Business Briefs

2018 Leadership Louisville Luncheon on August 22 to feature Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Registration is now open for the 2018 Leadership Louisville Luncheon, presented by Louisville Gas and Electric Company, to be held on August 22, 2018, in partnership with the Leadership Louisville Center and the Office of the Mayor, featuring the Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. This year’s annual event will convene the region’s most influential leaders in business, government, nonprofits and civic engagement to explore how we as a region can be a power for creating a more prosperous future.

Amy Liu, vice president and director of Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution.

Called, “The most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of,” by The Washington Post, Mayor Buttigieg (pronounced BOOT edge-edge) is an Ivy League alum, navy veteran and polyglot and has gained national attention for revitalizing his city. Joining the mayors for discussion around cities being the engines for positive change is Amy Liu, vice president and director of Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution.

Attendees may register at Individual tickets are $75; table sponsorships are $1,500. Sponsorship opportunities are also available by contacting Jennifer Stevens, The 2018 Leadership Louisville Luncheon will be held August 22, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Omni Louisville Hotel, 400 S. Second St., Louisville. Louisville Gas and Electric Company generously supports the Leadership Louisville Luncheon as the event’s presenting sponsor. For more information, visit or call 502.561.0458.

Baptist Health Louisville Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Opening of Renovated Emergency Center

Baptist Health Louisville celebrated the opening of their newly renovated Emergency Center with a ribbon cutting on June 13 at their campus, 4000 Kresge Way.

Founded in 1924, Baptist Health has been bringing advanced medical technology, modern facilities and many of the region’s most prominent physicians and medical professionals to the communities of the Commonwealth for a nearly a century.

The St. Matthews hospital has 519 beds. The renovation includes an expansion to add 12 exam rooms and 9,200 square feet to the emergency department, bringing the number of exam rooms to 44. It also adds eight triage rooms for non-critical patients. In all, the emergency department grew to more than 31,000 square feet from the current 22,000 square feet.

There are also two new ambulance entrances on the north side of the building. The entrances are right next to each other. One entrance will be for non-critical patients, and the other will be for emergency patients.

Headquartered in Louisville, Baptist Health is a family of hospitals, care centers, physicians’ offices and health facilities and has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. They have more than 300 points of care including outpatient facilities, which offer Urgent Care, Express Care, occupational medicine, physical therapy and diagnostics.

For more information on Baptist Health, visit

Norton Commons Announces North Village Market

Norton Commons, the growing new urbanist development in Prospect, recently announced the community has broken ground in its North Village on a new market aimed at incubating local food and retailers. The open-air North Village Market is located at 6301 Moonseed St., just a stone’s throw from the lakefront amphitheater and will include six retail cottages. Norton Commons expects to complete the project in mid-July.

In a unique arrangement, Norton Commons is offering shorter-term agreements than most typical retail and restaurant space leases. Instead of traditional retail terms, Norton Commons will collect a percent of gross sales, allowing for more flexibility and creativity for up-and-coming makers, chefs, merchants and artisans.

“We’ve taken a good bit of inspiration from another new urbanist community, Seaside, Florida, which has had great success with this model,” said Charles Osborn III, managing director of Norton Commons. “It’s been a win-win for the community and also the entrepreneurs seeking a launching pad or to test a new offering or location.”

Already, three businesses have signed agreements at the North Village Market, including BLU Boutique as well as children’s boutique Rabbit in the Moon, both of which are opening second locations, and Spark Boutique, a women’s apparel and accessories store. “It’s been an overwhelming response just through a little word of mouth,” said Osborn III. “I’m glad we have the flexibility to add a few more cottages if needed. We’re excited about farmers markets, musical performances and some great pop-up stores.”

Norton Commons consulted on the project with the celebrated planner and landscape architect Robert Gibbs, who has been profiled the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic and is a leader in New Urbanism.

In April, Norton Commons announced plans to construct unique new amenities in the community’s North Village, including preliminary drawings for “The Grove,” a two-and-a-half-acre ridgetop recreational area complete with a zero-entry, lagoon-style pool and splash park, playground, walking trails and a lush sunset viewing green. Additionally, developers unveiled plans for “Peppermint Green,” a football field-sized civic space and green abutted by a covered breezeway replete with columns in the classical vernacular style.

Sabak Wilson is site designer and engineer for the North Village Market, which will be a total of 12,000 square feet.

HR Affiliates launches effort to proclaim the importance of company culture and launching a new brand to match their focus 

Keeping up with today’s business landscape requires firms to change with the times. With the emergence of company culture as one of the most important factors for attracting and retaining quality employees, HR Affiliates intends to communicate its increasing focus on helping companies understand, implement and nurture vibrant cultures that fit their business, attract and retain key employees and position them for success. They’ve refreshed their brand and launched a new website to match their new focus.

“To be happy, employees need appropriate compensation, a good work-life balance and proper training and development with a clear career path,“ Jennifer Wheatley, vice president of HR consulting and outsourcing for HR Affiliates, noted. “Losing an employee can cost $45,000 (and) up, and one of the best ways to retain your most valued employees is to ensure your company culture is strong.”

Paul Gordon, managing member, explained, “Not only is culture important, but HR Affiliates – with our sheer breadth of services that cover the entire employee lifecycle – is uniquely positioned to help small- and medium-sized businesses build their cultures responsibly, efficiently and effectively.”

Visit the new HR Affiliates website at​

National Brand Lolli and Pops Celebrates Opening of Oxmoor Mall Store 

National brand candy purveyor Lolli and Pops celebrated the opening of their Oxmoor Mall location with a ribbon cutting on June 7 at the mall, 7900 Shelbyville Road.

The premium purveyor of candies and confections has favorites from the United States as well as all over the world. Their mission is to make the world sweeter by delighting every one of their guests. The store includes specialty gummy bears, chocolates, truffles, bottled soft drinks and many other sweet treats.

Tom Stone, president of The Chamber of St. Matthews, served as the emcee of the ribbon cutting. The first 50 customers received a swag bag.

For more information on Lolli and Pops, visit