TVCC to host business forum

Press Release

WILLIAMSON – The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) will host a regional business forum Thursday, March 2, to bring together entrepreneurs and business owners on both sides of the Tug River to discuss ideas to strengthen the commercial future of the area.

The forum will be held at the South Side Mall in Goody, Kentucky, and will moderated by Chuck Sexton, executive director of One East Kentucky.

The goal of the forum is to have an open conversation sharing ideas for the future and set the stage for reaching goals as well as encouraging budding entrepreneurs to move forward in the development of their projects. Participants will also work with Sexton to identify issues and frustrations currently facing businesses in the Tug Valley area and subsequently find ways to address and alleviate those problems.

The forum was suggested by TVCC Vice President Tim Hatfield, who serves as CEO of Tug Valley ARH Medical Center in South Williamson as a way to help businesses on both sides meld into one cohesive business community, essentially eliminating the river divides them.

“The Tug River may divide us physically into two states, but it doesn’t need to divide us as a business community,” Hatfield said in discussing his idea. “We are stronger together than we are apart.”

“This is not going to be your typical strategic planning meeting,” said TVCC President Leigh Ann Ray. “This is going to be an open, honest conversation about our business community and an invitation to the participants to voice their ideas as to how we can make it stronger and more beneficial to everyone.”

“We hope this forum generates an excited entrepreneurial mindset and a roadmap to changing our own perception of our area. When we believe we live and work in a great community, others will, too,” said Natalie Taylor TVCC executive director.

To register for the forum please visit or contact Natalie Taylor at 304-235-5240.

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