2020 has been a year to remember to say the least. The impact of Covid-19 has hit every individual in some kind of way, big or small. We know that many businesses are out there trying to help and go the extra mile during this pandemic. To help find and highlight these businesses that are helping and supporting the community around the local Cincinnati area, Cincinnati Bell has created a new Small Business Impact Award. This award provides a great opportunity to shout out our business customers who are doing great things through the Covid-19 pandemic to help support the community during this difficult year. We figured what a great time to share some great news stories of business customers who have stepped up this year to help others in a big way.
We are proud to showcase these businesses and what they have achieved. Read below in their own words how they were able to give back.
Tristate Plastics Inc.
"We have been a family owned and operated small business here in the tristate area since 1993. The majority of our products are industrial plastics and fabricated machine parts, but since the pandemic hit we, like other business in the area, have had to adjust our day to day to help serve the community we live in. We switched our machines over and began running programs to fabricate over 100,000 face shields for local hospitals and nursing homes, as well as sneeze guards, barriers, table top dividers, and intubation boxes. Aside from helping our local hospitals and nursing homes we have been able to help our local restaurants and schools reopen safely." Austin Keene
Zorbas Greek Restaurant
"We are now a solid 8 months into this pandemic. If anyone is not working, not getting paid, has had their hours cut and runs out of food or necessities, or times are just tough, please don’t let you or your kids go to sleep on an empty stomach. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send me a private message. I will do anything I can to help. It may simply be a case of dropping off a food parcel and leaving. No one has to know and where others are concerned, it never happened. We are in this together. We appreciate all the help and support from all of our customers and we are paying it forward. " Kosta
"YWCA Dayton is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and even though 2020 has created challenges, we know: we're not new to this, we're true to this. In our 15 decades of eliminating racism and empowering women, we've experienced multiple epidemics, pandemics, recessions, wars, conflicts, and more. We survived then, and we are thriving now. Throughout 2020, our building doors and our hotline phones have remained open as the only domestic violence shelters serving Montgomery and Preble counties our housing programs have ensured supportive and rapid rehousing and homeless crisis response remain active and available our youth and leadership programs have pivoted to virtual meetups and online workshops and our advocacy efforts to demand a world of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all have resulted in local declarations of racism as a public health crisis. The need for safe shelter, support, and solidarity is greater than ever, and so our work has continued 24/7. " Audrey Starr
Super Optical International
"Super Optical is a small family owned business that has existed in Cincinnati for nearly 100 years. Super Optical is committed to helping other small businesses thrive especially when faced with Covid-19 challenges. We are a manufacturer and distributor of optical products to independent optical practices, most notably through our flagship product FastGrind. FastGrind allows family-owned opticals to reduce lens costs by up to 80% by producing their lenses in-office instead of relying on the traditional outside lab. During Covid shutdowns, the ability to make lenses in-house became a crucial strategy for our customers in the US and over 50 countries globally. With traditional labs working at reduced capacity, FastGrind allowed them to provide essential glasses same-day and in one visit which limited exposure for the optical and their patients. The reduced lens costs also allowed practices to put funds towards payroll that would have otherwise gone to material costs, bridging the gap created by spreading out appointments to maintain social distance. When mandated to close for 2.5 months in March, we committed to supporting our full staff at their regular salary and only had owners on site fulfilling essential lens orders. Since Covid shutdowns, Super Optical has seen significant growth in lens and FastGrind sales which means we have been able to increase our production team employees by 33% since March. As a family-owned business, we have always prided ourselves on being able to support family-owned optical practices. We are proud to have been able to support our community in Cincinnati and the communities of our customers worldwide through these trying times as we now look towards the future and adjusting to our new normal." Rachel Kreppert
"Aviatra Accelerators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2010. Our multi state organization enables women to start and sustain businesses by giving them the resources they need to be successful. Through our expertise in business basics, guidance from mentors and coaches, and access to capital, we continuously encourage our members to move forward, and we embrace them when they return, helping to refuel and reignite their passions." Nancy Aichholz
"We are a non-profit which we use our facility for rental hall use. We maintained the building and made sure to meet board of health standards to provide free to resident funeral wakes, and low rental fees for small parties to resident and other non profit groups. We are also donating our facility to the board of elections to provide a safe and sanitary voting site. Day Heights Memorial Firefighters Association has made it our mission to service the public need for local and reasonable priced rental facilities to give back to our community located in Miami Township, Clermont County. We would really like the assistance in marketing thru media." Ronald Brooks
"I'm a full-time African American Voice Actor that specializes in Radio, TV, Corporate Narration, Documentaries and Political work. Recently, I completed a voiceover for a children's book, Junga the Dancing Yeti in a heart-warming tale that centers around anti-bullying and acceptance of those different from ourselves." Krysta Wallrauch