2021 May E-News
Thoroughbred Asset Management Connect
Thank you Thoroughbred Asset Management for a Great Connect!!
Their financial advisors have years of experience behind them and are dedicated to providing you with everything you need to create a holistic financial and retirement plan. We also specialize in retirement planning for educators, providing advice on 403(b) 401(k) rollovers, IRAs, and Roth accounts.
COVID-19 Update and Resources
The Hub Workforce Updates

The Chamber partnered with Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Bardstown City Schools, and Nelson County Schools to visit local employers today and give them information about our local workforce initiatives and school work based learning opportunities.

Thank you to the students at Nelson County Schools for making the delicious cookies!
Please click here to watch our Bus to Business with the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, ECTC, Nelson County Schools, and Bardstown City Schools.
2021 Golf Classic
Our Golf Classic is a great way to get out and have some fun. Below are two flyers, one is a team flyer and the other is a sponsorship flyer. If you are interested in having a team or sponsoring the 2021 Golf Classic, please reach out to Jennifer Rhodes at 502-348-9545 or jenniferrhodes@bardstownchamber.com.
Business Engage- Small Group Network

Are you missing networking and the support of your fellow chamber members? We are launching our Business Engage- Small Group Network! This is an opportunity to join a small group of other chamber members. Each group will be given the option of when and how they meet and there are in-person and virtual groups. We currently have 6 groups meeting in March. If you are interested, please fill out this form so that we can get you connected to a group.

Upcoming Events/Classes
Understanding Diversity
Nelson County Library (virtual option available)
May 6, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This class will facilitate a conversation to give participants a clearer understanding of diversity in the workplace. Create an awareness of the benefits inclusion can make by embracing a wide variety of people of different races or cultures in your organization.
Leave the course with a goal of intentionally building greater diversity to produce a better company. 
Coffee & Conversations
Online with Zoom
May 11, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Tailgate Party Connect with WBRT & WOKH
May 19, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Speed Networking
Online with Blitzr
May 25, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ribbon Cuttings
South Central Bank invites you to their Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, May 5th.
Insurance options for Chamber Members
We recognize that this COVID-19 pandemic may be causing financial strain on your business and stress in wanting to protect the health of you, your employees, and the people you care about. As you may be forced into making tough choices, we want you to know there is a cost-saving option that is helping small businesses like yours save 20-25% on their monthly medical spend.
 
ChamberAdvantage is the newest health coverage solution designed to help small businesses. With plans designed to serve employers with between 2 and 50 full-time employees’ business will be covered with great benefits at a lower cost and more predictable rates, all administered by Anthem of Kentucky.

Contact your Anthem representative to assist you with a quote. If you do not have an agent, reach out to Hilary Morgan.
 
We know you already have enough things to worry about these days. The ChamberAdvantage program is here to support your company's health benefit needs.
The Kentucky Chamber recognizes the current COVID-19 related crisis is causing financial strain on small business. We have partnered with ClearPath Mutual to offer a cost-saving program to help businesses save 10% on workers' compensation insurance. Contact your workers' compensation insurance representative to request a Chamber proposal from ClearPath Mutual. If you do not have an agent, please reach out to Hilary Morgan. Additionally, ClearPath Mutual wants to assure you that they as a company are taking the health and well-being of our community, customers, and associates very seriously. Like you, the Chamber and ClearPath are closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
*Discount applied upon policy effective date.
Spotlight of the Month
Jim Beam American Stillhouse

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Jim Beam American Stillhouse as Spotlight of the Month.

We were recently proud to announce that Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, is making long-term commitments to sustainability across every facet of its value chain, from seed to sip – a program known as Proof Positive. These commitments to the environment, consumers, and society are aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They aim to create a more sustainable and equitable future for Beam Suntory and its stakeholders.
 
“Making a positive impact on the planet, consumers and communities isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s a must-do for the sustainability of our business and humanity,” said Beam Suntory President & CEO Albert Baladi. “Proof Positive is inspired by Suntory’s vision of Growing for Good and represents a step-change in our sustainability ambitions. Our quality products start with the blessings of nature, and we’re determined to give back to nature more than we use. We’re fundamentally committed to reducing harmful drinking, and we’ll increase investment to support consumers in making responsible choices. We’ll use our platform to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, and leave a lasting legacy for our teams, community and our industry. Proof Positive is a critical roadmap towards 2030, 2040, and beyond for how we will positively impact the environment, our consumers and our communities.” 
 
