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2016 Small Business Saturday: Think Small, Shop Local

Small Business Saturday was created to encourage shoppers to patronize the brick and mortar businesses in their area while searching for holiday gifts. While we encourage you to look local when purchasing a sweater for your mom or cookies for your coworkers, we think it’s a great idea to shop small year ‘round.
Posted: 11/22/2016 2:05:25 PM | with 0 comments


5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Sponsorship Dollars

Several years ago, my husband asked why I always watched a particular local news broadcast. The one I watched was consistently No. 2 on the Nielsen charts, but my response was easy. The No. 2 station offered a quality newscast and supported the community with school supply drives, winter coat drives and as the media sponsor for nonprofit events. He couldn’t think of an argument against that!
Posted: 11/16/2016 3:11:37 PM | with 0 comments


Serving the Holiday Punch: How to Throw an Office Party Without the Legal Hangover

We are rapidly heading into the holiday season, and businesses across the Mid-South are appointing the office party planning committee, ordering the spiral-sliced ham and deciding whether or not to allow significant others to join the festivities. While offices might spend a considerable amount of time and energy on choosing a venue, managers rarely take the time to set out a plan to avoid legal issues.
Posted: 11/9/2016 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments


User Experience Matters: 4 Keys to Better Engagement

Technology is constantly evolving. Every day, we’re seeing new apps, new widgets, new innovations. But there’s one thing that isn’t changing with technology: if it doesn’t work, we won’t use it.
 
In web design, that’s called user experience (or UX). And it’s a key element that small business owners can’t afford to ignore.
Posted: 11/2/2016 11:06:36 AM | with 0 comments



SMALL BUSINESS
Your business may be small, but that doesn't mean that your impact can't be huge! The Greater Memphis Chamber's Small Business Council serves to encourage, support, recognize and be a resource to small- and medium-sized businesses in the Memphis area. Here, our talented panel of contributors will present big ideas that could make a huge difference to your small business. And don't be afraid to ask questions ... no matter how small.

CONTRIBUTORS
VOSS GRAHAM
Sales & Small Business Ownership
Voss W. Graham is CEO and Senior Business Advisor for InnerActive Consulting Group Inc. He is known by his clients as "a knowledgeable partner who helps our team achieve business growth." He provides practical experience as a small business owner for over 29 years, yet is often engaged with Fortune 500 companies in the development of their people and business strategies.

OBSIDIAN PUBLIC RELATIONS
Public Relations
Several professionals and strategists from the local Obsidian Public Relations firm provide excellent advice on everything from research to media relations to event planning. They believe that all companies, no matter how big or small the company or its budget, should have a public relations plan driving how they manage their relationships with key stakeholders. Public relations is an integral part of doing business the right way.

JOEL MYERS
Human Resources
Joel Myers is a career Human Resources professional, with over 40 years in the field including 26 years in consulting.

TOM PEASE
Small Business Advice
Tom Pease is a small business owner of an office equipment dealership called e/Doc Systems, Inc. He has also owned a full-line Kawasaki dealership as well as a document shop. He used 30+ years of experience in owning a business to author two books, including: Going Out of Business by Design: Why 70% of Small Businesses Fail and Small Business Survival 101. He also has published 85 columns in The Memphis Daily News as the Small Business Advisor.

LORI TURNER-WILSON
Marketing & Public Relations
Lori Turner-Wilson is CEO and Founder of RedRover Company, a sales development, marketing and PR consulting firm. Lori works with companies large and small, from start-ups to mature organizations, to help them improve the productivity of their sales force and the return on their marketing investment. Lori writes a weekly syndicated column for the Daily News, Memphis News, Nashville Ledger, and Desoto Times, among others, titled “Guerrilla Sales & Marketing,” for which she won a 2011 Summit International Award and 2012 International Communicator Award.

INFERNO
Design and Digital Strategy
Founded in 1999, inferno provides brand development, advertising, public relations, design and digital marketing services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Headquartered in Memphis with a satellite office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the award-winning firm produces results-driven work by passionately combining strategic thinking, creativity and culture to ensure the success of its clients. For more information, visit www.creativeinferno.com.

FISHER PHILLIPS LLP
Labor & Employment Law
Fisher Phillips attorneys are ready to help you take a stand: in court, with employees and unions, or with competitors. Fisher Phillips has the experience and resolve to back you up. That's why some of the savviest employers come to the firm to handle their toughest labor and employment cases. The firm has 350 attorneys in 32 offices, including Memphis. For more information, visit www.fisherphillips.com.

PARAGON BANK
Finance
Since its founding in 2005, Paragon Bank has maintained a solid focus on the community and customer service. For more than 10 years, Paragon has delivered innovative products and financial expertise, convenience, and a deep understanding of what both businesses and individuals need from a ban, in order to provide solutions that make a difference. In the areas of business or personal banking, lending options or wealth management, Paragon delivers cutting edge technology, an experienced team and the most service-oriented staff of any community bank.



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