Supporting Small Businesses and Growing the Local Economy

Community connections are forged by more than just neighborhood proximity. The connections that tie our neighborhoods together are found in the aisles of our favorite corner bookshop, at a table in a quaint restaurant, and in line at the local ice cream parlor. Oftentimes, these places exist in the heart of a community: a neighborhood business district. Communities and economies grow out of these places, and they must continue to thrive.

Duke Energy
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Duke Energy and the Cincinnati Regional Chamber are proud to partner together for Storefronts to the Forefront™, a new initiative designed to further strengthen our region’s many unique neighborhood business districts

Thanks to the generosity of Duke Energy, designated businesses located in these eleven business districts: Bellevue, East Price Hill, Fort Thomas, Loveland, Ludlow, Madisonville, Milford, New Richmond, Norwood, Reading, and Walnut Hills will receive full access to membership at the Cincinnati Chamber, customized programming to help small businesses and entrepreneurs learn and grow, and new connections to businesses throughout the region. Storefronts to the Forefront will help promote these eleven business districts throughout 2022, encouraging people across the region to visit, shop, and get to know the storefronts that are the lifeblood of our local economy.

We are thrilled to partner with Duke Energy, which has a strong history of supporting small businesses, to power connections for eleven neighborhood business districts, especially in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic. These districts are the lifeblood of the local economy. They were so crucial during the pandemic, and we want to make sure they survive – and thrive.

Jill Meyer

President & CEO, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Duke Energy has a long history of supporting small businesses and their employees, and we’re delighted to partner with the Chamber to help lift up these businesses even more. We’re excited to deepen our commitment to our community.

Amy Spiller

President, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky

Storefronts to the Forefront will go deeper to support businesses through:

Business Connection and Support

Invitation to Exclusive, Topic-Specific Learning Opportunities
Four new virtual programs targeted to business district members will feature an array of topics on placemaking, business growth, marketing and more, presented by high-caliber speakers and leaders.

Access to Chamber Resources and Network
Featured businesses will have access to monthly Chamber Member Briefings, government affairs programs, and additional leadership development, inclusion and networking events.

Promotion and Marketing

Community Promotion
Each month, the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and Duke Energy will co-promote one business district, highlighting stories of small businesses and entrepreneurship through social media, email, and other outlets.

Boosted Support in Expanding Audience Reach
Each district will receive news coverage through earned and paid marketing.

Inspirational Storytelling
Businesses will be featured in Cincinnati Regional Chamber publications, online, and highlighted in an article/story in partnership with a regional media outlet.

Increased Community Engagement
Duke Energy and the Cincinnati Chamber will collaborate to identify potential in-person activities within each district – like volunteer clean-ups, shop local days, etc.

How will it work?

Team members from the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and Duke Energy will hand-deliver Cincinnati Chamber Membership packets, which include window clings, membership materials, Duke Energy collateral, and additional information about the program to each of the businesses in each of these 11 neighborhoods.

 

Duke Energy and the Cincinnati Chamber will continue to reach out to businesses directly throughout the year, and you’ll be invited to exclusive, Storefronts to the Forefronts-specific programming.

The Big Picture

Small business owners and employees are at the heart of this project. This program is designed to invest in and support the economic prosperity of the community, businesses, and the people who call these districts home.

 

Who: Your neighborhood business district members

What: Storefront to the Forefront, Supporting Small Businesses and Growing the Local Economy

Where: Across the Cincinnati region

When: Throughout 2022

Why: To support businesses that power our communities

How: Through business connection and support, and marketing and promotion

Duke Energy and the Cincinnati Regional Chamber are proud to partner together for Storefronts to the Forefront™, a new initiative designed to further strengthen our region’s many unique neighborhood business districts

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Through intentional thinking and regional inclusion, the Cincinnati Chamber is leading with a bold voice for business, expanding the region’s talent base and harnessing the power of Cincinnati’s unique offerings.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the U.S., providing electricity to 7.8 million customers in six states. 

© Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber