September 2016
Obion County Chamber of Commerce
Mission Statement:    "It's our home, we make it better." 

Board Member Spotlight 
Board Member Name:   Portis Tanner
Company Name: Union City Insurance Agency / Westan Insurance Group
Position:  Chief Operating Officer
Work Phone: 731.885.5453
Areas of Expertise: Full Service Insurance Agency offering Property & Casualty Insurance, Workers Compensation, Life & Health Insurance.   
Other Interests:
Spending time with my family, golf, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Boys & Girls ClubS of Northwest Tennessee, Rotary Club of Union City,      

Why did you join the Chamber?
I truly enjoy being a part of the Obion County Chamber as it is constantly and actively involved in all the small businesses of Obion County.  I, along with our colleagues at the insurance agency, enjoy lending a hand in helping those businesses continue to grow and be a true benefit to our community.
Why do you serve on the Board of Directors?
Serving on the Board of Directors allows me to help give our small businesses a voice when any questions or concerns that are facing our communities need to be addressed.    
What is the Chamber's role in the business community?
Any local Chamber is an extremely important part of the business community in any town, no matter the size.  The resources that it can provide, along with the friendships and relationships you can establish are constructive to one personally, as well as professionally, not to mention the programs the Chamber offers are informative and helpful.  .

Chamber Ambassador Spotlight

Ambassador Name:  Tyler Simmons
Company Name:  Mahindra of KenTenn
Position: Salesman
Work Phone: 731-599-9555
Areas of Expertise: 
Sales, Agriculture, Business, Marketing, Communication, Customer Service, Providing for my family and being a Christian.
Other Interests: 
My biggest interest would have to be spending time with my family. I am an avid golfer, hunter and outdoorsman. I have been a die-hard TN Vols Football fan my entire life. During the summer I love to spend time with family and friends at the TN River.

Why did you join the Chamber? 
I really wanted to be a part of something that is so energetically involved in all the small businesses of Obion County and genuinely want to lend a hand in helping those businesses grow. I also really like the programs the Chamber offers.  They are informative and quite helpful.  
Why do you serve as an Ambassador? 
Serving as an Ambassador allows me to give small business a voice when decisions on what direction the chamber will take come up.  
What is the Chamber's role in the business community?
Assisting new, old, small or large businesses succeed and grow while allowing businesses to network with each other to increase business.

Ambassador Name: Amy Keathly
Company Name: WENK KF99.3
Position: Account Executive    
Work Phone: 731-885-1240

Areas of Expertise:
As a radio account executive, I establish and develop long-term business relationships; identify and secure new business opportunities; generate creative campaigning for clients and prospects. Primarily, I care about my clients in their desire to grow their business. 

Other Interests: 
I love music, reading, traveling, college football, and meeting new people. 

Why did you join the Chamber? 
I joined the chamber for the opportunity to network with area business leaders and to learn more about my hometown. 

Why do you serve as an Ambassador? 
I enjoy meeting new people and it is a great way to network with both current and prospective businesses. 

What is the Chamber's role in the business community? 
i see the chamber as an organization which enhances the business, civic, and economic vitality in Obion County. 

Interested in being an Ambassador? You can sign up anytime throughout the year! Just contact our Membership Director, Lauren Bennett, at
August Small Business Spotlight: 
Union City Electric 
Union City Electric System serves around 6500 customers in the city of Union City and the surrounding areas. We are proud of the fact that we, in many ways, are on the cutting edge of technology, which allows us to supply our customers with reasonably priced, reliable electric power.

Union City Electric is still committed to providing electricity to our customers at low costs while trying to maintain high reliability and service. It is upon these same foundations that we are expanding our services provided. Union City Electric is in the process of building a state of the art fiber network to supply broadband services throughout Union City. This fiber backbone will allows us to provide high speed internet services now as well as a solid backbone to accommodate the increasing demands our technological society places on access to the internet. We are excited to begin this new chapter in our business. 

