Chamber Happenings

With members in five counties, our Lake Barkley Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and cover the Lake Barkley region. Our mission continues to be "Leading our businesses in economic growth through leadership, education, advocacy, relationship development and innovation."

In conjunction with the Lake Barkley Partnership, our Chamber recently sponsored a Work Ready Community workshop aimed at discussing what is needed in order to make Lyon County a 'work ready community'.

The Work Ready Communities program requires communities to meet criteria in six key areas that are critical to producing a productive workforce. Criteria include high school graduation rates, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, community commitment, educational attainment, soft skills and Internet availability.

Being certified as a 'work ready' community lets potential businesses thinking to relocate to our area know that we have a workforce that is willing and able to meet their needs.

Thanks to city and county leaders and local business owners that joined us at the Work Ready Community round table discussion. We were able to identify key issues that need addressing in our community and develop an action plan to move forward.

We would like to welcome Southern Grace Boutique, Plus as one of our newest Chamber members and invite you to join us at their ribbon cutting on Friday, September 27 at 11:30 a.m. at 105 Newman Drive in Eddyville.

Also new to the Chamber is T&T Automotive Sales located at 538 US Hwy 62 E. in Eddyville. Their ribbon cutting will be Friday, November 1 at 11:30 a.m.

On October 1 at 4 p.m., we will host a ribbon cutting for the opening of the new Izzie's Boutique store next to Verizon Wireless in Eddyville.

We will be hosting a workshop on 'Design Basics for Advertising Your Business' on October 25 at the Lyon County Library sponsored by First Southern National Bank and presented by Amanda Davenport of the Lake Barkley Partnership.

Cost is $5 and includes a light breakfast. Reservations are required and may be made by email at lakebarkleychamber1@gmail.com or by calling our Executive Director, Deb Domke, at (270) 388-4769. Attendees are encouraged to bring their computer. The workshop is from 8 - 9 a.m.

On October 30, we will be sponsoring a workshop on 'Customer Service and Retail Merchandising' presented by Chris Woolridge of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center at Murray State University. The workshop will be held at the Lyon County Library and will include a light lunch. Cost is $5 and reservations can be made by contacting Deb Domke at the number above.

And finally, if you would like more information on how you can join our Chamber as a business owner, individual member, or volunteer, contact Deb at (270) 388-4769. Thanks!