Wednesday, December 8, 2010

CKNA Clean Up Project



Calsonic Kansei of North America Lewisburg Facility developed a program to help improve and maintain the look of the Lewisburg Industrial Park with a Roadside Clean Up project. On November 6, CKNA employees along with Marshall Co. Solid Waste Director Morgan Thomas and JECDB Director Mike Wiles collected trash from the roadside along Garrett Parkway and Industrial Drive.
The project displays CKNA’s commitment to Lewisburg and the Lewisburg Industrial Park and will be an ongoing project. The “crew” collected over 30 bags of trash and enjoyed a lunch provided by Waste Management in honor of the project to help keep the Lewisburg Industrial Park looking neat, clean and ready for business.
Thanks, CKNA, for putting Lewisburg to work and for your commitment to doing things right!
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Front row (L-R): Emily Gentry, Brent Speck, Jo Andrews, Joe Polak, Jeff Doss.
Back row (L-R): Mike Wiles, Al Swift, Tony Crowder, Dan Zoladz, Trint Gillum, Carter Thomas, Barry Sanders, Cory Jewel.

TWELVE COMMUNITIES SELECTED FOR TENNESSEE DOWNTOWNS
Downtown Revitalization Program Offers Selected Communities Technical
Assistance,
Workshop, Grant Funds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt
Kisber today announced the 12 communities selected to participate in
Tennessee Downtowns, a competitive community improvement program for
cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial
districts.

The selected communities are: McKenzie, Henderson, Athens, Linden,
Red Boiling Springs, Smithville, Centerville, Brownsville, Lewisburg,
Mountain City, Rockwood and Pikeville.

"The Tennessee Downtowns program is the first step toward reviving a
community's central business district in a comprehensive, sustainable
way," said ECD Commissioner Matt Kisber. "We applaud each of the
selected communities for reaching this milestone and look forward to
partnering with them in future endeavors."

Tennessee Downtowns is a tiered program affiliated with the Tennessee
Department of Economic and Community Development's Tennessee Main Street
Program. Communities selected to participate in Tennessee Downtowns will
form a volunteer committee of local citizens who will participate in a
multi-month training curriculum supported by the National Main Street
Center. The curriculum is designed to teach citizens about
comprehensive, sustainable downtown revitalization and historic
preservation. The training includes attendance at a two-day downtown
revitalization workshop and a grant to complete individualized downtown
development projects.

The 12 selected communities are each home to downtown commercial
districts established at least 50 years ago and have demonstrated their
readiness to organize efforts for downtown revitalization based on the
successful "Main Street Four-Point Approach to Downtown
Revitalizationtm." The highly competitive selection process was
based on five core criteria: historic resources, need (economic and
physical), demonstrated local effort, overall presentation and
probability of success.

"Tennessee Downtowns will be a vital resource and a basis of support
for downtown revitalization efforts for the participating communities,"
said Rick Meredith, assistant commissioner for Community Development at
ECD. "I am confident that each community will see a strong return on
their investment of time and resources, and we look forward to being a
part of that investment."

Main Street revitalization is a comprehensive, incremental, self-help
economic strategy that also focuses on developing public-private
partnerships to enhance community livability and job creation, while
maintaining the historic character of the district. For information
about the Main Street Program and the Main Street Four Point Approachtm,
visit http://ping.fm/hRHoh (
http://ping.fm/g1NvWthe-approach/
).

Tennessee's Main Street program provides communities with technical
assistance and guidance in developing long-term strategies that promote
economic growth and development. The program provides information and
assistance in forging public networking and training opportunities for
downtown commercial districts.


For more information about Tennessee Downtowns, visit
www.tennesseemainstreet.org ( http://ping.fm/njSVi ).

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development's
mission is to create
h
igher skilled, better paying jobs for all Tennesseans. The department
seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with
Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find
out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecdor www.investtennessee.org (
http://ping.fm/lKfdc ).

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Community Connection Page for City of Lewisburg :: ZoomProspector.com http://ping.fm/9og6w

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lewisburg Rotary to Celebrate “A Hometown Christmas”
Rotary Christmas Parade Coming December 4

Yes, Christmas is just around the corner and that means the return of the tradition that is the Lewisburg Rotary Club Christmas Parade.
The theme for this year’s parade is “A Hometown Christmas” and it is sure to provide ideas for beautiful floats and car decorations. The parade will begin at the Lewisburg Middle School with all the participants lining up at 1 p.m. for the parade kickoff along West Commerce toward the square at 2 p.m. Any business, individual, civic group, etc. that wishes to be a part of what is expected to be the biggest and best Christmas Parade yet can contact Peggy Hubbard at (931) 359-3998 or email her at peggy@peggyhubbard.com for more information.
Come and join the parade as this year Santa Claus will welcome another special guest – Snowbird from News Channel 4.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Lowe Named Lewisburg ECD Director
Greg Lowe was named the Lewisburg Economic & Community Development Director for the City of Lewisburg beginning November 1, 2010.
Lowe has been Codes Enforcement Officer and Stormwater Coordinator for the City of Lewisburg for the past three years and worked with the ECD Office as an assistant. Before taking his position with the City of Lewisburg, Lowe was the Editor for the Marshall County Tribune, Lewisburg Gazette and the Marshall County Post.
“I am honored to be given this opportunity to help Lewisburg and Marshall County grow and prosper,” Lowe said.
Lowe plans to initiate and two-pronged approach for ECD in Lewisburg—Business Retention & Expansion and Industrial Recruitment. Along with Lewisburg ECD Assistant Director Lisa Jackson and JECDB Director Mike Wiles, Lowe will be a part of a team effort in promoting and encouraging commercial and industrial growth in Lewisburg and Marshall County.
“We have the location, the workforce and the quality of life to be the center for industry and commerce in southern middle Tennessee,” Lowe said. “We plan to make sure that message gets out to the people and agencies involved in creating and locating new jobs.”

