Hillman Accelerator Launches Cohort II

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HILLMAN ACCELERATOR LAUNCHES COHORT II

CINCINNATI, OH – August 7, 2018 – Cincinnati-based Hillman Accelerator, the first Midwest accelerator providing support to tech companies founded by underserved individuals, launches their second cohort with five companies, each receiving $100,000 in seed money. The teams began the Hillman program on August 6th. The program will include a Demo Day on October 9th, where each company will pitch investors and potential corporate partners.

First year Hillman Accelerator Cohort I companies SoloFunds, Warmilu, and Ilerasoft have added over 20 jobs to the workplace and accumulated $3 million in follow on funding. SoloFunds was recently invited to join Techstars KC.

“It’s not hard to find great companies founded by underserved individuals. The hard part is narrowing down an overly qualified pool to a few select teams. Hillman is excited to kick-off Cohort II with five venture backable companies created by brilliant teams,” said Candice Matthews, founder and executive director of Hillman Accelerator.

About Hillman Accelerator

Hillman is a top tier accelerator determined to lead the way for diversity and inclusion in the Midwest region. To do this Hillman, takes a cohort of technology and technology enabled companies through an intensive program with $100,000 in seed financing, mentorship, exclusive startup curriculum, real partnership opportunities, along with access to a nationwide support network. More information can be accessed online at http://www.Hill7.org.

To learn more or set up an interview
Contact: Rodger Roeser, The Eisen Agency
Phone: 440-934-1313
Email: RRoeser@TheEisenAgency.com

Contact: Amanda Kranias, Hillman Accelerator
Phone: 513-207-5261
Email: amanda@hill7.org

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Social Security ‘Understaffed’ According to Leading Ohio SSDI Attorney

Social Security Has Insufficient Staff to Manage Backlog

By Jon Ressler, Attorney, Roose & Ressler

I wrote last December about the Social Security disability backlog, highlighting the fact that the average wait for a hearing had grown to over 600 days and that a primary driver of the increasing backlog was insufficient funding. Another recent article at investmentnews.com/article/201803… describes the impact of insufficient funding on other Social Security services.

Social Security has lost over 1,000 field office staff in a little over a year (and 3,500 since 2010). The average wait time to reach a Social Security representative on its toll-free line has increased from three minutes in 2010 to 20 minutes currently.  Filing routine applications for retirement benefits are sometimes delayed for weeks. Be sure to take a good book if you want to talk to a Social Security representative in person. Waits can be hours, depending on your location and timing of your visit.

I said in December that “it does not appear that there are increases in Social Security’s budgetary funding on the horizon.” While there has been much discussion about how to address projected shortfalls in funding for the benefits paid through the program, there is little talk of the funding needed to administer the programs.  The Trump Administration’s 2019 proposed budget would hold Social Security’s budgetary funding at a flat level. It is estimated that Social Security staff would be reduced by another 1,000 workers, if the budget were to pass as proposed. Further degrading services would be a nearly inevitable result. Fortunately, the recently passed Omnibus legislation included a modest increase in administrative funding that should maintain or even somewhat improve the agency’s ability to provide timely services.

The implication of the budget proposal is that Social Security is inefficient and wasteful in its administration of its programs. And no one favors spending tax revenues to support inefficiency and waste. But the funding for the administration of the Social Security program is well past such arguments, when it is evident that insufficient funding is already compromising its ability to effectively carry out its essential day-to-day operations.

Social Security is a federal agency. Its operational funding is controlled by our elected representatives in the federal government. Contacting your federal representatives to express concern about Social Security’s eroding ability to provide timely services can help educate them and create political pressure to act.

