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resident Ronald Reagan famously displayed a small plaque on his desk that read, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” This summer, Kentucky’s most-read business magazine, The Lane Report, featured our community in its June issue. The story focused on the steady growth in jobs and investment our region has experienced despite the worst Judge Executive Mike Buchanon, WKU President Gary Ransdell, Bowling Green recession and liquidity Chamber Chair Brad Howard, Chamber crisis in generations. The President & CEO Ron Bunch, Bowling Green article cited $1.375 billion Mayor Bruce Wilkerson, SKYCT President Phil Neal and Downtown TIF Committee Chair of capital investment in Doug Gorman in the June Lane Report (Photo and around Bowling Green by WKU Clinton Lewis) since 2008, through a time when most areas of the country were floundering. In seeking to explain how we weathered the economic riptide, writer Debra Gibson Isaacs discovered the teamwork, cooperation and focus on fundamentals that set our community apart. Economic development is truly a team sport and the main job of leadership is remembering that fact. On August 22, Western Kentucky University and The Medical Center will cut the ribbon opening the new Medical Sciences Center, a $16 million facility among $178 million of new capital investments in the downtown TIF district stretching from the WKU campus to The Medical Center. On August 23, Coffee Hour will be sponsored by the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority, the kind of public-private organization that exemplifes the teamwork and can-do spirit celebrated by the Lane Report.

Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Ron Bunch, CEcD

August Coffee Hour celebrates downtown renaissance ........... 2 National Corvette Museum breaks new ground ................. 6

Chairman Brad Howard Board Chair-Elect John Mark Fones Immediate Past Chairman D. Gaines Penn Vice Chair Tommy Adams

Ribbon-Cuttings ...................7-8 New benefits and services for Chamber Partners ................ 14

Vice Presidents William H. Borders II, CFP® Joy Rogers Robbin Taylor Board of Directors Barton Darrell Mark O. Iverson Bill Murphree Alan Palmer Kim Thomas Eric Walker Ed Whitehead

Steve Davis Dion W. Houchins Todd Matthews Alex Nottmeier Alan Vilines Regina Webb

Ex-Officio Members James “Doc” Kaelin Amy Milliken Bruce Wilkerson

The 2013 Chamber Connection Newsletter is designed and printed by Print Media at 2967 Louisville Road in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Your Chamber staff Ron Bunch President & CEO Emilee Buttrum Partnership Coordinator Maureen Carpenter, IOM, EDP VP, Regional Economic Development & Talent Kayla Cruse Economic Development Research & Marketing Coordinator Crystal Cummings Office Manager

Brad Howard 2013 Chairman of the Board of Directors Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Transforming South Central Kentucky through Talent & Innovation

in this issue:

Katie Dykes Program & Events Coordinator Yvonne Franks Financial Coordinator Nick Fuhrman Communications & Public Policy Director John Harnage Partnership Development Director

Lea Ila Hoover Executive Assistant/Associate Project Manager Betty Martin Associate Project Manager Tonya Matthews, ACE, IOM, CCE VP, Partnership Services Melinda Rector Receptionist/Database Administrator Meredith Robinson COO/CFO Julie Sapp Project Manager Jennifer Shahan TLIM Campaign Coordinator Abbie Siljendahl Programs and Events Director Brittany Southwood Partnership Sales Representative

Chamber Offices: Mon. 8:30am - 4:30pm; Tue.-Fri. 8am-4:30pm Tel: 270.781.3200 710 College Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Join us as we celebrate the recent developments in city center and announce exciting details about several upcoming projects. Chairman of the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority, Doug Gorman, will give an update on how the Authority is progressing toward the required $150 million in downtown TIF investment and

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august Coffee Hour celebrates downtown bowling green how the City of Bowling Green has become a statewide model for its use of TIF in spurring redevelopment. Other city and business leaders will be on hand to take questions and preview some exciting new projects that are underway.

