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Business

  • Wedding show is Sunday, March 2

    Local and regional vendors will offer samples of their goods and showcase their services at the Shelbyville Bridal and Beautiful Home Show Sunday, March 2.

    The show will be held in the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St., from 2-4:30 p.m.

    This is the 8th annual show. It is sponsored by SMART (Shelbyville Merchants Association for Retail Trade). Entrance is free, and there will be door prizes. SMART chair Sharon Nichols said the show is not a large one, but most of the brides-to-be are from Shelby and surrounding counties "so they're better possible customers."

  • Expo could help local companies

    More than a dozen local home and garden companies will show off their products and services at an expo in Louisville this weekend.

    The 59th annual Trend Appliances Home, Garden and Remodeling Show will feature over 500 boots of regional and national companies in the home and garden industry - 14 of which are from Shelby County.

    The event, which takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, is likely to draw thousands of area homeowners.

    Gail Schell, the show's director, said for some companies the expo propels their business for the rest of the year.

  • Small business bills would give state an economic boost

    Conversations about economic development frequently focus on landing the so-called big fish - reflecting the desire of the state and many of its communities to attract that one employer whose workforce numbers will provide a huge and almost immediate economic boost.

    Such goals are an important part of Kentucky's overall economic development strategy. But it is equally important to provide the strong support and incentives for the small businesses that are the mainstay of our economy.

  • Learn to earn: State report connects income/education levels

    Sixth place out of 120 ain't bad.

    According to Kentucky's 2008-10 County Profiles, only nine of the 120 counties in Kentucky have a median household income greater than the national average. Shelby County ranks sixth in Kentucky.

  • Business flying high

    Business is taking off for Roll Forming Corporation in Shelbyville.

    Literally.

    RFC, a subsidiary of Austria-based voestalpine, has announced a contract with the Boeing Company to produce formed and laser welded titanium structure components that will be installed on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes.

    Bill Johnson, Chiefs Operations Officer, said the project is full of firsts for RFC, the aerospace industry, and Shelbyville.

  • Hardware creations

    Marty Page is getting back to his roots.

    The owner of Simpsonville Hardware for 20 years is spending his winter downtime creating works of art out of pieces of Plexiglas left over from his window-making projects. It may appear a strange combination - artwork sitting beside nuts and bolts, shovels and furnace filters - but the art is a part of Page he left behind years ago.

    "Some people said I'm going from hardware to art, but actually it's the other way around," Page said. "Being an artist is what I started out to do."

  • CUB names Bowling president

    Citizens Union Bancorp, the parent company of Citizens Union Bank, announced last week that it is promoting David M. Bowling to bank president.

    The move means that Billie Wade, who had been the bank's CEO and president, will shed the latter title.

    "It's a little additional assistance, and it's a little overdue, frankly," Wade said. "I have found myself wearing many, many hats."

    As bank president, Bowling will take over day-to-day operations of the bank, Wade said. CUB is based in Shelbyville and has branches in Jefferson and Hardin counties.

  • In class and on the job

    An internship program at a local college is offering students the opportunity to get on-the-job experience even before they receive their degrees.

    Pamela Larkin, professor of business studies at Jefferson Community and Technical College Shelby County, said students in the Office Systems Technology program are required to participate in a semester of "real world" job experience before they can graduate.

    Larkin said the experience of having an internship is an important part of students' education.

  • Reports take pulse of local industry

    Two reports on the state of industry in Shelby County -- one released by local officials, the other by the state - show companies are largely happy to be doing business here, though employers have some concerns about the quality of the local workforce.

    The Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce recently completed a survey of 41 of the county's 67 industries.

  • The 2008 legislative session: What business wants

    As 2008 quickly approaches, the Kentucky General Assembly will soon be in session with many difficult decisions to make. Gov. Steve Beshear's first budget will be under consideration, and hundreds of competing interest groups will be working to sway lawmakers' opinions. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will also be at the Capitol, speaking for the business community of Kentucky and hoping to improve the state's business climate for all Kentuckians.