CHAMBER Quarterly BRIEFINGS & Updates
May  2015

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May 26th, from retiring Executive Director Pat Wallace:

Hi, I am pleased to tell you that I think your board of directors did a fine job of hiring my replacement.

Paul Cole has been working with me since his official hiring, and is excited to be your new director. He is a fine person with the kind of values we appreciate, and even though he is not a Henry County native, he has a real appreciation for our county and all it has to offer. A new perspective is always appreciated, and I know he will do a great job for members of the Chamber. My hope is that all of you continue to be a part of the one business organization in Henry County that tries to promote Henry County.

You will be receiving your information letter to our June annual meeting soon. This is our annual meeting, and the budget will be approved, you will meet Paul and hear from him, and I will say good-by to dear members of the Chamber. I sincerely hope you will put June 30 on your calendar and come to enjoy a meal catered by Grigsby-Stiltz, check out next year's budget, and hear my good-by and Paul's hello. I REALLY do need sponsors for the dinner. This is a great one to sponsor, and I hope there will be members who would like some more exposure as your logo is on the program and you may share info during the sponsor time. You also can hand out any information you wish to the attendees.

Also I need door prizes as well. Yes, I am still begging as this is my last time to bug you and I hope you can help me (out the door).

If you would like to sponsor (full sponsorship is $500 [4 dinner tickets included] and 1/2 is $250 [2 tickets included], please let me know asap as I like to share sponsor's name in the letter to the members.

Thank you to all who have been so supportive during the past 16 years. You all mean so much to Jesse and me.

Pat


July 11th Quaker State 400 @ Kentucky Speedway

Henry County Chamber of Commerce Members are eligible for discount tickets for this event. Contact Pat Wallace for more details.

This came from the Better Business Bureau:

The BBB is having a seminar on this on Aug. 27 from 8:30-11:30 at Republic Bank, Brownsboro Rd. It costs $99. If you want more info on it, call me at 845-0806. Read the info below and perhaps do a mental check of your customer relations. Being a member of BBB can really help with many things (such as good info to send my members.)
A passion for success (Are you losing customers and don't know why?)

Fact: 7 out of 10 customers who stop doing business with a company do so because of the way they were treated on the first contact.
Fact: 96% of unhappy customers never complain about discourtesy, but 91% of them do not buy again from a business who offended them.
Fact: Customers who encounter bad service tell an average of 11 other people about their bad experiences.
Fact: Courting new business can cost up to 5 times more than strengthening relationships with current customers.
Fact: 97% of all companies never formally train employees in the simple art of customer retention.

I also received some information from the Cabinet for Economic Development about a couple of programs they have for businesses. KY Small Business Tax Credit and KY Small Business Credit Initiative. If you wish more info call 800-626-2250. If you want a copy of what I received, stop by or call me and I will make you a copy.


 

April 20, 2015

 Just a few items have come to my attention that I want to share. I received a letter from Betty Rankin who is working with Adult Education, and she is attempting to reach the 1,529 people ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma or GED. She is trying to catch the attention of individuals who have need of the adult education program. While the group has distributed flyers, placing information in the Henry County Local, speaking to small groups, and partnering with Family Services, she has found that reaching these individuals is extremely difficult. She is now trying to catch the attention of those in need of this service by gathering donated items from our businesses and having a monthly drawing to motivate these students. The winner could choose his/her prize from the items donated. Gift certificates, items for the home, or whatever you might wish to donate will be greatly appreciated. Not only does this make students stay motivated, but the business will receive a letter of proof for tax purposes and recognition in a press release. You can contact Betty at 502-210-0660, and you will have the satisfaction of helping make these people ready for a job (in today's world, no diploma or GED eliminates many people from good jobs). Henry County is working toward being a work ready community, and this aspect is very important.

Perhaps you have stuff from spring cleaning that you wondered how to get rid of; here is hour chance. The Spring Recycling Event is May 23 from 9-noon at Eminence Christian Church (5333 S. Main Street, Eminence Ky).

See the PDF FLYER here.

Also I have to give away a computer monitor and if no one needs it, I guess I will take it to the recycle event.

Our dinner is June 30. I will be sending letters out closer to the time, but please mark your calendar. I hope to see many members there.

