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Douglas Scarboro is a man of strategy. He plotted his education and got the career on his radar. He devised a move to Memphis and found a place to make his mark. Now as the new head of the local branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, he employs strategic policies to help keep a complex economy working.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Expeditors, an international freight forwarder.
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Nowadays, it’s rare for me to scroll through my newsfeed on any of the social media platforms I use and not be bombarded with images. Bombarded in a good way, though. I’m a visual learner, and according to onespot.com, I’m clearly not alone. Research shows that 65 percent of other people prefer visual learning as well.
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The multi-faceted Gibson Companies have long been fascinating to watch, and 2016 looks to hold even more developments. For 24 years, CEO J. W. Gibson has shown how to identify an unrealized market and then fill the need. He started in his mother’s house creating a medical supply company (Premier Group), then set up Southeast Regional Development Corp. to redevelop neighborhoods and later added Tec-Print to do printing of lottery tickets.
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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.
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Recently, a client asked for guidance regarding how to incorporate new employees into a workplace where employees have worked together for years and treat one another like family. Many of the employees in this company have spent years working side by side, attending each other’s weddings, watching each other’s kids grow up, and supporting one another through illnesses. The culture of this organization is one of the intangibles that creates employee loyalty and results in low employee turnover.
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Ideas are amazing things. If you think about it, they are really the basis of everything. Every business or product that exists was spawned from an idea, and ongoing growth and innovation of those businesses and products are fueled by the continued generation of ideas. In the world of small business, idea generation is imperative for remaining relevant in a competitive marketplace. But, you may ask, “How do I come up with new ideas?”
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To say the Greater Memphis Chamber recruits new business to town while promoting what’s great about the community is correct, but it doesn’t really tell the full story.
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Member Bring It Food Hub is a non-profit local foods distributor in Memphis. Their mission is to promote community development in Memphis and the Mid-South by increasing access to healthy, affordable local foods and strengthening farmer livelihoods. They work closely with regional farmers who follow sustainable production practices and conserve natural resources and biodiversity.
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No matter what industry your business serves, you, more than anyone else, know how you want people to use your website. Maybe you sell products, and your site primarily functions as an online store. Perhaps you are a consultant, and your site is the main way people find out how to get in touch with you.
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You’d better believe it when Pamela Strayhorn said, “I have a passion for transportation.” The CEO of Strayhorn Transportation Freight Management has been in the business for years but is poised to put her new company on the map — and all over the map. 
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you H.O.U.S.E., LLC - Helping Others Utilize Self Effectively.
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An emergency fund is an easy to access account that holds four to six months’ worth of living expenses. This fund is to help cover the cost of unexpected financial demands, including covering the expenses of job loss. At the end of the day, an emergency fund is a way of providing peace of mind that your financial health will not be at risk in the event of an emergency demand on your wallet.
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With April's Earth Day 30 Days Straight around the corner, we stopped by the Soulsville neighborhood to talk to Rebecca Hutchinson, Site Director for Soulsville, USA, about her community's cleanup efforts and how they are coming together to make Memphis Clean by 2019.
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At first, push pins put on a bulletin board identified all the places the Memphis startup, Silicone Arts Laboratories, sold its easy-to-use scar concealer, Dermaflage. In those days, only a few years ago, the entrepreneurial team worked long hours, hustled to connect to investors and waved their salaries to reinvest profits.
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I recently took a seminar on leadership in organizational behavior discussing topics like defining effective leadership, what types of people make effective leaders and what results effective leaders produce.  One of the main questions we discussed was that while all companies seek effective leaders, how does one really determine if a person will be an effective leader?
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Keep an eye on LEDIC Realty Company — it’s on the move horizontally and vertically. It started in 1979 as a management group and has long been focused strictly on managing apartments for other owners.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Regions Bank and their newest location on 88 Union Avenue.
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Sales skill has to be among your best qualities if you are going to succeed at operating a small business. It turns your wonderful products into cash in the bank!  Nothing happens until somebody sells something. It’s true. They say America needs to move by truck but who fills the trucks?  Salespeople.
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Autobahn Indoor Speedway opened in April in a converted warehouse space the Shelby Oaks Corporate Park. Since then, thousands have strapped on a helmet and hopped behind the wheel of the track’s Formula 1-style race karts. Autobahn general manager Anthony Dillard said while the cars may look like toys, they are anything but.
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Indie Memphis and SoundCheck, the Greater Memphis Chamber's Young Professional Council, host the Kickoff Party for the 19th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM at Circuit Playhouse. We will announce the 2016 Fall dates, venues and kickoff the "call-for-entries" for filmmakers in Memphis and around the world to submit their films for consideration. Last year was our largest film attendance in festival historiy with even more exciting additions for this year's fest!
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There was a time when the status of being a woman-owned business was a challenge to business progress, but now, there are multiple opportunities to leverage this differentiator as a positive. According to the last U. S. Census Bureau survey, more than a third of Memphis businesses are women-owned, and it’s safe to say more have been established since then. The good news is there are countless ways women business owners can use their status to their advantage. The opportunities are plentiful; you just have to look for them!
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You can’t guarantee what the future holds, but you can make some educated guesses by watching who’s on the move. The months ahead are looking particularly bright for these 10 local companies who have been laying the groundwork and are now poised to enjoy an exciting 2016. 
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So, what's on your mind so far this year? I bet it includes some version of these topics: growth, profitability and hiring. No matter how long you're in business, these can be regular visitors to your middle-of-the-night, ceiling-staring parties.
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Each issue we highlight one of our Chamber Ambassadors, our volunteer organization that serves as the official host for 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 you to Dale Hill of MagTech Lab.
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Every year people around the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Here in Memphis we take it to the next level, celebrating 30 days straight throughout the month of April with cleanups, volunteer events and other activities.
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An irritating experience at a local coffeehouse recently reminded me of how important asking great questions is to forging and fostering a solid client relationship.
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Last summer marked the first anniversary of SoundCheck – the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Young Professional Council. From the beginning, SoundCheck’s purpose was to provide a place where young professionals have access to business leaders, connections and resources to help them truly become the next generation of leaders in Memphis. With more than 200 members and growing, SoundCheck has become a group of young professionals who are serious about moving Memphis forward.
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People and property are arguably a business owner’s most valuable assets, and there are a variety of things that can happen in the workplace to put them at risk. Some of those are nearly impossible to prepare for, but there are certain precautions that can be taken to optimize the safety and security of your business.
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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. Reuben Brunson, CEO and Co-Founder of RocketFuel, shares why his company is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
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The applications are open for the 2016 Inc. 5000, an elite list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This distinguished editorial award celebrates innovation, builds a network of entrepreneurial leaders and is an effective marketing showcase.
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While the channels you use to distribute your message may change throughout any given campaign, one thing should remain central: the message itself. Whatever you are trying to communicate, be it a product offering, sale or company update, it is essential to think cross-channel in your efforts.
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This week member Memphis Open is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a week full of professional tennis, entertainment, delicious food and more. We got together with the tournament director, Erin Mazurek to learn more about this event and the ways that we all can join in on the celebration.
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Here in the thriving logistics hub of Memphis, a new innovation accelerator program sponsored by FedEx aims to foster fresh ideas and emerging talent, promising an even brighter future for the industry as a whole.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Prime Restoration, which provides customers with high quality powder coating and media blasting services.
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Although Punxsutawney Phil recently predicted that spring is just around the corner, two weeks ago, milk, bread and batteries were scarce commodities in Memphis, as the city braced for a winter storm of epic proportions. Fortunately, the snow bluffed. The season is not yet over, however, and it is never too late (or too early) for employers to take steps to winterize their policies to help insulate themselves from liability and costs.
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Making Memphis beautiful is a family tradition for Robin Smithwick. 
 
