N. Ky. small businesses honored

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.