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The Sudduth Society is an advanced business development platform for second stage high-potential minority businesses. Through a focus on core capabilities, advancing infrastructure, and targeted procurement opportunities participating firms have improved the capacity and capability to compete for significant contracting opportunities with the goal of becoming million-dollar, minority led firms.

Over a 90-day period, the Sudduth Candidates have honed their business skills through weekly educational discussions with industry experts and applied a number of tools to build their business’s ability to meet the demands of larger clients and sustain their growth.

The program culminates with a Pitch Day allowing the Candidates to showcase their business to some of the region’s more prominent firms with the goal of competing for procurement opportunities. This will take place on June 1st from 10am to Noon at Interact for Health in the Rookwood Tower.

The Sudduth Candidates are:

C H Smith & Associates, LLC – A provider management consulting and evaluation services for the public and non-profit sector.

Market Direct, Inc. – A marketing communications company providing marketing services and collateral designed to help support marketing strategies and programs that focus on branding, organizational growth, customer and employee incentives event marketing.  mdi specializes in creating and producing event marketing collateral packages for social & business occasions, tradeshows, conferences, conventions and recognition & award events.

TSP Solutions, LLC – A manufacturer of proprietary, commercial and specialty coatings for the printing industry.  Their products have a history of value and performance. They are able to manufacture aqueous and energy curable coatings, as well as oil-based OPV for offset, flexo and digital applications.  In addition, TSP Solutions can custom formulate products specifically tailored to your needs.

Empire Express Transport – Empire Express specializes in LTL freight transporting, and supports many Fortune 500 companies by providing custom last mile delivery solutions.

Orchestrate Technologies – Orchestrate blends best in class, simple, cloud and managed services solutions to help strategically engaged businesses grow throughout the United States. We find creative ways to leverage emerging and integrated technologies to align people and processes to help our clients further their core objectives.

World Class Laundry and Linen Inc. – A provider of garment care and linen services for the hospitality and medical industry in the Tristate area.  Through an affiliated company The Drycleaning Shop they offer retail consumers garment care services in Downtown City of Hamilton, West Chester and Downtown City of Cincinnati.




10:00 – Welcome

Eric Kearney, President of the African American Chamber

10:05 – What is the Sudduth Society?

Anthony Barwick, VP/COO of the African American Chamber

10:10 – Pitch Format and Judges Introduction

Keith Schneider, President of SQUARE1, Inc.

10:15 – Pitches

Sudduth Candidates

11:45 – Thank you and Next Steps


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Special Thanks to Our Procurement Advisory Committee and Judges

Ohio Development Services       Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority   

University of Cincinnati      Sinclair Community College     Premiere Health

Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority     City of Cincinnati

The Sudduth Society Program is sponsored by THE CITY OF CINCINNATI

Designed and executed in partnership with SQUARE1

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