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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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True leadership is a missing link in most small businesses in my 44 years of working with businesses of all sizes and industries. And, yes many things have changed during those 44 years of observing other business leaders first hand and running my own business.
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Like economic and workforce development, public policy is a crucial pillar in our work to create economic growth for all by breaking the cycle of poverty and increasing the number of middle class jobs. If we are going to grow our tax base, we have to attract good companies with good paying jobs. To do this we need a fiscally sound city with a stable tax rate and leaders who make prudent decisions to move the city forward.
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The following is a feature from an issue of our Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. Click here to view the full magazine.

When 26-year-old Jordan Jackson left Los Angeles for Memphis about 18 months ago, she walked right into open arms. Having been raised in Wynne, Arkansas, she was aware of Memphis’ friendly reputation. But only when she arrived did Jackson discover exactly how important the welcoming spirit of the Bluff City would be to the tempo of her life.
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We work every day to brainstorm, develop and pitch story ideas to media outlets for nearly all of our clients. It’s a valued PR tactic that benefits clients tremendously when executed properly. We also conduct media training for clients to prepare them for interviews when needed. 
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The following is a feature in our Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. Click here to view the full magazine.

Dinner conversation sometimes sways to the problems of Memphis and when it does, Jim Maddox has an answer: “We’re working this.”
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A primary goal of small business is establishing recurring monthly revenue. This grows your business and helps relieve the more strenuous alternative of re-inventing the wheel each month by selling large amounts of non-recurring stuff.
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The following is a feature from an issue of Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. Click here to view the original article or the full magazine.

All the right decisions were being made, and Tom Rieger wanted to be a part of it. And so he packed his bags and moved to Memphis, a place he believes is on the threshold of being “one of the greatest cities on Earth.”
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Talk to almost any millennial and you’ll hear the same story. Many young professionals today are struggling to get ahead as quickly as older generations. Despite stellar educations and hard work, the promotions are just not always available. Due to tough economic times, baby boomers have remained at their jobs for far longer than anyone would have predicted. Many of these boomers have occupied managerial positions that would otherwise be given up to a younger generation – delaying the promotions of those further down the corporate ladder. 
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According to the 2014-15 World at Work Salary Budget Survey, as in 2014, projected salary increases for 2015, for all industries, will be 3.0%. The study also reports that in 2014 between 96% and 100% of employees received an increase. The reported frequency between increases is 12.0 months. Survey participants reported that “High Performers” received a 4.0% increase.

From these statistics, we can conclude the following:
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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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Numerous studies support the fact that companies that excel at aligning their marketing and sales efforts enjoy significantly higher revenue growth. A best-in-class strategy for creating such cohesion is the regular development of a business dashboard.
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The following is a feature in the spring issue of Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. Click here to read the full magazine.

Memphis is fundamentally an entrepreneurial city with all the resources it needs to become even more than it is. That’s Leslie Lynn Smith’s read on the Bluff City.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber works for small business. Whether that means supporting legislation that prevents a substantial tax increase or providing opportunities to make that next business connection, we always have our small business owners in mind. That’s why we have begun enhancing our Small Business Council - so we can provide you with the resources, advocacy and education you need to grow and succeed.
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The following is a feature from Volume 1 of the 2015 Memphis Crossroads Magazines. Click here to view the full magazine and all of its features.

Optometrist Dr. Chris Cooper had his own eye-opening experience a few years ago when he met with a sales representative from a well-known website that lists highly rated local service providers. 
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Our firm helps many of our clients plan for trade shows every year. If your organization is exhibiting this year, don’t forget what a great opportunity these events can be for media coverage. To make sure you are getting the most out of this experience, create a detailed plan with designated responsibilities focused on pre-show, during-show and post-show activities. Here’s a quick guide:
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The Greater Memphis Chamber is always looking for ways to help our members improve their bottom line. One of the ways we do this is by partnering with area businesses to save you money on products and services like shipping, healthcare and training. You can see a list of all our Affinity Partner programs here, but today we’d like to introduce you to our newest partner: Yuletide Office Solutions.
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If our economic development team is focused on creating jobs and investment by “selling Memphis,” then our community development team is charged with improving the product by making Memphis the place companies want to do business and locate their employees. Led by Senior Vice President Kelly Rayne, the team accomplishes this goal through three focuses: industry councils, workforce development and public policy. We’ll focus on the first two for this post.
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As an added benefit to your membership, the Chamber offers assistance in ribbon cutting and grand opening celebrations. We are happy to celebrate the opening of the Blues Hall of Fame and will continue to honor Memphis’ music heritage.
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Small business owners are engaged in the “fight of a lifetime.” A big goal, of course, is to somehow get a lifetime out of your business. In an acronym, here is the important stuff I have learned that gets you there:  Ex.C.E.L.L.E.N.C.E.
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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. Florence Hervey, CEO of Case Management, Inc., shares with us why her company is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
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This post is part of a series on Membership ROI. Click below to view previous posts:
1. Your Membership ROI 2. Attracting Jobs & Investment to Memphis


