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Afidence announces sale of managed IT services division to Intrust IT

Afidence, a technology consulting and services firm headquartered in Mason, has announced it has sold its managed IT services division to Blue Ashbased Intrust IT.

The move will allow Afidence to focus on serving its mid-market and enterprise clients, with services that primarily include project management, cloud/ infrastructure, cybersecurity and application development.

“We are so grateful and appreciative of our managed IT services clients and our devoted team members who have served them throughout the years. These relationships mean the world to us,” said Bryan Hogan, CEO/president and co-owner at Afidence. “Our managed IT services clients and team are in a position to thrive with Intrust IT – an organization focused on providing managed IT services,” said Hogan.

“We cannot be happier knowing Intrust IT is the ideal organization to take our managed IT services clients and team to the next level,” said Barbara Hogan, co-owner of Afidence, who explained that intensive consideration went into the decision to divest this portion of the business. “We’re also pleased that every managed IT services team member will have continued employment with Intrust IT,” she said.

Afidence is ensuring all clients and employees will be transitioned smoothly into a company culture that embraces the same core values as Afidence, according to Bryan Hogan. “Those values include an emphasis on strong relationships that are rooted in trust and transparency,” he said. “During this process, it has been – and continues to be – our top priority to ensure both our employees and clients will flourish as a result of this transition.”

Intrust IT, an IT support and cybersecurity company, primarily serves small and medium-sized businesses in the greater Cincinnati area. In 2019, Intrust IT became employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). For the past several years, Intrust IT has reported customer satisfaction scores of 99 percent or higher. Intrust IT has also been nationally recognized with an All-Star Champion award from the Great Game of Business (GGOB) thanks to its excellence in implementing open book management practices. Intrust IT has been a finalist for the Business Courier’s Best Places to Work awards nine of the last ten years.

Intrust IT CEO Tim Rettig said the deal developed through an existing relationship between Afidence and Intrust IT, adding how the two firms share a dedication to company culture and customer service. “We’re like-minded in our approach to serving and supporting clients and our focus on fostering a healthy, positive company culture,” said Rettig. “We’re pleased this deal makes our ESOP stronger and expands the benefit to a larger group. We’re excited to bring these new staff members onto our award-winning team, and we look forward to continuing to provide stellar service to the managed IT clients of Afidence.”

Hogan added this is a milestone step

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for Afidence as they enter a new phase of expansion. “Our company was built on serving mid-market and enterprise clients, and this enables us to have a singular focus that will give us the opportunity to have even greater impact going forward,” he said.

To learn more about Afidence, visit www.afidence.com. To learn more about Intrust IT, visit www.intrustit. com.

Kim Geiger, Maker Marketing, LLC

Shaker Trace Nursery to host native plant sale

The Great Parks Shaker Trace Nursery, one of the largest native seed nurseries in Ohio with more than 200 species in production, will offer a selection of native plants for sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 24.

“Native plants support the ecosystem that supports us, and at Shaker Trace we act as stewards of priceless genetic strains of seed native to this area,” said Tim Osborne, nursery technician with Great Parks. “Native plants are better than non-native species in supporting native insects, birds and other animals in the cycle that makes our local ecosystem sustainable.”

Native plants available for sale are expected to include butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), lance-leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Riddell’s goldenrod (Oligoneuron riddellii), stiff goldenrod (Oligoneuron rigidum) and prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum).

The original seed at the Shaker Trace Nursery was harvested within 100 miles of Miami Whitewater Forest by volunteers in 1992. Seed produced by the Nursery is often unavailable commercially, because it represents local ecotypes of plants that are accustomed to the specific climate and soil types of this area.

Seed is grown in the many plant beds that surround the Nursery’s central drying barn and greenhouse. Each year, about 300 pounds of native seed is harvested and stored in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment until needed.

Great Parks uses seed from the nursery to restore prairies and plant native landscapes in Hamilton County with plants native to this part of the country. Great Parks plays a key role in promoting conservation and ecosystem health county-wide by propagating these local native seeds. In addition, by growing its own seed for these projects instead of purchasing it on the open market, Great Parks saves taxpayer money.

Purchases at the native plant sale will be limited to seven plants per person and will be available while supplies last. Parking is available on site at the Nursery, located at 8749 New Haven Rd., Harrison, OH, 45030.

Peter Osborne

Leadercast – Cincinnati East brings expert speaker lineup to Clermont County on Aug. 18

Leadercast, the leadership development company that propels the growth of leaders worldwide through transformative video content, has partnered with the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation to host a rebroadcast of the Leadercast 2021—Shift leadership conference to the leaders of Clermont County on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 at Crossroads East Side. To attend, purchase tickets at clermontchamber. com/leadercast.

