Good Morning!
February 10th, 2016
In This Issue
Board Member Spotlight
Trish Stanfill

Company Name:  Stanfill Enterprises Co. Inc.
Position:  President/CEO   
Work Phone: ( 731)968-2056
Area of Expertise?  Delivering freight in the continental U.S. and Canada
Why did you join the Chamber?  

Over the years, the family has had a few different businesses, as early as 1961 with Stanfill Fertilizer, Cowtown Western Store and now Stanfill Enterprises. Each one always joined the local chamber in order to belong to a business community and have a source of local networking that would enable us make new contacts and promote greater success in our business.
Why do you serve on the Board of Directors?  

I agreed to serve on the Board of Directors for multiple reasons. As a private business owner I feel that it is my responsibility to offer my time and service with the local Chamber because of its importance in the growth and success of Lexington, therefore my business. I also wanted to see the structure of what happens behind the scenes in a Chamber of Commerce. How the puzzle fits together.
What is the Chamber's role in the community?  

The Henderson County Chamber's role is not given enough attention. If the local business's would utilize all of the programs offered by the Chamber I'm sure that we would find ourselves in a much more unified industry. The Chamber offers many different resources for business improvement, including: visits with the TSBDC, opportunities to expand to a variety of customers, as well as monthly luncheons with professional speakers that cover topics of every aspect. The Chamber's goal is to promote a favorable business climate for its membership and community. I must confess that I as a business owner have sat back and expected the Chamber to come to me and make me feel secure, all it took was for me to step out of my comfort zone and attend a business after hours to see that it takes an effort on both parties for anything to be successful.
Other Interests:  

Cow Horse competitions, Gardening, Reading, Socializing & meeting new people.

Contact the Chamber to learn about exercise groups around lexington to help motivate and support you with your health goals!

Featured Article

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of "Negro History Week," the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

The story of  Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the  Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of  Abraham Lincoln and  Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.
In the decades the followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the  Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."
Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2013 theme, At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The  Emancipation Proclamation and the  March on Washington, marks the 150th and 50th anniversaries of two pivotal events in African-American history.

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"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -- U.S. President Barack Obama

Small Business Spotlight
Quality Sheet Metal

Company Name: Quality Sheet Metal

Owner/Manager: Bob Rogers (Robert E. Rogers, Sr.)

Phone: (731) 968-8383

What products or services do you sell? Central heating and air conditioning trade dealer.

Why did you join the Chamber? 

We believe in community service!

Biggest "win" in your businesses history?

Train's Distinguished Dealer Award
Readers Choice Award Winner (2009-2014).
Top 10 Dealer Award for largest volume purchase for state mid-South Zone.
The Stepping Stone Award (2012).

Fun and interesting tidbit about your business?

Bob has a nickname for each employee!
Contact the Chamber to learn how you can receive discounts from local businesses when you sign up for The Biggest Loser! (731) 968-2126

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March 2: Farmers Market Boot Camp

March 2: Farmers Market Boot Camp in Trenton 
Farmers planning to sell products at farmers markets can learn marketing methods that can make them money. Sponsored by the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets.  
The West Tennessee workshop is  9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 2 in Trenton. To attend this workshop (or one of the other five offered),   preregister by clicking here. The fee is $20, and lunch is provided.  Must register five business days prior to the workshop (Feb. 24); space is limited.
The workshop sessions are: Marketing Methods to Make Money; Social Media and Email Marketing Basics for the Farmers Market; Where to Find Money; How to Know Whether You're Making Money; Are You In or Out? An Overview of New Regulations and Who They Apply To; and Regulatory Roadmaps for Farmers Market Vendors.
Attending this workshop fulfills a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) requirement in only the Fruits and Vegetables and Value-Added diversification sectors. For additional information regarding educational programs for TAEP requirements, contact Mark Powell at the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture,  615-837-5344 or visit and look for info on the pull-down menu under educational events.