Friday, October 29, 2010

Got Recycling? Join Lewisburg on America Recycles Day November 15

The City of Lewisburg is in its second year of its curbside recycling program and participation has been great but there are still people who are not taking part – here’s your chance to begin.
“I Recycle” is the theme of Keep America Beautiful’s 2010 America Recycles Day (ARD), which takes place on November 15. Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 13-year history of ARD, a nationally-recognized initiative dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home, at work, and on the go.
Lewisburg Mayor Barbara Woods initiated the Lewisburg Curbside Recycling program and chaired a committee that included City Manager Eddie Fuller, Councilman Quinn Brandon, Marshall Co. Solid Waste Director Morgan Thomas, Public Works Director Kenny Ring, Jennifer Harris and Greg Lowe. The committee developed the program that evolved into Thursday and Friday recycling pickup in the city with containers provided for single-stream recycling waste.
The program has been a success by comparative standards but until everyone in Lewisburg is recycling the program will not be a complete success. That is why Mayor Woods is promoting America Recycles Day as an event to get more people in Lewisburg to use their recycle containers and rid their household and business recyclables.
“Most of the people I have spoken to who are recycling are just amazed at the amount of actual garbage left over,” said Mayor Woods. “I think some people just need a little push and they will see how easy and beneficial recycling can be.”
Mayor Woods is urging all the city residents who are currently not recycling to start adding their recyclables to their containers on November 15. Then, on November 18 and 19, depending on where a resident lives, take that recycle container to the curb for pickup.
“Getting started is the key,” said Mayor Woods. “I would love to see us double the number of people recycling this year.”
If you have any questions about recycling in Lewisburg, you can contact Lewisburg City Hall at (931) 359-1544 or Marshall County Recycling at (931) 359-0547. You can also log onto www.marshallcountyrecycles.com – www.americarecycles.org or www.kab.org for more information on America Recycles Day.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The 1st Annual Lyons Chevrolet Golf Tournament to benefit the Marshall Co. Imagination Library & Lewisburg Police Department Cops of Kids will be held Nov. 8, 2010 at Saddle Creek Golf Course in Lewisburg, TN. The cost is $600 per team or $150 per player. The price includes entry to all events, 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, various awards, and live entertainment featuring Joey & Rory. Hole sponsorships are $300. This 4-man scramble event will tee off at 8:30 a.m. and includes prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best, closest to the pin, silent auctions, raffles and a hole-in-one car giveaway. 100% of the proceeds go to the Marshall Co. Imagination Library and the Cops for Kids Program. For more information, to register or to provide hole sponsorship, contact Mark Wright at Lyons Chevrolet (931) 359-2564.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

More Barks than Bites as 101 Dalmatians Comes to the Dixie Theatre Stage

Starting this Friday night, the Marshall County Community Theatre Kids Division brings an old Disney favorite to the Dixie Theatre stage with a musical adaptation of 101 Dalmatians.
First made famous by the animated Walt Disney classic in 1961, 101 Dalmatians has been made into movies, animated series for television and now it comes to the theatre stage. Under the direction of Allison Mulliniks, the MCCT Kids Division with its 38-member cast will bring this musical adaption to life. Assistant directors Kelsey Keny and Luke Collins add their expertise on the stage to the young cast of elementary and middle school performers who have been rehearsing for weeks to learn their parts and their songs. The musical play combines action and humor and a great score of songs under the musical direction of Doug May, another veteran of high school and community theatre performances at the Dixie.
101 Dalmatians has delighted audiences for generations with its cute and cuddly characters and one of the greatest villainous characters and names, Cruella De Vil. Emma Butt will be deliciously Cruella in the role of the infamous villain who plans to make an evil fashion statement from the large litter of puppies belonging to Pongo, played by Leremie Plott, and Perdita, played by Kelsie Lowe. Follow the plight of all those puppies and their parents as they attempt to escape the devious clutches of Cruella De Vil when the play opens this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
You can catch all six performances at the Dixie Theatre on the Lewisburg square Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31. The Sunday performances on Oct. 24 and 31 will be matinee performances beginning at 2 p.m. All other performances will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $6 and are on sale now each day at the Dixie Theatre ticket booth from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can also purchase tickets at the door of each performance provided seating is available so get your tickets now.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Battle at Rock Creek Battle of the Bands Competition at Rock Creek Park in Downtown Lewisburg, TN Sept. 4, 18 & 25.


Sept. 4 - 5 p.m.


5 p.m. - Ashley McBryde and Whiskey Business


6 p.m. - Rayz'N Cain


7 p.m. - Three Shades of Grey


8 p.m. - Special Guest - Buddy Jewel - Benefit Concert for Caney Springs Volunteer Fire Department




Sept. 18 - 6 p.m.


6 p.m. - South of Somewhere


6:45 p.m. - The Springs


7:30 p.m.- Uncle Tom


8:15 p.m. - Overdrive




Sept. 25 - 6 p.m.


6 p.m. - Conquer the Sky


6:45 p.m. - Confidential Ingredients


7:30 p.m. - The Fraziers


8:15 p.m. - Five Live




Semifinals will be held on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at Rock Creek Park


Two Finalists will Perform Oct. 8 at the Goats, Music and More Festival as Opening Acts for Johnny Lee & the Urban Cowboy Band

Friday, August 6, 2010

Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant to be bigger and better than ever

The Lewisburg Rotary Club Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant returns to Lewisburg Middle School auditorium on September 11 and promises to be the biggest and best yet with a new addition to the line-up – Jr. Miss Lewisburg.
The theme of this year’s Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant is “A Night of Stars” and it is sure to hold true as the beautiful, smart and talented young ladies of Lewisburg, from ages K-2, 7th and 8th and 9th-12th, dazzle the crowd.
The Lewisburg Rotary Club is currently putting out a casting call for contestants to compete in the Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant (9th – 12th grades), the Little Miss Lewisburg Pageant (K – 2nd grades) and the new Jr. Miss Lewisburg Pageant (7th – 8th grades). Lewisburg Rotary Club members will be coming to schools in Lewisburg with applications and information and prospective contestants can get their applications now by contacting pageant directors, Nancy Pruitt (931) 270-8128; Tammy McCullough (931) 359-4322.
Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant
The Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant remains the crown jewel of activities for the Lewisburg Rotary Club as it gives deserving young ladies at MCHS an opportunity to earn scholarship funding for post-secondary education. This year, Miss Lewisburg will earn a $1,000 scholarship with First Runner-Up earning a $600, Second Runner-up earning a $500 scholarship, Third Runner-Up earning a $300 scholarship and Fourth Runner-Up earning a $200 scholarship. Miss Congeniality will earn a scholarship of $300. Applications for the Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant are being accepted now up to the Miss Lewisburg Reception to be held on August 14 at Village Manor from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Director Betsye Ledford at (931) 359-6877.
Junior Miss Lewisburg Pageant
Under the heading of why didn’t we think of this before, the Lewisburg Rotary Club introduces the Junior Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant for girls in the 7th and 8th grade. The Junior Miss Lewisburg winner will receive a $300 scholarship with the First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up each receiving a beautifully engraved tray. Junior Miss Sunshine will receive a tray and an additional prize to be determined. Applications for the Junior Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant are being accepted now up to the Junior Miss Lewisburg Reception to be held on August 15 at First National Bank from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Director Lee Bowles at (931) 359-6264.
Little Miss Lewisburg Pageant
Always a fan favorite, the Little Miss Lewisburg Pageant introduces the future of lovely Lewisburg ladies to the stage of LMS. This year, the Little Miss Lewisburg winner will receive a tiara, six roses, an engraved picture frame and a sterling silver charm. First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up will each receive 3 roses and an engraved picture frame. Applications for the Little Miss Lewisburg Pageant are being accepted now up to the Little Miss Lewisburg Reception on August 15 at First National Bank from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Directors Barbara Capps at (931) 359-6222 or Darlene Hill at (931) 270-0273.
Tickets
Tickets for the Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant can be purchased in advance from any Lewisburg Rotary Club member for $7 or at the door of the event on September 11 for $10.
Program Advertising
To purchase an ad for the Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant Program that features pictures of contestants and last year’s winners, Miss Lewisburg Kelsey Keny and Little Miss Lewisburg Grace Ann Feagin, schedule of the night’s events, and other information, contact Greg Lowe at the City of Lewisburg, Ryan Johnson at First Commerce Bank, Peggy Hubbard at Peggy Hubbard State Farm Insurance, Steve Lewis at Steve Lewis-Edward Jones or Larry Lance at First National Bank. A new feature in program advertising this year will be a Good Luck-Best Wishes ad parents and contestant fans can purchase to encourage their favorite contestant. The cost for these ads is only $20.
The Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant, the Junior Miss Lewisburg Scholarship Pageant and the Little Miss Lewisburg Pageant will be held at the Lewisburg Middle School Auditorium on September 11, 2010 at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Come and Hear the Battle at Rock Creek


