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. 

Our host was Robertson County Schools and their presentation highlighted a new initiative that has been developed to emphasize the importance of reading in the success of our students. @ReadtoBeReadyTN is a statewide program  that is targeting families of children from birth to age 5 and focusing on ways to introduce children to reading at an early age and providing tools to help families increase reading in their homes.  Robertson County Schools are working with a state grant to promote this program as well as First Lady Chrissy Haslam's READ20 initiative and other  outreach programs which target young mothers.  Only 43% of Tennessee students are proficient in reading by the time they leave the third grade, and that is an obstacle that is nearly impossible to overcome in the remainder of a student's school career. By emphasizing reading to and with children from birth, our schools are working towards an ultimate goal of having all students proficient when they leave the third grade. 

We were pleased that our school administrators decided to use the platform of hosting a Good Morning Robertson County to get their message out in front of the business community. Averaging nearly 100 attendees from across our Chamber membership each month, GMRC is a great way to promote a program or service to a wide range of businesses and their employees. Dr. Emily Hollingsworth, supervisor for federal programs in our schools, presented a variety of ways that businesses and individuals can participate in the Read to be Ready initiative, getting their business name out in the community and at the same time, improving the results of our public schools and better preparing students to be productive members of the business community. 

Another great partnership example that was brought to light during this month's meeting was the outreach of Electrolux in our community. Donnie King, director of TNKids Nutrition and the Robertson County Backpack Attack Program, announced a terrific social media partnership which helps spread the word about Electrolux and its products while benefiting local children who face hunger. Electrolux posted an announcement on their FaceBook page last week and for every Like or Share it receives, the Robertson County Backpack Attack Program will receive a donation, up to $12,000.  These types of campaigns create good will in the community and pride in the workforce while supporting a local agency which is making our community a better place for children and families. 

Chambers of Commerce offer many things, but we are most proud of our ability to make connections between our members and to expose our members to opportunities that they may not have known existed.  We hear testimonies from our members on a regular basis about how we helped them make a connection which led to new customers, increased awareness, or even just a boost in community pride. 

If you are a member of the Chamber and have not become engaged in our events and programs or if you have not yet become a Chamber member, we invite you to attend check out our calendar of events and pay us a visit!  We would love to start connecting you with the endless possibilities that exist right here in Robertson County.