2021 July E-News
BNCC Chamber Chase
July 19-26, 2021
Once you register, the code will be sent to you.
The Chamber Chase is a fun challenge designed to explore Nelson County and interact with others at local businesses to gain points. We encourage the community to participate by grabbing family members, co-workers, and friends. The cost is $25 for the first team member and $10 each additional
member, however; individuals can play solo!  Each team member will get a
t-shirt and code for the goose chase app to play the game. Registration ends on July 5th and teams can compete between July 19- July 26. The competition goes at the team's own pace. The individual or team with the most points by July 26 will win $250 in Chamber Gift Checks and can designate another $250 to a local chamber member non-profit or charity.
There will also be 2nd and 3rd place winners and prizes drawn for individuals signed up to play. T-shirt and app codes can be picked up at the Chamber office on July 14, 15, and 16th. To join the challenge, community members can sign up on our website or call the chamber at
502-348-9545 ext. 3 or email chamber@bardstownchamber.com. 

Big Thanks to our Sponsors:
Top Sponsor: Town & Country Bank and Trust
Anytime Fitness, Goodwill, NESCO, Springfield Winery, St. Vincent DePaul, Talbott Tavern, and Thoroughbred Asset Management.
Bardstown Fire Department
Thank you to the Bardstown Fire Department for a great morning CONNECT!!
The Hub Workforce Updates

TPM- We have started back with the TPM Process with Manufacturing and Construction. The chamber and Kentucky Chamber Workforce Development Center is launching a Hospitality Collaborative in August.
If you are interested in the Hospitality Collaborative, please contact Lisa Thomas at lisa@bardstownchamber.com.

Work Ready Recertification- Our county was approved and issued a new certificate designating our county as a Work Ready Community.

Job Fair- Job Fair was scheduled on June 24th in partnership with the Kentucky Career Center. The job fair was at the Guthrie Opportunity Center from 10am- 2pm. We had 30 employers and more than 5 people that were hired on the spot. We would like to thank our workforce partners, sponsors, and employers for participating.

Focus Group- A focus group met on June 17th at 2pm at the Chamber office. This was a focus group created by the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board to gather information in establishing a strategic plan.
Save the Date- Our next workforce meeting will be August 5th. More details to come!
Business Engage- Small Group Network

Are you missing networking and the support of your fellow chamber members? We are launching our Business Engage- Small Group Network! This is an opportunity to join a small group of other chamber members. Each group will be given the option of when and how they meet and there are in-person and virtual groups. We currently have 6 groups meeting in March. If you are interested, please fill out this form so that we can get you connected to a group.

Upcoming Events/Classes
Coffee & Conversations
Online with Zoom
July 13, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Connect with Log Still Distillery
July 21, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Speed Networking
Online with Blitzr
July 27, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Being Proactive
Thomas Nelson High School (virtual option available)
August 5, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cuttings
Aflac/The Watson
July 15, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber Office
Congratulations to the African American Heritage Museum for their Ribbon Cutting on Sunday, June 6th.
Congratulations to Bardstown Bourbon Company for their Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, June 9th.
Congratulations to Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center for their Ribbon Cutting on their new expansion on Monday, June 14th.
Congratulations to the Bardstown Fire Department for their Ribbon Cutting on Sunday, June 27th.
Congratulations to the Grandma's Ice Cream for their Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, June 30th.
Kentucky Bourbon Festival is hosting a business community forum
So many exciting changes are taking place for the 2021 Kentucky Bourbon Festival!  
All local business owners are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 6th at Kreso's at 9am for a Business Community Forum. KBF Board Chair David Mandell and President, Randy Prasse, will share the progress made to date and address any questions.  

Please RSVP by Monday, July 5th to info@kybourbonfestival.com. 
Insurance options for Chamber Members
We recognize that this COVID-19 pandemic may be causing financial strain on your business and stress in wanting to protect the health of you, your employees, and the people you care about. As you may be forced into making tough choices, we want you to know there is a cost-saving option that is helping small businesses like yours save 20-25% on their monthly medical spend.
ChamberAdvantage is the newest health coverage solution designed to help small businesses. With plans designed to serve employers with between 2 and 50 full-time employees’ business will be covered with great benefits at a lower cost and more predictable rates, all administered by Anthem of Kentucky.

