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This week we’re highlighting Sky High, an accelerator dedicated to the unique needs of social impact tech startups, combining lean startup methodology with an intense social innovation curriculum. Memphis is ground zero for disruptive startups – focus areas include education, poverty, crime, health care and urban innovation – and Sky High participants are given access to the tools, mentors, and funding to build platforms for meaningful change in the city. There are two companies in this year’s Sky High cohort:
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When growing your brand, it's important to have a strong online presence. Social media tends to get pushed to the back burner behind more important things like budgets, meetings, planning, etc. However, your company’s social presence is important, too! To establish your business as the go-to in your field, it is important to keep all social platforms up to date, but for this post, let's just focus on one—LinkedIn.
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Memphis invaded Nashville in February with an event that showcased our city’s strengths in business, of course, but also our good-time side with plenty of great Memphis music and food.
 
The Greater Memphis Chamber and the Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau helped bring Memphis soul and flavor to the Tennessee Capitol with an event called #MEM2NASH.
 
“Our purpose is simple,” said Greater Memphis Chamber President & CEO, Phil Trenary. “We want to represent all of Memphis with a unified voice and show Memphis businesses and tourist attractions to all Tennessee state legislators.”
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Southern Reins provides equine assisted activities that include horseback riding, barn lessons, horsemanship and Hippotherapy. We are planning expansion of our program services to include equine facilitated mental health services in the near future. Our goal is to provide a platform where participants can achieve, aspire and amaze.
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This week we’re highlighting the EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, created to help startups bring innovative logistics products and technologies to market. Now in its second year, the program is sponsored by FedEx and leverages the region’s extraordinary logistics infrastructure and expertise, making it the ideal place to launch new logistics- and transportation-based innovations.
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So what does Pokémon GO fever mean for small businesses? Well, a lot actually. It presents a major driver for business, as well as an opportunity to target a new demographic. Here are three ways that local businesses can capitalize on this movement:
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Jason Hood learned as a Boy Scout to always leave a campsite better than he found it. He still applies that principle to his life. He uses it as a corporate attorney, in leadership at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and as a Boy Scouts of America volunteer. “One of the things I really think about is potential,” said Hood in his third-floor East Memphis office at Sedgwick, Inc., one of the city’s largest private employers. “I want to strive to improve, to realize potential. I would like to leave my workplace better than I found it. I would like to leave my community better than I found it.”
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This week we’re highlighting Upstart, one of the first accelerators dedicated to women-led tech startups and according to Forbes one of the top ten technology startup accelerators for women-led businesses in the world. With renowned partners including The JumpFund, Springboard Enterprises, and The Academy for Women's Empowerment (AWE), Upstart is specifically designed to equip female founders with the skills and confidence to level the entrepreneurial playing field.  At Upstart they know that success isn’t gender-specific and as a result opportunity shouldn't be either.  
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Caleb Park loves Memphis, and he’ll gladly tell you why: In a recent interview he talked about his love for the spirit of Memphis and the city’s ongoing rejuvenation, his love of learning and problem solving, and his love for singular Memphis institutions like the Levitt Shell, the Crawfish Festival and Spindini. 
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Last month we added Haley Simmons to the Greater Memphis Chamber team as the Director of Public Policy. Haley will serve as a voice for our local businesses in the public realm as he advocates for policies and programs that benefit members and contribute to business growth and success. Haley brings with him experience from the City of Memphis administration as well as a passion for finding solutions to the issues you face every day. Below he shares a little more about himself and his new role.
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On the evening of Sunday, July 10th thousands of men, women and children gathered in support of the #BLackLivesMatter Protest in Memphis, TN. While the protest began in the tourism district of Downtown Memphis, it quickly mobilized as participants began to march north towards the Hernando DeSoto Bridge where Interstate 40 connects Arkansas to Tennessee over the Mississippi River. Lasting for over four hours, the traffic on the bridge came to a standstill in both directions. Still, the protest remained peaceful, with police and protestors dialoguing and respecting the other's rights. The protest concluded with Interim Memphis Police Director, Mike Rallings, walking off the bridge arm-in-arm with leaders from the Black Lives Matter movement. They marched back to where the protest originated, where they prayed. The two sides agreed to meet on Monday, July 11th to continue the dialogue. It is important to note the evening ended with no injuries and no arrests.

