Every year, for our annual Salute to Businesses in Williamson County, we take time to speak with Williamson, Inc.’s President Matt Largen about the status of business and economic development in our county and region and what impact the Chamber of Commerce has had in growth and success in the previous year. 2022 has had its own set of challenges and changes for our country and our community. Let’s hear what Matt has to say!
What was the focus and goal for 2022 for Williamson, Inc.? 2023?
What were the most significant activities and projects of Williamson, Inc. this last year?
What are your thoughts about home prices decreasing but interest rates increasing? How may this affect Williamson County residents and those trying to live here?
Despite obvious challenges in recent years, there still seems to be a lot of new businesses opening in Williamson County. How do staffing shortages impact new and existing businesses? How does the Chamber work with local business owners to meet this challenge?
What exciting business news can you report about why it is still a great idea to open a business, relocate a business and be in business in Williamson County?
How can members–old, new and prospective–get the most bang for their buck out of joining Williamson, Inc.?
As the head of the Chamber in Williamson County, what message do you want to share with community members and business owners?
The Hub for All Things Community with Williamson, Inc.
Williamson, Inc. is Williamson County’s Chamber of Commerce and Office of Economic Development, which provides unparalleled access to education, leadership development, relationship-building and up-to-the-minute information about doing business in one of the country’s fastest-growing counties.
Annual community updates held by Williamson, Inc. include State of the County with Mayor Rogers Anderson, State of the Schools with local superintendents, Market Update with commercial and residential real estate specialists and Outlook Williamson with panelists presenting trends and projections. These events host over 250 business professionals, leaders and community members. Attendees do not need to be members of Williamson, Inc., although members receive priority registration and pricing.
Special event resources launched this year, including a nationally recognized Minority Business Academy and Williamson Insider, a community onboarding lunch for new residents. Williamson, Inc. has also partnered with Williamson County Schools to provide Leadership Principles, a professional development series for principals focusing on leadership skills with the intent to retain top talent and strengthen Williamson County’s greatest asset – its schools. This year also marked the first year Williamson, Inc. brought an internationally recognized conference to the area, the Disney Institute. Launching in quarter four of 2022 is the Black Business Committee, a group of black business leaders charged with leading four events in 2023 sponsored by their committee and the economic development arm of Williamson, Inc.
In partnership with the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County and the generous support of Calvin LeHew, Williamson, Inc. opened the Franklin Innovation Center in August of 2021. As part of the Franklin Grove restoration project, the Franklin Innovation Center is housed in a newly renovated 4,100-square-foot historic mansion just blocks from downtown Franklin. The center features six individual office suites that lease for one-year terms to innovative, scalable companies. Two new tenants have joined the space in 2022 to join the existing inaugural tenants. To learn more about this project or apply, visit franklininnovates.com.
Williamson, Inc. strives to provide a platform for the community to stay informed in upcoming elections. As part of that initiative, Williamson, Inc. offered live-streamed interviews to all candidates for local elections in 2022 and requested all candidates fill out written questionnaires on business topics in Williamson County. These are archived on williamsonchamber.com/vote.
Ribbon cuttings hosted by Williamson, Inc. are on pace to break the annual record of seventy-six set in 2022. Ribbon cuttings are free events open to the community and they can be found listed on williamsonchamber.com/events. When Williamson, Inc. hosts your ribbon cutting, you receive complimentary food, media coverage, printed materials and more from Williamson, Inc. members. If you are interested in hosting a cutting for your grand opening, re-opening, expansion, anniversary, remodel or other milestones, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Williamson, Inc. also hosts a number of community networking events for small business owners, Women in Business, Young Professionals, minority businesses, non-profits and more. If you are interested in becoming a member of Williamson, Inc., please visit williamsonchamber.com or email email@example.com.