*Don't forget to attend Business Matters the 3rd Tuesday of each month 
for a chance to have your small business featured in our newsletter!*

Burger King Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to Burger King on their grand re-opening and ribbon cutting! We are so excited to have this renovated restaurant in Obion County!

First Citizens National Bank 
Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to First Citizens National Bank on their grand re-opening! Over 150 people showed up to break in the new facility and participate in the ribbon cutting! Make sure to check out their beautiful new building at 100 W. Washington in Union City! 

Business After Hours
On August 16th Blue Bank Fish House and Grill hosted a Business After Hours! We loved seeing beautiful Reelfoot Lake and the gardens at Blue Bank. We were glad the rain held off! The menu consisted of salmon, oysters, gumbo, bacon wrapped shrimp, and more! Take it from us...the food is incredible! Make sure to visit Blue Bank for dinner or stay the whole weekend! Check them out on Facebook at Blue Bank Resort

Obion County Fair Week 
 On August 22nd we held a ribbon cutting at The Obion County Fair! It was a great way to kick of a week full of fair fun! We loved getting to spend time with our community, support chamber members, eat fair food, and we even set up a chamber booth!   
Children's Discovery Garden to open at Discovery Park

Officials at Discovery Park of America are announcing the largest expansion that the park has had since it opened in November of 2013 with the addition of a Children's Discovery Garden, with an expected cost of over one-half million dollars. 
     "I'm excited," said CEO Jim Rippy.  "I think this is one of the biggest improvements we have made," he added.
     The Children's Discovery Garden will be located on the North side of the property, just over the bridge to the right and will be over 23,000 square feet of space where children can learn, explore, romp, and play.  "This has been the number one request that we have gotten from our visitors," Rippy explained.  "We expect that the Children's Discovery Garden will attract new visitors, increase memberships, provide additional space for children to learn and engage, while give our members an additional reason to visit the park more often during the year," he added.
       Ground's Director John Watkins has bene tasked with the challenge of creating the Children's Discovery Garden and turning this dream into a reality.  Watkins has been researching, visiting other children's spaces and talking with professionals for over a year now.  "When I connected with Landscape Sculptures, I knew we had found a great partner for our project," Watkins said.  "This company makes some of the most unique, innovative, and creative equipment I have seen anywhere," Watkins went on to say.  "Our sincerest hope is that this Discovery Garden will provide a setting for children and adults to reengage with nature in a fun environment that fosters learning," he said. 
     Discovery Park guests can look forward to winding their way down a very aesthetic, fossil embedded pathway, and finding educational, fun and amusing things to do along the way.  One of the first surprises along the path will be the Rhapsody outdoor musical garden, with giant instruments giving children of all ages an opportunity to experience with rhythm, tone, and the creative combination of sounds. In addition to whimsical landscape sculptures, guests will admire perineal gardens, experience a sensory garden and study the lifecycle of many amphibians in the Discovery Stream flowing through the space.  There will be a new outdoor classroom created with a Labyrinth at center, serving as a great place to conduct outdoor lessons, as well as a meditative pathway for children and adults.  In addition, there will be a place to dig for dinosaur bones, a garden especially designed to attract butterflies and a giant outdoor chess/checker set, providing the opportunity for hours of outdoor sensory experiences. 
     Polly Brasher, Education Director at Discovery Park, states that her department strives to help children see beyond their homes and classrooms into a world of possibilities: possible inventions, possible careers and the possibility for improved lives.  Brasher said, "The Children's Discovery Garden will be a beautiful space where healthful habits of inquisitiveness and exercise take root and possibilities blossom."  She is looking forward to the opportunities that it will provide as it is used as a resource to fulfill the park's mission of serving children.
     But sometimes, a child just needs to be outside playing.  Watkins said that he believes that the garden will provide an interactive and engaging area for children to connect with nature and engage in creative play.  "Over one-third of our country's adolescents are considered obese," Watkins stated.  "In addition to educational areas and aesthetic spaces, we are going to create a great environment for children to expand their social skills and get some exercise with creative and imaginative play.  This is where Landscape Sculptures, Inc. comes into play.  Some of the structures that will be installed on the safe surface and artificial grass include:
  • Omni Spinner
  • Saddle Spinner
  • El Slide
  • Den and Chimney Rocks
  • Corkscrew Net
  • Pinnacle Rock
  • Play Odyssey Treehouse Tower
  • Ascent Rocks
  • Double Swoosh Slide
  • Sky Rail Climber
  • Log Balance Beam
  • Log Steppers
  • Crawl Tunnels
  • Spinners
  • Hillside Rope Climbing Structures
  • Hillside Slides
  • Zip Krooz
     And, Landscape Sculptures, Inc., is designing a giant version of our logo that will rest high above the play area to create shade.  In this space, the Imagination Playground blocks earlier donated by KaBOOM and Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Foundation will find a home as children can build and create with these unique building toys. 
     "The Children's Discovery Garden will be a unique space for children," Rippy said.  And the plan is to have many benches and natural seating spaces available so that caregivers can relax while children explore this garden that will change with the seasons. 
     "We are so thankful to the Kirkland Foundation for providing the funding for the Children's Discovery Garden," Rippy said.  "It is impossible to express the gratitude that everyone who has a part in Discovery Park has for the Kirkland's," he said.  "They just continue to give to this community and to this project and it has an impact on not only our community, but the entire region," he added.
     The impact of tourism generated by Discovery Park on Obion County can actually be measured, as tax revenues increase and new hotels and other businesses begin to develop on the land near Discovery Park.  "People are beginning to make Union City, Reelfoot Lake and this community a destination," Rippy stated.  "It is not unusual to talk with visitors who spent the night at a local hotel and bought a two day pass to the park; or to talk with a camper who spent the night at Reelfoot Lake and the day in Union City.  Area hotels and restaurants express gratitude to Discovery Park employees on a regular basis.  To date, the park has had over 718,000 visitors from all over the United States and many foreign countries. 
     "This new Children's Discovery Garden is just going to make the experience of visiting Discovery Park of America even better for years to come," Rippy added.
     Park officials expect to announce a 'ground breaking' in the near future, with the entire project expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2017. 
       Discovery Park of America is located at 830 Everett Blvd., in Union City, TN and is open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 Tuesday through Sunday.  It is a unique blend of history and technology, science and fun.  To find out more about Discovery Park of America and upcoming educational and entertaining events, visit the website at and click "calendar".

