On October 31, roughly 2,500 people gathered on the Lebanon Public Square for trick-or-treating and other activities hosted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber in cooperation with the City of Lebanon. Face painting, balloon animal creating, flame eating, and fortune telling were all part of the fun. The Lebanon Public Safety Department cooked and gave away 2,000 hotdogs throughout the night.
This year's Scarecrow Stroll participants were AWESOME! We are so thankful to everyone who participated and made the Lebanon Public Square festive for fall. The scarecrows will remain in their places through the end of October, so the public is still invited to come stroll with our straw-stuffed friends.
Friday, October 16 marked the beginning of a grand opening weekend at Firestone Complete Auto Care, located at 1623 West Main Street. Local officials, including Senator Mae Beavers, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, and Lebanon City Councilmen joined representatives and staff from the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and Firestone corporate and local employees for their kickoff event on the 16th. Store Manager Chad Simmons presented a check to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America on behalf of Firestone Complete Auto Care before cutting the ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new store. The day also included trivia games, music and giveaways by Nashville radio station 105.9 The Rock, and a barbeque lunch.
On October 19, LED worldUSA Owner Narendra B. Patel, General Manager Melissa Parrish, Sales Manager Pradip Patel, and Operations Manager Dhaval Patel were joined by friends and family, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, and Chamber representatives for a ribbon cutting at their store, located at 707 S Cumberland Street, on October 19. The company distributes a wide variety of LED lighting solutions, which can be longer lasting as well as more efficient, durable, and versatile than other types of lights, for both commercial and residential use.
Halloween on the Square will take place this year on Saturday, October 31 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. As always, there will be plenty of candy for everyone, as well as free hotdogs, food trucks, games, inflatables, a balloon artist, and activities for the whole family!
New this year, there will be a costume contest and ghoul parade for all ages! Those wishing to participate in the contest & parade may register from 5-6 p.m. Participants will parade around the square two times as music plays and judges watch, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Judges will then choose finalists who will go on stage to show off their costumes to a panel of local celebrity judges. A winner will be selected in each of three age categories, and an overall winner will be chosen as Ghoul of the Night. The overall winner will receive a $100 cash prize, sponsored by Michael's Cover Up.
Age categories for the costume contest will be as follows: Little Kids - 0-6 years; Big Kids - 7-13 years; Adult - 14+ years
Also taking place on Halloween night in the downtown Lebanon area is First Baptist Church's Fall for All event. We encourage families to go visit the First Baptist group as well as coming down to Halloween on the Square!
Hutsenpiller Insurance held a grand opening on Tuesday, October 6. Their new Lebanon location is next to Kroger at 1416 W Main St, Suite P. The sunny weather was perfect for a ribbon cutting ceremony, which took place at 2 p.m. The Hutsenpiller family was joined by staff, Chamber representatives, and local elected officials for the occasion.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber partnered with the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on October 1 to host a Business After Hours, which served as an introduction to the upcoming Junior High National Rodeo Finals to members of the community. Larry Tomlinson, Director of the Ag Center, and Wilson County Commissioner Jeff Joines have been working with the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) to organize and coordinate the event, which will take place in Lebanon in both 2016 and 2017. Tomlinson and Joines each spoke briefly about their experiences with the rodeo in past years in other cities before giving the floor to Ronnie Haslerig and Austin White, who came to the event on behalf of the NHSRA.
On October 1, Perma-Pipe, Inc. held a grand-reopening to celebrate their upgraded facility, located at 1310 Quarles Drive. Tours were given throughout the morning, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon with the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber and local elected officials. Lunch was provided by Michael's Cafe.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee held their annual Industry Appreciation Day on September 17. This year, lunch was provided to employees of Shenandoah Mills, located just off the square at 145 South Cumberland Street.
Shenandoah Mills was founded by Dale Nunnery in 1990, when he purchased the facility from Martha White Foods. The company specializes in the production of many different dry food products – specifically batters and breaders. Their client list includes Cracker Barrel, Long John Silvers, Captain D’s, Hillshire Farms, Sara Lee, and more. Approximately 100 truckloads of dry mixes are shipped out per month, which totals about 50 million pounds of product per year. Still, in their 25 years of business, Shenandoah Mills has never shorted a single order.
Members of the Economic Development Committee got the opportunity to talk to the executive staff about the business and its history while other employees ate lunch from Honeybaked Ham Co. The Chamber would like to extend a huge thanks to First Freedom Bank for sponsoring the event.
