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VOL. 37 | NO. 31 | Friday, August 02, 2013

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Chamber East Networking Coffee. Join business and community leaders in East Nashville for the Chamber East monthly networking coffee and community update. Today, 7:30-9 a.m., Location TBA. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3053.


Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Education Division

The public is invited for a luncheon to meet the new director of Wilson County Schools, Timothy R. Setterlund. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservations required by Monday, Aug. 5. 444-5503. $15 per person.


Williamson County Fair

Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane in Franklin. Monday-Friday, 6-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday Noon-10 p.m. Midway closes at midnight Friday-Saturday and at 11 p.m. Sunday. Information: www.williamsoncountyfair.org.


Live on the Green

Nashville’s free concert series held at Public Square Park in front of the Metro Courthouse on six consecutive Thursdays. The series will feature:

  • Aug. 8 – Matt & Kim with ZZ Ward and Gin Wigmore
  • Aug. 15 – Matt Nathanson with Erin McCarley
  • Aug. 22 – Michael Franti and Spearhead with The Delta Saints and Luella and the Sun
  • Aug. 29 – Robert Randolph & The Family Band with Joe Robinson
  • Sept. 5 – Local Natives with Leagues and Lulu Mae
  • Sept. 12 – Moon Taxi with The Weeks and The Wild Feathers

Shows begin at 5 p.m. Information: liveonthegreen.net.


Arts Council of Williamson County’s ‘Brown Bag Lunch Bunch’

Middle Tennessee culinary artist and chef Michael Martin will be the guest speaker. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Williamson County Public Library (main conference room), 1314 Columbia Pike, Franklin. Information: mike@bluefigeditions.com.


Tomato Art Fest

The Tomato Art Fest has steadily drawn larger crowds with each year that passes. Last year, an estimated 35,000 people came to celebrate this beloved fruit/vegetable event and enjoy costumes, vendors, contests, music and more. The festival, begun in 2004, has been featured in Southern Living and Oxford American magazines. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the intersection of 11th and Woodland in East Nashville. Information: tomatoartfest.com.

Mayor’s Back to School Bash

The inaugural Mayor Cullough’s Back to School Bash will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cheatham County Courthouse. This “carnival at the court house” will include games, face painting, free school supplies and more. The first 100 children to visit will receive a free backpack. Information: 746-2443.

Bootlegger’s Bash

The Battle of Franklin Trust will once again take a trip into prohibition-era Tennessee as it hosts Bootlegger’s Bash. The third annual event at Carnton Plantation is inspired by Williamson County’s unique history of bootlegging. Guests are invited to enjoy a whiskey tasting, delicious southern meal and old-time music and dancing. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Information: www.battleoffranklintrust.org.

MTEMC’s Annual Meeting

Middle Tennessee Electric’s Annual Meeting will be held at Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Hotel and Conference Center. Prize registration for members starts at 7:30 a.m. The meeting’s business session begins at 9:00 a.m. Information: 615-494-1545.


Pick Your Place

An opportunity to learn about Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce member benefits and involvement opportunities for the 2013-2014 program year. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.


Business Matchmaking: Increase Sales and Decrease Sales Cycle

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce introduces Business Matchmaking, an intuitive, cloud-based software that helps pair qualified, growing companies with ready-to-purchase buyers. Powered by technology from Sagents Partners LLC, this new offering helps growing businesses in Middle Tennessee connect with procurement offices in Fortune 1000 companies. Learn how to shorten your sales cycle, increase your visibility, gain access to decision makers, have better qualified leads, get 360° feedback on how to increase connection opportunities, use the Sagents system to gain access to deal flow and generate connections, the benefits of business certifications, best practices for working with procurement offices at Fortune 1000 companies. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

Chamber West Monthly Networking Coffee

An opportunity to learn more about Chamber West’s initiatives and find out how you can get involved in the continued success of this area. Hampton Inn & Suites-Green Hills, 2324 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

HR Excellence Awards Best Practices Workshop

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management host this 60-minute workshop featuring 2013 HR Excellence Program Award recipients. 3:15-4:30 p.m., Lipscomb University, Ezell Center, Room 301. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 499-5150.

AUG. 24-25

4th Annual Music City Festival & BBQ Championship

This two-day festival a barbecue competition with professional and amateur barbecue teams along 1st Ave competing for more than $25,000 in prizes and cash and the Cool Cars & Hot Bike competition on 2nd Ave. The barbecue competition is one of few that enjoys sanctioning from both the Memphis BBQ Network and the Kansas City BBQ Society. Tickets range from $10 (one day) to $75 (two-day VIP). Proceeds from this year’s festival benefit Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and Wounded Warrior. 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Information: www.musiccitybbqfestival.com.