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Chamber Blogs are from key Chamber Board and Staff members.

McAlister's Ribbon Cutting

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at McAlister's Deli in Lebanon drew a crowd! The Lebanon location is McAlister's 113th Restaurant. People were wrapped around the building in hopes of being one of the first 113 customers to get FREE tea for a year. 
Pictured are McAlister's owners, General Manager Chris Bird, managers, and employees. Mayor Rick Bell, Chamber President & CEO Melanie Minter, Chamber Ambassadors and Representatives are also pictured.
Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Ian Isbell Agee & Johnson Realty.
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June Membership Orientation

Membership Orientation is always a great opportunity to introduce new members to Chamber benefits and provide networking opportunities! Check out the businesses represented at June's Membership Orientation! Also attending were Board Members, Committee Members, and Staff! 

-TruePoint Land Management
-Boundless Boutique
-Cedar Creek Land Management & Excavating
-Health Markets Michael Starr
-District Attorney General Jason Lawson
-Parks Realty Ashley Scott
-Proctor & Graves
-TN Farm Bureau
-Media Vision Advertising
-Agee Johnson Realty Ian Isbell
-Pet Supplies Plus
-EXIT Rocky Top Realty Larry Strazzella
-JCF 109 Living
-Farmers Insurance
-Twin Oaks Ranch
-Cedar City RV
-Restoration Wellness + Medspa
-Group Management Services
-Gray's Pest Service
If you are interested in learning more about the Chamber and how it can benefit you, be sure to attend Membership Engagement on July 13th at 12 P.M.. Call or Email the Chamber Office to RSVP!


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Pet Supplies Plus Ribbon Cutting

Mt. Juliet, TN - The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the Mt Juliet Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Pet Supplies Plus. They are located at 11223 Lebanon Rd in Mt Juliet.

Pet Supplies Plus offers a self-serve dog wash, pet boutique, and all your pet supplies needs. They also offer delivery and curbside pick up.

Pictured are Store Team Lead Anthony Foglia, other Pet Supplies Plus employees, Lebanon Wilson Chamber President & CEO Melanie Minter, Board of Directors, and Ambassadors.



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Restoration Wellness + Medspa Ribbon Cutting

The Restoration Wellness + Medspa Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place on June 2nd at 365 S Hartmann Dr Suite 104 in Lebanon!

Restoration Wellness + Medspa offers preventative and wellness care as well as care for minor acute illnesses. They also draw labs, offer IV therapy, injections, weight loss programs, hormone replacement, and botox and filler aesthetic services. Jamey and Carlie Morrison are the owners of Restoration Wellness + Medspa. Carlie is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and her husband Jamey is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. They will host a Grand Opening on June 23rd from 5-8PM.

Pictured alongside owners Jamey and Carlie Morrison are Chairman of the Board Curt Baker, Chamber Representatives and Ambassadors.

Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Ian Isbell Agee & Johnson Realty.



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SIBS Boutique Ribbon Cutting

Sibs Boutique were host to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, June 3rd.  This boutique is the embodiment of our big dream as siblings. We hope to help you find clothing, accessories, or gifts to make you and your loved ones feel lovely and courageous enough to pursue your own dreams.

We appreciate your support, and welcome you into the Sibs Boutique family.

Located at 314 E Main St in Lebanon, SIBS Boutique offers jewelry, gifts, and clothes!

Owner, Casey Cole is pictured with her family and friends. Alongside of Casey are President & CEO Melanie Minter, Board of Directors, and Chamber Ambassadors.

Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Ian Isbell Agee & Johnson Realty.


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RISE Strength & Performance Ribbon Cutting

Wilson County continues to get stronger! RISE Strength & Performance were host to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to the Ribbon Cutting, a charity work out for local youth was offered. Sam Pfister, owner and head coach of RISE Strength & Performance offers small group personal coaching, team training, and youth group coaching. RISE Strength & Performance is designed for the Youth Athlete looking to dominate their sport or the adult who wants to look, move, and feel like they did in their prime.

Pictured with Sam and family are President & CEO Melanie Minter, Sports Council Division Vice Chairperson Phillip Vance, Chamber Ambassadors, and local youth present for the charity workout.

Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Ian Isbell Agee & Johnson Realty.


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Jersey Mike's Ribbon Cutting

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for  Jersey Mike's Subs, at 6650 Eastgate Blvd. in Lebanon.

Franchise operating owner Michele Fuller also held a Grand Opening to support the Lebanon High School Baseball Foundation.

"Jersey Mike's has delicious submarine sandwiches, exceptional customer service and encourages a family-mentality work environment," Fuller said. Guests can order in-store or for pickup through the website or through the Jersey Mike's app!

Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Ian Isbell Agee & Johnson Realty.



