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"The Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the prosperity and well-being of the business community, particularly its members, with a goal of improving the quality of life in this community."

Paula's ponderings
Hello Members,
Several projects are underway - or soon to be underway.

Please read the exciting news, in the box below this article, of a new health insurance plan for small businesses that we are now able to offer our members. It should save many of you money for your business. 
     Our Total Resource Campaign gives you an opportunity to promote your business by sponsoring a variety of products and events. This assists your Chamber with funding our budget each year so it is a win-win for all. (Many do not realize that we receive NO PUBLIC FUNDING. Our budget is from membership support and fundraisers.)
     We need volunteers to help sell our many sponsorships for 2018. This is a 5-6 week project and a fun way to meet other members. Past volunteers will be contacting our members who purchased last year offering them the chance to buy the same sponsorships prior to the campaign opening up to all in October. (The only exception is our Business After Hours. These are nor renewable each year to give more members a chance to showcase their business and products and services.) We appreciate your support and encourage you to talk with our Chamber volunteers when they call.
     For other members who would like to join us for 5-6 weeks to help sell sponsorships, WE WELCOME YOUR HELP! If you are a member and are interested in a particular event of product, please let me know. We will include you on a list for our volunteers to contact.

     We also will be offering a timely workshop, sponsored by Serv Pro of Versailles, Nicholasville, and Danville, on Disaster Preparedness on 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.

     On 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.

     Finally, though listed last in my list, but equally as important as the rest above, our Entrepreneurship class is underway at Boyle County High School. Under the direction of David Christopher and in collaboration with our county school system, the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce teaches students how to take an idea, write a business plan and create a business. The growth and health of our economy is tied to the development and growth of small businesses. We need mentors to help these students develop their business plan. You are a guide for them - they must do all the work. If you can give a total of five hours between October 25 and December 6, we could use your help! Please let me know if you can join us in preparing our business leaders of the future!  

     Please feel free to contact me: 859-236-2316 Ext. 121, 859-583-6540 or email
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 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.     
Steve Rinehart named KCCE 2017 Volunteer of the Year
L to R: Brad Richardson,President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and immediate Past Chairman of Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE); Matt Valego with Infintech, sponsor of the conference; Steve Rinehart, Denyo Manufacturing and winner of the award; and  Amy Cloud, Executive Director of KCCE.
At the 52nd Annual Celebration of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) last week, a new award to honor a chamber Volunteer of the Year was given. The 2017 Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Steve Rinehart with the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce.  

L to R: Brad Richardson,President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and immediate Past Chairman of Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE); Matt Valego with Infintech, sponsor of the conference; Paula Fowler, Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; and Amy Cloud, Executive Director of KCCE
Leadership Boyle County small group project created a new brochure to highlight Boyle County agriculture 
New guide to rural Boyle County helps visitors and locals discover hidden gems 

Roads less traveled
There's another side to Boyle County that many people don't know about and never see. While many know about Danville's various attractions and come to the city for business and entertainment, fewer travel the back roads to see the county's beautiful rural settings or the farms that generate $17.9 million in economic activity annually.  To see the entire article from The Advocate-Messenger's Ben Kleppinger, click  here.
September 21st Business After Hours
Business After Hours - 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. 
August 31st Business After Hours Hosted by Comfort Inn & Suites

Comfort Inn & Suites, located on Ben Ali Drive in Danville, hosted our  August 31st Business After Hours.   Members networked and saw the latest renovations that are completed.  We were treated to their breakfast bar, which offered scrambled egg, toast, sausage, biscuit and gravy, pancakes, waffles, cinnamon rolls, muffins,toast, fruit, cereal with a variety of toppings, juices, yogurt, and hard boiled eggs.This is their everyday breakfast for guests!  Owner Al Patel (top left) and staff showed us their rooms, that are all suites with pull out sofas, in addition to the beds. They also offer  all new microwaves, mini refrigerators with freezers, air conditioning units, lighting, tubs, tile, vanities, carpeting and HD televisions offering over 200 channels. Every room also has fiber Internet and phone chargers and USB ports throughout the room. The breakfast area is the last of the many renovations to be done.  Stop in and check it out!
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 and Paula may be reached at
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Workshop

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.
Bluegrass Drug Store Re-Opens in New Location 
Congratulations to Bluegrass Drug Store, now open in their new location at 150 War Admiral Drive and the corner of the bypass in Danville. Check out their expanded offerings! Pictured, l to r, are David Adams, co-owner/manager, Jason Hurt, Pharm.D Rph & co-owner/Pharmacist, and Mark Taylor, Pharm.D Rph & co-owner/Pharmacist.
Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting - Friday, September 8th at 1:10 p.m.