Last time I went into detail about our Economic Development team and the work they do to bring good jobs and investment to Memphis, helping us achieve our goal to grow the middle class and break the cycle of poverty in our community. However, I intentionally left out a key component of our ED team: Research.
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Most Human Resources professionals dislike performance appraisals as much as every other manager, supervisor, and employee.  In a recent poll conducted by Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) only 2% of HR professionals gave their performance appraisal system an “A” grade.  They gave “B’s” and “C’s” 74% of the time.  The remaining 24% gave their systems a grade below “C”.  There are a lot of people looking for help on the subject of performance appraisal.  A query of Amazon produced 25,000 books on the subject “performance review”. 
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The following is a feature in our spring issue of the Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. Click here to view the full magazine.

When Dudley Boyd says that “encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs is a noble cause,” he’s willing to back that up.

He even changed his company’s name to prove it: Enoble Business Capital
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Partnering with a brand spokesperson is a strategy for giving a larger voice to your message and allowing the positive feelings the market has for that spokesperson to transfer over to your brand.
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The following is a feature from our Memphis Crossroads Magazine. Click here to view the full issue.

She’d heard some trash talk about Memphis, and it wasn’t on her list of places to see. So when the plant manager’s job came open at DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprises and was offered to her, Deborah McKitten was hesitant.  
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The following is a feature in our Memphis Crossroads 10 to Watch Issue. To view the entire list of 10 to Watch Companies, click here.

MC Ionic Solutions US (MCIS US) will power up this year, building new business with new products to help scale up production at its Memphis facility. 
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This is the second post in a series on Membership ROI. To view the first post in the series click here.

First stop on the Chamber 101 tour is the economic development department. Economic development is the Greater Memphis Chamber’s bread and butter. Bringing jobs and investment to Memphis is our priority and the way we break the cycle of poverty and grow the middle class. Memphis has lost population over the past twenty years and, worse yet, our middle class has shrunk even more. Therefore, all Chamber activities support our goal of growing the middle class through the retention and creation of good jobs. This is the only way our tax base will grow to provide capital for our schools, public safety, infrastructure and an improved quality of life for all.
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The following is a feature from the Memphis Crossroads winter issue. To view the entire digital magazine, click here.

As Mauricio Calvo sees it, “if you’re working, you should be able to reach the American Dream.”

The Executive Director for Latino Memphis and new board member of the Greater Memphis Chamber has his work cut out for him. In endeavoring to boost the Hispanic community here, he keeps the numbers 4 and 40 at the forefront. The unemployment rate for Latinos in Memphis has been reported to be a remarkably low 4 percent, but 40 percent of the Latino population live in poverty. “When you look at the very low unemployment rate and the very high number in poverty,” he said, “you can’t help but ask what’s wrong here.”
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Memphis said a final farewell to B.B. King on Wednesday morning with a musical tribute at Handy Park and a processional down Beale Street. The Beale Street Blues Boy launched his musical career on those same cobblestones nearly 70 years ago. Last week, King died in his Las Vegas home at the age 89.
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The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads Magazine. View all of the 10 to Watch companies and the full magazine here.

At a time of flight reductions at Memphis International Airport, homegrown Southern Airways Express is focused on expansion. 
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The following is an article from the 2014-2015 Winter Issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineClick here to read the full magazine.

