SmallBizIdeas has become The Entrepreneur!

Posted: July 26, 2011 by Bill Cunningham in Innovation, Marketing, Money, Operations, People, Social Media, Startup, Technology

Welcome to Volume 1, Number 1 of Entrepreneurship in Cincinnati. This column first  appeared in the Cincinnati Post from 1998 to 2001 as SmallBizIdeas- a collaboration with the late Sutton Landry of NKU, Dr. Chuck Matthews of University of Cincinnati and Bill Cunningham of Xavier University. Since that time, the greater Cincinnati entrepreneurial ecosystem expanded exponentially. The Greater Cincinnati Venture Association presented more than 100 startup plans over the last decade. Queen City Angels, Bad Girl Ventures, CincyTech and a growing number of private investors have fueled the fires of entrepreneurship. The Haile Foundation increased entrepreneurial visibility by sponsoring InOneWeekends, Cincinnati Innovates, CEOs for Cities and most recently, Springboard — an entrepreneur bootcamp for artists, artisans and creative entrepreneurs. The time is right to relaunch the publication and stay on the leading (bleeding) edge of all things entrepreneurial in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial  ecosystem is alive and well — with many organizations doing the heavy lifting by encouraging, coaching mentoring, funding, connecting and collaborating with many entrepreneurs, investors and smart people who can help! CincyEntrepreneur will curate the progress of this journey, offering helpful insights, thought leadership and innovative ideas from our ecosystem and beyond.


The Entrepreneurship in Cincinnati team consists of familiar faces in the ecosystem representing thousands of conne

ctions to entrepreneurs and resources in the region. On a rotating basis, each team member will bring you the best thoughts and ideas to keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in Cincinnati.

Dr. John Clarkin just celebrated his one year anniversary as Director of the NKU Entrepreneurship Institute. John came to Cincinnati from the College of Charleston (for the weather!) and brings a blend of industry background to balance the academic side.

Mr. Joseph Carter is the director of Xavier University’s Entrepreneurial Center – one of the first entrepreneurship programs in the country (started in 1984 before most universities could spell entreprenuership.) Joe also runs Xavier’s unique X-LAB program designed to create new businesses in the region with the full power and force of students, faculty and business mentors.

Dr. Charles Matthews, a Cincinnati native and icon in the collegiate entrepreneurial world runs the University of Cincinnati’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Research. Chuck’s international reputation (you may never know in  his which time zone he writes his column) and leadership in all the entrepreneurship organizations (He has been President and held every title in International Council of Small Business, United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Small Business Institute Directors Association) long before the center started in 1997.

Bill Cunningham is the “shop foreman” for the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association and has run both Xavier and NKU entrepreneurship programs along with 5 or 6 startups depending upon how you count them. Bill works on a startup, advises several more and co-facilitates the program at Springboard.

In addition to the team,we will frequently feature guest columnists to provide fresh perspectives and keen insights. Occasionally, we may bring back one of our “classic” articles from SmallBizIdeas. You can revisit all of this work at our blog http://www.cincyentre.com.

There’s a lot going on in Cincinnati — and like most midwestern, Prairie Home Companion-like folks, we are sometimes too modest to get the word out. That will stop NOW! Fasten your seatbelts, keep your arms and legs inside the ride — and enjoy the journey.

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