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YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
The Chamber’s Public Policy team works for you to help create a business-friendly environment so your business can thrive in Memphis. There is a current issue that affects our local economy and thousands of employers in the Memphis region: the need for infrastructure investment.   Governor Haslam has proposed the IMPROVE Act (Improve Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy) that will fund critically needed improvements to our infrastructure.  We support this proposal not only because of the tremendous investment it will allow directly in Memphis, but also because of the tax reductions that it provides to bring more jobs to our community which will help our businesses grow.
SMALL BUSINESS »
Should an organization establish a structured reward system for determining and administering employee pay? And, if so, what should be communicated to employees about the system?
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
At the Greater Memphis Chamber, we work year round to advocate for issues that will help Memphis grow, allow small businesses to be successful and to provide a high quality of life for everyone in Memphis. We will be in Washington D.C. this week to meet with Senators and Congressman to talk about issues that are important to the Memphis business community. We brought some of our members and business leaders along as we work to maintain great relationships with our elected officials and provide a face to the people impacted by these laws.

I'll be keeping you updated on what's happing here in DC in the live blog below, but you can also follow along on our Twitter account (@memphischamber) as well as our Instagram Stories (also @memphischamber). Or check out the hashtag #MEM2DC. The most recent update will be at the top, and you can scroll down to the bottom to read them in chronological order.
 
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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.
SMALL BUSINESS »
A top priority for any small business owner should be the management of the company’s reputation. While this may sound like an obvious statement, there’s often more to reputation management than business owners realize. Often, they focus so much on what the company does and says (the company’s identity), which is very important, of course. However, what’s equally important is to be aware of what customers say about the company (its image). Reputation management bridges the gap between a company’s identity and its image.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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.
THE M BLOG »
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.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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.
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
Every year people around the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Here in Memphis we take it to the next level, celebrating 30 days straight throughout the month of April with cleanups, beautification projects, volunteer events and other activities. Here is how you can get involved.
SMALL BUSINESS »
Good old-fashioned sales calls are making a reprisal given how few salespeople are leveraging them anymore. With digital communication now serving as the preferred form of initial outreach to new prospects, there is a sizable opportunity for sales reps skilled at making a truly impactful sales call.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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. 
SMALL BUSINESS »
Earlier this month, President Trump’s initial Labor Secretary nominee, Andrew Pudzer, withdrew from consideration. Assuming the second time’s the charm, Alexander Acosta will be confirmed by the Senate for this Cabinet-level position which heads the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), one of the federal agencies that has the widest and deepest impact on employers across the country. What should small business owners know about Acosta in order to predict what life will be like under his tenure as part of the Trump administration?
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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.
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. announced on Monday, February 20th the expansion of its corporate headquarters in Shelby County. The technology-enabled risk and benefits solutions management company will invest $34 million and create 150 new high-quality jobs in Memphis. 
THE M BLOG »
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.
SMALL BUSINESS »
Winter brings about many joyous things—a favorite cozy sweater, warm fireplaces, rich hot cocoa and more. However, it’s also marked as being the dreaded flu season. With an average of 200,000 people hospitalized due to the illness each year, staying healthy becomes a major priority for all.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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. 
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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.
SMALL BUSINESS »
"Do you have the time to find the right resources, adapt what is most effective for your business and keep your business growing and profitable at the same time?"

