■ American Merchant Mall, an indoor flea market, has opened at 1820 Bryan Station Road. The mall sells new and used items including household appliances, furniture, clothing, shoes, toys, electronics, antiques and collectibles. Spaces are available for rent. Phone: (859) 299-4876. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
■ Two chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors organization will now operate as one body known as the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky. The consolidation serves as the first merger in ABC history creating a single multi-state organization covering 76,000 square miles.
"There's a real strength in combining the forces of the two chapters by bringing together like-minded people who truly believe in and embody the merit shop philosophy," said J.R. Gaylor, president of ABC of Indiana/Kentucky chapter. For more information about the chapter, visit Abcindianakentucky.org.
■ Bright Leaf Golf Resort in Harrodsburg is celebrating 50 years in business this year. Bright Leaf is family-owned and in addition to golf features swimming, a health club and dining. The resort features 36 holes, including a 9 hole par 3 course that is equipped with lights. Bright Leaf is located on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Historic Beaumont Inn, Old Owl Tavern and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill are nearby. Website: Brightleafgolfresort.com. Phone: (859) 734-5481 or 1-800-469-6038. Address: 1742 Danville Road, US 127 South, Harrodsburg.
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■ OC3 Computers, a veteran-owned, Frankfort-based business has opened. OC3 Computers offers a low cost, secure alternative to upgrading or buying a new computer by utilizing existing computer equipment. The virtual workstation that OC3 Computers offers needs only an Internet connection and browser. Customers can access a cloud-based Microsoft Windows workstation from anywhere, on just about any device and have it completely secure. No trace of your work or important data is available on the local device. Virtual workstations starts at $35.97 a month. OC3 Computers is owned by Robert Greenly. For more info, go to Oc3computers.com
■ The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration has obtained approval to be the lead organization for the development of a new Boy Scout Merit Badge. The Mining in Society Merit Badge will focus on the importance of mining and its key components of exploration, permitting, extraction, processing, production, safety and reclamation.
J. Steven Gardner, president/CEO of ECSI, which has an office in Lexington, is chairman of SME's Government Relations and Public Affairs Committee and a member of the board of directors of the SME Foundation, which is providing funding for the effort. Gardner will become president elect of SME at its annual meeting in Salt Lake City in February where the first Merit Badge will be awarded.
■ United Real Estate, an urban-centric real estate and franchise operation company, has opened at 2357 Huguenard Drive, Suite 100. United Real Estate Lexington is owned by Lexington realtor, Bonnie Mays, former owner of Mays & Associates. Website: Unitedrealestate.com. Phone: 1-800-649-0264.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo