If you have a small business and want to grow, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Connections Expo may be the answer. Along with some 50 exhibitors the Chamber will offer professional development seminars at its annual business expo scheduled for 10am to 6pm next Thursday at the RiverPark Center.
Saturday night two of Western Kentucky’s most talented young women will take the stage at The Empress on Frederica; Theater Workshop of Owensboro’s Belles of the Bluegrass show. There will be performances from The Vickie Vaughn Band, a Nashville-based progressive bluegrass outfit, and County Line, featuring 2014 Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter on fiddle.
A local organization dedicated to donating grant money to community causes has revealed the amount of money that will be awarded this year. Impact 100 is made up of at least 100 women in the area who volunteer their time and resources to help local non-profit groups. According to Events Committee Chair Suzanne Miles, Thursday's reveal reception number was 237.
The McLean County Board of Education has begun seeking bids for renovating property that will eventually be the district's new central office. According to the Messenger-Inquirer, the board agreed last year to purchase the R & W Development and Logistics property on KY 136 East for $745,000.
Annual unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties in 2014. State economist Manoj Shanker says this is the first time since 1990 that all the counties have had a drop in the unemployment rate. The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in 2014 at 4.5 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 4.8 percent each.