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Churchill Downs announces plans for $300 million renovation project set to begin in December

Churchill Downs Racetrack on Wednesday announced a number of major capital investments to offer a variety of new VIP guest experiences, including the construction of permanent stadium seating, a hotel and historical racing machine (HRM) facility in the first turn at the racetrack as well as a renovation project of Millionaires Row. Hotel, HRM Facility and New Permanent Seating Pending final approval...

Northern Kentucky Chamber Women’s Initiative hosts workshop at 7 Hills Church on leading from the future

Being an effective leader is about much more than being in charge. Good leaders inspire their teams and work to create a vibrant future. On Thursday, November 14, The Northern Kentucky Chamber Women’s Initiative, sponsored by PNC, will present Leading From the Future with Tarita Preston at 7 Hills Church (6800 Hazel Court, Florence, KY 41042) from 7:30-9 a.m. as part of its professional series. The...

Kentucky outpaces the nation in September home sales as strong year in the Commonwealth continues

The pace for home sales in Kentucky continues to pick up steam entering the fall season. September’s year-to-date home sales figure stands at 40,999 units. This is a 1.9 percent increase over the 2018 year-to-date figure of 40,214. A very strong September market experienced by counties in central and southern Kentucky has pushed this figure into year-end record territory. The Lexington-Bluegrass...

BBB Trends: How scammers use political issues to get your attention — and your money, personal info

Better Business Bureau You’ve likely received a robocall before. A recorded voice offers you an unbeatable deal or claims to be someone they are not. In a new twist, scammers are using hotly debated political issues to grab your attention. These con artists take advantage of buzzy, emotionally-charged news stories to trick unsuspecting consumers into falling for a scam. Beware, the election season...

Chamber seeking applications for Business Impact Awards in various categories; deadline is Dec. 6

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...

NKY Spotlight: Featuring Viability (a social enterprise company), Week in Review, and Spotted Yetti

The NKY Chamber Spotlight podcast features Kathrine Nero and Jeremy Schrand with guest from Viability, an office supply company, a social enterprise for the Blind and Visually Impaired; the Week in Review focusing on Get Out the Vote; and Spotted Yetti about an amazing BLINK project.

Newport’s Monmouth Street retailers, restaurants host Fall Sidewalk Sale; Bellevue holding Fall Fest

Both Newport’s Monmouth Street and Bellevue’s Fairfield Avenue are holding special fall events on Saturday. Join all the fun. Monmouth Street Monmouth Street retailers and restaurants will be hosting a Fall Sidewalk Sale on Saturday so you can shop local and have a great time, too. Monmouth Street Restaurants and bars will be offering food and drink specials for shoppers. Fall Harvest...

Covington small businesses apply by Friday – City offers help renovating exteriors, paying startups’ rent

Friday is the deadline for small businesses in any part of Covington to apply for the latest round of City funding offered through two popular incentives programs. One of the startups awarded a rent subsidy during the last round of Small Business Program awards was Gumdrop, right, a soon-to-open extension of Handzy Shop + Studio on Pike Street. Gumdrop will sell baby/kid clothing, books, toys, games,...

Keven Moore: Halloween can be scary and dangerous, as well as fun; please take all precautions

Halloween is a fun festive and spooky time of the year for kids as many homeowners go all out to decorate their homes to add a little extra fright into the night. However it’s a holiday that comes with consequences, and I’m not talking about skinned knees and or sugar highs either. It a very dangerous night for many and I’m not referring to the likes of Michael Myers in the film Halloween or...

NKY Chamber November Eggs ‘N Issues focus is the regional economic outlook; register now

On Tuesday, November 19, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) will host Eggs ‘N Issues: Regional Economic Outlook. Forecasting experts will discuss where the regional and national economies are headed in the new year, as well as economic factors and trends that will impact businesses in 2020. Speaking at the event are John Augustine, Chief Investment Officer, Huntington Bank,...

Duke Energy awards environmental grants totaling more than $253K to organizations in Ohio and NKY

Duke Energy today awarded $253,178 to support 16 projects to aid wetlands, conservation, outdoor nature classrooms, invasive plant removals, water quality, new tree plantings and pollinator gardens across Greater Cincinnati.  The grants are in addition to the $213,000 given to eight urban redevelopment projects in August and the nearly $464,000 in STEM, literacy and workforce development grants awarded...

Jones Middle School students get a glimpse into a career in advanced manufacturing at Mubea facility

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Once again this year, students from R.A. Jones Middle School in Florence got an opportunity to see what a career in advanced manufacturing has to offer, at the Mubea North America facility on Dixie Highway in Boone County. Mubea North America Training Manager Drew Farris explains the opportunities available in the field of advanced manufacturing to students...

BBB Trends: Some Spootacular tips for Halloween so you can enjoy more treats than tricks

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 from. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Halloween spending for 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion, with consumers planning to spend an average of $86.27 each. According to the NRF survey, among Halloween...

Kristi Nelson of Multi-Color Corporation to keynote annual NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative Breakfast

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative is preparing to kick off 2020 with its largest signature event, the Women’s Initiative 11th Annual Breakfast, sponsored by PNC. On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, hundreds of women and men from around Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati will gather at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center (1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington, KY) to network and...

NKY Chamber Spotlight: News review, voting, St. E. Cancer Center, a documentary, Women’s Initiative

Kathrine Nero and Jeremy Schrand present the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Podcast. This week their guests are Carri Chandler, vice president of the St. Elizabeth Foundation, and Dr. Doug Flora, Executive Medical Director of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center. They are talking about the new Cancer Center and the fundraising campaign. Also on the program is Rudy Harris of Harris...