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2021 Family & Private Business Awards

Commitment to Connection
Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards honorees share their experiences and challenges in 2020-2021 pandemic-environment:

  • How they maintained connections in a time of social distancing and remote work
  • What the Goering Center means and has meant to them

2020 Economic Impact

Our first Core Member Economic Impact Study has been published. Goering Center members and Corporate Partners were surveyed in October 2020 and the results published in April 2021.

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In July 2021, Goering Center president Carol Butler participated in the Cincinnati Business Courier's Business Succession Forum, where a panel of 4 experts from different fields discussed the challenges of and best practices for a successful business transition.

Quarterly Message from the President

Connection is the Key to Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Times

After a brief respite, challenging times are upon us again. For many, maintaining community and staying supportive have become declarations and statements of intent as we navigate uncharted waters.

And that’s what the Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards are celebrating this year: the new and interesting ways that family and private businesses 
have innovated to maintain vital connections with employees, vendors, stakeholders, customers and clients, partners, family members, and the community at large.


In Memoriam

On February 7, 2021, the Goering Center lost its founder and friend John Goering. Those who knew him miss him terribly, and those who never met him wish they had. We are proud and bolstered to continue his legacy as tributes and fond memories pour in, and we would like to share his joy, his wisdom and his profound kidness with you as well

From UC News

Volunteer of the Year: Michael Miller of LCNB National Bank

September 16, 2021

We are proud and honored that the Goering Center is supported by over 200 professionals who volunteer their unique expertise, leadership, and perspective to the business community through our educational programs, our boards, and our committees. To recognize their outstanding effort, each year we present one of our volunteers with the Keith Baldwin Volunteer Award. This award was created to honor the extraordinary commitment of one our earliest and most dedicated volunteers, Keith Baldwin. Michael Miller, Executive Vice President & Chief Wealth Officer, LCNB National Bank, is the 2021 recipient of the Baldwin Award, acknowledging exemplary commitment and voluntary service to the Goering Center.

When the hungry can’t come to Sweets & Meats BBQ, Sweets & Meats...

September 16, 2021

The food service industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic in 2020, and Sweets & Meats BBQ was no exception. In the early days of the pandemic, when everything was shut down, Sweets & Meats’ carry-out remained open – but that would not be enough to survive. They began offering online ordering and curbside pick-up, partnered with Kroger to sell packaged meats and sides in the deli department in their neighborhood store, and began taking their food trucks out to Cincinnati area neighborhoods. They would hit four neighborhoods a day within a 30-mile radius of their restaurant for a period of 15 months, offering family packages and individual meals for pick up from their food truck and trailer. This additional service kept them in business and broadened their audience.

Jack Brendamour, Junk King, Named 2021 Rising Leader

September 16, 2021

One of a leader’s key responsibilities is to identify and develop future leaders. The Goering Center demonstrates its commitment to the region’s future generation of leaders by bestowing the Larry Grypp Rising Leader Award. Named for past president Larry Grypp in acknowledgement of his leadership accomplishments, this award is given to one Rising Leader, nominated by their member company, for demonstrating success at advancing one of the Goering Center’s 10 Best Practices of Successful Family and Private Businesses. Jack Brendamour was nominated for the following Best Business Practices: for Business Growth by Cody Campbell and for Giving Back by Julie Heil.

Building and strengthening community through social media

September 16, 2021

When the pandemic hit, Matthew Dooley witnessed many of his clients suffer – Dooley Social Studio quickly took action, mapping out those who were most at-risk and working with them to develop a plan of attack. Frequent, authentic communication with each client was key. Clients pulled closer to the studio, not only because of their existing relationships, but also because of the importance of communicating via social media during a time of social distancing.

Attention to detail, adaptability, and commitment to...

September 16, 2021

When quarantine was mandated in March of 2020, VonLehman’s number one concern was the safety of its employees and clients. All employees were sent home immediately, and the office was closed. Once the safety of the employees was established, VonLehman developed committees to ensure all steps going forward were taken with caution. A “Rapid Response Team” was formed to communicate to employees on a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis with updates on how COVID was impacting the firm. Transparency has always been a strong suit for VonLehman and that became more important than ever.

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