Making Cincinnati a place where entrepreneurial dreams are realized is the goal of seed-stage funders like CincyTech, the Brandery and Cintrifuse when they match startups with crucial investment dollars. Financial backing and venture capital hookups from these organizations helped local startup Ahalogy become a wildly successful Pinterest marketing agency.
Startup incubators offer both resources and connectivity for small startups with big potential. A shared culture of entrepreneurship among risk-takers helps nurture the seed of a business plan into a flourishing company.
As Cincinnati grows into one of the nation’s premier technology startup hubs, accelerators and incubators have become an important part of the business landscape. But what’s the difference, who are the key players, and how do they serve the business community?
The Taking Root campaign is an eight-county effort to educate the community about the crises affecting our trees. The end goal is to restore our tree canopy by 2020 by planting 2 million trees.
If you missed one of the community profiles featured in our Hot 'Hoods series, here's your chance to find out more about the five neighborhoods set to flourish in 2014. You might be surprised by our picks.
This week we continue our spotlight on neighborhoods that are poised for growth in 2014. We asked key community members from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to share their insights on how they expect their communities to develop this year.
University tuition just got a little bit cheaper. Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky high schools have partnered with local colleges to offer broad catalogues of free and reduced-cost dual enrollment courses to high school juniors and seniors.
Whether writing a blog post about a great pizza joint or helping a client boost her business through social media, Shannan Boyer—founder of Family Friendly Cincinnati and Scooter Media—defines success as a happy client.
As the senior class of 2014 prepares to be the first graduating under Ohio’s new economics and financial literacy curriculum requirements, banks in Cincinnati are partnering with schools and nonprofits to push financial education further than ever for students as early as preschool and through to 12th grade.
As the evolution of culture and society influence learning, the way forward for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky public schools is through creative thinking about where to form partnerships and how to steer trends.
If you want to learn how to reclaim your passion, find your voice and unleash your brilliance every day, join Soapbox Thursday for a special event with Todd Henry, author of the new book "Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day."
UpTech, Northern Kentucky's newest startup incubator, is on a mission to establish a place where graduates from NKU’s College of Informatics can find employment or start their own businesses built on managing the massive amounts of data being collected by companies, social media sites and health care providers.
One weekend. Two nights of Cincinnati. Soapbox's managing photographer Scott Beseler tours the Art of Food in Covington and the Platter Party in Brighton. The result? A taste of fashion, music and fun in the city. Video by Scott Beseler.
From prenatal care to kindergarten and at every milestone in between, Success By Six guides Greater Cincinnati's youngest learners on their journey from cradle to career.
Cate Yellig knows how to build things. And how to use a blowtorch. The City of Covington's new art director talks economic development, world travels and how the region has become a magnet for talented, smart entrepreneurs and artists.
You may know Duru Armagan as the owner of OTR's Sloane Boutique. This month, she styles Rise of the Cool Kids (ROCK), a projection fashion show and performance that highlights streetwear and Cincinnati's growing fashion scene. She shares the details with Soapbox's Robin Donovan.
Covington's first female mayor, Sherry Carran, takes office next month. The alum of the University of Cincinnati’s architecture program and long-time Northern Kentuckian shares her thoughts on her election, her goals, and bikes in Covington with Soapbox’s
Clearly the “c” in 21c stands for “cool.” In fact, sitting where it is, adjacent to the Zaha Hadid-designed Contemporary Arts Center, we may have one of the more potent, one-two combinations of cool in the greater Midwest, not to mention another notch in our impressive belt of cultural tourist attractions.
In Cincinnati’s gritty food truck subculture, there are few avenues of support and even fewer guarantees. Tom Acito of Cafe de Wheels and his food truck brethren have chips on their shoulders, real skin in the game and a cult-like following.
Grease up your chain, pump up your tires, roll up your right pant leg and hop on your bicycle--it's nearly Bike Month in Cincinnati. Get ready to roll.
Rodney D'Souza is building a hive in Northern Kentucky. His new INKUbator at Northern Kentucky University is designed to help students turn their ideas into feasible business proposals and prepare them for the competitive world of startup accelerators. He explains his brainchild to Soapbox's Elissa Yancey.
A bicycle built for 15 hits the streets of downtown Cincinnati next month -- Soapbox gets the scoop from Pedal Wagon pusher and Unplugged co-founder Jack Heekin.
Hair designers and models transformed the Carnegie Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky, into a wild world of wonderful, not to mention hairy, art. Soapbox's Scott Beseler documented it all.
