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Local Attorneys Share Stories of Launching Their Own Practices

Anyone who has been an employee and then a business owner knows there are pros and cons to both sides of a paycheck. It’s true in any profession, even the law. Attorneys decide to start their own businesses for the … Continue reading

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Books | Build a Business that Comfortably Fits your Goals and Dreams

When author Susan Baroncini-Moe came up with the idea of “Business in Blue Jeans,” she was originally thinking in terms of how she liked rolling up her sleeves and working with clients. She liked dressing comfortably; blue jeans were part … Continue reading

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LM Communications Wins Business Success Award

Commerce Lexington’s Salute to Small Business awards presentation has gone through a few changes over the years. In 1986, three types of entrepreneurs were honored: an independent professional, minority business and small business, with “of the year” added to the … Continue reading

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Books | Understanding the Gen Y Mentality Can Help Companies Bridge the Generation Gap

When Lee Caraher started her public relations and digital marketing agency, she had two mandates: 1) the company would be independent and small and 2) there would be no 20-somethings on staff. Caraher, it seems, had had enough of babysitting … Continue reading

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Books | Lexington Author Shows Lean System Goes Beyond Manufacturing

Following a self-described “tour of duty in public accounting,” Lexington-based author Nick Katko began a new career — as CFO of a company implementing the management system known as “Lean.” Moving from financial analyses that were standard and established to … Continue reading

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Agricultural Enterprise Cultivates More than Cucumbers for Stivers Brothers

Callaway Stivers has been in business more than half his life. While that’s a fairly common statement to make about entrepreneurs in their 50s or 60s, Callaway is just 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. Yes, he … Continue reading

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Books | Rethink What You Know About Business with this Entertaining Read

Contemporary business heroes include ordinary people who, with great entrepreneurial ability, start companies in their garages that then become billion-dollar businesses. That’s a myth, according to authors Chip and Dan Heath in their book, The Myth of the Garage and … Continue reading

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Keeping up with Technology in a Small Business

As a small-business owner, do you have an IT person on staff or someone on call, or do you replace hardware and update software yourself? Everyone has to have a little tech knowledge or a lot, from making sure accounting … Continue reading

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Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Funds Local Initiatives

What do Kentuckians’ really think about the Affordable Care Act? Medicaid expansion? A statewide smoke-free law? Are there more cost-effective ways to deliver health care services to a growing insured population? Are there more effective ways to keep Kentucky healthy? … Continue reading

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Independent Business: Kentucky’s Office of Entrepreneurship Helps Small Businesses

In its first year, the Office of Entrepreneurship has supported more than 2,000 small businesses across the state. Created in July 2013 by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the Office of Entrepreneurship is rolling out program after program for … Continue reading

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Books: Female Leaders Serve Up Sage Counsel in ‘Pass It On’

Despite living in an era of e-books, iPads and Kindles, there are still times when you pick up a certain book and it feels — well, almost magical. A book may have a certain quality about it, in the feel … Continue reading

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Former BP CEO Discusses High Cost Of Hiding Sexual Orientation In The Workplace

John Browne, the former CEO of British Petroleum, captures his own career experience by describing a presentation made by an employee at Raytheon to its senior management: “I want you to go back to your offices and shut the door. … Continue reading

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Books | Want People to Follow? Guide Their Gut Instincts

Belief, says Tom Asacker, author of The Business of Belief, is a tough concept. While we tend to think of beliefs in spiritual, religious or moral terms, they actually touch every aspect of our lives. In fact, Asacker suggests, our … Continue reading

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Independent Businesses | Where Are They Now?

Change happens in business the way it does in life. It can be intentional or unforeseen, large or small, conspicuous or subtle. Four business owners who were previously profiled in this column over the past five to nine years  recently … Continue reading

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Get Your Company’s News Noticed with a Solid Press Release

Press releases exist to let print, Web and broadcast editors know what’s going on in the community or an industry, so they can disseminate news to their audiences. A recent example was medical research that showed a decline in the … Continue reading

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Books | To improve your small business, start by managing yourself

More than half of new businesses will fail within the first five years, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Statistics show that eight out of 10 new businesses will disappear within the first three years. Almost 80 percent of … Continue reading

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WorkLife | How to Make an Impact in Onboarding

Onboarding, or organizational socialization, is a topic that can seem somewhat daunting for companies to embrace. Going beyond the simple employee orientation, onboarding ensures that new hires feel welcome and prepared, while giving them the confidence, trust and freedom to … Continue reading

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Books | Not Ready to Bow Out of the Job Market? Consider an Encore

At a concert, an encore is the additional music played at the conclusion of the  performance in response to the demand by an audience. It’s time to applaud for a similar follow-up to traditional careers, says author and New York … Continue reading

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How Did You Name Your Business?

