The Business Side

Spotlighting issues affecting the bottom line in Central Kentucky.

Activists have taken the streets in Lexington and in cities across the country in recent days, demanding long overdue change and equality. For sixth months I've produced this segment, focusing on local business topics, and I regretfully admit that I've overlooked the incredible contributions of our African-American citizens to this community. Today on the Business Side, as late as the timing may be, I hope to change that.

Several businesses have begun reopening and are adjusting to the new Healthy at Work guidelines, so we checked in over the weekend with one of Lexington's most iconic fixtures.

This week on The Business Side we catch up with the Manager of the Kentucky Theatre, Mr. Fred Mills. 

There's been a lot of coverage around businesses affected by the coronavirus and the steps they've taken to adapt to these unorthodox circumstances, but what about not-for-profits, especially those that rely on donations and public fundraisers to keep their doors open? 

This week on the Business Side we'll talk with Eileen Levy, the Executive Director of The Well of Lexington, about how her organization has pivoted, and how it's even pitched in to offer some relief during the pandemic.

The Business Side: The Reopening of Restaurants

May 18, 2020

The current phase of the coronavirus pandemic seems to be concerned with when and how businesses can begin reopening their doors. As obscure as the guidance may be, one thing is clear: people are ready to get out again to their favorite bars and restaurants. Governor Andy Beshear has given the greenlight for many of them reopen this week.


This week on the Business Side, Dan Collins talks with Stacy Roof, President and CEO of the Kentucky Restaurant Association, about the reopening of restaurants and bars in the Bluegrass.



When Mayor Linda Gorton took office, she proposed a budget for the city of Lexington that attempted to address the gap between revenues and expenses. Now, in her latest proposal, she faces the daunting challenge of balancing a budget in the midst of a pandemic.

Tom Wilmes, Editor-in-Chief of Business Lexington, joins us on the Business Side this week to talk about the budget proposal and how it may affect Lexingtonians.

This week we're going to shake up things up a bit with a crossover episode featuring a special guest host, Dr. Greg Davis from WUKY's Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine.

One of the many challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic has been the transition from working in an office, to working from the living room.

In our segment this week, Dr. Greg Davis talks with Melissa Claar, Senior Safety Specialist in UK's Division Environmental Health and Safety about overcoming these challenges and staying health at home while working remotely.

The Business Side: Real Estate During a Pandemic

Apr 26, 2020

A couple of months ago, we took an optimistic look at the Real Estate market in Lexington. The economic uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, however, has urged us to take a second look.

Justin Landon, CEO of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, is back to the program this week to discuss how COVID-19 has affected the local housing market.

The Business Side: Restart Kentucky

Apr 20, 2020

It’s news to no one that our economy has been crippled by COVID-19. Not only have many small and medium-sized businesses been forced to lay-off employees, but even major manufacturers like Toyota have temporarily closed facilities.


Yet, the current phase of this pandemic seems to be concerned with when and how businesses can begin to reopen, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is leading that conversation with their new initiative: Restart Kentucky. 


This week on The Business Side, WUKY's Dan Collins talks with President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Ashli Watts.



The Business Side: Central KY Job Club Revisited

Apr 13, 2020

Unemployment percentages hit a record low this past January. At the time, WUKY spoke with Caroline Francis, Director of Alumni Career Services at UK, about the Central Kentucky Job Club and how it was helping prospective job-seekers connect with employers.

In this special edition of the Business Side WUKY's Dan Collins checks in with Lane Report Executive Editor Mark Green.  The statewide business magazine has been extensively covering the increasing number of Kentuckians now working from home thanks to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.