2022 June E-News
The Hub Workforce Updates

Congratulations to our interns, Meg Janes (Bardstown High School) and Maggie Coffman (Thomas Nelson High School). They were presented with $500 scholarships for completing the year at the Chamber. We wish them the best of luck after graduation.
May Connect Hosted By: Thoroughbred Asset Management and Maker's Mark
Thank you to Thoroughbred Asset Management and Maker's Mark for a great Connect!
Upcoming Events/Classes
XLR8 Series- Developing Leadership Skills
July 7, 2022
June Connect
June 22, 2022
Bardstown Bourbon Mixer
June 9, 2022
Bourbon Capital BBQ Challenge
June 10, 2022
Ribbon Cuttings
Upcoming:

Heaven's Halo
June 14, 2022
Time 12:00 PM
Location: 101 Manor Drive, Suite 100, Bardstown

Mad-Hatter Cafe' & More LLC
June 15, 2022
Time 12:00 PM
Location: 225 North Third Street, Bardstown
Previous Ribbon Cuttings:
Congratulations to Huddle House on their Ribbon Cutting that was held on Monday, May 2nd.
Congratulations to James B. Beam Distilling Co. on their Ribbon Cutting that was held on Thursday, May 12th.
Congratulations to HallowScents on their Ribbon Cutting that was held on Thursday, May 12th.
Congratulations to LaQuinta By Wyndham Bardstown on their Ribbon Cutting that was held on Thursday, May 19th.
Congratulations to Bourbon Luxe Estate and Venue, LLC on their Ribbon Cutting that was held on Friday, May 20th.
Young Professionals Launch
The BNCC Young Professionals Network launched their first event this evening with a cocktail demonstration from our sponsor Bardstown Bourbon Company. The Young Professionals Network is a way to provide an opportunity for professionals ages 21-40 to connect, serve and develop as leaders in their community. Please contact the chamber for more information at chamber@bardstownchamber.com.

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!
Hub Job & Resource Fair
We had a great day at the Hub Job & Resource Fair. Many students from our high schools attended and learned more about the careers and resources in our community! We also hosted the NELCO meeting for employers before the job fair. Thanks to all the employers and job seekers for showing up! Please continue posting and searching jobs on our job page hub.bardstownchamber.com.
Diversity Spotlight
Spotlight of the Month
Integrity Tool & Mold, LLC

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Integrity Tool & Mold, LLC as Spotlight of the Month.

Integrity Tool began in 2000 as one man’s vision, Jeff Lewis, to build a weld and fabrication shop to help support his family’s dairy farm by repairing equipment in the local farming community. It soon grew into a company that specialized in delivering detailed machined components, while exceeding customer expectations in quality and delivery. Located in the middle of a cattle farm, a team of skilled designers, tool makers and engineers have helped build an environment that enables them to succeed in their daily work as well as engage in community service. Our mission: Provide solutions through quality craftsmanship, from concept to installation.

Our work family and neighbors gather often for bible studies, to share ideas on what it means to walk with Christ, or just to eat great food together. Look closely and you will see them sponsoring your little league team, or even serving as deacons at the local church. It takes everyone’s contribution to succeed with automation and high-precision machining. Our success is all because of the great group of employees that work well together and have developed into a genuine family. We are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve felt from the community throughout the years and pray we can continue to better serve our customers and the community for many years to come.
Featured Visionary Member of the Month
Louisville Gas and Electric

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Louisville Gas Electric as the Featured Visionary Member of the Month.

Empowering Kentucky’s economy and growth through partnerships 

Kentucky has solidified itself as a major player in attracting new businesses and job growth by landing major projects, a record $11.2 billion in investments and more than 18,000 jobs announced statewide last year. Here locally as an example, the new Log Still Distillery in Gethsemane begins production this summer and will reach 170 employees by the end of the year. It sits on 300 acres and includes a 2,000-seat amphitheater, tasting room and Legacy events center.
  
As the state’s largest utilities, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company believe the key to creating a business-friendly climate is providing reliable energy, at competitive rates and with a focus on customers, and empowering customers with a variety of programs and offerings — such as the upcoming full deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure and phased meter installations through 2025 — that help meet their energy needs and sustainability goals. 

