Biz Briefs of the Week: September 13, 2012

Ladybug Gifts in Prospect

The Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Ladybug Gifts is once again in Prospect and will be celebrating their official Grand Opening, Sept. 15. There will be a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., specials throughout the day, samples of merchandise and more. New owner, Angel Smedley, has a background in marketing and founded Polka Dots Boutique, LLC, doing business as Ladybug Gifts, earlier this year. Ladybug Gifts is pleased to offer unique gift items including home décor, jewelry, clothing, accessories, candles and many other fun and unique items. They also offer monogramming and special orders and gift wrapping on all items. As a resident of Prospect, Angel loves the community, the people and the opportunities that Prospect offers.

Their hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. Ladybugs Gifts is located at 9207 Highway 42, Suite F and extends an invitation to the public to attend this special event. You can find them on Facebook at

Spalding Official Division III Member

On September 13, President Tori Murden McClure will formally announce Spalding University’s designation as an official NCAA Division III institution, having satisfactorily completed four years as a provisional member. In addition to this milestone, University officials will speak about the athletic campaign, currently underway to renovate the athletic facilities in the University Center building, which is nearing the $1
million mark.

Mayor Greg Fischer, Athletic Director Roger Burkman, Spalding University student-athletes and Jean Orr, Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs for the NCAA, will be in attendance at a press conference and pep rally Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the Derek Smith Gymnasium, 824 S. Fourth St. As a Division III institution, Spalding aims to develop student-athlete potential through a holistic educational approach that includes rigorous academics, competitive athletics and opportunity to pursue other interests and passions. For information visit

Anytime Fitness to Open

Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest and fastest growing 24-hour coed fitness franchise, will open a new neighborhood-style fitness club in St. Matthews next month. The gym offers a friendly and supportive atmosphere for those looking to improve their health. Anytime Fitness members will have 24/7 access to the facility, full use of state-of-the-art strength training and cardio equipment and membership reciprocity, which allows members to use any of the 1800-plus clubs that are currently open around the world. Membership also includes complimentary access to Anytime Health, an online resource for living well, which includes fitness and nutrition information, a diet tracker and an online community to seek advice or share milestones.

The membership pre-sale is underway, offering the best deals available including discounted memberships and a waived enrollment fee. Pre-sale hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday and Wednesday 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment. Anytime Fitness is located at 291 N. Hubbards Lane in the Woodlawn Center. Call 502.413.1845 for details.

Bingham Greenebaum Doll’s Best Lawyers

Eighty-five Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys have been named in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Special recognition was given to Michael M. Fleishman for being named in this year’s edition, which marks 30 years since his first appearance in the publication. Sixteen Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys are being honored for the first time in the 2013 edition.

Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP is a progressive business law firm with nearly 225 professionals serving regional, national and international clients. For more information, visit

Sam Swope Fiat Challenge

The Louisville Sports Commission and Sam Swope Fiat have partnered to create the Sam Swope Fiat Corporate Challenge as part of the Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon, presented by HumanaVitality, which will be held on Nov. 3. This is the second year for the 13.1 mile trek, which again showcases Louisville’s remarkable landmarks, food and live music. The race will begin in downtown Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center, wind through the Scenic Loop in Cherokee Park and finish on Main Street in front of the Belvedere.

Each company that participates in the Sam Swope Fiat Corporate Challenge can have up to five entries in the race. Each company team will be scored cross country style with the three best finishers counting toward the standings. The winning team receives a trophy and city-wide bragging rights. All participants will receive the same medal and shirts as other half marathon participants, as well as a specially branded Sam Swope Fiat Corporate Challenge shirt. In addition, participants will have access to the VIP post-race party at the Belvedere, which will once again feature live music, pizza, beer, coffee, hot chocolate and other local food and beverages.

To sign up, call 502.587.6742 or email For up-to-date information leading up to race day, visit

Thorntons and Norton Partner

As part of its ongoing “Thorntons Challenge” philanthropic commitment toward breast cancer awareness, Thorntons Inc. is partnering with Norton Cancer Institute to provide mobile unit mammogram screenings for women throughout the Louisville metropolitan area later this month. This important – and often life-saving – initiative is made possible by a $100,000 grant Thorntons has donated to the Norton Cancer Institute, an initiative that will continue in 2013 and beyond.