Coming up with the name for a company is one of the easiest aspects of business ownership — or is it? Sure, there are plenty of people who go with the tried-and-true tactic of using the founders’ surnames — Disney, … Continue reading

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Improving Thoroughbred Market Rolls on at Keeneland January Sale

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale started the new year strong for the Thoroughbred industry. The auction featured broodmares, racing/stallion prospects and new yearlings. A total of 1,105 horses went through the ring. The four-day auction closed with positive … Continue reading

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Books | ‘Complete Leader’ Analyzes Attributes that Add Up to Great Leadership

There have been hundreds of books and scores of experts and theorists who have tried to define one specific trait that makes a leader. After all, if we could identify the key leadership characteristic in others, couldn’t we then develop … Continue reading

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Local Business Professionals Share the Organizational Methods They Use to Achieve Their Goals

The meaning of the word “goal” in the 1500s was a boundary or limit. Today’s goalsetters think of boundless, limitless accomplishments. How did you do in 2013? Four central Kentucky businesspeople share their results and goal-setting methodologies. Adam Martin Creative … Continue reading

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WorkLife | Make Unplugging from the Office a Part of Your Policy

Part I of this column provided an overview of the topic of “unplugging” from work. Part II provides information regarding how organizations and employees can begin to disconnect from work and reclaim their personal time. In some organizations, there is … Continue reading

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OpEd | Shopping Local is the Best Present for Lexington

What would happen if we all committed to shifting just 10 percent of our holiday budget to an independent business instead of a chain restaurant or big-box store?  It would mean instead of scrambling for parking and enduring long lines … Continue reading

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Books | Work of Fiction Urges Kentucky-Rooted Evaluation of Life and Career

Opportunities to learn the lessons of business sometimes present themselves by unexpected means. While business books have long been an established genre, sometimes a different format is more effective in exploring the complexities inherent in our contemporary work lives. Grounded, … Continue reading

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WorkLife | Unplug from Work and Plug in to the Rest of Your Life

Employee engagement is important for businesses here in Kentucky and across the country. Organizations want their employees to be fully committed and engaged in their work, because that translates to higher levels of productivity, larger profits, less absenteeism and lower … Continue reading

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Books | Wake Up to the World of Tech-Savvy Consumers

The past decade, marked by technological change and economic instability, has cast a Rip Van Winkle effect on many companies. As in the Washington Irving tale, companies have slept while the world around them changed. When they awaken, if they … Continue reading

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Books | Get your expertise noticed with tips from these guidebooks

Achieving entrepreneurial business success often begins with a series of questions: How do I define the business? Is the market large enough to support it? How can I reach the right customers? These two books provide valuable coaching for anyone … Continue reading

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Job Club offers strategies and networking for job seekers

The first rule of Job Club is this: You do not talk about Job Club participants by name. Confidentiality is an important aspect of this support group for motivated job seekers, some of whom are looking to make a career … Continue reading

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Books | Create a Company that People can Believe In

Let’s face it: Trust is not exactly a key descriptive word for the workplace during the past few years. Take for example a recent poll that tabulated not the most trusted banks but the most hated (Bank of America was  … Continue reading

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Award Winners Reflect on Local Recognition of Small Businesses

On Sept. 20, Commerce Lexington held its 28th annual Salute to Small Business Awards presentation, honoring small-business owners in seven categories. Congratulations to these winning entrepreneurs, who shared their thoughts on the application process and the community’s support of small … Continue reading

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Books | Facebook COO Digs into Perplexing Gender Biases in the Workplace with ‘Lean In’

When I shared with a female colleague of mine that I was writing a review of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, And the Will to Lead, she asked a pointed question: would it be difficult for me as a … Continue reading

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Keeping it Inn the Family, Beaumont Inn Growing Under Fifth Generation

The hospitality industry has been in the DNA of the Dedman family for five generations, as innkeepers of Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, Ky. With 31 guest rooms, three restaurants and a spa on the property, the Dedmans’ business model is … Continue reading

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Books | Hit the Jackpot? Hold Onto Your Financial Sensibility

Full disclosure: I plead guilty to the sin of sometimes playing the lottery. I figure it is a dollar’s worth of entertainment just to take a couple of minutes and daydream what I would do if a pink square of … Continue reading

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These Business Owners get the Value of Giving Back

Lexington, KY – As 14-year-old Anne Frank wrote in a 1944 essay, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Altruism can take any number of forms, from random acts of kindness to lifelong devotions to a cause, with plenty … Continue reading

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Immigration Reform: Bill Would Mandate Tighter Border Security and More Scrutiny of Workers

This is the final installment of a three-part series outlining and discussing proposed bipartisan legislation surrounding immigration reform. The first article in the series focused on allowing undocumented immigrants to change their status, and the second focused on changes for … Continue reading

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Book Review | Rethink generosity with these philanthropic books

Americans are often noted for being amazingly generous. While the stress of our modern world continually increases, with more and more demands on our time, energy and money, we still find the will to give to others. In 2009, during … Continue reading

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Books | Collection analyzes the deciding moments that transform companies

A simple truism of life, management consultant Verne Harnish reminds us, is that success equals the sum total of all the decisions we make. While all these decisions together can determine our overall success or failure, there are often singular … Continue reading

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Local Marketing | A content audit will tell you what exactly is on your website

When did you last visit your company’s website? Have you reviewed every word, phone number, email address and link on every page lately? Do you know how many people visit your site each month, which pages are most popular and … Continue reading

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Proposed changes in immigration law mean changes for employers

This is the second of a three-part series outlining and discussing proposed bipartisan legislation surrounding immigration reform. The first article in the series focused on allowing undocumented immigrants to change their status. Proposed changes to the United States’ immigration law … Continue reading

