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Election Day is coming up on November 4th and it is important that you make your voice heard.  The Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee supports two amendments on the upcoming ballot that affect the business community: 
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

St. Francis Hospital Associate Administrator Robbie Shappley describes himself as “a Memphian through and through.”
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The Greater Memphis Chamber is here to be a resource for area businesses and one way we help businesses grow is through our International Business Council. The IBC acts as an advocate and strategist for area businesses looking to export products and grow their business in international markets. Members of the IBC travel to key markets each year to promote Memphis as a designation for Foreign Direct Investment, to learn about trade opportunities and connect our region’s businesses to those opportunities.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Government Affairs Committee has decided to support Amendment 2 to the Tennessee Constitution on judicial selection. You can “Vote Yes on 2” on the November 4th ballot.
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

When Sophia Cole came to Memphis as a 19-year-old refugee from the Soviet Union Republic of Azerbaijan, she had $200 to her name and two small bags of personal belongings. For several years, she struggled with the English language, worked her way through school and experienced firsthand the kindness of strangers.
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Our 2014 Councils Golf Tournament on November 3, 2014 is just around the corner, but it's not too late to form your team and join in the fun. Here are three simple reasons why you should do just that:
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Last week the Chamber hosted Governor Bill Haslam at our office, and he asked us to help him with a very important program called tnAchieves. Earlier this year Governor Haslam announced his vision for every Tennessee high school graduate to have the opportunity to obtain a postsecondary certificate or associate's degree free of tuition and mandatory fees. This vision became a reality when the Legislature passed the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act in April of this year. Now, thousands of students in Memphis will have the opportunity to further their education and gain access to better jobs and salaries. 
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

One of the things Eddie Fuchs likes most about his new position as an executive recruiter at Vaco Logistics is that he often gets to be the bearer of great news.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Small Business Council is excited to bring you the 2014 HR Legal Summit on Friday, October 17.

November of last year we debuted our first annual HR Legal Summit, a half-day workshop created for small business owners, managers and HR professionals to answer their questions on important human resource and legal topics. We gathered experts in the field and received both CLE and HRCI credit for the level of education we were providing our small business members.
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One of the easiest ways to maximize your membership also happens to be the most overlooked: Join a council. The Greater Memphis Chamber leads five different councils, each focused on specific groups and industries. The councils exist to provide resources, help grow your company and advocate for your business interests in the public realm. Review each below to discover where you can get more involved:
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

If anyone has a bright outlook on the future of Memphis, it’s Robbye Good. As manager of the New Memphis Institute’s Embark program, she spends her days surrounded by tomorrow’s leaders.
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

Suffice it to say that medical optometrist Dr. Do Nguyen wants to make sure everyone has a clear perspective of everything wonderful that Memphis has to offer. 
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazines with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

When Memphis native Lauren Anderson graduated a semester early from Spelman College in Atlanta, she thought she had a perfect plan in place. She was all set to attend Georgetown University in Washington to pursue a career in politics when a representative for Teach for America — an organization that recruits high-achievers to teach and expand educational opportunities in low-income areas — requested a meeting.
ADA Claims Are on the Rise »
It depends. These two simple words are frequently my first response to clients seeking advice when we are their outsourced HR department. “It depends” is usually the correct answer in Human Resources because there are so many shades of gray when managing people - our human assets. This response is typically followed by a list of questions designed to help the HR professional understand the specifics of the situation so that a legally sound response can be articulated.
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The following is an excerpt from our spring issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineThese Women Mean Business. Click here to view the whole article.

If you want to get to the top, start at the bottom with a can-do, hardworking attitude and take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered along the way. That’s the path seven women took who ended up in important leadership roles at Memphis companies. One of the women waited tables at the restaurant her father began and is now president of the chain. Another began her career as an intern at a medical device manufacturer and today is a senior vice president. And a lady who always loved creating beauty left banking, saved her money and opened her own salon.
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Our 10 Young Memphians share why they love being a young professional in Memphis on the rooftop of the Madison Hotel, the site of the 2014 Young Memphis Crossroads photo shoot. To hear more about these Young Memphians, check out their profiles in the digital magazine here.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors joined the Memphis Area Association of Realtors for a ribbon cutting to celebrate their office's new beautiful renovation, located at 6393 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38119.
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The Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) and the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team is looking to recruit 16 companies to participate in its Economic Gardening (EG) program - a strategy that provides market research and high-level technical assistance to small, growth-oriented companies. This equips small business owners to make better strategic decisions, avoid costly mistakes and successfully grow their enterprises.
 
