Business Briefcase Oct. 29, 2010

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By The Staff

 Goodwin named to state

Chamber’s board of directors

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelley Goodwin has been elected an at-large member of the board of directors of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Goodwin also serves on the boards for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) and the Commerce Enhancement Corporation. Goodwin is also active with the Shelby County Area Technology Center Steering Committee, Whitney Young Job Corps Community Relations Council, and Shelby County Associated Industries. She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Shelby.

 “We are delighted that Shelley is joining the board of Kentucky’s leading business organization,” Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson said. “The Kentucky Chamber is in the business of uniting business and advancing Kentucky. Shelley will help us to do that.”


Bowersox becomes COVD fellow

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) has certified Dr. Dan Bowersox of Shelbyville as a Fellow of the College at the association’s annual meeting earlier this month in Puerto Rico. Bowersox was one of 31 optometrists awarded Fellow status by the COVD Board of Directors in 2010.

This certification process serves to identify doctors of optometry who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art clinical services in behavioral and developmental vision care, optometric vision therapy and vision rehabilitation. All are board-certified in vision development and therapy and offer functional and preventative vision care services to their patients.

Optometrists who have practiced for at least three years must complete an educational program, a written examination and an oral interview. Those named follows must maintain 15 hours of continuing education annually.


Southern States sets annual meeting

Southern States Cooperative will hold its annual membership meeting at 11 a.m. Friday at 623 South 7th Street in Shelbyville. The business meeting will begin at noon.

The cooperative’s management will use the meeting to report on both local and company-wide operations, as well as projected budget results for next year. Local board members will be elected and retiring board members will be recognized. Board nominees include Tom Flowers, Andy Newton, Austin Newton and Gilbert Tucker.

 “The annual meeting is the best single opportunity to outline our plans for the future to our membership and discuss our progress in meeting our financial goals,” said David Doss, manager of Southern States.


Atmos projects lower winter costs

Officials of Atmos Energy Corporation say they expect most of its utility customers in Kentucky could pay lower natural gas bills this coming winter compared to last winter.

“Our residential customers could save, on average, about five to 10 percent for the natural gas they use this winter, compared with their gas costs during the past winter,” said Kevin Akers, President of Atmos Energy, Kentucky division. “These savings result from continued low natural gas prices, more production and Atmos Energy’s ability to utilize underground storage. Experts predict natural gas prices likely will remain low well into 2011.”

Atmos Energy is working closely with state energy officials and local energy assistance agencies to help its customers.  Corporate wide, Atmos Energy’s Sharing the Warmth programs will donate more than $1 million to energy assistance agencies to aid low-income, elderly and disabled customers pay their natural gas bills.

Customers who need energy-assistance dollars may call Atmos Energy at 1-888-286-6700 to learn how to apply for energy assistance. Atmos Energy customers unable to pay their natural gas bill should call the company before their account becomes past due.


Bits & bytes

§       The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have its annual day at Churchill Downs on Thursday, the day before the Breeders Cup. Cost is $40 per person and includes admission, a reserved seat, buffet lunch and a racing program. A cash bar is available. The gates open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from 11:30-2  Post time for the first race is 12:40. Seating is limited.

§       The Chamber’s annual Chamber Meeting & Awards Luncheon to be held Nov. 9 at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Guest speaker is journalist and author Byron Crawford. The Chamber Member of the Year and the Diplomat of the Year will be named, and the City of Shelbyville will present the Citizen of the Year award. Tickets are $15. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday.

§       Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company officials say their company has reached nearly 78,000 elementary- and middle-school students through the companies’ Children’s Energy Education Program in just one year’s time. The energy education program, which provides professional development and innovative materials to K-8 teachers, helps educators use creative ways to incorporate theater, games, experiments and other fun interactive initiatives into their science curriculum. Materials help educators teach science concepts such as force, motion, light, sound, heat, among other things.

§       Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 9.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.72 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


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