Business briefcase: Sept. 21, 2012

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By The Staff

SC Farm Bureau honored for community service efforts


Shelby County Farm Bureau is one of the eight companies to be honored by Republic Bank in its eighth annual We CARE Awards for the Louisville area.

We CARE – which stands for Community, Activity, Recognition and Enterprise – was created in 2005 to recognize companies whose employees stress those four elements and who do what the press release announcing the award stressed was “great things in the community.”

Agency Manager Pat Hargadon and several members of the team at SCFB were on hand at the awards ceremony on last week in Louisville to accept the award. Winners

The release said there were nearly 50 nominations for the awards, and the evaluations included how the companies support community-based initiatives through philanthropic efforts and neighborhood assistance. An independent panel of judges consisting of previous winners and community leaders selected the winners from 37 finalists.

“When they called ‘Kentucky Farm Bureau,’ I almost fell out of my chair,” Hargadon wrote in an E-mail. “This was truly a team effort from everyone in the agency and the board. “

In addition to SCFB, those honored were  The Comfy Cow, Hwang’s Martial Arts, Steel Technologies, Street Moda, Summit Energy, UnitedHealthcare and Window World of Louisville.

“All of us at Republic Bank recognize the employees of the nominated companies, and especially the winning companies for the community efforts they put forth. They contribute so much to making this a great place to live and raise our families,” Steve Trager, chairman and CEO of Republic Bank, said in the release.


SCPS to host bus driver recruitment event

In an effort to recruit more full-time drivers, monitors and substitutes, Shelby County Public Schools is hosting an informational meeting at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the board room at its central office building, 1155 West Main St. in Shelbyville.

Anyone with an interest in becoming part of the school transportation team and anyone who may have questions are encouraged to attend this meeting, said Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent operations.

“We really want to inform those who may have always wondered about driving a bus and being a monitor, but never really knew how to start or who to ask. Here’s that chance to get some answers,” he said.

School personnel will be present with salary schedules, benefit information and testimonies about what it’s like to be a bus driver or monitor.

“It could be employment for someone wanting to work a morning and afternoon shift,” Whitehouse said. “This may be a perfect fit for retired individuals or someone willing to work with children in this type of setting.”

For more information, call 633-2375 or 633-4671 (bus garage).


Guthrie honored by business groups

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green), whose District 2 has included Shelby County, was honored for his work by two business groups.

Guthrie was named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business, an award based on the voting record of each member of Congress in support of small business and job creation. The NFIB scores legislation, and all representatives scoring above 70 percent are honored. Guthrie received a score of 100.

Guthrie also was named a recipient of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Friend of Farm Bureau” award. “When agriculture in Kentucky and our nation needs support, Farm Bureau confidently turns to leaders like Congressman Guthrie,” said Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney. “His efforts in Washington to help farmers succeed in a global economy are recognized and appreciated throughout the commonwealth.”
In separate press releases from his office, Guthrie expressed honor at winning both awards, saying he understands the importance of agriculture in Kentucky and that he also has insights about small business from his private life.

“Having worked at my family’s manufacturing business, I know the challenges our small business owners are facing,” Guthrie said in the release. “I believe that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and that Washington can work toward implementing more pro-growth policies that provide economic certainty and allow our communities to thrive.”

Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a morning mixer at 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday at the Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center in Simpsonville
  • The Whitney M. Young Job Corps will have a meeting of its Community Relations Council at noon on Thursday in the center’s gymnasium. RSVP no later than Monday to Felicia Lee at Lee.FeliciaL@jobcorps.org or 502-722-3527.


Bits & bytes:

  • From Sept. 24-Oct. 1, customers of Domino’s Pizza stores located in the Louisville area – including Shelbyville – can order a large two-topping pizza, and 10 percent of the sale total will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • A recent grant from the Walmart Foundation allowed the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to purchase and distribute 370,000 pounds of Kentucky-grown produce this summer through its Farms to Food Banks program. This is the equivalent of half a plate full of fruits and vegetables for 569,000 meals.
  • LG&E and KU Energy has been recognized as one  of the top 10 utilities in the nation for economic development. Site Selectionmagazine, which delivers expansion planning information to 44,000 business executives across the United States, made the announcement recently in a news release.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.77 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.86, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


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