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Memphis in May | Doing Business with the Czech Republic

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When you think of Memphis in May, a few events may come to mind – Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the Great American River Run. At the Chamber, one of our favorite parts of the Memphis in May celebration is the opportunity to develop innovative global partnerships with each honored country.

During the Memphis in May International Salute (May 7-13), the Chamber is honored to help host business leaders and representatives from the Czech Republic. As the fastest growing economy in the European Union, the Czech Republic offers a business friendly environment and an increasing customer market in central Europe.

Along with the Memphis in May team and our partners in industries throughout the city, we’ve got a great week planned for our Czech business delegation, and we want you to be part of it!

CZECH out the events below to find ways you can help welcome our European colleagues to Memphis, show them the best of local business, and develop connections that could lead to profitable global partnerships.


Thursday, May 10 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fogelman Executive Conference Center
University of Memphis

Join us for a luncheon featuring H.E. Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the United States, along with a panel of Czech business leaders.

The business delegation from the Czech Republic includes representatives from a variety of sectors looking to connect with Memphis businesses:


Czech Embassy


Javlin Data Solutions


GZ Media
Parent company of Memphis Record Pressing




Instar ITS


Contact us if you’re interested in joining any of these industry-specific events.

Czech Hop Growers & Researchers Visiting Memphis Breweries | Friday, May 4
Members of the Czech Hop Growers Union and the Hop Research Institute in Žatec are making the rounds to some of our favorite local breweries, including Crosstown Brewing Co., where brewers have created a special beer made with Czech hops (available to the public during the month of May!).

Medical Research Innovation Lectures | Thursday, May 10
Free and open to the public at the UM FedEx Institute of Technology, Room 225. For more information, contact Deborah Hernandez at 901-678-2648.

Czech representatives from BIOCEV and the Czech Academy of Sciences will join local researchers from the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to share knowledge and make connections.

9:00 a.m. | Lecture by Hana Sychrová, President of the Council for International Affairs regarding the 54-research institute organizational structure of the Czech Academy of Sciences, as well as its research priorities and opportunities for collaborative work.
10:00 a.m. | Lecture by Prof. Vladimir Kral, head of the Biochemical, Cellular, and Molecular Biological research group within BIOCEV, the Czech Academy’s Biotechnology/Biomedical Research Institute. Dr. Krall will discuss the organizational structure, core facilities, and research capabilities and interests of BIOCEV.

Greater Memphis IT Council Luncheon | Friday, May 11
Pavel Navjar of Javlin Software, a Czech software company will be the keynote speaker at this event, held at the National Civil Rights Museum by our partners at the Greater Memphis IT Council.

International Salute to Czech Republic | All Month
Memphis in May will present several performances, exhibits, speakers, lectures, and more all over the city during the month of May to honor the Czech Republic. Click here for details.


Interested in connecting with a specific business leader in this delegation? Contact Vice President of International Business Development Jinliang Cai to learn more.

Not sure how your business would grow globally? Interested, but no idea how to start? Maybe you’ve done some research, but need some expert advice to take the next step? We can meet you where you are! More Memphis businesses are taking advantage of international partnerships every day.

Contact us to learn more, and check out these success stories for ideas:


has increased international sales by 34% since 2014 and added four employees, with exports now making up 1/5 of all business.


is part of Czech company GZ Media, pressing records in Memphis that contribute to the growing vinyl market worldwide.

Classic American Hardwoods

has increased revenue by 67 percent and added 75 jobs after breaking into new markets in Europe and Asia (More on link page 4).

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