“Mix & Go Baby Bottle” Earns Vogt Invention & Innovation Award

11/21/2013 04:43:52 PM

Louisville, KY (November 21, 2013) ----LaShana Harris is a mother, lawyer, businessperson, and now she can add award-winning entrepreneur to the list. Harris’ early stage startup company, Babylocity,is the 2013 recipient of the Vogt Invention and Innovation $100,000 Demo Day Award presented today at the conclusion of the Demo Day Showcase hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) and GLI’s EnterpriseCorp.

Vogt Demo Day provided four early stage manufacturing companies, all recipients of the 2013 Vogt Award Development Grants announced earlier this year, the opportunity to show off their products to the business community and compete for an award of up to $100,000 toward the further development of their project. The three other competing companies were Liberate Medical, a Louisville-based medical device company, ModBox Storage LLC, makers of modular shipping and storage boxes for contractor job sites, and Wixel Technologies, creators of a digital product to help the visually impaired.



Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards Demo Day To Showcase Early Stage Manufacturing Companies

11/19/2013 02:09:00 PM

Louisville, KY (November 7, 2013) The Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards will showcase the 2013 class of four early stage manufacturing companies at the 2013 Demo Day scheduled for November 21st at The Nucleus Building. 

The 2013 Vogt Award winners will have the opportunity to show off their products to the business community and compete for an award of up to $100,000 toward the further development of their project.  The winner will be announced at the event.

“The Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund has taken care and courage to ensure that it not only lives up to Henry Heuser’s original charitable vision, but provides a program that is relevant to today’s inventor,“ said Susan Barry, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. The Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation and is the source of funding for the awards. GLI’s EnterpriseCorp administers the program.

The Demo day event will be held at The Nucleus Building, 300 East Market Street, on the ground floor in the auditorium.  Doors open at 2:30PM, and presentations start at 3:00PM.   The $100,000 winner will be announced at approximately 4:30PM. Admission is free but reservations are recommended. Register online at

“These product-focused entrepreneurs have received extensive exposure to the best mentors that the Greater Louisville community has,“ said Tendai Charasika, Executive Director, GLI EnterpriseCorp. “By participating in both the LaunchIt Lean Startup Training via Nucleus and the hardware specific modules hosted at the Jefferson Community & Technical College Entrepreneurship Center, they are truly learning how to validate their products and learn what it takes to successfully commercialize a product-based startup.”



Koi Gallery at the Galt House Hotel Wins GLI’s Emerging Minority Business Award

10/30/2013 09:45:28 AM

October 25, 2013 (Louisville, Ky.) – Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Louisville Defender, announced the winner of its 2013 Emerging Minority Business Award at the newspaper’s Annual Business and Professional Achievement Recognition Luncheon today. Delanor Manson and Winston Tyree accepted the award.

Koi Gallery provides an incredible intimate space displaying and selling Koi by Delanor one-of-a-kind sterling silver and gemstone jewelry and for artworks of 26 other artists.  Koi Gallery also provides sophisticated, unusual gifts and décor art for the home and professional spaces.  The gallery’s elite selection of equestrian and horse racing décor art is the one of the most diverse in Kentucky.

While Delanor is committed to the art community, as the former Deputy Secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for the Commonwealth of Kentucky she launched a statewide program to protect and enrich the lives of children.  She continues to advise and consult with individuals and organizations that have a similar child advocacy focus.



Louisville's Own Paul Varga, Chairman and CEO of Brown- Forman Corp, To Headline GLI's 2014 Annual Meeting

10/24/2013 10:14:34 AM

One of the Region's Largest Business Gatherings Scheduled for February 18th at Galt House

Louisville, KY (October 24, 2013) - Greater Louisville Inc. - The Metro Chamber of Commerce (GLI) announced today that Brown-Forman Corporation Chairman and CEO Paul Varga will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2014 GLI Annual Meeting.

Along with presenting a high profile corporate keynote speaker, GLI's annual meeting brings together the most prestigious gathering of business, community and civic leaders for a celebratory evening that includes a review of the past year's successes, an overview of strategies for future business development activity and the presentation of a series of business and business-related awards.

