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Paula's Ponderings
Hello Chamber Members,
 
It is that time of year. Time seems to fly by faster and faster each year. As 2016 comes to a close, we are looking ahead to 2017. We need your input on our Awards selections for our Annual Celebration. We invite you to submit names for our following awards:
 
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 paula@danvilleboylechamber.com

Treina and I wish  each of you a blessed and Merry Christmas and a successful 2017. We thank you, and value your investment in the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce.Our success is dependent on it!  We look forward to serving you in 2017.

Sincerely,

      
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.
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!
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
2016 Entrepreneurs Class
 Our 2016 BCHS Entrepreneur Class graduated December 13. 23 students in David Christopher's class have learned how to take an idea and write a business plan. They have heard from local businesses who have mentored them, and spoke with them on insurance risk, legal aspects of starting a business and why they need an accountant. They have taken two field trips to businesses and learned from the owners how they run their businesses. This program is about teaching our young people how to develop a business plan. Though they may not open a business in the immediate future, they are learning about business and all that goes into developing an idea and bringing it to fruition. 85% of the job growth in this country comes from small business. We are growing our future economy - one student at a time.  James Coffey, owner and President of Pitman Creek Wholesale, spoke at graduation.  Winners of the Business Pitch Presentation and a $1000 scholarship were Andrew Dean and Christian Reeves.
Bluegrass Community Bank Hosts Business After Hours
Bluegrass Community Bank hosts Business After Hours.  
Thank you Denise Van Steenlandt and staff for a great Business After Hours on Thursday, December 8. Members enjoyed Bluegrass Community Bank and your hospitality, networking and the wonderful tastes from local restaurants. The winner of the UK basketball tickets was Paula Lanham, a New York Life agent. The winner of the Pot of Gold was not present.  The pot now resets for the new year.
Leadership Boyle County
 
Leadership Boyle County spent their day in December learning about the local economy.  From small business to large, they visited a small sampling of what makes a vibrant community.  
Starting at Plank on Main, they heard from
owners Chris and Wendy White (left),Greg Caudill, CEO of Farmers National Bank,(top left)  and Jennifer Kirchner with the CVB who shared on the Economic Development Partnership. Above, Steve Rinehart with Denyo Corp. shares information on the generators they produce.  Other stops throughout the day were Pioneer Vocational,  LSC Communications (formerly R R Donnelley), Norfolk Railroad Rail Yard, Pitman Creek Wholesale, Stuart Powell Field Airport, and The Coloring Table. Thank you to our meal sponsors: United Warehousing and Farmers National Bank and their Investment Services. 20 people are in the 2016-17 Leadership Boyle County class.  Each month they learn about a different aspect of our community. Graduation is in May 2017. They will join hundreds of others who have graduated since the program's inception in 1983.  The Youth Leadership Boyle County class has 25 students participating this year, as well.
 
McDowell Place hosts Business Over Coffee
  
McDowell Place hosted Business Over Coffee, Thursday, December 1. An impressive breakfast buffet was served to residents and guests. Thank you to all the staff for hosting.  Above Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Board members pose for a picture.  Left is Carol Webb-Marshall, co-owner of Health First Chiropractic, and Lisa Knetsche, board president and co-owner of The Spine Center.
Republic State Mortgage Ribbon Cutting
  
Republic State Mortgage held a ribbon cutting at their new office located at 1031 Hustonville Road in Danville.  Thank you for your investment in the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce. Katrina Salyers and Anne Montgomery will staff this location. Scott Cole is the District Manager.  Welcome to our community!
Plank on Main Ribbon Cutting
  
Owner Wendy White was joined by her husband Chris and daughter, along with the mayor, city commissioners Caudill and Serres, Chamber Executive Director Paula Fowler and friends and other business people as she cut the official ribbon to celebrate her new business Plank on Main. She is located at 219 W. Main Street in Danville and offers fresh cold-pressed juices, healthy "NO JUNK" smoothies, healthy snacks, yoga, barre, pilates, cycling, premium athletic apparel local products, cooking classes and wellness activities; everything you need to support your healthy lifestyle.
UPCOMING RIBBON CUTTING
We will host a ribbon cutting Monday evening, December 19 at 6 p.m. at 280 Airport Road for a new Cadet program at Stuart Powell Field Airport. Join us!
Farmers National Bank Perryville Branch celebrating 30 years
Farmers National Bank will be celebrating 30 years at their Perryville branch  this  Friday, December 16.  You are invited to the open house which will be from 10-3. Refreshments will be served.

Holiday Inn Express Open for Business
Holiday Inn Express is OPEN for Business.  The doors officially opened at noon on December 9.  Melissa Fightmaster, General Manager, and her staff are excited to be serving Danville with their 76 rooms and meeting space. An Open House will be held early in 2017. 

Burkmann Remodel
Burkmann Nutrition's retail store has been remodeling their store, located at 1111 Perryville Road. They are a provider of a wide variety of high quality animal nutrition products.
 
The expansion project will allow for the Danville flagship store to carry the company's full line of bird seed, which is processed in Bowling Green, and 
 
expanded space for dog and cat food.
 
Another addition for dog owners will be three washing areas: two stations for small dogs who can be lifted into a sink and washed and one station for large dogs too heavy to lift who will step into a bathing area. Blow dryers and towels will be provided in the $9.95 to use the space.  
 
The expansion will also add a drive-through feature.  Work should be finished in January.
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