VIProfile: Kenan Mujkanovic

VIProfile: Kenan Mujkanovic

Kenan Mujkanovic’s parents arrived in Bowling Green in the mid-1990s from Bosnia with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and a grocery bag. As part of some of the very first families to come to Bowling Green from Bosnia, his parents met quickly and married shortly after. They both knew little English and took jobs in local factories to try and make a living.

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VIProfile: Rhondell Miller

VIProfile: Rhondell Miller

While many people may take for granted access to stable housing or nutritious food, HOTEL INC works in Bowling Green to make sure that the most vulnerable Warren County citizens are able to have access to these basic needs. Established as a nonprofit in 1981, HOTEL INC is an acronym that stands for Helping Others Through Extending Love In the Name of Christ.

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No Place Like Home with Embellish

No Place Like Home with Embellish

Lisa Marshall owner of Embellish, began developing the idea for its opening five years ago while working on a project  with Natalie Dew, manager of Embellish. Marshall, who graduated with a graphic design degree, dreamed of owning a home interior store while Natalie, a WKU graduate with a fashion merchandising degree, was more interested in clothing retail. 

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Dining Guide & Holiday Catering

Dining Guide & Holiday Catering

All the leaves are rapidly falling, a chill is descending upon Bowling Green, and there is no denying that the holidays are fast approaching. Soon, shoppers will be pouring into stores and loading up their online carts, but more importantly — families, friends, and coworkers will be gathering.  

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Healthy Bowling Green: Dealing with Diabetes

Healthy Bowling Green: Dealing with Diabetes

Diabetes affects almost ten percent of the U.S. population, including children, and managing the disease can be an overwhelming task especially during the holidays. The focus on food and eating during the holiday season can be very tough, especially for families dealing with diabetes. With preparation and assistance, a loved one with diabetes can face the holiday head – on and still enjoy it. Below are a few ways you can offer your aid if you have a loved one suffering from diabetes.

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Destination Downtown Bowling Green

Destination Downtown Bowling Green

There is a certain charm you find in downtown Bowling Green that is hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t seen it for themselves. It comes from a deep sense of history and hometown pride mixed with a love for all that the area has to offer now. From business to the arts to retail, there is a little something for everyone in downtown. And soon, residents can live in the middle of all of the excitement and enjoy the luxury of great amenities at the same time.

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People and Places

The Kidz Club Gives Back

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The Kidz Club recently made a financial donation to Down Syndrome of South of Central Kentucky (DSSKY). DSSKY is a non-profit that provides services to individuals with Down syndrome in our area. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing support, information, education, resources, networking, and activities. Savannah Mills (Community Relations Coordinator, The Kidz Club Bowling Green) and Stacey Hurt (Site Director of Nursing, The Kidz Club Bowling Green) presented the donation to Jane Tichenor, Director of the Buddy House. The $1,000 donation was made possible through the sale of Buddy Walk shirts. The Kidz Club provides pediatric health services to children from birth up to 21 years of age with a medical diagnosis that requires skilled nursing. To find out more about The Kidz Club: please visit www.thekidzclub.com, call us at 270-746-0333, or stop by and take a tour of our Bowling Green center located in Sugar Maple Square at 1347 KY HWY 185, Suite 2, Bowling Green, KY 42101. To find out how to get involved with the Buddy House, please visit www.DSSKY.org.


Hancock Bank & Trust Designated As Preferred Lender By Sba

The U.S. Small Business Administration has recognized Hancock Bank & Trust as a nationwide Preferred Small Business Lender. Only five Kentucky community banks hold this designation. Preferred Lenders are approved to offer SBA loan products under the SBA’s Preferred Lender program.

Preferred Lender status will allow Hancock Bank & Trust to offer SBA loan products in a simple, faster, and much more streamlined process for the business owner. Hancock Bank & Trust is the only Kentucky community bank in the Western and South Central Kentucky area with Preferred Lender status, according to Kelcey Rock, Head of Guaranteed Lending at Hancock Bank & Trust. “We have a dedicated staff of lenders who understand the needs of small businesses in our areas; we will make your banking experience easy by coming to your business location anytime to tailor a financial plan to suit your needs, not ours,” said Rock.


South Central Workforce Development Board Announces New Partnership Growing Career Resource Extends Reach and Adds Job Support Location

The South Central Workforce Development Board is proud to announce a new partnership with Logan County Adult Education Learning Center as SCWDB’s newest affiliate site. As a Partner Affiliate site, Logan County Adult Learning Center, located at 121 South Spring Street, will offer computer access for job search, provide job announcement releases for the region, occasionally host SCWDB job preparation workshops, and will provide limited assistance for resume review.
With this announcement, SCWDB’s President/CEO, Robert Boone stated, “The South Central Workforce Development Board is thrilled to have Logan County Adult Education as a partner affiliate site. The work of Adult Education Centers is integrally connected with our board’s mission of helping individuals obtain good jobs and greater financial stability. Our collaboration with Logan County Adult Education will allow both our organizations to more fully work together to achieve this goal.”

