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I have lasted three decades as a business owner. Like most people doing this I go about my business without thinking much about any great philosophy or magic I possess because I don’t. But I do see things that work, so I will share them here.
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Remember that time we introduced Music Export Memphis (MEM)? It’s an initiative to create opportunities for Memphis musicians across the U.S. and abroad. It’s also an important tool in our efforts to recruit and retain talented individuals (and their companies) who desire to live in creative cities.
 
On Saturday, September 24th, we get to see MEM kick off at the AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee. The Memphis Americana Picnic will take place at The Filming Station between 12:00 – 6:00 PM for badge and wristband holders, and it’s going to be an authentic Memphis celebration. Here are five things we’re looking forward to:
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DigitalGenetix may be new to the Memphis market, but founder and owner Edwin Pope has already plugged into the local business scene here. Along with serving on the Greater Memphis Chamber's Small Business Council task force, Ed also has volunteered to be an advisor for our Advice on Tap program. We get to know him and his digital consulting agency, DigitalGenetix, better below.
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After working in corporate sales for several years, Katrina Robinson says a 2009 layoff was the wakeup call that inspired her to start her own business.
 
“I always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Robinson, “I just didn’t know what it was I wanted to do or should be doing.”
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Powder coating is an industry that may seem foreign to many of us, but Cory McCabe devotes his career to excelling at it, expanding his business and, most important, providing more job opportunities to Mid-South residents.
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Financing a small business is expensive, and most people don’t have the extra money to finance their own company, so loans are a necessity. According to the 2015 Year-End Economic Report published by the National Small Business Association, 27 percent of small businesses were not able to receive the funding they needed. This lack of support prevented their business from growing, forcing them to close or lay-off employees.
 
Luckily, there is some good news for those smaller businesses. Whether it is a short-term loan or an SBA loan, there are now other ways to receive funding.
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Donovan Borum recently graduated with his friend Carter Burgess and 106 other classmates, four of whom started at the Memphis campus like Donovan and are all college bound. Their class was the first to experience the three-campus model at the private, college preparatory St. George’s Independent School. While the first batch of students to go all the way from preschool to graduation under the model was small, officials say future minority participation will be greater.
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If you're signed up to receive our member communications (sign up here), you already know that our membership department is growing. In the past month, we've welcomed four new team members and are now fully staffed! But today we want to introduce you to our Member Engagement Specialist, Patricia McKinney. As a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber, Patricia is someone you want to know. Her role is dedicated to helping you maximize your membership and find ways to help your business grow. Below she shares a little about herself and her new position:
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The idea that Memphis is a music city is anything but new. After all, we are known as the “home of the blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Thousands of people travel around the world to visit places like Sun Studios, Soulsville and Graceland. However, if you’re not completely immersed in the Memphis music scene, you might miss the fact that the Bluff City is currently home to some amazing musicians. And we think the world should know it.
 
That’s what Music Export Memphis (MEM) is all about – an initiative to create opportunities for Memphis musicians across the U.S. an abroad as an export office for Memphis music.
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Have private universities transformed into workplace universities for student teaching assistants? According to a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling, the answer is “yes.” 

In a 3-1 decision, the NLRB ruled in Columbia University, 364 NLRB No. 90 (Aug. 23, 2016) that under federal law, students performing research and teaching roles are employees and, therefore, are permitted to join labor unions. This ruling overturned a 2004 NLRB decision, which held that students who worked as part of a tuition payment plan were not bona fide employees. Since the ruling was announced, some of the country’s most prominent private colleges and universities have experienced increased efforts by academic assistants to unionize. Among the most popular grievance expressed by these students is unfair pay. 
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If you haven’t already noticed, the 8th Annual Move It Memphis Race looks a little different this year. We’ve worked for the past year to develop a race that everyone from our most loyal runners to the casual walker would enjoy. It’s a new race with a new look and even a new sound, and here’s five ways Move It Memphis is better than ever:
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As the assistant director of theatre education at Playhouse on the Square, actress Carly Crawford assists in overseeing Playhouse’s Theatre School and the Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory.
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Since starting My Town Movers in 2013, Preston Burleson,  Noel Fenderson and Chris Winchell have excelled as professionals and active civic members, using their success to give back to Memphis whenever they have a chance.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber staff wishes you a very happy 9/01 Day! If there's one thing we love, it's celebrating all the exciting developments, ideas, events and people in our city. We wanted to join in the fun today, so we've compiled a list of 90+1 things we love about living and working in Memphis, Tennessee.This list includes the favorites of our staff, members, social media followers, SoundCheck and some highlights from our bragging rights page. Browse through the list and then leave your own favorite in the comments section below!
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The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council launched Advice on Tap, a program that offers small and mid-sized businesses free 30-minute consultations with the region’s leading minds.
 