About Roose & Ressler

 

Founded in 1982 and serving claimants throughout Northern Ohio from their offices in Lorain, Toledo, Wooster and Mansfield, Roose & Ressler is a social security disability law firm. The attorneys work with Northern Ohioans who need assistance with a social security disability claim or those who have been denied their claim. More information can be accessed at www.RooseLaw.com. Jon Ressler can be contacted at JRessler@RooseLaw.com or connect on LinkedIn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roose & Ressler Attorney to Present at National Conference

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Media Contact: Rodger Roeser, The Eisen Agency

RRoeser@TheEisenAgency.com

440-934-1313

 

Leading Local Attorney to Present at National Conference

Roose & Ressler’s Meadows to Discuss The Importance of Pre-Hearing Briefs

 

March 29, 2018 – Toledo, OH – The pre-hearing brief is an essential tool for effectively representing clients at Social Security disability hearings. Attorney Mary T. Meadows, manager of the Toledo branch of Social Security disability law firm Roose & Ressler, will share her insights with fellow attorneys about this tool as they gather in Atlanta in April for the semi-annual conference of NOSSCR, the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives.

 

Attorney Meadows notes that Social Security files are often large and unwieldy. With electronic record keeping, the medical records section of the claim file has grown significantly over the past few years, she explains, which means that some of the most important information supporting disability may be buried deeply in the medical records.

 

“We find that a pre-hearing brief can help us and the judge focus on the issues most important to winning our client’s case,” Meadows said. “It allows us to highlight facts from the medical record that support disability.”

 

The pre-hearing brief can also help to clarify procedural issues, such as onset date or questions about unearned income after the onset date. Meadows said, “By clarifying these procedural issues in advance, we allow the judge to focus at the hearing on that which is most important to our clients – how their medical impairments affect their ability to function in the workplace.”

 

This will be Attorney Meadows’s fifth NOSSCR presentation.

 

About Roose & Ressler

 

Founded in 1982 and serving claimants throughout Northern Ohio from their offices in Lorain, Toledo, Wooster and Mansfield, Roose & Ressler is a social security disability law firm. The attorneys work with Northern Ohioans who need assistance with a social security disability claim or those who have been denied their claim. More information can be accessed at www.RooseLaw.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Brickyard Taps The Eisen Agency for Marketing Strategy, Brand, PR

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Media Contact: Rodger Roeser

RRoeser@TheEisenAgency.com

 

Northern Ohio Brick and Masonry Supplier Hires The Eisen Agency

Leading Ohio Based Marketing, Branding Firm to Lead Marketing for The Brickyard

 

Cleveland, OH – March 22, 2018 – Northern Ohio brick and masonry supplier The Brickyard has selected leading Ohio based marketing and branding firm The Eisen Agency to develop and direct marketing activities. With facilities in Lorain, The Brickyard works with top Ohio architects in the selection of brick and masonry for their project. According to The Brickyard president Jillian Riddell, The Eisen Agency will construct a new marketing foundation The Brickyard will be able to build upon for years to come.

 

“The Eisen Agency was mindful that we not only needed to share who we are, but also what we are to the right audience. They understood our needs and crafted a program that will help us achieve our very lofty goals,” Riddell said. “We need more architects to know that we are an excellent resource of not only bricks and masonry, but also a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help them choose the perfect masonry envelope for any project.”

 

The Eisen Agency CEO Rodger Roeser says that his agency will be designing and implementing a comprehensive marketing program, including a refreshed brand and message that focuses on the core strengths of The Brickyard – the long lasting and timeless beauty of brick, combined with the expertise and knowledge in selecting the perfect masonry.”

 

“We believe that brick is beautiful, and we know that applications of brick have a higher value that many other building materials, so this is truly a treat for our team to share this story of timeless beauty. We’ll be developing an entirely new online experience for their clients and we’ll also make The Brickyard easier to find and engage with, through programs in social media, community relations, and direct local reach outs to influencers in our communities,” Roeser said.

 

About The Brickyard

 

Serving architects, building owners, contractors and homebuilders throughout Northern Ohio from their facility in Lorain, The Brickyard offers one of the most comprehensive and expansive selections of brick, masonry and tools. More information can be accessed at www.BuildWithBrick.com.

 

About The Eisen Agency

 

Founded in 2001 by owner and president Rodger Roeser, The Eisen Agency serves clients across the country from their offices in Greater Cleveland and Greater Cincinnati. The multiple award winning marketing, branding and public relations firm specializes in providing strategic marketing planning and tactical marketing support services to businesses in the professional services, manufacturing and retail industries. More information can be accessed at www.TheEisenAgency.com.

