2024 March E-News
Join us to celebrate local students and flex your civics knowledge at a community event for the National Civics Bee.

Thomas Nelson High School Auditorium
March 23, 2024

9am - Registration & Light Breakfast
10am-Noon is Live Competition

Open to the Public

Why Civics?
We believe that informed and active citizens make for a strong country, a strong economy, and a strong workforce, and that our continued prosperity depends on the strength of all three. The National Civics Bee is a way to promote greater civics knowledge and civic participation across the country, and to energize our community with a celebration of civic pride.

Each finalist will receive a certificate.
In addition:
  • The First Place Winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
  • The Second Place Winner will receive a $250 cash prize.
  • The Third Place Winner will receive a $125 cash prize.

Sponsored by: US Chamber of Commerce Foundation 
Co-Sponsored by: Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce
Local Sponsors: 
  • Abound Credit Union
  • Eric Hayden Collision & Perfect Dent Repair
  • GBA Office Solutions
  • Lincoln National Bank 
  • Mattingly & Howell Orthodontics
  • Town & Country Bank and Trust Co.
  • Wilson & Muir Bank and Trust
2024 Annual Awards Dinner
On February 22, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber celebrated its 101th year at its Annual Awards Dinner honoring winners from 2023 year, at The Legacy at Log Still Distillery. It was a great night of entertainment, sharing of memories, great food and acknowledgement of the great community members that create a strong chamber. The Chamber recognized along with the winners NCEDA President, Kim Huston who is retiring in April and Kim Rogers with BIDC for their support of the community and the chamber.

Please help us in congratulating all of the 2023 Award Winners:
  • 2023 Woman of the Year: Randi Mouser
  • 2023 Man of the Year: Greg Woodson
  • 2023 Young Entrepreneur: Taylor Hutchins- Owner of Tays Treats
  • 2023 Outstanding Contributing Business of the Year: Town & Country Bank and Trust Co.
  • 2023 Lifetime Achievement/ Hall of Fame Recipient: Marylou Muir Crume
  • 2023 Lifetime Achievement/ Hall of Fame Recipient: Tessie Cecil

We want to recognize our sponsors:
  • Presenting Sponsor: LG&E and KU
  • Bar Host: Log Still Distillery
  • Video Presentation & Award Photography Sponsor: Grizzly Media
  • Photo Booth Sponsor: BriarRose & Thistle Photography
  • A special thanks to our Visionary and Distinguished Members for their continued support. 

Thank you to the following volunteers who helped with the amazing evening:
  • Richard Blanton for being a great Master of Ceremonies
  • Jennifer Rhodes for assisting with check in
  • Devin O'Bryan and Zachary Sinclair for their AV Technical skills

We express our gratitude to Jessica Leake for her leadership in 2023 and Nathan Downs for guiding us into 2024. Lastly, we extend our thanks to our Chamber Members, Board of Directors, Ambassadors, and all attendees for celebrating with us.
New Member Meet & Greet
The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber has been holding New Member Meet & Greets. In the meetings, members learn about (all things chamber) such as benefits, sponsorship opportunities, events, and rolls of chamber employees.

If you are a new chamber member or existing member and would like to come to this meeting for a refresher, the next meeting will be held on March 27th at 9:00am at the Chamber.

New Member Meet & Greet
March 27, 2024
February Connect Hosted By: Sarah Curtsinger Agency - State Farm
On February 28th, the Chamber held a connect at Sarah Curtsinger Agency - State Farm. We want to give a huge thanks to Sarah Curtsinger Agency - State Farm and her team for hosting such an amazing evening. It was an evening filled with networking games, savory food, tasty treats, and delicious mocktails- provided by On the Rocks Bartending. Thank you to everyone who made it out and made the night special.
Young Professionals Network
On February 29th, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber's Young Professionals Network held its first event of the year at Barton 1792 Distillery. The night started with a distillery tour and continued with networking, education, and delicious food and drinks. The YP's got a sneak peak behind the scenes of how their bourbon is produced and listened to fellow YP's career journeys on how they ended up at Barton 1792. Many new YP faces mixed and mingled with existing members and formed new relationships and bonds.

Thanks again to Ross Cornelissen, Alice Russell, and their amazing team for putting on a fantastic event! Thanks to On the Rocks Bartending and Food Obsessions Catering for the savory food and delicious drinks.