The line-up for the event includes Rainn Wilson (The Office), Guy Raz (How I Built This), NFL Hall of Famer and Ohio State alumnus Cris Carter and the Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO David Baker, authors Austin Channing Brown, Todd Henry, Liz Bohannon, Michael C. Bush and Andy Stanley. The event will also highlight several Cincinnati leaders who are making a worldwide impact including Sunny Parr (The Kroger Foundation), Deni Tato (Corporate Consciousness) and Chuck Mingo (Undivided).

Speaker takeaways:

h Michael C. Bush’s inspiring stories about how creating a more equitable work environment pays off. Attendees also walk away with a new “For All” Leadership Model to help drive personal performance.

h Liz Forkin Bohannon will show you how to cultivate the mindsets that will help you live that you were made on purpose and for a purpose.

h Andy Stanley will lay out a threestep process that he is using to shift his thinking and strategies coming through a time of change.

h We are all different, but there are three centers from which we all live our lives: the mind, the heart and the body. Deni Tato will show us that learning which center we tend to live and lead from will help us make more conscious choices around how we lead others.

h Rainn Wilson will include practical ways to lead yourself toward the person you really want to become.

h As the CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, David Baker finds himself surrounded by leaders. Speaking from his experiences and countless conversations with the all-time best players, coaches and owners in the game of football, David will share his top three learnings that move great leaders to become “Hall of Fame” leaders.

h Using the story of when he nearly lost everything and surrendered to a pathway of recovery, Cris Carter will show that even the most “successful” people in any profession may be hiding a secret that is just waiting to take them out. He will give a series of practical tips to anyone who is struggling with “off the field” or “out of the boardroom” distractions.

h Chuck Mingo shares what he has learned in both corporate and faithbased settings about the power of courageous love to unlock potential and create enduring impact.

h Acclaimed author Todd Henry shows that there are twenty-seven “motivational themes”, each with its own unique DNA. He will teach how we can begin to decode our Core Motivation so that we can have conversations, make decisions, and even choose career paths that lead us to experience engagement and fulfillment.

h As Director of the Kroger Foundation, Sunny Parr will talk about how leading an initiative to end both food waste AND hunger in the USA by 2025 has taught her to make a shift in her own leadership style...and what she is learning about attempting to shift people’s mindsets.

h The cultural shift that erupted in the summer of 2020 needs true allyship from leaders to make a lasting difference. Becoming a champion for justice demands courage and commitment. Austin Channing Brown will teach us how to begin that journey.

h The pandemic has forced all of us to rethink the way we live, work and play. It has tested us. But it has also forced us to think creatively about how to adapt. Guy Raz will talk about how creativity and solutions-based thinking often emerges from the toughest moments.

This event will deliver the toolkits and inspiration that leaders need to level up their skills and achieve their professional goals, regardless of their industry. To join the movement to become a leader worth following, attend the rebroadcast of the Leadercast 2021—Shift leadership conference on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 by visiting clermontchamber. com/leadercast.

Leadercast 2021—Shift is proudly supported by: Presenting Sponsor – Lykins Energy Solutions; Sustaining Platinum Sponsor – American Modern; Sustaining Gold Sponsors – Lykins Energy Solutions and University of Cincinnati Clermont College; Sustaining Silver Sponsors – Duke Energy and Mercy Health; Sustaining Bronze Sponsors – HealthSource of Ohio and Park National Bank; Sustaining Executive Sponsors – CenterBank, Grant Career Center, Great Oaks Career Campuses, Nestlé Purina, Sheakley and Sporty’s.

For additional information about this or other Chamber news, contact Clermont Chamber Director of Communications & Marketing, Allison Cottrill at (513) 576-5013 or by e-mail, allison.cottrill@ clermontchamber.com.

Allison Cottrill, Clermont Chamber of Commerce

Combine faith, fitness

Join SoulCore Leaders Julie Schneider and Michele Vollmer on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 9:30-11 a.m. to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore - a prayer experience in which the prayers of the rosary will be combined with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement.

We guide the class through the entire session and participants are silent so no need to worry if unfamiliar with how to pray the rosary. It’s a great way to learn.

We will meet in the main hall of Our Lady of Victory’s Convocation Center and begin with information about Soul-Core and then go through an actual session.

No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Dress in comfortable clothing and bring a fitness mat if you have one. Modifications will be given for those who want to sit in a chair. Bring light hand weights if you want to incorporate them.

Contact Michele at 513-706-1324 or Julie at julie@soulcore.com for additional information or to reserve a spot in the class. Visit www.SoulCore.com for more info about SoulCore and follow us on the SoulCore Cincinnati group page on Facebook.

