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Horizon Community Funds, Aviatra Accelerators join to support region’s female entrepreneurial efforts

Aviatra Accelerators and Horizon Community Funds have launched a new fund to bolster Aviatra’s work in shaping entrepreneurial passions to build sustained success in Northern Kentucky. “Aviatra is a tremendous catalyst for female entrepreneurs,” said Horizon Community Funds President Nancy Grayson. “When we introduce opportunities to truly grow, thrive, and sustain to our entrepreneurs, our...

Applications open for Chamber’s Business Impact Awards recognizing local business

Each year, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) recognizes local business leaders and innovators through its Business Impact Awards program, presented by Huntington Bank. The awards recognize businesses – small and large, new and long-standing – that are positively impacting the Northern Kentucky community through innovation, creativity, strong business practices, and leadership.   Applications...

BrightView acquires four Renew Recovery Centers in Kentucky, including Crestview Hills location

BrightView, a comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment provider with 28 locations throughout Ohio and Kentucky, has acquired Renew Recovery Centers with locations in Louisville, Georgetown, London, and Crestview Hills. All four locations officially began operating as BrightView centers on Jan. 1. Originally opened in 2014 in London, Renew Recovery was founded to address the opioid epidemic overwhelming...

Heil brothers to develop Altura Estates custom-homes on site of former Campbell boys home

Brothers Ken, Bob and Joe Heil — south Newport natives who operate some of Northern Kentucky’s best-known businesses — have purchased the former Campbell Lodge Boys Home property and plan to develop the site into Altura Estates, a custom-home community that offers spectacular views of the Ohio River valley. Nestled atop a lush vista 300 feet above the river and surrounded by deep woods...

‘Born banker’ Lytle Thomas returns to his roots as president of First National Bank of Kentucky

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune Editor A “born banker,” Lytle Thomas is returning to his roots after a sojourn in tech entrepreneurship — and is bringing his new bank to the Northern Kentucky community as well. Thomas has been named the First National Bank of Kentucky’s (FNBKY) sixth president in its 139 year history. The bank, based in Carrollton, will be moving its banking headquarters...

As Kentucky legislative session begins this week, here are various legislative priorities

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky As the Kentucky legislature convenes this week, here are the various priorities of legislative leaders, the Governor and various Chambers of Commerce: Legislative Leaders Share Goals Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker David Osborne recently shared their policy goals at the Kentucky Chamber’s Legislative Preview Conference. The need for a one-year state...

Chamber’s first Eggs ‘N Issues webinar of the new year will preview General Assembly on Jan. 19

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber)  has announced the date for its first Eggs ‘N Issues webinar of the new year. The NKY Chamber will virtually preview the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly session during the Eggs ‘N Issues webinar, taking place from 8-9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. The webinar will explore the potential impact of the session on Northern Kentucky legislative...

‘Inspired Women Lead’ is theme of NKY Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative program on February 2

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative invites women and men from around the region to join for the virtual 12th Annual Breakfast, sponsored by PNC on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The event theme, “Inspired Women Lead,” will provide perspective on what drives success both in business and in life. The WI Annual Breakfast, sponsored by PNC, will feature a panel of dynamic local female...

Kentucky Chamber ‘Bus to Business’ initiative fosters relationships, develops future workforce

In response to the struggles Kentucky faces with its workforce shortage, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Workforce Center created the “Bus to Business” program to help develop the workforce of tomorrow. The purpose of the program is to foster relationships between schools and Kentucky businesses in order to make students aware of the type of career pathways available to them in their own communities....

Kentucky’s real estate remains a bright spot in the state’s economy; it’s traditionally ‘a people business’

By Steve Stevens CEO Kentucky REALTORS Doing business virtually became something new to many businesses in 2020 and certainly became more important than ever to other types of businesses. The virtual world, however, was always here for real estate and it has been helping people buy and sell properties for many years. The reason real estate transactions have not become even “more virtual,” is that...

Taft Law moves NKY offices to Cov’s RiverCenter, names Robert McBride as partner-in-charge

Taft Law has named partner Robert K. McBride to succeed Robert B. Craig as partner-in-charge of the firm’s Northern Kentucky office. Effective Jan. 1, McBride’s appointment will include overseeing client development, recruiting, and strategy for the Taft Northern Kentucky office, which recently moved locations to better serve its clients. Robert McBride “Taft is on a strong upward trajectory,...

DBL’s David Kramer named to the Top 10 2021 Kentucky Super Lawyers list, for third time

David Kramer, Chair of DBL Law Firm’s Civil Litigation Practice Group, has been named to the Top 10 2021 Kentucky Super Lawyers® List. He had previously been named one of the Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers on two occasions. David Kramer Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a service that rates lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition...

Jeff Jobe turned misfortune into opportunity to build a weekly newspaper group in Kentucky

By Rick Elmore The Greenup Beacon Jeff Jobe knows misfortune can lead to opportunity. Jobe, a Greenup County native, got an opportunity to attend college after a boating accident on the Ohio River as a boy cost him his leg. In high school, certain that after graduation he would be working in the plants or mills around the area in 1981, Jobe suddenly had a disability offer to attend a semester at the...

Covington, Kenton County partner to give pandemic-related grants, 12 businesses get $478k

Thirteen Covington businesses will receive grants ranging from $11,200 to $50,000 to help them survive the pandemic, courtesy of an Emergency Business Assistance Program jointly funded by the City of Covington and the Kenton County Fiscal Court. Up Over bar in MainStrasse Village is among emergency grant recipients. Four additional businesses could receive grants once their applications are reviewed. The...

El Nopal Mexican family restaurant opens location along Dixie Highway corridor in Erlanger

El Nopal, a growing and popular chain of Mexican family restaurants, has opened along the Dixie Highway corridor in the City of Erlanger. El Nopal is located at 3218 Dixie Highway in the building that formerly housed Salvadore’s restaurant. El Nopal – which is known for its dips, fajitas, chimichangas and other classic Mexican cuisine – is owned by partners Enrique Roman and Javier...