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Covington Business Council Annual Dinner includes a new twist this year and honor for Brent Cooper

One of the major social events on Covington’s business calendar every year returns Thursday evening, August 8, at the Madison Events Center.

It’s the Covington Business Council’s Annual Dinner — this year with an honor and then a twist.

The honor – Covington Business Council is proud to announce it will honor Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brent Cooper with the Annual Founders Award at the dinner. Brent is arguably the cheerleader for business and prosperity in Northern Kentucky and the chief voice for business advocacy.

He is passionate about Covington, founding the highly successful C-Forward IT Solutions in the city. He is one of the organizers of a new major conference coming to the riverfront in early October.

Then the twist – instead of the traditional keynote speaker the event will feature an MC (Mistress of Ceremonies in this case) iconic Master Mixologist Molly Wellman. She will lead attendees on a tour and taste of bourbon and the impact it has on our region, such as:


* More than 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky,

* Overall economic impact to the Commonwealth $8.6 BILLION,

* The 2018 launch by meetNKY
of the B-Line, a cooperative collection of three bourbon distilleries and eleven bars and restaurants in Northern Kentucky (https://findyoursippingpoint.com/)

Covington and Newport will be the site this fall of the First Annual Kentucky’s Edge Bourbon Conference and Festival October 4-5, which organizers hope will become the “South By Southwest for Bourbon,” giving a nod to the noted Austin, TX-based music festival that has become a gathering of nearly half a million people engaged in creative pursuits


“We are incredibly excited to have Molly Wellman be our tour guide for the important role Covington and all of Northern Kentucky is playing in this phenomenon,” said CBC Executive Director Pat Frew. “For those who have attended the Annual Dinner in the past, you realize this is essentially a big party — a chance for business leaders to renew acquaintances and have a great time.

Given the importance being placed currently on Kentucky’s signature adult beverage, we thought taking more of a casual approach to content was in order for this year’s program. This will be a fun night that you won’t want to miss,” added Frew.

Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner will begin with cocktail Hour at 5:30 at the Madison Events Center, 700 Madison Avenue with Dinner and Program running from 6:30-8 p.m.

Table sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $125 for members, $150 for future CBC members.

Free Parking is available at Hotel Covington and on-street.

The Covington Business Council provides access to opportunity and growth. Its mission is to actively promote and build a positive business environment in Covington. Since 2010 the CBC has seen membership and programming grow dramatically with membership reaching 400 companies and networking activities surpassing 100 annually.

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