Robert “Robin” Smithwick III is managing principal of the Memphis office of Diversified Trust, a comprehensive wealth management firm which provides investment, trust and financial advisory services to families and institutions. He also helms the Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle moon mission to advance green space for citizens here.
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Small business owners have their unique world of pain and problems. You may not have known it, but new terms have come to describe them. If you have had difficulty finding the right words, check this list:
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David Underwood moved around a lot growing up, living in several states due to his father’s occupation, but Memphis caught his attention. Underwood enrolled at the University of Memphis. He was in logistics, so Memphis was certainly a place of opportunity in his field. But Chicago and Atlanta offered possibilities, too. So he and his wife, who’d moved around a lot also, considered their options thoroughly, finally deciding Memphis would be home. “Why move again?” the Underwoods asked themselves. “Everything we want is here.”
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Starting on February 1st, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability is launching a new campaign to help local individuals and groups cut energy and water use, reduce waste and be better stewards of the environment. 
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Elizabeth Rouse evolved into the role of cheerleader for the Memphis arts community. As a transplant born in Mobile, Ala., her mother put her in ballet, but Rouse wanted to watch the graceful dance, not perform it. She moved to the Bluff City nine years ago for a job with ArtsMemphis, not expecting to stay forever. But she discovered a buffet of artistry here. She fell in love with the city and its talent.
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Think of the best job you ever had (and yes, it can be your current position). What made it amazing? Was it the type of work you did? The people? The location? Salary? Any number of things combined can make a workplace great, but there’s one thing above all else that matters most to the majority of employees: happiness.
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Green spaces are helping cities attract new, green dollars into their economies and helping them keep the ones they already have. The Mid-South’s “ambitious” Greenprint plan may be one of the biggest such projects in the country. 
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I love Friday night football. Friday nights during the fall afford me the opportunity to watch my oldest son play a sport he loves with his best friends inside a stadium filled by spirited fans. And, his high school team is really good! I don’t really understand the strategy of the game nor do I comprehend the signals of the referees or when it is appropriate for those little yellow flags to be thrown. I obviously enjoy watching my own child “perform," but I have recently become fascinated with the communication styles and patterns on the sideline between the players and the coaches. As an HR professional, I am a student of human behavior and I have discovered some valuable lessons from the football coaches that can apply to any manager, supervisor or organizational leader.
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So many of her friends left Memphis for college, but after arriving at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Carlissa Shaw realized she would be planting herself in her native soil. “As soon as I left, I knew I had to come back,” she said. “There was work for me to do here.” The University of Memphis law school graduate found a place to make a direct impact - in the courtroom as an attorney at Horne & Wells. She is also a volunteer at Memphis Legal Services and offers free legal advice to the public as host of Q&A show, “Let’s Talk Law,” on 1340 WLOK.
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R&B and soul legend Otis Clay passed away on Friday, January 8 at the age of 73. The Blues Hall of Fame inductee called Memphis his "second home" during the years he was recording at Memphis-based Hi Records. Read his full obituary from the Commercial Appeal here.

