In September of 1979, this local chamber of commerce was born with the help of a newspaper ad. Doug Underwood, publisher of the former Westview put a notice in his paper inviting those interested in creating a chamber to attend a luncheon at a Bellevue restaurant. It was Underwood’s belief that unincorporated Bellevue needed an organization that would provide a voice for the community.
The guest that day was the executive director of the Nashville Chamber who gave advice on organizing the first Bellevue chamber. Underwood had hoped to get at least 10 people to attend; more than three dozen showed up. Those on hand included business owners, dentists, bankers, insurance agents, contractors, and veterinarians, among others. By the following year, the new Bellevue Chamber of Commerce boasted more than 100 members.
Now, after nearly 40 years of continuous service, the Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce continues to serve as the voice of the Bellevue community.