Vol 20/Issue 10
greater owensboro chamber of commerce
CHAMBER MATTERS 2022
Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) is a public, two-year, open admissions college, and one of the sixteen colleges of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, OCTC is a comprehensive community and technical college that values innovation, is focused on student success, and is responsive to economic trends. OCTC serves 4,000 students every fall from Daviess, Ohio, Hancock, and McLean Counties and the surrounding region. For immediate employment after graduation, students are attracted to industry-relevant technical programs and innovative “work and learn” model programs such as GO FAME, GO Careers, and entrylevel healthcare career packages. Additional programs tailored to the adult learner include a new Life Skills Certificate, TechX, iTEC, and a CDL Academy. Students transferring to Western Kentucky University (WKU) after attending OCTC have earned a higher-grade point average than native WKU students 12 of the last 15 years. OCTC’s Workforce Solutions worked with more than 786 companies last year, on training, testing, and developing customized programs to meet industry-specific needs. In addition, Workforce Solutions partnered with local companies to invest $846,642 in KCTCS-TRAINS funding in the fiscal year 2022. They also provide re-entry program options and the SkillTrain unit offers GED prep, English language, and citizenship classes. OCTC’s Discover College includes dual credit options taught on-campus, online, and at partnering high schools. Students in the Early College program attend classes on campus at OCTC full-time during their junior and senior years of high school, allowing them to graduate simultaneously with a high school diploma and an associate degree. In 2022, OCTC was again nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” achieving Honor Roll status for supervisor effectiveness, confidence in senior leadership, employee wellbeing, mission and pride, job satisfaction, and a focus on diversity and inclusion.
Rooster Booster to feature County Judge/Executive forum The Chamber will host its Rooster Booster breakfast this Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 a.m. at the Owensboro Convention Center (501 West Second Street). The program is sponsored by Owensboro Community and Technical College and will feature the County Judge/ Executive forum with candidates Commissioner Charlie Castlen and Bruce Kunze. CHARLIE CASTLEN Charlie Castlen has held the position of Central Division County Commissioner for the past 11 years, and previously served five terms as an Owensboro City Commissioner. He is a graduate of Brescia CHARLIE University and is CASTLEN a self-employed CPA with more than thirty-three years of experience in banking, public accounting and government. Charlie has been married to his wife, Lisa, for over thirty-six years. Together, they have three children: Sarah, Theresa and Daniel, and two grandchildren. Charlie is a social and fiscal conservative and is a committed friend of the taxpayer.
Reserve your spot now at www.chamber.owensboro. com or by calling the Chamber office at (270) 926-1860 by noon on Wednesday, October 5. COST IN ADVANCE: $15 for Chamber Members and $25 for non-members. COST AT THE DOOR: $20 for Chamber Members and $25 for non-members. BRUCE KUNZE Bruce Kunze has spent many years working in public service, including roles as a teacher and counselor in the Daviess County Public Schools, Daviess County Commissioner, church leader and community volunteer. As a long-time board member of the Owensboro Regional Farmers Market, he coordinated the planning, funding, and construction of the new market pavilion. He is currently a director of the non-partisan Wendell Ford Government Education BRUCE Center, board member of KUNZE the Community Dental Clinic, Treasurer of our local Retired Teachers Association and volunteers working with our new Afghan refugee population. Bruce and his wife, Susie, are lifelong Daviess County residents and have been married for 41 years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.
LEADERSHIP OWENSBORO CLASS OF 2023
Hannah Adams US Bank
Ashley Agada Girls Inc.
Carlie Brown Owensboro Public Schools
Cheryl Burks-McCarthy Daviess County Cooperative Extension Service
Jacob Burton Independence Bank
Megan Carter Owensboro Health
Hannah Cecil Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky
Keith Cottoner H.L. Neblett Community Center
Isaac Duncan Brescia University
Ashley Evans-Smith CASA of Ohio Valley Inc
Austin Hamilton Owensboro Grain
Olivia Hardy Puzzle Pieces
Melissa Hoffer Owensboro Health
Kara Howard Wendell Foster
Ronda Howard New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services
Sarah Howard German American Bank
Brad Howton Owensboro Municipal Utilities
Tony Jones US Bank
Erin Kamuf Southern Star Central Gas Pipelines Inc.
Josh Kelly Owensboro Times
Chyna Kelton Yager Materials
Mark Luckett Southern Star Central Gas Pipelines Inc
Mary-Katherine Maddox The Malcolm Bryant Corporation
Dr. Shanna McGinnis Blue Bridge Homes LLC
Anthony Morrow Boardwalk Pipelines
Phytos Neophytou Owensboro Municipal Utilities
Jared Ramsey Daviess County Public Schools Police
Jennifer Richardson RiverPark Center
Tristan Russelburg Owensboro Police Department
Crystal Sapp St. Joseph Peace Mission
Will Wathen Southern Star Central Gas Pipelines Inc.
