Chamber Connect, April 2006 - Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber



Chamber Connect, April 2006 - Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Volume 45, Issue 4 April 2006
growth companies
invest in region
The Cincinnati USA Partnership, the
regional economic development initiative
directed by the Chamber, recently honored
11 regional businesses, out of 221 that
qualified as “growth businesses.” Growth
businesses are identified by significant
new investment and job creation or retention in 2005.
The companies, which were recognized
at the March 21 Growth Awards luncheon, were nominated by members of
the Partnership’s Economic Development
Council and reflect the attraction,
expansion and retention mission of the
Partnership and area economic development organizations.
“The 2005 growth businesses demonstrate that there’s power in partnership,”
said Scott Donnelly, president and CEO of
GE Aviation, and 2006 Partnership chair.
“It’s all about results and a return on our
investment to grow the local economy.
And, the results are impressive.”
It was reported at the Growth Awards
Photo by Mark Bowen
event – which is also the Partnership’s
Annual Meeting – that new investment in
2005 from the 221 growth businesses will
result in an economic impact of $4.43 billion, an increase of 41 percent over 2004.
The luncheon also included a panel discussion, “University Collaboration for
Regional Economic Growth,” featuring
James Votruba, Ph.D., president, Northern
Kentucky University; Ron Wright, Ph.D.,
president, Cincinnati State Technical and
Community College; and Dale McGirr,
M.P.A., senior vice president emeritus for
special projects, University of Cincinnati.
The Partnership’s 2005 Annual
Investor Report is available online at, under the “Get
Literature” link. It includes the Regional
Growth Report outlining the value of new
business investment from 2005 to the
regional economy, as well as the Regional
Retention Report, highlighting the results
of more than 350 surveys with executives
in area companies about trends in their
businesses and our regional economy.
continued on page 3
Ron Wright, president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and Jim Votruba, president of
Northern Kentucky University, participated in a panel discussion about university collaboration and regional
economic growth at the Cincinnati USA Partnership Growth Awards.
Mission: To capture our place as one of the world’s favorite American business centers.
Joint Strike Fighter
The Chamber is urging Congress
to retain a competitive approach
to development of the F136
Page 4
Small Business Awards
The deadline to apply for the
Chamber’s Small Business
Excellence Awards is April 19.
Awards will be presented at a
luncheon on May 24.
Page 5
Region’s favorite Party is back!
The Party Source Party in the Park
kicks off this month, every other
Wednesday at Yeatman’s Cove.
Page 9
In This Issue
Call blitzes 3
Brent Spence Bridge 4
CEO Roundtable 6
MBE Business Fair 8
New members 10
Coming up
JETRO representative
joins Chamber office
11 Navigating Your Chamber, noon-1:15 p.m., at the
Chamber, 300 Carew Tower, 441 Vine St., Cincinnati.
12 ACG Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Queen City Club,
331 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati.
13 Morning Mixer, 8-9:30 a.m., The Bankers Club,
511 Walnut St., Suite 3000, Cincinnati.
19 GCVA Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Queen City Club,
331 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati.
19 The Party Source Party in the Park, 5:30 -10:30 p.m.,
at Yeatman’s Cove.
26 Office Manager Quarterly Roundtable, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,
at the Chamber, 300 Carew Tower, 441 Vine St.,
26 The Party Source Party in the Park, 5:30 -10:30 p.m.,
at Yeatman’s Cove.
27 Business After Hours (formerly BizConnect,) 4:30-6:30
p.m., Embers Restaurant, 8176 Montgomery Road,
27 Strategic 8 Growth Strategies for Small Businesses,
8 a.m.- noon, at the Chamber, 300 Carew Tower, 441
Vine St. Cincinnati.
28 Securing the Future: Resource Development for
Nonprofits, 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency
Cincinnati, 151 W. Fifth St., Cincinnati.
Kazuhiko Akiyama, business advisor for the Japan External
Trade Organization (JETRO), a Japanese government-related
organization that promotes trade and investment, is now
housed at the Chamber.
Reservations for most Chamber events can be obtained
by calling the Customer Focus Center at 513.579.3111.
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Mr. Akiyama’s focus is on building business connections
between the United States and Japan and fostering mutual
trade and investment between the two countries.
