February 2021 Newsletter
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!

Agora Art Gallery
Flowers with Sass
Mountain Horse Solutions
Mist a Spot Window Cleaning
Meat Shoppe
Martin Dental Center
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce? Click here to join our chamber!
January Ribbon Cuttings
Vine + Branch

319 South 2nd Street, Union City
(731) 599-5080
Flowers with Sass

611 E Reelfoot Ave, Union City
(731) 507-0443
Mask Donation to Jiffy Steamer

On January 19, the Chamber of Commerce was able to give a donation of Obion County masks to Jiffy Steamer. These masks will be distributed to employees to ensure safety as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

If your business is in need of masks, feel free to contact the Chamber to coordinate. Stay safe!

(Pictured left to right: Clint Joiner, Lindsay Frilling, Brooke Coffey)
Obion County Blog
If you want your business featured, feel free to reach out to Brooke at membership@obioncounty.org!
Discover Reelfoot Lake

Today I was able to visit the beautiful Reelfoot Lake, nestled in northwest Tennessee. With a rich history and tradition, the lake draws tourists every year to experience hunting, fishing, festivals, and eagle spotting. To get the full lake experience, my friends from Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council and Reelfoot Lake State Park took me on an eagle tour around the lake! You are almost guaranteed to spot a number of beautiful birds when exploring the area (We saw 27 on our tour!). 
January VIBE Recap

Januarys Very Important Business Event was held at the Obion County Public Library on January 19th. This month, we received a tax update from Craig Atwill with ATA.

Thank you to ATA for sponsoring the event!


"The goal of V.I.B.E is to present valuable content to
business owners and the community"
TENNESSEE RANKS NO. 1 FOR NEW MOVES
U-Haul released its annual list of the states most Americans moved to during the year, and for the first time, Tennessee ranked No. 1.

Jeff Porter, the U-Haul Company of Nashville president, said, "I'm seeing a lot of people from California move [to Tennessee] because they're attracted to our lifestyle. It's also known for not having a state income tax, business-friendly government, relatively nice weather and lots of jobs."

Final Friday Launch
We have started a "Final Friday" highlight video that will be posted on the last Friday of each month in 2021. To kick things off, we highlighted the City of Union City by speaking with City Manager, Kathy Dillon. Kathy spoke about her own personal journey, facts about the city of Union City, updates, and things to be on the lookout for.

Be sure to subscribe to the Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel to watch these "Final Friday" highlights. We are excited to share information with community members each month as we get updates from local leaders.
A Few Highlights of 2020
Union City, Tenn. -- Accounting firm Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC (ATA) recently
announced an acquisition of Center Point Business Solutions. Center Point will become a full-service Professional Employer Organization (PEO) known as ATA Employment Solutions (ATAES), effective Jan. 1, 2021.

“We are excited for Center Point to join our Family of Firms,” said ATA managing partner, John Whybrew. “This acquisition provides so many benefits for both companies and their client bases.”

Center Point Business Solutions is a respected source for employment solutions. The company offers services such as human resources management, payroll management, retirement planning, unemployment management, human resources strategy, employee health insurance planning, workers’ compensation, and recruiting and hiring aid. Custom training programs have also become a large piece of their service offering.

“Our company provides a streamlined approach to handling human resources management that takes time away from focusing on your business,” said Al Oliver, owner of Center Point. “We look forward to sharing and expanding our services with this merger.”
Be Sure to View the 2021 Higher Education County Profile
Discovery Park of America Recognizes Sue Ellen Morris as the Volunteer of the Year

Union City, Tenn. – Discovery Park of America has named Sue Ellen Morris as the 2020
Volunteer of the Year. Morris, an attorney from Hickman County, Ky., began volunteering in early 2020 at Discovery Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that depends on volunteers to implement its mission in a variety of ways.
One of Morris’ favorite parts of volunteering is enhancing the experience of guests by sharing information at the welcome desk. “I really enjoy meeting the people that visit from around the world,” said Morris. “I like hearing their stories and watching the children’s reactions when they walk through the doors and see the giant cave bear or the dinosaur skeletons.”

On an average year, Discovery Park of America has around 30 active volunteers who perform duties in the museum, on the grounds of the park, as craftspeople and in advisory roles. “Of course, 2020 was a tough year for all of us,” said Scott Williams, Discovery Park president and CEO. “Rounding the corner and seeing Sue Ellen sitting there with her mask on, ready to welcome guests, always made me feel a little happier.” Morris received an etched serving board handmade by another Discovery Park volunteer, John R. Hall.

For more information on the volunteer program and how to sign up, please email Polly Brasher at pbrasher@discoveryparkofamerica.com. For a short blog post about Sue Ellen Morris, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com/blog.
 "The Obion County Chamber of Commerce provides the professional network and the community influence to support economic growth."
-Emily Sullivan
2020 TN Vacation Guide Available

The Tennessee Vacation Guide, with THREE new covers. *Inside content is the same.


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