• Social Media Presentation & Meet-up

    Social Media Presentation & Meet-up at Blue Ash Rec Center – June 22
    Come join us for our first Cafe Series of the summer! Do Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram overwhelm you? (Much less, Periscope, Blab, Tumblr or Vine?!) As a business, entrepreneur, or professional, the marketing rules have changed and now revolve around Social Media. Come learn what social networks are important to your business, big or small, and some tips on using them efficiently and effectively. We’ll put the social in social media 🙂 No laptop required.

    Speaker: Blue Ash resident, Debba Haupert has grown her business social media followers to over 90,000 through grassroots social media marketing. She has blogged at Girlfriendology.com for over 10 years and spoken at conferences and conducted training programs all over the U.S.

    Join us at the Blue Ash Rec Center for a ‘Cafe Series’ on Social Media 101′ June 22nd 7:00pm. Check out the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880861572140572/
  • Sycamore Schools Work Study Program! A great opportunity for local businesses!

    Please click on the links below for more information!


    SHS Business Information


    Work Study & Transition Program Description


    The Work Study and Transition Program at Sycamore High School is designed to prepare students with disabilities for community based, competitive employment upon graduation.  Our program assists students ages 15-21 in gaining both volunteer and paid work experience within their community.


    About Work Study and the Transition Program:

    • Provides students with disabilities with valuable community based work and job training experiences within the communities of Blue Ash, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township, and Montgomery
    • The Transition Coordinator matches each student’s interests, aptitudes, and skills with appropriate community-based work
    • Students in the program are managed and monitored by a licensed Special Education Teacher, job coach, and/or Transition Coordinator
    • Each student is assigned a job coach for every work shift, provided at the cost of the district (no cost to the employer)
      • The job coach provides on-site support, mentoring and task guidance within the work environment
    • Students work in 1-3 different job sites per year (depending on where they are in the program continuum)
    • Hours vary between 8:00am-2:00pm Monday-Friday
    • Shifts usually last between 1-3 hours, depending on needs of the job site
    • Our program aims for paid positions, but also has a variety of non-paid/volunteer positions
      • Businesses are eligible for a tax deduction for hiring individuals with disabilities


    Work Study permits students to:

    • Utilize local businesses and the community as a learning environment
    • Learn employability, independent living, and academic skills
    • Develop self-advocacy skills to enhance future success
    • Cultivate social relationships through participation in a community work environments alongside their non-disabled peers


    Type of jobs / tasks we are looking for from businesses:

    • Assembly
    • Unpacking/packing boxes
    • Inventory
    • Office Work
    • Sorting/stocking
    • Retail
    • Customer Service
    • Bulk Mailing
    • Cleaning


    Business benefits of working with our programs:

    • Business gains meaningful work by student interns
    • Have your business logo proudly displayed at Sycamore High School and on our website
    • Promotion on Twitter by our account (@SHS_Transition)
    • Display our Partnership Plaque for customers to see


    The U.S. Department of Labor and Office of Disability Employment Policy have collected data that demonstrates a significant difference in employment between individuals with and without disabilities:


    Department of Labor Statistics:

    • 87% of Americans say they prefer to patronize businesses that employ people with disabilities
    • 90% of Americans state that they have had a positive experience working at a business that hired individuals with disabilities
    • Labor Force Participation
    • People with disabilities: 20.9%
    • People without disabilities: 69.4%
    • Unemployment Rate
    • People with disabilities: 13.9%
    • People without disabilities: 8.0%


    Sycamore Community Schools hopes to have a positive impact on these employment statistics by offering a variety of purposeful and strategic programs that transition students with disabilities into the adult workforce. We hope that your business can help us make a difference in the lives of our students by providing them with meaningful job experiences.


    If you have any questions about our program and would like to learn how you can become involved, please contact Esther Adams.


    Esther Adams

    Transition Coordinator

    Sycamore Community Schools

    cell: 330-554-6430

    office: 513-686-1770 x 3184


  • Blue Ash Food Drive with Matthew 25 Ministries, Sponsored by Integrity Express Logistics

    ***Update***We have pushed back the food drive. It will now take place from Mon, Aug 18th– Thurs. Aug. 21st. We did this so we made sure we could provide boxes for donations to other companies and to make sure we get as many companies participating as possible. Sorry for the change. 

