Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce Blog

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Public Defender Shelley Thompson Gardner Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Shelley Thompson Gardner hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on November 18th to celebrate her new office building.

Gardner is currently the Public Defender for the 15th Judicial District. She has been at the 15th Judicial District Public Defenders Office for the past 18 years. Gardner was born and raised in Wilson County graduating from Lebanon High School. She then went on to graduate from Cumberland University with honors and earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law.

Public Defender was joined by family, friends, staff, local dignitaries, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Jeff Peterson, Chamber President & CEO Melanie Minter and Ambassadors.

The new office is located at 308 North Cumberland Street, Lebanon, TN.

For more information email: shelley.gardner@tn.gov

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Lebanon’s Tis The Season Weekend Extravangza

It's almost that time of year again! As the weather gets colder, we are gearing up for a holiday weekend full of fun and festivities!

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce will partner with the City of Lebanon to host this Free Community Event. This three day event is scheduled to take place December 3-5, 2021.

The holiday weekend activities include activities the entire family will enjoy Tree Lighting by Mayor Rick Bell, First United Methodist Church, music by Wade Hayes, Janelle Arthur and the C-Dock Boyz, Ice Skating Rink, Food Trucks, Imagine That Art! Nativity Scene, Letters & Photos with Santa, Carriage Rides and Agricultural Learning Center, Square Merchant specialty items and promotions will be available for your Shopping & Dining pleasure and a Capitol Theatre Movie “Home Alone”. This one weekend extravaganza on the Downtown Historic Lebanon Square you do not want to miss!

Another weekend activity includes Historic Lebanon’s Places Tour. For more information visit www.historiclebanon.com

For times and dates for December 3-5, 2021 visit www.lebanonwilsonchamber.com & www.lebanontn.org or for more information call 615-444-5503.

A special thank you to our event sponsors: Entertainment by Bates Ford, Ice Rink by Cumberland Pediatric Associates, Carriage Rides by Bank of England Mortgage and Kids Zone by F&M Bank.

Jingle Jog

The Wilson County Sports Council will sponsor the “Jingle Jog” a 5K Fun Run preceding the Christmas Parade on December 5th.  Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse.

The fun run event will start at 1:15 p.m., beginning at the courthouse parking lot to East Main Street to the Lebanon Public Square traveling West Main Street to D.T. McCall & Sons, runners will turn around there, traveling back West Main Street, and ending at the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office.

Runners are encouraged to park at the Wilson County Courthouse parking lot.

Participants can register in advance at the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office or www.active.com or day of fun run in the designated tent at the starting line.

Registration fee is $30.00 Adults and children 12 & under $15.00, includes a t-shirt, Santa hat and bells.

Registration forms are available at the Chamber office or www.lebanonwilsonchamber.com

Lebanon Christmas Parade

The Lebanon Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, December 5th beginning at 2 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Jingle All The Way”. Susie James, Owner of WANT FM 98.9 / WCOR AM 1490 will serve as Grand Marshal, Sponsored by Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital. The parade will begin at Wilson County Schools, located at 415 Harding Drive, Lebanon, TN. 37087, will travel down Harding Drive, and will end at the D.T. McCall & Sons. Applications for parade entries are available on the Chamber of Commerce website or at the Chamber office.

For more information call 615-444-5503.

Tis the Season 2021 Eblast

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Halloween on the Square

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The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce will once again partner with the City of Lebanon, TN - Government and First Baptist Church Lebanon, TN to present Halloween on the Square on Sunday October 31st from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on the Lebanon Downtown Historic Square. As always, there will be plenty of candy for everyone, as well as free hotdogs, grilling courtesy of Public Safety!
2:00-3:15 Contest sign up
3:15-3:30 Contestants line up by age group in Cabin quadrant
3:30 Contest begins
Each age group will walk around the Square 3-4 times by age group only
Entries may be pulled aside to be entered as finalists
3:50-4:00 Ghoul parade
All age groups walk around Square together in a Ghoul Parade while judges finalize winners. Costume judging
will be during the ghoul parade.
4:00-4:15 Winners announced
Anyone, any age, is allowed to enter the contest.
Contestants will be split into 4 categories: Ages Birth-5, 6-12, 13+ and groups.
Entries need to remain present throughout the contest to be eligible to receive an award.
By registering, entrants agree to allow event sponsors to use their image for promotion purposes, both photographs and video.
Each category will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner.
Cash prizes will be awarded in each group. The overall best costume will be named “Ghoul of the Night” and receive $100.00 sponsored by Amy Hamilton- Hamilton Homes Group
Stage, music, and Costume Contest presented by HAWK Specialty Services.
For more information about Halloween on the Square, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 615-444-5503.

