2024 April E-News
2024 Women's Breakfast
Celebrating International Women’s Day in Bardstown, Nelson County!

What an incredible morning it was at the first-ever International Women’s Day breakfast hosted by the Bardstown Nelson County Chamber at the beautiful Maywood Grill. The morning kicked off with a breakfast setting the perfect tone for the inspiring discussions ahead. The event started with a panel discussion led by Randi Mouser featuring three remarkable women leaders from our community Diana Gagne, Amy Smith Cissell, and Lisa Johnson. Their stories of resilience, determination, and success served as a powerful reminder of the immense contributions of women in every sphere of life. A big thanks to these four amazing women. Following the panel discussion, our keynote speaker Kim Huston’s speech resonated deeply with all in attendance. Her words ignited a renewed sense of purpose, inspiring everyone to strive for equality and she inspired the audience to focus on leadership with our youth. It was a morning filled with laughter, learning, and a renewed commitment to supporting and uplifting women in our community and beyond.

We want to give a big thank you to Nikki House Goff for her assistance in planning and to our event sponsors:

Keynote Speaker Sponsor:
On the Rocks Bartending

Empowerment Sponsors:
Abound Credit Union
Baptist Health Hardin
CHI Saint Joseph Health/ Flaget Memorial Hospital
Lincoln National Bank
Mattingly & Howell Orthodontics
Rachelle Danielle Rose Gifts & Decor
Swope Family of Dealerships

Photography Sponsor:
BriarRose + Thistle Photography LLC

Decorations & Flower Sponsor:
Big Bloomin Design- Special thanks for the beautiful centerpieces.
March Connect Hosted By: WBRT and WOKH and LaQuinta by Wyndham Bardstown
On March 20th, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber held its third 5pm Connect of the year sponsored by WOKH 102.7 FM & WBRT and La Quinta by Wyndham. Last night the chamber and its members gathered for networking and games. Thank you Uncle Spoony’s Sports Bar & Kitchen for the great food. Thank you again to all of our sponsors and community members for putting this all together.
Young Leaders
Celebrating Young Leaders and Entrepreneurship!
March 20th was an enriching experience, thanks to the support of our top sponsors CHI Saint Joseph Health/ Flaget Memorial Hospital and 5K Logistics, LLC, and our lunch sponsor Zaxby's.

We began our day with an insightful tour at CHI Saint Joseph Health/Flaget Memorial Hospital, where we learned about exciting career opportunities in healthcare. A huge thank you to Flaget for this enlightening experience!

Special thanks to Anytime Fitness Bardstown for hosting us and allowing us to work out and hear about your entrepreneurial story.  

During lunch, we had the privilege of hearing from a panel of amazing entrepreneurs. 
  • Jody Spalding - Owner of 5K Logistics, LLC
  • Levi Greenwell - Owner of LG Dumpsters LLC
  • Taylor Hutchins - Owner of Tays Treats

Their stories and insights left us motivated and filled with admiration for the entrepreneurial spirit that drives positive change in our community. Let’s continue to empower and uplift our young leaders as they pave the way for a brighter future!
National Civics Bee
On March 23rd, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber held its second annual National Civics Bee at Thomas Nelson High School. 18 middle school students from across the commonwealth gathered to test their civics knowledge to win the top prize of $500 dollars and for the chance to compete in the statewide competition held later this year at the Kentucky State Fair. The students competed in two rounds of questioning, with the top five with the most points advancing into round three. Anthony H., Brianna S., Gloria G., Nate A., and Noah W. were the top five finalists. The top five finalists gave a brief presentation on their essay topic with the judges, and Noah impressed the judges the most winning him first place in the competition. In addition to Noah’s win, Nate took home second place and $250 dollars, and Gloria was awarded third place taking home the prize of $150 dollars. On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber congratulations and a job well done!

We want to acknowledge the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for sponsoring this event and trusting us to help pilot this program. We want to thank the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for their support and encouragement. We look forward to sending these three amazing individuals to the State event competition, where they will compete again for a place on the national stage in Washington DC this November. 

We would like to thank our elected officials: State Representative Candy Massaroni, Nelson County Judge-Executive- Tim Hutchins, and Mayor Dick Heaton for their support. Also, thank you to our local sponsors: Abound Credit Union, Eric Hayden Collision and Towing & Perfect Dent Repair, GBA Office Solutions, Lincoln National Bank, Mattingly & Howell Orthodontics, Kasey Willett VanVactor- State Farm Insurance Agent, Town & Country Bank and Trust Co., and Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co..

Thank you to Thomas Nelson High School for the incredible hospitality. Thank you to 150 Quick Stop for the sausage/ bacon biscuits, Hadorn's for the donuts, Small Town Gifts for the Balloons, and Grizzly Media for the photography. Lastly, thank you to our judges and volunteers that have been a tremendous help!
New Member Meet & Greet
The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber held another New Member Meet & Greet on March 27th. In the meetings, members learn about (all things chamber) such as benefits, sponsorship opportunities, events, and rolls of chamber employees.