    Blue Ash Food Drive Flyer


    Integrity Express Logistics will be sponsoring the Blue Ash Food Drive from Monday, August 11th through Thursday, August 14th. This event benefits Matthew 25: Ministries and their work with the poorest of the poor and disaster victims. Companies that want to participate will be supplied with boxes from Integrity Express Logistics. Matthew 25: Ministries is in need of the following items: DRY GOODS – pasta, rice, beans, nuts, peanut butter, granola, ready to eat snacks. CANNED GOODS – pull top canned vegetables, fruit, soup, meats. PACKAGED – fruit/pudding cups, bottled water, drink mixes. Contact Bridget Hirko at bridgeth@intxlog.com or 937-234-4803 with any questions.

  • Best Selling Author, Paul D’Souza speaks at July Luncheon-Crown Plaza

    Topic for the talk “No Separation” on the 10th

    Paul D’Souza believes that Inspired people live better lives.  Everything he does supports this single idea.  Paul has been on a personal journey studying human awareness for over 25 years and along the way; developed a body of knowledge that helps people live inspired lives. To be inspired one needs to live “in-spirit” which is why he invented the Wha-Dho Philosophy which helps people integrate Mind, Body, Spirit WITH the world around them.

    Paul is an Author of the award winning book – The Market Has Changed – Have You?  Selling Power Magazine’s Top 10 Must Read Sales Book of 2010.  He also maintains a popular blog and has produced eBooks in English and Japanese on the subject of linking ones purpose with ones business and or career strategy.  www.pauldsouza.com
    On a personal note, Paul is married to Shino D’Souza, lives in Loveland, Ohio and is a member of the Cincinnati Polo Club.  Paul loves to cook and has been a student of martial arts as way of life, for over 35 years.
    www.callwithpaul.com  — join us on these FREE weekly Meditation sessions on the phone
    http://podcast.pauldsouza.com — audio podcast of recordings from these weekly calls.
  • May 2014 Blue Ash Business Association Scholarship Award Luncheon

    The Scholarship Committee announces this year's winner of the $2000 renewable College Scholarship;
    Alec Leyendecker.  Congradulations Alec!
    Alec is a deserving Blue Ash resident and will graduate this spring from Saint Xavier High School 
    where he maintained an excellent grade point average, played football, and volunteered as 
    student coach for the Sycamore Community Youth Football Program.
    He plans to major in Chemistry at either Ohio University or the University of Cincinnati 
    in the fall as he pursues a career in medicine as a psychiatrist or neurosurgeon.  
    We will honor Alec at our May 1 picnic held at the Maple Pavilion behind the 
    Blue Ash Recreation Center starting at 11:30.
    A special thanks to the sponsors of the May luncheon event; Diana's Dancewear, Northside Bank & Trust, and Raffel's Catering.

    Diana’s Dancewear, located at 8958 Blue Ash Road, was named Cincinnati Magazine’s Best Dancewear Shop in 2008.  For over 20 years Diana and her knowledgeable friendly staff have offered the largest selection of child and adult dance, gymnastics, and skate body wear, shoes, tights, and accessories in the area.  Customers come from as far away as Columbus, Indianapolis, and Lexington for pointe shoe fittings.  For more information please call (513) 792.0970, email dianasdance@fuse.net, visit their website at www.dianasdancewear.com, or like them on Facebook.

    The North Side Bank & Trust is one of Cincinnati’s oldest banks. We’ve been serving the Queen City for over 100 years and have been referred  to as one of Cincinnati’s best kept secrets, when it comes to banking.  During the past decade, we expanded our presence and now we’re located close to you.  If you are frustrated with your current banking relationship we may be a great alternative.  We provide today’s financial products with old-fashioned personal service.  Because we are privately owned and only operate in the Greater Cincinnati, all decisions are  made locally and promptly.  Our focus is on small to medium sized business and consumers.  We think that includes you!

    Raffel’s Catering and Banquet Halls, Inc. – a third generation family owned Evendale, Ohio catering company that has been servicing the catering and reception hall needs of Greater Cincinnati  and Northern Kentucky for forty years! We have a banquet hall in Evendale and a banquet center in Blue Ash available for your wedding reception or important catered event!

