A Guide to Carving Out a Career in Louisville Wednesday, Nov 25 2020 

Louisville is a hub of opportunities for those that want to build a thriving career that will last them until retirement, with many industries choosing Louisville as an excellent location for their operations. However, it can be difficult to know how to make the most of and access the opportunities that are available to you. Whether you have recently moved to the area, or feel as if you are not progressing within your career in Louisville, this guide will explore the different options that you have to create an excellent working life within the city.

Get an Online Qualification

Before you arrive in Louisville or begin your job search, you should reassess the qualifications that you have to your name and the doors that these will open for you. If you do not have the right qualifications to match the job advertisements and the requirements of your ideal employers, you should consider boosting your education before you apply for your desired positions. Although there are many universities within Kentucky itself, such as the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University, these might not be able to give you the qualification that you are searching for. Then, you should not feel restricted by these, and should start to search further afield for a course that suits you. Online degrees from Marymount University will allow you to gain the qualifications that you need for success from the comfort of your home in Kentucky, without having to move away from the state to do so. This can then allow you to work within Louisville and gain a reputation for yourself while you study.

Look at In-Demand Jobs

In order to find a career for yourself in Louisville that will last a lifetime, you should first look at the in-demand jobs in the area. By researching the jobs that are in-demand, you will be able to see whether your skills are sought after and what type of roles will be available to you both now and in the future. Some of the most in-demand jobs in Kentucky include healthcare roles such as nursing assistants and home health aides, as well as ones related to tourism, such as tour guides. Most of these jobs are related to skills shortages in the area, with many employers experiencing challenges filling the roles they need since 2017. These jobs are not only in-demand but also fast-growing, which ensures that they will be available for years to come and that there will also be many progression opportunities for you if you choose to take up one of these careers.

Move to a Thriving Area

Kentucky and Louisville are fast-growing areas in terms of industry and employment, with many people now seeking to move to these locations to find jobs in sectors as broad as agriculture and business. Working in a thriving sector such as hospitality or leisure is important as there will be a higher growth in jobs within these industries. Not all of the areas of Kentucky are as plentiful in terms of jobs as others, and, before you start on your job search, it is paramount that you research areas that offer jobs within your industry and that are great areas to live and work in. These include Louisville, as well as Edgewood and Union. By moving to these areas, you will be able to make the most of the many opportunities that are out there in Kentucky.

Research the Companies Hiring

As well as looking for the ideal location, you should also look at the companies that are hiring and if any of these would be suitable for you. Choosing the right company to work for is important as each firm has its own values and culture, as well as its own way of running its business and handling operations. Some of the best companies to work for in the state include small companies like Associations International, as well as larger companies such as Valvoline. These are some of the best companies to work for due to their generous pay checks, employee benefits, and progression opportunities, and choosing one of these can help you to ensure that you have a fulfilling and enduring career ahead of you in the state of Kentucky. To find out if the company you admire is hiring, you should look at their buildings’ windows, check job search websites, and contact them directly by phone or email – most companies list their contact details on their website.

Start Your Own Business

If you are struggling to access the wealth of opportunities in Louisville in the traditional way, you should consider starting your own business. Starting your own business can allow you to carve out your career path without waiting for an employer to see the value that you could bring to their company. To start a business in Louisville, you need to look at the local business licenses that you will need before you begin, and you will also need to research the cost of premises in your local area, if you are not planning to open online only. You will also need to register for tax in your state and consider the best bank accounts that are available in the Louisville area. It is also important that you check the regulations. Once you have completed the practical steps, then you can focus on designing your products and stock, marketing on a local and state-wide level, and considering pricing the items that you have decided to sell.

Look at What Jobs Earn the Most

However, if your earnings are your priority, you should research the jobs that earn the most in Kentucky and what you will need to obtain these. High-paying jobs and the amount that you will be paid within certain positions change on a state-by-state level, and so it is important that you research these before you make a decision. You do not always need a degree to access some of these job roles, and these include fire prevention officers, cardiovascular technicians, industrial equipment experts and transport supervisors. By applying for these, you will be able to sustain your lifestyle in Louisville and manage the living costs of the city, while also being able to give back to the state and the city that you care about.

Look on Job Boards

When you are first looking to carve a career out for yourself in Kentucky, you need to look on job boards online for the types of jobs that might be available to you. There are many job boards that allow you to search by location or which are specifically tailored toward certain states. You should also consider signing up for a local recruitment agency to harness their connections with employers in Kentucky. This will allow you to find out about job roles that you might previously not have known about.

