Business briefs




Maurices of Frankfort has named Jessica Puckett as store manager. Puckett is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store, including sales performance, visual presentation and personnel recruitment and training.


A strategy session on tax planning for business owners and physicians hosted by Scott Kline and Accutax will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Frankfort Country Club. Key topics include upcoming tax changes in 2013 and the impacts of health care reform. Dinner and drinks will be served.

Contact Donna McNeil by Friday to RSVP: 502-227-9306 or


David F. Smith, president of the Public & Private Employees Association of Kentucky and the Kentucky Association of State Employees, has received the Julian Carroll Young Labor Leader and Young Business Leader Award.

The annual award is given to the leader from labor and management deemed most committed to promoting labor-management cooperation in Kentucky. It was presented Wednesday at the Kentucky Dam Village in Gilbertsville, Kentucky as part of the Kentucky Labor-Management Conference.


Frankfort/Franklin County Community Education has announced the 2012-2013 Business Plan Competition for high schoolers in Franklin County.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Kindle Fire tablet computer. The competition, sponsored by the Paul Sawyier Public Library, requires writing a plan, presenting it to a panel of judges and creating a 30-second television commercial.

This is the competition’s second year. Last year, eight teams represented 19 high school students from Western Hills High School. Their proposals included a sports bar and grill, flower shop, cupcake bakery and a photography business. The flower shop, Les Fleur Parfait, won.

High schoolers must submit applications by Oct. 15. Participants are encouraged to attend Community Education’s Instant Entrepreneur class. The class is free and will be held on Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1.

“Founders of many businesses got their start in high school and sometimes even younger,” Doug Howard, a local attorney and member of the Community Education advisory council, said in a press release.

For this year’s application, visit For more information contact Gina Hagan with Community Education at 875-8400 ext. 167 or Howard at 352-4950.



Tayshaun Prince will help launch a commemorative wine bottle that will benefit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s child nutrition program.

Elk Creek Vineyards of Owenton will release the first of its True Blue Legends wine bottle series in honor of Prince Friday at the Elk Creek store at Fayette Mall in Lexington. Prince and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will be on hand for the festivities.

Elk Creek, Kentucky’s largest winery, will release 21,000 limited-edition bottles of its best-selling Kentucky Blue Riesling for $21 per bottle in honor of Prince’s uniform number at UK. The bottles will feature graphic artwork by Chris Rosenthal Design bearing Prince’s likeness and signature.

Part of the proceeds from sales of the commemorative bottles will go to Eat to Win, the department’s official “Healthy Habits” program. Prince is the official spokesperson for Eat to Win, a nutritional education initiative aimed at teaching Kentucky students about the benefits of eating locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The Fayette Mall launch and bottle signing will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Bottles in the True Blue Legend Wine Series will be available for purchase from Elk Creek’s website,, and at all Elk Creek retail locations. Collectors may pre-order bottles in advance online and pick them up for Prince to sign.

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