Greater Louisville, Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce

As The Metro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Louisville Inc. helps grow businesses and our regional economy. GLI offers one-on-one support for individual businesses during every stage of development, while representing the collective needs of the community, including pursuing pro-growth policies, talent strategies, economic development investment, and inclusion.

As an investor-led nonprofit, it’s this organization’s business to help your business. Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) works diligently to be the voice of the business community by:

Advocating for the community at the state and federal level.

Creating unique programming and initiatives to help your business be successful.

Solving your talent attraction, retention, and workforce development needs.

Implementing strategies to grow the regional economy.

INVESTOR BENEFITS

As a member of the Chamber, here are a few of the ways investors benefit: Promotion and visibility with ribbon-cutting ceremonies, event partnership opportunities, the GLI Ambassador program, and other GLI committees.

A variety of events and opportunities to network, plus the opportunity to use GLI meeting and event space.

Cost savings programs like discounted health insurance, HR and staffing solutions, cybersecurity, and notary services.

And, so much more!

If you are not yet an investor in Greater Louisville Inc. and want to take your business to the next level, click here for information on joining as an investor. To discuss the benefits of your organization joining the Chamber, contact Brian Schneider, Director of Investor Development.
REGION DETAILS

Greater Louisville Inc. represents a 15-County/2-State Regional Area:

– Indiana Counties: Clark County, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington.

– Kentucky Counties: Bullitt, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble.
GROWING THE REGIONAL ECONOMY

GLI works to influence growth in the regional economy through business attraction and expansion. A true regional economy requires the collaboration of distinct communities working together to retain and attract an educated and plentiful workforce, enabling the region to grow, thrive and prosper. Only when each of us succeeds do we all succeed – and that includes our regional communities. The Greater Louisville region is made up of 15 counties surrounding the Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana areas, home to more than 1.4 million people and over 58,000 businesses. GLI is here to support your organization whether you’re ready to move counties or expand your footprint. With any questions, email Ben Pratt, Chief of Regional Economic Growth, SVP.
NETWORKING & EVENTS

Whether you’re looking to promote your business or make connections, GLI can help! Our brimming schedule of events offers many opportunities to grow your network by creating business connections and advertise your business, learn from industry leaders, explore new and established venues throughout the region, participate in discussions on advocacy, and more!

In addition, our Investor Relations team can help to promote your business through ribbon-cutting ceremonies, social media promotions, and more.
TALENT & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

GLI puts strong efforts towards talent attraction, retention, and workforce development, as these are challenges that many employers are facing. Our team has developed great solutions to navigate an evolving workforce with strategies that best meet your needs. Whether you are relocating to the region and looking to recruit talent, upskill/reskill your current workforce, build talent pipelines, or expand/sustain current operations, GLI can assist you in navigating Greater Louisville’s robust workforce ecosystem.

WORKFORCE ECOSYSTEM HUB: GLI has developed a robust online platform to help both employers and job seekers identify opportunities and partnerships in our community. These include workforce partners, training programs (free and fee-based), financial aid, apprenticeship resources, and more! Employers can also find resources to eliminate barriers to work, and upskill/reskill their workforce, as well as info on state and federal funding available to supplement the cost of that training.

JOB SEEKER RESOURCES: Search the region’s largest local-only job board at LiveinLou.com/jobs and connect with employers who are looking for talent like you with GLI’s Job Seeker Connection Program. For new-to-Lou residents, connect with City Champs Ambassadors and explore relocation resources. And, if you are a college student, join Live in Lou’s professional and leadership development program called Finding You in Lou.

LINKEDIN TALENT INSIGHTS: Through a partnership with LinkedIn, GLI can develop customized campaigns to help you hire that hard-to-find talent. We analyze available talent across the U.S., identifying geographical areas where the supply of that talent outpaces demand, where salaries and/or cost of living are comparable or beneficial to Greater Louisville, and curate a list of potential candidates who fit those parameters. We then contact the candidates on your behalf and send qualified, interested candidates to your inbox. With any questions, email Christine Tarquinio, Vice President, Talent, Workforce, & Brand Strategies.