Below Otis performs "Trying to Live My Life Without You" with Uriah Mitchell at our 2014 Annual Chairman's Luncheon. The rhythm and blues artist will be greatly missed.
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In the Internet search world, Google is clearly king and marketing professionals across the globe give this tech giant the lion’s share of their search marketing attention. Every time Google makes a change to its infamous algorithm, search engine marketers scramble to assess the impact and adjust their strategies.
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A water tower of its own. Installation of 14 miles of sewer lines. Rerouting of a state highway. No wonder the Memphis Regional Megasite is called, well, a megasite. It is six square miles of ambition to bring auto manufacturers and suppliers to the region and provide the population with thousands of good jobs.
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On January 18, 2016 you're invited to join Clean Memphis, Leadership Memphis and the Chairman's Circle in a day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our teams are gathering in eight communities around the city to pick up trash and beautify the area. 
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At the end of the work day, Kela Jones thinks of the children’s hugs. They are the best reward. She is director of development at Peer Power Foundation, a tutoring program that pairs high-performing young people with students who want to enrich their own studies.
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2015 was a great year for the Memphis entrepreneurial scene:
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With the New Year upon us, you will likely see dozens of blog posts, articles or newsletters that will explore 2016 marketing trends to pay attention to. While these will likely touch on some very interesting themes or trends with a lot of potential, there is one very important marketing channel that often gets lost in the shuffle: email.
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As policy and social changes continue to spur business growth in Memphis, the job market is ripe for both companies and candidates alike. And, with any active market, changes are inevitable. While I don’t have a crystal ball for 2016, signs are pointing to a few hiring trends we could expect in the coming year:
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David Dufour, Vice President of Operations for Crew Training International, shares why his company is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
 
