Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce

Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce Business Representative for Simpson Co. KY The Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce has been the united voice for business in our area since 1937.

The Chamber champions the growth and vitality of local businesses by providing opportunities for networking, visibility, referrals and business information through strong leadership, partnerships and programs. Our 300+ member companies come from all industries, in various sizes, and from all over Simpson County. Membership is available to all organizations conducting business in the region. You c

The Chamber champions the growth and vitality of local businesses by providing opportunities for networking, visibility, referrals and business information through strong leadership, partnerships and programs. Our 300+ member companies come from all industries, in various sizes, and from all over Simpson County. Membership is available to all organizations conducting business in the region. You c

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This is some very good information sent out by Simpson County OEM.  Please click on the "Simpson County Coronavirus Resp...
04/18/2020
Simpson County Coronavirus Response

This is some very good information sent out by Simpson County OEM. Please click on the "Simpson County Coronavirus Response link to get the full information. Stay safe. As they say "We will get through this together."

https://bit.ly/simpsoncocovid

Discover the latest resources, maps and information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in your community

04/10/2020

This post is being made at the request of County Judge Executive Mason Barnes.

Judge Mason Barnes is receiving reports of patrons at our local retail stores being abusive to the monitors placed at the door of these locations. In his Daily Update this afternoon Judge Barnes will remind us all, the employees at the doors of these establishments are only doing their job as required by an Executive Order issued by the Governor. That order limits the number of individuals allowed in the stores at one time and further limits the number of members of one household to enter the store at one. The only exception to this order is when a parent, by necessity, must have children with them because they have no alternative.

Judge Barnes stated no employee of any store remaining open should be subjected to abusive language and or abusive actions by any patron. Again, the employee at the door is simply doing his or her job and complying with the order of the Governor.

Below you will find information from Senator McConnell’s office.  Included is a great list of contacts for various kinds...
04/01/2020

Below you will find information from Senator McConnell’s office. Included is a great list of contacts for various kinds of assistance you may need. Please take note of all of these websites and keep handy for future benefit.

As always, stay safe, take care of yourselves, your families and your employees. Follow the CDC guidelines and the instructions of state and local officials.

We will get through this and we will do it TOGETHER.

Regards, Steve

04/01/2020

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today he created a Coronavirus Response Portal on his website to help Kentuckians who may have questions related to how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will help their families, organizations, small businesses, and communities take advantage of the provisions in the legislation.

The portal can be accessed by Kentucky families and small businesses owners who may have questions related to unemployment insurance, low-interest federal loans, federal taxes and relief checks, federal grants, and assistance for Kentuckians traveling or living abroad.

“At my direction, the Senate stepped up to face this challenge presented by COVID-19. We passed a bold plan called the CARES Act to assist families, workers, small businesses and medical professionals. I hope the following resources will be helpful as your family, organization, small business or community takes advantage of the federal funding I helped make available,” Senator McConnell said. “We’ll win this fight against the Coronavirus because Americans continue finding creative ways to stand united—even if we have to stand six feet apart.”

The Coronavirus Response Portal link:

https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=coronavirus-updates

This is a follow-up to the information we shared concerning SBA loans.  As you can tell the State Director of SBA is sug...
03/18/2020
Disaster assistance

This is a follow-up to the information we shared concerning SBA loans. As you can tell the State Director of SBA is suggesting that everything is not currently in place to allow for applications to be made. I will continue to work with the state SBA Office as well as the BRADD office as we search for ways for small businesses in our community to be assisted. I continue to urge you to use our small businesses any way you can during this time. Gift cards purchased directly from the restaurants and stores is one way to get money immediately into their hands. I know many of you are using our small businesses and I and they appreciate it so much. Obtaining SBA assistance will not be a quick fix as the Director suggested, nor will all businesses qualify so it is imperative that we do all we can to support our neighbors.

Beginning here is the statement I received from the State Director:

“Here’s what we know right now:

Yesterday, Governor Andy Beshear submitted the Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration to the Kentucky SBA District office in order to access Disaster Assistance under the Corona-virus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was signed by the President.

This declaration enables Kentucky small businesses and non-profits to make a request for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Limited information is available online at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
or you can contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at: Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail [email protected]. It may take up to 72 hours for the SBA to create the necessary forms and update the website to allow application.

As far as we know right now, these funds will only be available as loans up to $2 million at 3.75% with up to 30 year repayment term. There are no grants at this time. While waiting for the website to allow applications, I recommend that you prepare the documentation necessary to make application.

