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.

By virtue of our position at the nexus of our business community and our relationships with city, county and regional governments and organizations, a great deal of information flows through our offices and our staff members. Add in the spheres of influence of 18 board members and it turns out that we can usually find an answer or a resource that fits most issues that come through our doors. 

The questions we receive by phone, email, or walk-in conversation range from simple to complex. Our administrative assistant regularly fields calls ranging from looking up a phone number for the local senior center to who can one call about a sink hole in their yard. We give directions, make referrals, guide folks to social services, and sometimes, when all else fails,  just lend a sympathetic ear.  

This year we want to step up our game in this area and intentionally work to bring more of the resources that our members and potential members need to grow and expand,  keep their businesses and organizations healthy, and to find their place in the booming Middle Tennessee economy and region.  Our Lunch and Learn events are a great place to make this happen.  For several years we have been hosting quarterly lunch meetings that allow for a program on a topic of interest to our members and community. These programs include lunch and a speaker and are open to anyone, regardless of Chamber membership. Our hope is that the information we bring will be valuable and perhaps make those non-member guests see a reason to join and become more engaged. 

Our summer Lunch and Learn will take place on Thursday, June 1 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, at Highland Crest College Campus in Springfield. Our featured speakers will include representatives from The Contributor, a nonprofit, social enterprise in Nashville that was created to provide an earned income opportunity for homeless and formerly homeless individuals.  They will be joined by Robert Gardner, director of Springfield's Greater Faith Community Action Corporation, and Penny Paparteys, director of HomeSafe in Robertson County.  Homelessness is a serious and persistent issue in the middle Tennessee region, perhaps more prevalent in the Nashville area but still present here in Robertson County.  We think you will be amazed and moved by the way The Contributor is working to bring dignity and self-worth to those affected by homelessness, and by the efforts of GFCAC and Homesafe to help those who are faced with this desperate situation right here in our own backyard. Figuring out how to bring safety, stability and a way to become self-supporting to those facing homelessness is important to the future of our community. If we deal with this issue while it is still relatively small, we can avoid the negative consequences and financial implications that could become insurmountable if ignored. 

The information shared at our Lunch and Learn events is an important way that our Chamber brings resources to our members and our community  that can be valuable to the vitality and prosperity of Robertson County.  We hope you will consider joining us on June 1 or in the future at a Lunch and Learn to take advantage of this opportunity. Registration for the June  Lunch and Learn event is $10 for Chamber members, $12 for the general public.  Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber at 615-384-3800 or online at www.robertsonchamber.org.