It's the Battle of the Bands at Rock Creek Park

The 2nd Annual Battle at Rock Creek battle of the bands competition returns to Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg starting in August and leading up to the Goats, Music and More Festival on Oct. 8, 9 and 10, 2010.
Last year, twelve bands from across the region competed for the chance to play as an opening act at the Goats, Music and More Festival with the winner, Tyterope, of Chapel Hill, taking home the grand prize. This year, twelve more bands will compete for the Battle at Rock Creek title beginning with three bands on August 28 at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg. The next three bands hit the stage on Sept. 4 followed by three more bands on Sept. 18 and the final three taking the stage on Sept. 25. All Battle at Rock Creek shows are free admission so just bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music beginning at each night at 7 p.m. except for the Sept. 4 show.
On Sept. 4, a special Battle at Rock Creek Show will be held as Buddy Jewell will headline the event to help raise money for the Caney Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
Buddy Jewell burst onto the country music scene in 2003 when he won the coveted title of USA Network's first ever Nashville Star. A true crowd favorite from the premiere episode to the finale, TV audiences and critics alike fell in love with Buddy Jewell's gentility, enthusiasm and true musical passion.
Buddy's self-titled debut album on Columbia Records was certified gold, and garnered two back-to-back top five hits with “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song.)” Buddy Jewell debuted at 1 on the Top Country Album charts, and was recognized by the ACM, CMA and CMT Awards with multiple nominations.
At the time of this writing, Buddy’s current single “Somebody Who Would Die For You” is number 2 on the Power Source Christian Country Chart as well as enjoying its second week at the top position on Chart Country in April 2010. “Somebody Who Would Die For You” is available through several on line retailers including iTunes.
The Battle at Rock Creek will begin at 5 p.m. on Sept. 4 followed by Buddy Jewell in a benefit concert for the Caney Springs Volunteer Fire Department who will be raising money to assist in its formation.
There is still a few band slots left for any bands who would like the chance to compete. One band winner from each night of competition will advance to the Oct. 7 show at Rock Creek Park for the semifinals. The two band winners from that night will open the Goats, Music and More Festival show on Friday, Oct. 9 for headliner Johnny Lee. Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band are best known for the smash hit song, “Lookin’ for Love,” the theme for the movie, “Urban Cowboy.”
The winner of the Battle at Rock Creek will be announced following Johnny Lee’s performance and will win $2,000 with the Runner-up band taking home $500.
The Battle at Rock Creek proved a fan favorite last year providing music in the park on a Saturday night for folks from Marshall and surrounding counties. If you didn’t catch the talent last year, come out on August 28, September 4, September 18 or September 25 to vote for your favorite as the Battle at Rock Creek winner.
For more information on the shows or to put your band in the lineup of contestants, contact the City of Lewisburg at (931) 359-1544.

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Buddy Jewell will headline the Battle at Rock Creek show on September 4 at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg, TN to help raise money for the Caney Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

8th Annual Goats, Music and More Festival




Rockin' Rock Creek Park this October

The festival that began in honor of those famous fainting goats of Marshall County returns for its 8th year at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg, TN and this year’s lineup of goat shows, musical entertainment and activities for the whole family promises to draw crowds from all across the nation and beyond.
The Goats, Music and More Festival has been honored by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event for October twice with its unique southern flavor, top-notch free musical entertainment, goat shows that celebrate fainting and Boer goats, barbecue, food of every description, arts and crafts and kids games and activities.
Coming to the stage this year will be acts to keep Rock Creek Park rockin’ as Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band perform a free show Friday night. Johnny Lee is best known for the song that helped make the movie “Urban Cowboy” a classic as “Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places” hit the charts. He followed up "Lookin' For Love" with "One In A Million", which spent two weeks at number one. More number one singles during this time included - "Bet Your Heart On Me", "The Yellow Rose (a duet with Lane Brody)", & "You Could've Heard a Heart Break". Lee’s string of Top 10 hits continued with "Pickin' Up Strangers," "Prisoner of Hope," "Be There for Me Baby," "Cherokee Fiddle," "Sounds Like Love," "Hey Bartender" and "Rollin' Lonely."
On Saturday night, the Kentucky Headhunters hit the stage for a free show at Rock Creek Park. The Headhunters will be firing up a brand of country, blues and rock and roll sure to be as tasty as a “slaw-burger, fries and a bottle of ‘ski.” This October celebrates the 21st anniversary of the multi-platinum, Grammy award winning LP, "Pickin' On Nashville," The Kentucky Headhunters 1st release on Mercury records. The song, “Dumas Walker” exploded up the charts and was soon followed by other big hits “Walk Softly” and “Oh Lonesome Me.” The band has been a staple of southern rock, country and blues collections ever since and always a fan favorite when they play live.
The Music part of the festival kicks things off on Thursday, Oct. 7 when the semifinalists of the Battle at Rock Creek battle of the bands competition take the stage. The Battle at Rock Creek tunes up on August 28 at Rock Creek Park with three bands competing to make the semifinals on Oct. 7. The next three will compete on Sept. 4 followed by three more bands on Sept. 18 and the final set of three on Sept. 25. The four winners from those competition nights will compete on Oct. 7 with the two finalists opening the show for Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band on Friday, October 8 during the first-night finale of the Goats, Music and More Festival.
Saturday, various acts will take the stage at Rock Creek Park leading up to the second-night finale with the Kentucky Headhunters closing the show. All the musical events are free so bring a lawn chair and make room to dance the days and nights away.
Sunday at the festival will feature gospel music headed up by the local ministerial association of Marshall County.
The real stars of the festival take the show tents on Friday with Myotonic Goat Registry Goat Shows and the Southern Middle Tennessee Junior ABGA Boer Goat Show. Saturday hosts the World Championship Fainting Goat Show and the John D. Taylor Memorial Boer Goat Show. The Southern Middle Tennessee ABGA Boer Goat Show will close the goat shows on Sunday.
Vendors of all kinds will line the road at Rock Creek Park beginning Friday morning with anything and everything for which a festival could ask. There is always great food, arts and crafts, unique products of all kinds and more.
And for the kids, the Goats, Music and More Festival features a whole section of games and activities from train rides and pony rides to rock wall climbing and moon bounce. There are just so many fun activities you just have to come and see for yourself.
Walk or run in the 3rd Annual 5K Goat Gallop Friday morning at 7 a.m. To pre-register or to find out more, look for Goats Gallop 5K on Facebook or at www.twitter.com/GoatsGallop5k.
Compete in the Lewisburg Rotary Club 4th Annual State Championship Barbecue Cook Off. Professional Teams and Shade Tree of Backyard cookers come from all around to showcase their culinary skills at this KCBS sanctioned event. To learn more, log onto www.rotaryoflewisburg.org.
See the Nannies and Kids pageant hosted by WAXO Radio/TV. For more information, call (931) 359-6641 or 6642.
Or, for a complete look at this year’s festival updated as information comes in, log onto www.goatsmusicandmore.com or www.goatsmusicandmore.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

