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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

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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