If you are a new chamber member or existing member and would like to come to this meeting for a refresher, the next meeting will be held on April 24th at 9:00am at the Chamber.

New Member Meet & Greet
April 24, 2024
Young Professionals Network
On March 28th, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber's Young Professionals Network held its second event of the year at Dreamhouse By Amy Brokered by Exp Realty. It was a morning filled with donuts, coffee, networking, and professional development. First, the YP’s got to partner with other YP’s that they didn’t know to share how they can help each other be successful in their personal and work life. Next, we heard from the realtor experts themselves Amy Wimsett and Bailey Mashburn on all things homebuying. We learned the benefits of using a relator, rates, housing market updates, inexpensive ways to get your home ready to sell, and much more.

Thank you again to Amy Wimsett, Realtor and Bailey Mashburn, Realtor for giving your time this morning to speak on the importance of knowing the home buying process to fellow young professionals in the community.

Interested in joining the BNCC YPN, reach out to Elliott Newland 502-348-9545 or [email protected].
Upcoming Events
April Connect
April 17, 2024
Young Professionals Network
April 18, 2024
XLR8 Classes
May 9, 2024
August 9, 2024
Please email Hannah at [email protected] for more information on sponsorships and teams.
Ribbon Cuttings
Just Baked
April 9, 2024
Time: 12:00PM
Location: 962 Chambers Blvd., Bardstown, KY 40004

Rural 1st
April 18, 2024
Time: 12:00PM
Location: 1 Court Sq., Bardstown, KY 40004

Edward Jones - Aaron Kinsey, Financial Advisor
April 25, 2024
Time: 12:00PM
Location: 1 Court Sq., Bardstown, KY 40004
Previous Ribbon Cuttings:
Congratulations to Old Stable Sports Bar on their ribbon cutting that was held on Friday, March 1st.
Congratulations to Wish and Company Travel Planning on their ribbon cutting that was held on Tuesday, March 5th.
Congratulations to Ferguson Fire Protection on their ribbon cutting that was held on Wednesday, March 27th.
Insurance options for Chamber Members
Anthem ChamberAdvantage is a self-funded insurance plan for small businesses with 2 to 50 employees. When these small businesses join together in a larger pool, they share the overall claims risk, bringing costs down. In fact, enrolling in ChamberAdvantage can result in up to 28% savings on medical costs.

Did You Know Your Chamber Membership Can Save You Money on Your Company’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance? We’ve partnered with ClearPath Mutual to offer employers of all sizes a 10% discount on workers’ comp rates. ClearPath Mutual, a Kentucky-headquartered carrier offers this exclusive discount to new and existing customers. Contact your insurance agent to start saving now or click here to get connected to an agent. Now more than ever, your membership provides a direct return on your investment!
Spotlight of the Month
The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize St. Vincent De Paul Mission as the Spotlight of the Month.

St. Vincent de Paul (SDVP) Outreach Ministries was started in Nelson County in 1992 by Father Patrick Creed, then pastor of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral. We are an outreach ministry of St. Joseph Parish and are administered by a board of directors which includes the current pastor and meets quarterly. Our ministries include the SVDP Mission Store, Nelson County Client Assistance, Bread for Life Community Food Pantry and Meals from the Heart. St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral complex is on the National Historic Register and includes Spalding Hall and Flaget Hall, originally St. Joseph College. St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral is the largest parish outside of Jefferson County in the Archdiocese of Louisville. It is located at 310 W. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004.

Ambassador of the Month

Andrea Moran
Town & Country Bank and Trust Co.

Andrea Moran continues to show her support for the Chamber. She is a faithful Ambassador and continues to help promote the Chamber. Thank you Andrea for all the support you have provided for our community.
Welcome New Chamber Members

We are an Inflatable, and mechanical ride delivery rental service.
Rep- Cody Spears
Contact- (502) 388-8907 or [email protected]
Location- 802 Pennebaker Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004

Metal Sales
Rep- Jared Reinsmith
Contact-(502) 673-1000 or [email protected]
Location- 100 Broadway St., #108, Chaplin, KY 40012

We specialize in catered financing options on acreage whether that be lot loans with intent to build, recreational lots, homes on acreage, or the construction of homes on acreage.
Rep- Austin Johnson
Contact- (502) 260-2698 or [email protected]
Location- 101 Opportunity Way, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

C Store/ Management
Rep- Donna Monin
Contact- (502) 299-3011 or [email protected]
Location- 1065 Bloomfield Rd., Bardstown, KY 40004

A complete landscape construction and maintenance company. Specializing in outdoor living areas, stormwater solutions, landscaping, and ongoing care like lawn mowing, snow removal, and shrub trimming.
Rep- Jesse Smith
Contact- (502) 849-9482 or [email protected]
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