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Business

  • Rocket Man Inc. is Super Bowl bound

    If a fan buys a beverage from a walking vendor at the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, they will be doing business with the same Oldham County company that serves beverages at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Churchill Downs and Kentucky Speedway.  
    Rocket Man Inc., based in Buckner, manages the walking vendor program at Lucas Oil Stadium, host of the NFL championship and home of the Indianapolis Colts and other events.

  • Local winery sweeps San Francisco Chronicle's wine competition

    Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery recently swept the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition.

    The vineyard earned a silver medal for the Single Barrel Select American Oak and a bronze medal for the 2007 Zinfandel, as well as a bronze medal for the 2008 Kentucky Cabernet Sauvignon. This competition set a new American wine competition record with 5,500 entries, surpassing its previous record of 5,050 last year.

    For nine consecutive years, this competition holds strong as the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World.”

  • Local real estate and the Wicked Witch of the West

    When I was a little girl, the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz” scared me half to death.  I can remember watching the movie through small slits in my hands as I covered my eyes and shook with terror.

    Just as her green face struck terror in my young heart, it can be just as frightening to think about selling your home in today’s market and losing all that “green” from your wallet.

    But is the news all that scary?

  • Local businesses see retail industry rebound during holiday season

    Holiday spending declined by about half in 2008, according to the American Research Group Inc. The annual survey, conducted for 26 years, showed spending increased the past two years after bottoming out three years ago.
    Oldham County business owners reported strong sales not just for retailers — restaurants and even locally-based online business say the season went well, too.
    La Grange businesses in particular pointed to the Light Up La Grange kickoff and continuing lightshow as a major sales boost.

  • Retailers hopeful for holiday season

    Some say it takes a village to raise a child, but it’s also true it takes a village to keep a village going.

    And business owners in the “village” of downtown La Grange joined forces to attract holiday shoppers and promote Small Business Saturday to kickoff holiday shopping.

  • Rocketman ranked No. 25 among Louisville area businesses

    A local business with contracts for the World Series, Superbowl and Olympic games is ranked on Business First's Fast 50.

    Rocket Man Inc. is ranked No. 25 on the list, which recognizes the 50 fastest-growing independent and privately held companies in the Louisville area, based on three-year revenue growth.

    The company received the same ranking in 2001.

  • $25,000 grant will boost a new or expanding business

    Oldham Chamber & Economic Development has announced a business plan contest to encourage the creation, acceleration and expansion of businesses in the county.

    The winner will receive a grant of up to $25,000 and a package of legal, marketing and accounting services that will help them launch or expand their venture in Oldham County.

  • Fresh Roast: Couple opens storefront after success of home-based business

    The coffee mug sign at Walnut and Jefferson streets in downtown La Grange is kind of like a Krispy Kreme sign — if it’s lit, the coffee’s hot.

    And not just hot – fresh. Like just-out-of-the-roaster yesterday fresh. Take your pick from recognizable coffees, like Brazilian, Colombian or Sumatra. Or, try something different, like Ethiopian beans Yirgacheffe and Nigusie Lemma or Tanzanian Peaberry.

  • BBB warns of Facebook lottery scam email

    If you get an email in your inbox that claims to be from Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook – delete it! BBB is warning the scam email claims the recipient is the winner of $1 million in “our 2011 Sweepstakes (Facebook Inc).”  The lottery emails are not from Facebook!

  • Prospect pair opening Potbelly sandwich shop

    Two Prospect residents who met on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange are opening a sandwich shop known for toasty warm sandwiches and hand-dipped shakes.

    Potbelly Sandwich Shop opens Nov. 8. This is the brand’s second location to open in the state, joining an existing location in Florence.