Dave Willacker Cincinnati Circus Company

Some of us dream of becoming presidents, doctors, video game beta testers or restaurant critics.  But who dreams of having elephants in his backyard?  Dave Willacker, that's who.  He also dreamt of bring the Trapeze to Cincinnati, while on vacation with his wife to DC.  He succeeded in doing that and has thus brought the dream of flying on the trapeze to any Cincinnatian with $55 bucks in their pocket.  We love Dave.

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Soapbox Cincinnati

Cincinnati has had the reputation of being a bit conservative, cautious, tight and even behind the times.  But that's not true any more and Soapbox Cincinnati is telling us all about it.  We are moving and shaking, there's a change afoot and Michael Sarason writes about it.  An online magazine that Cincinnatians may find worth discovering because SoapBox Cincinnati helps you discover the neighborhoods that are in your own backyard.  

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Kevin Raines Center City Collision

A journey from pastor to entrepreneur to community leader.  I won't write too much about it because I really think you should listen to Kevin Raines yourself and find out how he has gone through transformation after transformation to find himself exactly where he should be....Until the next transformation.

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Red Tree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop

The first recorded mention of a coffee house is set in the early 1500's in Damascus.  It immediately became a place of concern for the rulers because the coffee houses were a natural community center where people shared stories, news of their families and political ideas.  Later as coffee houses began to spring up in Europe they also served as a place where people conducted business over a cup of java. Lloyd's of London started in a coffee shop and early stock market exchanges began in coffee shops. Today the coffee shop is still a heart of a community.  It is like a church or a spiritual center - people feel comfortable there, find their friends there and recharge their energies.  But it's not like a spiritual center in that it is a great social leveller, all are welcome regardless of any ideology or social status.  It is a place of comfort and a place of change. But coffee shops are notorious for being a tough business to get into the black.   Red Tree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop is a great example of such a place.  Listen in and find out how they've done it.  And why.

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The Circuit

Tag, you're IT.  Those used to be dreaded words on the playground.  These days, though IT means Innovation Technology and it's one of the strongest drivers of local economies.  The Circuit provides education, networking opportunities, an online sales channel, advocacy to government and access to early-stage capital for its members. 

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Mad Tree Brewing Company

Psychopathy, Lift, Happy Amber, Identity Crisis and Galaxy High.  No, these are not names of new mood disorders. They're what you'll find on tap at 5164 Kennedy Avenue home to Mad Tree Brewing Company. Ohio's first craft brewery to can their beers in the modern age.  Don't let the Duck Dynasty beards and pun-ny titles fool you.  These guys are mad geniuses concocting fresh blends of fermented sugar derived from saccharified starch by day and pulling pints by night.  You don't need to be a beer connoisseur to pull up a stool and enjoy a cold one, but you do need opposable thumbs.  Cheers.

The photo's blurry because our producer, James had one too many in the booth (that means he had 2)
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Pure Romance

In the beginning there was a boy and his mother selling sex toys out of a U-haul truck.  Today the letters of the company name are 4 feet tall and hang from a new building in downtown Cincinnati.  A happy ending so to speak. But the ending is just the beginning.  Chris Cicchenelli and his mother, Patty Brisben are spreading the joy, (no pun intended) to other women.  Pure Romance has taken the MLM model to promote freedom for women and not just in the bedroom.  If you're stuck in a rut, want to make some money, need a flexible schedule and want to do something meaningful for others (that's most of us, isn't it?). Tune in and find out if this might be the road to having your own business, without the U-haul truck.  Click HERE to find out more info on their website.

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Brazee St. Studios and C-Link

A sculptor, an entrepreneur, a restauranteur and a patron of the arts Sandy Gross is our favorite renaissance entrepreneur.  She co-founded Blue Manatee Book Store and Coffee Shop.  She started Brazee Street Studios, an art gallery and glass working studio.  She also recently opened the Sleepy Bee Cafe on Madison Ave in Oakley.  We could talk about the transformative powers of glass or the tile work in the Sleepy Bee restrooms, but this interview is about C-Link, an internet platform to connect those who love art with those who love making art.  Tune in.

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Bacevich Restoration

Small Business success requires passion, but it's not limited to just the product or service that you sell.  Listen to this interview of Mike and Jennifer Bacevich of Bacevich Restoration.  Their passion takes the form of wanting to create the best in class company that they can.  Their company happens to also enjoy the satisfaction of helping people put their lives back together.  Tune in.  

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Community Blend

What does it take to change a community?  Well, a community.  And a vision.  And a leader, or several.  Let's not forget hard work and capital right?  But these alone may not be the recipe that yields success.  There is a secret ingredient.  One that could ignite a movement and blaze a path to revitalization.  Wanna know what it is?  Tune in to our guests: Tim Kraus, Ray West and Donald Scott.

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