On September 11, Dr. Ryan House of Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine had a ground breaking ceremony at what will soon be his new office location. The Cumberland Chiropractic office is currently located at 1416 West Main St. Suite H, but will be moving to their new building located behind Dunkin’ Donuts on West Main in 2016. Dr. House (pictured at center) was joined by his wife and staff, local officials, Chamber representatives, and others involved with the new building for the ceremony.
Michael and Isaac Bradford along with many other members of the Farmers Insurance family were recently joined by Chamber staff and ambassadors, local officials, and other members of the community to celebrate the opening of their office at 224 W Main Street, Suite E. They had a live radio broadcast, hot dogs, finger foods and cake, and a ribbon cutting ceremony. We are excited to welcome them to the community and the Chamber!
Your Chamber supports education because we know that the foundation of our community starts with the education of our youth.
The Chamber Education Division and our Business & Education Coalition are proud to offer teachers and students a way to encourage continued education throughout Wilson County. The Chamber raises money at our annual Taste of Wilson County to give back to our education programs in Wilson County. Proceeds benefit our Teacher Grant Program, Books from Birth Program, Tennessee Scholars Program and other education scholarships.
The Teacher Grant Program was started by Ken Howell, Chamber Lifetime Member, in 1995. Teacher grants are offered by the Chamber Education Division to Wilson County teachers each year and awarded at an annual breakfast sponsored by Cumberland Real Estate G-team Jackie Gaither and Kevin Gaines. This year's grant amount has been increased from $500 in previous years to $599 maximum per grant. The Education Vice Chair, Education Committee, Board of Directors and Chamber staff celebrate with the teacher and students when the items requested for the project have been purchased and unveiled to the classroom. Including 2015 teacher grants, the Education Division has awarded 433 grants totaling over $175,000. A special thank you to our Wilson County teachers who have participated and made a difference in our schools. The deadline for this year's grant applications is Friday, September 18. Applications may be found at the following link.
Teacher Grant Application
Wilson Books from Birth is another program sponsored by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Under the direction of Peggy Simpson, all Wilson County children from birth to five years old are eligible to enroll. Each month, a free book is mailed to the child for the parent(s) to read to their child for the beginning of a successful education.
Each year the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce graduates Wilson County students that have completed the requirements of the Tennessee Scholars Program. In 2015, 417 Wilson County students graduated from the program, and to-date, a total of 3,984 have received a diploma from the Chamber since 2005. The Tennessee Scholars program is a course of study that encourages students to take more demanding courses in high school. The curriculum provides an education that better prepares students to enter a technical school, a post-secondary educational institution, or the workplace.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce offers a number of annual scholarships that are based on a select criteria. College education scholarships are awarded annually in the spring. The Chamber typically awards around $12,000 in scholarship money annually.
SAVE THE DATE: Taste of Wilson County, OCTOBER 8, 2015
Join your Chamber for a great evening to celebrate education in Wilson County. Food vendors will be sharing their favorite food products, and marketplace vendors will have other items for purchase. There will also be face painting, inflatables, and a balloon artist available for children's enjoyment.
Ticket pricing for the Taste of Wilson County is as follows:
Adult (age 12+): $20 in advance; $25 at event
Child (ages 6-11): $5 in advance; $10 at event
Children age 5 & Under: Free
VIP Ticket (includes seat in VIP tent): $30
VIP Table (seats 8): $250
Call the Chamber office today at 615-444-5503 to reserve your ticket!
Lebanon and Wilson County have fantastic foods to highlight, so come experience the taste in Downtown Lebanon from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. on October 8. We look forward to seeing you there and partnering with you to support education in Wilson County!
Marketplace and food vendor space is still available! Follow the link below:
Taste of Wilson County Vendor Application
On Thursday, September 3, Lebanon Municipal Airport staff were joined by members of the community, local elected officials, and the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber for a grand opening and ribbon cutting. Airport Commission Chairman T.O. Cragwall and Airport Manager Heather Bay (pictured above) gave their thanks to the community as well as local and state government entities who have supported the building project. Chairman Cragwall also discussed the economic impact that the growth of the airport has and will continue to have on the city and county. He noted that with the completion of the new hangar, there are 17 total, which are currently all rented and have long waiting lists.
