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Taste of Wilson County

Taste of Wilson County newsletter flyer       

              Taste of Wilson County is the premier education fundraiser presented by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the Wilson County Business & Education Coalition that benefits scholarships, Teacher Grants, Tennessee Scholars and the Wilson Books from Birth program.

Join us for a great evening to sample more than 40 vendors for a true taste of Wilson County, from food samples to local boutiques and more! Taste of Wilson County will be held on October 21st at 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wilson Bank & Trust West Lawn. As of 2021, Taste of Wilson County has given over 600 teacher grants, giving out more than $251,000.      

There will be a fun Battle of the Mascots dance off and annual Grill Off Challenge including, Pie Eating Contest, Kids Valley, LSSD & WCS art buses, displays and entertainment with Double Take Band.  Mac Griffin will be emceeing for the evening. Taste of Wilson County is an event for the whole family. The Kid Valley will include the balloon man, petting zoo, crafts and face painting with Imagine That Art Studio! Enjoy the annual Grill Off Challenge with dignitaries Wilson County Mayor Randal Hutto, City of Lebanon Mayor Rick Bell, Mt. Juliet Vice-Mayor James Maness, LSSD Director of Schools Scott Benson and Wilson County Schools Director Jeff Luttrell.

Returning to Taste of Wilson County for the third year is the Culinary Challenge with  Lebanon High School and Wilson Central High School culinary facing off with former Tennessee Titan Blaine Bishop, News Channel 5 Anchor Nick Beres, and community food enthusiast Brad Major deciding on the winner and school spirit award. Wilson County Schools Public information officer Bart Barker will emcee for the Culinary Challenge.

                Ticket prices are $25 for Adults (ages 12+), $8 for Children (ages 6-11), $15 for Teachers, Free for kids 5 and under. VIP Tickets are $35 and offer a seat in the VIP area as well as a private caterer, Premier Catering Aaron Hudlow and music featuring Lain Tomlinson. For more information, visit www.tasteofwilsoncounty.com or call (615) 444-5503. Tickets are available at Wilson Bank & Trust offices, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office, and online at www.LebanonWilsonChamber.com. Also, be sure to follow the event page “Taste of Wilson County” on Facebook!

                Taste of Wilson County Title Sponsor is Wilson Bank & Trust. Major Sponsors are Famous Footwear, Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, Wilson County Hyundai, Performance Foodservice Nashville, VIP tent-Cumberland University, Grill Off Challenge-Farm Bureau Insurance-Wes Dugan, Culinary Challenge-TriStar Mt. Juliet ER and Kids Valley-Buckeye Drugs.

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Wilson County Career Expo

Today is the day!

Plan to stop by the Wilson County Career Expo from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Exposition Center.

Find that job TODAY! 2PM Doors open to job seekers! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../wilson-county-career-expo.

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2021 Mike Baker Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Brooke Turner, graduate of Watertown High School for receiving the 2021 Mike Baker Scholarship. She was presented the honor at the Wilson County Fair - TN State Fair by Curt Baker, Education Division Vice-Chair and Melanie Minter, President & CEO.
This scholarship is presented in his memory, sponsored by the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Wilson Bank & Trust and Wilson County Promotions.

Mike Baker was a native of Lebanon. He graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy. He began working for Wilson Bank & Trust in 1991 and would become Vice President and Manager of the main office. He was very active in the community serving as President of the Rotary Club and President for the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber. He was a Leadership Wilson Graduate, served on the Fair board and co-chaired the great giveaway. Mike loved people and there are numerous stories of him helping others in the community. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and always put God and his family first. He passed away in the Fall 2001, survived by his wife Tammy and three children, Austin, Brent & Zack.

Brooke Turner Mike Baker Scholarship Receipent

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QuikTrip Ribbon Cutting

Quik Trip Ribbon Cutting

QuikTrip-Lebanon hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate their new location in Lebanon.
Andrea Smith, General Manager was joined by staff, friends, Elected Officials, Chamber Representatives, Ambassadors & Board of Directors. They are a convenience store who's primary focus is to offer a wide variety of products to our customers and provide fast friendly service.
They are located at 1215 Sparta Pike, Lebanon, TN 37090.

Visit: www.quiktrip.

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Connie Kondrat with Synergy Realty Network hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Connie Kondrat

Connie Kondrat with Synergy Realty Network hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate her membership.
Connie has been selling Real Estate for over 20 plus years. Volunteering in her community she sees as a pleasure. She makes sure her clients have all the pertinent facts: that they understand the legalese contained in their contracts and disclosures: and that they know their options.

For more information about Connie, call 615-915-3911 or visit www.synergyrealtynetwork.com/agents/connie-lee-kondrat/

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WeGo Excursion Tickets...Big Machine Music City Grand Prix 8/8/21

 WeGo Excursion Tickets...Big Machine Music City Grand Prix 8/8/21

Music City Grand Prix

WeGo has announced that 390 tickets for WeGo Public Transit’s special event train from Lebanon to downtown Nashville for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Sunday, August 8, 2021 are now on sale. Additional information can be found at WeGoTransit.com.

