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The mission of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is to coordinate the talents and energies of business, industry and individuals to make Wilson County a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Changes are afoot at the Lebanon Chamber

As summer starts to wind down, some big changes are afoot in the Chamber of Commerce. With the opening of the new Cumberland University school year comes the end of our intern’s time with the Chamber. Trell Ross was a great addition to our team, and we wish him all the best as he starts back to school. In light of his leaving, we are excited to announce that Anna Syler, our former Communications Coordinator, is back in her old office. Anna had moved to China in January of this year to work teaching special needs orphans. Her time overseas has come to a close, and though she says that she will always treasure and miss her friends and the children that she worked with in China, she is very thankful to be back with her Chamber girls -- including the new addition of President & CEO Melanie Minter, who had not yet taken her position when Anna left.

In her role, Anna will be responsible for handling advertising and communications for the Chamber. For information regarding newsletter or website content, feel free to contact her at anna@lebanonwilsonchamber.com.

Trell and Team at Habitat - Lebanon Wilson Chamber

We are so grateful for a summer of fun and hard work with intern Trell Ross, pictured here with Chamber staff at the Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build. 

Anna Syler Returns To Lebanon Wilson Chamber

Anna Syler is back in the Communications Coordinator position after six months working overseas.

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Tennessee Test Prep Ribbon Cutting At Lebanon Chamber

Tennessee Test Prep Ribbon Cutting At Lebanon Chamber

On July 31, 2015, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Tennessee Test Prep, formerly known as Activate Success.

Tennessee Test Prep offers an in depth ACT Prep course, as well as, subject tutoring for various subjects. They take pride in their 5:1 student to teacher ratio, which provides each student more time for personal attention. "Our teachers have over 20 years of experience in educating students, and provide easy to understand strategies for students."

For more information on Tennessee Test Prep and their services, visit their website at www.tntestprep.com or call them at 615-547-9862.

Pictured below are Tennessee Test Prep owners David Defendall and Cory Defendall with Chamber President Melanie Minter and Chamber Ambassador Beulah Garrett.

Tennessee Test Prep at The Lebanon Wilson Chamber

 

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Lebanon Chamber Welcomes Teachers Back at Teacher Inservice Expo

Lebanon Chamber Welcomes Teachers Back at Teacher Inservice Expo

The school year has officially started in Wilson County, and the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce was honored to welcome teachers back at their various inservices last week. The staff of McClain Christian Academy was treated to ice cream sundaes during their pre-school year preparations while the teachers at Cedars Preparatory Academy, Friendship Christian School, Lebanon Special School District, and Wilson County Schools were served breakfast.

At each of the schools, Chamber executives spoke about the Business and Education Coalition’s teacher grant program. This year, the maximum amount for a grant is $599, a significant increase over last year’s limit of $500. Any and all Wilson County teachers are invited and encouraged to apply for these grants. Applications can be found online or at the Chamber office; the deadline to apply is September 18.

New to the inservice tradition this year, the Watertown and Mt. Juliet Chambers of Commerce partnered with the Lebanon Wilson Chamber to put on an Education Expo for the teacher inservice at Lebanon High School. In addition to having breakfast, teachers at Wilson County Schools had access to booths set up by area businesses to promote Wilson County.

The Lebanon Wilson Chamber is proud to support the area’s schools and teachers. Welcome back to school, everyone! 

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The Lebanon Historic Square was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony

The Lebanon Historic Square was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony

July 21, 2015 was a big day for Lebanon and all inhabitants of the city. The Lebanon Historic Square, which has been under construction for several months, was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Lebanon. The ceremony was aimed at highlighting the square’s renovations that are finally complete and at acknowledging this week being declared as Lebanon’s first annual “Shop Local” week by City Mayor Philip Craighead.

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Alter Ego Hair and Nail Salon Ribbon Cutting

Alter Ego Hair and Nail Salon Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, July 24, 2015, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Alter Ego Hair and Nail Salon Alter Ego has now begun offering hair-styling services in addition to the waxing, nails, and make-up services that they’ve offered in the past.

