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Last week I introduced the Supplier Diversity Collaborative plan to increase business receipts for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) in the Greater Memphis region. We all know the glaring numbers from the City/County disparity study – African American companies received only 0.84% of all business receipts in 2014. However, we were also dealing with very negative views from both the MWBE and corporate communities.
The first accelerator we’re highlighting also happens to have been named one of the top 25 accelerator programs in the country by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project for two years running. ZeroTo510 is a first-of-its-kind, cohort-based medical device accelerator that leverages key regional strengths in biomedical research and medical device manufacturing.
The owner’s eye is different from anyone else’s. It is a unique thing that sees ways to create revenue, customers, jobs, and an income for himself. It also sees danger lurking everywhere. It does not spend a lot of time thinking the sky is always blue.
The battle against cancer is getting reinforcements. In recent years, the West Cancer Center has been upping the ante with groundbreaking expansions and commitments to cancer treatment, clinical trials, education and research. “For 35 years, we’ve been an innovator in how to deliver cancer care,” said CEO Erich Mounce. 
Earlier this year, the Supplier Diversity Collaborative presented its plan to create economic growth for all by increasing receipts for minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). The plan breaks down into several recommendations, focusing on developing relationships business-to-government (B2G), business-to-business (B2B), and business-to-church (B2C).
This summer, more than 50 startup founders and students are growing their companies in Memphis through a joint partnership of business accelerators. Each week until Memphis Demo Day on August 11, we’ll introduce you to these companies and the innovative products and technologies they’re launching right here in Memphis!
Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials in Memphis on Tuesday, June 21, to announce TDOT’s application for $180 million in federal grant funds to help move the Lamar Avenue (US 78/SR 4) widening projects forward. The FASTLANE grant program is a new federal program to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country. TDOT is applying for $180 million of the $800 million set aside for fiscal year 2016.
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? We could ask a similar question about an organization’s culture. Is culture a manifestation of “how we do things around here” or does culture set the tone for actions that follow? Do we change culture by tackling it directly, or do we start elsewhere and allow culture to evolve? You might ask “what difference does it make?” But with so much business literature dedicated to defining and shaping culture and corporate culture gurus speaking at global conferences, the matter of culture is perceived to be very important.
After spending just a few minutes with Chuck Thomas III, the passion he has for his employer could not be more obvious.
But as much as Thomas enjoys his role as Regional Director of External & Legislative Affairs for AT&T Tennessee, his passion for his hometown of Memphis and the work of the Greater Memphis Chamber is just as evident.
Last week the Greater Memphis Chamber added Tasha Livingston to the team as our Business Development Manager, a new position for our organization. Tasha brings with her more than 20 years of experience in hotel operations and sales, and we look forward to getting to know her better. Below Tasha shares more about her role and the value it brings to you as a member.

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