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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Three Campbell County Businesses Selected for NKY Small Business Grants

Kathy McDonald and Shane Coffey, owners of Galactic Fried Chicken in Dayton. (photo by Phil Armstrong, Fort Thomas Matters.)

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Dayton businesses Galactic Fried Chicken and Kate’s Catering and Personal Chef Services and Bellevue’s Danyelle’s Bellevue Tavern are among a group of 15 Northern Kentucky small businesses selected to receive a grant through the NKY Small Business Grants for Minority-, Women- and Veteran-Owned Businesses program.

Meet Ethan and the team.

The Duke Energy Foundation and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) Foundation partnered for the second year to provide the grants. Nearly 100 businesses applied for the grants. Fifteen were selected to receive varying amounts up to $10,000.

"A thriving small business community is vital to our region’s recovery from the pandemic," said Amy Spiller, president, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. "These grants will help businesses owned by people of color, immigrants, women and veterans successfully move forward. We’re grateful for the Northern Kentucky Chamber’s continued partnership in supporting our small business community."

Galactic Fried Chicken is a full service restaurant specializing in fried chicken, located at 624 6th Avenue in Dayton.

Kate’s Catering and Personal Chef Services provides event catering, personal chef services and cooking classes and is located at 702 6th Avenue in Dayton.

Danyelle’s Bellevue Tavern is a sports bar and tavern located at 615 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue.

Other recipients included:

  • AmerAsia Café & Bar LLC (Kenton Co.)
  • BomDia Massage & Wellness PLLC (Kenton Co.)
  • Colette Paperie (Boone Co.)
  • Greenline Salon (Kenton Co.)
  • Imaginations Abound Early Learning Center (Kenton Co.)
  • Japan-America Culture Exchange LLC / dba Nagomi Japanese Restaurant (Kenton Co.)
  • Leadership Bridges LLC (Kenton Co.)
  • Spotted Yeti Media (Kenton Co.)
  • Reality Tuesday Café (Kenton Co.)
  • Red Bear Inc. (Boone Co.)
  • Rich’s Proper Food and Drink (Kenton Co.)
  • Taste on Elm (Kenton Co.)
The program was open to qualifying businesses with 50 employees or less that are Duke Energy customers in Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton and Pendleton counties. Applications were reviewed by a diverse panel of judges comprised of business and community leaders from a variety of industries, partner organizations and Duke Energy representatives.

More than 160 businesses applied for the first round of the NKY Small Business Grants for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses in July 2020, with 17 local businesses receiving assistance.

Leisa Mulcahy, managing director of GROW NKY and vice president of Workforce at the NKY Chamber, says the grants will give underserved businesses in the region the chance to not just survive, but thrive.

"As our local business community and the national economy continue to rebound from the impacts of COVID-19, it is imperative that the local businesses we support – especially those that are underserved – have the resources they need to endure and even flourish in this new economic landscape," said Mulcahy. "The generous support of the Duke Energy Foundation enables the continued recovery of our economy and community."

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