The Business Side

Spotlighting issues affecting the bottom line in Central Kentucky.

Theresa Stanley

This week on The Business Side, Tom Wilmes, editor of Business Lexington, is back for a deep dive on the ongoing service and staffing challenges for area bars and restaurants. Some emerged from the pandemic better than others. Some favorite establishments called it quits altogether. Bottom line, whether tried and true or brand spanking new, adaptability appears to be the key to success.

Business Lexington

It’s been awhile since we checked in with Tom Wilmes, editor of Business Lexington to go behind some of the latest local business headlines. There's news this week about a Bourbon Distillery expansion in Bardstown, the Liquor Barn is under new ownership, the city's new convention space appears to be paying off, plus we talk about some comings and goings on the local restaurant scene.

Analyzing Kentucky's Labor Force Participation

Feb 22, 2021

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the UK Gatton College to produce a quarterly report on Kentucky's economic recovery from the pandemic. In the second of a two-part discussion, we speak with the Director of UK's Center for Business and Economic Research, Dr. Mike Clark.

The Pulse of Kentucky's Economic Recovery

Feb 15, 2021
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The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the UK Gatton College to produce a quarterly report on Kentucky's economic recovery from the pandemic. In the first of a two-part discussion, we speak with the President and CEO of the KY Chamber, Ashli Watts.

The Kentucky Chamber’s Workforce Center sponsors a program called Bus to Business, which aims to introduce K-12 students to employment opportunities in Kentucky after graduation.

The Cost of Raising the Minimum Wage

Feb 1, 2021
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The Biden administration has signaled for congress to increase the federal minimum wage to provide relief for struggling low-income workers, but could there be unintended consequences as a result?

An Appeal for Criminal Justice Reform

Jan 25, 2021
KY Chamber of Commerce

The Executive Director of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, Beth Davisson, says that now that the vaccine is here, it’s time to rebuild the economy by doubling down on criminal justice reform. In fact, that’s the title of an op-ed released by the Kentucky Chamber and written by Davisson, who joins us this week on the Business Side to talk about it.

Bolstering the Central Kentucky Workforce

Jan 11, 2021
UK Alumni Association

What better way to ring in the new year on the Business Side than to chat with the folks at the Central Kentucky Job Club, who have charged head first into the pandemic to combat unemployment in Central Kentucky.

Fighting Mosquitos with Mosquitos

Dec 21, 2020
Joaquim Alves Gaspar

This week we talk with the owner of a business that breeds and releases mosquitos in their customers' yards. That might sound ludicrous, but the company MosquitoMate was recently celebrated by the U.S. Department of Commerce for their innovative approach to pest control.

Business Side: The Post-Election Economy

Nov 30, 2020
Ahmad Ardity

Almost a month ago, we spoke with Dr. Kenneth Troske about the status of the economy approaching the election. He's back on the program today to give us an update now that the election appears to be over.