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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.

UC grad named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 List


Mario Jovan Shaw, a 2012 University of Cincinnati grad, made Forbes' list of 30 Under 30 in the social entrepreneurship category.

Shaw and business partner Jason Terrell started Profound Gentlemen, an education-based nonprofit. The organization is made up of 100 male educators of color from around the country who provide mentorship to young men of color.

Shaw joins 599 other standout artists, techies, educators, scientists, foodies, gamers, doctors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, entertainers, lawyers, marketers, musicians and athletes in this year's 30 Under 30 class.

To read more about the 600 members of 2017's class of 30 Under 30, click here.

American Sign Museum's CoSign project expanding to Iowa City


CoSign provided new signs to local businesses in Northside and Covington, and now it's launching nationally. Its first stop: Iowa City.

The program pairs business owners with local artists and professional sign manufacturers to design, create and install new signs for the business' storefronts. CoSign helps create a sense of place, and adds vibrancy to neighborhood business districts.

CoSign launched in Northside in 2012, and crossed the river to Covington in 2014. Iowa City's new signs will be installed and unveiled in August during MidWestOne Bank's "Rock the Chalk" event. 

To read more about why the American Sign Museum chose Iowa City, click here.

Jose Salazar semifinalist for James Beard Award


Jose Salazar, chef and owner of Mita's and Salazar, is the only Ohio chef to be named as a semifinalist for a James Beard Award.

He's nominated in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category, specifically for his work at Mita's. Award nominees will be announced on March 15; you can follow the nominations in real-time on Facebook Live and Twitter.

Salazar started off his career as the executive chef at The Palace, then moved to Abigail Street to work for fellow chef and restaurateur Daniel Wright. He opened Salazar in 2013, and Mita's in 2015.

See the full list of James Beard Award Restaurant and Chef semifinalists here.

Cincinnati to join national list of Culinary Fight Club cities in April


Thanks to shows like Food Network's "Guy's Grocery Games" on Food Network and Bravo's "Top Chef," we're no stranger to food competitions. Cincinnati even hosts Food Fight 513, which pits local chefs against each other for the honor of top culinary dog.

This spring, Cincinnati will host its first-ever national Culinary Fight Club event. Chefs will sign up to compete in a taco round in April, a pantry race in September and a seafood competition in October.

At each event, attendees will watch as contestants — anyone from home cooks to executive chefs — raid the pantry in 45 seconds. Contestants get to choose from 15 provided ingredients, and from there, they have 60 minutes to create the most gourmet dish that represents their take on the monthly theme. The audience and judges vote and decide on a winning dish.

Culinary Fight Club also gives back exclusively to Fight2Feed, which partners top restaurants with food trucks to provide service and support to the hungry.

For more info on Culinary Fight Club or to register to compete in Cincinnati, click here.

To read the full article about Culinary Fight Club, click here.
 

Four Ohio economic developers named to list of top 50 in the country


Four Ohio economic developers, including Kimm Coyner from REDI Cincinnati, made the list of the top 50 in the country.

Coyner, who is vice president for business development and projects at REDI, as nominated by her colleagues for excellent practices, innovation and success in rebuilding Cincinnati. This is the second year in a row that executives from REDI have made Consultant Connect's list — last year, its president and CEO, Johnna Reeder, made the top 50. 

Other Ohio developers on this year's list include Julie Sullivan, executive vice president for regional development at the Dayton Development Coalition; Lee Crume, director of sales for North America at Jobs Ohio; and Matt McQuade, managing director of business development at Columbus 2020.

To see the full top 50, click here.

Landor's recent rebranding of City of Covington receives national attention


Japanese publication, +81, released its third-ever branding edition in December. It focused on the appealing visual design of logos, signs, packaging, shopping bags, print media, websites, smaller galleries, shops, hotels, restaurants, cafes, web media and other local businesses.

It even showcased the city-wide rebranding of the City of Covington, which was done by local design firm Landor.

See the Q&A with Landor's creative director, Joe Napier, which is shared here. See the roundup of +81's branding favorites here.

Where are the best Midwest cities for venture capital funding?


Cincinnati is known for its talented and robust startup ecosystem. It's home to about 200 startups, many of which have gone on to launch on the national and international level.

Another way to measure a startups' success is to total the amount of venture capital funding that a startup raises. EQSTL.com ranked Midwest cities by that statistic, and in 2016, Cincinnati came in at no. 10 on the list, with a total of $116,621,844 raised in venture capital. Another way to look at this statistic is Cincinnati has 179 registered startups, and 26 of those startups received funding in 2016 (that's 14.53% of startups receiving funding). 

To see the full report from EQSTL, click here.
 

WEL Enterprise receiving national attention for its water reclamation system


Clean water is a hot button topic around the world, but water tech accelerator Pipeline H2O is working to improve water quality for everyone. And they're doing that work right here in Greater Cincinnati.

WEL Enterprise, a member of Pipeline H2O's inaugural class, is getting national attention for its wastewater reclamation system, which can be seen in action at Municipal Brew Works in Hamilton.

The system is the first of its kind, and can handle wastewater from start to finish. It's able to segregate, clean and recycle water, solids and other particles found in water.

To read more about WEL Enterprise, Pipeline H2O and water technology, visit Venture Smarter's website.

 

Cincinnati has the best opportunities for job seekers


Fast Company named Cincinnati as one of the cities with the best job opportunities for job seekers. According to ZipRecruiter, 2017 is the year of the job seeker.

The Midwest dominated the Top 10 list, with Minneapolis coming in at no. 1, Kansas City at no. 4, Cincinnati at no. 5, St. Louis at no. 7 and the Louisville area at no. 9. In those cities, healthcare, finance and insurance, the automotive industry, government and community and business are the sectors with the most job growth.

To find out how these areas were determined, read the story here.

Beer across the U.S. paints a picture of the country's regional ties


William Bostwick of The Wall Street Journal recently took a road trip that allowed him to explore the differences in beer styles across the country. He realized that each geographic region has a very distinct beer style that local brewers do well.

While on his trip, Bostwick spoke with Bryant Goulding, vice president and co-founder of Rhinegeist, who says that while breweries recognize their peers, there is still competition among the brewers. Each one wants to create a beer better than the next, which is why there are so many beers that are very similar but still distinctly different.

Read the full story here.

Jeff Ruby's The Precinct named one of best steakhouses in the U.S.


Travel + Leisure just released its list of the best steakhouses in the country, and Jeff Ruby's The Precinct in Columbia-Tusculum made the list.

Open since 1981, The Precinct is in a renovated police patrol house — Cincinnati Police Patrol House Number 6, to be exact. It is the longest-operating white tablecloth restaurant in the city.

The Precinct is known for its 19th-century style decor, but the menu is what keeps patrons coming back. The USDA prime steaks have caught the eye of other best of lists, including America's Top 10 Steakhouses by USA Today and Gayot.com.

See Travel + Leisure's other picks here.
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