CHAMBER Quarterly BRIEFINGS
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Fond Farewell to Executive Director Pat Wallace,
Warm Welcome to Executive Director Paul Cole
At our June
Networking dinner we celebrated our retiring Executive Director Pat Wallace for
her 16 years of service to the business community of Henry County. We were
introduced to our new Exec. Dir. Mr. Paul Cole.
We look forward
to working with Mr. Cole, once he gets his feet under him, I'm sure he wants to
meet more of the members, some were unable to attend the networking dinner.
was born and raised in Indiana. He chose Henry County as his home after
serving in the Army and Navy. He has worked for the Department of
Defense and has experience as a marketer.
He is married
to Kim and they have two sons, James and Eric. James is in college and Eric
will be a junior at HCHS. They live just outside of New Castle.
excited about the chamber and wants to meet as many members as possible to
learn how and what members want from their Chamber. He wants to
increase membership and make the Chamber the go-to organization for
Paul has been
all over the world, but the lifestyle of Henry County fits his idea of a
great place to live. He came to our county from McAlester OK, and he
received his welcome/relocation packet from the Chamber in 2013. He
and his family enjoy festivals, markets and nature. We welcome Paul to
the Chamber and have every reason to believe he is a good fit.
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.
Thank you to all who have been so supportive during the past 16
years. You all mean so much to Jesse and me.
July 11th Quaker State 400 @
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.)
passion for success (Are you losing customers
and don't know why?)
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.
Customers who encounter bad service tell an
average of 11 other people about their bad
Fact: Courting new business can
cost up to 5 times more than strengthening
relationships with current customers.
97% of all companies never formally train
employees in the simple art of customer
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.
the new email address:
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
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.
Pat and Lloyd Gray
Are you a new HCCC member?
Have you changed your email address?
To UPDATE existing Membership Information call Paul, or email:
knowing all the stats on Henry County?? Check this amazing site out!
Just select for Henry County Kentucky or whatever community or state.
If your business can benefit
(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.
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.
Henry County Extension Agent
Tuesday May 5th, Information
distribution to Henry County Chamber of Commerce
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
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.
Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Disaster Assistance
Operations Center East
101 Marietta Street,
Atlanta, GA 30303-2725
Telephone: (404) 331-0333
Click here for
April 20, 2015
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.
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.
Donít forget to
send me YOUR breaking news. My e-mail is or call 845-0806.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday -9:30- 2:30
PO Box 355 / 11 N. Main
New Castle, KY 40050
FAX: (502) 845-5313
If you have questions
about any Chamber activity,
call Pat at 845-0806.
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