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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 Chamber Members,
I presented the results of our member survey on the proposed tax increases to the city commission Monday evening, along with arguments on why such large increases, particularly in the payroll tax, is harmful to business. 77% of those who responded to the survey were opposed to these increases. The poll was conducted and open eight hours on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Roughly 9% of you took the time to answer three short questions. Your public policy chairman Rick Waldon had comments that I shared with the city commissioners found  here .   My comments to the commissioners are here.

Commissioner Kevin Caudill indicated at the meeting that he had heard from enough citizens about their concerns that he voted against the tax increases and the budget.  Chamber members are encouraged to call or email your commissioners and voice your opinions on the proposed tax increases prior to the second (and final) reading of the proposed tax increases and the budget on June 26.   (Denise Terry, Lily Manor Day Spa -; James Atkins, retired -; Mike Perros, Encompass Financial Advisors -; Rick Serres, Bluegrass Biomedical and Bluegass IT; and Kevin Caudill, Bluegrass Appraisals -

Commissioners Atkins, Terry, Serres and Mayor Perros voted for the increases.  A detailed budget and the capital projects can be found on the city website here.. Mayor Perros said he would welcome suggestions as to how the budget could be cut significantly enough to remove the need for new taxes. The Advocate Messenger story on the commission meeting can be found here.
There is still time to get a team together for our 28th Annual Golf Tournament, presented by Community Trust Bank, this Monday, June 19.  Play is at the Old Bridge Golf Course and begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. (Registration is at 12 noon.)  Golfers will have lunch at the Grill, courtesy of Northwestern Mutual, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The event concludes with a dinner sponsored by Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen. 

Teams of four are $400. This is our second largest fundraiser for the Chamber.  We need the community support every year with our fundraisers because our annual budget is built through our member investments and our fundraisers.  We receive no public funding. We hope you will come out and join us!

Call the Chamber at 236-2361, ext. 120, or email to enter a team.   Other sponsors include: Ephraim McDowell Health, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Bluegrass Community Bank, Team Construction and Martin Contracting, as well as hole, team and door prize sponsors.
On Tuesday morning, June 20, we will hold a follow-up meeting for a second Community Conversation on Workforce Development at 8:30 a.m.   The purpose of the initial meeting was to take the first step toward developing a concerted, coordinated community-wide effort to identify and seek solutions to the obstacles that impede individuals from obtaining and retaining employment.  The intent is for a series of meetings to follow that will create and implement action steps by early fall.  All agencies who attended the first one, as well as others interested in workforce development, are invited to attend.   RSVPs to the Chamber office at 859-236-2361, ext. 120, are encouraged.
The 2018 Danville Livability Magazine planning is underway. Rhys Simmons with Livability Media will be contacting you about sales opportunities - both in the magazine and digitally - over the next few weeks. I hope you will schedule a time to see him and learn of the many new offerings to help promote both your business and the community through our annual publication. 

Golf Tournament - Monday, June 19

28th Annual Great American Brass Band Festival - Thursday, June 1- Sunday, June 4
Another Great Brass Band Festival this year

Congratulations to the Great American Brass Band Festival committee for a wonderful and successful festival.  The four days were picture perfect "chamber of commerce" weather days.  Crowds enjoyed everything from a  Chautauqua  Tea, Quilt Show, and children's events, to the picnic, concerts, Bayou and Brass, hot air balloon race, (to name a few of the many activities!), as well as all the brass band concerts.

Tye Financial Group Business After Hours - Friday, June 9, 4-6 p.m.
Tom Tye,owner of Tye Financial Group located at 141 North Third Street in Danville, hosted the Friday, June 9th Business After Hours, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Members networked and enjoyed BBQ.  The office was also a Stop on the Gallery Hop, coordinated by the The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County. 



