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The following is an article from the 2014-2015 Winter Issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineClick here to read the full magazine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Troy Keeping is not really a suit and tie guy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After a quick skim of her professional biography and a 35-minute conversation in the midst of her hectic schedule, it’s clearly evident why Independent Bank Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and President Susan Stephenson is a formidable presence in the Mid-South’s financial landscape. 
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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.
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As in any relationship, conflicts will arise between coworkers. Common sources of conflict include competition for resources, differences of opinion about how to do something, misunderstandings over responsibilities and/or scope of authority, missed expectations, personality differences, and more. Intellectually, we recognize that conflict can be healthy, but when we are in the middle of it, we may lose perspective. When an employee or co-worker rushes in with their hair on fire, it’s hard at times not to become ignited ourselves and act out of emotion.
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These days, it’s hard to miss the massive, sunglass-clad kangaroo cruising around Midtown with martini in hand … or rather, paw. 

The party-primed marsupial lounging on top of its pink-and-black Premier Transportation Co. shuttle is one of the most recent additions to the area’s thriving recreational scene. In operation since mid-September, the 17-seat Roo links the Cooper-Young Historic District with Overton Square, allowing passengers to hop on and off at 11 stops during an approximately 30-minute loop through both areas. 
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"The best gifts come in small packages." That's what I like to remind anyone who teases me about my 5'2" frame; however, I tend to forget it when holiday shopping comes around. That's why I've made it my goal this year to think small and shop local when it comes to buying gifts. I probably won't pass up some of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from the big box stores, but I will make an effort to visit our local small businesses for Small Business Saturday on November 29.
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

Nicolette Thomas, senior specialist for event marketing at ALSAC/St. Jude, the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is one of the few Memphians who holds a Certified Meeting Professional Credential. 
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“Libraries have long been pathways to lifelong learning,” said Janae Pitts-Murdock, Coordinator of Teen Services for the Memphis Public Library. “In the digital age, libraries are evolving into innovation hubs. Memphis Public Library & Information Center is joining pioneering libraries across the country as a place where creativity, innovation and collaboration combine.” 
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

As a key member of the largest full-service production and post-production company in Memphis, Rednour gets to see firsthand how Memphis companies are increasingly using advanced visual technology to tell their stories. 
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One of the advantages of working for a small business is wearing several different hats, learning the business inside and out. If that’s all you’ve ever done, you may not even realize the valuable perspective you have; you’ve always been able to see the big picture. What a difference from your counterparts in large corporate environments who sometimes cannot see the forest for the trees. As a team member in a large corporate hierarchy, the individual often becomes an expert, but in a very narrowly focused area.
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

Meghan Medford never expected to be in the roofing business, let alone founder and president of her own roofing company.
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Election Day is coming up on November 4th and it is important that you make your voice heard.  The Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee supports two amendments on the upcoming ballot that affect the business community: 
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The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

St. Francis Hospital Associate Administrator Robbie Shappley describes himself as “a Memphian through and through.”
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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.
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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.
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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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