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Nominations, applications now open for Leadership Kentucky Class of 2023; deadline mid-March

Leadership Kentucky is now accepting nominations and applications for the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2023. Leadership Kentucky connects a selected group of leaders, with a variety of career accomplishments and volunteer activities, to gain insight on the complex issues facing the state. In a series of seven monthly, three-day sessions held at various locations throughout the state, participants will...

Biden visit put Covington in the national spotlight; first president to speak in Covington in 84 years

President Joe Biden stood on Covington soil – the first sitting president to do so in 84 years — Wedbay to preach the value of bipartisanship and strong leadership and carry out a promise no other president has been able to fulfill: federal funding for the construction of the long-awaited Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project. With noise from truck and car traffic on the Brent Spence projecting...

Applications open for NKY Chamber’s 2023 Business Impact Awards; nomination deadline February 24

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its 2023 Business Impact Awards. The annual awards honor businesses that are positively impacting the Northern Kentucky community through innovation, creativity, strong business practices and leadership. The Business Impact Awards will be held on May 3 at Drees Pavilion and recognize businesses in nine categories – Small,...

NKY Chamber’s next HR 100 event — about employee attraction and retention — to be January 11

The Northern Kentucky Chamber will host its next HR 100 event, “Gathering Employee Feedback Through Exit and Stay Interviews,” on January 11 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the NKY Chamber offices in Ft. Mitchell. (300 Buttermilk Pike) Turnover is costly, particularly in a competitive, tight labor market. Understanding why people leave and why some stay with an organization is crucial to talent attraction...

BBB provides tips for handling travel disruptions when flights are delayed or cancelled by carriers

Thousands of holiday travelers were stranded, had vacation plans canceled, or have made major flight delays for their festivities. Some hope for compensation, and others just hoped to make it off the ground. When a consumer flies domestically in the United States, rules regarding flight delays and cancellations are overseen by the US Department of Transportation. In general, there are no U.S. federal...

BBB: Misfit gifts make for a holiday headache when attempting to make exchanges or returns

The holiday headache of attempting to return and exchange misfit gifts hits full force this week. Stores are not legally required to accept exchanges or give refunds unless the merchandise was defective or misrepresented. BBB President Judy Dollison warns, “While most retailers do offer refund and exchange programs, policies vary greatly from one store to another. Be sure to double-check policies...

Keven Moore: The risks of space heaters; avoid being one of the many victims of home heating fire deaths

Last weekend’s winter storm Elliot’s death toll is still rising and is expected to surpass 40, as the northeast starts to unthaw and dig out from the storm. The blizzard was predicted and proved to be a once-in-a-generation event that had many of us scrambling to supplement our heat sources at work and at home, by pulling out our space heaters. Did you know that half of the home heating fires are...

Master Provisions purchases 4+ acres in Boone Cty. to construct 50k sq.ft. warehouse and office building

Master Provisions has outgrown its current home, the Borland Family Distribution Center, that was dedicated in March of 2011. Outgoing President and Founder of Master Provisions Roger Babik is joined by Ryan Turner, board chair, in signing closing documents for property in Boone County. That 17,500 SF facility was provided courtesy of funding from Mrs. Clifford R. Borland, Sr., in 2010. Thanks to a...

Spartan Construction celebrates 40 years of business; headed by Dianne Brossart of Fort Mitchell

Spartan Construction of Burlington is celebrating 40 years of business. The construction company is headed by Dianne Brossart of Fort Mitchell and employs 30 people who contribute to safe, durable infrastructure in more than a dozen states. The family business supports connectivity and community through roadway and airport projects, utility and conduit jobs, and even work on race tracks. Doug, Larry,...

SD1 presents Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Excellence Award to three local companies

Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1) has presented the 2022 Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Excellence Award to three local construction companies for their proactive approach to addressing stormwater challenges, timely implementation of best management practices (BMPs) and for ensuring their projects have minimal off-site impacts on our local environment. The 17th annual awards recognize • Ryan...

Add ‘auto shops’ to your list of busiest places during the freezing weather; batteries were flying off shelves

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter And you thought the lines at the malls would be staked and packed with returns after Christmas. Fuhgeddaboudit. You wanna guess the busiest places – at least in Northern Kentucky – post Christmas and post blizzard? Auto Zone. And Advanced Auto Parts. Perhaps you were one of many looking for a new battery after your car stalled – and stopped – in the sub-freezing...

AAA: For safety’s sake, here are tips to be sure your vehicle is ready for driving in wintry weather

As cold weather grips the area, here are safety tips from AAA to be sure you are safe — and ready — for the road:   • Motorists are likely to be overconfident in their vehicles’ ability to operate at extreme temperatures and maneuver on potentially snowy and ice-packed roads. • Motorists are urged to avoid travel and carry a vehicle emergency kit. There is a greater chance emergency...

NKY-based Kona Ice accelerated growth of frozen treats franchises in 2022 — aiming higher in ’23

Kona Ice (Kona), the renowned mobile shaved ice company and largest food truck franchise in the world based in Northern Kentucky, accelerated its growth in 2022 and aims to drive into the hearts of even more communities in 2023 with its frozen treats, philanthropic mission and tropical experience unlike any other. At the top of 2022, the brand was on par to reach 1,400 trucks nationwide. Kona Ice is...

Campbell County’s Michael Breetz started Licking Valley Cattle Co. to raise farm-to-table natural beef

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter He lived on a ranch in Campbell County along the Licking River for some 40 years — so it was only natural for Michael Breetz to raise cattle. But it took him more than 30-years to really get started. “I worked in construction for HGC for 30-plus years,” he told the Northern Kentucky Tribune, “but I always had an interest in raising cattle.” Actually,...

Five from Northern Kentucky among 51 to celebrate Leadership Kentucky Class of 2022 graduation

Leadership Kentucky Class of 2022 The Leadership Kentucky Class of 2022 graduated on December 14 with five civic and community leaders from Northern Kentucky among 51 from across the Commonwealth celebrating the completion of the seven-month program. Five graduates are from Northern Kentucky. Since 1985, Leadership Kentucky graduates have brought an enlightened and informed perspective to their communities...