“I had the honor of attending the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce annual meeting where Mrs. Margaret Schenck and Mr. Bob Card both received awards for their devotion to free market values and dedication to our community. I want to thank these individuals along with the entire Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing fight to grow and support local businesses. Organizations like the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce show that American small business owners and entrepreneurs are doing their part in growing jobs and strengthening our economy,” Rep. Scott DesJarlais said in public comments to the speaker of the House.
DesJarlais represents the 4th Congressional District which is comprised of a string of counties from Bradley to Middle Tennessee. He shares Bradley County with 3rd Congressional District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann. Bradley County was split congressionally and legislatively by the Tennessee Legislature.
The comments were a welcomed surprise for the local Chamber, which had an historically successful membership drive last year.
Chamber President and CEO Gary Farlow said it was “... nice to see our award winners being recognized and the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce getting national exposure on the House floor.”
Card was the recipient of the Robert W. Varnell Jr. Leadership Award, given for leadership in professional, religious and civic arenas. This is the organization’s highest award.
Schenck was the recipient of the M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award. The award is given to a member who has turned challenges into success in their business.
The Chamber offers support to local businesses in a variety of ways.
“We serve as a sort of advocate for small businesses at the state and federal levels,” Farlow said.
A range of training opportunities will be offered for small-business owners in the next couple of months.
“Most of our members are small businesses,” Farlow said.
In his comments to the U.S. House, DesJarlais said it is groups like the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce that will make “a brighter future” for the United States.
The Chamber has 1,255 members.