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Report: Farm bankruptcies rose 24% over past year, growers increasingly depend on federal aid, programs

The Rural Blog “U.S. farm bankruptcies in September surged 24 percent to the highest since 2011 amid strains from President Donald Trump’s trade war with China and a year of wild weather,” Mike Dorning reports for Bloomberg. “Growers are also becoming increasingly dependent on trade aid and other federal programs for income, figures showed in a report by the American Farm...

BBB Trends: Honor Veteran’s Day with a wise contribution to a charity that really helps veterans

Veterans Day, formerly declared as Armistice Day in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson, is an opportunity to show your support for those who have served or are currently serving our country through volunteer service projects, raising an American flag or making a charitable donation. It is next Monday, November 11. However, the holiday provides the chance for scammers to target military personnel, especially...

225 regional high school students selected as NaviGo Scholars, meet coaches and business sponsors

NaviGo College and Career Prep Services, a division of Children, Inc., recently held its annual NaviGo Scholars Kickoff at Thomas More University. The 255 newly selected NaviGo Scholars had the chance to meet their NaviGo Coaches and business sponsors for the first time. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) met their inaugural NaviGo Scholars group. Lindsay Wiggins, HR Associate...

NKY Spotlight: Chamber of Commerce features special guests Pat Frew, Spike Jones, Debby Shipp

Jeremy Schrand and Katherine Nero present the NKY Spotlight for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Special guests: Pat Frew of Covington Business Council, Spike Jones chief of the Kenton County Police about concealed carry, and Debby Shipp of the Chamber.

Benchmark Physical Therapy to hold ceremonial ribbon-cutting in Union on November 5

The City of Union will hold a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony for Benchmark Physical Therapy of Union, to welcome the business to the City. The ribbon-cutting will take place at Benchmark Physical Therapy, 9039 US Highway 42, Suite G, Union, at 10 a.m. on November 5.  Members of the Union City Commission will be present at the ceremony.  Larry Solomon, Mayor of the city will make brief remarks...

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,...