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Memphis pioneer, business leader, and the senior advisor to the Greater Memphis Chamber, Clifford Stockton, passed away on the evening of October 12, 2015, but he left a legacy of leadership, hard work and a love for the city of Memphis. 
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Yesterday, December 9th, at the 2015 Annual Chairman’s Luncheon we celebrated the unique mix of passions, ideas, cultures and opportunities that make our city great. Memphis is full of unexpected combinations that help us stand out above the rest:
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While preparing to take office as mayor of Memphis, Jim Strickland proves he’s a force to be reckoned with.
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You may think your toughest competition is those people across town, but you would be wrong. It is you, the business owner. Yes, talking about YOU.
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George Monger III thinks of his son when he thinks about Memphis and the future. And he thinks about music. And so the executive director of The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town), a super-charged mentoring program for budding musicians, is helping young talent.
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Your customers - you wouldn't be in business without them, right? Delivering great customer service should be as much of a priority as ensuring the quality of your product or service and running your business efficiently. But did you know that it really doesn't take much to provide great customer service?
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Nothing warms a business owner’s heart more than finding a way to save money and get better service. 
 
With that in mind, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Affinity Program offers a package of first rate discounts exclusively for Chamber members. 
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Having worked with many small businesses, it strikes me that many small business owners approach running their businesses like some small pet owners approach training. They figure their business is small. They don’t need a lot of big-company rules and bureaucratic processes. In fact, one reason you may have started your own business was to get away from the corporate mumbo-jumbo!
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Jonathan Lyons loves to show off Memphis. The director of public relations for the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau helps showcase the city by putting itineraries together for visitors, including journalists with big audiences. About 10 million people a year visit the city. What makes Memphis a stand out is “unexpected combinations,” said Lyons, who selects go-to places from the city’s music, art, food, festival, civil rights and outdoor offerings. 
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Pyramid Stone, a one-stop shop for all kitchen and bath design needs.
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I knew from the age of 7 that marketing was my destiny as I embarked on my first moneymaking venture, but I hadn’t really reflected, until recently, on the combination of forces that in all likelihood nudged me down that path.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Rachael Castillo, Memphis' first latino State Farm agent.
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Memphis beats Manhattan.
 
On what? Lease rates on office space. And it beats New York City by a long shot. It may seem an arcane contest to some but it’s a big deal to big companies with big office rents.  
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While I am truly aware of an increasing need for personal health and well-being programs in our business community, another equally important health issue is being ignored within our companies today.

So what am I talking about? I’m talking about the most misunderstood and under-utilized leadership focus of all time. The answer is: your company’s culture.
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SoundCheck, the Greater Memphis Chamber's Young Professional Council, is full of young talent eager to do their part in making Memphis a great city to live and work and play. One of these such members is Hardy Farrow, who is working hard to make Memphis a great city to learn. He launched Let's Innovate through Education (LITE) Memphis in his first year for Teach of America and has touched the lives of hundreds of students by using their passions and ideas to teach them the skills they'll need to succeed in college, career and beyond. Get to know Hardy, LITE Memphis and how you can make a difference in the Q&A below.
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As a child watching crime shows, Brooke Jones wanted to be a coroner. A little older, she followed the allure of website design and studied computer science at the University of Memphis. Then she landed a job as a student with FedEx Office, and a whole world of options opened to her.
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That's where Relax H2o comes to the rescue with our "dry" aqua massage. This hydro-massage therapy is a quick, convenient, less invasive way to get a full body massage. Jets of water are used over a protective plastic barrier to give a relaxing massage without the need to remove any clothing or apply any lotions or oils. No physical touching required, the entire massage is given by the machine with powerful, soothing water jets. The "dry" aqua massage helps to relax muscles, increase blood circulation and relieve muscular pain and tension.
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As we work to build Memphis into an economic leader with global impact, it becomes crucial for us to address the health of our workforce. It’s no secret that Tennessee has room for improvement in this area, but not everyone understands how that unhealthiness affects our workplace environments.
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We all recall too vividly the effects of the recession on our businesses and lives. The good news is that after eight years, the nation and Memphis are starting to see improvements. On Thursday, November 12th, 2015, I would like to invite you to hear from Kevin L. Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He will use his research to paint a picture of the U.S. labor market post-recession.
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Regardless of your size, where your company is located, or what you provide to your clients or customers, digital marketing should be at the forefront. Digital is everywhere, from how we communicate to how we learn. It can be at your desk or in your pocket. You can order food or create a presentation for your clients with an app. You can use an app to get your news, and you can click a button to get a ride home. And all of this happens from something that fits in your pocket or briefcase.
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Premier Flowers is a floral design and flower delivery shop servicing the Memphis Metro and surrounding areas. We provide floral design for events, weddings and receptions, special occasions, birth announcements, sympathy and condolences and everything in between. We sell fruit and gourmet baskets as well as provide candles and poetry books for anyone in need of relaxation and meditation.
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Are you going into business or going into idea?  These are two distinct approaches to entrepreneurship and different as cookies and cabbage.

