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Chamber Board Takes the Lead with Member Recruitment

The Chamber family got a little bigger last month when our Membership Director, Alyssa Eden, welcomed her third son, Callan into the world! So while Alyssa is out on maternity leave, our Chamber Board of Directors has volunteered to "fill the gap" with a fun competition to bring in a total of 50 new members in July and  August. 

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Taste of Country Festival 2017 Edition

Now that summer is officially here, festivals start to be a hot topic of conversation. We have some great ones coming up here in Robertson County, from the Freedom Celebration in Springfield on July 2  and the Turning of the Pig in Greenbrier on the 3rd to the Americana Celebration in White House on the 8th and the Threshermen's Show in Adams on  the 21st. Our own Robertson County Chamber's signature event, Taste of Country USA, has a new date this year. We moved to September 16 to allow our festival to anchor the end of summer and hopefully enjoy a little cooler temperatures!

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Chamber Connections are Our Greatest Member Benefit

Last week our Good Morning Robertson County program highlighted a number of ways that Chamber members work together and support each other.  From our sponsor, Robertson County Schools, to our community's largest employer, Electrolux, we saw the tremendous work that can be done to better our community and our economic prosperity when member businesses and organizations understand each other and find ways to promote and encourage themselves and their partners. 

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Summer Time in #RobCo

Summer is about to be officially here. And typically our Chamber activity calendar slows down a bit from mid-June to mid-August as our members and staff take time to enjoy summer vacations and the July holidays. It's a great time for us to get busy with some "housekeeping" as we clean out the storage areas, get our databases up-to-date and get caught up on filing both physical and virtual. 

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New Season for REdI

Over the past five years, our Robertson Education Initiative (REdI), a program born out of the Chamber's Education Committee and funded in recent years primarily by the investors of Realizing Robertson's Future, has been working to create partnerships between the business community and the education community. REdI has used its funding to create programs that celebrate the positive, provide input for improvement and growth, and heighten understanding of the needs of our business community as related to education and the challenges that our educators and administrators face in fulfilling their mission. 

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Have You Experienced Springfield Lately?

For the past several years, a movement has been quietly taking place in downtown Springfield. What five years ago was a structurally beautiful downtown district peppered with lawyer's offices and vacant buildings looking for tenants has transformed into a vibrant home for retail, restaurants and community gatherings. This transformation has taken place because of entrepreneurs and small business owners who saw the potential and have invested their resources, passion and lives into making it a reality. 

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Chamber Offers Resources for Members and Community

What are the most important things that the Chamber does to help businesses grow and prosper and create a community that provides the things its residents need? That is a question that the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce staff and board considers every year as we look back on our past and make plans for our future.  Considering the skills, abilities, and platforms that we have and using them to meet the changing needs of our members and our community is essential to the relevance and impact that we can have in Robertson County.  One of those things is to be a  RESOURCE  that fills the gaps, educates and enhances our business and community  environment.

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Connecting Robertson County

Connections are important to all of us.  They create networks of family and friends. They help us share information. They help us process disappointment and loss. They create opportunities for new ideas and widening our circles of influence.  And as important as connections are in our personal lives, they can be even more important in our business and professional lives. 

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Airtech Honored as Industry of the Year

Last Thursday, the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce and our business retention and expansion program, SEE (Supporting Existing Employers) hosted our fifth annual Industry Appreciation Breakfast at the Springfield-Robertson County Airport.  This annual event brings industry reps from all across Robertson County together with elected officials, economic development partners, and industrial development board members for a chance to meet, network and hear from a speaker of interest to all.  The SEE program at the Chamber has been underwritten for the past five years by the investors of the Realizing Robertson's Future economic development campaign. 

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A Successful Annual Meeting

What a tremendous turnout for our first Robertson County Chamber Annual Breakfast Meeting last week! In response to changing preferences, our staff decided to try turning our traditional annual dinner and social evening into two separate events: a breakfast meeting to cover the business of our annual members' meeting and awards and a social gala later in the year to serve as a networking and  fundraising event for the organization. The response so far is encouraging!  Our breakfast meeting at Stokes Brown Library attracted a capacity crowd of nearly 120 and the feedback we have received seems to indicate that a broad cross section of our members like the new format. 

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