We hosted eleven lunch meetings - highlights of the year included presentations from three elected officials: Jason Nemes, House Representative for District 33; David Nicholson, Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk; and Lt. Gov. Jeanine Hampton.
We hosted eleven Lunch and Learn events - Topics covered included cyber-crime; your business and social media; mass e-mail platforms, communicating across generations; two speakers from the Dale Carnegie Institute on business presentations and the Better Business Bureau.
We hosted several special events:
- With the city of Middletown, we held the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Wetherby Park for the children of Middletown.
- A blood drive with the Kentucky Blood Center.
- A pig roast and hoedown at First Baptist Church and raised $2,600 for the improvement of Celebration Hall.
- We held the first annual Golf Scramble at Lake Forest Country Club as a fundraiser for the Life Adventure Center and raised $4,000.
- Partnered with Life Adventure Center and held a fundraiser called Night of Heroes event featuring Heather French Henry and raised $2,400.
- Partnered with the City of Middletown and the First Baptist Church, and held the annual Pumpkin Patch Pancake Breakfast and Trick or Treat event. Over 700 children and parents attended.
- Held our first-ever Middletown 5K as a part of the Middletown Festival. We registered almost 100 runners and raised $4,000 for scholarships.
- Purchased the Christmas display lights in Wetherby Park that debuted at this year’s Light Up Middletown;
- Hosted the annual Trolley Hop during the Street Rod’s Convention held at the fairgrounds in August. The trolley transported shoppers from the fairgrounds to the businesses and restaurants in Middletown.
- Held our third annual Holiday Dinner and Awards presentation. For the third year in a row, we presented awards to the Business of the
- Year, Business Leaders of the Year, and two students from Eastern High School who were recognized for their community leadership and academic excellence.
All told, we hosted nine major events and raised $13,000 for charities and scholarships.
- We hosted six Meet and Greet after-hours business networking events
- We presented a report at every meeting of the Middletown City Council
- We expanded our Board of Directors and incorporated new members
- We hosted Ribbon Cuttings for fifteen new businesses
- We started an Ambassador Committee to reach out to the businesses in Middletown
- We started a Facebook page and redesigned the website
- We advertised with whole page ads in Business First
- The MOB and the Chamber merged
A year ago, we had 240 members. Today we have 310 members, a growth of 29% in one year!