By Abby Laub
Northern Kentucky’s business community benefits from an attentive, customized, friendly, experienced array of local support service providers – and many more in adjoining Cincinnati – which are an important reason the commercial climate is robust.
As a large regional CPA firm, MCM LLP provides specialized services to a broad range of clients from its two Cincinnati offices. Cincinnati Market Leader & Partner Crystal Faulkner identified some notable needs and trends among MCM’s Northern Kentucky clients.
“Businesses in this region are growing, fast,” she said. “And for a lot of them, that means going beyond American borders. That’s very exciting, and it opens up a whole world of opportunity, literally. It also presents a lot of challenges, and one of the greatest things we bring to this market is our expertise in international business. MCM helps businesses navigate the many complex tax and international employment issues surrounding global business ventures, and is able to position them for success in all of the countries they serve.”
She added that many small businesses also are experiencing leadership transitions that MCM is expertly equipped to handle.
In Covington, Strategic Advisers helps businesses reach their goals through communication. It provides services including public relations, government relations, website development, video production, animation, graphic design, social media, advertising and other communication services.
“Strategic Advisers serves its clients at the intersection of communications, public relations and government relations,” said partner Patrick Crowley.
Companies like C-Forward, also in Covington, ensure that companies can get their messages out through managed information-technololgy services. President Brent Cooper said cybersecurity is an increasingly big part of C-Forward’s services from the most routine to the most complex.
“The number one focus for our industry right now locally and nationally is cybersecurity,” Cooper said. “There has been a steady rise in cyber attacks, and so companies have been utilizing managed service providers like ours to help better protect their businesses and mitigate risk.”
Dean Dorton Allen Ford PLLC, a leading Kentucky accounting and business consulting firm is growing its Northern Kentucky client list and recently announced a new service line. Recognizing business executives and their teams want collaborative cloud-based applications in order to provide financial data more efficiently and effectively, the company launched Dean Dorton Accounting and Financial Outsourcing (Dean Dorton AFO) for back office and accounting solutions.
UpTech is a technology accelerator program for data-driven start-ups that are developing tech-enabled solutions and seeking equity funding. With assistance from the informatics program at the University of Northern Kentucky, it helps start-up businesses get to a point where they have financial departments to manage.
Located in Covington, UpTech’s program is driven by entrepreneurship education, mentoring and community involvement.
“The mentors are definitely what our companies find the most value in,” said UpTech Program Director JB Woodruff. “The money is necessary to be able to go all in and commit to the business full time. However, the mentors are the ones that make the connections and really polish the business into something viable.
Once businesses are established, TiER1 Performance Solutions can help improve the effectiveness of key personnel and allow companies to grow further.
Based in Fort Thomas, KLH Engineers is led by Principal, President & CEO Bob Heil. The award-winning firm is responsible for many major projects around the United States for clients like The Home Depot, Under Armour,
St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Nike and Newport on the Levee. l