Every year we celebrate the organizations and individuals that have partnered with us to help grow our local economy. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to host our Annual Meeting & Business Development Awards Ceremony. This year we celebrated the Award recipients at their place of business.
The Todd Portune Innovation Champion Award recognizes those who promote a culture of innovation to improve Hamilton County businesses and the business community. Deborah Davis is an innovation champion just like the late Commissioner Portune. She is continuously fueling innovative, local companies as Cincinnati Regional Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center, a senior leader at the African American Chamber, and local leader of Interise, a national program focused on equipping promising small businesses with business support resources. HCDC wants to celebrate Deborah’s efforts to assist Minority Businesses in Hamilton County. “Deborah is truly a difference-maker and she inspires an innovation culture in our community”, said HCDC President Patrick Longo.
In addition to her work with the African American Chamber, Deborah is the host of The Resource Network on WCVG 1320 AM The Voice. The focus of this program is to help businesses launch and scale. HCDC’s Office of Innovation + Creativity has been featured on this show to help connect entrepreneurs with our growth resources.