TIF District Spurs Downtown Growth that is ‘Uniquely BG


ooperation, determination and perhaps the right timing are elements that have all come together over the past six years for downtown Bowling Green’s City Center and the leaders who have worked diligently to bring millions of dollars of investment to the city. Doug Gorman, Chairman of the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority (WCDEDA), the entity that is responsible for the redevelopment and financing of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, is looking forward to being certified by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as passing the $150 Million goal to become a Signature TIF a full two years earlier than required by state statute.. The state returns local tax dollars paid to the state to Signature TIF districts so reaching that milestone has been an important goal. The TIF has a lifetime of 27 years, and will pay dividends to South Central Kentucky for several decades. Projections for the next five years will bring the total capital investment in the TIF district to over $225 million. Those investments date back to 2008, when Bowling Green received approval for the TIF district to spur significant development in the downtown area. Starting with the Hot Rods Stadium ($25 Million), then SKyPAC ($27.3 Million) and continuing with the building of The Medical Center-WKU Health Science Complex ($19 Million) and the new HitCents Park Plaza ($25 Million), downtown Bowling Green has become a thriving ‘City Center.’ The concept behind TIF districts is that tax revenue generated above the existing tax base is funneled back to the area for additional development. Bowling Green’s TIF, also called the “WKU Gateway to Downtown Bowling

Green” will receive 80% of the growth in sales, state withholding, LLC and corporate net profit, as well as city occupational tax in the area. The WCDEDA board members, along with the Master Developer for the project, Alliance Corporation, has been able to utilize New Market Tax Credits, Industrial Revenue Bonds, and future TIF revenues to assist with the financing of many of the projects. “While other cities have felt the crushing effect of the national recession, Bowling Green has once again been a shining example of a “Can-Do” attitude to make this TIF successful,” says Gorman. “Without getting too complicated the use of creative financing mechanisms designed to further economic development along with the help of the City and the County, brought these projects to fruition,” said Mary Cohron, Vice Chair and Treasurer of the WCDEDA. Cohron contends that the Hot Rods Stadium was really the project that stimulated the downtown redevelopment. “If it hadn’t been for the ballpark, none of this would have happened.” Plans for SKyPAC followed shortly

after and then the downtown parking garage with 800 plus parking spaces. WKU has also played a major role in the TIF district redevelopment. “Between the Augenstein Alumni Center and The Medical Center-WKU Health Science Complex, WKU’s decision to invest in the TIF has complemented the downtown community in a big way,” Cohron says. Gorman and the additional four members of the WCDEDA also saw the need to give the downtown area, that includes the TIF district, a name. “The word TIF is not exactly how we wanted to brand the area,” explains Gorman. Thus, with funding from BGMU, the Authority worked with leaders and the community to come up with the name City Center. “It’s marketable, saleable and we hope the name will attract residents and tourists alike to discover what it’s all about,” Continues Gorman. City Center’s tagline is ‘Uniquely BG.’ True to its meaning, Bowling Green’s downtown development is ‘unique’ to the State of Kentucky. Bowling Green is now looked at as a statewide model for effectively using TIF districts for economic revitalization. Additional plans for a hotel, grocery store, additional student housing and more development from WKU are underway and will be announced in coming months. Although it has only been six years since the start of the TIF projects, City Center has already matured well beyond its years. | CHAMBER CONNECTION | 2

Partner Updates > Partner

Chamber Discount for WKU’s Professional MBA Program WKU’s Professional MBA program (PMBA) is partnering with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce to offer a $500 special tuition waiver to chamber partners who take the PMBA program. Ron Bunch, President and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce said, “WKU’s program is one of the best fully-accredited MBA programs in the nation. Our Chamber is delighted to promote the WKU PMBA and we’re especially honored to offer this exclusive tuition waiver to our Partnership.” Employees of workplaces that are partners of the Chamber and who complete the PMBA program will receive a $500 tuition waiver in their final semester. “This is the first such partnership between an executive MBA program and a local chamber of commerce we know about in Kentucky,” according to Bob Hatfield,

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research in the Gordon Ford College of Business. According to Jeff Katz, Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business, “As an applied college of business, it is critically important for us to be actively engaged with the business community. Our partnership through the excellent chamber of commerce provides many ways for our highly-skilled faculty to collaboratively work with businesses of the region as we seek to train the leaders of today and tomorrow. The PMBA program for Chamber members is a direct example of our commitment to expanding Kentucky business.” Any member of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce who would like more information about the PMBA or details about the “Chamber Discount” can contact the WKU MBA program at 7455458 or

Bunch Joins KWTC Board Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Ron Bunch was elected to the Kentucky World Trade Center Board of Directors.

employee announcements & promotions

Michael Sherrod has been named the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HCA/ TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital. He replaces former CEO Mark Marsh. Sherrod comes to Greenview from Coliseum Northside Hospital in Macon, Georgia where he has served as CEO since 2010.

