Conference aims to inspire Dayton women to lead

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 1:29 PM

The 35th annual Springfield-Clark County Armed Forces Day luncheon featured Cassie Barlow, executive director, WSU Aerospace Professional Development Center and colonel, USAF retired and past Wright-Patterson Air Force Base commander, talks about honor, commitment and courage of men and women in the armed forces on Monday. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
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The 35th annual Springfield-Clark County Armed Forces Day luncheon featured Cassie Barlow, executive director, WSU Aerospace Professional Development Center and colonel, USAF retired and past Wright-Patterson Air Force Base commander, talks about honor, commitment and courage of men and women in the armed forces on Monday. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Jeff Guerini)

Dayton-area women will have an opportunity this week to develop their leadership and business skills as they learn from women leaders in the business community.

The Better Business Bureau serving the Dayton region is celebrating its 10th year of hosting the Women in Business Networking annual Leadership Conference celebrates its 10th year —a two-day event focused on leadership and bolstering professional relationships between women.

The conference, hosted on Sept. 19 and 20 at the Dayton Convention Center, will give attendees the opportunity to learn about powerful business strategies and personal development concepts. Some breakout sessions include: Strategies to Advance Professionally, Defining Your Leadership Legacy, Manage Your Money: Communication and Capital, Connecting Through Content, and others.

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Melissa Cutcher, BBB’s vice president of leadership and development, said the conference allows women to take a minute to pause during their busy schedule and focus on themselves. The conference gives women time to reflect on their careers, professional strengths and what they want in the future.

“We are excited to present this outstanding lineup of speakers for the 10th anniversary of the WiBN Leadership Conference,” Cutcher said. “This year’s speakers will offer their insights and experience, as well as actionable solutions on the key issues facing women in the workforce today.”

The group of speakers includes renowned keynote speaker and YouTube star Michelle Poler; Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley; President and CEO of Dayton YWCA Shannon Isom; CEO of Boost Technologies Anita Emoff; and others.

Isom will speak about leadership legacy, asking attendees to think about what they want their legacy to be. How often do you think about your legacy? What will you leave behind for the organization and the people you serve? Panelists, including Isom, will talk about how their mentors left their legacy and how women should lift up other women around them.

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“I am committed to leading through servant leadership, focused on meeting people where they stand, listening for what is needed, and honoring with truth,” she said. “I help women by creating spaces, providing platforms, and inviting women to the table, and with that invite, challenging them to change the narrative.”

She leads an organization dedicated to empowering women and eliminating barriers — like racial inequities — that stand in the way of their success. She is particularly passionate about ensuring women from marginalized groups receive support they need to become leaders, she said.

“It is imperative for leadership to reflect the impact we want to see; women of color, as all women, have contributed to the fabric of our past, our present, and our future, and we need to ensure a full diaspora of voices and perspectives is heard,” she said.

The full lineup of speakers and ticket information can be found at


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10 ares of Oakwood land sold for $735K

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

A home at Sugar Camp-Pointe Oakwood. LISA POWELL/STAFF
A home at Sugar Camp-Pointe Oakwood. LISA POWELL/STAFF

Oakwood Investment Group recently sold about 10.8 acres of Sugar Camp land to a limited liability company.

The sale was for $735,000, according to Montgomery County property records. The area is in the vicinity of 3976 Sugar Camp Office Park in Oakwood.

Records identify the buyer as RCR Holdings LLC. The sale date is given as Nov. 20.

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A message seeking comment was sent to Oakwood Investment Group.

An agreement between Oakwood Investment Group and Hills Properties was finalized about two months ago on going ahead with the building 84 condominium units at “The Trails” development in Point Oakwood.

That development had been delayed last year when a pair of lawsuits were filed against the city of Oakwood over the plans for the area.

Fifteen Pointe Oakwood residents living near where the condos were proposed to be built filed one of the lawsuits. The Cincinnati-based developers of the proposed condos filed the second lawsuit.

Oakwood City Council proposed a legal settlement to move the project forward in the spring.

Millions in government funds sought for job-creating projects

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 9:31 AM

SelectTech Geospatial’s Executive Director Frank Beafore, left, launches a UAS as chief pilot Jade Lowrey flies at the company’s Springfield location in October 2015. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
SelectTech Geospatial’s Executive Director Frank Beafore, left, launches a UAS as chief pilot Jade Lowrey flies at the company’s Springfield location in October 2015. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

A wish list of regional projects that adherents hope could get millions in federal and state funding has been unveiled.

Now it’s your turn to comment on the ideas.

The Dayton Development Coalition has unveiled a list of proposals that advocates hope could attract federal government funding, ideas some hope could boost the Dayton area in defense, health care, education and other arenas.

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Public comments on the ideas — which can be found at — will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Comments may be sent to

After that, coalition-affiliated committees will review the ideas for final recommendations. Coalition leaders hope to have a final list of ideas ready for the organization’s annual fly-in to Washington, D.C., sometime around April 2018.

The ideas include:

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association seeks nearly $2 million to create a $4.3 million “stabilization unit and detox center” for those recovering from addiction. The association said in its application that it has “identified a significant community need to have additional detox and sobering services to not only deal with the current opioid crisis but also other substance abuse issues impacting the Dayton region.”

