CHAMBER Quarterly BRIEFINGS & Updates
December 3, 2015

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Welcome Executive Director Paul Cole


Upcoming Events:

December 5: Light Up New Castle, Saturday, 4-7

Santa arrives by fire truck @ 4 in front of the Courthouse. He will greet children and handout Candy Canes.  There will be free snacks and refreshments. The Christmas tree will be lit at dark

December 5: Light Up Campbellsburg, Saturday, 2 to 9 pm.

2pm-Little Mr. and Mrs. Snowflake Contest; - 3pm- Campbellsburg Elementary Show Choir; 4-8pm- Free Carriage Rides; 5pm- Chili Cook-off; 5:30pm- Christmas Goodie Bake-off Contest; 6pm- Santa on the fire truck;  6-8pm- Pictures with Santa;  6:30pm- Chili Supper; 7:30pm- Silent Praise of Kentuckiana.

December 5: Light up Eminence, Saturday 5:30 pm - Santa arrives by fire truck on Main Street

December 5: Christmas Open House @ the Berry Center

The Bookstore at The Berry Center  will host a Christmas Open House Saturday, December 5, 2015 10am-4pm with Book Signings 11am-2pm by Wendell Berry, Susan Reigler, and Pam Spaulding 129 S. Main Street, New Castle

December Weekends (5&6, 12&13) A Dickens Christmas Festival

The Kentucky Renaissance Festival will host A Dickens Christmas the first two weekends in December form 12 - 6.  Admission is $5. Food will be available at Mikaela's Inn for additional purchase, Scenes from "A Christmas Carol" will be presented, photos with Santa, Christmas Carols and merchant shops open for your Christmas shopping. 955 Elm St. Eminence KY -


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 Paul, 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.

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
bullet Economic Profiles for Henry County
bullet Health Care Profiles for Henry County
bullet Retail Profiles for Henry County

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


June 30th

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.

Paul Cole 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.

Paul is 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 businesses,

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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