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BUSINESS JOURNAL OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF NKY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

TOURISM 2018

CELEBRATING OUR VIBRANT REGION OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF NKY P. 10 WORLD’S GREATEST REUBEN P. 16 SUMMER PREVIEW P. 20


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CONTENTS TOURISM 2018 VOLUME 37, NUMBER 3

NKY Chamber Board of Directors celebrate the re-opening of the Roebling Bridge at The Gruff.

4 President’s Letter

20 Summer Tourism Events

6 Chair’s Letter

30 Around The Chamber Photos

8 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Honorees

34 Reformulated Gas

14 Regional Youth Leadership Class of 2018 16 World’s Greatest Reuben

36 Ribbon Cuttings 37 Emerging 30 38 Events

18 Business IMPACT Awards

COVER PHOTO: Florence Freedom Opening Day, by Ben Gastright

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER

By Brent Cooper President and CEO, NKY Chamber of Commerce

We often take for granted the wonders we have in our own backyard. If we can keep those wonders in mind, our talent attraction and retention efforts will become much easier.

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BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE region are looking for innovative ways to not only bring people to the region, but keep them once they are here. One way to both attract and retain workers, is to highlight the vast array of amenities we have, and celebrate them as often as possible. As a community, we need to recognize that our attractions contribute to both our economy and our high quality of life. Look at what we have … We have renownedrestaurants like Fire at RiverCenter, the Tousey House in Burlington, Walt’s Hitching Post in Fort Wright, and excellent venues in Covington’s MainStrasse. We have the Newport Aquarium (one of the top ten aquariums in the country) and right across the street we’ve got the Hofbräuhaus! As our former NKY Chamber Board Chair Eric Haas will tell you, if you haven’t tried a Dunkel beer, you haven’t lived. We have one of the largest wooden framed structures in the world with the Ark! Visitors are travelling from all over the world to see it, often two by two. We have a variety of professional sports like the Florence Freedom, Cincinnati Reds, FC Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Bengals. And If you love professional racing, we’ve got the Kentucky Speedway. Come see the races in July with 100,000 of your closest friends! If you love horses, we’ve got Turfway Park. You can spend an afternoon betting the ponies and an evening horsing around. If you love beer, we’ve got Braxton Brewery. I haven’t tried their Graeter’s beer, but if that’s not your cup of tea, you can still drink up a Storm.

If you love the combination of clowns and beer, we’ve even got the Bircus Brewery in Ludlow! I was drinking some delicious clown-made brew last week and asked, “Does this taste funny to you?” If you love bourbon, we encourage you to “find your sipping point” along Northern Kentucky’s new B-Line. Our wide range of distilleries, bars and restaurants across the region will help you create your own unique bourbon experience. And let’s not forget about the arts! Symphony, art museums, ballet, world class plays … we’ve got it all, often within a quick walk or Red Bike ride.

— We need to remind ourselves that while we are 10% of the state’s population, we represent over 20% of the state’s tourism. The success of tourism in Northern Kentucky is something we should not only celebrate, but also champion going forward. We need to remind ourselves that while we are 10% of the state’s population, we represent over 20% of the state’s tourism. Local officials are quick to point out that our Commonwealth’s tourism overall grew by 3.8% in 2017. As a region, Northern Kentucky’s tourism grew by 6.3% over that same time frame! Tourism is a big part of our economy, a big part of talent attraction and retention, and a big part of who we are. We often take for granted the wonders we have in our own backyard. If we can keep those wonders in mind, our talent attraction and retention efforts will become much easier. NKY

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11th Annual Women’s Initiative Golf Outing & Clinic Swing, sip and shop as you connect

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Summit Hills Country Club 236 Dudley Road Crestview Hills, KY 41017 11:00 a.m. Lunch/Registration 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start or Golf Clinic 3:00 p.m. 19th Hole Social $360 $90 $90 $25

Join us for this fun, n pressure golf outing exclusive to women! Play nine holes of golf or attend the clinic to learn golf fundamentals and etiquette. Our 19th Hole Social features networking, shopping with specialty vendors and much more. NKYChamber.com/events #ConnectGrowAchieve

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CHAIR’S LETTER

By Rhonda Whitaker Director of Community and Government Relations, Duke Energy Chair, NKY Chamber of Commerce

Fun doesn’t have to be out of state; let’s celebrate what’s in our own backyard!

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AS CHAIR OF THE BOARD, I’VE HAD the opportunity to see up close the diverse tourism opportunities unique to our Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region, and the great benefits tourism provides to local businesses. Tourism brings revenue to restaurants, shops, hotels and other establishments, but it goes beyond that. It impacts our quality of life and our ability to attract and retain talent. We need to celebrate what’s in our own backyard, and find ways to support our existing organizations and venues. One thing we should all be celebrating is the success of our regional airport. Because the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is the way we first greet many travelers, we should recognize the fact that the average flight costs have gone down $250 over the past two years, while flight destinations and choices have gone up! As travelers increase, there has been an ever-increasing interest in our region. When people recently flew in through CVG to attend the Kentucky Derby, they experienced the visual aspects of our region as they walked through the airport. The airport has been very intentional with their marketing and branding to tell the story of our region within their terminals. Parks are a big part of our region, and the value of parks often gets overlooked. One of my favorite parks in the Greater Cincinnati region is Devou Park in Covington, with one of the most spectacular views anywhere of downtown Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky “riverscape.” My son recently discovered the great mountain biking trails at Devou, which I knew of, but hadn’t thought to share with him previously.