The answer to your question is the reason why you need a business coach now. Here are four critical areas you can get insights from experienced coaches and business advisors…
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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.
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
The Greater Memphis Chamber presents the "Memphis: The Magic is in the Mix" coffee table book, featuring 160 pages of the places and people that make Memphis a world-class city.
SMALL BUSINESS »
A favorable reputation is absolutely vital, and small business owners no doubt dedicate a great amount of time to creating (and promoting) a favorable brand identity for the company, product or service. However, it’s equally important to be aware of the reputation of a company, product or service – i.e., what others say about it.
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
Last month at their New Member Mingle, I attended with my wife Kay Johnson. I had the privilege of hearing one of our doctors at Eyewear Gallery, Dr. Do Nguyen, speak on bringing more youth into the fold of the Chamber. I didn't realize how vital the Chamber was to our community. It helps build a strong infrastructure for our city, through its members and its board. The people in the Chamber's membership are great, but everyone in the city should know how important their voices are through an apolitical medium.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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.
RIBBONS »
Founded in Los Angeles in 2012, PizzaRev is a craft-your-own, fast-casual pizza concept that empowers guests to fully customize a personal-sized, 11-inch pizza for one price. With more than 30 artisanal toppings available, guests pick everything down to the homemade dough for a delicious pizza ready in just three minutes.
SMALL BUSINESS »
In 2017, we are busier than ever and are constantly on a computer or phone, or at least have one in reach. For many people, it’s hard to go even 30 minutes without checking their phone or getting on their computer. These devices provide us access to just about everything – breaking news, our friends’ lives, music, our daily steps, stats on our favorite players and our money. Online banking allows us to be in control of our finances – personally and professionally.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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. 
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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.
SMALL BUSINESS »
What is the secret sauce found in many of today’s best leaders and companies that helps achieve long term success? The answer is Performance with Purpose. It is not enough for a company to have maximizing profits as its driving purpose for existence. There needs to be an integration of social and economic interests to ignite a sense of passion and mission for the work. As humans, we need to feel connected with others in an effort to accomplish goals that are larger than ourselves. This sense of community builds commitment, creativity, and engagement. There are three actions required in making Performance with Purpose a reality.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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 directhomequote.com, 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. 
THE M BLOG »
Member DittyTV is passionate about connecting fans with the Americana and Roots music scene. Their 24/7 television network features live concerts, events, music videos, artist interviews and more AND they're based right here in Memphis, Tennessee. Check out the video and Q&A with COO and below then be sure to click through and watch some DittyTV yourself!
SMALL BUSINESS »
Business acquisition is an attractive option for business owners seeking increased market share. While a successful acquisition can positively impact the bottom line, a poorly planned acquisition can greatly damage a company’s brand and leave the business in a worse position. Approaching an acquisition must be done with thoughtful consideration and counsel. The following questions are important to consider before considering the acquisition of another business.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
It takes a network to get a job, said Dr. Glen Fenter, president of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce). They have built a networked environment to share information among all workforce stakeholders and the job seekers they serve. Built on the Workbay platform developed by Mary Hayes, president of Memphis-based Workbay LLC, this common database and mobile app will roll out this fall to make job seeking, job training and job recruitment easier to access.
SMALL BUSINESS »
We’re one month away from the saccharin splendor of Valentine’s Day, and in offices across this great country, Cupid’s bow is pulled tight, ready to loose romance on the unsuspecting. The story of the office romance is as old as the workplace itself. Hollywood has carved out a cottage industry on the hapless romantic stumbling into love at the water cooler. However, not all of these moments end like Jerry McGuire. Sometimes Cupid’s arrow misses its mark with disastrous consequences.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Elvis Presley Enterprises is upping the ante to make Graceland bigger and better. October saw the opening of The Guest House at Graceland, a full service, 450-room $92 million hotel. In March, a new $40 million, 220,000 square-foot visitor complex will open, replacing the existing 47,000 square-foot facility.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS »
Kayla Rodriguez Graff thrives on activity, and these days the young entrepreneur is on fire. 
 
Her considerable energies are focused on her work as COO of a startup with a cool product and her passion for Memphis, blended in with her recent marriage and membership in SoundCheck, where she recently joined the leadership team.
SMALL BUSINESS »
Online advertising can do incredible things for your small business, but only if you are willing to put in the time it takes to analyze the data and refine your efforts. But how can you make the most of your time?
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Henry A. Hutton and Thomas Hutton, Jr. have their sights set on taking care of business for Memphis. 
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
 
At the beginning of the year, we outlined the Greater Memphis Chamber's objectives for growing our city's middle class, increasing receipts for minority & women-owned businesses and creating higher enrollment for workforce training key sectors.

