MDA Set to Host Annual Muscle Walk of Cincinnati


Contact:         Jennie King
                        Executive Director

Small Steps Fund Powerful Progress; Fight Back Against
Muscle Disease at Annual MDA Muscle Walk of Cincinnati



[CINCINNATI, Ohio, February 24, 2015 — More than 100 people from the Southern Ohio area are already registered to take a small step to fund powerful progress for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the annual MDA Muscle Walk of Southern Ohio to raise critical funds and awareness that will help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of local children and adults fighting muscle disease.

The Cincinnati Muscle Walk is scheduled for 11:00am on April 25, 2015 at Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton, Ohio. For registration information, visit, or call the local MDA office at 513-231-2222.
“Through MDA Muscle Walk, people in the Cincinnati area can join forces to raise critical dollars that will make a real difference in the lives of people fighting life-threatening muscle disease in our community,” said MDA Executive Director, Jennie King. “By registering for the Cincinnati Muscle Walk, you can help local MDA families face the challenges muscle disease often brings, maintain their independence and live the best possible lives. We encourage everyone to ask their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to raise funds and walk as a team to help MDA move toward a world free of the harmful effects of muscle disease.”

MDA Muscle Walk is the largest, most inspiring event of its kind, bringing communities together — donors, families, partners, sponsors and volunteers— to fight back against muscle disease. Approximately 150 walks throughout the nation are scheduled throughout the year.
            Funds raised through the Muscle Walk program build on decades of research progress, helping push science to its limits in the search for treatments and cures.
The dollars raised at the Cincinnati Muscle Walk also help support MDA’s life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinics at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center and UC Health.   They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton.
Last year, more than 40,000 people participated in 140 MDA Muscle Walks across the country that raised a record-breaking $8.5 million. More than $26 million has been raised since the Walk’s inception in 2011.

About MDA
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

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Cincinnati-Based IT Security Expert to Speak at Blue Ash Business Association on March 5

Cincinnati-Based IT Security Expert to Speak at Blue Ash Business Association on March 5

Bob Watts of Vivitec Business Solutions, offers perspectives on improving operations using IT

Cincinnati, OH – February 24, 2015 – Veteran, entrepreneur and IT expert Bob Watts will address the Blue Ash Business Association during a luncheon coming up on Thursday, March 5 at 11:30AM at the Blue Ash Banquet Center on Williamson Road. Watts is the founder, president and CEO of Cincinnati’s newest IT firm Vivitec Business Solutions. He will discuss internet and social media security as it relates to businesses.

Watts, a former Army helicopter pilot and West Point graduate, founded Vivitec in 2014 to address a growing need for business analytics and data-driven insights into how IT practices can affect an entire organization’s operations. During this luncheon, he will offer insights into how businesses can better protect critical information and ensure that IT processes are working for the business and not against it.

“Cincinnati is a city built on the foundation of successful small and medium-sized businesses, many of which have grown into the hometown names we all recognize,” Watts says. “I want to see that trend continue, and I’m looking forward to connecting with business leaders and owners in Blue Ash who share that same vision.”

For more information, please visit the Blue Ash Business Association website at

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2015 Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Tour: Buckhead Mountain Grill in Bellevue

Okay, usually we don’t visit “chain” type restaurants for our review, but since there are only three locations we decided to share our review of Buckhead Mountain Grille. It’s conveniently located in Bellevue on the main drag, over by Joe’s Crab Shack and Urban Actives. It’s a great place when the weather is warmer as sitting outside at Buckhead is a great visual experience. It looks like a big lodge, so going there in the winter is actually pretty nifty, as you’re greeted by that “log cabin” type of atmosphere.

You’re greeted by friendly wait staff at the intro kiosk, and behind you is a an enormous square bar and some high boy tables. Plenty of big screen TVs fill the room with any manner of sports talk going on in the background. The beer selection is good, and features plenty of standard favorites on tap. If you’re craft beer tapper, this may not be the best spot to stop off for a pint. There is also ample seating, the place is quite large and the staff is pretty johnny on the spot.

The biggest negative about Buckhead was how loud it was. I mean, it was loud and very, very difficult to hear even the person you’re sitting next too. Because of the high ceilings and the massive glass windows, sound just seems to bounce everywhere. It didn’t help that our waiter had a very soft voice — so we spent most of lunch reading lips (which is gross if you have food in your mouth!). If they could find a way to bring down the overall ambient noise, Buckhead would be a much better experience.

The food is good, i wouldn’t call it anything special or spectacular, just good food from these types of restaurants that have that Applebee’s, Friday’s, O’Charlie’s thing going on. I have the bison burger, which was quite good, although not even in the same universe as the Lucky Duck (review coming shortly). The chili (it was normal chili, not that godforsaken Cincinnati chili) but it was less than stellar — quite bland and watered down. Overall, the food was “fine,” but again nothing you would say “”WOW! this is really good.” it’s a fine place to take a client or coworker, provided you have nothing to talk about, because you can’t really hear each other (really, it’s that loud).

But, if you’re jonesin for a loud version of Applebee’s, this is the perfect spot.

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Dragonfly Foundation featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Check out Dragonfly Foundation featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer!

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Agency Seeks Experienced Account Executive

Cincinnati brand, marketing and public relations firm The Eisen Agency is seeking an experienced Account Executive to direct multi-faceted marketing communications and branding accounts in the financial services, IT, manufacturing, healthcare and other professional services industries. The successful candidate has 3 – 5 years of professional marketing experience, with agency experience preferred. The role will encompass leading and directing the marketing activities for varied clientele, and assisting the agency with business development endeavors. You are able to juggle multiple tasks effortlessly, have a strong work ethic, and a drive to succeed and achieve for your clientele, for the agency and for yourself.

  • College degree in marketing or communications or related field
  • Experience with media relations strategies
  • Strong writer and content developer
  • Understanding of the varied marketing channels
  • Highly motivated

The agency offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including 401k, healthcare and other perks, such as a generous vacation package and flexible work schedules. Interested parties may apply by sending their resume and online portfolio/links to for immediate consideration.

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Why Hire a Professional Marketing Firm? Reason #31: Connections

It’s true, everyone knows someone. But, when it comes to the growth and marketing of your business, just like when you were looking for a job or trying to find clients, it’s true when they say “it’s all who you know.” A good agency and good agency leadership is well connected not only the media contacts and marketing services providers (video teams, printers, database vendors, caterers, swag producers and so on and on), but perhaps more importantly to potential business, government and other influencer connections. A good business understands to whom it wishes to reach out to, and can find an agency or agency leadership skilled in those circles of influence. Having these types of connections is another reason why every business (even the ones that “do it all in house”) should have an agency they value and trust. It’s smart networking, and particularly in the professional services realm, having professional connections and word of mouth remains the best source of new business.

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Cincinnati-based VITAS partners with the AHA of South Florida to spread heart disease awareness

February is Heart Health Month, and Cincinnati-based VITAS has partnered with the American Heart Association of South Florida to create a fantastic infographic that describes risk factors for heart disease and how we can all work to be a little healthier.

The infographic was posted this past Friday, February 6, in honor of National Wear Red Day. Read more about it here:

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