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With Nissan and Amazon.com adding new jobs to the local market, more parents will be going to work on second and third shifts, and that means some will need late-night daycare services.

Kids Come First, Inc. is opening its doors this week to cater to those working mothers and fathers who need early morning and late night childcare. With two locations -- 322 E. Clark Blvd., close to Memorial Boulevard, and 5904 New Nashville Highway, near Smyrna -- Kids Come First will be open 24/7, according to owner Anna Quinn.

She has brought on 20-year daycare veteran Greta Johnson to lead the daycares and will employ a staff of 45 teachers, teachers’ aids, cooks, floaters and substitutes.

Quinn said she got the idea to open a daycare when her two-year-old granddaughter, Khloe, was learning to speak. With an English-speaking father and Spanish-speaking mother, the toddler tried learning both languages before “she got to the point where she just wouldn’t talk.”

“I figured there were more (children) who need that extra step,” Quinn said. “If they’re not learning English, and they have to go to our schools, and they can’t speak English, they’re not going to learn,” she says. “More kids are going to be stuck when they grow up … they’re not going to be productive adults.”

Quinn has added bilingual teachers to her staff to ensure that children are being prepared for formal schooling.

“Here, kids come first,” she said, referring to the play on words.

Kids Come First will accept children six weeks to 5 years of age and is currently running grand opening specials. Interested parents should call 615-900-3971 to schedule an appointment.

Chamber helps women Learn Grow Connect
A makeover has taken place connected with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s annual women’s conference, and it doesn’t involve an attendee.

In fact, it’s the conference itself that received the makeover, with a new name and a new logo. Formerly known as Creating the Balance, the conference will now be known as the Learn Grown Connect, or LGC Conference, according to a Chamber press release.

“Since it is the conference’s 10th year, we thought it was a good time to rebrand and give the event a fresh new look,” said Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce vice president of operations Stephanie Brackman.

“The new name reflects what attendees have come to expect out of the event over the last 10 years – opportunities to learn new things, grow both personally and professionally, and connect with other successful women in our community.”

The one-day event, held Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Hotel and Conference Center, will feature keynote speaker Emily Ellis, former vice president of STAR culture and brand training for The Gaylord Entertainment Company. In addition to the keynote speech, attendees will participate in topical breakout sessions and have the ability to shop from local vendors on-site.

 Online registration for the LGC Conference is now open and can be found under the events tab at www.rutherfordchamber.org. The cost to attend is $65 for Chamber members and $85 for non-members. For additional information, please contact the Chamber at 615-893-6565.

RuCo employment rate shows growth
Rutherford County joined the ranks of top counties in terms of employment growth in a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce recently announced.

The Fourth Quarter 2011 County Employment and Wages report indicates that employment increased in 266 of the 322 largest U.S. counties, of which Rutherford is included. The report measures employment growth from December 2010 to December 2011.

 While national employment, measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program, is up 1.4 percent, Rutherford County boasted a 4 percent increase, making it fourth in the nation for percentage increase in employment.

“Rutherford County continues to be a destination for companies looking to expand and relocate due to our pro-business climate, skilled labor pool, available sites and overall high quality of life,” said Holly Sears, vice president of economic development for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. “This ranking is a testimony that our leadership has continued to position our community as a great place to do business.”

The employment and wage data in the report are compiled under the QCEW program and derived from reports submitted by every employer subject to unemployment insurance laws. The 9.2 million employer reports cover 131.3 million full- and part-time workers.

Nissan is hiring maintenance technicians
Nissan is seeking to fill maintenance technician openings at its vehicle assembly and battery plants in Smyrna and at its Decherd Vehicle Assembly Plant in Decherd, Tenn.  

Candidates with a minimum of five years of industrial maintenance experience are invited to create a profile and submit a resume online at Nissan.jobs.

Qualified candidates will be invited for an in-person interview. The interviews will be conducted in late September at the Nissan North America plant, located at 983 Nissan Drive in Smyrna.

More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at NissanUSA.com and InfinitiUSA.com.

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