Join Louisville Networking Groups

To keep your career moving, though, you should consider joining networking groups in Louisville. Networking groups enable career-minded people and business owners within a certain industry to come together and make connections. It is here that you might be able to find out about available job positions or make a good impression on business owners in the local area. You should also consider attending events in Kentucky and beyond, with talks and conferences both enabling you to gain new skills, to hear experts in your industry speak, and to meet others who live and work in your area. There may also be a selection of career fairs in your area that can help you to apply for suitable roles and that will provide you with more information on the types of jobs that are available to you.

Create a Tailored Career Plan

Your career plan should also be tailored to suit the Kentucky job market. For instance, you should consider creating your plan in light of the types of jobs that are available, how others in your area have secured their dream positions, and professional organizations that could give you a helping hand. This career plan should plot a rough course of action that you will take you toward your goals and a timescale for this. Include key milestones so you can tick them off along the way.

By having a career plan, you will be able to ensure that you are constantly moving forward and that you continue to make the right career decisions. If you are struggling to create a plan, you should speak to a career advisor who will have sound knowledge of the job market and potential career pathways that are available in Louisville.

Whether you are looking to start a new career or to progress in the one that you already have, there are many ways that you can make the most out of the types of jobs that are available in Kentucky. From building on your qualifications to creating a tailored career plan, you will soon be able to thrive in the state.

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Medical experts: Restaurant tents must have proper ventilation to be safe Tuesday, Nov 24 2020 

Dr. Jason Smith with UofL Health said the two most important things when it comes to the outdoor tent seating arrangements are cleaning and ventilation.


U of L receives a record breaking $170 million for research funding Tuesday, Nov 17 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

The University of Louisville received 170 million dollars in research funding during the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This is a record-breaking amount of research funding for the university and an increase of about 18 million dollars from the previous fiscal year.

The money that the university received is used to train students, research vaccines and develop new manufacturing technology.

“It’s super important for a lot of different reasons. It enables really important work to happen and makes discoveries that help people,” said Kevin Gardner, U of L’s executive vice president for research and innovation.

Gardner stressed the real-world impact of the research done at U of L. For example, U of L  research on how environmental pollution affects cardiac health can have life-saving effects on the community. Gardner also stressed how vital it is to the university to prioritize research for the sake of the education of the students.

“Students are learning about current knowledge that was created this year and last year. As opposed to 30 years ago,” Gardner said. “When you are a freshman maybe you should learn about that 30-year-old knowledge, but when you are a more advanced student you should be in advanced classes learning about knowledge that was generated this year and last year.

Gardner went on to explain that U of L’s record as a research institution makes it a great place to invest. He said that grant applications are not easy to write, so the fact that U of L has so many successfully funded research projects should be proof of the researcher’s skills at what they do.

“It’s a great place to invest because it’s a place where we have top-notch researchers who are nationally competitive,” Gardner said.

Gardner said that even though COVID-19 is a big research focus this year, this money largely does not include money that was received for work on COVID-19 research. This is because the fiscal year ended in June, so while many grants had been applied for not many rewards had been received. The money for that research will be included in next year’s financial data.

File Photo//The Louisville Cardinal

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Locally-owned beef jerky plant, Pap’s, to open in Louisville Thursday, Nov 12 2020 

Rise & Shine – Time to Make the Jerky

Pap’s Food Plant Opening with Beef Jerky & Eggs
4790 Crittenden Dr., Louisville, KY 40209

 Thursday, November 19, 2020   7:30AM

Call to Action for the Public: Adopt a Dog between Opening Day to End of 2020 & Receive a Pap’s “Puppy Bag”


Pap’s pays for 25% of Adoption Fee

Louisville, KY Jim Richardson, Founder of Pap’s Foods, is proud to announce his newest sensation: Pap’s Beef Jerky! Pap’s Food Plant located at­­­­­ 4790 Crittenden Drive. On Thursday November 19th at 7:30AM, Pap’s welcomes the media, invited guests, Greater Louisville Inc, and a few lucky beef jerky lovers to meet the team, take a tour, and talk some jerky. Each guest will receive a Boxed Breakfast including, Beef Jerky and an Egg Wrap! And there is a special perk for the first 20 people who visit Pap’s Jerky FB page and leave us a PM stating “Talk Jerky to Me” – an invitation to personally see how their favorite jerky is made!

“In” with the new concept and “out” with the old – the new home of Pap’s was an old distribution center for heavy lifting equipment. Pap’s purchased the building in November 2019 and gave it an entirely new interior uphaul from floors/mechanicals/drainage systems, etc. They also added a massive air purification system with carbon filters so that the air inside the plant is completely filtered 8 times per hour, ensuring the freshest possible environment in which to lovingly produce their jerky.

