019, it seems this is a trend that is likely to continue for the next few years. 


The majority of leadership in hospitals and clinics are still filled by men, but with more and more female physicians coming in each year those changes will gradually even out.


The Process

Chances are, you probably know someone that went to medical school or nursing school. You probably already know the process, but just in case you don’t, here’s a quick recap:


 MCAT (medical school entrance exam)
 Medical School
 Possibly more specialized schooling
 Boards and licenses
 Your first job


That’s a super condensed version and takes the average student around a decade to become a doctor and a nurse about 6-7 years. Despite working in and around a hospital throughout school and residency, you’ll still have to go on the job hunt before starting your first day.


Before you decide to embark on this road, remember to take a look at the long picture before investing the next decade into becoming a medical professional.


The Money Question

You might be wondering about the drawbacks and benefits of pursuing a medical career. Medical school is quite expensive, with most graduates leaving school with well over $200,000 in debt.


That’s a tough hill to climb, but it may calm you to know the average physician salary in the country is $230,000 with the average in Ohio being $203,000. The average nurse will make around $73,000.




Get ready for breath-taking charm and architectural details as we head to Hyde Park for a peek inside this week’s Listing of the Week.

This stunning home is a Hyde Park classic. It features a spacious beautiful yard with a detached garage house and a circular side driveway. The exquisite glass windows, molding, and details throughout are just what you’re looking for. There is a finished 3rd floor with a game room, 2 bedrooms, and a full bath.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Due to its healthy business climate, Ohio is now ranked as one of the best states for female entrepreneurs to set up a new business. With a large number of companies owned by women, low living costs and high levels of safety, the state is seen as being particularly welcoming to new businesses. In addition, in Cincinnati, numerous networking groups and events take place all around the city, offering mutual support and encouragement to women. They are a great place to build business by making connections with other female business owners, while, at the same time, reaching out to potential new clients. For the latter, one particular networking group for small businesses, run by a boutique marketing company, offers help with customer experience-focused marketing, including merchandising, copy writing and press releases.

Reaching Out to Customers

Of course, good marketing is vital to both new and established businesses, and an extra personal touch can set a business apart. In a survey on the use of print marketing, 85% of consumers stated a preference for businesses that printed materials such as business cards, signs and flyers. explains that clients like to see tangible evidence of the success of a business, and something as simple as mailing out high quality invitations, flyers and other company material to clients and contacts can ensure a business stands out from the crowd. Keeping in touch personally with loyal customers will help a business stay competitive while at the same time making clients feel valued.

Building up Contacts

Printed business cards are a quick and easy way to pass on contact details and are particularly useful for handing out at networking events. Here is where you might meet some of the leading business women in Cincinnati who have been recognized for building networks, creating strong teams and for mentoring other women in business. As well as sharing ideas and personal experience, business mentors can introduce their colleagues to their wider circle of established contacts, helping entrepreneurs connect with people who can help boost the success of their business.

Following Up on Leads

As networks grow, it’s important to consolidate business relationships and follow up early on any leads or introductions. This is where the personal touch can really make a difference. The power of receiving a handwritten note, thank you letter or invitation by mail shouldn’t be underestimated especially when so many emails go unread, lost in a junk folder. By taking the time to write and send correspondence, business owners can show that they are sincere in wanting to establish a good, solid relationship with their customers.

In a city that already offers opportunities and security for female entrepreneurs, networking groups and events throughout Cincinnati can help make these businesses stronger. Just as the women in Cincinnati meet and support each other by sharing their experience and contacts, so developing personal connections with clients and customers will help their businesses continue to flourish.

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It is probably hard to believe that your precious babies are now tweens and teens. Those little preschoolers who didn’t want you to leave them in class are now loving spending time with friends — and not with their beloved mom — at the mall and the movies.

While your kiddos had some alone time at home every now and then over the years (like when you had to take a package over to a neighbor, for instance) you are now ready to leave them home solo for longer periods of time. To keep them as safe as possible, you want to invest in a home security system. But after reading about the many features that are currently available, you found yourself feeling a tad overwhelmed and unsure of which security camera systems are best.