Chamber Chatter

> Partner awards & recognitions

For the second consecutive year, Becker’s Hospital Review has recognized Andre Boyd, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, as one of only 25 men and women nationally who, before reaching the age of 40, have excelled as healthcare leaders. WKYU-PBS was nominated for six regional Emmy Awards for broadcasting excellence and won three trophies Saturday, July 20 in Cincinnati. Barbara Deeb was honored to be nominated for her interview with triple-amputee Bryan Anderson. Station Manager David Brinkley won two technical awards and Cheryl Beckley won a trophy for producing a “Mainstreet” feature on Bernheim Forest. The Club at Olde Stone was selected as the 42nd Best Residential Golf Course by GolfWeek Magazine. The nationwide team of esteemed course raters experienced Olde Stone and raved about the course layout, amenities and community. “This elite ranking is a remarkable accomplishment and a true testament to the quality of Olde Stone,” said Kevin Childers, PGA, Director of Golf. Container World celebrates 30 years in business August 26th-29th: Ribbon cutting 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 26. Storewide discounts Monday-Thursday. Drawings, Refreshments, and Ice Cream from Chaney’s Dairy Barn on Thursday, August 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Call Container World for details: 270-781-4145.

Business After Hours

thursday, August 22, 2013 Sponsored by Chuck’s Liquor Outlet Bowling Green Ball Park-Upper Level

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. • No Fee • Online Registration Requested. Business After Hours is a networking program that gives Chamber partners and guests the opportunity to make new contacts, renew acquaintances and exchange business information. The event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and possible entertainment at no cost. Business After Hours has an average attendance of 60-100.



Small Business Spotlights Alliance Moves In, Musicians Pro Relocates, Armory Lofts Opens


stablished in Glasgow in 1975, Alliance Corporation has continued to provide quality construction services to South Central Kentucky. In fact, Alliance Corporation has constructed over 150 projects in Bowling Green/Warren County alone, including Bowling Green Ball Park, SKyPAC and the new Augenstein Alumni Center located on the campus of Western Kentucky University. In June, Alliance Corporation celebrated Alliance Corporation’s Bowling Green Headquarters in the Kirtley Building on College St. a momentous occasion, the reopening of their Bowling Green office. usician’s Pro – In 1996, When asked about the new location, Musician’s Pro started when Chris Houchens, Marketing Director friends and fellow musicians for Alliance Corporation, said, “After William Moss and Sean Thomas decided operating out of temporary facilities while to open a music store that would carry constructing projects in the TIF District, top music brands they wanted to play on Alliance Corporation wanted a permanent and weren’t offered for sale locally such location. The office is located in the middle as Roland, Yamaha, Gibson, Marshall, portion of the Kirtley Building, which sits Vox, and others. As with the many local in the midst of several of our signature businesses, Musician’s Pro has had to make projects. In addition, the new location will adjustments to battle the slow economy also serve as an operation hub for Warren and look for new ways to grow the County and select counties in the regional business. area.” For more information on Alliance Recently, their move just two doors down Corporation, please visit http://www. from their location of 16 years has allowed Musician’s Pro to give the aging store a new appearance and to expand its store size. Musicians Pro is proud of its newly expanded store, top name brands, and


superior sound, lighting, stage, and video systems. See more info and pics on the Facebook page: www.facebook. com/musicianspro.


rmory Lofts (www. by Owner/ Developer David C. Garvin Jr. are the first true loft spaces available as residences in Bowling Green. Constructed in the Drill Hall section of the old Bowling Green Armory, designated a local landmark, and characterized by voluminous space and panoramic views of local landmarks, the loft spaces will prominently feature the building’s rugged architectural support structure. “There is no substitute for materials which have aged the better part of a century. The patina of the old Drill Hall’s architectural elements such as exposed masonry, concrete, wooden flooring, steel beams, and gridded rafters create such visual interest as well as a warm, hip, urban environment,” Garvin says. High ceilings, exposed steel trusses, and concrete floors are just the highlights of these innovative living spaces conveniently located downtown in close proximity to the fine dining, shops and the university. According to Garvin, only a few spots remain. Contact David C. Garvin for leasing information @ 270-3202040 or email