Kazuhiko Akiyama
“If you’re thinking of Japan as an import
source or export market, JETRO is the place
to start,” said Neil Hensley. “We look forward
to having Mr. Akiyama’s vast expertise on
doing business with Japan in close proximity
to the Chamber’s economic development
Prior to joining JETRO, Mr. Akiyama was employed by Sony for
nearly 11 years. He was involved in the marketing, sales and
product support for Sony’s fingerprint identification program,
the Entertainment Robot and image-sensing products. He
was responsible for distributing more than 3,000 products
to 23 Latin American countries. Mr. Akiyama also played a
key role in the U.S. market, working with sales support, new
sales channel development, purchasing, market research and
business strategy planning, all while serving as a liaison to
Sony’s Japan-based headquarters.
Prior to his work with Sony, Mr. Akiyama worked for
Mitsubishi, helping to develop the Japanese market for the
U.S. telecommunication business.
Mr. Akiyama can be reached at 513.562.8440 or Kazuhiko_
[email protected]
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Retention group
gears up for blitzes
The No. 1 axiom in
marketing: Your most
important customer is the
one you already have.
Growth Awards
continued from page 1
2005 Cincinnati USA
Growth Award Winners
■ Amantea, nominated by
■ Amylin Pharmaceuticals,
nominated by Cinergy
■ Cincinnati Eye Institute,
nominated by the City of
Blue Ash
■ Fidelity Investments,
nominated by Northern
Kentucky Tri-ED
■ Health Alliance, nominated by Butler County
■ LPK, nominated by the
City of Cincinnati
■ Luxottica Retail, nominated by the City of
■ Middletown Regional
Hospital, nominated by
Warren County
■ Siemens Energy and
Automation, nominated
by Hamilton County
Development Co.
■ Sun Chemical, nominated
The Cincinnati USA
Partnership, the regional
economic development
initiative directed by the
Chamber, subscribes to that
theory in staging a number of
phone surveys and on-site,
in-person contacts – dubbed
community blitzes – with
existing firms to retain their
investments and jobs in the
by the Cincinnati USA
Regional Chamber
■ The Midland Co., nominated by Clermont County
2005 by the numbers
2005 capital investment
$2.2 billion
up 62 percent from 2004 ($1.36 billion)
Jobs, created or retained
up 17 percent from 2004 (23,183)
New or expanded businesses
up 12 percent over 2004 (195)
Source: 2005 Growth Report, prepared by the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center for Education
and Research.
302 Elm
new space
■ Fifth Third Bank Regional
Call Blitz, from the bank's
Madisonville call center, in
■ Mason Community Call
Blitz in third quarter, 2006.
■ Warren County Community
Call Blitz in spring or fall.
Photo by Mark Bowen
Tenants of the 302
Elm St. building – all
of whom offer creative
services – recently
gathered at a welcome
reception attended by
Mayor Mark Mallory.
The building is a true
urban core success
story: It houses more
than 400 workers
– up from 14 nearly
three years ago. From
left to right: Mayor
Mallory; Jay Woffington,
president and CEO of
Bridge Worldwide; David
Neyer, president and
CEO of Al Neyer Inc.;
and Michael Habel,
president of BHDP
In 2006, the Partnership’s
Retention Committee,
comprised of volunteers
under the
direction of
Chris Perrino,
director of
Chris Perrino
Dennig &
Co., will stage four blitzes
with the goal of completing
300 business retention
surveys during the year. The
Retention Committee has
already completed in a blitz in
Blue Ash. Additional surveys
planned for 2006 include:
"As a community, and as
an economic development
organization, we need to pay
attention to the concerns of
existing businesses and work
together to address them,"
said Perrino.
April 2006
Chamber urges Congress to retain
competitive approach to F136 engine
Photo courtesy of GE
In an effort to retain valuable design and technical
jobs in the Cincinnati USA
region, the Chamber is proposing to Congress that
it reject a Department of
Defense recommendation to
cancel development of the
General Electric/Rolls Royce
F136 engine.
The F136 engine, which
powers the Joint Strike
Fighter aircraft, has been
in development for about
10 years. Nearly $1.2 billion has been appropriated
by Congress in support of
the program. GE, in partnership with Rolls Royce,
and Pratt & Whitney, are
currently under contract
to produce the jet engines
The F136 engine is shown here in the short takeoff, vertical landing
configuration at GE’s Peebles Test Operation. The F136 engine is being
developed by the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team.
for the Joint Strike Fighter.
The DOD recommendation
currently before Congress
would leave GE rival Pratt &
Whitney as the sole engine
supplier for the project.
