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Cincinnati, OH (February 17, 2020) – The Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Chamber of Commerce announces the recipients of the 2020 OTR Made Awards: 


  • Derrick Braziel (MORTAR), Chairperson’s Award 

  • CSO Look Around, Norma Petersen Arts and Culture Award 

  • Rookwood Properties, Property Development of the Year 

  • Wolfpack, New Business of the Year 

  • Thunderdome Restaurant Group, Business of the Year

  • Crossroads Health Center, Nonprofit of the Year

  • Dustin Miller, Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Homemakers, Bar / Restaurant of the Year

  • Model Group’s Market Square, Community Impact of the Year

  • Social OTR, Job Creation of the Year

  • Kick Lee (Cincinnati Music Accelerators), Ezzard Charles Award

  • Fred Warren, Ed Hubert Award 

For the past 15 years, the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce has recognized outstanding individuals, businesses and nonprofits in Over-the-Rhine who have had an immense impact on the neighborhood via the OTR Chamber’s OTR Made Awards. Formerly known as the Star Awards, the OTR Chamber’s OTR Made Awards is a community-wide celebration of the people and businesses who have greatly contributed to the economic vitality of OTR. It also recognizes those who are leaders in building an inclusive climate for all, creating a place where all are welcome to visit, live, work, and build a business.  

“These awards represent more than the products made in OTR, they exist to acknowledge and appreciate that OTR is the community it is now because of the businesses and the people who make our neighborhood special.”

OTR Chamber’s OTR Made Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 5th at Memorial Hall (1225 Elm Street, downtown Cincinnati). Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., the official program will begin at 6:00 p.m., with reception to follow from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Findlay Kitchen entrepreneur Flavors of the Isle will provide party fare, guests will enjoy live music by Emmaline, and a live painting from Owen "Tenzing" Gunderman, winner (and youngest participant) of BLINK's Secret Walls. 


Candice Matthews Brackeen will serve as the event’s Keynote Speaker. She is the Founder and CEO of Lightship, the Cincinnati-based portfolio service firm and fund whose family of companies include nationally recognized entrepreneur education programs Hillman and NewMe. Lightship companies work together in support of tech-driven startups led by underrepresented entrepreneurs. 


As CEO of Hillman, the first entrepreneur education program in the Midwest providing support exclusively to WMBEs, Candice has influenced state policy around economic inclusion in addition to establishing meaningful partnerships with companies like Procter & Gamble, Kroger, and Chase in support of Hillman’s work. She has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience including co-founding Hello Parent, a national safety technology partner of the Brady Campaign to Reduce Gun Violence, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She later founded the Cincinnati Chapter of the Black Founders Network (BFN), to address the need for increased diversity and inclusion efforts in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. For more information, visit


Tickets On Sale: $75 for non-members, $60 for members. For more information, visit:  

About the OTR Chamber of Commerce

Since 1985, the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce has represented its members and the community with a mission to be the driving force for creating a strong economy while also promoting inclusivity, embracing diversity and celebrating originality. Our vision is for Over-the-Rhine to be a model neighborhood for inclusive urban revitalization. 

In November 2019, the OTR Chamber of Commerce announced it will be moving its headquarters to 1307 Walnut Street, into the newly renovated Columbia Building; the organization will be the building’s first commercial tenant. Walnut Street is home to many of its supporters, including Thunderdome, KMK Law, Agar, 3CDC and Kroger “On the Rhine”. Its move also signifies an effort to bridge not just North and South of Liberty, but also Central Parkway, to connect the two urban destinations and encourage walkability and exploration of Cincinnati’s entire urban core. Learn more at

Twitter: @OTRChamber