PRIVATE LABEL CAMPAIGNS: If you are looking to expand your business or need to fill large numbers of open positions, GLI can build a customized talent attraction campaign for you. Utilizing data gathered from their Talent Insights partnership, GLI will build a customized digital ad campaign to attract needed talent. The GLI team develops the creative, place and monitor the media, provide weekly optimizations, and reports regularly on engagement. Your role? To accept resumes, interview, and hire great candidates. For more information, email Christine Tarquinio, Vice President, Talent, Workforce, & Brand Strategies.

ADVOCACY

On the local, state, and federal levels, GLI produces publications to inform policymakers and the business community about key issues and initiatives that will move the Greater Louisville region forward. Check here to see what concepts GLI will be promoting or to see how policymakers have chosen to stand for business.

As an investor-driven chamber of commerce, GLI’s public policy committees, made up of regional business leaders, take the lead in developing GLI’s positions on public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels. All GLI investors are eligible to serve on one or more of the six Issue Advisory Committees. To learn more about joining a committee, email us.


LIVE IN LOU

Live in Lou is the region’s premier talent attraction and retention initiative. GLI has developed a suite of tools to assist you as you recruit top talent to the region. Employers can post open jobs, download relocation information, and point candidates to information on what makes Greater Louisville unique. Also check out the City Champs Ambassador Program that connects new or prospective residents with trained city ambassadors to provide a warm and friendly welcome.
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KentuckianaWorks

FOR EMPLOYERS
KentuckianaWorks offers a wide variety of resources for employers in the Louisville region. Whether you are looking to find new workers, build partnerships within your industry, or get support in developing a more inclusive organization, we can help. We can connect you to qualified job seekers by promoting your open positions, connecting you to industry partners, and more. Interested in learning more about joining one of our industry partnership groups? Email Aleece Smith, Director of Inclusion and Sector Strategies.

FOR JOB-SEEKERS
Looking for help finding a new job or better career? We have the tools to help you succeed! Services provided include: free pre-employment training, job search assistance, career literacy training, basic skills testing & development, and other wrap-around services through the Kentucky Career Center.

KentuckianaWorks helps job-seekers find jobs and good careers, education and training to develop a fully prepared and engaged workforce that is aligned with the needs of the community. We help job seekers in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties find jobs, education and training and we connect employers with skilled, qualified workers.

For more information, contact Angella Wilson at (502) 574-4727 or Angella.Wilson@KentuckianaWorks.org.

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Louisville Urban League

The Louisville Urban League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, community service organization dedicated to eliminating racism and its adverse impacts on the community. Their mission is to assist African Americans and other marginalized populations in attaining social and economic equality through direct services and advocacy. As part of a broader National Urban League network of historic civil rights organizations throughout the United States, the Louisville Urban League, like all affiliates, is dedicated to fostering economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities, with our focus on Jobs, Justice, Education, Health, and Housing. Currently, the Louisville Urban League’s service area includes the Kentucky counties of Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Bullitt, and Hardin; and the Indiana counties of Floyd, Harrison, and Clark.

For more information, contact Jo Dee Estes at JEstes@lul.org or (502) 585-4622.

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Leadership Louisville Center

The Leadership Louisville Center is a nationally-recognized resource for individuals and organizations who strive to go beyond being individually successful to being truly significant. Leaders Louisville Center is the Greater Louisville region’s hub for talent development, relationship building, and community engagement. Their innovative, world-class curriculum and experiential learning opportunities are available for all levels of leadership. No matter where you are located in the world, Leadership Louisville Center can help you build stronger leaders! The Center is the place where leaders can connect with diverse networks, build understanding, and take action to drive positive social and professional impact.