According to Doug
Businesses face
MCO decisions
Employers throughout Ohio
will be asked to make a big
decision in May regarding
what MCO they want to
handle those complex tasks
of medically managing their
workers’ compensation
Once every two years,
employers are given the
opportunity to review their
current MCO and then
decide whether they wish
to remain with their current
service provider or switch
to another. Unless you have
had to utilize the services of
your MCO, you may not even
know whether you have
Moormann, vice president
of government affairs for the
Chamber, the Chamber’s
position is grounded in
national and local concerns.
“Nationally we support a
competitive approach that
encourages and promotes
innovation and cost benefits
to the federal government,”
said Moormann. “Locally we
encourage the retention of
valuable design and technical jobs in the Cincinnati
USA region and appreciate the economic impact
of those jobs on the surrounding community.”
In addition to other advocacy efforts, the Joint Strike
Fighter was a prominent
agenda item during the
Chamber’s recent Business
Day in Washington D.C.
Attendees met with various
legislators in an effort to
retain the GE engine contract and local jobs.
Brent Spence Bridge project
continues to move forward
made the right decision
for your company. If you’ve
had to use your MCO, here
are the two questions
to ask, “Has my current
MCO gotten my injured
workers back to work as
quickly and as safely as
possible?” and, “Has the
service I’ve received from
my MCO exceeded my
The Chamber is staying
closely aligned with Brent
Spence Bridge work through
its Brent Spence Bridge
Monitoring Group, formed
in an effort to stay updated
on the project’s process.
The monitoring group
meets quarterly to evaluate
progress and determine
participation in upcoming
bridge-related activities.
Be sure to look for this
timely subject in next
month’s ChamberConnect.
It will focus on offering additional information to help
you make the best decision
for your company.
The Chamber also is a part
of the Ohio Department
of Transportation’s
Brent Spence Bridge
Advisory Group, while the
Transportation Committee
has been active on the
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rebuild of I-75 throughout
Hamilton County.
According to Doug
Moormann, vice president
of government affairs for the
Chamber, the I-75 work is
critical to the success of the
Brent Spence Bridge project.
“It’s ODOT’s perspective
that the bridge is more of a
highway project than a bridge
project,” said Moormann.
“The bridge has to link
with existing highways and
within available rights-ofway – significant challenges
in an extremely congested
Small-market businesses: Apply now
for Small Business Excellence Awards
The deadline to apply for the
Chamber’s Small Business
Excellence Awards, which
will be presented at the
Small Business Excellence
Luncheon on May 24, is
April 19.
Awards will be given in
five categories: Emerging
Business of the Year,
Minority Business of the
Year, Nonprofit of the
Year, Small Business of
the Year (1-50 employees)
and Small Business of the
Year (51-250 employees.)
Winners are chosen by a
panel of business owners
and advisors based on the
nominees’ demonstrated
commitment to the business
“Small businesses are
the backbone of the
Cincinnati USA economy,”
said Colin Groth, communications project specialist
for Metro/SORTA, and a
Small Business Excellence
Award examiner. “Chamber
member small businesses,
as well as nonprofit organizations, are encouraged to
apply for the award and be
recognized for the important role they play in the
The awards luncheon, held
at Cinergy Center, will feature a keynote address
from Mark Daly, CEO of Daly
Strategic Associations. Daly
was founder and CEO of On
Target Media, a 1997 winner
of the Chamber’s Small
Business of the Year Award
and an Inc. Magazine 500
Fastest Growing Privately
Held Company winner.
Daly will offer expert
advice on how your small
business can become more
successful by thinking
outside the box, how to
approach the next five years
and finding and structuring
an advisory board. He will
debunk the misconception
that advisory boards
take control away from a
company’s leadership.
The Small Business
Excellence Awards are sponsored by US Bank. To apply,
or call 513.579.3111.
Popular Strategic 8 program expanded
to be more relevant to small business
Small market members
looking for assistance with
strategic planning should
take another look at the
Chamber’s Strategic 8
Planning Process: Small
businesses can now pick
and choose specific strategic planning modules at a
fraction of the cost and time
the traditional Strategic 8
“Extensive research conducted by the Chamber in
2005 demonstrated that
many members simply
do not have the time or
resources necessary to
embark on an in-depth
strategic planning experience,” said Jessica Baron,
director of programs for
the Chamber. “Yet many
respondents indicated that
strategic planning is critical to the success of their
Members can still opt for
a traditional comprehensive program, or choose to
attend four-hour modules
outlining key components
– growth strategies for small
businesses, sales, lean
office, lean manufacturing,
finance and project management – of strategic planning.
Two stand-alone products
also will be offered as part
of Strategic 8: Performance
Hiring and Change
According to Baron, members can customize the
program, but all of the
pieces work together.