August 29, 2016

First Citizens National Bank RANKS 
For the fourth consecutive year, First Citizens National Bank has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For. First Citizens currently ranks 11th overall for banks across the entire United States.
Thefull list will be featured in the September issue of American Banker Magazine and is now available online at .
The program, which was initiated in 2013 to identify, recognize and honor the best banks to work for in the nation, is a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group. In all, 60 banks achieved "Best Bank" status in this fourth year for the program.
To be considered for participation, banks had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Have at least 50 employees working in the US;
- Be a Commercial Bank, Thrift, Mutual Association, Mutual Savings Bank, Savings & Loan Association or a Savings Bank.
Determining the Best Banks to Work For involved a two-step process.  The first step consisted of evaluating each participating bank's workplace policies, practices, and demographics.  This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation.  The second part consisted of employee surveys aimed at assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace.  This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation.  The combined scores determined the top banks and the final ranking.  Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.  

Any Chamber member interested in receiving the hospital's cafeteria menu weekly may contact Emily Medley, food and nutrition services director, at  
In This Issue
Archived Obion County Chamber of Commerce Newsletters


Chamber Members,

We are excited to announce 2 new benefits to your Obion County Chamber of Commerce yearly membership! 

First, all chamber members and their employees can now receive a discounted membership with AirEvac. For more information, please email me and I will send you the application along with other information regarding the discount!

