Virtual Ribbon Cuttings
Williamson County Chamber of Commerce rolls out toolkit
for incoming members during Tennessee’s phased reopening
“Williamson Inc.’s goal is to grow the economy in a strategic, thoughtful, intentional way to create opportunities and career opportunities for our friends, families and neighbors,” according to Matt Largen, president and CEO of Williamson Inc. The question is how do you do that during a global pandemic?
Well, Williamson Inc. has found some ways to do just that. Having provided a variety of resources to the business community throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, Williamson, Inc. is adding a supplementary toolkit to ensure the success of new members. During the State of Tennessee’s phased reopening, Williamson, Inc. is hosting virtual ribbon cuttings at no charge to incoming members. More, the organization is offering complimentary two-month introductory membership extensions (totaling fourteen months), extra exposure through email newsletters, and a comprehensive directory of membership with points of contact for each business.
“Our goal at the start of the lockdown was to meet the immediate needs of businesses and organizations in Williamson County. This membership campaign reflects our continued commitment. We know our community partners will still need a place to gather and exchange information, ideas, and sales leads, whether in-person or virtually,” said Matt Largen, President and CEO of Williamson, Inc. And their responses, even while working tirelessly to sustain their operations, have enabled us to best tailor our approaches as we strive to assist.
Elizabeth McCreary, Chief Economic Development Officer for Williamson, Inc. said, “Nothing has felt more meaningful or has felt like we were giving more value back to our community than the work we are doing right now.”
Williamson Inc. has hosted more than twenty-five virtual events since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Williamson County. Event topics have varied, including Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, managing expenses, best practices for working from home, mental health, live Q&A with elected officials, and supporting local businesses. The organization has also surveyed their 1,300+ membership on the impacts of COVID-19, operational pivots, and feedback on financial assistance programs.
“Our team has been continuously engaging with business and organizational partners during this time, through surveys and direct communication,” said Kel McDowell, Director of Government Affairs at Williamson, Inc. “And their responses, even while working tirelessly to sustain their operations, have enabled us to best tailor our approaches as we strive to assist.”
Williamson, Inc. has welcomed 37 new members throughout the pandemic. You can view a full list of membership benefits at
“They’ve done such a great job in terms of making resources and information available to people”, said Senator Jack Johnson during Williamson, Inc.’s virtual Policy Talks. “We’ve got a chamber that we can really be proud of.”
“As Jack said, It is a great time to be a member of the Williamson Inc. chamber,” said State Representative Sam Whitson.
At a time where we are all learning to pivot our business models and navigate based on the information we have, it is nice to know that Williamson Inc. in offering resources to the business community and leading the charge in finding innovative ways to do just that.
For more information about becoming a member visit www.williamsonchamber.com.