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Beer, spirits and entrepreneurship breathing life back into OTR


Over-the-Rhine was founded over 150 years ago by German immigrants who loved their beer. Today, beer, spirits and an entrepreneurial spirit are redeveloping the neighborhood, one building at a time.

People like Molly Wellmann and Julia Petiprin, Stuart King and Ryan Rizzo are bringing their own flare to Japp's and Sundry and Vice, respectively. They're taking Cincinnati back to its pre-Prohibition roots and re-introducing residents to what built the city: beer and booze.

Along the way, these entrepreneurs are taking dilapidated buildings and renovating them into bars, breweries, restaurants and eclectic shops that are scattered throughout OTR.

There's a lot to still be done in the neighborhood, but check out how far it's come.

Travel + Leisure plans perfect three-day weekend in Cincinnati


Travel + Leisure lays out three days of must-sees, must-dos and must-eats for tourists in Cincinnati, including exploring spots in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Northern Kentucky.

During the day, take in art at the Contemporary Arts Center or take a Cincinnati Brewery Tour to see the underground lager tunnels. Hop on the streetcar or rent a Cincy Red Bike to get around and see the sights. Food highlights include dinner at Mita's and Sotto; breakfast at Maplewood Kitchen and Bar; drinks at Taft's Ale House or the 21c rooftop bar; and donuts at Holtman's.

To see the full three-day travel plan, click here.

Butler County SBDC receives national award, celebrated on #SBDCDay


The Butler County Small Business Development Center recently received the 2017 National Small Business Development Center of the Year award. It celebrated its accomplishments on March 22, or #SBDCDay.

Over the past three years, the Butler County SBDC has generated over $20 million in loan funding to local small businesses. The Hamilton Mill-based organization helps build small businesses through a number of programs and activities — combined with strategic partnerships with other business-oriented groups — to provide a strong entrepreneurial assistance environment in Butler County.

The SBDC network was signed into law in 1980, and since then, the network has grown to over 1,000 centers. America’s SBDC network leverages a partnership that includes U.S. Congress, SBA, the private sector, and the colleges, universities and state governments that manage SBDCs across the nation. Each year, SBDCs provide management and technical assistance to about one million small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Read more about #SBDCDay here.

UC School of Law receives "A" grade from National Jurist, moves up in national ranking


In 2014, the University of Cincinnati College of Law was ranked by National Jurist as one of the top 60 law schools in the country. This year, UC's law school came in at no. 13 with an "A" grade.

Rankings are based on the school's experiential learning opportunities, with data provided by the American Bar Association and the individual schools. National Jurist looked at five categories: clinics, externships, simulation courses, interschool competitions and "other."

Clinical experience is most important, as students get the chance to work with real clients, under the direction of their professors. UC has a number of programs where students get this real-world experience, including a partnership with MORTAR that allows students to provide free legal counsel to clients

To read the article, "Best Schools for Practical Training," and to see the full list, click here.

 

Miami Ohio business students advanced to finals round of VCIC competition and took home second


A group of business students from Miami University scored big in the first round and took home $1,000 at the regional Venture Capital Investment Competition, held in Chicago. Miami was the only school in Ohio and one of only seven schools in the Midwest to get an invite.


The VCIC is an invitation-only international competition that's carried out over two rounds: a preliminary round held in five different regions with 6-8 schools and a finals round with winners from each region competing for the international title. Student teams act as institutional investors representing a venture capital firm.

Teams are given business plans from three real-world startups, as well as information about the venture capital firm they're representing and a profile of the venture fund from which they're going to make their investments. Teams then have 36 hours to conduct research, analyze the market and prepare questions for a Q&A with the founders. On the final day of the competition, teams listen to and evaluate each startup’s pitch presentation and conduct a one-on-one interview with the founder of each company.

With the regional victory, the team competed in the finals round of the competition this past weekend in Chapel Hill. At the international competition, the Miami team took home second place. 

Read more about the competition here.

 

 


 

CVG continues to draw national attention


Even though CVG has only one terminal, it's growing. It recently attracted new airlines (Southwest), new flights (Allegiant and Frontier) and another airline (Delta) is growing at CVG for the first time in decades. Now it's on the list of top 100 airports in the world.

It's landed on the list among world-renowned international airports like Singapore, which came in at no. 1, and Heathrow, which cracked the top 10. It also climbed up the list from 2016, when it landed at no. 32, to no. 26 this year.

CVG also received three other awards from Skytrax:
  • No. 2 for Best Airport in North America
  • No. 2 for World’s Best Regional Airport
  • No. 5 for Best Airport Staff in North America
To see the full list of award winners, click here.

Putting down roots: MadTree shares secrets of its success with Inc. magazine


Every startup begins with an idea, a vision or a dream, and MadTree Brewing is no different. It opened in 2013 and soon became the first modern craft brewery in Ohio to can its beer. In Year Two, it landed in the top 5 percent of all regional craft breweries in the country (by volume).

Co-founders Brady Duncan and Kenny McNutt have been successful by staying true to who they are and by consistently brewing some kick ass beer. They care about their employees and the community, and over the years have done numerous fundraisers.

MadTree's second location in Oakley has been packed from Day One. Take a look at how and why they've been so successful in this interview with Inc.