Today, we'd like to highlight some of the ways our team met these goals and others these past 12 months:
SBC BIG IDEAS »
What is the best management philosophy to run your small business? When I won the Small Business Executive award, I was asked that. “Treat everyone differently” was my response.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
At 27, Brea Bowers already has an impressive list of career achievements and community contributions on her resume.
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
At this year’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon, we celebrated the people and organizations making Memphis happen.
 
Here at the Greater Memphis Chamber we have been committed to moving our city forward. Workforce. Small Business. Public Policy. Exports. Supplier Diversity. These are just a few of the areas we have been focused on this year, and we had the opportunity of highlighting some of these successes at our luncheon.
SBC BIG IDEAS BLOG »
One of the most popular business buzzwords of the last few years seems to be “culture.” As the economy moves past the Great Recession and jobseekers have more options, especially in an “employees’ market” like Memphis, they want more than a job, they want a workplace environment they’ll enjoyBut how can companies build a great culture? Consider the following.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
The ability for customers to place orders late into the night for next-day delivery is vital in the medical device industry. HealthLink Europe & International chose Memphis for its U.S. Food and Drug Administration-registered medical warehouse to take advantage of the presence of FedEx.
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The new year is right around the corner, and with it comes much excitement, hope and many resolutions. Now is the perfect time to plan to make sure your business goals and expectations are met. Here are five New Year Resolutions to consider as you look to 2017:
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Dr. David Rudd, in his second year as president of the University of Memphis, is a trained psychologist and a former Gulf War veteran. He didn’t take a typical academic path to the presidency but his out-of-the ordinary experiences help him deal with what it’s like at the top with a thousand decisions and all eyes on your every step. “It gives you a good sense of perspective, serving during wartime– what’s a significant crisis and what’s not,” he said.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
It’s hard to miss Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s giant rooftop heart towering over the landscape of Downtown Memphis. It’s an appropriate symbol for the facility it adorns, as below it, medical practitioners are helping children, saving lives and giving families hope every day.
RIBBONS »
Goodwill’s mission is to change the lives of people with disabilities and other barriers to employment through the power of work, education and empowerment. We take gently-used clothing and household items and process them for sale which creates meaningful employment for those who “touch” the donations every step of the way. Goodwill also saves close to 7.2 million pounds of material from landfills.
SBC BIG IDEAS BLOG »
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.
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As the first rehabilitation-only facility for small animals in Memphis, member Pet Fit Animal Rehabilitation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for your pets. Dr. Roxana Carabello shares with us today the services her facility offers and what led her to this career.
RIBBONS »
Agape Child & Family Services is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing children and families with healthy homes in the Memphis area.
SBC BIG IDEAS »
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!
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
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. Kenneth Dowling, Managing Director of Young & Rubicam Memphis shares why his organization is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
 
SBC BIG IDEAS »
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.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
It’s in the nature of Triumph Bank to see what needs to be done and then go after it with gusto.
 
That’s how it was 10 years ago when some local businessmen saw how local community banks were being taken over. “They decided to start a bank that would be local and stay local, run by successful business people with a focus on commercial lending,” said Traci Blair Strickland, Triumph’s Vice President of Marketing. “The bank would welcome small businesses and work with them to get started, grow and flourish in the Memphis economy.”
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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.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Young professionals who are active in Memphis receive plenty of benefits, particularly when they move here bringing energy and insight. 
 
That’s how it is with Heather McElwee, a trust officer and assistant vice president for private wealth management at Regions Financial Corp. Born in Georgia, she graduated from Auburn University and the University of Mississippi School of Law. She started at Regions last year, but she’s been building connections in the Mid-South before that, as a law clerk for Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, an associate at Morgan & Morgan, P.A. and as a judicial extern for West Tennessee Chief Bankruptcy Judge David S. Kennedy.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Like most of the other Young Memphians in this issue, Whitney Hardy’s accomplishments could fill pages.
 