— One thing we should be celebrating is the success of our regional airport. My hope is that we’ll be able to continue to expand our parks and trails, and improve the connectivity between our communities. The Riverfront Commons project is precisely the kind of project we should get behind and support. Connecting our river cities via walking and bike paths, linking venues like Newport on the Levee with the Covington Murals, will make our region more appealing to residents and tourists, alike. Whether your time away from the office calls you to sports, recreation, the arts, fine eateries, shopping or other fun local destinations, Northern Kentucky has it all. Northern Kentucky also enjoys a great proximity to many other attractions and events within the Cincinnati region. Sometimes we take our great region for granted, but we have much to be proud of and Northern Kentucky businesses truly benefit from all of these tourist attractions. I hope that you and your family, friends or co-workers will try some new venues and events this summer in Northern Kentucky. Fun doesn’t have to be out of state; let’s celebrate what’s in our own backyard! NK Y

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Outstanding Women of NKY The Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards were established in the fall of 1984, when the late Nancy Boothe, wife of then-NKU President Leon E. Boothe, invited several faculty and staff members to a luncheon for a discussion of ways to involve more women from the NKY area in the University community. At the first award celebration, five women were honored. Since then, more than 190 women have been recognized for blazing trails, opening doors, or demonstrating leadership in their homes, their professions, their communities or their state.


2018 OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONOREES (LEFT TO RIGHT) (SITTING) Sr. Mary Ethel Parrott, SND Judith Clabes Lifetime Achievement Honoree Alecia Webb-Edgington Outstanding Woman Honoree Kimberly Poore Moser Henrietta Cleveland Inspiring Women Honoree Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare (STANDING) Dr. Julie Metzger Aubuchon, O.D. Outstanding Woman Honoree Kristen Smitherman-Voltaire Emerging Leader Honoree Florence Tandy Outstanding Woman Honoree Kathleen Reutman Bryant Helen Carroll Champion of Education Honoree

PHOTO CREDIT: Steven Thomas, Photographic Memories LLC, taken at ≠Hotel Covington


OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF NKY

OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY AWARDS

DR. JULIE METZGER AUBUCHON, O.D. 2018 OUTSTANDING WOMAN HONOREE

FLORENCE TANDY 2018 OUTSTANDING WOMAN HONOREE

The Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards celebrates its 34th year of honoring 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. These women — who live, work, or volunteer in Northern Kentucky — represent the great diversity and extraordinary accomplishment of today’s women. All of the honorees represent ideal role models for the young women who follow in their footsteps. In the spring 1985, the first Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards luncheon was held with The Kentucky Post acting as a co-sponsor. Thomas More College later joined as an additional sponsor. After the newspaper closed in 2008, Toyota became the major sponsor, assumed responsibility for event production and supported the scholarship program. With the 2014 announcement of Toyota’s headquarters consolidation and eventual relocation to Texas, the program was again in need of a champion to carry the torch. The Women’s Initiative of the NKY Chamber of Commerce has adopted this program and will continue its remarkable legacy.

Julie Metzger Aubuchon, O.D. is the owner of Metzger Eye Care. A graduate of the University of Houston, where she attained a Doctor of Optometry degree. Metzger Eye Care is a fullservice eye care provider with offices in Florence and Covington. and recently celebrated its 60th year in business. Dr. Aubuchon currently serves as the team Optometrist for the Cincinnati Cyclones minor league hockey team. As a leader in her profession, Dr. Aubuchon served as the Kentucky Optometric Association president from 2010-2011. In that role, she was instrumental in the passage of legislation that expanded access to eye care for Kentuckians. She is currently vice-mayor of Florence and has served on the Florence City Council since 1999. She has represented the City on numerous boards and committees such as Boone County Success by Six and the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Dr. Aubuchon, her husband, Patrick, and son, Brady, reside in Florence. She is an avid fan of the Florence Freedom, Cincinnati Cyclones and her son’s sports teams.

Florence Tandy was the executive director of Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, an eightcounty human services organization with an annual budget of $13 million in federal, state, local, and private funding. Under her leadership, the organization has grown in size, complexity and accomplishment. It is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and is a Best Practice Partner with the Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN). Within the past year, the organization received KNN’s 2017 Innovative Nonprofit award, and an Impact 100 award, and was a finalist for the NKY Chamber Community Champion Business Impact award. Tandy has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership roles, including human services, healthcare and technical assistance organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Florence is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky and a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Nonprofit Leader award from KNN. Tandy has been married to her husband, Tom, for more than 35 years and blessed with two grown children. She retired from NKCAC at the end of May and looks forward to new ways of serving the NKY region.

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ALECIA WEBB-EDGINGTON 2018 OUTSTANDING WOMAN HONOREE

KATHLEEN REUTMAN BRYANT 2018 HELEN CARROLL CHAMPION OF EDUCATION HONOREE

KY STATE REPRESENTATIVE KIMBERLY POORE MOSER 2018 HENRIETTA CLEVELAND INSPIRING WOMEN HONOREE PRESENTED BY ST. ELIZABETH HEALTHCARE

Alecia Webb-Edgington is the president of Life Learning Center in Covington. Formerly, she was a Senior Police Advisor with the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. In addition to her role at the U.S. Department of State, Webb-Edgington was employed in the private sector focusing on public safety, information technology, consulting and project management. Alecia has a noteworthy career in public safety as retired Major from the Kentucky State Police (KSP). While at KSP, Webb-Edgington rose through the ranks from Trooper to Major serving in multiple capacities. Upon her retirement from KSP, she served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) during the Fletcher Administration. After her tenure at KOHS, she was elected to the 63rd District House seat and served in that capacity for five years. Webb-Edgington received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Criminology from Western Kentucky University and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. She is married to Ted Edgington. They have one daughter, Jill, a senior at Centre College. Alecia and Ted currently reside in Covington.

