Blackbook EMG partners with Best Upon Request to attract, retain talent

Two Cincinnati-based companies have created a strategic partnership designed to help attract and retain top talent in Southwest Ohio.

Blackbook EMG, a CincyTech portfolio and high-tech human resources services company, has paired up with Best Upon Request, a Montgomery-based corporate concierge firm.

“We see Blackbook’s employee attraction and retention products as a natural extension of our current service offering,” says Tillie Hidalgo Lima, president and CEO of Best Upon Request.  “And our concierge services will bring additional value to Blackbook’s proposition.”

Blackbook EMG connects recently hired employees to their new companies, communities and coworkers, allowing the employee to focus less on the adjustment and more on the quality of work produced.

Best Upon Request is a concierge service companies hire to run daily errands for employees in order for them to be less distracted and more productive during the work day. Just like Blackbook, Best Upon Request provides a strong foundation for positive employee-employer relations.

Since Best Upon Request already has a presence in 30 markets nationwide, Blackbook hopes to expand its services outside of Greater Cincinnati.

“By leveraging the distinct strengths of Blackbook and Best Upon Request, this relationship allows us to obtain synergies among client needs and to strategically grow both companies. We look forward to working with Tillie’s team,” says Myrita Craig, president of Blackbook.

Blackbook has seen strong momentum in 2011, increasing staff, tripling revenue and building key clients, including Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, KAO Brands, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Tri-Health and more.

Chris Ostoich, CEO and founder of Blackbook, said the Best Upon Request deal includes an undisclosed investment amount. Along with private investors and a $400,000 investment from CincyTech as lead investor, Blackbook will close its funding round at $700,000, allowing the company to complete technology enhancements and expand into other markets.

“This has been an exciting year of growth for Blackbook, and this alliance with Best Upon Request supports that in a very strategic way,” Ostoich says. “This sets the stage for taking Blackbook to the next level.”

By Sarah Blazak for CincyTech
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