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Texting and driving makes you 23 times more likely to be in an accident.

For the past year AT&T and the It Can Wait Advocate community have focused their efforts on preventing the 100,000 texting-related accidents that occur every year, resulting in injuries or deaths. Their work has inspired over 5 million pledges to never text and drive, more than half a million It Can Wait tweets and over a million downloads of the AT&T DriveMode app since the campaign began.
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The following is an excerpt from our spring issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineThese Women Mean Business. Click here to view the whole article.

If you want to get to the top, start at the bottom with a can-do, hardworking attitude and take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered along the way. That’s the path seven women took who ended up in important leadership roles at Memphis companies. One of the women waited tables at the restaurant her father began and is now president of the chain. Another began her career as an intern at a medical device manufacturer and today is a senior vice president. And a lady who always loved creating beauty left banking, saved her money and opened her own salon.
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The following is an excerpt from our spring issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineThese Women Mean Business. Click here to view the whole article.

If you want to get to the top, start at the bottom with a can-do, hardworking attitude and take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered along the way. That’s the path seven women took who ended up in important leadership roles at Memphis companies. One of the women waited tables at the restaurant her father began and is now president of the chain. Another began her career as an intern at a medical device manufacturer and today is a senior vice president. And a lady who always loved creating beauty left banking, saved her money and opened her own salon.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were happy to join Trustmark for their grand opening and ribbon cutting for their relocation of headquarters located at 5350 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119.
Involving and engaging your employees is much less expensive than replacing your best people. »
Would you ever agree to a game of darts blindfolded?  Of course not!  Why would you ever attempt to address employee or operational issues without the benefit of employee input?
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Every business could use some help in shouldering the load once in a while, right? 

The Greater Memphis Chamber knows something about rolling up its sleeves and pitching in. And Cooper Freight was glad to have the help.
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The following is an excerpt from our spring issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineThese Women Mean Business. Click here to view the whole article.

If you want to get to the top, start at the bottom with a can-do, hardworking attitude and take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered along the way. That’s the path seven women took who ended up in important leadership roles at Memphis companies. One of the women waited tables at the restaurant her father began and is now president of the chain. Another began her career as an intern at a medical device manufacturer and today is a senior vice president. And a lady who always loved creating beauty left banking, saved her money and opened her own salon.
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The following is an excerpt from our spring issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineThese Women Mean Business. Click here to view the whole article.

If you want to get to the top, start at the bottom with a can-do, hardworking attitude and take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered along the way. That’s the path seven women took who ended up in important leadership roles at Memphis companies. One of the women waited tables at the restaurant her father began and is now president of the chain. Another began her career as an intern at a medical device manufacturer and today is a senior vice president. And a lady who always loved creating beauty left banking, saved her money and opened her own salon.
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One of my dear friends started a new job last month and left the world of scrubs - full of certainty and comfortable shoes - for a position that requires business casual attire. After about a week in, she came to me thoroughly confused on the definition of business casual.
 
“When and How” Communication Guidelines »
Communication effectiveness is critical for all organizations.  Information must flow from the top of the organization down to the bottom and from the front lines into the back offices without a bottleneck.  Employees need to know operational details to perform their daily tasks, yet they also need to understand the organization’s mission and strategic vision. Unfortunately, communication effectiveness is typically the lowest scoring category we uncover when facilitating employee attitude research with our client companies.  Are you surprised?
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The 2014 Start Co. Demo Day provided the grand finale of the organization’s 14-week startup training and mentorship program. Fifteen new startups took the stage to present their creative ideas with the hopes of securing funding and a future for their venture.

The founders represent a variety of industries and backgrounds, and their revolutionary ideas could help solve some of your everyday problems: from deciding what shirt to wear in the morning to finding your lost dog to scheduling the best time for a game of Super Mario Kart with your friends.

But when it comes to helping out the everyday business, three startups stood out. And here are three products and services your company can look forward to or even take advantage of now:
 
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The following is an excerpt from our spring issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineThese Women Mean Business. Click here to view the whole article.

