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Protective Life Corporation earns workplace culture certification from Great Place to Work

Protective Life Corporation (Protective), a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc., has achieved a workplace culture certification by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention and increased innovation. The certification is based entirely on what...

Former NKY worker at Duro Hilex Poly tells state official that steelworkers union forced her to be a member

An Erlanger-based employee of paper bag manufacturer Duro Hilex Poly is asking the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet Secretary to prosecute the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 832 union and the company for violating Kentucky’s Right to Work law. The complaint notes that Local 832 officials are illegally demanding both union membership and full dues payment from workers as a condition of staying...

AHLA Foundation expands recruitment campaign as 97% of surveyed hotels report staffing shortages

Nearly all hotels are experiencing staffing shortages, and half report being severely understaffed, according to a new member survey conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Ninety-seven percent (97%) of survey respondents indicated they are experiencing a staffing shortage, 49% severely so. The most critical staffing need is housekeeping, with 58% ranking it as their biggest...

NKY Chamber announces 51 members of Leadership Northern Kentucky class for 10-month program

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce announced the 44th class of Leadership Northern Kentucky which includes 51 professionals representing businesses and organizations across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. A 10-month program designed to help develop business and community leaders, Leadership NKY utilizes the community as a classroom to help participants gain an understanding of the...

Beyond the Curb: Season 3 of River City living kicks off with homes in Covington and Newport

The popular video home tour series, Beyond the Curb: River City Living, began in 2020 as a pandemic pivot from the Catalytic Fund’s in-person urban living tours. The first two episodes of Season 3 have been released, highlighting a Covington renovation in the historic Licking Riverside neighborhood and an 1889 home in Newport’s East Row. Episode 1: The Covington condo The season’s first episode...

Four NKY principals among 44 from across state chosen for KY Chamber Leadership Institute

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation has announced 44 principals from across the Commonwealth who will participate in the Leadership Institute for School Principals Class of 2023. This executive-level leadership training course, usually reserved for the nation’s top CEOs, is offered to Kentucky school principals through the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s partnership with Truist Leadership...

Covington creates business incentives to merge past, present, promotes restoration of lighted signage

When restauranteur Bill Whitlow opened Rich’s Proper Food and Drink on Madison Avenue in 2018, an old neon sign anchored to the building represented a large but fading remnant of the bygone era when businesses lit up downtown Covington’s nightlife. Whitlow wanted to recreate that scene, so he did. He piecemealed the work to restore the sign, using businesses and craftspeople on both sides of the...

Leadership Kentucky class finishes first community visit to Berea as part of seven-month program

The 51 Leadership Kentucky members, who were announced for the 2022 class on June 20, recently returned from their trip to Berea, the first community visit in the seven-month program. Among the team are three from western Kentucky: McCracken County residents Lee Emmons, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) and Maegan Mansfield, Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing; and Calloway...

AAA: Nearly 663,000 Kentuckians expected to travel this July 4th weekend; many will take to roadways

With summer travel season in full swing, Kentuckians are expected to make the most of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, with 662,881 from the Commonwealth expected to travel 50 miles or more from June 30 through July 4. AAA predicts travel volumes nationwide to reach about 47.9 million people, just shy of 2019 volumes, and the second-largest travel numbers since 2000. Car travel will set a new...

Rotary Club of Florence accepting nominations for 2022 Citizen of the Year Award; deadline August 1

The Rotary Club of Florence is seeking nominations for the 2022 Citizen of the Year Award. A candidate for Citizen of the Year should be a person or couple who has a heart to serve others. This typically is not someone who is constantly in the public eye but someone who “flies below the radar screen” and is not seeking public recognition. Nominations can be submitted online at

Paycheck Protection Program, Employee Retention Tax Credit loan forgiveness deadlines approaching

By Evan Kandra Staff Accountant/Rudler, PSC Many businesses as still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, the Great Resignation, and supply chain issues. Hopefully, your business was one of many that took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPP) and the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC). PPP forgiveness As a reminder, when the CARES Act was passed in 2020,...

Chamber’s Communty Awards presented to Duke’s Chuck Sessions, NKY Water District’s Ron Lovan

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce presented Chuck Session, Vice President, Government Affairs for Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky, and Ron Lovan, President/CEO of the Northern Kentucky Water District, with the NKY Community Award. The award is sponsored by First National Bank of Kentucky and is given out to individuals, businesses, or organizations throughout the Northern Kentucky Metro that...

NKY Chamber’s new ‘Encounter NKY’ program aims to help emerging leaders develop relationships

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) has developed a new program focused on assisting employers with retaining top talent and growing the next generation of leaders within their organizations. Encounter NKY helps participants establish meaningful professional and personal relationships and will assist class members in developing a greater sense of belonging to the community while...

Keven Moore: It’s the season for garage sales and yard sales, and with every good thing comes liability

With school out and summer underway, that means that we are officially in garage and yard sale season. But then if you are like me, you are quickly reminded of how it draws out the worst in people. Like the time I stepped around the side of my house to see where a guy went, just to find him urinating on the side of my house behind the garbage cans. Keven Moore works in risk management services. He...

Joe Cotton: Four stocks of the week (COF, VERVE, GHRS, BLUE), as market gyrates up and down

Market Assessment – As of Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 1:17 p.m.: The Market has been gyrating up and down, mostly down, because of the huge Rate Hikes by the Fed, which are expected to continue. But we still think it is the Buying Opportunity of a lifetime for the Big Glamour and Tech stocks like Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) (META) 163.74 with a PE Ratio of 12.82, Alphabet (Formerly Google)...