Biz Briefs of the Week: February 21, 2013

Frederick “Chip” Hancock.Republic Senior VP Honored

Frederick “Chip” Hancock, senior vice president of private banking with Republic Bank, has been honored as one of this year’s recipients of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon its volunteers for extraordinary service to youth. The Silver Beaver Award is given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication and many years of service. The National Court of Honor approves these Scouters who have given so much of their time, talent and treasure to the Boys Scouts of America program.

Chip Hancock joined Republic Bank in May of 1986 as an assistant banking officer and was promoted to vice president in 1994, moving into banking center management. In 1995, Chip was promoted to senior vice president and in 2010 became senior vice president/senior private banking officer.

“We are extremely proud of Chip’s accomplishments both at Republic Bank and in the community and feel that this recognition by the Boys Scouts of America for his dedication and years of service is well deserved,” stated Republic Bank Chairman and CEO Steve Trager. The Adult Recognition Ceremony was held Feb. 9 at Christ Church United Methodist in St. Matthews.

Republic Bancorp, Inc. (Republic) has 44 banking centers and is the parent company of Republic Bank & Trust Company and Republic Bank. Republic offers internet banking at Republic has $3.4 billion in assets and is headquartered in Louisville, Ky. Republic’s Class A Common Stock is listed under the symbol “RBCAA” on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

New Bakery Menu At Thorntons

Thorntons Inc. introduced the largest part of its new bakery menu on Feb. 6, with an array of high quality, freshly-baked donuts, available at all Louisville and Southern Indiana Thorntons locations. The expanded food offer began with a new selection of cookies that launched in January and includes a gourmet oatmeal cookie, triple-chocolate-chip cookie made with Hershey’s chocolate and a peanut butter cookie made with Reese’s peanut butter cups. Thorntons’ tasty new donut flavors include the debut of delectable new specialty donuts like “Cookies & Crème” topped with Oreo crumbles, and “Peanut Butter & Jelly” made with Reese’s peanut butter cups. With favorites like Boston cream-filled, chocolate frosted, colorfully sprinkled and glazed donuts, Thorntons’ new and improved bakery menu is a delicious start to each and every day.

To kick off its fresh new offerings, Kentuckiana Thorntons customers will get a free donut with a drink purchase (fountain, coffee, cappuccino or hot chocolate), now through March 5. Thorntons team members will also provide complimentary breakfast to Louisville area businesses during this timeframe to gain trial with customers. And, coming in March, a sweet and savory selection of fresh-baked pastries will join the bakery lineup with items that include butter croissants, pretzel croissants and blueberry muffins, plus cheese and raspberry danishes.

Founded by Kentucky native James H. Thornton in 1971, Thorntons Inc. is one of the leading independent gasoline and convenience chain retailers in the U.S., currently operating throughout the Midwest under the brand name Thorntons. Headquartered in Louisville, Ky., Thorntons operates 167 gasoline and convenience stores, car washes and travel plazas in six states: Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Florida. Thorntons distributes its petroleum products through its wholly owned Thornton Transportation Company and operates a river bulk storage terminal in Louisville. For more information visit

Programming App For Kids

A new game for the iPad called Kodable, created by Louisvillians Jon Mattingly and Grechen Huebner, is available in the iPad App Store. In Kodable, kids meet the Fuzz family, who have crash-landed on the planet Smeeborg and need help navigating the lighted Technomazes. Through playing the exciting game, kids aged five to seven can learn logic and problem-solving skills, as well as basic programming concepts like conditional statements, loops and functions.

Kodable is currently piloting in a Louisville school and will have a full curriculum developed by May. The first set of thirty levels is called Smeeborg and is free on iTunes. In Smeeborg, kids learn the basic coding skills of sequencing, conditionals and loops. The second set of thirty levels is available for $1.99. It’s called Function Junction and adds functions to those skills. The third set of levels, still in development, will be called Bugs Below and will pit the Fuzzes against subterranean buggy villains that they will either need to squash or fix.

Over the next decade, jobs in software development are predicted to increase at a rate double that of any other industry, which means there will be a demand for people who know how to program and people who understand the basics of programming, so that they can work alongside one another, speaking the same language. For more information on Kodable visit

Tengo Sed Cantina Remodel

In addition to the exciting new venues scheduled to open this spring at Fourth Street Live!, Tengo Sed Cantina has announced that the 5-year-old entertainment venue will be getting a significant facelift.

“After 5 years as one of the city’s favorite party spots, the time is perfect to evolve and improve.” states Tony Thomas, the venue’s managing partner.

Over $250,000 will be invested back into the concept in remodeling upgrades. Cosmetic changes will include new furniture, artwork, signage, a dance floor and state-of-the-art sound and lighting.

Jim Layson, general manager of Fourth Street Live! states “We always encourage the businesses at Fourth Street to reinvest and these exciting improvements by Tengo Sed Cantina are in perfect timing with the new upcoming openings set for Fourth Street Live!”

The All New Tengo Sed Cantina is scheduled to unveil the upgrades on Friday, March 8, with a major re-launch party.

Gear-Up! With More Power

Gear-Up! With More Power, an exclusive set of half-day, interactive workshops intended to teach key business strategies, will be held March 6  at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. Fourth St.

Small business has a 50 percent fail rate according to the Small Business Administration, and franchises are not exempt. The number one reason for failure is lack of experience that includes how to market the business for growth. Gear-up! With More Power is designed to give those owners and sales professionals the missing elements needed to succeed and grow. Many small businesses are created out of the desire of the owner to do more of what they love. What most owners lack is the ability to create a strong and clear message that draws customers’ attention, and the ability to execute the message so customers will come in the door.

Two exclusive, half-day interactive workshops will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center on March 6. The five collaborators for the event have a shared vision for the region’s business community: Help give it a strong foundation to springboard growth. Not just to survive, but to thrive.

Gear-Up! is a Louisville original that brings Charlene Burke with Search By Burke Marketing Group, Michael Vanover with WAVE-3 TV, Don Carr with Pegasus Training, and John “Z” Zeydel and Christy Smallwood with Arkham Executive together to train and answer questions for business owners and sales professionals. Together, this speaker set has over 100 years of experience creating and executing successful messages.

For all the details on Gear-up! With More Power, including sneak peeks of the speakers and content, visit the website, For those that register early, parking is included in the cost of the half-day package.