2nd Annual Technology and Energy Fair




The 2nd Annual Marshall County Technology & Energy Fair is coming to the Marshall County High School in Lewisburg on May 27, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year, the event promises to bring seminars and booths with lots of information on the latest in technology and energy innovations and how the two tools can help your home, office or business.
The Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board is sponsoring the event through its Technology Committee. The committee has been working feverishly over the past several weeks to come up with vendors and instructors on technology and energy and has come up with a great line up of information for the whole family, as well as entrepreneurs and local businesses.
“This will be a great opportunity for parents to come and learn what their children already know about the latest in technology,” said Fair Director Suzanne Ingram. “They will also be able to see the state-of-the-art technology being utilized by their children in the classrooms of Marshall County.”
Along with several vendor booths displaying everything from solar energy panels to software for the home or office, there will be several informative sessions taking place. The sessions will target Business, Parents and Teachers and begin at 11 a.m.
From 11 – 11:50 a.m., the sessions will include an Energy Panel discussion with TVA, local utilities and representatives from the green energy business field. Sessions will include Open Office: Powerful, Impressive, and Did I Mention Free? by Suzanne Ingram, Tennessee Electronic Library by Sue Maszaros and Microsoft Office 2007-What's New? by Susan Price, CCSC Adjunct Computer Instructor.
From 12 – 12:50 p.m., the sessions will include Tips to Tap into the Facebook Customer Base by Greg Lowe, Water Conservation for Homes & Businesses, Tennessee Electronic Library by Sue Maszaros, Brainpop and Learn360 by Suzanne Ingram and Using Lightspeed to Keep Your Computer Safe by Marshall County Technology Department.
At 1 – 1:50 p.m., the sessions will include Collaborative Learning with Videoconferencing by Mike Lay, a Network Security Panel Discussion, Internet Safety Awareness for Parents by Shane Chapman, SRO, Explore, Experiment, Excite with Videoconference Programs by Dr. Elaine Huffines and Microsoft 2007 Powerpoint Intro by Susan Price, CCSC Adjunct Computer Instructor. The session with Dr. Huffines will be a virtual session conducted from her office at Forrest High School in Chapel Hill.
2 – 2:50 p.m., sessions will include Web Design for Small Businesses by Lena Wright, Licenta Designs, Resume Writing by Kim Anderson, Cell Phone Safety by Shane Chapman, SRO, Everybody Has a Story – Digital Storytelling by Suzanne Ingram, Collaborative Learning with Videoconferencing by Mike Lay and Microsoft 2007 Excel Creations by Susan Price, CCSC Adjunct Computer Instructor.
The final two sessions will be Microsoft Office 2007-What's New? by Susan Price, CCSC Adjunct Computer Instructor at 3 p.m. and Use Powerpoint to Create Scrolling Info about Your Business at 4 p.m.
Do not miss this opportunity to see the latest technologies being used in Marshall County Schools and to learn more about how the new technologies and energy innovations can help your home or business run better.
Doors to the event will open at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, door prizes and more and sessions on specific topics throughout the day. Come to the 2nd Annual Marshall County Technology & Energy Fair on May 27, 2010 at the Marshall County High School.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hit a Hole-In-One and Put a Book in a Child's Hands - You Could Win a New Car



The Marshall County Imagination Library has teamed up with Saddle Creek Golf Course and Roberts Toyota to offer a 2010 Toyota Camry LE for any golfer who hits a hole-in-one while playing his or her rounds on May 29. The benefits go to help the Marshall County Imagination Library continue to provide free books to children in Marshall County from birth to age 5.
The Marshall County Imagination Library has been helping to bring one free book a month to almost 1,000 children in Marshall County under the age of 5. These books are mailed to the child directly and help each child the opportunity to get a head start on reading and learning before kindergarten.
The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library helps to pay half the cost of each book but it is up to the MCIL to come up with the rest. The MCIL continues to receive donations from citizens and businesses in Marshall County; but as more kids sign up, more funding is always needed to insure every child in Marshall County under the age of 5 gets a free book each month.
Thanks to Eddie and Donna Roberts of Saddle Creek Golf Course and Roberts Toyota, the MCIL will host a Hole-in-One competition at Saddle Creek Golf Course on May 29. Golfers that day can pay just $10 for a chance to win a 2010 Toyota Camry LE with a hole-in-one at a specific par three hole. Mulligans will also be offered for $10 each up to a limit of three chances.
So, hit the links at Saddle Creek Golf Course on May 29 and give to the Marshall County Imagination Library for a chance to drive away in a 2010 Toyota Camry LE from Roberts Toyota. Your donation will keep free books coming to the children of Marshall County.
Marshall Co. Imagination Library Hole In One Contest for a New Toyota Camry LE on May 29 at Saddle Creek Golf Course in Lewisburg, TN

Friday, April 30, 2010

Upcoming Events in Marshall Co.
May 15 - String Fling IV at Rock Creek Park 1-9pm - a bluegrass and acoustic music festival
May 27 - 2nd Annual Technology & Energy Fair at MCHS 10am-6pm
May 29 - Lewisburg Cruise in on the Square - 5-8pm
May 29 - Imagination Library Hole-in-One Contest - win a car and help kids to free books