When Arkansas-based fine-jewelry retailer Sissy’s Log Cabin made the trip across the bridge to open a store in Memphis last October, the company arrived with a rich family history, award-winning jewelry designs and an unshakable commitment to providing top-notch customer service to its Mid-South clients. 
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As an added benefit to your membership, the Chamber offers assistance in ribbon cutting and grand opening celebrations. We are happy to celebrate A Tour of Possibilities and their new service to the Memphis tourism community. We did a little Q&A with A Tour of Possibilities to learn more about their company and why they chose Memphis.
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Three times a year the Greater Memphis Chamber hosts a Chamber 101 session where we open up our offices and invite new members to learn about all the ways we help grow our economy, improve our community and develop our members. Three times a year, members walk away amazed at the scope of work the Chamber pursues on their behalf. Here is a sample of the feedback we’ve received:
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The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads Magazine. View all of the 10 to Watch companies and the full magazine here.

Christian Brothers University will look back and forward in 2015.
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As an added benefit to your membership, the Chamber offers assistance in ribbon cutting and grand opening celebrations. We are happy to celebrate Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Garden and their new transformation at 1638 Sycamore View. We did a little Q&A with Serenity to learn more about their company and why they chose Memphis.
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According to the most recent September 2014 statistics, at least 9.3 percent of Memphis-area residents are unemployed. Ask many of those people why they fall in that category and a frequent answer will be, “There are no jobs out there.”

But the truth is there ARE jobs out there; however, a great number of the Memphis labor force lacks the skills to fill them. In 2013, nearly 18,000 jobs in the Greater Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) went unfilled. According to the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C., MSA ranks 86 out of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas on the Skills Gap index, meaning, despite the city’s large labor pool, employers here are struggling to find qualified workers at all skill levels to fill their open positions.
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The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads Magazine. View all of the 10 to Watch companies and the full magazine here.

Caissa Public Strategy will grow its reputation and its business this year by protecting yours. 
The company has specialized in crisis management and protection for the last four years. This year Caissa will launch a new service to grow and protect customers’ reputations online and IRL (in real life). 
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Public cloud computing services-- computing resources (such as networks, storage, applications, and services) purchased from another company (a “cloud services provider”)-- offer many potential benefits for businesses, among them economies of scale, lower capital costs, and improved accessibility.
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One of the top questions I get as Member Services Director is: “How can I use my membership to better promote my business?” And my answer is simply: “The Members Only Area.”
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Plans for the world’s largest furniture maker to build a $64.3 million store in Memphis is just about the best news anyone in the Bluff City could hear. Except that IKEA isn’t the only big fish to come to this pond. It’s almost as if suddenly the Memphis area is a magnet for retail. Bass Pro, another destination retailer like IKEA, will finish its long awaited refurbishing of the Pyramid this spring, and Swedish “fast fashion” retailer H&M announced recently the opening of a store at The Shops at Carriage Crossing. 
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Ask our members what’s a priority for their business, and I guarantee you a qualified workforce will be a top answer. We made incredible progress toward this request when the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) was launched in November. The GMACW has committed to support our goal of providing skilled training for 3000 individuals this year. Three thousand new skilled workers in Memphis will have an immediate and direct impact on our goal to reduce the unemployment rate and increase the number of middle class jobs in the Greater Memphis Area.
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The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads Magazine. View all of the 10 to Watch companies and the full magazine here.

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

2014 was a break out year for Sweet Potato Baby and the company is looking to turn up the heat (and light a few more burners) in 2015.
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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. Jennifer Ziegenhorn, Partner at Husch Blackwell, shares with us why her company is a part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
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Time and time again Memphis has proved itself a center for entrepreneurship and innovation. In fact, last year alone WalletHub and CNN Money both recognized Memphis as one of the best cities to start a business. When you combine thriving neighborhoods with low startup costs and an available workforce, you have a recipe for business growth and success.
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The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. The full magazine debuts soon, but you can click here to see past issues.

After one year since the transition, the 3rd generation continues to lead Kemmons Wilson Companies.

The Memphis-based company gave the world Holiday Inn Hotels, which completely changed the hotel industry. But it didn’t stop there and now includes interests in aviation, financial services, hotels, insurance, real estate, energy management, and resort timesharing.
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Memphis has a long-standing reputation for being a leader in the healthcare industry. Not only is Shelby County the 2nd largest orthopedic device manufacturing center in the United States, it’s home to divisional or corporate headquarters for orthopedic and medical device leaders like MedtronicMicroPort OrthopedicsSmith & Nephew and Wright Medical. And you can’t forget about our award-winning hospitals, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Baptist Memorial HospitalMethodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Regional One Health.

