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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.
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?
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. 
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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