The Business Side

Spotlighting issues affecting the bottom line in Central Kentucky.

Karyn Czar

This week on the Business Side we check in with Business Lexington editor Tom Wilmes to go behind some recent local business headlines. Among the topics, Lexington's landing of a USL franchise, a one on one interview with Keeneland's new leader and how state tax incentives helped a Lexington-based media company retrofit a long-shuttered cineplex.

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Is this a sign that Kentucky’s economy is ‘hitting on all cylinders?’ Ford Motor Co. and Korea-based SK Innovation announced the single largest economic development project in the history of the commonwealth last month celebrating a transformative $5.8 billion investment that will create 5,000 jobs and places Kentucky at the forefront of the automotive industry’s future. This week on the Business Side we talk with Lane Report executive editor Mark Green who attended the rollout ceremony on the steps of the State Capitol in Frankfort.

UK Athletics

Last June, U.S. Supreme Court justices invalidated the NCAA’s ban on collegiate players being paid for use of their name, image or likeness (NIL) as counter to the general right of publicity law enjoyed by individuals throughout the rest of society. Not surprisingly this has already opened the door to a lot of new opportunities, and more than a few questions. This week on The Business Side we talk to Lane Report Executive Editor Mark Green who recently wrote an in depth feature on the issue.

University Press of Kentucky

To celebrate the paperback release of his autobiography Changing The Game – WUKY's Alan Lytle recently sat down with college sports marketing pioneer and WBKY alum Jim Host. Over the course of his multi-faceted career Jim was involved in state politics, working for Republican Governors Louie B. Nunn and Ernie Fletcher. Those political and business ties were put to good use in the construction of Rupp Arena, the Kentucky Horse Park and the KFC Yum! Center. In this in depth interview Jim talks about his use of bundling to secure lucrative sports marketing deals and makes a strong argument for tax reform in Kentucky and weighs in on the NCAA's new Name Image and Likeness policy for student athletes.

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?