SoulCore can be for all ages and we are open to holding sessions for retreats, parish groups, special events, schools, etc. and regularly scheduled sessions at local parishes, parks, gyms and other locations in the Cincinnati area.

Additionally, If you are interested in finding more about how to become a leader, please contact us.

Julie Schneider, SoulCore

The Pac to play at Anderson Senior Center

The Pac (Chuck Short, Wayne Luessen, Brian Buckley) will play 50’s/ 60’s rock and country dance music at Anderson Senior Center on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Anderson Senior Center is located at 7970 in Anderson Township.

Wayne Luessen, Anderson Senior Center

City of Loveland to commence $1.1 million infrastructure project

This summer, the City of Loveland will begin the largest infrastructure project to take place in over a decade: a multi- street infrastructure project along Main, South Wall, Hill, and Chestnut Streets.

The project scope includes replacing cast-iron water mains, repairing storm sewer drains, upgrading traffic signals, and resurfacing roads.

By cost, the major project component is the replacement of a 4-inch-diameter, cast-iron water main estimated to have been installed in the late 1800s. The new water main will be 8-inch ductile iron, which will improve fire flow rates and result in less water main breaks.

Additionally, the project aims to improve traffic and pedestrian safety. Between 2015 and the time of the funding application submittal in 2020, 19 vehicular accidents were reported at West Loveland/South Wall Street with injuries sustained in 42% of them.

Therefore, the traffic signals at West Loveland/South Wall, as well as Main/ Loveland-Madeira Road, will be upgraded to detect vehicles by radar for traffic flow. They will also have GPS preemption for emergency vehicles. Traffic signal heads will be upgraded to larger and brighter LED lights for improved visibility. Pedestrian signals will be added.

The traffic signals at West Loveland/ Wall will be upgraded to decorative, antique- style poles and mast arms to replace the existing wooden poles and span wire. The finished look will match the streetscape of Downtown Loveland’s decorative black poles.

The project also includes storm sewer repairs on Main Street and installation of two additional catch basins on Chestnut Street to help alleviate ponding on the roadways.

Once the underground conduit for the traffic signals, water main, and storm sewer work is complete, the entire project area will be repaved. The total paving area encompasses 1.09 miles, which is in addition to the city’s annual road paving program. (The city invested $1,049,750 in the 2021 paving program to improve streets for residents.) The total cost of this major project is $1,168,000, funded through the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) by combination of a 50% grant and a 50% zero-interest state loan. A contract was entered with the project’s lowest and

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best bidder, Ford Development Corporation, and was approved at the City Council meeting on July 14.

The project is expected to begin in early September 2021. A letter will be sent by US mail to residents and property owners in the area notifying them about the project.

For more information about this project and other City of Loveland construction projects, please visit https:// www.lovelandoh.gov/190/Construction- Projects. For questions, please contact City Engineer Cindy Klopfenstein at (513) 683-0150.

Krista Rose, City of Loveland OH

Cruise in to Downtown Middletown’s Thunderfest

Roll into downtown Middletown for the 8th Annual Thunderfest Cruise-In on July 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This event is free and features classic cars, hot rods, street rods, rat roads, pulling tractors, motorcycles, Jeeps and more. The cruise-in includes music by DJ Ron Perry, a custom varsity jacket, a tent for motorcycles, dash plaques for the first 150 vehicles and an hourly cackle fest (ear plugs recommended!).

With over 20 specialty awards being presented throughout the day, drivers of all types of vehicles and spectators are invited to join in the fun along Broad Street, between Central and Manchester Avenue.

Come spend the day exploring unique cars, vendors, boutiques and eateries in historic Downtown Middletown.

Cari Hillman, Downtown Middletown Inc

Hopewell Chapter DAR returns for service

Following a period of adhering to COVID- 19 protocol and not meeting in groups, 22 members of Hopewell Chapter NSDAR gathered for lunch recently at Keehner Park.

The casual gathering provided an opportunity to share friendships and to provide information about DAR to new and prospective members.

The Hopewell Classroom Committee, chaired by Beth Dietrich and Sue Neeb, collected donations to be taken to the Boys and Girls Club of America in West Chester. This project is part of DAR’s mission to secure America’s future through better education.

The shelter was decorated in a patriotic theme by Vice Regent Donna Vanover who also provided patriotic themed prizes for the opening game. This activity involved prizes awarded for demonstrating knowledge of DAR facts, allowing new members and prospective members to become better acquainted with the chapter and each other. Following lunch, a docent from the Parks Department led a tour and provided information regarding the historic “Cabin in the Clearing” which was purchased and given to the township by the children of Union Township.

