November could arguably be considered the kick-off to the holiday season. It’s the time of year where many of us will no doubt be gathering to celebrate with family, friends and colleagues but it’s also a time to take a moment and reflect and show our gratitude to those people in our lives. At the Chamber, we are certainly doing just that.

2017 has been a year of transformation for the Chamber with several accomplishments, big and small. However, like many nonprofits, it takes a dedicated staff as well as an army of volunteers who are passionate about serving others to really facilitate meaningful change.

Earlier this year, the Chamber welcomed two new staff members, Executive Director, Rebecca Melton and Administrative Assistant, Alicia Erickson. From the start, both have been focused on how to best serve our membership, city and residents and because of that “see a need, meet the need” spirit, they have taken our Chamber and commitment to our community to a whole new level.

Many of our successes this year would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment from our Board of Directors (past and present), Committee Chairs/Members and Ambassadors. Each member of these groups have worked tirelessly all year and have been dedicated to serving our business community. They all exemplify what it truly means to be a servant leader.

Another group that we would be remiss for not thanking would be our sponsors throughout the year, especially our premier sponsors, John Maher Builders and Vanderbilt Health. Each one has gone above and beyond towards being a contributing partner in our membership and because of their neverending support we were able to do even more towards the accomplishment of our mission that allows us to serve our 300 (and growing) membership. Their commitment though extends far beyond our Chamber and is seen through the support for the City of Spring Hill and its 40,000+ residents. For that, we are deeply grateful.

Another way for each and everyone of us to show our gratitude is to recognize and celebrate our local entrepreneurs who help to strengthen our economy. November serves as National Entrepreneurship Month with Tuesday, November 21, designated as National Entrepreneurs Day. The Chamber staff and Board of Directors, would like to thank all of our local entrepreneurs not only for their hard work and determination but for also choosing to base your business in Spring Hill. We applaud your efforts and are here to serve you and and your business needs through our various programs and services. If you are not already a member, please consider joining by visiting our website to learn more about our organization or sign up to attend one of our many events.

Our next event will be our monthly luncheon scheduled for Thursday, November 16, at the UAW Hall where we will welcome Steve Wyer to speak to our members and guest on the importance of online reputation management. This topic will be extremely helpful to businesses seeking to understand the importance of online reviews and want to learn how they can take a proactive stance to addressing reviews whether they are positive, negative, or a little bit of both. Attendees will also enjoy lunch catered by local favorite and recent Chamber member, Delta Bound.

This luncheon will also be extremely important for members to attend as they will have the opportunity to vote for a group of their peers to join the Board of Directors. The board is made up of 16 individuals representing a variety of different industries within our membership and are responsible for the strategic development and growth of our Chamber with an intense focus on serving our members and community, because together we make a better Spring Hill. Every vote is important so if you are a member, please come and make your voice heard. Registration for this event is now open and anyone interested in attending can visit the Chamber’s website at

Lastly, all of us at the Spring Hill Chamber would like to thank our community and all of you who make the intentional effort to support our members by choosing to support local first, especially during the holiday season. By choosing to shop, eat, play and even stay local you are directly benefiting to the health and well-being of our economy.

With gratitude,

Abbie Stofel, Chair of the Board of Directors