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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

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

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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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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 known 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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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.

 

 

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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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