If you want to get to the top, start at the bottom with a can-do, hardworking attitude and take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered along the way. That’s the path seven women took who ended up in important leadership roles at Memphis companies. One of the women waited tables at the restaurant her father began and is now president of the chain. Another began her career as an intern at a medical device manufacturer and today is a senior vice president. And a lady who always loved creating beauty left banking, saved her money and opened her own salon.
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Members of the Memphis entrepreneurial community met together in late July 2014 to officially launch the Entrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center (EPIcenter) collaborative effort and begin the process of building a united system. The EPIcenter concept was announced in March 2014 as a front door to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, where new entrepreneurs can go to be directed to the resources they need. 

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Memphis continues its domination in the logistics category in Business Facilities 10th Annual Rankings Report. Home to FedEx’s global shipping hub, the Bluff City tops BF’s annual list of leading U.S. Air Cargo centers.
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Any organization that wants to cultivate future talent would agree that mentoring is crucial. Yet it’s not always easy to maintain a solid mentoring program.

Enter Brit Fitzpatrick, who knows something about mentoring and decided a couple of years ago to make it better. 
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Conduit Global recently decided to locate its call center operation to Memphis that's expected to bring 1,000 jobs and more than $8 million investment to the area.

Those of us from around here know that was a smart move, but how did Conduit Global — part of a New York-based conglomerate — figure that out?
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One of the most important steps along Kim Heathcott’s journey to her immense success as a business owner was a moment of fearless honesty.

She knew she wanted to start a business. But beyond the foundation of a great concept, an impressive resume, a strong drive and a formidable brain, she was somewhat lost.
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At the end of last year, we chose 10 companies who possessed the potential to achieve great things in the coming year. These companies were on the move and we knew 2014 would yield bigger and better results. So it comes as no surprise to us that the fastest-growing and most innovative businesses we could find used their common ground as 10-to-Watch companies for collaboration on new projects. 
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Here is the good news, more than ever manufacturers are looking at reshoring manufacturing jobs to the U.S.  A few years ago only 14% were looking at reshoring as a viable option.  That number has climbed to 21% of large manufacturers actually reshoring or preparing to do so, according to a recent article in the Financial Times.
Moore Tech offers so much MORE! »
The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were happy to join Moore Tech for a ribbon cutting to celebrate Moore Tech's expansion on July 15 2014 located at 1200 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38104.
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Ashley Wisch of Bridge Capital interviews Ernest Strickland, Economic Director for the Greater Memphis Chamber on what Memphis has to offer real estate investors. 
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Dear Social Media Superhero,

You’re smart. You’re savvy. And you can type on any smartphone or tablet without looking. You know your social mediums backwards and forwards. Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? You can post in your sleep.

You’re on the hunt for the latest and greatest. FlayvrChirpBezzirk. That’s where you roll. You’re free. You’re social. And you think you’re invincible.

But I know your kryptonite.
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Dexter Muller, Senior Vice President of Community Development, explains the PILOT program and why it's a necessity for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs in Memphis.
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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. Ardy Diercks, Vice President/General Manager of WATN-TV/WLMT-TV Memphis, TN, WJKT-TV Jackson, TN with Nexstar Broadcasting shares with us why they joined the Chamber and the benefits of doing business in Memphis,TN.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors joined Carver Communications located in CoWork Memphis, 902 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104, for a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Memphis has a legacy of entrepreneurs. From FedEx to Fred’s, the aspiring entrepreneur is surrounded by inspiration and innovation. And with that kind of history, it’s no wonder Memphis was named a top 10 city for launching a startup by CNN Money.
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The frequent business traveler knows the rhythm of airport security well: a wait in line, the removal of outer garments, the unpacking of liquids and laptops. The whole process requires you to arrive early and prepared - which isn’t always possible on a business schedule. That’s why the Greater Memphis Chamber wants you to know about the TSA Pre✓™ program now available at the Memphis International Airport (MEM).

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Pension Reform has moved to the forefront of our communications over the past weeks because of its impact on all of our businesses and the future of our city.  This update contains key points that impact this important issue.
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Congratulations! You’ve just landed your dream job or A job - pretty much the same thing these days, right? And as you’re struggling to navigate these new waters, you may soon discover that there are two and only two states of being in this working world:

1) You have absolutely everything to do.
2) You have absolutely nothing to do.
 
