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Covington Business Council rolls out new plan for enhanced services to downtown — COV NOW

The Covington Business Council plans to roll out a new initiative designed to bring enhanced services and programs to downtown Covington. At its next monthly luncheon on Wednesday, March 27, local business owners and CBC officials will make a presentation and answer questions about a Business Improvement District (BID) that is being proposed for downtown Covington. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m....

BBB Trends: Employment scams top the list for 2018, representing a $50 billion drain on the economy

Marketplace scams represent a $50 billion drain on the U.S. economy, robbing consumers and legitimate businesses alike. Scams have a negative impact on one in four households and one in five individuals each year. These thieves masquerade as trusted brands, erode consumer confidence in the marketplace and often hide on the internet. Last year, people in the U.S. and Canada reported over 50,559 scams...

Chamber Week in Review: A weekly roundup of news from Katherine Nero and the NKY Chamber

Kathrine Nero provides a weekly roundup of business news and highlights, provided by the NKY Chamber. Catch up here:

Meyer Tool Inc. to build new facility in Boone County to create 100 jobs in aerospace industry

High-tech manufacturer Meyer Tool Inc. plans to locate a new facility in Boone County, a move that entails a $15.9-million investment and the expected creation of 100 jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday.   “We are excited to see Kentucky’s rapidly growing aerospace industry continue to spur additional investment and job creation,” said Gov. Bevin. “The commonwealth’s highly skilled...

Keven Moore: The ‘Right to Disconnect’ from work and how it may change our work environment

Growing up back in my day, when we left work we actually left work behind. Then came the invention of beepers or pagers and it all went downhill from there. For many, pagers were people’s first mobile devices in the 1980s and they would display the number of a caller, prompting you to go to a nearby payphone and call that person back. By 1994 there were 61 million beepers in use and as a new...

Munoz, Hartman added to lineup for Square1 Startup Scholars Pitch, tickets, sponsorships available

SQUARE1 and Orchestrate Technologies presents its 2nd Annual Startup Scholars Pitch event, . The event concludes months of work with several of the region’s high school students in which they ideated, researched, planned, and presented new business ideas. Orchestrate Technologies sponsor the event to provide great lessons that strengthen the skills of their future workforce and to build the confidence...

LaRosa’s Steve Browne to present Chamber’s ‘HR is the Business’ session on March 14

On Thursday, March 14, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce invites business leaders, managers, and supervisors, as well as human resource professionals to attend: “HR is the Business.” Led by Steve Browne, Vice President of HR for LaRosa’s, the presentation will focus on how human resource leaders and professionals are being challenged to identify the business case and value of the initiatives...

BBB: Elder financial abuse continues to increase, yet still goes underreported; quadrupled over four years


Financial institutions are seeing an increased number of older customers fall prey to financial crimes by perpetrators ranging from offshore scammers, close family members to caregivers. Yet, many of these incidents go unreported or remain unknown to family, friends or relatives when a financial crime happens. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recent Suspicious Activity Report,...

Chamber Spotlight: Region must be welcoming of diversity, inclusion to grow international trade, jobs

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter Growing the economy becomes an even more complex issue in what’s now a global economy, and that’s why the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce took on two major focuses: diversity & inclusion and international trade. “We are not just competing locally or nationally, but we’re now competing internationally on a regular basis,” Brent Cooper, president...

Walmart announces new plastic packaging waste reduction commitments, working with suppliers

Walmart had issued a bold new set of plastic waste reduction commitments by leveraging its massive private brand program. The new commitments, announced at Walmart’s annual supplier forum, are expected to impact over 30,000 SKUs. The move is designed to help get to the heart of the problem by focusing on the retailer’s private brand packaging, building upon existing efforts to reduce plastic waste...

Robert Hoffer named new Managing Partner of DBL Law, succeeding James Dressman III

DBL Law has named Robert (Bob) Hoffer as its new Managing Partner. He succeeds James Dressman III who held the Managing Partner position from 2012 thru Feb. 2019. Hoffer joined DBL Law in October 1978. His employment law practice covers all issues impacting employers on a daily basis, including compliance with state and federal employment laws. He has represented employers of all sizes, including...

Keven Moore: The fallout and potential liability to NIke over the Zion Williamson shoe disaster

Imagine being Mark Parker the President, Chairman, and CEO of Nike, Inc. sitting in front of his television in the comfort of his home watching the start of the much anticipated Duke–vs.-University of North Carolina men’s NCAA basketball game last week. Zion Williamson (Photo by Duke University) Then within the first 36 seconds of the game 18-year-old Zion Williamson, the consensus overall #1 draft...

Newport Business Association honors Bernstein, businesses, volunteers, celebrated prosperous 2018

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter NEWPORT — It’s been more than 50 years since Alan Bernstein graduated from Woodward High in Cincinnati. But as the story goes, he never made it to the ceremony. Instead, the 18-year-old son of a diplomat hopped aboard the Delta Queen as a deckhand and made his way to New Orleans. When he arrived, he called his mother to tell her he’d gotten his first job. “And...

Chamber Spotlight: Health affects the bottom line — just one reason the region needs to get healthier

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter Kentucky is a place that nearly 4.5 million people call home. It’s a Commonwealth full of rolling hills dotted with horse farms, a unique and booming bourbon industry, and a proud basketball nation. However, it’s also a state that’s ranked 45 in the country for overall health, according to America’s Health Rankings for 2018. The consequences of this sobering...

Colonel De Gourmet Herbs and Spices launches state-of-the-art website, family tradition continues

NKyTribune staff Colonel De, an innovator of gourmet blends and spices, has launched a state-of-the-art website to accommodate all of those looking to add a little spice to meals prepared for family and friends. This new website features an innovative e-commerce tool known as the Price Slider. The Price Slider technology allows customers to order as little or as much as they like of Colonel’s...