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2011 Showcase Oldham County

Local talent, business
contributions to be recognized

A new awards program,
singing contest among events

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

BUCKNER, Ky. (March 2011) – It’s time once again for the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce to host Showcase Oldham County, recognizing the contributions of local businesses and services. This year, the event will be a combination of activities, an outlet to showcase local talent and a way to acknowledge companies and individuals who make the county an exciting place in which to live and work.

Showcase Schedule
At Oldham County YMCA

Soccer Blast, 20 Quality Place, Buckner, Ky.
Friday, March 18
• 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.:
Business representatives only
• 10 a.m.: Sneak Preview for exhibitors
• 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Kickoff Luncheon and presentation of BEStIn Awards
Saturday, March 19
• 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.:
Public is welcome
• 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Oldham Icon contest
• 3 p.m.: Winner chosen for Oldham Icon contest

Businesses, agencies and community programs will be highlighted at this year’s Showcase. Showcase Oldham County will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 18, for business representatives only, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, for the general public. This free event will be held at the Oldham County YMCA Soccer Complex, 20 Quality Place in Buckner.
Among the variety of activities offered include a free Family Zone with face painting, crafts and an inflatable bouncy. Baptist Hospital Northeast, which is sponsoring this event, will host a health fair with free health screenings and a CPR class. Local businesses will conduct do-it-yourself workshops on household improvement projects.
Outside the facility, weather permitting, a new car show will be held and a hot air balloon will be on hand. Approximately 100 businesses are expected to exhibit.
Friday, March 18 is a day for business representatives to network. At 10 a.m. exhibitors will participate in a Sneak Preview sponsored by Huntington Learning Center. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the Showcase Kickoff Luncheon, sponsored by Norton Brownsboro Hospital, will be held. It was merged with the Chamber’s Quarterly Dinner this year, instead of having two separate events.
While a speaker has not yet been confirmed for the luncheon, “we will be hosting a new awards program this year,” said Deana Epperly Karem, Executive Director of Oldham Chamber & Economic Development. “The BEStIn Awards will be presented at the Showcase Kickoff Luncheon.” BEStIn stands for Businesses Executing Strategic Innovation.
These awards, sponsored by Republic Bank, are given in four areas of recognition: BEStIn Power Player – Male, BEStIn Power Player – Female, BEStIn Power Move, BEStIn Power Marketing Strategy. A large number of applications were received for these awards.

Deana Epperley Karem

Deana Epperley Karem

The recipients were chosen “by a selection committee of business leaders – basically a panel of their peers,” said Karem. The glass awards have a fire insignia inside that denotes the fire that burns for success and the light for energy.
For a second year in a row, the Showcase will incorporate the Oldham Icon competition into Saturday’s lineup. Similar to a popular Fox network TV show, the event is hosted by the Oldham County Chamber in partnership with The Oldham Era.
“Last year’s contest was extremely successful,” Karem said. “More than 40 folks came out to audition, and 20 were selected as finalists to compete at Showcase Oldham County. We estimate our crowd grew by 1,000 visitors as a result of this feature.”
The Oldham Icon contest is sponsored by Open Range Paintball and Sports Complex, Heady Radcliffe Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The grand prize winner will receive a cash award of $350 and the second place winner will receive $150.

• For more information contact Oldham Chamber & Economic Development at (502) 222-1635 or visit www.OldhamCountyChamber.com.

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