“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau
- A recipe for success
- Needed: Tech pros for an all-star team
- Innovation & Technology Awards
- Kudos for Kroger's IT team
- Wearable pods
- COVID-19 & our brains
July 21, 2020
Mavis Linnemann-Clark, founder Delish Dish
Award-winning Northern Kentucky-born chef Mavis Linnemann-Clark is one of those people who is earning a living doing what she loves. She founded The Delish Dish, a catering company that provides gourmet food and global flavors to events in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In 2013, she launched an artisan jam line, Made by Mavis.
Although she has a degree in journalism, she fell in love with cooking while living on her own near the famed Italian Market in Philadelphia. In 2008, she moved to Chicago and enrolled in Kendall College, where she trained under the personal chef program. She is classically trained in French technique and participated in a Mexican Master Class with renowned Mexican chefs.
Making a move
A few years ago, she moved back to Northern Kentucky to be with her family. She started a food blog but she discovered that catering excited her the most. Being a restaurant on wheels, the challenges never run short, like dealing with unpredictable weather and having to carry everything that would be stored in a stand-alone restaurant.
This year, Linnemann-Clark was named SBA Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year.
In 2016, Linnemann-Clark took over a 5,000 sq. ft. kitchen on Covington’s Madison Avenue and opened Kickstart Kitchen. The space helps food entrepreneurs launch or grow their small businesses. In addition to its storage space and commercial kitchen equipment, Kickstart Kitchen offers complimentary assistance with business planning.
Adjusting to the times
Linnemann-Clark’s Delish Dish catering has been growing 20% each year, but along came the global pandemic, and large gatherings were prohibited.
“COVID has been devastating,” she said. “My job is to host parties where people get together and when you can’t get together, pretty much everything that we had was cancelled.”
Linnemann-Clark takes pride in the fact that she and her staff are “insanely detail-oriented” and very hands-on. “We walk everyone through their wedding process. We’re there to make sure everything goes as it’s supposed to.”
But how can they be “hands-on” during the pandemic? How does a catering company operate during COVID? “We’re re-approaching events and looking at combining virtual events with live events,” Linnemann-Clark said. “Weddings aren’t going to look like they did three months ago, at least for the next six to nine months. Having to walk our brides through what this new world is going to look like, when we don’t even know, is tough.”
But Linnemann-Clark is not to be deterred. Delish Dish is working with clients, putting together food boxes for people who would normally have attended events in person. They can pick up the boxes, which contain their little dinner by the bite and possibly some items provided by the gala or event. And they can still get dressed up and attend the occasion via Zoom, all from the comfort and safety of their home.
“We want to bring that fine dining experience to your event," Linnemann-Clark said. In person or virtual. Delish Dish will get it done.
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Join Hive Networks’ mission-driven all-star team
Why is it that healthcare is one of the only sectors that doesn’t use some sort of social network to help patients with chronic conditions share data, analytics, and ways of making small incremental improvements in their daily lives?
That was the question successful Cincinnati entrepreneur and CincyTech executive in residence John Bostick asked himself. And that’s how Hive Networks came to be. “Hive Networks is on a mission. To help people get better faster. Very simple.” Bostick said.
The platform leverages data from all sources about a patient and supports a continuous learning process where patients and their families, clinicians and their teams, researchers and their staffs all contribute to the best health outcome for the patient.
According to Scott Roth, CTO of Hive Networks, it “has the potential to rapidly and organically grow into one of the largest healthcare software platforms in the world.”
The company is carefully looking for some 'A players' to add to its team. Bostick said, “We want players who are used to working with other top performers with minimal direction. Players who are truly committed to our mission.”
If you are a Full-Stack Software Engineer with 3-5 years of experience, a DevOps expert who is used to making a difference, or have an interest as a Business Intelligence Engineer, you can find detailed requirements for the jobs here.