Kathy Reutman Bryant is the executive director of Student and Community Services for Boone County Schools and has been in education for 44 years. She began her career teaching as a Special Education Director. Through her work teaching mentally disabled children and children with emotional, behavioral disorders, she developed a passion for reducing all barriers for children with special needs. Through her diligent work, the Boone County School District’s Special Education Department became known around the Commonwealth as a top-tier program. Bryant’s current passion project has been creating an Early Learning Childcare Center for inner-city Boone County preschool students, which she has worked in partnership with Children’s Inc. to bring this to fruition. The Early Learning Childcare Center is now in its first year serving students to prepare them for kindergarten. Bryant’s interest in student empowerment and leadership has served Boone County students well as she facilitates the Boone County Schools Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. This student-led group fosters student voice and participation in school, and district and community decisionmaking processes.

Kimberly Poore Moser received her Bachelor of Science in nursing, served many years as a RN in neonatal intensive care and flight nurse for the University of Kentucky Neonatal Transport Team. Additionally, Kim attended the UK College of Architecture and worked as a medical consultant for hospital design and other construction projects. Moser is proud to serve as the president of the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance. She is the past-president of the Kentucky Medical Association Alliance and the Northern Kentucky Medical Society Alliance. Moser was elected chair of the Kentucky Physicians’ PAC as the first non-physician to ever chair a Physicians’ PAC in the nation. She serves as the director of drug control policy, working to eliminate the scourge of heroin and substance abuse. She has served on the Coordinating Council of the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Task Force and was instrumental in passing legislation to combat the heroin epidemic. She was elected to the State Legislature in 2016 and serves in the 64th House District in the Kentucky General Assembly. Moser is a resident of Taylor Mill with her husband, Neal, of 33 years. They have five sons and two grandchildren.

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OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF NKY

SR. MARY ETHEL PARROTT, SND 2018 JUDITH CLABES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE

KRISTEN SMITHERMAN-VOLTAIRE 2018 EMERGING LEADER HONOREE

THE NANCY JANES BOOTHE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Sr. Mary Ethel Parrott, SND considers herself one of the luckiest women around. She is the first of eight athletically and/or academically talented children of Mae and Edgar (Shorty) Parrott. Her good fortune included pre-college education with Benedictine, Divine Providence, and Sisters of Notre Dame (SND). Upon entering the SND community after graduating from Notre Dame Academy (NDA), Parrott attained her physics degree at Thomas More College (TMC). She enjoyed graduate courses at many universities and was awarded her Master’s in Physics from the University of Kentucky. For most of her career, she lived and ministered with a very supportive SND community at NDA. On most days she experienced NDA as a “teacher’s paradise,” and was privileged to partner with outstanding students, parents and colleagues. Receiving one of the early Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching has opened up a world of networking opportunities for her. Parrott has been blessed with participation with SNDs nationally and internationally. Every day she discovers more of God’s goodness and hopes she can convey some of that experience to one person at a time.

Kristen Smitherman-Voltaire is the director of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement at Gateway Community and Technical College. In this role, she leads a comprehensive effort to ensure that equality and inclusion continue to be prioritized and emphasized in Gateway’s organizational processes. Smitherman-Voltaire earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Master of Science in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University. She is also a certified project manager and proud alum of Leadership Northern Kentucky, class of 2015. As a daughter of two physicians who have devoted their entire careers to treating the uninsured, she is in her element when she contributes her time to supporting and advocating for improved health and well-being of those who are vulnerable, underrepresented, and often forgotten. To align her community work with her personal passions, she serves on the Women’s Crisis Center Board and the City of Cincinnati Human Services Advisory Council. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Emilio, newborn daughter, Arya, and two rescue dogs, Bart and Gio.

The OWNK education partners are Toyota, Gateway Community and Technical College, Northern Kentucky University and Thomas More College. Each year, Toyota and the three schools fund one $2,000 scholarship for each recipient. These scholarships are designated for a deserving female college student who exhibits the same qualities as the Outstanding Women honorees. The three financial awards constitute the Nancy Janes Boothe Scholarship program, named posthumously in honor of Nancy Janes Boothe, the founder of the awards program and wife of former NKU president, Dr. Leon Boothe. As “first lady” of NKU, she worked tirelessly alongside her husband to build the fledgling institution, championing education, and contributing to the community. Off campus, she served on the boards of the NKY Salvation Army, NKY Heart Association, NKY United Way and Community Chest, and Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church. Shortly before the Boothes moved to NKY, Nancy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She never let her disease slow her down. Her goal, according to her husband, was to ‘’to live life to its fullest and to be with people.’’ Nancy Janes Boothe: a determined leader, a phenomenal volunteer, a gracious friend. Outstanding indeed.

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NANCY JANES BOOTHE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

MARSHA WHITE GATEWAY COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE

MIRTHA VASALLO THOMAS MORE COLLEGE

KIMBERLY MASCO NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSTIY

Marsha White wasn’t always so sure about what she wanted to do with her life. It wasn’t until losing her youngest son Connor to leukemia in 2014 that she found her calling. She dug deep and found the strength the challenge herself to become a distance runner while raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their program TEAM in Training. Since running in the Cincinnati Flying Pig in 2015, she has raised nearly $10,000 in memory of her son. During that time she struck her first arc, and found her calling to become a woman welder. That is when she enrolled into the welding program at Gateway Technical and Community College, and has excelled ever since, quickly mastering various types of welding and rising to the top of her class, making it onto the dean’s list. She currently works as an aerospace welder, and is also mom to her oldest son, Sionn. She hopes to continue inspiring others to chase their dreams, to not give up, and to encourage other females to join the trades. NK Y

Mirtha Vasallo always dreamed about being a college graduate but life got in the way. She came to the US from Cuba at the age of seven but had to put school aside to help support her elderly parents. Even without a degree, a strong work ethic and personal drive has resulted is successful careers for her in retail, banking and the insurance industry. She is currently employed by Protective Life Insurance where she has held several successful positions over the last nine years. She is the mother of two and is an active advocate for mental health awareness through the International OCD Foundation and volunteers at the Grant Us Hope Foundation, an organization recently created here in Cincinnati to bring suicide prevention programs to our local high schools. One of the main motivators for going back to school was to learn new skills that would help her be more effective with her work in the mental health community. The other driving force are her children-Matt & Olivia and the lesson she wants to pass on to them; that it’s never too late to go after your dreams.

