Project Assistance


One-Stop-Shop Assistance

The One-Stop-Shop (OSS) program is designed to facilitate and expedite the regulatory/permit process and to answer a company’s questions about building and fire codes, taxation, utilities, permitting and any other issues. During these confidential sessions, companies are introduced to key local- and state-government resource representatives who can answer questions and also initiate any required permits or reviews.

Fast Track Permitting

The Fast Track program helps cut through the red tape or delays associated with construction permitting. Through this program, review of plans is expedited and we work with design and construction personnel to ensure an efficient construction approval process. 

Research Assistance

The Chamber’s research team can provide relocating and expanding companies with the key market data needed to compare Memphis and Shelby County with other markets. The research team offers assistance with demographic and statistical information, GIS mapping and a host of other research and data services.

Building and Land Database

The Chamber has access to information on most of the available building and land sites in the Memphis and Shelby County area. The database includes commercial and industrial zoned land with specific infrastructure information such as transportation access, utilities and acreage. The building database includes office, distribution and manufacturing facilities that can be retrieved from over 60 fields. These fields include information such as square footage, ceiling height, as well as rail and lease rates. The database is continuously updated to ensure the most current information. Full color maps can be produced based on the results of each search. Click here to conduct a preliminary search for buildings and sites.

University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS)

This program offers existing industries no-cost assistance in helping to solve their managerial and technical problems. Issues addressed include industrial engineering, plant layout and process improvement, management assessments for solid and hazardous waste, while also able to help with the evaluation of procedures or processes, such as those involved with selling to the Federal Government. UTCIS utilizes staff professionals and professors from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Martin; Tennessee Tech; The University of Memphis; and Christian Brothers University. For more information, visit: www.cis.tennessee.edu.

Existing Industry Program

Memphis and Shelby County’s existing industry program teams up the Greater Memphis Chamber; Memphis Light, Gas and Water; and local city, county and state governments to focus on business retention, expansion and growth. The program offers assistance with expansion projects or other specific concerns such as utilities, employee job training, franchise job tax credits, Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Tax (PILOT), One-Stop-Shop meetings, Fast Track Permitting and available industrial building and land sites. Click here to find out more.

Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)

The Tennessee Business Enterprise Resource Office provides technical, financial and business plan development advice for small, minority-owned and woman-owned businesses. BERO services include:

  • Technical assistance, such as obtaining a business license, developing a business plan, exploring financial assistance or expansion assistance, as well as other special needs.
  • Assisting with procurement opportunities, engaging in business matchmaking fairs and advice on making contacts with corporate buyers.
  • Propelling manufacturing initiatives and providing links to resources for expansion.
  • Creating export opportunities and connecting companies to international market data, as well as providing export resources at the local and federal levels.

More information about BERO can be found at http://www.tn.gov/ECD/bero/.