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Hello Chamber Members,

The holiday season is nearly upon us.  Please remember to Shop Locally with our merchants. The Chamber offers Buy Local Gift Certificates for sale to encourage local shopping. They make great gifts. (See the box at bottom of the newsletter.)
Saturday, November 26, 2016 is Small Business Saturday® - a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting our local small business by shopping locally at our small stores and restaurants.
When dollars are spent locally, they can in turn be re-spent locally, raising the overall level of economic activity, paying more salaries, and building the local tax base. Significantly more money re-circulates locally when purchases are made at locally owned business and these businesses contribute more to local charities and fundraisers than do their national counterparts.
Multiple studies show locally-owned independent restaurants return twice as much per dollar of revenue to our local economy than chain restaurants. And independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales than chain competitors.
Support our local economy this holiday season by patronizing our local small businesses.  (These are only intended as a small sampling of possibilities. We encourage you to shop with other Chamber members.  Find them here.) From Tiffaney's Flowers and Gifts, Kid's Alley, A & L Accessories, or Marketplace Gray to A Lasting Impression, Rustic and Ruffles, Cerci on Main or Maple Tree Gallery, start looking around our communities to see how many unique gifts you can find for those special people on your shopping list.  
And if you are looking for fun things to do, look no further than the Great American Dollhouse Museum, McDowell House Museum, West T. Hill Community Theater or Party on Air.   Or pamper yourself at impressions the salon and spa or Lily Manor Day Spa.  And save time on your cooking by pre-ordering desserts from Pies for You and Cookies, Too, Sweets by Cindy or Burke's Bakery.
Don't stop here! Start your search around our county to see how many wonderful small businesses you can find and support our local community by spending your dollars here.  Use Facebook to share some of your finds!  
We hope you will also join us at some of our monthly events and support these Chamber members hosting them!
Business Over Coffees (7:30-9 a.m.):
November 29 at Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive
December 1 at McDowell Place, 1181 Ben Ali Drive 

Business After Hours (4:30-6:30 p.m.):
November 17 at Pro Ag Sales and Service, 410 Vaksdahl Avenue
December 8 at Bluegrass Community Bank, 113 Smoky Way
We hope you will join us and support our members.

December 2, 4:30 p.m. Plank on Main, 219 W. Main Street, will have a  ribbon cutting.
December 2, 6:30 p.m. Santa's Winter Workshop and Tree Lighting Weisiger Park

Your Chamber is working to serve you, our members, and our community.  We appreciate your investment in our work and wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!


Attend the November Business After Hours TODAY, Nov. 17
Come support our agriculture sector as Pro Ag Sales and Service, located at 410 Vaksdahl Avenue, hosts our November Business After Hours. Jody and Robbie Mattingly, and their partners, look forward to sharing about their business and the Ag sector of our economy.
They will offer tours of their feed and fertilizer assembly and production. Though not in production, you are encouraged to dress with appropriate walking shoes. Dust will be at the low level because they are not producing while we are there, but those with peanut or gluten allergies should be aware that those allergens could be in the air. 

They will also have a Gator (ATV) available for transporting those who need help getting to the buildings that house the feed and fertilizer business.  You will learn about Pro Ag Sales and Service and all they do for our farmers and the agriculture sector. They will also have refreshments and this is a Pot of Gold event, now worth $500.

While there, you can also buy some great fertilizer for your flower and vegetable gardening, as well as grass seed, because this is an ideal time of year to do both.

Bring your business cards and join us.  Meet the Mattinglys and their partners. Have some light refreshments.  As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, this is a great event to see how agriculture provides for our food.

RSVP to the Chamber, 236-2361 ext. 120 or   Event Page
Chamber November Board Meeting Hosted by Community Arts Center, Sponsored by impressions the spa and salon
Pictured on left is Kate Synder sharing information on the Community Arts Center with Chamber Board Directors
The November Chamber Board of Directors meeting was held at the Community Arts Center. Kate Synder, Assistant Director and Development Director of the Center, took directors on a "behind the scenes" tour after the meeting. Board members learned about how the Community Arts Center creates transformative arts opportunities for every member of the community through their many programs and services both in-house and through outreach programming. During the tour, directors saw current exhibits and the many spaces for a wide variety of instruction offered for our community and our region.
Chamber Files Comments Seeking Rehearing of FERC's Decision to Abandon Line 
Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project
Your Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking a rehearing of FERC's recent decision to allow the abandonment of the pipeline.  FERC,in announcing the abandonment, said this "would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment" will allow Kinder Morgan and their subsidiary to proceed with the project to reverse the flow and convert the pipe from the current product of natural gas to that of natural gas liquids under high pressure. This pipeline, built to carry natural gas, is over 70+ years old and was built with welding technology that is no longer acceptable and is known to fail along the weld seam, with obsolete exterior protective coatings that are known to break down, reducing corrosion protection. 