Pap’s Foods began in 2012 and boasts over ­­­­4 varieties of jerky including Grippo’s BBQ, Hot, Pitmasters, and Mild. Beef Stick Flavors are Grippo’s Bar-B-Q, Spicy, Mild, Smokehouse and Honey. Pap’s also provides Fuel Packs, Camping Trip Packs and Road Trip Packs for protein aware people on the go!

“We worked tirelessly for years to apply our knowledge to our brand.  And we had some success. However, the real turning point came in December of 2016 when CEO John Good and I formed Derby City Distribution (Spudz Chips & Pap’s Foods). As we entered 2018 the idea of building our facility came to life. Jim Richardson, Founder, Pap’s Foods.

The company currently employees 9 people with plans of more than doubling that number by end of Q1 2021. At their brand new, state-of-the-art facility, the Pap’s Team hand packs big, thin slices of succulent, delicious beef jerky that will make you the hero of any outdoor gathering. The process goes like this – they painstakingly select USDA beef, then it is marinated, seasoned and slow cooked for hours to deliver the unique and beloved flavor that is Pap’s Jerky.

“Today I am proud to say the facility is open; John, Dave & Chuck are here and our employees (co -workers) are fantastic. It is an exciting time at Pap’s! There are obstacles and challenges, but I cannot think of a better way to enter a new decade than with everyone here today”, Richardson concluded.

To celebrate the grand opening, Pap’s is partnering with Metro Animal Services. Pap’s Employees are dedicated animal lovers and want to be Proud Adoption Sponsors! The team already donates a portion of online sales annually to Metro Animal Services and are excited about their new plan to spur adoption through the end of the year: “Pap’s Puppy Bags!”. The Bags will include Beef Jerky treats for the new Pet Parent, special Puppy Treats for the lucky canine and other goodies to help ensure dogs get a good home!  Visit Metro Animal Services from November 19th through the remainder of 2020 and Pap’s will also pay 25% of Adoption Fee for those who mention “Pap’s”!

Another Pap’s Act of Giving – Applauding healthcare workers, first responders and all essential employees on the front lines of COVID-19! Thank you all  Pap’s Jerky has sent care packages of jerky and beef sticks to hospitals in Chicago, Louisville, New York, and San Francisco. papsjerky.com

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Proposed plan looks to bring NuLu more business, housing complex Wednesday, Nov 11 2020 

Many businesses in the Nulu area are hoping the plan gets passed to bring more than 300 new living units to the area.


U of L cell therapy startup plans to lead COVID-19 clinical trial Tuesday, Nov 10 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

The cell therapy startup Koligo Therapeutics Inc. plans to test a new therapy for effectiveness in treating COVID-19. Koligo Therapeutics Inc. was founded by two U of L alumni and was recently acquired by biotech firm Orgenisis Inc.

The COVID-19 trial will focus on 75 patients and will test the cell therapy KT-PC-301’s ability to treat COVID-19 related acute respiratory distress syndrome. KT-PC-301 is a cell therapy that is taken from the patient’s own fat tissue.

A small tissue sample is taken from the patient, it is then sent to Koligo to be made into KT-PC-301. Then, the treatment is administered through an IV and it works to reduce inflammation in the lungs. This clinical trial is being let by Chief of the U of L Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Disorders Medicine Mohamed Saad.

Koligo was originally founded by Stuart K. Williams II, Michael Hughes and Balamurugan Appakalai who started the company after co-inventing the cell therapy Kyslecel™.  This therapy was created as apart of U of L’s islet transplant program and is currently on the market as a treatment for pancreatitis.

Now that Koligo has been acquired by Orgenisis, they will still maintain their partnership with U of L, which has a stake in the company. They hope this deal will help expand the reach of their therapies.

File Graphic//The Louisville Cardinal

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GE Appliance Park employees reject proposed contract Thursday, Oct 29 2020 

This is the second proposal to be rejected this year.


Thousands of positions available at two job fairs coming to Louisville area Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

Adecco and JobNewsUSA are both hosting job fairs, hoping to hire thousands of people in Kentucky and southern Indiana.


Louisville event planners adjust to COVID-19 limitations by launching coffee shop Monday, Oct 5 2020 

With the pandemic forcing many of their clients to postpone their plans a Louisville couple decided to pivot with the opening of Brew and Sip.


Some Highlands businesses adjust hours after vandalism during Wednesday protests Thursday, Sep 24 2020 

During the march, some people knocked down tables and chairs at a businesses, some had their windows smashed.


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