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Need for honey bees grows more obvious amid colony losses

Honey bees are one of nature’s most important assets, as pollinators of many flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as honey producers. Keeping the insects around is a big deal to both those in the bee business and those who … Continue reading

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UK Honors applicant pool doubles in size

The Honors Program at the University of Kentucky has program staff feeling very excited and, honestly, a little overwhelmed: More than 2,400 students applied for entry this year, as compared to 1,200 last year. The program expects to enroll an entering … Continue reading

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Open the Right Doors of Opportunity During College-Admission Season

Springtime is when anxiety about admission to highly selective colleges peaks along with pollen counts. Thankfully, it is now morphing into a sense of peace for students with acceptance offers in hand. Those who had been on pins and needles … Continue reading

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Book Review | Anthology Offers Wide Perspective on Current Business Climate

If there is one thing the “Great Crash of 2008” should have taught us, it’s that understanding political events and actors is not enough. We need to understand economic and financial ones even more. While the need for Americans to … Continue reading

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Local In-Home Care Franchise Helps Growing Population of Aging Seniors

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people age 65 and older (40.3 million) increased faster than the nation’s total population between the past two decennial reports. That demographic is projected to double in the next 50 years, … Continue reading

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Expo Addresses Challenges for Growing Number of Employed Caregivers

I am an entrepreneur and business owner. For 17 years, I have also been the primary caregiver to three close relatives. I understand the urgent need for an event such as the “i know expo,” because I have lived the … Continue reading

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Education reform program lands at UK

Imagine every student in this country prepared for life, prepared for citizenship, prepared for a career of success. … Imagining is not enough,” said Gene Wilhoit, at a press conference announcing the new National Center for Innovation in Education at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Find success without sacrificing personal satisfaction

Marilyn Tam is among the most singularly accomplished leaders in American business today. Her distinguished profile lists executive roles at international companies, including CEO of Aveda Corp., president of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, and vice president of Nike. Her … Continue reading

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A case for alternative investments

Very few of today’s retirement portfolios have adequate diversification. Having a diverse portfolio can help an investor capture steady gains while hopefully avoiding violent market swings. Investors want returns that outperform the broad market through a portfolio that will also … Continue reading

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Financial planning in 2013: What you should know

As 2012 wound to a close, the ongoing fiscal negotiations in Washington, as well as the effect on taxation, were well publicized. Lost in this conversation were updates to several vehicles many investors rely on each year. Changes to IRAs, … Continue reading

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Books: Unlock Clues for Understanding Behavior and Breaking Routine

Robert LoCascio, founder and CEO of LivePerson, a company that provides online customer assistance and other services to businesses, recently described in an interview with The New York Times a moment when he felt his company was falling into a … Continue reading

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Made In the Bluegrass | Big Ass Fans

We live in a thriving hub of production. The Bluegrass Region is home to myriad manufacturers that distribute and sell products across the country and around the world. Made in the Bluegrass celebrates our production success. Name of Company:  Big … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gladwell Box Set

The first time I spoke with Malcolm Gladwell, I was struck by his relaxed, familiar style. His tone suggested we were old friends sharing a discussion on a serious topic of interest to us both. Even over the phone, the … Continue reading

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Trademark ownership inspires dispute for ex-partners

In 2010, Dan Liebman and Thomas Walters decided to join forces and open a restaurant in Louisville. Though not uncommon, the business partners neglected to address the ownership of the business’s trademark at the outset of their venture. A messy … Continue reading

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Doing business with corporate entities

At its core, each business’s goal is usually the same — generating profits. This is true whether a business manufactures auto parts, provides medical services or stages a traveling circus. Accordingly, a primary objective of each business is the collection … Continue reading

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A new investor emerging: Retiring securely is no longer biggest concern

Investor concerns always evolve with the changing economic landscape. But recently, the converging factors of rising health care costs and increased life expectancy have resulted in the primary worry being the financial consequences of supporting themselves in old age.  And, … Continue reading

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Made in the Bluegrass | Ale-8-One Bottling Company

We live in a thriving hub of production. The Bluegrass Region is home to myriad manufacturers that distribute and sell products across the country and around the world. Made in the Bluegrass celebrates our production success. Name of Company:  Ale-8-One … Continue reading

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New: Alltech Graduate Training Blog

In November 2012, Alltech launched its Graduate Program, inviting outstanding young leaders to take part in a year-long training program. Out of a pool of more than 1,500 applicants, 21 graduates from around the world were selected through a rigorous … Continue reading

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Made in the Bluegrass | Corning Inc.

Name of Company: Corning Incorporated Location Address: 680 E. Office St., Harrodsburg, Ky. Years in the Bluegrass: 60 years Parent Company: Corning Incorporated, Corning, N.Y.

