Three Cincinnati region companies were supported by REDI Cincinnati and JobsOhio through inclusion grants during Q1 2023, REDI announced on Wednesday. The three projects created 24 new jobs with an associated payroll of approximately $1.44 million and nearly $300 thousand in fixed asset investment to the region.
“As we continue our work in growing the region’s economic vibrancy, it is important to continue examining our impact on a number of key indicators, including our support of companies with underrepresented ownership or that are located in distressed zip codes,” said Kevin Donnelly, REDI Cincinnati vice president for project management. “The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant is one such program we have available to leverage in support of those companies. We are proud to assist these three businesses as they make a positive impact on our region’s economic vibrancy through their job growth and capital investment.”
Below is a list of the three companies that received inclusion grants in Q1.
Becker Engineered Systems (Hamilton, Ohio) – Becker Engineered Systems, one of North America’s largest servicing and stocking distributors, is a trusted advisor and premier distributor that supports the water treatment, wastewater treatment, metal finishing, disinfection, agriculture and specialty chemical industries. The woman-owned business, which is a Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBENC), has served the region for more than 45 years.
Bernard Laboratories (Cincinnati) – Bernard Laboratories, a recent Top 10 Contract Packaging Service Providers award winner from The Manufacturing Outlook, is a global company specializing in full turnkey contract manufacturing and packaging services for compounding, blending and filling in a wide range of industries, including OEMs, automotive aftermarket, private labels and more.
17 Ways (Cincinnati) – 17 Ways uses generative AI to help business buyers, investors and other users find suppliers and partners that align with their ESG goals. With 17 Ways, companies can capture and optimize the ESG value of their partners using the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Small businesses play an essential role in Ohio’s economic growth, and the JobsOhio Inclusion Grant is designed to support those that are located in distressed areas or have ownership by underrepresented populations,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “Through these grants, three Southwest Ohio businesses, two of which are women-owned, will receive assistance to create jobs and opportunity and continue to grow their business here in Ohio.”
Since the program’s inception, REDI Cincinnati has closed 53 inclusion grant projects, equating to 400 new jobs, $21.4 million in new payroll and $8.4 million in capital investment.
Interested in learning more about the JobsOhio Inclusion Grant? Visit the dedicated page on REDI Cincinnati’s website or contact Cierra Clymer, REDI Cincinnati’s director of international business development & inclusion (firstname.lastname@example.org; (513) 579-3103).
About REDI Cincinnati
The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati is the first point-of-contact for companies locating or growing in the 16-county region at the heart of southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana. REDI Cincinnati is supported by top business leaders and community partners and staffed by a team of economic development experts who are uniting the Cincinnati region to compete globally. For more information visit REDICincinnati.com.
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership, and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com.
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