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


String Fling IV Acoustic Music Festival announces awesome lineup

What started in Gary Francis’ backyard has grown to become an acoustic musical festival worthy of the fairgrounds of Nashville; and this May 15, String Fling IV comes to Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg with a lineup of musical talent sure to get toes to tapping.
Gary Francis of Teledyne in Lewisburg has been playing bluegrass music for several years. Along the way, he made a few friends in the business and decided to host a “little” festival in his backyard in Chapel Hill. In just three years, the music festival grew to over 400 people cramming into the field behind his house to hear some great bluegrass and other acoustic music.
So, Francis and his friend, Bruce Keedy, of Tennessee Acoustic Music, got with the City of Lewisburg to bring the festival to the stage at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg. The result is the return of String Fling on a bigger stage and with yet another outstanding lineup of musicians and songwriters.
“This is a fantastic lineup,” said Francis. “Lewisburg should be very proud to have these talented performers coming to their stage.”
String Fling IV will kick it off on May 15, 2010 at Rock Creek Park beginning at 1 p.m. and playing through to 9 p.m. There will be food and baked goods provided by the Lewisburg Animal Shelter Association to benefit the Lewisburg Animal Shelter and more good music than you can shake a stick at. And admission to the festival is free.
Performers include songwriter Irene Kelly who has penned hits with Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Scaggs, Trisha Yearwood, Bill Anderson and many more.
Donna Ulisse has been songwriting and recording since moving to Nashville in the early 1980s and has performed on “Nashville Now”, “Hee-Haw”, “Hot Country Nights” and more. Along with her band, the Poor Mountain Boys, this recording artist is hitting her stride with a new CD called “Walk This Mountain Down.”
Flashpoint combines more than 30 years of music experience and talent into one package of bluegrass music that calls to mind the legendary Flatt & Scruggs or Bill Monroe. The band performs all across the country and is sure to enjoy the atmosphere at Rock Creek Park on May 15.
Jay Clark is a singer/songwriter with 3 CDs to his credit. His off-beat brand of country has made him a hit wherever he has played and his performances are getting much play on YouTube including his recent performance on “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s.”
Kenny and Amanda Smith made their name in bluegrass by winning the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist Award in 2003. Five records later, the duo has earned both Grammy and Dove Nominations for their gospel song “Tell Someone” and they continue to tour the country as one of the top bluegrass and gospel performers today.
Other performers set to take the stage are Jim Reynolds and Gemstone of Chapel Hill who released their first CD this year, Sweet Diezel of Canada, Highland Rim, Ronnie Fruge`, Markham Brown, Josh Glover, Greg Jones, Scott Phagley, Roam County Radio and Rank Strangers.
So, bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes and head to Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg, Tennessee for a day of good music and fun for the whole family. Admission is free.
String Fling IV is sponsored by the City of Lewisburg, Marshall County Tourism, Gary and Gale Francis, Tennessee Acoustic Music and the Nature Conservancy.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Teledyne Celebrates its Employee Wellness Program


Teledyne is currently in its third straight year of growth but there is one area where growth is shrinking – waistlines.
Thanks to a new fitness center and an employee wellness program, Teledyne is not only keeping people working, but they are also working out. And to celebrate, Teledyne held a Wellness Fair for its employees on Thursday, April 15 with food, music, door prizes and a special guest, Liz Young, of the Biggest Loser television show, from Chapel Hill.
Since the show, Young has been doing speaking engagements and holding boot camps with fellow Biggest Loser contestant Tracy Yukych all over the country; and she was very happy to talk to some folks from back home.
“It is rare to speak to people from my own community,” Young said.
Young was on hand to rib some employees for enjoying too many ribs at the Wellness Fair, to give a quick exercise boot camp and to hand out prizes to the winners of the Teledyne Biggest Loser Competition.
“Teledyne really rolled out the red carpet for your exercise facility,” Young told the Teledyne employees. “Take advantage of this great facility.”
The Teledyne Fitness Center was the culmination of an ongoing effort by the company to implement wellness to its employees. Each year, Vanderbilt comes to Teledyne to conduct health screenings and the company has had a Weight Watchers program for the past three years. Teledyne VP Norm Wolstein approached HR Director John Boutwell about taking their wellness program up another level when he noticed his own waistline heading in the wrong direction.
“We understand how tough it is to balance your work and personal lives,” said Wolstein. “We wanted to provide you a place to help you do that.”
Norm has lost around 50lbs since taking part in the wellness program and plans to win next year’s Teledyne Biggest Loser contest.
The Teledyne Fitness Center is state of the art with elliptical machines, weights, a yoga/dance studio and more. It is open to employees from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are even locker rooms with showers for employees who use the facility during their breaks. Boutwell turned to his friend, Andy Harvey of Harvey’s Gym to help locate the equipment and make the facility a real fitness center for Teledyne employees.
The Teledyne cafeteria has even gotten into the act by providing healthier choices in food.
Diane Nasser is serving as the Fitness Director for Teledyne and comes from the Dayani Wellness Center of Vanderbilt. She works with employees on their fitness routines and their yoga classes.
“This is an important program for not only the health of employees but for their morale,” Nasser said. “Using the exercise room and taking part in yoga classes here at Teledyne really pulls the employees together.”
The Teledyne Wellness Fair was a fun event for all the employees and their guests with booths set up by AFLAC, Rejuvenate of Jubilee Hills and Weight Watchers. Door prizes and drawings were held including a great spa treatment day at Rejuvenate of Jubilee Hills located on Cornersville Road.
“We think this is great,” said Flo (Coach Flo) Grabowski of AFLAC. “And as we always say, healthier employees make for more productive employees.”
With Marshall County’s own Nora Mills Band performing, employees enjoyed a nice BBQ in the sunshine before announcing the winners of the Teledyne Biggest Loser contest. Angie Davis took home first place by losing 13 percent body fat followed by Brenda Lindley in second and a tie for third between Nela Patel and Susan Garten. Each received a special gift from Teledyne and a word of encouragement from Young.
As Teledyne continues to grow and provide a stable employer for Marshall County, the company reminds us that employees are the key to success by giving back to its people with its fitness center and wellness program.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Marshall County Job Creation Recovery Program
• $3 Million Contract to employ 125 Marshall County Residents plus another 50 Marshall County Residents to be employed by TDOT
• Eligibility of employees to be determined by TN Dept. of Human Services
• South Central TN Workforce Alliance will serve as Grant Holder
• Program/Contract ends September 30, 2010
• Job Fair to be held April 20, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lewisburg Recreation Center located at 1551 Mooresville Hwy, Lewisburg

Eligible Employees
1. Residents of Marshall Co. (Must provide proof of residency)
2. Must have at least one child in household age 17 or younger
3. Must meet certain income/liquid asset maximums (To be Determined and Verified by TN Dept. of Human Services)
4. (For questions concerning Employee Eligibility, contact Tennessee Career Center (931) 359-9726

Eligible Employers
1. Must have meaningful work at pay scale of $7.25 - $15.85, according to other employee wages and benefits – 100% Reimbursement for Employee Wages & Benefits
2. Must have Federal ID#/Employer ID # (Paperwork involved to verify)
3. No Nepotism – Cannot hire family members
4. No Layoffs – Cannot use Recovery Program hires in place of laid-off employees before April 7, 2010
5. (For questions concerning employer eligibility, contact Greg Lowe, City of Lewisburg, at (931) 359-1544 (office) or (931) 993-7499 (cell) or email glowe@ctyoflew.com)
6. (Employer Eligibility requirements and/or limitations subject to change as program progresses)

Related Information
• Program seeks to put money into local economy through employment of unemployed workers
• Program seeks to re-attach unemployed workers with the act of working
• Program is not a permanent solution to local high unemployment as jobs created by Program are not permanent (end when Program ends on Sept. 30)
• Intent is to be at No-Cost to Employers
• Program will operate as a reimbursement to Employers for Recovery Program Employees
• Employers may still hire or fire Recovery Program employees at will as any other employees
• Employers will not be reimbursed for employment of less than 30 hours per week or more than 40 hours per week
• Employees released from Employers may re-enter the Eligible Employee Pool
• Employees will not draw Unemployment Insurance during duration of Program
• An individual is not eligible to be hired through the Marshall County Recovery Program if they voluntarily quit a 35+hour per week job in the last 90 days
• Goal is to find Employers with the most potential of retaining one or more Recovery Program Employees
BREDESEN ANNOUNCES JOB CREATION PLAN FOR MARSHALL COUNTY
EFFORT TO COMBAT UNEMPLOYMENT TARGETS COUNTY WITH HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced a plan to reduce unemployment in Marshall County by putting up to 175 people back to work using federal dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Marshall County has had the state’s highest unemployment rate – 19.1 percent in February – for the past three months and includes 2,330 currently unemployed residents.