Secondly, I would like to take this time to inform you of a new affinity program created through Southern Logistics Group, L.L.C. (SLG).  Southern Logistics Group is a local logistics consulting company based out of Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  As an Obion Chamber of Commerce member, you will be offered the ability to greatly reduce your Less than Truckload (LTL) costs by utilizing the negotiating power of Southern Logistics Group's millions of dollars in annual client freight nationwide!
Their mission is to help your company in every way possible.  Through this program, we believe your organization will begin to see a reduction in costs, better service, and additional future benefits.  We hope you will find Southern Logistics Group as a valuable resource to your company's forthcoming plans!
Should you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your current freight needs, please do not hesitate to contact Dennis Schaedle at 901-509-5454.
Lauren Bennett
Membership Director
Obion Chamber of Commerce

A&J Salvage, LLC
Abernathy's Motorcycles Sales, Inc.
Ad Pro Designs
Advanced Gastroenterology
Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine
Agri-Power, Inc.
Alexander Auctions & Real Estate Sales
Align Chiropractic
All Kraft Erectors, Inc.
Allen's Towing & Recovery
Alliance Application Equipment, LLC
Aloha Pools & Spas
Ameriprise Financial
ATMOS Energy
Baptist Memorial Hospital
Barker Building Rentals
Barker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz
Barkley Construction
BB's Furniture and Mattress Gallery
Bethel University
Blue Bank Resort
Blue Steel Tool & Die, Inc.
BR Supply, Inc
Brandi Michelle's Bridal Boutique
Brundige & Moore Insurance
Buddy's Wrecker Service, Inc.
Buy, Sell, & Trade Pawn Shop
C.W. Sanderson
CAM Electric
CareAll Home Care
Carey Counseling Center, Inc.
Carpenter Real Estate Company, Inc.
Center Point Business Solutions
Century 21 Golden Service Reality
Chancellor Mike Maloan
City of Rives
City of Samburg
City of South Fulton
Classic Interiors
Collision Specialty, Inc.
Commercial Bank
Cornfest, Inc.
Country Hearth Inn
Cox Oil, Inc.
Danny Larcom Heating & Air, Inc.
Darling Ingredients, Inc.
Dental Center
Discovery Park of America
Don Sol Mexican Grill
Dunn's Auto-body Shop
Dyersburg family Walk-in Clinc
Dyersburg State Community College
Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home
Edward Jones
Everett-Stewart Regional Airport
Farm Bureau; Hadley Malone
Felicia Bella
Final Flight Outfitters, Inc.
First Choice Farm & Lawn
First Citizens National Bank
Five Seasons Men's Shop
Forcum Lannon
Ford Construction Co.
Fuller Partners Real Estate, Inc.
Fulton Decorating Center
Fulton Plaza Motor Inn
G & H Tool & Die, Inc.
Gibson Electric
Greenfield Products, LLC
H&M Ice
H&R Block
Hadley Malone: Farm Bureau
Hale's Commercial Cleaning
Hamilton-Ryker Group, Inc.
Harpole Telecom, Inc.
Health Quest
Heritage Bank
Herman Jenkins Motors
High Note Transport, LLC
Hilliard Lyons
Hornsby's Garage, Inc.
Hospitality House
Institutional Casework, Inc.
J. R. Wauford & Company
JD Distributors
Jernigan Surgery Clinic, PLLC
Jerry Ward Autoplex
Jiffy Steamer
Job World, Inc.
Johnson Heating & Air, Inc.
Jordan & Bondurant Eye Care
Joyce Washington
Judge William Acree
Judy Barker, Attorney at Law
Kenn-Tenn Wireless
Kenton Chevrolet
Kiwanis Club of Union City
Kizer Pharmacy
Lakeview Dining Room
Lashlee-Rich, Inc.
Leaders Credit Union
Los Portales of Union City
Lowrance Sound Company, Inc
Lupo's Italian Restaurant
Magnolia Place
Mahindra of KenTenn
Mathis Battery
MIA Seating Corporation
Michael L. Bobo, DDS, MD, PSC
Miss Vicki's Diner
Miss Vicki's Diner
Mobile Nation
Mr. Clay Woods
Mr. James Gray
Nix-A-Mite Exterminating Co.
Northwest Tennessee Cardiology Clinic
Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board
Obion County Fair Association, Inc.
Obion County Public Library
O'neals Country Store
Pediatric Place of Union City, LLC
Phillips Engineering, Inc.
PIP Printing
Polk Glover
Poplar Meadows Country Club
Premier Primary Care
Premier Primary Care
Quality Inn
Reelfoot Bank
Reelfoot Bearing and Supply, Inc.
Reelfoot Metal Budiling Supply
Reelfoot Regional Association of Realtors
Reelfoot Warehousing
Regal Pediatrics, PLLC
Regions Bank
Revell Construction Co., Inc.
Reynolds Brothers Oil Co., Inc
RPG Physical Test Labs, LLC
Second Baptist Church of Union City, Inc.
Security Finance
Servall, LLC
Shea Riley Appraisers
Shelter Insurance
Shoe Shack
Simmons Bank
Small World Child Care, Inc
Soleil Garden Center
Southern Concrete Products
Southern machinery Repair, Inc.
Star Physical Therapy LP
State Farm Agent Chris Williams
Steve's Custom Jewelers
Sullivan Dentistry
Survall Gutter Co.
Synergy Therapy & Aquatics
Taco Bell
Tencom Services
Tennessee Tractor, LLC
The Andersons, Inc.
The Bridge of West Tennessee
The Chocolate Bunny
The City of Hornbeak
The City of Kenton
The Color Shop
The Doctors Clinic
The Lighthouse
The Southern Suite Salon
The Station Burger Co.
Thompson, McConnell, & Hurst PLLC CPAs
Thunderbolt Broadcasting Company
TLM Associates
Tony Maness, Attorney at Law
Top of The World Distributors
Touching Hearts at Home
Town of Obion
Town of Troy
Tri-state International Trucks, Inc.
Troy Pharmacy
Twin Oaks Technology, Inc
Two Doors Down Boutique
Tyson Foods, Inc. 
Union City and Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
Union City Antique Mall & More
Union City Carpet Center
Union City Daily Messenger
Union City Electric System
Union City Eye Care, P.C.
Union City Housing Authority
Union City Insurance Partners
Union City J'Cettes
Union City Parts, Inc.
Union City Rotary Club
Union City Urgent Care, LLC
United Way of Obion County
Universal Contractors
Volunteer Lenders, Inc.
Vowell and Sons, Inc.
Walmart Supercenter
Warner Law Firm, PLC
West Kentucky Rural Telephone Co-op
Westate Corrections Network
White & Associates
White Squirrel Winery
Williams Sausage Company, Inc.
Wood Communications
Woodland Mills
World Finance Corporation
Wynridge Golf Club, LLC