For more information on any programs listed below, contact Aimee Jewell, Engagement Manager, at ajewell@leadershiplouisville.org or (502) 468-2426.

Programs:

A leadership program that deepens your connection to the community and your capacity to make a difference.For over 40 years, The Leadership Louisville program has been part of the fabric of our community. Both lifelong residents and those new to Louisville learn more about the city over 10 months – exploring a new sector each session. Carefully designed cohorts and curriculum provide an unmatched experience. The Leadership Louisville program is designed for established leaders who are ready to generate meaningful social impact and contribute to the region’s growth and success. Approximately 60 leaders are selected through a competitive application process each year to represent the diversity of the Louisville region.

Ignite Louisville is a leadership program that builds stronger next-generation leaders. Ignite Louisville is a professional development program like no other. This award-winning experience combines training, intensive team building, and hands-on work with a local nonprofit over the course of 6 months. Our participants graduate with the skills, confidence, problem-solving abilities, and connections essential to realizing leadership potential, pushing the needle for both our participants and their employers.

For more than 30 years, Focus Louisville has offered everyone from newcomers to native Louisvillians a fascinating insider’s look at our city. Focus Louisville can jumpstart your journey in making our city better for all citizens. You will connect with 50 other civic-minded Louisvillians you might not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet. You’ll gain a more complete view and understanding of Louisville, along with a better sense of belonging, and how to put leadership into action.

A women’s leadership experience developed by the Leadership Louisville Center in order to accelerate and sustain the growth of women into positions of influence.

The Bingham Fellows program annually brings together about 40 experienced Louisville leaders to address one of the region’s most critical issues. Considered our most advanced leadership program, a diverse class of participants is selected following a competitive application process to ensure the class includes content experts and unique voices representing all parts of the community. ​

Encore Louisville is for experienced leaders who have spent decades of their careers in leadership roles, and want to give back to the community. Through the program, they share their wisdom to make our community’s nonprofits stronger.

A program of the Leadership Louisville Center, Leadership Accelerator is a new initiative designed to accelerate the growth of a company’s diverse talent, grow skill sets in individuals, and deepen connections between affinity group leaders.

“Better leaders. Better results. Better world.” Through LeadingBetter™, we help organizations like yours retain, attract, and activate talent through better leadership. We understand the bottom-line value of what leadership can do – and our training courses are curated and crafted to meet the needs of individuals and organizations across all industries, sectors, and levels of experience. We’ve worked with over 200 organizations in the Greater Louisville area to deliver essential fundamentals and cutting edge topics relevant to the shifts happening in today’s workplaces. Our services are like building blocks. They can build a complete training program or fill gaps in your talent development strategy. Our content can be delivered in a variety of formats: open enrollment courses for individuals or teams, private or on-site training for organizations, and talks and keynotes for events or special programs.

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Southern Indiana Works

Southern Indiana Works, WorkOne Career Center is the region’s Career Center for Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Crawford, Scott and Washington counties in Indiana. SIW provides individuals with training and career services, and partners with businesses to develop solutions to address their talent needs. This organization also offers workshops to help job seekers stay current in the ever-changing job market. Facilitators cover topics like professionalism, resumes, interview skills, social media, job-seeking strategies, Microsoft Office products, and more. See their offerings below for employers, adults, and students. 

FOR EMPLOYERS
Southern Indiana Works, WorkOne Career Center provides a variety of unique business services to meet the individual needs of employers, including hiring events, assistance in creating a job description, HR solutions, pre-employment screens, and skills training through in-house training programs, The Skillful Network and on-the-job training.

FOR ADULTS
Southern Indiana Works, WorkOne Career Center also assists job seekers with obtaining high wages in in-demand careers through one-on-one career coaching, career exploration, skills assessments, career fairs, and networking events, and, referrals from the WorkOne Business Services Team. Learn more here.

FOR YOUNG ADULTS/STUDENTS
Through a career pathways approach, SIW WorkOne Career Center assists young adults in the attainment of a High School diploma or equivalent, post-secondary education or training, career exploration and education, work-based learning, and other skills development to prepare the next generation of talent. Learn more here.

