Contact: Kelly Adamson, (513) 470-1379

MEDIA ALERT: For Tuesday, May 4, 2021

OTR Chamber of Commerce Announces OTR Made Awards and launches “Spring Showcase” Digital Campaign as a Part of Cincinnati’s Small Business Week

WHAT:  The  OVER-THE-RHINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  reimagines the annual OTR Made Awards, announcing its 2021 award winners with a new format and hosts in-person and digital celebrations as a part of Cincinnati’s small business week.

OTR MADE AWARD WINNERS:

  • The Chairperson’s Award: GOODS on Main

  • OTR in Action Award: Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and Social Center

  • Good Neighbor Award: ETC Produce & Provisions

  • The Leap Award: Boombox Buns

  • Resilience Award:  Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey

  • Pivot of the Year: The Findlay Market Shopping App Team

  • Collaboration of the Year: Sloane Boutique / Idlewild Woman / The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is

  • Norma Petersen Award: Tammie Scott, Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge

  • Ezzard Charles Award: Cincy Nice & Friends

  • Ed Hubert Award: Jose Salazar

  • Employees of the Year:

    • Paul Harrison, Aladdin’s Eatery

    • Chris H Tolzmann, Ignite Entertainment / Che

    • Angela Livezey, Indigo Hippo

    • Ebb Cooper, Corporation for Findlay Market

    • Meg Sharber, The Rhined

    • Maddie Regan, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

OTR MADE AWARD DROPS: Tuesday, May 4th - Friday, May 7th, on Instagram . The OTR Made Awards are back starting Tuesday, May 4th. We're going guerrilla-style with this year's format and surprising winners at their businesses *LIVE* on Instagram . Log on at 1:00, 1:30 and 2:00 pm every day from May 4 - 7 to help us celebrate the people and businesses who make the OTR community thrive. Full schedule posted on Instagram.

OTR MADE AWARDS RECEPTION: Friday, May 7th. Jane's at Findlay Market*, located at Elm & Elder Streets in Over-the-Rhine. Schedule below. OTR Made Awards Reception, celebrating OTR Made Award winners, and honoring the OTR Backers, the people and organizations who made the OTR Chamber’s 2020 Small Business Relief Fund possible.

  • 3:30 - 5:30 pm Aprina Johnson Performs

  • 5:30 - 6:00 pm Made Awards Closing Ceremony   

  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm Nasty Nati Brass Band*Findlay Market is following all health orders, suggestions and guidelines pertaining to Coronavirus that have been set out by the Ohio Department of Health.

OTR DIGITAL SPRING SHOWCASE: A digital (primarily Instagram) reintroduction of OTR after “pandemic-hibernation” spotlighting its unique streets, blocks and neighborhood features. Includes tips and best practices for parking, navigating and overall having the best experience possible!

WHERE:  Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH. More info can be found at otrchamber.com , cincysmallbiz.com and visit our Facebook and Instagram .

WHY:  The OTR Made Awards are hosted in conjunction with Cincinnati’s inaugural Small Business Week, awarding the people and places in Over-the-Rhine who demonstrated resilience, innovation and dedication to the neighborhood during the past year. The “OTR Spring Showcase” is a digital (primarily Instagram) reintroduction to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, showcasing the new places and businesses and sharing tips for creating the best OTR experience!

Media Contact: Kelly Adamson, Executive Director, OTR Chamber, is available for interviews, or to connect you directly with small business owners.  [email protected]  (513) 470-1379. For more information:  WWW.OTRCHAMBER.COM

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