News and Tribune

May 22, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For May 22


School gives thanks for help with career fair

 

On May 15, Spring Hill Elementary School in Jeffersonville sponsored a career fair. We would like to thank the following for their support by attending, answering questions and sharing their professions with our students: The Louisville Water Company; Author Yvette Bentley; Churchill Downs; Ottawa University; Your Community Bank; Dr. Charles Sowder; Teacher/Musician LuAnn Petty; Greater Clark County Schools Health Services; OT/PT &  Energy Management Departments; Jeffersonville Township Public Library; The Girl Scouts of America; The U.S. Army; The Boys and Girls Club of Jeffersonville; The City of Jeffersonville; Wellstone Hospital; Clark County Teacher Federal Credit Union; The Jeffersonville Fire Department; KDVA Women’s Veteran Program; Home Depot; C. Lee Cook; and Aramark Food Services.  

— Lennie Pendleton-Marshall; school administrative manager; Spring Hill Elementary School

 

Casting and Conservation Club thanks sponsors

 

Clark County Casting & Conservation Club would like to thank the following sponsors and club members for all of their help in making our inaugural Indoor Fishing Seminar and Kids Casting Tournament, held May 11, a complete success. 

We had 138 people attend the fishing seminar and 68 kids attended the outdoor casting tournament. The overall attendance was almost 400 . First- and second-place finalists in each of the three age groups were awarded a rod, reel and tackle box and a certificate of achievement. The first-place finalists were as follows: Joey Jones, 8 years old and younger; Brooke Corbett, 9 to 11 years old; and Sam Conrad and Jake Baugher, a tie for 12- to 16- year-olds.

Thanks to: Coyle Chevrolet Inc.; Coyle Nissan Inc.; Bass Pro Shops; Cunningham Campers Inc.; M&M Cattle Co.; Best Buy; News and Tribune; The Locker Room; Jeffersonville Firemens Union; Utica Fire Department; DNA officers; New Chapel EMS Unit; CCCC Club Ladies Auxiliary; Boy Scout Troop 4100; CCCC Club membership; and employees and anonymous donors.

— Tony Johnson, CCCC member 

 

Funds available to help small businesses

 

Southern Indiana business leaders often talk about the need to provide resources and tools for small businesses to expand or relocate in our communities. The Southern Indiana economy has fared better than most because business leaders are aware of the creative tools and climate which encourage business development.

One such resource is the development of Velocity SI, a new entrepreneurial business opportunity made possible by private philanthropy. Another such resource available to Floyd County to nurture economic development is the Horseshoe Foundation Small Business Revolving Loan Fund. It is designed to encourage and assist business development within Floyd County by providing financing for a small, emerging private business enterprise that expands operations or increases or retains employment. The fund is self-perpetuating through loan repayments by borrowers where the revolving characteristic will allow it to serve as a long term loan source for emerging and expanding business in the future.

The fund was initially capitalized by $250,000 from the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County five years ago. Loans range from $5,000 to $50,000 and the application process is the administrative responsibility of One Southern Indiana. The partnership with 1si has been so successful that the foundation board added $500,000 to the loan pool. To date, the fund has approved low-interest loans to 26 local businesses totaling nearly $1 million.

The fund is targeted to information technology, emerging and advanced technologies, manufacturers, transportation/warehousing, health care, service industries, trades and retail. Eligible businesses must be located in or relocating to Floyd County, must be in business no less than two years or have applicable business experience, and have no outstanding judgments.

The Horseshoe Foundation believes a stable local economy becomes reality when leaders are united in providing resources to encourage business development. Too often in our community, funds meant to create jobs through economic development are used to prop up overspent budgets. To continue to nurture economic development in our community, we must make sure resources are available which encourage continued growth and sustainability of our small businesses, which contribute to a large part of our economy.

For more information or to obtain a loan application for the Horseshoe Foundation Small Business Revolving Loan Fund, visit One Southern Indiana at 1si.org. 

— Jerry Finn, Horseshoe Foundation Executive Director