Overall, so many came away from this event with a sense of pride for our city - for how our leadership, police officers and citizens worked together for peace. This is the Memphis Model.  
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Spicer Rudstrom PLLC began in 1963 in Memphis. Since then, Spicer Rudstrom has developed into a regional firm with five other offices, including Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Little Rock and Texarkana. In 1994, when we opened our other Tennessee offices, we were the first law firm to go statewide. Our Memphis office has been part of downtown Memphis for more than 50 years. Last year, we moved to the historic Pembroke Square building, showing, again, our deep roots in the city.
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This week we’re highlighting Seed Hatchery, Memphis’ first accelerator, and the three innovative teams that comprise this year’s cohort. A member of the Global Accelerator Network, Seed Hatchery focuses exclusively on B2B software and hardware for enterprise customers. Since its founding in 2011, the accelerator has helped fund, mentor and launch 26 emerging technology companies. 
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For the first time since 2004, the Department of Labor updated its regulations defining the white collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). By way of background, certain groups of “white collar” employees are exempt from both the FLSA’s overtime and minimum wage requirements. These “white collar” exemptions can be categorized by the executive exemption, the administrative exemption, the professional exemption, and the outside sales employee exemption.
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So this series is about helping you wade through the information that brought you to this point – becoming a Greater Memphis Chamber member. First, I cannot go any further without saying a big thank you for joining. It is an honor to be able to work with you and help you leverage the Chamber to grow your business. Second, you have a calendar full of Chamber events in front of you and to know where to start without direction could just sound like, well… more noise.
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Al Hollingsworth does not wait around for things to happen — that’s not in his nature.
 
The California businessman founded Aldelano Packaging Corp. in 1968 and has been developing it ever since with packaging services from design to displays to warehousing and distribution servicing Fortune 500 clients. 
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Last week I introduced the Supplier Diversity Collaborative plan to increase business receipts for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) in the Greater Memphis region. We all know the glaring numbers from the City/County disparity study – African American companies received only 0.84% of all business receipts in 2014. However, we were also dealing with very negative views from both the MWBE and corporate communities.
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The first accelerator we’re highlighting also happens to have been named one of the top 25 accelerator programs in the country by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project for two years running. ZeroTo510 is a first-of-its-kind, cohort-based medical device accelerator that leverages key regional strengths in biomedical research and medical device manufacturing.
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The owner’s eye is different from anyone else’s. It is a unique thing that sees ways to create revenue, customers, jobs, and an income for himself. It also sees danger lurking everywhere. It does not spend a lot of time thinking the sky is always blue.
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The battle against cancer is getting reinforcements. In recent years, the West Cancer Center has been upping the ante with groundbreaking expansions and commitments to cancer treatment, clinical trials, education and research. “For 35 years, we’ve been an innovator in how to deliver cancer care,” said CEO Erich Mounce. 
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Earlier this year, the Supplier Diversity Collaborative presented its plan to create economic growth for all by increasing receipts for minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). The plan breaks down into several recommendations, focusing on developing relationships business-to-government (B2G), business-to-business (B2B), and business-to-church (B2C).
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This summer, more than 50 startup founders and students are growing their companies in Memphis through a joint partnership of business accelerators. Each week until Memphis Demo Day on August 11, we’ll introduce you to these companies and the innovative products and technologies they’re launching right here in Memphis!
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Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials in Memphis on Tuesday, June 21, to announce TDOT’s application for $180 million in federal grant funds to help move the Lamar Avenue (US 78/SR 4) widening projects forward. The FASTLANE grant program is a new federal program to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country. TDOT is applying for $180 million of the $800 million set aside for fiscal year 2016.
