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Paula's ponderings
Hello Members,
 
Yesterday, the EDP voted to restructure their board of directors. This follows the recommendations of the strategic plan, written by RKG & Associates, that was undertaken this past year.  As part of the restructuring, the Chamber has an advisory seat on the EDP board of directors.  We are looking to our members to see if there is a member with an interest in economic development who would serve in this capacity. If you, or another member you know, would like to attend EDP meetings as our Chamber representative, please contact me at the Chamber. (236-2361, ext. 121.)

Interested in hosting a Business After Hours in 2018 - or other sponsorship opportunities? Contact the Chamber.  We are preparing to sell all of those during the Total Resource Campaign in the next month.

You can still attend the our Disaster Preparedness workshop tomorrow morning. S ponsored by Serv Pro of Versailles, Nicholasville, and Danville, it is September 21 from 8:30- 9:45 a.m. at the Boyle County Public Library. As part of the National Preparedness Month, we have two presenters; one from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and one from the Small Business Administration (SBA) sharing great information on how to prepare and what to do after a disaster strikes. You will have handouts and workbooks to take with you after the workshop. Thanks to our sponsor, we will offer continental breakfast, and ServPro will have materials for you to take home, as well. Please call the Chamber office to register at 236-2361, ext. 120. We need an accurate count so our presenters will know how many handouts to bring.   This is a regional workshop with Mercer, Garrard and Lincoln Chambers, as well as the Heart of Danville. PLEASE RSVP by calling 859-236-2361, ext. 120.

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 21, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Holiday Inn Express & Suites will host our Business After Hours. Join GM Melissa Fightmaster and her staff as they showcase their new property. This is also a chance to learn about our new health insurance program as a representative will be at the event to discuss the details and answer questions with you individually.

     We need mentors for our Entrepreneurship class at Boyle County High School. Can you give a total of five hours between October 25 and December 6, because we could use your help! Please let me know if you can join us in preparing our business leaders of the future!  

The Wayfinding consultant held a second meeting with interested business owners and the public last night.  He shared destination points and samples of signage that could be used. Ways to identify locations, with the use of color on signs was also discussed.  A another meeting to continue the process will occur in the next couple weeks.

     Please feel free to contact me: 859-236-2361 Ext. 121, 859-583-6540 or email paula@danvilleboylechamber.com
     
   
EDP Board Votes New Structure
As you may have read in today's newspaper, the Economic Development Partnership voted to restructure their board.  The Advocate Messenger coverage can be read here.    

Your Chamber, through your Chairperson, voted no because we feel the current make up of EDP 2.0 has too many public seats, with no provision to restrict the number of elected officials that fill those seats. The current bylaws, as accepted yesterday, allow an elected official to also be the Chairman of the EDP, which, we believe, is a conflict of interest. By removing the directors of the Chamber, CVB, the Heart of Danville and the Main Street Perryville programs as voting members of the board, we think we remove the voice of smaller businesses. Notes Lisa Knetsche, Chamber Board Chairperson, " "There's a lot of business and non-profits that are small," she said. "With the chamber on the board in the past, we've always had a vote that represented that voice, as did the Heart (of Danville) and Main Street Perryville ... a lot of those players (on the new board) now are not the smaller entities."
    
