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Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound holding grand opening in Florence January 24; open to public

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound, a spa and ultrasound imaging center that provides a comforting environment for women before, during, and after pregnancy, will hold a grand opening for its new 3,000 square-foot location in Florence on Thursday. Click to enlarge The spa focuses on moms, moms-to-be, and any woman who loves being pampered with all-natural products. The new franchise is a secondary location...

Torch is passed to second generation of builders from their fathers, Bill Kreutzjans Sr and John Yeager

Bill Kreutzjans, Jr. and Jason Yeager, sons of two of the men who founded and operated Ashley Builders Group for 43 years, are formally taking over corporate operations of the Edgewood-based construction and development company in 2019. The two will jointly operate the company, with Bill Kreutzjans Jr. overseeing the commercial division and Jason Yeager running the residential division. John Yeager...

Nominations sought for Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards; deadline is Feb. 8

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards, presented by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative, sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The awards honor women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community, and the qualities of personal integrity, perseverance and leadership....

Some federal employees affected by government shutdown can receive unemployment benefits

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Federal employees who live in Kentucky and have been affected by the partial government shutdown, which has now lasted four weeks, could be eligible for unemployment benefits, according to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 
Cabinet Spokesperson Danielle N. Jones says claim eligibility is decided on a case-by-case basis and describes the requirements for...

Teaching financial literacy in Kentucky high schools — aimed at helping kids manage their money

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Teaching Kentucky high school students about financial literacy was the topic of a press conference in Frankfort recently. 
Legislation was passed by the General Assembly last year that mandates a class on the issue, and Ball announced that Kentucky’s credit unions will be supplying tools to aid teachers and students in reaching that goal. 
“The tools are actually...

BBB: Government shutdown doesn’t slow down imposters; as watchers aren’t watching, be careful!

The recent Federal Government shutdown is impacting agencies consumers and businesses depend on. Until a resolution is announced, a number of services provided by the FTC, the SBA, and the IRS are unavailable to the public. It also allows an opportunity for scammers posing as a government agency and phish for personal information, so watch out for bogus phone calls, emails, and text messages during...

Keven Moore: Restaurants need to prepare for transparent response to hepatitis A outbreaks

In the spring of 2018, there were a total of 660,755 restaurants in the United States and according to an article in TheSimpleDollar.com, Americans on average eat 4.2 commercially prepared meals per week. In other words, as a nation, we eat out between four and five times a week. This number equates to 18.2 meals per month eaten outside the home. There is no doubt that owning and operating a restaurant...

Business leaders appointed to Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Cincinnati branch board

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has announced the following appointments and elections to its main office board of directors and its branch boards in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and to the Federal Advisory Council effective Jan. 1, 2019. Tucker BallingerHolly WiedemannA pair of Lexington business leaders, Holly Wiedemann and Tucker Ballinger, were among those who received appointments. Wiedemann,...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes crunches numbers — 41k new businesses created in KY in 2018

Secretary of State Alison Grimes has crunched the numbers and has announced that in 2018 Kentucky businesses broke records across the board – from the number of new businesses to those utilizing online services. Here are the impressive statistics Kentucky businesses made possible in 2018: 41,530     NEW businesses created in 2018 219,526   Annual reports filed in 2018 79%         Business...

Amanda and Chris Ward open new BIGGBY COFFEE store in Hebron today; free gifts to first 50 customers

BIGGBY® COFFEE is opening a new store in Hebron today at 2111 N. Bend Rd, unit 107. The store will be the first for Owner/Operator team Amanda and Chris Ward. This location will be the third to open in Northern Kentucky under Area Representative, Shanna Novosel.   This new BIGGBY® COFFEE location will be conveniently located next to the Hebron Jimmy Johns and right in front of the Amazon warehouse....

BBB Trends: Before joining a gym, read the contract first — consider options, expense, and be sure

A new year brings New Year’s resolutions, and if 2019 follows the trend of years past, the number one goal for many people in the U.S. will be to lose weight. After the indulgence of the holiday season, advertisements for gym memberships can feel especially difficult to ignore. However, if you’re thinking of signing up, consider all of your options before committing to an expensive contract. There...

PSC schedules combined public meeting in NKY to hear comments on Duke, Water District rate increases

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on two rate cases affecting customers in Northern Kentucky: a request by Duke Energy Kentucky to increase its rates for delivery of natural gas and a request by the Northern Kentucky Water District (NKWD) for a general rate increase. Details of the combined meeting are as follows: Thursday,...

KY Cabinet for Economic Development names Slattery executive director of Workforce Development

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has named Kristina Slattery executive director of Workforce Development, Community Development and Research. Slattery Slattery joined the Cabinet in September 2015, where she has served as a workforce specialist within the Office of Workforce Development, as well as a project manager for new and expanded business. Her responsibilities have included collaboration...

Second Sight Spirits expanding into new space; local craft distillery creates a hub for craft spirit tourism

Second Sight Spirits, a Ludlow-based craft distillery known for its small-batch rums and Kentucky Bourbon, has announced expansion into a new space adjacent to the existing space at 301 Elm Street. Secod Sight Spirits co-owners Rick Couch, left and Carus Waggoner (provided images) The new facility is expected to be open by April. “We’re thrilled to be able to use our Duke Energy and Catalytic Fund...

Dave Spaulding’s passion for NKY shows in Turner Construction’s engagement on region’s key projects

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Turner Construction Vice President and General Manager Dave Spaulding’s love for Northern Kentucky is reflected in the number of charitable endeavors he, and the company, support. Turner Construction’s Dave Spaulding (seated at left) is recognized by Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann for his efforts to lead the team that will develop the...