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS Manufacturing Institute President to Headline 2013 Chamber Business & Industry Dinner October 3


ennifer McNelly, President of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), will speak in Bowling Green October 3 at the Chamber’s annual Business and Industry Appreciation Banquet. As President of the Institute, Jennifer has driven an agenda focused on improving and expanding manufacturing in the United States through education, innovation, and research. Prior to joining the Institute, Jennifer, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), was Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office (DOL) Office of Regional Innovation and Transformation. She also served as the Director of the Business

Relations Group for the DOL Employment and Training Administration. In this capacity, she managed the President’s High-Growth Job Training Initiative and the CommunityBased Job Training Grants. Her strong private-sector experience includes serving as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, LLC, an international consulting firm specializing in assisting Fortune 500 corporations build strategic partnerships with government agencies in support of workforce development. Jennifer is a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee, the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Education Foundation, and the Jobs for DC Graduates Board of Directors.

NHK-NASCO Turns Over New LEAF® NHK-NASCO, the first Japanese company to begin manufacturing operations in Bowling Green 27 years ago, held a Ribbon Cutting and Open House June 18 to celebrate opening of its new, $20 million Motor Core advanced manufacturing facility. NHK’s Motor Core Facility manufactures the motor core for the entirely electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF®

Manufacturing Wage & Benefits Survey Underway


he data collection phase of KAM’s 2013 Annual Manufacturing Wage and Benefits Survey is underway. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) invites Chamber Partners to participate in its 2013 Manufacturing Wage and Benefits Survey. As a benefit for completing the survey, you will receive a complimentary electronic copy of KAM’s 2013 Annual Manufacturing Wage and Benefits Survey report for your region as well as the statewide report.


The report generated by this survey will contain the most current, accurate and relevant information you need to make the best hiring and promotion decisions for your company. Follow the link, “” Then create a user account and follow the instructions. Then, create a user account by following the instructions onlin. For your convenience, you can stop, save and restart the survey at any time. All information you


provide will remain strictly confidential and all results will be presented in aggregate form by the third-party research firm, IQS Research. If you have any questions about the survey, or experience problems while taking the survey, please feel free to contact Ryan Gore, Data Collections Coordinator with IQS Research. Click here to contact Ryan by e-mail or call him at 502-244-6600, ext. 302.

NCM Breaks Ground on Motorsports Park National Corvette Museum’s $20 million project adds international motorsports attraction to region


urrounded by hudreds of area community leaders and Corvette enthusiasts, Commonwealth Secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Bob Stewart and Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan joined forces with the National Corvette Museum to break ground on NCM’s $20 million, 184-acre, dual-track NCM Motorsports Park. The groundbreaking opens the throttle on up to 80,000 visitors each year, bringing an estimated impact of $15 million in motorsports tourism and racing events revenues. “Motorsports enthusiasts from across America have a new favorite destination,” announced Bob Stewart, Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “once fully operational, The NCM Motorsports Park will draw as many as 80,000 visitors to Bowling Green to drive their dreams.”

“Corvette Racing has long hoped for just such an outstanding track with exciting features,” noted Doug Fehan, Program Manager of Corvette Racing, who participated in the groundbreaking. “Our drivers and many proud Corvette owners are looking forward to experiencing this premier motorsports facility. We enjoyed every minute of our participation in the design process.” The NCM Motorsports Park will be situated on 184 acres purchased and rezoned by the National Corvette Museum. Two circuits, “East” and “West” can be combined in multiple configurations ranging from a high speed loop of 1.96 miles to an extended 3.15 mile technical course. The Corvette Racing/ Pratt and Miller Team advised NCM on the layout of the technical track that will include features from their favorite and most challenging track, the Le Mans circuit. Jack Matukas, Chair of the NCM Board

of Directors, added, “When the NCM Motorsports Park gates open next year, our region will not only see increased visits and events sponsored by Corvette owners and fans, but from just about every different sports car club in America.” Wendell Strode, Executive Director of NCM observed, “Because of the outpouring of financial support by thousands of contributors including the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, we are on track to open the NCM Motorsports Park on the 20th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum—Labor Day weekend 2014.” “As the community so fortunate to host an international attraction like the National Corvette Museum, the NCM Motorsports Park will turbo-charge Bowling Green’s already-powerful position in the highperformance motorsports world,” added Brad Howard, Chair of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. | CHAMBER CONNECTION | 6