“We know our role in retaining and growing business in Kentucky is a critical one and we continuously work to be strategic and thoughtful about how we can do our part,” said John Bevington, director of Business and Economic Development for LG&E and KU. “In 2021, we were proud to play a key role in Kentucky breaking records for new jobs and investment, with more than $8 billion in capital investment and nearly 12,000 new jobs announced across our service territories.”

LG&E and KU’s Opportunity Kentucky initiatives provide prospects, customers and communities with resources to encourage growth in the commonwealth. For example, the utilities’ Opportunity Kentucky Grant program helps communities improve business and industrial sites which mitigates risk and increases speed to market related corporate site selection decisions. The grant program also helps encourage proactive planning and investment, and collaboration among Kentucky economic developers and stakeholders. 

LG&E and KU’s Opportunity Kentucky Bill Credit offers an incentive to new and existing customers to help launch their new investments. And the utilities’ OpportunityKY.com site provides data and mapping tools to businesses and site selectors as they evaluate Kentucky as a possible place to grow or locate a business.

LG&E and KU also play a major role in collaboration with other statewide partners. A major win for economic development occurred this spring when House Bill 745 — a bill to codify the Kentucky Product Development Initiative (PDI) pilot program that’s a funding effort for communities to prepare sites to attract new business — passed through the Kentucky legislature with unanimous approval. It was then signed it into effect by Governor Beshear. 

LG&E and KU are founding members and creators of the PDI pilot program, which is a partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) and major utilities across the state.  

Along with the bill, the state budget appropriated $100 million for community site development projects and another $100 million for large industrial development. The initiative will continue to leverage community investments as local matching will be required to secure state funding. 

“The passing of House Bill 745 gives great momentum to business growth and prosperity in the commonwealth. LG&E and KU’s Opportunity Kentucky Grant plays an additional critical role in helping communities make proactive steps toward site development and can be a source of matching funds for communities looking to secure state PDI grants,” said Bevington. 

Visit lge-ku.com/economic-development to learn more about the utilities’ Opportunity Kentucky initiatives and other programs available to help power businesses and empower growth.
Caption: Governor Andy Beshear signed into effect House Bill 745, which will help fund economic development efforts in the state, in April during the Kentucky Association for Economic Development Conference. LG&E and KU Director of Business and Economic Development John Bevington (third from left) had the honor of being present for the historic signing. 

Ambassador of the Month

Tim Alsip
Fairfield Inn & Suites

Tim Alsip continues to show his support for the Chamber. He works hard with us to bring exciting and new ideas. Thank you Tim for all the support you have shown your local community.
Welcome New Chamber Members

Family-owned company specializing in truckload shipping of dry and refrigerated goods in the eastern half of the United States. We have grown from 1 person to a team of 10 due to our service.
Rep- Jody Spalding
Contact- 502-233-8402 or jspalding@5klog.com
Location- 202 Thomas Ridge, Bardstown, KY 40004

Bourbon City Bike Rentals is your premier bicycle rental hub in the Bourbon Capital! We offer Cruisers, Hybrids as well as E-Bikes. Tour Bardstown in a different way, bike Bardstown!
Rep- Joey Coulter
Contact- 502-475-9695  or bcbikerentals@gmail.com
Location- Bardstown, KY 40004

An event and venue rental space, as well as lodging for short term, stay as an AIRBNB.
Rep- Alison King
Contact- 502-507-6899 or alison.3rdst@gmail.com
Location- 251 Hillock Drive, Cox's Creek, KY 40013

Igniting hospitality around the globe in order to strengthen neighborhoods and cultivate deeper community through the collaboration of local businesses, schools, and other local organizations.
Rep- Dave Collie 
Contact- 502-403-6080 or info@hospitalitymatters.org
Location- 109 Rolling Hills Drive, Bardstown, KY 40004

Real Estate.
Rep- Jerry Janes
Contact- 502-507-3386 or jerryjanes@bardstown.com
Location- 94 Court Square, Bardstown, KY 40004

Veryable is the on-demand labor marketplace for manufacturing, logistics and warehousing.
Rep- Jacob Shaffield
Contact- 502-208-8786 or jshaffield@veryableops.com
Location- 1415 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
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