If you have sales, news, or anything the members should know, don't forget to send me the info so I can share.

Pat Wallace, Executive Director

Please NOTE the new email address:

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Chamber Ambassadors

The Board approved our working toward a way to help you get to know other chamber members and also help keep information flowing. We plan to start an Ambassadorís Club with interested volunteers, adjusting the ideas to fit our smaller organization.

The only requirement to be a Chamber Ambassador is that you be a employee or owner of a business in good standing with the Chamber or be an associate member and want to expand your knowledge of our business community. There are numerous ways to take part in this program. [[MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM ]] This gives you an opportunity to meet other chamber members, discuss ideas and problems in common, and strengthen both your business and the chamber.

Polly Troxell, Outstanding Citizen
Polly Troxell,
Outstanding Citizen

Pat and Lloyd Gray
Pat and Lloyd Gray
Outstanding Farmers.

Are you a new HCCC member?
Have you changed your email address?
To UPDATE existing Membership Information call Pat, or email:


Interested in knowing all the stats on Henry County?? Check this amazing site out!
Just select for Henry County Kentucky or whatever community or state.

http://www.ruraldataportal.org

If your business can benefit from our (Check) Henry County First campaign to keep money in Henry County, call the office to be a member. It costs the business nothing, and when a certificate is used in your business, let the Chamber know and a check is written for the amount of the certificate. We all win because that money stayed in Henry County. We have 15 retail businesses listed now, and we certainly could use more.

Maintaining your membership in the Chamber not only helps you, but it helps the entire community. If there were no chamber, businesses would have no unified voice to promote the county and its resources. Our executive director goes outside the county to meetings and events to promote Henry County. It is another arm to make sure Henry County stays successful.


Henry County Profiles

bullet Ag and Food Profiles for Henry County http://www2.ca.uky.edu/CEDIK-files/Henry_Profile3.pdf
bullet Economic Profiles for Henry County http://www2.ca.uky.edu/CEDIK-files/Henry_EP.pdf
bullet Health Care Profiles for Henry County http://www2.ca.uky.edu/CEDIK-files/Henry_HCP.pdf
bullet Retail Profiles for Henry County http://www2.ca.uky.edu/CEDIK-files/Henry_RS.pdf

Above are links to some interesting information on Henry County that were prepared by our Extension Community and Economic Development Initiative. They suggested that the data would be of interest to many community leaders.

Maryellen Garrison
Henry County Extension Agent

UPDATES:

Tuesday May 5th, Information distribution to Henry County Chamber of Commerce Members

U.S. Small Business Administrationís Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Kentucky affected by severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides and mudslides on April 2-17, 2015.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott in Kentucky which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Anderson, Boyd, Bullitt, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Garrard, Grant, Greenup, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Lewis, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Rockcastle, Shelby, Spencer and Woodford in Kentucky; Clark, Floyd and Harrison in Indiana, and Wayne in West Virginia.


Jay MacKenna
Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Disaster Assistance
Field Operations Center East
101 Marietta Street, NW
Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30303-2725
Telephone: (404) 331-0333


Click here for PDF information

April 20, 2015

 Just a few items have come to my attention that I want to share. I received a letter from Betty Rankin who is working with Adult Education, and she is attempting to reach the 1,529 people ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma or GED. She is trying to catch the attention of individuals who have need of the adult education program. While the group has distributed flyers, placing information in the Henry County Local, speaking to small groups, and partnering with Family Services, she has found that reaching these individuals is extremely difficult. She is now trying to catch the attention of those in need of this service by gathering donated items from our businesses and having a monthly drawing to motivate these students. The winner could choose his/her prize from the items donated. Gift certificates, items for the home, or whatever you might wish to donate will be greatly appreciated. Not only does this make students stay motivated, but the business will receive a letter of proof for tax purposes and recognition in a press release. You can contact Betty at 502-210-0660, and you will have the satisfaction of helping make these people ready for a job (in today's world, no diploma or GED eliminates many people from good jobs). Henry County is working toward being a work ready community, and this aspect is very important.

Perhaps you have stuff from spring cleaning that you wondered how to get rid of; here is hour chance. The Spring Recycling Event is May 23 from 9-noon at Eminence Christian Church (5333 S. Main Street, Eminence Ky).

