Business Briefcase: March 12, 2010

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By The Staff

CUB officials to help Scouts

Pat Hargadon, district chair for Boy Scouts in the Pioneer District, which includes Shelby County, has announced that Billie Wade and David Bowling of Citizens Union Bank will serve as co-chairs of the Shelby County Friends of Scouting Campaign.

According to District Executive Mark Wilson, “The funds received in this campaign will assist with the services provided to the 497 youth, 218 volunteer leaders, and 22 packs, troops, venture crews and exploring post in our county.”

Training for adult leaders, district Cub and Boy Scout activities, Scouting for Food – our annual Good Turn Project, council-organized day of service – camping programs, the 100th anniversary camp out are but a few of the activities and services provided to Shelby County. Scouting continues to be a value-driven program that makes a difference in the lives of young people.

Wade and Bowling will be recruiting volunteer community leaders to assist in raising $18,000. “CUB is committed to helping to make a difference in our community, and we know that Scouting needs the support of the Shelby County community today…more than ever,” Wade said.


Commonwealth honored

Commonwealth Bank and Trust was named The Biggest Bank in Shelbyville at Shelby County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bank Bowl For Kids’ Sake on Feb. 28 at Bluegrass Bowling Center. The bank earned this title by raising the most money for the event -- $2,095.00.


Self-employment workshop

A self-employment workshop will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Ramada Shelbyville, 251 Breighton Cir. The workshop is free. For more information, contact Bonita Smith at 859-373-1274.


Realtors meet

The Shelby County Board of Realtors will hold their monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.


Coupon saving seminar

Little Miss Know it All's Super Savings Seminar at the Shelby County Extension office will offer tips for stretching food dollars. Couponing is one of five savings techniques that will be taught. The seminar will also cover menu planning, master shopping list, pricebooks and stockpiling. This special seminar will be held at the extension office 1-5 p.m. on March 20. The seminar fee of $15 includes a 30-page e-book. Call 633-4593 to register to attend.


Chamber Showcase is March 27

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Community Showcase is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 27, at Shelby County High School. For more information, call 633-1636.


Smaldone named KFB publicist

Dan Smaldone has been named director of public relations for Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. He comes to Kentucky Farm Bureau most recently from SHPS, a third-party health and welfare benefits administrator, where he served two years as a client service manager in large market eligibility and enrollment. Previously, he spent more than eight years in the media and public relations office of the Kentucky State Fair Board, serving nearly six years as manager of the media department.

Smaldone will be responsible for planning and executing a full-range of public relations and media relations programs. These efforts cover the agricultural advocacy and other activities of Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, as well as business and policyholder service programs of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. 

A Louisville native, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Bellarmine University. 


Jewish adds chest pain unit

Jewish Hospital has added another tool to the hospital’s accredited chest pain center – a new Chest Pain Observation Unit – which has six dedicated beds to hold patients who are at low risk of cardiac arrest for observation for up to 24-hours, at which point they will either be discharged or admitted as inpatients.  

The goal of the new unit is to expedite the care of low-risk patients and quickly identify those who need additional or extensive cardiology evaluation.  Physicians’ orders for patients in the center will be fast-tracked – initiated within 30 minutes – and the patients will be given priority in testing areas such as nuclear medicine, which is used to diagnose heart disease.

Gas prices rise again

Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 5.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.65/g today. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.74/g, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


State warns about LifeLock

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that Kentucky has joined the Federal Trade Commission and 34 other states in an agreement with LifeLock, Inc., an identity theft protection provider, over misleading advertising practices.

 “LifeLock’s marketing practices were deceptive and designed to capitalize on consumer’s fears of having their identity stolen,” said General Conway. “This agreement will protect Kentucky’s consumers by requiring LifeLock to provide accurate information regarding its identity theft protection services.” 

The FTC and states began jointly investigating LifeLock amid allegations that the company made claims that misled consumers to believe its services were a “proven solution” that would protect against all forms of identity theft, including criminal, mortgage and child identity theft. LifeLock’s past advertisements also claimed that its identity theft services were “guaranteed” to protect consumers’ personal information and prevent criminals from using it to open accounts in their names.


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