Business briefcase: Oct. 12, 2012

-A A +A
By The Staff

Shelbyville fails to make

‘prettiest places’ final round


The Shelbyville/Shelby County Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau learned this week that Downtown Shelbyville didn’t make the finals in the “Prettiest Painted Places in America” contest.

Nominated by Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the bureau, the city was one of seven in the state being considered for the finals by The Paint Quality Institute for its annual honors. Fussenegger shared an E-mail from John Evans at the institute that included some nice words:

“No doubt, you noticed that our judging took longer than expected.  The delay was in no small part due to the very difficult decisions our judges faced in selecting just 10 finalists from very large geographic regions. In reviewing the many excellent entries we received, we were inspired by communities such as yours.  It is very clear that our country is blessed with many beautiful places and many dedicated organizations and individuals who care deeply about them.  We should all take a great deal of pride in that.”

Fussenegger’s response: “Bummer.”


AFB continues restructuring process
American Founders Bank, which is in the process of selling its location in Shelbyville to MainSource Bank – a deal expected to close by the end of the year, the bank said in a release – announced it is refocusing on its business customers in Lexington and Louisville as well as introducing new technologies for its valued customers. The release from AFB said the bank recently unveiled a new Web site, upgraded its online banking services, rolled out new mobile banking apps for iPhone and Android users and added personal finance budgeting software for customers to access online.

The release
AFB also plans to close its location at Southland Financial Center in Lexington by the end of the month. With more people using online and mobile banking, as well as the additional technologies offered, AFB said in the release that it sees the benefits in operating three Lexington locations.

“We are focusing on providing high-quality customer service, sophisticated technology and advanced banking products to businesses and business owners, as well as their employees,” Barry Brauch, who was named CEO of American Founders Bank in July, said in the release. “We are also taking steps to free up resources so we can focus on our core markets, while making sure we’re delivering the services our customers want when and how they want them.”

AFB has launched a new courier service for its commercial customers to take deposits and financial paperwork between the bank and business clients. This will allow the bank’s business-owning customers and their employees more time to focus on running their business. 
In order to more efficiently sell its portfolio of other real estate assets, AFB is partnering with Freedom Realty Exchange to sell the properties through an online auction. The auction, which ended Thursday, has both residential and commercial properties.

Daycares participate in program 

Community Coordinated Child Care, which operates homes in Shelby and surrounding counties, Kids Play child Care on Old Seven Mile Pike in Shelbyville and OVEC Head Start/Early Head Start in Shelbyville announced in separate releases that they are participating in the USDA Child Care Food Program and providing meals at no separate charge to qualifying children in its participating facilities.

Providers who want to enroll in the program are required to complete an application for free or reduced-price meals. The USDA approves those applications.


Extension Homemakers Week celebrated

Extension Homemakers, the largest educational organization of women in Kentucky, is celebrating Extension Homemaker Week on Sunday through Saturday.  Members enjoy updates on subjects of interest, educational programs, countywide events, trips and new friendships.

More than 200 Shelby County Extension Homemakers are involved in lifelong learning opportunities through the homemaker organization.  Shelby County has seven homemaker clubs that meet monthly, including special interest clubs such as knitting, crocheting, quilting and embroidery.  Extension Homemakers is open to all people 18 years and older for $7 a year.

Homemakers will launch their special week at the Second Sunday Progressive Park Participation event on Sunday afternoon, followed by a Make and Take Craft Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

For more information about joining a homemaker club, starting a new club in your neighborhood or becoming a member-at-large, call 633-4593.


Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Board of Realtors monthly luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville.
  • Commonwealth Credit Union’s Community Shred Day is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at 1425 Louisville Road in Frankfort. Everyone participating in the event is requested to limit items for shredding to two storage boxes per vehicle. For more information, visit http://www.ccuky.org/whatsnew/shred.htm.
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a Business After Hours Event at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Shelby Prevention, 1028 Main St. in Shelbyville.
  • Gov. Steve Beshear will be the keynote speaker for the chamber’s 2012 annual meeting and awards luncheon, which will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. Registration is required at shelley@shelbycountykychamber.com.


Bits & bytes

  • Before 900 media and other guests from all over the turned their cameras on the Biden-Ryan showdown at Centre College this week, they were treated to a full-on Kentucky Proud experience. In addition to showcasing Kentucky-produced cheeses, seasonal vegetables, chicken, Ale-8-1 drinks, and desserts made with Weisenberger Mill flour, Kentucky Proud will feature the story of agriculture on the VP debate website, www.vpdebateky.com.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have not moved  in the past week, averaging $3.59 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. The Sentinel-News welcomes Briefcase items. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.