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See how one local woman started a business to give clients a game plan for building strong digital brands and online communities.

Ray Ball, Founder of BallR Media
Ray Ball, Founder of BallR Media

Describing herself as a “local girl with a global mindset,” Walnut Hills native Ray Ball serves the city she loves with BallR Media, a full-service social and digital media agency. BallR Media specializes in creating social media campaigns, content creation, search engine optimization, blog posting, digital branding, and public relations and consulting. “We essentially find your community then grow it digitally and in person,” Ball says.

Ball started working part time on BallR Media in June of 2015 and switched to full time in October of 2015. She named her company not only as a play on her name but to reflect her time as a college athlete, which she says gave her “the drive, motivation, and determination to succeed against all odds” that she uses when she takes on new clients and difficult projects. Ball works alone, part of what she says makes BallR Media unique. Getting to know the client, combined with thinking outside the box, is how Ball does her job.

“I’m not a big box agency that hires hundreds of people to run a campaign,” she explains. “I want to meet all my clients. I want to know about your family, your history, what makes you, you. Because at the end of the day that’s what drives your company!”

Ball started her career in orthopedics but realized after four years that it wasn’t for her. “I’m a very creative person and I felt so stifled in a career I didn’t love,” Ball says. She started her blog, A Few Hungry Girls, a blog about healthy eating and cooking options. Having a creative outlet was a catalyst for Ball to change her life.

On the blog, she creates easy-to-replicate, inexpensive, and healthy recipes and posts that break down health benefits of everyday foods. She used her blog and her Instagram page to highlight locally-owned restaurants and bars, helping create a buzz for the businesses. The blog has also functioned as a “working résumé,” showing her abilities in blogging, social media, and content creation.

Another turning point was a trip to Haiti, where her mother’s family is from. “It was so inspiring to see a country that has gone through so much turmoil and still be incredibly proud, faithful, and resilient,” Ball says.

“Haitian culture taught me that through any adversity with a little bit of faith I can still succeed and be happy.” The experience inspired Ball to make a positive change in her life. “Upon return from Haiti I realized where I was in life, emotionally, mentally, and physically just wasn’t right,” Ball says, and she began eating better, working out, boosting her self-confidence, and working to find her place in life.

Since starting BallR Media, Ball has worked with a number of companies to build their brands, such as locally owned and operated Power Blendz Nutrition, which just launched a new smoothie truck. She also has begun teaching monthly classes to small business owner to teach them how to grow their brands. Ball loves working side by side with local clients and “bringing a brand to life.”

To learn more, visit http://www.ballrmedia.com.

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Owner of local consulting firm DiStasi Advisors, Danise DiStasi helps companies thrive through being REALational. Keep reading for more.

Diane DiStassi, Founder and Owner of DiStassi
Danise DiStasi, Founder and Owner of DiStasi Advisors, and her grandchildren.

Danise DiStasi knows the secret to success for business owners and is on a mission to share it. Serving as President and Chief Relationship Officer of the company, she explains, “I began DiStasi Advisors because of the relational gap I’ve witnessed in the business community and I knew I could make a difference.”

DiStasi Advisors is a local business consulting firm whose mission for each company is to “unlock the truth deep within each individual and unleash their hidden talents and gifts,” says DiStasi. She continues, “I am now able to build on my success over the years by helping companies grow. I’ve coached Fortune 500 C-Level executives and their teams on leadership, character development, productivity, performance, and team building solutions.”

DiStasi experienced personal and professional success and wanted to help others reach their potential as well. She grew up in Cincinnati, graduating from Xavier University with a degree in Radiologic Science. She briefly worked as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist before she began a career selling nuclear medicine equipment for 20 years. She then joined the Ken Blanchard Companies, focusing on leadership development, facilitating, training, and coaching.

“I began DiStasi Advisors because of the relational gap I’ve witnessed in the business community and I knew I could make a difference. It was my relational skills that attributed to my success in selling highly technical medical equipment. Using relational skills was unheard of in the 80’s and 90’s yet that was foundational for a successful career.”

DiStasi and her team offer a variety of services, including REALational Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, REALational Selling, Business Development Process training, Strategic Consulting, and Assessments on cultural, leadership, and character strengths. The company focuses on the aspect of being REALational and the transformative power it has for businesses and their teams.

According to DiStasi, being REALational means, “Being real, authentic and willing to be vulnerable. [Having] the tools needed to build deep relationships personally and professionally based on transparency and truth. Being willing to see our own personal obstacles that together leaders and teams can press through in order to build a better organization, family or friendship.”

DiStasi has written several books to further the reach of her inspirational message. Her newest book Hide and Seek tells the story of a female business owner named Belle who struggles to move past underlying fear and doubt. DiStasi explains, “Readers, especially women in business, will resonate with Belle’s struggles…They will be able to identify in their own life the vicious cycle of feeling insecure, building a façade so that others see what they want them to see and how this leads to our lives being out of balance. All will welcome learning how certain characteristics lead to a more balanced life.”

DiStasi is passionate about cultivating and empowering strong women in business and holds a monthly gathering called Hidden Treasures. She explains, “We hold each other accountable as we’re learning about various characteristics. Over the past year we’ve studied compassion, faithfulness, forgiveness, gentleness, goodness, humility, joy, kindness, love, patience, peace, self-control and thankfulness—all from a biblical perspective.”

To learn more about DiStasi Advisors and their services, visit www.di-advisors.com. To purchase Danise DiStasi’s book “Hide and Seek”, visit www.createspace.com/5638975 and use the code CN6TJUGQ for 25% off your purchase.

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