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Fine fellows: Roanne Lee creates 'awesome' life

West Coast native Roanne Lee moved to Cincinnati last year to learn all she could about startups and entrepreneurship. She immediately set about doing her part to make the city a more inclusive, progressive and awesome place to live.

Fine Fellows: VFA first-class alum, Dan Bloom

Last year, Dan Bloom moved from the East Coast to Cincinnati to become a Venture for America Fellow. Now he has a full-time gig of his own and plans to soon launch his own startup, a new sandwich shop in OTR.

New brew in town: Party Source expansion taps into region's passion for beer

From growlers of fresh beer made to last for a month to Skype tasting sessions with the nation's top brewers, the new Party Source Campus is custom designed to offer expansive exposure to American artisanal spirits.

Kenton Co. students immersed in innovation, tech

A new generation of digital natives is learning through innovation and high-tech training in Kenton County academy programs. 

Rise of the rest: Creativity loves company

Startups aren't just for Silicon Valley anymore. As entrepreneurs find expected pleasures—and great quality of life—in cities like Cincinnati, a new kind of energy is building. Read about the rise of our startup sister cities, from Boston to Denver.

My Soapbox: Jason Langdon, Cincinnati Mini-Maker Faire

Louisville had a fire-breathing pony. New York had 3-D printers and makerbots galore. Cincinnati Maker Faire Founder Jason Langdon looks forward to seeing what the local science, DIY and art community has to offer in the city's first all-ages, all-genres celebration of maker culture this October in Washington Park.

Shades of Grayscale: historic brewery revives to showcase local culture, spirits

On the site where the first brewery in Over-the-Rhine began operating in 1829, a new generation of artisans is redefining the boundaries of the historic neighborhood’s 21st century renaissance.

Modern Makers: The Big Dinner with Chef Frances Kroner of Feast

Soapbox's Scott Beseler shares a visual feast of the latest Modern Makers event, a celebration of food and art at the Niehoff Urban Design Studio in Uptown. Music by Maria Carrelli.

From Guatemala with love: Deeper Roots partners with growers for richer roasts

What do a dairy barn in Mt. Healthy and this year's TED conference have in common? A shared love of top-quality coffee from a Guatemalan village that locals know thanks to relationships nurtured with Deeper Roots, a local roasting company and coffee consultancy. 

My Soapbox: Janelle Hopper, Contemporary Arts Center

Janelle Hopper, public programs manager at the Contemporary Arts Center, takes a holistic approach to connecting the community with art. In her three years on the job, she's showcased eclectic guests, from the Smithsonian's new media strategist to Sigur Ros. She shares her goals, her insights and her passions with Soapbox.

From cradle to career, creating new cycles of success

Whether she is downtown in the offices of Strive or coaching track at Clark Montessori, Nia Williams understands the power of a challenging, encouraging mentor. Without hers, she says, she wouldn't be where she is today.

On OFFF: Designers that will blow you away

Even if you didn't get a chance to attend the sold-out OFFF event hosted by the Contemporary Arts Center, you can still experience the mind-blowing designers' work from the comfort of your computer. Slideshow by Soapbox's own mind-blowing photographer, Scott Beseler.

My Soapbox: Sandra E. Spataro, NKU

With degrees from Stanford and Berkeley, Sandra Spataro brings experience from Silicon Valley and teaching stints at Yale and Cornell to her students at Northern Kentucky University. She chose to work at NKU because it offered not only a diverse student population, but a chance to focus on what she calls "up-close-and-personal" teaching.

Cincinnati's newest dream team: The faces of Cintrifuse

The Cintrifuse venture capital team is already working on supporting the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Now, it's time to see how The Rainmaker, The Money Man, The Go Getter, The Teacher, The Connector, The Youngster and The Magician Behind the Curtain plan to get down to business.

School-based Health Centers offer innovative approach to educational barriers

The arithmetic is pretty simple. Medical care plus students equals a boost in attendance and graduates. That's why Cincinnati Public Schools’ school-based health center nurses offer preventive and follow-up healthcare, as well as old-fashioned TLC, to a growing number of students.
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