Kimberly Masco began her studies at Northern Kentucky University in 2014 and completed her associate in arts degree online. In the fall of 2017, she returned to Northern Kentucky University where she is currently studying for her bachelor of arts degree in Organizational Leadership. Kimberly was on the Dean’s List from 2014-2017, the President’s Honors List in the fall semester of the 2017-2018 school year, and is a current member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Kimberly and her husband have been married for six years and have four daughters. Over the years, she has volunteered at and participated in events such as Macy’s United Way Campaign, Santa’s Helpers, Freestore Foodbank, ArtsWave and Bag Hunter. She plans to use her knowledge and experience to inspire others to do great things and never give up on their dreams.

— MORE OUTSTANDING WOMEN!

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Regional Youth Leadership Class of 2018 By Ann Marie Whelan Director Regional Youth Leadership

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“RYL allowed me to discover all the wonderful opportunities in my own backyard, and I am forever grateful for that. Because of RYL, I am now truly in love with Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.”

“My favorite session was Camp Joy, where we got to bond and become close with one another. It helped me deepen my ability to lead, and allowed me to learn more about my community.”

- Elayne Harrington, Simon Kenton High School

- Lucas Kuhlman, Covington Catholic High School

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LEADERSHIP THE REGIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP (RYL)

sponsored by Ohio National Financial Services with support

class of 2018 is the 23rd class to graduate from the program

from Regal Beloit, Leadership Northern Kentucky Alumni,

which started in 1994. Graduates of this year’s class include

Leadership Cincinnati Alumni, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and

high school juniors from 40 different Northern Kentucky and

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. A dedicated group of local

Cincinnati area schools.

business professionals volunteer their time and expertise to

Over the past eight-months, the students have

conduct the monthly sessions which are held at businesses

participated in sessions and activities which have advanced

throughout the region such as Mazak, Northern Kentucky

them as young leaders. The RYL Steering Committee has

University, Madonna Manor, Taft Law Center and more.

developed multi-session curricula that exposes youth to the

Family members, friends and members of the community

complex issues and challenges of our region, introduces them

gathered at Aloft Newport on the Levee to celebrate the

to the resources available, and helps them identify their roles

graduation of 44 young leaders from the RYL program. The

and responsibilities as young leaders in our community. While

graduation consisted of an awards ceremony for the class

the topics of RYL monthly sessions may vary there is an

members and program reflections from select students. While

undertone of tacit information exposing students to potential

the celebration marks the end of the program for these

careers, leadership opportunities and, in general, the amazing

students, it is just the beginning of their leadership journey and

things happening in our community.

we can’t wait to see what comes next for these young leaders.

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RYL is a non-profit program supported by business

NK Y

sponsorships, grants, and donations. The 2018 program was

“Dr. Odell Owens inspired me to go beyond my comfort zone and help those most in need in our community as well as inspiring me to become the best leader I can be. This program was beyond amazing. Thank you to all those who make this program possible, it has changed my life.”

“RYL showed me that you can always find a way to help others through what you’re interested in and what you love. RYL taught me that there isn’t just one way to be a great leader. Leaders aren’t always eloquent public speakers, or spectacular visionaries. Sometimes the best leaders do so many small unseen things to help others or they know how to create a plan to turn a visionary’s idea into a reality.”

- Austin Alwell, Bishop Brossart High School

- Emilie Hatton, Homeschool

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World’s Greatest Reuben By Katie Louis Account Executive Scooter Media


FEATURE

Founded in 1901 by the Kadetz family, Izzy’s was the first Kosher style delicatessen west of the Alleghenies. Consistently named the “Best Deli in Cincinnati,” and known as the home of the “World’s Greatest Reuben,” Izzy’s still serves the classic homemade recipes Izzy Kadetz was handed down from his father, dating back to 1901.

RECENTLY MY HUSBAND KEVIN and I were looking for a quick dinner that wasn’t in our usual rotation, so we stopped by Izzy’s. I grew up splitting Reubens and potato pancakes with my family on the occasional Saturday, and the Fort Wright and Elm Street locations are favorite lunch spots for my office, but he hadn’t been since he was little and I had to change that. Not long ago we moved to Anderson, so we headed to the Izzy’s on Beechmont. When we arrived we were greeted with a smile and plenty of tables, though there were several other groups already enjoying their dinners. Once we took our seat we were presented with a fresh dish of Izzy’s famous pickles. I’ve never been a fan of pickles, but Kevin convinced me to try one and I have to admit they’re better than any I’ve tried before. My husband tells me they’re the best pickles he’s had. Normally I stick to the daily special – half-sandwich, soup and potato pancake – and get the corned beef and swiss along with a cup of chicken noodle soup. That night, however, I was in the mood to try something new. I had gotten a “Try It Tuesday” coupon earlier in the day, and decided to go with the featured menu item, a corned beef wrap. The suggestion was a good one and my wrap had Izzy’s famous corned beef, thick cut salami, diced onions, tomatoes, and Swiss cheese with honey Dijon mustard. Kevin went with the tried and true Izzy’s Famous Reuben and enjoyed every last bite.

