A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky-based Space Tango’s launch is first step to commercializing microgravity research

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched Space Tango payloads on Commercial Resupply Services – 10 (CRS-10) on Feb. 19 from Cape Canaveral, Fla. “Space Tango is a leader of a rapidly growing entrepreneurial space industry in Kentucky,” shared Kris Kimel (kkimel@kstc.com), Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation president and Space Tango chairman. The state of Kentucky continues...

BBB Trends: Is it a scam or a sales pitch? Be skeptical, proactive — and remember Scam Tracker

The constant reporting of scams from all angles – phone, email, online, and in person – can make a person nervous to accept anything at face value. Even if all precautions are taken to protect personal data, it can seem like every solicitation is an attempt to steal important information. While being vigilant is important, an overactive sense of unease can cause problems when a legitimate...

Study shows small business owners say ‘regulations’ are a major problem — costly and confusing

Roughly half of all small business owners say regulations are a “very serious” or “somewhat serious problem,” according to new research by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “Small business owners are drowning in regulations imposed by every level of government,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “It’s a major problem affecting millions of businesses,...

Keven Moore: Threat of vehicle-ramming attacks could take place anywhere — always be alert

In the America’s heartland, many of us live out our everyday lives without the worry of terrorist striking close to our towns and cities, simply believing that the threat of terrorism will not visit their own home town or city. Since 911 our government has successfully thwarted similar attacks on a grand scale, but they have been unsuccessful at stopping them entirely, as terrorists today have changed...

BBB Trends: Beware of job offers online — some sites just aren’t what they are pretending to be

Any job offers extended from www.rds-usa.com should not be accepted. BBB learned that the domain for the website is registered in Hong Kong and isn’t the site it’s pretending to be. The fake website has details designed to make it look like it represents a local company – Rapid Delivery Service, a BBB Accredited Business – but it’s actually based in China and doesn’t have anything...

Newport Business Association’s annual meeting to be held February 22; members are free

The Newport Business Association(NBA) Annual Meeting and Presentation of Awards is Wednesday, February 22 at the Newport Syndicate/Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar 18 East 5th Street. Four businesses/individuals will be recognized for their outstanding contribution to the Newport Business Association and the City of Newport. Schedule: 6 p.m.      Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and cash bar 7...

Panelists tell NKY Chamber Eggs ‘N Issues crowd workplace wellness is about promoting a culture

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The economics of wellness was the topic at the monthly Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues discussion at Receptions in Erlanger Tuesday. Trey Grayson, left, president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, moderated Tuesday discussion on workplace wellness at Tuesday,s Eggs ‘N Issues. Panelists included, (l to r) William...

Urban Market and Stella Artois Bar now open in Concourse A at CVG

CVG is celebrating the grand opening of a new food and beverage option, Urban Market and Stella Artois Bar, now open in Concourse A. The new 775-square-foot space is located by Gate A16. It is open daily serving a selection of breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and bento boxes that include a variety of fruits, vegetables and cheeses. It also serves a variety of beverages including soft drinks,...

Kona Ice’s “Going Pro” conference features NKy NFL pro, Shaun Alexander

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter Back in 2007 when Kona Ice founder Tony Lamb held his first conference with his franchisees, he had a $250 marketing budget and about 70 people attend. It’s no stretch to say that Kona Ice has come a long way since that first convention. This year marks ten years since Kona Ice, a mobile, Hawaiian-style shaved ice franchise based in Florence, rolled out its...

Dollar General store now open in Verona; official grand opening event Saturday includes giveaways

Dollar General’s newest store at 2800 Verona Mudlick Road in Verona is now open.  In its new location, Dollar General will offer area residents a convenient place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices. Dollar General will celebrate the store’s official grand opening Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals.  Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store...

BBB Trends: Let me call you sweetheart anytime of the year, but beware — tricksters are out there

Sweetheart scammers are con artists who prey on lonely people by pretending to fall in love with them in order to win their trust and steal their money. While sweetheart scams can happen face-to-face, today’s sweetheart scams often take place online. Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing because it doesn’t just happen on Valentine’s Day but throughout the year. Online dating and smartphone...

Second HOLLER brings craft whiskey and beer from around the state to New Riff Distillery on April 15

New Riff Distilling will once again host HOLLER, a second-annual event that brings members of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, and more together to celebrate the passion, history, and art of making great Kentucky whiskey and beer. HOLLER will be held at New Riff Distillery Event Center on April 15 from 6-10 p.m. HOLLER attendees will sample fine spirits, whiskey...

Chamber identifies finalists for its Business Impact Awards; winners celebrated on March 29

The NKY Chamber of Commerce will honor businesses at the Business Impact Awards on March 29 from 4–6 p.mm at Drees Pavilion. The Business Impact Awards recognize businesses in our region making an impact through innovation, creativity, strong business practices and leadership in eight different categories – Micro Businesses, Small Businesses, Large Businesses, Manufacturing & Logistics, Bon...

Tenth Annual Cincinnati Beerfest features 500 craft beers, food vendors, and live music, has roots in NKy

NKyTribune staff The Cincinnati Beerfest – a two-day celebration of craft beer – will celebrate its tenth anniversary when it returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati for a two day event, beginning Friday, Feb. 17. A crowd of more than 17,000 attended the 2016 Cincy Beerfest (provided photos) Breweries, beer enthusiasts, and fun seekers will gather for the region’s...

Weekly ‘CBC Connects’ meetings help participants develop relationships, share skills and information

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A group of business leaders from throughout the region are meeting once a week to work on ways to make themselves, and Northern Kentucky, better. The Covington Business Council’s CBC Connects meetings take place every Wednesday morning at the Gateway Community and Technical College Center for Technology, Innovation and Enterprise (TIE) on Madison Avenue. Frew The...