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The Air Force Research Lab and the Ohio Federal Research Network, led by Wright State University and Ohio State, are working with the new AFRL/Ohio beyond line of sight UAS test center in Springfield, which provides a one of a kind test environment to explore, develop and demonstrate new technologies. $15 million is sought.

Improvements to Fifth Third Field in Dayton. $3.36 million is sought as part of an overall $14.1 million project for the home of the Dayton Dragons.

Assistance in developing the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds off South Main Street. The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority seeks $4 million in a $25 million project.

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A group seeks $750,000 for the 260-foot “Triumph of Flight” monument they wish to build near the interchange of interstates 70 and 75. That’s a $21.6 million total project.

$970,000 is sought for redevelopment of the former Wright Airplane factory buildings near Home Avenue and West Third Street, in what is said to be an overall $5.2 million project.

Another idea is to transform a 6-mile abandoned rail corridor beginning in and near downtown Dayton into the “Flight Line”, a recreational multi-use trail. $2 million is sought in an overall $5 million effort.

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Sinclair Community College wants to renovate 36,000 square feet of space in the Fieldhouse/Auxiliary Gym at its downtown Dayton campus to create an “Advanced Manufacturing Center.” The college wants $3 million.

GE Aviation seeks $15 million in the $45 million search for new electrical power systems greater than 1,000 kilowatts.

And $73,000 is sought in a $139,000 effort to “further the advancement in aviation psychology via the support of the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology.” The idea is to further research at the 711th Air Force Wing and the Airman Systems Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

CareSource has new in-network deals

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

            CareSource, headquarters pictured, has new deals to be in-network with additional hospitals in Kentucky and Indiana. CONTRIBUTED
CareSource, headquarters pictured, has new deals to be in-network with additional hospitals in Kentucky and Indiana. CONTRIBUTED

CareSource has struck deals to be in-network at an Indiana hospital and a Kentucky health system.

The Dayton-based insurer primarily manages Medicaid plans but is also expanding into new territory this year with its commercial insurance line that Affordable Care Act plans.

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CareSource is the only insurer selling Affordable Care Act plans in several counties in Kentucky and Indiana, and these new deals provide for not only the availability of ACA insurance but also options for where that insurance can be used.

Fast-growing CareSource is among downtown Dayton’s anchor businesses with more than 2,000 employees in the city’s core and a second office building under construction.

The non-profit insurer that represents 1.8 million people in five states, now has deals with Louisville-based Baptist Health and Marion General Hospital, with facilities in Grant County and Miami County, Ind.

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Baptist Health, with nine hospitals and 1,100 providers, is the largest non-profit health system in Kentucky and will start accepting CareSource Affordable Care Act marketplace plans start in January.

CareSource is the only commercial insurance carrier selling plans on the marketplace in the Louisville, Lexington, Richmond and Corbin markets.

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“We are excited to expand our network with the addition of Baptist Health. This alliance provides CareSource members with greater access to more than 300 points of care and a physicians’ network of more than 1,000,” said Michael Taylor, vice president and executive director of the Kentucky Market for CareSource.

CareSource also has a deal with Marion General Hospital. CareSource will be the only Affordable Care Act option in Grant County in 2018, which is home to the hospital.

Is credit monitoring a scam?

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Clark Howard explains how to protect yourself.

With the recent massive security breach of Equifax — one of the three credit bureaus with which many may have thought their private information was safer than most — now many people are dealing with more insecurities, wondering where they can entrust their private information, if anywhere.

Here are some options:

Credit freezing

Better and cheaper than credit monitoring, an option for optimal security is freezing your credit through each of the three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion), according to WSB money expert Clark Howard at

The fee is $3 to $10 per person per bureau, depending on your state, to allow you to seal your credit reports — except now it's free with Experian from here on out due to the recent data breach.

You will be provided with a personal identification number (PIN) that only you know and can be used to temporarily unfreeze (or "thaw") your credit when legitimate applications for credit and services need to be processed such as when you are buying a car.

This added layer of security means thieves can't establish new credit in your name even if they are able to obtain your personal information.

LifeLock vs.

While LifeLock advertises it can help consumers secure their information to guard against identity theft, LifeLock charges monthly services that start at $10 a month.

This kind of credit monitoring is not the same or as effective as a credit freeze, said Craig Johnson for

Instead, he recommends for free credit monitoring.


If you haven't already frozen your credit, now would be the time since Equifax recently got hacked and the information of possibly 145.5 million people was attained by these hackers.

Information accessed primarily includes names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers.

To try to compensate, Equifax is offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring (but only through Jan. 31, 2018) with its TrustedID Premier.


Another point of confusion is the unsolicited free Dark Web Email Scan offered by Experian to your email, leading to a monthly fee for further scanning.

Experian IdentityWorks also offers a free 30-day trial membership for identity theft protection and resolution, involving a monthly automatic deduction of $9.99 for the plus plan or $19.99 for the premium plan.

It's free to cancel within the 30-day trial period, but the consequences are not revealed up front for those who decide to cancel their membership once the monthly fees begin.


The third credit bureau, TransUnion, also offers credit monitoring at $19.95 monthly. However, TransUnion says it offers free identity protection through its TrueIdentity program.

Free helpline

Those with specific questions about the Equifax breach and how it may impact them may contact Howard's Consumer Action Center — a free helpline open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday with Team Clark volunteers available to answer concerns at 404-892-8227.