Thanks to Logan County Adult Education, our newest partner affiliate site in Logan County will help connect job seekers and employers, leading to greater regional economic vitality and financial stability for the individuals we serve.”

Sharyl Markham, Program Director, added that, “by becoming a partner affiliate site, we hope to expand and strengthen the role of Logan County Adult Learning Program by having the ability to provide free computer access for job search, provide weekly job announcements in the area, and college enrollment assistance. These services will change the lives of the individual, families, organizations, and the community as a result. Our mission is to serve our community and staff by supporting and encouraging learning for all. We provide all Logan County residents equal access to educational opportunities to equip them with skills and the education to empower their lives to substance a life-supporting career. These added services will provide individuals and the community the tools and skills needed for success in academic training and employment preparation. We are so thrilled to be the first Adult Learning Center in the State of Kentucky to be approved and accepted!”

The Workforce Development Board is excited to announce this newest affiliate partner as they continue to grow the Workforce Development Board’s resource footprint and provide services to the region of south central Kentucky.

About South Central Workforce Development Board: SCWDB connects job seekers and employers to enhance the regional labor pool of south central Kentucky and develop a talented and skilled workforce. Through their services workers find employment and business find skilled laborers. They provide career services of: job search and announcement listings, industry training information and assistance, career resources and job attainment workshops.
For more information, please contact: sckywdb@gmail.com


Duncan Hines Festival benefits Junior Achievement

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The Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club hosted the 21st Annual Duncan Hines Festival at Chaney’s Dairy Barn on July 8th! Activities included Uncle Duncan’s Duck Derby, a Brownie Eating Contest, kids’ inflatables, vendors, face painting and other children’s activities.     
The Duncan Hines Festival sponsored by Pinnacle Foods and presented by the BGJWC is a community fundraising event that celebrates the life and accomplishments of Bowling Green native Duncan Hines. Each year the BGJWC awards a local non-profit a portion of the event’s proceeds and the remainder is disbursed to many other non-profits throughout the year. The public is encouraged to bring the whole family, lawn chairs or blanket, and donations each year. Visit www.facebook.com/duncanhinesfestival for more information on next year’s event.
Amanda Golden, President of the Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club (BGJWC), presented Drew Martin, President of Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky (JASCKY), with a check for the 2017 Duncan Hines Festival.

Junior Achievement (JA) is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing proven programs on money, jobs, and business ownership to K-12 students in the South Central Kentucky area. For more information on JA please visit www.jaforkids.com or call 270-782-0280.


Center for Courageous Kids to Provide a Day of Camp to Bowling Green Kidz Club

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Bowling Green, KY – October 4th – The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) will be visiting the Kidz Club of Bowling Green to provide a day of recreational activities.  

CCK will bring its expertise in inclusive recreational activities to the intermediate and grade school aged children who attend Kidz Club. Savannah Mills, Kidz Club Community Relations Coordinator, commented on the overlapping values of both organizations. “We are very blessed to have such a wonderful partnership with the Center for Courageous Kids. We whole heartedly believe in CCK’s mission and think that it lines up perfectly with our mission to empower the lives of children who are medically complex. The Center for Courageous Kids is such an amazing organization, and our children and staff are very excited to have a camp day at our center.”

Emily Cosby, Camp Director at CCK, recognizes the importance of reaching out to community members beyond our camp’s facility. “We are appreciative of the opportunity to extend our reach to the Bowling Green community. There are many families in the South Central Kentucky region living with complex medical conditions. For CCK to be able to visit the Kidz Club and be allowed to use their wonderful facility to provide some fun and enjoyment for their children is something we value.”

The Day of Camp at the Kidz Club is the first collaboration between the two area organizations. To find out more about The Center for Courageous Kids, how to donate, volunteer, or send a child to camp, please visit www.courageouskids.org or call the camp office at 270-618-2900. To refer a child to The Kidz Club, visit www.thekidzclub.com or call 270-746-0333.


Internship in Memory of McKenzi Loid

A public relations internship at Bowling Green High School is now available for WKU PR students through a private donation in memory of BGHS and WKU PR alumna McKenzi Loid. The interns, one each fall and spring semester, will work at Bowling Green High School with the BGHS Journalism Department with the goal of expanding the program to include public relations principles, as well as providing hands-on professional experience to a future PR professional. The WKU PR student will work directly with the BGHS journalism department to develop and implement a public relations campaign, based on current events and/or local awareness initiatives.    