Proof Positive targets for 2030 and 2040 include:
 
NATURE POSITIVE: Through investments in efficient technology and cleaner fuels, Beam Suntory has reduced water use per unit of production by 22 percent* and reduced greenhouse gases emitted by direct operations by 19 percent+. Building on this progress to reduce its environmental footprint, Beam Suntory is setting bold targets focused on the environment, suppliers and packaging. Goals include:
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 50 percent across direct operations by 2030, with an ambition to remove more carbon than is emitted across the entire value chain by 2040. Notably, the Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery, set to open later this year in Clermont, KY, will be the company’s first distillery powered by renewable energy, and Beam Suntory sites across the world have begun transitioning from higher carbon fuels, like coal and fuel oil, to lower carbon fuels, such as natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas. The company has also begun evaluation of options to transition to renewable fuels across distilleries globally.
  • Reducing water usage for every unit of production by 50 percent by 2030 and replenishing more water than what is used in direct operations to water sources, shared with local communities and nature, by 2040. Beam Suntory’s Natural Water Sanctuary Program is inspired by Suntory’s unwavering dedication to sustainable water quality. It reflects an ongoing commitment to protecting the source of water for future use in its spirits and for surrounding communities. Both Maker’s Mark and the James B. Beam Distilling Co. have established Natural Water Sanctuaries in Kentucky to protect local water sources that are vital to the crafting of bourbon.
  • Planting more trees than those harvested to make whiskey barrels a commitment to plant 500,000 trees annually by 2030. With Beam Suntory’s iconic bourbon brands aging only in new charred oak barrels, the world category leader is stepping up to ensure a sustainable source of American White Oak for future use in production, and to support sustainable forestry practices. 
  • Working only with suppliers that use sustainable practices by 2040. 
  • Using 100 percent recyclable packaging and 40 percent recycled materials by weight across the packaging portfolio by 2030.
 
CONSUMER POSITIVE:  Beam Suntory provides tools for consumers to make positive choices for their personal wellbeing and impact on others through its Drink Smart program (www.drinksmart.com), partners with organizations around the world on evidence-based programs to combat underage consumption, binge drinking and impaired driving, and provides consumers with calorie and alcohol content for its key products. To further elevate its commitment to reducing harmful drinking and empowering consumers to make the right choices for them, the company has set goals that include:
  • Investing $500 million to promote responsible decisions and positively impact behavior by significantly expanding responsibility-led brand communications, elevating the Drink Smart platform, and supporting evidence-based partner programs. The company aims to engage more than 300 million consumers by 2030 with messages and tools designed to promote responsible decisions and reduce harmful drinking.
  • Enabling expanded choices by developing, introducing and investing in awareness of low- or no-ABV products in key categories, including whiskey, tequila, gin, vodka and ready-to-drink, by 2030.
  • Providing nutrition and alcohol content information on packaging or online for 100 percent of products by 2030. 
 
COMMUNITY POSITIVE: Beam Suntory will foster a more inclusive and equitable culture, while working to increase gender, racial, and ethnic representation across its business, and continue to engage and support employees around the world to volunteer their time. Goals include:
  • Reaching 50 percent women in leadership positions globally, 45 percent racially and ethnically diverse employee representation in the US, and achieve an industry-leading sense of belonging among employees by 2030. 
  • Contributing 1 million cumulative volunteer hours to communities around the world by 2030 and continuing to invest in initiatives and organizations that support on-trade partners, build stronger communities, and promote social justice.

The company’s sustainability strategy is underpinned by corporate values rooted in a strict Code of Conduct & Ethics and a rigorous Global Citizenship Policy.
 
Beam Suntory will disclose progress against its targets each year.
 
More information about Proof Positive can be found at: http://www.beamsuntory.com/sustainability.

Ambassador of the Month

Julie Arney
Astra Behavioral Health, LLC
Phone: (502) 349-3100

Julie Arney continues to show her support for the Chamber. She has been a faithful Ambassador to the Chamber for several years.
Thank you Julie for all the support you have shown your local community!
Welcome New Chamber Members

Wine, Whiskey and Bourbon Barrel Broker and Cooperage For Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries Around The World.
Rep- Emily Hillier
Contact- 530-680-1700 or emily@countryconnection.biz
Location- 134 Banjo Street, Unit A, Bardstown, KY 40004

Small family business who focuses on land clearing and grading for commercial and KYTC.
Rep- Michelle Isaacs
Contact- 502-331-8192 or mhisaacs@hiconllc.com
Location- 3016 New Haven Road, Bardstown, KY 40004

Our dealership's mission is to develop customers for life by providing the best choice of products and highest level of service to the farming, commercial, residential, and construction communities.
Rep- Jack Allison
Contact- 502-348-1665 or jallison@wrightimp.com
Location- 219 Camptown Road, Bardstown, KY 40004
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