He's been a stockbroker and lived in a flop house, but the most audacious experiences for University Hospital's chief psychiatric resident stem from his life as Johnny Walker, a punk blues rock guitarist who has toured with the White Stripes and the MC5. His newest gig? Helping build an artists' collective in an old Masonic Lodge in Dayton, Kentucky.
Urban school teachers have a daily impact on our most important community assets -- our children. When they succeed, we all succeed. Today marks the launch of Together We Educate, tweducate.org, a website dedicated to attracting, supporting and retaining the best and brightest teachers to work, live and grow in Greater Cincinnati.
Steel drums and sculpture. Photography and modern dance. With passionate, eclectic leaders and a host of talented supporters, Cincinnati's local community arts centers deliver an array of classes and concerts designed to bring neighbors together. Soapbox tours a few of our region’s growing, vibrant cultural gathering spots.
Sign up today for the next Soapbox Speaker Series event, an engaging discussion about community arts centers as catalysts for creativity.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Niehoff Urban Studio
As grade-schoolers play in the "Energy Zone" filled with bright-colored balls at the Duke Energy Children's Museum, they learn about simple machines the fun way. Training teachers to guide students through field-trip science activities expands the reach, and impact, of every lesson. At Cincinnati's Social Innovation Fund, which supports a wide range of educational programs including teacher training, creating lasting learning makes for measurable successes.
The official Derby of Rats, a unique new installation by Higher Level, and Southgate House's three floors offer up art, music, collaborations and more on a Friday night in Northern Kentucky. Managing photographer Scott Beseler has a slideshow to prove it all happened. Say cheese.
Managing photographer Scott Beseler takes a look back at the photos from our top stories of 2010, showcasing some of the people, places and things that define our region.
This week, Cincinnati welcomes British performance artist Luke Jerram and his brightly colored, outdoor pianos. Brought to the Queen City by Cincinnati Public Radio in celebration of their anniversary, Jerram and a team of talented local artists will paint playable pianos in public spaces over the next month.
August begins in Cincinnati with another hot week of events that prove our city is Queen: energized events in Over-the-Rhine, an art exhibition in Northside, a BBQ benefit at Neons, the second annual Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week and more.
Summer in Cincinnati means Mt Adams Cinema in the City is back, bringing classic films to the big screen. Red, Pink and Blue combines charity and fashion 140 feet above the Ohio river while The Little Voyageur takes you on a journey through the artist's mind.
A day at the office takes on a whole new meaning for local businesses who are taking unconventional office spaces, transforming them into architectural gems, and enhancing their corporate culture along the way. This week and next, Soapbox writer Alyce Vilines spotlights six area companies that do business in the coolest spaces.
You could consider Strive, the region's four year old public education reform initiative, like a trapeze artist's net - there to catch anyone who slips or missteps along the way. But dig deeper and you'll find Strive does more than just work to eliminate the myriad of 'cracks' kids can fall through while trying to get a decent education. This innovative, holistic approach wants to take students from "cradle to career," by empowering not only the educators who teach them, but local community and corporate partners as well. Soapbox writer Michael Kearns takes a first look at Strive's efforts to transform our region's public education system into a national model.
Catch The London Police Ride Again exhibit at The BLDG gallery to see what renowned-international artists Bob and Chaz have to say about Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky or see Olive Dance Theatre's tribute to a breakdancing legend in Swift Solos: The Reconstruction of Ken Swift's 20th Century Breakin. Get chit-chatty with Pecha Kucha Cincinnati V, and wrap up the weekend with a Sustainable Sunday stroll through the city. And register early to secure your seat at the Cincinnati Ballet's final Ballet & Beer event of the season.
Be awed by more than 60 gorgeously decorated pines during CelebriTrees or catch Chuck Prophet's all-American performance. The Santaland Diaries takes to the stage while Miracle on MainStrasse has a little something for everyone. Don't miss the never before seen works of the Art for the People's Sake: Historic Soviet Era Propaganda Paintings and Posters exhibit.
Cincinnati supports locally owned and operated retailers with BuyCincy's Unchained day of shopping. Pieced Together opens at the Collector Art Group and the 2009 Opera Ball is going Parisian. The 13th Annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards honors 19 categories worth of talented local musicians.
Christmas is creeping up fast so get in the spirit early with Broadway Across America's newest creation, White Christmas, or get some gift ideas at The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market. The rebellious Brits of PREFAB77 storm Covington with their first solo exhibition this side of the Atlantic, Shot at from Both Sides. Catch pint-sized starlet Kristin Chenoweth as she joins the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for a special performance.