The Chamber of Commerce Special Events Committee invites local businesses, civic groups, and families to get creative and participate in the Second 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 throughout the month of October. Several awards will be given for entries, including Best Overall - Square Merchant, Best Overall Non Square Merchant, Most Creative, and Fan Favorite. Each display will have a photo on the Chamber's Facebook page; photo likes will be counted as votes to determine the winner of Fan Favorite. Voting for Fan Favorite will take place October 2 through October 25. Winners in all other categories will be determined by a sub-committee appointed by the Chamber.
Applications and a complete set of rules and regulations are available at the Chamber, located at 149 Public Square, or by clicking the link below. The application fee is $25. Call the Chamber office at 615-444-5503 for more information.
Submit your application today and be sure to come stroll with the scarecrows on the square during October!
The 2014 Scarecrow Stroll winners are pictured below:
Bryan Insurance - Fan Favorite
Quality Rehab & Health Center - Most Creative
Pediatric Dentistry of Lebanon - Best Overall Display
Wilson County Fair - Most Wilson County
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Libelle Beech Salon to the Chamber community. The new salon, located at 706 West Main Street in Lebanon, hosted a grand opening on the evening of August 24. The night included a special prayer, flag presentation, and ribbon cutting in addition to heavy hors d'oeuvres.
Libelle Beech Salon, owned and run by Rachel Beechboard, provides services ranging from hair color and cut to facials and manicures. Call Rachel and her team at 615-784-4620 for more information or to make an appointment.
Will Hargett has been a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Investments in Lebanon since September 2014. His office, formerly located on West Main Street, recently moved to 365 South Hartmann Drive, Suite 110. Chamber Board members, staff, and ambassadors and local elected officials joined Will and office manager Deb Gooch for a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 21. The team is excited to welcome clients into their new space, where they will continue “making sense of investing.” For more information, call Deb or Will at 615-453-0799.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber and Wilson County Promotions hosted their annual fair-time Business Before Hours in Fiddlers Grove on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
With over 100 in attendance, this year's Business Before Hours is one of the largest events of its kind to date. Breakfast was provided at the fairgrounds, where those in attendance heard a brief summary of current Wilson County Fair attendance and upcoming events for both the fair and the Chamber.
Wilson County Fair officials also presented their annual Old Timers Award to this year's recipients, Alice and Johnny Trice of Lebanon.
Alice and Johnny have been married for sixty years and have two children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. The Trices have been actively involved in the community over the years. Alice’s love of flowers and gardening led her to become involved in the Wilson County Gardener’s Guild and Oakland Home Demonstration Club. She is also a past Chairman of the Wilson County Fair Flower Show. Johnny has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, Wilson Bank & Trust Board, People’s Bank Board, and is Past President of the Wilson County Fair Board. Johnny goes into his office every day and he is still active on his farm. Alice and Johnny love to travel and have visited every state in the U.S. Still, they spend time each year at the Wilson County Fair looking at exhibits and visiting with people.
In addition to having their names added to a plaque that will remain at the fairgrounds, Old Timers award recipients are presented with rocking chairs courtesy of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
For more information on attending or hosting the Chamber's next Business Before/After Hours, contact the Chamber office at 615-444-5503.
On Tuesday, August 11, Chamber Board staff, Board, and committee members as well as Lebanon City Mayor Philip Craighead joined Leslie Boldt of Massage Connection by Leslie/Doterra Oils for a ribbon cutting ceremony at her new business location. At her cozy office at 401 West Main Street, Suite 103, Leslie offers a wide variety of massage services. She will also be doing evening classes bi-monthly at the Chamber office about essential oils and their uses.
Cumberland University and the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Sports Council are teaming up for an All Sports Camp for Wilson County residents ages 7-12 on Sunday, September 13 on the CU campus. Registration will begin at 2 p.m., and the clinic will take place from 3-5 p.m.
Girls and boys will be able to choose from baseball, softball, football, tennis, soccer, volleyball, basketball and golf. Individuals will receive instruction in their chosen sport for the entire two-hour time frame of the camp. A parent or guardian must remain on site throughout the duration of the camp. Kids need to bring equipment for the chosen sport as well, including bats, gloves, racquets, golf clubs, shin guards and soccer balls, etc.
You may register online at www.cumberland.edu/freeclinic or pick up and complete an application at the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Call 615-444-5503 for more information.
The first 50 registrants will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A kids meal; the next 50 will receive a coupon for a free kids meal at O'Charley's; and the next 50 will receive a coupon for free ice cream from Chick-fil-A.
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 email@example.com.
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 is back in the Communications Coordinator position after six months working overseas.