“In expanding Strategic 8,
we are changing the way
business is changing. The
revitalized program will
better serve more of our
members,” said Baron.
The Chamber will leverage
the expertise of several
member companies to produce Strategic 8, including
Change Guides, TechSolve,
Clark Schaefer Hackett,
Lynn McInturf Associates,
Brand Approach, Pathway
Guidance, MMS and Griffin
Tate Group.
The Strategic 8 Growth
Strategies for Small
Business module will be
held on April 27, followed by
the Sales module on May
31 and Finance module on
June 8.
For more information about
how your company can take
advantage of Strategic 8,
contact Gretchen Garber at
513.686.2946 or [email protected]
Cincinnati USA recently
ranked No. 6 on Site
Selection magazine’s
metro rankings.
Cincinnati ranked No.
9 in 2004 and No. 8 in
2003. The metro has
ranked in the top 10 for
the past four years.
April 2006
Judy Office
Office managers
address HR issues
at next roundtable
As an office manager, you may
juggle many roles – payroll
clerk, human resources manager and operations manager,
just to name a few. The position is often misunderstood,
but there is help: Plan now
to attend the Office Manager
Quarterly Roundtable.
April’s meeting will focus
on handling turnover,
training new employees,
setting operational policies
and procedures for your
organization, etc. Steve
Browne, director of human
resources for CDS Associates
and president of the board
of directors of the Greater
Cincinnati Human Resources
Association, will lead the
The roundtable is facilitated
by Judy Office, a coach
and consultant in areas of
leadership development,
strategic planning and
performance enhancement.
Craig Rambo, president of
McGill Smith Punshon Inc.
(MSP), cites the direct,
tactful feedback he receives
from his CEO Roundtable as
one of the key benefits.
same issues I was facing,”
said Rambo. “The ability to
review my business plan
with my peers – as well as
the social interaction – is
MSP is a multi-disciplined
consulting firm providing
architecture, engineering,
landscape architecture,
planning, surveying and services to the public, private,
institutional and non-profit
Rambo’s group has focused
on marketing, insurance coverage, personnel, buy/sell,
personality testing and even
the occasional personal
A friend invited Rambo to
join the roundtable in 2002.
“It’s been very valuable
to me – I encourage other
CEOs to consider joining,”
said Rambo.
“It’s good to be able to have
discussion and feedback
from other CEOs about the
For more information
about the Chamber’s CEO
Roundtable program,
Photo by Mark Bowen
Consulting firm CEO’s blueprint for success:
Participating in Chamber Roundtable program
Craig Rambo, president of McGill
Smith Punshon Inc., uses his CEO
Roundtable as a board of advisors.
contact Tamara Lang at
579.3130 or [email protected]
Cincinnati USA Nonprofits:
Learn to secure your future
Resource Development for
Nonprofits is a half-day
conference designed for
executive directors, board
members and key staff of
local nonprofit agencies.
The event will feature Jerr
Boschee, executive director
of The Institute for Social
Entrepreneurs, as the breakfast keynote speaker.
When and where: 11 a.m.1 p.m., April 26, at the
Chamber, 300 Carew Tower,
441 Vine St., Cincinnati.
Two concurrent presentations will follow breakfast,
from 10-11 a.m. and 11:10
a.m.-12:10 p.m. Attendees
will be able to choosfrom
six lively discussions,
Cost: members, $25.
■ “Who Me?? What
Chamber Connect
Board Members Need
to Know About Social
■ “A Conversation with
Foundation Heads –
What is Going On in the
Foundation World?”
■ “Positioning and
Marketing Strategies
for Entrepreneurial
James C. Votruba, Ph.D.,
president of Northern
Kentucky University, will
present the luncheon keynote address.
Following lunch, Boschee
will outline how to move
your nonprofit toward sustainability. A separate
registration is required for
this session, which will be
held from 2-3:30 p.m.
When and where: 8:15 a.m.1:30 p.m., April 28, Hyatt
Regency Cincinnati, 151 W.
Fifth St., Cincinnati.
Cost: $80 for the morning,
lunch and special afternoon session; $50 for the
morning and lunch session only; and $40 for the
special afternoon session only. Registration
includes two books by
Jerr Boschee: "The Social
Enterprise Sourcebook" and
"Migrating from Innovation
to Entrepreneurship."
Federated VP to detail
critical integration for ACG
Rise, shine, mingle
at Morning Mixer
David Clark, senior vice
president of Federated
Department Stores, will
detail the integration of
Macy’s and Federated at the
April 12 ACG luncheon.
