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This blog is authored by Sean White, 2013 Board Chair

Sean White is 2013 Board Chair for the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. He is Assistant Vice President/Loan Officer for Wilson Bank & Trust.

Man, I am Lucky...

This morning I was thinking about Christmas shopping and what I have left to do. Well, the answer to that is nothing! I’m one of the lucky ones that has an amazing wife that loves to shop. Therefore, I put in a very limited amount of effort this time of year when it comes to gift shopping. Since I have failed miserably at trying to pick out gifts for her, she has made it easy on me and sends me a detailed list of things that she wants. And with the wonders of technology, I can typically order those items off the internet without leaving my desk. So, not only do I not have to go out and fight hordes of people searching for just the right gift for all of their family and friends, all of the guess work is taken care of for me as well. 

Man, I am lucky…..but that’s not the point of this story! I know that many of you are still putting the finishing touches on your Christmas shopping. I’d be confident in stating that many of you haven’t even started shopping yet. For you folks, I have some great advice. Please consider spending your Christmas shopping dollars at one of the stores that sees the benefits of being a Member of our Chamber of Commerce. I’ve made it easy for you and have included the link below.

Merry Christmas!  

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The Worst Kept Secret

This really isn’t a secret, it’s just something that most people just don’t know about!

Our Chamber of Commerce stands strongest as an advocate for the business community.  That message gets lost somewhere and it’s one that I try to deliver on a consistent basis.  When I am talking to a potential Chamber Investor, I always bring up the fact that they are already benefitting from what the Chamber does, so why not help support those activities?

Here are some of the things that you might not know:

The Board of Directors has a quarterly meeting with the city leaders. I’ve been fortunate to attend quite a few of these meetings along with the Mayor, Chief of Police, City Commissioners, City Manager, and other city employees. The purpose of these meetings is to keep an open line of communication between city leaders and the leaders in the business community.  If you ever have an issue with your business (such as navigating the sign ordinance) and need a little bit of help, the Chamber usually knows exactly who to call to help you resolve those issues. 

The Chamber also has a presence at most open City Commission meetings, whether that presence is to provide support or give an opinion on a current issue that is affecting the community or simply to have an understanding of things to come and how those things impact the business community.

We also hold monthly Economic and Community Development meetings. In attendance at these meetings are a lot of the same folks that attend the City Leaders meetings, as well as others such as the County Mayor and members of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County.

I hope I’ve helped you understand some of the things that the Chamber does to help you grow your business, besides providing you with excellent networking opportunities of course!

Sean White, 2013 Board Chair

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What is MJYP?


It’s been almost two years since the idea came up about starting an organization for young professionals within this community. These groups exist in other areas and have had success connecting like-minded individuals. So, why shouldn’t we have one in our community as well? To answer that question, we should!

 

It seems as if the over forty demographic is the most visible in our professional community. However, young professionals are on the rise and this group is growing more and more every day. This is why we are taking a “do-over” to get the Mt. Juliet Young Professionals mobilized once again.

 

What is a Young Professional? A YP is someone in their twenties or thirties who has a desire to have a positive impact on our community. You may be from Mt. Juliet, live in Mt. Juliet, work in Mt. Juliet, play in Mt. Juliet, shop in Mt. Juliet, worship in Mt. Juliet, or all of the above.

 

As an extension of the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, it is our mission to develop individuals both personally and professionally while maintaining a focus on connecting the opportunities and needs of our community with local resources. This means that we strive to help people that have the time, energy, and resources to connect with the people who need those resources.

 

It’s also our goal to provide opportunities to connect young professionals. On Saturday, October 19th from 11:00am-1:00pm, the MJYP has planned a potluck picnic at Charlie Daniels Park. Bring your family, a dish to share, and meet some great folks. We hope to see you there!  

 

If you have questions about this group, please contact me at 547-5502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Sean White

 

2013 Board Chair

 

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