 

Three Cincinnati restaurants make OpenTable's top 100


Only nine Ohio restaurants made OpenTable's list of the 100 best restaurants in the country, and three of those restaurants call Cincinnati home.

E+O Kitchen in Hyde Park and Mita's and Nada, which are both downtown, made the prestigious list.

In order to come up with the final list, OpenTable analyzes over 10,000,000 reviews from verified diners of more than 24,000 restaurants all over the United States.
 
OpenTable makes it easy to check out reviews of the Top 100 eateries, as well as make reservations straight from the list.

Rhinegeist founder used data algorithm to determine future


Before co-founding Rhinegeist Brewery, Bob Bonder was working in San Francisco for a business consulting firm. He used his company's data algorithm to predict what his next move should be.

Originally, Bonder thought about opening a bed-and-breakfast in Brazil, but after the algorithm revealed that Asheville, NC, and Cincinnati were the best places for him to pursue his love of coffee, he spent time in each city and decided the Queen City was the place for him. He started Tazza Mia Coffee, but realized that Cincinnatians loved beer even more than coffee. 

He teamed up with Bryant Goulding, who had experience in the craft beer industry, and they opened Rhinegeist in 2013.

To read the full article about Rhinegeist's beginnings and success, click here.
 

Local startup makes list of top up-and-coming startups in the world


In 2009, market researcher Quid (then called YouNoodle) put together a list of the world's 50 most promising startups. Although a number of the companies named to that initial list don't exist anymore, others like Evernote and Spotify have increased exponentially in value.

Quid put together another list, and based its findings on these top three criteria:
  • Have the founders worked together before?
  • Is the business in a popular sector?
  • Has it raised funding quickly?
After researching 50,000 startups, it came up with a list that includes Cincinnati's own Eccrine Systems. It is developing a non-invasive, electronic wearable system that measures and transmits real-time data about human sweat; since its inception, the company has raised a total of $8.9 million.

To see Quid's full list of rising star startups, read this article from Bloomberg.

Cincinnati one of the best cities for vintage homebuyers


TV shows like This Old House and Fixer Upper have inspired homeowners to purchase older, outdated homes. They're looking for that perfect house to flip, and Cincinnati has plenty of turn-of-the-century options.

Much of Cincinnati's housing stock is from the mid- to late-1800s, and although many of those houses have received updates like new roofs, electric and plumbing over the years, there is still so much potential to make these houses your own.

Apartment Theory recently compiled a list of its top 10 cities to purchase a "vintage" home, and Cincinnati came in at no. 9, with the average home price of $170,000.

To see what other cities are on the list, click here.
 

Newport Aquarium in running for nation's 10 best


The Newport Aquarium has received a number of national accolades in recent years, and was recently nominated as one of USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Aquariums” in the country.

On March 27, a panel of zoo and family travel experts will weigh in to decide where to bestow the honor, and Newport Aquarium is asking visitors and local residents to vote here to help our local aquarium garner a top spot.

Since voting opened, Newport Aquarium has excelled in rankings and currently stands at no. 4 in the nation.

Voters can submit choices once per day until the deadline. Winners will be announced on March 31.

Cast your vote and learn more about aquariums nationwide here.


Covington's Wunderbar named one of the best restaurants in Kentucky


Wunderbar, a favorite in Covington's MainStrasse Village, is considered one of Kentucky's best restaurants, according to the website Best of Kentucky.

Wunderbar is known for its giant pretzel, but the menu doesn't stop there. It features traditional German dishes like beer cheese, homemade sausages and sauerkraut. There's also an extensive craft beer list, featuring both local and national brews.

To see the 14 other restaurants named to Best of Kentucky's list, click here.

Economic development wins Cincinnati spot on Governer's Cup list


Site Selection recently released its Governor's Cup recipients, which is a list of cities, metropolitan areas and states that receive recognition for economic development. Cincinnati made the list in the category Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier One New and Expanded Facilities in 2016 (Metros with populations over 1 million).

In the past 5-10 years, Greater Cincinnati has seen a huge boom in economic development. Projects like the American Can Lofts in Northside, Rhinegeist and the Hellmann Creative Center in Covington took blighted and underutilized buildings and turned them into something completely different.

There are countless new developments, such as The Banks, that involved razing and clearing a site and starting from scratch. Both new and redevelopment projects have brought millions of dollars of investment to the area. 

To see all Governor's Cup recipients, click here.

Cincinnati 4th best midsize city for college basketball fans


It’s time for Cincinnati basketball lovers to don their gear and start getting excited for one of sports’ best-loved traditions.

With March Madness drawing nigh, the personal finance website WalletHub releases its “Best & Worst Cities for College Basketball Fans.” Cincinnati ranked 19th overall and fourth among midsize cities.

Check out these March Madness fun facts to get into the spirit of the season:

  • $7.3M: Annual salary of Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski (He's paid 6X more than Duke's president.), making him the highest paid college basketball coach.    
  • 17X: Difference between the average NBA rookie's salary ($1.99M) and the average value of a college basketball player's tuition, room and board ($120K).    
  • $8.9B: Estimated amount wagered illegally on the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament.    
  • 3.5 million: Extra barrels of American beer are produced each March.    
  • $66M: Tournament's impact on Dayton's economy since 2001.

Click here for WalletHub’s full report.

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