Start your business day with
casual networking at the
Chamber’s next Morning
Mixer on April 13.
Clark, a
of the
University of
was named
David Clark
vice president/human resources for
Federated in August 2002.
Prior to this appointment,
he was vice president with
responsibilities for executive and organizational
development, diversity,
training, compensation, benefits and selling services of
Clark began his career
with Federated in October
of 1978 at Lazarus in
Columbus. Subsequently, he
has held several positions
within Federated, including
divisional vice president
for all distribution facilities at Lazarus; manager of
employee relations at the
Federated corporate office;
and vice president of human
resources at the company’s
former MainStreet division
in Chicago.
When and where: 11:30
a.m.-1 p.m., April 12, Queen
City Club, 331 E. Fourth St.,
Cost: ACG member, $30;
ACG non-member, $40.
GCVA: Plan now to attend the
April business plan session
Tom Churchwell, managing partner of ARCH Development
Partners LLC, will moderate a joint session with Sounding
Board at the April 19 GCVA luncheon.
Morning Mixers are
designed to provide
Chamber members the
chance to network and
socialize with business professionals from around the
Cincinnati USA region in a
no-pressure environment.
When and where: 8-9:30
a.m., April 13, The Bankers
Club, 511 Walnut St., Suite
3000, Cincinnati.
Cost: Free.
Business After
Hours heats it up
at Embers
Don’t miss the next
Business After Hours,
slated for April 27 at
Kenwood’s popular Embers
restaurant. Embers, rated
four stars in 2005 by The
Cincinnati Enquirer, specializes in steak, seafood
and sushi.
Joan Fox
May Entrepreneur
Roundtable focuses
on nuts and bolts
The Chamber’s Entrepreneur
Roundtable provides a forum
for principal entrepreneurs
to connect with others who
understand the challenges of
running a small business.
On May 11, roundtable
participants will discuss the
“Internal Nuts & Bolts of
Your Small Business.” The
group will cover various topics
including how to find cash for
your business, whether to not
to become an Inc. or LLC and
what’s the difference, how to
deal with liability issues, and
much more.
Business After Hours is
a great opportunity to
meet new business prospects and rekindle past
The roundtable is facilitated
by Joan Fox, president of
Eagle Inspiration Training &
Development. Recognized
nationally as a customer
service expert, Fox is
a trusted resource for
companies and associations
seeking ways to increase their
capacity to compete and win.
When and where: noon-1:30 p.m., April 19, Queen City Club,
331 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati.
When and where: 4:306:30 p.m., April 27, Embers,
8176 Montgomery Road,
When and where: 9 am 10:30 am, May 11, at the
Chamber, 300 Carew Tower,
441 Vine St. Cincinnati.
Cost: GCVA member, $25; guest with GCVA member, $30;
GCVA non-member, $35.
Cost: members, $10;
non-members, $20.
Cost: $25.
ARCH Development Partners is a very early stage venture
partnership specializing in the creation and funding of hightech companies in the Midwest. Churchwell is a director of
BioAngels, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center iBio and
the Illinois Venture Capital Association.
Sounding Board is made up of representatives from Bio/
Start, C-Cap, Fort Washington Capital Partners, the Hamilton
County Business Center Inc. and UC.
April 2006
Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board
receives grant for employment services evaluation
The Southwest Ohio Region
Workforce Investment Board
was recently awarded a
grant from Better Together
Cincinnati for its employment services evaluation
project, which will fully
assess the current program
capacity and effectiveness
of employment services
organizations serving
the City of Cincinnati and
Hamilton County.
According to Pamela Carter,
president of the Workforce
Investment Board, the
project will help the board
serve as a convener and
catalyst for systemic change
among the organizations
providing employment
“We want
to impact
to maximize
the utiliPamela Carter
zation of
our area resources,” said
Carter. “The goal is to better
serve both businesses and
job seekers.”
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can save 15
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safety products.
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The grant will allow the
board to establish unified
language and definitions
of workforce related
terms, issues and goals,
and also institute performance criteria to assess
the employment and retention results of the identified
“We want to influence
a paradigm shift of providers from outputs – client
served – to outcomes – clients getting and retaining
employment,” said Carter.
Better Together Cincinnati is
a collaborative effort among
Cincinnati USA businesses
and nonprofit organizations. It was established to
support a limited number
of priority initiatives identified by Cincinnati CAN in
the areas of police/community relations and criminal
justice – including the implementation of Cincinnati’s
Collaborative Agreement
– economic inclusion and
educational achievement.
