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One of the top questions I get as Member Services Director is: “How can I use my membership to better promote my business?” And my answer is simply: “The Members Only Area.”
Plans for the world’s largest furniture maker to build a $64.3 million store in Memphis is just about the best news anyone in the Bluff City could hear. Except that IKEA isn’t the only big fish to come to this pond. It’s almost as if suddenly the Memphis area is a magnet for retail. Bass Pro, another destination retailer like IKEA, will finish its long awaited refurbishing of the Pyramid this spring, and Swedish “fast fashion” retailer H&M announced recently the opening of a store at The Shops at Carriage Crossing. 
Ask our members what’s a priority for their business, and I guarantee you a qualified workforce will be a top answer. We made incredible progress toward this request when the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) was launched in November. The GMACW has committed to support our goal of providing skilled training for 3000 individuals this year. Three thousand new skilled workers in Memphis will have an immediate and direct impact on our goal to reduce the unemployment rate and increase the number of middle class jobs in the Greater Memphis Area.
The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads Magazine. View all of the 10 to Watch companies and the full magazine here.

Look for a big year from MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. as the new company has completed its separation from Wright Medical and starts 2015 in “growth mode.”
About two years ago, the Chamber was instrumental in recruiting Southwest Airlines to Memphis. With an internal campaign (#MEMLUV), our team helped recruit new Rapid Rewards members. Southwest launched its Memphis services with daily flights to Baltimore, Chicago (twice daily), Houston and Orlando. Then, last November they added a second round trip to Houston.
So once again we're looking to recognize ten emerging young professionals from Greater Memphis Chamber businesses who are taking ownership of this city, advancing in their career and want to see prosperity for all in Memphis. And we want YOU to nominate them.
Each issue of Memphis Crossroads we highlight one of our Ambassadors, our volunteer organization that serves as the official host for the Greater Memphis Chamber events. These Ambassadors are quick to greet you at the door, direct you to where you need to go or introduce you to a new contact. Each represent Chamber member companies dedicated to our mission to drive the business agenda for Greater Memphis. This issue we would like to introduce to you to our Chamber Ambassador President, Chris Jarvis, Branch Manager, Trustmark Bank.
Through growing up in Oklahoma and spending my young adult life in Texas, I learned the value of pride for where you come from. In Oklahoma, people are humble and respect the land, and in Texas - well, you ‘don’t mess with Texas.’ But what about us Memphians? What do we boast about our city when we are with out-of-town friends and family? 
The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads Magazine. View all of the 10 to Watch companies and the full magazine here.

2014 was a break out year for Sweet Potato Baby and the company is looking to turn up the heat (and light a few more burners) in 2015.
In each Memphis Crossroads Magazine, we highlight a Board of Advisor level member, showcasing their important role in the Chamber as well as the business community. Jennifer Ziegenhorn, Partner at Husch Blackwell, shares with us why her company is a part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.

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