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2020 HENDERSON CHAMBER

ANNUAL REPORT

2020 ANNUAL REPORT | 1


OUR MISSION:

Advancing the business community of Henderson County. HENDERSON KY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


A MESSAGE FROM OUR LEADERSHIP This past year and the unprecedented challenges it has presented will not soon be forgotten. When things changed for all of us in 2020, the Chamber stopped, re-assessed what businesses and their employees needed, and set about doing things that would be of use to our members during the pandemic. We worked hard to be the resource that businesses and organizations can come to for answers and assistance. Every member has dealt with never-imagined changing circumstances. While we still cannot foresee the outcome of this pandemic, we do know that we will continue to support our membership and broad business community to help overcome this hardship and identify opportunities. The 2019-2020 Annual Report includes our collective achievements, reflecting the business advocacy the Chamber represents. We hope this report encourages you to continue serving your community and working with the Chamber as we advocate for you. Thank you for the contributions and support you provide our community.

JENNIFER KEACH

CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Year one of the new Henderson Chamber of Commerce was interesting, challenging and busy. We moved to our new location in March and anticipated a wonderful “Chamber Welcome/ Ribbon Cutting" to show off our wonderful space. Although we were not able to open our doors to the public, we were able to open our hearts and minds to create a new way of communicating, advocating and sharing news of PPP, PPE, COVID, EIDL, and much more to support our local businesses in staying open and staying viable. A hearty thanks goes to our board of directors and staff for working creatively and efficiently to meet the needs of our community. I look forward to 2021 and the continued work we have to accomplish.​

ELLEN REDDING

PRESIDENT, HENDERSON KY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2020 ANNUAL REPORT | 3


OUR YEAR IN EVENTS JANUARY 10

THE CHAMBER BREAKFAST CLUB

Member networking

JANUARY 13

LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW BREAKFAST

A look at Chamber priorities for the 2020 Leg. Session

FEBRUARY 5

BROWN BAG LUNCH & LEARN

Tax Information 101: Kemper CPA

FEBRUARY 6

ANNUAL DINNER

Presentation of business awards and keynote by Eric Ellis, one of the top 100 Diversity & Inclusion experts in the world

FEBRUARY 12

RIBBON CUTTING

Grand opening of Beverage Barn

FEBRUARY 14

THE CHAMBER BREAKFAST CLUB

Member networking

FEBRUARY 27

WESTERN KY OPIOID SUMMIT

Over 300 in attendance for the first-time event with keynote speaker Debra Jay who appeared on Oprah Winfrey as an advisor for three seasons and Dr. Oz

MARCH 3

RIBBON CUTTING

Grand opening of Gordman’s

MARCH 5

AGRICULTURE APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

Celebrating and awarding Henderson’s agriculture industry

MARCH 13

THE CHAMBER BREAKFAST CLUB

Member networking

APRIL–MAY

CHAMBER CHAT & REOPEN HENDERSON ♦

18 events total held virtually in April and May

MAY 6

GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS WEBINAR ♦

Henderson Government offers guidance for reopening businesses after months-long COVID-19 shutdown

MAY–SEPT

CHAMBER CANDIDATES FORUM ♦

Candidates for City Commissioner in the Primary Election outline goals if elected and answer questions. 17 events held virtually from May–September

JUNE 12

CAFFEINE AND QUARANTINE ♦

Virtual member networking

JUNE 12

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ♦

Human Rights Commission

JUNE 25

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ♦

COVID-19: Testing a community

JULY 10

CAFFEINE AND QUARANTINE ♦

Virtual member networking

JULY 30

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ♦

Back to School: What will fall 2020 look like?

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AUGUST 5 & 12

BROWN BAG LUNCH & LEARN ♦

Solar rate changes for HMPL: Amerlight/ZEB Solar

AUGUST 13

FUTURE OF REMOTE WORKFORCE ♦

Webinar on impact of remote working on IT

AUGUST 14

CAFFEINE AND QUARANTINE ♦

Virtual member networking

AUGUST 14

NCL PROTECTION FROM COVID SCAMS ♦

Virtual panel to protect Kentuckians from scams

AUGUST 24

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ♦

A look at Henderson Hospitality during COVID-19

SEPTEMBER 2

BROWN BAG LUNCH & LEARN ♦

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Businesses: AME Security

SEPTEMBER 9

CHAMBER WELCOME: RIBBON CUTTING ♦

Virtual grand opening video for Lighthouse Storage

SEPTEMBER 11

CAFFEINE AND QUARANTINE ♦

Virtual member networking

SEPTEMBER 15

CHAMBER WELCOME: RIBBON CUTTING ♦

Virtual ribbon cutting video for Tip Top Design

SEPTEMBER 17

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ♦

Voting regulations for November election

SEPTEMBER 21

CHAMBER WELCOME: RIBBON CUTTING ♦

Virtual grand opening video for Cafe on Water Street

SEPTEMBER 23

BROWN BAG LUNCH & LEARN ♦

Future of the Electric Power Industry

SEPTEMBER 23

CHAMBER WELCOME: RIBBON CUTTING ♦

Virtual grand opening video for Alternative Rejuvenation

SEPTEMBER 29

CHAMBER WELCOME: RIBBON CUTTING ♦

Virtual ribbon cutting video for Just Plus/Just Chic

OCTOBER 1

CHAMBER WELCOME: RIBBON CUTTING ♦

Virtual grand opening video for The Chloe Randolph Org.

OCTOBER 9

CHAMBER BLOOD DRIVE

Members donate blood for the American Red Cross

OCTOBER 22

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ♦

State of Education in Henderson

OCTOBER 22

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ♦

Homeless Study

NOVEMBER 13

CAFFEINE AND QUARANTINE ♦

Virtual member networking

DECEMBER 11

CAFFEINE AND QUARANTINE ♦

Virtual member networking

DECEMBER 11

FIRST ANNUAL WINTER BLUES 5K

90 runners race through Sandy Watkins at innaugural event

DECEMBER 17

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ♦

Kentucky Chamber’s Ashli Watts and Congressman James Comer present from Frankfort and Washington

SIGNATURE CHAMBER EVENTS

♦ VIRTUAL EVENTS

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MEMBERSHIP Our 413 members represent the diverse range of industries that call Henderson home. From locally-owned retail shops to nationally-recognized hospitals and award-winning financial institutions, we're proud to work alongside our members as we maintain Henderson's legacy as a competitive place to live and work. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we welcomed 51 new members in 2020 – a true testament to the value of our work.

413

51

TOTAL MEMBERS

NEW MEMBERS

MEMBERS BY LEVEL

MEMBERS BY TYPE 28

25

CONSTRUCTION

HOME/GARDEN

186 197

149

AUDUBON

OTHER

29

COLONEL

GOVERNMENT/ EDUCATION

30

AGRICULTURE

31

MANUFACTURING

33

HEALTHCARE

5

TRADE DUES

38

7

FRIEND

11 8

BUSINESS/ PROFESSIONAL

7

COURTESY

FLASH

THOROUGHBRED

25

38

RESTAURANTS

43

FAMILY/COMMUNITY SERVICES

BLUEGRASS

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EVENTS In 2020, the Chamber hosted events with state legislators; U.S. senators and representatives; community leaders; and local, key-industry executives. We pivoted signature events, networking events and education events from in-person to virtual. We hosted 29 COVID-19 related events to provide local business owners with loan application information, COVID updates, and the information they needed to safely navigate re-opening their business to the public while protecting their staff. We featured Eric Ellis, MA President and CEO of Integrity Development Corp. as the keynote speaker at the Annual Dinner. Eric was selected by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), as one of the top 100 Diversity & Inclusion experts in the world and has had the privilege of working with clients that include Toyota Motors, Maytag International, Lexmark, Procter & Gamble, Plante & Moran LLP, Mercy Health Partners, Scripps, Kindred Healthcare and Huntington Bank. In February we organized the Western Kentucky Opiod summit to address substance abuse in Kentucky. Over 300 people joined us for the event that featured keynote speaker Debra Jay, a renowned public speaker and author who has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Oz as an advisor and speaker. And to end a memorable year, 90 runners joined us in December for our inaugural Winter Blues 5K in accordance with the 2020 standards of living: with masks and social distancing. And in May we celebrated Educator of the Year Awards – an annual event recognizing outstanding local educators. Recognition was given in 4 categories: Veteran, Rookie, Support and Post Secondary educators.

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IN-PERSON EVENTS

55

300

ATTEND THE INAUGURAL WESTERN KY OPIOID SUMMIT

297

JOIN US FOR ANNUAL DINNER

250 9

VIRTUAL EVENTS

ATTEND AGRICULTURE APPRECIATION DINNER

RIBBON CUTTINGS & CHAMBER WELCOMES

90

72 1,125 900

TOTAL EVENTS HELD

IN-PERSON ATTENDEES VIRTUAL ATTENDEES

2,025 TOTAL EVENT ATTENDEES

RUNNERS ATTEND THE FIRST WINTER BLUES 5K RACE 2020 ANNUAL REPORT | 9


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THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC In 2020, nothing echoed louder than "unprecedented." The year that will forever be known as the year of a pandemic was one of struggle, of pivoting, and most importantly community. While the loss – of loved ones, businesses, and so much more – was obvious, Henderson pulled together with support, encouragement and determination that made hope overshadow the struggles in our community. The Chamber had a front row seat in communicating COVID-19 updates to the community. Whether by phone calls, emails or virtual events, our staff, alongside an incredible team of committees, volunteers and business leaders dedicated thousands of hours to ensuring our member businesses had all the necessary resources to keep their businesses afloat.

36

COVID-SPECIFIC EMAIL CAMPAIGNS SENT FROM MARCH – DECEMBER

2,817

VISITORS TO COVID-19 RESPONSE WEB PAGES

3,000+

PHONE CALLS MADE AND EMAILS SENT OVER 40 WEEKS TO CONNECT BUSINESS OWNERS WITH CONSULTANTS & LOAN INFORMATION AND HANDLE OTHER COVID-RELATED INQUIRIES.

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BRAND AWARENESS & ENGAGEMENT The Chamber began its work independently in January 2020 under the leadership of Ellen Redding. Ellen received her communication degree from Murray State University. She worked for the Henderson County School District for 12 years in community education and communications. Redding also worked with the Northwest Kentucky Training Consortium (NKTC) to get it back to its original mission of education and development training for business and industry in the area. Her regional and state involvements include: Board member of KCCE (Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives), Chamber Business Solutions Trustee, member of Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition, Bridgelink member, Vice Chair of Henderson FAME, and 2021 Panelist at Kentucky Transportation Conference. In the spring, the Chamber relocated to a newly remodeled office space at 114 North Main Street in downtown Henderson that supports meetings and small events in addition to offering unique window space to highlight our members' work. Our marketing and communications efforts support Chamber initiatives day in and day out. Astounding metrics prove that our members are actively involved in the business community and more engaged with our work than ever before. SOCIAL MEDIA

1,006

EMAILS LIKES ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE SINCE ITS CREATION ON JANUARY 22, 2020

94,262 EMAILS SENT

OPEN RATE

12%

WEBSITE

10,460 24

WEBSITE VISITORS

MEMBER NEWS STORIES SUBMITTED FOR SHARING ON THE CHAMBER WEBSITE

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FINANCIALS

$383,915 TOTAL REVENUE

25%

52%

GIFT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

MEMBERSHIP

15%

SPONSORSHIPS

4%

EVENT ATTENDANCE

2%

EDUCATION FOUNDATION DONATIONS

1%

SPECIAL PROJECTS

1%

ADVERTISING

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COMMITTEES & FOUNDATION Chamber committees provide professionals opportunities to connect with other business leaders while ultimately helping carry out the Chamber's mission. Without the dedication of these volunteers, we simply couldn't accomplish all that we do. AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

2020 Chair: Dr. Katy Groves Mussat

2020 Chair: Eric Gardner

Recognizing our community’s agricultural roots are critical for a sustained future. Through events like the Farm to Table Dinner and Ag Appreciation Breakfast, the committee raises awareness of the continued importance of agriculture in our local economy.

Our Government Affairs committee monitors legislative and regulatory activity at the local, state, and national level. In addition, the committee reviews issues in our community that impact businesses & quality of life and promotes awareness of candidates & issues they represent during election periods.

EDUCATION AND HEALTH COMMITTEE 2020 Chair: Jo Swanson The future of Henderson's workforce is brighter than ever, due in part to the Education and Health committee. By bridging the education system and workforce readiness initiatives, we're building a better graduate and workforce.

CHAMBER AMBASSADORS Chamber Ambassadors are volunteers from the community who serve on membership committees, help with ribbon cuttings and act as public relations liaisons related to networking/social events sponsored by the chamber.​They are an army of “chamber champions” who allow us to be multiple places at once, making the most of limited time.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 2020 Chair: Lori Tuggle The Membership committee promotes and communicates the benefits of being a Chamber member through New Member Orientation and strategic conversation.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION The Chamber Education Foundation supports youth services and educational excellence. The main focus is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project, which provides local children ages 0-5 free books each month. As the program's local champion – and the first in Kentucky to offer the program – we assume the cost of all 1,400+ local children's books, totaling over $33,000 annually. We rely on public support of the program to ensure sustainability.

1,425

NUMBER OF HENDERSON-AREA CHILDREN RECEIVING FREE BOOKS EACH MONTH THROUGH THE CHAMBERFUNDED IMAGINATION LIBRARY PROGRAM.

$1,000

TOTAL IN SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDED BY THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION TO TWO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLERS. EACH RECEIVED $500. 2020 ANNUAL REPORT | 17


A LOOK AHEAD: 2021 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES Business and Economic Recovery Unemployment Insurance • Funding of unemployment insurance (not just funding, but system infrastructure) Legal Liability • Support of protection of employers from legal liability from COVID cases in the workplace Infrastructure • I-69 support and funding • Gas tax support to assist with funding options/user tax • Broadband support (immediate need for remote learning, future need of fiber). This area of the state is underserved in relation to other areas of the state. Education and Workforce Development • Child care providers – not enough to meet needs • Impact due to kids learning at home long term with children falling behind at grade level

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2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY 8

CAFFEINE & QUARANTINE

SEPTEMBER 10

BREAKFAST CLUB NETWORKING

JANUARY 20

LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW

SEPTEMBER 16

STATE OF THE CITY/COUNTY

FEBRUARY 12

CAFFEINE & QUARANTINE

OCTOBER 8

BREAKFAST CLUB NETWORKING

MARCH 12

CAFFEINE & QUARANTINE

NOVEMBER 12

BREAKFAST CLUB NETWORKING

APRIL 9

BREAKFAST CLUB NETWORKING

DECEMBER 10

BREAKFAST CLUB NETWORKING

APRIL

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW

DECEMBER 11

WINTER BLUES 5K

APRIL 23

ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC

APRIL 14

BREAKFAST CLUB NETWORKING

MAY

CHILLIN WITH THE CHAMBER

MAY

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

JUNE 11

BREAKFAST CLUB NETWORKING

JULY 9

BREAKFAST CLUB NETWORKING

JULY 15

AGRICULTURE APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

AUGUST 13

BREAKFAST CLUB NETWORKING

AUGUST

ANNUAL DINNER

(DATE TBD)

(DATE TBD)

OUR 2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS CHANGES WEEKLY. VISIT HENDERSONKYCHAMBER.COM TO STAY UP TO DATE ON THE LATEST EVENT DETAILS.

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CHAMBER STAFF ELLEN REDDING

DONNA WARREN

PRESIDENT

EVENT COORDINATOR & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS JENNIFER KEACH

ERIC GARDNER

KIM HUMPHREY

JOHN LAMB

CHAIR Big Rivers Electric

CHAIR, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS Pittsburg Tank and Tower Group

BOARD MEMBER Riverview Coal

TONY KRAMPE

DR. KATY GROVES MUSSAT

MISSY VANDERPOOL

SWIN CHAMBER BOARD MEMBER German American

PAST CHAIR Old National Bank

LIN SHANNON CHAIR-ELECT Fine and Hatfield

DOUG LAWSON TREASURER Field and Main Bank

DR. KATE BAKER BOARD MEMBER Baker Chiropractic

RON CHAPMAN BOARD MEMBER Tyson Foods

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CHAIR, AGRICULTURE Farmer and Frenchman

BOARD MEMBER Henderson Economic Development

JO SWANSON

ABBY DIXON

CHAIR, EDUCATION/HEALTH Retired Educator

LINDA WHITE BOARD MEMBER Deaconess Henderson Hospital

RODNEY THOMAS BOARD MEMBER Rookies Sports Bar

LORI TUGGLE CHAIR, MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Shelter Insurance

BOARD MEMBER Henderson Tourist Commission

LYNDSAY LOCASTO BOARD MEMBER Downtown Henderson Partnership

JEFF JUSTICE SWIN CHAMBER BOARD MEMBER Hafer

ELLEN REDDING CHAMBER PRESIDENT Henderson Chamber


THOROUGHBRED MEMBERS

BLUEGRASS MEMBERS ADVANTAGE KENTUCKY ALLIANCE

HENDERSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

SCOTT INDUSTRIES, LLC

AT&T

HENDERSON MUNICIPAL GAS

SHAMROCK TECHNOLOGIES

AUDUBON CHRYSLER CENTER

HENDERSON WATER UTILITY

SITEX

AUDUBON METALS LLC

KENERGY CORP.

SONOCO PRODUCTS

BRENNTAG MID-SOUTH, INC.

NYLENE USA

SUREWAY STORES, INC.

CINTAS CORPORATION

RC / 7UP

VECTREN/CENTERPOINT

COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY

REDBANKS

WALMART

EARLE C. CLEMENTS JOB CORPS ACADEMY

RIVER VIEW COAL, LLC RURAL KING OF HENDERSON 2020 ANNUAL REPORT | 21


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