Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jason Feist of Empowered Insights, formerly Global Tax Management. Jason is a husband and father of 2 who founded his business about 7 years ago. They chose the name Empowered Insights because it communicates the fact that they are an accounting advisory firm that cares about relationships.

Jason shared WHY they do what they do and challenged us to consider the same question. What gets us up every morning to do what we do? EI is passionate about inspiring people to do what they love to do and ignite them to achieve their dreams. They want people to understand the difference between working “on” your business rather than “in” your business. Jason encouraged us to watch the TED Talk by Simon Sinek called “Why?”  http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en

The mission of EI is to be one of the leading firms enriching people’s lives and growing businesses. They do Business Advisory and Outsourced CFO, the Thriving Business Program (business coaching), and Compliance. Jason also has another firm, called Center for Wealth Management, which does wealth management.
Find out more and contact Jason through their website...http://www.empoweredinsights.com/

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Dan Ottke, the Superintendent of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Dan is also a member of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.

The board came about through Ohio Senate Bill 169 which was passed in 1967. They have a 7 member volunteer board, 5 of which who are appointed by the Commissioners and 2 who are appointed by the Probate Judge. Before 1967, there were only a couple of options in the state to help children with developmental disabilities. County boards initially were created to provide educational and training programs. They are funded by Local (58%), federal (9%), state (12%) and private funds (21%). Eligibility requirements include assessment of 7 categories of physical and intellectual abilities.

Clermont DD provides services across the lifespan from birth to retirement.
  • School age services
  • Adult services (sheltered work, supported small group and community employment, and day supports)
  • Early intervention
  • Community supports
  • Investigations
  • Behavior support

Partners include:
  • Residential providers
  • Employment and day service providers
  • Southwest Ohio developmental center
  • Other social service organizations
  • Employers in Clermont County
  • Business and civic organizations
  • School districts

Some actions being taken:
  • 2012-14 adult services are downsizing
  • Reduced overall # of staff from 189 to 159
  • Reduce by 1 building
  • In 2015, they put a freeze on offering new services
Next week we will hear from Shannon Carwell who will share about her Rotary Exchange Experience.