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VOL. 39 | NO. 10 | Friday, March 6, 2015

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Nashville Chamber Member Orientation. Learn about member benefits and involvement opportunities from Chamber staff. You’ll also learn how your business plays a role in the Chamber’s mission of creating regional economic prosperity. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 Commerce St, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

Chamber Midtown Quarterly Meeting

Chamber Midtown is the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s newest Area Advisory Council, formed to champion business prosperity in one of Nashville’s most thriving business districts. Area Advisory Councils serve the unique business needs of our members and provide opportunities for getting involved in solving problems, discussing issues and implementing special projects and events for a specific business neighborhood. 7:30-9 a.m., Scarritt-Bennett Center, Laskey Great Hall, 1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

Nashville General Hospital Community Town Hall Meetings

Dr. Joseph Webb, chief executive officer of Nashville General Hospital (NHG) is holding community town halls over the next few months as part of his strategic planning process for the city’s community hospital. Located on the Meharry Medical College campus, NGH serves all residents of Nashville and Davidson County. These community-focused events are open to the public and will allow residents to ask questions, share concerns and talk about health challenges in the community. The dialogue from these town halls will help shape the plans & vision for Nashville General Hospital. Community locations were selected based on top patient zip codes. 6-7:30 p.m., Northwest Family YMCA, 3700 Ashland City Highway.

Nashville Reads

Nashvillians are invited to come together to celebrate reading, storytelling, history and art during Nashville Reads, the city’s annual reading campaign. This year’s selection is Between Shades of Gray, a bestselling book by local author Ruta Sepetys. Mayor Karl Dean will join Sepetys, Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, Humanities Tennessee and Parnassus Books to kick off Nashville Reads at 10 a.m. at the Main Library, 615 Church St. Later, Dean will host a free book discussion, open to all, March 16, 6 p.m., at Bongo Java, 2007 Belmont Blvd. Information: www.nashvillereads.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

Community Supported Agriculture Fair

This event is an opportunity to learn about CSA programs. Each participating farm will have a booth with photos of their farms, lists of the products they grow, how they grow and where they have their pickups. There are several different CSA models in the Nashville area and this will give the public a chance to find the one that is perfect for them and their families. Participating farms include: Bells Bend Farm, Walnut Hills Farm, Gardner Grove Family Farms, Doe Run Farm, Eaton’s Creek Organics, Flying S Farm, West Wind Farms, Hill and Hollow Farm, Pinewood Farms, Bountiful Blessings, Barefoot Farmer CSA, Fresh Harvest, Buffalo Valley Farm, Sugar Camp Farm. Information: lisa@localtable.net, 677-6645; Jolie.Yockey@nashville.gov

Chamber West Monthly Networking Coffee

Network with Chamber members over breakfast and coffee. Learn more about Chamber West’s initiatives and find out how you can get involved in the continued success of this area. 8-9:15 a.m., Hampton Inn & Suites-Green Hills, 2324 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

BIZaroo: A festival for growing businesses

Half-day conference for small and midsized business owners, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Speakers include:

  • Bob Bernstein, Bongo Java
  • Dave Delaney, Futureforth
  • Ron Samuels, Avenue Bank
  • Dan Stephenson, Dan’s Gourmet Mac & Cheese

Registration: 12:30-1 p.m. Program: 1:30-5 p.m. 100 Taylor Street, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3060.

MARCH 20-22

Tennessee Capital Orchid Show

The Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee will be presenting a show and sale while hosting the Mid-America Orchid Congress spring meeting. Admission to the show and sale is free. The show will have more than 20 displays with an estimated 500 or more beautiful blooming orchids. Vendors will have a wide variety of blooming orchids for sale to the public. Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Franklin Marriot Hotel and Conference Center, 700 Cool Springs Boulevard. Information: www.orchidsinrhythm.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

Williamson County Democrats to Hold Biennial Convention

Officers will be elected to serve two-year terms. Positions are chair, vice chair, recording secretary and treasurer. Other ancillary positions and committee positions may be filled or appointed. The party will also review by-laws and discuss the 2015-16 party agenda. As many as 24 executive committee members, two each from each of the 12 voting districts in the county, will be selected. The party reorganization convention is open to all Williamson County Democrats. To participate, bring a valid photo ID and meet our credentialing committee standards. You must also be in the building prior to 10 a.m., when the doors will be secured, per by-laws. Williamson County Administrative Complex auditorium, 1320 West Main Street.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Business Studio: Customer Valuation Workshop

This workshop is designed to help you accurately value your customers to use your marketing budget and resources more efficiently. The Chamber has partnered with Pryor Consultation to develop this workshop, which will be led by owner and lead marketing strategist Ryan Pryor, whose background is in online marketing, customer acquisition, lead generation and conversion rate optimization. 8-9:30 a.m., Refinery Nashville, 438 Houston Street, Suite 263, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3060.

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