Dear members,

Join us this week for Virtual Business at Breakfast with Congressman Comer on Thursday, March 18th at 8am presented by Peel & Holland. Check out this email for Ribbon Cutting announcements, Membership 101 seminar, new Chamber members, and health insurance savings for members. Spring Open House event will be March 26-28th!

For updates on Kentucky's legislative session, GLI advocacy team provided a good summary yesterday.

SAVE THE DATE!! The Chamber's Annual Business Celebration will be on Friday, October 15th at the Barn at White Oaks. The business award nominations will open the first week of April 2021. More details to come!

I hope you have a great week! We truly appreciate your support here at the Chamber!

Michelle Bundren
Virtual Business@Breakfast
presented by

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 8AM CST
New Year. New Administration.
featuring
United States Congressman James Comer
Representing Kentucky's First District

Members can register to fully participate in the Zoom webinar event. During registration, you have the ability to submit questions which will be submitted to our speaker. All Zoom attendees will enter to win DOOR PRIZES courtesy of local businesses. After the event, Zoom participants may network with other participants facilitated by a Chamber representative.
RIBBON CUTTINGS
Grand Re-Opening of
Southern Family Dental
at their new location
Thursday, March 18th at 1pm
1711 Highway 121 Bypass North
(across the highway from Northpointe Professional Office Park)
If you plan to attend, please ensure you are not experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Additionally, we ask that you please come prepared by wearing your face mask. If you have any questions on our COVID-19 ribbon cutting policies, please email hailey@mymurray.com.
RIBBON CUTTINGS
It was a great to celebrate with our member H2 Health! H2 Health, formerly Heartland Rehabilitation, is proud to offer comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services customized for each patient. They work around physical limitations, time schedules and budget constraints to create programs that deliver the best possible outcomes for their patients. H2 Health is located at 208 South 6th Street, Murray.
We are so excited for this long-awaited transmitter to be up and running to better connect WKMS to their listeners.
The affordability of health insurance consistently ranks as one of the top worry-items for business owners. With health care costs hitting small employers particularly hard, you may find it hard to offer health benefits to your employees. We are proud to have the ability to provide great options for healthcare coverage and workers' compensation.

To learn more, contact your local insurance agent or a Chamber staff member for more information.

OTHER NEWS

Next year's taxes: how your employees can save you money (Source: Inc.)

When President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act into law on Thursday, he authorized the extension of something important for small-business owners: the Employee Retention Credit, a refundable tax credit designed to make it easier to keep employees on payroll.

Originally scheduled to end on June 30, the ERC will continue at least through the end of 2021, giving business owners access to as much as $33,000 per employee in incentives between last year and this year. The credit will work slightly differently during the first and second halves of the year. From January 1 through June 30, eligible employers can claim refundable credits equal to 70 percent of a full-time employee’s qualified wages paid, against their share of Social Security tax. You can get a maximum of $14,000 in credits per employee.

On July 1, that’ll change. The new law allows businesses to claim the refundable credit against their share of employment taxes, including Medicare. Again, you can get a maximum of $14,000 per employee in credits this way, meaning business owners this year could qualify for up to $28,000 per worker, in total.

That might be a significant chunk of change for your company. Read our story to learn the details and fine print you need to know, for both today’s filing deadline and next year’s tax season.