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Scarecrow Stroll Down on the Square

The Chamber of Commerce’s Community Tourism Division invites local businesses, civic groups, and families to get creative and participate in the first annual Scarecrow Stroll. The project aims to decorate the square for fall and draw attention to downtown businesses.  

Participants will create their own unique scarecrows (no store-bought versions allowed) that will be displayed around the square from October 8 to November 1.  Several awards will be given for entries, including a roving trophy for the best business display as well as a fan favorite. Voting for fan favorite will kick-off at Taste of Wilson County on October 9 and will continue through October 20. Those wishing to vote may do so 24/7 via a ballot box located outside the Chamber office.

Applications and a complete set of rules and regulations are available at the Chamber, located at 149 Public Square, or by clicking the following link. Scarecrow-Stroll

For more information, contact Judy Cox at 615-443-3130 or Tammy Bailey at 615-631-7080 or ctsmbailey@gmail.com. The registration fee to participate in the Scarecrow Stroll is $5.

Download your application today, and be sure to come cast your ballots and shop on the square October 9-20!

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90th Anniversary, Membership Connection, and More

We just celebrated our 90th Anniversary on Tuesday night at the Chamber office on the Public Square in downtown Lebanon. Over 150 Chamber members and friends attended the event as we enjoyed food and fellowship for about two hours. We had several former Board Chairs in attendance including Mac McClintock, Chris Crowell, Don Simpson, Mark Lee, Bob McDonald, Ken Caldwell, Rick Smith, John Lancaster, Paul Jewell.

Special thanks to Odell and Linda Bain and Peggy Simpson for their help with organizing the event and to those Chamber members who provided the food, drinks, and desserts: Cheers Wine & Liquors, Crystal Elegance, Jersey Mike’s, Jordan’s Catering, Michael’s Café, O’Charley’s, Publix, Sunset Family Restaurant, and Walker Creek Confections.

At lunchtime on Wednesday, we had a Member Connection meeting for new members. Each Vice-Chair was present to discuss their committee. Melanie Minter, Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee, did a great job putting the luncheon together and making it an enjoyable and informative experience for the new members who attended. If you are interested in joining the Chamber or learning about how to become more involved, call the Chamber office.

Thursday night everyone enjoyed the Business After Hours hosted by HotSpring Portable Spas of Music City. The guys at HotSpring’s always throw a great BAH, and Thursday night was no exception. If you or your business is interested in hosting a future Business After Hours event, contact the Chamber office.

On Wednesday, September 17, our Education Committee will be hosting a “Lunch and Learn” event featuring the new Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright. The lunch meeting begins at 11:30 and will be hosted at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club. Admission is $15 and your must RSVP by Monday, September 15. Contact the Chamber office for more details.

On Wednesday, October 22, our Government Relations & Economic Development Committee will be hosting a “Lunch and Learn” event featuring Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. The lunch meeting begins at 11:30 and will be hosted at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club. Admission for that event is also $15, and you must RSVP by Friday, October 22. Contact the Chamber office for more details.

Be sure to check out the calendar of events on our Chamber website so you can make plans to attend the next Chamber event! Thanks for making your Chamber one of the largest and best in the state!

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Chamber to Host Series of Candidate Forums

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee will host a series of forums for 2014 election candidates running for office in Wilson County.

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Chamber Loses Friend In Passing of Dave Keltner

We were saddened by the news of the sudden passing of Dave Keltner.  Dave was President/CEO of Cerqa, a supply chain management, commercial printing, promotional items and media duplication company located in LaVergne.

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Open House Draws Over 400

It’s been over a week since my last blog, and there has been plenty of activity at your Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

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CU hosts Mid-South Conference

The Wilson County Sports Council, a Division of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, welcomes the Mid-South Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to Cumberland University this week.

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Plans in Full Swing for 2nd Annual Jammin' With the General

It's been a couple of weeks since my last blog. That may tell you how busy we have been at the Chamber. Ribbon cuttings, a few committee meetings and our February board meeting filled the last two weeks.