Among them, Hardy founded the group Young Arts Patrons (YAP), which aims to create a more inclusive local arts community through its network of young arts patrons and emerging artists.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Jordan Aluminum Company has a long history of creating and supplying everything from lumber to doors and windows. And since 1896, it’s been adjusting to demand, weathering rough years and making the most of favorable times. 
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
Each year we select seven new professionals to join our Ambassador team. Here's what it takes to join the team:
SBC BIG IDEAS »
One contributing factor is a misunderstanding of the differences between “Training” and “Development." Although functionally, Training & Development resides in a Human Resources function, “training” and “development” are not the same.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
The name of Todd Miller’s family-owned company, Yuletide Office Solutions, evokes images of Christmastime and giving, so it’s no wonder that giving back to the community plays such a strong role in Miller’s life.
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
On Friday, October 7th the Greater Memphis Chamber and partners celebrated National Manufacturing Day with the goal to promote advanced manufacturing careers in Memphis as well as the educational opportunities to qualify for these jobs.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
As part of her family’s third generation of Cuban immigrants to settle in America (her grandparents came over initially), Rosa Padilla grew up in Palm Beach, Florida; attended Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where she received her bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering; and moved to Memphis in 2012 to work in Medtronic’s Spinal Division.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. announced earlier this year that it is relocating its corporate headquarters from East Memphis to Peabody Place, bringing some 1,200 employees Downtown to what will be the new home to all three of its business segments: Terminix, American Home Shield and its Franchise Services Group.
SBC BIG IDEAS »
The premier HR event for local small businesses arrives on Thursday, October 13th! The 2016 HR Legal Summit, as always, will be a feast of timely legal morsels designed to satisfy your craving for the latest developments in the rapidly evolving labor & employment world. Check out the topics and presenters below:
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Rico Andrews wants to make Memphis a better place not only for his own kids, but also for residents everywhere.
 
“I don’t want to be one of those folks that sees something that needs to be done and just sits around and talks about it,” Andrews said. “I want to be involved in my city.”
SBC BIG IDEAS BLOG »
Unfortuantely, we don’t all get to have large, private offices with amazing city views - but wouldn't that be nice? Actually, the majority of working people have small workspaces and cubicles. But small office spaces do not have to feel closed in and uninviting. With a little office interior design inspiration, you can make your small workspace or cubicle feel welcoming. Here are some tips to make the most of your small work space.
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As a small business owner, promoting your company is crucial to its enduring success. Social media offers unprecedented opportunities to market your brand and connect with customers, but in today’s ultracompetitive world, it can be difficult to set your business apart from the crowd.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Whether he’s speaking about creating vibrant city spaces or discussing his involvement with the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle, Montgomery Martin consistently emphasizes one clear message: He believes in the future of Memphis.
SBC BIG IDEAS BLOG »
I have lasted three decades as a business owner. Like most people doing this I go about my business without thinking much about any great philosophy or magic I possess because I don’t. But I do see things that work, so I will share them here.
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Remember that time we introduced Music Export Memphis (MEM)? It’s an initiative to create opportunities for Memphis musicians across the U.S. and abroad. It’s also an important tool in our efforts to recruit and retain talented individuals (and their companies) who desire to live in creative cities.
 
On Saturday, September 24th, we get to see MEM kick off at the AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee. The Memphis Americana Picnic will take place at The Filming Station between 12:00 – 6:00 PM for badge and wristband holders, and it’s going to be an authentic Memphis celebration. Here are five things we’re looking forward to:
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DigitalGenetix may be new to the Memphis market, but founder and owner Edwin Pope has already plugged into the local business scene here. Along with serving on the Greater Memphis Chamber's Small Business Council task force, Ed also has volunteered to be an advisor for our Advice on Tap program. We get to know him and his digital consulting agency, DigitalGenetix, better below.
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After working in corporate sales for several years, Katrina Robinson says a 2009 layoff was the wakeup call that inspired her to start her own business.
 
“I always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Robinson, “I just didn’t know what it was I wanted to do or should be doing.”
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Powder coating is an industry that may seem foreign to many of us, but Cory McCabe devotes his career to excelling at it, expanding his business and, most important, providing more job opportunities to Mid-South residents.
SBC BIG IDEAS BLOG »
Financing a small business is expensive, and most people don’t have the extra money to finance their own company, so loans are a necessity. According to the 2015 Year-End Economic Report published by the National Small Business Association, 27 percent of small businesses were not able to receive the funding they needed. This lack of support prevented their business from growing, forcing them to close or lay-off employees.
 
