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Wilson Works...FINDING A PATH FORWARD

Wilson Works with photo 2020

FINDING A PATH FORWARD

How do you launch a new program during a pandemic?  Answer.  One step at a time.  And, flexibility.  Lots of flexibility. 
 
Wilson Works is building momentum one day at a time with a goal of improving pathways from training to jobs.  Workforce development is crucial to any community, especially if it’s in one of the fastest growing counties in Tennessee.  Despite the challenges of a pandemic, there is purpose and promise in finding a way to grow our workforce, and prepare for jobs that support families and communities.  Partnering with K12 schools, local industry, and government, Wilson Works is exploring programs and services that will elevate opportunities. 
 
In the coming months, Wilson Works will gradually roll out efforts to keep students, job seekers and employers engaged.  There is no better time than now to be training, retooling, and preparing for what’s next.  Wilson Works wants to ensure citizens and employers are aware of programs and partners positioned to improve skills.  For example, programs such as Tennessee Reconnect (www.tnreconnect.gov) provide tuition so adults can earn a professional certificate or Associates degree.  Incumbent Worker grants exist to help businesses train and retain current employees by providing skills upgrades and process improvement training.  Meanwhile, Wilson County Schools offers a diverse Career and Technical Education curriculum, and dual enrollment programs for students seeking to enter the workforce after graduation.  TCAT, Volunteer State, Cumberland University and MTSU continue to supply crucial workforce training that benefits students, adults, and the companies who are seeking skilled talent. 
 
With so many options for workforce development, it can be confusing for those seeking training, jobs, or employers trying to recruit talent.  The good news is that this community has exceptional opportunities.  With support from incredible partners, Wilson Works remains focused on a path forward for workforce development. 

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Message from Mayor Randall Hutto to local businesses

Message from Mayor Randall Hutto to local businesses

Message from Mayor Hutto

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2020 Taste of Wilson County Celebration Week-Virtual

Taste of Wilson County week virtual

2020 Taste of Wilson County Celebration Week

Join us for an entire week through videos and social media to reflect on our annual Taste of Wilson County. Please like the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page to help us celebrate our event. During the week of December 7th- 11th, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the Wilson County Business & Education Coalition are asking our communities to continue to support all local restaurants and retail stores who have given so much to education in Wilson County. The Taste of Wilson County began in 2009 to benefit Teacher Grants, Wilson Books from Birth, Tennessee Scholars and student scholarships throughout Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown.  

For twenty - one years, the Wilson County Business & Education Coalition has funded 571 Teacher Grants totaling over $243,000.00, more than 19,000 children have benefited from the Wilson Books from Birth program and 5,871 high school seniors in Wilson County graduated as Tennessee Scholars and were awarded over $120,000.00 in scholarships.

We want to take this time to express our sincere appreciation to all of our past food and marketplace vendors, our Lebanon High School and Wilson Central High School culinary departments, our dignitaries, our emcee Mac Griffith, Hawk Specialty and others. All of our friends have made this a fun event every year.

A special thanks to our community partners, ticket purchasers, education systems and volunteers for always making Taste of Wilson County a successful event.

“During these unprecedented times, we are very thankful for our continued sponsors in 2020. Without you, our educational gifts would not have been possible this year,” said President & CEO Melanie Minter. “The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and our Business & Education Coalition are grateful for your passion and your dedication to education in Wilson County.”

The Taste of Wilson County Title Sponsor is Wilson Bank & Trust. Major Sponsors include Cumberland University, Famous Footwear, Performance Foodservice Nashville, Ravenflight Web & Media Solutions, Wes Dugan Wilson County Farm Bureau-Castle Heights and Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Hyundai. New, in 2020, we were fortunate to have many additional Supporting and Friend of Teacher sponsors.

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TennCommUNITY Bucks Now Available

Shop TennCommUNITY Week
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What are TennCommUNITY Bucks? They are $5.00 vouchers consumers can use as cash when shopping with a TennCommUNITY business during Shop TennCommUNITY Week, November 28th - Dec. 5th.
How do consumers get them? Stop by any sponsoring bank in Wilson County between November 16th - November 27th. Ask for a
TennCommUNITY Buck. Limit one per customer.
 
Bank of Tennessee
CedarStone Bank
F&M Bank
FirstBank
First Freedom Bank
Liberty State Bank
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Southern Bank of Tennessee
Wilson Bank & Trust
 
 
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2020 Industry Appreciation Day, Royal Canin-Lebanon

Congratulations to Royal Canin - Lebanon on being recognized for this year's Industry Appreciation Day!

