A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Hilton Cincinnati Airport Hotel celebrating its major makeover with ‘Grand Opening’ on Tuesday

Staff report The Hilton Cincinnati Airport Hotel, 7373 Turfway Rd. in Florence, is celebrating its major renovation with a Grand Opening on Tuesday 3-6 p.m. Enjoy a look at the refurbished hotel by RSVPing here. The hotel features new guest rooms, restaurant, banquet and meeting event space. “This marks a new chapter for the hotel. We are providing a new look and a new experience to guests and attendees...

Still time to apply for the Kentucky Small Business tax credit but deadline is November 1

Time is limited, but Kentucky small businesses can still claim a tax credit of up to $25,000 on their 2018 tax returns. By submitting a complete application for the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program by Nov. 1, small businesses stand the best chance of receiving approval in time for their 2018 tax filings. Tax credits are available for companies that, in the past 24 months, added at least one...

Renovations begin for new loft-style apartments in former industrial building in Bellevue

The Catalytic Fund, in partnership with project investors First Financial Bank and Vision Realty, the City of Bellevue, and developers Orleans Development Company and Ashley Construction, gathered with community leaders and project supporters yesterday to celebrate the renovation of one of Bellevue’s landmark structures. The Kent Building’s redevelopment will be one of the largest-ever adaptive...

Business briefs: CVG bond rating upgraded, Erigo’s Vance to NAPEO board; CTI’s Earley promoted

CVG bond rating upgraded Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the outlook of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s (CVG) $44 million of Series 2016 bonds from stable to positive and affirmed the A2 rating previously set in March of 2016. Moody’s stated that the rating reflects strong growth in passenger and cargo volumes over the last five years at CVG.  Moody’s also pointed...

Berling named head of Enzweiler Building Institute at Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky

The Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky has named Vicki Berling Director of Professional Development and head of the Enzweiler Building Institute. Berling Berling begins her duties Monday, October 22. “The Association has found itself at the forefront of an amazing growth horizon, in part, because of our valued education partners in the community,” said Brian Miller, executive vice...

Keven Moore: Halloween treats are sweet, but beware of tricky safety hazards for pedestrians and homes

Halloween is a fun, spooky time of the year for kids, and many homeowners are willing to pay good money to decorate their homes to add a little extra fright into the night. According to the Halloween Industry Association in 2017, more than 179 million Americans participated in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million the year before. They spent an estimated $9.1 billion on candy, decorations and...

GrowthBridge Fund achieves $2M investment objective with support of Covington-based Wyzerr

The L. Ross Love GrowthBridge Fund, an investment initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator, announced that the fund has been fully disbursed through two recent investments. Malaihollo Wyzerr, Inc., a Covington-based artificial intelligence company that focuses on turning consumer, employee, and customer feedback data into tasks for the business, received $105,000...

CVG airfares are at an all-time low; passengers paying $240 less per ticket than four years ago

The U.S. Department of Transportation released its average airfare ranking report for second quarter 2018, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is again the lowest fare airport in the region. Among the top 100 U.S. domestic airports, CVG ranked #82, one of the best rankings achieved by CVG since the report was first published in 1995. Overall, airfares at CVG have dropped...

Villa Italian Kitchen 9th annual ‘Have a Slice Day’ Wednesday in honor of National Pizza Month.

Pizza lovers rejoice. Back by popular demand in honor of National Pizza Month, Villa Italian Kitchen, has announced that it is hosting its 9th annual Have A Slice Day on Wednesday. For one day only, Villa Italian Kitchen will treat pizza fanatics across the country to a free slice of cheese pizza. Guests interested in taking advantage of this amazing offer can head to www.freesliceday.com and receive...

Chef Lori wants to come to your holiday party; her catering business is Lula’s for Lunch — and More

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune Sponsored Content Editor It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are almost here. Among those already busy with preparations is Chef Lori Pierce (Lula), who advertises for the demanding time with the slogan, “We are excited to party with you this season, but book soon! Lula only has two hands!” The busy chef has been catering to the Greater Cincinnati area for more...

BBB Trends: Spooked by Halloween sales? Don’t be haunted by a poor decision

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Shopping for Halloween should be fun — not terrifying. With so many costume and decoration ideas, it’s hard to choose what to buy, and where to buy it. According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween spending for 2018 is expected to reach $9 billion, with consumers planning to spend an average of $86.79 each. According to the survey conducted by Prosper...

NKY Chamber looking for applications for Business IMPACT Awards in seven categories

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...

New City of Covington e-blast is designed to be a ‘want ad’ for commercial properties

In one group are businesses looking to move to Covington or expand here. In the other group are owners of property or buildings in the City that are available, or could be. Wanting to play matchmaker between the two, City Hall is resurrecting a bi-weekly “Real Estate Leads” e-blast to advertise interest in Covington.  “We receive two or three new inquiries every week from people...

Two NKY businesses take top prizes in 5th Annual ArtWorks’ Big Pitch: Mortal Ski and Russo’s Ravioli

Mortal Ski Company recently won the 5th Annual ArtWorks’ Big Pitch presented by U.S. Bank, receiving a $15,000 grand prize. Mortal Ski, based in Park Hills, builds skis by hand for use in regional skiing conditions. The audience choice award went to Covington-based Russo’s Ravioli.   Through the Big Pitch program, eight local businesses worked with mentors to hone their business plan and pitch...

Keven Moore: Deadly accident raises questions about limousine industry’s safety standards

This past week, 20 people were killed in an awful limousine crash in Upstate New York in what investigators are calling one of the “most deadly” transportation accidents in years. Eighteen of those victims were in the 2001 Ford Excursion limousine when it crashed into a parked SUV in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie, N.Y., and two of the victims were pedestrians,...