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Newport Businesses Honored at Annual Awards Celebration

The Newport Business Association held its annual meeting and awards presentation on Wednesday.

Six awards were handed out.

Community Leadership Award: Newberry Bros. Coffee & Bistro

In addition to starting their business in Newport they are also making Newport their home.

Since moving into the area they formed an entertainment district in the Historic East Row Neighborhood with Pompilios, Coaches Corner, Crazy Fox and Mansion Hill Tavern.

They have hosted numerous events to raise money for causes such as the dog park located in the East Row Neighborhood.

They also help by donating food to Brighton Center

Accepting the award: Kim and Peter Newberry.

Volunteer of the Year: Lee Kinzer, Newport Pizza Company

Kinzer is a Newport resident and has an extensive background in the Restaurant/Hospitality business community.  It is this background which enabled him to coordinate the first “Taste of Newport” in 2013, which will become the annual pre-Italianfest event in the Historic Downtown Newport Business District.

His initial objective was to promote the various dining opportunities throughout the City in a central location in the 600-700 and 800 blocks of Monmouth.  Twenty-three restaurant/food vendors participated and thousands of people were in attendance. 

In addition to promoting the participating restaurant/food vendors, Kinzer was committed to helping non-profit organizations within the City.  He recruited volunteers to staff the beer and ticket sales booths, assist with set-up/take-down and clean-up and also provided a Celebrity Beer Booth Server, Jeff Piecoro of Reds Live and Fox Sports Ohio.  The non-profits which benefitted were: American Legion, Brighton Center, Clifton Neighborhood, Hosea House, Newport Central Catholic, Newport Independent Schools and Newport Wildcats.  The total donated to these groups was $4,000. 

In his spare time, you will find him either on the golf course or on the Ohio River with his boat.

Business of the Year: Kroger Marketplace

Kroger Marketplace has shown exemplary commitment to the residents of Newport through its in-kind contributions as well as the engagement of its employees with the community.  In 2013, they donated 41,510 pounds of food to Brighton Center to distribute through its Food Pantry.  This has helped serve 400 plus families each month with critical food supplies. 

In addition, its employees engaged with residents at many levels.  Here are some examples: Sponsored a family night at Brighton Center, serving a meal and planning activities for 50+ residents, Provided a job shadow experience for 2 youth, Attended a summer job fair and worked with area youth on interviewing skilla, Supported Brighton Center’s Holiday Drive by hosting a toy drive, displaying tags for gifts in the store, and set-up the food room for Holiday distribution, Provided food and pictures with Santa for a neighborhood Christmas party, Hosted a Christmas party for “Every Child Succeeds” families with young children – providing dinner, gift bags for children, and pictures with Santa.

Kroger Marketplace's contribution to the economic development as well as the social capital of Newport has been significant  and its Community Rewards program helps support many other local non-profit agencies.

Accepting the award: Gary Warden, manager

New Business of the Year: Northern Kentucky Spotlight on Newport - Chris Lane, publisher

This new business has brought a significant contribution to the well being of the City by promoting timely monthly information, non-profit organizations, new business updates and spotlights and entertainment opportunities.  Plus, it provides a unique venue for advertising Newport businesses, along with coupon incentives.

Lane is committed to providing a first-class advertising tool, which is mailed to all Newport residents by the first of each month.  Several residents have complimented the City on this new monthly publication because of the timely information it provides.

Business Recognition Award: Remke Markets

Remke has partnered with Brighton Center and played a major role by collecting food donations from its customers during the Holiday Season and providing discounts on food purchases for their agency and other non-profit agencies.

When asked by its poultry provider, which non-profits should receive donated product, Remke identified Brighton Center and they received 6,000 pounds of chicken to distribute through its food pantry.

In a promotion with WXIX for winter donations, 7,570 coats, blankets and other winter items were donated through its various locations.  It was a lot of work for the staff to sort through the items but well worth the time!

The cooperative and collaborative spirit of this business is always looking for ways to help the community.

Accepting the award: manager Maureen Galla and Carla Baker

Business Recognition Award: Target

Target has played a major role in the National Night-Out Program co-sponsored by the Newport Police Department prior to the beginning of the school-year in August. 

They supplied 500 students with school supplies, back packs, prizes for the games, as well as providing the location, prep, set-up and electricity for the event. 

Plus, they partnered with Brighton Center and donated 25,883 pounds of food to its food pantry in 2013.

Accepting the award: Jacque Newman

New officers for the NBA: President Lynn Cole (Bank of Kentucky), Vice President Jack Moreland (Southbank Partners), Secretary Bev Holliday (City of Newport), and Treasurer Drew Bach (Michael P. Bach, PSC).

Renewed board members: Michael P. Bach (PSC), David Dalton (The Think Shop), Charlie Fry (Master Fry Defense Systems), Christy Gloyd (Newport on the Levee), Jaimie Niemczura (American Diversified Development), Marvin Polinsky (Saul's Value Store), Larry Weber (PNC Bank), Tammy Weidinger (Brighton Center).

New board member: Chris Brewer (Zavoodi, Inc.)

From Newport Business Association

Photo: Newport Pavilion