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It may seem like big companies get all the attention from job-seekers, but small businesses are a key piece of the economy. Small businesses account for 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms and 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs. The presence of large companies like FedEx, ServiceMaster, AutoZone, International Paper and others benefits Memphis. However, small business owners may wonder how they can compete for top talent. Salary matters in recruiting and retention, but alternative benefits can provide added value to sway prospective employees. Consider the following to implement in your business (and then communicate to new talent prospects).
As member Church Health Center prepares for its move to Crosstown, its top fundraising effort - the Rock for Love music festival - celebrates its 10th anniversary. That's ten years of promoting Memphis music and supporting the Church Health Center's mission to improve and provide healthcare for the working poor in Memphis. You can experience Rock for Love yourself on September 2nd - 4th (check out the lineup here), but for more about the festival, here are its founders - Jeff Hulett, J.D. Reager and Marvin Stockwell - to answer a few questions.
Alton Cryer knows how overwhelming the college experience can be for some teens. Cryer himself didn’t know he could apply for college online until a friend showed him how to do it. Once he got to Jackson State University and, later, the University of Memphis, he had to learn how to balance work and studies, navigate financial aid and other typical college experiences.
A recent undergraduate in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis, Allison Fetz plans to advance her education to the doctorate level and later stay in an academic arena.
Millennials are no longer the young, hip, vibrant crowd that leads the way in technology and spending. We’re growing up, settling down and handing the reigns over.
The next generation is here and they’re more powerful than we millennials ever thought about being. Their name is Generation Z. Known as Centennials or iGen, Gen Z is the latest group of rising adults, and a powerful audience that requires a shift in marketing focus to reach.
For over 60 years member Memphis Boat Center has been serving families and water enthusiasts all over the Mid-South. The family-owned store is staffed with people who love to boat and are tapped into the needs of the local boating community. Today, we're chatting with Hart Robinson, President of Memphis Boat Center, who shares with us the friendly and professional culture you can expect to find at the store and on the lake.
In each issue of Memphis Crossroads, we highlight a Board of Advisor level member, showcasing their important role in the Chamber as well as the business community. Lana McDonald, Hotel Manager for the Big Cypress Lodge, shares why the new hotel is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
Do you enjoy planning? It’s okay to say “no." For example, do you dread and put off getting your budget done? It’s okay to say “yes!" And, who has time for sitting in tedious strategy meetings, talking about what to do instead of doing it?
In August, Gibson was hired as the Greater Memphis Chamber’s member services coordinator, a position that made him the primary connection for members. In February he was promoted to project manager of economic development where he will lead the Chamber’s efforts to increase minority and women-owned business receipts in Memphis through the organization’s role in the Supplier Diversity Collaboration.
Dr. Donald Fisher is Executive Director/CEO of Mid-South Quality Productivity Center – a partnership of the Greater Memphis Chamber and Southwest Tennessee Community College with a mission to champion market excellent for organizations in the Mid-South region by offering Baldrige-based assessments, consulting, quality/productivity enhancements, corporate development and employment development. Dr. Fisher was recently recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for his research on corporate espionage, also known as the infiltration of organizational intelligence. He joins us today to answer some questions about corporate espionage and to share what steps you can take to protect your company.

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