Each year the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee elects one local industry or business to visit for Industry Appreciation Day. This year, Chamber President & CEO Melanie Minter, Chairman of the Board Greg Butler and Economic Development Division Vice-Chair Jeff Peterson presented Royal Canin - Lebanon (formerly know as Nutro) with a banner of appreciation for their business and service to Wilson County and our Chamber. Member since 1997.

Royal Canin USA is a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has more than 50 years of experience in delivering individualized nutritional solutions. In collaboration with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the central point of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets based on size, age, breed, lifestyle and therapeutic requirements. Royal Canin diets are available at veterinary hospitals and pet specialty stores nationwide. Royal Canin is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit www.royalcanin.com and “LIKE” us on Facebook at Royal Canin.

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Scarecrow Contest

2020 Scarecrow Contest Flyer Short Version

Stroll Around the City of Lebanon for a Fun, Fall Scarecrow Contest

 The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to experience the spirit of the fall season. This is a great time for you, your family and your friends to stroll throughout the city and enjoy the unique displayed scarecrows at local businesses.

The Special Events Division of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to participate in the Scarecrow Contest and promote their businesses.

Participants will create their own free standing/self-supported scarecrows (no store-bought versions allowed). The scarecrows will be placed throughout the city in front of participating businesses. If a participant does not have a storefront, a location will be provided for them. 

The entry fee of $25 to participate, may be paid via cash, check, or credit card when the application is submitted. The scarecrows will be on display the month of October. A photo of your scarecrow and a promotional statement is to be submitted to the Chamber no later than September 30th to be entered into the Facebook voting contest.

Facebook voting will take place October 1st – October 28th. Prizes will be given for the following categories: Best Overall ($75 value), Most Creative ($50 value), and Fan Favorite ($50 value). Photo “likes” will be counted as votes to determine the Fan Favorite. Winners will be announced via Facebook live on October 29th.

Applications and complete guidelines are available online https://www.lebanonwilsonchamber.com/chamber-events/scarecrow-contest and at the Chamber, located at 149 Public Square. For more information on how you can be a part of the contest, contact the Chamber office at 615-444-5503.

 

 

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TennCommUNITY.COM

Community Banks and County's Chambers Join Forces to Encourage Shopping Local

Small business is the backbone of Wilson County’s economy, and as a county, we will continue to focus on targeted relief for these businesses. TennCommUNITY is an initiative created and designed to help with recovery by urging the communities to shop locally. The mission includes providing advertising and marketing tools for small businesses, contributed by the network of partnering banks and chambers. Through the unified efforts of this partnership, we aspire to boost commerce and support for local merchants...

Link: https://www.tenncommunity.com/

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Chamber Membership

Are you a member? Are you involved?  Membership in your local chamber offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community and marketplace.

  According a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, when consumers know that a business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

  Membership brings credibility to your business - Increases your visibility in the community - Creates networking opportunities – offers a voice - business contacts - chamber newsletters - customer referrals - Chamber events and programs - promotions and publicity.

  How does all that sound?  Your success is our success and we are anxious to welcome you as a part of the team. Call me to discuss more details, 615-444-5503.

Andrea K. Wilke
Vice President Membership & Finance

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May 4th Deadline to Apply with FEMA

If you were affected by the torndaoes on March 3, 2020, please see the information below on how to begin an application with FEMA. The deadline to apply is May 4, 2020.

May 4th Deadline to Apply with FEMA

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COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing

The Tennessee Department of Health will offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing in various locations throughout Tennessee this weekend. If you have health concerns, or have concerns about the health of a family member, you are invited to receive testing for COVID-19. The Wilson County Health Department will have FREE drive-thru testing tomorrow, April 18th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

The Wilson County Health Department is located at 927 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, TN 37087.

Drive-thru testing will be held at other locations on April 19th. To view the full list of drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations in Tennessee, visit https://www.tn.gov/health/news/2020/4/15/covid-19-drive-through-testing-locations-open-this-weekend-statewide.html. To view the full map of Tennessee COVID-19 drive-thru testing locations, visit https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html.

For qestions regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) call Tennessee’s Coronavirus Public Information Lines at 833-556-2476 or 877-857-2945. These lines are open from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily.

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Wilson County Declaration in Response to COVID-19

Read the latest COVID19 press release from Wilson County Government...

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Chamber Office Business Continuity Plan

Effective 3/19/2020 through the remainder of the month, the Chamber office will be closed to the public due to the Covid-19. After careful consideration and taking extra precautions, these changes are to protect the health and safety of our staff, members and our community. We appreciate your support and understanding.
 
