Business Briefcase March 19, 2010

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By The Staff

 AFB announces moves

American Founders Bank announced a series of personnel changes:

Miranda Phillips has been promoted to assistant vice president/mortgage originator.  She is responsible for handling mortgage applications at all AFB locations.

MeLisa Johnson has been named human resources officer.  Johnson is responsible for human resources functions in all AFB locations in Lexington, Louisville and Shelbyville.

Carol Rich has been named an officer of the bank.  She is the Assistant Loan Operations Manager.

Lesly Setser has been named assistant vice president/financial center manager and business development officer at the North Hurstbourne office in Louisville.  She was previously financial center manager of the Shelbyville office.


Hydronika launches new product

Hydronika, located on Mount Vernon Drive in Shelbyville, announced that it has launched a line of water- and air-cooled chillers for use in residential and commercial applications HVAC as stand-alone units or supplemental to existing chilled water systems.

“As with the Hydronika combination chiller-boiler product line, the hybrid chiller was designed to minimize energy consumption and maximize system design flexibility.” said Michael Scharing, CEO of Hydronika. “We’ve incorporated fast acting sensors and controls tied into an on-board programmable logic controller that monitors and adjusts all of the hybrid chillers functions in real time. This keeps the unit running at peak efficiency all the time.”

Hydronika hybrid chillers represent state-of-the art solutions in green HVAC systems where comfort and efficiency are demanded in hydronic cooling applications. All Hydronika products meet or exceed LEED and green building standards.


Savings seminar is Saturday

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, price books, stockpiling and then coupons. This special seminar will be held at the extension office 1-5 p.m. Saturday. 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.


Networking summit set

Shelby Prevention will be hosting a networking summit for non-profits and service providers on April 13 at the Shelby County Extension office. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Help for some laid-off workers

Workers laid off by Noble Metal Processing KY G. P. in Shelbyville may be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), the Office of Employment and Training (OET) in the Department of Workforce Investment. The U.S. Department of Labor has certified the company as an “adversely affected employer” under the federal Trade Act, which provides assistance to employees of businesses and industries hurt by import competition.

The certification covers workers who were laid off by the company on or after June 8, 2008. Laid-off employees who exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits before they were called back to work or found another job also may be eligible for retroactive benefits.

Qualified workers may apply for financial assistance, training and job search and relocation assistance. This assistance will be available through March 3, 2012, at the office at 31 Mount Rushmore Court in Shelbyville.


Online training for realtors

EXIT Realty is inviting Shelbyville-area real estate professionals, regardless of their

brokerage affiliation, to a free, online educational seminar designed to

help them understand the changes in the market.

The company will hold a Webinar called "Changes in the Real Estate Market and the Industry: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve and Excel in Today's Market" 4-4:30 and 7-7:30 Tuesday. The sessions are free, live and can

be accessed from anywhere across the US.


Jewish gets screenings grant

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation has received a $51,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Inc. to fund a diabetes education and outreach program in Shelby, Henry and Spencer counties.  

This yearlong program will target the underserved and rapidly growing Hispanic population in Shelby County through school presentations and various community events.  Jewish Physician Group staff will provide glucose screenings and work with patients to address the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes.  

 The project hopes to screen 1,200 individuals and reach thousands more through direct mail outreach and educational literature.  

Individuals who undergo a glucose screening and are determined to have diabetes or a borderline glucose level will be referred to local physicians for follow up treatment.

The Hispanic population in Shelby County is significantly outpacing the general population growth, and the Office of Minority Health says Hispanic adults are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes and 60 percent more likely to die from the disease.  


Brockman named influential health-care leader

Eye surgeon Dr. E. Britt Brockman, managing partner of John-Kenyon American Eye Institute, has been named one of the most influential healthcare leaders in the region by Business First of Louisville. The newspaper honored 160 of the most prominent leaders in the Louisville area health care community. Brockman has a practice in Shelbyville.


Bits and bytes:

§       Four Roses Bourbon in Lawrenceburg is celebrating

§       the 100th anniversary of its distillery building and is conducting a

§       search to help find and honor the oldest living person to have worked in

§       the Lawrenceburg facility since its 1910 opening.

§       Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 8.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.73 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78, according to gasoline price Web site LouisvilleGasPrices.com.

§       The Small Business Administration district office has announced that Community Ventures Corporation has received Kentucky’s 2009 SBA Lender of the Year award.