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  • Thanks To Our Sponsors

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 30, 2015
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    Category: General
  • Action Key to Addressing Regional Priorities

    by Laura Moore | Nov 30, 2015
    In order to address the needs of our region, it is important to first take a step back to assess both the assets and opportunities that exist in Middle Tennessee. 

    Last month, the more than 40 mayors that make up the Middle Tennessee Mayors' Caucus gathered to discuss the life and health of the region during the release of the third annual Nashville Region’s Vital Signs report. This year’s Vital Signs report shows that there are many things to celebrate in the region. Job growth is high, unemployment is low, our cost of living remains low compared to peer regions, and our residents feel like the region is a lively and vibrant place to live.

    However, the report also underscores the importance of leaders coming together to ensure the prosperity being generated by our economy is being spread equally, that our residents can live their lives the way they want, and that our growth doesn’t create a strain on our infrastructure.

    The release of the report is only the beginning of the Vital Signs process. As Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ralph Schulz said, “[Today is] the first important step in bringing together all of the people ...

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    Category: Policy
    Tags: Vital Signs
  • Member Spotlight - High Note Gifts

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 30, 2015
    Q: What does High Note Gifts do?
    A: To make a long story short, High Note Gifts is our "love letter" to Nashville. We’re so thankful to be a part of this amazing city and we love getting to see and experience the creativity, personality and artistic spirit that make it what it is today.

    Our favorite things to do and our favorite foods to eat just so happen to be centered around local small businesses based right here in Music City. And just like ours, these businesses have grown through hard work, determination, and a lot of local love.

    High Note Gifts was started to contribute something back to our community that supports the amazing work these artisans are doing: taking the time to craft something special in a sea of sameness. We couldn’t think of a better way than to bundle their products together in beautifully packed gift crates for you, for your family, your friends, employees and clients.

    Life is good. Let’s celebrate, Nashville style.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: Success for our company is bringing a "high note" to someone’s day. A gift is a thoughtful expression meant to bring a smile to someone’s ...
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  • Education Committee Members Learn About Charter Schools

    by Rita McDonald | Nov 23, 2015

    educationcommitteenovemberThe Chamber's Education Committee recently reconvened for their second meeting of the 2015-2016 school year. Laura Moore, Chamber VP of policy, shared information from the education portion of the 2015 Nashville Region's Vital Signs Report, released in October. Highlights included:

    • Residents with a high school education or less were three times more likely to have trouble affording basic needs over the last year.
    • Sixty-seven percent of survey respondents in the joint Nashville-Clarksville region felt they had adequate education and training to advance their career.
    • Seventy-three percent of survey respondents said having information about their options would make them more likely to pursue additional education.
    • In Davidson County, 52.5 percent of students enroll in postsecondary education after graduating from high school. Statewide, that number is 57.2 percent.

    Alan Coverstone, MNPS executive officer of charter schools, shared the authorization process for charter schools, which are public schools that operate under a contract, or charter, with the school board to operate within Nashville's school district. Charter schools in Nashville are subject to annual review by the school board, and are required to provide detailed academic performance records demonstrating improvement on student test scores, among other metrics. They also must provide their financial performance ...

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    Category: Education
  • The Nashville Health Care Council at 20: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 23, 2015
    Guest post by Hayley Hovious, president, Nashville Health Care Council

    The Nashville Health Care Council has spent the past several months celebrating a significant milestone: the 20th anniversary of our organization’s founding.

    This event has given us an important opportunity to reflect on the legacy of our city’s health care leadership, dating back almost 50 years. It has also provided us the chance to highlight the role Nashville serves as the nation’s health care industry capital, and also to recognize and support the crucial part our member organizations play — and will continue to play — in shaping a smarter health care system for tomorrow.

    When HCA launched its operations out of a small house in midtown Nashville in 1968, its founders recognized they were in a special place, surrounded by a wellspring of entrepreneurial energy, a robust infrastructure, and a group of forward-looking city officials and investors who believed in Nashville. They knew change was coming, but they never could have foreseen the transformation this city, and the American health care system, would experience in the decades to come.

    Today, our city and industry again find themselves ripe for change. I am constantly inspired by the sheer number of ...

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  • Middle Tennessee's Business Stars Shine at the NEXT Awards

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 19, 2015

    A diverse cross-section of Nashville's most innovative companies and business leaders were honored Nov. 19 at the fifth annual NEXT Awards, a celebration of Nashville’s fastest-growing businesses co-hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

    As Middle Tennessee continues to be one of the hottest economies in the country, the NEXT Awards have grown every year, and the competition gets tougher. Awards are presented in five business categories at three stages of development: startup, growth and market mover. In addition, individual awards were given for Entrepreneurial Partner of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.