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Looking for a Deal? Start with This Book

There’s no doubt that Brad Wilson knows a deal when he sees one. He also knows how to outsmart banks, airlines, hotels and retailers to make his hard-earned money go further. As a student, he considered his college bookstore overpriced, … Continue reading

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Put that crystal ball to work with advice for 2013

Whether or not you have made New Year’s resolutions and mapped your personal and business strategy for the coming year, you would be well served to look carefully at trends emerging in the 2013 marketplace. Among the best expert resources, … Continue reading

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First Round-Up for horse lovers

If you are a horse lover, there is no better place to be than in the Bluegrass. But wintertime presents a challenge for those wishing to get closer to their favorite animals. This year, however, a new midwinter event will … Continue reading

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Made in the Bluegrass: Alltech Distillery

We live in a thriving hub of production. The Bluegrass Region is home to a myriad of manufacturers that distribute and sell products across the country and around the world. Made in the Bluegrass celebrates our home of production success. … Continue reading

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Academic Common Market helps with college costs

Students limiting their college searches by cost may want to know about the Academic Common Market (ACM), which allows Kentucky residents to pay in-state tuition rates to study in certain programs in other Southeastern states. Coordinated by the Southern Regional … Continue reading

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Patron Saint: Graviss’ McDonald’s gives back through theater

Why should a local business jump at the opportunity to sponsor a local theater? “When you look at what’s important to businesspeople, as to why they stay or locate to somewhere — quality of life, I would argue, is a … Continue reading

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Set your priorities for 2013 — in less than two words

More than 80 percent of adults make resolutions each New Year’s. Many organizations and businesses follow a similar premise formatted as strategic planning, team objectives and individual leadership goals for managers. There are nearly as many techniques for goal setting … Continue reading

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Lobbyists offer tips for business leaders

Business owners and managers may believe they’re too busy running their businesses to get involved with public policy, but that’s flawed thinking. Participating in the political process not only helps the business community but also helps legislators understand how their … Continue reading

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Energy visions in Kentucky

I truly think Kentucky could become a leader in smart-grid and a leader in sustainability solutions,” said Jason DeLambre, a Certified Energy Manager and a partner in Midwest Clean Energy Enterprises (MCEE). The other half of that partnership, Bobby Clark, … Continue reading

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Considering an entrepreneurial leap? Here’s helpful advice

Here’s the hard truth: Every year, American entrepreneurs start over one million new businesses, nearly 80 percent of which fail within the first five years. Despite this, the drive to own a business of your own is a challenge dear … Continue reading

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Kentucky Equine Industry Next Generation: Melissa Nolan

Melissa Nolan is the marketing director for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB)/Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA). She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Midway College, where her thesis studied the model of wagering in Kentucky after the … Continue reading

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Bringing authenticity to the world of social marketing

Emily Sandford went to the University of Kentucky to major in kinesiology — “for two seconds,” she said. She had thought she would like to be an exercise physiologist. Instead, she earned a B.A. in integrated strategic communication in 2003 … Continue reading

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Book review: “Influencing Up”

Cutting costs has been a major focus for businesses since the beginning of the current economic recession. Due to this, more companies are discovering that in order to increase profits, develop new products and services, they can no rely solely … Continue reading

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University ‘delisted’ from U.S. News rankings

Last month, higher education headlines blared about George Washington University’s inflation of class-rank data for entering freshmen, one factor in U.S. News & World Report’s calculation of college rankings. GWU, which had been ranked 51st nationally and perceived broadly as … Continue reading

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Al Smith displays his keen sense of character and politics in Kentucky Cured

Kentucky Cured by legendary Kentucky journalist Al Smith is the book his followers, fans and friends wanted. It’s a compilation of narratives and opinions, mostly about the influential Kentuckians who provided direction for the state over the past 75 years. … Continue reading

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Gas up your enthusiasm with this focused business parable

A traditional parable tends to illustrate a single principle by telling a short tale. Contemporary business parables are often not content with describing only one. In his bestselling book, The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and … Continue reading

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Fayette students see new college opportunities

Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and the University of Kentucky’s College of Education are warming up to new options as they develop plans together for the new STEAM Academy, slated to open in fall of 2013. School district officials participating … Continue reading

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Co-workers and kin can gain insight from family-business resources

The family-owned business has always played a central role in the American economy — and as part of the American dream itself. According to some sources, up to 90 percent of American businesses are family owned and make up about … Continue reading

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Book review: “Achieve Anything in Just One Year”

It’s a perennial story and one that remains so because it rings true. A man (or woman) wakes up one morning, rolls out of bed, stares in the mirror and has the revelation that 10 years have passed. What has … Continue reading

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Fresh and versatile content can give your business a voice in the virtual marketplace

When many people see or hear the word “blog,” they think of something akin to a teenage confessional rather than a practical business utility. While blogging as we know it might have derived from something similar to a diary, it’s … Continue reading

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Lexington is becoming a serious food town — and here’s why

It’s time to recognize that Lexington has become a serious food town. By that I mean it has a thriving food and beverage entrepreneurial community that has, over the past few years, elevated itself reaching a critical mass of exciting … Continue reading

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Business sustainability with compression

In mid-June, the Compression Institute hosted a meeting of business leaders and forward thinkers at the Plantary on East Third Street in Lexington to discuss the necessity of creating new pathways to sustainable businesses. In attendance was Robert “Doc” Hall, … Continue reading

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Midway faculty collaborate on worthwhile compendium

Collaboration, working together to achieve a common goal, can be challenging for any business organization. When that organization is an academic group whose goal is to share knowledge and learning, as well as build consensus, the challenge can be daunting. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Honoring the sustained legacy of the late Stephen Covey For decades, reading Stephen Covey was a habit that effective people cultivated. Best known for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey was among the foremost leadership experts in the … Continue reading