  • Let’s Get Together! CMC, MAP, and BABA Networking Event. April 3rd 11:30 am- 1:00 pm

    CMC (Community Management Company), MAP (Market & Profit), and BABA (Blue Ash Business Association) would like to welcome you to join them on April 3rd from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in CMC’s Greenhouse Training Room for a luncheon networking event. Come and meet fellow small buisness owners and enjoy each other’s company. Food from Raffel’s Catering and refreshments will be available. This event is FREE OF CHARGE to all CMC tenants and BABA members. A $15 cover will be required of all other attendees.

    A variety of speakers will have the floor during the event. Included in the lineup of speakers will be Dave Anderson from Options Utility Consulting. He will educate us on the new energy deregulation mandates and how we can save money on our bills. He will offer energy analysis’, free of charge to all attendees.

    To register go to http://mapbusiness.eventbrite.com. Make sure to register ASAP before seats fill up. SEATS WILL GO QUICKLY! The deadline to register is April 1, 2014. If you have questions about registering or other questions in regards to the event contact Chasta Postler atCpostler@cmcproperties.com.

    CMC’s Greenhouse Training Room

    10945 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 105

    Cincinnati, OH 45242

  • Luncheon Event with Andrea Dale and Inbound Marketing!

    Upcoming Event Info:

    Come as a member, be welcomed as a guest!

    Join us at the Blue Ash Business Association’s monthly luncheon on March 6th at the Wingate in Blue Ash.  Networking starts at 11:30 followed by lunch sponsored by Raffel’s Catering.  During lunch learn about Inbound Marketing presented by Andrea Dale.  Email Cpostler@cmcproperties.com to RSVP

    Presentation Information: 

     Inbound Marketing: Attracting & Keeping Potential Customers “in the loop” 

    Are you staying in touch with your current and potential customers? It’s great when you can talk with each and every decision maker twice a month, but how realistic is that?

    Newsletters, blogs, case studies, and social media can make that difference for your business. Each tool gives you the opportunity to illustrate your credibility, knowledge and customer focus. As a professional business writer and marketing consultant, I will share with you several of the strategies, tricks and processes that I use to generate the content and ideas required for successful inbound marketing. If you have ever struggled with consistently writing and sending out your business’ newsletter, updating your organization’s blog or posting status updates on LinkedIn, this presentation is for you

    Speaker Bio:

    Andrea Dale, To The Point Marketing & Writing

    Andrea Dale is a business writer, marketing consultant and speaker. In addition to more than 20 years of professional marketing and writing experience, she grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. Her father, mother and sister all founded and ran successful businesses. As such, her knowledgeable and “real life” approach to marketing helps business owners gain key insights and succeed. Andrea’s services include business and marketing content for websites, blogs, LinkedIn profiles and company pages, as well as marketing coaching and consulting.

  • Being Smart about Getting Smarter

    By Chasta Postler CMC’s The Perfect Small Office Regional Manager, Vice President of Activity for Blue Ash Business Association.

    As the cost of tuition continues to rise and the number of people with student loan debt escalates, the importance of continuing your education beyond high school remains the same.  If there is a will there is a way, and can be as simple as finding financial aid opportunities in your own back yard.

    Hard work does pay off especially when coupled with being a good person who’s active in the community.  The Blue Ash Business Association (BABA) is an example of an organization that recognizes and rewards those who fit the criteria for their College/Technical School Financial Assistance Program.  The scholarship is based on: financial need, high-school grades, standardized test scores, participation in extra-curricular activities, community service, and other factors listed on the application.

    This scholarship is available for graduating high school seniors in the Cincinnati area.  The senior must also qualify by being a Blue Ash resident attending any area high school or they may be a child of an owner or employee who is a current BABA member and resides outside the Blue Ash area (for list of current members visit www.babusiness.org).

    The initial $2,000 scholarship can become a 4 year program as long as the participant continues to qualify.  Although it may not give you an entire free ride, it’s a possible $8,000 that you could have otherwise paid a hefty interest rate on…now that’s being smart about getting smarter.

    The selected winner is honored with their check during BABA’s annual May Awards Luncheon, which is always the first Thursday in May, held at the Blue Ash Recreation Center in the Maple Shelter.

