Food Stand Owner Wil Hearn Has the Secret Sauce

Drive past the No Pork On My Fork food trailer in Bond Hill on any given day and you’ll see a line of customers. Owner Willie “Wil” Hearn knows that when you try his breakfast and brunch specials, you’ll be happy to stand in that line, too. We spoke to Hearn about how he got started, how he made a name for himself at Cincy Soul: The Black Taste festival, and how he’s getting his business through the pandemic.

Sweet Success

There’s a reason why Perfetti Van Melle employees and executives refer to the company’s 10-month-old warehouse and distribution center as “The Showcase.” It’s the former location of Erlanger Showcase Cinemas. Quite apropos for the makers of Airheads, Chupa Chups, Mentos, and other fine movie-appropriate candies. Perfetti is one of the world’s largest confectionery groups, manufacturing and distributing sugar confectionery and chewing gum products in more than 150 countries.

Starting Up, Reaching Out

If you’re in the business of startups in the Midwest, you’ve probably come across Candice Matthews Brackeen. As co-founder and executive director of Hillman Accelerator, the University of Cincinnati graduate has spent the last three and a half years making sure her investment company provides underrepresented tech-enabled startups with the mentorship, curriculum, investment, opportunities, and resources they need to scale, grow, and thrive.

Airbnb Program Highlights Local Olympian's New Children's Book

Twelve years ago this summer, former University of Cincinnati track star Mary Wineberg was in Beijing, China, bringing home the gold as a member of the U.S. Women’s 4 × 400 meter relay team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Today, Wineberg, an elementary school teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools, gets to relive that experience with children around the world through Airbnb’s “Olympian & Paralympian Online Experiences” program.

Rare disease foundation helps families during COVID-19

From virtual learning to working from home, the COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented challenges for everyone, but extremely vulnerable populations have faced even more risks. At the onset of the pandemic, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) — which supports families who have children with Rett syndrome, a rare, severe neurological disorder — immediately began working with several researchers to find ways to support housebound families during the crisis.

Author and Entrepreneur Morgan A. Owens Helps Others Find Their Sparkle

In the past three years, the 34-year-old entrepreneur has used her down-to-earth, affable personality to become a go-to brand influencer in the Greater Cincinnati market. With several business ventures under her belt (including her women’s fitness program Curvy Cardio and her marketing/branding consultation business Morgan A. Owens Brand), she’s worked with P&G Beauty, McDonald’s and other big-name companies in the area go build brand and social media awareness.

Super Heroines, Etc., Creates a More Inclusive Role-Playing Community

If you spend enough time around the people who conduct role-playing games (RPGs), you’ll notice the players are predominately white and male. But geeky girl nonprofit Super Heroines, Etc., is doing its part to change the landscape with its Adventure Goddesses program, which encourages women and gender nonconforming people to take turns leading an RPG campaign to learn the ins and outs of being a game master (or GM) in a safe, judgment-free environment.
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