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Finding the best fit for college-bound B students

What should a B student know about getting into college?” I was asked recently. “Are there different considerations than for A students?” My first piece of advice to B students is this: Know thyself in order to get to know … Continue reading

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Locust Trace garden to feed local schoolchildren

For gardeners, now is the prime time for growing fruits, vegetable and flowers to consume, sell or simply just to marvel at, however many young people don’t know where to begin when it comes to growing one’s own food. Thankfully, … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Multipliers – How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”

After 17 years in senior management at the software giant Oracle, Liz Wiseman left with a lingering question: How do some leaders create intelligence in the people around them, while others diminish it? Her inquiry led to an insightful and … Continue reading

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Bullhorn: Where there’s a will

Take an octet of young professionals with marketing and creative skills, put them in a 130-year-old building in an area of town on the brink of exploding, and you have Bullhorn Creative, whose employees are pretty passionate about branding Lexington … Continue reading

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Nearing the fiscal cliff

On January 1, our country will be subjected to tax increases and spending cuts that will surely send us spiraling into a recession unless something is done. Unfortunately, we must rely on Congress to navigate us away from this fiscal … Continue reading

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Energy beets for the future of Kentucky farms and fuel

Add “energy beets” to the cash crop list for Kentucky farmers. The high-sugar energy beet, a variety bred to serve the fuel/energy market, is now growing on test plots in Whitley and other Kentucky counties. Kentucky-based Patriot Bio-Energy Corporation plans … Continue reading

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Workspace personalization: Clutter or meaningful personal displays?

Look around your workspace. What do you see? Are there pictures of family members and friends? Framed diplomas? Trinkets? Sports memorabilia? Art? A plant? Maybe a coffee mug that proclaims you the “world’s greatest”? If you are like 70 percent … Continue reading

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Book review: “Disciplined Dreaming”

You may not like it, you may wish things were different, you may look fondly at the past, but none of this matters: the rules have changed. The financial meltdown and global recession of 2009, combined with globalization, rapid advances … Continue reading

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Harkness Edwards Vineyards: A true family affair

The vineyard industry and vitaculture (the science, production and study of grapes, which deals with the series of events that occur in the vineyard) in Kentucky continues to grow and develop with the addition of more and more new players. … Continue reading

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Investing in college: Affordable options for preparing for debt

When in Boston recently for a conference, I met a fellow educational consultant from China. Hearing I was from Kentucky, he asked, “Tuition is very reasonable at Kentucky, yes?” I paused before answering. Through the eyes of his clients, tuition … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Stockyard helping state cattle industry thrive

The cattle business in Kentucky is good. Prices are high, herd quality is great and national recognition is on the rise. But buying and selling all those animals is no small feat. Thankfully the stockyard business in the state has … Continue reading

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Book Review: Manage your technology before it manages you

Do you check your iPhone first thing every morning and right before bed every night? Does your Blackberry eat dinner with you at the table? Do you sometimes email someone at work in an office adjacent to yours rather than walk … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Building Cathedrals The Power of Purpose”

Greg Cocker, an author and businessman from Franklin, Ky., often used an anecdote about bricklayers in his many speeches around the country during his 20-year corporate career. One afternoon, he says, he determined to find the origin and authenticity of … Continue reading

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Business book review: Coach to Goal

In sports, a coach teaches and oversees training for both individual athletes as well as the entire team. Coaching involves ensuring physical and mental development for the individual and building teamwork in the group. Business coaching follows many of the … Continue reading

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Small meat-processing facilities represent a crucial link in the local-food chain

More than 300 eager delegates arrived in Asheville, N.C., for an Appalachian Regional Commission-sponsored forum on “Growing the Appalachian Food Economy.” Why the interest? Ask Mayor Pete Hobbs of Anstead, W.V., a retired executive of AT&T. He is a dedicated … Continue reading

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Big Ass Fans moving into residential market with a “whoosh”

  Think of it as ceiling art with a purpose. It may not be as awe-inspiring as a fresco in Rome, but Big Ass Fans’ new Haiku residential fan is eye-catching. With only three blades and a high-tech motor, the … Continue reading

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Local stocks see historic rise

As we continue to celebrate the Wildcat’s National Championship, let us not overlook the exemplary stock performance of our local public companies. While it may seem for many people that the financial world has been collapsing all around them, stocks … Continue reading

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BCTC works to serve higher education needs of local students and companies

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), the workhorse of our regional higher education system, is the product of a merger in 2005 between Lexington Community College and Central Kentucky Technical College. When Augusta A. Julian became president in 2007, the … Continue reading

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At Derby time, enjoy a deeper look into Kentucky’s equine culture

Lexington, KY – As Kentuckians at this time of year, we are ready with our Derby hats and mint juleps, but how many of us know the deeper history of the Kentucky Derby? A new book titled The Kentucky Derby: … Continue reading

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UK Horse Racing Club gets insiders perspectives from panel of racing professionals

Lexington, KY – Fasig-Tipton’s sales pavilion was buzzing with a crowd of two-legged youngsters on April 16, as the University of Kentucky’s Horse Racing Club held its fourth annual panel discussion event with racing industry professionals. With the Kentucky Derby … Continue reading

