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Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about exceptionalism through courage

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Courage (or a lack thereof) is a big part of life. When some people think about courage, they think of war heroes on a battlefield, but it’s about far more than that. Courage means tackling challenges and difficulties without letting fear overcome us. Even if we don’t consider ourselves to be particularly courageous,...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive message for youth about exceptionalism through competition

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa What can be wrong with having a competitive spirit? We should want to win and be the best, shouldn’t we? Some people think this way, but others don’t like competition, mainly because it can often feel more peaceful and comfortable not to compete. It’s easy to say we want everybody to be happy and win, but with competition,...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about exceptionalism through work ethic

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa President Thomas Jefferson once joked “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Just about every successful person agrees that work comes before success. In other words, “lucky breaks” usually occur after our work ethic moves us into the best position to take advantage...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos moves first load of dirt at groundbreaking of Prime Air Hub at CVG in Hebron

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Amazon broke ground Tuesday for its new $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub in Hebron, KY at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, driving a front loader, moved the first load of dirt at the groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub at CVG Tuesday (photos by Mark Hansel). Flanked by two Prime Air cargo planes, Amazon CEO...

BBB Trends: Employment scams top the list for 2018, representing a $50 billion drain on the economy

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Marketplace scams represent a $50 billion drain on the U.S. economy, robbing consumers and legitimate businesses alike. Scams have a negative impact on one in four households and one in five individuals each year. These thieves masquerade as trusted brands, erode consumer confidence in the marketplace and often hide on the internet. Last year, people in the U.S....

Matt Partymiller: Monopoly utilities trying to force anti-consumer legislation through Senate Bill 100

Once again, monopoly utilities are trying to force anti-consumer and anti-competitive legislation through the General Assembly – this time at breakneck speed. Senate Bill 100 would strengthen an already monopolistic industry and greatly increase bureaucracy and regulations. It would destroy the current net-metering law, which not only gives Kentuckians the freedom to choose, but benefits all consumers...

2018 was good year for investment in Kentucky — $5.3B in 374 individual projects, 14,500 full-time jobs

Companies pledged nearly $5.3 billion in expansions and new facility locations throughout Kentucky this year, making 2018 the second-highest in state history for corporate investment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. From those investments spanning 374 individual projects, businesses plan to create more than 14,500 full-time jobs in the coming years. The state’s 2018 performance brings the Bevin...

Greg Hardewig: Companies are pushing past just hiring veterans; we’re supporting their transition

Each time Veteran’s Day comes along, I think about the time when I transitioned from active service member to civilian, and began looking for a new career. It was the 90s, the beginning of the Internet age and job search engines were just being built. Organizations didn’t yet quite understand what experiences or skills sets military veterans could bring into their role. Veterans looking for civilian...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home for Nelvi Ponce and her daughters

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicated a new home for homebuyer Nelvi Bocanergra Ponce and her two daughters, Nelvi (1 year) and Yatziry (5), on Sunday at 1737 Elverton Road in the Brookfield Chase Subdivision just off of Russell Cave Road. Nelvi has been building her life in Lexington for the last 11 years. After graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Nelvi started working at Amazon...

Marc Carey’s Steepleview Farm acquires Brosmore’s Pepper Jelly, expands into craft food industry

Beth Brosmore of Brosmore’s Pepper Jelly has announced that her successful craft jelly, sauce, and pickling business has been purchased by Steepleview Farm which is expanding its operations into the growing small batch and craft food industry. “I always felt we had a unique line of delicious food items and take great pride in how the business has developed,” Beth said, “But for the past six...

Christine Luken releases second book, ‘Manage Money Like a Boss,’ aimed at creative entreprenuers

When Christine Luken began writing her second book Manage Money Like a Boss, her original target audience was anyone with a small business. But then she noticed something interesting. She observed that many of the creative entrepreneurs she knew – artists, musicians, photographers, and the like – had a strained push-pull relationship with money and success. They wanted to make more income...

Amazon names 20 finalists for HQ2, Cincinnati/NKY, not on the list; Columbus, OH, Indianapolis are

Amazon has announced 20 finalists to be the host region for its second world headquarters, HQ2 and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky was not among those chosen, but Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis did make the cut. There was a strong presence of cities/regions in the Midwest and on the East Coast, with Denver and Los Angeles the only U.S. locations west of the Rockies named as finalists. Amazon accepted...

Beth Underwood: Alexa, Alexus, Alfred — whoever you are, this is Aunt Mary and you should do as I say

This past weekend, my Aunt Mary was having some issues with technology, namely her digital personal assistant, Alexa. No matter what my aunt commanded, Alexa was unresponsive. Needless to say, Aunt Mary was none too happy. In an age where we’ve become more and more reliant on smart technology, such dilemmas are frustrating at best, especially when a solution isn’t readily at hand. For any of you...

Amazon donates 600 backpacks of winter essentials for the homeless to United Way of the Bluegrass

Ahead of harsh winter weather and the holidays, local Amazon associates made a very special delivery. Last week, Amazon employees donated 600 backpacks full of winter essentials to United Way of the Bluegrass to help people facing homelessness. Each backpack is filled with a winter hat, winter gloves, winter wool socks, all-purpose first aid kit, toiletries kit, Purell hand and face sanitizing wipes...

Amazon’s Northern Kentucky facility to participate in national jobs day, 50,000 open positions to be filled

Staff Report Amazon Jobs Day will open 10 fulfillment centers across the United States for candidates to take a tour, learn more about working at Amazon and see the jobs in person. Included in the Jobs Day is the Northern Kentucky fulfillment center in Hebron. Potential job seekers can apply for a role on-site at Amazon Jobs Day events, speak to company representatives and receive an on-the-spot job...

Constance Alexander: Kilroy’s universal meaning — it’s much deeper than simple graffiti

As the youngest of five kids and the only Baby Boomer in the bunch, I got the leftovers, the hand-me-downs, and a constant chorus of whispered jibes from my siblings that usually amounted to “You’re such a brat.” On the flip-side, I enjoyed the benefit of aging parents — too tired to follow my every move, and too spent to intervene in spats with my sisters and brother when I invaded their...

Not the cluck!? KFC no longer Kentucky’s most valuable brand; replaced by Humana at the top

Every year, leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance values the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies. A brand’s strength is assessed (based on factors such as marketing investment, familiarity, preference, sustainability and margins) to determine what proportion of a business’s revenue is contributed by the brand. This is projected into perpetuity to determine...

Legislative Briefs: School calendar bill heads to governor; shock probation rules tightened

A bill that would give school districts more leeway in setting school calendars is on its way to the governor’s desk after passing the Kentucky House Wednesday. Senate Bill 50, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, would allow school districts to operate on a “variable student instructional year” that would offer the same 1,062 or more hours of instructional time that’s...

Leaders from Amazon, Brown-Forman high speakers at fourth annual Leadership Louisville Center Summit

For the fourth year, the Leadership Louisville Center’s Leadership Summit on March 9, 2017 will attract hundreds from the Louisville region for a day of learning, discovery and connection around the theme Leading for the Future. PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor for the Summit, which will be from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville,...

Amazon Prime to build $1.49 billion cargo hub at CVG; project expected to create 2,700 jobs

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave preliminary approval Tuesday for incentives that clear the way for Amazon Prime to develop a $1.49 billion cargo hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The Kenton County Airport Board met simultaneously to approve the land terms of the project, which will be located on CVG property. Dan...