Lindsay Frilling Honored at SEDC Annual Conference 

 ATLANTA, GA (August 17, 2016) Lindsay Frilling, CEO, Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, based in Union City,Tennessee, was presented with the annual Chairman's Award by the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). Ms. Frilling received the award at the SEDC Annual Conference held July 31- August 2, 2016 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.

SEDC 2016 Chairman Chuck Whipple presented Frilling this special award in recognition of her outstanding contributions and dedication to the association at SEDC's Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony. 
"I was pleased to present the 2016 Chairman's Award to Lindsay Frilling," Whipple said. "I've witnessed the dedication and commitment to her professional development which has been extraordinary since she joined this organization in 2011," .  
 In her SEDC volunteer role, Frilling has served two terms as the Alternate Director for Tennessee and will finish her term as the voting director for the state at the end of 2017.  "Lindsay always brings enthusiasm, clear thinking and strong understanding to meetings and events and fully carries her responsibilities as a board member," Whipple stated.  "She brings that same passion and drive to the development of the communities she serves."

Founded in 1946, the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) is the oldest and largest regional association of economic development professionals in the U.S.  Through its conferences and meetings, research and publications, and in-person and online networking and educational opportunities, SEDC enables its members to reach their optimum potential in professional growth and development. More than 1,030 members represent local, regional and state economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, business and industry, utilities, transportation, finance and education, and share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession.

