PROSPECT, Ky. (April 2004) After months of planning, the Prospect
Area Chamber of Commerce has become a reality for business owners
and managers along Hwy. 42 in Jefferson and Oldham counties.
The group has been meeting almost weekly since late February, has
elected board members and incorporated the entity as a nonprofit organization.
The kickoff meeting to recruit new members, billed as a Charter Member
Open House and Orientation, is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April
15 at the Harrods Creek Fire Department. Refreshments will be
served as board members meet prospective new members and seek input
for what activities they want the new chamber to pursue, said newly
elected board president Robert Prince of Prospect Jewelers.
People in this area wanted a way to connect with the community
and develop relationships to make them more a part of the community
in a visible way, and a chamber is one way to do that, Prince
To help entice businesses to join, the new group is offering a $25
discount on membership for those who join by June 1. Instead of paying
the regular annual membership fee of $125, early birds will be able
to join for only $100. The groups first formal chamber meeting
is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Captains Quarters
Restaurant on River Road. The group has invited Prospect Mayor Lonnie
Falk and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson to speak. Refreshments will
be served and networking opportunities will be available with new
members. The group plans to meet quarterly thereafter, Prince said.
With the citys unique location on the border of Oldham County
but off the I-71 corridor and away from the La Grange business district,
the Prospect group members decided to form their own chamber to better
promote their businesses along the Hwy. 42 corridor, which includes
Goshen in Oldham County.
We dont see this as competition for the Oldham Chamber,
because of our location, Prince said. We have had the
full support of the Oldham Chamber in this effort.
To help get the chamber organized properly, group members called on
the advice of Jeffersontown Chamber president Vicky Weber, the St.
Matthews Area Business Association and Joe Schoenbaechler of the Oldham
County Chamber. All were extremely helpful, Prince said.
Weber said the level of organization by the group was encouraging,
elevating her recommendation from a business association to a full-fledged
chamber. I drove around the area before our meeting, and I did
see a corridor of businesses that could benefit from having its own
chamber, Weber said. This group is so dynamic and assertively
trying to know their neighbors. I shared the benefits we offer our
members so they could take from that the things that might work in
Weber said the groups association with the Co-Alliance of Business
Associations, a collection of Louisville Metro chambers and business
organizations, would enable the Prospect Chamber to qualify for grant
money. Up to $1,500 could be available for use as seed money, Weber
said. One Prospect board member, Tammy Gadlage, already serves on
the Co-Alliance board. Her husband, Michael, owns Harrods Creek
Besides Prince, other officers of the Prospect Area Chamber are Vance
Fritton (Vances True Value Hardware), vice president; Missy
Fultz (Republic Bank), treasurer; Stacy McPhillips (Max & Ermas
Restaurant), secretary; and Paul Masterson (Captains Quarters
Restaurant). Board members include Chris Aponte (Harrods Creek
Fire Department), Deborah Dillon (F&D Development), John Herzfeld
(SCORE), P.R. Lancaster (Lancaster Built Homes), Candy Medina (CGM
Associates LLC), Marc Yussman (Goldberg & Simpson PSC) and Gadlage.
For information about the Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce,
call (502) 228-7493 or mail: 9219-C Hwy. 42, Prospect, KY 40049. For
more information on the Co-Alliance, visit: www.coalliance.net.