Business Briefcase June 18, 2010

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By The Staff


Child care facility gets rating

Jacobs Ladder Child Care on Haven Hill Road in Shelbyville has been given a 2-star rating by the Stars For Kids Now program. These ratings for child-care facilities are based on factors such as staff ratios, curriculum and staff education and training. The ratings extend to 4 stars.


Frankfort board hires new manager

The Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board, which serves portions of Shelby and surrounding counties, has selected James W. Smith as its new general manager. Smith, who has degrees form Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, takes over on July 15 for Warner Caines, who retired Sept. 30. Smith has been the utility director of College Park Power for eight years in College Park, Ga. He will be paid $132,000 per year plus car and benefits. The Frankfort Plant Board operates, in addition to electric and water services, a fiber optic cable-based telecommunications system. 


Fair board hiring workers

The Kentucky State Fair Board will add more than 400 part-time staff to its venue services department during events at the Fair Board’s three facilities – the Kentucky Exposition Center, the Kentucky International Convention Center and the new KFC Yum! Center.

 Those interested in applying for the available openings need to come prepared to complete an on-site interview during a Venue Services Staff Recruiting Fair session that is conducted on a walk-in basis. The sessions take place 1-5 p.m. today and Saturday at the Kentucky Exposition Center and 1-7 p.m. Monday and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The Fair Board is seeking individuals to serve as ticket sellers, ticket takers, ushers, concierges, elevator operators and t-shirt security guards. The Venue Services staff meets, greets and assists patrons during family shows, concerts and University of Louisville basketball games at the Kentucky Exposition Center, including Freedom Hall and Broadbent Arena, the Kentucky International Convention Center and the KFC Yum! Center, scheduled to open in October. All applicants must be 18 years old to apply.

Bits & bytes

§       The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a brown bag luncheon at noon Wednesday at the Cooperative Extension Office. Michael Ashcraft and Toni Cardell from the Small Business Development Center will discuss the services they offer to both new and existing businesses, many of them for free. Members may bring their lunches, and the chamber provides drinks.

§       The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau recently launched its first-ever retail operation through its www.visitlex.com. The online store carries exclusive merchandise that features Big Lex, the bureau's well-known blue horse.

§       Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.67 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.70/g, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


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