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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

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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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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

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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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Lebanon Publishing Awards: Best of Wilson County

We'd like to congratulate all of the Wilson County Award Winners! We are so grateful for the many great services offered in our county, keep up the good work! Below is a full list of all the winners.

  • Best Bar: Town Square Social
  • Best Bar Food: Town Square Social
  • Best Cocktail: Town Square Social
  • Best Place to Buy Beer: Lebanon Wine & Spirits
  • Best Sports Bar: Town Square Social
  • Best Wine & Liquor Store: Lebanon Wine & Spirits
  • Best Craft Store: Hobby Lobby
  • Best Custom Artwork: Imagine That Art Studio
  • Best Date Spot: Town Square Social
  • Best Event Venue: Capitol Theatre
  • Best Family Entertainment: Wilson County Fair
  • Best Live Music: Capitol Theatre
  • Best Live Theatre: Capitol Theatre
  • Best Local Event: Wilson County Fair
  • Best Party and Event Supplies
  • Best Performing Arts: Showtyme Xtreme Athletics & Dance
  • Best Automotive Sales Person: Joe Ali
  • Best New Automotive Dealership: Wilson County Auto
  • Best Used Automotive Dealership: Wilson County Automotive Group
  • Best Accessories: Poppie’s Boutique
  • Best Boutique: 3:Sixteen
  • Best Bridal: White Room
  • Best Cosmetic Dentistry: Smile Gallery Dr. Chad Williams
  • Best Cosmetic Surgery: Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology
  • Best Day Spa: Body Kneads
  • Best Esthetician: Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology
  • Best Hair Salon: Barrett’s Barber Shop
  • Best Image and Style: Beauty Boutique
  • Best Massage: Body Kneads
  • Best Nail Salon: Body Kneads
  • Best Spa: Be Still & Breathe Salt Wellness Center
  • Best Tanning Salon: Sun Tan City
  • Best Non-Profit: Sherry’s Run
  • Best Place to Work: Wilson Bank & Trust
  • Best Cell Phone Provider: Verizon
  • Best Church/Place of Worship: The Bridge Fellowship
  • Best College/University: Cumberland University
  • Best Hidden Gem: Capitol Theatre
  • Best Local Attraction: Wilson County Fair
  • Best Asian Dining: Peking Chinese Restaurant
  • Best Breakfast: Cracker Barrel
  • Best Brunch: Cracker Barrel
  • Best Buffet: Los Compadres
  • Best Business Lunch: Demos’ Restaurant
  • Best Carry Out: Chick Fil A
  • Best Casual Restaurant: Town Square Social
  • Best Caterer: Wildberry Café and Catering
  • Best Family Style Restaurant: Sunset Restaurant
  • Best Italian Dining: Demos’ Restaurant
  • Best Meat and Three: Sunset Restaurant
  • Best Mexican Dining: Los Compadres
  • Best New Restaurant: Town Square Social
  • Best Pizzeria: Painturo’s Pizza
  • Best Steak Restaurant: Cherokee Steak House & Marina
  • Best Sushi: Sake Japanese Grill
  • Best Agricultural Equipment Sales/Rental: Absolute Kubota / Absolute Rental
  • Best Farm Supply: Wilson Farmers Co-Op
  • Best Fencing Company: Goliath Fence and Deck
  • Best Lawn & Garden: Needham’s
  • Best Nursery/Garden: Wilson Farmers Co-Op
  • Best Accounting Firm/CPA: James P Bryant, CPA
  • Best Bank: Wilson Bank & Trust
  • Best Credit Union: U.S. Community Credit Union
  • Best Financial Planner: Wilson Bank & Trust
  • Best Investment Firm: Wilson Bank & Trust- Raymond James
  • Best Local Mortgage Lender: Wilson Bank & Trust
  • Best Retirement Planning: Wilson Bank & Trust
  • Best Tax Service: James Bryant, CPA