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Taste of Wilson County

Taste of Wilson County newsletter flyer       

              Taste of Wilson County is the premier education fundraiser presented by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the Wilson County Business & Education Coalition that benefits scholarships, Teacher Grants, Tennessee Scholars and the Wilson Books from Birth program.

Join us for a great evening to sample more than 40 vendors for a true taste of Wilson County, from food samples to local boutiques and more! Taste of Wilson County will be held on October 21st at 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wilson Bank & Trust West Lawn. As of 2021, Taste of Wilson County has given over 600 teacher grants, giving out more than $251,000.      

There will be a fun Battle of the Mascots dance off and annual Grill Off Challenge including, Pie Eating Contest, Kids Valley, LSSD & WCS art buses, displays and entertainment with Double Take Band.  Mac Griffin will be emceeing for the evening. Taste of Wilson County is an event for the whole family. The Kid Valley will include the balloon man, petting zoo, crafts and face painting with Imagine That Art Studio! Enjoy the annual Grill Off Challenge with dignitaries Wilson County Mayor Randal Hutto, City of Lebanon Mayor Rick Bell, Mt. Juliet Vice-Mayor James Maness, LSSD Director of Schools Scott Benson and Wilson County Schools Director Jeff Luttrell.

Returning to Taste of Wilson County for the third year is the Culinary Challenge with  Lebanon High School and Wilson Central High School culinary facing off with former Tennessee Titan Blaine Bishop, News Channel 5 Anchor Nick Beres, and community food enthusiast Brad Major deciding on the winner and school spirit award. Wilson County Schools Public information officer Bart Barker will emcee for the Culinary Challenge.

                Ticket prices are $25 for Adults (ages 12+), $8 for Children (ages 6-11), $15 for Teachers, Free for kids 5 and under. VIP Tickets are $35 and offer a seat in the VIP area as well as a private caterer, Premier Catering Aaron Hudlow and music featuring Lain Tomlinson. For more information, visit www.tasteofwilsoncounty.com or call (615) 444-5503. Tickets are available at Wilson Bank & Trust offices, the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office, and online at www.LebanonWilsonChamber.com. Also, be sure to follow the event page “Taste of Wilson County” on Facebook!

                Taste of Wilson County Title Sponsor is Wilson Bank & Trust. Major Sponsors are Famous Footwear, Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, Wilson County Hyundai, Performance Foodservice Nashville, VIP tent-Cumberland University, Grill Off Challenge-Farm Bureau Insurance-Wes Dugan, Culinary Challenge-TriStar Mt. Juliet ER and Kids Valley-Buckeye Drugs.

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Wilson County Career Expo

Today is the day!

Plan to stop by the Wilson County Career Expo from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Exposition Center.

Find that job TODAY! 2PM Doors open to job seekers! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../wilson-county-career-expo.

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2021 Mike Baker Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Brooke Turner, graduate of Watertown High School for receiving the 2021 Mike Baker Scholarship. She was presented the honor at the Wilson County Fair - TN State Fair by Curt Baker, Education Division Vice-Chair and Melanie Minter, President & CEO.
This scholarship is presented in his memory, sponsored by the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Wilson Bank & Trust and Wilson County Promotions.

Mike Baker was a native of Lebanon. He graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy. He began working for Wilson Bank & Trust in 1991 and would become Vice President and Manager of the main office. He was very active in the community serving as President of the Rotary Club and President for the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber. He was a Leadership Wilson Graduate, served on the Fair board and co-chaired the great giveaway. Mike loved people and there are numerous stories of him helping others in the community. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and always put God and his family first. He passed away in the Fall 2001, survived by his wife Tammy and three children, Austin, Brent & Zack.