Let’s break down each feature individually, so they are easier to grasp and understand why they are needed in a security camera system.

Long-range night vision

Traditionally, home security camera systems have done a good job of capturing footage in daylight. But at night, all bets were usually off, with video tapes showing hard-to-make-out people and blurry cars. Now, thanks to a line of nocturnal cameras from Lorex Technology, you can rest assured that if some criminal is casing your home in the evening, the camera will capture crisp footage that you can show the police. Long-range night vision is one of the latest features in security technology, allowing the camera to see farther into the dark than ever before. The nocturnal security camera includes strong infrared lighting that floods the scene in front of each camera in infrared light. While you cannot see this light, the camera can and it will allow it to capture clear images that are up to 350 feet away. If your kids reported hearing some odd noises while you were making an evening run to the supermarket, you can review the footage to see who or what was making the noises. The long-range night vision also delivers color footage that will allow you to see what people were wearing, what color cars they were driving and other important clues.

Long life batteries and wireless technology

If you have hesitated to purchase a home security camera system because you were unsure of who you would hire to do all of the wiring, the new wireless technology can help to put your mind at ease. Because they are battery operated and do not require any cables to work, you can install these cameras on your own, where you want them. As a plus, although the cameras do run on batteries, they are designed to work for a long time before you have to replace them; this can help set your mind at ease as a mom, knowing that the security camera system you have purchased is ready and able to protect your home and kids at all times.

4K and large image sensors explained

If you prefer a wired-in security camera, some home security systems feature a number of cool bells and whistles like listen-in audio and 4K technology with a large image sensor. The sensor uses back-illuminated pixel tech to get great footage, even in low light. It will also pass the signal through an analog noise reduction program to get rid of annoying feedback noise. The result is 4K video quality — like the 4K technology found in the latest television sets — that is easy to see and make out, even when the footage was taken at night.

Your kids are growing up, but you can help them stay safe

While your brain tells you your tweens and teens are growing up, your heart remembers them as sweet young kiddos. Fortunately, with the help of some sophisticated home technology, you can keep your children as safe as possible when you are away. Now that you are more familiar with some of the technical terms, you can choose the security camera system that will serve your home and family the best.

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Many Cincinnatians will have visited Corryville Angel Hospital, or know someone who has. What they may not be aware of is the history of the now crucial medical facility, and how women in particular held an influential role in the sale of the $23.5m building. In an industry typically dominated by male bankers and the beneficiaries of inherited wealth, the Cincinnati real estate industry has bucked the trend – and continues to do so today.

The housing market designed for women

The foundation of a female-influenced real estate market lies in the housing stock itself. According to research reported in Biz Journals, Cincinnati is a top 20 market for working woman friendly housing. What’s more, good average house prices – around $225k – are retained long into the lifetime of the house, making equity release realistic and the reverse mortgage more feasible for retired women or those working later in life. Essentially, the market is geared towards empowering women to be able to work independently throughout their career and enjoy their retirement to a greater degree.

Pulling in national interest

This positive backdrop has encouraged female business leaders to become involved in Cincinnati. Last year, Titan Real Estate Group opted to move its operations into Cincinnati, rather than any other location. Now, according to The Enquirer, the company is helping to further enfranchise women in the city by building new and affordable working homes. When a large company opts to relocate to a location because of its female-positive culture, it’s a good sign for all involved.

REIA’s continuing involvement

Underpinning the continued movement towards a female-driven property market is the Real Estate Investors Association of Greater Cincinatti. Vena Jones-Cox, an expert in Ohio real estate and long-time veteran of the industry, is the current chair of the association. Furthermore, they regularly schedule events which look at the role women can play in the city’s real estate industry and how it can continue to improve in the future. Clearly, influential bodies are not content just with a market friendly to women, but want to actively encourage them to take control, too.

Women are playing catch-up in countless areas of the job market and economy. One place and area that isn’t letting women down is Cincinnati’s real estate sector. More than just a positive environment for women, the evidence shows that women in fact run the show.