The purpose of this program is to provide our small business members with a network of business intelligence that they can tap into when they need it most. This network of experienced, well-established business leaders represents areas such as marketing, IT, business law, sales, PR, finance, accounting and human resources.
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If you are a small business owner (or if communications falls under your job description), you probably identify with one of these remarks: I don’t think I need a blog; I have been putting off starting a blog; I have a blog that is not doing so well; I have a great blog that I am always trying to improve. Whichever one of those best describes your current situation, you can benefit from these four tips.
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The evolution of the arts district, located north of Sam Cooper Boulevard between Hollywood and Scott Street, has been about seven years in the making, kicking off in 2010 with “A New Face for an Old Broad,” a street festival with pop-up shops, food vendors, events and performances. That event, said Paul West, president of the Historic Broad Avenue Arts Alliance, gave the community a glimpse of the area’s potential.
 
Today, the area has lived up to that potential, so much so that many business owners there refute the description “up and coming.” Broad Avenue has officially hit its stride, they say, and its future looks even brighter.
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It may seem like big companies get all the attention from job-seekers, but small businesses are a key piece of the economy. Small businesses account for 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms and 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs. The presence of large companies like FedEx, ServiceMaster, AutoZone, International Paper and others benefits Memphis. However, small business owners may wonder how they can compete for top talent. Salary matters in recruiting and retention, but alternative benefits can provide added value to sway prospective employees. Consider the following to implement in your business (and then communicate to new talent prospects).
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As member Church Health Center prepares for its move to Crosstown, its top fundraising effort - the Rock for Love music festival - celebrates its 10th anniversary. That's ten years of promoting Memphis music and supporting the Church Health Center's mission to improve and provide healthcare for the working poor in Memphis. You can experience Rock for Love yourself on September 2nd - 4th (check out the lineup here), but for more about the festival, here are its founders - Jeff Hulett, J.D. Reager and Marvin Stockwell - to answer a few questions.
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Alton Cryer knows how overwhelming the college experience can be for some teens. Cryer himself didn’t know he could apply for college online until a friend showed him how to do it. Once he got to Jackson State University and, later, the University of Memphis, he had to learn how to balance work and studies, navigate financial aid and other typical college experiences.
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A recent undergraduate in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis, Allison Fetz plans to advance her education to the doctorate level and later stay in an academic arena.
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Millennials are no longer the young, hip, vibrant crowd that leads the way in technology and spending. We’re growing up, settling down and handing the reigns over.
 
