Newsroom HomeBlogsStoriesSoundtrack ProjectNewsroom ArchivesChamber Home Page

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.
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). 
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.
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.”
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. 
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.

Memphis Crossroads

Follow Us

Chamber Beat   Twitter   Facebook   LinkedIn   Google Plus   Flickr   YouTube

► Chairman's Circle Radio Show

► Chamber Blogs

► eNewsletter - Chamber Beat

► Memphis Crossroads Magazine

► Member News

► Other Chamber Publications

Latest GMC Press Releases »

Shea Flinn Joins Chamber Staff as Sr. VP of the Chairman's Circle

John Michels Joins Greater Memphis Chamber Staff as Greenprint Coordinator

Business Facilities Magazine Awards Greater Memphis Chamber for Workforce Development and Water Resources

Upcoming Events

How Do You Like Your Updates? It's a digital jungle out there! The Chamber wants to know how you prefer to get your news, announcements, and updates. What's your favorite Chamber communications outlet?

Trending Now