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Vol 13/Issue 4

greater owensboro chamber of commerce


CHAMBER MATTERS 2014 Rooster Booster emcee reveal

This Week! The time has come to reveal the new emcee of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Rooster Booster. At 7:30 a.m. this Thursday, April 3, at the Owensboro Convention Center, the mystery will come to an end with the reveal of who will follow in the footsteps of Kirk Kirkpatrick, the retired emcee. A teaser video was shown at the March Rooster Booster to get people guessing at what’s coming next. To view the video, visit http://www. and log your guess!

Rooster Booster Breakfast April 3, 2014 Owensboro Convention Center, 7:30 a.m. Speaker: Brad Thomas, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development – Export Initiatives Register online at or call (270) 926-1860

inside: Calendar 2 Ribbon Cuttings 4 Ambassador of the Month 4 New Members 5 Renewals 6

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April calendar

Amy Jackson, President & CEO

Jim DeMaio, Vice President – Membership Development

Susan High, Accounting Manager

Jessica kirk, Executive Assistant & Events coordinator Chamber Matters is published monthly in the Messenger-Inquirer for the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 825, Owensboro, KY 42302-0825 • (270) 926-1860 • Follow us on Twitter @GOchamber Darrell Higginbotham, Board Chair


Rooster Booster Breakfast Owensboro Convention Center 7:30 a.m.


Ribbon Cutting – Ross Medical 410 Southtown Blvd. 12:15 p.m.


Ribbon Cutting – The Crème Coffee House 109 East Second St. 12:15 p.m.

11 New Member Lunch Chamber Office 11:30 a.m. 14 Advocacy Committee Meeting Commerce Center Conference Room 12 p.m.

2014 Member Madness was a success! During the week of March 17-21, Chamber Ambassadors, board members, volunteers and staff visited as many of the Chamber’s 900 members as physically possible. Called Member Madness, the second annual event created some buzz, a lot of fun and member-tomember connections throughout the community. The Chamber would like to thank all those who participated in the 2014 Member Madness Campaign and congratulate the winners of the following awards: • Most member update forms col-

lected – LeAnne Musick of Musick Studios • Most old chamber window clings collected – Michael Vanover of Helton Insurance Agency • Oldest window cling found – Gordon Wilkerson of Wells Fargo Advisors • Most social media check-ins – LeAnne Musick of Musick Studios • Most creative member visit photo – LeAnne Musick of Musick Studios • Most visits made – 1st place – Wes Roberts of Neace Lukens Insurance, runner-up, Michael Vanover of Helton Insurance


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Kentucky Exports on the Rise

Rooster Booster speaker Brad Thomas to address the trend Kentucky merchandise exports increased 14.3 percent in 2013 over 2012, growing from $22.1 billion to $25.3 billion – a record high export level for the state. Kentucky’s merchandise export sales in 2013 outpaced its 2012 figures in many countries, including: Saudi Arabia (up 381 percent), France (up 135 percent), Colombia (up 93 percent), the United Arab Emirates (up 79 percent) and Spain (up 51 percent). To help the Greater Owensboro region learn more about the opportunities, Brad Thomas will address the April Rooster Booster crowd. Brad leads a team dedicated to growing Kentucky’s economy by assisting

Kentucky’s largest business sector, entrepreneurship, at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. As part of his duties, Brad manages the Governor’s Kentucky Export Initiative, an effort that brings together agencies and organizations across the state to facilitate international trade opportunities for Kentucky businesses in a consolidated and consistent manner. Comprised of government entities, business organizations and trade experts, the KEI goal is simple – to increase Kentucky exports, which will lead to new Kentucky jobs and create diversified markets for Kentucky products.

Brad is also responsible for supervising a staff that works to assist entrepreneurial growth through an array of programs, including consultation, financial assistance and government procurement. As a 24-year state government employee, Brad has also worked with the Tax Increment Financing program since its inception and today is the primary contact for the program. Prior to his work with the Cabinet, Brad worked 17 years with the Department of Revenue in compliance and tax policy. Currently, Brad lives in Frankfort with his wife, Reneé, and three children, Logan, Canyon and Carson.

Brad Thomas

GO EDC to sponsor April Rooster Booster Breakfast It has been a year of significant change for the Greater Owensboro Region and the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp. We have new leaders at major institutions and businesses, a new convention center and hundreds of millions of dollars in new development. While change is often difficult, it is something we must continually embrace. With all of the positive momentum this community is experiencing, complacency is now our new worst enemy. At GO-EDC,

we will continue to forge ahead, by continuing our strategy of “Talent, Innovation and Place” that is already reaping rewards. Our existing industries continue to be


excellent employers, despite what has been a difficult and painful recession. Our entrepreneurs continue to innovate and grow our economy through exciting new products and services offered not only to our region, but to the world, as well. In the coming months, we will be offering new programs to existing industries, such as facilities manager forums, while broadening our offerings to entrepreneurs and enhancing services to the Centre for Business and Research.

Ultimately, this economy is about people. Our desires. Our choices. Our families. Our opportunities. Above all else, those of us at GO-EDC strive to keep all of the people of this region in mind with every action, with every service and in every business day. We will be calling on the talented citizens of Owensboro and Daviess County to continue their incredible level of engagement in our efforts, and we look forward to serving this region for many years to come.

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ribbon cuttings


Ashley Furniture

3250 Highland Pointe Drive • (270) 240-5544

Atlantis Health Club and Boot Camp 4101 Carter Road • (270) 686-1972

Stephanie Stratton

Big O’ Movers

768 Alexandria Place • (270) 925-5794

Empire Supply LLC

2125 Triplett St.• (270) 691-0620

Peacocks and Pearls Boutique

3811 Kentucky 54, Suite 103 • (270) 926-7467

Cape Air

109A East Second St.• (314) 616-9730

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown/Waterfront

401 West Second St. • (270) 685-2005

TD’s Tuff Decisions

2201 Frederica St. • (270) 683-9897

Ambassador of the Month Stephanie Stratton Stephanie Stratton is a marketing representative for Disaster Team and Building by Wayne Baker. She has been an ambassador with the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce for five years. At Disaster Team, they understand that disaster strikes at any time. That is why Disaster Team is on call 24/7, 365 days a year to respond to all of your emergency needs. They specialize in fire restoration, emergency flood service, water restoration, odor control, mold remediation, storm damage and trauma clean up. Additionally, their content cleaning facility is only one of 20 in the United States. Thank you Stephanie and Disaster Team for your work and commitment to the Chamber!

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DaVita Home Dialysis


(270) 691-9605 3250 Kidron Valley Way Owensboro, KY 42303

812-306-1957 5688 Inverness Dr. Newburgh IN 47630

Hagan’s Outdoor Equipment - Salem Dr. (270) 684-8488 325 Salem Dr Owensboro, KY 42303

Hagan’s Outdoor Equipment - Philpot (270) 729-4721 Old Highway 54 East Philpot, KY 42366

Ross Medical Education Center (270) 684-5334 410 Southtown Blvd. Owensboro, KY 42303

Woody Woodward - Help Office of Owensboro (270) 685-4971 1316 W 4th St Owensboro, KY 42301

Aid the Homeless, Inc. (270) 685-4977 2850 Ferrell Crescent Owensboro, KY 42303

Air Evac Lifeteam (812) 568-6488 617 West Delaware Evansville IN 47710

Pure Barre Owensboro (270) 313-5636 2680 Frederica St. Owensboro, KY 42301

Holiday Inn Express (270) 685-2433 3220 West Parrish Ave. Owensboro, KY 42301

Storm Insurance LLC - Jennifer Farmer (270) 685-2438 1401 Spring Bank Dr. Owensboro, KY 42303

Storm Insurance LLC - Melanie Hardesty (270) 685-2438 1401 Spring Bank Dr. Owensboro, KY 42303

Storm Insurance LLC - Scott Stoermer (270) 685-2438 1401 Spring Bank Dr. Owensboro, KY 42303

Storm Insurance LLC - Tom Roberts (270) 685-2438 1401 Spring Bank Dr. Owensboro, KY 42303

EESI - Energy Engineering Solutions, Inc. (270) 684-5765 4104 Mason Woods Ln Owensboro, KY 42303

Owensboro Concept Designs (270) 903-8352 204 Phillips Ct. Owensboro, KY 42303

Giving Back Magazine (270) 925-6978 2419 Allen St. Owensboro, KY 42303

Shane Cox Insurance, Inc. (270) 852-4846 PO Box 1786 Owensboro, KY 42302

Calhoun Construction Services, LLC (502) 493-1332 2408 Plantside Drive Louisville KY 40299

Lifeline Homecare (270) 684-8415 2727 Breckenridge St. Owensboro, KY 42303

Wimp Art Creation Gardens ‘’What Chefs Want’’ (270) 929-1633 5425 Willow Brook Lp Owensboro, KY 42301

Pet Food Center, LLC (270) 684-9555 2744 Frederica St Owensboro, KY 42301

(270) 903-0888 3304 Lewis Lane Owensboro, KY 42301

WKU - Continuing and Professional Development (270) 745-1916 2355 Nashville Rd Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Towne Square Animal Hospital Harold’s Economy Cleaners & Laundry Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club, Inc. Wills Animal Hospital Industrial Contractors Brilliant Signs, Copies & Printing, LLC Century 21 Partners, Matthew Schell Browns Valley Vineyard Dismas Charities of Owensboro David York & Associates Helton Insurance Agency Federal Fire and Security Titan Fabricators, Inc. Great Harvest Bread Co. Daviess County Attorney RNA Rental, LLC Jim Weafer CFP - Financial Ward Family Dentistry, PSC. Freedom Partners William G Barron Enterprises Inc. Swan Cleaners & Shirt Laundry YellowBanks Lawn and Landscape, LLC Lipscomb Hydra Cleaning / Professional AEP Indiana Michigan Power Carpet Cleaning Kamuf Brothers Farms Greater Owensboro Realtor Association Glenmore Distillery Gavilon Grain Puzzle Pieces, Inc. Peoplemark, Inc. Cheer Zone RiverValley Behavioral Health Springs Urgent Care

Tapscotts United Way of the Ohio Valley AGLA Life & Retirement State Farm Insurance, J. Todd Inman Buffalo Wild Wings Independence Bank Smith & Butterfield Office Products Subway Century Mortgage Company Just Rennie’s, LLC Neely Insurance Agency, LLC Annand Lee Pllc Thompson & Frey Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Gary’s Fleur De Lis, Florist HawesWay, Inc. Road Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 669

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Connecting Young Leaders of Owensboro expects busy 2014 Connecting Young Leaders of Owensboro (CYLO) develops members by empowering them to grow the community. CYLO, led by chairwoman Robynn Clark of 5/3 Bank, has a strong series of professional development and networking events planned for the 40 and younger crowd. Membership in the CYLO group is only $50, and can be applied for online at to get invited to and attend some of these events, including:

• April 17 – Resume Building Class at Kentucky Wesleyan College – 6 p.m. • May 8 – Elevator Pitch Training • June 12 – Leadership Roundtable – Handling Conflict and Negotiation • Sept. 6 – Lady in Red philanthropic fundraiser Several networking events such as Tuesday Taste at local restaurants is also being planned. Don’t miss out…join CYLO today!

Benefit from your Chamber online presence One way your Chamber investment is working 24/7 for you is through the chamber website. The website, getting thousands of visitors monthly, is mobile-friendly and has features that we hope all members can take advantage of. 1. Post your jobs. Any member can post open positions to our job bank, which is shared with many of our partner universities and the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation’s Owensboro Works job bank, as well. 2. Post Hot Deals. You can offer a member-tomember coupon or a great deal for anyone visiting the site to use. It could be a discount on services, a percent off any purchase or a free analysis when looking at business-to-business connections. 3. Use the website as your landing page. Some of our members do not have their own web-

site, but, with the help of our business directory, you can use our website as a landing page and put pictures, descriptions, deals, links to social media outlets and more. It’s easy to do! 4. Share your events on our calendar. If you have an event that you want people to see when visiting our site, you can add it! All these features and more can be managed and created in the member’s only Member Login tab of our website. If you don’t know your username or password, just type in your email address and a new password will be generated and sent to you right away. Questions? Call us … we’ll be glad to help! Make every part of your membership investment work for you with a few simple steps … log in today so the most up-to-date information can be displayed on your behalf.


April 2014 Chamber Matters