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Paula's Ponderings
Hello Chamber Members,

Today was a busy one that started and ended with time spent with the consultant from RKG and Associates, the group working on an EDP Strategic Plan. Kyle and Lauren were here for their second visit and continue to meet with elected officials and other leaders in our Boyle county communities. Their work will continue into the near future as they gather data to compile their recommendations.

In between those two meetings, I attended the KY Chamber of Commerce Executives Public Policy Boot Camp to learn about many of the topics expected to be part of the upcoming KY Legislative session that begins in January.  From Right to Work and prevailing wage, workers comp, education and workforce and tax reform to energy and environment, corrections reform, health care and Medicaid updates, transportation infrastructure and the election overview, the day was informative.

As my day in Frankfort finished, I learned that the House GOP caucus elected
their  leadership team which will be formalized when the Republicans become the majority on  Jan. 3, 2017.  Leaders for the new Republican supermajority in the state House will include:
  • Speaker of the House
    Rep. Jeff Hoover of Jamestown
  • Speaker Pro Tem
    Rep. David Osborne of Prospect
  • Majority Floor Leader
    Rep. Jonathan Shell of Lancaster
  • Majority Caucus Chair
    Rep. David Meade of Stanford
  • Majority Whip
    Rep. Kevin Bratcher of Louisville
Speaker Hoover's election was specially announced earlier in the month before these leadership elections took place. All leadership elections will be formal when the General Assembly convenes in January. T he Republican caucus will also be meeting next week for their caucus retreat to discuss their next steps as the majority party for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Today, we were also asked to share a statewide survey with you to determine the awareness and perceived effectiveness of programs that are provided in Kentucky to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Conducted by the Kentucky Entrepreneur Network, the data to be collected is to be used to improve the entrepreneurial climate in Kentucky. Please see the box below and take a few minutes to participate.

Join us and celebrate the season with these upcoming events:

Business Over Coffees (7:30-9 a.m.):
December 1 at McDowell Place, 1181 Ben Ali Drive 

Business After Hours (4:30-6:30 p.m.):
December 8  at Bluegrass Community Bank, 113 Smoky Way

Ribbon Cuttings
December 2, 4:30 p.m. Plank on Main, 219 W. Main Street
December 7, 1:30 p.m. Republic State Mortgage, 1031 Hustonville Road

Join us and support our members.

We also are beginning preparations for our Annual Celebration in early February. If you would like to join us to plan this event, please let me know. ( or 859-583-6540)  We welcome your help!


Attend Business Over Coffee THIS MORNING, Thursday, December 1
Chamber of Commerce Members Asked  to Participate in
 Entrepreneurial Climate Study

Promoting and assisting in the start-up and growth of new businesses is an important part of any state's economic growth strategy.  In Kentucky, grant funding has come to the Kentucky Entrepreneur Network (KEN) in order for the KEN to conduct a statewide survey to determine the awareness and perceived effectiveness of programs that are provided in Kentucky to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners.  The data to be collected is to be used to improve the entrepreneurial climate in Kentucky and your individual responses will not be shared with anyone.

Many Kentucky Chamber members are entrepreneurs and small business owners of less than 100 employees, while our larger members have many small business vendors and sending the survey link to your vendors is also encouraged.  As a result, the Kentucky Chamber has been asked, along with other trade and professional associations, to participate in this important Kentucky Entrepreneurial Climate Study.  

Here is the link to the survey:here

Please take just a few minutes to take part in it in order to provide the important feedback and data needed.  Growing a strong entrepreneurial environment in Kentucky helps all of our citizens through job creation and economic improvement.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

If you complete the survey before December 31, 2016, you will be entered into a drawing to win a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and other services!
Business After Hours December 8
Join us Thursday, December 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for our December Business After Hours.
 Hosted by Bluegrass Community Bank, this is a great way to celebrate the holidays.
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Welcome New Members!!
Holiday Inn Express                                              Aflac - Tori Kenley, Agent
Melissa Fightmaster                                              Victoria 'Tori' Kenley
200 Shannon Way, Danville                                   9175 Forkland Road, Junction City 40440
(859) 209-2928                                                      (859) 516-8316 
Hotels, Motels                                             
Republic State Mortgage                                       Comfort Suites Lexington
Katrina Salyers                                                     Amber Keaton
1031 Hustonville Rd, Danville                                3060 Fieldstone Way, Lexington 40513
(859) 967-1900                                                      (859) 296-4446                                          
Mortgage Companies                                            Hotels
TJ MAXX Store 1473                                            Holland-Farm Inc.
Nigza Jones                                                         Helen Overstreet
2900 South Danville Bypass, Danville                    Post Office Box 1715, Danville
(859) 238-9402                                                     (859) 516-8739
Department Store                                        
                                                                           Non-Profit Organization
Super 8 Danville                                                   Triple Crown Golf Cars Inc
Dee Patel                                                             Kathy Daniel
3663 Hwy 150/127 Bypass, Danville                      103 Armory Place, Nicholasville 40356
(859) 236-8881                                                      (859) 885-4143
Danville Paint Center                                            One Way Gynecology - OPENING SOON
Rick Staley                                                          Kim Frazier
820 South Fourth Street, Danville                          126 B. Daniel Drive, Danville
(859) 236-8788                                                      Medical Practice 
Paint, Blinds, Wallpaper
Wiley Electrical Contractor                                    Dennis Cox 
Christian Wiley                                                     744 Dillehay Street, Danville
347 Ky Hwy 2141                                                 (859) 583-0593
Stanford 40484                                                     Individual Member
(859) 854-0167
Electrical Contractor