Brooke Turner Mike Baker Scholarship Receipent

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QuikTrip Ribbon Cutting


QuikTrip-Lebanon hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate their new location in Lebanon.

Andrea Smith, General Manager was joined by staff, friends, Elected Officials, Chamber Representatives, Ambassadors & Board of Directors. They are a convenience store who's primary focus is to offer a wide variety of products to our customers and provide fast friendly service.
They are located at 1215 Sparta Pike, Lebanon, TN 37090.

Visit: www.quiktrip.

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Connie Kondrat with Synergy Realty Network hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Connie Kondrat with Synergy Realty Network hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate her membership.

Connie has been selling Real Estate for over 20 plus years. Volunteering in her community she sees as a pleasure. She makes sure her clients have all the pertinent facts: that they understand the legalese contained in their contracts and disclosures: and that they know their options.

For more information about Connie, call 615-915-3911 or visit www.synergyrealtynetwork.com/agents/connie-lee-kondrat/

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WeGo Excursion Tickets...Big Machine Music City Grand Prix 8/8/21

 WeGo Excursion Tickets...Big Machine Music City Grand Prix 8/8/21

Music City Grand Prix

WeGo has announced that 390 tickets for WeGo Public Transit’s special event train from Lebanon to downtown Nashville for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Sunday, August 8, 2021 are now on sale. Additional information can be found at WeGoTransit.com.

The train will depart from Lebanon Station at 1 p.m., Hamilton Springs at 1:08 p.m., Martha at 1:15 p.m., Mt. Juliet at 1:25 p.m., Hermitage at 1:35 p.m., Donelson at 1:45 p.m. and arrive at Nashville’s Riverfront Station at 2 p.m. The return train to Lebanon leaves 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

An allotment of 390 tickets is available to the general public. Round-trip tickets cost $15 plus a $2 processing fee and are available for purchase through ticketsnashville.comwith a credit card. Tickets will not be for sale on the platforms. Parking is free at all of the outlying stations. Anyone needing special accommodations to board should call 615-862-5950 prior to their trip. Customers will receive only one ticket for the round-trip and will need to show the ticket to train personnel when boarding. Upon boarding, each customer will receive a colored wristband in place of the ticket, which will serve as their train ticket. Customers must show the wristband to the conductor for the return trip.

Children age 4 and younger will not need a ticket to board; however, they are required to sit in a parent or guardian’s lap. Children age 5 and older will need a ticket. Weekday Star tickets and monthly passes are not accepted on the Grand Prix train. 

Click here to purchase ticketshttps://ticketsnashville.com/event/grand-prix-excursion-train-297518/?ct=t 

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Golf 9.20.21 Dr. Cary Harbrecht Memorial Chamber Summer Scramble

For more team & sponsorship information contact the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 615-444-5503.

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Chamber Tailgate at the Nashville Superspeedway

ATTENTION Race Fans...

The Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Chamber Tailgate at the Nashville Superspeedway Friday, June 18th from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. before the festivities and Rackley Roofing 200 truck race begins.

To purchase the race tickets, call 1-866-722-3849 and mention the "Lebanon Wilson Chamber".

A portion of each ticket ($10.00) will be donated back to the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Location: Nashville Superspeedway 4847-F McCrary Road, Lebanon, TN 37090.

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State of the State, Lunch & Learn

Make your reservation TODAY for the upcoming State of the State with Clark Boyd-State, District 46 & Susan Lynn-State-State Representative, District 57.
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State of the City Address, Mayor Rick Bell

Make your reservation today...Limited seating

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State of the County Address

Make your reservation today...Limited seating

For mor information call 615-444-5503.

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Virtual Career Fair

Wilson Works Virtual Career Fair

Employer Registration is:

March 16 @ 9 AM Premier Virtual Training Session for Employers via Zoom:

Student/Job seeker Registration is:

For more information contact Adina Chumley-Director, Wilson Works

Phone: 615-444-5503 

Email: achumley@wilsonworkstn.org

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Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration

Join us for our Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Facebook.
Gather your friends & family together to watch and enjoy a night of fun.
Thank you to our Title Sponsor F&M Bank.

