Small Business Council
What is the Small Business Council?
The Greater Memphis Chamber works for business by business and roughly 90 percent of the Chamber's members are small businesses. Together, we're successful. When you join the Chamber, you're gaining a huge support system in the business community. We're here for you.
What is the Vision of the Small Business Council?
The vision of the Small Business Council is to serve as the advocate for business by encouraging, supporting, recognizing and being a resource that enriches business practices within our community.
What We Do:
The Small Business Council, led by the SBC Leadership, has three Task Forces that focus on providing access to opportunities and resources to grow your business.
How do you get involved?
Chamber member companies who have 100 employees or less automatically get access to all SBC programs and benefits. All events will have a member rate and a non-member rate. For more information on getting involved, email Lauren Loeb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Weintraub - Chairman
Regional Managing Partner, Memphis Office, Fisher & Phillips LLP
Jim Van de Vuurst - ChamberDirect Task Force Chair
Principal Owner, Vanick Digital
Chris Miller - Programs Task Force Chair
President, Yuletide Office Solutions
Sandra Walls - Matchmaking Task Force Chair
President & CEO, AVPOL International LLC dba AIL
SBC Task Forces
Small businesses are the backbone of our community’s economy and infrastructure, but thriving as a small business owner can be hard. For example, research from the National Federation of Independent Businesses shows that more than 50 percent of small businesses fail because of internal deficiencies rather than externally generated problems. That’s why it’s important to connect and share best practices for success. One of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s leading strengths is helping our members make the connections and access the information that make a difference.
ChamberDirect Task Force
ChamberDirect is your link to a vast regional network of potential business partners. Chamber members will have direct access to information about insurance requirements, specialized procurement needs, points of contact, contract bidding and more – for dozens of regional companies and government agencies.
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Programming Task Force
The Chamber currently provides a variety of educational and networking opportunities for small business members. The Lunch in the Know series, a free event held six times a year includes expert speakers on topics such as marketing, business leadership, and more. The annual HR/Legal Summit offers managers and business owners updates on new workplace laws. Visit the Chamber calendar to see what events are coming up!
Also part of the Programming Task Force is the Advice on Tap program which connects industry experts with small business members for free consultations.
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Matchmaking Task Force
This task force is working to create a program that will allow small businesses to gain access to larger companies' procurement process through a matchmaking element.
Are you looking for help with your small business, but are not sure where to go? We have a complete list of local, regional, state and federal programs and resources to help small businesses in Memphis succeed and grow. Click Here for more information.
Small Business, Big Ideas Blog
You can take advantage of the broad range of professional experience brought to the table by the Small Business Council. Follow our "Small Business, Big Ideas" blog to hear from key contributors about a myriad of issues pertaining to starting and operating a small business. If you have a question, post it on our blog page. One of our successful contributors, or perhaps a fellow reader, might have just the answer you're looking for. Click Here to read our blog.
Sales & Small Business Ownership
Voss W. Graham is CEO and Senior Business Advisor for InnerActive Consulting Group Inc. He is known by his clients as "a knowledgeable partner who helps our team achieve business growth." He provides practical experience as a small business owner for over 29 years, yet is often engaged with Fortune 500 companies in the development of their people and business strategies.
Joel Myers is a career Human Resources professional, with over 40 years in the field including 26 years in consulting. The Centre Group helps clients achieve success by “Leveraging the Human Spirit” within their organizations.
OBSIDIAN PUBLIC RELATIONS
Affordable Care Act
Several professionals and strategists from the local Obsidian Public Relations firm provide excellent advice on everything from research to media relations to event planning. They believe that all companies, no matter how big or small the company or its budget, should have a public relations plan driving how they manage their relationships with key stakeholders. Public relations is an integral part of doing business the right way.
Marketing & Public Relations
Lori Turner-Wilson is CEO and Co-Founder of RedRover Company, a sales development, marketing and PR consulting firm. Lori works with companies large and small, from start-ups to mature organizations, to help them improve the productivity of their sales force and the return on their marketing investment. Lori writes a weekly syndicated column for the Daily News, Memphis News, Nashville Ledger, and Desoto Times, among others, titled “Guerrilla Sales & Marketing,” for which she won a 2011 Summit International Award and 2012 International Communicator Award.
Small Business Ownership
Tom Pease is a small business owner of an office equipment dealership called e/Doc Systems, Inc. He has also owned a full-line Kawasaki dealership as well as a document shop. He used 30+ years of experience in owning a business to author two books, including: Going Out of Business by Design: Why 70% of Small Businesses Fail and Small Business Survival 101. He also has published 85 columns in The Memphis Daily News as the Small Business Advisor.
Design & Digital Strategy
Founded in 1999, inferno provides brand development, advertising, public relations, design and digital marketing services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Headquartered in Memphis with a satellite office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the award-winning firm produces results-driven work by passionately combining strategic-thinking, creativity and culture to ensure the success of its clients. For more information, visit www.creativeinferno.com.
FISHER & PHILLIPS
Labor & Employment Law
Fisher & Phillips LLP is a national law firm committed to taking a practical, businesslike approach to solving labor and employment problems for employers. Labor and employment law is all the firm does, offering broad knowledge and experience in the area of the law the attorneys know best. Fisher & Phillips attorneys help clients avoid legal problems, are dedicated to providing exceptional client service, and are there when you need them. The firm has 330 attorneys in 31 offices, including Memphis.