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“Best All Around Student Athlete of the Year”

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Sports Council Division held the “Best All Around Student Athlete of the Year” Awards Luncheon at Five Oaks Golf & Country Club on May 13, 2022. One male and one female athlete from each high school in Wilson County were nominated by their Athletic Director, Coach, or Principal. Students are nominated for their outstanding academic and athletic qualities. From the nominees, one male and one female were chosen to receive a $1,500 scholarship to the school of their choice. The scholarship is funded by the Two Rivers Ford Open Bass Tournament hosted by the Wilson County Sports Council.  
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LHS Tennessee Scholars

The Tennessee Scholars Ceremonies began this morning at Lebanon High School. Tennessee Scholars, which was started in 2005, is a joint effort by the Chamber of Commerce and the business community of Wilson County, aimed to encourage Wilson County students to take more rigorous courses of study during their years in school.
This year, there was a total of 305 graduates amongst the 7 high schools, Friendship Christian School, Heritage Christian Academy, Lebanon High School, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Mt. Juliet High School, Watertown High School, and Wilson Central High School.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Genesco for their continued sponsorship for the Chamber’s education programs, our Education Division, city & county Mayors and all School Principals for the roles that they played in such supporting education.
Pictured are Lebanon Wilson County Chamber Chairman of the Board Curt Baker, President & CEO Melanie Minter, Chair Elect & Education Division Vice Chairman Wes Dugan, and Vice President Membership & Finance, Andrea Wilke.

#tnscholars #TNSchools #lebanonhighschool #TNEducation # #wilsoncountytn

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Hearthside Senior Living Business After Hours

A Buisness After Hours was held Thursday, April 28th at Hearthside Senior Living. We enjoyed a good time networking with friends, guests and residents! Thank you to Sean Dozier for hosting this event.

Hearthside Senior Living is Lebanon’s unique Senior Living Community – designed for seniors to age in place – all within a safe, comfortable, and Christian environment. Hearthside Senior Living has beautiful retirement homes designed for an independent lifestyle with maintenance-free living.

Hearthside Senior Living also continues the excellent tradition of assisted living for those seniors who need additional services. Hearthside Senior Living – a independent retirement community and assisted living community – all on one campus in the heart of Lebanon. You’re always welcome at Hearthside Senior Living.

Hearthside is located at 215 N Castle Heights Ave, Lebanon, TN 37087. 

Present with the Chamber were Past Chair of Chairs Greg Butler, President & CEO Melanie Minter, Chamber staff and representatives  including Ambassadors.



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Two Rivers Ford 13th Annual Bass Tournament

On Saturday, August 28th, The Two Rivers Ford 13th Annual Bass tournament, presented by the Wilson County Sports Council blasted off. The tournament was held at the Old Hickory Lake Flippers landing. Boat positions were assigned and the 32 boats were off.

The proceeds from the tournament fund two Best All Around Student scholarships. One male and one female are awarded.

The day included door prizes and for those taking part in the tournament, prizes were awarded for the “Big Fish”, “Grand Prize” and 14 additional places.

Tournament winners Craig Gann and Ross Hudson weighed in a total of 18 lbs., 6 oz.  are pictured with Chamber board member Greg Butler. They also snagged the "Big Fish" at 5 lbs., 20 oz. 

The title sponsor for the tournament was Two Rivers Ford and major sponsors were: City of Lebanon, J. Clayborn's Bakery & Cafe, Servpro of Wilson County, Main Street Mercantile & Creamery -Jake Sloan, Tim Leeper Roofing, Ben Hayslip, F&M Bank, Wilson Bank & Trust, THW Insurance -Jud Nave, Farm Bureau -Wes Dugan, HTK Wealth Managment, Wilke's Outfitters, Hydrocare, Hardin Chiropractic, Jewel Insurance, State Farm -Jeff Gannon, Advantage Roofing -Donnie Self, Agee & Johnson -Ian Isbell and Greg Butler.

Winning Teams Listed below:

1.            Craig Gann & Ross Hudson

2.            AJ Harvey & Bud Guffe

3.            Andy Vanderpool & Ransom Andrews

4.            Dustin Graves & John Hazlet

5.            Chris Durham & Derrick Cherry

6.            Mickey Beck

7.            Stephen Scoggin & Coudgn Scoggy

8.            Barry Drennon & Michael Drennon

9.            Chris Taylor & Corkie Change

10.          Billy Thorne

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Hire Dynamics Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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It was a great day celebrating today's Ribbon Cutting with Hire Dynamics in their Lebanon location at 365 Hartman Dr. Suite 106.
Hire Dynamics is a staffing agency that provides quality employees that will help grow your business!
Pictured is Brianna Poncsak, Ryan Raork and staff along with friends & family, Chamber representatives Chamber President & CEO Melaine Minter, staff, and Chamber Ambassadors.

Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Ian Isbell Agee and Johnson Realty.

