Grant Thornton LLP
Distinctive client service, bold leadership and empowered people define Grant Thornton LLP. The Cincinnati office of Grant Thornton is an established leader, locally providing a broad range of accounting and consulting services such as valuation, transaction advisory and IT to industry segments including manufacturing, real estate, construction, food service and non-profit. Their experts assist middle-market companies with solutions that range from complex business structures to international expansion. Grant Thornton is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of six global audit, tax and advisory organizations serving public and private clients in more than 100 countries.

“To achieve Grant Thornton’s vision, we capitalize on our strengths by embracing our values of uniting through global collaboration, demonstrating leadership in all we do, promoting a consistent culture of excellence, acting with agility, ensuring deep respect for people and taking responsibility for our actions,” says Managing Partner Bob Taylor. “Our values serve as the foundation for each step we take toward executing our firm strategy and achieving our vision. These values underpin our global strategy, support our vision and represent our beliefs. They guide our decision-making and help us ensure that our people take correct and appropriate actions in all they do.”

Grant Thornton’s dedication to excellence continues to result in accolades. The firm recently broke a record as the only non-Big Four accounting firm to win the annual audit rankings conducted by AuditAnalytics. com and the Public Accounting Report. For the fifth year in a row, Grant Thornton is listed on the Center for Companies That Care Honor Roll, as well as being one ofComputerworld magazine’s top workplaces for information technology professionals and onWorking Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies.” To learn more, visit grantthornton.com.
 
U.S. Bank
Named byGlobal Finance as one of the safest banks in the nation, and byBarron’s as one of the most respected companies, U.S. Bank, and its parent company, U.S. Bancorp, are ready to lend a hand to those seeking a financial partner who can provide strong capital and value-added products and services.

In this period of unprecedented uncertainty, U.S. Bank continues to grow its deposits and loans, operate profitably, maintain its strong balance sheet, and adhere to its disciplined approach to risk management.

More than 93 percent of Fortune 500 companies do business with U.S. Bank, and small and middle market businesses are seeing the benefits of how partnering with U.S. Bank can also help them become more efficient with their financial operations.

James Schwab, U.S. Bank’s Cincinnati market president, says what distinguishes U.S. Bank from its peers is not only its depth and breadth of products, services and technological innovations, but its experienced personnel. “Our team has not been distracted by industry turmoil and instead has been able to focus on continuing to build deeper relationships with our customers as we help them to meet their short and long-term goals.” He adds, “Convenience, customer service and accessibility is what has drawn more than 14 million people to bank with us, and customer satisfaction surveys prove that we deliver, as promised.”

Schwab says that U.S. Bancorp has invested in a diverse line of businesses that include consumer banking, payment services, wholesale banking, wealth management and securities services.

U.S. Bank recently issued its 30 millionth Visa® gift card, reinforcing its place as the No. 1 issuer of prepaid cards.

Wood & Lamping
Wood & Lamping LLP is a general practice law firm, founded in 1927 by a small group of seasoned lawyers, including a former chief justice of Ohio and two former superior court judges. The firm has been serving the businesses and individuals of the Greater Cincinnati area through all of the generations since.

Wood & Lamping remains one of the most experienced and respected firms in the region today, with offices in downtown Cincinnati and Lawrenceburg, Ind.The firm is highly regarded for its work in the areas of:

• Business Law
• Creditor Rights/Bankruptcy
• Domestic Relations
• Employment/ Labor Law
• Estates and Trusts
• Health Care
• Immigration
• Litigation
• Real Estate
• Tax Lax
• Zoning & Public Sector Law

The firm is organized around practice groups for each of these areas, which provides an infrastructure that allows for ongoing training and pooling of talent. The firm’s practice groups interact regularly, and cross-departmental groups are organized to meet the needs of its clients.

For more details, go to www.woodlamping.com.
 
Apex
Apex Industrial Technologies is growing by providing innovative solutions that make manufacturers and distributors more lean. But don’t just take the Mason company’s word for it: “The reductions in inventory were huge and dramatic,” says a representative of Quaker Oats.

Through Apex’s help, Corning Inc. saved 13,000 pairs of gloves and nearly 4,000 safety glasses each year. “The more than 200 employees that use the system are pleased because they know it saves Corning money, which helps save their jobs,” says a company representative.

Procter & Gamble, Nike, Johnson Controls, AstraZeneca, Mead Westvaco and Boise Cascade are also among companies large and small that utilize Apex’s point-of-use solutions. To learn more, visit www.apex-industrial.com.
 
The BMW Store
This year, The BMW Store celebrates its 30th anniversary of servicing and selling The Ultimate Driving Machine. From its small beginnings in a showroom that could display just three cars, The BMW Store has become the largest BMW center in Ohio, with more than 125 employees. The franchise, obtained from BMW in 1979, has continually been recognized as the No. 1 BMW Center in the Tristate, winning such standings as “The Deloitte 100” and “Best Dealership” by city publications. The BMW Store recently announced its exclusive agreement with Dinan Engineering Inc. The store will be the sole BMW dealership to sell, service and install the Dinan product line of high performance upgrades for BMW automobiles in the Greater Cincinnati area. Visit bmwstore.com for more information.
 
TechSolve
TechSolve has been delivering world-class business solutions to manufacturers since 1982. TechSolve helps organizations implement process improvement and technology solutions that win in the market with improved bottom-line results and increased top-line revenue growth. In the last three years alone, TechSolve has successfully delivered 850 projects at more than 450 companies. The breadth of this experience allows them to develop, plan and deliver customized solutions for their clients.

TechSolve doesn’t just claim results; it uses an independent third-party surveyor to capture and validate its customers’ return on investment. Since 2002, clients have realized a cost savings of $270,903,830 with a sales impact of $1,372,425,100.

For more information, go to www.TechSolve.org.
 
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Leadership, service and teamwork are the values at the core of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Partnering with almost 6,000 member businesses, the Chamber aims “to grow our regional economy and community, stimulating opportunities for everyone,” while helping the city become one of the world’s premier business destinations. The Chamber provides numerous services to its members, including programs and events, benefits to improve businesses’ bottom lines, solutions to workforce challenges, government advocacy and more.

Clermont County Office of Economic Development
The Clermont County Office of Economic Development was established to provide assistance to companies of all sizes that wish to grow in Clermont County. The board of commissioners has initiated one of the region’s most aggressive economic development programs, actively engaging in massive infrastructure improvements, shovel-ready site development, image enhancement and improved communications with the business and development community.

ITA Audio Visual Solutions
It’s time to project the right image. Are you ready? ITA exists solely to make your message memorable. Providing the best in state-of-the-art audio, visual and integrated technology, ITA works with clients from start to finish to ensure service that is responsive and reliable while offering solutions to meet any space, any budget, any vision. From on-site systems management to repairs to off-site events, ITA stands behind everything it does.

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Northern Kentucky’s five-star accredited Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, a result of its success in leading both businesses and communities. The Chamber promotes the region’s exceptional quality of life, including its job opportunities and visitor attractions. Its dynamic business journal and networking opportunities keep members in the know, and its advocacy on behalf of its diverse membership helps bridge the gap between Northern Kentuky business and all levels of government.

UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research
The goal of the UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research is to remove barriers and create gateways for those who seek the entrepreneurial path. A part of the University of Cincinnati’s highly ranked and more than 100-year-old College of Business, the program aims to not only offer education, research resources and service to its students, but also to provide the tools necessary for those students to create jobs through the creation of new venture opportunities. This world-class center features a state-of-the-art curriculum for both entrepreneurs and those in the businesses and organizations that will deal with them on a daily basis.