The Business Side

Spotlighting issues affecting the bottom line in Central Kentucky.

Spring will be here soon, and with it comes the busiest time of year for buying and selling homes. In January, The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors released a summary of figures from 2019. Now, with Q1 of 2020 nearly behind us we look to the numbers to try and make sense of an often fickle and unpredictable market.

The Business Side: UK Job Club

Jan 13, 2020

Unemployment percentages have hit a record low. With so many Americans in the workforce, employers are hungry for fresh talent to fill openings, which means opportunity is ripe for the unemployed and those considering a career transition.

Enter the Central Kentucky Job Club, a free jobs workshop open to the public. Joining WUKY's Dan Collins this week on the Business Side to talk about the program and what it offers is Caroline Francis, Director of Alumni Career Services at the University of Kentucky.

The Business Side: Rise of the Gig Economy

Jan 6, 2020

Looking to earn a little extra cash this year? Well, you could join one of the estimated 75 million Americans working in what’s been coined the ‘gig economy’.

But making sense of the gig economy can be difficult for workers, employers and even lawmakers.

On The Business Side this week: WUKY's Dan Collins talks with Tom Wilmes, editor of Business Lexington, about defining the gig economy and the outlook in 2020.

Alan Lytle

Prior to their successful Winter Market event WUKY's Alan Lytle got a behind the scenes tour of the Julia Etta Lewis Public Market space from Kris Nonn, executive director of the North Limestone Community Development Corporation, commonly shortened to NoLi CDC.  The community agency is tasked with bringing new life to the 23,000 square foot building that once was headquarters for the South East Greyhound Line.  Once renovations are completed next summer the site will host retail, restaurants, office and event space, in addition to the NoLi CDC Greyline Station Market.

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Dr. Aaron Thompson, the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education has been on a Listening Tour across the commonwealth to learn what students, parents, community leaders and employers think about higher education.  Dr. Thompson was on UK’s Campus last week and he sat down with WUKY's Alan Lytle and UK Now’s Kody Kiser (host of the university's Behind the Blue podcast) to discuss a wide range of issues, including how to better equip college students of today  for the employment and career opportunities of tomorrow.

Smiley Pete Publishing

This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle and Lane Report executive editor Mark Green discuss the  various ways cyber thieves try to hack into your company's system in an attempt to hold your data hostage.  It's a cybercrime that's on the rise in the Commonwealth. 

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On this Veterans' Day WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Ben Adams, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs about the broad range of services on offer for the estimated 295,000 military veterans and familes in the state including housing, healthcare and employment.

Smiley Pete Publishing

This week on the Business Side Tom Wilmes, editor of Business Lexington, tells up about a senior housing complex coming soon on Romany Road, plus the new Southland Bagel and Bluegrass Youth Ballet now open in the ever expanding Southland Corridor.

UK Now

This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Lane Report executive editor Mark Green about Lexington's infrastructure of innovation, including its chief pillar, the University of Kentucky.

University Press of Kentucky

Few Kentuckians can boast of a life and career than that of James Hardymon.  From growing up on the banks of the Ohio River during the Great Depression to acquiring executive management roles at large international companies, Mr. Hardymon helped build corporations as a CEO, learned the ropes of Wall Street and interacted with US Presidents and Congressional leaders.  Hardymon “retired” from the Global company Textron in 1999 but he’s arguably busier than ever giving back to UK, including spearheading the recent public private partnership that resulted in the construction of new residence halls on campus.  Now you can read about his life story.  Engineering Corporate Success – is a memoir comprised of numerous interviews conducted by Terry Birdwhistell, the senior historian at UK’s Nunn Center for Oral History.  Terry and Jim recently stopped by our studios to talk about the project.