Business Briefcase: Nov. 27, 2009

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By The Staff

 Barnett promoted by Whayne

Will Barnett of Shelbyville has accepted the position of service foreman for the Louisville branch of Whayne Supply, Exchange Manager Dan Frailly announced. Barnett has been with Whayne for several years now. He most recently served as No. 1 Rental Tech. Barnett attended the University of Kentucky. 

Whayne Supply Company and The CAT Rental Store is a dealer for Caterpillar Inc., Reedrill, Trail King, Thomas Built Buses, Challenger, Lexion, Sullair, Allmand, and other lines of construction, industrial, mining, paving and agricultural equipment. In addition to its home office in Louisville, It has branches in Ashland, Bowling Green, Corbin, Dry Ridge, Hazard, Lexington, Paducah, and Pikeville and Evansville, Ind.

SMART meeting Tuesday

Shelbyville Merchants Association for Retail Trade (SMART) will have an informal meet-and-greet session for interested parties at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Maggie's Bistro 535 on Main Street in Shelbyville. There will be appetizers provided and a cash bar. Respond to SMART President Regan Wann by phone (633-4883) or E-mail (regan8or@yahoo.com).

Cornerstone names Lyon to board

Dr. Lisa Bohannon Lyon, a native of Frankfort who was raised in Bagdad, is a member of the Cornerstone Christian Academy’s board of directors. Lyon, who operates a pediatric and neonatal practice in Shelbyville, is a graduate of Shelby County High School graduate and received a biology degree from the University of Kentucky before attending medical school at the University of Louisville. She completed her residency training at the U of L and Kosair Children's Hospital in 2006.

“I serve on the Cornerstone Christian Academy board of directors because I feel that CCA is an incredible asset to our community which provides a wonderful faith-based education for our children in a loving environment,” she said. “The foundation that is set during the early years has a great impact on a child's future performance. CCA excels at both academic and moral guidance for its students. “

Lyon and her husband, Richard, have three children, Taylor, Grant and Morgan, who attend Cornerstone.

Farm Bureau annual meeting starts Wednesday

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and State Sen. David Givens are among the featured speakers for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 90thth annual meeting Wednesday through Dec. 5 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. Farm Bureau hopes to set policy goals for the 2010 General Assembly session and establish a wish list for congressional action next year.

McConnell, the senate minority leader, and Givens, the chairman of the state agriculture committee,  will speak on Dec. 5. Givens will speak at a public affairs breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m., and McConnell will speak at a business session beginning at 9 a.m.

In other convention activities, the state’s Outstanding Young Farm Family will be announced, awards will be given for county Farm Bureau achievements, and top farm leaders will be recognized for distinguished service.

Numerous extension and agricultural specialists will be on hand for commodity and special interest conferences on topics such as forages, beef cattle, tobacco, horticulture, feed grains, natural resources, dairy, farm labor and animal care issues.

Some of the key policy issues include climate change legislation, animal care issues, health care reforms, maintaining funding for Kentucky’s agricultural development initiative and farm labor programs.

 Wired65 conducts survey

The Wired65 Initiative announces the launch of its quantum fund project with an outreach effort to more than 20,000 area employers throughout the 26-county region, including Shelby County companies with five or more employees.  

WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) is a U.S. Department of Labor Program that provides funding to regions to better integrate workforce and economic development activities. The Commonwealth of Kentucky was awarded a grant on behalf of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District along with 38 other regions in the nation and is focusing on programs to promote economic prosperity through raising educational attainment, strengthening key sectors, and embracing innovation.

“Any region is only as good as its workforce. This survey will be the first step in the development of a valuable Web-based information tool that will benefit the entire region. We encourage employers to participate in the survey to ensure that it is reflective of employer needs and interests,” said Michael Gritton, KentuckianaWorks executive director. KentuckianaWorks and Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger are co-sponsoring the survey.

The information gathered in the survey by ERISS Corporation will serve as the foundation of an online community that ERISS and leading global online career and recruitment resource, Monster.com will customize for the Wired65 region, providing a full range of web-based capabilities.

11th Annual Holiday Taste of East Louisville

The North East Louisville Business Association invites the community to its 11th annual Holiday Taste of East Louisville, 6-8 p.m., Dec. 10, in the gymnasium of the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, 3000 Freys Hill Road. Business-to-business networking will be held from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Members of the Ballard Madrigal Choir will provide entertainment to the public. Admission is $10 at the door, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Friend for Life, a non-profit cancer support network, a worthy local organization whose work depends on community volunteers.

Restaurants and caterers in the surrounding Westport Road and Brownsboro Road corridors are contributing menu specialties, including appetizers, main courses, desserts and wine samplings.

 Veteran business help

Kentucky Small Business Development Center is introducing a Web site dedicated to promoting business ownership to current members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. The website is www.kyvetbiz.com. Information is also available at 270-763-6961, or E-mail patricia@kyvetbiz.com.


Businesses providing shoes

Dr. George Quill and Soles4Souls announce their participation in the “Our Heart to Your Soles” national campaign. “Our Hearts to Your Soles” is an organization dedicated to providing the less fortunate people across the nation with free foot screenings and footwear. This is the fourth national effort to help relieve the foot problems experienced by area homeless. The event will be held in more than 40 cities nationwide taking place locally at The Healing Place, 102 W Market St., Louisville, KY 40202 on Thanksgiving Day. The fitting is for residents of Friendship Service Center.

Red Wing Shoe Company has recently donated more than 10,000 pairs of footwear to Soles4Souls Inc, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in need. There will be 150 pairs of shoes and boots for the event in Louisville.


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