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Paula's Ponderings
Hello Chamber Members,
THANK YOU to those who have taken a few minutes to think about people in our community deserving of recognition!  We know there are more people out there and ask that, if you haven't given thought to someone who should be honored, that you might do so for us this week. Below in the story is a list of the awards.  Links below will also take you to the brief nomination form and a list of past winners so you can see others who have won.
The Outstanding Business Person Award is presented to an individual for community service, civic leadership, personal character, peer respect, and Chamber involvement.
The Outstanding Small Business Award is presented to a business with fewer than 50 employees for growth, business appearance, community service and Chamber participation.
The Outstanding Large Business Award is presented to a business with more than 50 employees for growth, business appearance, community service and Chamber participation.
The Outstanding Citizen Award is presented to an individual whose service to community has reached an exemplary level on multiple fronts.
The Outstanding Volunteer Award is presented to an individual for dedicated community service to an organization or organizations in our non-profit community.
Bruce Montgomery Leadership Boyle County Award is presented to a leadership Boyle County Graduate who has exhibited outstanding leadership within the community.
Community Impact Award
From time to time, individuals or organizations respond to an identified need and initiate actions that affect people or an issue affecting our community in significant or profound ways. Those responsible for such efforts do not seek personal gain or notoriety. Nevertheless, the results of their actions deserve to be recognized.
The Legacy Award is bestowed, only on occasion, by the board of your Chamber and is given to honor an individual whose life left an indelible mark on our community.

Email nominations, along with brief details as to why you think this individual, business or organization would be deserving of this award. Give specific examples and be sure to indicate which award you are submitting the nomination for.  Email to

Invoices for 2017 memberships were mailed in December. Your investment allows us to continue our efforts in workforce development, leadership programs, our entrepreneur class at Boyle County High School, and more.  We cannot do it without you! Thank you for  your support!

Our Annual Celebration  invitations were mailed Monday.  Watch for them and call us for your reservations. With Mardi Gras as our theme, we have lined up some amazing entertainment. You don't want to miss it!


2017 Danville Livability Magazine Available online
The 2017 issue of Livability: Danville-Boyle County is out and now available online!
It highlights health, education, local flavor, arts and culture, and more in Danville, providing you with a powerful tool to tell others about the community. We encourage you to share the magazine with anyone considering relocating to Danville, or to any businesses who might be able to use it in their recruiting efforts. We all have a stake in promoting what's wonderful about Danville and this magazine provides a perfect way to do just that. We have copies at the Chamber office, as well.

To find more photos and articles to share about recreation, area attractions and things to do, please visit It's the unique story of a wonderful community.

Read it. Enjoy it. Share it.
Ribbon Cuttings
Tuesday, January 24
Holiday Inn Express & Suites

200 Shannon Way, Danville
Ribbon Cutting: 4:00 p.m.
Open House: 4-6:00 p.m.

Other Danville-Boyle County Chamber news
SAVE THE DATE: Feb. 21, 8:30-10:30 A.M .  for a Community Discussion on Workforce Development, to be held at Boyle County Fire Department located at 1500 Lebanon Road. The Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development committee invites any and all who have an interest or a stake in our future workforce. This meeting is a gathering of all community organizations and individuals who assist local folks with issues/needs which impact their employability.  The purpose of this first meeting is 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.  This will be the first in a series of meetings to create and implement action steps by early fall.  Please consider attending this meeting, and share with others who should be at the table of this discussion and planning.
An initial meeting with Bluegrass Tomorrow to discuss an Idea Festival at Centre College was held in November.  Plans will be developed to host one for students in our community at Centre College in 2017. Watch for more details.

