Community Spotlight

September 2021

Mike's Carwash Named a Top Ohio Employer

Mikes Carwash Loveland Office

Mike’s Carwash has been recognized on the Best Employers in Ohio 2021 List in the Large Employer Category (250 or more employees). It’s the 7th time Mike’s has been honored as a top Ohio employer. 

Founded in 1948 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, the company is one of the largest exterior-only carwash chains in the United States with 30 locations across Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Mike’s prides itself on its quality service — delivering a clean, quick carwash every time, with a smile. Approximately 348 employees work in Ohio.

Mike’s Carwash operates its support office from Loveland, Ohio. The office opened in 2014 and is located in Loveland’s Commerce Park off Union Cemetery Road. 

The Best Employer in Ohio 2021 List, published by Crain’s Cleveland Business, recognized the company for its investment in its employees. The award speaks to the importance the company places on finding, training, and nurturing team members.

“We’re so proud to again be named as one of Ohio’s top employers,” said President Mike Dahm. “The award validates our commitment to building the best team in the carwash business. We work hard to create a culture that is challenging, rewarding, and especially fun for our team members. Winning this award is proof that our hard work is paying dividends.”

Mike’s offers its team members training and development; tuition reimbursement; wellness programs; and diversity training. The company was also recognized for its flexibility in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing employees to work from home as needed. 

Another hallmark of the Mike’s Carwash business model is its commitment to give back to the communities in which it does business. The company has given millions to local charities through partnerships with the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, The Anthony Munoz Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters, to name just a few. Mike’s has even supported City of Loveland events like the annual Independence Day Celebration.

Adds Dahm: “As committed corporate citizens, we believe it is important to support causes that are vital to the towns in which we do business. In particular, we’re humbled to be able to partner with so many wonderful organizations that support the neediest of all — our children.”

To learn more about the Best Employers in Ohio 2021 List, click here. To learn more about Mike’s Carwash, please click here

August 2021

CancerFree KIDS Hosts a Fitness and Fundraising Challenge 


“The 100 Mile Challenge is a fitness and fundraising campaign. This is the first year for the event,” said Cari Speed, Marketing Manager of CancerFree KIDS.

Participants are challenged to complete 100 miles of activity (walk, run, cycle, swim, skate, etc.). As participants complete the physical challenge, they are encouraged to reach out to friends and family to raise $100 to help kids with cancer. CancerFree KIDS ensures that 100% of fundraising dollars will go toward pediatric cancer research.

In addition to the individual challenge, there is also a corporate challenge. Businesses can compete to have the largest team (most individuals) conquer the challenge. The winning company will receive a grant named in its honor in CancerFree KIDS’ 2022 grant cycle.

This September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, about 1,290 kids in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, the leading cause of death by disease in children. They join thousands currently in treatment and hundreds of thousands more who have previously battled cancer. 

However, despite these numbers, research for childhood cancer is severely underfunded. Only 4% of the federal research budget is dedicated to pediatric cancer; none of which funds new, innovative ideas. The 100 Mile Challenge exists to spread awareness and to raise funds to fuel CancerFree KIDS' mission to get such new, innovative ideas off the ground. 

A $25 registration fee covers the costs of the program, including a t-shirt, finisher certificate, and medal upon completion of the challenge. All participants will be invited to join the 100 Mile Challenge Facebook Page to connect with others and plan meet-ups to hit the mileage goal.

Founded in 2002 by Loveland residents Ellen and Sam Flannery, CancerFree KIDS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that funds innovative childhood cancer research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio). In July 2021, the organization announced its latest and largest round of funding — $1 million in grants — that will fund 19 research studies at Cincinnati Children’s and Nationwide Children’s. 

“My husband, Sam, and I were motivated to action when our 5-month-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer in both of her eyes. Today, that baby is a healthy college student because of cancer research. CancerFree KIDS developed out of our family’s experience into a deepening commitment among thousands to fight and end childhood cancer through research. Our goal is to give every kid a chance to grow up healthy and cancer-free,” wrote Ellen Flannery, Founder of CancerFree KIDS, on the organization's website.

To learn more and to sign up for the 100 Mile Challenge, please visit

To learn more about CancerFree Kids, please visit If you would like to make a donation to pediatric cancer research, donations can be made online or sent by mail to CancerFree Kids, PO Box 575, Loveland, OH 45140. 

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