A chance meeting with local firefighters answering a call in the area led to donation of cupcakes by the chapter to be shared at the firehouse.

Monthly meetings are held at which time an educational program is presented and members participate in a project important to DAR and to our community. Contact Hopewell Chapter at regent@ hopewelldar.org.

Jan Mauch, Hopewell Chapter DAR

Dan Mayzum is guest speaker at Monroe Historical Society meeting

Dan Mayzum will be the guest speaker at the July 29 meeting of the Monroe Historical Society.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in the Monroe Community Room, 6 East Ave. It is open to the public with no fee.

Mayzum specializes in historic preservation and plans to convert the former Carnegie Library in Middletown to a mixed-use facility. Possible tenants include a brewery, restaurant, event venue and co-working space.

Constructed in 1911, the 16,500 square foot building was expanded with a second floor in 1938. A second addition was constructed in 1959.

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From left: Carolyn Marra, Diane Reboulet, Elizabeth Morabito and Nancy Wolpert. PROVIDED

It has been used at Middletown’s library, a homeless shelter, storage facility. It has been vacant for several years.

Butler County getting first multi-lane roundabout

Construction began earlier this week on a multi-lane roundabout at the heavily traveled intersection of Wayne-Madison and Trenton roads.

Funded with federal, state, and Trenton dollars, the project will be built by R.B. Jergens Contractors at a cost of $2.4 million.

It will be Butler County’s first multilane roundabout, designed with extra lanes to allow for east-west traffic flow.

“The traveling public has adapted well to the single-lane roundabouts in the county, and I’m confident they will quickly acclimate to a multi-lane roundabout, too,’’ said Greg Wilkens, Butler County’s engineer.

A traffic detection system will activate signage alerting drivers not to block the circular travel lane when trains are passing. During construction, Wayne-Madison Road will remain open. Trenton Road will close a few weeks into construction and remain closed until the project is finished, sometime in November. Local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and emergency vehicles up to the project. Motorists will not be permitted to pass through the construction zone.

Information/updates: www.bceo.org

Drop off school supplies July 22 at Liberty Center

A Stuff the Bus event will be held July 22 at Liberty Center to collect school supplies and fill backpacks with them.

From noon to 2 p.m., at the center, 7100 Foundry Way, traditional school supplies can be dropped off. The following supplies are also needed: ear buds with an audio jack, headphones, pencil bags, hand sanitizer, tissues, and Ziploc bags in gallon and quart size.

From 2-4:30 p.m., volunteers will fill about 650 backpacks that will be distributed to students in the Lakota schools and patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Liberty Campus.

Sue Kiesewetter, Enquirer contributor

Nuxhall golf outing set for Aug. 30

Golfers are being sought for the 36th annual Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing.

Set for Aug. 30, the golf outing supports the Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarship program which provides $2,000 to each of 14 Butler County high schools for scholarships awarded to student athletes.

The outing begins with a 10 a.m. shotgun start and will be held at the Elks Golf Club, 4444 Ohio 4, in Liberty Township.

Each foursome will be matched with a celebrity ‘bonus golfer.’ Among the celebrities – which include former athletes and local broadcasters – are former Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman and National Football League hall of famer Anthony Munoz, a former Bengal.

Cost for the outing is $300 per player, or $1,200 for a foursome. It includes golf, cart fees, meals, beverages, and giveaways.

Registration/information: 513-8396164, tyler.bradshaw@MiamiOH.edu, or www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org Sue Kiesewetter, Enquirer contributor

Tom & Chee celebrates ‘Best Grilled Cheese in Cincinnati’ with Melt Jackpot Giveaway

Cincinnati melt fans, rejoice. For the second year in a row, Tom & Chee, famous for its melts, soups, and grilled cheese donuts, is celebrating Cincy Magazine’s title of “Best Grilled Cheese in Cincinnati,” as voted by you, with a week of epic giveaways. If we do say so ourselves, the grand prize is pretty sweet – and tasty, too!

As a thank you to our Cincinnati fanatics, Tom & Chee is giving away free melts for a year to 100 lucky winners* via a Melt Jackpot Giveaway July 19-23. Visit select Greater Cincinnati Tom & Chee locations** to get your Melt Jackpot Scratch ‘n Win card for a chance to win a variety of great prizes. Each card is a guaranteed winner, including a chance to walk away with the grand prize: free melts for a year.

Prizes up for grabs include: 100 lucky winners will take home the grand prize: Free melts for one year (one per week for 52 weeks).

More information and official contest rules can be found at www.tomandchee. com/contests-and-sweepstakes.

Ginaq Genco, Tom & Chee

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