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Finalists Announced for Covington Business Excellence Awards

The City of Covington announced its thirty-eight finalists in various categories for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards.
The city received a record number of nominations.
137 nominations representing 87 unique businesses were submitted, said Suzann Gettys, awards program manager and a specialist in business retention & expansion for the city's economic development department.
"We were thrilled both by the high level of public participation and by the quality and diverse nature of the nominees themselves," Gettys said. "The finalists represent businesses of all shapes and sizes offering all kinds of goods and services. They work hard to make our local economy and job market strong, and we're honored to recognize and celebrate them."
To narrow down the list, the city sent the nominations to a panel of local business association representatives, who ranked the nominees within each category.
The winners of the fourth-annual Business Recognition Program will be announced May 9 at the Madison Event Center. The event will take place 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
These finalists were nominated in eight categories during a public nomination process:
Significant Business Growth*
  • Wunderbar
  • Scooter Media
  • Blinkers Tavern
  • Doodlebug Boutique
 Exceptional Customer Service
  • Klingenberg's Hardware & Paint
  • Moonrise Doughnuts
  • Frank's Men's Shop
  • The Point Perk
  • Bean Haus
 Innovation (Unique or Innovative Product or Service)
  • Moonrise Doughnuts
  • Chroma Vino Paint Bar + Gift Shop
  • Braxton Brewery
  • CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting
  • Grainwell
 Community Champion
  • Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
  • The Point Arc
  • Moonrise Doughnuts
  • ServPro of Kenton County
  • Renaissance Covington
  • Herb & Thelma's Tavern
  • Klingenberg's Hardware & Paint
  • Covington Ladies Home
  • The Sanders Law Firm
  • Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc.
New Business (Minimum 1 year, less than 3 years)
  • Hotel Covington
  • Chroma Vino Paint Bar + Gift Shop
  • Lisse
  • Rooted Yoga
  • Handzy Shop + Studio
 Out of the Box (Unique/Specialty Business)
  • Renaissance Covington
  • Gutierrez Deli
  • Papas Candies
  • Yankee Doodle Deli
  • Strange Stock Art Conservation
 Exceptional Aesthetics (stewardship, beautification)*
  • Handzy Shop + Studio
  • Lost Art Press
  • House Of Orange
  • Left Bank
 *NOTE: Only four nominations were received in these categories.
Special recognition will also be given at the event to Covington's Top 25 Employers and Top 25 Growth Businesses, as well as its "Longevity Businesses" (those that have been in business for 50-plus and 100-plus years. The "Spirit of Progress" award will also be presented to recognize a valued partner in furthering the City's goals, interests and economy.
If you go:
  • Date: Wednesday, May 9
  • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Place: The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Avenue, Covington
  • Visit the city website for event information or click RSVP

-Staff report