• Manufacturing month showcases career opportunities

    Employers, educators and community organizations across Kentucky are turning their attention to the manufacturing sector, one of the commonwealth’s most significant job creators and economic engines.

    October is Manufacturing Month in Kentucky and October 2 is the fourth annual national Manufacturing Day. The designation gives manufacturers an opportunity to increase awareness of modern manufacturing, the skills it relies on and the career opportunities it offers.

  • Windows vs. Mac - which is right for you?
  • CFPB created to protect

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB was created four years ago and is specifically mandated to protect American consumers in the financial marketplace.

    The federal agency writes and enforces rules for financial institutions and maintains a website where consumers can make inquiries and file complaints at www.consumerfinance.gov

  • It’s a morality issue, not a gun issue

    I’m still in shock after hearing the news about two reporters who were killed in a violent shooting on August 26 in Roanoke, Virginia.

    WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were fatally shot while filming a news segment on live TV.

    The gunman, who was later identified as Vester Lee Flanagan II, was a former WDBJ employee. Flanagan videoed the shooting and posted it on his social media sites moments later. Flanagan then took his own life that afternoon.

  • Social media, percolator coffee and a carnival

    Have you ever gotten worn out from too much information? So much comes at us from all different directions. I’ve become numb as a result of oversaturation of social media and hyper-connectedness.

  • Virtual Machines - The trend of the future

    Virtual Machines have been around for literally decades, but reached widespread popularity in the last few years. Virtual Machines give a high level of security and flexibility. I use products from VMware.com, but there are many to choose from, and many of these are free, such as VirtualBox by Oracle, Microsoft has Hyper-V, and Parallels is very popular for Apple computer users.

    What is a Virtual Machine, or VM? The VM has a fancy title of hypervisor; it is software that works with your local host (real) OS and hardware to manage one or more “soft computers.”

  • Everyone needs caregiving at some time in their life

    Caregiving, in some capacity, is in all of our futures. At this moment there are approximately 40 million people providing unpaid care to someone over the age of 65. It’s a tough job that can affect your physical and mental health as well as your professional goals. You may struggle to find a balance between the needs of loved ones, your work and yourself.

  • Frankfort Focus - Making sure veterans receive the benefits they deserve

    One of the ongoing challenges our country faces is making sure our veterans receive the full benefits they have rightfully earned.

    Unfortunately, as we discovered during a legislative meeting earlier this month, there are still some who are either unaware of what is available or who have become mired in bureaucracy. The good news is that, thanks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), we are making great strides in closing these twin gaps.

  • Small Business Disaster Recovery Tips

    Imagine you are enjoying a nice family dinner and your cell phone rings. You answer and a hysterical voice screams into your ear, “The office is on fire!” What is your next step? Retirement is not an option!

  • Have Americans lost their way?

    I was searching through the TV channels last weekend and spotted the epic war movie “Saving Private Ryan” on one of the channels. I couldn’t help but stop everything I was doing and watch it.

    For those of you who haven’t watched the movie, the film was directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks, who played a captain that led a group of soldiers who were searching for another soldier, played by Matt Damon, in an effort to return him home safely because he was the last surviving brother of four brothers who were fighting in World War II.