Chamber to try evening meeting

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After-hours session is new venture aimed at building connections

By Ron Benningfield

Instead of its regular monthly  luncheon, the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce is trying a different approach Oct. 21 — holding an evening meeting.

 “The main thing is to have people come out and network with each other,” Chamber president Kenny Rambo said. 

Rita Williams, the Cham­ber’s executive director, agreed.

 “It’s a new venture for us, but we want to do everything we can to reach the community — businesses and individuals,” she said. “If it works, we may try it again.”

The Chamber holds a luncheon meeting every third Wednesday. Williams acknowledged that some business people may find it hard to leave their workplace to attend the meeting during the day.

Others, she added, may have children to watch during the day. The after-hours meeting might allow more of them to attend. She said daytime meetings usually average 25-30 members.

“We want to open up avenues where people can come to gain fresh ideas about running a business, both from speakers, and from interacting with other people present at the meeting,” Williams said. “We also want them to know that we are a county-wide Chamber, and seek new members from throughout the county.”

She said that her organization recently has added new members from the Upton area and also West Point Bank has joined.

Williams said the Chamber partners with various organizations such as Main Street, schools, city and county governments, health department, community action and emergency services.

“We want to reach out to the surrounding areas and let them see what our county has to offer and how the Chamber is a place where people can share ideas to find more ways to improve the finances of our businesses,” she said.

She mentioned in particular the expected influx of people into the area as a result of the realignment at Fort Knox. 

 “We want to show them that LaRue County is a good place to live, with good schools and good people,” Williams said. “Those who move here not only will have a lot to give to the community and be involved in many activities, but they’ll also spend money here in our county.”

Those who have visited have been impressed with the county, she observed.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, food will be served. A speaker from Heartland Communication Consultants will give a brief presentation regarding marketing and advertising best practices.

“Attending a Chamber meeting is a good way of getting something done,” Williams explained.  “You meet a lot of people who can either help you, or point you to someone else they know who can help.”

The meeting, in the Lincoln Muse­um community room on the square, begins at 6 p.m. and costs $6 per person, the same as the daytime luncheon.