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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? We could ask a similar question about an organization’s culture. Is culture a manifestation of “how we do things around here” or does culture set the tone for actions that follow? Do we change culture by tackling it directly, or do we start elsewhere and allow culture to evolve? You might ask “what difference does it make?” But with so much business literature dedicated to defining and shaping culture and corporate culture gurus speaking at global conferences, the matter of culture is perceived to be very important.
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After spending just a few minutes with Chuck Thomas III, the passion he has for his employer could not be more obvious.
 
But as much as Thomas enjoys his role as Regional Director of External & Legislative Affairs for AT&T Tennessee, his passion for his hometown of Memphis and the work of the Greater Memphis Chamber is just as evident.
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Last week the Greater Memphis Chamber added Tasha Livingston to the team as our Business Development Manager, a new position for our organization. Tasha brings with her more than 20 years of experience in hotel operations and sales, and we look forward to getting to know her better. Below Tasha shares more about her role and the value it brings to you as a member.
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One of my long time mentors was Brian Tracy and one of his favorite sayings was to “Launch!” Then, I began to hear others talking about failing often to succeed in life. Finally, another entrepreneur friend shared her favorite saying: “Done is Better than Perfect.”
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This summer the Greater Memphis Chamber is fortunate to have two impressive interns working on major projects in our International Business and Communications departments. Today, we would like to introduce to you Bo Wang, from Xi'an city, Shaanxi province, China. Bo is currently a graduate student in the MBA program at Arkansas State University. He will be working with Ernest Strickland, Vice President of International and Business Partnerships, this summer. Bo tells us more about himself and the projects he will be working on below.
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The world of digital marketing can baffle businesses, but not Speak Creative. This marketing firm gets it and knows how to work it. Speak Creative’s president, Jacob Savage, has a depth of knowledge about the digital world, from apps to search optimization to strategies. “The last five years have been busy and exciting in terms of growth with digital services coming of age,” he said. “And we’ve been hitting our stride.” 
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With so much data available, marketing on social media can be a lucrative way to promote your business to a specific audience who, based on their online information, is most likely to be interested in what you have to offer. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn all have incredibly detailed advertising platforms that allow you to scale your social media marketing tactics to broad or specific audiences. Choosing the right social channel(s) for your business is as important as the message(s) you send on them. 
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This summer the Greater Memphis Chamber is fortunate to have two impressive interns working on major projects in our Communications and International Business departments. Today, we would like to introduce to you Lockie Dearman, a Memphis native who is currently studying Marketing at the University of Mississippi. For the next couple of months she will be working alongside Christina Meek, Director of Communications, as our Communications Intern. We get to know Lockie better with a little Q&A below:
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Each issue we highlight one of our Chamber Ambassadors, our volunteer organization that serves as the official host for Greater Memphis Chamber events. These Ambassadors are quick to greet you at the door, direct you to where you need to go or introduce you to a new contact. Each represent Chamber member companies dedicated to our mission to drive the business agenda for Greater Memphis. The issue we would like to introduce to you Debbie Crawford of Pugh's Flowers.
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CBRE Group, Inc. is the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, which serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices worldwide. At CBRE Global Workplace Solutions, we combine our extensive knowledge of markets, industries and asset types with superior execution, to deliver scalable solutions that drive sustainable workplace performance for our clients.
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Raised by an entrepreneur in the automotive and real estate sectors, I was exposed to the struggles that come with running a small business. I also picked a few best practices that are important to small business owners, no matter the industry. 
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Multicultural marketing requires attention to detail, innovation and an ability to listen, characteristics embodied by Think Inspired. President & CEO Christopher Lee said the multifaceted marketing firm is charging full speed ahead with impressive achievements and an outlook for a tremendous year. 
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My Town Mover’s focus is more about providing a culture of exemplary customer service and servant leadership. We believe that moving should be as stress-free as possible. That’s why we do things differently than other moving services; like from start to finish moving: we’ll pack your belongings, move them, store them if needed, and even clean your old or new home or apartment after the move is complete. All for reasonable rates. 
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I can’t think of a better mantra for a young business owner than “Be Real.”
