2023 July E-News
Home Coming
Celebrate 100 years of coming home with Bardstown- Nelson County Chamber of Commerce and My Old Kentucky Home. Pack a blanket or bring a chair and join us on July 1st.

This is a FREE event for all ages - from 5pm - 9:30pm.
- Food Trucks
- Live music & Full Cash Bar
- Local businesses & vendor booths
- Kid Zone ($10 wristband & family discount available)
- Home Tours
- Free Carriage Rides
- Free to play Lawn Games
- Firework Viewing Area
- Family friendly & open to the community!
The Stephen Foster Story fireworks start at 10pm.

Stephen Foster Drama will have their production and fireworks that evening to celebrate the Birthday of Stephen Foster. Drama ticket holders will have VIP Status at the Celebration with a cooling station, VIP Bathrooms, and kids will get in the Kid Zone for free before showtime! We look forward to you coming home for this 100-year celebration. 

If you want to attend the drama on July 1st, you can purchase your tickets here: https://www.stephenfoster.com/tickets/.
June Connect Hosted By: Bourbon Capital Alliance, Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and the Oscar Getz Museum of Bourbon History
On June 14th, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its June Connect on National Bourbon Day, sponsored by the Bourbon Capital Alliance, Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and the Oscar Getz Museum of Bourbon History. This month’s networking event was held at the Oscar Getz Museum of Bourbon History and the new Brindiamo Penthouse. First, guests got to experience the renaming of the Museum while enjoying cocktails on the lawn of Spalding Hall provided by On The Rocks Bartending. After the renaming guests got to tour the new Brindiamo Penthouse which will offer a new unique VIP experience for bourbon enthusiasts from all over. Guests got to enjoy delicious snacks and libations while networking and touring both facilities. It was an evening of laughs, bourbon, and networking.
XLR8 Class
On June 1st, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce held its second of four XLR8 classes held at Nelson County Public Library, hosted by BNCC & ECTC.

This year’s subject matter is “It Starts With You, overcoming stressors in the workplace”. June's class covered Managing Workplace Conflict & Confrontation, which went over different situations that you might find yourself in at the workplace having a conflict with a coworker, and learning different steps on how to deal with those situations.

We want to thank all our sponsors:
Upcoming Events
Chamber Chase
Registration ends on July 7th be sure so signup!
July Connect
July 12, 2023
2023 XLR8 Information
No more spots available.
Please email chamber@bardstownchamber.com to be put on the waitlist.
2023 Golf Scramble
August 11, 2023
All teams are sold out. We do still have some sponsorships available.
Ribbon Cuttings

Bourbon Ball Inn
July 11, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 110 E. Broadway St., Bardstown, KY 40004
Previous Ribbon Cuttings:
Congratulations to Lisa's Creations LLC on their ribbon cutting that was held on June 22nd.
Congratulations to Cutlass Royal Limos & Transportation on their ribbon cutting that was held on June 23rd.
Congratulations to At Mary's on their ribbon cutting that was held on June 27th.
Insurance options for Chamber Members
Anthem ChamberAdvantage is a self-funded insurance plan for small businesses with 2 to 50 employees. When these small businesses join together in a larger pool, they share the overall claims risk, bringing costs down. In fact, enrolling in ChamberAdvantage can result in up to 28% savings on medical costs.

Did You Know Your Chamber Membership Can Save You Money on Your Company’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance? We’ve partnered with ClearPath Mutual to offer employers of all sizes a 10% discount on workers’ comp rates. ClearPath Mutual, a Kentucky-headquartered carrier offers this exclusive discount to new and existing customers. Contact your insurance agent to start saving now or click here to get connected to an agent. Now more than ever, your membership provides a direct return on your investment!
Re-Entry Simulation
On June 21st, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce held a Re-Entry Simulation with the Department of Corrections located at Crimmons Hall (Sister of Charity of Nazareth). Co-sponsored by the Kentucky Career Center and NelCARE.

What is a Re-Entry Simulation you might ask? A Reentry Simulation is an educational outreach event which highlights the struggles and challenges faced by individuals who are transitioning from incarceration back into their communities. It provides an opportunity for participants to gain an understanding of the significant obstacles and barriers faced by men and women upon their release from incarceration and return to their communities.

Each participant assumes the identity of a reentrant and receives a packet of materials, including a “Life Card.” The “Life Card” explains the reentrant’s criminal background, current living situation, current job situation, and the specific weekly tasks that must be accomplished in order to avoid the risk of being sent back to jail for non-compliance with the requirements of his or her supervised release. The simulation begins with an explanation and instructions from the facilitator. The “Reentrants” then set out to navigate the challenges of reentry.

The Reentry Simulation provides visibility into the perspectives of the returning citizens who those in many different fields are tasked to help. Our aim is to represent a realistic landscape of what individuals face when coming home. By experiencing these complex obstacles and barriers which reentrants must navigate, we not only gain visibility into their individual perspective but also discover innovative ways to help them succeed and build healthier, safer communities.

Lunch Provided and Sponsored by Handy Food Mart.

Thank you to Katelyn at The Kentucky Standard for providing photos.

Special Thanks to our Hub Workforce Yearly Sponsors:
Spotlight of the Month
Serendipity Salt & Skin Spa

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recogonize Serendipity Salt & Skin Spa as Spotlight of the Month.

Serendipity is an exclusive waxing center, we offer full body waxing for men and women. Other services: massage therapy, couples massage, spa facials, packages and your source for $60 monthly spa memberships. Plan a spa day or shop the retail boutique. We also offer salt or halo therapy massage to help alleviate allergies. Check out our menu and salt room information here: www.saltnskin.com

Ambassador of the Month

Ladara Hicks
Woodmenlife Representative, Kentucky

Ladara Hicks continues to show her support for the Chamber. She is a faithful Ambassador and continues to help promote the Chamber. Thank you Ladara for all the support you have provided for our community.
Welcome New Chamber Members

Food truck.
Rep- Stevie Gray
Contact- (502) 827-6006 or Backroadscookin@gmail.com

Historic Home Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Bardstown, KY, offering cozy accommodations as well as tasty confections and libations.
Rep- Hannah Woosley 
Contact- (270) 499-2616 or bourbonballinn@gmail.com
Location- 110 E. Broadway St., Bardstown, KY 40004

Serve home cooking food on mobile food truck.
Rep- Dana Compton
Contact- (502) 610-6398 or ladydfoodforsoul@gmail.com

Freddy’s creates fresh, made-to-order, craveable food, served to our guests with genuine hospitality in a fun, inclusive environment. We feature Steakburgers and delicious frozen custard.
Rep- Jody Kipp
Contact- (502) 628-2722 or jkipp@forthebelly.com
Location- 1125 Morton Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004

Wedding receptions, Manufacturing Meals, Small or Large Events.
Rep -Jason Rhodus
Contact- 502-264-7102 or Foodobsessions@yahoo.com

Stunning event venue located in serene location. Heating and air conditioning with tons of unique features, with multiple areas to have indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception to make it your own!
Rep- Jennifer Reid 
Contact- (502) 507-1976 or jenniferreid128@gmail.com
Location- 452 Sulphur Lick Rd., New Hope, KY 40052
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