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Banks and Financing Assitance
Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company
headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fifth Third operates 17 affiliates
in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Florida, and
provides a broad array of products and services through four primary
businesses: Commercial Banking, Retail Banking, Investment Advisors,
and Midwest Payment Systems, the bank's data processing subsidiary.
Fifth Third's financial strength continues to be recognized by rating
agencies with deposit ratings of AA- and Aa2 from Standard &
Poors and Moody's respectively.
Fifth Third offers a
broad range of financial services to the start-up and growing companies.
Fifth Third Direct is the bank's new on-line banking service which
allows our customers to undertake all of their banking transaction
on-line. Fifth Third's Corporate Finance Department provides advisory
services to companies raising debt and equity capital. Fifth Third
has invested tens of millions of dollars in private equity funds
designed to provide growth capital for companies operating within
Fifth Third's banking territories. For more information, visit www.53.com.
CPA and Consulting Firms
BKD, LLP is
the dominant regional professional services firm in the Heartland
of America. With revenues of approximately $216 million, the firm
ranks in the top ten in size among CPA and consulting firms in the
United States. The firm's 1,500 personnel, including nearly 200
partners, are located in 26 offices in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois,
Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and
Texas. BKD is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri.
BKD provides solutions for closely held and publicly traded businesses
in the health care, manufacturing, distribution, financial institutions,
construction, real estate, retail and other industries; not-for-profit
organizations; and governmental entities as well as thousands of
of BKD is to always strive for excellence in providing services
to clients, create rewarding career opportunities and maintain sound
professional, business and financial standards. Our firm philosophy
underscores our service commitment to clients and assures them that
their satisfaction with BKD's services is our goal. For more information,
please visit www.bkd.com.
Stettinius & Hollister LLP (TS&H) was founded in 1924 by
the merger of two firms, one of which had been practicing law in
Cincinnati since 1885. At present, we have 187 attorneys and 30
distinct practice groups. Our firm has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland,
Columbus, and Covington, Kentucky. The diverse clients of the firm
include businesses and individuals engaged in manufacturing, banking,
finance, insurance, distribution, broadcasting, professional sports,
health care, energy, transportation and real estate, as well as
the New Economy.
Taft, Stettinius &
Hollister established an e-Business Practice Group in 1999. Attorneys
in this practice group provide a broad range of legal and advisory
services to Internet startup companies as well as "bricks and
mortar" companies looking to the Internet to build their businesses.
Formed to respond to clients' increasing needs to conduct commerce
on the World Wide Web, this group of attorneys assists clients with
a wide variety of issues related to the Internet.
TS&H extended its
leadership role in 1999 when it initiated, and became, the first
corporate sponsor of Main Street Ventures, a Cincinnati-based, nonprofit
technology development facilitator for high-tech startups. This
nonprofit group provides resources and expertise to new and emerging
high-tech businesses. Since its beginning, attorneys at TS&H
have provided significant leadership of and service to Main Street
Ventures on a pro-bono basis. For more information, visit www.taftlaw.com.
Cors & Bassett,
LLC. Cors &
Bassett, LLC, a full-service law firm of 46 attorneys, prides itself
on building long-term relationships with clients, including start-ups
and emerging and established businesses. This is accomplished by
gaining a thorough understanding of each client's business and by
providing proactive advice as well as solutions to difficult legal
and business problems. Our legal services include advice and documentation
relating to all aspects of general corporate and business legal
services and planning such as: organizational structure, capital
formation (including debt, mezzanine and equity financings), tax
planning, joint ventures, licensing arrangements, intellectual property,
mergers and acquisitions, finance, employment matters, public and
private offerings of securities, franchising, exit strategies and
related matters. Cors & Bassett's attorneys are active in various
local and national venture capital, bio-medical and business growth
organizations. For more information, visit www.corsbassett.com.
Graydon Head &
Ritchey LLP. For more than 130 years, Graydon Head & Ritchey
LLP has been creating and implementing legal strategies that maximize
clients' opportunities for greater business and personal prosperity.
A full service, 67-attorney law firm, GH&R's culture of client
service permeates the day-to-day activities of attorneys and staff
alike. With its long history and a track record of leadership in
new economy organizations such as The Circuit, the Greater Cincinnati
Venture Capital Association, BIO/Start, and the Madison Avenue E-Zone,
GH&R attorneys are experienced in helping established and emerging
companies strategize to ensure continued growth and development.
Services of the firm include advice on entity formation, venture/angel/bank
financing, shareholder agreements, mergers and acquisitions, stock
options, initial public offerings, licensing and distribution, trademarks,
patents, Internet and e-commerce activities, dispute resolution,
human resources, and estate planning. For more information, visit
Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP. Wood,
Herron & Evans, LLP is a law firm located in Cincinnati, with
a practice committed to aiding clients in the acquisition, development,
protection, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Our attorneys and their well-trained professional support staff
understand the value of our clients' intellectual property assets.
We focus on in-depth involvement with clients. We anticipate legal
issues that might threaten or compromise those assets and when our
clients do need assistance with litigation, we are here for them
every step of the way. Our experience gives us a seasoned and informed
view of technology in business and commerce and of the complex laws
which protect innovation. We work closely with our clients to devise
strategies for intellectual property acquisition, licensing and
protection that fit and enhance their business objectives. For more
information, visit www.whepatent.com.
& Klekamp, P.L.L., founded in 1954, is a service-oriented
law firm with approximately 95 lawyers and a support staff of more
than 150 people based in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are committed to providing
efficient , valuable and cost -conscious counseling.