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Winners of Cincy tech awards
The Cincinnati Business Courier has announced the winners of its annual tech awards. The paper’s 10th annual Innovation & Technology Awards recognize Cincinnati companies that transform the way people use technology.
The awards cover nine categories: Most Promising Startup, Bio Science, Advanced Engineering, Green Business Innovation, Tech Team of the Year, Best IT Services, Tech Company of the Year, Best Device Application, and Best Software Product.
The Tech Company of the Year award went to three companies: Divisions Maintenance Group, LCS, and Predictronics Corp. The Most Promising Startups went to Abre, Clarigent Health, Genexia, and Taiga Data.
Profiles of all award winners will appear in the Cincinnati Business Courier’s August 28 newspaper.
Kroger lauded as one of “Best Places to Work in IT”
Kroger Technology and Digital, the IT arm of The Kroger Co., has been named one of Computerworld Magazine’s “Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT” for 2020. It’s the third year in a row for Cincinnati-based Kroger to make the list.
The annual Computerworld list looks at best practices in areas like benefits, career development, training, and retention. Computerworld also surveys IT workers and takes their responses into account. In addition to its high scores in those areas, Kroger is offering a virtual internship program this summer, where IT interns can work remotely in the era of COVID.
“Kroger's relentless focus on delivering solutions focused on both customers and associates is what drives our ability to transform the shopping experience and is what makes Kroger a special place for our team,” said chief technology and digital officer Yael Cosset.
Wearable pods: Haute couture for the COVID era?
With COVID-19 raging around the world, many people are wearing face masks in public, while others refuse. And then there are those pioneers who think, “Why wear a mask when I could cover my entire body?” Enter the personal pod, a plastic protective covering that looks like a phone booth got busy with a camping tent and gave birth to a new fashion-and-safety accessory.
Personal pods are the brainchildren of Under the Weather, a Cincinnati company founded by entrepreneurs Kelly Mahan and Rick Pescovitz. After suffering through their kid’s tournament in 29-degree sleet, they didn’t come home and comfort themselves with bourbon and chicken soup like mere mortals. Instead, they invented the personal weather pod, and started a company to sell them.
Switching gears to the burgeoning germophobe market, Under the Weather retooled the weather pod for safety in the workplace. Its new product, The ShieldPod, is a small, see-through, plastic pod that slips over your upper body and keeps away nasty germs. Convenient armholes keep your hands free.
Can COVID-19 affect the brain?
Just when you thought you’d heard it all about the ravages of COVID-19, researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine are looking at the relationship between the virus and depression.
Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat, an ear, nose, throat specialist and internationally recognized expert in rhinology at UC’s College of Medicine thinks the COVID-19 may not only be knocking out patients’ sense of smell, but could be using the olfactory tract as a way to get into the brain.
And once in the central nervous system, Sedaghat hypothesizes, the illness might be causing the depression and anxiety that those with smell loss exhibit.
"This study raises more questions than produces answers," he said. But he added, "It gives insight into what is going on with the disease.
Image by Nyttend (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cincinnatians have become accustomed to seeing the old Crosley Radio building (above) with its broken windows and graffiti-covered facade. There have been attempts to restore it over the years. The last setback was when the building’s owners, Indianapolis-based Core Redevelopment, decided not to move forward with a $45 million project to use the building to house 238 market-rate apartments.
But do you know about the building’s roots? Designed by Samuel Hannaford, Cincinnati’s best-known architect in 1928, it was the former industrial base of Cincinnati entrepreneur, inventor, and industrialist Powel Crosley Jr.
Crosley introduced the first low-priced, mass-produced radio in 1920. Within a year, his company became the largest producer of radios in the nation. At its peak, his company outputted 2,000 radios per day. The eighth floor of the building was home to Crosley’s WLW radio studio, which at the time was the largest radio studio outside of New York City.
Crosley sold the building in 1946 to focus on his inventions, which included disc brakes and the first portable TV. Here's a look at the building in its prime.
Crosley building, circa 1929. Image from Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0)
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