BUSINESS LEXINGTON MAGAZINE
Business Lexington, produced by Smiley Pete Publishing since May 2005, is filled with news of the business world in Lexington and Central Kentucky. Formerly a biweekly publication under the direction of editor Tom Martin, in June 2013 the magazine became a monthly, under editor Erik Carlson. Editor M. David Nichols led from 2015 to 2017, and Tom Wilmes picked up the reins in the summer of 2017.
I write a column called the Stamps Collection. In the beginning (June 2005), my articles were profiles of independent professionals and small-business owners. I still write those, along with roundups and other types of pieces about small businesses.
- Becca Self is founder and executive director of FoodChain, an indoor aquaponics farm. FoodChain also has a teaching and processing kitchen. (March 2018)
- Laura Freeman founded Laura’s Lean Beef in her 20s and now she is an agricultural entrepreneur with several ventures in Winchester, Kentucky. (January 2018)
- A handful of restaurateurs talk about the explosion of restaurants opening in Lexington (December 2017)
- Josh Nadzam, founder of On the Move Art Studio, empowers kids with hands-on art classes. (June 2017)
- Ami Bertrand and Terri Stein are the owners of Scout & Molly’s of Lexington, a clothing boutique in the Summit at Fritz Farm. (June 2017)
- Shea’s Stadium in Lexington, y’all. (It’s actually Whitaker Bank Ballpark, where the Lexington Legends play. Andy Shea is the owner, president and CEO of the Legends.)
- Jill Bakehorn and Kelly King Bakehorn own the Venues of the Grand Reserve, one outdoor and four indoor event spaces in Lexington’s Distillery District.
- Amanda Ralston founded Verbal Behavior Consulting to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
- A 2017 update on Bluegrass Wellness at Work, a program developed through Leadership Lexington and still going strong.
- What kind of calendar do you use? Small-biz owners Amanda Hacker (Amanda Hacker Photography), Kayla Pickrell (Designs by Kayla) and Kevin Wathen (Big Echo Creative) share their favorites.
- How do you stay well? Nancy Wiser, Matt Stone, Patty Breeze and Neil Kesterson shared their wellness tips.
- Entrepreneurs Nicole Mueller, Roberta Kiser and Joey Davis shared what they do away from business that actually helps their businesses.
- Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Bluegrass Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are good resources for business owners.
- Where are they now? Catching up with Logan Gardner, Melia Hord and Emily Ho for the 10th anniversary issue of Business Lexington.
- How do small-business owners keep up with technology? Dave Sevigny, Julie Lowe and Becky Marefat answer.
- Where are they now? Catching up with Ralph Weickel, Bill & Jackie Powell, Dingus & Masten Childers, and Cedric Jenkins
- How did you name your business? Graze, Lava Security Solutions, the Blinds Man and AccessHERize! share their stories.
- Three sets of business partners in the fitness industry discuss the challenges of employment and entrepreneurship.
- Jefferson Davis Inn, JDI, part of an $8.6 million project in Lexington’s South Hill neighborhood in 2013
- Bluegrass Wellness at Work is a recognition program for the healthiest places to work in the Bluegrass.
- Logan Gardner, a high school student, has started a nonprofit called Kids for Kids: Youth Social Ventures.
- The corporate headquarters for A&W Restaurants is in Lexington, Ky., which is also home to Cornett IMS, the agency of record for A&W.
- What’s on your 2013 to-do list? Barry Sanders (not that one; the other one), Robin Fleischer, Teresa Tayloe and Jane Fisher share their goals.
- Profile of Christopher Manzo and his company, Skipping Stone Technologies, and a new product for smartphones called Kit.
- Entrepreneurs Kimberly Hudson, Liz Toombs, Andre Regard, and Ramon and Arwen Careaga share their individual workplace wellness tips. A roundup.
- Profile of Remi Bellocq, executive director of equine programming at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
- What’s it like to work with family members in a family-owned business? Relatives from Wheeler Pharmacy, KC Wellness, Computer Services & Solutions and The Studio ‘fess up. A roundup.
- Profile of nurse practitioners Gitana Cole and Jennifer Smith, owners of Lexington Primary Care Associates, PLLC.
- Business owners from Complete Automotive Repair, DMD Data Systems, Boone Creek Creamery, Pinnacle Success Group and Karamel Kreations talk about business being busy again. A roundup.
- The city of Danville maintains economic momentum through collaboration. This town is too cool for school.
- College career centers keep businesses connected with campus talent. They’re not called “placement centers,” thank you.
- Professional organizer Sarah Hawkins, owner of DeClutter with Sarah, offers tips on getting organized.
- What brought you to Kentucky? Business owners from England, Indonesia, Iran and West Africa answer this question. A roundup.
- Frugality is the new status symbol. A profile of Hampton Scurlock III, owner of Retirement Tax Advisory Group.