Business At Its Best Tuesday, August 20 7:30 a.m-9:30 a.m. at the Chamber 710 College Street Bowling Green, KY

Retail Strategies for Growth A review of key ideas to help local retailers compete in today’s changing world o Key ways to grow your business using select on-line tools o How consumer changes are impacting retailing… and how you might respond o Merchandizing and floor layout for improved sales o Ideas on how to compete with large national chains Presented by the Western Kentucky University Small Business Development Center Register online by visiting

New Partners:

Tune In To Hear Your Business Named on the Radio

Welcome New Chamber Partners

Armory Lofts “Bowling Green’s first urban loft-style residences in a landmark setting.” 1015 Chestnut Street Bowling Green, KY 42102 David C. Garvin, JR. Owner

5 gallon natural spring water with cooler rental. We also carry 5 gallon distilled water, case products and filtration coolers.” PO Box 175 Scottsville, KY 42164 (270) 622-2700 Sarah Myers, President

Bluegrass Health Clinic “Primary care and internal medicine office with lab and radiology services. Accepting walk-in appointments.” 440 High Street Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 282-7105 Cassi Nushart, MHA, Practice Manager

Center for Pain Management “An institute dedicated to treatment of pain with a mission to provide pain relief to all patients in a compassionate and comprehensive manner.” 440-B High Street Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 282-7116 Ram Pasupuleti, MD

Bob Evans Restaurant “Home-style family dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” 145 Three Springs Road Bowling Green, KY 42104 (270) 781-3799 Jason Powell, General Manager Byrd’s Do It All, LLC “One call does it all. There is no need for calling multiple contractors for all of your items on your “to do list”.” 4420 Maple Lane Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 784-8001 Clay Byrd, Owner Calvert Spring Water Company “Home, office and industrial delivery of

CenterPointe Church “Reaching up to God and reaching out to people.” 1807 Cave Mill Road Bowling Green, KY 42104 (270) 904-4454 Dave Deerman, Lead Pastor Decker Services “Asphalt sealcoating, pressure washing, fence installation, Bobcat work. We offer professional services and we pride ourselves on your satisfaction.” 1051 Bryant Way, Suite K Bowling Green, KY 42103 (270) 842-2110 Joe Decker, President

Dunlap RV Center “Recreation vehicle sales, parts and service. Selling new and used travel trailers and fifth wheels. Expanding with our fourth dealership.” 321 Corvette Drive Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 904-1456 Mark Woltjen, Manager IFS Technologies “Specializing in managed IT services, business continuity solutions, technical support, IT security and technology consulting to the Bowling Green area.” 946-A Searcy Way Bowling Green, KY 42103 (270) 781-6636 Matthew Cantine, VP IT Illuminanz “Event lighting services. We design and light wedding, schools, proms, birthday parties, reunions, anniversaries and corporate events.” 86 Fox Run Way Bowling Green, KY 42104 (270) 535-2865 Chad Hunt, Owner Laurus Strategies “A full service employment benefits and HR consulting firm.” 201 E Jefferson Street, Suite 201-B Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 415-3293 Troy Brooks, Senior Consultant

Lazarus Chiropractic of Kentucky 1249 US 31-W Bypass Bowling Green, ky 42101 (270) 715-7000 James Newsom, Service Coordinator Lighthouse Trailer Sales & Leasing “We provide storage trailers and 20’ and 40’ storage containers for rent or sale. Financing available.” 2809 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 535-2783 Ardie Baxter, Owner Purity Dairies 432 Dishman Lane Bowling Green, KY 42101-4009 (270) 781-7480 Tony Shryock, Branch Manager Rainbow Home Care, LLC “Our goal is to help clients reach their optimal level of health and to assist them in maintaning their independence in their own home as long as possible!” 830 Fairview Avenue, Suite A3 Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 745-0033 Jessie Ayers, CFO Smoke-Free Kentucky “A coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to making Kentucky smokefree in all public places and workplaces.”