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As a nice surprise, our waitress brought over a dish of Izzy’s “Gina Sauce,” Thousand-Island dressing with horseradish, and suggested we try it with our potato pancakes. While I’m still partial to using Gulden’s Mustard, I did like the Gina Sauce, and Kevin added it to his potato pancake and Reuben. Though we both went with dishes featuring corned beef, Kevin looked through the menu and commented that there were several options that would be good for kids or those who don’t like corned beef. I tend to not look past the corned beef, but there are salads, sandwiches, and wraps featuring turkey, roast beef, goetta, pastrami, and more. As we walked out I asked if Izzy’s would be added to our restaurant lineup and was told we’d be back. Maybe I’ll try something different on the menu next time, but I don’t think I’ll be able to resist the classic corned beef. NK Y

IZZY’S ACROSS THE TRI-STATE: FLORENCE 7905 Mall Road FORT WRIGHT 1965 Highland Pike ANDERSON 7625 Beechmont Ave ELM STREET 800 Elm Street FOREST PARK 1198 Smiley Avenue MAIN STREET 610 Main Street RED BANK 4766 Red Bank Expressway WEST CHESTER 8179 Princeton-Glen Road WESTERN HILLS 5098 Glencrossing Way

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2018 BUSINESS IMPACT AWARD WINNERS

Award Winners The Business IMPACT Awards recognize businesses - small and large, new and longstanding, impacting the Northern Kentucky community through innovation, creativity, strong business practices, and leadership. This year, more than 100 applications were received across eight categories. Micro Business (1-10 employees) HUDSON EYE CENTER

Sponsored by Jolly Enterprises Inc.

PICTURED: Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber Brady Jolly, Jolly Enterprises Inc. Dr. Kim Hudson, Hudson Eye Center Dr. Tyler Hudson, Hudson Eye Center Kevin Jones, Huntington Bank

Small Business (11-50 employees) Sponsored by Jolly Enterprises inc. COLONEL DE GOURMET HERBS & SPICES PICTURED: Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber Brady Jolly, Jolly Enterprises Inc. Susan Stewart, Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices De Stewart, Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices Kevin Jones, Huntington Bank

Large Business (Over 50 employees) Sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield PERFETTI VAN MELLE
 PICTURED: Kevin Jones, Huntington Bank Jeff Bender, Cushman & Wakefield Luke Walker, Perfetti Van Melle Mehmet Yuksek, Perfetti Van Melle Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber

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Community Champions Sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield ST. ELIZABETH HEALTHCARE PICTURED: Kevin Jones, Huntington Bank Jeff Bender, Cushman & Wakefield Gary Blank, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber

Cool Place to Work Sponsored by Strauss Troy Co. TROPHY AWARDS MANUFACTURING, INC PICTURED: Kevin Jones, Huntington Bank Richard Colvin, Strauss Troy Co. Landon Martin, Trophy Awards Manufacturing Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber

Heritage Award Sponsored by Strauss Troy Co. TEWES POULTRY FARM PICTURED: Kevin Jones, Huntington Bank Richard Colvin, Strauss Troy Co. Dan Tewes, Tewes Poultry Farm Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber

Start-Up Award Sponsored by Global Business Solutions ALLIE’S WALKABOUT PICTURED: Kevin Jones, Huntington Bank Alex Perkins, Global Business Solutions Allie Clegg, Allie’s Walkabout Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber

Vision Award Sponsored by Global Business Solutions CTI CLINICAL TRIAL & CONSULTING SERVICES PICTURED: Kevin Jones, Huntington Bank Alex Perkins, Global Business Solutions Paul Ritter, CTI Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber

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SUMMER EVENTS

June Events Mon, June 11 First Day of Summer Classes 9:00 AM — 9:00 PM Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center 620 Greenup St, Covington, KY 41011 Baker Hunt opens its campus for the first day of Summer session for classes and workshops, with offerings for youth and adult!

Tue, June 12

Wed, June 13

Fri, June 15

Women’s Initiative Annual Golf Outing 11:00 AM — 5:00 PM

MANNY Awards 5:30 — 8:30 PM

Florence Freedom Star Wars Night 7:00 — 10:00 PM

Summit Hills Country Club, Inc. 236 Dudley Road, Crestview Hills, KY 41017

Sharonville Convention Center 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246

Join us for a delicious buffet lunch followed by a shotgun start. Enjoy 9 holes of golf or golf clinic before you retreat to the Clubhouse for the 19th Hole Social. Nibble on complimentary appetizers, sip on beverages from the cash bar and shop several specialty vendors.

Award ceremony recognizing some of the top businesses in the manufacturing industry.

Star Wars characters invade UC Health Stadium with a post-game Star Wars themed fireworks show following the Florence Freedom vs Schaumburg Boomers baseball game.

Decadent Dessert Miniatures 6:00 — 7:30 PM Kate’s Catering & Personal Chef Services 702 Sixth Ave Dayton, KY 41074 Small sweets with endless possibilities! Learn how to turn cumbersome desserts into irresistible finger foods in this cooking class at Kate’s.

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UC Health Stadium 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY41042

Coaster Campout 5:00 PM — 8:00 AM Kings Island 6300 Kings Island Drive Mason, OH 45034 This is not your average overnight campout! Where else can you camp overnight in an amusement park right next to some of your favorite roller coasters? Don’t miss this!

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Sat, June 23

Suits That Rock: Toga Party 7:00 — 10:00 PM

Suits That Rock: Toga Party 7:00 — 10:00 PM

The Carnegie 1028 Scott Street, Covington, KY 41011

The Carnegie 1028 Scott Street, Covington, KY 41011

Relive college days at The Carnegie during Suits That Rock: Toga Party. Business and Community leaders will perform college favorites & raise money for The Carnegie.

Relive college days at The Carnegie during Suits That Rock: Toga Party. Business and Community leaders will perform college favorites & raise money for The Carnegie.

BCCDKY River Sweep 8:30 AM — 12:00 PM

Sun, June 24

Gunpowder Creek Nature Park 6750 Sperti Ln, Burlington, KY 41005

Family Breakfast with the Animals 8:00 — 9:30 AM

Boone County Conservation District (BCCDKY) will be hosting the Annual ORSANCO River Sweep at Gunpowder Creek Nature Park! Dress appropriately boots or tennis shoes (will get dirty) & pants!