Now two healthcare members are leading the way in treating patients with debilitating neurological conditions. 
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For those of you on your Twitter feeds early Thursday morning, you saw the Wall Street Journal confirm something that we Memphians have known all along: The Bluff City is one heck of a place - especially for young people. The article, based off Cushman & Wakefield’s annual report, states that Memphis has “the right live/work/play environment for millennials.” 
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When I became President & CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, I cast a new vision for our organization: to break the cycle of poverty in Memphis. I know it sounds like a pretty arrogant statement. My own daughter called me out on it when she first heard it. But I believe it’s the responsibility of the business community to create the quality jobs needed to grow our middle class. The Chamber feels so strongly about this new vision that we made it part of our 2015 goals and objectives.
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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series. Click here to read Part I.

Measurement is the Holy Grail of marketing. A savvy marketer would naturally prefer to invest his dollar in a strategy with a measurable return on investment versus one without.
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The following is an article from the Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. To view the full article and magazine, click here.

A man walked into Virginia’s Starr Hill Brewery last year and plunked a glass jug down on the bar. The bartender filled it with beer, capped it, and handed it back to the man. He then plunked down a $10 bill and walked right back out the door.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber offers our members many benefits, but one way you can see an instant ROI is with our Affinity Partners. Covering key business needs – from shipping to office supplies to corporate training – our Affinity Partners offer exclusive discounts just for you.
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Welcome to the first installation of From the Top - a blog series where I’ll talk about key issues for the city of Memphis and the ways the Greater Memphis Chamber is working to address those issues. You can expect a broad range of topics to be covered here - from education to policy to jobs - but all will tie directly into our mission to push economic growth for our city.
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The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. The full magazine debuts on March 9, but you can click here to see past issues.
 
The University of Memphis will spend much of 2015 answering one vital question: Why Memphis?
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The following is an article from the Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. To view the full article and magazine, click here.

Troy Keeping is not really a suit and tie guy.

He said exactly that at lunch recently while he was wearing a suit and tie. But he explained that he had a television interview later and, as the president and general manager of Southland Park Gaming & Racing, he knew he needed to look the part. 
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Through the SUCCESS High Schools Initiative, Leadership Memphis is raising $50,000 to take 400 Shelby County High School students on local and regional college and career tours in the summer of 2015. This initiative is implemented in eight high schools – East, Fairley, George Washington Carver, Hamilton, Kingsbury, Kirby, Melrose and Trezevant – with the goal to increase the post-secondary continuation rate for these schools. SUCCESS infuses 400 executives over a 5-year period (they’re currently on year three) to positively impact nearly 7,000 students. The Leadership Club and Graduation Advisory Program (GAP) are the primary components of this initiative.
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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series.
 
While email marketing may have lost a bit of luster given the instant gratification of social media, it’s alive and well and is one of several digital marketing channels businesses are spending significantly more on this year. Why? Because compared to social media marketing, email marketing is less time intensive and easier to measure, test, and optimize.
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The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. The full magazine debuts on March 9, but you can click here to see past issues.

There’s a reason they are called “spectator sports.” Big moves and major plays leave us gasping one minute and cheering the next. This year, our 10 to Watch companies execute game plans and cheer as they put points on the board (or profits on the bottom line).

The companies we’re going to watch this year all play in different market sectors - dining, education, aviation, and more. The players are different, too. On our list, you have up-and-comers, seasoned vets, expansion teams, champions, and legacy outfits looking to hit major milestones. But beneath their teams’ logos, they all represent Memphis and credit our city with at least part of their success. 

If business were really a sport, consider this our scouting report.   

This week's spotlight is on Chef Kelly English's Restaurant Iris/Second Line.
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After 15 years of business, member Visible Music College has become a leader in innovation for the music education industry. Dr. Ken Steorts, founder and president, shares advice on finding the right idea, striving for innovation and embracing success.
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The following post is an article from the Fall 2014 issue of Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. To see the original article or view the full magazine click here.
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Many of the top-performing CEOs in the world, as determined by Harvard Business Review, are names that aren’t exactly fodder for dinner conversation. They know how to create long-term value for their companies but many focus little on creating their own personal brands.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were happy to join Elite Men’s Health for a ribbon cutting to celebrate their new site at 263 South Main Street. The new addition to Downtown Memphis answered a few questions about their business and what they plan to bring to the area:
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You’ve been hearing a lot about workplace wellness programs and investing in the health of your employees from your friends at the Greater Memphis Chamber lately. Healthy employees not only boost company morale, they also increase your bottom line. And on an even bigger scale, the health of our city directly affects our economic future.
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It’s only fitting that Paragon Bank continues as the sponsor for the Greater Memphis Chamber Ribbons as Paragon has its own celebration this year - our 10th Anniversary. As a local community bank voted by readers of the Commercial Appeal as “Best Bank” in the Memphis Most Awards, we are vested in the success of Memphis businesses. Ten years ago, we were cutting our own ribbon with the opening of our doors, and now we are blessed to say we’ve been successfully serving the Memphis business community ever since. We congratulate each business that opens its doors in our City and look forward to serving the Memphis community for 10 more years.
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On Saturday, March 7 the Greater Memphis Chamber will hold its 7th annual Move It Memphis 5k/10k. This race was intentionally created to promote healthy habits among our member companies, urging them to value the wellness and happiness of their employees.
 