McKenzi Loid, daughter of Tommy Jr. and Robin Loid, graduated Bowling Green High School in 2008. She was a cheerleader, proud Purple, and always known for her positive spirit and optimism. McKenzi attended and graduated Western Kentucky University in 2012 with a degree in public relations and began working as an account manager at Guthrie Mayes Public Relations Firm in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2016, she moved to Pittsburg, PA to work as a Public Relations Manager for the Walsh Group, specifically with the development of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

McKenzi passed away on June 27, 2017 after a tragic car accident in Pittsburgh. In recent months, many organizations have honored her memory and legacy of optimism by creating opportunities for others. The recent private donation to the BGISD Foundation, Inc. shares both her legacy and professional experiences with students of her high school and college alma maters.

For more information on the McKenzi Loid Internship, or to apply for the position visit www.bgreen.kyschools.us/employment. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017.
Donations to the BGISD Foundation, Inc. for the McKenzi Loid Internship

Program may be sent to the following address:
BGISD Foundation, Inc. McKenzi Loid Internship
1211 Center Street
Bowling Green, KY 42104


Special Needs Summit

The Special Needs Summit was held on Friday October 13, 2017 at the Knicely Center. The Summit is put on each year by the Family Resource Program with the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU. Speakers from Louisville, Lexington, and Bowing Green all contributed their knowledge and expertise to the audience which consisted of parents, professionals and students that work with the special needs population. Several organizations participated; they also provided information and networking for individuals interested in those services. There were 17 different organizations represented at the conference and over 200 individuals in attendance for the Special Needs Summit.

Quotes from participants:

“I am so grateful that I was encouraged to attend the Summit. The information I have received today has been remarkable.”

“Thank you so much for having this conference, I have learned so much from being here today.”

People & Places

People & Places

Give Hope Realty, a real estate team with Keller Williams First Choice Realty, recently made a financial donation to a local non-profit.  When a client buys or sells a home with Give Hope Realty, they will donate 25% of their earned commission to a non-profit of their client’s choice.  This time the client chose The Hive, a local non-profit that was created to support and supplement the existing services for people with disabilities and Autism as they transition out of the school setting into adulthood.  Matthew Mills, Realtor with Give Hope Realty presented the donation check in the amount of $1,642.50 to Laura Orsland, Director of the Hive at their Open House on August 14.  This isn’t the first donation made by Give Hope Realty.  They previously donated $1302.19 to the Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green.  To find out more about Give Hope Realty, contact Matthew Mills at 270-202-7276.  To find out more about how you can get involved with The Hive, visit their website at thehivebg.org

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No Place Like Home with Liz Bradley

No Place Like Home with Liz Bradley

Liz Bradley’s taste for excellent design work was honed before she even became an adult. In high school, Liz began subscribing and collecting Martha Stewart magazines, and made homemade interior design books full of images of interiors. She planned to use these as reference one day for her own published book. She even made notes on each page describing why those design features worked or didn’t.

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Give Care Share: American Cancer Society

Give Care Share: American Cancer Society

It would be difficult to find someone who could say that cancer has not had an impact on their life in some way, which is why the work that the American Cancer Society does is so important. The ACS helps fight cancers of all kinds, on all fronts providing services, support and resources like cancer.org and the National Cancer Information Center, available anytime at 1-800- 227-2345.

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Football and Fall Fashion

Football and Fall Fashion

It’s football time and we want to help you get ready for the big game with the most important part: your outfit! We worked with numerous local boutiques to put together the cutest outfits for watching football (or any other fall sport) this season. From cute rompers, to the perfect spirit wear or the perfect pair of jeans or team colored dress, now you know where to shop before the big day.

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VIProfile: Anne-Marie Sanford

VIProfile: Anne-Marie Sanford

Anne-Marie Sanford’s life has changed quite a bit since her time growing up in Los Altos, California. After living in one town while growing up, Anne-Marie has now moved a dozen times. Her latest move brought her to Bowling Green, as her husband, Mike Sanford, takes over as the head coach of the Western Kentucky University football team.

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Franklin Community Profile

In South Central Kentucky lies a little city that perfectly portrays the definition of small town charm. The city of Franklin is within Simpson County and is often referred to as Franklin-Simpson as those who live there use the combined title as their home whether they live right downtown or in the county.

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Give Care Share: Kids on the Block

South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block uses fun puppetry to educate and inform children on many topics that can be difficult to talk about in other settings. Kids on the Block performances address a variety of sensitive situations including physical challenges, medical conditions, social issues and safety concerns.

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