  • Best Bagels: Panera Bread
  • Best Bakery: J. Clayborn’s Bakery
  • Best Barbeque: Strouds
  • Best Chicken: Chick Fil A
  • Best Chicken Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Best Chocolate: Sweet Things Bakery
  • Best Coffee Shop: Split Bean Roasting CO
  • Best Cupcakes: Nothing Bundt
  • Best Deli: Houston’s Meat & Produce
  • Best Donuts: J. Clayborn’s Bakery
  • Best French Fries: Five Guys
  • Best Fried Chicken: Sunset Restaurant
  • Best Greek/Mediterranean: Taziki’s Mediterranean Café
  • Best Grocery Store: Publix
  • Best Hamburger: Snow White Drive-In
  • Best Hot Chicken: Dean’s Hot Chicken and Waffles
  • Best Hot Dog: Corey’s Dog House
  • Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt/Gelato: Snow White Drive-In
  • Best Iced Tea: Strouds
  • Best Pie: Sunset Restaurant
  • Best Ribs: Blue Moon BBQ
  • Best Salad: Gondola
  • Best Salad Bar: Gondola
  • Best Activities for After 50: Lebanon Senior Center
  • Best Assisted Living: Southern Manor
  • Best Hospice Care: Alive Hospice
  • Best Memory Care: The Pavilion
  • Best Retirement Community: The Pavilion
  • Best Senior Living Center: The Pavilion
  • Best Place to Take the Grandkids: Chick Fil A
  • Best Dietician/Nutritionist: Nutrishop Mt. Juliet
  • Best Fitness Center: Sports Village Fitness
  • Best Health & Fitness Class: Hot Yoga Lebanon
  • Best Health & Fitness Coach: Corey Sanders
  • Best Health & Fitness Center: Sports Village Fitness
  • Best Health Food Store: Corn Crib Health Store
  • Best Massage Therapy: Body Kneads
  • Best Personal Trainer: Will Taylor
  • Best Home Accessories: Hobby Lobby
  • Best Apartment/Condo Complex: Hamilton Station Apartments
  • Best Appliance Store: Lowe’s
  • Bet Carpet & Flooring Store: Big Daddy’s World of Flooring
  • Best Carpet Cleaners: AAA Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners
  • Best Electrician: Shannon Speck Electric
  • Best Equipment Rental: Absolute Rental & Supply
  • Best Heating & Air Conditioning Company: Randy’s Heating & Air
  • Best Home/Real Estate Staging: Stewart Knowles Construction, Inc.
  • Best Home Organization and Storage: Superior Construction & Design
  • Best Home Remodeling: Stewart Knowles Construction, Inc.
  • Best Interior Design/Interior Decoration: Superior Construction & Design
  • Best Lighting: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
  • Best Plumber: Steve Mull Plumbing Lebanon TN
  • Best After School Activities: Imagine That Art Studio
  • Best Party Venue: Pump It Up
  • Best Childcare: Kids Words #1
  • Best Fun for the Whole Family: Wilson County Fair
  • Best Pediatric Dentist: Pediatric Dentistry of Lebanon
  • Best Pediatrician: Dr. Bernard Sy-Family Medical Associates
  • Best Pre-School: Whiz Kids Preschool
  • Best Private High School: Friendship Christian School
  • Best Private K-12 School: Friendship Christian School
  • Best Private K-6/K-8 School: Friendship Christian School
  • Best Public Elementary School: Sam Houston Elementary
  • Best Public Middle School: Carroll Oakland
  • Best Public High School: Lebanon High School
  • Best Recreational Programs: Success Martial Arts Center
  • Best Summer Camps/Programs: The Village Camp
  • Best Allergist: Bancroft O’Quinn Jr., M.D.
  • Best Cardiology Practice: Dr. Robert Woods
  • Best Chiropractic Office: Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine
  • Best Dentist: Pryor Family Dentistry
  • Best Dermatology Practice: Cumberland Skin Surgery & Dermatology
  • Best ENT: John Tate, M.D.
  • Best Gastroenterology Practice: Lebanon Endoscopy Center
  • Best Hearing Health & Instrument Center: Advanced Hearing Solutions
  • Best Medical Center: TriStar Summit
  • Best OB/GYN Practice: Lanning Jr. Charles B, M.D.
  • Best Optometrist: Gallaher Eye Care
