Blue Ash Tenant Spotlight: Simon Accounting Services

Raven Simon is new to CMC’s The Perfect Small Office, Blue Ash! She is a CPA and has had a passion for numbers for as long as she can remember. She started doing her own taxes in high school which lead to doing taxes for friends and family. After doing work here and there, Raven took the leap and opened her own business where she can be more organized. She’s been an official CPA for four years and has been working as one full-time for a year and a half now.

Raven has earned her title after years of schooling. Attending Clemson University in South Carolina to earn her bachelor’s degree in accounting was just the beginning of her education journey. She then went on to earn her Master’s and take her CPA Exam. Raven eventually moved to Ohio to work for GE, where she has planted her roots and decided to open her own business as Raven S. Simon, CPA.

Just by spending a few moments with Raven, you can tell she’s so passionate about what she does. She loves people and she loves numbers, so being a CPA is perfect for her! Raven stated that “numbers tell a story” and her inner teacher wants to help her clients understand what the numbers mean.

Every business at some point will need an accountant and Raven sees quite a variety of people! Anyone from contractors and construction workers to hair stylists and restaurants to dentists and chiropractors. Some clients are only clients during tax season while the majority of her clients are monthly customers.

When it comes to the future, Raven has no plans of slowing down! She plans on working her way to the top until she has her very own skyscraper. She hopes to eventually expand where she can hire a receptionist, auditors, and interns that she can pass her knowledge along to.

While Raven is dedicated to her career and business, she loves to have fun! She enjoys reading and has become quite outdoorsy! Hiking and traveling the world are just a couple of her many interests! Her favorite place to visit being Barcelona!

Raven understands that the majority of small business owners also have a full time job along with running their own business, so she has set her hours accordingly to meet her clients needs! She is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 7 pm. You can get ahold of her by emailing, phone call, or social media!

Instagram: @SimonAccounting



Phone: 513-909-9733

Tenant Spotlight Perfect Small Office Beechmont: Symmetry Fitness Pilates

The Tenant Spotlight at The Perfect Small Office Beechmont this month is Symmetry Fitness Pilates. Here are a few words from the owner and entrepreneur, Laurel:

Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” He is the man responsible for what he called Contrology, what we refer to today as, Pilates.  I discovered my passion for pilates after the birth of my son in 2004.  My instructor at the time inspired me to take my love for the movement and turn it into a career.

In the summer of 2006, I began a four-month intensive instructor training course. After becoming certified in 2006, I worked at many studios throughout the Cincinnati area.  During this time I also earned certifications for the following: Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist, Barre Above Instructor, Cardio Kickboxing Instructor, and AMPD Kettlebell Instructor.

In April, of 2018, I decided to step out on my own and open my own studio, Symmetry Fitness Pilates.  Our classes utilize specific, guided exercises to create a more balanced, proportioned body. Regular attendees will work towards better posture and body alignment, increased strength and flexibility. Exercises on the reformer and other apparatus will increase, not just core strength, but provide overall toning of the body. Whether you are new to exercise, or a seasoned athlete, you will be guided to increase your balance, control, and efficiency of movement.  Currently, I offer pilates reformer classes, barre/pilates combination classes, Tabata/pilates combination classes, and pilates jump board classes.  This variety allows all levels of participants to find something to challenge them.


Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.  In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body.”  I hope to inspire my clients to connect with their bodies and carry what they gain through their classes into their daily lives.

Sabrina Shouse

Name: Sabrina Shouse, Manager

Title: Property Manager

Length of Employment: June 2017

Random fun fact: I am a dual citizen of the United States and Germany.

Listen Up!

Do you listen to reply or do you listen to understand?

Believe it or not, but the skill of listening is actually very difficult to master.  Most people only hear their own side of the conversation rather than taking in what the other person is saying.  People will already have what they are going to respond with next at bat before they listen to what the other side has to say.  This isn’t listening, it’s just hearing.  Listening is when you actively hear what the other person is contributing to the conversation and building of what they had to say.

You’re only listening for what you want to hear.

We tend to pick out aspects of a conversation that support our pre-existing beliefs, values, or perceptions.  This is confirmation bias, when doing this it is like you have a filter and only what you are looking for makes it through to your brain.  Your brain shifts between different questions as someone is talking and you only focus on what you want to hear.  This happens because essentially, your brain is bored.  People talk at a much slower rate than what your brain can process.  Thus, you start thinking of other things while you already have your opinion. So, whatever the other person says will only have a small amount of information trickle its way into your opinion.

Start Listening and Communication Grows

Take in everything someone has to say.  Actively listen to EVERYTHING they are talking about before you have your answer or your contribution to the conversation.  Would you want someone to not hear you out and not care about what you say?  It can be very frustrating to not be able to give your own input.  When dealing with clients or employees, you truly need to listen to them.  Business will crumble if you do not learn to listen and not to just hear.

