Business Briefcase March 26, 2010

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By The Staff

 Turner joins with AAA

Turner Insurance Agency of Shelbyville has been appointed an independent agent for AAA.

“For more than a century, AAA has been a leader in automotive safety and travel services,” agency owner Kurt Turner said in announcing the connection. “But they’re also a leader in auto and home insurance.”

Turner will offer a full array of products and services with the typical discounts, including AAA members, and providing AAA membership to customers who aren’t.


Wills attends training

Daniel Wills has attended a 3-day training program designed to qualify him as a Certified FeedMaster Specialist at Southern States Cooperative. He works at the outlet in Shelbyville.

The rigorous training program is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals. The program is part of the continuing education program of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS), a national organization that certifies animal scientists through examination.

“With all the research and new developments occurring, animal owners need and want the best possible counsel on feed nutrition and feed solutions in general,” says Rich Schneider, part of the Southern States management team that developed the program. “FeedMaster programs instill knowledge in our people, so that we can truly provide ‘Brands you trust. People who know’.” 


New employees

Community Ventures Corporation has added and promoted several staff members during the past few weeks, including several who do business in Shelby County.

The changes include:

§       Robert “Bob” Heil was promoted to Director of Small Business Development - Louisville. Heil served as a Business Development Specialist at CVC’s Louisville regional office.

§       Micci Murrell serves as CVC’s Director of Communications. Her professional background includes Cumulus Broadcasting, Ivy Walls Management Company, the Lexington Legends and the National Conference for Community and Justice.

§       Michael Terry, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer, comes to CVC from Fifth Third and Republic Banks. He will be responsible for mortgage lending, primarily to first-time homebuyers. And Terry serves on the city’s commission for looking into disparities in lending based on race.

§       John Williamson, Director of Product Innovations, will be leading the national rollout of several products. He is the system architect of Community Ventures Corporation’s eHome America platform and is also the owner of Uvestor, LLC, an online real estate software tool that allows every real estate business to easily organize documents, expenses and business activity

Community Ventures Corporation is headquartered in Lexington with regional offices in Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Frankfort, Henderson, Louisville and Paris.


Bits and bytes:

§       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.

§       The Mid-America Trucking Show has signed a new contract to remain at the Kentucky Exposition Center for 10 more years, through 2020. The Mid-American Trucking Show, held annually in March, is a combined heavy-duty trucking seminar and trade show, featuring more than 930 manufacturers and suppliers, education areas and outdoor demonstration space.

§       The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau recently launched an interactive walking tour of historic downtown Lexington.  Powered by OnCell Systems, Inc., the LexWalk Audio Tour can be accessed by cell phone, viewed on a mobile Web site and heard in MP3 format. A 19-stop tour begins at Triangle Park and concludes at the World Trade Center, with visits to the Mary Todd Lincoln House, Gratz Park, Melodeon Hall and other historical sites. 

§       Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 9.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.82. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.82, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.

§       The FranNet of MidAmerica will be holding a seminar for entrepreneurs - and potential entrepreneurs - on April 6 at the Starbucks at 101 N. Hurstbourne Parkway. It starts at 6 p.m.


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