  • Best Orthodontist: Benson Orthodontics
  • Best Orthopedic Practice: Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics Lebanon
  • Best Outpatient Center: Dialysis Clinic, INC.
  • Best Pharmacy: Gibbs Pharmacy
  • Best Physical Therapy: STAR Physical Therapy
  • Best Physician/General Practice: The Town doctor Direct Primary Care
  • Best Skilled Care Center: The Pavilion
  • Best Surgeon: Dr. Johnathan P. Cornelius, M.D.
  • Best Walk-In Clinic/Urgent Care: AnyCare24
  • Best Weight Loss Practice: Bradshaw Health
  • Best Event Space: Capitol Theatre
  • Best Family Fun: Stardust Drive-In Theatre
  • Best Firearms Store: The Gun Room, Inc.
  • Best Local Event: Sherry’s Run
  • Best Outdoor Venue: Cedars of Lebanon State Park
  • Best Sporting Goods Store: Academy Sports & Outdoors
  • Best Tourist Attraction: Wilson County Fair
  • Best Door Company: Fakes and Hooker
  • Best Garden Shop/Nursery: Wilson Farmers Co-Op
  • Best General Contractor: Superior Construction and Design
  • Best Handyman Services: Keith Sanders
  • Best Home Builder/Construction: Heartland Roofing, Siding & Windows
  • Best Home Remodeler: Heartland Roofing, Siding & Windows
  • Best Landscaping: Minchey’s
  • Best Lawn & Yard Care Company: Nick’s Lawncare
  • Best Outdoor Building Company: Heartland Roofing, Siding & Windows
  • Best Patio/Outdoor Living: Roy Vaden Pools
  • Best Pest Control: Cook’s Pest Control
  • Best Pool & Spa: Roy Vaden Pools
  • Best Roofer: Heartland Roofing, Siding & Windows
  • Best Siding & Windows: Heartland Roofing, Siding & Windows
  • Best Sunroom/Porch Company: Palm Beach Enclosures
  • Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian: Kinslow Veterinary Clinic
  • Best Doggie Day Care: Houndstooth Grooming, Boarding, Doggie Day Care
  • Best Pet Boarding: Houndstooth Grooming, Boarding, Doggie Day Care
  • Best Pet Food Store: Petco
  • Best Pet Groomer: Houndstooth Grooming, Boarding, Doggie Day Care
  • Best Pet Store: PetSmart
  • Best Architect: The Hall Group
  • Best Attorney: Mark Lee- Lee & Lee
  • Best Auction Company: Blackwell Realty & Auction
  • Best Crematory: Sellars Funeral Home
  • Best Dry Cleaners: Sparkle Cleaners
  • Best Funeral Home: Sellars Funeral Home
  • Best Insurance Agency: Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Best Insurance Agent: Wes Dugan- Farm Bureau
  • Best Law Firm: Lee and Lee Attorneys
  • Best Moving Company: Phil’s Moving Services
  • Best Real Estate Agent: Jason Anderson
  • Best Real Estate Attorney: Lee and Lee Attorneys
  • Best Real Estate Company: Blackwell Realty & Auction
  • Best Rental Store: Absolute Rental
  • Best Staffing Agency: Wood Personnel Services
  • Best Storage Facility: Just Box It
  • Best Tattoo Company: Bright Ideas Tattoo & Piercing
  • Best Title Company: Lee and Lee Attorneys
  • Best Accessories: 3:Sixteen
  • Best Antique Store: Lebanon Antique Mall
  • Best Boutique: 3:Sixteen
  • Best Children’s Clothing: Friends In Stitches
  • Best Consignment: The Sugar Pea
  • Best Fitness Apparel: Academy Sports & Outdoors
  • Best Florist: Hederson’s Florist
  • Best Furniture and Furnishings: Smith Furniture Co
  • Best Gift Shop: 3:Sixteen
  • Best Home Décor: 3:Sixteen
  • Best Jewelry Store: The Jewelers
  • Best Pawn Shop: Kwik Kash Pawn Shop
  • Best Sports/Fitness/Athletic Apparel: Academy Sports & Outdoors
  • Best Women’s Clothing: 3:Sixteen
  • Best Automotive Collision Repair: Fetcho’s Precision Auto Body
  • Best Automotive Detailing: Mister B’s
  • Best Automotive Service: Pugh’s Five Star Tire & Service
  • Best Car Wash: Mister B’s
  • Best Oil Change: Pugh’s Five Star Tire & Service
  • Best Tire Store: Discount Tire Lebanon
  • Best Towing Service: Hamblen’s Wrecker Service