    The winners of the 2015 NEXT Awards are:
    • Entrepreneurial Partner of the Year – Launch Tennessee
    • Young Entrepreneurs of the Year – Channing Moreland & Makenzie Stokel, Evamore
    • Entrepreneur of the Year – Sherry Deutschmann, founder, LetterLogic
    • Startup (digital media and entertainment) – Talkapolis
    • Startup (health care) – MEDarchon
    • Startup (products and services) – Batch Nashville
    • Startup (social enterprise and sustainability) – PRO Employment, a social enterprise by Project Return
    • Startup (technology) – Overdog
    • Growth (digital media and entertainment) – StyleBlueprint, LLC
    • Growth (health care) – Provider Trust, Inc.
    • Growth (products and services) – A ...
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    Tags: NEXT Awards
  • Reflecting on the 2015 Freshman Career Exploration Fair

    by Rita McDonald | Nov 18, 2015
    Guest post by DeeGee Lester, director of education, The Parthenon

    For companies and organizations across the city, the annual "My Future, My Way" Freshman Career Exploration Fair provides an opportunity to connect with MNPS students and schools. Through fun and engaging booths and activities, businesses are able to touch young lives, stir student curiosity about all that is available for them over the next four years, and, in many cases, to ignite passion for a career pathway. As we actively participate in influencing their future, we take positive steps in building the future of Nashville.

    As an iconic symbol of Nashville, the Parthenon is committed to playing a significant role in the education of every child – from pre-K through high school and beyond. We are delighted to have been involved in the career fair for several years, recognizing that it is a potential "tipping point" in the education of so many of our students. With that in mind, we want to do everything possible to make their fair experience positive and successful.

    I am always pleased by how many of the 7,000+ MNPS freshmen who attend the fair later point to one interactive display or one in-depth conversation with ...
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    Category: Education
  • Member Spotlight - Nashville IDD Housing Group

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 16, 2015

    Q: What is the mission of Nashville IDD Housing Group?
    A: The crisis of affordable housing, especially within metropolitan areas, is heightened for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (“friends”), a fragile population that is growing here and across the country. The Nashville IDD Housing Group facilitates affordable housing in an interdependent setting where friends are provided with a built-in community comprised of graduate students. In this environment, collaboration brings possibility: the friends teach future leaders about disability, and the students provide friendship and support. Because our friends are employed, they become an active part of the community, allowing the rest of us to celebrate the many gifts they have to offer. In addition to partnering with small businesses, we partner with families, faith communities, city officials and other organizations to create new and innovative housing options, opportunities which otherwise would not exist.

    Q: How can Nashville-area businesses help your nonprofit?
    A: Businesses can help our work in a variety of ways:

    1. by becoming one of our donors, or by championing our cause by making us the beneficiary of a fundraising event;
    2. by providing training and/or internships and/or paid employment for the young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who ...
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    Category: General
  • Wire Transfer Fraud Scheme Continues, Compromising Business Email Accounts

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 10, 2015
    Courtesy of Atiba

    The FBI, Financial Services Information Sharing & Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and U.S. Secret Service have issued an important fraud alert.

    U.S. businesses continue to fall victim to an increasingly common scheme, originally reported this past summer. This scheme is a type of payment fraud, using legitimate business email accounts for the purpose of conducting unauthorized wire transfers. If you have been contacted to conduct a wire transfer, extra measures are advisable to ensure this is a legitimate and authorized request.

    The FBI encourages incorporating the following measures to protect your company:
    • Verify any change in payment instructions to vendors or suppliers by calling or verbally confirming the request (do not verify validity via email).
    • Maintain a file (preferably in a non-electronic format) of vendor/supplier contact information and authorized contacts.
    • Limit the number of employees who have authority to approve wire transfers.
    • View the complete risk mitigation list here.
    For more details on this potential risk and what to do if you are impacted, see the official FBI warning alert.

    If you are directly impacted or experience any security or service issues, please feel free to call us at 615-353-1921, extension 1.
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  • Partnership 2020 Receives National Recognition as Top Economic Development Group

    by Courtney Ross | Nov 10, 2015
    The past few months have been an especially busy time for the Chamber's economic development team, as Middle Tennessee continues its growth trajectory.

    The Chamber received recognition as a top economic development organization at the International Economic Development Council’s recent annual conference. Our Partnership 2020 team was honored for most jobs created and most capital investment announced for a community in North America by population size, based on the results of an economic development benchmarking survey conducted by Atlas Advertising.

    Since July 1, more than 40 companies have announced expansions or relocations in Middle Tennessee. Highlights include:
    • Peer-to-peer ridesharing company Lyft is locating a new regional headquarters in downtown Nashville. The San Francisco-based mobile app and transportation company will invest $5.1 million and create 380 new jobs in Davidson County.

    • Sinomax Group will locate new manufacturing operations in La Vergne. Sinomax, a foam products manufacturer and distributor, will invest $28 million and create 350 jobs, the largest jobs commitment made from a Chinese-owned company in Tennessee's history.

    • Wonderful Group, a tile and ceramics manufacturer, has selected Lebanon as the site of its first U.S. operations. The company plans to invest $150 million and create 220 new jobs in Wilson County. ...
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