Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Business Signs

Mathias Denman, Colonel Robert Patterson, and Israel Ludlow founded the city of Cincinnati in 1788.  Its original surveyor, John Filson, named it ‘Losantiville’ but Arthur St. Clair, the governor of the Northwest Territory, changed the name in 1790.  St. Clair named it after the Society of the Cincinnati, of which he was a member.  This society, founded in 1783, was created in order “to preserve the ideals and fellowship of the officers of the Continental Army who served in the American Revolutionary War.”

The society itself was named after a Consul of the Ancient Roman Republic, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, who left his farm to serve as temporary dictator during a time of need.  Once this need was met (two weeks later), Cincinnatus promptly gave up his powers and returned to his farm.  George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and first President of the United States, was often compared, favorably, to this ancient historical figure, after declining to become a quasi king of America following the Revolution.

According to a 2013 US Census estimate, the city of Cincinnati has a population of 297,517 people.  It is the third largest city in the state of Ohio and the 65th largest city in the country.  The Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to that same 2013 estimate, has a population of 2,137,406 people, which makes it the 28th largest in the United States.

The Cincinnati area serves as the headquarters for nine companies on the Fortune 500 and fifteen companies on the Fortune 1000.  These companies include Proctor & Gamble, The Kroger Company, and Macy’s Inc.  The Cincinnati area has other companies on these lists, and others, such as Mitsubishi Automatic Electric America, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Fifth Third Bank, First Financial Bank, Ashland, Inc., Cintas, Convergys, Omnicare, Lee Sheet Metal & Roofing, Chemed, LCA-Vision, WellPoint, Inc., United States Playing Card Company, AK Steel, Milacron, American Financial Group, Cincinnati Financial Corporation, E.W. Scripps Company, Cincinnati Bell, Frisch’s Restaurants, Inc., and Winegardner and Hammons.

In a 2011 report by Cincinnati USA Partnership, it was stated the largest employer in the city is Kroger, which is responsible for 17,000 jobs.  The second largest employer in Cincinnati is the University of Cincinnati, which employs 15,162 people.

Cincinnati isn’t all about business, however.  The city has often been called the “Chili Capital of America” and “the World”.  This is because, according to an MSN report, it “has more chili restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation or world.”  Famous Cincinnati chili restaurants include Skyline Chili, Gold Star Chili, Camp Washington Chili, and Dixie Chili and Deli.

Cincinnati is also home to several annual events such as Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Bockfest, and the Taste of Cincinnati.  The city is famous as one of the American birthplaces of Reform Judaism, which was developed by English and German immigrants to the city, “in response to the influences of the Enlightenment and making their new lives in the United States.”  Cincinnati also features Fountain Square, which serves as a cultural cornerstone for the area.  This Square was built in 1871 and its centerpiece is the Tyler Davidson Fountain.

Cincinnati is home to two major professional sports teams.  The NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals play at Paul Brown Stadium.  MLB’s Cincinnati Reds, founded in 1882, play at Great American Ball Park.  The Reds have won five World Series Championships.

Do you own a small business in the Cincinnati area?  Are you thinking about it?  These resources may help you:

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