Locations

Here is a list of locations that all OfficeKey members have access to:

BLUE ASH

Westlake Center
4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 650
Cincinnati, OH 45242
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DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI

Scripps Center
312 Walnut Street, Suite 1600
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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HYDE PARK

Rookwood Tower
3805 Edwards Road, Suite 550
Cincinnati, OH 45209
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NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Turfway Ridge Office Park
7310 Turfway Road, Suite 550
Florence, KY 41042
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WEST CHESTER

Union Centre
9078 Union Centre Blvd,
Suite 350
West Chester, OH 45069
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Cincinnati

"Soccer in Cincinnati"

 

For our March Key Connections lunch, we were fortunate to have FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding present to our group.  Jeff shared with us the incredible story of FC Cincinnati’s rise from the minor leagues to become the city’s 3rd major league level professional sports franchise in just 3 short years.  

Jeff shared that there are three core values that FCC is built upon:

  • Winning
  • Family Friendly
  • Community Engagement
The winning culture is evident by the results on the pitch.  In three years in the 2nd division USL, they had winning records and made the playoffs each season.  In 2017 they made it to the semifinals of the US Open Cup.  Jeff spoke about the transition to the MLS and challenges of building a team to compete in the highest league as soon as possible.  He plans to build the roster such that by the time they get into their new West End stadium in 2021 they will be ready to compete with the top teams in the league.
 
Jeff shared that family-friendliness is a huge priority for their organization.  He told a story that occurred in the “Bailey” which is the section of the stadium where the most ardent supporters sit.  He said that the team encouraged the supporter groups that sit there to create a rowdy atmosphere.  However, he said there can be no cursing, it has to be family friendly.  In one of the first games, the group self-policed their area and kicked out a fan that was cursing and suspended his attendance for the next three games.
 
Their third core value is community engagement.  One example of that is that FC Cincinnati is taking over the Marvin Lewis Community Fund.  The organization focuses on youth education goals in the Greater Cincinnati area.  With Lewis’s departure as the Bengals head coach, Jeff and FCC have taken it upon themselves to continue that legacy.
 
What’s in store for FC Cincinnati? 
  • They are working on a new stadium in the West End that will hold about 25,000 fans.  It is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2021 season. 
  • Their first MLS game at home will be on Sunday March 17 at 5pm at Nippert Stadium against the Portland Timbers. 
  • More community engagement with youth soccer academies for girls and boys that compete at the global level.
 
If you weren’t able to join us, please like the OfficeKey Facebook page where you can watch the presentation or view more photos
"Dr. Rea Waldon – KDDK Legacy Group"

KDDK Legacy Group came about after 25+ years working with business owners and their firms. The company was named with an intention: The letters represent the first initials of my grandchildren; the purpose is to create a legacy for them. For the firms, I serve it is sharing the knowledge I have obtained through the years as a commercial lender so that others can create their legacy. 

Q: Who is your ideal client?  

A: My ideal client is an individual or leadership team that is seeking to grow and expand its operations. They should have an established product and customer base. Many ask what sales size; my response is that a $1MM graphic design firm is not the same as a $1MM construction firm.  So while sales size doesn’t matter the stage of the business does.

Q: You have degrees in multiple academic fields and have work experience in several industries.  Which of those experiences has had the most profound impact on what you do today?

A: All of my education and experiences impact what I do today.  The diversity of knowledge allows me to bring forth best practices from multiple industries and apply them to individual customer needs.  For instance, the regulatory environment in banking provides a solid understanding of how to establish process and procedures; the IT education allows me to help identify areas where technology can enhance operations.  I have worked in for profit and not for profit firms and each is a business. I always say “non-profit” is a tax status not how you do business. Regardless of how it is structured; there are still five major components of running an organization.  

Q: What is the best career advice you ever received?

A: I am one of those type A persons with lots of ideas.  My manager told me to slow down, wait for people to catch up….basically he told me I needed to learn how to listen.

Q: What do you like most about your partnership with OfficeKey?

I like the flexibility; my office is my home, however, OfficeKey provides a venue for me to meet with one person or host a large group for training.  In addition, the technology is well-suited for my needs and the staff is great!

Q: How do you spend time outside of work?

I am Granny Extraordinaire and I like to make jewelry.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?

A: Any place near the ocean.  Though I do like visiting my sister in Switzerland.

Q: If you could have dinner with one historical figure (living or dead) who would it be and why?

A. Martin Luther King or Gandhi; I am working hard to find that peace of mind that comes with having faith in what could be.  

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 

A: I don’t know if it’s a superpower but I would love to be like Jeannie and blink.

Q: What is your favorite movie or tv show?

A: Mystery Theater 1000, 2000, 3000.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Q: What is your favorite singer or band?