For more information on Alter Ego or how you can spoil yourself with their beauty services, give them a call at (615)444-3308, pay them a visit at 125 South College St, or scroll onto their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alter-Ego-Hair-and-Nail-Salon/626970547410775?sk=timeline.

Pictured above are Alter Ego stylists and owner Jenniffer Brewington, City Mayor Philip Craighead, State Representative Mark Pody, Chamber Chairman John Bradshaw, Chamber President Melanie Minter, and other Chamber Ambassadors and Board Members.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Price’s Collision Center

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Price’s Collision Center

On Saturday, July 25, 2015, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Price’s Collision Center. The time was spent with amongst fun, food, hot-rod cars, and the Titans’ cheerleaders!

Price’s Collision Center is a chain of automotive collision repair shops that has been successfully serving customers for over 50 years!

To find out more about Price’s and their services that are backed with lifetime guarantees, visit their website at http://www.pricescollision.com, or call/visit our newly opened local shop: 1504 W Main St, Lebanon. (615)784-4664.

Pictured above is Price's owner Bobby Price, business partner Rick Flores, Chamber Chairman John Bradshaw, and Chamber President Melanie Minter.

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July edition of Jammin’ with the General was one for the books!!!

July edition of Jammin’ with the General was one for the books!!!

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce’s Special Events Division’s July edition of Jammin’ with the General was one for the books!!! We’re talking great performances, great food, and an overall GREAT TIME!

Live performers, Resurrection-A Journey Tribute turned the Historic Lebanon Square into the ultimate jam fest, and both The Wilson Central High School Band and the Evermean Evergreen Cloggers were outstanding opening acts!

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce wants to give a huge thanks to Emcee, MJ Lucas of WANT 98.9, sound specialist, David Hale of Hawk Specialties, BJ’s Trailers, the Lebanon High School Band Boosters, Yazoo Brewing Company, food vendors, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Southern Kitchen, Minutemen Express, Crystal Elegance Catering, Two Fat Men Ice Cream, and to sponsors, Wes Dugan of Farm Bureau Insurance, City of Lebanon, Historic Lebanon, and the Capitol Theatre.

The Chamber appreciates everyone that came and jammed as well! You all made Jammin’ a great night and we are already looking forward to next year!

Be sure to check out our PHOTOS at Facebook from Jammin' with the Generalwith Resurrection-A Journey.

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Chamber Hosts Membership Renewal Appreciation at O'Charleys

Chamber Hosts Membership Renewal Appreciation at O'Charleys

On June 25, 2015, The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of commerce hosted a Membership Renewal Appreciation at O’Charley’s, located at 902 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon to honor and extend thanks to renewed members for the months of May and June.

The Chamber would like to extend a special thank you to O’Charley’s for being great hosts with a great atmosphere and tasty appetizers, and to all members that attended the event to show support or be honored.

The Chamber appreciates all of its members and will continue striving to show that!

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Annual Summer Scramble and Golden Heroes Golf Tournament Held

Annual Summer Scramble and Golden Heroes Golf Tournament Held

On June 29, 2015, The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Dr. Cary Harbrecht Memorial Summer Scramble and Golden Heroes Classic Golf Tournaments.

This was the 16th year that the Chamber held the tournament in remembrance of Dr. Cary Harbrecht, who became a member of the Wilson County Chamber of Commerce in 1972. Dr. Harbrecht served on the Chamber Board of Directors and as Membership Vice Chair from 1984-1985, served on the General Service Committee, and was founder and chairman of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber Golf Tournament. Dr. Harbrecht passed away approximately two weeks prior to the first annual tournament. Following his passing, the Chamber Board passed a resolution, in his memory, to name the tournament “The Dr. Cary Harbrecht Memorial Golf Tournament”.

As always, time on the green was well spent, just as Dr. Harbrecht would have wished.

The winners of this year’s Golden Heroes Classic were Gary Poling, TJ Mikoletic, Dan McChurch, and Tim Ray and the winners of the Dr. Cary Harbrecht Memorial Summer Scramble were Ray Edwards, Rob Browning, Eric Thompson, and Mark Purvis.

The Chamber would like to extend a big thanks to all tournament sponsors, all tournament participants, to Five Oaks Golf & Country Club for offering a great venue for the tournament, and to anyone else who played a role in making such a great day possible.