Ambassador of the Month
Charlotte Newton is the Senior Agent at Storm Insurance where she has worked for 5 years. She enjoys educating her clients on their insurance needs. Charlotte volunteers for New Beginnings in her spare time. She also enjoys spending time with her 4 children, reading, and outdoor adventures! She is excited to be a Chamber Ambassador and loves going to ribbon cuttings and meeting new people and businesses in the community.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022
CALENDAR 6 October Rooster Booster, sponsored by Owensboro Community and Technical College 7:30 a.m. | Owensboro Convention Center
Chamber After Hours, hosted by Red Wing Shoes Owensboro 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 2928 Heartland Crossing Boulevard 7 Ribbon Cutting: Sleep Well Mattress 12:15 p.m. | 1737 Scherm Road 14 Ribbon Cutting: All State Insurance, James Russell 12:15 p.m. | 2624 New Hartford Road, Building B 19 CYP Lunch Meeting, sponsored by Owensboro Catholic Schools 11:30 a.m. | Commerce Center 20 Leadership Owensboro – Economy and Innovation Day 21 Ribbon Cutting: The Spot Coffee and Finery 12:15 p.m. | 217 Williamsburg Square 26 Chamber Ambassador Meeting 12:00 p.m. | Commerce Center 27 Educators in the Workplace – Session 2 Red, White and Blue, sponsored by Big Rivers Electric Corporation 4:30 p.m. | Daviess County Courthouse
CANDANCE CASTLEN BRAKE PRESIDENT & CEO email@example.com SHELLY NICHOLS VICE PRESIDENT firstname.lastname@example.org ASHTIN WARREN DIRECTOR, TALENT PROGRAMS email@example.com SUSAN HIGH BUSINESS MANAGER firstname.lastname@example.org KENZIE TOMES COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS COORDINATOR email@example.com LYDIE BOONE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT firstname.lastname@example.org 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 • chamber.owensboro.com BRENDA CLAYTON BRENDA CLAYTON, CPA CHAMBER BOARD CHAIR Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram @GOCHAMBER
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022
Advanced Cardiology of Owensboro Advantage Eye Care AGN, Inc. Alpha Laser & Imaging, LLC Behavior Associates, LLC Big River Rubber & Gasket Co., Inc. Boutique 54 Brandon Scott Mullins Memorial Foundation Brown & Westendorf Group of Keller Williams Elite Cambron Body Shop, Inc. Cedarhurst of Owensboro Century 21 Partners, Karen Gross Daniel Pitino Shelter, Inc Daramic, LLC Daviess County Farm Bureau Federation Drake’s Ebelhar Farms
Ohio Valley Nephrology Associates, P.S.C. Old Hickory Bar-B-Q, Inc. Ole South Barbeque Owensboro Christian Church Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro Lions Club Owensboro Medical Practice, PLLC Owensboro Museum of Science & History Owensboro NAACP Branch 3107 Owensboro Public Schools Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc. Owensboro Riverport Authority Owensboro-Daviess County Industrial Foundation Party Paper Place R.W. Baird RE/MAX Professional Realty Group
Fetta Specialty Pizza & Spirits First Baptist Church Foreman Watson Land Title, LLC Friends of the Library Greg’s Collision Center H & R Block Heritage Christian School IMPACT 100 Owensboro Inc. Junior Achievement of West Kentucky Kentucky Career Center Kentucky Dream Realty Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance - Chris Hoskins Legacy Owensboro Church Marshall Ventures Modern Welding Co. of Owensboro, Inc. Mountain Valley Water Company New Career Creations Nick T. Arnold Jewelers, Inc. 54
Regional Water Resource Agency Reid’s Orchard Risner & Associates, JoAnn Risner Sam’s Club Schrecker Supply Co., Inc. Simply Chic Home Accents Southwire Company Special Inspection Services LLC State Farm Insurance, Drew Cunningham Steinkamp Home Center Terri Knott, Picture This Travel The Pub On Second, LLC Tri State Fire & Safety, Inc. U.S. Bank U.S. Bank, Karen Carper NMLS #502489 US Lawns of Owensboro, KY Valor Oil Hometown Mortgage Lenders, LLC
MEMBERS OF THE MONTH Alisa Nicole Dance Wear 115 West Second Street (270) 313-0099 Alisanicole.net
The Spot Coffee and Finery, LLC 217 Williamsburg Square (270) 645-8029 thespotcoffeeandfinery.com
Aflac Keller & Associates, LLC 422 Frederica Street (270) 993-7738 local.aflac.com/garett_keller/Agent/
Habitat for Humanity of OwensboroDaviess Co. 2930 West Fourth Street (270) 926-6110 habitatowensboro.org
Bluegrass Home Inspections, LLC 1033 Hermitage Drive (270) 231-0825 bluegrasshomeinspectionsllc. com Computer Dave Sales and Service 5010 Wildcat Way, Suite #3 (270) 314-5681 computerdavepcrepair.com Gateway Urgent Care LLC 3245 Mount Moriah Avenue, Suite 10 (270) 570-7500 mercyurgentcare.com
Jamaican Yard Vibes 2848 West Parrish Avenue, Suite C (270) 240-3088 jamaicanyardvibes.com Kahawa Java 2601 West Parrish Avenue, Suite 7-101 (270) 240-1120 Meadow House Flowers and Gifts 113 East 18th Street (270) 551-5050 meadowhouseflowers.com Sassafras 420 Frederica Street (270) 240-1888 sassafrasowensboro.com
GEL Engineering, LLC 1833 Cargo Court, Louisville (502) 208-4662 gelengineering.com
Ruoff Mortgage 234 Frederica Street (270) 240-2828 ruoff.com
Support Systems, LLC 909 Moseley Street (270) 314-2118
Green River Area Down syndrome AssociationGRADSA P.O. 2031 (270) 993-2192 gradsa.org
The Frozen Lounge 1738 Sweeney Street (270) 645-7799
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