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BBB Trends: Naughty, not nice — watch for scammers (the Scrooges!) this holiday season

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The 2018 holiday season is here and with it comes an abundance of activities – like trimming trees, decking the halls, and plenty of to-do lists. This provides scammers plenty of perfect opportunities to use people’s distraction for their own gain. Some scam artists got an early start, swapping out UPC codes on the backside of gift cards with fake ones...

U.S. Department of Commerce selects Governor Matt Bevin to lead January economic mission to India

The U.S. Department of Commerce has selected Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an economic development delegation to India in mid-January to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019, also providing an opportunity to discuss and promote Kentucky as a must-see location for corporate investment and job growth. The delegation, which includes the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and co-leaders of the Kentucky...

Keeneland catalogs 1,555 horses, headlined by champion Abel Tasman, for 2019 January sale

Keeneland has cataloged 1,555 horses, headlined by champion Abel Tasman, for its 61st January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 7-10, 2019. January Sale catalogs are available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs are scheduled to be delivered the week of Dec. 17. The catalog includes 701 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 597 yearlings, 252 horses of racing age and five stallions. Supplementary...

Keven Moore: Office holiday parties are fun, but businesses need appropriate safeguards

It’s that time of year again – when office and businesses all across the country get together to eat, drink and be merry for their annual Holiday Party. Hollywood has scripted multiple classic movies with Christmas office parties into the plot from the 1947 classic “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart, the 1988 thriller “Die Hard,” starring Bruce Willis, and the most recent...

Hospitality industry veteran Barry Kuhnke named general manager of Lexington City Center Hotels

The Lexington Marriott City Center Hotels have announced Barry Kuhnke has been named General Manager of the Lexington Marriott City Center and Residence Inn Lexington City Center. Kuhnke, a Marriott award-winning General Manager, brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. “After searching the entire nation for over a year to find the best of the best, we have found the right...

Personal Fitness and Rehabilitation purchases Baptist Health Performance Training in Louisville

Baptist Health has accepted a buyout offer from Personal Fitness and Rehabilitation for their ownership stake in Baptist Health Performance Training, LLC. The 16,000 square foot facility is located at 12101 Sycamore Station Place in Louisville. The sale closed December 1 and a name change will follow. The facility will continue to be owned by several investors including NFL and former University of...

Commonwealth Policy Center calls for legislature to hold hearings on instant racing, questions legality

The Commonwealth Policy Center called on the state legislature this week to hold hearings on the legality of instant racing machines and asked for public input on expanded gambling. The move comes on the heels of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s public urging of state legislators to legalize casinos and sports betting. It also stems from the announcement by Churchill Downs and Keeneland to open...

BBB Trends: Protect your holiday packages from being stolen; porch pirates threaten holiday cheer

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Online shopping is a great time saver during the holiday season but the shipped packages left on the doorstep provide a great opportunity for theft. According to insurancequotes.com, 26 million Americans have had holiday packages stolen from their homes since 2015. This often happens because people aren’t home when items are delivered, allowing thieves...

Kentucky agricultural receipts predicted to hold steady, but net cash income likely drops

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Buoyed by gains in the poultry and equine industries, Kentucky agricultural cash receipts are predicted to hold steady to 2017 levels, but 2018 net cash income will likely dip. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2018 farm cash receipts to be $5.7 billion, equaling last year’s level. “Kentucky...

Lexmark receives CSO50 Award as one of top 50 organizations for security strategies and practices

Lexmark has been honored with a 2019 CSO50 award from IDG Communications’ CSO. The Annual CSO50 Awards recognize 50 organizations for driving innovation in the security field and implementing world-class security strategies and practices. Lexmark was honored for its Privacy@Lexmark program, which fosters continuous improvement in the treatment of personal data entrusted to Lexmark, through process...

Dataseam creates two-year apprenticeship program to serve as pipeline to multiple professional areas

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Deputy Secretary Josh Benton has joined officials from Dataseam of Louisville in Whitley County to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. This two-year Registered Apprenticeship will serve as a pipeline to space science, state/local government, banking and financial services. Through this paid apprenticeship opportunity, students...

Keven Moore: Christmas shopping means toys for the kids, but beware of unsafe gift items

This is the week after Thanksgiving, and if you survived Black Friday with only sleep deprivation and a couple of bruises you should consider yourself lucky. Christmas time is what retailers live for, and toys are always a hot item on most people’s shopping list. According to Toy Association.org, the total toy industry is approximately $27 billion in the U.S. market alone and year-end sales data...

Murray State University selected to establish regional hub for startup businesses in Western Kentucky

KY Innovation has selected Murray State University and its partners to establish a regional hub to serve, attract and cultivate more innovative entrepreneurs and startup businesses in west Kentucky. Murray State’s Center for Telecommunications Systems Management (CTSM) will partner with the Technology Council of West Kentucky (TCWK) and entrepreneurship service providers throughout the area to launch...

Small Business Saturday was big success around the country: Record levels of spending reported

The ninth annual Small Business Saturday kicked off the holiday shopping season for consumers and small, independently owned businesses with record levels of reported spending. Total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion, according to data released from the 2018 Small Business...

BBB Trends: All is calm, all is bright — but here are a few tips to keep at lease some control of the chaos

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The hectic pace of the holidays is here. With it comes to do lists, family visits, holiday shopping, and get-togethers with friends. It’s also a time when our attention gets diverted away from checking important little details like our how our personal information is being used, what wi-fi connection we’re using and not quite checking out charity requests....

Four wineries win Commissioner’s Cup from state Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition

Some familiar names topped the leaderboard at the Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition & Commissioner’s Cup earlier this month at the University of Kentucky Research Farm in Lexington. “Congratulations to all the Kentucky wineries that participated in the competition this year,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “The 2018 Commissioner’s Cup-winning wineries have...

Today is Small Business Saturday! A counter to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, promotes local retailers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today This weekend marks the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season, and while everyone has heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t forget about Small Business Saturday. Today is Small Business Saturday, a nine-year-old, nationwide promotion to support small, independent retailers, many of whom have struggled to survive in rural areas in an age of big-box stores and...

Lexmark CEO Rich Geruson announces resignation effective immediately citing personal reasons

Lexmark International, Inc., a global imaging solutions leader, announced today that Rich Geruson has decided to resign from his positions as president, CEO and director of Lexmark for personal reasons, effective immediately. Geruson was named to his position in October of 2017. “On behalf of the Lexmark team, I would like to thank Rich and wish him and his family well,” said Mickey Kantor,...

Apriss Inc. celebrates opening of $11.3 million headquarters expansion in Jeffersontown

Government officials joined Appriss Inc. company executives on Monday to celebrate the ribbon cutting on the data and analytics services provider’s new headquarters in Jeffersontown. Appriss CEO Michael Davis said the new building will help the company accomplish its mission. “After 23 years of consecutive growth here in Louisville, Appriss can’t be more excited about future right here in our...

BBB Trends: Unofficial start of holiday shopping season is Black Friday. Is it the day for best deal?

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Black Friday marks the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, and in years past, that meant long lines at brick-and-mortar locations on the Friday after Thanksgiving. While this is still true, recent studies show that there’s a shift in the way shoppers are researching and buying: they want the best deals and are willing to buy online with a coupon...