Business briefcase: Oct. 26, 2012

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By The Staff

Gasoline prices take an unprecedented drop

Gasoline prices have taken a large dip in the past week.

Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville had fallen 12 cents per gallon as of Sunday, averaging $3.56 per gallon, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com. This compares with the national average that has fallen 9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67.

Those prices were 20.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 12 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 20.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"Only one other time in the last few years have we seen the national average drop so significantly in the course of just a week, and that other time was in May 2011," GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said. "Looking back at our data, we only see that prices dropped considerably more in autumn 2008, when the economy slipped into a recession. Given the circumstances with this latest weekly decrease – that it has nothing to do with recession – is significant."

GasBuddy operates LouisvilleGasPrices.com and over 250 similar Web sites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada.

Fox earns certification

Christopher Fox, a real estate agent for RE/MAX Performance Realty in Shelbyville,  announced he has been certified as a Certified Distressed Property Expert to specialize in helping property owners avoid foreclosures via short sales, in which the lien holder accepts the selling price of the home, even if that amount is less than (“short” of) the borrower’s mortgage balance.

Fox last week earned his CDPE certification from the Charfen Institute.

The growth of the CDPE designation has been assisted by endorsement or support of major real estate market influencers, including RE/MAX, LLC, Century 21 Real Estate LLC, Keller Williams Realty Inc, Realogy Franchise Group, RealtyTrac, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

For more information, Fox can be reached 502- 489-7806 or christopherfox@remaxinky.com.

Shelby woman joins home food company

Beth Gigold of Shelbyville has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple

Inc., a national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare foods. As an independent business owner, Gigold offers food samples at home taste-testing parties.

“In today’s world, ‘staying in‚has become the new going out’ and you don’t

have to leave home to enjoy wonderful food, fun and laughter with your

family and friends,” says Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple Inc. founder and CEO. “That’s why we’re proud to offer great experiences, easy-to-prepare products and an exciting business opportunity for people who are looking for something more.”

Gigold can be reached at bethm210@gmail.com.

E-Bay training class Saturday

A class that will instruct people how to sell items on E-Bay will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 1179 at 617 Main St. in Shelbyville. The instructor, Jamie James, said the training is being done now to give people an opportunity to make some extra money for the holidays.

Ashley Rider, a former E-Bay employee, will also be on hand to help. Participants can donate 10 percent of the money make from selling items on E-Bay to veterans, if they wish.

Laptop computers will be available, and people are free to bring their own laptops as well.

The class is free and open to the public.

Time Warner has new social ap 

Time Warner Cable, owner of Insight Cable in Shelbyville, announced the launch of an application to help users simplify their social lives. Social One is designed to be a one-stop destination that allows customers to access social media platforms and instant messaging services, directly from their desktops, using an innovative and easy-to-follow layout.

The free application integrates seamlessly with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, YouTube, AIM and more, so users can stay connected to all of their networks and friends from one place.

Developed in conjunction with Yoono, Inc., the application is available as a PC desktop application, Mac OS application, and Firefox add-on. Social One may be downloaded at: www.rr.com/socialone. 

Bulletin board

  • Shelby Development Corporation’s board of directors will meet 8 a.m. today at the Cardwell House.
  • SDC’s annual planning retreat will be at 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6 in Maysville. Annual vision and action plans will be developed at the meeting.
  • 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

  • Two female leaders from KentuckyOne Health, the parent of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, have been named by Becker's Hospital Review to its annual list, "120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know." Ruth Brinkley, CEO of KentuckyOne Health, and Valinda Rutledge, CEO of Jewish Hospital and KentuckyOne Health Louisville Market Leader, were included in the list of women who demonstrate outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry.
  • The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the appointment of Donald Lassere to the Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau Commission, the policy-making body of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the community's tourism marketing organization.


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.