4781 Firebrook Boulevard Lexington, KY 40513 (859) 948-4626 Jamie Ennis Bloyd, Grassroots Director Stepping Out on Faith Ministries, Inc. “Providing ministry and eduction to individuals in order to provide physical, emotional and spiritual benefits through a deepened understanding of Jesus Christ.” 805 Park Hills Street Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 681-0080 Lonnie Winston, CEO/President TownPlace Suites by Marriott 1818 Cave Mill Road Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 782-4714 West Star Properties, LLC “An award-winning residential and commercial real estate company based in BG.” 1357 State Street Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 260-2257 Dan Murph, Owner The Yard Park 5250 Scottsville Road Bowling Green, KY 42104 (270) 842-4253 Jessica Thorne, Marketing Coordinator

Ribbon Cuttings and Groundbreakings

Hotel SYNC 518 Corvette Drive 7


Bluegrass Health Clinic 440 High Street

Center for Pain Management 440-B High Street

Dunlap RV 321 Corvette Drive

The Yard Park 5250 Scottsville Rd

Hancock Bank & Trust Company 2501 Crossings Blvd. | CHAMBER CONNECTION | 8

Thank you to our Renewing Partners Action Pest Control Affordable Property Services, Inc. Airgas Akins Construction, Inc. Americas Car Mart dba Car Mart of Bowling Green Bethany Christian Services BG-WC Welfare Center Bobcat of Bowling Green Bowling Green Blind Company Bowling Green Christian Academy, Inc. Bowling Green Hot Rods Bowling Green Machine & Welding Company Bowling Green Monument Bowling Green Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Bowling Green Recycling Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green Brock McVey Company Phil Brown Construction Capitol Window & Door Mary E. Carpenter Connected Nation, Inc. Control Systems Design & Automation, Inc. Crye*Leike Executive Realty

DDS Engineering, PLLC Deemer Floral Company Destiny Dental Jimmy Diemer’s Self Storage Disability Resource Initiative Downtown Chiropractic E-Z Rent-It, Inc. First Choice Home Medical Flowers by Shirley Gary Force, Inc. Toyota/ Honda The Fortress Group dba Park Mammoth Resort Fukuda USA, Inc. Geoghegan Roofing & Supply, Inc. Greenwood Ford Lincoln Mercury Griffin Grinders, LLC dba Mancino’s Habitat for Humanity of BG/Warren County, Inc. Haven4Change, Inc. Holley Performance Products HOTEL INC Image Ink Screen Printing International Paper Irving Materials, Inc. ISTT, Inc.

Jim Johnson Nissan & Jim Johnson Hyundai Bennie Jones Construction K & B Striping, Inc. Kirby Builders, LLC Kobe Aluminum Konica Minolta Business Solutions Land Shark Shredding, LLC Leadership Bowling Green Alumni Association Lord Corporation Lost River Pizza Company Magna CAR TOP SYSTEMS (Bowling Green) LLC Manpower Employment Services Provider Mathnasium of Bowling Green Miracle Mattress NASCO Noon Lions Club One Stop Wellness Overhead Door Company of Bowling Green OverTime Sports Bar & Grill Premier Integrity Solutions Alan Read Rosewood Health Care Center

Scotty’s Development Company Shelby Recycling Sitex Corporation Social Security Administration South Central Chapter of The Kentucky Restaurants Association Southeast Financial Credit Union Southern KY Mechanical, LLC Southland Manufacturing Company, Inc. Sowders Company Designers/Builders Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner Barbara Stewart Interiors Ray Thomas Tire Pro’s of Southern Kentucky Toby’s Pest Control Service Trace Die Cast, Inc. Uspiritus-Bellewood Bowling Green V V I Fulfillment/Shop NBC Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp Resort

Watch the August Chamber Monthly Magazine Featuring The Leader in Me, Business & Industry Appreciation and Our Newest President’s Club Partner, Bowling Green Christian Academy On Time Warner Cable Channel 5

7:30 a.m. | Noon | 6:30 p.m. | 10 p.m. Note, airing may be preempted by special programming.



