Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, September 12, 2008

Six start-ups graduating from Ham. Co. Business Center

During an open house starting at 11 a.m. today, six business ventures will be recognized as they graduate from the Hamilton County small-business incubator at 1775-1776 Mentor Avenue. According to today’s Enquirer, this class is one of the most successful ever to graduate in the 21-year history of the Hamilton County Business Center. Combined, the group has more than $10 million in revenues, up from less than $100,000 when they arrived, and their payroll has grown from 13 employees to 62.

H.C.B.C. Director Brian Taylor says Scenario Learning LLC, one of the most successful, has grown to about $2 million and 12 employees since coming to the incubator six years ago. The company, a supplier of online safety training for school employees, has acquired its own office space in Silverton with the help of a small business loan.

The other graduates are

Best Express Foods, a supplier of frozen foods to niche markets such as schools, hospitals and the military.

Skilled Trades, a Dayton, Ohio-based company that is expanding into Cincinnati and other nearby cities, providing skilled construction trades personnel to contractors.

Somatic Digital LLC, which developed a touch user-interface technology that links paper directly to digital content.

ZQI Inc., a consulting firm led by John Zurick that specializes in leadership, strategic planning, fundraising and project management.

Ace Tech Services, which refurbishes and resells prepress equipment.