Showcase Oldham County

15th annual chamber event
to offer new business workshops

U of L finance professor to
speak at Friday’s luncheon

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(March 2009) – Sean Ramey believes the art of Tae Kwon Do is more than just punching and kicking. Thanks to the effort of the 15th annual Oldham County Chamber of Commerce, he will be able to prove his point to the community through the 2009 Showcase Oldham County.

2008 Showcase Oldham County

Photo by Don Ward

Visitors to last year’s Showcase
Oldham County enjoyed dining
and socializing during the luncheon.

Ramey and his students will be giving a Tae Kwon Do demonstration as part of the Showcase entertainment lineup on Saturday, March 7. Held at the Oldham County YMCA Soccer Complex in Buckner, the Showcase is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“I’m honored to be a part of the Showcase,” said Ramey. “It’s a great way to reach out to the community.” Ramey’s demonstration of basic movements and kicking appropriate for all ages is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
“Martial arts are not about fighting,” he said. “It’s for all ages, male and female.”
Ramey said he tries to do as much for the community as he can. Most of the time Oldham County residents have to go to Louisville for business, but the Showcase provides good reasons to conduct business and entertainment within the county.

2009 Showcase Oldham County
At the Oldham County YMCA Soccer
Complex, Quality Place, Buckner, Ky.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.:
Business-to-Business Kickoff Luncheon featuring speaker David Dobofsky from U of L. Tickets $20. Call (502) 222-1635 to reserve.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
exhibitor booths open.

On Stage Entertainment
10-10:30 a.m.: TBA
10:30-11 a.m.: Dawn Giles, singer
11-11:30 a.m.: YMCA Fitness Demonstration
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Open
12:45-1:15 p.m.: Kentucky Tae Kwon Do Demonstration
1:30-2 p.m.: YMCA Fitness Demonstration
2:15-2:45 p.m.: Chatterbox Quartet

Outside Entertainment
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: New Car Show, Featuring Champion Chevrolet and Tri County Ford; A+ Paper Shredding Van; Aussie Pet Mobile.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Family Zone featuring face painting, Mortenson Tooth Fairy, free art projects for kids, inflatable attraction.
Also: Baptist Hospital Northeast will be offering a free health fair throughout the day. Oldham County SLOGO contest voting throughout the day.

In-Classroom Workshops
10:15-10:45a m.: Resume Writing
11-11:30 a.m.: Interview Skills/Preparation
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Internet Footprinting
12:15-12:45 p.m.: Homework without Tears
1-1:30 p.m.: Nutritional Counseling
1:30-1:45 p.m.: Safe Sitters Overview
2-2:30 p.m.: Basic Life Skills

“This year’s Showcase offers all of its traditional features,” said Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce. There will be access to at least 80 Oldham County businesses, attractions and agencies, a new car show, hot air balloon, all day mini health fair and live, local entertainment.
This year free workshops have been added, said Karem. Topics include Resume Writing, Interview Preparation, Babysitting 101, Homework without Tears, and an Internet security speaker. Free paper shredding will be conducted in the parking lot by A+ Paper Shredding. A Family Zone will feature face painting, inflatables, free art projects for kids and the Mortenson Tooth Fairy.
The Showcase will actually kick off on Friday, March 6, with business-to-business networking and luncheon, featuring keynote speaker David Dubofsky, a finance professor at the University of Louisville.
He has been a visiting academic scholar for the Office of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a professor and department chair at Virginia Commonwealth University, and also held endowed professorships at Texas A&M University and Seattle University. Duboksky has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is the author of two finance textbooks.
Friday’s luncheon is being sponsored by Norton Brownsboro Hospital and will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“This year’s theme is focused on Live. Work. Play. Buy Oldham County!” Karem said. “So this year is focused on supporting local businesses more than ever.”
Baptist Hospital Northeast sponsors the Showcase. Nursing Support Educator Barbara Chesher is also on the Showcase Oldham County Committee that organizes this event. “This is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and reach out and find out what the community needs,” said Chesher.

David Dubofsky

In addition to providing a mini health fair, the hospital will be conducting glucose screenings, pulmonary testing, blood pressure checks and diagnostic imaging with bone density screenings. Emergency room doctor, Dr. Andrew Rochet, will conduct “Answers Close To You,” where individuals can ask medical questions.
Workshops sponsored by Baptist Hospital Northeast include information on basic CPR, instructions on how to be a safe sitter and information on the hospitals’ Safe Sitter program, how to eat healthy through nutritional services, and a power point presentation on how to look up Health Encyclopedia online, a service offered at the hospital.
Two baskets will be raffled off, said Chesher. One is a Craft Tower consisting of a Rubbermaid child’s tower filled with arts and craft supplies. This basket includes a hot-air balloon ride. The second basket will be a Health and Wellness basket with various health-related items.
“Showcase Oldham County is a celebration of Oldham County’s economic successes,” said Karem. “It gives businesses and agencies a chance to showcase their products and services, get in some great networking, and access dedicated as well as new customers. Overall, we utilize it as a chance to celebrate with the business community.”

• For more information or to reserve tickets for the luncheon, contact the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce at (502) 222-1635 or visit: www.OldhamCountyChamber.com.

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