    The deadline for the BABA scholarship is March 1st of each year.  Applications are available at local High Schools, the Blue Ash Business Association’s website www.babusiness.org or from any member of the Scholarship Committee:  Phyllis Bare, North Side Bank and Trust Co. (513) 936.8800;  Eric Bender, Eric D. Bender Co., L.P.A. (513) 891.5630;  Tom Gelwicks, Thomas Gelwicks Law Office (513) 421.6688;  Mary Goard, Hukill, Hazlett Harrington Insurance Agency, Inc. (513) 793.1190;  Iris Kelsen, Wilmington College (513) 793.1337;  Diana Queen, Diana’s Dance Wear (513) 792.0970; and Jim Roetenberger, Roetenberger Advisory Group of Raymond James (513) 762.5150.

    This is just one of many financial aid opportunities that are being awarded to deserving Cincinnati area candidates. If you know of other local Cincinnati area scholarships please post in the comments below and let’s all work smart about getting Cincinnati smarter!

  • Board Members Co-Host BABA After-Hours Event in February!

    Dave Sperry of Speedpro Imaging will host the Blue Ash Business Association After Hours Event along with co-host Maxine Richardson of Kwik Kopy.  Dave & Maxine are both Board Members and are excited to be co-hosting the event on February 6th, 2014 from 4:30-6:30.
    Members & guest can expect a great networking experience coupled with complimentary light appetizers and beverages.  Dave and his folks at Speedpro Imaging will also be giving some wide format printing demonstrations as they showoff their facility which is conveniently located at 2888 E. Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45241
    For more information on Speedpro Imaging visit their website: http://www.speedprocinci.com/pages/SpeedproHomepage/
    For more information on Kwik Kopy visit:  http://kk470.kwikkopy.com/

    The event is free for BABA members & any guest*!  Please email cpostler@cmcproperties.com to RSVP.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

    *Guest may get 2 free after hours events before having to join the association.
  • CMC Properties Encourages Small Business Growth with the “Perfect Small Office”

    Written by Katie Southerland
    Photography by Brian Ambs

    Entrepreneurship is experiencing a resurgence in the Tristate, even in the midst of a still shaky economy. Because entrepreneurs have been given an opportunity to network in a supportive environment, they are sharing ideas, support, and camaraderie to create lasting success. One of the drivers of this resurgence is the “perfect small office” spaces provided by CMC Properties, which currently accommodates more than 1,000 small business owners. If not for their properties, entrepreneurship might not be as robust.

    When they began building office spaces in the 1970s, CMC Properties―developers, owners, and operators of residential, retail, and commercial property throughout Greater Cincinnati and the Midwest―had one goal in mind: to provide the perfect office environment for small business owners. CMC’s objective is to “lower the barriers of going out on your own” and “provide well-located and exceptionally affordable business communities for professionals and entrepreneurs” to operate independently.

    In order to achieve that, every inch of their office spaces were designed with the small business owner in mind. Offices were built so tenants can communicate just like they would in a corporate environment―sharing ideas, advice, and best practices―and all seven locations have property managers on-site that work to spur growth.

    CMC promotes the growth of new and existing businesses in each of their locations. They hold monthly networking events for each property where owners can meet, exchange contact information, and answer questions about their business in a public platform. Moreover, CMC has a new online business directory that connects all seven offices. Tenants can log in, do business with one another, and see a calendar of events. These extra perks can help businesses grow, but more importantly, it gives business owners a chance to communicate with like-minded professionals.

    The networking environment―with shared lobbies and kitchen areas―and networking events serve to encourage businesses to grow. In fact, when offices were designed, costs were kept to a minimum because CMC understands small business owners want to expand, which can be difficult with high rents. CMC offers low rents and they have developed an expansion program so they can grow along with their tenants.

    Many tenants have also expanded to CMC’s flex space—warehouse and office space combined. Just like offices, flex space comes without community area management (CAM) fees―insurance, taxes, landscaping, etc.―which decreases costs and hassles for the tenant, allowing even more room for future expansion.

    No matter what type of space it is, CMC works to provide a space with a sense of “community that has purpose, order, and meaning” that encourages growth.