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Entrepreneurs Prove Memphis is the Best City for Startup Success: Mid-South Drug Testing

Kelly Dobbins dared to start her own business after seeing a shift in the drug-testing industry. Even though she didn’t know where to get everything she needed, she took a gamble.
Posted: 3/21/2017 9:23:03 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

For more than five decades, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has led the battle against cancer in children. It’s made significant strides in research and treatment, but the institution is amping up its mission with a multi-billion dollar expansion that aims to take on 30 percent of the global pediatric cancer burden by 2021.
Posted: 3/10/2017 3:33:41 PM | with 0 comments

Get In Your Nominations for the Class of 2017 Young Memphians

While cities around the nation are competing for young talent, Memphis is making a name for itself as a destination for young professionals. Our young professionals council, SoundCheck, with over 200 members and counting, is filled with YPs eager to play a part in the economic growth of Memphis.

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.
Posted: 3/10/2017 12:01:47 PM | with 0 comments

MAAR CEO Shares the Chamber Vision for Selling Memphis

As CEO of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, or MAAR, Melanie Blakeney also immerses herself in leadership roles with the Greater Memphis Chamber. It’s only natural, she says. They share a vision -- selling Memphis.
Posted: 3/9/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Youngblood Builder Supply

You could say it’s new, but Youngblood Builders Supply is actually bringing an old lumber yard and hardware store into the 21st century. Rick and Don Youngblood bought Hyman Builders Supply at 40 West McLemore Ave. last year and gave it a complete makeover, with more to come. 
Posted: 3/6/2017 3:15:51 PM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Pinnacle Financial Partners

Pinnacle Financial Partners takes pride in a culture that’s not only about superior service, but values: integrity, fairness, learning, partnership, results, balance and discipline. Pinnacle came to Memphis in 2015 when the firm hired a team of bankers from another local bank. With the purchase of Magna Bank later in the year, the firm quickly established roots in the Memphis community.
Posted: 2/28/2017 1:42:23 PM | with 0 comments

From Baseball Cards to the Memphis Startup Scene: David Waddell Capitalizes on an 'Obsession with Investing'

President, CEO and Chief Investment Strategist David Waddell, of Waddell and Associates often faces misperceptions about investment professionals.
“I want Waddell and Associates to be recognized as an ultra-high-quality, trustworthy business that helps people navigate the choppy seas between here and what they hope to have in their futures,” he said.
Posted: 2/23/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

Member Spotlight: The Orpheum Theatre

Member The Orpheum Theatre Group holds an important place in both Memphis past and future. The iconic landmark stands at the corner of Main and Beale and plays a crucial role in our community's art scene. Check out the video below with Brett Batterson, the President & CEO, and scroll below for a fun Q&A.
Posted: 2/22/2017 11:35:52 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is in the middle of its 100th birthday celebration and Emily Neff is determined to make it unforgettable. The museum’s executive director will tell you it’s one of the region’s great cultural assets and she wants the entire community involved. 
Posted: 2/21/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

Board of Governor Spotlight: Trustmark

The Greater Memphis Chamber Board of Governors serves as an additional leadership base for the Chairman's Circle and Board of Directors. Members of this level interact with the top members of the Memphis Business Community. View the full list of Board of Governors members here. Each issue of Memphis Crossroads, we highlight one of our BOG members, and today we're introducing you to Gene Henson, Regional President - Memphis/North MS - for Trustmark Bank.
Posted: 2/16/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Dr. David Stern became Executive Dean and Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2011 and it’s been full-speed ahead ever since.

“I came to make an impact on the city in health and wellness, especially for the disadvantaged,” he said. As head of the College of Medicine, Dr. Stern oversees its clinical, education and research missions and is focused on bringing wellness to the city.
Posted: 2/13/2017 11:25:06 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Landmark Training Development Company

Mike and Karen Minnis are not those people who say, “We ought to do something.” They’re the ones who do it. Their Landmark Training Development Company grew from a desire to work with at-risk urban youth and to address what the USDA calls food deserts: urban areas where it’s difficult to buy affordable or quality fresh food. Their Orange Mound operation includes a food pantry, an urban outreach center, the Landmark Farmers Market and gardens that turn out two tons of produce annually.
Posted: 2/7/2017 10:21:23 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Signal Flow PR

Memphis music is recognized worldwide, but even legends sometimes need a push. Elizabeth Cawein’s Signal Flow PR agency pushes hard by providing publicity, marketing and branding for area musicians since 2011. Making money in the music business is tough, but Cawein knew that when she started her enterprise after working at the former Memphis Music Foundation. 
Posted: 1/31/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

Board of Advisor Spotlight: Workbay

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. Mary Hayes, CEO of Workbay shares why her company is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
Posted: 1/26/2017 9:53:10 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Direct Home Quote

Chris Harkins declared: “The old ways are going to go down hard.” The young entrepreneur was so frustrated with trying to hire home improvement contractors that he decided to turn the system on its head. His Direct Home Quote business is taking care of roofing, windows, siding, asphalt and tree removal needs with less hassle. It’s straightforward — go to, order what you want, get a quote within 24 hours and, if you like it, give the go-ahead. DHQ is a one-stop shop responsible for the entire project — getting the installer, scheduling it and guaranteeing the work. 
Posted: 1/24/2017 12:12:50 PM | with 0 comments

The latest news from the Greater Memphis Chamber. For more information, contact Director of Communications Christina Meek at (901) 543-3504 ( or Communications Specialist Jenny C. Fish at (901) 543-3558 (