Clermont Chamber recognizing six more small businesses | Business
CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The Clermont Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2012 Small Business Best Practice awards.
Customer Focus (Under 50 Employees) – Slice of Stainless, Inc. This is how Slice of Stainless markets on its website: “Consider us the "Small Quantity Specialists" of the SHEET & PLATE stainless steel market. When you call us or visit our website, there's a great chance you'll find what you need... when you need it... due to our extensive inventory of "hard-to-find" specialty grade metals and in a variety of thicknesses…Slice of Stainless is a service center for stainless steel distributors and end-users alike…From day one, we have taken pride in serving a variety of customers in diverse industries throughout the world.” Owner Robin Tackett has this to say about her now deceased partner and co-founder, Todd Reed, “No matter how demanding the need, Todd would literally drop everything to satisfy a customer. Because Slice of Stainless continues to take this approach toward customer service, our clients have a level of confidence and trust in us rarely seen in our industry.” It is this attention to great customer service that has kept Slice of Stainless on track and growing in a challenging business environment.
Customer Focus (51 – 250 Employees) – Sam’s Club – Eastgate. Sam’s Club – Eastgate is an involved community partner and active chamber member, contributing support to many local charities and recently recognized by the Clermont County Business Advisory Council (BAC) as its 2012 Business Associate of the Year in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Sam's Club of Eastgate sponsors Mentor Day during October every year where individuals from the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities get a chance to shadow Sam's Club associates to learn more about various jobs within the store. Sam’s Club recently spent over $4 million to upgrade its parking lot and store interior to better serve its many customers and is especially appreciated by its target commercial restaurant and food service customers.
Innovative Business Practices or Products (1-50 employees) – Kingdom Productions, Inc. When your iconic life-sized rhinoceros figure has deteriorated and needs to be either rehabbed or discarded, where do you go? That was the problem for the Cincinnati Zoo in early 2012. The answer was Kingdom Productions on Mount Carmel Tobasco Road and the result was a rhino and its calf that were more lifelike and durable than the originals. This sign, graphic design and themed environments company has hit its stride in the last few years with realistic tigers, large display trees, themed outdoor cafes, and five-foot I-phones for a variety of exhibitors, zoos and marketers across the country. Hank Pryor tied his thirty years of design and creative experiences together with a small team of similarly skilled creators and brought his vision of “Imagineering” to life to help his customers showcase the best of who they are and what they do.
Innovative Business Practices or Products (51 – 250 Employees) – International TechneGroup, Inc. Best known as ITI, this Milford business was instrumental in pioneering computer-aided technologies and product development practices that soon became standard throughout industry. Today ITI continues to progress Best Practices for New Product Development processes and transferring that knowledge to its clients around the world. ITI was the first supplier of niche technologies in support of concurrent engineering. Similarly, the firm has played a leading role in bringing new technology to the marketplace. Accomplishments include:
· The world's leading provider of product data exchange tools, services, and programs
· Incorporating Quality Function Deployment (QFD) as an integral planning function in concurrent engineering and developing the first QFD software to facilitate this activity
· Developing the first platform independent tool for IGES translator development
· Implementing cutting edge CAD Model Quality diagnostics specific to improving manufacturability
Emerging Small Business (Under 50 Employees) – Bioformix, Inc. – Bioformix is a sustainable materials startup company that has raised $1.05 million in capital funding through CincyTech and the Queen City Angels. This Wards Corner Road corporation is developing a new class of green, sustainable, environmentally and biologically benign monomers, resins and polymers utilizing proprietary chemistry. Initial markets include high value-added adhesives, coatings and sealants. An example is Nexabond 2500, an instant wood adhesive that dramatically cuts assembly time for cabinetry and millwork professionals. It eliminates the need for clamping, can be sanded and finished almost immediately, and reduces mill time.
Emerging Small Business (51 – 259 Employees) – HealthSource of Ohio - HealthSource of Ohio is a private, not-for-profit Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) which offers primary care services consisting of medical, dental, mental health and pharmacy. Milford-based HealthSource serves communities in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette and Highland counties in Southwest Ohio. In Clermont County, HealthSource offers services to over 20,000 patients through offices in Eastgate, Goshen, New Richmond, and Batavia. In 2012, HealthSource invested over $9.7 million in facilities to better serve its needy clientele. HealthSource currently employs 125 service providers in Clermont County.
These awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce on February 8, 2013 at Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.