See the PDF FLYER here.

Also I have to give away a computer monitor and if no one needs it, I guess I will take it to the recycle event.

Our dinner is June 30. I will be sending letters out closer to the time, but please mark your calendar. I hope to see many members there.

If you have sales, news, or anything the members should know, don't forget to send me the info so I can share.

Pat Wallace, Executive Director

March 5, 2015

Our first networking dinner for 2015 will be March 31 at 6:00 at the Henry County Extension Office with appetizers sponsored by Henry County Rural Diabetes (Mona Huff), and dinner by All the Way Shoppe (Linda and Darrell Aldridge) at 6:30. We really need a sponsor for the dinner, and if your company would enjoy sharing information about what it does, we welcome you to call me at 845-0806. You have time on the program to provide information and your logo will be on the program. We have 2 levels of sponsorship: $250 which give you 2 dinner tickets and shared time on the program and $500 which gives 4 dinner tickets and more time to discuss your business. Please let me know of your interest by March 15.

We have tentatively scheduled an evening of discussion of motivation with Tommy Lanham, Chamber President, leading you in some ways to motivate your employees and perhaps yourself. We will also hear from George Saliba, the owner of four McDonalds (Eminence, Pendleton. LaGrange, and Clarksville, Indiana) who came to America not speaking a word of English but who has been motivated to make the American dream come true. I think you will enjoy hearing our local people share this program with you.

We look forward to seeing you on March 31. It is our sincere hope that the weather will decide it is spring, and we will not have to wear our snow boots. Please return your acceptance by March 26. Thank you for being a Chamber member, and I look forward to seeing you on the 31st.

Pat Wallace, Executive Director

February 23, 2015

Good cold morning, I hope you all had no problems with the snow and ice. I just wanted to remind you that the deadline of Feb. 27 is coming up this week for your ad in the This is Henry Co. magazine. If you are not in there, how will people know you exist? Relocation information is important to people who call for it, and this lets them know what we have. Henry County has wonderful businesses and the rural atmosphere is loved by so many. Where better to raise a family??? Shout it out that you are here and ready to do business! I always look forward to each new magazine, and I think I have a copy for every year I have worked with the Local to do this. I also thank them for all of their hard work.

Your invitation to our next networking dinner will be mailed shortly. Mark March 31 on your calendar and save the date. I am in need of sponsors for the dinner. If you are interested in having your logo and business name on the cover of the program, time on the program to share info, and let everyone know what you do, give me a call (845-0806) or respond to this e-mail.

ALSO (Day at the Races): I must have a number for the races this week so we could reserve seats. If you did NOT e-mail me about wanting tickets, please let me know no later than tomorrow (Tuesday, February 24). I only have 12 now, so if no one else wants to go, I will cancel the order. I have to have at least 24 to be a group on millionaire's row. Just let me know if you wish to go. I am trying for May 7 and it is a late day and early evening event. The lady I spoke with thought the first race would be about 4 and they are calling it Twilight Racing. This is different from our past times at the races.

Hope your week is good and NO more snow!!!

Thank you for supporting Henry County and helping to let people know who we are and what we have to offer. If you have questions, call me at 845-0806 or 641-1512.

Pat Wallace, Executive Director

January 13, 2015

Just a few things to update at this time:

Several have asked for more info (regarding the sidewalk project). I...wanted to let you know that the Leadership Class 2014 has their brochures ready on their sidewalk project at the new park. They are available here at the office, the Henry Co. Library, and will be placed around the county. I hope you will be able to support this great project, and it is tax deductible as a charitable donation. If you have questions, call the Chamber.

Pat Wallace, Executive Director

Please NOTE the new email address:

November 18, 2014

I want to welcome a new member who operates next door to the Chamber office. Clubb Pharmacy is now open and ready to serve your prescription needs as well as offering other items that will save you a trip to the grocery. Come by and check out this beautiful new store. Miranda is pleased to help with transfers or any other information you might need. She can be reached at 845-2345.

Pat Wallace, Executive Director


Donít forget to send me YOUR breaking news. My e-mail is  or call 845-0806 or my cell at 502-641-1512.

 

 

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