Business Briefcase: Jan. 21, 2011

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By The Staff

Mount Eden author
honored by pet groups
Paula Sparrow of Mount Eden, author of Kentucky Living's Creature Comforts, has been awarded the 2011 Media Advocacy award from Pet Groups United, an organization representing animal welfare and rescue groups from Kentucky and southern Indiana.
The award is given to a person who uses the media (print, television, Internet) to educate the public about animal rescue.
"The book is one of a kind: no one in Kentucky, or possibly the country, has written a book that covers the entire state about animal rescue,” said Sparrow’s nomination citation. “With all the stories she can tell, and the experiences she can share, Paula has become a valuable resource to the animal welfare community.”
Sparrow and other award winners will be honored at an annual banquet Feb. 19 in Louisville.

Malone joins Turner Insurance
Jeremiah Malone, in addition to being a realtor with Re/Max Associates of Louisville, has joined Turner Insurance Agency in Shelbyville as an agent. He is the brother of Sonny Malone, a broadcaster for Collins High School football, and the brother-in-law of Shelbyville native Kim Hayden Malone.

CUB, Extension Office holds Ramsey seminar
Citizens Union Bank and the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office are joining together once again to present their fifth annual Dave Ramsey’s: Financial Peace University seminar.
This 13-week program is designed to help families and individuals save money quickly, pay off debt quickly and save for their futures. The 18 families who participated in the 2009 class were able to pay off $150,389.59 in debt.
There are 20 scholarships valued at $50 for the first 20 families that sign up. These include a lifetime membership to FPU and a membership kit that includes a weekly workbook, Ramsey’s bestselling Financial Peace Revisited, the entire course on audio CD and other materials.
The program is 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays beginning Jan. 29 (holidays and spring break, excluded) at the Extension Office. To sign up, call 502-633-4593.

Top places to work
The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management State Council will announce the winners in its seventh annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky competition at an awards dinner April 20 at the Lexington Convention Center.
 Winners from across the state have been selected in two categories: small/medium-sized employer (companies of 25 to 249 U.S. employees) and large-sized employer (companies of 250 U.S. employees or greater). The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey.
For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, or to register for the awards dinner, visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com .
ROCK adds new national leader
ROCK, the nonprofit company headquartered in Louisville that recently named Shelby County resident Mary Ann Gramig as its president, announced it will expand its staff. Daniel Weiss, former senior analyst for media and sexuality at Focus on the Family, will serve as ROCK’s director of research and national outreach.
“I am honored and humbled to be named president of this outstanding organization that has made such a difference because concerned citizens decided to take a stand for decency, their families and our communities,” Gramig said. “Their resolve has been contagious and requests are pouring in from around the country from like-minded Americans saying, 'We want to stand firm like ROCK. How can we make a difference? How can we reach out to the exploited and hurting in our communities?' It is our intent to continue to demonstrate success and changed lives here in our own region. But we also have a vision to take the research, resources and approach developed at ROCK to further impact families, communities and institutions across the country.”

Bits & bytes:
•    The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an appreciation luncheon for retiring state Sen. Gary Tapp at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.
•    Guitar Center is opening a new retail location at 4600 Shelbyville Road in Louisville at 7 p.m. Thursday. The store is 17,500 square feet.
•    Average retail gasoline prices in the Louisville area have fallen 11.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.98 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.07/, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com. Those prices are 37.7 cents higher than at the same time in 2010.

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