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 CincinnatiChamber.com.

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.