Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce Blog

Chamber Blogs are from key Chamber Board and Staff members.

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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Sponsorship Opportunities

        At the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber, we are committed to engaging, connecting and nurturing people by providing a spirit of enthusiasm for Lebanon and Wilson County. Without you, our dedicated members, these community services would not be possible. Throughout Wilson County, there are many events that are organized by the Chamber. These events are made possible by our sponsorship opportunities. With a wide variety of sponsorships, you will easily be able to find an event that has special meaning to you or your business. Thank you for your willingness to support our community and advance Wilson County in any way possible. Your support will be recognized and your contribution will improve the quality of life in Lebanon and Wilson County.


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Women in the Lead

            The Lebanon Wilson Chamber provides various ways to improve and connect our community. Women in the Lead is a program that gathers once every other month to discuss different issues that women commonly face. The overall goal of the program is to encourage women in the business world and promote communication among one another. During each meeting, a different topic is discussed, each relating to Health & Wellness, Finances, or Balancing Home & Work Life. Each speaker not only encourages growth professionally but also encourages growth as an individual.


            The next Lunch & Learn will take place on February 14, 2019. If interested in the Women in the Lead 2019 dates, go to the event calendar for more details.


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Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration

               Each year, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce plans a meeting and celebration for all members to attend. The event will begin with collaboration and dinner, then members will attend a brief meeting, followed by the swearing-in of the upcoming Board of Directors. 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
  • Non Profit of Excellence Award
  • Woman of Excellence
  • Cedar Tree Awards

              The Chamber looks forward to this event all year round. We love being able to recognize our members and the hard work of our dedicated volunteers.

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                Thank you for being a member and investing in your chamber. The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce strives to make Wilson County a better place to live, work and raise a family. You can be a part of this mission by serving on one of our seven committees. Our committees,  roundtables (healthcare and  non-profit), and programs (young professionals, women in the lead) could give you a place to belong and help you develop prominent relationships. Your Chamber believes in recognizing your creativity, determination, and commitment that makes a difference in our community.

                Your Chamber’s goal is to connect individuals and businesses for economic prosperity throughout Wilson County. Through the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber, you will be able to build your business visibility, recruitment, and expansion. You have the option to host or attend Business Card Exchanges that provide a way for members to connect with one another. Your Chamber also offers a variety of services and resources, which allows your business to remain at the forefront of today’s economy.

                Explore our website to discover more about our networking opportunities, committees, and roundtables. If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining our organization Click Here.

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Chamber Office Renovations

          After almost a year of construction, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber Office renovations are finally complete! Our newly updated building now includes a social hub that is open to all members during our office hours. If you missed our open house on December 20th, feel free to stop by and experience the new look of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

          Thank you to our Capital Campaign Building Investors for making this possible, and to our members for a wonderful open house!

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Aviation Way Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The City of Lebanon held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Aviation Way, sponsored by BankTennessee conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on July 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

City of Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash welcomed and thanked those in attendance as well as the individuals that helped the road’s development. Mayor Ash was joined by many members of the community along with Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board J.B. Owens, Chamber President Melanie Minter and Ambassadors and Staff.

Aviation Way in a new road that connects the Lebanon Municipal Airport with South Hartmann Drive. The road is located next to Wilson County Motors.

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Body Kneads Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Body Kneads held a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by BankTennessee on May 10th at 10 a.m. 


Heather Hull was joined by Senator Mark Pody, along with Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board J.B. Owens, and Chamber Ambassadors and Staff.


They are located at 1050 Hamilton Springs Blvd #200 by the Hamilton Station Apartments.


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My Place Hotel Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

My Place Hotel hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by BankTennessee conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on January 11th at 3:30 p.m.

Ali Rahimi and Kent Miller were joined My Place employees, Senator Mark Pody, City of Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash, along with Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board J.B. Owens, and Chamber Vice President Andrea Wilke, and Chamber Members and Ambassadors.

The Lebanon location is the first My Place hotel in Tennessee.

My Place Economy Extended Stay is located at 1004 Cumberland Center Blvd. in Lebanon.

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Lebanon Senior Citizens Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Lebanon Senior Citizens Center held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce sponsored by BankTennessee on Wednesday December 6th at 2:30 pm. The new addition will be a major improvment of operations at the Senior Center. They are located at 670 Coles Ferry Pike. 

Patti Watts was joined by State Representative Mark Pody, City of Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Jud Nave, and Chamber Ambassadors.

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Watertown Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Watertown Elementary held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony sponsored by BankTennessee on November 5th at 2:00 pm. The school celebrated its new rennovations to the elemantary school. Their location is 751 W Main St, Watertown. 

Principal Anita Christian was joined by Local Dignitaries and Students of Watertown Elementary.

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MidTenn Primary Care Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

MidTenn Primary Care were host a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by BankTennessee conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on October 13th at 11:00 a.m.

Helen Fisher-Thorne was joined by family and friends, City of Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President Melanie Minter, Chamber Members and Ambassadors.

Helen is very passionate about her new primary care facility stating " She wants to be different from others in the community. Her doors will open at 6:00 a.m. every morning"!

MidTenn Primary Care is located at 701 Park Ave. in Lebanon.For more information, contact Thorne and staff at 615-547-6699.

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Parks Realty and Auction

Parks Realty and Auction hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by BankTennessee conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on October 5th at 10:30 a.m.

Bob Parks, John Higgins, and Allen Shehane were joined City of Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the board Jud Nave, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber President Melanie Minter, and Chamber Ambassadors.

Their location is 728 West Main Street in Lebanon.

For more information visit www.parksathome.com.

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Taylord Fitness Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Taylord Fitness hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by BankTennessee conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on September 30th at 10:00 a.m.

Will Taylor was joined his family and friends, along with Lebanon Wilson County Chamber Board Members and Ambassadors. Will opened a new gym in the community.

Taylord Fitness is located at 1316 W. Baddour Pkwy in Lebanon.

For more information visit www.taylordfitness.org.

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This That & The Other Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

This That & The Other hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by BankTennessee conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on September 23th at 10:30 a.m.

Clayton and Vita Adcock were joined by State Representative Mark Pody, City of Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash, Chamber of Commerce President Melanie Minter and Chamber Ambassadors and Staff.

This That & The Other is a new boutique on Lebanon’s Historic Square at 107 S. Cumberland St, in Lebanon.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/thisthattheother2017.

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