At this time, your Chamber staff will continue to keep you connected.  We are available to answer any questions you may have by calling 615-444-5503. Please follow us on social media, check your emails and our calendar for updated information.

Our Chamber team continues working for you and your business. Please submit any special services you are offering to marketing@lebanonwilsonchamber.com

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Federal Assistance Comes to Davidson, Putnam, & Wilson Counties

This is an important message for those affected by the deadly tornadoes and severe weather on March 3, 2020.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced on March 5, 2020 that Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson counties will receive federal aid through an expedited Major Disaster Declaration.

Individuals who may be eligible can begin the application process at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Please see the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency's press release for more information here.

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Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration

Banquet-Banner Thank you very much!

The Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration is one of the largest gatherings of executives, elected officials, business owners, and civic leaders.

Hear about our top priorities and vision for doing business Chamber President & CEO, Melanie Minter, outgoing Board Chairman, Necole Bell and incoming Board Chairman Greg Butler. The meeting and celebration is for all members to attend.

The evening included dinner, a brief meeting, followed by the swearing-in of the upcoming Board of Directors and award recipients. Celebration Cocktails @ 5:30, Dinner @ 6:30 and Program @ 7:00

The following awards will be presented:

  • Ambassador of the Year
  • Retailer of the Year
  • Shop Small Business Award
  • Industrialist of the Year
  • Business Person of the Year
  • Friend of Education
  • Lifetime Member Award
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Lebanon Wilson County Sports Council Award
  • on Profit of Excellence Award
  • Woman of Excellence
  • Cedar Tree Awards and Distinguished Alumni.

Call the Chamber for more information 615-444-5503.

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Walker Estates by Landmark Homes of TN Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Landmark Homes of Tennessee, Inc. hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the launch of Walker Estates by Landmark Homes. Thank you to Owner, Gary Wisniewski, Marketing Director Ashley Belcher and their sponsors The Juice BarActive Life Chiropractic and CareyAnn & My Mortgage Team Powered by CMG Financial for making it a great success. Representatives included the Ambassador Division, Board of Director and membership.

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For more information:
Landmark Homes of TN. 6064 Central Pike Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
http://www.yourlandmark.com/

Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Anytime Fitness of Lebanon, TN

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Why You Should Shop Small

The holidays are quickly approaching and everyone is beginning their Christmas shopping for friends and family. While it is both easy and convenient to shop online and have everything shipped to your doorstep, we ask that you keep your local small businesses in mind as you plan out your gifts.

Think about these 5 benefits of shopping small on Small Business Saturday, November 30 and every day.

  1. Supporting small businesses keeps money within the community and enhances the local economy.
  2. Customer service at small businesses can be a more personal experience.  Customers may easily build relationships with owners and staff, and perhaps even feel like they’ve become part of a family.
  3. Small business owners are often members of the community that they are located in. This means they have pride in the town and are likely to support it through different functions.
  4. Small businesses create jobs that keep you close to home. Also, during holiday seasons they create additional jobs through their part-time positions.
  5. Small businesses are more likely to tailor their products to the needs and desires of the community. And if they don’t have a specific thing that you are looking for, they are likely to order it in for you.

Small businesses are vital to the success and growth of the city and county. When you support a local business, you are supporting your neighbor.

 

 

2019 Shop Small

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Ways To Be More Involved in YOUR Chamber: Blog 2

Attend New Member Orientation

     Held quarterly, the New Member Orientation is a special reception held to welcome all of the new Chamber members, allow them to introduce themselves and promote their business, and network extensively. A review of all of the Chamber member benefits will reinforce and teach all in attendance how to utilize their membership to the fullest extent. Board Members and Division Vice Chair Persons attend these as well to give a brief description of what role their committee plays in the Chamber. This orientation is not exclusively for New Members.  If you are not a member and want to know more about the Chamber, you are welcome to attend.

Attend Monthly Committee Meetings

     The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce currently has seven different committees that meet monthly. The Committees are – Membership, Ambassadors, Special Events, Economic Development, Government Relations, Education, and Sports Council. To read more about how each committee impacts the Chamber members and our community, click here. By attending these monthly meetings, you have the opportunity to not only network with those who share similar interests, but also the chance to get more involved in the community through projects and events that will help your business prosper or engage you with a personal passion or purpose! If you have questions about any of our committees or would like to attend a meeting, please contact the Chamber office at 615-444-5503.

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Wilson County Sports Council Summer Events

The Wilson County Sports Council has stayed busy this summer by hosting the Annual Dr. Cary Harbrecht Memorial Chamber Summer Scramble and the Annual Two Rivers Ford Open Bass Tournament. The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce would like to highlight the winners of each event.

