New NKU Support Program Will Help Small and Family-Owned Northern Kentucky Businesses Impacted By COVID Innovate

The Family Business Relief Program provides technical guidance and assistance to small NKY businesses that were affected by COVID-19

click to enlarge Bellevue's Fairfield Avenue - Photo: Liz Davis
Photo: Liz Davis
Bellevue's Fairfield Avenue

As implications resulting from the coronavirus pandemic continue to economically affect businesses across the region, Northern Kentucky University has developed a program to provide aid to local small businesses in need. 

The Family Business Relief Program, a partnership between the NKU Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, NKU Small Business Development Center and a grant from Drees Family Foundation, provides no-cost technical guidance and assistance to small, family-owned businesses throughout the Northern Kentucky area that were impacted by COVID-19.

While each business and their needs are different, the program will have the ability to offer assistance with integrating Quickbooks (or other accounting software) and POS systems; website development or updating; search engine optimization; implementing e-commerce services; setting up online delivery or scheduling services; updating marketing for a company's design, copy and photography; and assisting with social media set up and content development. 

In order to be eligible for the program, businesses must have at least two or more family members operating and in majority control the business, the applicant must be an NKU SBDC client (you can sign up here to request), and will need to explain how their business was affected by COVID and how this program will help them. 

The website also notes that multi-generational family businesses will receive special consideration. 

According to the website, eligible counties include Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton.

Fill out an application online to apply for the program. 

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