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Hello Chamber Members,

     The Chamber's Annual Total Resource Campaign kicked off this morning. Campaign Chairman Marty Gibson thanked and encouraged the volunteers who have stepped up to help the Chamber raise next year's budget.(see pictures below). This campaign generates a large portion of our budget for the upcoming year. The Chamber has developed affordable sponsor opportunities for our members to get and keep your name in front of the Chamber business community. The more times your name is in front of the public, the more likely they will remember your business when they need a product or service.  

During this campaign, volunteers also conduct a membership drive and invite businesses not currently supporting the Chamber's work in our community, a chance to do so.  

For volunteers, we work to make this fun and give a few little incentives (cash!). An opportunity to earn a long weekend trip is also built into the prizes.  The 2016 Campaign will run from October 19 through November 17.

This is a busy week with our first Start Smart panels tomorrow.  This new service, created by the Heart of Danville and the Chamber, is modeled after the Chamber's JumpStart program, and is designed to assist Chamber member businesses that are in their first year of business and have 25 or fewer employees. A panel of local marketing and planning experts will give professional guidance on best next steps for establishing or growing your business.  The free program will be held over lunch once a month.  Only two slot are available each month.

Our October Business After Hours is tomorrow at Caldwell Stone QUARRY from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the Junction City candidate forum for city council is tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at The Church in Junction City. Moderated by retired Advocate-Messenger editor John Nelson, the forum will be aired live on Hometown Radio's WHIR 1230 AM.  These will also be recorded for replay on Hometown Radio's podcast page at   I want to give a special thank you to Rick Waldon, chairman of the chamber's public policy committee and owner of Paps Foods, for organizing the upcoming forums. (see details below)

We also have a number of ribbon cuttings scheduled.  See all this and more below.

We are working to serve our business members and our community.  We hope you will consider joining some of our committees to give us a hand!

Business After Hours - TOMORROW

Business After Hours -

Thursday, October 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Caldwell Stone QUARRY (Watch for weather updates)
1755 Stanford Road, Danville Kentucky
RSVP to or by phone at 859-236-2361, ext. 120.

Join us at the quarry to see how this operation works.  Clay and John Albright may have some big toys for us to climb on, as well as a tour down into the quarry itself!  This Pot of Gold event is now up to $400 for a member who is present if their name is drawn.


This is election season and
your Danville-Boyle County
Chamber of Commerce wants to
help you get to know the candidates
before you vote. We are supported in
this effort by Bluegrass Community Bank.
Please mark your calendars and save
the dates for these upcoming candidate forums:
Junction City City Council Race
Thursday 10/20/16
The Church 
195 Grafton Street
Junction City, KY
Meet the candidates here.
Danville City Commission Race
Thursday 10/27/16
Inter County Energy Cooperative
1009 Hustonville Road
Danville, KY
Perryville City Council Race
Tuesday, November 1
7:00 p.m.
Perryville Community Center
216 S. Buell Street
Perryville, KY   
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell Speaks at October 10 Luncheon
Local Chamber executives Amy Cloud with KY Chamber of Commerce Executives, Paula Fowler, Danville-Boyle County Chamber Executive Director, and Andrea Miller, Lincoln County Chamber Executive, with State Senator-Elect Rick Girdler and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell spoke to over 130 people at a luncheon hosted by the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce.  See the story here.          

Open Houses and Ribbon Cuttings - Mark your calendar to join us
OCTOBER 25 4:30-7 p.m. 
Ribbon cutting - 4:30 p.m.
Morning Pointe Senior Living
1375 Perryville Road
Grand Opening Celebration

Nov. 4, 1:30 P.M.
AT&T's new retail store
Ridgefield Shopping Center, 1491 South Danville Bypass, Highway 127 

NOVEMBER 10, 4-6 P.M.
70 N. Stewarts Lane, will hold an OPEN HOUSE and ribbon cutting.
Morning Pointe of Danville - OPEN HOUSE

Total Resource Campaign Kick Off
Total Resource Campaign volunteers enjoyed a breakfast provided by Mallards this morning. Chamber Board representative Carol Webb-Marshall, owner of Health First Chiropractic, thanked the volunteers for their efforts and time in fundraising.  Campaign Chairman Marty Gibson, Farmers National Bank, addressed the group sharing information and examples of all the Chamber is doing for the business members and community. He encouraged the teams to make a difference in what we are doing to impact our region.