Cincinnati Zoo - Africa Deck 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220 Enjoy a delicious family-friendly continental breakfast as the African Savanna awakens! Friendly Animal Ambassadors welcome you on your walk to Africa Deck and visit during your breakfast. Limited capacity.

Picnic on the Bridge 11:30 AM Purple People Bridge Newport, KY 41071 The Public Arts Network of NKY invites you to join the businesses who sponsored tables in this years Picnic Table Project for a giant community picnic over the river!

Thu, June 21 Let’s Talk Women’s Health Series Making the Most of Midlife 5:00 — 7:30 PM The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center, Martha and Carl Lindner III Rooftop Garden and Skydeck 2139 Auburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219 Dinner by-the-bite and cocktails will be served while a panel of physicians from The Christ Hospital Health Network discuss health changes that affect women.

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Sat, June 30 Rosie Red Bobble Head night 4:10 PM Great American Ballpark 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 As part of Super Saturdays, free bobblehead of the Reds mascot to the first 20,000 fans. Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare

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Suits That Rock By Katie Louis Account Executive Scooter Media


SUMMER EVENTS

GUEST SUITS 2018 DAN BARR COO, Barr Corporate Success RICH BOEHNE Retired CEO/current Chairman, E.W. Scripps Company BRIAN KAEPPNER Senior Technology Leader, KAO, USA Inc. JOHN KELLINGTON Senior Vice President/CIO, Cincinnati Financial Corporation JON LONG Owner/Member, CAPA Property Management & Mt. Matre LLC. Real Estate Companies RICK MARKSBERRY Retired Inspector, NKY Health Department BOB MITCHELL Senior Vice President/CMO, Cintas TAMARA SCULL Assistant Public Advocate, KY Department of Public Advocacy

EACH JUNE THE CARNEGIE’S OTTO M. Budig Theatre transforms into a packed concert venue while 40 business and community leaders from Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati take on their rock-star alter egos for Suits That Rock. This summer tradition has been raising money for arts education programming at The Carnegie in Covington for the past eleven years. The event began when “Suits,” Kevin Canafax, Greg Shumate, and John Domaschko, decided it would be fun to gather their musically inclined friends for a one night only concert at The Carnegie. They recruited Paul Bromwell and together they annually organize the event that fans still can’t get enough of. Over the years the concert has expanded to two nights and the suits-turnedrockers play to packed houses every year. “We have a great time exploring our musical dreams,” said Domaschko. “The mix of experience in Suits That Rock ranges from those who spent years in professional public performance to those who always had the passion but never had the time to find an outlet for it. This combination of talents allows us to tackle just about any popular song from 1955 to the present. Because of the variation in backgrounds, the musical result is always greater than the sum of its parts.” These days the members of Suits That Rock are high level executives, lawyers, vice presidents, and collegelevel professors at organizations including Fidelity Investments, Frost Brown Todd, Dinsmore, and Western and Southern, among others. They’re parents,

grandparents, board members, and community volunteers who took their passion for music and turned it to the communities they live in. Their pasts, however, include stints in bands that have been inducted into the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame, opened for acts including Eddie Money and The Police, had songs receive airplay on local stations, and won competitions including MTV’s Basement Tapes and more. To keep the concert fresh, each year the Suits add “Guest Suits” to the roster in addition to changing the theme. This year will celebrate 40 years of the college cult-classic Animal House with Suits That Rock: Toga Party. On Saturdays, June 16 & 23 the group will perform college tunes that have stood the test of time like Shout, Come on Eileen, and Misty Mountain Hop, in addition to newer favorites like Shake it Off, and Call Me Maybe. Since its inception, Suits That Rock has raised more than $800,000. That money has been used to fund programming at 60 schools and organizations, allowing 31,500 students to participate in arts education programming from The Carnegie who otherwise may go without music, art, dance or drama at their school. NKY

PICTURED Kevin Canafax

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SUMMER EVENTS

July Events Wed, July 4

Sat, July 14

Campbell County YMCA Firecracker 5K 8:00 AM — 12:00 PM Campbell County YMCA Fort Thomas, KY 41075 The proceeds from the Firecracker 5K Race benefit your community, by enhancing Y programs and services to help individuals and families learn, grow and thrive.

Quaker State 400 7:30 PM City of Fort Mitchell Independence Day Parade 12:30 PM Starts on Orphanage Road, ends at Beechwood Schools

Kentucky Speedway 1 Kentucky Speedway Blvd, Sparta, KY 41086 The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series doesn’t get any more competitive, any harder fought than at Kentucky. The Quaker State 400 is recognized as one of the best battles on the circuit. The Best Drivers Love It – Others Fear It.

Sat, July 7 City of Independece Fourth of July celebration The celebration starts with the Independence Business Association’s Cars & Pipes Car Show in Kroger’s parking lot. The car show is followed by a parade that runs from Summit View Middle School to Memorial Park. The festival is held at Memorial Park and begins with the arrival of the parade. Festivities include food, rides & games for children, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show. PAGE 24

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Mon, July 16 Answers Family Conference 9:00 AM Creation Museum 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road Petersburg, KY 41080 This will be a powerful, unique conference that will combine apologetics and Biblical teaching on many aspects within the family from speakers with many years of experience.

Sun, July 22 The Good People Festival 12:00 PM — 6:00 PM Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center 620 Greenup St, Covington, KY 41011 Join us for a day of gratitude, music, artisans, and kid craft stations. The Good People Festival is brought to you by The Gratitude Collective and Baker Hunt.

Sat, July 28 Walk the Moon after the Reds game 6:40 PM Great American Ballpark 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 As part of the Ohio Lottery Post-Game Series, the hometown favorite band will perform a concert after the game. Free to all fans with a game ticket.

Thu, July 19 Stepping Up Your Grill Game 6:00 — 7:30 PM Kate’s Catering & Personal Chef Services 702 Sixth Ave Dayton, KY 41074 Summer’s best sides, veggies, and desserts can be grilled to perfection. Expand your grilling horizons with this Kate’s cooking class!

