Duke Energy Relief Funding - 2020 Recipients

In 2020, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber awarded 14 small businesses with $5,000 grants to help support their needs. Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to the following:

1. 3 Sweet Girls Cakery - Women-owned bakery operated by a mother and her two daughters offering a variety of baked goods and gluten-free, vegan and keto options.

2. Anneta’s Beauty Bar – Women- and minority-owned beauty salon in Walnut Hills specializing in natural haircare, straightening and weaves.

3. BlaCk OWned Outerwear – Minority-owned clothing brand focused on promoting Black ownership and using fashion to challenge social inequalities.

4. Edibles and Such – Women- and minority-owned full-service catering service with more than 30 years’ experience.

5. Heist and Co. – Women- and veteran-owned “social exchange” in downtown Harrison opened in December 2019.

6. Just Q'in Barbecue – Minority-owned BBQ restaurant focused on employing those with barriers to employment, such as criminal records, addiction, homelessness, etc.

7. Pata Roja Taqueria – Minority-owned business providing high-quality street food inspired by the culture and traditions of central Mexico.

8. Creative Strandz Hair Gallery - Women- and minority-owned is an upscale and inviting salon providing professional hair care service with the best interest of the clients in mind.

9. Southern Grace Cincy Catering, LLC. – Women- and minority-owned full-service catering company specializing in southern home-style food.

10. Sugar – Women- and minority-owned boutique bakery located in the heart of OTR.

11.  Sunny Blu Digital Art Agency – Women- and minority-owned community-minded video production agency providing clients with a niche video-storytelling experience anchored in advocacy work for black women, people of color, and other marginalized groups.

12. The Arepa Place - Women- and minority-owned small restaurant in OTR specializing in Colombian dishes, such as empanadas and arepas.

13. The Stem Lab - Women- and minority-owned premier science, technology, engineering, and math learning laboratory offering a variety of enrichment activities for kids and all ages.

14. Wave Pool - Women-owned contemporary art fulfillment center with a social enterprise that is managed and led by immigrants and refugee women called, The Welcome Project. Beginning in February 2020, the Welcome Project's Food Market provides a stable option for fresh produce and shelf stable goods to their community. 


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