GLI Helps 55 Businesses Grow Using Incentive Programs

Greater Louisville Inc. says it has helped 84 companies grow or relocate in the region since Kentucky expanded its business incentive programs in 2009. “All those (84 companies) total about 6,958 jobs, so it’s a significant amount of payroll being generated when we’re in the middle of a great recession and the economy is being… Continue reading GLI Helps 55 Businesses Grow Using Incentive Programs

Talking With Immigrant Entrepreneurs

This month, WFPL’s Phillip Bailey has been talking with immigrant entrepreneurs about the struggles, sacrifices and successes of starting a business in a new country. So far, he has interviewed four entrepreneurs, who each have their own reasons for immigrating and who have had varying levels of success. 

Occupy Louisville Responds to Black Friday, Supports Local Business

Occupy Louisville demonstrators are organizing a rally in support of local businesses on Black Friday as the movement continues to target specific ways to express its campaign. It was a little unclear what occupy demonstrators’ demands were when the movement began. Corporate greed and special interest groups seemed like vague targets. Louisville supporters have since… Continue reading Occupy Louisville Responds to Black Friday, Supports Local Business

Ford Escape at the LA Auto Show

Friday on State of the News we called Courier-Journal reporter Jere Downs, who was in Los Angeles at the LA Auto Show. She and WFPL reporter Devin Katayama discussed the unveiling of the 2013 Ford Escape, which will be built in Louisville. This year Ford has sold over 200,000 Escapes. Those numbers may give Louisville… Continue reading Ford Escape at the LA Auto Show

Ear X-Tacy to Liquidate After Thanksgiving

Louisville record store Ear X-Tacy will re-open for two days later this month to liquidate merchandise. When Ear X-Tacy closed, it wasn’t clear what would happen to the merchandise. Customers asked whether it could be returned to distributors or if it would be sold to a liquidation firm. But store management has sent out a… Continue reading Ear X-Tacy to Liquidate After Thanksgiving

With New Restaurant Planned for 4th Street Live, Calls for Downtown Retail Continue

The news that the former Borders bookstore building in 4th Street Live won’t be filled with another retail shop has come as a disappointment for many downtown boosters. The Borders space has been empty for months, and it’s up to the Baltimore-based Cordish Companies to find a tenant. Insider Louisville reports that the German restaurant… Continue reading With New Restaurant Planned for 4th Street Live, Calls for Downtown Retail Continue

Update: Heine Brothers, Vint Coffee Merging

The Louisville-based Heine Brothers Coffee and Vint Coffee chains will merge. Heine Brothers was founded 17 years ago by Gary Heine and Mike Mays. Now, Mays has purchased Heine’s interest in the company and will merge the nine shops in his chain with the four in Vint, which spun off from Java Brewing earlier this… Continue reading Update: Heine Brothers, Vint Coffee Merging

Small Business Administration Officials Meet With Kentucky Lenders

The federal Small Business Administration is seeking to further increase lending in Kentucky. SBA officials had their annual meeting with representatives from national and local banks in Louisville today. The SBA works on two fronts. The agency consults businesses to see if they can afford loans, then guarantees loans once they’re made. Lending in Kentucky… Continue reading Small Business Administration Officials Meet With Kentucky Lenders

Dippin’ Dots Seeks to Continue Operations Through Bankruptcy

From the Associated Press Novelty ice cream maker Dippin’ Dots has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, but is asking a judge to allow it to use cash collateral to continue operations. The Paducah-based company submitted the filing Thursday night. The company says that allowing it to use the cash collateral and stay functioning will not harm creditors, including Regions… Continue reading Dippin’ Dots Seeks to Continue Operations Through Bankruptcy

Ear X-Tacy Closure Could Affect Live Music Venues

When John Timmons announced that his music store Ear X-Tacy was closed for good on Monday, it ended the speculation that began on Saturday, when the store didn’t open. But there’s more uncertainty around Ear X-Tacy’s closure, though it’s not all coming from fans. Promoters, venue owners and other retailers could all affected by the… Continue reading Ear X-Tacy Closure Could Affect Live Music Venues