I hope your summer has been a good one. Is it just me or did this summer fly by? It is hard to believe our local schools open next week while others in the area have already started! Please factor in extra time in your morning drive to work for the school buses and children who will again be part of our traffic patterns.
I was fortunate enough to win a scholarship from the KY Chamber of Commerce Executives to attend the national American Chamber of Commerce Executives conference in Nashville, TN last month. Chamber professionals and presenters came from all over the U.S., Canada and beyond (including Vietnam) to network and learn, meet with vendors and hear from keynote speakers. A conference like this is always energizing where you meet counterparts from all over the country and share ideas, while learning about the latest information. From social media, communication, and sponsorship revenue, to millennials, volunteers, and and dues, I attended 10 classes in 2 1/2 days. I now hope to pick one or two great ideas and work on them here in our Chamber.
While I was away on vacation, I heard of the business closings on Main Street. All closed for different reasons and they will be missed! Thank you to Allan Crain, Wilma Brown and Jerry Houck for their hard work in bringing their businesses to life. We wish them much success in their future endeavors and retirements. (We wish Allan a complete recovery from his recent car accident.) Since I returned, I have also seen several new businesses opening. Southern Roots is located at 218. W. Broadway, a new bakery is going in on N. Third Street while another will business will open on S. Fourth Street. Local home grown businesses have sturdy entrepreneurs behind them. We wish these and others taking that big step much success. Your Chamber is here for business start up information and, soon, classes will be offered to help people with start ups.
The Chamber also wishes to welcome our new Planning & Zoning Director Steve Hunter to our community. We look forward to working with him on behalf of the business community and are excited about some of his ideas to help streamline the regulatory side of P & Z. Check out the Advocate Messenger story on Steve Hunter, click here.
Congratulations to the GABBF Board for bringing Kay Berggren back as Interim Director while the search for a permanent director is underway. Kay is a great choice and has much knowledge of the GABBF. Thanks, Kay, for coming out of retirement for a few months!
Finally, congratulations to Niki Kinkade in her new position as the Community Arts Center Executive Director. Our community is fortunate to have such talented people willing to serve in many capacities!
Business After Hours - PLEASE NOTE CHANGES
This month's event will be at the newly renovated Comfort Suites on August 31, from 4-6 p.m.
|SAVE THE DATE -DISASTER PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP . . .
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Workshop September 21
Kentucky ranks in the Top 10 for natural disasters. Be prepared.
Take 90 minutes from your busy schedule to learn information you hope you never need but is critical if disaster strikes and time is of the essence!
It takes years to build a successful business, but just minutes to be destroyed by a disaster.
Business owners should:
- Understand their vulnerabilities
- Plan for a disaster
- Periodically test the disaster plan
SBA provides training on disaster preparation and recovery as well as information on disaster recovery resources for your small business or nonprofit organization.
SBA also provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters.
SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.
Plan to take 90 minutes from your busy schedule and learn what you should know BEFORE you need to know.
Michael Ashcraft from the SBA and Alison Broady from the IRS will be on hand to share information with you.
To register, call the Chamber at 859-236-2361, ext. 120.
|Red Tape Reduction - Your Chance to Help Reduce Burdensome Regulations . . .
RED TAPE REDUCTION PROGRESS TO DATE - THROUGH JULY 11, 2017, 1,995 OF THE 4,700+ ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN REVIEWED
HAVE BEEN TARGETED FOR REPEAL
HAVE BEEN TARGETED FOR AMENDMENT
|Recent 2017 Membership Renewals - Thank You for your INVESTMENT in your Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce!!
Casa of the Bluegrass
has an urgent need for more volunteer advocates. Members of our community can positively impact the lives of abused and neglected children by serving as court appointed advocates. Please contact Jessica R. Johnson at CASA of the Bluegrass, 859.936.3546 or
to learn details of the August training session that begins on Tuesday, August 22 at 6 p.m.
Judge Samuel McDowell
- a tribute to his life on the bicentennial of his death, September 21-24, 2017.
|Chamber 101 - Sponsored by Encompass Financial Advisors
is a monthly membership orientation. If you would like to attend email
Chamber 101, or Member Orientation, is a one hour look at the Chamber, its programs and benefits and how you, as a member, can take advantage of them or become involved.
New members are specifically invited to attend each month, EXCEPT JULY. But ALL members are welcome to attend. If you have new staff who would like to attend, or perhaps you would like a refresher course to learn all we do and how you can take advantage of different benefits, you are invited to join us, too! We rotate the time each month in order to accommodate different schedules. While there, you share information on your business for a newsletter write-up and a picture is taken to accompany the article. These are sponsored by Encompass Financial Advisors. Upcoming dates are:
Schedule for the year
August 22, 12 noon
September 26, 5:15 p.m.
October 24, 7:30 a.m.
November 28, 12 noon
December 12, 5:15 p.m.
Thanks to Encompass Financial Advising for sponsoring Chamber 101.