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Mayor requests $5k for chamber

After a presentation by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce president Bettye Sisco on what the chamber has to offer and how it has grown, Mayor Eddy Ford asked that $5,000 be appropriated in next fiscal year’s budget to support it.

“You all have raised the chamber to a level we never anticipated,” Ford said.

The mayor said he noticed the town was not a supporter of the chamber during a similar presentation by Sisco at Baptist Hospital West.

“I looked up and didn’t see the town of Farragut listed as a supporter,” he said. “We want to be listed on the admiral level.”

The admiral level is the highest support level attainable in the chamber.

According to Ford, the $5,000 is money well spent.

“The chamber is an integral part of the community,” he said. “They are a tremendous element in the town of Farragut.”

Sisco said the chamber keeps growing and retaining its membership.

“Our member growth has been steady over the past few years,” she said. “Member retention has increased, too.”

Although the majority of chamber members are small business owners, Sisco said, there are some larger scale operation members.

“We have all kinds of businesses involved in the chamber … from Baptist to Bullfeather’s,” she said.

“Joining the chamber, to me, is really a ‘Why not?’” Sisco added.

New members receive one free advertisement in the farragutpress and have opportunities to be mentioned in the monthly chamber newsletter, Chamber Life, which is included as an insert in the farragutpress.

The newsletter includes information about upcoming chamber events, other happenings in the chamber and pictures from ground breakings, ribbon-cuttings and networking sessions.

Other benefits, Sisco said, include listing in the chamber’s membership and buyer’s guide, opportunities for Continuing Education grants of $500 for future growth and training of employees and available meeting space for rent at the chamber’s office at 11826 Kingston Pike.

According to the chamber’s motto, all the events are held to “strengthen and support the community by promoting business growth and economic development.”

The chamber was established in 1987, Ford said, and was the brainchild of former Farragut mayor Bob Leonard.

Currently, a yearly membership ranges from $1,000 to $5,000.


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