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Keven Moore: How safe is your child’s summer camp; check it out — and look for ACA accredited camps

This time of the year parents everywhere are scrambling to plan out their summer schedule, including summer camps for the kids. Summer camps for kids today could mean weeks of wilderness immersion with time spent swimming, rock climbing, singing and making crafts and making wonderful memories. For many children, summer camp is a right of passage. There are camps for about every interest – swimming,...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April was unchanged from March. The preliminary April 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in April 2018. The...

Braxton Brewing Company to open Barrel House taproom and brewery in Fort Mitchell this fall

The Braxton Brewing Company has announced plans to open a brand new taproom and brewery, the Braxton Barrel House, in Fort Mitchell in the fall. The Braxton Barrel House will include a Taproom with 20 taps as well as a 20,000 square foot storage facility for housing bourbon and other types of barrels for aging beer. The new facility is designed to meld Braxton’s focus on craft beer innovation and...

Dominion Senior Living facility in Florence to hold dedication, ribbon-cutting today — open to public

Dominion Senior Living, a premier senior living company that develops, builds and manages communities throughout the southeastern United States, celebrates its grand opening in Florence today at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public and will include tours, food and music. Dominion Senior Living’s Personal Care and Memory Care community is located at 4009 Seligman Dr., near Merchants Drive in...

Perfetti Van Melle to open new distribution center at former Showcase Cinemas site in Erlanger today

Erlanger-based Perfetti Van Melle USA will hold the official ribbon-cutting for the company’s recently completed warehouse and distribution center at the new Erlanger Commerce Center today. Perfetti Van Melle warehousing and distribution employees previously located at the Hebron facility, have now made the move to the new Commerce Center, former site of the Erlanger’s Showcase Cinemas, and are...

BBB Trends: Veteran holidays too often a time for ‘soundalike’ soliicitations — beware of scam artists

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day are all great holidays to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country. It’s also a great opportunity for scam artists to look like, sound like, and act as a charity when they aren’t. There are numerous nonprofits honorably providing the services veterans need and several more...

Kentucky farmers forced to navigate options as shrinking cash flows cause financial pressure

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service With a downturn in the farm economy, many Kentucky farmers are under increasing financial pressure – and there’s a new resource guide that could help. Low commodity prices are shrinking cash flow for many farmers, forcing some to take out more or higher interest loans. But Jonathan Shepherd – a farm management specialist in the University of Kentucky...

Newport’s Fedders Construction named Pacesetter by KY Small Business Development Center

By Natalie Cunningham Kentucky Small Business Development Center Fedders Construction of Newport and nine other small businesses from across the Commonwealth received Kentucky Small Business Development Center (Kentucky SBDC) Pacesetter awards for their exemplary business practices and growth. The Kentucky Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony celebrates the accomplishments, hard work, and courage...

Three of 15 new or renovated retail shops at CVG now open, celebrating sense of place in the region

Three of the 15 retail shops that will receive renovations at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) are now open, with the fourth opening later this month.   CVG announced in 2018 that the new retail shops will give travelers a sense of place and celebrate what the region has to offer. All three of the new shops are located in Concourse B. The shop opening later this month will...

Herb & Thelma’s Tavern, a fixture on Pike Street, will celebrate its 80th anniversary on May 18

In 1939, there were more than 100 cafes, more commonly known as taverns or bars, listed in the business directory for the City of Covington. One of them was a new establishment owned by Henry “Heine” Boehmker located on the south end of Pike Street in the Lewisburg neighborhood. Heine Boehmker and wife, Marie, 1930s (Photo provided) Heine’s Cafe, as it was known at that time, is still in business....

Here are the winners of Outstanding Women, special awards to be presented at event next week

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative will present the 2019 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees on May 15. Sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare the event will be held at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center (3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger). Tickets are $40 and are available online. The Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards were established in...

BBB Trends: Dreamers welcomed; SBA says small businesses create 2-of-3 new jobs each year in U.S.

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Small businesses create two out of three new jobs in the United States each year, according to the Small Business Administration -— just one of many examples of the way small businesses have been positively impacting our economy for decades. It was in 1963 that the United States Administration set aside an entire week to recognize small businesses; since then,...

11th annual Leadercast to be held May 10th at Crossroads Church; theme is Leading Healthy Teams

The 11th Annual NKY Leadercast is part of “Leadercast Live” the largest one-day leadership event in the world that Forbes magazine says, “you don’t want to miss.” The event takes place Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 10 at Crossroads Church in Florence.   A group of Northern Kentucky business leaders have partnered together to bring this powerful event to the tri-state. Leadercast has more...

Pam Teller turns ‘lemonade’ into . . .well, a Nothing Bundt Cake bakery in Florence, her happy place

Pam Teller opened her first Nothing Bundt Cake bakery when she decided she needed to find joy in her life again, after the death of her husband. On April 29, she officially opened the bakery in Houston Commons in Florence. Pam Teller “When my husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, we spent two years being sad and scared. He lost his battle on Christmas Day 2014 and I didn’t want to spend...

Keven Moore: National Safety Stand-Down Week May 6-10 aims to prevent falls in construction

With the warmer weather, many new construction projects have begun and workers all across the United States have grabbed their tools, hard-hats and lunch pale and are back on the job. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the industry has more than 680,000 employers with over 7 million employees and creates nearly $1.3 trillion worth of structures each year. The numbers...