• Shelby stores stock up for the holidays

    Retail outlets of all kinds expand their inventories for the holiday season, giving themselves the best shot at being a Christmas stop-shop amid a sea of competitors.

    Stores adjust the products they put on their shelves in an effort to catch the eyes of visiting patrons, including retailers whose overall business isn’t necessarily geared to the largest revenue segment of the year.

  • Business Briefcase: Nov. 25, 2011

    Downtown Shelbyville merchants

    to have first ‘chocolate stroll’

    Shelbyville merchants are celebrating “Small Business Saturday” in a unique manner.

    SMART is promoting an event in the downtown core where shops are participating in a “chocolate stroll,” in which customers can pick up a validation card as well as some tasty pieces of chocolates along the way.

  • EARLIER: Shelby stores are ready for Black Friday shoppers

    Stores spend months deciding which products to target as big sellers for the holiday shopping season.

    But despite all of the plotting and planning, it is the consumer that ultimately chooses what is hot and what is not.

    “The economy makes it difficult,” said Patti Wilson of Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in Shelbyville. “What might be hot one day, the next day you might not sell a piece of it. But if you have something people want, and they feel strong about it, they are going to buy it regardless.”

  • Are there really 400 open jobs in Shelby County?

    As the holidays approach, retail, shipping and other outlets will be looking for seasonal work, but in Shelbyville that could be a problem.

    Last week, U.S. Rep Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) visited with several business leaders in Shelby County to discuss jobs. But instead of bemoaning the economy and the ability to offer jobs, Guthrie heard a much different story.

    Several of Shelby County's top employers want to hire and have jobs open, but the problem now is finding workers who want to go work.

  • Business Briefcase: Nov. 18, 2011

    Lee is new community liaison

    at Young Job Corps center

    Felicia Lee has been named business and community liaison for the Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center in Louisville. Lee replaces Stephanie Barber, who was appointed to administrative manager of the complex.

  • Creative Technologies growing fast

    A Shelbyville company has a lot of reasons to be excited lately, having been named one of the fastest-growing companies in the area.

    Larry Glynn, owner of Creative Image Technologies, a company that offers audio-visual and multimedia services to clients in the education, commercial and government sectors, said he was very excited to have been ranked third on Business First’sFast 50 list.

    “Being included among the fifty fastest growing companies in the Louisville-Metro area, let alone third, that is very exciting to us,” he said.

  • UNDERWOOD: Overcome emotional outbursts and move up in your chosen work

    “Road rage” and rage of any type can be managed by understanding, commitment to change and practice. Whether in business or in our personal lives, the way we manage our emotions, especially passionate ones can make us or break us.

    Recently, our community lost a productive young citizen as a result of what our police dubbed an unfortunate case of “road rage.” Unfortunately, episodes of this type are not uncommon.

  • HOLLAND: How to make the most of your IRA

    With so much media attention spotlighting retirement planning these days, you’d think the United States is a nation of hardcore investors, well-versed in the intricacies of all sorts of financial products. But the truth is most Americans know relatively little about one of the most effective tools for securing their financial futures: the Individual Retirement Account.

  • IMI beefs security in face of strike

    Irving Materials Inc. continues to struggle through strike issues with its unionized employees.

    A representative that answered the phone at IMI's Shelbyville plant, located on the State Garage Road off of 7 Mile Pike, confirmed that the plant has hired extra security here in case a problem arises.

    Although he declined to give his name, the representative did say no problems have occurred since the strike began in September.

    "We just hired them to be safe, there hasn't been a bit of trouble," he said.

  • Roll Forming adds new technology


    The installation of innovative technology at Roll Forming Corporation not only has propelled forward the company’s capabilities, but it also has saved jobs and cemented the plant’s future.

    Officials and employees had another day of celebration at their plant on Brooks Industrial Drive on Wednesday with the official launching of new technology that went into production in October.