This is an exciting time of year if your interest is in or eyes are on the State Legislature and all of the issues facing them during what some call “the silly season”. Each year from late January when the session begins until sometime in Late April or May when the session ends, our state leaders try and tackle as many important matters as possible. It is looking like this year’s session may be over as early as April 18th or so.

Wilson County is represented in the House by Susan Lynn and Mark Pody, while our State Senator is Mae Beavers. As a county, we are lucky that all three are extremely accessible, out and about in our communities, and willing to listen to their constituents. The Chamber of Commerce actively engages our representatives on a wide range of issues. Our efforts over the years have resulted in a very positive relationship that has in many ways given us a direct connection to those who are in important decision making positions.

As a part of this process, we are once again preparing for the MJ Chamber’s “Day on the Hill”. This event is going to be held on Wednesday, March 26th. This day-long event starts at the MJ train station where we will board the Music City Star to downtown Nashville on our way to the Capitol. Thanks to the efforts of our legislators and their staffs, we have a day filled with tours, meetings, photos and even time with the Governor and State Commissioners. Along the way we hope to further nurture our relationship with our legislators as well as others who will join us throughout our visit.

Our message is simple; We Care! Our local businesses are depending upon the Chamber to help be their eyes and ears in matters of legislation (current or proposed) that have an impact on their business and our quality of life. This is a tremendously educational day and is not only important to our community, but our legislators are very appreciative as well. We provide them with valuable feedback about how the impact of legislation affects us in the real world. Often times, people will ask us “what does the Chamber even do?” It’s a great question and can be answered in a single sentence. “We work to create an environment in our community that makes it the kind of place that people will want to risk their capital in the hopes of making a profit”… pure and simple. When that happens and happens well, a community can put themselves in such a position that new businesses will want to call that place home.

One only has to look around our community to see that it works. To achieve our mission, we need to simply do four things; Connect businesses with customers and the other way around, Advocate on their behalf, Promote both the businesses and our community, and provide Support for our local businesses. Next week’s visit to the legislature is a key part of our Advocacy efforts. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, why we do it, or how we do it, give us a call or check out our website for more information. I hope you will join me right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber #mjchamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and be sure to visit us 24/7 at