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SUMMER EVENTS

August Events Sat, August 4 Florence Freedom Bourbon & Tequila Fest 6:00 — 9:00 PM UC Health Stadium 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY41042 Sample bourbons from across the state of Kentucky (and also visit the tequila cocktail station for custom margaritas) as the Florence Freedom take on the Lake Erie Crushers.

NKY Chamber Day at FC Cincinnati 7:30 PM Nippert Stadium 2700 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221 NKY Chamber Members enjoy a discount to this FCC match. Visit the Chamber website for more details.

Sun, August 5 Summer Sunday 6:00 — 9:30 PM Grandview Tavern 2220 Grandview Dr, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 Join Welcome House for a lovely Summer evening at Grandview. Enjoy a full dinner, cash bar, music, silent auction, and grand raffle as we work to end homelessness in NKY.

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Thu, August 9

Fri, August 17

Demonstrative Dinner: Moroccan Cuisine 6:00 — 7:30 PM

NKY YMCA Golf Outing 8:00 AM — 4:00 PM

Kate’s Catering and Personal Chef Services 702 Sixth Ave Dayton, KY 41074

Twin Oaks Golf & Plantation Club 450 E 43rd Street, Covington, KY 41015

Morocco is the home of the land of Berbere, Mint Tea, Tagine, and Couscous. In this class we will take an immersive culinary and cultural dive into Moroccan cuisine.

The proceeds from the golf outing benefit your community by enhancing Y programs and services to help individuals and families learn, grow and thrive.

Sat, August 11 Jake Owen after the Reds game 6:40 PM Great American Ballpark 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 As part of the Ohio Lottery Post-Game Series, the country singer will perform a concert after the game. Free to all fans with a game ticket.

Sat, August 25 Row By Row Farm-To-Table Dinner 6:00 — 10:00 PM United Aerospace Workers Hall 10020 Reading Road Evandale, OH 45241 Enjoy Delicious food fresh from the farm, music and entertainment all while supporting the education programs offered daily to over 7,500 kids at Gorman Heritage Farm!

Tue, August 14 NKY Chamber Annual Golf Outing 7:30 AM — 7:30 PM Summit Hills Country Club, Inc. 236 Dudley Road, Crestview Hills, KY 41017 Spend some time networking with clients and customers while working on your golf game at the NKY Chamber’s Annual Golf Outing! This is a must-attend event for all businesses in NKY and one of the best traditions in the area.

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SUMMER EVENTS

September Events Sun, Sept 2 RiverBlast 2018 5:00 — 10:00 PM Great American Ball Park 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Help the Gateway Foundation knock student success out of the park with enjoying a spectacular Riverfest experience at Great American Ballpark Champion’s Club.

Sat, Sept 8 HealthPoint Hopebox Derby 11:00 AM — 3:00 PM Wright Summit Business Park Fort Wright, KY 41011 Join in for a soapbox car race and festival with games, car show, and raffle. All proceeds benefit Healthcare for the Homeless, where free healthcare is provided to NKY’s homeless.

Thu, Sept 20 NKY Chamber Annual Dinner Presented by Fifth Third Bank 5:00 — 8:30 PM Northern Kentucky Convention Center One West RiverCenter Blvd. Covington, KY 41011 Join us for the biggest and best networking event of the year! The NKY Chamber Annual Dinner will celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and the business community in making our region a great place to live and work.

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ADVOCACY

EPA Eases Fuel Regulation at Gas Pumps in NKY Staff Contribution THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ON APRIL employees and families, is going to be profound. Since the 2 approved Kentucky’s revision to the State Implementation requirement will end by the end of June, we’ve decided July Plan to eliminate reformulated gasoline (RFG) requirements for 1st will be the beginning of our ‘RFG Independence Day’ Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties in Northern Kentucky. celebration!” NKY business leaders from the NKY Chamber, KY The EPA approval is the culmination of years of leadership Petroleum Marketers Association (KPMA), and state and local and collaboration by multiple organizations and public officials officials led by State Rep. Diane St. Onge (63rd District) and in NKY. Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore Rhonda Whitaker, NKY Chamber Board celebrated this significant environmental and Chair said, “Without the dedication of our NKY economic milestone at a press conference in Chamber board and Chamber volunteers like Devou Park. Steve Harper and Phil Schworer, local officials “This decision means consumers no like Judge Executive Gary Moore, State Rep. longer have to pay for higher-priced RFG at Diane St. Onge, leadership by the KPMA, and the pump year-round while it continues the the support of various NKY mayors and Judges region’s commitment to meeting environmental Executive that wrote letters and publicly spoke standards,” said Rep. St. Onge. out, this wouldn’t have happened. I would like “Our work will move our region forward to thank everyone involved for making this by reducing the cost of gasoline while not happen for the benefit of our economy. This is negatively impacting our environment,” said a great day for NKY!” Judge Moore. “I discovered that we could win NKY has been required to use this battle while testifying before Congress on reformulated gasoline (RFG) since 1995 after air quality in May of 2015. ” the Commonwealth voluntarily opted into the According to Brian Clark, KPMA Executive federal RFG program to meet Clean Air Act Director, this change is possible due to (CAA) requirements. improvements in gasoline, cleaner operating Last year, the KY Division for Air Quality Steve Harper cars and other environmental advancements. evaluated the potential impact of removing Owner Harper Oil Products “It also took the cooperation of our regional RFG in the area. The agency found that removal delegation and state regulatory officials of the requirements would not interfere with to bring this to fruition,” added Clark. “We appreciate the the attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air KY Division for Air Quality’s openness to modernizing the quality standards for ozone. plan and understanding that we share the common goal of EEC Secretary Charles Snavely said, “Work by the Division protecting the environment while not unnecessarily burdening of Air Quality demonstrated that there is no significant benefit the economy. The change received widespread support and to keep reformulated gasoline in NKY. So, it made sense to virtually no opposition, which is a credit to the quality of the petition the EPA to replace it with conventional gasoline.” new plan and the support of our officials.” The effective date of the opt-out is expected to be on or “It is now clear that RFG is no longer needed for NKY to around July 1, 2018, which is 90 days from April 2 published achieve our environmental goals. Consumers will save at the approval of the SIP by the EPA in the Federal Register. NK Y pump without compromising the quality of our environment,” said Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “The savings ahead for NKY businesses and their

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EMERGING 30

Emerging 30 Emerging 30 is composed of local businesses making a significant economic impact on the community based on annual revenue growth. Winners receive public acknowledgment of their achievements and are encouraged to offer their guidance to help other small businesses grow during events tailored specifically to Emerging 30 designees.