 
As a long-term owner I have seen, and continue to see, advice meant to guide you to success or people to do the same or hopeful entrepreneurs themselves, that just are not in touch with the needed reality. It is one of the reasons business failures are so high.
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The Memphis export sector already yields some amazing stats — it’s America’s 28th largest export market with $11 billion in total annual revenues — but for many in Memphis (especially at the Greater Memphis Chamber), there’s a lot more to be done.
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In business since 1901, Memphis Stone & Gravel, sister company of Lehman-Roberts Company, is a locally owned and operated aggregate supplier to Memphis and North Mississippi. Our products include high-quality fine and coarse aggregate for ready-mixed concrete and asphalt concrete. We process a variety of sand products, road base materials, shoulder gravel, clay gravel, landscape rock, drainage rock and pea gravel.
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MACO Transportation had three trucks when it started three years ago, then it got 15 more, and now it has more than 40.
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Last week I highlighted some of our 2016 objectives that focused on breaking the cycle of poverty in Memphis by creating quality jobs and growing our middle class. The Greater Memphis Chamber along with other stakeholders in the business community is also embarking on a comprehensive effort to increase Minority & Women-Owned Business receipts in our region.
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  1. Member Playhouse on the Square plays a vital role in the Memphis art scene, working every day toward its vision of "enriching lives through theatre." Located in the heart of Overton Square, the trio of theatres provides one of the most diverse repertoires of theatrical work to speak to the intelligence, the soul and the imagination of the Memphis community. Today, Noby Edwards, Director of Public Relations, shares a little about Playhouse on the Square and what it brings to the Memphis art scene.
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On April 21, 2016, the Governor signed into law an amendment to the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act (TLEA) that will drop the document retention option in favor of mandatory E-Verify use for all Tennessee companies with 50 or more employees. This change will take effect January 1, 2017. 
 
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In the botanic business, Colby Midgett knows something about nurturing the marketplace. The owner of Premier Flowers grew up in Memphis in a family that loved floral arranging and crafts. 
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Last week was National Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions that small businesses make in America. Many of those businesses get on their feet or expand their company with the help of a small business loan. While this process can seem overwhelming, here are a few steps you can take on the front end to get your loan application approved.
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You’ve heard me say before that our vision is to “break the cycle of poverty” in Memphis. We do that by creating jobs and growing our middle class. This week, I’ll be highlighting the goals and objectives that we’ve put in place to do just that.
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In each issue of Memphis Crossroads, we highlight a Board of Advisor level member, showcasing their important role in the Chamber as well as the business community. Dr. Kennard Brown, Executive Vice Chancellor and COO for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center shares why his organization is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
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BancorpSouth is pleased to be serving Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods through our new Downtown Memphis branch and to be part of all that is going on in this area. Memphis and the surrounding communities are important markets for BancorpSouth. This opening marks our seventh branch in Shelby County and our twentieth across the greater Memphis area. BancorpSouth is committed to serving our neighborhoods, both through outreach efforts and by meeting their immediate financial needs and helping our customers accomplish their long-term financial goals.
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At the Greater Memphis Chamber we recognize the work our small business members like you do every day to grow your company, create jobs, drive innovation and increase Memphis’ global competitiveness. Approximately 80 percent of our membership is made up of small businesses, and we try to do everything we can to increase your customer base, decrease your costs and grow your bottom line. Click here to read more from our President & CEO Phil Trenary on how we work for our members every day.
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“I’ve got jet fuel in my veins,” said Scott A. Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. That’s shown in his high-octane approach to reshaping Memphis International Airport as it rebounds from losing its Delta hub status in 2013. 
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Eagle Eye Talent, a Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Company.
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Douglas Scarboro is a man of strategy. He plotted his education and got the career on his radar. He devised a move to Memphis and found a place to make his mark. Now as the new head of the local branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, he employs strategic policies to help keep a complex economy working.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Expeditors, an international freight forwarder.
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Nowadays, it’s rare for me to scroll through my newsfeed on any of the social media platforms I use and not be bombarded with images. Bombarded in a good way, though. I’m a visual learner, and according to onespot.com, I’m clearly not alone. Research shows that 65 percent of other people prefer visual learning as well.
