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Florence Mall is seeking to set the record straight. It recently confirmed that the store is still open after rumors of closure began circulating on social media. The mall lost its Sears, an anchor store, back in 2018.

Eastgate Mall's owner CBL Properties has declared voluntary bankruptcy. The move came in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has impacted mall foot traffic nationwide.

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Holiday traditions like visiting the Fountain Square Christmas tree and sipping hot coco while doing holiday shopping are different during the pandemic. The tree lighting was televised and online with no live spectators. Face masks have to be put on between sips. And people are opting to shop online instead of in-person, meaning some small retailers are taking a financial hit. 

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday issued a 10 p.m. curfew for the next 21 days in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Tri-State business leaders say they're continuing to take measures to ensure their employees and customers are safe during the pandemic. A handful gathered online Tuesday to outline steps they're taking to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Small businesses in Hamilton County that have been harmed during the pandemic now have a second chance to apply for funding through the Hamilton County CARES Small Business Relief Program. The second round of the program launched Monday, Aug. 24, allowing business owners to apply for grants up to $10,000.

The COVID-19 has impacted lives and businesses in both negative and, surprisingly, positive ways. The housing market is booming with prices up 8.1 percent in July. In many areas, inventory is low so houses hitting the market are often sold with days or even hours. Meanwhile the number of affordable homes for low and even middle-income buyers is shrinking.

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Children in ballet slippers are able to practice their pliés and pirouettes at Arabesque Dance Academy in North College Hill thanks to a grant from Hamilton County's Small Business Relief Program funded by the federal CARES Act.

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Covington-based creative firm BLDG has had a hand in some high-profile local and regional campaigns of late.

As states reopen more of the economy, one thing hasn't changed for a portion of the population: working remotely.

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Starting Thursday, masks are mandatory inside public spaces in Cincinnati. So how are business owners responding to the mask mandate?


The situation is dire for small businesses. Three out of four have sought federal aid to cope with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic according to a Census Bureau survey. And in May, economists projected that more than 100,000 small businesses shuttered since the pandemic escalated in March.

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Ohio and other states are in the process of determining how to dole out a $15 billion settlement from Volkswagen after allegations in 2016 it cheated on emissions. The Ohio EPA says some of the money will be available this summer to use for electric vans, buses and even tractor-trailers. The money can also fund charging stations.

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Businesses in Over-the-Rhine are weathering the economic shutdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, and now, the anti-racism protests. Alexus Hight, the owner of the upscale children's clothing boutique, Hutch Baby, worked to reopen her doors after she saw people breaking windows on Vine Street. On Elm Street, Black OWned and BlaCk Coffee Lounge owner Means Cameron saw an outpouring of support for his businesses after vandals broke his windows.

Some Cincinnati Service Businesses Not Rushing To Reopen

May 26, 2020
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Some Ohio public officials are eager to get the economy up and running, but some Cincinnati businesses are deciding to ease out of stay-at-home orders at their own pace.


The city of Cincinnati is closing parts of 25 streets in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown to make room for more outdoor seating at local restaurants. The move comes after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced restaurants can begin opening for outdoor dining on Friday, May 15, and it is meant to allow for greater social distancing of diners.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with County Commission President Denise Driehaus about a new small business program that uses federal CARES Act dollars to help local businesses who have not yet received federal assistance.  

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine urges critics of the state government's pandemic response to address their anger at him. This comes after protesters showed up outside the home of Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.

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Greater Cincinnati's African American Chamber of Commerce and MORTAR are partnering to create a Minority Business Emergency Assistance Fund. The money is designated for minority and small businesses that are hurting because of the COVID-19 pandemic and need access to capital immediately. Funding can be used to fill payroll gaps, make rent and mortgage payments, as well as other bill payments.

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President Trump signed a new $484 billion relief package on Friday. The deal includes $310 billion to replenish the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP ran out of money on April 16, after just 14 days.


Cincinnati Edition speaks with Everett M Woodel, Jr., a district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Columbus District Office and Jerome Jones, a lender relations specialist with the SBA, who explains the process of how small businesses can apply for a loan programs and financial assistance. 

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On Tuesday, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) spoke to Ohio area journalists about a variety of issues, including the latest information on Small Business Administration loan programs and the need for additional coronavirus testing in the greater Cincinnati region.


With record numbers of workers in the Tri-State suddenly unemployed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers wonder how to support and protect their workers. Meanwhile, many residents may find themselves seeking unemployment benefits in a crowded and overwhelmed system. New unemployment and small business relief is becoming available via a federal coronavirus relief bill.

Fifth Third Bank Confirms Some Employees Have COVID-19

Mar 20, 2020
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Fifth Third Bank is confirming multiple employees have tested positive for COVID-19. A spokeswoman for the bank says the employees are receiving medical care.

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The spread of COVID-19 is causing Ohio businesses in almost every industry to change how they cater to customers.

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In the fall of 2019, the University of Cincinnati sold the historic Emery building to developers Dave Neyer and Chris Frutkin for $8.55 million. The building, on Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine, was constructed in 1911 as the Ohio Mechanics Institute. The purchase also includes a letter of intent from The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati to explore a possible renovation of the building's theater for future use.

Downbound Books

A few decades ago, it seemed the days of independent bookstores were numbered. First came Barnes & Noble chain to crush the mom-and-pop shops. Then in 1995, Amazon's arrival led to a significant decrease in the number of independent bookstores. When Amazon launched the Kindle e-reader in 2007, it seemed likely it would deal the final blow. But the unexpected happened.

When Toys "R" Us announced its closure in 2017, the other big box retailers didn't reap all the rewards. Independent toy stores are the ones that truly stepped in to fill a void for children and their parents.


As we celebrate Black History Month, MORTAR, a local business accelerator, is looking to the future instead of the past. MORTAR Managing Partner and 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow Derrick Braziel presents Future History Now, a day filled with impactful programming and conversations on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Rethinking Retail

Feb 4, 2020
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Iconic department stores like Macy’s are reportedly trying to find new and creative ways of competing in the digital, e-commerce age.

Only 55% of adults participate in a workplace retirement plan, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New legislation passed in 2019 aims to change those numbers.