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Business Matters - NovemberOur Business Matters topic for November was fraud within our elderly communities. Magnolia Place in Union City provided the speaker and were our sponsor as well.

BUSINESS MATTERS THIS MONTH WILL BE ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 13TH FROM 7:45 AM - 3 AM

Business Matters - October

Our Business Matters speaker for October was Chad Davis with Davis Wealth Services in Dyersburg!
He spoke about money in politics — a discussion about the stock market and presidential elections.
We had an awesome turnout and even enjoyed blind bacon tasting!!

jim-rippyJim Rippy, CEO of Discovery Park of America was our guest speaker for December Business Matters. He discussed the impact it has had on the community after reaching its one year anniversary of being open and informed us that sales tax was up 15% from last year. Join us next month as we discuss taxes!

april business mattersSteve Smith with Touching Hearts at Home was our guest speaker for April's Business Matters. Touching Hearts at Home is state licensed for personal care assistance, memory care services, accompaniment, and outpatient accompaniment. The event was sponsored by Goodwill Career Solutions. Join us next month!

Business Matters is held the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7:45 am to 9 am at the Obion County Public Library.

Click here to check the events schedule.

The TCAT-Newbern Institutional advisory committee met on August 10, 2017. The institutional advisory committee is comprised of local business and industry partners, as well as local educational partners and economic development personnel. The committee was updated on new TCAT-Newbern personnel.

UNION CITY, TN. When Donna Walker began her career in banking at what was formerly Old & Third National Bank forty years ago, banking looked a little different than it does today. Over the years, she's seen debit cards, direct deposits, ATM machines, mobile banking, Netteller and computers all change the way consumers bank, but her love for the job has only grown.

"Back in the day, most things were done by hand, and records were kept on paper," Donna says. "Customers had to come to the bank to make deposits and get cash. We were always extremely busy."

First Citizens National Bank RANKS #19 IN BEST BANKS TO WORK FOR IN U.S.

For the fifth consecutive year, First Citizens National Bank has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For. First Citizens currently ranks 19th overall for banks across the entire United States.

The full list will be featured in the September issue of American Banker Magazine and is now available online at www.AmericanBanker.com.

The program, which was initiated in 2013 to identify, recognize and honor the best banks to work for in the nation, is aproject of American Banker and Best Companies Group. In all, 75 banks achieved "Best Bank" status in this fifth year for the program.

Workforce is a critical issue everywhere and communities are being creative in solving real challenges with impact. The Obion County (TN) Joint Economic Development Council is addressing their leading workforce challenge head-on. I had the opportunity to visit with Lindsay Frilling, President, about their initiative.

Tell me about the situation driving this initiative.
Over the last 5 years, we've had 1,200 new jobs announced. We initially thought we would create a campaign to recruit talent to move to Obion County. We asked employers to become involved in the talent recruitment campaign. Although they were interested and supportive, what happened instead they shared critical workforce issues. We didn't fully understand the extent of challenges until we intentionally explored. Limited childcare availability was a major issue.

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