ezone - NKY's Entrepreneur Center



Tri-ED is a non-profit economic development organization serving Northern Kentucky, a region that offers the assets of a 2.1 million plus metropolitan area, all while providing the convenience and affordability of a smaller community.

Working with local associates, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED encourages a thriving business climate in Northern Kentucky for your business. We are happy to assist you in your relocation or expansion decisions.

About ezone

The Northern Kentucky ezone, a division of Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, provides a support program for businesses ranging from start-up entrepreneurs to established companies commercializing a new product, technology or process. Support includes early stage capital in the form of grants, loans, forgivable loans and equity investments, through the Kentucky Enterprise Funds and the Kentucky Department of Commercialization and Innovation.

The ezone accelerates, mentors, and helps gain exposure for start-up, emerging, and existing entrepreneurs on the pathway to success. The ezone has assisted over 200 companies that have brought more than $121 million in investments to Northern Kentucky. Since our program began in 2001, we have assisted clients in achieving 44 awards through the Kentucky Enterprise Funds. Currently, we are working with a portfolio of approximately 70 companies that include people with nothing more than an idea all the way through multi-million dollar international corporations.

Northern Kentucky ezone is actively looking for client companies who share our commitment and passion in developing the Northern Kentucky entrepreneur community. We want to strengthen the region by empowering entrepreneurial businesses like yours to achieve success.

For answers to common questions about the ezone or to see if we can assist your company or idea please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The ezone Experience
The ezone Experience is three-fold:

  • Mentoring residents toward success
  • Facilitating connections and networking
  • Assisting companies in locating and obtaining early stage funding

The ezone Provides:

  • Executive boardroom
  • Wireless internet access
  • Network printing
  • Local telephone service and voice mail
  • Faxing/copying
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Access to entrepreneur-friendly office space 

ICC Regional Staff

  • R. Casey Barach, Vice President Entrepreneurship, Phone 859-292-7781 
  • Cass Choppy, Asstiant Director of Innovation and Commercialization,  Phone 859-292-7785
  • Sheryl Stolze, Assistant for Entrepreneurship, Phone 859-292-7780 

Entrepreneurship Committee Members

·          Chad Bilz               -Schiff-Kreidler-Shell Insurance

·          Robert W. Coy Jr.   -CincyTech

·          Roger Griggs          -Drug Enhancemnet Company of America

·          Richard Hempel      -Natural Bridge Technologies

·          Daniel Tobergte      -NKY Tri-County Economic Development Corp

·          Thomas A. Prewitt   -Graydon, Head, & Ritchey, L.L.P.

·          Toby Rau               -US Bank 

·          Dennis R Williams   -Adams, Stepner, Wolterman, & Dusing, P.L.L.C.



Coming from Ohio: (I-75/71 South)
Exit 5th Street in Covington.
Turn left off of the exit onto 5th Street.
Follow 5th Street through town.
Turn right onto Madison Avenue.
The ezone is up one block on the right, at the corner of 6th and Madison,
535 Madison Avenue. (Republic Bank is on the lower floor.)

Coming from Kentucky: (I-75/71 North)
Exit 5th Street in Covington.
The exit ramp curves to the right; stay on 5th Street and follow through town.
Turn right onto Madison Avenue.
The ezone is up one block on the right, at the corner of 6th and Madison,
535 Madison Avenue. (Republic Bank is on the lower floor.)

Visitor Parking:
Turn right onto 6th street.
There is a lot on the left about a half block up the street. (Sign in lot says "Parking for 10 W. 6th Building).
There are reserved spots for the ezone (look for the reserved signs).
There is also plenty of metered street parking nearby.

      535 Madison Ave. - Suite 400 - Covington, KY 41011
      859-292-8444 - ezone@nothernkentuckyusa.com