REMEMBER Baptist's New Memory Care Center! »
The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were delighted to join Baptist Memory Care Center for their grand opening located at 400 Market Blvd., Suite 111 Collierville, TN.  
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On the Decadent Avenue website, a household item as pedestrian as a paper towel holder is reimagined as a work of art in chocolate leather with brass tooling. A bar cabinet is housed in a red British phone booth. Reclaimed wood and antique steel enjoy a reincarnation as a distinct desk lamp.

Over on the company’s Facebook page, interior décor enthusiasts rave about the furniture retailer’s offerings. They share anticipation for their online orders and engage with Decadent Avenue customer service representatives, who respond promptly to comments and questions. 
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To Our Members:

Last week, the Memphis City Council made a tough but necessary decision to secure a strong future for the City by approving the 2015 operating budget, which included changes to healthcare benefits.  On July 15, the City Council will vote on whether to reform the current pension plan to a 401k-type system.  Without these changes, the City’s financial future is at risk.  If these changes are not made, the City Council only has two choices:  (1) a significant tax increase OR (2) drastic cuts in services.
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Business law is constantly changing and evolving - it can be hard for a small business to keep up. That's why Jeff Weintraub, Regional Managing Partner of Fisher & Phillips LLP and a member of our Small Business Council Steering Committee, is providing you with the latest information on employee laws to help you stay ahead of the game.
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When we launched our initiative to support pension reform, we understood that this was a new direction for the Chamber. Please know that we are involved in this because it’s one of the most critical issues facing our community today. It affects all of us. We are all committed to making Memphis better, and we can’t do that without first reversing the migration of the middle class away from Memphis.
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A Message From President & CEO, Phil Trenary
 
On June 17th, the Memphis City Council, led by Chairman Jim Strickland, took a courageous step in securing a strong future for the City of Memphis by approving the 2015 Operating Budget.
RIBBONS »
Everyone was all smiles at Freeman Pediatric Dentistry when they celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting celebration on May 15, 2014. Their new practice is located at 2567 Appling Road, in Memphis, Tenn.

Dr. Daniel Freeman sat down with us to answer a few questions about the new clinic.
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As the Greater Memphis Chamber works to make Memphis a global economic leader, we cannot ignore one of the biggest players in the game: China. Currently, China is one of our top exporters, and lately, Chinese investors have been interested in the Memphis economy.
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Small businesses make up the heart of Memphis economy and almost 90% of our membership. That’s why we’re always looking for resources to help our small businesses grow and succeed. When we heard about Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), we couldn’t wait to share it with you.

ICCC is a national program designed to help small businesses in economically distressed areas access capital, achieve sustainable growth and provide a forum where small businesses can connect with debt and equity providers.
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Venture Technologies celebrated their grand opening southern-style. Joined by Chamber staff and Ambassadors, they opened with a ribbon cutting followed by a crawfish boil! The new location is at 65 Germantown Road, Suite 200, in Memphis, Tenn.

Brittany Martin, Director of Marketing and Communications, was happy to answer a few questions about Venture Technologies and their recent merger.
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On May 14, the Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors joined Fresh Slices for the grand opening of their restaurant at 6220 Stage Road in Bartlett, Tenn.

Tasha Logan, daughter of owner Ike Logan, answered our questions questions about thier family business and their vision for the future of the new restaurant.
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Each year the Commercial Appeal crowns the top people, places and businesses in Memphis as voted by you. From May 18 to June 9, you can click to move your favorites to the top spot. We’d like to congratulate the following Greater Memphis Chamber members who have been nominated in their respective categories. Click here to show them your support by voting them as Memphis Most 2014.
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To help you understand why pension reform matters to you, the Chamber hosted a live-broadcast webinar on May 29th at 3 p.m. We asked for questions in the comment section or by tweeting us @MemphisChamber.

Watch the recorded webinar now.
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Congratulations and thank you! You’ve decided to support the Greater Memphis Chamber as we work every day to make Memphis an economic leader with global impact. You’ve joined us and invested in this important work.

So, now what?
RIBBONS »
Adams & Washington Properties, Inc. (Cutler Property Group) cut the ribbon on a newly restored location at 296 Adams Avenue in Memphis.

