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 email@example.com.
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.
MICHEAL D. TAUER
Affordable Care Act
Glankler Brown attorney Michael D. Tauer concentrates his practice in complex litigation, health care regulation, and corporate governance. After graduating from Memphis University School, Michael attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his B.A. in psychology. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law and was awarded the G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar Award, the Paul J. Liacos Scholar Award, the Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Dean’s Award for Contracts. Michael is a regular presenter on legal issues involving health law, the Affordable Care Act, labor and employment law, and positive employee relations. He was recently named a Mid South SuperLawyer Rising Star.
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.
JIM VAN DE VUURST
Web & Technology
Jim Van de Vuurst, having served as an IT Systems Administrator and Technical Consultant for SAP AG, has provided software consulting services for some of the largest coporations in the world including Ford Motor, IBM, Colgate-Palmolive, and Halliburton, just to name a few. He founded Vanick Digital in 2001, providing web development, mobile development, website design, and software integration services. Vanick Digital helps clients improve business results through the leveraging of web-based technologies.