Caretenders Ribbon Cutting

  Caretenders Home Health  located at 101 Ponder Court, Suite A in Danville, held a ribbon cutting.  Dawn Cheetham, Director of Professional Services, cut the ribbon and Heather Hall, Patient Care Liason their staff, along with Chamber ambassadors were present.  Caretenders offers nursing services, medication management, wound care, cardiac care, rehabilitation services, social services, home health aide and care coordination. They can have an RN assessment within 24-38 hours of discharge, they also provide anything from medication management to meal preparation. They will also coordinate care with private duty services including transportation and home medical equipment. 

Chamber Workforce Development Committee Hosts 10th Teachers Academy
The 10th Teachers Academy was held June 6-8, 2017. Teachers from Danville, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer school systems spent four half day touring local business and industries to learn about the workplace and/or career opportunities of today - and in the future . Teachers had the opportunity to ask questions and to get first-hand experience inside today's high technology businesses and see what is required in employees. Teachers also learned about the skills and education required and the career paths and salaries that can be earned.
At the closing session, a round table featuring Central Kentucky Society of Human Resource Managers from our business community, allowed teachers to ask questions of businesses that they were not able to visit and discuss issues such as "soft skills", interview skills, and drug testing.  For employers, it was an opportunity to address the most important messages that, from a business perspective, need to be communicated to students about the workplace and/or career opportunities of today -  and in the future.
At the Opening Session, teachers were giveninformation on workforce needs and resources including a tour of BC &TC and Guided Reflection Questions to use throughout the three days of visits. Employers were prepped to share what they are looking for in prospective employees.
We want to say a special thank you to participating businesses for the site visits. They were: the City of Danville, LGE-KU  E.W. Brown Plant, Wilderness Trail Distillery, National Office Furniture, Farmers National Bank, Inter-County Energy Cooperative, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, LSC Communications and DecoArt.
Mark your calendar for June 20 as the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce hosts a follow-up Community Forum on Workforce. The meeting will be to share work underway since issues were identified in a February 21 Workforce Development community forum.  That meeting was to invite dozens of interested agencies and individuals to meet and discuss issues and resources in our community.  As a result of facilitated small groups, a list of issues was developed and the Chamber's workforce committee prioritized those and began work on two.  This meeting continues the discussion and shares the work underway on developing a pre-employment training course and the implementation of a resource list into the Bluegrass and Heart of Kentucky United Way's 211 Resource Directory.  The meeting will be held at the Boyle County Fire Headquarters, located at 1500 Lebanon Road, and will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Welcome to our newest Members. Thank You for your INVESTMENT in your Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce!!
Barsotti & Manley, PLLC
Patrick F. Barsotti                                            
421 South Fourth Street, Suite 102

Melton Contracting
Rodney Melton                                               
1543 Highway 3248
Stanford 40484
Real Estate

U Bounce Inc. Inflatable Bounce House & Party Rentals
Lisa Hughes                                                                       
387 Paradise Camp Road
Harrodsburg 40330
Party Rentals
Recent 2017 Membership Renewals - Thank You for your INVESTMENT in your Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce!!

Arnold's Glass & Windows
Danielle's Drive Away Café

Liquor Barn

McAfee Mowing & Landscaping

USA Signs

Congratulations to Members
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Pioneer Playhouse has been awarded a $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for Voices Inside Prison Outreach Program. Read the story here.

Happy 7th Birthday to Bluegrass Pizza & Pub. Colin and Melissa Masters have great brick oven pizzas, sandwiches, appetizers and craft beers in a beautiful and unique setting. Thank you for investing in our community! Wishing you much continued success!
SAVE THE DATE - Pioneer Playhouse July 13 - GUARDED by Angela Correll
Guarded,  an Angela Correll book, will be performed at Pioneer Playhouse this summer. Women business owners and managers are invited to SAVE THE DATE to attend the dinner and play on July 13.  The Chamber of Commerce and the Business Professional Women's group are co-hosting this event. Angela Correll has agreed to discuss her latest book that evening with us.  Watch for details.
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. 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. Sponsored by Encompass Financial Advisors, the next one is February 28 at 12 noon. The year's dates are:
Schedule for the year
June 27, 5:15 p.m.
July 25, 7:30 a.m.
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.
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