Luckily, there is some good news for those smaller businesses. Whether it is a short-term loan or an SBA loan, there are now other ways to receive funding.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Donovan Borum recently graduated with his friend Carter Burgess and 106 other classmates, four of whom started at the Memphis campus like Donovan and are all college bound. Their class was the first to experience the three-campus model at the private, college preparatory St. George’s Independent School. While the first batch of students to go all the way from preschool to graduation under the model was small, officials say future minority participation will be greater.
YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK »
If you're signed up to receive our member communications (sign up here), you already know that our membership department is growing. In the past month, we've welcomed four new team members and are now fully staffed! But today we want to introduce you to our Member Engagement Specialist, Patricia McKinney. As a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber, Patricia is someone you want to know. Her role is dedicated to helping you maximize your membership and find ways to help your business grow. Below she shares a little about herself and her new position:
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The idea that Memphis is a music city is anything but new. After all, we are known as the “home of the blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Thousands of people travel around the world to visit places like Sun Studios, Soulsville and Graceland. However, if you’re not completely immersed in the Memphis music scene, you might miss the fact that the Bluff City is currently home to some amazing musicians. And we think the world should know it.
 
That’s what Music Export Memphis (MEM) is all about – an initiative to create opportunities for Memphis musicians across the U.S. an abroad as an export office for Memphis music.
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Have private universities transformed into workplace universities for student teaching assistants? According to a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling, the answer is “yes.” 

In a 3-1 decision, the NLRB ruled in Columbia University, 364 NLRB No. 90 (Aug. 23, 2016) that under federal law, students performing research and teaching roles are employees and, therefore, are permitted to join labor unions. This ruling overturned a 2004 NLRB decision, which held that students who worked as part of a tuition payment plan were not bona fide employees. Since the ruling was announced, some of the country’s most prominent private colleges and universities have experienced increased efforts by academic assistants to unionize. Among the most popular grievance expressed by these students is unfair pay. 
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If you haven’t already noticed, the 8th Annual Move It Memphis Race looks a little different this year. We’ve worked for the past year to develop a race that everyone from our most loyal runners to the casual walker would enjoy. It’s a new race with a new look and even a new sound, and here’s five ways Move It Memphis is better than ever:
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As the assistant director of theatre education at Playhouse on the Square, actress Carly Crawford assists in overseeing Playhouse’s Theatre School and the Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
Since starting My Town Movers in 2013, Preston Burleson,  Noel Fenderson and Chris Winchell have excelled as professionals and active civic members, using their success to give back to Memphis whenever they have a chance.
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The Greater Memphis Chamber staff wishes you a very happy 9/01 Day! If there's one thing we love, it's celebrating all the exciting developments, ideas, events and people in our city. We wanted to join in the fun today, so we've compiled a list of 90+1 things we love about living and working in Memphis, Tennessee.This list includes the favorites of our staff, members, social media followers, SoundCheck and some highlights from our bragging rights page. Browse through the list and then leave your own favorite in the comments section below!
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The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council launched Advice on Tap, a program that offers small and mid-sized businesses free 30-minute consultations with the region’s leading minds.
 
The purpose of this program is to provide our small business members with a network of business intelligence that they can tap into when they need it most. This network of experienced, well-established business leaders represents areas such as marketing, IT, business law, sales, PR, finance, accounting and human resources.
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If you are a small business owner (or if communications falls under your job description), you probably identify with one of these remarks: I don’t think I need a blog; I have been putting off starting a blog; I have a blog that is not doing so well; I have a great blog that I am always trying to improve. Whichever one of those best describes your current situation, you can benefit from these four tips.
MEMPHIS CROSSROADS »
The evolution of the arts district, located north of Sam Cooper Boulevard between Hollywood and Scott Street, has been about seven years in the making, kicking off in 2010 with “A New Face for an Old Broad,” a street festival with pop-up shops, food vendors, events and performances. That event, said Paul West, president of the Historic Broad Avenue Arts Alliance, gave the community a glimpse of the area’s potential.
 
