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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Applications Now Open for NKY Chamber’s 2022 Business Impact Awards

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Impact Awards recognizes businesses across the region.

Each year, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) recognizes local business leaders and innovators through its Business Impact Awards program, presented by Huntington Bank. The awards recognize businesses — small and large, new and long-standing — that are positively impacting the Northern Kentucky community through innovation, creativity, strong business practices and leadership.

Applications for the 2022 Business Impact Awards, which will be held on May 3, 2022, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center (1 W RiverCenter Blvd. in Covington), are now being accepted.

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The Business Impact Awards recognize businesses in nine categories — Small, Medium and Large Businesses, For-Profit and Nonprofit Community Champions, Cool Place to Work, Heritage Award, Start-Up and Innovation.

Small (1-10), Medium (11-50), Large (over 50) Business Award: Recognizes businesses that are industry leaders in their respective markets and represent NKY to the broader region by providing outstanding goods or services. Qualifying organizations must exemplify strong business and civic leadership, community involvement, good management practices and financial soundness.

Community Champions Award — For-Profit Company and Community Champions Award — Nonprofit Company: Recognizes a business or organization that not only engages and gives back to the community but values a strong diverse and inclusive workforce as part of the culture and values of the organization. This company is truly of, by and for their communities. The employers continuously work to help engage and empower their neighborhood, city and region. The organization supports workplace giving and employee engagement programs to improve Northern Kentucky.

Cool Place to Work Award: Recognizes a business that is a fun place to work and demonstrates innovative initiatives to discover, grow, maintain and retain its workforce while fostering a culture where employees value their jobs and enjoy going to work.

Heritage Award: Recognizes a business that has shown consistent stability and has been an economic contributor to the Northern Kentucky community. The organization has been actively involved in serving and offering employment opportunities. Over the years, the company has stayed relevant in the community through good and bad times. Must have been in business longer than 25 years.


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Start-Up Award: Recognizes a business that has been in operation for at least one year, but less than five. This business has shown proven growth and demonstrates sustainability.

Innovation Award:
Recognizes a business that has inspired and delivered new thinking in the marketplace. In a world of sameness and business as usual, this business has bravely stepped into the unknown and delivered their unique point of difference. They’ve raised the bar and showcased Northern Kentucky as an area of thoughtful, innovative industry leaders.

"The Business Impact Awards provide a positive platform for the business community to showcase their people, their missions and their innovations that are helping the Northern Kentucky region excel," said Brent Cooper, president and CEO of the NKY Chamber. "As our businesses continue to persevere in an ever-changing landscape, we are excited to recognize and celebrate those that are positively impacting local communities through groundbreaking and creative initiatives."

Applications for the Business Impact Awards, presented by Huntington Bank, can be found online at Hard copies can be obtained by contacting Lynn Abeln, vice president of Membership-Sponsorship Sales at 859-578-6390 or by emailing The deadline to apply is Friday, February 18, 2022. Finalists will be announced in March 2022, with winners revealed during the awards celebration on May 3, 2022.

The Business Impact Awards are presented by Huntington Bank. Award Sponsors include Al. Neyer, Global Business Solutions, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Strauss Troy, and VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm. The Reception Sponsor is Perfetti Van Melle and the Event Sponsor is Humana. Supporting Sponsors are PNC Bank and Republic Bank. To learn more, go to

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