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This blog is authored by Mark Hinesley, Chamber President/CEO

Mark is the President/CEO of the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber Of Commerce.

All Boats Rise With the Tide

 

While 2012 was a tremendous year for the both our Community and the Chamber, 2013 is already on track to be even better! There are residential, commercial, retail, and distribution projects currently under construction and set to open soon, with more in the planning and development stages. Something we are particularly excited about is that this growth is coming to all corners of our community. The old saying “all boats rise with the tide” could not be more true. Equally as important as the new growth, is taking care of and improving upon what we currently have to offer. It is very exciting to see businesses re-investing in our more established areas and deepening their commitment to our future. 

What Does the Chamber Actually Do? There are, in fact, a lot of misconceptions about a Chamber. For example, there are those who believe that a Chamber gathers statistics, prints nice brochures, answers inquiries and advertises what a great place we have to live, work and enjoy the good life. They are right, up to a point. We do all these things, and proudly so. All of these jobs are important. But they are not why the Chamber is here. They are fringe benefits of the Chamber, the things we do as a matter of routine because they need doing and we are good at them. The primary functions of the Chamber, though, go far deeper than those niceties. The Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst ...a common vehicle through which the enlightened mutual interests of all segments of the community work together for the common good of the total community. A better community means better business and we are working for a better community for everyone here. That's why we do what we do. Which brings us back to that original question, what do we do?

There is, in the final analysis, one reason for the Chamber of Commerce to exist and that is to do whatever is necessary to keep this area's economic condition such that people will be willing to risk their resources here in the hope of making a profit. Everything else is either a means to an end, or just the frosting on the cake.

In any community, it is from the profitable operation of business that all other benefits are derived. Only by succeeding in this fundamental goal can we provide the jobs and produce the wealth to finance all of the governmental, civic, cultural and charitable needs that our community is faced with every day. We do a lot of diverse things to accomplish that primary goal. The offices of the Mt Juliet Chamber of Commerce are located at 46 West Caldwell Street in the heart of our community. Feel free to stop by anytime or visit us online at www.mtjulietchamber.com.

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ROMI… “Return On Membership Investment”

I’d like to add one little letter in the old ROI acronym to make it very specific for your “Membership” with Chamber of Commerce. Most businesses, organizations, individuals, churches, schools, and volunteers either want or need to see some type of return on investment for the dues they pay to be a member of the chamber. In fact, the last time I looked I did not see a single member that just sends in their dues payment each year with the hopes of getting nothing in return; everyone expects at least something.

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Chamber Coupons, Calendar Updates, and Daily Deals

This week I’d like to use our time together to remind you about a couple of Chamber Benefits and let you know about a new program that will likely be rolled out in the coming weeks.

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“Sign Replacements on North Mt. Juliet Road”

This message is primarily directed to those who have a sign needing to be replaced on North Mt. Juliet Road or to those who know someone who needs to replace their sign due to the recent expansion of the road. With the completion, it is now time to start the process of getting our permanent signs back in place.

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“Our Rolodex; A Benefit of Membership”

While the Chamber has MANY member benefits, one that is not taken advantage of as often as you might think is the use of our “rolodex”. By that I mean our long list of contacts, connections, and access. This is especially true when it comes to local, regional, state and federal contacts. If you and or your business need to contact a local agency, legislator, or governing body keep in mind that the Chamber can help get you started in the right direction. A lot of that contact information is available on our website, often with a direct link the party you are looking for. If you can’t find it, or are not sure who you need, give us a call; we are always happy to help. On the local level, we work closely with our city leaders, various departments, and city personnel and we can often get you in touch with the right person with a simple call or two. And as for access, don’t forget that the chamber can also help hook you up with a personal visit with our County Mayor, State Representatives or Senator, City & County Commissioners, etc. And if you all you need is for someone to pass along an idea or suggestion, let us know that too. The Chamber leadership meets regularly with many of these people and we are always happy to help make the connections and get things done.

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“Re-Discover North Mt Juliet” & MJBINGO Promotion

After a long, tough, dusty, and trying 3 years, N MJ Road is complete and we are “Open for Business” again. Starting on Friday, June 8th and running thru Saturday, June 16th, local merchants are promoting the “Re-Discover North Mt Juliet” promotion featuring MJBINGO.

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Chamber “Connecting” with Local Young Professionals

I’d like to make you aware of a new program started recently by the MJ Chamber of Commerce. While we are only a couple of months into this, the emerging Young Professionals are already off and running. Having held their first mixer in March and one just last week, nearly 20 YP’s (Under 40 is the cutoff) attended each one. The folks leading this effort are doing a fantastic job and watching them work as a team is great.

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