"At Work"  News Brie
March 22, 2017
 2017 Business Expo
Join us at the premier showcase and networking event of the year!!! Space is limited so make sure you register TODAY! 
The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2017 Business Expo is on Thursday, May 4th, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lannom Center!  The Business Expo is open to the public with FREE ADMISSION and there will be door prizes, food, fun, networking and CASH PRIZES! The Business Expo is the best way to showcase your business/organization to the community!

The deadline for early registration is April 24, 2017.  In order to reserve your booth at the 2017 Business Expo, please complete the attached registration form and return it by April 24th. The event details can also be found on our website,  For more information about this exciting event, contact Membership Director, Winter Evans at or at (731)285-3433.

 Legislative Coffee

On Monday, April 5, State Representative Bill Sanderson and Senator Ed Jackson participated in a Legislative Coffee at the Lannom Center. Sanderson and Jackson updated Dyer County citizens on the latest news from Nashville regarding infrastructure and cutting taxes on food and manufacturing. Governor Haslam's Improve Act will cut taxes on groceries to 4.5%. The Act will also has plans to provide safer, more efficient ways of commuting while keeping it's roads debt free. 
Overall, the Act is expected to bring $278 million to the state for projects. The impact of the Improve Act to the average Tennessee motorist will be $4 per month. These funds will come in addition to $18 million in funding that will be used on road repairs which has been made available due to changes in the state's open container law. 

Another key issue addressed in Haslam's 2017-18 budget proposal was the implementation of Tennessee Reconnect, which will allow current high school graduates and returning adults with an opportunity to attend a 2-year community college free of tuition. An expansion of Haslam's Drive to 55 goal Tennessee Reconnect aims to attract 900,000 Tennesseans who have earned some college credit but have yet to earn a degree.

Haslam is also promoting the Strong Act, which would provide enlisted veterans with opportunity to receive their bachelor's degree while in service, providing Tennessee's National Guard a competitive edge in recruiting.

In a continued effort to enhance K-12th education, Haslam also plans to provide $200 million in funding to the state's Basic Education Program (BEP), including $100 million to improve teacher salaries and $22 million to help schools serve high-need students, and $15 million for career and technical education equipment.

Jackson stated that since 2011 there has been a total increase in K-12 spending of more than $1.3 billion, including $430 million for increases to teacher salaries.

Other items legislators will be looking at closely in next year's budget include:

* Job attraction

* Physical and mental health

* Infrastructure

* Corrections

* Justice Reform

* Juvenile Justice Reform

* $9.5 million combined to expand substance abuse and crisis intervention treatment services and supports.

* $21 million to fund recommendations from the Rural Task Force

WMC Action News 5's Dave Brown and Ron Childers visit the Lannom Center to Prepare Dyer Countians for the Dangers of Severe Weather!

On Thursday, March 23, Dave Brown and Ron Childers stopped by the Lannom Center to greet fans and prepare Dyer County for severe weather! 

  They then held a brief TV broadcast where citizens of Dyer County eagerly crowded around and showcased their support for WMC Action News 5. 

Afterwards the WMC Action News 5 crew hosted an information session and answered questions for the public. During this event, free weather radios were given out while supplies lasted. 

Chamber News
Facade Grant Update

The Main Street Façade Improvement Grant (FIG) applied for by the City of Dyersburg and administered by Main Street Dyersburg is designed to put grant money into revitalization downtown.  $100,000 will be used for façade improvements like paint, awnings, and windows.  Each applicant must be in the Historic District and may apply for up to $20,000 in grant funding with a 25-percent match.  Recently, 19 applications were reviewed and are most are being considered for funding.  The Selection Committee, made up of Main Street Directors and City Officials, will hold a final review later this week and announcements for grant winners will follow State review.  "The long awaited Façade Improvement Grants come at an excellent time in the preservation of our historic downtown," said Steve Guttery, Director of Downtown Development.  "We have been very successful with enhancement grants for infrastructure but this is the first time Main Street has been able to facilitate a grant that would work on private property," Guttery says.  The City of Dyersburg has been instrumental in this grant program providing the initial funding that will be used to pay for grant work.  Each property owner will basically get up to $25,000 in improvements for matching funds of only $5,000.

Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market to See Changes Soon!

The Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market will see some changes this season.  Steve Guttery, Director of Downtown Development said:  "While our market became famous across the state for opening at 5:00 a.m., the request for fresh fruits and vegetables at mid-morning prompted us to go to more normal open hours for our 12 th season."  With producers coming regularly from Covington, Trenton, Ripley and beyond, arriving before 5:00 a.m. makes for a long day in the heat at the market.  "We will set up at 7:00 a.m. and sell from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This allows our growers to arrive at the market in daylight and have a better selection at 8:00 a.m.  We base the new hours on a decade of watching the slow change in the traffic pattern.  Our efforts to provide a farmers market have been centered around bringing people back downtown," Guttery said.  The Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market is a producer-only market and a member of the Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets and Pick Tennessee Products.  Follow us on Facebook at Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market.  The market is located at 335 Clark Avenue South one block south of Cedar Street.  For more information contact Steve Guttery at 731-285-3433.  

Mayor Young's Easter Egg Hunt is April 15th

The annual Main Street Easter Egg Hunt at the Courthouse is now called Mayor Young's Easter Egg Hunt.  Mayor Young and former Mayor Hill have been instrumental in collecting prizes and making the egg hunt a downtown event.  Held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday before Easter, the event includes prizes for children and 4,000 candy filled Easter Eggs.  Age groups are  0-2 years, 2-4 years, 4-6 years, and 6-8 years.  Dyer County Adult Leadership will hide the eggs starting at 12:00 Noon and the hunt is on starting with the striking of the bell in the Courthouse dome.  


Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Chamber Membership?

Many members are not utilizing their chamber benefits! Did you know we send eBlasts for you along with posting jobs and so much more! Here are a few benefits you receive with your chamber membership:

Free Ribbon Cuttings with ad in State Gazette and "At Work" newsletter
Business Before Hours
Business After Hours
Free New Member listing in "At Work" newsletter
eBlasts sen to over 800 representatives
20% Discount on published rate card at WASL/WTRO Radio Station
Free link to your existing web site and e-mail through our online web based software
Free membership directories
Free Clubs & Organizations Directory
Free Government Officials Directory
Free Website listing
Free referrals
Free on-line job posting
Free on-line events calendar posting
Free on-line hot deals posting

Let us help you market your business! If you have any questions about these services, please email Winter Evans at

Heathcott & Associates
835 Hwy 51 Bypass N
Suite C
Dyersburg, TN


4-Evergreen Lawn Service
A.B.W.A. American Business Women's Association
Adams and Reese Attorneys at Law
Aramark Uniform Service
AT & T
City Liquor
Computer Training Support Services, LLC
Cowart Reese Sargent, CPAs
Delta Roofing, Siding & Supply Co.
Dyersburg Electric System
Dyersburg Self Storage
Elite Healthcare Group, PC DBA Pain Relief And Wellness Associates
Fettig Rental Company, DBA Hertz
First Citizens National Bank
Klinkhammer Acoustical
Nancy Food Mart
Physical Therapy of Dyersburg
R & S Carpet Sales
Regions Bank
Saint Mary's Episcopal Church
The Factory Connection
The Village at The Farms
Triple T Tire & Alignment
United Way of West Tennessee, Inc.
Volunteer Chapter of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management)
Your Books For Less, LLC

Member Spotlight
This month's Member Spotlight is  the American Business Women's Association (ABWA). The Southern Accent Chapter was founded on October 15, 1979.  The ABWA's mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. Their vision is to continue to grow their Chapter to invigorate their current members with interesting and informative programs that present opportunities for participation and leadership and allow for professional and personal growth. The ABWA is a very diverse group of women representing various professions, dedicated to supporting and encouraging each other, both professionally and personally, and committed to the success and growth of our community. The ABWA Southern Accent Chapter meets the second Tuesday of every month. During these meetings, chapter business is conducted and presentations by guest speakers who have access to some of the most influential women in the community.  

ABWA will be hosting their 7th Annual Girls' Night Out fundraiser on Thursday, April 20th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the DSCC Gymnasium. Over 50 venders will gather to sell everything from clothes and jewelry, to pottery and home decorative items, to health care products and educational services. Vendors have until April 6th to take advantage of early bird pricing of $50 per booth. After that, booths will be priced at $60.  An additional $10 is required for booths with electricity. Vendors can register by contacting an ABWA member or through the EventBrite page ( . There are less than half the booths left, so vendors should register soon to reserve their spot. Attendees are sure to have a wonderful evening. Not only can they shop with some of the best local vendors in the area, there will also be food to refresh and recharge them. They will provide shuttle service from and to the parking lot and on-site child care will be available. Tickets for $5 can be purchased in advance. Ask any ABWA member (see our ABWA Facebook Event Page for a complete list of members) or go to the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce to purchase tickets. 

For more information or questions, contact Heather Balthrop at 731-478-7607 or or Jenni Frank at 270-217-2885 or or Sandy Tarkington at 731-287-4278 or

Upcoming Chamber Events

The 1st Annual Downtown Spring Fling
Friday,  April 7, 10 a.m. -  8 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Door prizes, Music, Food, and more!
Downtown Dyersburg

Dogwood Dash
Saturday, April 8
Late registration 7-7:30 a.m. 
Race begins 8 a.m.
Farmer's Market
335 Clark Ave., Dyersburg, TN

Healthcare Day for Adult Leadership
Tuesday, April 11
Tennova Healthcare/Dyersburg Regional

Dogwood Pedals & Blooms Bike Ride
Saturday, April 15, 8 a.m.
Dyer County Fair Grounds
296 James H. Rice Rd, Dyersburg, TN

Mayor Young's Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15
Courthouse Lawn

ABWA Girl's Night Out
Thursday, April 20,  5:00-8:00 p.m.
DSCC Gymnasium

11th Annual Songwriters Showcase
Saturday, April 22, 6:00 p.m.
The Farms Clubhouse
2100 Clubhouse Dr., Dyersburg, TN

Colonial Rubber Reunion
Sunday, April 23, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Dyer County Historical Society

2017 Business Expo
Thursday, May 4
2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The Lannom Center

The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Mayor John Holden
Thursday, May 4
First Baptist Church
220 Masonic St. 

Law Enforcement Day for Adult Leadership
Tuesday, May 30
Police Shooting Range

38th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament
Friday, June 2
The Farms

For more information about these Chamber events or any upcoming community events please click the "Learn More" button or visit our website,
Don't forget to add your next event to the Events Calendar!
Member News
FirstCNB Earns Bauer Financial 5-Star 2017 Rating

(Dyersburg, TN) First Citizens National Bank again earned a 5-Star Superior rating by Bauer Financial for 2017. The rating indicates that FirstCNB excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability and asset quality. A 5-star rated bank is among the top in the nation with strength and security. "We have been and will continue to be faithful and committed to our mission and are proud for this recognition," said Jeff Agee, Chairman & CEO.
Bauer Financial has been analyzing and rating the nation's banks and credit unions very carefully since 1983. Over the years, this rating system has gained the trust and recognition of regulators, bankers and consumers alike. 

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