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Congratulations to one of our past chamber presidents, Jo Ann Speer, who was name an Honorary Lifetime Member of IAC! IAC is the International Aerobatics Club. Jo Ann worked nonstop when this competition came to Union City for a competition and we are very proud of her. Congratulations!!

The Lighthouse Ribbon Cutting  
 On August 19th we held a ribbon cutting at The Lighthouse! Located at 510 S. 1st Street in Union City, The Lighthouse has a wonderful selection of Christian gifts, books, music, and more! Thank you to everyone that came out!

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett today announced Tennessee tourism's direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached an all-time high of $18.4 billion in 2015, up 3.7 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. The announcement took place at the Sevier County Courthouse near the iconic Dolly Parton statue. Mountain Rukus from Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede provided music.
For the 10th consecutive year, tourism topped $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, reaching $1.6 billion, up 7 percent over 2014. Tourism-generated jobs for Tennesseans reached 157,400, an increase of 2.9 percent.
Top five counties include Davidson ($5.686 billion), Shelby ($3.196 billion), Sevier ($2.031 billion), Hamilton ($1.016 billion), and Knox ($1.014 billion), who were acknowledged during the event for all achieving more than $1 billion in travel expenditures. All 95 counties in Tennessee had more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures; 19 counties saw more than $100 million each.
Tennessee is ranked in the Top 10 destinations in the U.S. for total travel, with more than 105 million in total visitation, a 3.9% increase over 2014, as reported by D.K. Shifflet & Associates.
Guests spent a total of $53.00 million in Obion County in 2015, a change of -0.4% compared to 2014, generating a total of $3.19 million in state and $1.62 million in local tax revenues, a year-over-year difference of 4.7% and 2.0%, respectively. A total of 378 Obion Countians are employed in tourism-related fields.
"The hard work of Tennessee's tourism industry, strategically led by the Department of Tourist Development and the Tennessee Tourism Committee, continues to produce record results," Gov. Haslam said. "More travelers from around the world are visiting Tennessee each year, and the $1.6 billion in sales tax revenue and growth in jobs is good news for every Tennessean."
"It's appropriate that today's announcement takes place next to a statue of Sevier County's own Dolly Parton, who graces the cover of this year's Tennessee Vacation Guide," said Commissioner Triplett. "Dolly's music has played a major role in making Tennessee 'The Soundtrack of America.' People come to Tennessee for a variety of reasons including the music, but it's the authenticity and Southern hospitality that our communities and partners deliver every day that keeps people coming back. The tourism industry's continued economic impact growth is a result of visitor satisfaction."
The Tennessee Tourism Committee, appointed in 2011 by Gov. Haslam, is made up of tourism leaders in both the public and private sectors. The Committee is chaired by Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., and co-chaired by Jack Soden, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and Sande Weiss, president of Music Road Resort.
For more information, contact Molly Brown, public relations media manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, at 615-532-0484
Obion County Public Library Offering 
Free Universal Classes

The Obion county Public Library has a new and exciting program to share with the community.  Universal Class offer over 500 online non-credited personal enrichment courses, where you earn CEU certificates as you complete your courses. Log on to and click on Universal Class and follow the instructions to join the class of your choice all you need is your library card. Choose from art and hobby classes or computer and career training. No library card? No problem! Come to the Obion County Public Library and let us help you get set up. It's 100% Free! Start exploring these exciting classes today. Sponsored by the Friends of the Obion County Public Library.

Penny Chesteen
Reference and Acquisitions
Event Coordinator
2016 Tennessee Vacation Guide
The 2016 Tennessee Vacation Guide is out and looks great; you can view the official TN eGuide here . There is a vast reach in the 550,000 printed distribution and even more important, it is very specific to our Tennessee Visitors planning to travel! The TN Guide can be directly requested, or picked up at one of the State's 14 Welcome Centers. I hope you can take a minute to dive into the pages that showcase our story so well.

2016-2017 Tennessee Municipal Guide
Check out this years Municipal Guide  click here

List Your Available Commercial Property With Us


Let us help you spread the word about your available commercial property by listing it at If you have commercial property you would like to list, please contact Lindsay Frilling at