Greater Louisville Inc. Announces Finalists for the 2014 Inc.credible Awards

7/29/2014 09:36:36 AM

Annual awards recognize, celebrate and inspire small businesses


Louisville, Ky. (7/29/14) – Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for its 2014 Inc.credible Awards presented by Strothman & Company earlier today at its Wake Up Wind Down breakfast.  

The Inc.credible Awards recognize small businesses that are stimulating growth and innovation in the Greater Louisville region. Winners in six categories will be announced at the 2014 Inc.credible Awards Luncheon taking place Friday, September 12, at the Galt House.

“Small businesses are the economic engine of our economy driving job and wealth creation. These nimble companies innovate faster and grow at a higher rate, accounting for over 80% of our region’s job growth,” said Kent Oyler, President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc.  “GLI’s Inc.credible Awards are all about celebrating these small and growing entrepreneurial businesses for their contributions to the local economy and to the community."

Entries for the awards are judged on business and civic leadership, community involvement, management practices and overall financial performance by a panel of business leaders. 



Sarah Davasher-Wisdom named VP, Government Affairs & Collaboration for Greater Louisville Inc.

7/15/2014 10:02:26 AM

Louisville, KY (July 14, 2014) – Greater Louisville Inc. announced today that Sarah Davasher-Wisdom will join the organization as  Vice President, Government Affairs & Collaboration effective July 21. Davasher-Wisdom comes to GLI from the Tennessee Valley Authority where she served as the Government Relations Manager for the Kentucky District.

"Sarah brings energy, professionalism and deep connections across all levels of government to her new role at GLI,” said Kent Oyler, President and CEO, Greater Louisville Inc.  “I'm confident that she will strengthen GLI's voice as the region’s business leadership organization and advance our collaborative partnerships".

In her role at GLI Davasher-Wisdom will lead GLI’s advocacy, public affairs, and government relations efforts as well as oversee GLI’s public policy issue committees. Additionally, Davasher-Wisdom will direct GLI’s strategic collaboration initiatives including representing the organization on various regional policy steering committees, task forces and coalitions.  



Kent Oyler Named President & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc.

5/28/2014 08:01:18 AM

Louisville, KY (May 28, 2014) – Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) announced today that Kent Oyler will become the business leadership organization’s new President & CEO, effective June 1.  Oyler most recently served as managing partner of OPM Services, Inc., a financial-services and investment firm and has founded or co-founded over 18 other businesses, including High Speed Access Corp., a broadband service provider. 



Vogt Awards Accepting Applications Through May 30

5/6/2014 03:43:25 PM

Awards deliver funding to innovative companies and create opportunities for growth

Louisville, Ky. (05/05/14) – GLI’s EnterpriseCorp, the entrepreneurial and start up development arm of Greater Louisville Inc., and The Community Foundation of Louisville are now accepting applications for the 2014 Vogt Awards, a manufacturing-based accelerator program. Officially known as the Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards, the program is a partnership between The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) and Greater Louisville Inc.'s EnterpriseCorp.  This accelerator program specifically targets the manufacturing and hardware sector, providing development grant funding, continuing education, mentoring and support for winners of the competitive application process.  Entrepreneurs may apply starting May 1st at the program’s website, with a deadline of May 30th. 

“The Vogt Awards are a key driver of innovation within the local entrepreneurial community,” said Lisa Bajorinas, Director, GLI’s EnterpriseCorp. “They have helped some of our region’s most forward-thinking start-ups take their products to the next level, which in turn has fueled regional growth. We are excited to begin receiving applications for the 2014 awards.”

The Vogt Awards help turn product ideas into fast growth startups by providing $20,000 in seed funding, access to cutting edge tools and machinery through partnerships with the University of Louisville, highly qualified mentors, and participation in the Nucleus LaunchIT! and Vogt Manufacturing Accelerator programs, and weekly one-on-one consultation with GLI's EnterpriseCorp team.  Upon completion of the program, the companies will pitch their products at Vogt Demo Day for a chance to win an additional award of up to $100,000 and meet with investors who can help take their business to the next level.


