2023 June E-News
Help us congratulate TaNia Calbert
The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber wants to congratulate our intern/now employee of the Chamber, TaNia Calbert. TaNia graduated high school on May 27th and will continue her education at the University of Louisville in the fall. She received a $500 scholarship for completing her internship requirements. TaNia has also accepted a new position, part time, as the Publications Coordinator here at the Chamber. We are so excited and lucky to have TaNia a part of our team.
May Connect Hosted By: WBRT & WOKH and LaQuinta by Wyndham Bardstown
On May 24th, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber had its 4th 5pm Connect of the year sponsored by WBRT and WOKH and La Quinta by Wyndham Bardstown. Last night the Chamber and its members gathered for networking, games and great food. Thank you again to all of our sponsors and community members for putting this all together: LaQuinta By Wyndham Bardstown, WBRT and WOKH, and Uncle Spoony's Sports Bar and Kitchen.
XLR8 Class
On May11th, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber had its first of four XLR8 classes held at Holiday Inn Express, hosted by the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce and Elizabethtown Community & Technical College.

This year’s subject matter is “It Starts With You, overcoming stressors in the workplace”. The class covered Emotional Intelligence which went over the ability to manage both your own emotions and understand the emotions of people around you in the workplace and in your personal life. There are five key elements to Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. The next 3 classes will cover, Managing Workplace Conflict & Confrontation, Work-Life Balance, and Increasing Overall Happiness. Participants that complete all four classes will receive a Success in the Workplace certificate.

We want to thank all our sponsors:
  • Beam Suntory
  • Town & Country Bank and Trust Co.
  • LG&E and KU
  • Lincoln National Bank
  • Nelson County Public Library
  • Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
  • Holiday Inn Express
Upcoming Events
Young Professionals Lunch & Learn
Join us for our first YPN Lunch & Learn of the year. Come and listen to Tyler Bruington- Shelter Insurance and Kevin Greenwell-South Central Bank. Find out more about insurance and mortgages. Lunch will be provided for all Young Professionals. Please make sure to register here.
Bernheim Forest's Playcosystem Happy Hour and Firefly Hike
This is an opportunity to next work with our region.
June Connect
June 14 2023
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 for a Home Coming Celebration with food trucks, drinks, music, and a Kid Zone. This is free and open to the public! 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, Tour of the first floor at My Old Kentucky Home, 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/.

Bardstown Chamber Members! If you are interested in setting up a booth or bringing a food truck to the
Home Coming, please email [email protected] for sponsorship fee amounts.  
Save the Date for the Chamber Chase
Grab your Family, Co-workers, Friends, and collect points, support local business and compete for prizes! Challenges are designed to drive action around Nelson County, exploring, interacting with others, and more!!!

$25.00 for first participant- $10 each additional team member
Includes T-shirt for all participants

Registration ends July 7th at 2:00 pm 
Pick up T-shirt and app instructions at Chamber office July 18th- July 21st
Game begins July 21st and ends July 30th
Winners announced August 1st
Must have a Smart phone to download the goose chase app!

Top Winner with most points gets
$250 in Chamber Gift Checks- Can be used at over 60 participating businesses 
$250 designated to a Chamber Member Non-profit Organization

There will also be 2nd & 3rd place prizes along with some giveaways for participating.
Registration will open soon!
2023 XLR8 Information
No more spots available.
Please email [email protected] 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
We do not have any upcoming ribbon cuttings at this time.
Previous Ribbon Cuttings:
Congratulations to Kentucky Straight Apparel & Co. on their ribbon cutting that was held on May 17th.
Congratulations to Dean Watts- Joshua W. Eversole Memorial Scoreboard on their ribbon cutting that was held on May 25th.
Congratulations to Wilson Trail on their ribbon cutting that was held on May 25th.
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!
Small Business Week
The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber celebrated Small Business Week by having a few of our Ambassadors visit our small business members by dropping off small goodie bags to show our appreciation!
Spotlight of the Month
Spalding Hall - Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History & Bardstown Historical Museum

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Spalding Hall - Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History & Bardstown Historical Museum as Spotlight of the Month.

I’m often astonished when I talk to friends and neighbors who live here in Bardstown that even though they might have heard of Spalding Hall and may even have visited the Getz Museum once or twice they seldom have an idea of how rich in history is this incredible building.

One of the most interesting things about the 200-year history of Spalding Hall began in 1820. That building burnt down and the magnificent brick residence that now stands was completed in 1826. The building was christened St. Joseph’s College. The level of education that was offered to the students who attended St. Joseph’s College from 1826 until the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 is a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of early to mid-18th century luminaries.

The college was referred to as ‘The Athens of the West’ and competed academically with Harvard and Yale as one of the finest colleges in the young United States. In 1849 the college was taken over by the Jesuits. This was the most learned body of men in the Catholic Church and their devotion to the college and their students was the stuff of legend. Long after the college had graduated its last class there were men with conviction ringing in their hearts who talked about the pride they had in attending and graduating from that demanding and intellectually rigorous institution.

It would be difficult, especially from the mid-1800s to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 to find another college in the US that could present such a distinguished list of alumni. Here are just a few of the names: A.H. Garland, Governor of Arkansas; Robert W. Jackson, Senator of Arkansas; Lazarus W. Powell, Governor of Kentucky; Alexander and Samuel Churchill, Congressmen from Alabama; Alexander Bullitt, Editor of the New Orleans Picayune and James Speed, Attorney General under Abraham Lincoln.

The Civil War effectively changed the nature of the college and, though academically still a very fine school, it never attained the fame it had earlier in the century. America was pushing west. Industry was changing the face of the nation and with it the mighty heart of the nation expanded, beating to the tune of greater endeavors. 

Next time you look at Spalding Hall you may want to pause to look and marvel at this wonderful, beautiful building. Paraphrasing a line from “The Dead Poets Society” perhaps, if you listen carefully, you can hear the whispers of the luminaries of the past saying “Carpe Diem”.

Ambassadors of the Month

Kristen Ross and Amanda Bringhurst continue to show their support for the Chamber. They are faithful Ambassadors and continue to help promote the Chamber. Thank you Kristen and Amanda for all the support you have provided for our community.

The WesBanco duo:
Kristen Ross
Amanda Bringhurst
Welcome New Chamber Members

Cornerstone Acres, a historic 1794 estate and event venue nestled into iconic Kentucky countryside is the perfect place for your special events and memories to be made. Cornerstone for your milestone!
Rep- Joy Grissom 
Contact- (859) 429-2876 or [email protected]

Offering creative workshops, classes, and open studio time!
Rep- Rebekah Ison 
Contact- (502) 510-1243 or [email protected]
2023 Investors