Business Fair connects
corporations, MBEs
The Ohio Assembly of
Councils, which is comprised of the South Central
and Northern Ohio Minority
Business Councils, is
hosting the 15th annual
Ohio Business Opportunity
Fair at the Greater Columbus
Convention Center May
The theme of this year’s
event is “Embracing
Diversity in an Evolving
Business World.”
The event links exhibitors
from major corporations,
small businesses, minority
business enterprises
(MBEs) and government
agencies, enabling participants to leverage the
strength and competitive advantage of diversity.
MBEs can expect to learn
more about regional companies committed to supplier
diversity, while corporations
will hear more about supplier diversity best practices.
The fair kicks off on May
15 with a golf outing at the
Columbus Zoo. May 16 will
feature seminars and the
awards reception and the
trade show will be held on
May 17.
For more information,
contact Crystal Davis at
513.579.3104, or Don
Cornett at 513.579.3133.
Or, visit
Chamber names Kanet Advertising
to promote summer events
The Downtown Council, a
division of the Chamber,
has announced that is has
appointed Kanet Advertising
as its pro-bono agency of
record to
its signature
The Party
Source Party in the Park,
Taste of Cincinnati USA,
Union Centre Boulevard
Bash and OktoberfestZinzinnati USA.
“We’re pleased to enter
into this relationship with
a growing ad agency in
Cincinnati USA,” said
Patrick Sheeran, vice president of the Chamber. “We
look forward to partnering
with Kanet Advertising to
promote these time-honored events and, in turn,
Kanet Advertising will add
some high-profile, directto-consumer work to their
Sheeran also acknowledged the creative work of
Freedman, Gibson & White
in promoting Downtown
Council events in 2004 and
2005. “We’re fortunate to
have such a strong creative
community in Cincinnati USA
and such community-oriented partners,” Sheeran
added. “The pro-bono work
of Kanet Advertising and
Freedman Gibson & White
help stimulate our regional
economy and pride in
Cincinnati USA.”
Kanet Advertising is a
Cincinnati-based, full-service
advertising agency, serving
a broad spectrum of clients
including Anthem, Rippe &
Kingston, the Southwest
Ohio Regional Transit
Authority, Gronauer Furs,
Aurora Casket Company,
J&J Packing and Hauck
Holdings. Their creative work
on behalf of Aurora Casket
Company recently received
awards. Charlie Kanet,
founder and CEO of the
agency, said: “I have been
part of the ad community in
Cincinnati for more than 30
years, so when the opportunity to work on these events
came up, we jumped at the
Kanet Advertising will produce all creative for these
events, including posters,
print ads, radio and TV
spots, and other materials.
Reach Cincinnati’s business community: Add a Chamber
program sponsorship to your B-2-B marketing plan
Chamber members interested in communicating
their message to 6,000
other businesses should
plan now to sponsor a
Chamber event.
“Whether you’re a small or a
large corporation, sponsorship can help your company
gain exposure in the business community,” said
Cynthia Oxley, sponsorship
sales and development manager for the Chamber.
Numerous Chamber activities are available for
sponsorship, including
networking, education and festival events.
Sponsorships opportunities
range from on-site promotions and Web site exposure,
to inclusion in television and
radio campaigns for larger
community events.
According to Richard J.
Erickson, co-managing
partner at Frost Brown Todd,
Chamber sponsorships
“Frost Brown Todd has sponsored several Chamber
programs, including CEO
and CFO Roundtables,
InvesTristate and the
Securing the Future
Conference focusing on the
not-for-profit sector,” said
Erickson. “These programs
are an excellent way to reach
the business community
and the sponsorships allow
us to help add value and
act as a resource for area
For more information about
sponsorship, contact Oxley
at 513.579.3193 or [email protected]
The Rusty Griswolds
Region’s No. 1 party
kicks off this month
Spring is in the air and that
means it’s time for Cincinnati
USA’s favorite after-work event
– The Party Source Party in the
Park – which kicks off April 19.
The Party Source Party in
the Park features the hottest
bands and coldest beer
in town, served up by the
National Champion University
of Cincinnati Dance Team.
Parties are held at from 5:30
to 10:30 p.m. on alternate
Wednesdays at Yeatman’s
Cove Park.
New for 2006, The Party
Source Party in the Park has
its own blog – partyinthepark. Stop by and
post the wild, wacky and –
sometimes – wonderful things
you see, hear and do at The
Party Source Party in the Park.