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Wilson County Young Professionals

     Wilson County Young Professionals is a program that is hosted by the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce. The program provides professional opportunities to connect, be involved and give back to the community. This 40 and under group meets on the last Friday of each month from 8:00-9:00 am.

     Each meeting will either serve as a networking hour or host a local professional from the community as a guest speaker. Previous speakers include Owner of Beauty Boutique, Necole Bell, Director of Security and Assistant Vice President at WB&T, Elvis Huff, Liberty State Bank Vice President, Chris Crowell, and Wilson County Mayor, Randall Hutto.

      This program is open to members and non-members of the Chamber. Check out the Wilson County Young Professionals Facebook Page (@WilsonCountyYP) for more information about joining or being a guest speaker.

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Digital Communication

    Here at the Chamber, one of our main goals is to increase communication amongst the Chamber, our members, and Wilson County. As most of you know, we are in the midst of the digital age, where everything you need is just a click away. This is why we have recently taken steps to improve our digital communication through our weekly newsletter, website, and social media accounts.

    We have developed a new and improved weekly newsletter that was sent out on March 5, 2019. The newest edition now includes a new, “on the go” style, this style was achieved by simplifying our previous content to links that will take you directly to where you need to go on our website or event pages.

    In the upcoming months, we will be adjusting our website to be more user-friendly with a clean, modern style.

    Previously, we were a little behind on the social media trend, but we now offer a consistent social media coverage over the upcoming events in Wilson County. This has not only improved our followers and interactions but has improved our event attendance as well. But we’re not going to stop there! We are also developing some new marketing techniques that will show off our events in a way that the Chamber has never done before, so stay tuned.

Makes sure you stay in the know by following us on social media. Facebook: Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Twitter: @LebChamber, and Instagram: @LebChamber.

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Wilson Books from Birth Imagination Dinner

                The Wilson Books from Birth Program is a part of the statewide Imagination Library, the literacy service that provides books to children at no cost to the family. The Wilson County Chapter has only one fundraiser each year, making the Imagination Dinner a very important and exciting event! This year’s Imagination Dinner will be held at the Wilson County Exposition Center on April 11 at 6:30 pm. The event is catered by Sammy B's.

                Groups or business can purchase tables of 8 for $250, and each group will also select a “wacky waiter” for the evening. Each group will decorate their table and attendees according to the theme that they have selected. The waiter will collect “tips” for anything requested by the group and the tips will be added to the fundraising total for the evening. Live and silent auctions will be available throughout the evening, and door prizes will be given out as well.

                The cost to supply books to each child per year is $30, 50% is paid for by the Governor’s Foundation and the remaining 50% is raised by the individual organizations. There are currently about 6,000 children in the program, and close to 13,000 have graduated out of the program. With your help, the Wilson Books from Birth program will continue to grow and have the ability to supply proper reading material to children all over Wilson County.

To register for this event email dptsimpson@msn.com or call 615-444-5586

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Upcoming Networking Opportunities

          This month there are many opportunities to network with local professionals and business owners. On March 21, a Ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the expansion for Legends Drive at 11:00 am, there will also be a Business After Hours held at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 5:00 pm. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Children’s Clinic East will be held at 11:30 am on the following day, March 22. Finally, Poppie’s Boutique on the Lebanon Square will be hosting a Business Card Exchange at 12:00 pm on March 29. All of these events are the perfect way to familiarize yourself with fellow members, introduce your business, and have fun!! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for all of these events, we hope to see you there.

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Century 21 West Main Realty & Auction Ribbon Cutting

Century 21 got the chance to show off their beautiful new location last night as they held a Ribbon Cutting and Business After Hours. Since moving to Lebanon Road, Century 21 now has better access to the rapidly growing residential development in Lebanon, TN. Members from all over the county came to support the company’s successful move. The room was filled with smiling faces as members socialized, networked, and celebrated with Century 21. We cannot wait to see this business expand as they utilize this new location.

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State of the County Address

On Wednesday, February 6, the Government Relations Division of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce will present the State of the County Address Lunch & Learn. The Address will take place at the Five Oaks Golf & Country Club at 11:00 am. The event is open to everyone, it is a great way to learn about what is going on in Wilson County. Mayor Hutto will cover pressing issues and will answer any questions the public might have. The address will cover education, public safety and quality of life.  Each of the topics play an intricate role into what makes the county the Place to Be. He will also cover topics such as growth, accomplishments and goals for our county and regional transit/road projects which affect Wilson County. Tickets are $20, if you are interested in attending please email tonya@lebanonwilsonchamber.com or call 615-444-5503.

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D.R. Horton: Business Card Exchange

Thank you to all of our members who attended today’s Business Card Exchange hosted by D.R. Horton, America’s Builders. We enjoyed seeing members smile, laugh, and connect with one another! We had a great time exploring the wonderful facility and getting to know each and every one of you. Business Card Exchanges give our members the opportunity to network, show-off their facility, and introduce themselves to the group as a whole through a brief talk about their organization. Don’t forget to check our weekly newsletter for upcoming Business Card Exchanges. If you are interested in hosting a Business Card Exchange, please contact the Chamber at 615-444-5503.DSC 05281

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