Mother of C-Forward employee named volunteer of the year!

Dianne Ruschman, Brian’ Ruschman’s mother, was recently named Catholic Charities volunteer of the year! Diane is a terrific lady and everyone at C-Forward is very proud of her. This recognition was well deserved! Here is the article that appeared in the local Community Recorder …

“Catholic Charities volunteer appreciation brunch was celebrated on Dec. 1 at the Madison South in Covington.

The event, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December, kicks off the holiday season with an opportunity to thank all those who so generously support the work of Catholic Charities with their gifts of time and talent.

Bill Jones, executive director, welcomed the volunteers and their guests by expressing his thanks for all they do for our staff and clients.

“Our clients are so fortunate to benefit from your help and support during what are often some of the most challenging times of their lives. It is through your support in administrative and direct services that we leverage scarce dollars. We could never provide the quantity or quality of services we offer without your help,” Jones said.

The Mother of God Folk Ensemble was on hand for the 22nd year to set the tone for the gathering providing beautiful and inspirational music and an opportunity to welcome in the season of Advent.

The agency then recognized volunteers for their service to the agency. Those celebrating anniversaries were:

• Five years, Diane Wendeln and Char Fieger

• 10 years, Lisa Gastright and Phyllis Noll.

This year Mary Gray of Boone County celebrates 30 years as a volunteer at Catholic Charities. Gray serves as the unpaid assistant volunteer coordinator with Joy Boothby. Her numerous activities with Catholic Charities include a stint as a member and president of the agency’s board. She has also served as a member CAVA, of the Board of Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home and as president of the Board of Welcome House.

The final recognition presented at the brunch was to Volunteer of the Year. This year the award has been named for Joy Boothby of Fort Thomas, the agency’s longtime volunteer coordinator who is celebrating her 40th year at Catholic Charities. Jones presented the award to Dianne Ruschman of Campbell County. Ruschman has served for 12 years as a volunteer receptionist, offering a courteous and efficient welcome to those who visit the offices of Catholic Charities

The celebration concluded with an appreciation from Bishop Roger Foys for the various ministries performed by the agency’s volunteers, particularly in this Year of Faith.”

C-Forward named a Best Places to work Finalist!

C-Forward Staff

The Business Courier named 66 finalists for the 2012 Best Places to Work program.

Best Places to Work is based on the results of anonymous employee surveys, measuring work-force engagement and finding out how employees feel about management effectiveness, trust and other workplace issues. More than 160 firms were nominated to participate in the competition, which is now in its 10th year.

Winners in five categories will be selected at a Nov. 1 afternoon event at the Duke Energy Convention Center. For more information on the event, click here.

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C-Forward employee named a Finalist for Next Generation Leader Award!

Brian Ruschman, C-Forward Sales Manager, has been named a finalist for the Next Generation Leader Award!   The annual Next Generation Leader Award winners are announced each year by Legacy and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.   This program is designed to salute and applaud the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati region’s young professionals ages 21 to 40 for significant accomplishments in their chosen professional field, as well as their commitment and contribution to the community.

C-Forward’s President, Brent Cooper, was an NGLA Finalist in 2010.   “I didn’t win, but was very honored to be named a finalist.”, said Mr. Cooper.   “My wife Lisa won and I lost, so if Brian wins I will be insanely jealous!   Seriously though, we are all very proud of Brian.  He continues to be be a terrific employee and a role model for our team.    He is very deserving of this honor.”

LEGACY is the premier organization for up-and-coming young professionals in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.    Legacy members impact the future of our region through their work on special special projects and various community initiatives.  Legacy young professionals participate in networking, social, and community-building events.  Legacy has become the voice and catalyst for young professionals throughout our region.

C-Forward receives Tri-State Success Award!

C-Forward receives Tri-State Success Award!

4/25/12 – C-Forward received the Cincinnati Magazine’s Tri-State Success Award yesterday at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati.   Founded on the premise that the Tristate’s strength as a thriving business center is built on the growth and success of its businesses, the Tristate Success Awards honored the most successful and consistent companies in the Tristate.   The keynote speaker for the event was John Barrett, President and CEO of Western & Southern Financial Group.  The event Emccee was Curtis Fuller, WLWT-TV News 5.  “We are honored to be named a 2012 success award recipient.”, said Brent Cooper, President and Owner of C-Forward.   “We have created a business that is special and unique and the “Success” we continue to achieve is due to the quality of the employees and customers we have.   We are truly blessed and grateful for the recognition.”    C-Forward has grown from 3 employees in 1999 to 25 employees today.  They saw revenues increase by 16% in 2010 and 32% in 2011.   According to Scott Johnson, C-Forward’s Vice President, this growth is due to “a real focus on customer service.  We provide a service that is personal, proactive and reliable and people have noticed. ”   According to Johnson, C-Forward’s new I.T. Help Desk solution, security offerings, and state of the art Managed Backup and Disaster Recovery solution are just some of the products that customers are looking for.   “We’ve got to make IT easy and we believe these new offerings, combined with our terrific employees, do just that.”