It’s important to understand that while EIDL loans can be a lifeline, they will take time to acquire and not all businesses will qualify. I highly recommend that you take action now to preserve cash and protect assets. Do the hard stuff first.”

Right now the Chamber has very few answers because as you can see the state does not have many answers. If you have questions I suggest you go to the websites or call the 800 number. I will, however, assist you any way I possibly can. I encourage you to practice good hygiene and follow the instructions of the CDC and our local officials. I might also tell you our city and county governments as well as other organizations are working diligently to assist all of us as we travel this road.

My best to all of you,

Steve Thurmond

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

In addition, we have included information from the Small Business Administration concerning financial assistance availab...
03/18/2020

In addition, we have included information from the Small Business Administration concerning financial assistance available to small businesses who are suffering hardships during this time. Please take a moment to look at this information, see if it might apply to you and if so, contact the SBA through one of the sites listed on the announcement.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center.
Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail [email protected].gov.
• Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.

03/18/2020

During this time of uncertainty the Chamber will be sending information we feel helpful to our community. I urge you to read information from the Chamber as they are sent with the hope they will be of help to you. Below you find information concerning our small businesses and the need to support them as best we can. This list of restaurants is inclusive of the small family owned restaurants in our community. As far as the Chamber is aware, all fast food restaurants are open for drive-thru service.

Main Street Diner, Brickyard Cafe Franklin, El Potrero Cantina & Grill, Hot Plate, Jim's BBQ, Colorado Grill, Sol Azteca, Franklin Steakhouse, Rylan's Restaurant, Wildfire BBQ, Tanglewood, Dunn’s BBQ, Frosty Freeze and Zaxby's

No matter what you do, please support these and other small businesses. If you are not in need of a meal or a product from one of our outstanding small businesses, consider buying a gift card for later. This period of time could be devastating to these businesses. Let’s do what we normally do in Franklin and band together to help those who need help. The Governor has indicated he plans to purchase a carry out meal every day. You may not can do that but certainly we all have to eat so, take a break and use one of our neighbors when you can.

The Chamber encourages you to stay safe, practice good hygiene follow the instructions of local government agencies and the CDC. Let’s work together to keep Franklin and Simpson County as healthy as we possibly can.

03/16/2020

In compliance with the request of the CDC, the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce will suspend all scheduled activities beginning today until the end of the month. This suspension will include scheduled Eye-Openers, ribbon cuttings and other meetings. One of the Chamber’s main functions is to “improve the quality of life for the residents of Franklin and Simpson County.” To that end we are taking this action and encouraging everyone to follow the guidelines of the CDC. Another function of the Chamber is to “support the business interests.” With this in mind, we encourage you to support our small businesses as best you can. As everyone knows, small businesses are the lifeblood of our community and in times like this they will face many hardships. Be safe in what you do but remember to continue your support of these important members of this community.

03/12/2020

Join us this afternoon for a Business After Hours, hosted by Leadership Franklin-Simpson, at Franklin Elementary. Improvements to the Sensory Room at Franklin Elementary is the project of the 2019 Leadership class.

03/03/2020

Join us this morning, from 7 am to 9 am, at the March Eye Opener hosted by Peel & Holland, located at 308 North Main Street.

Community Health Fair this Saturday!
03/02/2020

Community Health Fair this Saturday!

02/04/2020

Join us this morning, beginning at 7 am, for the February Eye Opener hosted by German American Bank. The event will be held at its 1200 South Main Street location.

A large crowd gathered to help LeKesha Matthews, owner of Caring With A Smile Home Care, celebrate the Grand Opening of ...
01/22/2020

A large crowd gathered to help LeKesha Matthews, owner of Caring With A Smile Home Care, celebrate the Grand Opening of the new office space located at 1004 Brookhaven Road. Caring With A Smile Home Care offers high quality home care services to clients in the comfort of their own homes. For more information, call 270.306.1402 or visit www.CaringWithSmile.com

A large crowd gathered to help LeKesha Matthews, owner of Caring With A Smile Home Care, celebrate the Grand Opening of the new office space located at 1004 Brookhaven Road. Caring With A Smile Home Care offers high quality home care services to clients in the comfort of their own homes. For more information, call 270.306.1402 or visit www.CaringWithSmile.com

01/10/2020

Please join us at 10 am today for the first Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration of the year at Caring With A Smile Home Care, located at 10 am1004 Brookhaven Road.

