Business Briefcase: Feb. 25, 2011

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By The Staff

Farmer featured speaker at home builders event


Former Kentucky basketball star and current Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer will be speaking to the Shelby County meeting of the Home Builders Association of Louisville.

Farmer, who is running for lieutenant governor on a Republican ticket with state Senate President David Williams, will address the gathering at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

Farmer will share stories about his days as a member of UK’s “Unforgettables” and his campaign with Williams.

Tickets are $10 for HBAL members and $15 for nonmembers.
For more info, contact Nicole Bochard at Nicole@hbal.com.

Morris joins Century 21

Nikki Morris has recently joined the CENTURY 21 Abbot Realty & Auction Team. She is a graduate of A-Pass Weikel Institute. She specializes in single-family, farm, vacant land, commercial and auction properties. She is a graduate of Shelby County High School and a longtime resident of the Shelby County area. She resides in Shelbyville with her daughter, Nicole.


Shelby Fit For Life, Extension Office launch program

The Bones for Life program to promote improved bone density is being offered in Shelby County through a collaboration of the UK Extension Office and Shelby Fit for Life. This 4-week series begins at 10 a.m. March 9 and continues through March 30. Classes will be held at the Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Carolyne Slayton-Knox is a certified Bones for Life teacher. For more information or to register for this program, call 647-7867 or E-mail shelbyffl@yahoo.com.


Bulletin board

§       A job fair for young adults (ages 16 to 21) is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 at the  Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 Fourth St., Exhibit Hall 1 A/B. This is free to employers, job seekers and there is free parking at 4th Street Live garage and 6th and Main garages. Jobs will range from food service to cashiers to phone sales to camp workers. Internships and volunteer positions also will be available. Booth applications and more information are available by calling (502) 574-2500, or online at www.kentuckianaworks.org.

§       HJW Career and Financing Literacy Institute Inc. is providing free tax preparation assistance 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through April 14 at 330 Main St. Tax assistance is also available in Oldham County at La Grange Community Center 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and select Saturdays at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (March 5, 19 and April 2) through April 14. A full list of HJW’s volunteer income tax assistance sites can be found at www.hjwfinancial.org or by calling 502-647-3072.

§       The Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center will sponsor an open house for the community, schools and local businesses on March 18. There will be group and individual tours of our academics areas, career technical trade areas and new culinary arts building. The program will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. RSVP by Friday. For more information, contact Stephanie Barber at WMYJCC.

§       The Shelby County Chamber of  Commerce will have its first morning mixer of 2011 at 7:30-9 a.m. March 10 at the Shelby County Public Library.


Bits & bytes

  • The Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Regional Board of Directors is offering free job shadow opportunities to young people ages 16 and older through the Republic Bank JA Achievers Auction. This Web-based auction will allow individuals to be matched with business and educational leaders for a mentoring session. The auction at www.jaky.cmarket.com is under way through March 11. JA Board Job Shadow opportunities will be awarded to the first bidder at no cost. For more information, visit the Republic Bank JA Achievers Auction at www.jaky.cmarket.com or contact Angela Edwards at 502-569-9209.
  • Thorntons Inc. is launching a text messaging program, Thorntons Gas Price Alerts that will be adaptable to any mobile device. Once you’ve signed up, a text message is sent immediately to your mobile device every time Thorntons is notified of a confirmed increase in fuel prices of more than 10 cents per gallon. You can sign up by texting the words for your area (e.g. in Louisville or Southern Indiana, you would text LOUGPA) to 313131;  visit http://www.thorntonsinc.com/Fuel-Alerts.html or call 866-473-0017, press Option 4 and follow the prompts.
  • Alltech cut the ribbon on its $200 million Alltech Algae plant in Winchester. Alltech Algae is a state-of-the-art algae fermentation facility that was acquired in 2010 from Martek Bioscience Corporation for approximately $14 million and has been renovated in the past few months to begin in April as one of the largest algae production sites in the world.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 12.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.10 per gallon on Monday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.16, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Louisville during the past week, prices on Monday were 53.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 2.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 51.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.


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