Adam & Marina Cutler, owners of Adams & Washington Properties Inc., answered a few questions about thier company and the purchase of their downtown property.
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The Workforce Leadership Series was created in response to your desire for more workforce development programming. We listened and created a four-part series on topics that matter to you most.
RIBBONS »
The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were excited to join Case Management, Inc. for their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on May 1st, 2014, located at 3171 Directors Row Memphis, Tennessee.
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Chairman's Circle Member David Waddell explains why pension reform matters to everyone in Memphis, and what you can do about it. Watch the video...
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When you're a Chamber member,  your business information is available to consumers 24/7 through the Chamber’s website – visitors can search by category, keyword or alphabetically. The more active you are in your membership, the more visible your business and your representatives will be on our website. Are you putting your best face forward?
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The pension crisis is one of the biggest issues Memphis has ever faced, and we've got a short amount of time to make a difference. Luckily, there’s something you can do right now that will help.
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It’s a pretty exciting time to be a Memphian - wouldn’t you agree? May is quickly approaching and with it an influx of visitors expecting to be well-fed and well-entertained by the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Champion Barbecue Cooking Contest and the NBA Playoffs. Rumor has it, we might even have some royalty show up...

These out-of-towners know all the typical Memphis attractions. They expect a tour of Graceland, outstanding BBQ and a night out on Beale Street, but what about the other million reasons we love this city?
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Well, hello there! May I be the first to welcome you to our fine city. Feel free to make yourself at home - we wouldn’t expect anything else. If you clicked on the link to this page, that must mean you’re wanting the Memphis scoop. Let’s be honest, I could fill a whole section of our website with all the great aspects of the Bluff City, so let’s just consider this blog a crash course.
Small Business, Big Ideas »
As with many life events, preparation is the key to success. When you prepare and practice for an emergency in advance of an event, it makes a real difference in your ability to take immediate and informed action when it matters most. Early action can also help you to recover more quickly.
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There has been a lot of talk surrounding our city’s current pension system; but not about how it directly affects Memphis taxpayers. That’s why we decided to create Pension Reform 101, a weekly email series that aims to break this issue down into manageable pieces so that we can stay informed and act, together.
Memphis Fit »
In every issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine, we highlight one special business that displays that entrepreneurial spirit that just shines from Memphis. In our Spring 2014 issue, Toby Sells spent some time with Clark Butcher and Robert Taylor who opened Victory Bicycle Studios in 2010. Despite some issues that set the business back a bit, they are now stronger than ever in a new location on Broad Avenue doing what they do best - and what they do best is cycling.

If you're a cyclist - avid or newbie, Victory Bicycle Studios can get you fitted with the gear you need. Once you're set, why not try one of these three trails that Butcher and Taylor promise will be worth the ride.
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In the Spring edition of Memphis Crossroads Magazine, we are highlighting seven women who are trailblazing their way through the Memphis business scene. While each has become successful following her own path, all of them would admit that they didn't travel those paths alone. Sometimes, when climbing the leadership mountain, it's good to know how to find footholds.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were happy to end their week with a nice treat from the new Baskin Robbins location on 1168 N. Houston Levee Road in Cordova, Tenn.  After the ribbon cutting celebration guests got to taste all of the many flavors of ice cream!

Owner, Risha Chopra, answered some questions about his new business in Cordova...
Small Business, Big Ideas »
Oh, the vision statement. You know what I’m talking about. That you-can-do-it statement painted on the break room wall that gets more coffee stains than attention.

If we’re going to be honest, usually that sentence is so jam-packed with marketing fluff that no one is even sure what it means, much less how it applies to the company. And don’t even get me started on how dreadfully long it is – if it gets any longer you’re going to need a bigger break room wall (and a nap). 

In order to clear up your vision, you need to clean up your language. Here are five business-babble words that you need to stop using right now.
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The Chamber’s Members-Only Welcome Area is more engaging than ever! We’ve just updated it, giving you an account dashboard with larger visual buttons, quick and easy access to account management, and easy-scrolling through upcoming Chamber events … and that’s just to name of the few of the upgrades.
RIBBONS »
The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were excited to join Dr. Dory Sellers for the grand opening of her new Dental Office located at 5341 Estate Office Drive, Suite 1, in Memphis, Tenn., on Monday, March 24, 2014.

Dr. Sellers answered a few questions about her practice and her plans for the future at her new location...
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We couldn’t be more excited for the start of April. April means springtime, beautiful weather and Memphis green spaces, but it also means we start taking nominations for the 2014 Young Memphians!