Contact your Anthem representative to assist you with a quote. If you do not have an agent, reach out to Hilary Morgan.
We know you already have enough things to worry about these days. The ChamberAdvantage program is here to support your company's health benefit needs.
The Kentucky Chamber recognizes the current COVID-19 related crisis is causing financial strain on small business. We have partnered with ClearPath Mutual to offer a cost-saving program to help businesses save 10% on workers' compensation insurance. Contact your workers' compensation insurance representative to request a Chamber proposal from ClearPath Mutual. If you do not have an agent, please reach out to Hilary Morgan. Additionally, ClearPath Mutual wants to assure you that they as a company are taking the health and well-being of our community, customers, and associates very seriously. Like you, the Chamber and ClearPath are closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
*Discount applied upon policy effective date.
Spotlight of the Month

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize WesBanco as Spotlight of the Month.

WesBanco Bank was found in 1870 in Wheeling, West Virginia, as a very small, rural bank. Now a larger community bank located in six states, WesBanco celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2020.
As change is inevitable, there is one thing in the Bank’s history that has not changed…their commitment to customers and the communities in which they live and work. They stay committed through service and financial giving. Many in the Bank’s family serve on boards, volunteer with non-profits, and partner with others for positive impact. A very current example of that is the Bank’s Covid-19 assistance efforts which included loan payment deferrals for personal and business loans, participation in the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program to fund over $850 million to small businesses, and more than a half-million dollars that was made available for non-profits that were seeing much greater demand for services while experiencing shrinking funding. Various non-profits who service Nelson County were recipients of over $30,000.
In addition to support of customers and community, WesBanco has traditional bank products and services in all sizes, as they recognize that “one size does not fit all.” They also have specialized services such as Private Client Banking, Trust/Investment/Wealth Management, Brokerage services, insurance, and special business services through their Treasury Management area.
WesBanco is a unique bank…a larger community bank with the ability to offer services and products that are typically found only in very large banks, with those services being delivered by those in their bank family who live and work where their customers do.
WesBanco values people…its customers and its employees, and they are honored to be a part of the Bardstown and Nelson County community.
Grizzly Media

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Grizzly Media as Spotlight of the Month.

Grizzly Media was created by owner Zach Sinclair to help people and business with video and photo content. Located in Bardstown, KY, Grizzly Media serves the community and clients all across the country. 

Zach started with a background in photography early on in high school and picked up learning videography after college filming for a National T.V. show. From 2014 to 2017 he filmed over 30+ episodes, all across the country and out of the country. In between filming and travel, he got involved with the community of Bardstown and started his own video and photo company. Since then, he has worked with many of the distilleries, Bardstown Tourism, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and local businesses to build content along with wedding films, music videos, senior portraits, family portraits and more. 

Grizzly Media plans to help more businesses grow with creative content ideas through video and photo content. Along with video and photo, Grizzly Media is working to do more website design, logo design, and branding with clients in the near future. 

With everything changing each day through social media and other media outlets. Finding your target audience, then creating new content is the best way to stay consistent while grabbing attention to new and existing customers. Over 3.9 billion people on social media and the average person spending over 60 minutes a day on social media (more for the younger adults and teens). Creating content that connects to your audience is key in the time they spend on social media. With engaging videos and photos you can attract more eyes to you and your business. 

Grizzly Media is here to help tell your story, create the content and capture memories that will hold a special place in our minds for a lifetime to come! 

Ambassador of the Month

Mary Mattingly
Smith & Associates Insurance, Inc.

Mary Mattingly continues to show her support for the Chamber. She has been a faithful Ambassador to the Chamber for several years.
Thank you Mary for all the support you have shown your local community!
Welcome New Chamber Members

The museum is currently open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rep- Bill Sheckles
Contact- 502-348-2711
Location- 315 North Second Street, Bardstown, KY 40004

Home-based business specializing in specialty cakes, cupcakes, and other sweets!
Rep- Sarah Bell
Contact- 502-203-2372 or Saraheb12@yahoo.com
Location- 1030 Woodside Drive, Bardstown, KY 40004

Dairy Supply and Equipment Sales.
Rep- Thomas Clark
Contact- 502-348-6774 or clarkdairysupplyky@bardstowncable.net
Location- 129 W. John Rowan Blvd., Suite D, Bardstown, KY 40004

This is a well-established senior living community that has served families in and around Bullitt County since 2007.
Rep- Debbie Wimsatt 
Contact- 502-538-3172 or debbie.wimsatt@elmcroft.com
Location- 520 Woodlake Drive, Mount Washington, KY 40047

Home Improvement Retail Store.
Rep- Derrick Blacketer
Contact- 502-349-7482 or derrick.a.blacketer@store.lowes.com
Location- 3790 East John Rowan Blvd., Bardstown, KY 40004
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