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As business picks up, local professionals get back in the groove

Lexington, KY – It seems we’re all as busy as bees (thank you, Geoffrey Chaucer, for that simile). There’s a lot of energy in the business air that many people haven’t experienced for a few years, and we’re exercising the … Continue reading

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Defining conservatism and liberalism in 2012

Lots of labels are being bandied about in this presidential election year. Two of the most commonly uttered and most basic to the American political environment are “conservative” and “liberal.” What does each mean in the context of 2012? Part … Continue reading

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The Hero’s Choice: Living from the Inside Out

Lexington, KY – There are times when fiction can be more telling than real life. That’s the case with the novel The Hero’s Choice: Living From the Inside Out, by Roger K. Allen. This book draws its characters and their … Continue reading

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Spanish Immersion at Georgetown College gives students a leg up in global market

Lexington, KY – In today’s global economy, individuals with broad global perspectives find the greatest opportunities. Georgetown College’s Spanish Immersion program in the liberal arts is designed to provide a leg up in this regard: Students experience a different version … Continue reading

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Favor for industrial hemp beginning to grow

Lexington, KY – Once again, lawmakers in Kentucky have introduced legislation that could lead to the production of industrial hemp, something that has been tried many times to no avail. State Rep. Richard Henderson of Montgomery County is the primary … Continue reading

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Defining Conservatism and Liberalism in 2012

Part one of a two-part series by Transylvania University political scientist Don Dugi focuses on the term “American conservative” in this presidential election year. Part two, scheduled for the April 13 edition, will look at modern American liberalism. This election … Continue reading

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Are you overlooking an important customer?

Women over 50 are a demographic often ignored by marketing strategies Lexington, KY – Many advertisers focus on the 18-34 demographic, which includes college students, young professionals and young families. The conventional wisdom has been that they are the people … Continue reading

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A Pleasure Doing Business

Furniture dealer builds store on years of service and hard-earned savings Lexington, KY – It all comes down to service. Many successful people have come by their first work experience through an early job in food service — looking to … Continue reading

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Restaurants Column | Family Utilizes Backgrounds and Each Other to Open Rosalia’s

Lexington, KY – Its a common theme among independent restaurants: the genesis of the idea and passion for opening a restaurant arising from family experiences with food. Rosalia’s Old World Italian Deli, located in Stonewall Center on Clays Mill Road … Continue reading

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Thai Orchid Cafe Passes the Wok

Lexington, KY – Lexington is fortunate to have many fine examples of a wide range of ethnic cuisine. A prime example of this is Thai Orchid Cafe (www.thaiorchidcafe.net), located at 1030 South Broadway. Just recently, the restaurant officially went through … Continue reading

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Thai Orchid Cafe Passes the Wok

Lexington, KY – Lexington is fortunate to have many fine examples of a wide range of ethnic cuisine. A prime example of this is Thai Orchid Cafe (www.thaiorchidcafe.net), located at 1030 South Broadway. Just recently, the restaurant officially went through … Continue reading

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Mexican cuisine rising

Lexington, KY – If you have been paying attention to the central Kentucky restaurant scene over the last several years, you can’t help but notice the growth of Mexican cuisine eateries and concepts. Depending on which search engine you use, … Continue reading

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Restaurateur Column | Former M&A Exec. Now Helping Lexington Acquire Appreciation for Fine Olive Oil

Lexington, KY – A new specialty retailer in Lexington brings a new focus on quality in an interesting food product niche. Stuarto’s Olive Oil Company (http://www.stuartos.com), located in Hamburg, specializes in imported extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, specialty oils … Continue reading

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Wing Zone soars to new heights

Lexington, KY – Being a fast food entrepreneur means overcoming obstacles and challenges, and for some, those business and life hurdles are greater than for others. Mike Tackett, who along with his partner Greg Laswell is the local Wing Zone … Continue reading

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Onizim’s steps up to the Louisiana plate

Lexington, KY – Great-tasting, high-quality Louisiana cuisine is embedded in Charles Verrette’s DNA, and Verrette, the owner of Furlongs on East Main Street, just evolved the restaurant with a name change to Onizim’s to better project the emphasis and heritage … Continue reading

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Naked Pizza: An Industry Game-Changer Opens In Lexington

Lexington, KY – It was September 2009 on a leisurely Sunday and local businessman David Lawyer was relaxing and reading the Sunday New York Times. One article that attracted his attention was an article about a new but growing pizza … Continue reading

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The Great Beer Cheese Wars of 2010

Lexington, KY – Beer cheese is pretty unique to Kentucky – and particularly central Kentucky. There are more than 30 commercial varieties, and many individuals also pride themselves on their own personal recipe. While beer cheese has been around for … Continue reading

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Fostering Talent

Lexington, KY – Higher education institutions can enhance their surrounding regions in many ways, and Sullivan University (www.sullivan.edu) is no different. One fairly unique aspect about Sullivan’s Lexington campus is its culinary programs. Specialized programs like those offered at Sullivan … Continue reading

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The Great Beer Cheese Wars of 2010

Lexington, KY – Beer cheese is pretty unique to Kentucky – and particularly central Kentucky. There are more than 30 commercial varieties, and many individuals also pride themselves on their own personal recipe. While beer cheese has been around for … Continue reading