According to Cooper, who is also the current Chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, C-Forward’s community involvement is also a contributing factor to their success.  “People don’t care what you know, til they know that you care.” said Cooper.   “Our dedication to the community and our commitment to helping customers when they need it most is a big reason why people choose to work with us.”    C-Forward’s involvement in the community is unmatched by any small business in the Greater Cincinnati area with employee participation in numerous non-profit boards as well as contributions to Education.   As an example, C-Forward is a BEST (Business Education Success Team) Partner with James E. Biggs pre-school in Covington, dedicates employee time to mentoring kids, and regularly donates to Gateway Community and Technical College.

The following people represented C-Forward at the Tri-State Success Award event:  Brent & Lisa Cooper, Scott Johnson (V.P.), Kevin Stiverson (I.T. Manager), Mike Grout (I.T. Manager), Brian Ruschman (Sales Manager), Dale Silver (Customer Service Manager) and Ann Schrage (Office Manager).


Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber 2010 Community Involvement Award Runner Up

CINCINNATI—May 25, 2010— The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber honored the region’s top small businesses today at its fifteenth-annual Small Business Excellence Awards (SBEA) luncheon at the Millennium Hotel downtown.

World Pac Paper was named Small Business of the Year (1-50 employees) and Richards Industries took home the top honor for Small Business of the Year (51-250 employees). In total, 22 companies were recognized.

The event included the inaugural SBEA Community Involvement award, recognizing both company and employee engagement in the community and overall support of community organizations. The award was presented to Strauss & Troy.

The keynote address was delivered by Michael Monahan, the executive director of Life Success Seminars, about inspiring the leader in everyone.

The 2010 Small Business Excellence Awards winners are below.

Small Business of the Year (1-50 Employees):
Winner: World Pac Paper
Runner Up: A Caring Choice, Inc.

Small Business of the Year (51-250 Employees):
Winner: Richards Industries
Runner Up: The Matrix Companies

Emerging Business of the Year:
Winner: Muniz & Associates LLC dba Deerfield Insurance Group
Runner Up: BSI Engineering, Inc.

Minority Business of the Year:
Winner: Solica Construction, Inc.
Runner Up: Tedia Company, Inc.

Community Involvement:
Winner: Strauss & Troy
Runner Up: C-Forward

Nonprofit of the Year:
Winner: Cincinnati Works, Inc.
Runner Up: Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

10 Under 10 Winners:
(Small businesses with fewer than 10 employees recognized as a group.)
Blackbook EMG
CANSCO Supplies
Cybervise Limited
Home Services Link
Mobile TEK Consulting
Partners in Change
SRA-Senior Resources Alliance
MIXX Ultra Lounge
Tano Bistro & Catering
Village Floral Design

About the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber:
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is the nation’s fifth largest chamber, representing the interests of nearly 6,000 member businesses. Its mission is to capture Cincinnati USA as one of the world’s favorite American business centers. The Chamber serves its membership and the Cincinnati USA community through economic development, government advocacy, festivals and events, regional vision and collaboration, money-saving benefit programs, leadership and networking opportunities and educational programs. For more information, visit

For more information contact:
Chris Kemper

C-Forward wins U.S. Chamber honor

C-Forward Inc. is one of 25 companies nationwide honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce    with its Free Enterprise Honoree designation. The honor recognizes strong business practices and contributions to the economy.

“Over the past 11 years we have been supported and encouraged by our customers, community partners, friends and family and we are humbled by this designation,” said Brent Cooper, president of the Covington-based technology company, in a news release.

C-Forward, founded in 1999, acts as the network administrators for small companies that cannot afford, or do not need full-time IT professionals.

