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Farragut Chamber greets new members

Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce hosted about 40 new members at a breakfast orientation Tuesday, Oct. 7.

“We do new member orientation to familiarize our new members with the Chamber and its benefits,” Bettye Sisco, Chamber president and CEO, said.

New member orientations are held twice a year, in the spring and fall. For each orientation, new members from the last 18 months are invited.

“Anyone who is a new member and has not attended [an orientation] before, has the opportunity to attend,” Sisco said.

“Anybody could come, just as a refresher,” Judy Briody, Chamber media coordinator, said.

The Chamber has held new member orientations for the past three years, but this is the first year it was held at Town Hall.

“We loved it there because, not only was it a perfect venue for it, but it also gave 30 to 40 people the opportunity to go through the [Farragut Folklife] Museum that had never seen it before,” Sisco said.

Following a half-hour networking opportunity, Farragut Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III addressed the group.

“The Farragut West Knox Chamber and town of Farragut are partners in the commercial growth in Farragut,” Ford said.

Ford said Farragut was one of the greatest Southern small towns because of its business growth.

He noted the Chamber has more than 700 members and its reach extends beyond Farragut town limits.

Sisco presented Enterprise members’ roles and listed committees members could become a part of: committees that sponsor the Chamber 5K, auction or speaker series breakfasts.

The orientation itself is headed by the Ambassador Committee.

Sisco’s presentation gives business owners “a better understanding of what the Chamber does for them … we point out all the advertising opportunities, and ‘Chamber Life,’ networkings and scholarship fund,” Briody said.

“You get out what you put in, that’s what the message is,” Ford said.

All of the new members introduced themselves and their businesses.

“They’re the focus. They’re the important people there,” Ford said.

“Everyone has the opportunity to expose their business to everyone so it helps to give recognition to their business,” Sisco said.

The Chamber exists for just this: giving business owners recognition.

“We fill them in on how they get their business out there. We are here to help them get the word out about their business,” Briody said.

Sisco called the event a success, saying, “Much appreciation goes to the Town and to Jack Wickstrom for the invitations.”

The next new member orientation will be held in spring 2009.

For more information, visit or call 865-675-7057.


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