The train will depart from Lebanon Station at 1 p.m., Hamilton Springs at 1:08 p.m., Martha at 1:15 p.m., Mt. Juliet at 1:25 p.m., Hermitage at 1:35 p.m., Donelson at 1:45 p.m. and arrive at Nashville’s Riverfront Station at 2 p.m. The return train to Lebanon leaves 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

An allotment of 390 tickets is available to the general public. Round-trip tickets cost $15 plus a $2 processing fee and are available for purchase through ticketsnashville.comwith a credit card. Tickets will not be for sale on the platforms. Parking is free at all of the outlying stations. Anyone needing special accommodations to board should call 615-862-5950 prior to their trip. Customers will receive only one ticket for the round-trip and will need to show the ticket to train personnel when boarding. Upon boarding, each customer will receive a colored wristband in place of the ticket, which will serve as their train ticket. Customers must show the wristband to the conductor for the return trip.

Children age 4 and younger will not need a ticket to board; however, they are required to sit in a parent or guardian’s lap. Children age 5 and older will need a ticket. Weekday Star tickets and monthly passes are not accepted on the Grand Prix train. 

Click here to purchase ticketshttps://ticketsnashville.com/event/grand-prix-excursion-train-297518/?ct=t 

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Golf 9.20.21 Dr. Cary Harbrecht Memorial Chamber Summer Scramble

SIGN UP TODAY!!!
For more team & sponsorship information contact the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 615-444-5503.

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Chamber Tailgate at the Nashville Superspeedway

ATTENTION Race Fans...

The Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Chamber Tailgate at the Nashville Superspeedway Friday, June 18th from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. before the festivities and Rackley Roofing 200 truck race begins.

To purchase the race tickets, call 1-866-722-3849 and mention the "Lebanon Wilson Chamber".

A portion of each ticket ($10.00) will be donated back to the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Location: Nashville Superspeedway 4847-F McCrary Road, Lebanon, TN 37090.

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State of the State, Lunch & Learn

Make your reservation TODAY for the upcoming State of the State with Clark Boyd-State, District 46 & Susan Lynn-State-State Representative, District 57.
 
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State of the City Address, Mayor Rick Bell

Make your reservation today...Limited seating

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Recent Ribbon Cuttings in 2021

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State of the County Address

Make your reservation today...Limited seating

For mor information call 615-444-5503.

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Virtual Career Fair

Wilson Works Virtual Career Fair

Employer Registration is:
https://portal.premiervirtual.com/event/register-company/5052-wilson-county-schools-career-fair

March 16 @ 9 AM Premier Virtual Training Session for Employers via Zoom:
https://premiervirtual.zoom.us/j/85202694457

Student/Job seeker Registration is:
https://portal.premiervirtual.com/event/register-jobseeker/5052-wilson-county-schools-career-fair

For more information contact Adina Chumley-Director, Wilson Works

Phone: 615-444-5503 

Email: achumley@wilsonworkstn.org

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Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration

Join us for our Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Facebook.
Gather your friends & family together to watch and enjoy a night of fun.
 
Thank you to our Title Sponsor F&M Bank.

Sneak Peak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGc2gDHeoWY

March 2021 Virtual Annual Membership meeting Awards Celebration with date

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Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration

Save the Date!

Join us for our Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

More details to come.

#wearethechampions #chambersupport #awards #celebration #sponsoredbyfandmbank

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Friday Five

**GIVEAWAY ALERT**

Enter to win a $50 local gift card by following the instructions on the graphic below. Thank you to our February Friday Five Sponsor, 
Sigrun Watson Real Estate
 
Below is information about each featured business. Remember to shop small and shop local!
 
Sign up to be featured: https://forms.gle/Jk8hx9ifbzft68kZ6
 
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#fridayfivesponsor #sigrunwatson #signuptobefeatured #hendersonflorist #hotyogalebanon #sweetthingbakery #squaremarket #wigginsjewelers #specialeventsdivision #lebanonwilsoncountychamberofcommerce

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Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Scholarships now available

The Business & Education Coalition, a Division of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting scholarship applications.

Applications must be completed and returned to the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce Office by 4:00 p.m. on April 9, 2021. Scholarship details and applications are available on the Chamber website, www.lebanonwilsonchamber.com or by calling a Chamber team member at 615-444-5503.

Click here: https://www.lebanonwilsonchamber.com/.../edu.../scholarships

 

Scholarships available:

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber Education Scholarship is a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship to be awarded to a full-time freshman student. Students must be a Wilson County resident with a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA and a minimum ACT score of 20 or SAT of 1060.  Students must be a Wilson County High School graduate. If recipient attends Cumberland University, the funds will be matched.

The Mike Baker Scholarship is a one-time $1,500.00 scholarship to be matched by Cumberland University and awarded to transferring or returning full-time student at Cumberland University. Students must have a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA.

The Beauty Boutique Scholarship is a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship to be awarded to full-time freshman accepted to a cosmetology and/or aesthetic program in the State of Tennessee. Qualifying students must be residents of Wilson County and full-time students at Wilson County High School with a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA.

The Jewelers Trade School Scholarship is a one-time $500.00 scholarship to be awarded to full-time student that has been accepted to a trade school program in the State of Tennessee. Qualifying students must be residents of Wilson County and full-time students at Wilson County High School with a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA. Funds will be awarded after completed first term of study.

The Max & Ann Smith Nursing Scholarship is a nursing scholarship to the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions. Scholarship Dollars will be based on needs of applicant, minimum $1,000.00 to be matched by Cumberland University. Qualifying requirements are student must be a Wilson County graduate, must be entering or continuing upper division nursing, must have a minimum ACT score of 20 or SAT of 1060, must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (either transfer credits or Cumberland credits), must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must submit all the requested information on or before the specified deadline.

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Wilson Works...FINDING A PATH FORWARD

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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

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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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