Businesses 'Rise and Shine' for the Chamber
By: David Thomas, The Jackson Sun on Jul 17, 2015
Not exactly knowing what to expect, Chuck Harvey paused just long enough to take a look around the crowd participating in the Jackson Chamber's "Rise and Shine" morning networking program at the West Tennessee Farmers Market on Thursday.
"For a first time event, this is awesome," said Harvey, who owns Alba Coffee, Tea & Food. "We partnered with the Chamber, and this gives us a lot of visibility."
Besides Alba, vendors included Bravo! Body & Skin, and Bravo! Hair Gallery & Color Bar, and Pour Me Some Juice.
When not visiting with vendors, attendees played ping-pong and cornhole, rediscovered the Hula-Hoop and bobbed for donuts.
Toni Austin, an outside salesperson with Express Employment Professionals, made the Farmers Market her first stop for the day.
"I live in Henderson, and Express Employment Professionals is in North Jackson on Carriage House Drive," Austin said. "This is my first Chamber event. It's nice to catch this before the day gets busy, and I've met several new people."
Bobby Hearn, Morgan Stanley vice president financial adviser in Jackson, talked with longtime friends while making some new ones.
"The benefit of this event is, you're starting a new day with a fresh mind, new attitudes," Hearn said. "Most people are receptive to discuss investments — but I don't push."
In public relations, Lisa Ragsdale designs and markets companies, and one of her clients is Bravo! Body & Skin, as well as Bravo! Hair Gallery & Color Bar, two of the vendors participating at "Rise and Shine."
"The business is new, but the reception has been great," Ragsdale said. "This is another great way to introduce Bravo! to the community."
Danny Crossett opened Performance Running of West Tennessee at 398 Oil Well Road about three months ago, and he took advantage of Thursday's event.
"I'm telling people about the (running) store, and inviting them out," Crossett said. "We want people to know who we are, and what we do, and this is a good opportunity to network with them."
Alexis Long, the Jackson Chamber's manager of events, was impressed by the turnout.
"We had well over 100 people, and for the first one, that is really good," Long said. "We plan on doing this again out North, just not too soon, because we don't want to over-saturate."