If you are interested in joining the BNCC Young Professionals Network, reach out to Elliott Newland 502-348-9545 or [email protected].
Upcoming Events
Women's Breakfast
March 8, 2024
SOLD OUT- please call to be put on a waitlist.
Log Still Distillery
BOGO for our upcoming Ingrid Andress concert.
For more details call: (502) 827-2373.
March Connect
March 20, 2024
Ribbon Cuttings
Wishes and Company Travel Planning
March 5, 2024
Time: 12:00PM
Location: 1 Court Sq., Bardstown, KY 40004

Ferguson Fire Protection
March 27, 2024
Time: 12:00PM
Location: 1 Court Sq., Bardstown, KY 40004
Previous Ribbon Cuttings:
Congratulations to 7 Sons Wellness on their ribbon cutting that was held on Wednesday, February 7th.
Congratulations to Hitsona Bardstown on their ribbon cutting that was held on Thursday, February 15th.
Congratulations to BriarRose & Thistle Photography LLC on their ribbon cutting that was held on Wednesday, February 21st.
Congratulations to Big Bloomin Design on their ribbon cutting that was held on Tuesday, February 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!
Spotlight of the Month
The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Grandma's Homemade Ice Cream as the Spotlight of the Month.

Grandma's Homemade Ice Cream has been dedicated to serving rich, creamy ice cream since 2019. Initially launched and operated by Bardstown resident Audrey Simek at 107 Lincoln Way, Ste. E in Bardstown, Grandma’s has earned the distinction of Best Ice Cream Shop in Nelson County by the readers of the Kentucky Standard in 2020-2023. Elegantly simple ingredients go into every ice cream flavor, now made in-house by Audrey's eldest grandson, Allen Bassel, following her passing in 2023. Allen has taken on the challenge of maintaining the highest quality ice cream production, and is always working on bringing new flavors to the shop’s guests. 

Grandma's offers seating for 32 in a family friendly atmosphere reminiscent of a classic ice cream parlor for families to come together and enjoy their favorite frozen treats, whether it be one of our sundaes, milkshake or malt, or banana split. We make our own classic favorites such as Belgian Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry as well as modern sensations like peanut butter fudge swirl, coffee crunch, and maple black walnut. We even make exotic flavors like ube and lavender honey, and we're always making new flavors; if you feel like treating yourself to an old favorite or feel like trying sometime new, Grandma's Homemade Ice Cream has something for you! Curious about a flavor? We offer free samples of all flavors and even pints to enjoy at home!

Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on all things Grandma's!

Ambassador of the Month

Kyle Humphrey

Kyle Humphrey continues to show his support for the Chamber. He is a faithful Ambassador and continues to help promote the Chamber. Thank you Kyle for all the support you have provided for our community.
Welcome New Chamber Members

Plumbing Service.
Rep- Latasha Greenwell 
Contact- (502) 388-8907 or [email protected]

We specialize in connecting mankind to his best friend without the use of unnecessary, painful tools or confusion. We are dog trainers that focus on the health and well-being of the entire dog.
Rep- Melaney Brown
Contact- (502) 356-3059 or [email protected]
Location- 267 Salt Well Rd., Unit A ., Shepherdsville, KY 40165

I was born and raised in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, and I take pride in the opportunity to assist individuals in my hometown in reaching their financial goals.
Rep- Aaron Kinsey
Contact- (502) 969-0007 or [email protected]
Location-11809 Standiford Plaza Dr., Louisville, KY 40229

Edward Jones is a different kind of investment firm. To us, face time and think time make sense. We meet to learn your individual needs so we can develop a strategy to help you achieve your goals.
Rep- Travis Kuntz
Contact- (502) 348-5567 or [email protected]
Location-  102 Manor Ave., Ste. 200, Bardstown, KY 40004

Solar Energy. Commercial, Residential and Non-Profit
Rep- Andy Mitchell
Contact- (502) 762-3356 or [email protected]
Location- 97 Industrial Way, Charlestown, IN 47111

Home Health agency providing in-home nursing, PT, OT, and Speech Therapy services.
Rep- Erica Porter
Contact- (502) 349-1944 or [email protected]
Location- 700 Portland Ave., Ste. C, Bardstown, KY 40004

Full service family owned Hardware Store and Electrical wholesale supply. We have hard to find items and can order most anything. We focus on the customer.
Rep- Krista Foster
Contact- (502) 348-2875 or [email protected]
Location- 616 Bloomfield Rd., Bardstown, KY 40004

Family Owned Auto Repair Shop.
Rep- Joshua Simpson 
Contact- (502) 527-8688 or [email protected]
Location- 125 Arnold Ln., Bloomfield, KY 40008
Thank You to all of our Chamber Members that Renewed in February!
  • Amie Krueger, Realtor
  • Around the Town Carriage & Gifts
  • Bardstown Burger
  • Bardstown Dermatology, PSC
  • Bethlehem High School
  • Byrne Insurance Group
  • Byrne Insurance Group
  • Caliber Collision
  • CopperTop Tours 
  • Duplicator Sales & Service, Inc.
  • Food Obsessions Catering 
  • Four Roses Distillery LLC
  • Grandma's Homemade Ice Cream 
  • Haydon Materials
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Kentucky Straight Apparel & Co.
  • Kiwanis Club of Bardstown
  • Lemon-Aid Mental Health Services
  • Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System
  • Newcomb Oil Company
  • Outback Plumbing Inc. 
  • Rockin Ridge Farm
  • Shoe Sensation #863
  • Wright Implement Co.
2024 Investors