The KY Chamber Public Policy Boot Camp was held earlier this month where I learned about some of the legislation filed for the 2017 Legislative Session and the Kentucky Chamber positions on many of the bills. It is anticipated that many bills will see action even though it is a short session. We will be watching - and commenting on our business members' behalf - as necessary.
Thank you to Walmart for a $2000 grant to help sponsor our 2017 Entrepreneur BCHS class! GM Mark Morgan supported our efforts and made this happen.
Legislative Update
Gov. Matt Bevin signed right-to-work legislation-along with other jobs legislation-into law.
The  right-to-work law, House Bill 1, which passed in a rare weekend legislative session and then headed to the governor's desk, goes into effect immediately because lawmakers included language classifying it as "emergency" legislation. Kentucky became the 27th state to become a Right to Work state and the last in the south to do so.
Right-to-work laws prohibit employers from entering into agreements that make union membership and the payment of union dues a condition of employment. The law also bans union dues from being used for political donations and blocks government workers from going on strike.
Prevailing Wage Repeal Passed
The Kentucky Senate passed a bill Saturday eliminating the state's prevailing wage requirement for state-funded projects.
House Bill 3 eliminates the government defined hourly wage in construction contracts known as prevailing wage on government projects. A 2014 study by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission-a nonpartisan research organization of the legislature-determined that the prevailing wage law inflated labor cost by 24 percent on average and increased total project costs by an average of 10 to 16 percent.
When Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signs the bill as expected, construction companies will set worker wage rates just as they do in the private sector. The bill will go into effect immediately but will not affect federal projects, where the government will still determine hourly pay.
 Increased Pension Transparency

Senate Bill 3, dealing with the disclosure of legislators' pension information, was passed in the House on Saturday with only one no vote. Senate Bill 3 makes former and current legislators' retirement benefits information subject to open records requests. The legislation was sent to the governor for his signature after passage Saturday.

Notification For Those Who Use IRS E-Services
This information is specifically for those who utilize IRS E-Services. 
Just a reminder: Time is running out. If you received a Letter 5903 from the IRS you MUST revalidate your identity in order to continue accessing your IRS e-Services account. The IRS urges all tax professionals who received this letter to act now.
You may revalidate your account either online or by telephone. To validate online, you will use Get Transcript Online's Secure Access authentication process. Select "first-time user" and complete the authentication process. To validate by telephone,  call the e-Services Help Desk and provide the Unique Security Code from your letter 5903. The IRS has additional personnel staffing the Help Desk. That number is: 866-255-0654.
The IRS reminds letter recipients that failure to take any action will result in the suspension of your e-Services Registration Account.  Please review Important Update about Your e-Services Account  for details.
Help Desk Hours:  The e-help Desk will provide extended hours of service only for e-Services users who have received Letter 5903, asking them to validate their identities.  Extended hours for the e-Help Desk are:
  • Monday thru Friday6:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Central Time
  • Saturday9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Central Time 
  • Jan. 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Holiday 9:00am -3:00 p.m. Central Time

Kentucky Chamber offering FREE E-Memberships
FREE Membership
If you have 10 employees or less, you can sign up to be FREE e-members of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.  The membership department has developed an easy sign up card.  To download and use, click here
Intern from Kentucky School for the Deaf
We are glad to have Alexa Hale, an intern from Kentucky School for the Deaf.  She just joined us this week.  We look forward to her time with us and introducing her to the operations involved with our Chamber.
2017 Membership Renewals To Date - Thank You!

not do the work we do without your investment in us!  It is
only through membership investments and our fundraisers that
we build our budget each year. (We receive NO public funds.)

