Business Briefcase: June 1, 2012

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Goodwin earns scholarship


to attend chamber conference


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelley Goodwin is one of 13 people from around the state to receive a scholarship to attend the upcoming annual American Chamber of Commerce Executives Convention. 

The board of directors of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives decided a year ago to increase scholarship money to encourage as many members as possible to attend the ACCE Convention, which will be Aug. 1-4 in Louisville.

“Our board felt it was important to set aside funding for multiple scholarships to ACCE in order to afford the opportunity to attend a wonderful conference to as many chamber executives as possible," KCCE Chairman Brad Hall said in a release announcing the recipients. "We are very excited that ACCE will be held in Kentucky this year, and with this scholarship program, we will have many outstanding chamber executives there to represent our state."  

The awards pay all conference fees for the 13 and include reimbursement for seven individuals’ 1-night hotels stay.


Bob’s Hay Barn has moved

Bob’s Hay Barn no longer is located on 3rd Street in Shelbyville, but the store isn’t out of business. Owner Bob Sparrow moved the business about three weeks ago.

He said he had relocated to his home at 5467 Zaring Mill Road and would be operating from there. He said he did not yet have a telephone number set up or all aspects of the business in full order but would have an update later.


Realtors attend training event

Realtors Lola Marley and Kim Brown of Coldwell Banker Larry K Rogers Realty in Shelbyville recently attended the Coldwell Banker Generation Blue Experience in New Orleans, a professional development program for Coldwell Banker agents.

Marley and Brown said they believe it’s essential  to embrace and understand the newest trends, technologies and best practices of the marketplace.

They said the conference allowed for them to exchange ideas with colleagues and industry experts.

Attendees were provided information on industry trends, such as underscoring the true emotional value of home ownership, leveraging the power of video and social media to help buyers and sellers, and highlighting traditional best practices to ensure extraordinary customer service. 


Treasure Hunters back in town

The Treasure Hunters, the organization that purchases coins, currency, musical instruments and other items, is back in Shelbyville this week, completing a 5-day event on Saturday at the Ramada Inn Shelbyville.

Treasure Hunters also buys rare collectibles, including such things as  toys, dolls, trains, vintage jewelry, old and modern musical instruments, war memorabilia, gold and silver jewelry, costume jewelry, comic books, advertising memorabilia, swords, knives, daggers and more unusual items.


Passport to have event in Shelbyville

Passport Health Plan will have a health summit, "Beyond the Surface: Discovering the Gems of Comprehensive Care,” from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 12 at the Shelby County Extension Office. It’s one of three such sessions in the area.

The summits are free of charge and open to anyone interested in enhancing provider/patient relationships and will offer education on improving health literacy in a provider office, discovering ways to protect providers and patients through knowledge of federal language access regulations, and reducing cultural misunderstandings and increasing the richness of culture in our community.

Speakers will be Jane Bryant, health literacy librarian at the University of Kentucky Medical Library (health literacy), Gretchen Hunt, training coordinator, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs; and Paige Kolok, cultural and linguistic service coordinator for Passport (cultural competency care).


Bulletin board

  • Applications are now being accepted for next year's Leadership Shelby Class.  The deadline for applying is July 30. Applications are available at the Shelby County Library or online at leadershipshelby.com.
  • The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open weekly 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays through Oct. 27. Local vendors offer fresh produce of many kinds, eggs, jams, jellies, cut flowers, perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as baked goods, honey, handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, yarn goods, and more.


Bits & bytes

  • The success of the Urban Bourbon Trail has led the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau to expand the program to 20 establishments.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.57 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. The Sentinel-Newswelcomes Briefcase items. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.