The next generation is here and they’re more powerful than we millennials ever thought about being. Their name is Generation Z. Known as Centennials or iGen, Gen Z is the latest group of rising adults, and a powerful audience that requires a shift in marketing focus to reach.
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For over 60 years member Memphis Boat Center has been serving families and water enthusiasts all over the Mid-South. The family-owned store is staffed with people who love to boat and are tapped into the needs of the local boating community. Today, we're chatting with Hart Robinson, President of Memphis Boat Center, who shares with us the friendly and professional culture you can expect to find at the store and on the lake.
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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. Lana McDonald, Hotel Manager for the Big Cypress Lodge, shares why the new hotel is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
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Do you enjoy planning? It’s okay to say “no." For example, do you dread and put off getting your budget done? It’s okay to say “yes!" And, who has time for sitting in tedious strategy meetings, talking about what to do instead of doing it?
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In August, Gibson was hired as the Greater Memphis Chamber’s member services coordinator, a position that made him the primary connection for members. In February he was promoted to project manager of economic development where he will lead the Chamber’s efforts to increase minority and women-owned business receipts in Memphis through the organization’s role in the Supplier Diversity Collaboration.
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Dr. Donald Fisher is Executive Director/CEO of Mid-South Quality Productivity Center – a partnership of the Greater Memphis Chamber and Southwest Tennessee Community College with a mission to champion market excellent for organizations in the Mid-South region by offering Baldrige-based assessments, consulting, quality/productivity enhancements, corporate development and employment development. Dr. Fisher was recently recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for his research on corporate espionage, also known as the infiltration of organizational intelligence. He joins us today to answer some questions about corporate espionage and to share what steps you can take to protect your company.
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This week we’re highlighting Start MMT, one of the world’s first music industry innovation accelerators. Founded under the leadership of Hall of Fame Songwriter and Producer David Porter, Start MMT seeks to transform the music business by building innovative new music technology companies. 
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Action Chemical is considered a small-business enterprise, but its majority partner says he is employing a big-picture strategy that’s producing leap-frog growth. The distributor of janitorial supplies, office products and safety gear expanded its footprint last fall, moving into offices at 275 Cumberland after revenue doubled over a three year period.
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Business executives are always looking for ways to grow their business, and you are probably on this list as well. I know I’m certainly looking for ways to continue building my business every day. This requires us to think about how to touch our prospects and customers to get the valuable “Top-of-Mind” status we need for success.
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It’s summer in Memphis.  It’s hot, humid and did I mention, HOT? I know it sounds redundant, but if you live here, you understand.  So now you have the setting {HOT}.  So go get a tall glass of sweet tea and a BBQ sandwich, and when you get back we’ll talk about the Greater Memphis Chamber’s website and why it’s Memphis HOT.
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For the first time, we are highlighting a member of our newest level of membership – Board of Governors. The Board of Governors serves as an additional leadership base for our Chairman’s Circle and Board of Directors and serves in leadership roles on our industry councils. Today, we’re introducing you to Robert McBride, President and CEO of State Systems, Inc.
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This week we’re highlighting Sky High, an accelerator dedicated to the unique needs of social impact tech startups, combining lean startup methodology with an intense social innovation curriculum. Memphis is ground zero for disruptive startups – focus areas include education, poverty, crime, health care and urban innovation – and Sky High participants are given access to the tools, mentors, and funding to build platforms for meaningful change in the city. There are two companies in this year’s Sky High cohort:
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When growing your brand, it's important to have a strong online presence. Social media tends to get pushed to the back burner behind more important things like budgets, meetings, planning, etc. However, your company’s social presence is important, too! To establish your business as the go-to in your field, it is important to keep all social platforms up to date, but for this post, let's just focus on one—LinkedIn.
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Memphis invaded Nashville in February with an event that showcased our city’s strengths in business, of course, but also our good-time side with plenty of great Memphis music and food.
 
The Greater Memphis Chamber and the Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau helped bring Memphis soul and flavor to the Tennessee Capitol with an event called #MEM2NASH.
 