Aaron's Sales & Lease
Air Evac LifeTeam
Barry Kowalik, O.D., PSC
Baskin Robbins
Bluegrass Chiro
Bluegrass Drug Store
Bluegrass Hearing Clinic
Bob Allen Motor Mall
Boyle County Extension
Boyle County Public Library
Branscum Construction
Burkes Bakery
Burkmann Feeds
Caldwell Stone
Camp Horsin Around
Caregivers by Linda
CASA Of The Bluegrass
Centenary United Methodist Church
Central KY Interpreter Referral Inc.
Central Ky Surgeons, PSC
Century 21 Advantage Realty
Chris Herron, Attorney
City Art Signs
Coldwell Banker VIP Realty Inc, Nina Kirkland
Commonwealth Insurance Agency
Concrete Materials Company, LLC
Cottage Interiors
Cumberland Foot & Ankle Center
Custom Air, Inc.
Danville Bike & Footwear
Danville Boyle Co. Senior Citizens, Inc.
Danville Boyle County Humane Society
Danville Country Club
Danville Eye Center
Danville Independent School District
Danville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Danville Pediatric Dentistry, PSC
Danville Save A Lot
Danville Surgical Associates
Dave Scheurich
Denyo Manufacturing
Dexter Real Estate/Insurance
Doss and Horky, Inc
Eastern Kentucky University - Danville Campus
Edward Jones Heidi Crutchfield, Financial Advisor Joe Bunch, Financial Advisor
Edward Jones Mack Kersey, Financial Advisor
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Ephraim McDowell Health
Equipment Sales & Rentals, LLC
Family Medicine Clinic of Danville
Farm Credit Mid-America
Feistritzer Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Fivestar #3000
Fort Knox Federal Credit Union
Gold Nugget Kettle Corn
Guerrant Real Estate
Hampton Inn
Health First Chiropractic
Heart of Kentucky United Way
Heritage Hospice
Isaiah House
Jacobs Ladder Inc
Johnson & Pohlmann
Junction City
Kathy L. Miles
Kentucky Blood Center
Kentucky Distillers' Association
Kentucky Trust Co.
Kentucky Wimax
Kleckners Collision Center Inc.
Lees Famous Recipe
Liberty Mining Consultants, Inc.
Little Oil Dist.
Maple Tree Gallery
McAnly Commercial Properties
McClure, McClure & Bailey, PLLC
McDaniel Wealth Management, PLLC
McDowell House Museum
McGlone Construction Co., Inc.
Minuteman Press
Morning Pointe of Danville
Nancy McMurry Interiors
Nash, Cleveland & Godfrey
New York Life Insurance Company
Northwestern Mutual
O'Charley's #413
Party on Air
Patrick Cooper Painting Contractor Inc.
PBK Bank
Pioneer Playhouse of Danville
Pitman Creek Wholesale
Pro Ag Sales and Service, LLC
R. Brown Properties
Rainbow Cleaners
Robinson, Hughes & Christopher PSC
Scott Scutchfield
Sheehan, Barnett, Dean, Pennington, Little & Dexter, P.S.C.
Shoe Sensation, Inc.
State Representative Daniel Elliott
Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda
The 10th Planet, LLC
The Bowman Bungalow
The Idea Farm
The Medicine Shoppe
The Spine Center of Central Kentucky
US Bank
Vantage Engineering
VIP Auction Company
West T. Hill Community Theatre
Warrenwood Manor
Wilderness Trace Family YMCA
Wilderness Trace Solar Inc
Wilderness Trail Distillery
Woodford Oil Company

Leadership Boyle County - Education Day
Yesterday Leadership Boyle County had a  packed day learning about education in our county.  Because there are so many great things going on in so many areas, they were only able to sample some of those institutions.  The day started at BC&TC where we learned about their new Advanced Manufacturing Technician program, as well as their many other courses.  New Adult Education manager Al Crout  also shared on this program and the work they are doing to help people move into the workforce or improve their current job situations.  At Toliver Elementary School, students toured us through their school and shared about their Leader in Me curriuculum. Superintendent Dr. Keith Look spoke on the system and the new school addition to Toliver. Other visits included the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center, Danville Christian Academy, Centre College and Boyle County Again, Middle Schools students shared information on the new middle school construction plans and their input into the project. Superintendent Mike LaFavers also spoke. The day concluded with a tour of Kentucky School for the Deaf Jacobs Hall, learning about Eastern KY University and Boyle County Adult Education. Much work goes into each day's planning by Steering committee members and Day Chairs
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