2023 March E-News
2023 Annual Awards Dinner
On February 16th, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 100th year at its Annual Awards Dinner honoring winners from 2022 year. The event was held at Log Still Distillery at The Legacy at Dant Crossing. It was a wonderful night of entertainment, sharing of memories, great food and acknowledgement of the community members that create a strong chamber.

Please help us in congratulating all of the 2022 Award Winners:
  • 2022 Woman of the Year: Wilma Sorrell
  • 2022 Man of the Year: Manoj Patel
  • 2022 Virginia Browning Award: Kim Huston 
  • 2022 Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Levi Greenwell Owner of LG Dumpsters LLC
  • 2022 Outstanding Contributing Business (Small Business): WhiskMe Transportation
  • 2022 Outstanding Contributing Business (Large Business): Heaven Hill Distillery
  • 2022 Lifetime Achievement- Hall of Fame Recipient: Dean Watts 

I think what is most amazing is the sustainability that Nelson County has seen in the last 100 years with our local businesses and some that have been with the chamber since the beginning.  

We would like to recognize some of our founding chamber members:
  • Barton’s 1792 
  • Conway Heaton   
  • Crume Drug Store 
  • Demaree and Hubbard
  • Hurst Discount Drugs
  • Old Talbott Tavern
  • The Kentucky Standard
  • Town & Country Bank and Trust (formerly known as Farmer’s Bank)  
  • Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust 

The Chamber said farewell to our 2022 Board Chair, Shelly Bell and three Board Members, Drew Ballard, Nika Mathis, and Mark White. We welcomed Jessica Leake as incoming 2023 Board Chair and acknowledged three new 2023 Board of Directors: Jeremy Riggs, Zach Sinclair, and Nikki Goff. 
A special thanks to staff: Lisa Thomas, Hannah Viens, Elliott Newland, TaNia Calbert, Ambassadors, Board Members, Nelson County Economic Development Agency, BIDC, Bardstown Tourism, Bardstown Main Street, Bourbon Capital Alliance and our Visionary/Distinguished Members for their continued hard work and support.

Presenting Sponsor: LG&E and KU
Welcome Cocktail Sponsor: Log Still Distillery
Centennial History Sponsor: James B Beam Distilling Co.
Video Presentation Sponsor: Grizzly Media
Bourbon Toast Sponsor: Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist Convention Commission
Centerpieces: Nelson County Area Technology Center students

We would also like to recognize the Chef and staff at Log Still for their gracious hospitality, and venue! One more thank you to Dixie Hibbs, The Kentucky Standard, and the Nelson County Public Library for their historical knowledge.

Thank you to following who helped plan and execute an amazing evening. Steve Stivers for being a great Master of Ceremonies, Shelly Bell for leading us through 2022 and helping plan a great evening, Jessica Leake, Nikki Goff, Doug Brink, Megan Blaney, Catherine Newman, Leigh Ann Wimsett, Ladara Hicks, Amanda Bringhurst, Maggie Coffman, Devin O’Bryan, and Rita Koontz for producing the best night ever!

Last but not least thanks to Grizzly Media, Zachary Sinclair and Will Fenwick for the countless hours of capturing and editing videos for the evening and for the beautiful photography! 

The Bardstown Chamber wants to thank everyone who came out and celebrated our 100 years! We also want to thank our chamber members for all of your support and the work you do.
100 Year Logo Winner
The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber would like to congratulate Reagan Brown from Bethlehem High School on winning the BNCC 100 year logo contest. Reagan competed against other local students to create the 100 year logo for the chamber.
February Connect Hosted By: Bardstown-Nelson Co. African American Heritage Museum
The first 2023 8:30 AM Connect was held at Bardstown-Nelson Co. African-American Heritage Museum. The museum is dedicated to the people of color who have contributed to making Bardstown and Nelson County the great community it is today. 

Located near Museum Row, this museum provides a glimpse at local life beyond war and bourbon-related histories featured at the other local museums. On the first floor, visitors can find additional information on the church’s history, restoration and even the building’s suspected ties to the Underground Railroad. Display cases feature various artifacts, news clippings, books, photographs, and other items related to Black history in Bardstown, including sections on education, military service, athletes, businesses, social clubs, and elected officials. Some of the items come from personal collections of those involved with the project; others have been lent or donated by community members. On the second floor, the church’s sanctuary has been left intact.

We want to give a big thanks to the Bardstown-Nelson Co. African-American Heritage Museum and their staff for opening their doors to the community this morning to host such a great event, that brought community members together for networking and great food provided by Lisa Sheckles at Lisa's Creations LLC!

The museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM and located at 315 N. 2nd St., Bardstown, KY 40004. The next time you find yourself looking for something to do, come on down and walk through the Old Union Church.
Spread the Love
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Spread The Love challenge. We could definitely feel the LOVE for our businesses!