2006 Band Lineup
April 19 ... Tequila Mockingbird
April 26 ............... Razin’ Kane
May 10 .................... Catch 22
May 24 .............. Off The Hook
June 7 .................Ten Foot Big
June 21 ...The Rusty Griswolds
July 5 ...........Soul Progression
July 19 ..........Leroy Ellington &
The E-Funk Band
August 2........... Marsha Brady
August 16 ................Forehead
August 30............ Motion Sick
April 2006
Please welcome these
new Chamber members
The businesses listed below recently invested in their company or organization by becoming Chamber members. As
a reminder, new – or not-so-new – members are invited to
attend “Navigating Your Chamber,” an informal, interactive
introduction to the numerous benefits and programs available
to Chamber members. The next installment of this popular
program is April 11, noon-1 p.m., at the Chamber office, 300
Carew Tower, 441 Vine St., Cincinnati. To register, please call
722 Redemption Funding Inc.
A & A Mini Storage
A Caring Touch LLC
A G I Management Inc.
A-1 Tri-State ProductionGroup
Above All Cleaning dba/ First
Call Cleaning
Academy of Medicine Staffing
Action Mechanical Insulation
AF Associates dba Warm Spirit
Affordable Language Services
AIC Contracting Inc.
Alan K Scott & Anthony
Delvecchio dba Angilo’s Pizza
Amend Consulting LLC
Anago Cleaning Systems
Analysis Express LLC
Anderson Hills Woodworking
Apparatus for Peneumatically
Stir a Beverage Cupstir Corp.
AR Allen Company
ATAC Pond Specialist
B & B Construction
B & B Plumbing & Piping LLC
Bam Janitorial Services
Barcode Industrial Systems Inc.
Batavia Nursing
BD Ross Financial Group
Bell Consulting
Berbee Information Networks
Bill Singleton Roofing Inc.
Biltmore Homes
Bolton Assemblers
Bond Promotions & Apparel Co.
Brewster Trucking
Buten and Associates
Buten Inc. dba Car-X Auto
Butler County Transportation
Improvement District
C F O Perspectives
C.C. Newberry Automotive
Corp. dba Meineke Muffler’s
Chamber Connect
Cardinal Home Health Care
Cedar Village Retirement
Chase Plumbing
Cincinnati Express Shuttle
Cincinnati Hills Christian
Citadel Building Group LTD
Clean and Shine Janitorial
Clermont County Board of
Clermont Nursing Care Center
Collins Mechanical Services, Inc.
Community Supports Inc.
Composite Engineering
Corcoran & Harnist Heating &
Corporate Appraisal Co. Inc.
Countryside Towing
Cresent Communications
Crystal Clean Cleaning Service
Cylinder Processors Inc.
D & E Equipment Company
D. Butler Management
David J. Haeussler DBA Animal
Care Center
D-G Custom Chrome LLC
DHR International
Die Craft
Dirty Rug & Carpet Care
Discovery For Youth
Document Solutions a Xerox
Donnellon McCarthy Inc.
Dr. Richard W. Vilter
Eco-print Solutions
Elken Company LLC
Ellington Management Services
E’lon Cosmetics
Eula Inc.
Ever-Clean Gutter System of
Exit Realty First
F C Building Group
Fabulous Cleaning Services LLC
Family Investment Services Inc.
Floyd Goodwin Trucking
Forney Elevator Consultants
Franks Electric Inc.
G A J Services
G.L. Lewis Photography
Gilbane Building Company
Global Environmental
Golden Touch Cleaning
Grand Finale Inc.
Harris-Brown Associates
Harrison Excavating & Hauling
Haverstick Consulting
Heaven and Earth Building
Helen C. Black
Hixco Integrated Pest
Management Inc.
Hodge Renovation
I T Management Ltd
Ideal Trim and Upholstery
Indian Hill Winter Club
Innovative Marketing Inc.
IntelliTree Solutions LLC
IT Management Ltd.
It’s All Good Cleaning Service
J & E Pool Management
J Dorr Construction Inc.
Jandus Consulting Group
Jan-Pro Of Greater Cincinnati
JF Williams & Associates
JL Tillman Insurance Agency
Johnston David and Adam dba
Out and About Moving
Johnston Electric Inc.
Jones Photography & Travel
JSJ of Cincinnati, Inc.
Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation - Greater
Cincinnati Chapter
K L Operations dba Kids R Kids
Keller Williams Advisors Realty
Ken Neyer Plumbing Inc.
King Container Services Inc.
King’s Kars
KLW Plastics, Inc.
KOI Precast Concrete Products
KW Construction
L & L Cleaning Solutions Inc.