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The multi-faceted Gibson Companies have long been fascinating to watch, and 2016 looks to hold even more developments. For 24 years, CEO J. W. Gibson has shown how to identify an unrealized market and then fill the need. He started in his mother’s house creating a medical supply company (Premier Group), then set up Southeast Regional Development Corp. to redevelop neighborhoods and later added Tec-Print to do printing of lottery tickets.
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Once again we're looking to recognize ten emerging young professionals from Greater Memphis Chamber businesses who are taking ownership of this city, advancing in their career and want to see prosperity for all in Memphis. And we want YOU to nominate them.
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Recently, a client asked for guidance regarding how to incorporate new employees into a workplace where employees have worked together for years and treat one another like family. Many of the employees in this company have spent years working side by side, attending each other’s weddings, watching each other’s kids grow up, and supporting one another through illnesses. The culture of this organization is one of the intangibles that creates employee loyalty and results in low employee turnover.
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Ideas are amazing things. If you think about it, they are really the basis of everything. Every business or product that exists was spawned from an idea, and ongoing growth and innovation of those businesses and products are fueled by the continued generation of ideas. In the world of small business, idea generation is imperative for remaining relevant in a competitive marketplace. But, you may ask, “How do I come up with new ideas?”
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To say the Greater Memphis Chamber recruits new business to town while promoting what’s great about the community is correct, but it doesn’t really tell the full story.
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Member Bring It Food Hub is a non-profit local foods distributor in Memphis. Their mission is to promote community development in Memphis and the Mid-South by increasing access to healthy, affordable local foods and strengthening farmer livelihoods. They work closely with regional farmers who follow sustainable production practices and conserve natural resources and biodiversity.
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No matter what industry your business serves, you, more than anyone else, know how you want people to use your website. Maybe you sell products, and your site primarily functions as an online store. Perhaps you are a consultant, and your site is the main way people find out how to get in touch with you.
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You’d better believe it when Pamela Strayhorn said, “I have a passion for transportation.” The CEO of Strayhorn Transportation Freight Management has been in the business for years but is poised to put her new company on the map — and all over the map. 
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you H.O.U.S.E., LLC - Helping Others Utilize Self Effectively.
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An emergency fund is an easy to access account that holds four to six months’ worth of living expenses. This fund is to help cover the cost of unexpected financial demands, including covering the expenses of job loss. At the end of the day, an emergency fund is a way of providing peace of mind that your financial health will not be at risk in the event of an emergency demand on your wallet.
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With April's Earth Day 30 Days Straight around the corner, we stopped by the Soulsville neighborhood to talk to Rebecca Hutchinson, Site Director for Soulsville, USA, about her community's cleanup efforts and how they are coming together to make Memphis Clean by 2019.
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At first, push pins put on a bulletin board identified all the places the Memphis startup, Silicone Arts Laboratories, sold its easy-to-use scar concealer, Dermaflage. In those days, only a few years ago, the entrepreneurial team worked long hours, hustled to connect to investors and waved their salaries to reinvest profits.
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I recently took a seminar on leadership in organizational behavior discussing topics like defining effective leadership, what types of people make effective leaders and what results effective leaders produce.  One of the main questions we discussed was that while all companies seek effective leaders, how does one really determine if a person will be an effective leader?
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Keep an eye on LEDIC Realty Company — it’s on the move horizontally and vertically. It started in 1979 as a management group and has long been focused strictly on managing apartments for other owners.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Regions Bank and their newest location on 88 Union Avenue.
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Sales skill has to be among your best qualities if you are going to succeed at operating a small business. It turns your wonderful products into cash in the bank!  Nothing happens until somebody sells something. It’s true. They say America needs to move by truck but who fills the trucks?  Salespeople.
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Autobahn Indoor Speedway opened in April in a converted warehouse space the Shelby Oaks Corporate Park. Since then, thousands have strapped on a helmet and hopped behind the wheel of the track’s Formula 1-style race karts. Autobahn general manager Anthony Dillard said while the cars may look like toys, they are anything but.