“This jobs package will put people back to work and provide some much needed assistance to these residents who are feeling the effects of this economic downturn,” said Bredesen. “One of the primary goals of the Recovery Act is to put people back to work, and I’m glad the state can bring this assistance to Marshall County residents during these tough times.”

The 175 positions include government and private sector employment opportunities that will be funded through September 2010 by Recovery Act dollars allocated to the Tennessee Department of Human Services. These positions include 50 highway maintenance worker positions within the Tennessee Department of Transportation and 125 positions that will be filled primarily by private sector companies seeking to hire additional staff.

Residents of Marshall County must meet certain income and asset requirements to be eligible for these positions. To be eligible, a family’s income cannot be greater than 133 percent of the federal poverty level ($2,030/month for a family of three; $2,444/month for a family of four), and their liquid resources cannot exceed $2,000. In addition, residents must have a child younger than 18-years old living in their household.
A job fair for Marshall County residents will be held Tuesday, April 20 at the Lewisburg Recreation Center located at 1551 Mooresville Highway from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those interested in the job creation program who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to attend the job fair where they will have the opportunity view a list of available positions and complete an application for employment.
The Marshall County jobs package is similar to the program announced in May 2009 for Perry County, which, at the time, had the state’s highest rate of unemployment. More than 400 unemployed individuals found jobs as a result of that effort. At the Perry County announcement, Bredesen stated his desire to make this a model that could be implemented in other high unemployment counties and subsequently announced similar programs in Lauderdale and Hancock counties.

“The goal of this effort is to use Recovery Act funds to provide assistance where it’s needed most, Bredesen said. “Our state’s economy continues to suffer and thousands of Tennesseans are struggling. We’ll continue look for creative ways to assist counties with high rates of unemployment.”

Marshall County residents who need unemployment assistance can contact the Tennessee Career Center at Lewisburg, located at 980 South Ellington Parkway, or call (931) 359-9726.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BERO and Marshall Co. Chamber Offers Small Business Counseling

Lewisburg, Tenn – Owners of small, rural businesses and minority and women owned businesses are invited to attend one-on-one counseling sessions on Tuesday, April 20th in Lewisburg, TN. Business owners will learn about resources that will help grow and sustain their business, work with the government, and gain knowledge in financing. Each meeting will be between 30 and 45 minutes. The counseling sessions are presented by the Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) and the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

The counseling sessions are free of charge to the business, but registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Ritaanne Weaver, executive director, at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce at 931-359-3863 or director@marshallchamber.org

WHO: Small businesses, woman and minority-owned businesses

WHAT: One-on-one business counseling session to gain knowledge on resources that help grow and sustain business, work with government and aid in financing opportunities

WHEN: 9:00am-3:30pm; by appointment only
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

WHERE: Marshall County Chamber of Commerce
227 Second Avenue
Lewisburg, TN 37091

COST: No charge to attend; Registration required.
To register contact 931-359-3863 or director@marshallchamber.org

DIRECTIONS: From I-65 S, Exit 32 for TN-50 Lewisburg/Columbia. Turn left at New Lewisburg Hwy/TN-50 E. Follow TN-50 E to Franklin Av and turn right. Take the slight left at College St. Take first right onto N 2nd Ave. The chamber of Commerce is on the left.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Will & Baumer Grand Opening - www.lewisburgtnecd.blogspot.com

World’s Oldest and Largest Candle Maker Begins Manufacturing in Lewisburg




For 155 years, Will & Baumer has been the name to trust in religious candle manufacturing and the company begins a new era by bringing its rich tradition in candle making to Lewisburg, TN.
On February 18, 2010, Will & Baumer officially opened the doors to its new facility in the Lewisburg Business Park with a grand opening ceremony to celebrate its move from Syracuse, NY to Lewisburg. The Will & Baumer Candle Company broke ground on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 in the Lewisburg Business Park with a brief ceremony featuring officials from Lewisburg and Marshall County, the State ECD Department, TVA and parent company Autom Church Supply. The grand opening ceremony welcomed those same visitors as well as employees from Syracuse and Lewisburg, Will & Baumer President Jim Fields and Regional Sales Manager/Co-owner Marshall Ciccone.
The Will & Baumer Candle Company has been in business manufacturing candles for churches all around the world for 155 years in Syracuse, New York. Autom Church Supply acquired the company and began making plans to construct a facility for Will & Baumer in the Lewisburg Business Park next to the Autom Church Supply distribution and call center that has been up and running for two years following its move to Lewisburg from Phoenix, AZ.
“We are constantly amazed by the hospitality and reception we receive each time we come to Lewisburg,” said Tom DiGiovanni, president of Autom Church Supply. “We have been to several places and nowhere have we been treated better than here in Lewisburg, Tennessee. We appreciate so much all the support provided by the State of Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department and the work they have done to help make these projects such a success.”
Construction for the $1.3 million project began the end of July and production in the facility began the first of February 2010. John Chunn of Truette Construction in Lewisburg oversaw the construction of the 10,000 sq. ft. facility that will house 6-8 employees in its first year of operation and grow to 13-19 employees by 2012 with salaries ranging from $50,000 per year to jobs paying $8.50 per hour.
“We have found a new home and a great opportunity here in Tennessee,” said President Jim Fields. “The people here have been very welcoming to our company and its people.”
Three employees made the move to Lewisburg from Syracuse to continue working for Will & Baumer and its newest employees from Marshall County. The Syracuse natives have the made the transition to Lewisburg to maintain their connection to the company and to insure it continues its strong tradition in Lewisburg. The tradition of the company in the candle making industry and the family-feel of the business and its owners has made it a perfect fit for the Lewisburg Business Park.
“We cannot say enough good things about the relationship we have built together with the people of Autom and Will & Baumer,” said Lewisburg ECD Director Terry Wallace. “They have been a pleasure to work with and have proven to be a tremendous asset to the Lewisburg Business Park and the City of Lewisburg.”
During this time of economic uncertainty, it is very important to build and maintain relationships with existing industries and retailers and assist them in their growth, Wallace added.
“We here at the State of Tennessee are pleased to welcome Will & Baumer to Lewisburg,” said Matt Kisber, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. “We appreciate their investment in this fine community, and look forward to a long and successful partnership as we continue to support their growing company.”
The Lewisburg Business Park is now be home to three facilities including U.S. Tank and Cryogenic and Wallace continues to seek industries to purchase the Lewisburg Industrial Building in the Lewisburg Business Park. The City of Lewisburg welcomes Will & Baumer to the Lewisburg Business Park family and looks forward to many years of partnering with the well-respected and well-established religious candles manufacturer.

