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I have lasted three decades as a business owner. Like most people doing this I go about my business without thinking much about any great philosophy or magic I possess because I don’t. But I do see things that work, so I will share them here.
Remember that time we introduced Music Export Memphis (MEM)? It’s an initiative to create opportunities for Memphis musicians across the U.S. and abroad. It’s also an important tool in our efforts to recruit and retain talented individuals (and their companies) who desire to live in creative cities.
On Saturday, September 24th, we get to see MEM kick off at the AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee. The Memphis Americana Picnic will take place at The Filming Station between 12:00 – 6:00 PM for badge and wristband holders, and it’s going to be an authentic Memphis celebration. Here are five things we’re looking forward to:
DigitalGenetix may be new to the Memphis market, but founder and owner Edwin Pope has already plugged into the local business scene here. Along with serving on the Greater Memphis Chamber's Small Business Council task force, Ed also has volunteered to be an advisor for our Advice on Tap program. We get to know him and his digital consulting agency, DigitalGenetix, better below.
After working in corporate sales for several years, Katrina Robinson says a 2009 layoff was the wakeup call that inspired her to start her own business.
“I always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Robinson, “I just didn’t know what it was I wanted to do or should be doing.”
Powder coating is an industry that may seem foreign to many of us, but Cory McCabe devotes his career to excelling at it, expanding his business and, most important, providing more job opportunities to Mid-South residents.
Financing a small business is expensive, and most people don’t have the extra money to finance their own company, so loans are a necessity. According to the 2015 Year-End Economic Report published by the National Small Business Association, 27 percent of small businesses were not able to receive the funding they needed. This lack of support prevented their business from growing, forcing them to close or lay-off employees.
Luckily, there is some good news for those smaller businesses. Whether it is a short-term loan or an SBA loan, there are now other ways to receive funding.
Donovan Borum recently graduated with his friend Carter Burgess and 106 other classmates, four of whom started at the Memphis campus like Donovan and are all college bound. Their class was the first to experience the three-campus model at the private, college preparatory St. George’s Independent School. While the first batch of students to go all the way from preschool to graduation under the model was small, officials say future minority participation will be greater.
If you're signed up to receive our member communications (sign up here), you already know that our membership department is growing. In the past month, we've welcomed four new team members and are now fully staffed! But today we want to introduce you to our Member Engagement Specialist, Patricia McKinney. As a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber, Patricia is someone you want to know. Her role is dedicated to helping you maximize your membership and find ways to help your business grow. Below she shares a little about herself and her new position:
The idea that Memphis is a music city is anything but new. After all, we are known as the “home of the blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Thousands of people travel around the world to visit places like Sun Studios, Soulsville and Graceland. However, if you’re not completely immersed in the Memphis music scene, you might miss the fact that the Bluff City is currently home to some amazing musicians. And we think the world should know it.
That’s what Music Export Memphis (MEM) is all about – an initiative to create opportunities for Memphis musicians across the U.S. an abroad as an export office for Memphis music.
Have private universities transformed into workplace universities for student teaching assistants? According to a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling, the answer is “yes.” 

In a 3-1 decision, the NLRB ruled in Columbia University, 364 NLRB No. 90 (Aug. 23, 2016) that under federal law, students performing research and teaching roles are employees and, therefore, are permitted to join labor unions. This ruling overturned a 2004 NLRB decision, which held that students who worked as part of a tuition payment plan were not bona fide employees. Since the ruling was announced, some of the country’s most prominent private colleges and universities have experienced increased efforts by academic assistants to unionize. Among the most popular grievance expressed by these students is unfair pay. 

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