Summer Scramble and Golden Heroes Classic Golf Tournament 

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City Chat Allows Citizens to speak with Dignitaries

City Chat Allows Citizens to speak with Dignitaries

On July 8, 2015, The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce gave citizens the opportunity to speak with city dignitaries at the most recent City Chat.

City Chat is an event held each first Wednesday following the first City Council Meeting of each month, and is aimed at providing citizens with the opportunity to hear from, question, or share concerns with the City Mayor and other leaders of our city.

July’s City Chat featured City Economic Development Director Helene Cash, City Finance Director Robert Springer, and Lebanon Police Dept.’s Interim Police Chief Van Hook.

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Grand Re-Opening Ceremony with City Limits Cafe

Grand Re-Opening Ceremony with City Limits Cafe

On July 12, 2015, The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce conducted a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening Ceremony with City Limits Cafe, located at 1717 Cainsville Road, Lebanon.

City Limits, which was placed under new management earlier this year, is a “Meat + 2” that takes pride in offering their customers tasty, southern, home-cooked meals at reasonable prices. They also offer delivery for orders over $10.00.

Pictured are City Limits owners Stacey Kurtz & Dale Holland, City Limits employee staff, Chamber Ambassadors, Chamber President Melanie Minter, and Chamber staff members Andrea Wilke and Tonya Jones.

For more information on City Limits cafe, give them a call at 615-453-9138, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/City-Limits-Cafe/116097138412157, or drop in and enjoy some of what they have to offer!

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Ribbon Cutting for new Lily Pad Jungle Gym

Ribbon Cutting for new Lily Pad Jungle Gym

On June 23, 2015, The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lebanon conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Lily Pad Jungle Gym, located at 406 N Castle Heights Avenue (parking lot behind Academy Plaza).

The Jungle Gym, which is an addition to Don Fox Park, was built by the City of Lebanon and is open for public use.

Pictured above: City Mayor Philip Craighead, City Economic Development Director Helene Cash, City Council Rob Cesternino, City Finance Director Robert Springer, Chamber Chairman John Bradshaw, Chamber President Melanie Minter, and other Chamber Board Members and Ambassadors.

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Hannah Weeks is the 2015 Ernie Garrett Scholarship award recipient

Hannah Weeks is the 2015 Ernie Garrett Scholarship award recipient

On June 23, 2015, Hannah Weeks, a former student of Lebanon High School attended the Education Committee Meeting at the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Hannah Weeks is the 2015 Ernie Garrett Scholarship award recipient and plans to attend The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga beginning in the fall. The Chamber would like to congratulate Hannah and wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.

Pictured above (right to left) is Chamber President Melanie Minter, scholarship recipient Hannah Weeks, and Chairman of the Chamber’s Education Committee Scott Jasper.

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The June 18th edition of Jammin' with the General was a blast!!!

The June 18th edition of Jammin' with the General was a blast!!!

The June edition of Jammin' with the General was a blast!!!

The rain held off, good food and beverages were served, Verlon Thompson put on a great show, and several citizens of Lebanon enjoyed an evening of foot tapping and finger snapping!

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Special Events Committee would like to thank vendors, Yazoo Brewing, Two Fat Men, Minutemen Express, and Southern Kitchen. A huge thanks also goes out to event sponsors, Wes Dugan with Farm Bureau Insurance, City of Lebanon, and Historic Lebanon. We also thank Lebanon High School's Band for their assistance with the event set-up/breakdown, and the legendary Verlon Thompson for his phenomenal performance! That's the way we like to jam!!!

The second Jammin’ with the General for this year will be held on July 16th, 2015, with live performance by Resurrection- A Jounrey Tribute.

Pictured above is Verlon Thompson performing amongst the crowd at June 18th’s Jammin’ with the General.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce attended a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Tennessee Career Center at Wilson County.

The center is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and offers a hands-on educative experience in the areas of Computer Information Technology, Practical Nursing, and will soon offer Machine Tool Technology. The ceremony was held at their new location, 415 Tennessee Blvd, Lebanon, TN.

