Q: How has your business coped with the recession?

School districts, netTrekker’s primary customers, have been hit particularly hard by the economic downturn as local property values, and therefore school funding, have declined. So netTrekker has had to creatively identify ways to provide more value to districts that now have less money to purchase solutions like netTrekker.

By partnering with other educational content providers, professional development service providers, and other educational-technology solutions, netTrekker now offers schools a more complete, integrated technology solution that meets a wider variety of needs than they could meet (or afford) by purchasing individual programs.

Q: Why is Greater Cincinnati a beneficial place for a/your business?

Having our corporate headquarters in Sharonville gives us the opportunity to recruit highly-talented employees locally from the Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky areas. In addition, we’ve had the opportunity to partner with local organizations that have contributed to our growth, including the HCBC incubation program,and CincyTech. Our Cincinnati home has also given me the opportunity as a CEO to help shape the future of education in the state of Ohio through my participation in the Ohio Governor’s Public Education Advisory Group.

Q: Why do you spend your time working with HCDC?

HCDC is a full-service economic development agency with a public purpose to create and retain jobs, promote community growth, and improve the local economy. I serve on the HCDC Board because it enables me to make a difference in the Greater Cincinnati community. Economic sustainability is critical to the future of businesses here in Greater Cincinnati. HCDC’s programs help with business financing, assistance for entrepreneurs, and community economic development with the goals of lasting, tangible value and sustained results.

Q: Why is Greater Cincinnati a beneficial place for a/your business?

Huntington began in Greater Cincinnati as a de novo bank in 1981 and now ranks in the top five of area banks based on deposits. The variety of business sizes and industries coupled with high growth sub-markets are attributes for Huntington doing business here. The market allows Huntington bankers the opportunity to partner with customers, listen to their needs, and help by offering tailored financial solutions. Huntington is the top SBA lender in the states of Ohio and Kentucky, which is mutually beneficial for the Greater Cincinnati market and Huntington.

Q: Why do you spend your time working with HCDC?

HCDC plays a critical economic development role within the Greater Cincinnati community through the various programs they offer, such as the business incubator and the SBA 504 Loan program. By spending time with HCDC, I am helping them continue to have success with their economic development efforts. Those efforts benefit the business community in the Greater Cincinnati area. A vibrant and growing business community benefits our firm and the clients we serve.

Q: Why is Greater Cincinnati a beneficial place for a/your business?

Greater Cincinnati is a beneficial place for a business for a number of different reasons. The city has an excellent pool of educated workers, in part due to the easy access to great educational institutions in and around the Greater Cincinnati area, such as UC, Xavier, Miami, Northern Kentucky and Ohio State, to name a few. Additionally, the city is centrally located for easy distribution to significant concentrations of the population. The city offers a lot to workers and companies in the areas of arts and entertainment. The city has substantial diversity in the industries represented, which helps to minimize the impact of economic downturns associated with a particular industry.

Q: What is HCDC’s value to a/your company in rough economic times?

Over the past 25 years HCDC has consistently provided services to area businesses. Its incubator is well recognized as a model for others, and its lending programs have helped countless businesses ranging from start-ups to established firms.

Q: Why do you spend your time working with HCDC?

I believe in its mission and focus on growing businesses. We continue to hear dialogue about growing businesses and job creation. HCDC has a proven track record for business growth and job creation, and I am committed to supporting organizations that share that commitment.

Q: How has your business coped with the recession?

It forced us to take a step back and re-evaluate much of what we were doing and ask why we were doing it. From an operational standpoint, we became smarter and more efficient. We also successfully introduced a new service line to increase revenue. You can’t sit around waiting for things to get better.

Q: Why do you spend your time working with HCDC?

I started my company in 2000 out of the Hamilton County Business Center. They played a part in why we made it out of the “start-up” years. I believe deeply in what they do and the value they bring to start-up companies, and I want to be a part of its continued growth and development.