Zaxby’s FunRaiser August 21 Leadership Bowling Green is having a Zaxby’s Fun-Raising Night August 21 to benefit Plano and Parker Bennett Curry Elementary Schools! Be sure to mention Leadership Bowling Green when you visit any area Zaxby’s on August 21 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

2013 BUSINESS & INDUSTRY BANQUET The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing South Central Kentucky’s targeted businesses, which are those that do more than 50% of their business outside of the state, bringing new dollars into our region to our businesses and families at our 2013 Business & Industry Appreciation Banquet:

Thursday, October 3rd Reception 5:30PM Awards Dinner 6:30PM National Corvette Museum Tickets can be purchased NOW by registering online at Tickets purchased online and through September 16th are $65 per person and tables of 10 for $585. After September 16, ticket prices will increase $10. Awards to be presented during the banquet include:  John B. Holland  Business Expansion  Newcomer Business of the Year

Export Excellence


Business Innovation

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SPONSOR SIGN UP Secure your sponsorship by completing and returning by fax to (270) 843-0458 Contact Abbie at or (270) 901-4610 with any questions. Partner:

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2013 BUSINESS & INDUSTRY BANQUET AWARD NOMINATION John B. Holland Business of the Year For a South Central Kentucky company that makes a significant impact on the local economy and continues to demonstrate investment growth while remaining committed to employing local residents. Business Expansion Awards For South Central Kentucky companies that expanded their operations in 2013, investing capital and creating jobs for local residents Newcomer Awards For new-to-South Central Kentucky companies that announced their location here in 2013 Export Excellence Awards For south Central Kentucky companies with new or significant increase in documented export sales in 2013 Green-to-Gold Awards For South Central Kentucky companies that – through product or process – best exemplify “green” leadership as it pertains to the region’s goal to become a leader in this emerging field. Business Innovation Awards For South Central Kentucky companies that – through product or process – best exemplify innovative leadership


Business Expansion Green-to-Gold

Newcomer Business Innovation

Company Information Company Name Contact Name


Current Employee Count (Full-Time)

Current Employee Count (Part-Time)

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Company Product(s) Please submit your answers to the following questions along with this application What are the strengths of this company? What impact has this company made on Bowling Green/South Central Kentucky? What has the company done that is innovative or unique? What are the company’s export sales for 2013? (Export Excellence nomations only) What is the compnay doing to practice “green” leadership? (Green-to-Gold nominations only) Descriptions of Awards can be found at

The Big Red Roast The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer a new networking program we’re calling Let’s Do Lunch. This new program offers our over 1,600 Chamber partner representatives a convenient way to network during the lunch-hour— adding a new networking option for mid-day. In the months of August, September and October, the Chamber will run the Let’s Do Lunch networking program. To do “Let’s Do Lunch” just right: • Download the online registration menu from www. • Choose the dates you want to attend by clicking on the corresponding menu choice • Take advantage of the special “Pre-Pay” offers to save time and money • Mark your calendar - all Let’s Do Lunch events start promptly at 11:00 AM • Bring 25-30 of your business cards and/or promo items for goodie bags! For more information, contact

NOMINATIONS for CHAMBER BOARd OF DIRECTORS Do you know someone who you think would be a great addition to the Chamber’s Board of Directors? If so, the Chamber is accepting nominations. Nomination forms are available at www. If you have questions about the nomination process, contact

Benefit for the Charles M. Moore Jr. Leadership Fund

Big Red Roasters Kevin Brooks, Abraham Williams, and Lucinda Anderson held nothing back (that we know of) while roasting their friend and colleague, WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell July 18 at the National Corvette Museum.

President Ransdell saved a delicious rebuttal, pleasing a record crowd at the annual benefit for Charles M. Moore Leadership Fund. The bottom line: Two full scholarships for each of the Chamber’s community leadership immersion programs, Leadership Bowling Green and Leadership South Central Kentucky. Special thanks to 2012 roastee, Judge Executive Mike Buchanon for being “Master of Ceremonies,” to Chamber Board Member Robbin Taylor “Big Red Roast executive producer”, WKU Spirit Masters, Big Red, Rafferty’s, Country Oven Bakery and Sam’s Club.

Connect & Build your network reminders:

> Let’s Do Lunch: August 15 - 11 a.m. at Wendy’s Scottsville Rd. >B  usiness at it’s Best: Tuesday, August 20 7:30 a.m-9:30 a.m. at the Chamber > Chamber 101: August 20 - 12:00 noon at the Chamber >B  usiness After Hours: August 22 - 4:30-6:30 p.m. by Chuck’s Liquor Outlet - in the Bowling Green Ball Park | CHAMBER CONNECTION |12

SAVE THE DATE: Ribbon Cutting for The Medical Center-Western Kentucky University Medical Sciences Complex - August 22

President’s Club Platinum Star Partner U.S. Bank’s Balloons, Tunes and BBQ

President’s Club Bronze Star Partner American Bank & Trust sponsors Stand for Children Day

President’s Club Silver Star Partner Alliance Corporation opens Bowling Green office

President’s Club Bronze Star Partner Whayne Supply celebrates 100 years in business

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President’s Club Partners invest in South Central Kentucky’s economic development strategy to attract business relocations, foreign direct investment, and assist our existing industries as they expand in our region.