Each year we recognize ten young professionals who are taking flight in one of the Greater Memphis Chamber member businesses, and YOU get to nominate them. 
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On April 16-18, the city of Memphis will host the Inaugural Neighborhood Regional Conference (NRC) with the theme “Healthy Communities - Redevelopment from the Inside-OUT.” Over 500 attendees from Arkansas to Florida will have the chance to hear about Memphis’ diverse neighborhoods and initiatives. 

So why should you attend?
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The Greater Memphis Chamber would like to personally thank Bryan Jordan and the employees of First Tennessee Bank for 150 years of service to the Memphis business community. Not only have they been profoundly successful in all their efforts, but they have allowed that success to touch the lives of so many people ...
Small Business, Big Ideas »
One of the strategic initiatives used in the modern business world is the increasingly popular employee wellness plan. Healthcare costs continue to rise. Some of this is attributable to the health effects of near-epidemic level obesity and stress from our fast-paced lives. In response to this trend, many employers are bringing what was once considered “personal stuff” into the workplace. Employee wellness plans vary greatly and may include things as simple as offering perks to employees who participate in medical questionnaires, to more advanced offerings such as on-site smoking cessation classes, personal trainers, and company-sponsored health food catering.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were excited to join Medical Massage of Memphis for their grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration. The new office is located at 3486 Poplar Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. Learn how Samuel Nelson grew from his small, first massage business and find out about his plans for the future with the new Memphis location.
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Dear Boss, 

It’s your Millennial employee here – you know the one you yell at only talk to when you catch me checking Facebook during work hours. I’ve noticed we’ve been having some communication issues lately, and I wanted a chance to be heard. After all, in a few years my generation will make up over half of your workforce, and if they all feel like I do, you won’t be able to keep them for long.

So, just a few facts about me…
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The Workforce Leadership Series kicks off Wednesday, March 19, with Generational Crossroads: These Are My Work Flip Flops. The intensive workshop helps companies prepare for and understand the Millennial workforce. Eric Rowles, President & CEO of Leading to Change and the speaker for the workshop, provides you with a glimpse of what you will learn. For an in-depth look at what makes Generation Y tick, register here for Generational Crossroads
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Are your employees dedicated to the daily grind? Are they devoted to the job?  As an employer, the more time you take to help your staff understand the link between their daily tasks and company success, the more they’ll value their positions.  Whether you’re dealing with a productive, loyal employee or a performance management challenge, a key to boosting employee engagement is the same….communications!  Follow our easy-to-apply guide and you’ll improve your partnership with each and every one – so that they’ll have no choice but to put their best foot forward.
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Here in Memphis we know a thing or two about loyalty, especially when it comes to our sports teams. Though “grit and grind” is a phrase normally associated with our beloved Grizzlies, it’s a pretty apt description for a sports-crazy city who appreciates toughness and total effort. Raised on University of Memphis basketball, we’re known for our passion and expectations of greatness.

With a reputation like that, no wonder Memphis was chosen as the location of the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, scheduled for March 12 – 15 at FedExForum. 
RIBBONS »
The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were excited to be a part of Baptist Medical Group's ribbon cutting celebration for their new walk-in clinic in Midtown, giving the group another major presence in Memphis.
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Businesses who use the web are expected to grow 40% faster than those that don’t, which begs the question: Is your business online?

Almost 97% of people who use the web have searched for local goods and services online. So if you want to affectively reach your customers, you have to go where they are. And in 2014, that’s online. 

You’re probably thinking that creating a website for your company is easier said than done, but we have good news: It doesn’t have to be. 
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Each of this year’s 10 companies to watch has an inspirational story to tell. Among them, there’s something for everyone: a classic comeback; an impossible dream made into a reality; sweet success born of perseverance and hard work; trial and error that finally ends in triumph; even a testament to the power of faith.

And although their individual stories are quite different, these 10 Memphis businesses all have at least two things in common. For one, their accomplishments in 2013 were inspirational enough to put them on our annual list. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, all of the following business leaders see their success as an indicator that Memphis continues to grow as a promising place to work and live — a place where great ideas are born.

This week's spotlight is on Prodigi Arts.
Memphis Fit »
The 6th annual Move it Memphis 5k/10k received a great turnout on February 15. Our runners got to experience Downtown Memphis like never before. From running past the iconic Beale Street to witnessing the peaceful scenery of the South Bluffs, those who participated caught a glimpse of Downtown’s unique beauty and promoted a healthy lifestyle in the process.