 

For more information, contact Cindy Mahoney, Business Services Manager at cindy@soinworks.com or 812.941.6404.

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Health Enterprises Network

The Health Enterprises Network (HEN) is the region’s premier healthcare business network. Formed by area leaders in 2000, HEN’s mission is to champion and foster the growth of the Greater Louisville Region’s healthcare economy. Comprised of 1200 professionals from 160 investor companies, HEN represents a diverse and growing industry, from hospitals and health services companies to medical device manufacturers and leading health law firms. HEN is the convener that breaks down barriers, opens doors, and is the catalyst for engagement with healthcare professionals and leaders. Health Enterprises Network is an affiliate of Greater Louisville Inc.

For more information, contact Logan Gatti, Director, at logan@healthenterprisesnetwork.com.

The Healthcare Fellows is a formal executive education program focused on the many business sectors in Louisville’s vast healthcare ecosystem. Each year 14-24 professionals are selected from around Greater Louisville to participate in the 10-month program. Fellows are challenged to grow in their leadership capacity, increase their health-related knowledge, and expand their professional reach through monthly sessions with community leaders, academics, elected officials, organizational experts, researchers and entrepreneurs.

For more information, contact Logan Gatti, Director, at logan@healthenterprisesnetwork.com.

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Civitas: Regional LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

Civitas is the LBGTQ+ Chamber of Commerce which serves the state of Kentucky with Areas in Greater Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky, Eastern, Southern, & Western Kentucky, and is an affiliate chapter of the National LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce.

This organization focuses on LGBTQ+ business certification, education, and networking to strengthen the regional ecosystem based on the idea that supporting diverse-owned businesses is the foundation of community transformation and economic impact. Civitas stands for citizenship, especially as imparting shared responsibility, a common purpose, and sense of community, and was born out of the desire of many stakeholders from Louisville, Cincinnati, Lexington, and beyond to create a chamber focused on supporting and cultivating a thriving LGBTQ+ community. They are proud to have representation from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum already engaged, knowing there will always be opportunities for growth.

 

For more information, contact CivitasLGBTQ@gmail.com.

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Chefs for Success Culinary Arts Training Program

Chefs for Success, by the Salvation Army, is a workforce development program for those interested in obtaining employment in the culinary industry upon completion. Chefs for Success participants gain the foundational skills to apply for an entry-level position in the culinary industry. Participants will complete a free, five-week class and then will be provided with interviewing and employment best practices and earn a Food Handler certificate that adds value to their skill set.
 
For more information, contact thejadedfork@gmail.com or (502) 671-4900.
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Align Southern Indiana

Align Southern Indiana strives to actively facilitate a shared regional process that will align resources, address needs and produce sustainable solutions resulting in our region achieving its potential as a best place to live, work and play. This organization strives to meet the current and future talent needs of the regional workforce with a goal of high paying jobs, increased productivity, and retention of talented graduates. Through aiming to enhance quality of place in the region, Align Southern Indiana’s goal is to create an area that is attractive for economic development and is inviting for citizens to live, work and play.

For more information, contact Rita at 502-777-0779 or rita@alignsi.com.

 

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Venture Connectors

Venture Connectors is an incorporated, not-for-profit business association originally formed in 1995 as the Venture Club of Louisville. Venture Connectors’ goal is to connect entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, inventors, academics, practitioners, technologists, students and business experts to encourage the expansion of business and commercial investment activities in the Kentuckiana region. Events include monthly luncheons and the annual Venture Sharks™ competition. Membership is open to founders, business professionals, venture capitalists, private investors and students who are involved in the entrepreneurial community. Anyone interested in making valuable contacts, exchanging information or pursuing mutual business opportunities is welcome to attend a Venture Connectors event.


For more information, contact contact@ventureconnectors.org.


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