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Indie Memphis and SoundCheck, the Greater Memphis Chamber's Young Professional Council, host the Kickoff Party for the 19th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM at Circuit Playhouse. We will announce the 2016 Fall dates, venues and kickoff the "call-for-entries" for filmmakers in Memphis and around the world to submit their films for consideration. Last year was our largest film attendance in festival historiy with even more exciting additions for this year's fest!
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There was a time when the status of being a woman-owned business was a challenge to business progress, but now, there are multiple opportunities to leverage this differentiator as a positive. According to the last U. S. Census Bureau survey, more than a third of Memphis businesses are women-owned, and it’s safe to say more have been established since then. The good news is there are countless ways women business owners can use their status to their advantage. The opportunities are plentiful; you just have to look for them!
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You can’t guarantee what the future holds, but you can make some educated guesses by watching who’s on the move. The months ahead are looking particularly bright for these 10 local companies who have been laying the groundwork and are now poised to enjoy an exciting 2016. 
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So, what's on your mind so far this year? I bet it includes some version of these topics: growth, profitability and hiring. No matter how long you're in business, these can be regular visitors to your middle-of-the-night, ceiling-staring parties.
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Each issue we highlight one of our Chamber Ambassadors, our volunteer organization that serves as the official host for Greater Memphis Chamber events. These Ambassadors are quick to greet you at the door, direct you to where you need to go or introduce you to a new contact. Each represent Chamber member companies dedicated to our mission to drive the business agenda for Greater Memphis. This issue we would like to introduce you to Dale Hill of MagTech Lab.
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Every year people around the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Here in Memphis we take it to the next level, celebrating 30 days straight throughout the month of April with cleanups, volunteer events and other activities.
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An irritating experience at a local coffeehouse recently reminded me of how important asking great questions is to forging and fostering a solid client relationship.
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Last summer marked the first anniversary of SoundCheck – the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Young Professional Council. From the beginning, SoundCheck’s purpose was to provide a place where young professionals have access to business leaders, connections and resources to help them truly become the next generation of leaders in Memphis. With more than 200 members and growing, SoundCheck has become a group of young professionals who are serious about moving Memphis forward.
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People and property are arguably a business owner’s most valuable assets, and there are a variety of things that can happen in the workplace to put them at risk. Some of those are nearly impossible to prepare for, but there are certain precautions that can be taken to optimize the safety and security of your business.
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In each issue of Memphis Crossroads, we highlight a Board of Advisor level member, showcasing their important role in the Chamber as well as the business community. Reuben Brunson, CEO and Co-Founder of RocketFuel, shares why his company is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
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The applications are open for the 2016 Inc. 5000, an elite list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This distinguished editorial award celebrates innovation, builds a network of entrepreneurial leaders and is an effective marketing showcase.
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While the channels you use to distribute your message may change throughout any given campaign, one thing should remain central: the message itself. Whatever you are trying to communicate, be it a product offering, sale or company update, it is essential to think cross-channel in your efforts.
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This week member Memphis Open is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a week full of professional tennis, entertainment, delicious food and more. We got together with the tournament director, Erin Mazurek to learn more about this event and the ways that we all can join in on the celebration.
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Here in the thriving logistics hub of Memphis, a new innovation accelerator program sponsored by FedEx aims to foster fresh ideas and emerging talent, promising an even brighter future for the industry as a whole.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber always celebrates growth in our community. As an added benefit to your membership, we offer our expertise and assistance in hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies.  We are excited to see our members succeed and want to make sure they have the resources to do so. Today we introduce to you Prime Restoration, which provides customers with high quality powder coating and media blasting services.
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Although Punxsutawney Phil recently predicted that spring is just around the corner, two weeks ago, milk, bread and batteries were scarce commodities in Memphis, as the city braced for a winter storm of epic proportions. Fortunately, the snow bluffed. The season is not yet over, however, and it is never too late (or too early) for employers to take steps to winterize their policies to help insulate themselves from liability and costs.