You can extend that euphoric feeling of crossing the finish line a little longer by:
M Blog: Everything Memphis »
Each of this year’s 10 companies to watch has an inspirational story to tell. Among them, there’s something for everyone: a classic comeback; an impossible dream made into a reality; sweet success born of perseverance and hard work; trial and error that finally ends in triumph; even a testament to the power of faith.

And although their individual stories are quite different, these 10 Memphis businesses all have at least two things in common. For one, their accomplishments in 2013 were inspirational enough to put them on our annual list. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, all of the following business leaders see their success as an indicator that Memphis continues to grow as a promising place to work and live — a place where great ideas are born.

This week's spotlight is on International Paper.
Small Business, Big Ideas »
Experience shows that most people don’t like Mondays.  In fact, it is probably their least favorite day of the week.  No one looks forward to Mondays.  Do our employees view coming to work as the equivalent of experiencing a ‘Case of the Mondays’?
The M Blog: Everything Memphis »
The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is back, and this Memphis-based company is awarding $50,000 worth of grants to ten businesses. Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees compete for these grants by being voted on by Facebook users. 

The Greater Memphis Chamber is proud to have seven member businesses competing in the contest: The Elite Marketing Bureau, K’PreSha, The New Tri-State Defender, Mid-South Drug Testing, Phillip Ashley Chocolates, Prodigi Arts and Signal Flow PR. Learn a little more about each one, and then vote for them today.
M Blog: Everything Memphis »
Each of this year’s 10 companies to watch has an inspirational story to tell. Among them, there’s something for everyone: a classic comeback; an impossible dream made into a reality; sweet success born of perseverance and hard work; trial and error that finally ends in triumph; even a testament to the power of faith.

And although their individual stories are quite different, these 10 Memphis businesses all have at least two things in common. For one, their accomplishments in 2013 were inspirational enough to put them on our annual list. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, all of the following business leaders see their success as an indicator that Memphis continues to grow as a promising place to work and live — a place where great ideas are born.

This week's spotlight is on BioNanovations.
RIBBONS »
The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were excited to join Saint Francis for a ribbon cutting celebration to welcome Dr. Podraza to Memphis with his grand opening of the new women's clinic. Dr. Podraza was kind enough to answer a few questions about his natural family planning practice.
Your Chamber At Work »
With the new healthcare exchanges that began in 2013, wouldn’t you like to know more about how other employers in the Mid-South are adapting their recruitment, hiring, and employee healthcare benefits management strategies?

So would we.
M Blog: Everything Memphis »
Each of this year’s 10 companies to watch has an inspirational story to tell. Among them, there’s something for everyone: a classic comeback; an impossible dream made into a reality; sweet success born of perseverance and hard work; trial and error that finally ends in triumph; even a testament to the power of faith.

And although their individual stories are quite different, these 10 Memphis businesses all have at least two things in common. For one, their accomplishments in 2013 were inspirational enough to put them on our annual list. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, all of the following business leaders see their success as an indicator that Memphis continues to grow as a promising place to work and live — a place where great ideas are born.

This week's spotlight is on RedRover Sales & Marketing.
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
We are happy to announce Chris Jarvis, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager at Trustmark National Bank, as the new President of the Chamber Ambassadors Program. Under Chris’ leadership, we know the program will continue to grow and become another incredible tool for serving our members. In this guest blog, Chris shares with us how he became involved in the Ambassadors program and why he believes it is important to invest in the Chamber.
Memphis Fit »
Maybe this cold weather is driving you a little stir-crazy. Maybe you just realized the very last football game of the season is on Sunday. Maybe you’ve been bogged down by all the tax information and annual reports crossing your desk. Whatever it is, you need an outlet for all this pent-up energy, and I have your answer: the Move It Memphis 5k/10k Race on February 15.
M Blog: Everything Memphis »
Each of this year’s 10 companies to watch has an inspirational story to tell. Among them, there’s something for everyone: a classic comeback; an impossible dream made into a reality; sweet success born of perseverance and hard work; trial and error that finally ends in triumph; even a testament to the power of faith.

And although their individual stories are quite different, these 10 Memphis businesses all have at least two things in common. For one, their accomplishments in 2013 were inspirational enough to put them on our annual list. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, all of the following business leaders see their success as an indicator that Memphis continues to grow as a promising place to work and live — a place where great ideas are born.

This week's spotlight is on Memphis College of Art.

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