“Our purpose is simple,” said Greater Memphis Chamber President & CEO, Phil Trenary. “We want to represent all of Memphis with a unified voice and show Memphis businesses and tourist attractions to all Tennessee state legislators.”
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Southern Reins provides equine assisted activities that include horseback riding, barn lessons, horsemanship and Hippotherapy. We are planning expansion of our program services to include equine facilitated mental health services in the near future. Our goal is to provide a platform where participants can achieve, aspire and amaze.
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This week we’re highlighting the EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, created to help startups bring innovative logistics products and technologies to market. Now in its second year, the program is sponsored by FedEx and leverages the region’s extraordinary logistics infrastructure and expertise, making it the ideal place to launch new logistics- and transportation-based innovations.
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So what does Pokémon GO fever mean for small businesses? Well, a lot actually. It presents a major driver for business, as well as an opportunity to target a new demographic. Here are three ways that local businesses can capitalize on this movement:
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Jason Hood learned as a Boy Scout to always leave a campsite better than he found it. He still applies that principle to his life. He uses it as a corporate attorney, in leadership at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and as a Boy Scouts of America volunteer. “One of the things I really think about is potential,” said Hood in his third-floor East Memphis office at Sedgwick, Inc., one of the city’s largest private employers. “I want to strive to improve, to realize potential. I would like to leave my workplace better than I found it. I would like to leave my community better than I found it.”
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This week we’re highlighting Upstart, one of the first accelerators dedicated to women-led tech startups and according to Forbes one of the top ten technology startup accelerators for women-led businesses in the world. With renowned partners including The JumpFund, Springboard Enterprises, and The Academy for Women's Empowerment (AWE), Upstart is specifically designed to equip female founders with the skills and confidence to level the entrepreneurial playing field.  At Upstart they know that success isn’t gender-specific and as a result opportunity shouldn't be either.  
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Caleb Park loves Memphis, and he’ll gladly tell you why: In a recent interview he talked about his love for the spirit of Memphis and the city’s ongoing rejuvenation, his love of learning and problem solving, and his love for singular Memphis institutions like the Levitt Shell, the Crawfish Festival and Spindini. 
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Last month we added Haley Simmons to the Greater Memphis Chamber team as the Director of Public Policy. Haley will serve as a voice for our local businesses in the public realm as he advocates for policies and programs that benefit members and contribute to business growth and success. Haley brings with him experience from the City of Memphis administration as well as a passion for finding solutions to the issues you face every day. Below he shares a little more about himself and his new role.
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On the evening of Sunday, July 10th thousands of men, women and children gathered in support of the #BLackLivesMatter Protest in Memphis, TN. While the protest began in the tourism district of Downtown Memphis, it quickly mobilized as participants began to march north towards the Hernando DeSoto Bridge where Interstate 40 connects Arkansas to Tennessee over the Mississippi River. Lasting for over four hours, the traffic on the bridge came to a standstill in both directions. Still, the protest remained peaceful, with police and protestors dialoguing and respecting the other's rights. The protest concluded with Interim Memphis Police Director, Mike Rallings, walking off the bridge arm-in-arm with leaders from the Black Lives Matter movement. They marched back to where the protest originated, where they prayed. The two sides agreed to meet on Monday, July 11th to continue the dialogue. It is important to note the evening ended with no injuries and no arrests.

Overall, so many came away from this event with a sense of pride for our city - for how our leadership, police officers and citizens worked together for peace. This is the Memphis Model.  
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Spicer Rudstrom PLLC began in 1963 in Memphis. Since then, Spicer Rudstrom has developed into a regional firm with five other offices, including Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Little Rock and Texarkana. In 1994, when we opened our other Tennessee offices, we were the first law firm to go statewide. Our Memphis office has been part of downtown Memphis for more than 50 years. Last year, we moved to the historic Pembroke Square building, showing, again, our deep roots in the city.
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This week we’re highlighting Seed Hatchery, Memphis’ first accelerator, and the three innovative teams that comprise this year’s cohort. A member of the Global Accelerator Network, Seed Hatchery focuses exclusively on B2B software and hardware for enterprise customers. Since its founding in 2011, the accelerator has helped fund, mentor and launch 26 emerging technology companies. 
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For the first time since 2004, the Department of Labor updated its regulations defining the white collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). By way of background, certain groups of “white collar” employees are exempt from both the FLSA’s overtime and minimum wage requirements. These “white collar” exemptions can be categorized by the executive exemption, the administrative exemption, the professional exemption, and the outside sales employee exemption.
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So this series is about helping you wade through the information that brought you to this point – becoming a Greater Memphis Chamber member. First, I cannot go any further without saying a big thank you for joining. It is an honor to be able to work with you and help you leverage the Chamber to grow your business. Second, you have a calendar full of Chamber events in front of you and to know where to start without direction could just sound like, well… more noise.
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Al Hollingsworth does not wait around for things to happen — that’s not in his nature.
 