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The Virginia Adams Thackston Reading Room

A Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held Saturday, March 26th to officially open the new Reading Room at the Lebanon-Wilson County Library. The Virginia Adams Thackston Reading Room was made possible by a gift from the Thackston Family Foundation. Mrs. Thackston was a user and supporter of the Library for over 50 years. She enjoyed going to the Library from the time it was located upstairs in a house on College Street to its present location on Main. Mr. Ed Thackston spoke fondly of the time he checked out books with his brother, Carlton and sister, Gemma when they were young children.
Present were Thackston family and friends, Chairman of the Board Curt Baker, President & CEO Melanie Minter and Chamber representatives including Ambassadors.

Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Ian Isbell Agee & Johnson Realty.

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State of the City Address

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce was honored to present the annual State Of The City Address. Hosted by Government Relations Division Vice Chairperson Rusty Richardson. A special thank you to Lebanon Mayor Rick Bell for his updates on Population Growth, New Businesses moving to our area, along with an announcement of Phase 1 of the New Sports Complex.

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Wilson County Mayoral Candidate Forum

Join us and support your candidates as incumbent, Randall Hutto and Phillip Warren take the stage at a political mayoral forum. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make an opening statement and a closing statement. Each of these statements will be limited to 3- 4 minutes. The order of speaking will be determined by a flip of the coin.
Following the opening statements, each candidate will be asked the same question and given time to respond.
Time limit to be determined. Candidates will alternate on who responds first.
Candidates will not ask questions of each other.
Questions will cover a variety of topics including but not limited to: County growth, quality of life, taxation, economic development, workforce development, education, recreation, etc.
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2022 Election Seminar!

Join our 2022 Election Seminar with Guest Speaker Tammy Smith, Administrator of Elections. She will be discussing Redistricting, Election Cycling-May 3rd Primary, and Security Cyber & Physical. There will be a Q&A and you don't want to miss out. 

MARCH 28, 2022 5:30 P.M.- 7:00 P.M. 5:30 P.M.- 6:00 P.M.

Wine & Cheese Provided by Cumberland University

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Massage and Wellness Studio Business After Hours


Massage and Wellness Studio located in Lebanon, TN, is a division of Kerry Becht Physical Therapy & Therapeutic Massage. They expanded their practice and started Massage and Wellness Studio in August 2021. They offer several different types of massages and acupuncture. Please contact them at 615-466-7075 to schedule an appointment with one of their wonderful therapists. 

Join us on March 10, 2022 for their Business After Hours. There will be refreshments and door prizes. There will also be a Chamber Pot of $600.00 but you must be present to win. 


1417 W Baddour Parkway Suite B

Lebanon, TN

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Denim and Diamonds!

A great evening was had by all last Thursday evening! The Chamber celebrated our Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration with theme "Denim and Diamonds”. It was exciting to highlight local businesses and individuals for their 2021 accomplishments. Our 2022 Chairman of the Board Curt Baker and all Board of Directors were sworn into their position of service to our community. Congratulations to all winners! A special thanks to our Title Sponsor F&M Bank and other Celebration Sponsors.
2021 Retailer of the Year- Necole Witcher Bell
2021 Small Business Award- Main Street Mercantile & Creamery
2021 Business Person of the Year- Tim Leeper
2021 Friend of Education- Scott Benson
2021 Public Servant of the Year- Robert Huttchson
2021 Volunteer of the Year – Greg Butler
2021 Wilson County Sports Council Award – Rick Smith
2021 Woman of Excellence- Traci T. Pope
2021 Non Profit of Excellence – Wilson County Community Help Center
2021 Local Focus Award – Todd Smith
2021 Industrialist of the year- Tom Nelson
Lifetime Member Award #44 - Gwen Scott
Cedar Tree Awards
Best new professional or commercial building completed in 2021:
Callis Ventures
Tennessee Orthopedics Alliance
Best structure converted to a new use this year:
Lebanon Police Department
15th District Public Defender
Best improvement of land usage to enhance the areas aesthetic or quality of life completed this year:
Jones Brummett Elementary
Best restoration or preservation of a history site:
Downtown Lebanon Group
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State of the County Address

During the State of the County Address, Mayor Randall Hutto will review 7 Pillars that helped our county stay strong during 2020/2021 adversities and unprecedented times. He will also discuss our amazing county including the many people and organizations that make Wilson County "The Place To Be"! 

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Jack's Guitarcheology Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Jack's Guitar

Last Friday we celebrated Jack's Guitarcheology Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

Jack's Guitarcheology started out in a spare bedroom in a 900 sq. foot house. Now, Jack has a dedicated 650 sq. foot shop located on his acre property just for his Guitarcheological work. Jack remains active in the Nashville and Murfreesboro music scenes. He currently plays bass in These Heathens (Uncle Skunkle)Toxic Culture and Big, if True.  He also plays guitar and sings in his band, Casual Sects, and is on the planning committee for Boro Fondo Festival, a non-profit music festival in Middle Tennessee. Be sure to stop by and see all the amazing guitars he has in the store!!!

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