Southern Roots Salon

Randi Bennett

218 W. Broadway, Danville



Recent 2017 Membership Renewals - Thank You for your INVESTMENT in your Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce!!

Allstate Insurance, Amy Hazlett

Bluegrass Credit Services

Coldwell Banker VIP Realty, Amanda England

Inter-County Energy Cooperative

Courtesy of the Kentucky Retail Federation
Onboarding 101: Set Up New Employees Quickly and Legally
     Congratulations! You've hired a new employee. That's a big accomplishment. It's time-consuming and challenging to post job ads, interview candidates, check references and conduct background checks. Unfortunately, your work isn't done. Now you have to complete the legal paperwork and onboarding process. Here are 6 important steps to get it right.  Read the entire article
How Your Retail Business Can Manage Seasonal Cash Flow Fluctuations, 
     Ebbs and flows are a natural part of running a retail business, and it's not uncommon for your cash flow -or encounter a downturn-at certain times of the year. Managing these dips and upswings can be a challenge: making sure there is enough cash available to maintain operations while also satisfying customer needs. However, keeping tabs on your cash is crucial for the success of your small business. 
Read the entire article
The New Size is Custom: How Retailers Are Using Personalization to Win Customer Loyalty 
It's been a long time since I walked into a store and bought a one-size-fits-all sweater that didn't really fit or a pair of shoes that pinched when I walked. With a growing demand for customization in consumer products, the simple fact is that we're no longer forced to buy an off-the-shelf product that isn't quite right. Add to that the rise in e-commerce competition and peer-to-peer portals offering authentic, tailor-made experiences, and the future of retail is evolving.  Read the entire article
Finding Skilled Workers is a Challenge for Small Businesses
     Driven by a positive outlook on the economy, small business owners nationwide are still wanting to hire new employees, but they say they're struggling to find candidates properly prepared for the jobs they're needing to fill.  Read the entire article
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

Ky Tours & Travel, Inc

Timothy Napier, President

Mary McAdoo

2866 Perryville Road, Danville

PO Box 339


Tour Operator

New Birth Temple of Deliverance Ministries

John Short, III Pastor

2760 Perryville Road, Danville



Southern Roots Salon

Randi Bennett

218 W. Broadway, Danville



Windjammer Fun Center

3846 S. Danville Bypass, Danville
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.
BBQ Festival is Happening this Weekend, New Location at Wilderness Trail Distillery
Member News

FREE Expungement Information Session - Chloroxing Your Life

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by New Birth Temple of Deliverance Ministries, 2760 Perryville Road.  Learn if you are eligible for expungement and how to clear your record.  Talk to an attorney about getting free legal services if you qualify.  236-2194 or Email Aubrey Short


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. 

The Great American Dollhouse Museum was featured on the Kentucky Tourism website as a well loved attraction for all ages. 

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. . . 

McDowell Place of Danville celebrates National Assisted Living Week

     A weeklong celebration kicks off on Sunday, September 10, and McDowell Place of Danville is joining tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country for the festivities.  It's National Assisted Living Week through Saturday, September 16, and McDowell Place of Danville is honoring this year's theme "Family is Forever" 
     The "Family is Forever" theme for National Assisted Living Week was inspired by a quote from the famed poet Maya Angelou: "Family isn't always blood, it's the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what."
     National Assisted Living Week was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America's seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance inspires assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinct aspect of long term care.
     "We encourage members of the community to come visit McDowell Place during National Assisted Living Week," said Matherly. "Whether volunteering to spend time with our residents, or learning more about assisted living and our services, everyone is welcome to join the McDowell Place family." 

The activities scheduled at McDowell Place encapsulate the "Family is Forever" theme and include:
·         Frank Lawson Memorial Cruise-In, Car show with proceeds to benefit Walk to End Alzheimer's
·         Trivia Night with Mike Archer, September 12th, Families are invited to join this fun team trivia event.
·         Assisted Living Week Celebration, Party to celebrate our families, friends, and extended families.

     McDowell Place of Danville is a 98-unit independent living, assisted living and personal care community located in Danville, Kentucky. For more information about McDowell Place of Danville or to schedule a tour, please call (859) 239-HOME (4663) or visit the website at


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The Ins and Outs of Omnichannel
If your business is accepting payments in multiple ways, it is critical to understand the importance of omnichannel payments for your customers.  Learn More . . .

Do Negative Reviews Hurt Your Click Through Rates? 
You know your business needs online reviews, but did you know your reviews have a direct impact on your business's click-through rates in local search results?  Well, a recent study by Brightlocal found just that. Review star rating is a big deciding factor in whether or not consumers will choose to click on your business over the competition.  Read on . . .

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