It is not news to us that the quality of life, a skilled workforce and a location second to none draw businesses to Northern Kentucky. Who can argue about being 15 minutes from an international airport? Or education developed in tandem with businesses? Or lush rolling hills and southern hospitality?

But it is big news to us that Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties are now home to more than 1,000 companies each generating more than $1 million a year in revenue.

This Survival Guide to Doing Business and the NKY 200 is our effort, developed in partnership with the NKY Chamber of Commerce and Tri-ED, to fill a need to identify these companies on an annual basis and give you as the reader the inside scoop to succeed in business in our region.

As we examine the 2011 numbers — the latest available — using Hoover’s, a leading business directory, the news gets better and better. Diverse industries call NKY home for all the right reasons.

The outstanding quality of life helps recruiting, and Toyota is thrilled with the team members they’ve hired, Shigeki Teraski, president and CEO of the international automaker’s Erlanger operation, tells us.

Northern Kentucky University senior economist Janet Harrah points to its location with nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population within 600 miles. And then there are the three major interstates: I-75, I-71 and I-74.

And NKY ranks sixth among its counterparts in the country in enticing businesses to expand, locate or relocate.

We’ve brought it all together for you in this comprehensive list with insightful interviews and thousands of statistics. It’s our first time and we’re eager to hear your suggestions, reactions and questions.

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