The California businessman founded Aldelano Packaging Corp. in 1968 and has been developing it ever since with packaging services from design to displays to warehousing and distribution servicing Fortune 500 clients. 
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Last week I introduced the Supplier Diversity Collaborative plan to increase business receipts for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) in the Greater Memphis region. We all know the glaring numbers from the City/County disparity study – African American companies received only 0.84% of all business receipts in 2014. However, we were also dealing with very negative views from both the MWBE and corporate communities.
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The first accelerator we’re highlighting also happens to have been named one of the top 25 accelerator programs in the country by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project for two years running. ZeroTo510 is a first-of-its-kind, cohort-based medical device accelerator that leverages key regional strengths in biomedical research and medical device manufacturing.
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The owner’s eye is different from anyone else’s. It is a unique thing that sees ways to create revenue, customers, jobs, and an income for himself. It also sees danger lurking everywhere. It does not spend a lot of time thinking the sky is always blue.
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The battle against cancer is getting reinforcements. In recent years, the West Cancer Center has been upping the ante with groundbreaking expansions and commitments to cancer treatment, clinical trials, education and research. “For 35 years, we’ve been an innovator in how to deliver cancer care,” said CEO Erich Mounce. 
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Earlier this year, the Supplier Diversity Collaborative presented its plan to create economic growth for all by increasing receipts for minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). The plan breaks down into several recommendations, focusing on developing relationships business-to-government (B2G), business-to-business (B2B), and business-to-church (B2C).
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This summer, more than 50 startup founders and students are growing their companies in Memphis through a joint partnership of business accelerators. Each week until Memphis Demo Day on August 11, we’ll introduce you to these companies and the innovative products and technologies they’re launching right here in Memphis!
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Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials in Memphis on Tuesday, June 21, to announce TDOT’s application for $180 million in federal grant funds to help move the Lamar Avenue (US 78/SR 4) widening projects forward. The FASTLANE grant program is a new federal program to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country. TDOT is applying for $180 million of the $800 million set aside for fiscal year 2016.
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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? We could ask a similar question about an organization’s culture. Is culture a manifestation of “how we do things around here” or does culture set the tone for actions that follow? Do we change culture by tackling it directly, or do we start elsewhere and allow culture to evolve? You might ask “what difference does it make?” But with so much business literature dedicated to defining and shaping culture and corporate culture gurus speaking at global conferences, the matter of culture is perceived to be very important.
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After spending just a few minutes with Chuck Thomas III, the passion he has for his employer could not be more obvious.
 
But as much as Thomas enjoys his role as Regional Director of External & Legislative Affairs for AT&T Tennessee, his passion for his hometown of Memphis and the work of the Greater Memphis Chamber is just as evident.
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Last week the Greater Memphis Chamber added Tasha Livingston to the team as our Business Development Manager, a new position for our organization. Tasha brings with her more than 20 years of experience in hotel operations and sales, and we look forward to getting to know her better. Below Tasha shares more about her role and the value it brings to you as a member.
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One of my long time mentors was Brian Tracy and one of his favorite sayings was to “Launch!” Then, I began to hear others talking about failing often to succeed in life. Finally, another entrepreneur friend shared her favorite saying: “Done is Better than Perfect.”
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This summer the Greater Memphis Chamber is fortunate to have two impressive interns working on major projects in our International Business and Communications departments. Today, we would like to introduce to you Bo Wang, from Xi'an city, Shaanxi province, China. Bo is currently a graduate student in the MBA program at Arkansas State University. He will be working with Ernest Strickland, Vice President of International and Business Partnerships, this summer. Bo tells us more about himself and the projects he will be working on below.
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The world of digital marketing can baffle businesses, but not Speak Creative. This marketing firm gets it and knows how to work it. Speak Creative’s president, Jacob Savage, has a depth of knowledge about the digital world, from apps to search optimization to strategies. “The last five years have been busy and exciting in terms of growth with digital services coming of age,” he said. “And we’ve been hitting our stride.” 
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With so much data available, marketing on social media can be a lucrative way to promote your business to a specific audience who, based on their online information, is most likely to be interested in what you have to offer. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn all have incredibly detailed advertising platforms that allow you to scale your social media marketing tactics to broad or specific audiences. Choosing the right social channel(s) for your business is as important as the message(s) you send on them. 
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This summer the Greater Memphis Chamber is fortunate to have two impressive interns working on major projects in our Communications and International Business departments. Today, we would like to introduce to you Lockie Dearman, a Memphis native who is currently studying Marketing at the University of Mississippi. For the next couple of months she will be working alongside Christina Meek, Director of Communications, as our Communications Intern. We get to know Lockie better with a little Q&A below:
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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. The issue we would like to introduce to you Debbie Crawford of Pugh's Flowers.
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CBRE Group, Inc. is the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, which serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices worldwide. At CBRE Global Workplace Solutions, we combine our extensive knowledge of markets, industries and asset types with superior execution, to deliver scalable solutions that drive sustainable workplace performance for our clients.
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Raised by an entrepreneur in the automotive and real estate sectors, I was exposed to the struggles that come with running a small business. I also picked a few best practices that are important to small business owners, no matter the industry. 
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Multicultural marketing requires attention to detail, innovation and an ability to listen, characteristics embodied by Think Inspired. President & CEO Christopher Lee said the multifaceted marketing firm is charging full speed ahead with impressive achievements and an outlook for a tremendous year. 
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My Town Mover’s focus is more about providing a culture of exemplary customer service and servant leadership. We believe that moving should be as stress-free as possible. That’s why we do things differently than other moving services; like from start to finish moving: we’ll pack your belongings, move them, store them if needed, and even clean your old or new home or apartment after the move is complete. All for reasonable rates. 
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I can’t think of a better mantra for a young business owner than “Be Real.”
 