I firmly believe the health of our city has a direct effect on the health of our economy. An unhealthy workforce increases burdens such as rising insurance claims and premiums, higher absenteeism and lower productivity. Simply put, unhealthy employees cost more.
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While reports of the death of corporate websites have been exaggerated, there’s no denying that traditional sites are experiencing significant traffic declines.
 
WebTrends analyzed the number of unique visits to Fortune 100 websites. Sixty-eight percent of these sites experienced declines in unique visitors compared to the previous year with an average annual decline of over 20 percent. The study points to Facebook as a primary contributor. With more regularly updated content and greater opportunity for consumer engagement, the market is often electing your Facebook page over your brand website.
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This morning the Greater Memphis Chamber Small Business Council launched its programming for 2015 with a breakfast on "doing business in Memphis." A group of expert panelists shared with our guests the benefits of receiving certification and what resources exist to alert small business owners on available contracts. 
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Read Part 1 of our media and economic development trip to New York City here.

Business, basketball and bedroom furniture - that’s how I would sum up our second and most important day in New York City. The Chamber team - along with members of the Chairman’s Circle - traveled to the Big Apple as part of a strategic economic development plan to promote Memphis’ business assets and culture and recruit new jobs to the Memphis area.
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Read Part 2 of our media and economic development trip to New York City here.

The Big Apple. Empire state of mind. The city that never sleeps. It’s the backdrop for your favorite sitcoms. The setting in your Monday night movie. The subject of the next song on the radio. I’ve read about it, heard about it and even talked about it, but I’ve never actually experienced it.

This week that all changed. The Greater Memphis Chamber team joined by members of our Chairman’s Circle and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau traveled to New York City to meet with national site selectors and media outlets. I’ll be providing updates here on the blog for the rest of the week, but you can also follow along live via our Twitter feed @MemphisChamber.
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It can be really confusing when trying to sort out the details for bidding on government contracts and doing business with large corporations. One of the many questions, that stumps business owners is - Are you certified? Acronyms float around like 8A, RFP, RFQ, MBE, WBE, LSB, SBE, GoDBE, LOSB, and DBE. To make it even more challenging, not every government entity or corporation will accept the same type of certification. With so many different qualifications and certifying agencies, you may need some assistance. Primarily, you need to know which certifications will apply to your type of business and which ones will best benefit you in the bidding process.
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The past twelve months have been full of exciting announcements, monumental changes and huge successes for the Greater Memphis Chamber and the city of Memphis. Through your investment and dedication, our team has worked to advocate on behalf of and promote the Memphis business community, allowing us to provide opportunities for all Memphians. 
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It’s that time of year again—the time of year where you formulate your New Year’s resolutions and dream of making next year your best year yet. And let’s face it—most of you are hoping a healthier, fitter version of yourself resides somewhere in 2015. I know I am. 

Start making progress today by signing up for the 2015 Move it Memphis 10k on Saturday, March 7. With the tips and workout schedule below, you’ll quickly make strides toward your fitness goals. 
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The following is an excerpt from the Fall Issue of Memphis Crossroads. To see the original article or view the full magazine click here.

In recent months, Baptist Memorial Health Care brought on new leadership even as the health care industry is undergoing significant changes. Three of the newly appointed executives spoke about the challenges of maintaining a large corporation in a changing marketplace where attention to the individual and the community is paramount.
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The Small Business Council of the Greater Memphis Chamber works tirelessly in our local community and is representative of the small business membership of the Chamber.  