Rebel Heart celebrated its Grand Opening in downtown Franklin.  The new boutique is located at 104 South Main Street.  O...
12/20/2019

Rebel Heart celebrated its Grand Opening in downtown Franklin. The new boutique is located at 104 South Main Street. Owner Victoria Woodard carries a variety of trendy boutique clothing, jewelry and gift items.

Rebel Heart celebrated its Grand Opening in downtown Franklin. The new boutique is located at 104 South Main Street. Owner Victoria Woodard carries a variety of trendy boutique clothing, jewelry and gift items.

Gehret Gage celebrated its Grand Opening at 1825 Industrial ByPass Road with a host of friends, family and community mem...
12/20/2019

Gehret Gage celebrated its Grand Opening at 1825 Industrial ByPass Road with a host of friends, family and community members. The Gehrets have more than 60 years of combined experience in the gage industry. Guests toured the facility and were treated to a wonderful lunch afterwards.

Gehret Gage celebrated its Grand Opening at 1825 Industrial ByPass Road with a host of friends, family and community members. The Gehrets have more than 60 years of combined experience in the gage industry. Guests toured the facility and were treated to a wonderful lunch afterwards.

Kentucky Downs broke ground on its $24 Million expansion last week.  A large crowd was on hand to see drawings of the co...
12/19/2019

Kentucky Downs broke ground on its $24 Million expansion last week. A large crowd was on hand to see drawings of the completed facility. Owners Marc Falcone and Ron Winchell were on hand to describe the building and talk of future dreams for the property.

Kentucky Downs broke ground on its $24 Million expansion last week. A large crowd was on hand to see drawings of the completed facility. Owners Marc Falcone and Ron Winchell were on hand to describe the building and talk of future dreams for the property.

Chamber members gathered at the office of Edward Jones Financial Advisor Chad Adams for the November Eye Opener.  Guests...
12/19/2019

Chamber members gathered at the office of Edward Jones Financial Advisor Chad Adams for the November Eye Opener. Guests enjoyed the great food and fellowship. Thanks to Chad and Debbie for being such gracious hosts.

Chamber members gathered at the office of Edward Jones Financial Advisor Chad Adams for the November Eye Opener. Guests enjoyed the great food and fellowship. Thanks to Chad and Debbie for being such gracious hosts.

Leadership Franklin-Simpson Class of 2019
12/06/2019

Leadership Franklin-Simpson Class of 2019

Several Chamber members joined the staff and customers of Little Bent Farm for a ribbon cutting.  Those attending saw be...
12/06/2019

Several Chamber members joined the staff and customers of Little Bent Farm for a ribbon cutting. Those attending saw beautiful displays of fresh vegetables grown by the farm as well as many seasonal ornamental items available for sale. Guests were treated to delicious refreshments and great conversation centering around the creation of the farm and plans for future expansion.

Several Chamber members joined the staff and customers of Little Bent Farm for a ribbon cutting. Those attending saw beautiful displays of fresh vegetables grown by the farm as well as many seasonal ornamental items available for sale. Guests were treated to delicious refreshments and great conversation centering around the creation of the farm and plans for future expansion.

Little Blessings celebrated its Grand Opening with many Chamber members on hand.  The new floral and gift shop is locate...
12/06/2019

Little Blessings celebrated its Grand Opening with many Chamber members on hand. The new floral and gift shop is located downtown at 112 West Kentucky Avenue. This is the second location for Little Blessings and Owner Cassie Groves. The shop offers boutique clothing, jewelry, accessories in addition to floral arrangements and a variety of gifts. Local delivery is available.

Little Blessings celebrated its Grand Opening with many Chamber members on hand. The new floral and gift shop is located downtown at 112 West Kentucky Avenue. This is the second location for Little Blessings and Owner Cassie Groves. The shop offers boutique clothing, jewelry, accessories in addition to floral arrangements and a variety of gifts. Local delivery is available.

The Chamber of Commerce, Renaissance and Arts Council invite all members and supporters to our annual Christmas Open Hou...
12/05/2019

The Chamber of Commerce, Renaissance and Arts Council invite all members and supporters to our annual Christmas Open House today until 1 pm.

This Saturday!
11/26/2019

This Saturday!

11/21/2019

Join us today at 2 pm for the Grand Opening Celebration of Rebel Heart Co, the newest boutique in downtown Franklin located at 104 South Main Street.