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Fantastic Evening at The Capitol Honors Individuals, Businesses

What a fantastic evening last night as we celebrated our annual Chamber Membership Banquet and Awards Show at Lebanon’s Capitol Theatre. Some 330 Chamber members and their guests enjoyed a great meal and fellowship as 16 community leaders or businesses were acknowledged for their contributions to Lebanon and Wilson County. We unveiled our Wilson County promotional video that was funded in part through a State of Tennessee grant. This video tells Wilson County’s story and highlights each community within it. Our plans are to incorporate all or parts of the video on our website later this year. 

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Ribbon Cuttings Held for New Members

Another packed week for our Chamber is a wrap!

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Chamber Board Spends Day of Planning at Retreat, Looks Forward to Feb. 6 Banquet

We finished a busy week of Chamber activities with our annual Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Board retreat on Friday, January 24. The Chamber staff lined up our retreat at The Mitchell House, the new home of Sigma Pi Fraternity International Headquarters. We had a great day of planning and enjoyed a wonderful meal catered by Sammy B's.

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2014 Off to A Busy Start

We have had a busy couple of weeks since 2014 kicked off, and the remainder of the year looks as equally busy.

Yesterday (Tuesday, January 14), a ribbon cutting was held at the Lebanon Kroger for The Little Clinic. Several representatives from the Little Clinic were on hand for the event as they were welcomed by members of our Ambassadors and our Chamber staff.

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2013 Festival of Lights, Christmas on the Square, Parade make Season Bright

Christmas is a special season – a time for coming together with friends and family. And what better way to create memorable holiday moments than Christmas 1 2 3 Lebanon?
Christmas 1 2 3 consists of three events organized by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce: the Festival of Lights, Christmas on the Square in Lebanon, and the Lebanon Christmas Parade with Grand Marshal Daryle Singletary, country music recording artist.

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2013 Lebanon Christmas Parade Application Available

The 2013 Lebanon Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. with a theme of “A Taste of Christmas Fun.”

Floats may be entered under one of FOUR CATEGORIES:

1. Commercial
2. Church
3. Civic
4. Youth

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Mobile Website Usage Continues To Grow!

If you are like me, in the last 24 months or so you most likely have started using your mobile phone more and more for browsing the Internet.  Larger mobile screens, voice recognition software, and better wi-fi access are just a few of the advances that have made this possible. 

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Do You Know What Google+ Is?

This week I presented Google+ to a lunch and learn session for the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce. Google+ (pronounced and sometimes written as Google Plus or G+) is Google’s social media network. I spent quite a bit of time preparing for the presentation as I have only been using Google + for the last 3 months or so and I was curious about what level of interest there was going to be. Based on the lively group with many questions, comments, and feedback from my presentation, it is apparent that people are definitely starting to focus on Google’s social media network.

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What is Responsive Website Design?

What is Responsive Website Design?

2013 has been declared the year of Responsive Design in many web circles. If you haven’t heard of  Responsive Design yet, you will soon. The reason it was created (and is snowballing in popularity) is because of the need to optimize websites on different devices -- mobile, tablet,  laptop & desktop -- with the growth of the mobile and tablet markets being the driving force for Responsive Design. 

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Education-is-a-key to website success!!!

With the improved usability of websites over the last 24-36 months (Content Management Systems in particular) and the integration of Social Media  with websites, it has become apparent that education is becoming a key to having a successful website.

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WOW for the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber

The 2012 theme for YOUR Chamber is THE WOW FACTOR, and as of July 2012 we have had many WOW'S.

  • Beginning in January with 306 new members in 3 days, and the annual Board Retreat. 
  • February, an outstanding Annual Banquet with over 300 people in attendance.
  • March, over 400 members and their guest attended the annual St. Patrick's Day open house.  Thanks to 34 restaurants and caterers for the wonderful food throughout the day.
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Lots of folks are switching to Google Business Apps

I was updating our support ticket system tonight and I noticed we had 4 clients who were migrating from their old e-mail accounts to Google Business Apps. This seems to have become a common occurrence for many of our clients in 2012. We also took the plunge to use Google Business Apps in early 2012 and like many of our clients we are very happy with the move.

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The Next Level

Earlier this year, our chamber considered a drive to increase membership.  When the idea was introduced by Sue, there was some enthusiasm and interest and many questions on how the campaign would occur.  We looked around at other chambers throughout the country and based on previous results, we selected a firm who specialized in growing membership. 

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