June 2020 Newsletter
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!

Casey Hood for State Senate

Cutting Edge Lawn Care/Environmental Consulting

 
The Bridge 2 Ribbon Cutting
On May 27th, we were able to celebrate the Bridge of West Tennessee with a ribbon cutting at the Bridge 2 house. This organization has had the opportunity to expand and open another home in Union City. The Bridge has a mission of bridging the gap between the world and Christ by helping women who desire to continue their journey in a Christian lifestyle.

Learn more about the Bridge of West Tennessee here!
Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Spotlight!

Mrs. Debbie Ams
Union City Carpet Center - Owner
Phone: (731) 885 2830
Email : uccarpet1@bellsouth.net

Areas of Expertise: Anything that has to do with flooring.

Other Interests: Traveling, Reading, and spending time with family.

What made you want to become active in the chamber? To help the community and help my own business grow.

Why do you serve as an ambassador? I really enjoy helping and spending time getting to know everyone involved in the chamber.

What is the Chambers role in the business community? To help promote our wonderful community and help our businesses grow.

What piece of advice would you give to a business who was thinking about joining the chamber? Joining the chamber is the best thing anyone can do to promote their own business. There are so many opportunities to make new connections with other businesses. The chamber is always there to help us in so many ways.
The Adult Leadership Obion County class of 2020 completed 7 of their 9 sessions before the Coronavirus pandemic, meaning they met the requirements to graduate from the program.

Director Phyllis Rauchle stated, "I'm happy to say they met the required sessions to graduate. We hope to have a graduation ceremony this summer to recognize their accomplishments as well as to commend them on the class project. We are so proud of the 20 class members and their commitment to be great leaders in our community. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors of the participants, sessions and feeding us breakfast and lunch at each session.

The Adult Leadership Obion County board of directors and I wish you success in your workplace, home and community. Thank you for making a difference in Obion County."

In reg ard to the 2020-2021 Obion County Adult Leadership Class, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the upcoming class. Board president Tyler Hayes stated, " It is with lots of thought and consideration that the Adult Leadership Obion County Board of Directors has decided to cancel the upcoming Leadership Class for the class of 2020 – 2021. Due to an unparalleled number of uncertainties, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the potential class members, participating businesses, the board of directors, others involved, and really all of Obion County. Please know that we fully intend to resume with the class of 2021 – 2022 and will provide updates when necessary. Thank you for understanding."

Baptist Memorial Hospital Receives Grant

Governor Bill Lee announced the final distribution of $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants to support smaller hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to COVID-19.

Spread across 29 hospitals in 28 counties, the grants help smaller hospitals bridge funding gaps created by reduced patient volumes while federal funds become available. Baptist Memorial Hospital is a recipient of the readiness grant.

Skipper Bondurant stated, "With the mandated decrease in elective cases across the state and country we are grateful that Gov. Lee allowed rural hospitals to apply for some additional funding to help soften the blow of these lost revenues. The funds do not cover all the losses but every little bit helps as we continue to face the COVID crisis. We are open for business and for those that have been putting off their medical care please know that we are taking extra precautions to keep our patients and staff safe. "
Obion County United
Seeing community members in the Obion County United shirts has been great! We have been out purchasing gift cards from our local businesses and have loved connecting with you all. Pictured on the left is Aloha Pools with their new shirts. Above is Twin Oaks Technology showing their community support.
Frilling Serves on Leaders Credit Union Northwest Tennessee Advisory Board

Leaders redeveloped the Northwest Advisory Board in 2020 to maintain awareness of the latest consumer trends and needs for members and potential members in the market. Lindsay Frilling serves on the board along with Allyson Harris,  Alexander Bynum, Carolyn Hill, Cody Martin, and Maliah Harmon.
Having an Online Presence Workshop Video
While we were physically apart this past month, we made sure that the voices of our local business community were heard. We launched the video above in place of our monthly V.I.B.E. event on May 19th. This video features local experts giving best practices and tips for social media posts, advertising, website, and more! Be sure to watch the workshop to get valuable information for your business.
Congratulations to our Schools Valedictorians and Salutatorians!

South Fulton High School
Valedictorian - Olivia Danielle Murphy
Salutatorian - Jenny Beth Brundige

Obion County Central High School
Valedictorian - Kaylee Michelle Cook
Salutatorian - Kyndall Grace Albright

Union City High School
Valedictorian - Hudson David Calfee
Salutatorian - Davie Kristin Townes

Chamber Membership Testimonial
Emily Sullivan
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation

What is the history of your business?  Gibson EMC is a rural electric cooperative, formed in 1936 to provide electricity to its members. In 2016 we merged with Hickman-Fulton Counties RECC, adding 4 western KY counties to the 8 West TN counties already being served. We currently have about 110 employees serving close to 39,000 business and residential members located along 3,500 miles of electric line. In 2017 we formed a wholly-owned subsidiary, Gibson Connect, to provide high-speed internet, TV programming and phone services. 

What services/products do you offer?  We provide electric and broadband programs and services.

What made you join the chamber?  Cooperative Principle #7: Concern for Community. Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities.

What has your experience with the Chamber of Commerce been like?  I have found the Executive Director to be intelligent and proactive. She and her staff do a great job in administering services and providing resources.

Would you recommend Chamber membership to others in your industry?  Yes, definitely. 

 "The Obion County Chamber of Commerce provides the professional network and the community influence to support economic growth."
2020 TN Vacation Guide Available

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


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