 

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Northern Ohio Hardscapes Supplier Hires The Eisen Agency

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Media Contact: Rodger Roeser

RRoeser@TheEisenAgency.com

 

Northern Ohio Hardscape Supplier Hires The Eisen Agency

Leading Ohio Based Marketing, Branding Firm to Direct Consumers Builders Supply Marketing

 

Cleveland, OH – March 5, 2018 – Hardscape supplier Consumers Builders Supply has tapped leading Ohio based marketing and branding firm The Eisen Agency to develop and direct marketing activities. With facilities in Lorain, Consumers Builders Supply provides contractors and homeowners everything they need to complete an interior or exterior hardscape project. According to Consumers Builders Supply executive Jillian Riddell, The Eisen Agency will be providing an entirely new marketing strategy to the family owned business that combines traditional and digital initiatives.

 

“When we contracted with The Eisen Agency, we saw immediately that they understood not only what needed to be done, but were mindful of our long and proud history,” Riddell said. “Most importantly, we are focused on serving homeowners, top contractors and homebuilders in our region, so marketing was typically last on our agenda. With The Eisen Agency, we know things are taken care of and we’ll be able to bring the value and beauty of hardscaping materials to even more Northern Ohio businesses and residents.”

 

The Eisen Agency CEO Rodger Roeser explained that his agency will be designing and implementing a comprehensive marketing program, including a refreshed brand and message that focuses on the core strengths of Consumers Builders Supply – their expertise, comprehensive product offering, and the fact that they have served Northern Ohio since 1904 as a family owned business.

 

“We’ll have an entirely new online experience for their clients and we’ll also make them easier to find and engage with, through programs in social media, community relations, and direct local reach outs to influencers in our communities,” Roeser said. “It’s gratifying to work with such a grounded organization that is so focused on the needs and goodwill of their clients. They are an amazing organization with top notch leadership, and we look forward to spreading the word about them.”

 

About Consumers Builders Supply

 

Founded in 1904 and serving homeowners, landscape architects, contractors and homebuilders throughout Northern Ohio from their facility in Lorain, Consumers Builders Supply offers comprehensive products and service support for hardscape materials, including concrete, masonry, stone and corresponding tools and accessories for hardscape repair, construction, and maintenance. More information can be accessed at www.ConsumersBuildersSupply.com.

 

About The Eisen Agency

 

Founded in 2001 by owner and president Rodger Roeser, The Eisen Agency serves clients across the country from their offices in Greater Cleveland and Greater Cincinnati. The multiple award winning marketing, branding and public relations firm specializes in providing strategic marketing planning and tactical marketing support services to businesses in the professional services, manufacturing and retail industries. More information can be accessed at www.TheEisenAgency.com.

 

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How to Prevent (or what to do if you have) Frozen Pipes

Water Pipes Freezing and Bursting Due to

Extreme Cold and Wind Chill

Roto-Rooter Plumbers Provide Professional Tips and Service

 

For Immediate Release                             Media Contacts:     Paul Abrams:           513.762.6434

                                                                                                            Rodger Roeser:      440.934.1313

                                                                                                            RRoeser@TheEisenAgency.com

 

January 2, 2018 – Extreme cold temperatures are causing water pipes to freeze and burst across the country. In many cities, demand for plumbing repair and water cleanup services is outstripping capacity at Roto-Rooter, the nation’s largest provider of plumbing repair and drain cleaning services. However, Roto-Rooter plumbers and water cleanup technicians are working around the clock to help customers.

 

Be aware that when pipes freeze, pressure builds inside pipes causing them to crack – no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 200 gallons of water in a single day. Often the damage doesn’t become obvious until pipes thaw.

 

Roto-Rooter offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes, which can cause flooding resulting in expensive repairs. By taking a few simple preventive measures before pipes freeze, home and business owners can minimize their risk of a plumbing catastrophe.