Our lawyers offer practical
advice and time-tested business solutions. We focus on business
representation and transactions, commercial finance, labor and employment,
employee benefits, private client services, litigation, real estate
and bankruptcy related legal services. For 50 years we have contributed
to the success of many businesses from small start-up companies
and international corporations to non-profit organizations and government
For the past three years,
Keating, Muething & Klekamp has been named one of the top three
business law firms in the Greater Cincinnati area by Corporate Board
Member magazine. Corporate Board Member magazine conducts the survey
and bases its findings on a poll of approximately 30,000 directors,
general counsel and officers of public companies. Several of our
lawyers also consistently appear in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best
Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive
peer-review survey of 15,000 leading lawyers throughout the country.
For more information, visit www.kmklaw.com.
Blue Chip Venture
Chip Venture Company is a leading venture capital firm providing
capital and business-building assistance to entrepreneurs seeking
to build growth companies. Our commitment to our partner companies
doesn't end with initial financing - that's only the beginning.
Our end-to-end approach to your success includes being an integral
part of your strategic planning sessions, key employee recruiting,
industry conferences, fund-raising, corporate partnerships, public
offerings and more.
Based in Cincinnati,
we have over $600 million of capital under management and have invested
in over 85 partner companies throughout the United States and Canada.
Areas of focus include: enterprise software, technology infrastructure,
media and communications and healthcare. www.bcvc.com.
Fort Washington Capital
Washington Capital Partners, LLC is a private equity investment
manager based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The firm and its affiliates,
including The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company and Fort
Washington Investment Advisors, Inc., a registered investment advisor,
have been investing in private equity since 1984. We currently manage
more than $700 million in private equity commitments and four fund
of funds partnerships.
Fort Washington also
manages the Tri-State Growth Capital Fund, a $40 million fund of
funds that invests in early-stage venture capital partnerships nationally
and in the Greater Cincinnati tri-state region. The fund also co-invests
directly in early-stage companies alongside its underlying venture
capital fund managers. Fort Washington works with venture capital
funds and promising emerging companies to facilitate introductions
for potential investment.
River Cities Venture
on the foundation of its 20+ years of corporate advisory experience,
River Cities has a track record of actively assisting portfolio
companies after the closing. Beyond simply providing capital, the
firm provides access to a collection of intellectual, organizational
and financial resources termed the River Cities Venture Building
program. The program has several elements:
- Preparation for Success
- Ensure that all systems, procedures, and management processes
are characteristic of a successful (public) enterprise.
- Close Working Partnerships
- Coach and assist in building the enterprise based on the benefit
of years of experience with dozens of other companies that have
faced similar challenges.
- Organizational Development
- Assist in the recruitment of top management through active networking,
an in-house resume bank, and referrals from other portfolio companies.
- Corporate Governance
- Help identify and recruit new outside corporate and advisory
board members to strengthen corporate governance.
- Networking with Other
River Cities Companies - Promote commercial or cooperative relationships
between portfolio companies to uncover synergies, provide incremental
revenue, and efficiently solve problems.
- Strategic Planning
- Lead strategic planning events to examine basic assumptions
behind current business models and explore alternative approaches
to growing the business through scenario analysis, brainstorming
and other tools.
- Raising Additional
Capital - Plan an integral role in a portfolio company's fundraising
activities, from assistance in writing a revised business plan
to introductions to trusted venture partners and investment bankers.
For more information
Internet and Technology
Electronic Art specializes in the development of high-end web based applications, database driven websites, content management systems, ecommerce solutions, kiosk rental, sales, and development. Electronic Art also provides IT services for small to medium businesses in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Doctor Ebiz e-newsletter.
Dr. Ralph F. Wilson, a bona fide authority on internet marketing
and ebusiness, publishes this FREE e-newsletter. It's only a 5-minute
read, and it's full of good advice based on extensive research and
experience. Dr. Wilson also has other publications that are not
free, but are good values. To subscribe to Doctor Ebiz visit www.wilsonweb.com.
Magazine is still the premier magazine for small businesses.
As well as magazine articles, the website has permanent content
that is practical, sound and well written. See especially the Advice
section on the home page.
Department of Development is responsible for the creation, retention,
and expansion of job opportunities for the State of Ohio. The Department,
made up of eight divisions, administers both short- and long-term
economic development programs. Other programs assist entrepreneurial
and minority business growth, help build healthy communities, and
keep the state's businesses competitive in world markets.
Technology Investment Tax Credit. Through this innovative program,
Ohio investors may reduce their state taxes by up to 25 percent
of the amount they invest in qualified technology-based Ohio companies.
Small Business Administration is a comprehensive source of advice
for business and information about government resources. The SBA
also operates the Angel Capital Electronic Network, ACE-Net, which
can connect new companies with angel financing. www.sba.gov/services/acenet.html.
is the only area incubator that specializes in life science companies.
Cincinnati Business Incubator serves all small business, with
a special focus on minority and women-owned companies.
County Business Center has operated as a business incubator
since 1989. It is also a Small Business Development Company.
Morning Mentoring is an entrepreneurial coaching program that leverages the Queen City Angels, C-Cap, and local professional advisors for the benefit of Greater Cincinnati's entrepreneurs.
E-Zone is an incubator for technology businesses, and is located
in Covington, Kentucky.
If you are an individual seeking a management-level position in a technology or growth company, or a company looking for management talent for your team, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.