For more information on how you can begin advancing your education with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology or the Tennessee Career Center at Wilson County, please visit them at their new location or give them a call at (615) 547-1128.

Pictured above is Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto preparing to cut the ribbon at the new Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Tennessee Career Center. He was joined by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce President Melanie Minter, Joint Economic Community Development Board Executive Director G.C. Hixson, and TCAT and TCC staff.

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Business After Hours at Heritage Family Care

Business After Hours at Heritage Family Care

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce conducted a Business After Hours at Heritage Family Care.

Heritage Family Care is a family physicians’ office in Lebanon, TN that is “centered on a passion for preventive health and wellness, which enables them to provide excellent pre-surgical consultations, comprehensive physical exams and office-based procedures. ” The office is located at 115 Winwood Drive, Suite 201, Lebanon, TN.

For more information on their services, please pay them a visit or give them a call at (615)443-6833.

Pictured below (left to right): Chamber President, Melanie Minter, Physicians Assistant, Julie Malkowski, Lead Physician, Dr. John Kane, Director of Physician Outreach and Marketing, Adam Groshans, and Practice Manager, Heather White.

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Business Card Exchange at Anytime Fitness

Business Card Exchange at Anytime Fitness

On June 10, 2015, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce conducted a Business Card Exchange at Anytime Fitness.

The event offered a great investment of time, as several business connections were made over food and conversation.

The Chamber would like to thank Anytime Fitness for hosting the event at their awesome venue. Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour gym that is located at 200 Maddox-Simpson Parkway. For more information on the services that Anytime Fitness offers, contact them at (615)444-3484.

The Chamber also extends gratitude to Dave Jose for briefly speaking on avenues that small businesses can take to increase their success. Jose does counseling sessions for small business leaders at the Chamber. For more information, please call the Chamber office at (615)444-5503.

The next Business Card Exchange will be held in July (date and location T.B.A.)

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Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for Chop House on the Green

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for Chop House on the Green

On June 11, 2015, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce conducted a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for Chop House on the Green.

Chop House on the Green is a restaurant located at the Lebanon Golf and Country Club (1300 Coles Ferry Pike) and is open to the public. Chop House offers a fine menu with various options of salads, pizza, sandwiches/wraps, and many other entrée or appetizer selections. They also offer packages including event venue and catering services.

To find out more about Chop House on the Green dining services, the menu, or how you can have them host an event for you, please contact them at (615)715-6045.

Pictured above: Chop House Owner Ann Willits, City Mayor Philip Craighead, Chamber President Melanie Minter, County Commissioner Annette Stafford, and several other Chamber Ambassadors or supporters.

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Tennessee Orthopedics Ground Breaking Ceremony

Tennessee Orthopedics Ground Breaking Ceremony

On June 4, 2015, Dr. Roy Terry and Tennessee Orthopedics held a Ground Breaking Ceremony for the facility that they are currently preparing to open in January of 2016.

The new facility, which will be located at 101 Physicians Way, Lebanon, TN, is expected to have the capacity for all of their services (Doctor’s Offices, MRI’s, Physical Therapy, etc.). We look forward to having the new facility in our community!

For more information on Tennessee Orthopedics, contact them at (615)466-5200.

Pictured above is Dr. Roy Terry with Architect Mike Manous and David Pine of Evergreen Construction:

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Wilson County Schools’ Technology Vision

Wilson County Schools’ Technology Vision

Wilson County Schools’ Technology Vision was a program that was hosted by the Wilson County Chambers of Commerce, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown. The event featured two sessions, one in Lebanon and one in Mt. Juliet.

The sessions were aimed to share the vision that Wilson County Schools’ administration has for the advancement of technology in Wilson County Schools and to educate on why it is so important to make that vision a reality. It is said that technology is becoming more pertinent in our society day by day; therefore, it is critical to equip the generations to come with the necessary skills to be successful in a technology-driven world and to offer avenues for them to add technological resources to their learning in schools.

Director of Wilson County Schools Dr. Donna Wright lead the sessions and Principal Jeff Luttrell of Watertown High School joined her to speak at the Lebanon session, while Principal Mel Brown joined and spoke at the Mt. Juliet session. Both sessions were successful and very informative.

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