When a person gets a new idea it’s not unusual for them to get lathered and think about a business. Say you formulated the greatest barbecue casserole (substitute any passion).  Everyone raves. Soon you think, “I should start a business.”
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Noah Glenn loves to make music and so, of course, he was drawn to Memphis. But it was the food that first captured his heart. “There’s a lot of great food here,” the 29-year-old said. “I’ve always been impressed by the number of local, unique restaurants…. Memphis has so many places that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.”
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For a recent vacation, my husband and I booked a package that, unfortunately, only offered direct flights to our destination on Spirit Airlines. We thought it couldn’t be that bad. (We were so wrong.) As I sat in the airport missing vacation time, I checked Twitter to see the airline’s responses to its upset passengers. But, Spirit doesn’t even HAVE Twitter! In fact, several fake accounts appear to be authentic (and passengers believe them to be real). These accounts, run by people who dislike Spirit, are alienating already upset customers.
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When Shea Flinn stepped into the local political spotlight as a Memphis City Council member in early 2007, he did so with a number of priorities, visions and hopes for the city in his hip pocket. Those specific goals aside, the driving force behind Flinn’s desire to fuel positive change in Memphis basically boiled down to some very simple advice from his grandfather.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Harbor of Health, a new service delivery model of Regional One Health.
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Leaders in many small to medium-sized companies are following their dream and share Walt Disney’s aversion to management systems and policies. Working in the field of employee and executive compensation, we often talk with business owners who are encountering organizational difficulties caused by the absence of a basic compensation system.  But when is it time to implement a more formal reward system? Following are some thoughts that will help answer that question.
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Brent Hooks, 25, learned early that the spirit of entrepreneurship in his family was about giving, not getting. Relatives like his mother and grandmother introduced him to the world of business, and he selected accounting and finance to study at the University of Memphis, not only because he was skilled in numbers, but because he knew he could help others with it.
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Last 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 that year. Now, thousands of students in Memphis  have the opportunity to further their education and gain access to better jobs and salaries.
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The old adage, “nothing happens until a sale is made,” couldn’t be truer. And for many a start-up, identifying a predictable, repeatable sales process that ensures needed sales targets are always met, can seem like the Holy Grail – enticing but ever illusive.

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Trey Carter is big on focus, very big. 
 