It's a dog's life. Or is it? As Downtown Cincinnati starts to swell with new residents, odds are many of them are pet owners. And as urban amenities increase for mankind downtown, what about man's best friend? Soapdish's Casey Coston takes a look at some surprising options for city dwellers and their pooches, and makes the case for a little piece of grass our canine companions can call their own.
Zahara's Bellydance Fusion & Gothic Bellydance is bringing sexy back to monsters this weekend with Carnival Noir 2009's production Horreur Classique. Cedric Cox opens his latest exhibit Soul Within Structure at the UnMuseum while the Covington Screen Test Film Project tells unique stories through film. Don't forget to prance your pooch around at the MainStrasse Village 8th Annual Dog Costume Pawrade.
The Cincinnati Off Road Alliance keeps local trails open for nature lovers of all walks - or rides. If you've been hiking or biking in a local park, you may want to thank a mountain biker. There are more than 50 miles of trails in the region's parks and forests, thanks to the volunteer efforts of Cincinnati Off Road Alliance's members.
Madeira city schools strive for greener energy pastures with a significant gift from an anonymous donor and inspiration from a Northern Kentucky neighbor.
In the last 15 years, KHI Foods in Burlington has turned a humble honey sales
operation into an innovative local foods powerhouse bringing Kentucky crops to the national market while feeding the region's manufacturing industry.
Summer lovin' hits Cincinnati this weekend with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet as part of their annual Shakespeare in the Park tour. Take in a double feature at Cincinnati World Cinema with a critically acclaimed exploration of public transportation and the dreaded killer of city centers - urban sprawl in Taken For A Ride and A Crack In The Pavement. Big Hair BINGO and Blue Wisp's Play It Forward PresentsÖ are two fine examples of local organizations creating unique entertainment right here in Cincinnati.
Soapdish columnist, Casey Coston takes a look at the Cincinnati Parks system and what the "Great Stimulus" could mean for Riverfront Park and The Banks projects.
Strive, the Cincinnati region's cradle-to-career education initiative, is in the midst of its own learning period as it carries out the mission of a $750,000 investment that will make Strive a model for four other cities across the nation.
Cincinnati takes a step into the surreal this week when Surreal Escape: A
Night of Absurd Reality hits the Cincinnati Art Museum. Hal Holbrook
delivers his one-man interpretation of Samuel Clemens in Mark Twain Tonight and the
Cincinnati Acclaim Awards honor the best in Cincinnati theatre while MainStrasse
Village helps usher in Spring with their weekend-long Maifest.
One mother's quest to prove to her kids that city living can be even more fun than country living leads her to a number of discoveries about the Cincinnati children's scene including some not so obvious choices.
Spend your Fat Tuesday with the Mardi Gras for Homeless Children or treat yourself to a night of Frost/Nixon at the Aronoff Center. Create a video for cash and prizes with Hype Up Cincinnati or swing by Music Hall for a touch of the Blues Friday evening as part of the Cincinnati Blues Festival.
The much publicized breakup of Jean-Robert de Caval from financial backers Martin & Marilyn Wade and the subsequent closing of Pigall's restaurant have seen a furious storm of hand wringing and gnashing of teeth within the Cincinnati dining set. Will the closing mark the end of sophisticated dining in Cincinnati? Soapdish columnist, Casey Coston reminds us that, far from in decline, the Cincinnati culinary scene is just hitting its stride.
January is coming to an end and with that we welcome February, featuring colder days and even hotter winter events in Cincinnati. This week catch a play about love at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, drink in the poetry of Richard Hague at InkTank, celebrate Obama's presidency with recycled trash at The Base Cooperative Gallery and listen to over 25 bands perform for the Winter Blues Fest.
What do Lithuania, a local university, and a poorly thrown Frisbee have in common? Find out what Karl Treier had in mind as he took the reins of CinciMedia, and as CEO, relocated its headquarters here.
Whether itís shopping for gifts, updating your wardrobe or choosing a
great spot to dine, Cincinnati offers an ever-increasing choice of
independent businesses that help citizens reengage with the social
fabric of their community.
No one knows what the future holds for our economy but Cincinnatianís are rediscovering their local libraries as valuable resources when budgets are tight. Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are home to some of the largest and most successful libraries in the nation with services that may just surprise you.