A Louisville native, Varga was appointed president and chief executive officer of Brown-Forman Corporation in 2005 and became chairman of the company in 2007.  He has been a member of the company's board of directors since 2003. He began his career at Brown-Forman as a summer intern in 1986. He subsequently was promoted to a variety of positions within the corporation, ranging from on-premise marketing to managing the Jack Daniel's brand to serving as president and chief executive officer of the company's Brown Forman Beverages subsidiary.



One Southern Indiana and Greater Louisville Inc. Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

10/9/2013 08:56:39 AM

New Albany, Ind., Louisville, KY (October 9, 2013) - One Southern Indiana (1si) and Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of Regionalism & Cross-Border Collaboration for communities with populations greater than 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 6-9, in Philadelphia, Penn. 

"The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognizes 1si and GLI as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies," said IEDC chair, Paul Krutko. "These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities.  These organizations use creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offer other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for 1si and GLI's dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall."           

Man's need to cross the mighty Ohio River near the Falls of the Ohio has long played a key role in U.S. growth. Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery launched here, and the services needed to get safely around the Falls contributed to the rise of Louisville, Ky., on the river's south bank and the communities of Clarksville, Jeffersonville and New Albany, Ind., to the north. 

Bridges stitched these diverse communities into one larger metropolitan area. Beginning in 1969, business, civic and political leaders periodically studied and pushed for construction of additional crossings to span the mile-wide gap. 



GLI’s EnterpriseCorp. Honors 2013 “Hot Dozen”

9/24/2013 10:31:39 AM

Twelve Companies Recognized as Region's Most Innovative 

Louisville, KY, September 23, 2013 --- EnterpriseCorp, the division of Greater Louisville Inc. that specializes in nurturing the region's fast-growth entrepreneurial sector, has named its annual "Hot Dozen," twelve of the region's most innovative up and coming companies.  The companies will be honored at the "Hot Dozen" Showcase, a reception held this evening, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.,  at 21C Museum Hotel, 700 West Main Street (registration is required).  The showcase will include demonstrations and displays of the Hot Dozen's work, along with networking opportunities for all participants. 

The "Hot Dozen" is selected from the EnterpriseCorp's Innovation Network. These companies exemplify some of the high-potential work being done in the region's entrepreneurial community. Past winners of the "Hot Dozen" include such stand outs as; GlowTouch Technologies (Inc. 500), Simpak International (Inc. 500), Genscape, Impulcity, Mavizon and MobileMedTek. 

"GLI is proud to recognize twelve of the best and brightest start-ups in our community," said GLI President and CEO Craig J. Richard. "These companies are well positioned to do big things and we look forward to celebrating their continuing success." 



Greater Louisville Inc. launches Advantage Louisville

9/3/2013 02:15:47 PM

Plan to focus on economic and community development strategies for the region

Louisville, Ky. (September 3, 2013)
 – Greater Louisville Inc. announced the name and business leadership team for the new economic and community development plan process.  Advantage Louisville will be the most comprehensive planning undertaken since the 1997 Boyle Report, and will ensure the community is focused on the right priorities and competitive strategies for the future.  The plan, which complements Mayor’s Fischer’s 25-year Visioning effort, will focus on immediate opportunities for job creation and economic growth.

“This new plan is critically important because Louisville is at important crossroads,” said Craig Richard, president & CEO of GLI.  “Over the past ten years, the region has made some significant strides.  However, despite gains, it is simply not keeping pace with its competitor cities in creating high-paying jobs, increasing personal income levels and positioning us for success in a 21st century economy.” 

GLI has partnered with Market Street Services, an experienced economic development consulting firm, to facilitate the strategic planning process. Market Street has completed similar plans for cities such as Austin, Nashville and Des Moines. The entire process will take about six months and upon completion, will include a defined set of specific priorities and goals for GLI’s next five years.  The plan will include strategies for business expansion and attraction; attracting talent and improving the regions’ workforce; attracting talent; and increasing exports; and growing foreign direct investment.