Approximately 90 percent of the Chamber’s members have less than 100 employees. It is the mission of the Small Business Council to aid in addressing the needs of small businesses in greater Memphis. The vision of the Small Business Council is to serve as the advocate for small businesses by encouraging, supporting, recognizing, and being a resource that enriches business practices within our community.
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The following is an excerpt from the Fall Issue of Memphis Crossroads. To see the original article or view the full magazine click here.

After a quick skim of her professional biography and a 35-minute conversation in the midst of her hectic schedule, it’s clearly evident why Independent Bank Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and President Susan Stephenson is a formidable presence in the Mid-South’s financial landscape. 
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
At the 2014 Annual Chairman's Luncheon, our President & CEO Phil Trenary recognized one outstanding young man for his innovation, dedication and selflessness. Donte Davis continues to win over the grizzly hearts of every Memphian with his inspiring story.

"It's for young people like Donte that I get up and come to work every day," said Trenary at the luncheon. "It's our responsibility as the business community to break the cycle of poverty by bringing good jobs, growing the middle class and providing the next generation the skills they need to succeed."

Watch Donte's story here:
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Maybe this cold weather is driving you a little stir-crazy. Maybe you just realized that football season is coming to an end. 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 March 7.

And, here are five reasons you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to “move it”:
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Richard Bomar knows that when most think about laptop repair, they probably first think about some guy behind a store counter. 

But at Flextronics, where Bomar serves as the plant manager, about 500 technicians work on anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 laptops per day. If you’ve ever had to ship off a broken Lenovo laptop, chances are it came to Flextronics in Memphis.
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Recently, area leaders announced the launch of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) as the lead initiative of the Memphis & Shelby County Regional Economic Development Plan. The GMACW is a culmination of the combined efforts of the Chairman’s Circle moon mission for a Center of Excellence for Training in Advanced Manufacturing (Harvard Tech) and the Brookings Institute Regional Economic Development Plan (REDP) led by the City, County and EDGE.
The Elephant in the Room »
As in any relationship, conflicts will arise between coworkers. Common sources of conflict include competition for resources, differences of opinion about how to do something, misunderstandings over responsibilities and/or scope of authority, missed expectations, personality differences, and more. Intellectually, we recognize that conflict can be healthy, but when we are in the middle of it, we may lose perspective. When an employee or co-worker rushes in with their hair on fire, it’s hard at times not to become ignited ourselves and act out of emotion.
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These days, it’s hard to miss the massive, sunglass-clad kangaroo cruising around Midtown with martini in hand … or rather, paw. 

The party-primed marsupial lounging on top of its pink-and-black Premier Transportation Co. shuttle is one of the most recent additions to the area’s thriving recreational scene. In operation since mid-September, the 17-seat Roo links the Cooper-Young Historic District with Overton Square, allowing passengers to hop on and off at 11 stops during an approximately 30-minute loop through both areas. 
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"The best gifts come in small packages." That's what I like to remind anyone who teases me about my 5'2" frame; however, I tend to forget it when holiday shopping comes around. That's why I've made it my goal this year to think small and shop local when it comes to buying gifts. I probably won't pass up some of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from the big box stores, but I will make an effort to visit our local small businesses for Small Business Saturday on November 29.
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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.

Nicolette Thomas, senior specialist for event marketing at ALSAC/St. Jude, the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is one of the few Memphians who holds a Certified Meeting Professional Credential. 
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“Libraries have long been pathways to lifelong learning,” said Janae Pitts-Murdock, Coordinator of Teen Services for the Memphis Public Library. “In the digital age, libraries are evolving into innovation hubs. Memphis Public Library & Information Center is joining pioneering libraries across the country as a place where creativity, innovation and collaboration combine.” 
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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.

As a key member of the largest full-service production and post-production company in Memphis, Rednour gets to see firsthand how Memphis companies are increasingly using advanced visual technology to tell their stories. 
Are your employees coming to the end of the life cycle of his or her current role? »
One of the advantages of working for a small business is wearing several different hats, learning the business inside and out. If that’s all you’ve ever done, you may not even realize the valuable perspective you have; you’ve always been able to see the big picture. What a difference from your counterparts in large corporate environments who sometimes cannot see the forest for the trees. As a team member in a large corporate hierarchy, the individual often becomes an expert, but in a very narrowly focused area.
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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.

Meghan Medford never expected to be in the roofing business, let alone founder and president of her own roofing company.
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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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