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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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.” 
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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