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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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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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