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Dale Carnegie Courses Scheduled Through June - Register Today!

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Courses available include: Microsoft Excel (basic, intermediate, advanced, applications and the Excel Certificate Program), CPR certification, project management, leadership and talent, internal customer service and more! Click here for a complete course listing.

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The Training Consortium of South Central Kentucky is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
For questions or additional information about the Training Consortium, membership or SHRM courses, please contact Kelsi Cline.


Chamber Personnel Update:

Beginning March 1, Maureen Carpenter, the Chamber's former Vice President for Regional Economic Development and Talent has accepted the invitation to be the new Vice President for Partnership Services. In addition to Maureen's acumen in economic development, she has an extensive background as a former President and CEO of a Chamber of Commerce in New York State where she was successful in growing membership and retention, implementing a multiyear strategic plan and developing innovative chamber programs. Maureen's leadership will serve our partners well as she works to strengthen the Chamber's capacity as small business consultants.


South Central Kentucky Wage & Benefit Survey:

The South Central Kentucky Workforce Investment Board will be conducting a wage and benefits survey March 12 - 30. Your participation in this survey will help the Workforce Investment Board to compile a comprehensive report demonstrating the wage and benefit climate across South Central Kentucky’s 10-county region within the region's six high-demand, high-growth sectors: construction, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, professional services, and transportation including distribution and logistics.

The survey will be accessible beginning Monday, March 12, and remain open through Friday, March 30. Questions and topics covered in the survey include:

  • Health/medical insurance offerings to employees
  • The hours that constitute a full-time workweek
  • The type of retirement plans your company offers
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • The availability of on-site childcare
  • Salary increases and how they are usually granted
  • The number of full-time and part-time employees you have

Have questions? Please contact our survey partner Lana Suite at Younger Associates,, for additional information.

Join Team Workforce for the April Career Connection on the 12th

The next Team Workforce Career Connection will be held on April 12 from Noon to 4 pm at the Kentucky Career Center (803 Chestnut Street), in Bowling Green! Team Workforce Logo.png

You will be able to interview applicants during the event. If you are hiring and want to participate, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Kelsi Cline.

Legislative Update:

HB252, Unemployment Insurance

HB252 primarily addresses three challenges that are facing Unemployment Insurance (UI). It replaces a grossly outdated technology system. The cost will be offset from the Service Capacity Upgrade Fund, an existing fund created for the purpose of upgrading technology. The bill also proposes an update to the benefit structure that is more appropriately aligned with surrounding states and clarifies business successorship laws.

Current Status: 2/23/2018 - floor amendments (1) and (4) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendments (2) and (3) filed to Bill. Click here to visit the State Bill Page

SB1, State Pension Reform

SB1 represents the best opportunity to seek meaningful pension reform. The business community should be encouraged by the structural reforms outlined in the bill, including ensuring a disciplined approach to requiring responsible payments into the systems, recognizing the imbalance caused by public employees living longer on average than when the systems were created, and lessening the large financial burden of the systems’ liabilities being placed solely on taxpayers. Senate Bill 1 would create greater consistency across all of Kentucky’s retirement plans and keep promises made to state workers. 

Current Status: 2/21/2018 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government. Click here to visit the State Bill Page

Tuesday, Feb. 27th was the last day for new House Bills to be filed and Thursday, March 1st was the last day a new Senate Bill could be filed.

Ft. Campbell Hiring Events

Contact the Chamber to participate in any of the Hiring Event days below!


  • March 28
  • April 4, 11, 18 & 25
  • May 2, 9, 16 & 23
  • June 13, 20 & 27
  • July 11, 18 & 25
  • August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
  • September 12 & 26
  • October 3, 17, 24 & 31
  • November 7 & 28
  • December 12

Event organizers request two weeks notice to promote your attendance at the event to transitioning soldiers. 



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Red Tape Reduction

Red Tape Reduction
372 regulations have been repealed
157 regulations have been targeted for repeal
327 regulations have been amended
433 regulations have been targeted for amendment
South Central Kentucky Economic Development:
For 2018, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced two economic development projects totaling $5.05 million in capital investment and 72 new jobs. Bowling Green was recently ranked second in Site Selection magazine's list of high-performing metros among communities with populations less than 200,000 based on total economic development projects for 2016.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,300 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce 710 College Street  Bowling Green Kentucky United States 42101

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