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UPS completes $310m hub expansion in Louisville; project triples sortation and distribution space

Gov. Matt Bevin recently congratulated UPS on completing a multi-year expansion at its Centennial Ground hub in Louisville, saying the project further grows the state’s role as a national leader in global distribution and logistics. Gov. Matt Bevin “The Commonwealth of Kentucky congratulates UPS on completing their transformative $310 million Centennial Ground hub expansion at Louisville International...

Paducah AQS Spring QuiltWeek Show generates record-breaking $25.5 million in economic impact

The American Quilter’s Society (AQS), the largest quilting membership organization in the world, revealed that the 2019 Spring QuiltWeek Show in Paducah generated an economic impact of $25.5 million, a number five times greater than the Kentucky State Fair. An economic powerhouse for Paducah and the surrounding region, QuiltWeek 2019 drew crowds of 31,000 quilting enthusiasts from 47 states and 11...

Keeneland Mercantile opens in Lexington’s new City Center, celebrates with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Keeneland Association has announced the opening of Keeneland Mercantile in the new City Center block in the heart of downtown Lexington. Keeneland Mercantile celebrated its opening Tuesday night with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Keeneland and city officials and local business leaders. With a curated selection of beautifully crafted goods from artisans throughout the South, Keeneland Mercantile...

Keven Moore: How safe is your child’s summer camp; check it out and look for ACA accreditation

This time of the year parents everywhere are scrambling to plan out their summer schedule, including summer camps for the kids. Summer camps for kids today could mean weeks of wilderness immersion with time spent swimming, rock climbing, singing and making crafts and making wonderful memories. For many children, summer camp is a right of passage. There are camps for about every interest – swimming,...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos moves first load of dirt at groundbreaking of Prime Air Hub at CVG in Hebron

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Amazon broke ground Tuesday for its new $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub in Hebron, KY at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, driving a front loader, moved the first load of dirt at the groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub at CVG Tuesday (photos by Mark Hansel). Flanked by two Prime Air cargo planes, Amazon CEO...

Julie Cauthen, Gabby Gaudet to support Keeneland sales inspection and recruitment efforts

Keeneland has announced that prominent bloodstock agent Julie Cauthen has joined the company’s September Yearling Sale inspection team. Additionally, Gabby Gaudet, a TVG racing analyst and Keeneland expert commentator, is expanding her role at Keeneland to include U.S. sales representation. “We are excited to welcome Julie and Gabby to the Keeneland sales team,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing...

BBB Trends: Veteran holiday too often a tie for ‘soundalike’ solicitations; beware of scams

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day are all great holidays to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country. It’s also a great opportunity for scam artists to look like, sound like, and act as a charity when they aren’t. There are numerous nonprofits honorably providing the services veterans need and several more...

11th annual Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards honors successes across the state

Fifteen small businesses from across the commonwealth received recognition for their exceptional business practices and success at the 11th annual Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards Ceremony. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, Kentucky Small Business Development Center state director Kristina Joyce, Small Business Administration acting district director, Robert Coffey and small-business supporters from...

Kentucky farmers forced to navigate options as shrinking cash flows cause financial pressure

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News service With a downturn in the farm economy, many Kentucky farmers are under increasing financial pressure – and there’s a new resource guide that could help. Low commodity prices are shrinking cash flow for many farmers, forcing some to take out more or higher interest loans. But Jonathan Shepherd – a farm management specialist in the University of Kentucky...

Manchester Tank and Equipment’s to create 175 jobs with expansion to Campbellsville facility

Manchester Tank & Equipment Co., a division of McWane Inc., plans to locate a $10-million-plus propane tank manufacturing facility in Campbellsville, a project expected to create 175 full-time jobs in the coming years. “This new facility in Campbellsville will contribute significantly to the continued growth and success of Manchester Tank,” said Ruffner Page, CEO and president of McWane, Inc....

Keeneland announces Christa Marrillia and Marc Therrien have joined executive leadership team

Keeneland officials have announced two additions to the executive leadership team as Christa Marrillia is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, while Marc Therrien is Managing Director of Keeneland Hospitality.  Christa Marrillia “Our world-class marketing efforts and the hospitality we extend to our guests are critical to the success of our core business,” said Keeneland President and CEO...

Don’t return the call: FCC warns of ‘One Ring’ phone scam sweeping several states around the nation

Better Business Bureau serving Central & Eastern Kentucky is warning residents to beware of the “one ring” phone scam that federal officials say is sweeping several states around the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday warned of waves of the “one ring” scam targeting specific area codes in bursts, often calling several times in the overnight hours. FCC officials...

BBB Trends: Dreamers welcomed; SBA says small businesses create 2-of-3 new jobs each year in U.S.

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Small businesses create two out of three new jobs in the United States each year, according to the Small Business Administration -— just one of many examples of the way small businesses have been positively impacting our economy for decades. It was in 1963 that the United States Administration set aside an entire week to recognize small businesses; since then,...

Prodigy Biosciences wins grand prize in 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition

Venture Connectors has named Prodigy Biosciences the winner of its 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition. Prodigy is developing a rapid tableside food testing device that will specifically detect traces of peanuts in food samples. The final round of competition was held May 1, where four entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans faced off with a panel of savvy investor sharks...

Maryland-based Sagamore Spirit touts ‘Bourbon’s Older Brother’ with provocative billboard for Derby

I-65 toward Churchill Downs will be a high traffic zone before, during and after the Derby this weekend. Among the many out of towners coming to Louisville, a Maryland-based rye whiskey brand has made a major entrance with a provocative billboard along I-65, grabbing the attention of Derby goers, Bourbon drinkers and history buffs. If you’re heading to Churchill Downs or walking around downtown...

University of Kentucky alumnus D.C. Storm putting Gatton College education to work at Churchill Downs

By Carl Nathe University of Kentucky When the call to the post is played before the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs this Saturday, University of Kentucky alumnus D.C. Storm will look forward to watching the world-famous horse race in person along with more than 150,000 of his “closest friends.”  And while this 2004 summa cum laude graduate of UK’s Gatton College...

Keven Moore: National Safety Stand-Down Week May 6-10 aims to prevent falls in construction

With the warmer weather, many new construction projects have begun and workers all across the United States have grabbed their tools, hard-hats and lunch pale and are back on the job. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the industry has more than 680,000 employers with over 7 million employees and creates nearly $1.3 trillion worth of structures each year. The numbers...

KY home sales virtually unchanged in March; first quarter pace foreshadows 2nd highest year on record

Dropping inventory continues to be the main concern as the Kentucky housing market continues to hum along at a near-record pace. (Click to enlarge) The first quarter of 2019 closed with 10,322 homes sold, down just one percent over the same period last year. Kentucky home sales in March were down less than a half-percent over March 2018 at 4,252. Existing-home sales retreated in March, following February’s...

Kentuckians for Better Transportation names former State Rep. Leslie Combs as executive director

Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT), a statewide transportation association that has a long history of educating and advocating for all modes of transportation in Kentucky, has announced the hiring of Leslie Combs as its executive director. “KBT has found an experienced leader not only in transportation but a leader for all of Kentucky,” said Rod England, KBT Chair, “Leslie brings legislative...

University of Kentucky alumnus Ed Berry turns passion for football into successful business career

Rebecca Longo University of Kentucky University of Kentucky football alumnus and now successful businessman Ed Berry did not always envision that he would end up where he is today. With a dream of playing in the National Football League (NFL), he got his start playing football at a very young age. Little did he know, his future career would grow from this passion. Competing on the gridiron was always...