JVM Motorsports                                                  Morse Baseball Academy
Mark Morris                                                          Paul Morse
978 South College Street                                       474 Stanford Avenue, Danville
Harrodsburg 40330                                                (859 236-6004
(859) 734-5150                                                                             Sports and Recreation

Connie Snider, Mary Kay                                       Lexington Avenue Baptist
Independent Sales Director                                    Dr. Tommy Valentine
310 Brookside Drive Danville                                 339 West Lexington Avenue, Danville
(859) 236-9237                                                      (859) 236-3565                                                           
Cosmetics/Skin Care                                             Churches

APEX Plumbing Solutions, Inc.                               Tiffaney's Flowers and Gifts, LLC
Zach S. Gammon                                                   Tiffaney Lawhorn
605 South Second Street Danville                            341 West Shelby Street, Junction City
(859) 583-7294                                                        (859) 854-0404                                         
Plumber                                                                 Flowers and Gifts

Dan's Discount Jewelry & Pawn                              Sweet Beans n'Things
Rachel Parsons                                                      Leanna Lapierre
810 South Fourth Street, Danville                             400 Finn Hill Drive, Danville
(859) 236-3267                                                        (859) 238-7370                                 
Retail                                                                     Restaurant

Chamber 101 - sponsored by Encompass Financial Advising 
Care Source
Tommy Valentine, Lexington Avenue Baptist Church; Helen Overstreet, Holland-Farm;  Abigail Overstreet, Holland-Farm; Anne Montgomery, Republic State Mortgage Company; Rachael Parsons, Dan's Discount Jewelry; Diana Covell, The Covell Company; Robin Smith,Care Source; Ann Covell, The Covell Company; Nigza Jones, TJ Maxx Store
Robin Smith
509 Nichols Street
Somerset 42501
Care Source is a non-profit health insurance company.  Care Source offers managed health care plans for the uninsured and people who need it most.  They care more about people than profit.
The Covell Company
Diana Covell & Ann Covell
Post Office Box 2388
(859) 516-8747
The Covell Co. is a boutique firm with over 45 years of experience serving small businesses, agri-businesses and individuals.  They are a family owned and operated business that provides personal care to each client.  They are experts in financial services such as bookkeeping, financial statements and analysis, custom reports, auditing and financial organization.  Each client they serve is unique and they spend the time understanding, designing and implementing services tailored to each one of them. 
Dan's Discount Jewelry
Rachael Parsons
810 South Fourth Street, Danville
(859) 236-3267
Dan's Discount Jewelry and Pawn was started in 1994 by Dan and Charlene Merryman in Lexington, KY.  Ten stores and 22 years later Dan and his wife Charlene kept true to their original ideas when opening that first store - Customer Service is Number One.  They want to change the image of pawn shops and strive to become valued businesses in the communities we serve.  The Danville store opened January 2016. 
Helen & Abigail Overstreet
20 Spears Lane
(859) 516-8739
Holland Farms is a non-profit, parent based, day training program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  They work together with the community to develop positive and productive life skills in the interests of their participants.
Lexington Avenue Baptist Church
Tommy Valentine, Senior Minister
339 West Lexington Avenue, Danville
(859) 236-3565
Lexington Avenue Baptist Church offers traditional worship services with a blend of contemporary music.  They have a thriving youth and children's program and active senior adult program.  They offer a weekday preschool program and ministries to the community. 
Republic State Mortgage Company
Katrina Salyers & Anne Montgomery 
1031 Hustonville Road, Danville
(859) 209-2769
They are a full service mortgage company headquartered in Houston, Texas.  They were founded in 1994 and now have over 20 offices, across 11 states.  A partial list of home loans they offer are FHA, Conventional, Rural Development, Investor Loans, Second Mortgage, Jumbo Loans and VA Loans.  They also offer refinancing.  Stop by their new local office to speak with a loan officer about any of these options.
Join them for their Ribbon Cutting December 7 at 1:30 p.m.
TJ Maxx Store 1473
Nigza Jones
2900 South Danville Bypass, Danville
(859) 238-9402
TJ Maxx just recently celebrated their grand opening here in Danville.  They are a department store that offers the brands you love at the prices that work for you.  
Pro Ag Sales & Services Hosts Business After Hours
 Pro Ag Sales & Services hosted the November Business After Hours.  

Robbie and Jody Mattingly hosted the November Business After Hours.  Attendees toured the facility learning a great deal about Pro Ag Sales & Services business and role in our agriculture sector.
Heritage Hospice hosts Business Over Coffee
Heritage Hospice hosted Business Over Coffee on Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Nearly 40 business people turned out for breakfast.
Total Resource Campaign

UPCOMING EVENTS: After Hours, Over Coffees, Open Houses and Ribbon Cuttings - Mark your calendar to join us
December 2, 4:30 P.M. 
Plank on Main
219 West Main Street, Danville 
Ribbon Cutting 

December 7, 1:30 p.m.
Republic State Mortgage Company
1031 Hustonville Road
Ribbon Cutting 
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.
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.
Boyle Landmark Trust Annual Meeting

Chamber Gift Certificate Program Available As Part of Your Membership

Waste Tire Disposal

Who goes to the movies?  

Save on what you need to do business with.  
Save 50 - 55%
with the Office Depot Chamber Discount Program