Photo Cutline
The Will & Baumer Candle Factory Ribbon Cutting—L-R, President Jeff Fields, Tom DiGiovani, Monte Mertens, Marty Mertens, Paul DiGiovani, Marshall Ciccone, Jim Myers and Father Bill Kelley.—Photo by Greg Lowe

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A huge job fair is being held in Franklin, at the Marriott on Cool Springs Blvd on Tuesday, March 9th from 10am – 2pm. Parking and admission to this job fair in Cool Springs are both free.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What We Know About Regional Economic Growth, Innovation, and Recovery http://ping.fm/zsSTN

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Featured Property - Lewisburg Industrial Building



Located in Lewisburg Business Park
7/10 of a Mile from Exit 32 on Interstate 65
Located on Highway 373
63,000 Sq. Ft. Facility
Sale Price $1.7 mil
10 acres on site
Certified Deal Ready Site
For More Information, Click Here
Or, Contact Terry Wallace— (931) 993-7512
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Entrepreneurial Classes at CSCC-Lewisburg
Learn How to Start Your Own Business for only $30

The South Central Tennessee Workforce Board and Columbia State Community College is presenting a series of entrepreneurial classes at the CSCC-Lewisburg campus beginning Tuesday, January 26.
There will be 8 sessions offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. covering the following topics – Which Business to Start, Marketing, Accounting, Legal Structure, Cash Flow, Pricing the Product, Challenges and Business Plan Development. There will be two sessions each week and each session will be taught by an expert on the subject. The sessions will be very informative and very interactive.
In order to conduct the class, a minimum of ten participants is required. Classes are scheduled to start Thursday, January 28 and the cost is only $30 for all 8 sessions.
If you are considering or have ever considered starting your own business, this course is geared for you.
For more information, contact Ron Beck at (931) 540-1121 or register today at the front desk of Columbia State Community College in Lewisburg.

Entrepreneurship Training Series

1. Deciding What Business is Right for You.
• Purchasing a business/starting a business/investing in a business
• Determine what you are buying….a building, equipment, etc.
• What do you enjoy/have aptitude for/have experience in/etc.
• Is there sufficient support from the community/potential customer base?
• Franchising vs. independent

2. Legal Structures, Which is Right for Your Business?
• Sole Proprietorship/Partnership/Corporation/Limited Liability Company
• What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?
• What makes sense for your business idea?
• Partnership agreement in case partners part ways
• Key man insurance in place on owner(s)

3. Accounting for Small Businesses.
• What kinds of records are important?
• Who will be responsible for maintaining them?
• Basics of accounting very important to understand
• Electronic banking and credit card processing
• Need to start out with system in place that can accommodate growth
• Who needs to see the financial statements? –Management/Owners/Lenders

4. How to Price Your Product or Services.
• What will it cost you to produce?
• What is the competition charging? Can they cut their prices?
• What will the customers pay? Could you increase value?

5. Importance of Cash Flow to the Survival of a Small Business
• Early months are critical to survival
• Having personal finances in order in order to be able to borrow money/credit rating
• What is my initial investment and what do I get in return?
• Keeping track of receivables vs. payables.
• Money tied up in inventory
• Basic supply and demand
• Economies of scale (is growth of the business the best thing?)
• Ability to accept credit cards
• Developing a web site/online banking
• Danger of low operating capital
• Anticipation of problems/breakdowns in equipment
• What is capital – where does it come from? What do I need in terms of buildings, equipment, etc.?
• What are the competing forces for cash?
• Unique/Unusual Sources of cash for operations-i.e. customers/vendors/employees/etc.

6. Marketing for Small Business
• Who are potential customers?
• What type of advertising will best reach your target audience?
• What do you want to promote about your business-i.e. better service/cheaper price/better quality/more convenient/etc.
• What message do you need to get across to potential customers?

7. Challenges of Managing a Small Business.
• Family Issues/impact on personal life/time investment/time management/ impact of success on life style.
• What if a partner dies or just leaves the company?
• Exit plan (to turn business over to children, etc, once I retire)
• Dynamics of multiple owners-Division of responsibilities
• Dealing with Human Resource Issues-Fairness, consistency, equality, etc.
• Liability insurance needed?

8. How to Develop a Business Plan
• Components of a Business Plan-Who, What, Where, When, How, How much Money?
• Financial Projections with assumptions
• What will set your business apart from others in your field?
• Why do you think it will be successful?
• Can you attract the necessary people to grow the business?
• What is it that I want, for the business to grow or stay the same size?

9. Business Plan Presentations
Training participants get a chance to give a 5-10 minute presentation of their Business Plans to the other participants plus 2 invited panel members for feedback/improvement.

10. Business Plan Presentations
Training participants get a chance to give a 5-10 minute presentation of their Business Plans to the other participants plus 2 invited panel members for feedback/improvement.


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Tennessee Farm Fresh Program
Tennessee farmers who direct market products directly to consumers have a unique opportunity to participate in the Tennessee Farm Fresh program. The program promotes member farms and products to consumers and provides marketing tools and educational opportunities to members, among other benefits. For additional information, visit www.tnfarmfresh.com or contact Tiffany Howard at tmullins@tfbf.com or (931) 388-7872 ext. 2763.

Special Rates at Saddle Creek Golf Course
The Saddle Creek Golf Course will offer 18 holes with cart for $18 every Wednesday from today through February 28, 2010. For more information, contact (931) 270-7280 or log onto www.saddlecreekgc.com

Freeman Fish & Burger 10th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrating 10 Years In Business!
Freeman Fish & Burger is celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We love our community, and want to thank you for helping us make ten years. We couldn’t have done it without God and you! Jerry & Renea are looking forward to great things in 2010. Stop by “Freeman’s” when you think about eating out. For the 2010 Year we are celebrating with a (10 for 10 special). For every 10 purchases you get 1 free. We have fish, hamburgers, fries, pie, slaw, white bean, and always a smiling face to greet you when you walk through the door. Our food is homemade and always fresh. We are asking for you to support your locally owned business in 2010.
Freeman’s Fish & Burger
849 Wakefield Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
615-359-8700

January
Youth Baseball and Softball Signups
Signups for Marshall County Youth Baseball and Softball will be held each Saturday in January. They will be held in Lewisburg, Cornersville and Chapel Hill. More information will be released later.

January
Upcoming Training Classes at Goodwill Career Solutions
Retail Certification Class -January 26-29
Job Readiness Classes - January 14, 21, 28
Forklift Training Class (OSHA Certified) - February 5
Contact Jamie Bone, Career Counselor, 359-4243

January and February
Enrich Your New Year at the Soul Café
Enrich Your New Year with the Soul Café!
Good Food for the Body and the Soul
Begins Wednesdays, January 20th
McKnight Ministry Centers
Delicious Gourmet Food Served from 5:15 to 5:55 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $6 Children 12 and under: $3 Family Maximum: $20
From 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Participate in One of the Following:
Parenting Series using Jim William’s Videos
Led by Suzie Comstock, Elementary School Guidance Counselor and Leader of many Parenting Seminars,
and led by Mary Gwen Whitaker, Education Specialist
Restoring the Strengths of Our Heritage as Methodist Christians,
Church Relevance and Fruitfulness in a Changing World,
& How Am I Shaped To Serve and Do Ministry?
Led by Mark Irvin
Youth Design Led by Angie Phifer & Lee Perryman
Also presenting the Debut of:
Grace Zone Ministries with Children
McKnight Children’s Ministry Building
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
High Energy Worship, Fun and Affirming Interactive Learning
For Children ages 4-12
Childcare for Smaller Children will be Available


January 28
Friends Group of Marshall County Library
The Friends Group of the Marshall County Library will be hosting a meeting/discussion at the Marshall County Memorial Library on January 28 at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in the library and its future is invited to attend.