A: Hum, that depends…Prince, Luther, Mary J Blige.  

Learn more about Dr. Waldon and KDDK Legacy Group 

"Client Q & A: Meet Scott Jacobs of Queen City Angels"

Queen City Angels Queen City Angels (QCA) is one of the first, if not the first, angel group in the Midwest. Founded in 2000, QCA has funded approximately 90 startup companies, investing nearly $65 million. With over 60 members, QCA supplies “smart capital” to startups. It’s not just about the money. QCA firmly believes that it is their responsibility and obligation to mentor, coach, and guide entrepreneurs to success! Learn more about them and their Executive Director, Scott Jacobs in this month’s Client Q & A. 

Q: What is unique about QCA compared to other angel investment groups or venture capitalists?

A: QCA is so firmly dedicated to education (on angel investing and topics of interest to entrepreneurs) that we formed and recently received approval from the IRS for a 501c3 non-profit focused on education. If you look at the programs QCA with its partner HCDC have administered over the past 18 years (e.g. eKickStart, Morning Mentoring, Entrepreneur Boot Camp), you can clearly see how we’ve supported and helped build the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Q: How does Cincinnati stack up relative to peer cities with regard to development, retention, and support of its startup community?  And what could be improved?

A: Cincinnati stacks quite well with its peer cities. With #StartUpCincy leading the charge through Cintrifuse, Cincinnati has gotten more than its fair share of national press for all that is going on. The cost of doing business here is quite low, and we have so many resources. It is an easy city to navigate. Tech talent is going to cost you a lot less than on the coasts. There is a strong national movement to move toward the Midwest for all it offers, and we are going notice for the higher level of quality startups born here. We could improve by attracting the “boomerangs” back to Cincinnati to raise families, start new businesses, and attract C-level talent into our startups. We need to get more accredited investors off the sidelines and get them engaged in this space. Remember, net job growth in this country comes from small business. Not large corporations!

Q: Are you seeing a particular industry or trend that stands out as something poised for tremendous growth?  

A: Our society has really only scratched the surface on the technological possibilities utilizing blockchain technology and artificial intelligence. My personal opinion is that there is a tremendous upside in our use of these technologies and others. It’s about the data.

Q: What do you like most about your partnership with OfficeKey?

A: The staff is awesome, so kind and accommodating. The flexibility of being able to operate out of numerous locations is a great feature as well.

Q: What was your work experience prior to becoming the executive director of QCA?

I ran a “solo-preneurship,” marketing consulting practice; developing marketing plans for smaller companies and then staying on contract to implement the plans.  

Q: How do you spend time outside of work?

A: Mostly spend time with my family. My wife and I have three little ones, ages 6, 4 and 1.

Q: If you could have dinner with one historical figure (living or dead) who would it be and why?

A: Albert Einstein

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 

A: Tele-transportation – wouldn’t it be cool to see how people lived 100, 200, or 300 years ago. Imagine going to a Mozart performance? How cool would it be to see how life on our planet will be 100, 200, or 300 years from now.

Q: What is your favorite movie or tv show?

A: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Recent read, Bad Blood

Q: What is your favorite singer or band?

A: Radiohead 

Connect with Scott on Linkedin or check out QCA online! 

 

"OfficeKey Partnerships & Affiliations"

There are many professional associations and chambers in Cincinnati that are a key part of our local business community.  OfficeKey has long valued our partnerships with many of these organizations.  We clearly see the value in investing in these groups that support many of the industries that our clients are part of and our region at large.  They also provide a fantastic opportunity for us to connect with others  within the industry that we don’t know yet.  We recently added a list of partner affiliations to our website.  Please check it out by following this link.  If you are familiar with any groups that are potentially a fit but are not represented, please let us know.

"OfficeKey Partnership with Adopt-a-Class"

OfficeKey Adopt-a-Class VisitOfficeKey is excited to begin a partnership with Adopt-a-Class, a local non-profit mentoring program designed to facilitate connections between business groups and local elementary school students.  Once a month during the school year, several members of the OfficeKey community will visit a class and engage in activities to support that mission.

In October we took our first trip to South Avondale Elementary School to meet our class.  Upon our arrival, we were very impressed with their opening song that included each child’s name and a message about the importance of not bullying.

After introducing ourselves to the children, we played an icebreaker game that had the kids sort jelly beans into groups by color.  We then proceeded to help the kids make Halloween trick or treat bags with stickers and markers,  all along while chatting with them and getting to know them better.  Of course, before we left we had to do a “mini” trick-or-treat session so they could get some candy to fill up their new bags.

We had a great time getting to know the kids and are excited to see them again in November and December for the holidays!

Contributed by OfficeKey Staff Member, Elizabeth Scharstein

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