Chamber members gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of Precision Power located on Brown Road. The company builds pow...
11/15/2019

Chamber members gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of Precision Power located on Brown Road. The company builds power supplies and battery backups to support fiber and telecommunication services.

Chamber members gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of Precision Power located on Brown Road. The company builds power supplies and battery backups to support fiber and telecommunication services.

Enterprise Rent A Car celebrated its Grand Opening at 1320 Nashville Road.  The office will service Franklin, Scottsvill...
11/15/2019

Enterprise Rent A Car celebrated its Grand Opening at 1320 Nashville Road. The office will service Franklin, Scottsville and Russellville. The Franklin office hit a 3-month goal in just 3 weeks with the majority of rentals coming from replacement vehicles for dealerships and body shops. For more information, call 270.850.3100.

Enterprise Rent A Car celebrated its Grand Opening at 1320 Nashville Road. The office will service Franklin, Scottsville and Russellville. The Franklin office hit a 3-month goal in just 3 weeks with the majority of rentals coming from replacement vehicles for dealerships and body shops. For more information, call 270.850.3100.

Crafton Funeral Home is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in Franklin this year.  As part of the celebration, the Crafton...
11/15/2019

Crafton Funeral Home is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in Franklin this year. As part of the celebration, the Crafton family welcomed Chamber members to fellowship and refreshments at the October Eye Opener. Thanks to Crafton Funeral Home for being such a gracious host and for serving the community for 40 years!

Crafton Funeral Home is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in Franklin this year. As part of the celebration, the Crafton family welcomed Chamber members to fellowship and refreshments at the October Eye Opener. Thanks to Crafton Funeral Home for being such a gracious host and for serving the community for 40 years!

A large group of Chamber members attended the ribbon cutting at Worldwide Technologies celebrating the completion of its...
11/15/2019

A large group of Chamber members attended the ribbon cutting at Worldwide Technologies celebrating the completion of its expansion. Since coming to Franklin, Worldwide has continued to expand both in square footage and number of employees. After the ribbon cutting guests were treated to a delicious meal. Local officials praised Worldwide for choosing Franklin and for its continued support of this community.

A large group of Chamber members attended the ribbon cutting at Worldwide Technologies celebrating the completion of its expansion. Since coming to Franklin, Worldwide has continued to expand both in square footage and number of employees. After the ribbon cutting guests were treated to a delicious meal. Local officials praised Worldwide for choosing Franklin and for its continued support of this community.