N. Ky. chamber names Emerging 30

This year`s “Emerging 30” companies in Northern Kentucky averaged an annual revenue growth rate of 91 percent and added an average of four employees, according to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber today announced its 2003 class of Emerging 30 businesses, the fastest-growing small businesses in the area. They are: ADCM Inc.; AZA Construction Inc; Bertke & Sparks CPAs; Beverly International Inc.; Blue Star Inc.; Boggs & Colvin LLC; Business Communication Services; Capital Software; Cardinal Laboratories Inc.; C-Forward Inc.; Chas. Wagner Enterprises; Christopher Financial Group; Cindy B! Realtors; dbaDirect Inc.; Donna Salyers` Fabulous-Furs; FocusMark Group LLC; Furniture Solutions; K4 Architecture LLC; Minuteman Press-Crescent Springs; Nielson & Sherry PSC; Parsons & Associates LLC; PediaMed Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Pediatric Associates PSC; Pohlgers/Shelter Insurance Agency; Regis Office Supply; Seasongood Asset Management; Select Specialties Corp.; Steinkamp Molding LP; Vector Construction Co.; and Wealth Advisors of Cincinnati LLC.

Eleven of the companies have previously been selected for the Emerging 30, with AZA Construction and Bertke & Sparks landing their fifth consecutive designation.

The competition is open to all companies over 3 years old that are headquartered in Boone, Kenton or Campbell counties, or were Northern Kentucky Chamber members that averaged at least 15 percent revenue growth over the past three years. The businesses also had to exceed $250,000 in revenue and have fewer than 150 employees.

Tech firms tie for award

By Alexander Coolidge
Post staff reporter

While their business may be technical, their success is not. Two Covington tech companies tied Tuesday in their bid to win the services award handed out by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in its annual Small Business Success Awards.
Computer-networking company C-Forward Inc. and consulting business Systems InSight Inc. shared the award in the services category. Jeff Hassan, the director of business development for Systems InSight, said the split honor between the two Covington tech companies spoke volumes about the local business sector.

“The economic vitality of the Covington tech corridor makes this is a great place to be right now,” Hassan said. He credited his company`s success to diversifying its customer services to help both large and small clients.

Brent Cooper, president of C-Forward, said his business has thrived by lavishing attention on small businesses that larger networkers ignore. As a result, his company has reaped loyalty from his 100 customers.

“Just because they`re small, doesn`t mean they aren`t great,” he said.

The awards were handed out during the chamber`s eighth annual celebration at Receptions Banquet & Conference Center in Erlanger honoring business leaders in four categories: retail, manufacturing/distribution, construction and services.

Flottman Company Inc., a printing company in Crestview Hills, won top honors in the manufacturing/distribution category. The company specializes in printing for pharmaceutical companies.

“It`s really exciting — we`re thrilled to get it,” said Sue Flottman-Steller, one of the family owners. “We`re a third-generation, family-owned company, but we`ve got longevity and some unique alliances.”

Newport`s Costume Gallery took home the retailer award. Starting in a garage in 1983, the company moved to a building on Monmouth Street, offering a large inventory of theatrical costumes for regional, stock, educational and local theaters.

Covington`s Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers PSC, a mechanical and electrical engineering firm, nabbed the trophy for construction trades. KLH is offering HVAC, electrical, fire protection, plumbing and communication technology consulting engineering services.

N. Ky. small businesses honored

Five Northern Kentucky companies were honored Tuesday as winners of Small Business Success awards from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. They include:

  • Costume Gallery for retail. Founded in 1983, the costume shop now is in Newport, with four full-time and eight part-time employees.
  • Flottman Co. Inc. for manufacturing and distribution. Founded in 1921, the printing company is in its third generation of family ownership.
  • Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers PSC for construction trades. The mechanical engineering firm started in 1955 and employs 39 people.
  • C-Forward Inc. for service. Founded in 1999, the computer networking company earned a profit in its first year.
  • Systems InSight Inc. for service. The technology-consulting firm has been in business for more than four years.

“Small businesses are a powerful force and provide a thrust to the economic engine of our nation,” chamber president Gary Toebben said.

Companies at least three years old with fewer than 100 employees and less than $5 million in annual sales were eligible for the awards.

N. Ky. ‘SUCCESS’ winners announced

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has named its 2003 Small Business SUCCESS Award winners.

This year`s recipients are:

  • Costume Gallery, in the category of retail. The Newport-based company designs and constructs costumes for regional, stock, educational and local theaters.
  • Flottman Co. Inc., in the category of manufacturing/distribution. Flottman Co. is a privately held printing company that is currently being run by third-generation family members.
  • Kohrs Lonneman Heil Engineers PSC, in the category of construction trades. KLH Engineers is a mechanical and electrical engineering firm that offers HVAC, electrical, fire protection, plumbing and communication technology consulting services.
  • In the service category, there was a tie between C-Forward Inc., a computer networking company, and Systems InSight Inc., an information technology services firm.

The SUCCESS awards program, which started in 1996, recognizes small businesses that have shown growth, financial stability, resourcefulness and creativity to excel in their industry, according to a chamber news release.

The winners were chosen from a field of 167 nominees that was whittled down to 13 finalists