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Covington Small Business program sees record activity; officials find extra money to fund 12 projects

Eager to help its small businesses, the City of Covington over the last two years has quadrupled the money it sets aside for first-year rent subsidies and exterior improvement incentives. Proposed small-business incentive awards during the fourth round of funding come from nine neighborhoods — fulfilling the City’s goal of spreading out the economic energy. But given the surge of businesses...

NKU’s INKUBATOR selects the 2019 startup class; adds Entrepreneur in Residence mentors

Northern Kentucky University has announced the INKUBATOR Class of 2019. Eight new startups will spend the summer in an elite, university business accelerator program. In this year’s class, 63 percent of start-ups are led by female founders, with 75 percent of them led by female or minority founders. The INKUBATOR, housed in the Haile/US Bank College of Business, is an internationally ranked 12-week...

Mall Road Menards Mega Store to open Tuesday, June 18; last anchor for Florence Heights project

NKyTribune staff The new Florence Menards Mega Store, located at 5000 Apex Lane (North of US Highway 42, off of Mall Road) will open for business on Tuesday, June 18. With the opening of this new store, Florence and the surrounding communities will have the opportunity to experience all of the shopping conveniences that Menards has to offer.  “We are all really excited about the new store,” says...

Business Briefs: NKY Chamber hosts generational workforce workshop; CTI expands again

On Thursday, July 11, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) invites business leaders, managers, and supervisors, as well as human resource professionals to attend: “Igniting Passion within Employees: Designing Organizations for the Workforce of the Future.” Dr. Angela Crawford, Dean of the College of Business at Thomas More University, will lead the session and share research...

North American Properties reveals renderings of the reimagined Newport on the Levee

Cincinnati-based North American Properties (NAP) unveiled the first glimpse at its plans to transform Newport on the Levee into a regional attraction welcoming new dining options, authentic experiences, inviting spaces, and vibrant events that can entertain guests for 18 hours a day. The 360,000-square-foot development was purchased by NAP in December 2018. The renderings, designed by Reztark Design...

BBB Trends: Put the bite on fake pet-sitting gigs — be sure you know who you are dealing with

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Looking for a pet sitter? (NKyTribune photo) If you’re a pet sitter and receive a request to watch a potential client’s pet, make sure you know who you’re dealing with. Help Wanted The scam works like this: the pet sitter receives an urgent request by email or text to watch a beloved pet. The message includes basic information like length of time they’re...

NKITA hosts session on incident response policies following a cyber security breach

Northern Kentucky International Trade & Affairs will host its next session on cybersecurity and incident response policies at C-Forward from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. Frost Brown Todd attorney, Victoria Beckman, will present information about developing, implementing, and executing incident response policies after a security breach. Continuing Legal Education Credits are pending...

Leadership Kentucky announces members selected for its 2019 class; includes NKyians

Leadership Kentucky, currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is proud to announce the members of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2019.   Leadership Kentucky, the organization’s flagship program, is made up of seven three-day sessions where participants gather to gain insight on the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its challenges and opportunities. Throughout the sessions, class members will meet...

Keven Moore: Taking the fun out of everything — but inflatables can be dangerous; be watchful

How dangerous are inflatable slides or bounce houses? Well, that depends on if you ask my college-aged daughter Amanda who had an incident that would cause most kids to develop a phobia of inflatables. This incident occurred when she was just 4-years-old playing alone inside an inflatable moonwalk right next to us as my wife and I were watching our oldest daughter compete in a softball game. We were...

Northern Kentucky Chamber and Catalytic Fund announce new public art and wayfinding project

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) and the Catalytic Fund have partnered for the NKY Bourbon Barrel Project to combine public art and wayfinding and celebrate Kentucky’s Edge Bourbon Festival and BLINK. This effort will match the business community with local artists to create custom painted bourbon barrels, each with a solar lighting feature.  When complete, the barrels...

Ag Commissioner Quarles wants farmers to be treated fairly, farmers want trade over aid

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the new tariffs announced by President Donald Trump are about fairness to farmers. Speaking to reporters this week, Quarles said since taking office, he has been an advocate for policies that “give American farmers access to other countries, and that we’re also treated fairly and equally compared to other countries.” He said...

CLEAR opens 30th airport location with launch at CVG; technology eases trip though airport security

CLEAR, the secure identity company using biometrics to build a frictionless and secure world, launched at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), the 30th airport in its nationwide network.  With CLEAR, travelers can verify their identity with a tap of the finger or the blink of an eye so they can get through security and on their way quickly and easily. CLEAR is changing the way...

BBB Trends: Be aware of some common summertime scams — and please avoid them; here are some tips

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Before stowing the winter coat and slathering on the sunscreen, read up about some common summertime scams, and be on the watch for those that might be targeting you. Concert and Festival Tickets Food, fun and music just go together during the summer months. If you haven’t already, you’ll be seeing plenty of postings for food, art and music events on various...

Kentucky home sales not hampered by near record-low inventory; pricing comparable to 2018

The number of homes available for sale continues to slide in Kentucky. That figure sits at a near-record low of 3.5 months, which is the time it would take to sell off all listed homes if no others were added to the market. This fact hasn’t seemed to slow down sales just yet, however. April 2019 saw 4,581 homes sold which is up half a percent over April 2018’s figure of 4,552. Year-to-date, homes...

DHL Express strengthens its intercontinental fleet with new fuel-efficient Boeing 777 Freighter

The first of the 14 new Boeing 777 Freighters ordered by DHL Express has joined the DHL fleet. DHL 777 Freighter Delivery Cruise, Ribbon Cuttiing & Flyaway On Saturday, May 25, the airplane took off from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), its future home operating base. Clad in DHL’s yellow and red, the brand new 777 with the registration number N-705GT departed to Bahrain...