Nashville Business Journal - by Cynthia Yeldell Nashville Business Journal
The Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce is gaining momentum with 45 members and more than 300 attendees at a recent networking event.
Started by former CareerBuilder.com sales specialist Celeste LaReau, the organization wants to cross social, economical, cultural and denominational lines by reaching out to blue and white collar workers, managers and employees.
"You don't have to be a CEO or wear a suit," LaReau says. "It is for anyone that is Christian."
LaReau says during her research she discovered that the Christian presence was missing from Nashville's business community in its many niche chambers of commerce.
In Middle Tennessee, there are many geographically focused chambers such as the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, and niche chambers such as the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.