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Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
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This is some very good information sent out by Simpson County OEM. Please click on the "Simpson County Coronavirus Response link to get the full information. Stay safe. As they say "We will get through this together." https://bit.ly/simpsoncocovid
This post is being made at the request of County Judge Executive Mason Barnes. Judge Mason Barnes is receiving reports of patrons at our local retail stores being abusive to the monitors placed at the door of these locations. In his Daily Update this afternoon Judge Barnes will remind us all, the employees at the doors of these establishments are only doing their job as required by an Executive Order issued by the Governor. That order limits the number of individuals allowed in the stores at one time and further limits the number of members of one household to enter the store at one. The only exception to this order is when a parent, by necessity, must have children with them because they have no alternative. Judge Barnes stated no employee of any store remaining open should be subjected to abusive language and or abusive actions by any patron. Again, the employee at the door is simply doing his or her job and complying with the order of the Governor.
Below you will find information from Senator McConnell’s office. Included is a great list of contacts for various kinds of assistance you may need. Please take note of all of these websites and keep handy for future benefit. As always, stay safe, take care of yourselves, your families and your employees. Follow the CDC guidelines and the instructions of state and local officials. We will get through this and we will do it TOGETHER. Regards, Steve
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today he created a Coronavirus Response Portal on his website to help Kentuckians who may have questions related to how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will help their families, organizations, small businesses, and communities take advantage of the provisions in the legislation. The portal can be accessed by Kentucky families and small businesses owners who may have questions related to unemployment insurance, low-interest federal loans, federal taxes and relief checks, federal grants, and assistance for Kentuckians traveling or living abroad. “At my direction, the Senate stepped up to face this challenge presented by COVID-19. We passed a bold plan called the CARES Act to assist families, workers, small businesses and medical professionals. I hope the following resources will be helpful as your family, organization, small business or community takes advantage of the federal funding I helped make available,” Senator McConnell said. “We’ll win this fight against the Coronavirus because Americans continue finding creative ways to stand united—even if we have to stand six feet apart.” The Coronavirus Response Portal link: https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=coronavirus-updates
This is a follow-up to the information we shared concerning SBA loans. As you can tell the State Director of SBA is suggesting that everything is not currently in place to allow for applications to be made. I will continue to work with the state SBA Office as well as the BRADD office as we search for ways for small businesses in our community to be assisted. I continue to urge you to use our small businesses any way you can during this time. Gift cards purchased directly from the restaurants and stores is one way to get money immediately into their hands. I know many of you are using our small businesses and I and they appreciate it so much. Obtaining SBA assistance will not be a quick fix as the Director suggested, nor will all businesses qualify so it is imperative that we do all we can to support our neighbors. Beginning here is the statement I received from the State Director: “Here’s what we know right now: Yesterday, Governor Andy Beshear submitted the Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration to the Kentucky SBA District office in order to access Disaster Assistance under the Corona-virus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was signed by the President. This declaration enables Kentucky small businesses and non-profits to make a request for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Limited information is available online at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance or you can contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at: Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail [email protected]. It may take up to 72 hours for the SBA to create the necessary forms and update the website to allow application. As far as we know right now, these funds will only be available as loans up to $2 million at 3.75% with up to 30 year repayment term. There are no grants at this time. While waiting for the website to allow applications, I recommend that you prepare the documentation necessary to make application. It’s important to understand that while EIDL loans can be a lifeline, they will take time to acquire and not all businesses will qualify. I highly recommend that you take action now to preserve cash and protect assets. Do the hard stuff first.” Right now the Chamber has very few answers because as you can see the state does not have many answers. If you have questions I suggest you go to the websites or call the 800 number. I will, however, assist you any way I possibly can. I encourage you to practice good hygiene and follow the instructions of the CDC and our local officials. I might also tell you our city and county governments as well as other organizations are working diligently to assist all of us as we travel this road. My best to all of you, Steve Thurmond
In addition, we have included information from the Small Business Administration concerning financial assistance available to small businesses who are suffering hardships during this time. Please take a moment to look at this information, see if it might apply to you and if so, contact the SBA through one of the sites listed on the announcement. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail [email protected]. • Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.
During this time of uncertainty the Chamber will be sending information we feel helpful to our community. I urge you to read information from the Chamber as they are sent with the hope they will be of help to you. Below you find information concerning our small businesses and the need to support them as best we can. This list of restaurants is inclusive of the small family owned restaurants in our community. As far as the Chamber is aware, all fast food restaurants are open for drive-thru service. Main Street Diner, Brickyard Cafe Franklin, El Potrero Cantina & Grill, Hot Plate, Jim's BBQ, Colorado Grill, Sol Azteca, Franklin Steakhouse, Rylan's Restaurant, Wildfire BBQ, Tanglewood, Dunn’s BBQ, Frosty Freeze and Zaxby's No matter what you do, please support these and other small businesses. If you are not in need of a meal or a product from one of our outstanding small businesses, consider buying a gift card for later. This period of time could be devastating to these businesses. Let’s do what we normally do in Franklin and band together to help those who need help. The Governor has indicated he plans to purchase a carry out meal every day. You may not can do that but certainly we all have to eat so, take a break and use one of our neighbors when you can. The Chamber encourages you to stay safe, practice good hygiene follow the instructions of local government agencies and the CDC. Let’s work together to keep Franklin and Simpson County as healthy as we possibly can.
In compliance with the request of the CDC, the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce will suspend all scheduled activities beginning today until the end of the month. This suspension will include scheduled Eye-Openers, ribbon cuttings and other meetings. One of the Chamber’s main functions is to “improve the quality of life for the residents of Franklin and Simpson County.” To that end we are taking this action and encouraging everyone to follow the guidelines of the CDC. Another function of the Chamber is to “support the business interests.” With this in mind, we encourage you to support our small businesses as best you can. As everyone knows, small businesses are the lifeblood of our community and in times like this they will face many hardships. Be safe in what you do but remember to continue your support of these important members of this community.
Join us this afternoon for a Business After Hours, hosted by Leadership Franklin-Simpson, at Franklin Elementary. Improvements to the Sensory Room at Franklin Elementary is the project of the 2019 Leadership class.
Join us this morning, from 7 am to 9 am, at the March Eye Opener hosted by Peel & Holland, located at 308 North Main Street.
Community Health Fair this Saturday!
Join us this morning, beginning at 7 am, for the February Eye Opener hosted by German American Bank. The event will be held at its 1200 South Main Street location.