2023 May E-News
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 chamber@bardstownchamber.com for sponsorship fee amounts.  
April Connect Hosted By: Nelson County Schools- Area Technology Center
On April 19th, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber held its second morning Connect of the year hosted at the Nelson County Area Technology Center. Both community & business members gathered for networking and to hear from some of the ATC’s team members on the multiple programs the center offers and upcoming plans for their new UP Center. For those of you that do not know, ATC works with employer partners and educators from across the region to develop innovative programs, dual- credit opportunities and professional-based experiences for their students. They work to help students discover and showcase their gifts and prepare them to enter the workforce with the skills needed for success. Skill based programs include automotive, carpentry, electrical, IT, welding, aerospace, and health science. These programs are VITAL for the success of both the students and businesses that have teamed up together with the overall goal of a thriving community. 

For more information on the Area of Technology Center you can visit their website at https://atc.nelson.kyschools.us/welcome or call them at 502-348-9096 to schedule a visit.
National Civics Bee
On April 22nd, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber held its first ever National Civics Bee at Thomas Nelson High School. 17 middle school students from across the county gathered to test their civics knowledge to win the top prize of $500 dollars and for the chance to compete in the statewide competition held later this year at the Kentucky State Fair. The students competed in two rounds of questioning, the top five with the most points advancing into round three. Talon Merta, Zackery Nalley, Elizabeth Hatton, Myah Collie, and Josie Hite were the top five finalists. The top five finalists gave a brief presentation on their essay topic with the judges, and Myah impressed the judges the most with her topic on “lack of recreation for teens her age in Nelson County” winning her first place in the competition. In addition to Collie’s win, Hatton took home second place and $250 dollars, and Hite was awarded third place taking home the prize of $150 dollars. On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber congratulations and a job well done! 

We want to acknowledge the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation for sponsoring this event and trusting us to help pilot this program. We want to thank the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for their support and encouragement, and we look forward to sending these 3 amazing individuals to the State Event.

We would also like to thank our elected officials, Senator Jimmy Higdon, State Representative Candy Massaroni, Nelson County Judge-Executive Tim Hutchins, and Mayor Dick Heaton for their support. Also, thank you to our local sponsors: Abound Credit Union, Lincoln National Bank, Town & Country Bank and Trust Co., Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co., 150 Quick Stop, GBA Office Solutions, and Eric Hayden Collision and Towing and Perfect Dent Repair. 

Thank you to Thomas Nelson High School, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Bunch for the incredible hospitality. And we want to lastly thank our committee and volunteers that have been a tremendous help, thank you!

Why is Civics such an importance for students? In civics, you learn to contribute to public processes and discussions of real issues. Without knowing the Fundamentals of Government, Ownership as Citizens, Proactive and Knowledgeable Voting, and Limitations of Government just to name a few. A democratic society relies on its people to fulfill their duties as citizens. When they are given a proper civics education, people know what is expected of them and to what limitations the government is bound. It is important to consider some of the key reasons why this subject benefits students who are about to become participating members of society.
Upcoming Events
2023 XLR8 Information
No more spots available.
Please email chamber@bardstownchamber.com to be put on the waitlist.
May Connect
May 24 2023
Save the Date
August 11, 2023
Ribbon Cuttings

Legends Equestrian Center/ Chavez Stables
May 10, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 910 Louisville Farms Road, Coxs Creek

Kentucky Straight Apparel & Co.
May 17, 2023
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: 400 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown

Dean Watts- Joshua W. Eversole Memorial Scoreboard
May 25, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 300 Spencer Mattingly Lane, Bardstown
Previous Ribbon Cuttings:
Congratulations to Parker's Wildflower, LLC on their ribbon cutting that was held on April 13th.
Congratulations to Bardstown Theatricals LLC on their ribbon cutting that was held on April 28th.
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
On April 26th, we had our last day with our 2022-2023 Young Leaders. They spent the morning volunteering at Feed America and then we ended with a luncheon at My Old Kentucky Home where we recognized their journey to become leaders in our community. Thank you to Uncle Spoony’s Sports Bar & Kitchen for the delicious meal and thank you to Oliver's Confections for the delicious cookies. A scholarship was also presented to Bella Wood. This scholarship was based on the essay that was submitted at the beginning of the year. Thank you to all of our sponsors for the 2022-2023 year.

Level 3- Top Sponsors: American Fuji Seal, CHI Saint Joseph Health - Flaget Memorial Hospital & Foundation, NPR of America, Inc., and ORBIS Corporation.

Level 2 Sponsors: 3-D Graphics, Advantage Resourcing, Anytime Fitness, Baptist Health Hardin, Bardstown City Schools, Bethlehem High School, Doug Brink, Realtor with United Real Estate Louisville, Grizzly Media, LG&E and KU, Lincoln National Bank, Mike Brooks & Associates, Nesco Resource, Nelson County Schools, PeopleReady, Thoroughbred Asset Management, Town & Country Bank and Trust Co., WesBanco, and Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co.

Level 1 Sponsors: Abound Credit Union, Bardstown Bourbon Company, My Old Kentucky Home, and Nelson County Extension Service.
Spotlight of the Month
My Old Kentucky Home State Park

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize My Old Kentucky Home State Park as Spotlight of the Month.

Celebrating 100 years!  

My Old Kentucky Home State Park is excited to be celebrating 100 years of servicing the public this year in July, but when most people are asked when was the last time they visited the Park they mention a field trip in the fifth grade or maybe a wedding. We want to let you know all of the exciting things that are happening on the Park. On May 7th we will be hosting My Old Kentucky Barbecue. This will be an exciting Post Derby Event. Our goal is to create and host exciting events for visitors and locals. Some exciting events that are coming up this year: Home Coming - Celebrating 100 years of Coming Home, a ticketed event during Bourbon Festival week, Shadows of Federal Hill - Masquerade Ball, and A My Old Kentucky Christmas Carol. We have started offering bourbon tastings and specialized experiences. These events and experiences are available on our website at visitmyoldkyhome.com and tickets are available at mokhshop.com.  

Other great things to check out at the Park: daily tours of our Historical Mansion, our exceptional golf course, our picturesque campground, and any of our great event spaces. We would love to help you host your next big event!

Ambassador of the Month

Megan Blaney
Heartland Communications Consultants, Inc.

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

Auto Detailing Service.
Rep- Joe Dean
Contact- (270) 510-2724 or alphadetailingbtown@gmail.com

We are a local affordable Lawn Care business who can take care of your outdoor needs!
Affordable Mowing and Weed Eating, Turf Maintenance Program, Fertilization, Weed Control, Landscape, Makeover, Fencerow Cleanup, Power Seeding, Pre-Emergent, Mulching, Snow Removal, De-icing, Salt, Spreading, Sidewalk Clearing.
Rep- Jonathan Martin
Contact- (502) 507-1026 or atdlawnserviceky@gmail.com

Automotive Body Shop.
Rep- Adam Frost
Contact- (502) 348-8379 or adam.frost@caliber.collision.com

Opened in 1987, Kentucky Kingdom has more than 70 family-friendly rides and attractions, including sparkling wavepools, towering slides and pint-sized rides all in the heart of Louisville, KY!
Rep- Logan Sanderson
Contact- (502) 813-8247 or lsanderson@kentuckykingdom.com

Through in-person or virtual get-togethers, I show the benefits of skin care as well as ideas for color. I can also assist with gifts through out the year from Mother's Day, Christmas, etc.
Rep- Dawn White
Contact- (502) 709-1206 or kdwhitemk@yahoo.com
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