His savvy about the local workforce and his ability to see the big picture while handling the immediate task at hand has made him a successful entrepreneur and a valuable member of the Greater Memphis Chamber. 
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Eleven regional manufacturing companies opened their doors on Friday, October 2nd, to host over 500 students from Shelby County Schools and Fayette Academy to celebrate National Manufacturing Day 2015 (MFG Day 2015). The effort was coordinated by the Greater Memphis Chamber and its partners - The Workforce Investment Network (WIN), Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW), Shelby County Schools, Fayette County and Durham School Services - with the goal to promote advanced manufacturing careers in the area and the educational opportunities to qualify for these jobs.
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You frequently hear the phrase: “That’s what it’s all about.”  Usually it’s directed at meeting some significant challenge. What is it “all about” in small business? I can tell you: It must be easy!
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Ambassadors serve as an active volunteer extension of the Chamber to cultivate, promote and maintain a positive relationship between the Chamber, its members and the community. This group serves as the official host for all Chamber events. They also provide information, mentorship and support for new members of the Chamber, as well as help promote the benefits of the organization to potential members.
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Airika Wallace Gigas may be best equipped to sell Memphis to visitors because she once was one and “fell in love” with the city. Memphis left such an indelible impression that when the time for a career move came, she unhitched her life in Dallas and bolted for the Bluff City.
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Did you know that you not only have your audience’s highest attention at the beginning of a presentation, but also at the end? I know when I see the conclusion slide or a proctor in the background motioning a speaker to wrap up, I tend to perk up and focus more on the speaker. As research shows, most people do the same. 
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Next up on our tour of the Greater Memphis Chamber departments and the benefits they offer is Membership Development led by Senior Vice President Tom Rieger. This department works directly with you - our members - every day to make sure that you have access to all the resources I have listed in the posts above. If you have any questions or requests, they are quick to respond and connect you to the right person.
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On Friday, September 18th, approximately 51 Shelby County School technical career teachers toured Arkansas State University’s Mid-South campus (ASU Mid-South) in West Memphis, Ark. For a District Learning Day to see the college’s nationally recognized dual enrollment programs.
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The following is a feature from the previous issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineClick here to view the full issue.

Anna Cardona likes to keep her finger on the pulse of her city, but there was a time when she thought about leaving home.
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When a sustainable economic development expert and a sustainable agriculture expert put their heads together to brainstorm ways to address some of the city’s needs, great ideas are bound to take root.

That’s exactly what happened when Wes Riddle and Mary Phillips Riddle joined forces (in more ways than one; they’re now married) to discuss ways to cultivate clean, ethical food while also cultivating entrepreneurs and, in turn, nurture the local economy.
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Recently, I watched a TED Talk by Rita Pierson, a teacher who talked about the challenges and benefits of building relationships with students in order to motivate them to achieve academic success. The message was very powerful.

In business, leaders face the same challenges. A leader without followers is like the Texan who wears a big Stetson but has no cattle or oil wells to support his claim of prominence – “Big Hat No Cattle!” Gaining followers depends on relationships, which, to a large extent, is a function of trust. How do we gain or lose the trust of followers?
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The following is an feature from the Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. We interviewed individuals representing three different industries on the value of Memphis water to business. To read the full feature on Memphis water, click here

When you stand atop an 800-year old supply of the world’s purest water, the gains translate into more than just cost-savings for prospective companies. An abundance of quality water provides industries with opportunities for greater economics, less maintenance, reduced waste, improved products and increased safety. Example after example can be cited on how each industry benefits from Memphis water, but in the interest of time and space, here is one of three: 
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The JOC Inland Distribution Conference is the must-attend conference for retailers, manufacturers and other companies that utilize trucking, intermodal and seaports and need strategies to manage tight trucking capacity and rising prices associated with today's challenging transportation landscape. The conference typically attracts 400 logistics professionals. 
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As an added benefit to your membership, the Chamber offers assistance in ribbon cutting and grand opening celebrations. We are always excited to see our members grow and expand and want to make sure that they have the resources to do so. That's why we're particularly excited to share with you today about Ray Rico Freelance and their recent expansion.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber joins Shelby County citizens and businesses to participate in national Attendance Awareness Month. Currently, too many of our students are missing too much school. In fact, 22,000 students were chronically absent last year in Shelby County, causing them to fall behind academically, exacerbating achievement gaps and dropout rates.
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Roughly 75 million strong, millennials are on a course to soon surpass their baby boomer parents as our nation’s largest living generation. This generation, also known as Gen Y, was born between 1981 and the early 2000s, and they are beginning to wield great influence in their professional roles.

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3/28/2016
Memphis Clean by 2019 and Clean Memphis Celebrate Earth Day 30 Days Straight

3/16/2016
The Supplier Diversity Collaborative Releases Plan to Grow Minority & Women-Owned Business Local Small,

3/7/2016
The Greater Memphis Chamber Works to Boost Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

1/14/2016
Memphis Clean by 2019, Clean Memphis and Leadership Memphis Host MLK Day of Service Clean-Up

1/13/2016
The Greater Memphis Chamber Announces "10 to Watch" in 2016

 

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