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Cuppa capitalizes on growing tea trends

Lexington, KY – The Jefferson Street corridor is quietly developing into an interesting collection of food and beverage options. One of the more unique recent openings is Cuppa: A Tea CafÈ (www.cuppateacafÈ.com), located at 591 West Short St., at the … Continue reading

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The Restaurateur | Tulip grows from Roots on Romany

Lexington, KY – The Chevy Chase restaurant and bar scene recently got a high quality addition with the opening of The Tulip Bistro and Bar at the location of the former AP Roots on Romany Road. This new French/American bistro … Continue reading

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Little Girl, Big Restaurant

Lexington, KY – All restaurateurs make mistakes. What separates the really good ones from their competitors is that they learn from them, adapt and apply that new knowledge in future endeavors. When Bobby Murray and wife, Jennifer, opened up Josie’s … Continue reading

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Little Girl, Big Restaurant

Lexington, KY – All restaurateurs make mistakes. What separates the really good ones from their competitors is that they learn from them, adapt and apply that new knowledge in future endeavors. When Bobby Murray and wife, Jennifer, opened up Josie’s … Continue reading

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Bullish restaurant business decisions kick off

Lexington, KY – Recent bullish business activity suggests that 2010 will be a lively year in the region’s restaurant, food and beverage environment.

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A year of changes for local restaurants

Lexington, KY – Every year is a year of changes in that turbulent world called the restaurant industry. Throw in a lousy economy and that is a recipe for even more changes. In the greater Lexington region, 2009 was a … Continue reading

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Start-up adds local flavor to fresh pasta

Lexington, KY – A local food business start-up, Lexington Pasta (www.lexingtonpasta.com) is slowly but surely redefining great pasta in the central Kentucky region. While current distribution is small and highly targeted, the founders have ambitious growth plans for their brand … Continue reading

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Local tech start-up making waves in ambient music service

Lexington, KY – A local technology start-up company is slowly but surely making waves in the ambient music service sector for restaurants, retailers and other venues. MAX Music Service, Inc. (www.maxmusicservice.com) provides custom background music for your restaurant or business. … Continue reading

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Lexington expands global flavor with state’s first Indonesian concept

Lexington, KY – In late 2008, our economy had just suffered a major downturn and the future was uncertain. However it was in this environment that Wiwi Harrison, a native of Indonesia, decided to not only open a restaurant, but … Continue reading

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West African cuisine finds home on S. Limestone

Lexington, KY – The South Limestone business corridor has a nice diversity of independent restaurants and other businesses that should not be overlooked, especially during the estimated year-long construction closure while the street undergoes a major overhaul. A prime example … Continue reading

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Serving new concepts

Lexington, KY – It has been more than ten years since Brian McCarty and Bruce Drake, general partners and co-founders of Bluegrass Hospitality Group, launched the first location of the company’s founding restaurant brand, Malone’s, in Lexington’s Lansdowne Shopping Center. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass terrior: a culinary sense of place

Lexington, KY – There are many restaurants, wine shops and other establishments in the region that serve fine wines. However, determining what wines customers will want, and in particular what wines will pair well with the establishment’s menu and the … Continue reading

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Catering enterprise builds on brand again with Franky and Annette’s

Lexington, KY – The brand name Annette’s has been marked by slow and steady growth in the Lexington foodservice arena over the past eight years. This burgeoning enterprise (www.annettescatering.com), which includes Annette’s City CafÈ & Event Center, Annette’s Catering, Annette’s … Continue reading

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Move over bourbon and wine – serious beer is here

Lexington, KY – The Bluegrass is blessed with a wealth of wonderful events and festivals – particularly those focused on bourbon and wine. These events help underscore the region’s rich food and beverage cultural heritage. They also help define the … Continue reading

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Economic turbulence reshuffles the deck for restaurant financing

Lexington, KY – Ask most bankers what are their least favorite types of collateral are and they will likely include used restaurant equipment on the list. Obtaining financing for restaurant ventures is always a challenge, and the current economic and … Continue reading

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Restaurateurs bet on new ventures, remodels despite economy

Lexington, KY – What do you do when faced with the worst economic environment in decades? You open a restaurant, of course. In the face of this current economic downturn, some restaurateurs are indeed mustering the financial fortitude to launch … Continue reading

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Nicholasville restaurant renaissance

Nicholasville, Ky. – Nicholasville has been quietly upgrading its restaurant and food business line-up recently, especially in the downtown area. One of the foundations of an interesting downtown scene is a great coffee shop, a staple Nicholasville can now claim … Continue reading

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Foodservice street fight

The restaurant business is a “penny business.” By that I mean a successful operator must pay close attention to small amounts in several categories in order to convert sales to necessary profit dollars. The current economy is testing today’s already … Continue reading

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Comfort Food…with a Conscience

The eclectic North Limestone Street corridor just added an interesting culinary destination to its mix with the recent opening of Doodles Restaurant at the corner of Third Street and North Limestone Street across from the Atomic CafÈ. This breakfast and … Continue reading

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Comfort food … With a conscience

The eclectic North Limestone Street corridor just added an interesting culinary destination to its mix with the recent opening of Doodles Restaurant at the corner of Third Street and North Limestone Street across from the Atomic CafÈ. This breakfast and … Continue reading

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Southland builds clustered appeal

For years, Southland Association, the coalition of local businesses and residents in the Southland Drive area, has been making steady progress on perhaps one of the neatest and most overlooked business corridors in Lexington.

