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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.
M Blog: 10 to Watch Spotlight on Restaurant Iris & Second Line »
The following is a preview of the 10 to Watch issue of our Memphis Crossroads digital magazine. The full magazine debuts on March 1, 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.
SBC BIG IDEAS »
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.
RIBBONS »
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:
MEMPHIS FIT BLOG »
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.
RIBBONS »
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.
MEMPHIS FIT BLOG »
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.
SBC BIG IDEAS »
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.
SBC BIG IDEAS »
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.
SBC BIG IDEAS »
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.
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
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. 
MEMPHIS FIT BLOG »
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.
SBC BIG IDEAS »
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.
2014 Fall Memphis Crossroads »
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.”
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
The Greater Memphis Chamber is here to be a resource for area businesses and one way we help businesses grow is through our International Business Council. The IBC acts as an advocate and strategist for area businesses looking to export products and grow their business in international markets. Members of the IBC travel to key markets each year to promote Memphis as a designation for Foreign Direct Investment, to learn about trade opportunities and connect our region’s businesses to those opportunities.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber Government Affairs Committee has decided to support Amendment 2 to the Tennessee Constitution on judicial selection. You can “Vote Yes on 2” on the November 4th ballot.
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last week, the Memphis City Council made a tough but necessary decision to secure a strong future for the City by approving the 2015 operating budget, which included changes to healthcare benefits.  On July 15, the City Council will vote on whether to reform the current pension plan to a 401k-type system.  Without these changes, the City’s financial future is at risk.  If these changes are not made, the City Council only has two choices:  (1) a significant tax increase OR (2) drastic cuts in services.
SBC BIG IDEAS »
Business law is constantly changing and evolving - it can be hard for a small business to keep up. That's why Jeff Weintraub, Regional Managing Partner of Fisher & Phillips LLP and a member of our Small Business Council Steering Committee, is providing you with the latest information on employee laws to help you stay ahead of the game.
Your Chamber at Work »

When we launched our initiative to support pension reform, we understood that this was a new direction for the Chamber. Please know that we are involved in this because it’s one of the most critical issues facing our community today. It affects all of us. We are all committed to making Memphis better, and we can’t do that without first reversing the migration of the middle class away from Memphis.
Your Chamber at Work »
A Message From President & CEO, Phil Trenary
 
On June 17th, the Memphis City Council, led by Chairman Jim Strickland, took a courageous step in securing a strong future for the City of Memphis by approving the 2015 Operating Budget.
RIBBONS »
Everyone was all smiles at Freeman Pediatric Dentistry when they celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting celebration on May 15, 2014. Their new practice is located at 2567 Appling Road, in Memphis, Tenn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adam & Marina Cutler, owners of Adams & Washington Properties Inc., answered a few questions about thier company and the purchase of their downtown property.
Your Chamber At Work »
The Workforce Leadership Series was created in response to your desire for more workforce development programming. We listened and created a four-part series on topics that matter to you most.
RIBBONS »
The Greater Memphis Chamber Staff and Ambassadors were excited to join Case Management, Inc. for their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on May 1st, 2014, located at 3171 Directors Row Memphis, Tennessee.
Your Chamber At Work »
Chairman's Circle Member David Waddell explains why pension reform matters to everyone in Memphis, and what you can do about it. Watch the video...
Your Chamber At Work »
When you're a Chamber member,  your business information is available to consumers 24/7 through the Chamber’s website – visitors can search by category, keyword or alphabetically. The more active you are in your membership, the more visible your business and your representatives will be on our website. Are you putting your best face forward?
Your Chamber At Work »
The pension crisis is one of the biggest issues Memphis has ever faced, and we've got a short amount of time to make a difference. Luckily, there’s something you can do right now that will help.

Memphis Crossroads



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