Greater Louisville Inc. Officials Share Future Vision of Organization

4/30/2014 12:08:30 PM

Louisville, KY (April 30, 2014) – At a briefing today, Greater Louisville Inc. officials shared their vision for the future of the region’s largest business leadership organization.  The comments followed an announcement from Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer where he outlined changes to the city’s economic and real estate development strategies.  As a part of those changes, the current contractual agreement between Metro Government and GLI will be ending.

“The Mayor’s announcement was not unexpected and, in fact, will clear the way for GLI to focus on the priorities identified during our recent strategic planning process,” said Kerry Stemler, chair of Greater Louisville Inc.  “And most importantly, what will not change, is that GLI will continue as the region’s business leadership organization and we will maintain our strong commitment to helping existing businesses expand and grow.”

These changes come at a time when GLI was already in the process of recalibrating and setting its agenda for the future, one which is centered on serving the interests of its members and the regional business community.  GLI’s areas of focus, as outlined by the organization’s Advantage Louisville plan, are: retaining and growing existing businesses, including supporting the entrepreneurial and start-up community; increasing the region’s human capital, educational attainment rates and workforce readiness; and expanding advocacy efforts aimed at creating a more business-friendly environment. 

 “We believe these are the right strategies to meet the economic development needs of our region now and in the future,” said Steve Williams, CEO of Norton Healthcare and co-chair of the Advantage Louisville Steering Committee. “This is an exciting and invigorating time as we evolve and transform GLI. It’s an opportunity for a new vision, renewed energy and community optimism.”



Three Companies Announce Approval for Economic Development Incentives

4/24/2014 11:48:35 AM

Relocation and Expansion Projects Would Create 155 New Jobs
Three companies were approved for economic development incentives at this morning’s meeting of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in Frankfort, Ky.  The projects are projected to create as many as 155 new jobs and generate over $10 million in new annual payroll and $12 million in new investment.

“It’s exciting to see this interesting mix of businesses expand and relocate right here in Louisville,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Both our food and beverage sector and our technology innovation sector will be greatly enhanced by the resources being developed and extended as a result of these projects, and our region will be well served by the job creation and quality of life that these projects represent.”

“ We are pleased to have such a wonderful array of candidates for incentives this month,” said Greater Louisville Inc. Acting President & CEO Eileen Pickett. “Each of these companies  represents a really strong fit for  the Louisville region in terms of their continuing growth opportunity and their proven commitments to the community.”


GLI’s EnterpriseCorp To Host 2014 Signature Event presented by PBI Bank: Celebrating Entrepreneurship!

4/23/2014 03:52:33 PM

Will Feature Co-Founders of Fast-Growth Online Shopping Tool “”

(Louisville, KY – April 23, 2014) --- Greater Louisville Inc.’s EnterpriseCorp will once again bring together the region’s entrepreneurial and fast growth business community to celebrate the progress on building a sustainable innovation eco-system when it hosts the 2014 Signature Event at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday, June 18, from 5 – 7:30 pm.  

“The EnterpriseCorp Signature Event is the entrepreneurial and innovation community’s annual reality check.  We attend this important event to take stock of the past year’s progress and to look forward and challenge each other on what is needed to get to the next level of entrepreneurial thinking,” said Kent Oyler, OPM Financial Managing Partner and GLI EnterpriseCorp Board Chair.

This year, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from two new and highly successful fast growth entrepreneurs who came together to create Hukkster co-founders Erica Bell and Katie Finnegan have been on a whirlwind ride from the world of fashion to the front lines of New York's budding tech start up scene. Their successful free online shopping tool has captured national attention, including stints on The Today Show and Good Morning America and layouts in Vogue and In-Style. provides cost-conscious shoppers with an opportunity to be notified by email and other social media when items they have selected go on sale. Erica and Katie will speak about how they took Hukkster from an idea to a reality in less than four
years and share their insights on the evolution of a startup and how to scale up a business.