Sneak Peak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGc2gDHeoWY

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Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration

Save the Date!

Join us for our Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Celebration on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

More details to come.

#wearethechampions #chambersupport #awards #celebration #sponsoredbyfandmbank

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Friday Five


Enter to win a $50 local gift card by following the instructions on the graphic below. Thank you to our February Friday Five Sponsor, 
Sigrun Watson Real Estate
Below is information about each featured business. Remember to shop small and shop local!
Sign up to be featured: https://forms.gle/Jk8hx9ifbzft68kZ6
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#fridayfivesponsor #sigrunwatson #signuptobefeatured #hendersonflorist #hotyogalebanon #sweetthingbakery #squaremarket #wigginsjewelers #specialeventsdivision #lebanonwilsoncountychamberofcommerce

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Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Scholarships now available

The Business & Education Coalition, a Division of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting scholarship applications.

Applications must be completed and returned to the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce Office by 4:00 p.m. on April 9, 2021. Scholarship details and applications are available on the Chamber website, www.lebanonwilsonchamber.com or by calling a Chamber team member at 615-444-5503.

Click here: https://www.lebanonwilsonchamber.com/.../edu.../scholarships


Scholarships available:

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber Education Scholarship is a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship to be awarded to a full-time freshman student. Students must be a Wilson County resident with a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA and a minimum ACT score of 20 or SAT of 1060.  Students must be a Wilson County High School graduate. If recipient attends Cumberland University, the funds will be matched.

The Mike Baker Scholarship is a one-time $1,500.00 scholarship to be matched by Cumberland University and awarded to transferring or returning full-time student at Cumberland University. Students must have a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA.

The Beauty Boutique Scholarship is a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship to be awarded to full-time freshman accepted to a cosmetology and/or aesthetic program in the State of Tennessee. Qualifying students must be residents of Wilson County and full-time students at Wilson County High School with a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA.

The Jewelers Trade School Scholarship is a one-time $500.00 scholarship to be awarded to full-time student that has been accepted to a trade school program in the State of Tennessee. Qualifying students must be residents of Wilson County and full-time students at Wilson County High School with a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA. Funds will be awarded after completed first term of study.

The Max & Ann Smith Nursing Scholarship is a nursing scholarship to the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions. Scholarship Dollars will be based on needs of applicant, minimum $1,000.00 to be matched by Cumberland University. Qualifying requirements are student must be a Wilson County graduate, must be entering or continuing upper division nursing, must have a minimum ACT score of 20 or SAT of 1060, must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (either transfer credits or Cumberland credits), must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must submit all the requested information on or before the specified deadline.

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Wilson Works with photo 2020


How do you launch a new program during a pandemic?  Answer.  One step at a time.  And, flexibility.  Lots of flexibility. 
Wilson Works is building momentum one day at a time with a goal of improving pathways from training to jobs.  Workforce development is crucial to any community, especially if it’s in one of the fastest growing counties in Tennessee.  Despite the challenges of a pandemic, there is purpose and promise in finding a way to grow our workforce, and prepare for jobs that support families and communities.  Partnering with K12 schools, local industry, and government, Wilson Works is exploring programs and services that will elevate opportunities. 
In the coming months, Wilson Works will gradually roll out efforts to keep students, job seekers and employers engaged.  There is no better time than now to be training, retooling, and preparing for what’s next.  Wilson Works wants to ensure citizens and employers are aware of programs and partners positioned to improve skills.  For example, programs such as Tennessee Reconnect (www.tnreconnect.gov) provide tuition so adults can earn a professional certificate or Associates degree.  Incumbent Worker grants exist to help businesses train and retain current employees by providing skills upgrades and process improvement training.  Meanwhile, Wilson County Schools offers a diverse Career and Technical Education curriculum, and dual enrollment programs for students seeking to enter the workforce after graduation.  TCAT, Volunteer State, Cumberland University and MTSU continue to supply crucial workforce training that benefits students, adults, and the companies who are seeking skilled talent. 
With so many options for workforce development, it can be confusing for those seeking training, jobs, or employers trying to recruit talent.  The good news is that this community has exceptional opportunities.  With support from incredible partners, Wilson Works remains focused on a path forward for workforce development. 

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