Wednesday, June 25, 2003

N.Ky. small businesses honored

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Five Northern Kentucky companies were honored Tuesday as winners of Small Business Success awards from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. They include:

• Costume Gallery for retail. Founded in 1983, the costume shop now is in Newport, with four full-time and eight part-time employees.

• Flottman Co. Inc. for manufacturing and distribution. Founded in 1921, the printing company is in its third generation of family ownership.

• Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers PSC for construction trades. The mechanical engineering firm started in 1955 and employs 39 people.

• C-Forward Inc. for service. Founded in 1999, the computer networking company earned a profit in its first year.

• Systems InSight Inc. for service. The technology-consulting firm has been in business for more than four years.

"Small businesses are a powerful force and provide a thrust to the economic engine of our nation," chamber president Gary Toebben said.

Companies at least three years old with fewer than 100 employees and less than $5 million in annual sales were eligible for the awards.

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