Manufacturing Tour
The second Magical Mystery Manufacturing Tour took place on October 7.  Many thanks to staff at Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, American Greetings and RR Donnelley (now called LSC Company) for their time and tours of their facilities. 
The purpose of the event is to help educators (teachers, counselors, administrators) better understand what modern manufacturing is like - as well as the career opportunities that exist and the education and skills that are required for those careers.
  Although brief, the tour of each facility helped to accomplish that purpose.
Manufacturing in our facility is not the "dark, dirty and dangerous" stereotype of manufacturing processes of the past.  Top right - American Greetings; bottom left, LSC Company; and bottom right, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems. Educators from Danville Independent Schools, Boyle County Schools and Mercer County Schools participated.  Special thanks to Steve Rinehart, the Chamber's Workforce Development chairman (Denyo Corp) who coordinated the entire event.

LBC Health & Human Services Day
The 2016-2017 Leadership Boyle County class held their first day studying Health and Human Services available in Boyle County.  Among the speakers were Rochelle Bayless, Executive Director of the Grace Cafe (top right); Brent Blevins, Director of the Boyle County Health Dept. (bottom right) and Randy Greene leading a tour at Sunrise Children's Services (bottom left). 
Other locations visited were Morning Pointe, Heritage Hospice, Heart of Kentucky United Way and McDowell Wellness Center.  Speakers included:Lisa Keller with Morning Pointe, Janelle Wheeler with Heritage Hospice, Rosie Albright with Ephraim McDowell Health, Christi Altonello, with Bluegrass Comprehensive Services, Laura Guerrant with CASA, Stephanie Blevins with Heart of Kentucky United Way, Darlene Thomas with Greenhouse 17, Crystal McPherson with Family Services Association and Dee Coffey with McDowell Wellness.  Lunch was catered by Danielle's Drive Away Cafe. Coordinators for the day were Melissa Grubbs, Ephraim McDowell Health, who is serving as a Steering Committee member, Randy Greene, Sunrise Children's Services and also a Steering committee member, and day chairs, Janelle Wheeler, Heritage Hospice, Cay Shawler, private practic counselor, and Stephanie Blevins, Heart of KY United Way.  We give a special thanks to Morning Pointe and Central Kentucky Federal Savings and Loan for sponsoring the meals for the day.  
Meggitt Expansion
Governor Matt Bevin spoke to elected officials and employees at Meggitt October 18 in Danville. A ribbon cutting was held to recognize the expansion of a Maintenance Repair facility in Danville.
Expansion by Aircraft Components Supplier Meggitt in Danville Builds Kentucky's Manufacturing Prowess

Dedication of $9.3 million, 66-job project celebrates growth at wheel-and-braking systems producer, indicates potential future commitments
Gov. Matt Bevin, joined local officials and executives from Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) to dedicate a 66-job, $9.3 million expansion of the company's Danville manufacturing and distribution campus, a location that could well see continued investment.   "Over the past decade, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems has become a substantial employer and a major player in Boyle County's economy," said Gov. Bevin. "This new expansion represents the company's ongoing commitment to central Kentucky and exemplifies the Commonwealth's increasing role in the global aerospace industry. Corporate partners like Meggitt recognize and appreciate Kentucky's ideal location and highly skilled workforce for aviation and aerospace manufacturing. We are grateful for Meggitt's continued investment in the Commonwealth and look forward to working with them for many years to come."
During the two-part project, MABS relocated and integrated its wheel-and-brake maintenance and repair operations facility from Akron, Ohio to Danville. As well, the company expanded its carbon brake manufacturing capacity with three new production furnaces and related support machines. The expansion will help MABS meet current and future demand from new clients, including providing components for the Canadian Bombardier C-Series aircraft and Gulfstream 650 Business Jet.
"We're thrilled to expand the MABS Danville campus. Every time we've invested here, the community and state have reaffirmed this is the right location for future growth," said MABS President Luke Durudogan. "As we continue to evaluate our global footprint, we see the potential for additional opportunities in Boyle County."
MABS provides aircraft braking systems to a wide range of customers including airline operators, aircraft constructors, private aircraft owners, charter operators, government and military operations as well as distributors and repair stations. The company initially located its carbon brake manufacturing facility in Danville in 2005. In 2011 it added an assembly and distribution operation, bringing its total Kentucky investment to approximately $70 million. MABS  currently employs about 185 people in Danville.

