Our Mission

To promote and serve Nelson County commerce, recognizing the diversity and common interests of the membership; serve as a catalyst to form a bond between community, government, and business.

Since 1923 the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce has grown and prospered as the united
voice for business in our area. The Chamber has accomplished much because of the dedication and hard work of hundreds of volunteers. They share the belief that our community is worth working for. With your help our community continues to improve because of the strong alliance between the business community, government and the local population. But most of all because we believe that Bardstown-Nelson County is a wonderful place to live and work.

Your Chamber continues to be involved with many community-wide projects, and continues to strive to
provide the economic well being of the business community. . With membership comprised of over 400 businesses and encompassing over 30,000 workers, your Chamber truly represents you, our members, and the busi ness community.

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce works hard throughout the year to continue to
serve our members. Take advantage of this and use your membership with the Chamber as a key to becoming more involved in the shaping the future of our community.

Why join the Chamber?

You make an important difference when you belong to the Chamber. A strong Chamber of Commerce is
essential for taking our business community to a strong position for the future. The support of each member solidifies the complete effectiveness of our pro-business efforts.

The Chamber works to nurture the areas business climate by sponsoring local activities, by monitoring
local and state government action and how it will affect business, and by participating in community development initiatives. These good things can happen only with a broad base of support. That's why having you as a member is so important.

Your membership helps us continue to provide vital services to our community. You can further your
own, personal effectiveness by participating in Chamber sponsored events and by taking advantage of networking and leadership opportunities.

Here's an outline of the programs and services that the Chamber offers and some ways that you can make the Chamber work for you:

Exposure - Networking with events:
• Annual Meeting and Man of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Awards Dinner
• Advertising in the Chamber newsletter Down to Business, with a circulation of more than 400, reaching out to Southern Indiana, Louisville, Elizabethtown and Lexington
• Participation in the Bourbon Festival
• Ambassador Program
• Women's Council Woman of the Year Award
• Hall of Fame Award
• Christmas Around Bardstown

Marketing & Promotion of your Business:
  • Ribbon Cuttings and press coverage for new and expanding businesses
  • Down to Business , the Chamber newsletter provides up-to-date information on business, education, governmental affairs and upcoming events
  • Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
  • Businesses are encouraged to place their business cards and brochures in the Chamber lobby area
  • Membership lists and mailing labels provided to members for a low fee
  • Exposure on the Chamber's web site www.bardstownchamber.com

  • Quarterly breakfast meetings with informative speakers
  • Adult Leadership Program
  • Young Leaders Institute
  • Seminars and Workshops

Directors and Officers
Chairman: Bill McCloskey- Bearno's of Bardsotwn
Vice Chairman: Gilbert Brown- Brown & Compay, CPAs
President: Kimberly Huston - NCEDA
Executive Director: Dorothy White - Chamber of Commerce
Executive Assistant: Ginny Roby - Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

Lellan Barlow

Barlow Funeral Home

2675 John Rowan Blvd.

Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

Phone:  502-348-2844

Fax:  502-348-1389



Troy Jennings

Kentucky Home Bank

940 Bloomfield Rd.

Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

Phone:  502-348-4643

Fax:  502-348-4676


Gilbert Brown
Brown & Company, CPAs
442 East Stephen Foster Ave.
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Phone: 502-349-3000
Fax: 502-349-2059

Howard Keene

Kentucky National Bank

1000 N. Dixie Ave.

Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701

Phone:  270-737-6000

Fax:  270-769-3512


Bill Conway
Conway-Heaton Ford Chrysler
810 North Third Street
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Phone: 502-348-3929
Fax: 502-.48-8934


Glenn Koger

State Farm Insurance

616 N. Third St.

Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

Phone:  502-348-6408

Fax:  502-348-2661


Bonnie Drake

Commonwealth Broadcasting

106 S. Third St.

Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

Phone:  502-348-3943

Fax:  502-348-4043


Iris Martinez
The Cherry Tree
200 East John Rowan Blvd.
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Phone: 502-348-5176
Fax: 502-348-0559

John Downs
Town & Country Bank
201 N. 3rd Street
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Phone: 502-348-3911
Fax: 502-348-0666



Rob Smotherman

Edward D. Jones & Co.

130 N. Thrid St.

Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

Phone:  502-350-4227

Fax:  1-877-400-7197


David Floyd
Windsor Gardens
101 Isaac Greer Court
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Phone: 502-349-6214
Fax: 502-349-6215


Frances Smith

Smith & Associated

11 Flamingo Rd.

Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

Phone:  502-348-1134

Fax:  502-349-6872


Membership Development
Programs & Special Events
Government Affairs

Promotion & Marketing

Retailers & Merchants Association
Ambassador Program
Women's Council

Our Staff

Dorothy White
Executive Director

Ginny Roby
Executive Assistant


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