 

  • Disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected, water in the hoses will freeze and expand causing outside faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break. Cover outside faucets with Styrofoam faucet insulation kits found at home centers.

 

  • If outside faucets are dripping or leaking, make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before freezing temperatures arrive.

 

  • If your washing machine is in an unheated garage, turn off water supply lines leading to the washer and disconnect the hoses if temperatures have dropped below freezing.

 

  • Allow a trickle of hot and cold water to run overnight in sinks and bathtubs with water supply pipes that run along outside walls.

 

  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets beneath sinks (located along outside walls) to allow heat in the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes.

 

  • Add insulation wraps to water pipes in unheated areas, such as garages or crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around water supply pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing, but be sure not to attach these devices to flammable materials.

 

  • Keep the furnace is turned on and set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What to do if your pipes have already frozen

 

  • Shut-off the water main leading into the structure and open faucets indoors. This will reduce pressure on the frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.

 

  • If the frozen pipe is exposed and visible, use a hair dryer or space heater to thaw the ice blockage. Do not use an open flame!

 

  • Examine exposed pipes for leaks. Even with the water main turned off, there will be enough pressure to reveal leaks once the pipe has thawed.

 

  • Contact a professional plumber equipped with pipe-thawing equipment to get your pipes flowing again, and if necessary, to make repairs to damaged pipes.

 

  • Even if no leaks are found, a plumber should examine pipes that experienced a hard freeze. Some pipes may need to be replaced if the material has experienced stretching and fatigue, putting the pipes at risk for future failure.

 

  • If you’ve experienced flooding or water damage, contact a certified water cleanup service provider to remove the water and deal with the damage left behind.

 

http://www.rotorooter.com/is a good source of information for all plumbing and water cleanup questions.

 

Roto-Rooter was established in 1935 and is the largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in North America. Roto-Rooter operates plumbing and water cleanup businesses in more than 118 company-owned territories and more than 500 franchise territories, serving approximately 90 percent of the U.S. population and 41 percent of the Canadian population.

 

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Cincinnati Music Hall Open for Holiday Public Tours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Ramona Toussaint
Program Director
Society for the Preservation of Music Hall
(513) 744-3293

Cincinnati Music Hall Open for Holiday Public Tours
Society for the Preservation of Music Hall to offer guided tours of the newly renovated Music Hall

CINCINNATI—December 22, 2017—Still looking for that perfect local landmark to share with your family this holiday season? Cincinnati Music Hall will remain open next week for public tours, led by the nonprofit Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH).

Indoor tours of Music Hall take visitors through public and private spaces of the building, while expert tour guides describe Music Hall’s unique role in Cincinnati’s history and share stories reflecting the spirit of our past and present. This time of year, visitors will have the chance to experience added splendor with the addition of holiday décor inspired by The Nutcracker, presented by Frisch’s.

“The mission of SPMH is to remember and acknowledge Music Hall as a cornerstone of Cincinnati history. It is the home of several brilliant art companies, but also a historic icon in and of itself,” says Ramona Toussaint, Program Director for SPMH. “Nothing brings us greater joy than to open the doors of this legendary building and share her secrets with our Cincinnati neighbors.”

Holiday tour dates:
Friday, December 11 – 11:00am

Saturday, December 12 – 10:00am; noon

Wednesday, December 27 – 1:00pm

Friday, December 29 – 11:00am

Saturday, December 30 – 10:00am; noon

Tours at Music Hall run 60-90 minutes. Tickets are $15 per person, with discounts available for groups of five or more. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (513) 621-2787, online at www.cincinnatiarts.org/backstage, or in person at both the Music Hall and Aronoff Center box offices. As an extra bonus, tour participants can enjoy a hearty meal at Revolution Rotisserie and receive a 10% discount with proof of tour purchase. Discounts are also available for OTR Chamber, SPMH and CAA members.

About Society for the Preservation of Music Hall
SPMH’s mission is to preserve, improve, promote and provide education about Cincinnati Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark. SPMH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit http://www.spmhcincinnati.org.

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