With Herrington Lake serving as our primary source of water for our city, county, and region, as well as feeding into other water sources that serves a large part of the Midwest, this project poses potential risks to land and water resources, and in particular groundwater, from NGL leaks and spills, as well as impacts on public safety and public health associated with both catastrophic and smaller leaks and spills.  Water is a critical component in the health of any community and contamination to our water supply would cause grave economic damage. Economic development relies on this water supply as part of our critical infrastructure in selling our region.  The city of Danville has been proactive over the years in developing a water source that is nearly drought-proof and, with its latest $28 million investment in our water plant, has created a state-of-the-art system, poised to serve our region for many years into the future.  Should anything happen to Herrington Lake or the area surrounding the lake because of a leak in the pipeline, our water source could be contaminated for years.  

We strongly disagree with FERC's decision to abandon this line and have asked FERC to develop a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that includes thorough review of both the environmental effects of the abandonment and the subsequent use of the pipeline for transporting NGLs.
UPCOMING EVENTS: After Hours, Over Coffees, Open Houses and Ribbon Cuttings - Mark your calendar to join us
November 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Pro Ag Sales and Service
410 Vaksdahl Avenue
Business After Hours

November 29, 7:30-9 a.m.
Heritage Hospice
120 Enterprise Drive
Business Over Coffee

December 1, 7:30-9 a.m.
McDowell Place
1181 Ben Ali Drive
Business Over Coffee

December 2, 4:30 P.M. 
Plank on Main
219 West Main Street, Danville 
Ribbon Cutting 

December 8, 4:30-6:30 P.M.
Bluegrass Community Bank,
113 Smoky Way, Danville 

Holiday Open House
Chamber to Host Entrepreneur Class Competition December 8 
Entrepreneur Class
Students in David Christopher's Entrepreneur Class at Boyle County High School are busy writing business plans and preparing their presentations for the Business Pitch Panel on December 8. All students will pitch their business with the hopes of gaining start up money from panelists who have sponsored this event with cash. The event is scheduled for December 8 at 11 a.m. at the Boyle County Extension Office. Program sponsors are Bob Allen Motor Mall and LGE-KUSponsors for the Business Presentation Panel are Ferm Solutions,Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Paps Foods LLC, Re/Max Elite Bluegrass, and The Spine Center.  Scholarship sponsors are EKU, Major's Floor Covering and Quality Inn. The public is invited to attend.
Wilderness Trace Solar Open House and Ribbon Cutting 
Pictured: Ken Scott is cutting the ribbon while family, employees, friends, Chamber Board members and ambassadors and elected officials look on.

Ken and Paula Scott, owners of Wilderness Trace Solar, hosted an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on November 10. Located at 70 Stewarts Lane North, they  furnish affordable and economical solar power systems and equipment for homes, businesses, and institutions in Central Kentucky. Call them at (859) 439-0620 for information or a quote.  
December 2 North Pole Stroll & Festival 
December 2 North Pole Stroll & Festival 
5-6 p.m.The Heart of Danville will host two events that will precede the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Elf Fest will be at Constitution Square Historic Site. Guests can enjoy holiday music by our high school marching bands, hot chocolate and kettle corn, get pictures with Santa and his elves and meet the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society's "Reindogs."

6-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate in the North Poll Stroll, which will begin at Constitution Square Historic Site and end at Weisiger Park. Guests will follow Santa and his elves as he travels down Main Street to the tree lighting ceremony. The Danville Fire Department, color guard, and local high school marching bands will participate in the parade. Once the parade participants have reached Weisiger Park, the annual Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin. Danville Children's Choir will perform during the ceremony. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception at the Community Arts Center and a chili supper at the Danville Fire Department.
Entrepreneur Panel hosted by Chamber of Commerce and Heart of Danville

Entrepreneur Panel
As part of National Entrepreneur Month, the Heart of Danville and the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce hosted an Entrepreneur Panel with local business owners sharing their stories and lots of information on their successes and challenges.  Moderated by Centre Professor Dr. Patten Mahler (far left) participants included, left to right, Megan Dove, The Coloring Table; Brad Kelly, co-owner of Zaxby's; Dr. Patrick Heist, co-owner of Ferm Solutions and Wilderness Trail Distillery; Dr. David Williams, owner of Burkmann Nutrition, and Jerry Houck, owner of Cue on Main and Nellie Burton's Steakhouse. 
Ribbon Cutting for AT &T's new store location

The AT&T retail store held a ribbon cutting to celebrate their new location, at 116 Skywatch Drive in the Ridgefield Shopping Plaza on the South Danville Bypass. Among those joining the staff were Mayor Mike Perros, City Commissioner Rick Serres, and Chamber Board Directors and Ambassadors.
Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank Celebrates 130 Years in Business 
Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank Celebrates 130 Years in Business 
Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Paula Fowler congratulates Bill Johnson, President of Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank, with a certificate celebrating 130 years in business.  The bank held an Open House October 28 at their branch at Ridgefield Shopping Plaza with hundreds attending during the day.
Heritage Hospice Honors Veterans at Appreciation Lunch

Hundreds of Veterans were honored by Heritage Hospice with an Appreciation Lunch on Veterans Day.  At 103 years of age, Ernest Blanchette, pictured above, was recognized as the oldest veteran in attendance. He was one of 29 World War II veterans honored for their service.  All members of all branches of the military from Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties, who served in any war or conflict since World War II, were invited to the lunch.
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Boyle Landmark Trust Annual Meeting

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