Aerospace products and parts remains Kentucky's largest export category by dollar amount. Last year, the state exported more than $8.7 billion worth. This year through July - the most recent monthly figures available - the Commonwealth's aerospace companies exported in excess of $6 billion in products and parts, putting the category nearly 22 percent ahead of the same months the year prior.
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in March 2015 preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $1.7 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets. 
In addition, Meggitt can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 5,600 Kentucky companies.
For more information on Meggitt, visit     (From a press release from the Governor's office.) 

The story on the event was covered by the Advocate-Messenger.  Read the story  here.
Sweet Beans N'Things Ribbon Cutting

Sweet Beans n'things, located at 400 Finn Hill, held a ribbon cutting October 7.  Sweet Beans n'things opened their second location in Danville. The original Sweet Beans is located in Liberty, KY  They offer specialty coffees, shakes, fresh baked pastries, ice cream, and daily lunch specials.  Fee Wifi is available for customers. Stop in and visit Ginger and her staff.  
Pictured are Chamber Ambassadors who joined Sweet Beans n'things owner Laura Hebrock and manager Ginger Hebrock for a ribbon cutting October 7. From left to right, front row: Ambassador Paula Lanham, New York Life agent; Ambassador Rhonda Gilliam, Community Trust Bank; Manager Ginger Hebrock, Chamber Executive Director Paula Fowler; Owner Laura Hebrock and daughter, Leanna Lapierre with Sweet Beans n 'Things, Maureen Loar, Orange Cat Productions, and Ambassador Bob Stovall with Orange Cat Productions.
Wal-Mart Remodel
Walmart held a Grand Re-Opening after a major store renovation and layout of merchandise.  Store Manager Mark Morgan emceed a program to thank associates and regional staff for their work during the remodel. Pictured in the ribbon cutting are Chamber Vice Chairman Joey Harris, from Denyo Corp; Chamber Executive Director Paula Fowler; Chamber Ambassador Rhonda Gilliam with Community Trust Bank; and City Commissioner Rick Serres, owner of Bluegrass Biomedical and Bluegrass IT.  Other pictured and cutting the ribbon are associates with 30+ years of service, co-manager Paul Jones and Store Manager Mark Morgan.

Small Business Tax Credit Incentive Applications Encouraged by Nov. 1

Small Businesses Seeking Incentives for Growth Encouraged to Apply Before Nov. 1

Companies making eligible new investments and full-time hires can receive incentives through Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program
Kentucky small businesses still have an opportunity to claim a tax credit of up to $25,000 on their 2016 taxes, but time is limited to apply for this year's credit.
By applying for the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program by Nov. 1, small businesses stand the best chance of receiving approval in time for their 2016 tax filings. Tax credits are available for companies that, in the past 24 months, added least one new employee and invested $5,000 or more in qualifying equipment or technology.
The program, offered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, encourages growth among the state's small businesses.
The program is available to most for-profit businesses of 50 or fewer full-time employees, including companies in the construction, manufacturing, retail, service and wholesale industries.
Qualifying small businesses may be eligible to receive a state income tax credit ranging from $3,500 to $25,000 per year. The tax credit amount varies based upon the number of jobs created and the cost of equipment purchased.
To learn more about the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program or to apply, visit or contact the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development at 800-626-2930.

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