Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce Blog

Chamber Blogs are from key Chamber Board and Staff members.

“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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Massage and Wellness Studio Ribbon Cutting Ceremony



Massage and Wellness Studio were host to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 31st to celebrate their new location. The ceremony was conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

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

Kerry Becht was joined by family and friends, chamber representative, Chairman of the Board Curt Baker, Past Chair Jeff Peterson, Chamber President & CEO Melanie Minter, staff, and Ambassadors.

Massage and Wellness Studio is located at 1417 W Baddour Pkwy Suite B, Lebanon, TN 37087

For more information call: 615-466-7075

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Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration

Join us for our Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration Thursday, February 10, 2022 starting at 5:30 p.m for Cocktails, Dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the Program at 7:00 p.m. The Celebration is at The Mill at Lebanon. Gather your friends & family together to enjoy a night of fun. Thank you to our Title Sponsor F&M Bank.
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Cloud 9 Antiques & Such Ribbon Cutting


Friday we celebrated Cloud 9 Antiques & Such open house and Ribbon Cutting!

Owner,Connie Kondrat and her husband moved to Lebanon a few months ago and fell in love with the small town feel.  When they came across two buildings for sale in the Historical part of Lebanon they had a vision of putting in a Winery.  The property came with an old house; so with love of antiques and art work they decided to make it an antique store. Make sure to come and shop at the store with new items everyday.

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Are You A Member? Are You Involved?



Membership in your local chamber offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community and marketplace.

According a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, when consumers know that a business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

Membership brings credibility to your business - Increases your visibility in the community - Creates networking opportunities – offers a voice -business contacts - chamber newsletters - customer referrals -Chamber events and programs - promotions and publicity.

How does all that sound?  Your success is our success and we are anxious to welcome you as a part of the team.

Contact Andrea today to discuss member opportunties, 615-444-5503

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Lebanon Wilson County Government Relations Division Presents Speaker James Olson


A DIFFERENT KIND OF CAREER: UNDER COVER IN THE CIA - Imagine living a lie for 31 years. That’s what James Olson and his wife Meredith did while spying for the CIA. Spying for his country was the furthest thing from his mind when Olson, a farm boy from Iowa, received a mysterious phone call that changed his life forever. In his presentation, Olson takes you inside the real world of being a CIA spy. He describes the rigorous training they receive and the difficult dilemmas that they face in the field on a daily basis. Olson explains how the global war on terror affects everyone and that the country needs to know that the United States will be hit again within its borders.

January 14, 2022 @ Cumberland University Baird Chapel.
Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.
$35.00 Person - $25.00 Veterans - $300.00 Table Seating for 8
Call today for more information. 615-444-5503
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Wilson County Election Commission Ribbon Cutting


Congratulations! The Wilson County Election Commission hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on December 16th to celebrate their new location. The ceremony was to showcase the new complex of Wilson County.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Attendees included special guest speakers Secretary of State Tre Hargett, TN Election Coordinator Mark Goins and Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. Representing the Chamber were Chairman of the Board Jeff Peterson, Chamber President & CEO Melanie Minter, staff and Ambassadors.

Administer of Elections Phillip Warren and staff members cut the ribbon.

They are located on 230 E Gay Street, Lebanon, TN 37087

For more information visit: https://www.wilsonelections.com/

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Em + Kate Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Em + Kate were host to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on November 19th to celebrate their new location on the historic Lebanon square.  The ceremony was conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Owner, Brittani Jackson is a former teacher and stay-at-home mom living the dream. Em + Kate is a baby and kids boutique that offers beautifully curated items for children that range from traditional to modern and everything in between. The shop contains a wide range of baby gifts in addition to other unique baby and kid items that you can’t find just anywhere.

Brittani was joined by family, friends, staff, Senator Mark Pody, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Jeff Peterson, Chamber President & CEO Melanie Minter and Chamber Ambassadors.

Em & Kate is located at 104 Public Square, Lebanon, TN 37087

For more information visit: www.emandkatetn.com

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