Last week winners are:
  • Kristen Ross 
  • Ladara Hicks 

Congratulations, and thanks again for everyone who participated!
Upcoming Events
March Connect
March 15, 2023
Young Professionals Networking - Brunch & Boards Fair
Calling all 21-40 year old Young Professionals in the community! Come meet with local Non Profit organizations, for board & volunteer opportunities.  
Ribbon Cuttings

Lucas Counseling and Consulting DBA Bardstown Heal
March 3, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 120 Stephen Foster Ave., Suite 100, Bardstown

American Legion Nelson County Post 42
March 8, 2023
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: 703 McDowell Blvd., Suite 202, Bardstown

March 22, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 301 Culpeper St., Suite A, Bardstown

AHHA & YOGA Center
March 28, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 200 E. John Rowan Blvd., Suite A & B, Bardstown
Previous Ribbon Cuttings:
Congratulations to Nelson County High School's "Deck of Cards" school store on their Ribbon Cutting that was held on Wednesday, February 8th.
Congratulations to Grace & Rose Boutique on their Ribbon Cutting that was held on Tuesday, February 14th.
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!
Young Leaders
February 22, another great day for the Young Leaders Program! Big thanks to CHI Saint Joseph Health - Flaget Memorial Hospital & Foundation, KORT Physical Therapy, and Guthrie Opportunity Center for hosting us! The students heard about careers in the medical field and got glimpse at the wonderful programs at the Guthrie Opportunity Center!
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual Kentucky Chamber Day Dinner
February 9th, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber's staff and board members attended the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual Kentucky Chamber Day Dinner.

Kentucky’s political leaders offered their inside into the 2023 session of the General Assembly and shared their vision for the future of Kentucky. In the coming months, the Kentucky Chamber will focus its efforts on priorities that will lead to economic growth and key policies what will advance our state and nation.
Spotlight of the Month
Cooper Trail Senior Living- Trilogy Health Services

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Cooper Trail Senior Living- Trilogy Health Services as the Spotlight of the Month.

Discover Cooper Trail Senior Living  

Since 2020, Cooper Trail Senior Living has proudly served the Bardstown community with unrivaled Personal Care, Memory Care, and Post-Acute Healthcare Services. As a Trilogy Health Services Senior Living Community, we draw inspiration from the families that we serve, and we pride ourselves in being a place where family comes to live.  

When it comes to living life enriched, it all starts with our service options. Are you ready to take on new adventures, but need a helping hand getting there? Our Personal Care neighborhood can accommodate your every need. Whether you’re spending the day relaxing in the comfort of your suite or you’re making plans to take a trip into town, our team will be ready to help you with any and all activities of daily living that you might need assistance with.  

In Cooper Trail’s Legacy Lane Memory Care neighborhood, our caregivers are trained in our signature BFF Program, which is inspired by the Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care and pioneered by dementia experts David Troxel and Virginia Bell. Through the BFF Program, our team takes the time to learn each resident’s unique life story, and then uses that story to inform every aspect of their care. 

Our top priority will always be the physical wellbeing of our residents, but we’re equally as interested in what makes their stories unique, and what we can do to fill their lives with joy. With our Live a Dream program, our residents are invited to tell us about a dream that they would like to have fulfilled, and we make it happen. From taking part in wheelchair accessible hot air balloon rides to meeting lifelong heroes, not even the sky is the limit for what our residents can experience.  

Visit us online at www.coopertrailsl.com to see everything that our community offers or stop by Cooper Trail for a tour.  

Ambassador of the Month
Leigh Anne Wimsett
Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System

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

AtlasIED's mission is to protect, inform, and entertain - enterprise wide, audio and visual communication from head-end to endpoint speakers....routine and emergency communication.
Rep- Charles Kowalczyk
Contact- 502-287-7436 or charles.Kowalczyk@AtlasIED.com

Communicare is a regional community mental health center serving the 8 counties in the Lincoln Trail area.
Rep- Kristy McGrew
Contact- 270-300-7713 or kmcgrew@communicare.org

Outpatient mental health office providing counseling and therapy for kids, teens and adults.
Rep- Henry Lucas
Contact- 502-767-0415 or henry@louisvillehealthandhealing.com

Cellular Service Retail Store.
Rep- David Phelps
Contact- 502-628-2069 or david.phelps3@t-mobile.com
Thank You to all of our Chamber Members that Renewed in February!
  • Alternative Health Solutions, LLC/ BluMine Health
  • Amy D. Designs
  • AV Gauge & Fixture South
  • Ballard Inc
  • Bardstown Bourbon Company
  • Bardstown Events Center
  • Conway Heaton 
  • Distill-Inn Bardstown
  • Doodles by Rebekah
  • Geoghegan & Associates 
  • Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
  • Harvest Express, Inc.
  • Jerry Janes Realty 
  • LandPro Inc.
  • LG Dumpsters LLC
  • Nulife Cartridge Mail It Shipping Center
  • Oil Guys 
  • P&J Culver Inc
  • Shoe Sensation #863
  • Talbott Tavern, The Old
  • The Blind Boar Shanty
  • The Blind Pig Bourbon Market
  • The Volstead Bourbon Lounge 
Thank You to our 2023 Visionary & Distinguished Members!
Visionary Members:
  • Beam Suntory
  • CHI Saint Joseph Health/ Flaget Memorial Hospital
  • Heaven Hill Distillery
  • LG&E and KU
  • Town & Country Bank and Trust Co.

Distinguished Members:
  • Abound Credit Union
  • Baptist Health Hardin
  • Grizzly Media
  • Lincoln National Bank
  • Log Still Distillery
  • Lux Row Distillers
  • WesBanco
  • Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co.
2023 Investors