When businesses open in Maury County, a whole team of professionals is available to help them grow. Boosting business and quality of life is the mission of two groups recently launched by the Maury County Chamber of Commerce.
"Our chamber has several committees, such as membership and public affairs, that keep business leaders updated and informed on issues," says Kara Huckaby, director of the Maury County Chamber of Commerce. "We host annual events and provide a State of Maury County address, too. But we've launched two groups in particular that further the involvement opportunities for our business leaders."
Women of Wisdom, which launched in the spring of 2012, is a group that meets monthly.
"It was formed as a way to educate ourselves about the issues that affect community, particularly women in workforce," Huckaby says. "Our goal is to be informed and engaged in any activity that we can."
Huckaby says the group, which has grown to about 30 members, looks at financial issues as they pertain to women and highlights agencies that are making a difference in the community.
"Most of our programming and speakers are geared toward personal development," Huckaby says.
Generation Maury, launched by the Chamber in 2011, is geared toward advocacy. With a membership of about 40 young professionals, speakers are invited to address community topics that include local government, education, business codes, retail studies and more.
"This is a group for those who want to empower themselves and move forward," Huckaby says. "Anytime you increase knowledge and awareness of current issues you are increasing the likelihood that things will get done. Generation Maury is a group that is eager to learn and make a difference. By empowering them with knowledge, we empower them to make a difference.
"These two groups have increased the passion and involvement in our county," she continues. "People are excited to be in Maury County. When you're involved and excited, you become engaged."