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Adult beverages, the bluegrass and viral marketing

Many businesses are borne out of someone identifying a consumer need and then commercializing a solution. In today’s “flat” world and Internet-based or influenced economies, the potential for solutions exists in numerous and varied forms. One of these is a … Continue reading

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Take a Walk on the Wildside

Last March, the Wildside Winery near Versailles celebrated the two-year anniversary of its grand opening. They started out with a vineyard and actually began selling wine in 2005 at special events and festivals, but in 2006 their winery at the … Continue reading

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Restaurant inspection posting arrives in Fayette County

In April, the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health approved a new policy which requires restaurants to post inspection scores in a conspicuous spot near the business entrance. In Fayette County, restaurants are inspected every six months and the scores are … Continue reading

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The business behind Mint Juleps

It’s Derby season; therefore I thought a column on the venerable Mint Julep was appropriate. However, rather than dwell on recipes and many storied details, I thought I would discuss the business side of this state icon. Yes, I believe … Continue reading

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It’s All Good at Saul Good Pub

The 2008 Lexington new restaurant development scene is off to a great start with the recent opening of Saul Good Pub (www.saulgoodpub.com), located at 3801 Mall Road in the newer developed area of Fayette Mall near the CineMark theaters. The … Continue reading

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Los Alazanes Mexican restaurant rides into town

The Lexington cultural and cuisine scene is always enriched by the opening of a new and well-run independent restaurant. This continued recently with the opening of Los Alazanes Mexican Restaurant located in Tattersalls Square,‚Ćat 861 South Broadway near the Red … Continue reading

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Not gone Furlong

“Tommy Walters, a native of Lafayette, La., has been working in the restaurant business most of his life. At the age of ten he was working in his father’s restaurant, washing dishes, peeling shrimp, scaling flounder and doing a little … Continue reading

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Barbecue in the Bluegrass

“We are in the thick of summer, and that is a fine time to discuss one of my favorite foods and food topics — barbecue (or the often-abbreviated BBQ.) This can be a confusing topic to some because of varying … Continue reading

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Food service companies go global while staying local

“Technology, and the Internet specifically, are changing the way we work and live, and the food service business is no exception. Two local companies in the food service arena have found their own creative ways to use the Internet to … Continue reading

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Pasta from a new perspective

“Last October, Robert Weissmueller, a 35-year veteran of the McDonalds Corporation, was named president and CEO of Lexington-based Fazoli’s Restaurants, Inc., an Italian quick-service chain of more than 300 restaurants acquired by Sun Capital Partners. Weissmueller recently took some time … Continue reading

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KRA builds network of support

“Industry trade associations play a vital role in our economy and in the industries that they represent and serve. They serve as a nexus of information flow, education, communication and human interaction in their industries. Said another way, they get … Continue reading

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Bluegrass coffee shop wars: Starbucks versus the independents

“I wrote this article in a coffee shop. With technology changing the way people work, individuals have become more mobile and coffee shops have emerged as places to meet, check e-mail, work or maybe even just to kill time between … Continue reading

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Restaurateurs pinched by cost increase pressures

“As I talk to local restaurateurs, foodservice distributors and others in the foodservice supply chain, I hear the common theme and concern about rising costs. While cost issues and pressures are part of the territory in this and any business, … Continue reading

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Gastronomique roadtrip: Midway’s independents form top-notch culinary medley

“One of my favorite restaurant venues, and also one of the more interesting ones in the Bluegrass region, is the Midway area. It’s one of my favorites because of some interesting independent restaurants and other independent retailers in the antique … Continue reading

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Serving up fresh concepts

“One thing you say can about the restaurant industry is that it supplies a never-ending stream of new concepts being created and commercialized. Every time you turn around, there is a new idea — or more commonly, a new twist … Continue reading

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Stealth marketing: Restaurants work cost-effective online tools to grow business

“Few industries are more dynamic and competitive than the foodservice business. In order to survive and thrive, restaurateurs and those in related businesses turn to a combination of alternative methods to market their business, reach new customers and retain and … Continue reading

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Sizing up the competitive landscape of Lexington’s restaurant industry

“Perhaps you are like me when you drive around the greater Lexington area and marvel at the number of new restaurants being built. This never seems to end, and currently you can see examples at Hamburg Place, Brannon’s Crossing, the … Continue reading

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Independent restaurants cook up recipe for local distinction

“When many of us sit back and recall memorable times in visits to cities around the country or the world, usually many of those occasions took place in a restaurant. Furthermore, I would venture that those restaurants were usually locally-owned … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Blues

Walk in almost any restaurant, bar, or foodservice venue and you will likely hear music. It could be music from a jukebox, a music service like Muzak, or live entertainment. However, no matter what the source of the music, the … Continue reading

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Pressure Cooker

As I talk to local restaurateurs, foodservice distributors and others in the foodservice supply chain, I hear the common theme and concern about rising costs. While cost issues and pressures are part of the territory in this and any business, … Continue reading

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