Williamson Inc. takes seriously its responsibility to keep businesses in Williamson County connected. That is why they sprung into action amidst our new social distancing guidelines to ensure that business owners do not feel alone and have a new way to stay connected.

Williamson, Inc. incorporates the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, which together provides unparalleled access to education, leadership development, relationship-building and up to the minute information about doing business in one of the country’s fastest growing counties. This is the organization’s mission.

During this time of uncertainty due to Covid-19, Matt Largen, President and CEO and his team at Williamson Inc. are continuing to do just that.

In efforts to keep communication open during times of “social distancing” Williamson Inc. launched a new event called “Topics of Today” which will be an ongoing series that the community can participate in virtually.

The first series was held at AP Live, owned by Williamson Inc. board member Tom Atema, and broadcast on Facebook Live. The subject of the discussion was on SBA loan and business resources. Matt Largen and Kel McDowell, Director of Government Affairs, moderated the discussion and McDowell has become the liaison for small businesses in the community that are navigating the process of applying for a Small Business loan during this uncertain time.

“As board member for Williamson Inc., I’ve been proud to see the organization take a leadership role in providing support and guidance for business in our community. From helping small business navigate the SBA loan process to simply serving as a resource for information, the chamber has been proactive in communicating and assisting membership. It’s a great comfort to know they’ve got our backs,” said Mike Alday of Alday Public Relations.

Other virtual meetings that Williamson Inc has taken part in is co- hosting a webinar with then Nashville Chamber, and holding their “Policy Talks” and “Member Connect” series virtually.

Policy Talks is a monthly community forum featuring our elected officials in the Tennessee Legislature and in Williamson County. Constituents are given the opportunity to discuss issues in greater depth with their representatives.

“Right now is a great time to be a part of the chamber,” said State Representative Sam Whitson during the last virtual Policy Talks series.

Leigh Bawcom, Director of Member Engagement had this to say about their first Virtual Member Connect meeting.

“Our first Virtual Member Connect was a success. It's critical that Chamber members stay connected during this time to let each other know the positive things happening in their businesses and to plant seeds for the future. We anticipate that even after the crisis is over, Williamson, Inc. will continue to host some virtual events as an avenue to further engage with our members.”

Another way the chamber has created outreach to local businesses is that Largen and Bryan Doleshel, Chief Community Development Office for Williamson Inc., are calling board members and chamber members just to check in and see how they are holding up during this unprecedented time and ask how it has affected their business.

Williamson Inc. is finding new ways for us to stay informed and collaborate with each other so that we remember we are not alone in this time of uncertainty.

Social distancing does not mean social disconnection.

Williamson Inc. is a setting a great example of how to stay connected the right way.

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