January 28
Tennessee Horticultural Expo
Agritourism operators, farmers market leadership and vendors, fruit and vegetable producers, grape growers and wine makers - plan now to attend the Tennessee Horticultural Expo which this year includes the TN Agritourism Cultivating Farm Revenue Conference. The event is January 28-30 at the Nashville Airport Marriott. For more information visit www.tnthe.com.


January 28
Chili Supper and Candidate Meet and Greet
There will be a Chili Supper and Meet-and-Greet of the Republican Candidates for national, state, and local races from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at First State Bank, Chapel Hill, sponsored by the Republican Women of Marshall County and the Marshall County Republican Party.

January 29
Grief Support Group
The Grief Support Group will have a potluck meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Westvue Church of Christ, Lewisburg. Charles Hardison will be the speaker.

January 30
Class of 1961 Reunion
The Class of 1961 will have its 50th class reunion organization meeting on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Shoney's. Call 931-987-0830 for more information.

January 30
Liggett St Church of God Building Fund Musical
Liggett Street Church of God, 834 Liggett St., Lewisburg, presents its Building Fund Musical at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Guests will be the East 8th St. Church of God Male Chorus and choirs from throughout Middle Tennessee. Elder Eddie Shirley, Pastor. Contact Ann Tears, Choir Director, for details.

January 31
Chilean Wine Tasting at Creekside Grill
Creekside Grill at Saddle Creek Golf Course will be holding a Chilean Wine Tasting on Jan. 31 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and if you stay for dinner, you get 10% your meal. Space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 931-359-7280.

February 2
Test Taking Strategy Workshop
The South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance will provide a Test Taking Strategy Workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Tennessee Career Center in Lewisburg. The workshop is free of charge and will include strategies to assist high school students taking the ACT test.

February 6
JAL Children’s Charity Ball
JAL Children's Charity Ball
Junior Auxiliary of Lewisburg Annual Fundraiser
Saturday February 6, 2010
Contact JALewisburg@hotmail.com or a JAL member for more information.
TICKET SALES BEGIN JANUARY 4, 2010.
$50 per person (tax deductible)

February 13
“Be A Part of the Gift” Fundraiser
"Be Part of the Gift" fundraiser for kidney transplant patient Betty Carol Anderson and her son, and donor, David Lynch, will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, Lewisburg. There will be music, contests, an auction, and food. For more information, e-mail ray@rayhenson.com or call 615-730-0913.

June 18 and 19
Relay for Life
Event: Relay For Life
What: Fundraiser
Start Time: Friday, June 18 at 7:00pm
End Time: Saturday, June 19 at 7:00am
Where: Rock Creek Park... Lewisburg, TN

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Entrepreneurial Classes at CSCC-Lewisburg
Learn How to Start Your Own Business for only $25

The South Central Tennessee Workforce Board and Columbia State Community College is presenting a series of entrepreneurial classes at the CSCC-Lewisburg campus beginning Tuesday, January 26.
There will be 8 sessions offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. covering the following topics – Which Business to Start, Marketing, Accounting, Legal Structure, Cash Flow, Pricing the Product, Challenges and Business Plan Development. There will be two sessions each week and each session will be taught by an expert on the subject. The sessions will be very informative and very interactive.
In order to conduct the class, a minimum of ten participants is required. Classes are scheduled to start Tuesday, January 26 and the cost is only $25 for all 8 sessions.
If you are considering or have ever considered starting your own business, this course is geared for you.
For more information, contact Ron Beck at (931) 540-1121 or register today at the front desk of Columbia State Community College in Lewisburg.

Entrepreneurship Training Series

1. Deciding What Business is Right for You.
• Purchasing a business/starting a business/investing in a business
• Determine what you are buying….a building, equipment, etc.
• What do you enjoy/have aptitude for/have experience in/etc.
• Is there sufficient support from the community/potential customer base?
• Franchising vs. independent

2. Legal Structures, Which is Right for Your Business?
• Sole Proprietorship/Partnership/Corporation/Limited Liability Company
• What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?
• What makes sense for your business idea?
• Partnership agreement in case partners part ways
• Key man insurance in place on owner(s)

3. Accounting for Small Businesses.
• What kinds of records are important?
• Who will be responsible for maintaining them?
• Basics of accounting very important to understand
• Electronic banking and credit card processing
• Need to start out with system in place that can accommodate growth
• Who needs to see the financial statements? –Management/Owners/Lenders

4. How to Price Your Product or Services.
• What will it cost you to produce?
• What is the competition charging? Can they cut their prices?
• What will the customers pay? Could you increase value?

5. Importance of Cash Flow to the Survival of a Small Business
• Early months are critical to survival
• Having personal finances in order in order to be able to borrow money/credit rating
• What is my initial investment and what do I get in return?
• Keeping track of receivables vs. payables.
• Money tied up in inventory
• Basic supply and demand
• Economies of scale (is growth of the business the best thing?)
• Ability to accept credit cards
• Developing a web site/online banking
• Danger of low operating capital
• Anticipation of problems/breakdowns in equipment
• What is capital – where does it come from? What do I need in terms of buildings, equipment, etc.?
• What are the competing forces for cash?
• Unique/Unusual Sources of cash for operations-i.e. customers/vendors/employees/etc.

6. Marketing for Small Business
• Who are potential customers?
• What type of advertising will best reach your target audience?
• What do you want to promote about your business-i.e. better service/cheaper price/better quality/more convenient/etc.
• What message do you need to get across to potential customers?

7. Challenges of Managing a Small Business.
• Family Issues/impact on personal life/time investment/time management/ impact of success on life style.
• What if a partner dies or just leaves the company?
• Exit plan (to turn business over to children, etc, once I retire)
• Dynamics of multiple owners-Division of responsibilities
• Dealing with Human Resource Issues-Fairness, consistency, equality, etc.
• Liability insurance needed?

8. How to Develop a Business Plan
• Components of a Business Plan-Who, What, Where, When, How, How much Money?
• Financial Projections with assumptions
• What will set your business apart from others in your field?
• Why do you think it will be successful?
• Can you attract the necessary people to grow the business?
• What is it that I want, for the business to grow or stay the same size?

9. Business Plan Presentations
Training participants get a chance to give a 5-10 minute presentation of their Business Plans to the other participants plus 2 invited panel members for feedback/improvement.

10. Business Plan Presentations
Training participants get a chance to give a 5-10 minute presentation of their Business Plans to the other participants plus 2 invited panel members for feedback/improvement.


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