How to be Better at Listening

-Try to remove any distractions.  This can include your phones, electronics, or even other people.

-Listen for the big picture, don’t focus on specific details.

-Don’t interrupt.  Let the other person finish before you jump to conclusions.

-Be open minded to what the other person has to say.

-Try to play the devil’s advocate.  Listen to the other side and try to see where they are coming from.  They could make some good points!


Find more quick tips to help you listen better at

Tips to Have a Happy Work Life (Part 3)

Work can be your happy place.

This is the final set of tips for having a happy work life!  Before, we have talked about ways to keep yourself from imploding and to make your work environment benefit you.  This time it is about your planning and how what you do now can benefit you later.  Make your future self look back and say, “Hey! Thanks past me for thinking ahead!”  It doesn’t necessarily have to be planning ahead but also handling tasks in a more organized way, figuring out what your issues are and correcting them, and giving yourself something to look forward to.  All of these will make it so much easier to leave your bed that is coincidentally more comfortable in the morning than throughout the night…

Have Long-Term Plans

This is a major point to make for small business owners!  Why would you have started your own business if not thinking about how it will benefit you in the long run?  You should always keep the future in mind because this will give you more motivation for the work you have now.  Always have goals that are planned 5, 10, or even 20 years down the line and you will always have something to keep working for.

Stop Multitasking

Stop telling yourself that you are amazing at multitasking.  Our brains actually cannot focus on multiple projects at a time.  Even if you think you are able to, your brain is actually struggling to keep switching back and forth since it only truly focuses on a single thing.  Did you know it can take up to 4 times longer for you to focus on the new situation at hand than to just finish the first?  You also retain less information when you keep switching subjects.  Keep it up and you will be mentally exhausted and this will make it hard for you to find work enjoyable.  Give the old noggin a break and only focus on one thing at a time.

Click here to check out this article on multitasking!

Have a Purpose

Are you doing what you love?  Can you see yourself for doing this the rest of your life?  These are very important questions to ask yourself.  If you are going to start thinking long-term then you need to be doing something that makes you happy.  Sometimes not having a happy work life is because of something you are doing, it could just be that you don’t love your job.  Okay, Love is a pretty strong word, but you should at least like your job.  It’s never too late to be doing what you enjoy!

Reflect and Reward

Everyday you should reflect on what you did that day and decide if the were a positive or negative experience.  Maybe even record these moments like in a notebook or on you computer!  If something was negative, then think of ways you could have made it positive.  This problem-solving will help you how to handle in similar future situations!  If you have some positive experiences then reward yourself.  Get yourself those Skittles you’ve been craving, go out to dinner with your significant other or some friends, or just buy yourself something you have been putting off for some time.  Do the larger rewards whenever you have larger positive experiences so it will be more worth it.  You will look forward to these little rewards and make you more eager to work.


Use these tips to make your work life happier.  Hopefully this will just make your personal life a lot better too!  You spend so much time at work so you shouldn’t have to be miserable there.

Empower yourself and choose to be happy.


Blue Ash Tenant Spotlight: Ramah Sports Academy


Could you imagine spending THIRTY years at camp?  Well, this is exactly what our tenant, Yoni Shear, has done.  Yoni is the Associate Director for Ramah Sports Academy (RSA), which is the newest Ramah Camp affiliated with the  Conservative Movement of Judaism.  RSA is a Jewish sports camp that specializes in sports for campers who are entering 5th – 11th grades.  RSA will be located on the campus of Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT and will be utilizing Fairfield’s athletic fields and facilities.  Their winter office is based out of New York and Yoni is presently recruiting around the country for enrolling campers. Cincinnati is a great location for him to achieve this.  Ramah Sports Academy is centered around the camper’s care, health, safety, and high level of athletic practice.


Yoni is an alumni of the University of Kansas, majoring in athletic training.  His sports education led him to an opportunity to be an athletic trainer for the University of Kansas Men’s basketball team.  He also has a masters degree in Jewish Education from the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.  Yoni has been a Jewish educator in several places including the Rockwern Academy here in Cincinnati.  How did he come upon his position with Ramah Sports Academy?  He started going to Camp Ramah in the Poconos when he was only 7 years old and he just never left!  He has always been involved with Camp Ramah, but just in January of 2017 he became a full-time employee of the Ramah Sports Academy, a dream come true!

Currently, Ramah Sports Academy is open for enrollment and again this is for children entering 5th – 11th grade.  They are also hiring staff, including coaches, with college experience being a requirement for head coaches and high school varsity experience for the assistant coaches.

RSA’s culture is focused on winning, but Yoni and Ramah Sports Academy want to teach children that winning is not the only factor in sports.  They provide a culture that spends less time emphasizing winning and more time creating a sense of community and teamwork.  This explains why people like Yoni never want to leave – the camp feel like family.