AL. NEYER Building Pride in Real Estate. Al. Neyer understands what it takes to do just that. The list of achievements and honors received by Al. Neyer over the last few years is numerous, including being a first-year designee of the 2017 Northern Kentucky Chamber Emerging 30 Award. Founded in 1894, Al. Neyer was a family-owned business, passed along through five generations until 2014 when the company transferred all its stock to an employee stock ownership plan and became a 100 percent employee owned company. Headquartered in beautiful downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, Al. Neyer also has locations in Pittsburgh, PA and Nashville, TN and employs about 85 full-time employees. Those employees pride themselves on their five core values. • We take ownership • We dig the details • We build relationships through trust • We deliver superior service • We run to win and stop to celebrate With such quick growth over the last few years, the biggest business challenges have been developing consistent processes across the board and making sure they are growing with a diverse workforce. Al. Neyer is truly a unique company and is setting the standard in their industry. More than 120 years after its founding, Al. Neyer’s longevity is a testament to the company’s stability and success. The company has earned a reputation for quality and integrity and a dedication to improving communities. Its mission continues – to create real estate solutions for communities that have a need for speed and high quality.

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NEXIGEN As a sixth year recipient of the NKY Chamber Emerging 30 Award, it is evident Nexigen is doing a lot of things right. One of those things specifically is their dedication to excellent customer service. Nexigen takes pride in their impressive market share in Greater Cincinnati through word of mouth referrals. Additionally, they dedicate themselves to staying ahead of the technology curve by taking a proactive approach with in-house 24/7 support from a full team of cloud, security, managed WiFi, and network engineers. Most recently, Nexigen was an integral part of the City of Newport being nationally recognized for their Smart City initiative. You may have recently seen the first smartLINK node, MyLo, installed along Third Street directly in front of Newport on the Levee. This node features USB fast charging outlets, an interactive tablet for internet access, emergency calling capabilities, atmospheric sensors, data analytic devices and two 55-inch outdoor displays for wayfinding and advertising purposes. The nodes connect with high-speed fiber optics and emit super-fast wireless internet. Big growth can create staffing challenges. Nexigen takes those challenges head-on from making sure they are right-sizing the scale of their growth with the number of engineers on staff, to recently bringing in a new Director of Sales Marketing to help with their expansion. Since starting the business in 2003, Nexigen has grown to about 50 full-time employees, and is looking forward to continued growth and success in the Tri-State area.

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EVENTS JUNE 6/6 6/12 6/13 6/13 6/13 6/14 6/14 6/19 6/20 6/22 6/25 6/26

Business Professional Home Run Derby | Florence Freedom | 4 PM Women’s Initiative Golf Outing | Summit Hills Country Club | 11:00 AM — 5:00 PM Workforce: Lunch & Learn BONUS! Financial Wellness/Life Balance | NKY Chamber | 11:30 AM — 1 PM Workforce: Webinar – FMLA Regulations & Their Hidden Gems | 12:00 — 1:30 PM Business After Hours | Hilton Cincinnati Airport, Turfway Rd | 4:30 — 6:30 PM Small Business Academy: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace | NKY Chamber | 8:00 — 9:30 AM Getting the Most from Your Chamber Membership | NKY Chamber | 3:00 — 4:00 PM Eggs ‘N Issues: Cancer, Care and Community | Receptions | 7:30 — 9:00 AM LEGACY The Future of Cancer Prevention & Treatment in NKY | Smoke Justice Roebling Room | 5:30 — 7:00 PM LEGACY CEO Luncheon with Garren Colvin | Metropolitan Club | 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM Women’s Initiative Shore to Shore | Carnegie Hall Newport | 4:30 — 7:00 PM Sales Essentials Workshop: LinkedIn Connections that Help Drive Sales | NKY Chamber | 9:30 — 10:30 AM

Workforce: HR 100 – Compliance | NKY Chamber | 7:45 — 9:30 AM Eggs ‘N Issues | Receptions | 7:30 — 9:00 AM LEGACY Next Generation Leader Awards | Madison Event Center | 6:00 — 9:00 PM NKITA Presents: Doing Business with India | NKY Chamber | 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM LEGACY Coffee and Conversation | NKY Chamber | 7:30 — 8:30 AM Women’s Initiative CONNECT Hour | Mellow Mushroom, Wilder | 4:30 — 6:30 PM Sales Essentials Workshop: Create Engaging Social Media Content | NKY Chamber | 9:30 — 10:30 AM

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Workforce: Webinar – Immigration Issues in Mergers/Acquisitions | NKY Chamber | 12:00 — 1:30 PM Getting the Most from Your Chamber Membership | NKY Chamber | 3:00 — 4:00 PM NKY Chamber Annual Golf Outing | Summit Hills Country Club | 7:30 AM — 7:30 PM Eggs ‘N Issues | Receptions | 7:30 — 9:00 AM Women’s Initiative CONNECT Hour | Chart House, Newport | 4:30 — 6:30 PM Sales Essentials Workshop | Location TBD | 9:30 — 10:30 AM

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