News In Brief, August Edition

Bike Lexington Commuter Challenge Winners Announced

Nearly 30 Lexington businesses vied for the “Golden Cranks” awards during the 2013 Bike Lexington Commuter Challenge.

Participants were asked to record every work or errand-related trip made by bicycle during Bike Month in May. By the end of the month, participants logged 2,833 bicycle trips and rode more than 12,000 miles.

Businesses competed in one of four categories based on the size of the company.

The winners:  POHL ROSA POHL architecture + design took first place in the small business category with an average of 32.4 trips per employee, the highest average of all winning businesses.

Defending their 2012 title, the winner in the medium business category was the University of Kentucky Department of Statistics, with 12.15 trips per employee.

The large business with the most bicycle trips was Good Foods Market & Café. They made 8.78 trips per employee.

UK Healthcare Trauma Surgical Services is the winning group in the extra large category, with an average of 1.25 bicycle commuter trips per employee.

11th Annual Minority Business Expo to kick off

The Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo will have its 11th installment on Aug. 1 and 2, providing an opportunity for minority and female business owners to showcase their products and services to government procurement officers and corporate buyers at the Lexington Center.

Approximately 60 minority and women-owned businesses will be showcased throughout the event, along with general session and panel discussions.

During the day, there will be breakout sessions that will address a variety of topics intended to help minority businesses. This year for the first time, a session will be conducted in Spanish.

Sessions include: Secrets to Success for Solopreneurs; Business Basics: Scared Straight; Conceptos Basicos de Negocios; Are You Looking for a New Love? Finding New Markets Online; How to Access Billions of Dollars in Federal Contracts; and Youth Sessions.

The keynote speaker at this year’s expo luncheon will be Dr. Farrah Gray, a self-made entrepreneur and best-selling author. Raised in the impoverished south side of Chicago, he defied the odds to become a millionaire at the age of 14.

To reserve an exhibit space, call (859)382-9501 or register at Register.

Home chef competition and other events are appetizers to Crave Lexington food festival

To kick off Lexington’s first outdoor food and music festival, organizers of Crave Lexington are rolling out a series of mini-events to whet the palate before the main course on Sept. 21–22 at MoonDance at Midnight Pass amphitheater in Beaumont Circle.

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