As a long-term owner I have seen, and continue to see, advice meant to guide you to success or people to do the same or hopeful entrepreneurs themselves, that just are not in touch with the needed reality. It is one of the reasons business failures are so high.
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The Memphis export sector already yields some amazing stats — it’s America’s 28th largest export market with $11 billion in total annual revenues — but for many in Memphis (especially at the Greater Memphis Chamber), there’s a lot more to be done.
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In business since 1901, Memphis Stone & Gravel, sister company of Lehman-Roberts Company, is a locally owned and operated aggregate supplier to Memphis and North Mississippi. Our products include high-quality fine and coarse aggregate for ready-mixed concrete and asphalt concrete. We process a variety of sand products, road base materials, shoulder gravel, clay gravel, landscape rock, drainage rock and pea gravel.
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MACO Transportation had three trucks when it started three years ago, then it got 15 more, and now it has more than 40.
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Last week I highlighted some of our 2016 objectives that focused on breaking the cycle of poverty in Memphis by creating quality jobs and growing our middle class. The Greater Memphis Chamber along with other stakeholders in the business community is also embarking on a comprehensive effort to increase Minority & Women-Owned Business receipts in our region.
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  1. Member Playhouse on the Square plays a vital role in the Memphis art scene, working every day toward its vision of "enriching lives through theatre." Located in the heart of Overton Square, the trio of theatres provides one of the most diverse repertoires of theatrical work to speak to the intelligence, the soul and the imagination of the Memphis community. Today, Noby Edwards, Director of Public Relations, shares a little about Playhouse on the Square and what it brings to the Memphis art scene.
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On April 21, 2016, the Governor signed into law an amendment to the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act (TLEA) that will drop the document retention option in favor of mandatory E-Verify use for all Tennessee companies with 50 or more employees. This change will take effect January 1, 2017. 
 
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In the botanic business, Colby Midgett knows something about nurturing the marketplace. The owner of Premier Flowers grew up in Memphis in a family that loved floral arranging and crafts. 
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Last week was National Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions that small businesses make in America. Many of those businesses get on their feet or expand their company with the help of a small business loan. While this process can seem overwhelming, here are a few steps you can take on the front end to get your loan application approved.
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You’ve heard me say before that our vision is to “break the cycle of poverty” in Memphis. We do that by creating jobs and growing our middle class. This week, I’ll be highlighting the goals and objectives that we’ve put in place to do just that.
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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. Dr. Kennard Brown, Executive Vice Chancellor and COO for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center shares why his organization is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
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BancorpSouth is pleased to be serving Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods through our new Downtown Memphis branch and to be part of all that is going on in this area. Memphis and the surrounding communities are important markets for BancorpSouth. This opening marks our seventh branch in Shelby County and our twentieth across the greater Memphis area. BancorpSouth is committed to serving our neighborhoods, both through outreach efforts and by meeting their immediate financial needs and helping our customers accomplish their long-term financial goals.
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At the Greater Memphis Chamber we recognize the work our small business members like you do every day to grow your company, create jobs, drive innovation and increase Memphis’ global competitiveness. Approximately 80 percent of our membership is made up of small businesses, and we try to do everything we can to increase your customer base, decrease your costs and grow your bottom line. Click here to read more from our President & CEO Phil Trenary on how we work for our members every day.
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“I’ve got jet fuel in my veins,” said Scott A. Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. That’s shown in his high-octane approach to reshaping Memphis International Airport as it rebounds from losing its Delta hub status in 2013. 
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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 Eagle Eye Talent, a Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Company.
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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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