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BBB Trends: Naughty, not nice — watch for scammers (the Scrooges!) this holiday season

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The 2018 holiday season is here and with it comes an abundance of activities – like trimming trees, decking the halls, and plenty of to-do lists. This provides scammers plenty of perfect opportunities to use people’s distraction for their own gain. Some scam artists got an early start, swapping out UPC codes on the backside of gift cards with fake ones...

Kentucky investment to lure Top Chef is paying off — in terms of major exposure for food, culture, tourism

Kentucky’s partnership with the creators of “Top Chef” seems to be paying off, at least in terms of major exposure for the Commonwealth’s food, culture and tourism possibilities. In addition to the show touring the state and having contestants compete using ingredients from around the commonwealth, episodes highlight various Kentucky restaurants, chefs and hidden gems. The show is about crowning...

J.D.’s Food Mart on Burlington Pike is now a U-Haul Company of Kentucky neighborhood dealer

U-Haul Company of Kentucky has announced that J.D.’s Food Mart has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Burlington community. J.D.’s Food Mart at 2483 Burlington Pike will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. The arrival of U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 provides a more convenient, more secure way to pick up and return a truck....

Carespring Northern Kentucky sites recognized by Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities

At a recent statewide quality awards banquet held at the Galt House, Highlandspring of Fort Thomas and Villaspring of Erlanger received awards and recognition by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) and the Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KCAL) for outstanding care and quality. Highlandspring of Fort Thomas (provided photo) “It is a privilege to honor caregivers for the...

Keven Moore: Office holiday parties are fun, but businesses need appropriate safeguards

It’s that time of year again – when office and businesses all across the country get together to eat, drink and be merry for their annual Holiday Party. Hollywood has scripted multiple classic movies with Christmas office parties into the plot from the 1947 classic “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart, the 1988 thriller “Die Hard,” starring Bruce Willis, and the most recent...

AG: Christmas scammers posing as retailers use fake emails to steal personal and financial information

Attorney General Andy Beshear warns that Kentuckians shopping online this Christmas season should be on the lookout for scam emails. An example of a fake email message provided by the Office of the Attorney General (Click to enlarge). With Christmas shopping in full swing, and the National Retail Federation predicting spending to increase by more than 4 percent this season, Kentuckians say they are...

NKY Chamber to host “Where We Stand” legislative agenda reception at Devou Golf and Event Center

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) will host its annual “Where We Stand” legislative preview reception on Tuesday, December 18 at Devou Golf & Event Center (1201 Park Drive, Covington). Cooper The Legislative Preview will feature a panel discussion with Senator Chris McDaniel, Chairman of Appropriations and Revenue; Representative Diane St. Onge, Chairman of Small Business...

BBB Trends: Protect your holiday packages from being stolen; porch pirates threaten holiday cheer

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Online shopping is a great time saver during the holiday season but the shipped packages left on the doorstep provide a great opportunity for theft. According to insurancequotes.com, 26 million Americans have had holiday packages stolen from their homes since 2015. This often happens because people aren’t home when items are delivered, allowing thieves...

NKY Chamber takes on two particular focuses key to area’s economy — transportation and small business

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter This fall, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce took on two focuses that are key to the area’s economy: transportation and small businesses. The two go hand-in-hand, according to Brent Cooper, President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He said he sees it as the Chamber’s job to help keep small business owners informed of disruptions,...

Applications now being accepted for Northern Kentucky Chambers’ IMPACT Awards

Each year the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) recognizes local businesses through its Business IMPACT Awards, presented by Huntington Bank. The awards recognize businesses – small and large, new and long-standing – impacting the Northern Kentucky community through innovation, creativity, strong business practices, and leadership. The NKY Chamber is currently accepting...

Rare white alligators, Snowball and Snowflake, explore new home at Newport Aquarium 

Newport Aquarium’s rare white alligators got an early Christmas present from Scuba Santa today – a new home. Provided photos Snowball and Snowflake were just introduced to the largest habitat in Gator Alley. After months of work on the space Newport Aquarium’s animal care team welcomed Snowball and Snowflake into their new home known as Legend of the White Gators. Snowball and Snowflake are two...

Keven Moore: Christmas shopping means toys for the kids, but beware of unsafe gift items

This is the week after Thanksgiving, and if you survived Black Friday with only sleep deprivation and a couple of bruises you should consider yourself lucky. Christmas time is what retailers live for, and toys are always a hot item on most people’s shopping list. According to Toy Association.org, the total toy industry is approximately $27 billion in the U.S. market alone and year-end sales data...

meetNKY employee accused of embezzling millions waives preliminary hearing; case goes to grand jury

NKyTribune staff Bridget Johnson waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Kenton District Court. The case now goes to the grand jury, which has 60 days to hear the case.  Johnson Johnson, former director of finance for meetNKY/Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau (the CVB), was arrested by Covington police Nov. 16, for her alleged role in a sophisticated criminal activity that resulted...

Small Business Saturday was big success around the country: Record levels of spending reported

The ninth annual Small Business Saturday kicked off the holiday shopping season for consumers and small, independently owned businesses with record levels of reported spending. Total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion, according to data released from the 2018 Small Business...

BBB Trends: All is calm, all is bright — but here are a few tips to keep at least some control of the chaos

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The hectic pace of the holidays is here. With it comes to do lists, family visits, holiday shopping, and get-togethers with friends. It’s also a time when our attention gets diverted away from checking important little details like our how our personal information is being used, what wi-fi connection we’re using and not quite checking out charity requests....