Today, the area has lived up to that potential, so much so that many business owners there refute the description “up and coming.” Broad Avenue has officially hit its stride, they say, and its future looks even brighter.
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It may seem like big companies get all the attention from job-seekers, but small businesses are a key piece of the economy. Small businesses account for 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms and 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs. The presence of large companies like FedEx, ServiceMaster, AutoZone, International Paper and others benefits Memphis. However, small business owners may wonder how they can compete for top talent. Salary matters in recruiting and retention, but alternative benefits can provide added value to sway prospective employees. Consider the following to implement in your business (and then communicate to new talent prospects).
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As member Church Health Center prepares for its move to Crosstown, its top fundraising effort - the Rock for Love music festival - celebrates its 10th anniversary. That's ten years of promoting Memphis music and supporting the Church Health Center's mission to improve and provide healthcare for the working poor in Memphis. You can experience Rock for Love yourself on September 2nd - 4th (check out the lineup here), but for more about the festival, here are its founders - Jeff Hulett, J.D. Reager and Marvin Stockwell - to answer a few questions.
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Alton Cryer knows how overwhelming the college experience can be for some teens. Cryer himself didn’t know he could apply for college online until a friend showed him how to do it. Once he got to Jackson State University and, later, the University of Memphis, he had to learn how to balance work and studies, navigate financial aid and other typical college experiences.
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A recent undergraduate in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis, Allison Fetz plans to advance her education to the doctorate level and later stay in an academic arena.
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Millennials are no longer the young, hip, vibrant crowd that leads the way in technology and spending. We’re growing up, settling down and handing the reigns over.
 
The next generation is here and they’re more powerful than we millennials ever thought about being. Their name is Generation Z. Known as Centennials or iGen, Gen Z is the latest group of rising adults, and a powerful audience that requires a shift in marketing focus to reach.
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For over 60 years member Memphis Boat Center has been serving families and water enthusiasts all over the Mid-South. The family-owned store is staffed with people who love to boat and are tapped into the needs of the local boating community. Today, we're chatting with Hart Robinson, President of Memphis Boat Center, who shares with us the friendly and professional culture you can expect to find at the store and on the lake.
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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. Lana McDonald, Hotel Manager for the Big Cypress Lodge, shares why the new hotel is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
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Do you enjoy planning? It’s okay to say “no." For example, do you dread and put off getting your budget done? It’s okay to say “yes!" And, who has time for sitting in tedious strategy meetings, talking about what to do instead of doing it?
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In August, Gibson was hired as the Greater Memphis Chamber’s member services coordinator, a position that made him the primary connection for members. In February he was promoted to project manager of economic development where he will lead the Chamber’s efforts to increase minority and women-owned business receipts in Memphis through the organization’s role in the Supplier Diversity Collaboration.
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Dr. Donald Fisher is Executive Director/CEO of Mid-South Quality Productivity Center – a partnership of the Greater Memphis Chamber and Southwest Tennessee Community College with a mission to champion market excellent for organizations in the Mid-South region by offering Baldrige-based assessments, consulting, quality/productivity enhancements, corporate development and employment development. Dr. Fisher was recently recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for his research on corporate espionage, also known as the infiltration of organizational intelligence. He joins us today to answer some questions about corporate espionage and to share what steps you can take to protect your company.
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This week we’re highlighting Start MMT, one of the world’s first music industry innovation accelerators. Founded under the leadership of Hall of Fame Songwriter and Producer David Porter, Start MMT seeks to transform the music business by building innovative new music technology companies. 
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Action Chemical is considered a small-business enterprise, but its majority partner says he is employing a big-picture strategy that’s producing leap-frog growth. The distributor of janitorial supplies, office products and safety gear expanded its footprint last fall, moving into offices at 275 Cumberland after revenue doubled over a three year period.

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