Concludes Knetsche, "The majority vote of the partners is to restructure, and we are a team player. The mission of the Chamber has not changed; we want continued success for our community. We will continue to work on behalf of businesses and will work, where appropriate, with the EDP for that continued success."
New Health Insurance Plan for Members!
     We have some exciting news to share with our members and potential membersThe Danville-Boyle County Chamber is now is rolling out a health insurance plan!  With the huge increase s caused by The ACA and Health Care Reform our small business members have been searching for relief.  Well, effective September 1st, we have delivered.  The plan will focus on our members with between 2-99 employees and offers fully insured plans through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.  There will be over 16 plan designs that utilize the largest provider network in the state.  The plans will be affordable by grouping businesses together, creating a large pool of people and taking advantage of critical mass.
     If you have an interest in getting quotes or to get more information please reach out to John Funkhouser at  jfunkhouser@johnsonpohlmann.com or at 859-236-5922.  The quoting process is very simple and  free.   It should save your business money!
      A representative will also be at our September 21 Business After Hours at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites with brochures and information.     
September 21st Business After Hours
Business After Hours - Today, Thursday, September 21st at Holiday Inn Express & Suites 200 Shannon Way, Danville .  4:30-6:30 p.m. The Pot of Gold is now worth $400 - but members must be present to win.  Click Here to Register. 
CHAMBER BOARD SEEKS DIRECTORS FOR SLATE
If you have an interest in serving on the Chamber Board of Directors, please let Chairperson Lisa Knetsche or Paula Fowler know. A brief bio, with the strengths you would bring to the board, should be included in the email. The nominating committee will be working to put a slate together for next year.  Lisa's email is  lknetsche@spinecenterky.com and Paula may be reached at admin@danvilleboylechamber.com
REGISTER for the DISASTER PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Workshop
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Thursday, September 21, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Boyle County Public Library
For more details and to register, call the Chamber at 859-236-2361, ext. 120 or Click Here.
Recent 2017 Membership Renewals - Thank You for your INVESTMENT in your Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce!!

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Danville Living
The Advocate Messenger and The Interior
Journal are pleased to announce the following upcoming publications.  If you would like additional information about any of these, please don't hesitate to call or email Carrie Shields

Danville Living Magazine - Danville Living is all about life in and around Boyle County and central Kentucky. Produced by the staff of the Advocate Messenger, the magazine takes a deeper look at what is best about living here. Filled with original, unique articles and beautiful pictures by  award-winning photographers. Space Reservation Deadline for our November/December issue is October 16, 2017.
IRS Newswire - Don't Take the Bait
Think a data breach can't happen to you? Think again... "Don't Take the Bait."
     Tax professionals increasingly are targets of national and international cybercriminal syndicates that are well funded, digitally adept and tax savvy. Each week the IRS receives three to five reports of data breaches at tax professionals' offices. That rate is not sustainable.
     To assist tax practitioners to better protect themselves, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry, partnering as the Security Summit, have launched a 10-week "   Don't take the Bait" campaign detailing specific scam tactics and how to counter them.  These news items are being issued each Tuesday.
       
Here are the first three news releases plus an associated fact sheet.
  
IRS Newswire

Welcome New Members

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Trisha Douglas

121 East Broadway, Danville

859-239-7885

Government

 

Merle Clark

145 N. Third Street, Danville

859-236-1065

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Chamber 101 - Sponsored by Encompass Financial Advisors
Chamber 101   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
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.
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KC's Gymnastics 4 Mile Run/Walk ALS "A Run To Remember" - Saturday, September 30, 2017 Click Here for More Details/Registration Form



  Judge Samuel McDowell 1735-1817 - a tribute to his life on the bicentennial of his death, September 21-24, 2017.  See the actual state of Kentucky Constitution Square at the Park tomorrow.

The Great American Dollhouse Museum was featured on the Kentucky Tourism website as a well loved attraction for all ages. 
DAY OF ACTION SIGNUPS ARE UNDERWAY
Registration is open for volunteers to sign up for the Heart of Kentucky United Way's 24th annual Day of Action. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 20th. On this day, hundreds of volunteers from business, industry, and public service organizations from Lincoln, Boyle, Garrard, Mercer and other surrounding counties will work together in a collaborative, hands-on experience providing free labor to area health/human service agencies and various other community groups requesting assistance.  Read on. . . 

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Many merchants and consumers believe that skimmers only affect card terminals at ATMs and gas stations. That is no longer the case with today's electronics and technology.  Find Out How

Important Notice UPDATE for Authorize.Net Users
Recently our readers were informed that in September 2017, Authorize.Net was going to remove versions of TLS prior to 1.2. The deadline has moved to a new date.  Learn More
 
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