Dr. Cary Harbrecht Memorial Chamber Summer Scramble

1st Flight

1ST PLACE -  Bates Ford                    Rick Robinson, Stanley Everett, Steve Everett, Doug Sarro

2ND PLACE -  Poling                           Jeff Poling, Casey Moore, Adam Maxwell, Michael Shinn

3RD PLACE -  Sloan                            Mike Sloan, Case Sloan, Paul Sloan, CK Smith

 

2nd Flight

1ST PLACE -  Hot Springs Spa of Music City              Kevin Croteau, Dennis Croteau, Adam Thorup, Ted Witkus

2ND PLACE -  CRV                                                      Jeremy Hunley, Mark Connor, Corey Ross, Taylor Vandever

3RD PLACE -  HTK Wealth Management                    Chuck Gore, Dave Smith, Jamie Reynolds, Tim Chance

3rd Flight

1ST PLACE -  Southern Bank of TN              David Penuel, John Pope, Matt Smith, Joe Shade

2ND PLACE -  Journey’s                                Ja’Rob Coggins, Carl Brewer, Adam Vanatta, James Rutledge

3RD PLACE -  First Freedom Bank                JB Owens, John Bradshaw, Phillip Vance, Nicole Frank

 

Spirit Award                                       Famous Footwear

 

Closest to the Pin Hole #3            Jonathan Parker, BankTennessee

Closest to the Pin Hole #8            Mike Keen, Thompson Team

Closest to the Pin Hole #13          Wes Dugan, Wilson County Farm Bureau

Closest to the Pin Hole #16          Mike Keen, Thompson Team

Air Cannon                                    JD Lowery

Straightest Drive                           Lynn Farmer, Pro Tech

Longest Drive                               Brent Dewitz, The Pointe @ Five Oaks

Putting Contest                             Phillip Vance, First Freedom Bank

Ball & Tee Guess                          Case Sloan

To view the photos taken by House on a Hill Photography, Click Here.

 

Two Rivers Ford Open Bass Tournament

 

1st Place: Jessie Rigbys and Scott Rigbys – Weight 19.06 lbs.

2nd Place: A.J. Harvey and Anthony Guffie – Weight 15.17 lbs.

3rd Place: Billy Thorne and Scotty Webster – Weight 15.12

Sports Council

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Ways To Be More Involved In YOUR Chamber: Blog 1

Read the Weekly Newsletter

The Chamber E-News goes out every Tuesday afternoon. This newsletter has all the information regarding upcoming events both chamber and community related. We have even recently updated the look so that it only takes a quick glance to see what is coming up. If something catches your eye, there is generally a link attached to give you more information. The E-News also gives members the opportunity to share what they have coming up!

Any member that wishes to advertise in the newsletter can send a graphic/flyer and website link (if needed) to marketing@lebanonwilsonchamber.com. Ads can be showcased for up to 2 weeks and need to be submitted by 4:00 pm the Monday prior.

Attend Networking Events

The Chamber has many opportunities to get involved in your community and meet with other local businesses including, Business After Hours, Business Card Exchanges, and Ribbon Cuttings.

Business After Hours are held monthly on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays, these networking events provide a relaxed way for members of the Chamber to connect with one another. Member organizations may host these events, which bring together an average of 50-100 people, to showcase their facilities. Here, new members are introduced and may give a brief commercial about their business.

Business Card Exchanges are held once a month at a local organization that is a member of the Chamber. It is a lunch-time networking event during which other members can meet and exchange information with one another, and introduce themselves to the group as a whole through a brief talk about their organization. 

Ribbon Cuttings are a great opportunity to not only network but also showcase your business. Whether it is a new location, expansion, or you are a new member that wants to celebrate your membership. Ribbon Cuttings are a great way to invite people into your workplace and get to know them. To get in on the fun of Ribbon Cuttings, you do not have to personally host one. All Ribbon Cuttings are open for members to attend.

For more information on hosting or attending any of these events, contact Tonya 615-444-5503 or tonya@lebanonwilsonchamber.com.

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Industry Appreciation Day 2019

     Each year the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee elects one local industry or business to visit for Industry Appreciation Day. This year, Chamber President Melanie Minter, Chairman of the Board Necole Bell, and members of the committee visited and presented Manheim Nashville with a banner of appreciation for their business and service to Wilson County and our Chamber.

     Manheim Nashville was established in 1945 as a wholesale vehicle auction company and has continued to expand services for its customers. With over 120 locations around the world, Manheim is the world’s leading provider in remarketing and inventory services.

     Manheim Nashville’s management team and other employees were also treated with a special cake for their recognition on Industry Appreciation Day 2019.

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