Landon’s Handyman Inc. dba
House Doctors Handyman
Landrum Construction
Lawson Development dba Kids
R Kids 2
Left Lane Consulting LLC
Lewis & Michael Security
Storage Inc.
LifeCenter Organ Donor
Lightborne Communications
Lillie’s Home Cooking
Lincoln Heights Missionary
Baptist Church
Lithko Restoration
Technologies Co.
Lloyd Daniels Development
Group, Inc.
Lloyd’s General & Electrical
Contractors Inc.
Lufthansa German Airlines
MAF Consulting Ltd.
Masters and Masters
Meinking’s Service LLC
Mejana Restaurant
Midwest Environmental Drilling
Milford School District
Minorities in Math Science &
MIRG Corp. dba Electrical
Miss Pam’s Kiddie Kollege
Mount Healthy City School
M-Pact Corporation
Multimedia Advertising and
N Stock Box Inc.
National Society of Real Estate
Appraisers Inc.
Newtown Supply & Lumber Co.
NKH LifeSafety LLC
Northgate Masonry Inc.
Olympus Communications
Overbeck-Locaputo Insurance
and Financial Services
Owens Chiropractic &
Rehabilitation Center
Paramount Recovery Service
Pete The Plumber Inc.
Phyllon Marketing
Physical Therapy Options Inc.
PIC Plastic Industrial Company,
Power 1 Nation Inc.
Powers Educational Services
Precision Industrial Automation
Premier Health Care
Pro2 Respiratory Services
Progressive Communications
ProjDel Corporation
Putman Janitorial Service, Inc.
Qualified Emergency
Specialists Inc.
Quality Partners Inc.
Queen City Electric
R S Properties
R3 Systems Group
Reece Promotional &
Management Group
Renee P. McCall LMT LLC
Ricking Paper & Specialty Co.
RJS/Safe Stride
Robin James Jewelers
Rocco Prosthetic & Orthotic
Roy Tailors Uniform Co.
SAGE Professional Strategies
Sanders & Associates LPA
Saturday Knight Ltd.
Schaerer Mayfield USA Inc.
SFM Insurance
Sheet Metal Workers Local 24
Sherpa Coaching LLC
Si Kote Technologies Inc.
Smart Money
Smith Electrochemical
Solutions 4
Specialty Envelope Inc.
Spectrum Learning Centers
Speedy Signs & Apparel
Spradley & Associates Inc.
SRA Ventures Inc.
Stafford Jewelers
State Farm Insurance Shelonda Payton
Strategic Fitness & Training
Strategic Travel Connection
Studio G LLC
Studio Vertu
Success Catalyst
SupplyPro Inc. Co.
Sycamore Creek Country Club
Sycamore Township
T Mobile
Tatro Inc.
The Griffin Tate Group Inc.
The JFP Group
The Legato Group
The Tack Trunk
The Terrace Guild
The Young Group
Third Day Investment Group
Tower Rentals Maintenance Inc.
TPG Noramco LLC
Tri State Jobbing Co. dba Fox’s
Tri State Warbird Museum
TSG/Empire Foods
TYS Construction Services Inc.
Uniglobe Diamond Travel Inc.
Unique Beaded Designs
Unique Campus Rentals
University Auto Services
V Works Professional Salon
Visiting With Care
VR Business Brokers
Waddle Brothers Dent Auto
Body Repair
Warm Spirit by Kelly
Warren Co. Community
Services Head Start,LLC
Wertheim’s Restaurant
West Clermont Local School
Westland Development Limited
Wood’s Country Store
Wyoming Fine Arts Center
Z & D Hair Studio Inc.
Zwanenberg Food Group (USA)
Celebrating 30 years
of Chamber membership
The companies listed below mark three
decades of Chamber membership this
month. Congratulations on the return on
your investment!
Photo by Jymi Bolden
American Compressed Steel Corp.
Champion Printing Inc.
Chicago Title Insurance Co.
Cincinnati Belting & Transmission Co.
E. B. Miller Contracting Inc.
F. James Geers & Co.
Hines Interests Limited Partnership
Integra Realty Resources (Strickland &
Jackson Advisory Group Inc.
M. Rosenthal Co.
Mercy Franciscan Hospital Mt. Airy
Tape Products Co.
John Fette is president and chief operating office of Tape Products Co., a leading supplier of industrial
tapes, shipping supplies, packaging materials and packaging machinery. Tape Products has been
repeatedly named as a Top 100 company in Cincinnati.
April 2006
For information on exclusive advertising opportunities in future issues of ChamberConnect, call Cynthia Oxley at 513.579.3193.
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441 Vine Street
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