How the innovators innovated this year
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Eureka Ranch and its sister company, Brain Brew Custom Whiskey, already possessed insight into how to innovate. “This is like the innovation Olympics right now,” said Maggie Nichols, Eureka Ranch’s CEO. “This is the moment. If you thought it was optional before, get in line, because it’s not. And so, we practice what we preach.” Read full article.
Top-to-bottom teamwork makes a win for Goering Center member
Gold Star (GSR Brands) was on pace to have quite a year before the COVID-19 pandemic struck with sales 9.7 percent more than the same period last year. But thanks to the company’s advanced planning it was able to quickly change how it served customers when Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana implemented new restrictions for restaurants. From May to June, Gold Star surpassed last year’s sales by 7.4 percent. Read full article.
Brewery beats the odds... with burgers and beer!
Bobby Slattery says COVID-19 is the best thing that has ever happened to his business. And that’s despite the real pain he first experienced as a new reality began to set in. Implementing changes and refusing to quit, his Fifty West Brewing Co. in Columbia Township now employs more people than it did before the pandemic. Revenue has doubled from previous years. Read full article.
Preparation meets necessity with humor and heart
RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders saw the challenges the pandemic presented and chose to invest in its workforce from the beginning. In fact, those preparations started years ago for the West Chester-based insurance agency. Since Hurricane Ike in 2008, RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders established infrastructure that enabled its team to work from home. Most workers were already working from home one day a week before the pandemic. Read full article.
Pandemic no match for food truck's big dreams
“We’re here to stay,” said Kristen Bailey, co-owner of Sweets & Meats BBQ. That’s quite a bold statement to come from a restaurant and catering business during the COVID-19 pandemic but it reflects the confidence, innovation and resilience of Mt. Washington-based Sweets & Meats BBQ. Sweets & Meats, unlike many in the restaurant industry, never closed during the pandemic. It also retained all of its employees, including growing its team by 36%. Read full article.
Private businesses' innovation saves lives
AES Controls took a commonly-used machine that helps people with sleep apnea and turned it into a ventilator to treat COVID-19 patients. For more than 30 years, AES Controls in Springdale has developed and programmed custom automation solutions for products ranging from pharmaceuticals to coiled steel. Read full article.
Printing business focuses on employee safety
Steinhauser Inc. takes its responsibility of being an essential business during the pandemic seriously. Based in Newport, the company makes labels for consumer-packaged goods for retailers such as Kroger. “We were blessed because we got to stay open,” CEO and owner Tara Halpin said. “So that also created a challenge because we had people working very closely together. … People react to things like this differently, so we had to make sure that everybody knew that it was OK to be scared. It was OK to be uncertain.” Read full article.
Company pivots to ‘protect the people, save the millwork’
Like many small business owners, when COVID-19 hit Tom Frank started wondering about cash flow, customers, production schedules, employees, his family and even whether to call his attorney or accountant first. Then the worries gave way to opportunities. Frank is the president of Ohio Woodworking Co. in Norwood. Frank and brother-in-law Rich Grumbley are the third generation to operate the company that Frank’s grandfather started. Read full article.
Coffee shop responds with grit, heart and more coffee
The Carabellos were determined not to let COVID-19 close the business they had started a decade ago. The pandemic and its new reality hit soon after Justin and Emily Carabello, owners of Carabello Coffee in Newport, arrived back to the United States following a trip to Nicaragua, where they visited their coffee-producing partners and the charitable organizations they support. Read full article.
Labeling business serves customers, protects workers
Innovative Labeling Solutions took its duty as an essential business seriously. The Fairfield Township-based company provides digitally-printed labels, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging for consumer-packaged goods such as hand sanitizer, cleaning products, nutritional supplements, food and beverage products and medical supplies. In early February as the pandemic started garnering attention in the United States, the company realized that it would be a critical part of the supply chain to provide essential products and services. Read full article.
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