Access Ventures launching new platform for small businesses, lenders

Screenshot of Lenderfit website With funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the nonprofit investment firm Access Ventures is introducing an online platform to help ease the lending process for small businesses, microlenders and regional banks. Called Lenderfit, the platform will kick off in Kansas City in April and in Louisville in May. An unidentified third city […]

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GE Appliances wants to vaporize the water in your laundry

[embedded content] What if a machine could dry your clothes without heat? What if, instead, the machine used ultrasound to vaporize the water and push it out of the fabric? That’s the kind of breakthrough technology that researchers develop at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a government-funded research facility that collaborates with industry on anything from […]

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Mull again: Topgolf decision delayed until Thursday after second lengthy hearing

The opposition turned out again on Oct. 15 to continue speaking against the proposed development. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling For a second time, the Louisville Metro Planning Commission continued a public hearing on the contested Topgolf development at Oxmoor Center in Louisville’s East End. While the public comment portion of the meeting is closed, […]

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Hola, Noche: Texan bringing Mexican barbecue restaurant to church

Noche Mexican BBQ is opening in a former Lutheran church. | Photo by Johanna Elise Noche Mexican BBQ is hoping to find its niche in a former Lutheran church in the Deer Park neighborhood. “Louisville likes weird things, so if I’m going to make it work, it’s in Louisville,” said Aaron Diaz, founder and managing […]

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Monday Business Briefing: Burger Boy Diner expanding; Papa John’s reorganizes to improve customer experience; analyst: Ford to cut 24K jobs; and more

Welcome to the Oct. 15 Monday Business Briefing, your weekly business intelligence digest from Insider Louisville. Bluegrass Burgers reopening as Burger Boy Diner Bluegrass Burgers was owned by Falls City Hospitality Group. | Photo by Kevin Gibson Looks like the Bluegrass Burgers building, 3334 Frankfort Ave., won’t sit vacant for long. After Insider Louisville reported that […]

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Popular Louisville chef Dean Corbett has died

Chef Dean Corbett owns Corbett’s restaurant and Equus and Jack’s Lounge. | File Photo Dean Corbett, known by many around Louisville as “Deano,” died Saturday. The cause of death, according to media reports citing Gary Fox, event coordinator at Equus, was a heart attack. Corbett’s career began in Dallas at the Chandler’s Landing Yacht Club […]

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Dow rises early after two-day sell-off, analysts urge investors not to panic

Even with steep declines in the last two days, shares of most Louisville-based companies are still up for the year. | Illustration by Boris Ladwig After a broad, two-day sell-off on Wall Street and markets across the globe, two financial analysts encouraged investors to not panic, as economic fundamentals, especially in the United States, remain […]

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The Closing Bell: El Toro alumni launch new firm; ‘Greetings From Louisville’ mural unveiling; Brown-Forman’s new bourbon releases; and more

Welcome to The Closing Bell. This is your last stop for biz scoops and big news before the weekend — a roundup of stories that can’t wait till Monday. El Toro alumni launch marketing firm From left, Untitled Firm founders Aaron Peabody, Connor Gaffney and Kramer Caswell. | Courtesy of Untitled Firm Three former employees […]

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Louisville landmark Hauck’s Handy Store for sale

Hauck’s Handy Store is a more than 105-year-old Goss Avenue institution. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling A giant sign posted marks the end of an era on Goss Avenue, a street that serves as the dividing line between the Germantown and Schnitzelburg neighborhoods. Hauck’s Handy Store, a more than 105-year-old institution, and other nearby properties owned by […]

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Holi Gin, Batman! Louisville company combines Kentucky distilling with founder’s Indian heritage

Mike DiCenso and Kartik Kamat of Holi Gin | Courtesy of Holi Gin In the land of bourbon, bringing in a new distilled spirit might seem like a sacrilege. But for one local entrepreneur, producing the botanical magic of gin is a chance he’s willing to take. Kartik Kamat, who was born in Sirsi, Karnataka, […]

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