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - AUGUST 28 The Chamber’s red carpet welcome event for Western Kentucky University students will feature over 35 Chamber Partner exhibitors, fun, music and refreshments on WKU’s South Lawn. This year the Chamber will be giving students “@bgchamber saver follow cards” to remind

them to follow @bgChamber on Twitter to receive word of deals and discounts from Chamber Partners (see article below). To reserve your spot at Welcome Back WKU, call the Chamber today at (270) 781-3200.



Introducing three new Chamber Partner Benefits Chamber Partners will begin feeling the impact from the Chamber’s recentlyacquired client relationship software this summer when a variety of new “PartnerOnly” features are introduced. “This year, the Chamber’s primary goal is to add even more value to the Partnership investment,” said Tonya Matthews, Vice President, Partnership Services, “And now we’re delivering three new tools our Partners have asked for.”

As Partner merchants post their deals and discounts using their new online advertising features, the Chamber’s @bgchamber Twitter will broadcast Partner deals and discounts to students and social media audiences who follow the Chamber Twitter feed

Chamber Partner Destiny Dental is targeting Welcome Back Western students with a 10% discount using the new Partner Deals & Discounts benefit.

Starting in August, Partners who login to the Partner-Only section of www. will be able to post discounts, deals and promotions for their business. “Many of our Partners already offer special discounts to other Chamber Partners. This new feature will allow a Partner to post specials and promote discounts to the general public through our web site,” Matthews explained. For the August 28 Welcome Back WKU Festival, the Chamber will aggressively promote the availability of exclusive WKU student discounts, helping drive 21,000 students to Partner businesses. In September, the Chamber’s Online Job Search will become available to Partners. The new Online Job Search will be a valuable, low-cost tool for Partners to advertise their job openings to the general public. The addition of this partnership benefit will help our Partners connect on a personal level with residents in the community and our

region. To take advantage of the low-cost job posting service, Partner-authorized representatives will login to the PartnersOnly section of and post job descriptions for positions they need to fill. In October, Partners will see the Chamber’s new Partner News and Community Events Calendar. The Partners Online News Center will display Partners’ news and events to the general public. For many Partners, the opportunity to post events on the Community Calendar will be a valuable “bulletin-board” for announcing news about their business and upcoming events they want the community to know about. To use these included benefits, Partnerauthorized representatives will login to the Partners-Only section of www.bgchamber. com to post their news items and events. “From visits with more than 500 of our Chamber Partners, we learned that many of our Partners have low-cost marketing or employment needs. We searched for an answer and responded with these new, easy-to-use tools that will directly benefit our Partners,” Matthews added. As the new tools become available online, the Chamber will send personalized e-mails to every Chamber Partner with information about each new tool and instructions on how to access and use the new online benefits. | CHAMBER CONNECTION |14

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Hitcents’ Leader in Me Web Site Wins The Leader in Me’s regional web site, www. was recently given an Award of Excellence by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The easy-to-navigate, specialized site, developed by Chamber Partner for The Leader in Me Capital Campaing was chosen from over 140 entries from across

the U.S. “We are happy to be a part of this success story for the Bowing Green Area Chamber of Commerce. We truly believe in the meaningful work they are doing for the community and are thankful to provide assistance to promote their mission,” said Ed Mills, Hitcents Co-Founder.

Leadership Bowling Green Pitches In With Paint The Chamber’s 2013 Leadership Bowling Green class adopted Plano and Parker Bennett Curry elementary schools for the class’s community service project, then swiftly grabbed paint brushes and buckets of bright-colored paint to deck the schools’ halls for when students return. At Plano, the standard-

issue school pale green was replaced with bright green and royal blue to make way for student’s Leader in Me murals and artwork. At Parker Bennett Curry, the Leadership Bowling Green team painted street signs marking 7 Habits hallways such as “Synergize Street,” “Plan Ahead Place,” “Win-Win Way,” and “Leadership Lane.”


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