Posts in Entrepreneurship
From Runway Projects to ‘Project Runway’: A Conversation with Tessa Clark

For those of us born with a fascination with fashion, the shirts on our backs are about more than function. What we choose to wear can be a source of confidence, a way to tell someone passing by a little bit about who we are – even what we stand for. And on a rainy summer evening, I scurried down Vine Street with my deteriorating cat-ear umbrella to meet Cincinnati’s rising style icon and nationally recognized designer, Tessa Clark. 

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Good (Man)ners: Kick Lee on Ending the Starving Artist

Writing for Women of Cincy has given me the opportunity to meet and share stories with influencers and change-makers throughout Cincinnati. I usually walk away from my interviews feeling inspired, but Kick Lee is quite possibly the coolest person I never knew I needed to meet. He’s created a career and a lifestyle based around helping others achieve their dreams. As the founder of the Cincinnati Music Accelerator, he’s helping local musicians realize their worth as artists and discover how to take control of their own careers.

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Women of Cincy Gift Guide: Fall 2019

My favorite part about moving to a new city is discovering the gems that stud the marketplace. I find so much joy in gawking over the perfectly curated shops, chock full of local, handmade goods, and the community of makers and doers that surround them. Cincinnati continues to reveal hidden treasures, and I’ve only brushed the surface. To me, there’s nothing better than being someplace full of people dedicated to pumping life back into their city.

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Good (Man)ners: Rico Grant on Paloozanoire and Being Black and Excellent

We sat down with “true Cincinnati kid” Ricardo (Rico) Grant to talk about his career in the hair and beauty industry, the inspirational woman in his life, and his upcoming adventure: PALOOZANOIRE, a three-day celebration bringing together over 2,000 men and women of the Black community from across the nation.

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Reported By Women: The 2019 Professional Pretty Conference

The second annual Professional Pretty Conference by Morgan A. Owens, entrepreneur and founder of Curvy Cardio, converged in Cincinnati, May 24-26, 2019. The conference, located at the Kennedy Art Center Annex, opened with a V.I.P. night full of local vendors, energizing music spun by Ms. Ebony J., and plenty of time for impactful mixing and mingling.

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Carla Walker: 'Think big; follow through'

Solopreneur strategist and C.E.O. of think BIG strategies, Carla Walker, welcomed us into her downtown office and out of the busy streets and Opening Day crowds. As the hours stretched into the late afternoon, our conversation traveled from harnessing interests in professional life and strengthening international relationships to morning rituals and the moments in life that change everything.

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Women of Cincy Gift Guide: Spring 2019

Items featured in the Women of Cincy Gift Guide are either made or sold by local, women-owned and -operated businesses. Because, simply put, we believe that where you spend your dollar matters. By being more intentional with where we put our hard-earned cash, we can both support and celebrate the women bringing us the goods, building up communities, and making Cincinnati a great place to call home.

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Sylvia Brownlee on Pure Beauty Skin Bar and Learning to Love your Skin

Sylvia Brownlee has been working in the beauty industry for more than two decades, and over time, she found skincare to be her passion. After clearing her own skin and finding unstoppable self-confidence, she knew she wanted to use her expertise to help others do the same. That’s why she opened Pure Beauty Skin Bar in Silverton and established her own skincare line: to serve a community in need of quality care and that ever-coveted healthy glow.

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‘Be okay with not being okay’: Allie McLaughlin on Mental Health, Addiction, and Cincinnati Renewed Wellness

The co-founder of Cincinnati Renewed Wellness has a lot of letters behind her name – L.P.C.C. stands for “Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor”; L.I.C.D.C. means “Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor” – but McLaughlin’s dreams and approach to wellness go far beyond our traditional expectations in the world of mental health.

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The Molly Wellmann Mix: Shoes, Booze, Cats, and History

If you spend any time in bars in Cincinnati, you’ve probably heard of Molly Wellmann. The proud Cincinnatian, bartender, business owner, and former punk-rock girl has a wide smile and a lot of tattoos. She currently owns two bars, Japp’s and Myrtle’s Punch House, but she’s been a fixture on the local cocktail scene for roughly a decade.

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Eisha Armstrong: Building a Community of Women in Product

Five minutes on the phone with Eisha Armstrong, partner and co-founder of Vecteris, a startup product management consultancy, and I feel at ease. “When people talk about product management,” she tells me, “they talk about the intersection of technology, user experience, and business acumen.” But Armstrong and her triple-threat cohort of female founders believe there’s more to it than that. In a city bubbling over with potential and promise in the world of tech, this is a conversation that we should all be having.

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Stories Behind the Booze: We Olive Cincinnati's Leah Jones

We Olive Cincinnati is destined to be a local neighborhood spot where you can dine, drink, shop, and have a full culinary experience — and that includes enjoying cocktails made with balsamic vinegar. Leah Jones, who owns the shop with her husband Coby, chatted with Women of Cincy about her love for Cincinnati, the We Olive franchise, cocktails, and turning passions and inspirations into careers.

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Women of Cincy Gift Guide: Fall 2018

I’ll be honest: I’ve never been a huge fan of summer. While others may yearn for sunshine and swimming pools, I’m all about the crisp autumn air, changing of leaves, and the feeling of getting back into the swing of things. And if the annual pumpkin spice latte craze says anything, it’s that I’m definitely not alone in this.

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Amy Vaughan: Above the Noise

I met Amy, managing creative director at Epipheo and city champion for the Cincinnati chapter of Women in Digital, at her office in Longworth Hall. She wasted no time introducing me to her friendly, easygoing team who immediately made me feel at home. It felt right to lounge on the big leather couch in the airy office space and dive deep into what drove Amy to where she is today. It was easy to sense how much her colleagues admired her as they passed by and smiled.

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