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Making Memphis beautiful is a family tradition for Robin Smithwick. 
 
Robert “Robin” Smithwick III is managing principal of the Memphis office of Diversified Trust, a comprehensive wealth management firm which provides investment, trust and financial advisory services to families and institutions. He also helms the Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle moon mission to advance green space for citizens here.
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Small business owners have their unique world of pain and problems. You may not have known it, but new terms have come to describe them. If you have had difficulty finding the right words, check this list:
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David Underwood moved around a lot growing up, living in several states due to his father’s occupation, but Memphis caught his attention. Underwood enrolled at the University of Memphis. He was in logistics, so Memphis was certainly a place of opportunity in his field. But Chicago and Atlanta offered possibilities, too. So he and his wife, who’d moved around a lot also, considered their options thoroughly, finally deciding Memphis would be home. “Why move again?” the Underwoods asked themselves. “Everything we want is here.”
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Starting on February 1st, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability is launching a new campaign to help local individuals and groups cut energy and water use, reduce waste and be better stewards of the environment. 
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Elizabeth Rouse evolved into the role of cheerleader for the Memphis arts community. As a transplant born in Mobile, Ala., her mother put her in ballet, but Rouse wanted to watch the graceful dance, not perform it. She moved to the Bluff City nine years ago for a job with ArtsMemphis, not expecting to stay forever. But she discovered a buffet of artistry here. She fell in love with the city and its talent.
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Think of the best job you ever had (and yes, it can be your current position). What made it amazing? Was it the type of work you did? The people? The location? Salary? Any number of things combined can make a workplace great, but there’s one thing above all else that matters most to the majority of employees: happiness.
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Green spaces are helping cities attract new, green dollars into their economies and helping them keep the ones they already have. The Mid-South’s “ambitious” Greenprint plan may be one of the biggest such projects in the country. 
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I love Friday night football. Friday nights during the fall afford me the opportunity to watch my oldest son play a sport he loves with his best friends inside a stadium filled by spirited fans. And, his high school team is really good! I don’t really understand the strategy of the game nor do I comprehend the signals of the referees or when it is appropriate for those little yellow flags to be thrown. I obviously enjoy watching my own child “perform," but I have recently become fascinated with the communication styles and patterns on the sideline between the players and the coaches. As an HR professional, I am a student of human behavior and I have discovered some valuable lessons from the football coaches that can apply to any manager, supervisor or organizational leader.
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So many of her friends left Memphis for college, but after arriving at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Carlissa Shaw realized she would be planting herself in her native soil. “As soon as I left, I knew I had to come back,” she said. “There was work for me to do here.” The University of Memphis law school graduate found a place to make a direct impact - in the courtroom as an attorney at Horne & Wells. She is also a volunteer at Memphis Legal Services and offers free legal advice to the public as host of Q&A show, “Let’s Talk Law,” on 1340 WLOK.
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R&B and soul legend Otis Clay passed away on Friday, January 8 at the age of 73. The Blues Hall of Fame inductee called Memphis his "second home" during the years he was recording at Memphis-based Hi Records. Read his full obituary from the Commercial Appeal here.

Below Otis performs "Trying to Live My Life Without You" with Uriah Mitchell at our 2014 Annual Chairman's Luncheon. The rhythm and blues artist will be greatly missed.
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In the Internet search world, Google is clearly king and marketing professionals across the globe give this tech giant the lion’s share of their search marketing attention. Every time Google makes a change to its infamous algorithm, search engine marketers scramble to assess the impact and adjust their strategies.
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A water tower of its own. Installation of 14 miles of sewer lines. Rerouting of a state highway. No wonder the Memphis Regional Megasite is called, well, a megasite. It is six square miles of ambition to bring auto manufacturers and suppliers to the region and provide the population with thousands of good jobs.
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On January 18, 2016 you're invited to join Clean Memphis, Leadership Memphis and the Chairman's Circle in a day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our teams are gathering in eight communities around the city to pick up trash and beautify the area. 

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