The mammogram screenings are for women between the ages of 40-75 who have not been screened in the past year. For women who are medically insured, their insurance companies will be billed and a co-pay may apply for the low-cost screening, however, will not be collected at the time of the exam. For the uninsured, funding will be provided for no-cost screenings. Screenings will be conducted aboard the Norton Cancer Institute Mobile Prevention Center through the Norton Healthcare Foundation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following Louisville Thorntons locations:

Sept. 24, 11700 S. Dixie Highway

Sept. 25, 4154 Bardstown Road

Sept. 27, 8405 National Turnpike

Sept. 28, 10320 Westport Road

With over $2.3 billion in revenue, Thorntons is the largest privately held corporation in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Headquartered in Louisville, Ky., Thorntons operates 166 gasoline and convenience stores, car washes and travel plazas in five states. For more information visit

Nominations Open for arts award

Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC announce the opening of nominations for the third annual James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award, an honor that recognizes substantial impact to the Louisville arts made by an individual through volunteer commitment and leadership. Qualified nominees are ones who significantly contribute to the various groups in the Louisville arts community, leaving lasting effects while demonstrating quiet leadership and continuous dedication. The James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award will be presented Dec. 8 at the Louisville Ballet’s opening of the Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Nominations will be accepted now through Sept. 30 at Fund for the Arts’ website,

Mayor named leadership fellow

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership has named Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and three other outstanding local community leaders to serve in fellowships for the Center through 2013. Fischer’s local team will join three others led by the mayors of Austin, Hartford, and Tacoma. The purpose of the fellowship program is to provide city leaders with the insights, peer-to-peer learning and analysis they need to successfully build and sustain their cities.

The Louisville team will work with the other selected mayors and their respective teams to address the most challenging land-use issues facing their communities. Over the upcoming year, Fischer and his team will work with leading experts in the real estate development, finance and land-use fields with the intention of tackling complex land-use issues facing each community. Fischer’s 2012-13 ULI Daniel Rose Fellowship team members are Patti Clare, Deputy Director of Louisville Metro Government’s Department of Economic Growth and Innovation; Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Deputy Chief of Staff & Chief of Strategic Initiatives, Louisville Metro Government; and Patrick Piuma, Director of the University of Louisville’s Urban Design Studio. The fellowship team will be assisted by Kendal Baker, Planning Supervisor in the Department of Economic Growth and Innovation.

The Urban Land Institute ( is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members.

Ford to donate over a million

Ford recently announced that the company, its employees and dealers are donating more than $1.2 million to nonprofits in the Louisville and Lexington areas this year. As part of its new Operation Goodwill partnership with area Ford and Lincoln dealers as well as employees at its Kentucky Truck and Louisville Assembly plants, Ford is focusing its philanthropic efforts on areas of greatest concern to Louisville- and Lexington-area residents. These issues include children’s welfare and education, veterans, health, hunger relief and tornado disaster relief. Community donations from Ford and its employees and dealers this year include more than $500,000 to United Way, $76,000 to the Louisville Zoo, $75,000 to American Red Cross for local tornado relief, $28,500 to Dare to Care Food Bank and $50,000 total to Lexington nonprofits including Hope Center and Habitat for Humanity.

Through its two Louisville manufacturing operations and employees and through the Operation Goodwill partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund and area Ford and Lincoln dealerships, Ford expects to contribute approximately $2.5 million to organizations in the greater Louisville and Lexington areas during 2011 and 2012 combined.  For more information, visit

St. Francis Announces LRC

St. Francis School is proud to announce the establishment of its very own Learning Resource Center (LRC), a partnership with Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers. St. Francis students now have access to a broad scope of services including content tutoring, remediation in reading, writing and comprehension, occupational therapy and ESL instruction. The LRC itself is located on St. Francis School’s Goshen Campus, although services are available to students on all three campuses.

Claudia McCrocklin, co-founder of the Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers, which has been serving students who learn differently for over 20 years, is the Director of the Learning Resource Center at St. Francis. Ms. McCrocklin has a B.A. in Special Education from Bellarmine University and an M.Ed. as a Reading Specialist from the University of Louisville. She and her husband, Stephen McCrocklin, who is an alumnus of St. Francis (’80 Goshen Campus), co-founded and co-direct Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers, which specialize in development of reading, spelling, comprehension and writing. She will be on campus to work with faculty and children to ensure that all LRC services are carefully coordinated, that a well-developed growth plan is followed for each individual student and that progress is communicated consistently to parents. Ms. McCrocklin and her staff will be able to work closely with teachers to provide seamless services to students. For more information, visit

Yum! IGNITES deadline

For the third year, YUM! Brands, Inc. will partner with the Leadership Louisville Center for the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge, the service learning component of the Ignite Louisville program. The Challenge is an annual opportunity for teams of young professionals from the Ignite Louisville program to undertake a project for a local nonprofit, gaining experience in community leadership, board involvement and teamwork. Participating nonprofits benefit from the expertise and energy of the teams, who each invest hundreds of hours with their nonprofit agency as they compete for a $1,500 donation provided by the Yum! Brands Foundation.

Nonprofits interested in working with a team of young professionals from the Ignite Louisville Class of 2013 are invited to submit proposals. Proposals are due Sept. 14 by 5 p.m. To learn more, visit, email or call 502.561.5223.

Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections. For information, visit