Japan is the largest source of foreign direct investment in greater Cincinnati. However, itís not all business. There is a thriving Japanese community that has grown up around the Toyota-centric northern Kentucky economic base, which has forged strong cultural ties between the Bluegrass State and the Land of the Rising Sun.
Itís that time of year again when the scariest of scary come out to play: little ghosts, goblins and Sarah Palin look-alikes. Thatís right, itís HALLOWEEN in Cincinnati and weíve got a week of freakishly fun events. Get face-to-face with a T-Rex, listen to Souseís soothing sounds, chuck a pumpkin or meet your favorite author downtown.
Universities are the perfect breeding grounds for revolutionary ideas that become medical and technological advancements. They have experienced researchers and teachers, and a continual infusion of new ideas from incoming students. Existing and start-up businesses are looking for innovations to help them excel and know researchers have the necessary expertise. This relationship fueled technology transfers.
Millennials, those twenty-somethingís from Generation Y, are causing a stir in Cincinnatiís workforce. Bringing a whole new set of ideals, goals and skills, Millennials are making their mark on Cincinnati businesses.
Three years ago, professional dancers Cervilio Amador and Gema Diaz made the decision to leave their homes and families and defect to the US from Cuba. Their decision brought them to here where dancing for the Cincinnati Ballet has given them a new home.
Just across the Ohio River, nestled in the heart of Covington, sits the German descended MainStrasse Village. With over 30 different eateries, shops and galleries, the Village has it all. I invite you to spend just one day discovering this little slice of Germany which sets in our own backyard.
With hurricane Ike gone and electricity back on, Cincinnati continues to bring a line-up of Fall events which you absolutely cannot miss. This week itís rock and rollís turn to blow into town as the MidPoint Music Festival takes over stages everywhere. Also sweeping in is the 20/20 Arts Festival which kicks-off Cincinnatiís arts season. Making smaller vibrations are short films from around the world and a radioís look at this yearís Presidential race.
Ladies Night in Cincinnati isnít just about free drinks. Retailers across the city are tapping into the power of the purse sponsoring Ladies Night Out events to create long lasting shopping relationships.
On fire with the anticipation of their latest release, the sundresses is a Cincinnati band determined to make it to the top through a combination of great music, innovative business strategy and a fierce loyalty to themselves. While at it, they wouldnít mind bringing the modern recording industry to its knees.
There's more to do in this city than you can shake a stick at and with the National Baptist Convention in town this week, you can bet downtown is going to be hopping. Here are some events you might want to check out...
A trip to India, Lebanon or Ethiopia may not be within your budget, but you can travel there by taste. With Cincinnati's wide selection of ethnic dining options, those looking to explore new culinary horizons probably won't even have to leave their neighborhood.
September kicks off the changing of the leaves and a whole new set of events to take advantage of around town. There is no lack of festivals to be found this week as Cincinnati gets a little culture of the European and Latin American influence.
As we approach the end of the Summer of '08, we thought we'd list a few events that are off the beaten path...An action packed Labor Day weekend awaits starting off with Final Friday on Main St. and night of smooth Jazz at the Blue Wisp. And don't forget to buy your duck for the annual Rubber Duck Regatta, benefiting the FreestoreFoodbank.
The region's newest long-term planning strategies, Agenda 360 and Vision 2015, hold great promise to go beyond "plans in a binder" and generate real transformative momentum making the region a power magnet for talent, jobs, and economic opportunity.
There's so much happening in the 'Nati, the Soapbox staff has added a new feature that highlights events that influencers like you need to know about. So take a look each week at these two or three things you should know about your great city on the river.
Cincinnati has its fair share of fine coffee houses, but small independents have discovered that it's a good cup of coffee served with a strong dose of community involvement that spells success in this competetive business.
Soapbox is proud to sponsor the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby ďBuild-A-BoxĒ competition at the BMW store in Silverton on May 18. Assemble your car faster than the other competing teams with the assistance of a helper from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati. Think you've got what it takes to challenge the Soapbox team? Find the details here.
Who needs another story about how much snow we got this weekend? Instead, Soapbox brings you a taste of what's to come. That's right, the optimism shared by the staff at the Box is telling us that this freak March blizzard is the end of Winter and that Spring is just around the corner. Are you prepared? After reading this week's features we think you will be. Discover a couple of secrets about Cincinnati's park systems we bet you didn't know. You'll be sitting pretty just as the blooms start blossoming. Trust us.
There's a rumor that Cincinnati suffers from chronic self-esteem issues. If so, the staff at Soapbox asks, "What are we going to do about it?"